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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 03 - September 11, 1997

John Browder, urban affairs and planning professor, co-authored Rainforest Cities: Urbanization, Development and Globalization of the Brazilian Amazon, published by Columbia University Press.

Joseph L. Scarpaci, urban affairs and planning associate professor, co-authored Havana: Two Faces of the Antillean Metropolis, published by John Wiley and Sons.

Mitzi Vernon, assistant professor of architecture, and Richard Goff, engineering professor, delivered a slide-and-computer presentation at the 1997 Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) educators conference at Virginia Tech's Washington Alexandria Center.

Bill Green, architecture assistant professor, and Scott Gartner, architecture associate professor, lectured on noted designer Raymond Loewy's train station in Roanoke. Green also lectured on his research on intelligent cars in connection with Virginia Tech's Center for Transportation Research. A paper from Bill Green was selected by the IDSA to be delivered at their national convention which followed.

WVTF Public Radio received an award from Public Radio News Directors for the best regularly scheduled news program in the nation for mid-size markets. Most public-radio stations compete in this category.

Norrine Bailey Spencer, associate dean for undergraduate programs, Pamplin College of Business, was one of four business deans or associate deans appointed to the national undergraduate conference planning committee of the AACSB, the International Association for Management Education. The annual meeting is held each February.

Garth Wilkes, professor of chemical engineering and co-director of the Polymer Materials and Interfaces Laboratory, has been appointed as a member of the academic advisory council of the national Industrial Research Institute.

Michael Weaver, associate professor of entomology, was recognized this summer for his contributions to the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators. Weaver was instrumental in establishing a world-wide-web homepage for the association, and he worked with the Virginia Tech Scholarly Communications Project to develop the Journal of Pesticide Safety Education, the official electronic journal of the association. Weaver was also named the refereed journal's first editor.

Raymond L. Nebel, professor of dairy science, received the 1997 Merck AgVet Dairy Management Research Award for his exceptional Extension and research program. The award was presented by the American Dairy Science Association annual meeting on the campus of the University of Guelph in Ontario. His Extension program was rated highest in his department by county Extension and farm-management agents, dairy farmers, and industry representatives for the last 10 years.

Susan E. Duncan, associate professor of food science and technology, was awarded the American Dairy Science Association Foundation Scholar Award. The award recognizes young scientists with demonstrated excellence in research that focuses on critical issues facing the dairy industry. The award recognized Duncan's timely research on the need of the dairy industry to alter the image of dairy products through technological advances.

A project on low-input crop and livestock systems headed by Joe P. Fotenot, professor of animal science, was selected for inclusion in the 10th anniversary publication of SARE, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. The project was one of 36 projects selected from more than 1,200 projects funded by SARE to be included in the publication.

Donald E. Mullins, professor of entomology, presented an invited paper entitled "Organic Sorption/Biodegradation of Pesticides" at the 1997 United States-Japan Joint Seminar on Pesticides and the Future: Minimizing Chronic Exposure of Humans and the Environment. The seminar was held recently in Kisarazu, Chiba-ken, Japan. Mullins reported on remediation of pesticide wastes using biological processes under study by he and members of the Pesticide Disposal Group at Virginia Tech. The seminar was sponsored by the National Science foundations of both countries.

Raymond H. Myers, professor emeritus of statistics, was invited to give a keynote address at the Southern Regional Research Conference on Statistics in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The conference theme was Response Surface Design and Analysis. Myers's address was titled "Response Surface Methodology: Current Trends and Future Concerns."

Stephen K. White, professor of political science, was a visiting professor at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. While there, he presented various lectures and participated in a symposium in Utrecht focused on his work, sponsored by the National Research Group on The Ethics of Care. The faculty at Rotterdam will publish an interview with him in the journal Krisis as well as a Dutch translation of "Weak Ontology and Liberal Political Reflection." That paper was also presented at the Goethe University, Frankfurt, where he holds a Humboldt Fellowship during the academic year 1997-98.

Peter Wallenstein, associate professor of history, has published "William Ballard Preston and the Politics of Slavery, 1832-1862" in Smithfield Review 1; "Indian Foremothers: Race, Sex, Slavery, and Freedom in Early Virginia" in the book The Devil's Lane: Sex and Race in the Early South; and "`Helping to Save the Union': The Social Origins, Wartime Experience, and Military Impact of White Union Soldiers from East Tennessee" in the book The Civil War in Appalachia.

John M. Carroll, professor of computer science and director of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction, and Mary Beth Rosson, associate professor of computer science, visited the University of Tampere, Finland to present a lecture series titled "Network communities; Community networks." Rosson also presented a colloquium talk titled "The design of object-oriented applications from user interaction scenarios."