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Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 25 - March 27, 1997


Thursday, 27

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

Women's Month Program, 11 a.m., 457 Whittemore: "The Kaleidoscope Project: An Effort by the University of South Florida to Highlight their Women Faculty and their Research," by Joan B. Rose, South Florida.

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

Women's Month Program, 3:30 p.m., 300 Whittemore: "Wastewater Treatment Options," by Joan B. Rose, South Florida.

Take Our Daughters To Work Committee Meeting, 5-5:30 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.

Friday, 28

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

Science Study Center, 3-5 p.m., DBHCC Room G: "Vladimir Nabokov and the Life World of Aristocratic Entomology," by Danielle Alexandrov, Russian Academy of Science.

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: T.J. Willis, saxophone, James Bryant, piano, and the Critical Adjustment Saxophone Quartet.

Saturday, 29

"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF-FM: "Common Ground: New Efforts to Unite Business and the Environment," with Daniel Botkin, GMU, Richard Collins, UVa, and Ronald Erchul, VMI.

YMCA Hike, 10 a.m., meet at YMCA parking lot, 403 Washington St.: Angels Rest, led by Su Clauson-Wicker.

Women's Month Program, 1-3 p.m., Squires Old Dominion Ballroom: Black Female Coalition's Sister-to-Sister Lunch.

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Danielle Talamantes, soprano, and Ian Lane, tenor, accompanied by Hiromi Ito, piano.

Sunday, 30

DBHCC Easter Brunch.

Monday, 31

Women's Month Program, 3:30 p.m., Black Cultural Center: "The Way We Communicate," by Saranette Miles.

Women's Month Program, 7 p.m., 209 McBryde: "Bulimia," by Carol Bailey.

Women's Month Program, 7 p.m., Squires Colonial Hall: "No...Yes," by Katie Koestner.


Tuesday, 1

Salary and Wage Paydate. (Reverts to old schedule.)

Women's Month Program, 3:30 p.m., Squires Cardinal Room: Race and Gender Group.

Faculty/Staff Senates Open Forum, 4 p.m., Owens Banquet Room: President Paul Torgersen.

Science Study Center, 4 p.m., DBHCC

Women's Month Program, 5-7 p.m., Squires Colonial Hall: Sex, Lies, and Lawsuits.

Wednesday, 2

Bach's Lunch, noon-1 p.m., Chapel: Virginia Tech Saxophone Quartet.

Women's Month Program, 7 p.m., Squires Colonial Hall: "Independent and Interconnected," by Paula Giddings.

Student Ensemble, 8 p.m., Squires Commonwealth Ballroom: "Heroes," by the Symphony Band.

Thursday, 3

Choices/Challenges Forum, 8 a.m., DBHCC: "Quality of Life in the Global Environment: Preparing for the Next Century," Registration begins; background sessions 9-11:15 a.m.

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Southwestern Australia," by J.D. Stahl.

Choices/Challenges Forum Main Session, 12:30-3 p.m., DBHCC: "Quality of Life in the Global Environment: Preparing for the Next Century."

Women's Month Program, 3:15 p.m., DBHCC: "Women in the Developing World," by Mary Hill Rojas.

Women's Month Program, 4 p.m., Black Cultural Center: Closing Reception.

Take Our Daughters to Work Committee Meeting, 5-5:30 p.m., Women's Center.


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.

Geological Sciences, 3:30 p.m., 2044 Derring: "What Geoscientists Learned from Environmental Disaster in Woburn, Massachusetts," by Jie Zhang, MIT.

Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "The Long and Short of Photo-Nuclear Physics," by Blaine Norum, UVa.

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.

Friday, 28

MCBB, noon, 102 Fralin: "PCR Applications for Detection of Enteric Viruses, Cryptosporidium and Cyctosporia in Contaminated Water and Edible Produce," by Joan Ross, South Florida.

Geological Sciences, 3 p.m., 30 Pamplin: "Characterizing Oil Reservoir at MIT Test Site with New Technologies," by Jie Zhang, MIT.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1084 Derring: "Genetic Engineering Approaches to Altering Soybean Sees Phosphorous Levels," by Elizabeth Grabau.

Monday, 31

CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "Subsurface Microirrigation of Agronomic Row Crops in Virginia-Challenges and Opportunities," by Norris Powell.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "The Parasitic Weed Broomrope (Orobanche): Invasion of Plant Roses and of the USA," by Jim Westwood.

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


Wednesday, 2

Human-Computer Interaction, 4 p.m., 216 McBryde: "Testing a Group Support System-based Approach to Cognitive Mapping," by Steve Sheets.

Science Study Center, 4 p.m., DBHCC Room G: "The `Place' of the User in Human-Computer Interaction," by Pat Summers.

Thursday, 3

Statistics, 11 a.m., 204 Hutcheson: "Massive Data Sets, Data Mining, and Cluster Analysis," by Jon Kettenring Bellcore, president, ASA.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Leaf Protein Response to Ozone Treatment in Two Clones of White Clover," by Yanlin Tang.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: "An Entomologists Guide to Fly Fishing," by Stephen Hiner.


Choices and Challenges Forum to address environment

The Choices and Challenges project will present "Quality of Life in the Global Environment: Preparing for the Next Century" Thursday, April 3. The public forum will offer social, political, economic, and ethical perspectives to inform people's thinking about ways the decisions we make now will affect life in the future. Support for the forum has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy, and Virginia Tech.

The forum will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. All programs are open to the university and regional communities at no charge. Registration is recommended, but not required.

The forum is divided into three parts: morning background sessions, a main session, and concluding discussion sessions. Eminent presenters from the fields of environmental policy, journalism, ethics, cultural anthropology, and international development will speak.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. Background sessions run from 9-11:15 a.m., followed by an 11:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m. lunch break. The main session is scheduled for 12:30-3 p.m. It will be broadcast as an interactive teleconference to other downlink sites nationally. The concluding discussion sessions are scheduled for 3:15-4:30 p.m.

Program brochures, which include a pre-registration form, may be obtained at many locations throughout the New River Valley or by calling the Donaldson Brown Center at 1-5182.

Pre-registration is strongly recommended. For more information, contact the Choices and Challenges project office at 156 Lane Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0227, by phone at 1-6476, by e-mail at choices@vt.edu., or the Choices and Challenges website (http://www.cis.vt.edu/choices&challenges).

Robertson to discuss Jackson book

Alumni Distinguished Professor of History James I. Robertson Jr. will talk about his new book, Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend, on Blue Ridge Public Television Sunday, March 30, at 3:30 p.m.

The interview is a rebroadcast of a Blue Ridge Nightline program that ran in February.

EPA official to discuss grants, fellowships

Joseph K. Alexander, deputy assistant administrator for science in the Office of Research and Development at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will speak on campus Monday, March 31, at 4 p.m. in 110 Randolph.

Alexander will speak on "EPA R&D for the Future: Expanding Extramural Opportunities."

The EPA is undertaking a major initiative to expand and strengthen its science program. The effort includes expansion of interaction with the academic environmental research community through increases in extramural grants and graduate fellowship programs. Alexander will discuss this initiative, the strategies for its accomplishments, and the associated opportunities for academia. This will include the agency plans to support long-term research that anticipates environmental problems, as well as research that fills gaps in knowledge relevant to current agency goals. The discussion also will include plans to foster the development of new risk-reduction technology across the spectrum from pollution prevention through end-of-pipe controls to remediation and monitoring.

The program is free and open to the public.

Family, medical leave training offered

Personnel Services is offering training on Family and Medical Leave for supervisors and department heads.

Family and Medical Leave requires public agencies to provide up to 12 weeks (60 work days; 480 work hours) of unpaid, job-protected leave per calendar year to eligible employees for certain family and medical reasons. Employees are eligible if they have worked for the state in a salaried position at least one year or for Virginia Tech in a wage position for at least one year and the employee has worked 1,250 hours during the immediate prior 12 months. Leave for part-time employees is given proportionate to the percent of time worked.

Department heads/supervisors must grant unpaid leave to eligible employees for one or more of the following reasons: a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform their job; the care of the employee's child (birth, adoption or foster care; or the care of the employee's spouse, parent, stepparent, children, stepchildren, siblings, step-brothers and sisters or any relative living in the employee's home who has a serious health condition.

The Training Sessions are offered at the DBHCC at the following times and locations: April 15, 10 a.m.-noon, conference room F; April 15, 1-3 p.m., conference room F; May 20, 10 a.m.-noon, conference room C; and May 20, 1-3 p.m., conference room C.

Registration is required. To register, send an e-mail note to PRICEVS@vt.edu or call Vicky Price at 1-9331

Staff Senate logo contest announced

The Communications Committee of the Staff Senate, with the approval of the Staff Senate Executive Committee, proposes a contest for the design of a logo for the Virginia Tech Staff Senate.

The logo will be for use by the Staff Senate in its publications, communications, letterhead, etc. The intent is to use the logo along with the university's official marks and seals, but separate from them. The contest is open to all Virginia Tech employees in non-faculty positions.

All drawings must be in black on white paper. Please, no designs in color. The minimum size accepted is 4" x 4". The maximum size accepted is 8.5" x 8.5". The entry may not include the seal of Virginia Tech, any version of the Virginia Tech logo, or any initials for the university, e.g., VT or VPI&SU. If the entry is created electronically, the Communications Committee would like access to the original files.

The logo will represent the Staff Senate and will be used exclusively by the Staff Senate. The Communications Committee reserves the right to select the winner in consultation with university graphics professionals who have not submitted entries. Some editing and limited redesign of the submissions may be required and will be done by the Communications Committee or its designees. The selected logo and all related copyrights will become the property of the Virginia Tech Staff Senate.

For additional information on parameters for designs in relation to the university's seals and marks, contact Tom Hergert at hergert@vt.edu or phone 1-8710.

The deadline for entry submissions is May 2. Entries may be forwarded to Eileen Moccia, Alumni Association (0102).

The Communications Committee is studying an appropriate award to honor the designer of the selected entry.

CEUT program addresses grading

The CEUT Series on Assessment presents "The Grading Puzzle" Friday, March 27, from noon-1:30 p.m. in the DBHCC. The session will address how to convert scores and other "marks" to official grades that are recorded for students. Strategies and pitfalls will be discussed.

This series of meetings addresses the concerns of faculty members as they strive to improve their assessment practices. The discussions 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. Participants are encouraged to share their own expertise and their questions or concerns with the group.

Market investing topic of Pamplin series

As part of the Pamplin College of Business International Speakers Series, Denman Zirkle, senior vice president of Lynch & Mayer Inc., of New York City, will speak Friday, April 25, at 3:30 p.m. in 1045 Pamplin. His topic, "Emerging Market Investing," will address current issues and challenges in the international investment arena. The lecture is free and open to the public.

DBHCC schedules two specialty brunches

The DBHCC is no longer offering sunday brunch on a weekly basis. It will continue to offer specialty brunches from time to time. An Easter Brunch is scheduled for Sunday, March 30, and a Mother's Day Brunch for Sunday, May 11.

For more information or to make reservations, call 1-5632.

University Symphony Band to perform

The University Symphony Band will present "Heroes" Wednesday, April 2, under the baton of David McKee. The performance will be held in the Commonwealth Ballroom of Squires Student Center at 8 p.m.

The performance will include works representing heroes, both real and fictitious. Featured works will be Lincoln Portrait, by Aaron Copland, with narration by Tony Distler, director of Virginia Tech's School of the Arts, and A Movement for Rosa.

Admission is $2 and tickets are only available at the door. For more information, call 1-5200.