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Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 29 - April 24, 1997


Thursday, 24

Armory Art Gallery Opening: Student Art Exhibitions and Graduation Exhibition. Through 5-10.

Take Our Daughters to Work Day.

Take Our Daughters to Work Day Reception, 4-5 p.m., Women's Center.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Misanthrope. Through 4-26.

Friday, 25

Faculty-Exchange Forum, 2-3 p.m., Wallace atrium: Panel discussion on the impact of a Norfolk State, Virginia State, Virginia Tech faculty-exchange program.

International Business Speaker, 3:30 p.m., 1045 Pamplin: "Emerging-Market Investing," by W. Denman Zirkle, Lynch & Mayer Inc.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Misanthrope. Through 4-26.

New River Valley Symphony, 8 p.m., Burruss auditorium: Spring Concert.

Saturday, 26

"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF-FM: "Danger Underfoot: Efforts to Remove the World's Land Mines," with Edward Poziomek, ODU, and Steven Stewart, JMU.

YMCA Hike, 9 a.m., meet at YMCA parking lot, 403 Washington St.: Rock Castle Gorge, led by Barry Anderson.

TAUT Open Auditions, 1-4 p.m., Location TBA.

Book Signing, 2 p.m., Volume Two Bookstore: Professor Emeritus Dean Hummel, author of Jonah: An Amish Love Story.

Student Recital, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Noelle Mooney, voice, and Diego Prieto, voice.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Misanthrope.

Sunday, 27

TAUT Production Open Auditions, 7-11 p.m., Location TBA.

Monday, 28

Women's Studies Lecture, 7 p.m., 209 McBryde: "How Women's Self-Defense Challenges the Embodied Politics of Male Domination," by Martha McCaughey.

Tuesday, 29

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

Wednesday, 30

Copyright Coursepack Material Due for Summer II '97.

Classes End.

Student Ensemble, Squires Haymarket Theatre, 8 p.m.: Jazz Ensemble.


Thursday, 1

Salary and Wage Paydate.

Reading Day.


Thursday, 24

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 219 Squires: "Salvaging the RAC: How Can the Public Participate in Making Science Policy?" by Doris Zallen.

Geological Sciences, 3:30 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Incorporating Migration in Offset Dependent Seismic Reflectivity Analysis: AVO Migration/Inversion," by Ali Tura, Geoscience Research Centre.

Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Optoelectronic Quantum Wells at High Pressure," by Mark Holtz, Texas Tech.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Dual Model Robust Regression," by Tim Robinson.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: Grayson Award Winners.

Human-Computer Interaction, 4 p.m., 300 Whittemore: "John Dewey Meets the Barney Generation," by Elliot Soloway, Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Regulation and Development of Haustoria in Parasitic Angiosperms," by James Riopel, UVa.

Friday, 25

MCBB, noon, 102 Fralin: "Protein Unfolding," by Irving Klotz," Northwestern.

Geometry/Mechanics, 2 p.m., 304 Robeson: "Reconstruction Problem," by Joseph Slawny.

Geological Sciences, 3 p.m., 30 Pamplin: "Application of AVO Migration Inversion to 3-D Field Data," by Ali Tura, Geoscience Research Centre.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1084 Derring: "Structure and Organiztion of a Maize Beta-Glucosidase Gene and Its Phylogenetic Implications," by Asim Esen.

Science Study Center, 4 p.m., 219 Squires: "The Credibility of Science Advice: Explaining the Fates of Two NAS Reports on Nutrition and Health," by Stephen Hilgartner, Cornell.

Monday, 28

CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: TBA, by Edward Bohannon.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Molecular Analysis of an Anther-Derived Potato Family," by Eduard Chani.

Tuesday, 29

Distinguished Geotechnical Lecture, 4 p.m., 32 Pamplin: "In-Situ Site Characterization by Seismic Techniques," by Kenneth Stokoe II, Texas at Austin.


Workshop offered for economic developers

The Virginia Economic Developers Association and Virginia Tech's Public Service Programs are sponsoring the second in a series of four professional development workshops for economic developers May 6-7 in Richmond. The workshop, titled "Business Financing for Economic Development Practitioners," is open to anyone involved in economic development across the state.

Topics will include entrepreneurship, obtaining bank loans, government programs, equity and venture capital, and marketing. The second day of the workshop will focus on case studies that demonstrate successful economic development programs in Virginia.

For more information, call Joe Adams, economic development specialist at Virginia Tech, at 1-9412 or e-mail him at joeadams@vt.edu.

Audubon Quartet and friends to perform

"Songs and Lives: The Art of Spiritual Resistance," an evening featuring the Audubon Quartet and friends, will be presented Sunday, April 27, at Virginia Tech.

The multi-media event, to be held at 7 p.m. in the Haymarket Theatre, will include performances of music composed by people in concentration camps, particularly Theresienstadt, presentations of poetry written by children and adults in those camps, and the telling of stories of lives transcending the Holocaust. The program was written by Andy Belser, assistant director of the Virginia Tech Honors Program, who also serves as director of the evening's program.

The event is open to the public at no charge, but donations will be accepted.

For more information, call David Barzilai at 1-7665.

Lecture to focus on Jefferson and race

"Thomas Jefferson, Race, and National Identity," a lecture by Peter S. Onuf, will be presented Thursday, April 24 at 4 p.m. in the DBHCC Old Guard Room,.

Onuf is a professor and chair of history at the University of Virginia. The talk is open to the public at no charge.

The lecture is sponsored by the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Virginia and the Virginia Tech Department of History.

Explore Tech to be presented in Richmond

Participants in Explore Tech 1997, Thursday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Virginia Power facility at Innsbrook, Richmond, can meet mutant cockroaches, see bicycles designed for children with handicaps, view "smart cars" being tested for the near future, and explore the Internet using MoosBurg.

Demonstrations, displays, and opportunities for hands-on involvement in science and engineering will be offered at this educational exposition designed to promote an understanding and awareness of the diversity of science and engineering. Middle- and high-school students from some 90 schools in Richmond, Petersburg, Williamsburg, Charlottesville, and Fredericksburg have been invited to the event.

The Center for Intelligent Material Systems and Structures (CIMSS) at Virginia Tech is the primary sponsor and organizer of the event each year, with sponsorship in 1997 also coming from the Colleges of Engineering, Human Resources and Education, and Arts and Sciences.

The demonstrations and displays are offered by Virginia Tech faculty members and students, as well as by Richard Klein, director of the Bicycle Research Institute at the University of Illinois.

At other booths, scientists and engineers from many different disciplines will showcase the technologies under investigation at Virginia Tech that have applications in everyday life and in such things as recreational equipment, space structures, canoes, and automobiles.

Explore Tech organizers have also worked with teachers from Montgomery County Schools to produce curriculum guides for students to use before and during the Expo to heighten their interest in the demonstrations.

Groups or teachers who wish to attend with a class should make arrangements by calling Beth Howell at the Center for Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 1-2900.

Leave donations for employees sought

Virginia Tech employees in the College of Engineering, Cooperative Extension Service, Residential and Dining Programs, special assistant to the provost, University Libraries, and the office of the vice president for finance and treasurer have requested leave donations:

These employees are eligible to receive leave through the Leave Sharing Program. If you are a salaried classified or 12-month regular 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. Return the completed form to Ella Mae Vaught, Leave Administrator, Personnel Services, Southgate Center, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0318

Statistical Consulting Center announces deadlines

The Statistical Consulting Center's last day for accepting new clients is Friday, April 25. The center will accept new clients for the summer sessions beginning on Monday, May 19.

Staff Senate logo contest deadline extended

The deadline for the Staff Senate logo design contest has been extended to Friday, May 2.

All staff employees are encouraged to participate. The selected logo will represent the Virginia Tech Staff Senate and be used exclusively by the Staff Senate.

The contest is open to all staff employees of Virginia Tech, including non-student wage, part-time, restricted, temporary wage, and full-time staff employees of the university.

All design submissions should be sent to Eileen Moccia, Alumni Hall (0102), Blacksburg, VA 24061.

For more information, contact Tom Hergert at hergert@vt.edu or phone 1-8710.

Stahl to speak at Reynolds Homestead

Lois Lowry's award-winning novel, The Giver, is the topic of the upcoming Thursday Morning Book Discussion at the Reynolds Homestead Continuing Education Center.

The May l discussion continues the Reynolds Homestead's spring series on children's literature.

Leading the discussion is J.D. Stahl, an associate professor at Virginia Tech and a visiting associate professor in the Hollins College Graduate Program in Children's Literature.

Stahl's Thursday morning discussion will be designed for both adult and young people. Included in his audience will be 60 students from the Henry County Gifted and Talented Program. The discussion will begin a l0 a.m.

For more information, call the Critz center at 540-694-7l8l.