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Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 24 - March 20, 1997


Thursday, 20

Art Gallery Exhibit Opening, Armory Gallery: African Art from the Robert Szathmary Collection. Through 4-18.

YMCA Open University Registration, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., YMCA House.

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Wings and a Prayer-Making Art in Poland," by Charles Brouwer.

Women's Month Program, 12:30 p.m., Women's Center: Video Series: Woman on Fire: Menopause Stories.

Women's Month Program, 12:30-2 p.m., Black Cultural Center: Brown Bag Luncheon with Claudia Brenner.

Women's Month Program, 3-6 p.m., Squires Old Dominion Ballroom: "Women-Owned Businesses and Organizations Showcase."

Take Our Daughters To Work Committee Meeting, 4-5:30 p.m., Women's Center, Price House.

Women's Month Program, 5:30 p.m., Women's Center: Video Series: Woman on Fire: Menopause Stories.

Staff Senate Meeting, 5:30 p.m., 1810 Litton Reeves.

Global Issues Forum Speaker, 7 p.m., Squires Colonial Hall: "Africans and African-Americans in Science: A Global Perspective," by Ivan Van Sertima, Rutgers.

Friday, 21

Salary and Wage Paydate.

YMCA Open University Registration, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., YMCA House.

Speaker, noon, Squires Old Dominion Room: Ivan Van Sertima, Rutgers.

International Business Speaker, 3:30 p.m., 1045 Pamplin: "A Case Study Concerning the Experiences of Burlington Industries in Relation to World Trade Developments," by Augustin J. Diodati, Burlington Industries.

Women's Month Film, 7:30 p.m., Lyric Theatre: Antonia's Line. Repeats at 9:45 p.m.

Women's Month Program, 7:30 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "An Evening with Marty Pottenger-Stories and Conversations."

Saturday, 22

"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF-FM: "New Advances in Medical Research," with Leland Chung, UVA, and Joseph DiPietro, SVCC,

YMCA Hike, 10 a.m., meet at YMCA parking lot, 403 Washington St.: Foster Falls, led by Bill and Lynda Hohenboken.

Women's Month Film, 7:30 p.m., Lyric: Babette's Feast. Repeats at 9:45 p.m.

University Chamber Music, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Chamber Orchestra of Southwest Virginia.

Sunday, 23

University Chamber Music, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Chamber Orchestra of Southwest Virginia.

Women's Month Film, 7:30 p.m., Lyric: Like Water for Chocolate. Repeats at 9:45 p.m.

Monday, 24

Women's Month Program, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Women's Center: Clothesline Project Workshop. Through 3-28.

Women's Month Program, noon-1 p.m., 116 Squires: Soup and Substance Series: The Climate for Women Faculty.

Women's Month Program, 3 p.m., WMH dance room: Self-Defense Seminar by Sean Gaynor.

Women Architects/Women's Month Program, 4-5:30 p.m., 100 Hancock: "Reflections on Practice, Academia, and Community," by Rosaria Piomelli.

Women's Month Program, 7 p.m., Black Cultural Center: Women Around the World.

Women's Month Program, 7 p.m., 209 McBryde: Sexual Assault, by Donna Lisker.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: The World According to Angela. Through 3-26.

Student Ensemble, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: University Percussion and Marimba Ensemble.

Tuesday, 25

Women's Month Program, 12:30 p.m., Women's Center: "Coming Full Circle: Transformative Turnings in Women's Lives-Integrating Mind, Body, and Spirit."

Women's Month Program, 3:30 p.m., 142 Squires; Eating Disorders.

Women's Month Program, 7 p.m., Black Cultural Center: Film, Waiting to Exhale.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: The World According to Angela. Through 3-26.

Guest Artist Performance, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Lincoln High School Choir with University Meistersingers and Blacksburg High School Choir.

Wednesday, 26

Women's Month Program, 11:30 a.m., Squires Jamestown Room: "The History of Family Planning and Abortion Rights in America," by David Nova, Planned Parenthood.

Women's Month Program, 5:30 p.m., Black Cultural Center: "Women and Political Representation," by Rebecca Davis.

Women's Month Program, 7:30 p.m., DBHCC rear auditorium: "Reproductive Freedom at Risk in Virginia," by Karen Raschke, Planned Parenthood.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: The World According to Angela.

Thursday, 27

Women's Month Program, 10 a.m., Geology Museum, 2062 Derring: "Obstacles to a Successful Career in Academia," by Nancy Grimm, Arizona State.

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "A Year's Adventure in the Antarctic," by Hugo Neuburg.

Women's Month Program, 3:30 p.m., 300 Whittemore: Joan B. Rose.

Take Our Daughters To Work Committee Meeting, 4-5:30 p.m., Women's Center, Price House.

Women's Month Program, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Hall Lawn: Take Back the Night Rally and March.


Thursday, 20

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 219 Squires: "Chess and Computers (Humans versus Machines)," by Jim Glanville.

Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Increasing the Noise and Increasing the Absorption to Improve the Signal in Photorefractive Systems," by Bradley M. Jost, Boston.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: "Eastern Tent Caterpillars," by James Costa, Western Carolina.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "TBA," by Dan Poston.

Friday, 21

MCBB, noon, 102 Fralin: "Biochemical-Genetics of Carbon Monoxide Dehydrogenase: Mechanism of a Complex Metalloenzyme," by Paul Ludden, Wisconsin.

Human-Computer Interaction, 2 p.m., 216 McBryde: "Critical Parameters: Forgotten Measures of Progress in Interactive System Design?" by William Newman, Cambridge.

Science Study Center, 3-5 p.m., DBHCC Room F: TBA.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1084 Derring: "The Human Numbers Crunch: The Malthusian Crisis Approaches," by Richard Bambach.

EPA, 4 p.m., 110 Randolph: "EPA R&D for the Future: Expanding Extramural Opportunities," by Joseph Alexander Jr., EPA.

Monday, 24

CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "CO Dehydrogenase Enzyme in Microorganisms," by Swati Das.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Human Issues in Horticulture: An International Perspective," by Diane Relf.

Wednesday, 26

Parenting, noon-1 p.m., 404 Clay St.: "Your Child's Room: A Place to Grow," by Cindy Beacham.

Thursday, 27

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 219 Squires: "Too Low, Too Slow, and Too Late: Bill Lear's Plastic Airplane," by Nancy Manniko.

Plant Physiology, 3 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Evaluation of Weed Control and Crop Tolerance with Post-emergence Herbicides in Sethoxydim-tolerant Corn," by James Ashley.

Biology, 4 p.m., Fralin Auditorium: TBA, by Nancy Grimm, Arizona State.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: "Modeling the Population Biology and Population Genetics of Honey Bees When Parasitized by Mites," by Wyatt Mangum, NC State.


CHRE Spring Open House planned

On Saturday, April 5, the College of Human Resources and Education will host the annual Spring Open House from 10 a.m. to noon in the atrium of Wallace Hall. Academic departments and student organizations within the college will have representatives present to provide information and answer prospective questions students' questions. This event is open to the public and all who are interested in the College of Human Resources and Education are invited to attend. For more information, contact Beth Schubert or Marge Lichty at 1-8716 or hr1104@vt.edu.

Program focuses on jobs for disabled

"Spring to Employment: Life After College for Students with Disabilities," sponsored by the Southwest Virginia Transition Center in cooperation with New River Community College, Virginia Western Community College, Radford University, Ferrum College, and Roanoke College, will be held April 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Squires Old Dominion Ballroom.

The program will include a variety of speakers and activities that address the following topics: getting and keeping a job; the latest in technology for job accommodations; leadership skills that get you in the door; your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act; what employers want; and "I've been there, I've done that"-employees with disabilities.

The workshop is designed to help prepare students for the transition from college to work. Faculty and staff member and students are invited to attend. For more information, call Virginia Reilly at 1-7500.

Exhibit to highlight women architects

"Contributions of Women Architects to the Man-Made Environment" will be the subject of an exhibit in the Wallace Hall Gallery on the Virginia Tech campus, March 17 through April 4. The exhibit will feature selected works of 15 women architects who have donated original documents, drawings, sketches, and photographs to the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA), established in 1985. The diversity of IAWA contributors is represented in the wide variety of areas, including government work, landscape architecture, interior design, historic preservation, product development, fine art, and academia. Anna Marshall-Baker, a Virginia Tech faculty member in housing, interior design, and resource management, is the exhibit curator; Milka Bliznakov, a Virginia Tech faculty member in architecture, is assistant curator.

In conjunction with the exhibit, M. Rosaria Piomelli, AIA, will present "Reflections on Practice, Academia, and Community" March 24 at 4 p.m. in 100 Hancock. The presentation is followed by a reception in the Wallace Hall atrium. Piomelli was born and educated in Italy and later attended MIT. She has worked in architectural firms throughout the world, including the office of the renowned I.M. Pei. Piomelli is a distinguished professor at the City College of New York, where she was the first woman dean of any school of architecture in the United States. She is also a visiting distinguished professor at the University of California at Berkeley. Her presentation will include her perspectives on her experiences in practice and academia, her current teaching in Milan, and a recent historic preservation project.

Piomelli's presentation is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the College of Human Resources and Education, the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, IAWA, and Special Collections in Newman Library.

Seminar to examine funding opportunities

"EPA R&D for the Future: Expanding Extramural Opportunities" will be the title of the seminar to be delivered by Joseph Alexander Jr., deputy assistant administrator for science at the Environmental Protection Agency. The talk will be at 4 p.m. Friday, March 21, in 110 Randolph.

Alexander coordinates and oversees a broad spectrum of science issues, designing and implementing a research planning process to meet the needs of the agency, the congress, and the public. Before joining the EPA, Alexander spent many years with NASA, most recently as associate director of space sciences, specializing in science management, spacecraft operations, and data analysis. He has also served as a senior policy analyst at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He received NASA's Exceptional Scientific Achievement Award in 1981.

Alexander's visit is hosted by Research and Graduate Studies.

DMV mobile unit coming to campus

To help reach more customers, the Department of Motor Vehicles has equipped two motor homes with the latest equipment and transformed them into Mobile Licensing Units that travel around the state.

This service is being offered to the university community on March 19 and August 29 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on the west side of Lane Stadium. Parking will be available in the Coliseum Parking Lot.

Services available are: take driver's license written and skills test; receive original driver's license; receive a duplicate driver's license; renew a driver's license; take the Commercial Driver's License written test; receive a Commercial Driver's License; receive driving-record reports; update driver information; obtain photo-identification cards; register, renew, and title vehicles; and obtain vehicle decals.

Opportunities available for work at Christiansburg I.

The Service-Learning Center will host a meeting with faculty members who want to explore opportunities for working with the Christiansburg Institute in the coming year. The Christiansburg Institute, once the only institution of secondary education for African-Americans in the area, is being revived by its alumni as a Community Learning Center that carries forward the original mission of educational equity into the twenty-first century.

The C.I. partnership meeting will take place Friday, March 21, at 2 p.m. in the Multicultural Center. For more information, contact Michele James-Deramo at 231-6947 or deramo@vt.edu.

Elder abuse topic of forum

The Center for Gerontology at Virginia Tech will present a forum on "Elder Abuse Types, Causes and Correlates" with speaker Lorin Baumhover, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Sociology and Social Work, Appalachian State University, Wednesday, April 9, from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Wallace Hall atrium. A reception will follow the presentation. The forum is free and open to the public. For more information, call Paula Usita at 1-7818 or Renee Chandler at 1-7657.

Vet college schedules animal behavior seminar

The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine has scheduled an "Animal Behavior Symposium" for Saturday, March 22, from 8:30 a.m.-noon at the college.

Elizabeth A. Schull, a charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB), will be the featured speaker. The American Veterinary Medical Association recently chartered the ACVB, a new specialty organization to certify experts that deal with animal behavior problems ranging from aggression to elimination disorders to destructive chewing habits

Schull has directed the Behavior Clinic at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine since 1983. After earning an undergraduate degree in zoology, she earned her DVM from the University of Tennessee and completed an internship in small animal veterinary medicine at Michigan State and a neurology residency at the University of Tennessee.

In addition to her diplomate status in the ACVB, she is a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine's (ACVIM) Specialty of Neurology. She frequently lectures around the nation in the field of veterinary behavior and neurology and serves on the editorial boards of several scientific journals.

Registration is from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and the symposium begins at 8:30 a.m. with a 90-minute presentation on "Aggression in Dogs." Following a 30-minute refreshment break, a 90-minute lecture titled "Aggression in Cats" will be presented.

The event is open both to veterinarians and members of the general public. Registration for veterinarians, who can earn three hours of continuing-education credit, is $50. Registration for the general public is $20. Registration is free for Virginia Tech students.

The event is sponsored by the VMRCVM's Animal Behavior Club, Hill's Pet Nutrition, and the Graduate Student Assembly. For more information, contact Lynda Oleksuk at 1-2993 or akitainu@bev.net.

Workshop explores effective library assignments

The library staff and the Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching will present a workshop Thursday, March 20, from 3-5 p.m. in the Library Boardroom on the fourth floor of Newman Library. The workshop will focus on preparing library assignments for use in class.

Course-related library assignments can be an effective way to introduce students to library research if they are well designed. The goal of this workshop is to help participants create library assignments which reflect and achieve their course objectives.

Through discussion and small-group work, participants will identify specific characteristics of effective library assignments, evaluate existing assignments according to these characteristics, and then develop an original library assignment. Participants are encouraged to bring assignments they've developed for students.

Reservations for this workshop may be made through CEUT or through the library. Contact Nicole Auer at 1-8684 or auern@vt.edu.

CEUT program focuses on alternatives to objective tests

A CEUT program on Friday, March 21, from noon-1:30 p.m. in the DBHCC will focus on alternatives to objective, knowledge-oriented tests. Participants will learn about performance-based assessment as well as strategies to make assessment procedures fit the "authenticity" they're striving to build into instruction. Participants are encouraged to share their own expertise and their questions or concerns with the group.

The discussion have been organized by Lawrence Cross from the Educational Research Program in the College of Human Resources and Education, Susan Magliaro, Department of Teaching and Learning, and Terry Wildman, CEUT.

Workshop to examine critical thinking

The CEUT will present "Mind-Mapping and Graphic Organizers to Promote Critical Thinking" Thursday, March 27, from 3-5 p.m. in the Hillcrest dining room.

Margaret Hable, faculty-development specialist, will demonstrate mind-mapping, an organizing tool for note-taking and recall which can be used as a classroom tool to initiate brainstorming, promote creative and critical thinking, and provide opportunities for learners to reach closure and review for tests. Mind-mapping inspires a unique blend of intellectual curiosity and artistic expression that contributes to the construction of knowledge using a "whole brain" approach. Participants will discuss the process of mind-mapping for personal and teaching use. Graphic organizers, Venn diagrams, and webs also will be introduced.

To register, call 1-9109 or send an e-mail message to ceut@vt.edu.

Workshop encourages inquiry-based science teaching

The Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History is offering a workshop to encourage and support inquiry-based science teaching using schoolyard natural history. The day-and-a-half "Schoolyard Natural History Workshop for Science Educators" is scheduled for Saturday, April 5, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in Derring and Thursday, April 24, from 1-5 p.m. at McHarg Elementary School in Radford.

The workshop is appropriate for K-12 teachers, pre-service education students, and other science educators. Participants will receive a copy of Model Inquiries into Nature in the Schoolyard, an illustrated guide to schoolyard natural history that includes correlations to the Virginia science standards of learning.

The deadline for registering is Monday, March 24. The cost is $50 per person, $30 for university students.

The workshop will be offered again in June, August, and October.

For a registration form or for more information, call Alan Raflo at 1-5307.

Open University now registering

Registration began this week for the YMCA Open University spring classes. Participants may register today and tomorrow, March 20 and 21, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the YMCA House located at 403 Washington Street.

Classes begin the week of March 24, and late registration will be held at the YMCA House.

For more information, call 1-4208.

YMCA to honor Michelson

Members of the university community are invited to a celebration honoring Barbara Michelsen, who is retiring as executive director of the YMCA at Virginia Tech.

The celebration is scheduled for Sunday, April 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Squires Old Dominion Ballroom.