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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 09 - October 23, 1997

John M. Carroll, professor of computer science and director of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction participated in an NSF-sponsored Design Education Workshop at Georgia Tech in September (http://www.cc.gatech.edu/edutech/dew/). With co-authors Suzan Mauney of Blacksburg Middle School and C. Fred Rencsok of Auburn High School, Carroll contributed a paper titled "Learning by Design in a Virtual School."
James (Sean) Arthur and Richard Nance of computer science attended the meeting of the Practical Software Measurement Product Engineering Study Group in Crystal City. Arthur chaired the meeting.
Larry T. Taylor of the chemistry department recently gave an invited lecture at the 26th Biennial Meeting of the Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry in Cadiz, Spain. The title of the presentation was "The Employment of Hydrofluorocarbons for Achieving Greater Selectivity in Analytical Supercritical Fluid Extraction." Mehdi Ashraf-Khorassani, research scientist in the Department of Chemistry, was co-author. Taylor also recently gave an invited presentation at the 11th meeting of the Association of Official Analytical Chemists in San Diego, Cal. The title of the talk was "Sample Preparation for the Analysis of Sulfa Drugs from Various Food Matrices." Michael Combs, a former graduate student of Taylor's, was co-author.
Michael T. Combs, graduate student in chemistry, recently received the Student Research Award in Supercritical Fluids for an outstanding publication describing research in the use of supercritical fluids in analytical chemistry. The award was presented by the Tri-State and Mid-west Supercritical Fluid Discussion Groups at the Atlanta-Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry. The award of $250 plus plaque is presented to an undergraduate or graduate student who served as the primary author of a paper published or accepted for publication during the 1996 calendar year. Judging was based on the technical content, research approach and originality, and writing style. The title of his paper was "Comparison of Supercritical Fluoroform and Carbon Dioxide for Extraction of Sulfonamides from Various Food Matrices." Combs's thesis research was done under the supervision of L.T. Taylor in the chemistry department.
Russell T. Jones, professor of psychology, recently received a National Institutes of Mental Health Minority Research Supplement of $50,000, which is awarded on a competitive basis, for a graduate student in clinical psychology, Cheri Weeks. Jones, who is primary researcher on a $1.2-million National Institutes of Mental Health Residential Fire Grant, nominated Weeks for the supplement because of her demonstrated research potential on that grant. The supplement will extend over two years and will provide academic as well as research support for Weeks.
Heide Witthoft, instructor of German, presented a paper on "Whodunit? The Disambiguation of Meaning in Annette von Droste-Hulshoff's `Die Judenbuche' (`The Jews Beech Tree')" at the 21st annual conference of the Philological Association of the Carolinas at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.
Richard Shryock, associate professor of French, has published a book, Lettres a Gustave et Rachel Kahn, an annotated selection of letters written by a variety of turn-of-the-century authors addressed to the French Symbolist poet Gustave Kahn and his wife. The book was published in France by A.G. Nizet.