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Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 32 - June 5, 1997

Ronald D. Johnson, associate dean of graduate and international programs in the Pamplin College of Business, received the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology's 1997 Distinguished Service Contributions Award. The award, which has a $500 prize, was given in recognition of Johnson's 20-plus years of service to the society during which he held a variety of assignments. Letters written in support of Johnson's nomination noted in particular that he played "a crucial role in the development and growing success of the society's annual conference." Johnson currently serves as the society's financial officer. The society, which is Division 14 of the American Psychological Association, has more than 4,000 members.
Zhiwei Zhang, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of sociology, has been awarded the 1997 Bureau of Justice Statistics Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Justice. The fellowship is awarded on a nation-wide, highly competitive basis. In addition to providing Zhang a $2,500 cash prize, the fellowship will sponsor him to conduct independent research on crime and criminal justice, using advanced quantitative methods, in the Institute of Social Research at the University of Michigan July 21-August 15.
Zhang also received the 1996 Clifford C. Clogg Award, which was jointly established in 1995 by the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research Council (ICPSR) and the American Sociological Association Methods Section.
In his Ph.D. program of study at Virginia Tech, Zhang has dual concentrations in organizational behavior and deviant behavior, with a minor in quantitative methods. He is a member of the American Sociological Association and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Bill Campion, director of Recreational Sports, has been named by Governor George Allen to serve on the Governor's Commission on Physical Fitness and Sports. The commission will advise the governor on matters related to sports, health, and physical fitness.
Joe Marcy has been elected president of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Faculty Association for the 1997-98 academic year. Other officers elected were: Bill Ravlin president elect; Leon Geyer, vice president; and Dan Eversole, secretary-treasurer.
CALS faculty members elected to college commissions were: Robert Lyons and Susan Duncan, academic program policies; Glen Hetzel and Jim Pease, Extension program policies; Cindy Wood, James Claus, and Don Mullins, faculty affairs; Chester Foy, Raymond Nebel, and Naraine Persaud, international program policies; and George Lacy and Susan Duncan, research program policies.
Don Mullins and Ruth Alscher were elected to the College Advisory Committee on Strategic Research Planning. John Hess and Sue Tolin were elected to the Faculty Senate. Richard Veilleux, was elected to the university graduate studies commission. Dixie Reaves and Alan McDaniel were selected as candidates for one seat on the University Commencement Committee. Eldridge Collins and Bill Ravlin were selected as candidates for one seat on the University Advisory Council on Strategic Budgeting and Planning.
Susan Duncan, associate professor of food science and technology, will receive the American Dairy Science Foundation Award, which is presented to recognize young scholars and their potential in research and educational leadership and to identify critical issues affecting the future of the dairy industry.
George J. Flick, professor of food science and technology, was awarded a certificate of appreciation from the U.S. Army Veterinary Command for technical assistance he provided. The certificate recognized his contributions in providing educational opportunities, research and training materials to train military personnel in applied Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point techniques.
James R. Claus, associate professor of food science and technology, has been elected serve a one-year term as the chair of the 1998 Junior/Senior Scholarship Jury and a three-year term (1997-2000) on the Constitution and By-Laws committee of the Institute of Food Technologists. The institute has 28,000 members throughout the world.
Merle Pierson, professor of food science and technology, gave an invited presentation on "Microbiological Testing and HACCP" at the 51st Annual Convention of the National Meat Association in San Diego. He also served on a panel from academia, government and industry that debated issues related to the new USDA pathogen reduction regulations and their impact on meat and poultry processors.
He gave invited presentations on "The Development of HACCP for Food Safety" and "HACCP Implementation" and served as a session chairman at the 1st International Conference on Food Safety and HACCP, Noordwijk aan Zee, Netherlands. He also presented a one-day workshop on "Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points Verification" at the conference and again in Frankfurt, Germany. Participants from 30 nations attended the conference.
Bruce Zoecklein, assistant professor of food science and technology, has been invited to speak at the 1997 Wineries Unlimited Symposium to be held in Lancaster, Pa. His presentations include: Harvesting for Optimum Ripeness, Red Wine Maceration and Issues in Red Wine Production in the Eastern US.
Essentials of Food Sanitation, a textbook by Norman G. Marriott, professor of food science and technology, is scheduled for publication this month. Marriott also conducted a meat-processing short course in Smithfield.
Susan Sumner and Cameron Hackney, of the Department of Food Safety and Technology, co-sponsored a three-day HACCP workshop with the Virginia Food Processors Association on March 19-21 at Graves Mountain Lodge. The workshop was accredited by the International Meat and Poultry HACCP Alliance. It was designed to assist food processors with understanding and implementing new food-safety requirements required by the federal Food and Drug Administration and Department of Agriculture.

Susan Sumner, associate professor of food science and technology, has been selected by the U.S. Apple Association to serve on a national panel to draft sanitation and good manufacture practice guidelines for apple cider processors. She is also working with the Virginia Apple Association to assist their members with the implementation of HACCP. Susan Sumner and Cameron Hackney offered an HACCP workshop May 21-22 for Virginia apple cider processors.
A book chapter by Sumner, "Microbiology of Fruits and Vegetables," was recently published in Processing Vegetables by Technomic Publishing Co. Because of recent food-borne disease outbreaks involving fresh fruits and vegetables Technomic Publishing has asked Sumner to edit a book on the microbiology issues surrounding fruits and vegetables.
Sumner, in conjunction with members of the International Association of Milk, Food and Environmental Sanitarians program advisory committee, organized, planned, and invited speakers for a one-day informational meeting on HACCP in Washington, D.C. Speakers included regulatory and industry personnel discussing the differences in HACCP programs for the seafood, dairy, meat and poultry and food industries.
WVTF radio wins awards for news coverage
The WVTF Public Radio news department has once again won several awards for outstanding news coverage in southwest Virginia. The station competed with other radio stations in the small-market category in Delaware, Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.
The Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA), the largest organization representing broadcast journalists in the United States and other countries, presented WVTF news director Rick Mattioni with the regional award for overall excellence and an award for spot news coverage for coverage of the flood of `96.
WVTF also won the highest award in the state given by the Associated Press for spot breaking news coverage.
Last year, the station's news department received four regional RTNDA awards and went on to win the national Edward R. Murrow Award for Spot News Coverage.
WVTF Public Radio (89.1 FM), a National Public Radio member station, offers award-winning news, music, entertainment, public service, and public-affairs programming 24 hours a day.