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Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 27 - April 10, 1997


Thursday, 10

International Week Activity, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Cranwell International Center: Italian Luncheon.

International Week Activity, 7 p.m., Squires Brush Mountain Room: Speaker James Bill.

Diggs Scholars Presentation, 7:30 p.m., Hillcrest dining room: "Tending the Garden of the Minds," by William Hayes, Delta State.

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

Friday, 11

International Week Activity, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Cranwell International Center: Turkish Luncheon.

Saturday, 12

"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF-FM: "Images of Madness: Media and the Mentally Ill," with Otto Wahl, GMU, and Roger Soenkson, JMU.

Sunday, 13

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at YMCA parking lot, 403 Washington St.: Tinker Cliffs, led by David Jenkins.

Student Ensemble, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: University Concert Choir and Early Ensemble.

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Mark Greeley, clarinet.

Monday, 14

Women's Studies Lecture, 7 p.m., 209 McBryde: "Women and Religion," by Elizabeth Bounds.

Student Ensemble, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: University Concert Choir and Early Ensemble.

Tuesday, 15

Service-Learning Center Reception, 3-5:30 p.m., Squires Old Dominion Ballroom: Youth Service Reception.

Faculty Senate, 7 p.m., 32 Pamplin.

Alumni Distinguished Speaker Series, 7:30 p.m., Squires Colonial Hall: "Significant Kinds: The Discovery of a Superfluid," by Robert C. Richardson, 1996 Nobel prize winner in physics.

VTU Lively Arts Entertainment Series, 7:30 p.m., Burruss auditorium: Swan Lake.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Misanthrope. Through 4-22.

Wednesday, 16

Salary and Wage Paydate.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Misanthrope. Through 4-22.

Thursday, 17

Staff Senate McComas Leadership Seminar, 8 a.m.-noon, Hillcrest conference room: "Communicating to Make a Difference."

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

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

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Misanthrope. Through 4-22.

Studio Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Piano students of Mary Louise Hallauer.


Thursday, 10

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 219 Squires: "Testing and Grading," by Allan Mandelstamm.

Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Hot-electron Luminescence as a Probe of High-speed Switching in Submicron Silicon Circuits," by J.C. Tsang, IBM Research Center.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Measurement Error in Designed Experiments," by Angela McMahan.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: "The Beginnings of IPM Programs in the USDA," by Ray Scott.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Ground Penetrating Radar: Method and Application," by Tong Xu, Texas.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Limits on Tree Seedling Populations in Forest Understories," by Bob Jones.

Urban Affairs and Planning, 4 p.m., DBHCC conference room A: "The New City Concept as City Planning Strategy: Comparative African and American Experience," by Kayode Oyesiku, Fulbright scholar from Ogun State University, Nigeria.

Friday, 11

MCBB, noon, 102 Fralin: "Taking it Off: From Structure to Function of Protein-Tyrosine Phosphatases," by Nick Tonks, Cold Spring Harbor Labs.

Geological Sciences, noon, 2044 Derring: "Efficient 3-D Viscoelastic Modeling with Application to Near-Surface Land Seismic Data," by Tong Xu, Texas.

Geometry/Mechanics, 2 p.m., 304 Robeson: "Mechanical Connection and Reduction," by Joseph Slawny.

Geological Sciences, 3 p.m., 30 Pamplin: "Crustal Reworking During Orogeny: A View from Top to Bottom at Nanga Parbat, Western Himalaya," by Peter Zeitler, Lehigh.

Science Study Center, 3-5 p.m., 132 Lane: "Galen's Experimental Teleology," by Christopher Cosans, George Washington.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1084 Derring: "Inhibition of Canopy Tree Seedlings by Rhododendron maximum: The Mycorrhizal Component," by John Walker.

Monday, 14

Forestry/Wildlife Resources, 3 p.m., Fralin auditorium: "Stream Ecosystems and Terrestrial Biomes," by Jackson Webster.

CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "Virginia Fire-cured Tobacco-A Tradition of Excellence," by Bruce Jones.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Factors Affecting Elementary school Teachers' Implementation of School Gardening in the Curriculum," by Laurie DeMarco.

Tuesday, 15

Water Sciences, 3:30 p.m., 108 Seitz: "History of Environmentalism in America," by Mark Barrow.

Wednesday, 16

Science Study Center, 4 p.m., DBHCC room F: "Warren Weaver Outside the Rockefeller Foundation," by Nathan Reingold.

Thursday, 17

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 219 Squires: "Aspects of American Science and Technology Since World War II," by Nathan Reingold, historian emeritus, Smithsonian.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "The Use of Mediational and Surrogate Outcomes in Medical Intervention Trials," by Lawrence Mayer, Johns Hopkins.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: Student Proposals, by Anne Hillary and Hope Liu.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Constraints to Stomatal Opening in Rhododendron," by Erik Nilsen.


Student Success Projects to be presented

Students will present Student Success Projects Thursday, April 17, from 3:30-6 p.m. in 150-154 Squires.

The presentations are designed to be of interest to faculty members, academic advisors, and others who are interested in student-success programs.

Faculty Fulbright workshop to be held

On Tuesday, April 22, Andy Riess, area leader and program officer from the Committee on International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) will address the annual campus workshop for interested faculty Fulbright applicants. The workshop, to be held in Conference Room G at DBHCC from 2 to 5 p.m., will offer up-to-date information on the application process as well as the philosophy behind the Fulbright Senior Scholars Program, now in its 50th year of operation.

In addition, several former faculty Fulbright participants will be on hand to offer pointers and to answer questions from those interested in applying for 1998-99 awards. Questions may be directed to Patrick Carlton, Campus Fulbright Representative, at 1-6459 or e-mail: carltonp@vt.edu.

Affirmative action grant proposals sought

Elyzabeth Joy Holford, director of Tech's EOAA Office, has announced the eighth call for proposals for the Affirmative Action Incentive Grants Program.

The program is designed to provide seed money for new affirmative action activities for faculty and staff members or students. The program, which is a project of the university's EOAA Committee, will award grants of up to $2,500 (from a total pool of $20,000) for innovative affirmative-action projects. The awards will be made for a one-year period, beginning July 1, 1997, with a potential one-time renewal. Applicants seeking renewal or extension of previously funded projects must also submit a proposal.

Activities appropriate for support include: projects designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of new approaches to promote affirmative action; activities which will enhance the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities; programs that will encourage behavioral and attitudinal changes supportive of affirmative action, thereby improving the campus environment for women, minorities, and people with disabilities; and, studies seeking ways to improve Virginia Tech's ability to monitor and evaluate its affirmative-action programs.

Proposals may be submitted by individual members of the faculty or staff, by university departments, or by recognized campus organizations.

Application forms and further information concerning the Incentive Grants Program are available at the EOAA Office (336 Burruss), by calling 1-7518, or from kpoe@vt.edu. The deadline for application is May 15.

Spanish class students to present night of theatre

Una Noche de Teatro (A Night of Theatre) at Virginia Tech will give the New River Valley community an opportunity to see some Latin American theater--in Spanish.

The 21 students in Jacqueline Bixler and Libby Calvera's class "Spanish-American Theatre: From Page to Stage" will present El Delantal Blanco (The White Apron), La Gente Como Nosotros (People Like Us), and Huelum O Como Pasar Matematicas Sin Problema (Huelum or How to Pass Mathematics Without Any Problem). The three one-act plays will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in 1670 Litton Reaves (auditorium).

Directed by Bixler and Calvera, the plays are open to the public at no charge. The program will include a short summary of the plots in English.

Math Awareness Week program scheduled

Ezra Brown will present "Love Letters, M&Ms and Circe's Cave" Monday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in Squires Colonial Hall.

Public key cryptography, a system based on mathematics, makes it possible to share a secret with somebody you don't trust, make sure the message you get is the message that was sent, verify that the person who you think has sent you a message really is the one who sent it, and to safely use smart cards, electronic transfer of money, digital cash, and computer security. The mathematics behind much of this cryptography was once praised for its great uselessness.

This public lecture is part of Math Awareness Week, April 20 to 26. This year's theme focuses on cyberspace and the Internet. Topics include computer security, data encryption, and financial processing.

The program is sponsored by Womanspace, the Women's Undergraduate Network, the Math Club, and the Department of Mathematics

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in this activity, contact Susan Anderson at 1-8041 at least one week prior to the event to discuss accommodations.

Home exchange possible in United Kingdom

A student from the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom is applying for an exchange to study at Virginia Tech this fall. He is interested in doing a possible "home exchange" with a Virginia Tech staff member or students who may wish to spend a year studying or working in the Northeast of England. His three-bedroom home is located between the University of Sunderland and Newcastle University. A car exchange also is possible. If you are interested, contact the student at the following address: Andrew Robinson, 13 West Crescent, Wardley, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, England, United Kingdom, NE10 8AY, e-mail: andrew.robinson-1@sunderland.ac.uk ,phone: 44 0191 438 45 33.

Museum plans animal signs field trip

The Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History will host an program, "Mountain Lions in Virginia/Animal Signs Field Trip" Saturday, April 12, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Participants will hear evidence of mountain-lion presence in the region presented by Don Linzey, biologist at Wytheville Community College. A field trip to look for animal signs follows the lecture.

The program and trip are co-sponsored by S.E.E.D.S. The lecture is free; there is a $10 per person charge for the field trip to Hawk's Ridge in Floyd County. Field trip participants should bring a bag lunch.

Call 552-3914 to pre-register for the field trip by Thursday, April 10.

New Virginians schedule April 20 concert

The New Virginians will present their annual spring concert Sunday, April 20, in the Haymarket Theater at 8 p.m. Darmon Meader will be special guest artist and performer.

Recognized in both the jazz vocal and instrumental world, Meader is considered one of the premier vocalists, arrangers and saxophonists in jazz today. Meader has achieved rapid international recognition as the founder, musical director, chief arranger, composer, producer, saxophonist, and vocalists with the New York Voices. As a member of the New York Voices, he has released four albums on the GRP Record label. He has appeared as a guest artist on a variety of other projects including the Grammy-award winning "Count Basie Orchestra with New York Voices-Live at MCG."

The New Virginians and Meader will perform some of the popular "New York Voices" music along with many great American classics. Tickets will be available at the door for $5 for general public and $2 for students.

Leave donations sought

Employees in the following areas have requested leave donations: College of Arts and Sciences; College of Engineering; Cooperative Extension Service; University Libraries; and vice provost for international programs.

These employees are eligible to receive leave through the Leave Sharing Program. If you are a salaried classified or 12-month faculty employee, you have an opportunity to participate by donating annual leave in increments of eight hours.

There is no maximum donation limitation per year, nor is there a minimum balance that must be maintained.

To protect recipients, the names and details of medical conditions will remain confidential. However, you MUST donate your leave to either a specific individual or area.

You may obtain a donor form from your department administrative office or from the Personnel Services Department at 1-9331. Please return the completed form to Ella Mae Vaught, Leave Administrator, Personnel Services, Southgate Center, Blacksburg, VA, 24061-0318.

Statistical help available online

The Statistical Consulting Center has a new electronic request form designed to make it easier for people who need help with experimental design or with research data analysis to get the information they need. The form is available at the center's World Wide Web site (http://www.cas.vt.edu/statistics). Help also is available by calling 1-6567.