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VT in Northern Virginia week activities highlighted

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 23 - March 13, 1997

Virginia Tech will host several events at the new Virginia Tech/University of Virginia Northern Virginia Center March 17-22 as part of a community-wide celebration to mark the opening of the new state-of-art facility in Falls Church. A schedule of events follows.

Schedule of Events

Monday, March 17, "Business Day"

Corporate Partnership Breakfast, sponsored by the MBA program to highlight issues important to businesses and education. To reserve a seat, call 703-538-8410. 7:30-9 a.m.

"Welfare Reform: Implications of Federal, State, and Local Governments," a panel discussion sponsored by the Center for Public Administration and Policy. Panelists include Suzanne Manzo, director, Department of Family Services; and Bill Prosser, former senior policy analyst, Department of Health and Human Services. Jim Wolf, director of the Center of Public Administration and Policy, will serve as moderator. 12:30-2 p.m.

Tuesday, March 18, "Engineering, Science, and Technology Day"

Kenneth Plum, member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Reston and chairman of the Joint Subcommittee on Science and Technology, will address "The Future of Technology and Distance Education in the Commonwealth." The event is sponsored by the College of Engineering. 1-2 p.m.

Joseph F. Coates, internationally renowned futurist and co-author of 2025: Scenarios of U.S. and Global Society Reshaped by Science and Technology, will present remarks on "Technology's Global Impact on Distance Learning." The event is sponsored by the College of Engineering. 2 -3 p.m.

Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics Program Presentation. Learn about our new master's program focused on providing mathematics skills for real-world applications. 2:30-3:30 p.m.

"The Role of the Public in Science Policy Making" a panel discussion sponsored by Science and Technology Studies. Panelists will include Albert H. Teich, director of Science and Policy Directorate, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Lawrence McCray, director, Policy Division, National Research Council; Allan Ladwig, associate administrator for policy and plans, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Doris Zallen, Virginia Tech associate professor, Science and Technology Studies and Humanities; Philip Kronenberg, Virginia Tech associate professor, Public Administration and Policy; and Richard Smith, Virginia Tech graduate student, Science and Technology Studies. J. Scott Hauger, Virginia Tech associate professor, Science and Technology Studies, will moderate. 3-5 p.m.

"Physics Methodologies in Industry, Finance, and Science," a panel discussion organized by the Applied Physics Program. Participants will include those who bridge the gap between basis research and applied science. 4 -6 p.m.

"Computer Science: What's Hot? What's Next?" a computer-science faculty panel discussion that will explore DBMS&IR, software engineering, computer-science theory, limits of knowledge in computer science, and computer networks and the World-Wide Web. 6 -8 p.m.

Wednesday, March 19, "Education Day"

Career Development Center Open House sponsored by the Alumni Association. Learn about career development services at the NVC for alumni and students. 4 -6 p.m.

Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center Faculty Authors Reception. Virginia Tech faculty authors will be on hand for a book signing and to answer questions about their recently published books. Featured will be Michael K. Badawy, author of Developing Managerial Skills in Engineers and Scientists and Management as a New Technology: Mario W. Cardullo, author of Introduction to Managing Technology: Judy C. Pearson, author of Marriage After Mourning: The Secrets of Surviving Couples and Lasting Love: What Keeps Couples Together; Fred Ricci, author of Personal Communications and Sandra M. Stith, author of Understanding Partner Violence: Prevalence, Causes, Consequences and Solutions. 6-7 p.m. in the NVC Bookstore lobby, 1st floor.

Paul Houston, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, will present remarks entitled "Forging School-Community Partnerships." Remarks are sponsored by Education Programs. 7-8:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 20, "Human Resources Day"

Continental breakfast presentation sponsored by the College of Human Resources and Education. Human Resources and Education programs will be highlighted. Virginia Tech faculty members will also discuss their research. Please RSVP to 538-8460. 9:30-11 a.m.

Faith Wohl, director of the General Services Administration's Office of Workplace Initiatives will speak on "The Family-Friendly Work Environment." A panel discussion on the subject will follow. The events are sponsored by the Marriage and Family Therapy and Adult Learning and Human Resource Development. noon-12:45 p.m. (Faith Wohl speech); 1:30-3:30 p.m. (panel discussion)

Jack Mezirow, professor emeritus of Columbia University, international consultant, and leading theorist in adult learning will address "Transformative Learning in Adulthood." Remarks are sponsored by Adult Learning and Human Resource Development. 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Harriet Lerner, author of four best-selling books on relationships and the psychology of women and advice columnist in New Women will present a lecture entitled "The Dance of Life: New Steps to Remarkable Relationships." 8-9:30 p.m. at George Mason High School gymnasium II (Parking at Northern Virginia Center located next door only).

Saturday, March 22

Art Auction and reception sponsored by the Alumni Association. Tickets are $5 at the door. For details, call 703-610-7607. 6:30 p.m., preview begins. 7:30 p.m., bidding begins.