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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 03 - September 11, 1997

Virginia Tech faculty and staff members and students are often the subject of significant national and state-wide news coverage. To better inform the university community about these accomplishments, the Office of University Relations has compiled this monthly report. This report excludes coverage in the Roanoke news-media market. For more information about the articles mentioned, call Julie Kane, university public relations coordinator, at 1-9934, or contact your college public-relations officer.

(Lynchburg, VA) The News and Advance (March 30): Architecture Professor Robert Dorgan was quoted in an article concerning an architecture competition where 51 Virginia Tech students proposed solutions to access Lynchburg's riverfront.

(China's educational TV station) CCTV (May): William Hyde, forestry professor, was interviewed for the weekly series, "The Road to Sustainable Development," which is broadcast in Mandarin, English, and French, and reaches 88 countries, including the United States.

Singapore Television (July 2): Ed Fox, professor of computer science, talked about the National Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations project and asked Singapore to participate. Fox also discussed projects about college and K-12 education.

Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel (June 7): UAP Professor Joseph Scarpaci was interviewed and quoted regarding the relocation of squatters in the Cuban capital.

Washington Post (June 8): Communication Studies Professor Robert Denton was quoted in a story about the impact of negative advertising during the Republican primary campaign for Attorney General.

Dallas Morning News (June 9): Professor of urban affairs and planning Joseph Scarpaci was quoted in an article on new capital investment in Havana, Cuba.

The Loudon Times-Mirror (June 11): A seminar series developed by Robert Giles, professor in the College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources, was featured. Giles told his audience that environmental management was the key to safe growth.

Virginia Public Radio (week of June 14): Fisheries and Wildlife Science Professor James Fraser discussed the plight of the bald eagle on the Chesapeake Bay on "With Good Reason," a half-hour program airing on public-radio stations in Virginia and Washington, D.C.

(Richmond) WRVA Radio (June 20), Virginia News Network (June 23): Communication Studies Assistant Professor Matthew McAllister remarked on the impact of the tobacco negotiations on advertising.

Japan Times (June 22): An article about a Zen-like painting workshop appeared mentioning professor of art and art history Ray Kass, students from various colleges including Virginia Tech, along with Jiro Okura of Japan, who led the workshop.

National Public Radio (June 27): NPR's "Morning Edition" featured a story on Virginia Tech's electronic dissertations project. Those interviewed included Associate Provost for Graduate Studies John Eaton and Fralin Center for Biotechnology Director Tracy Wilkins.

Blue Ridge Business Journal (July): A front-page feature on the region's technology job market quoted Willard Farley, associate director of the Center for Wireless Communications; Scott Midkiff, associate professor of electrical engineering; and John Phillips, university economic-development officer.

Virginia News Network (July 2): University Transportation Fellow Ray Pethtel discussed a court victory for the "smart"-highway project.

Virginia Public Radio (July 4-9): English Professor Lucinda Roy read two poems about the Dismal Swamp on "With Good Reason."

USA Today (July 17): A story ran about technology on campuses, with Virginia Tech as the primary focus. Two color photos were shown of a student and Virgil Cook, associate professor in English.

Virginia Public Radio (July 25-31): History Professor Crandall Shifflet discussed the legacy of Appalachian coal communities on "With Good Reason."

Virginia Engineer (August 1997): An article about the Virginia Tech Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team's placing best in three categories in the national Future Car Challenge, quoted Mechanical Engineering (ME) Professor Doug Nelson and graduate students Randy Senger of ME and Matt Merkle of electrical engineering.

Virginia Public Radio (August 8-13): Food Science and Technology Professor Bruce Zoecklein provided an overview of his work to expand Virginia's wine industry, the fourth largest in the country, on "With Good Reason."