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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 19 - February 5, 1998

Sandra Birch of the Virginia Tech Department of Computer Science received a Certificate of Recognition from Phi Beta Kappa national society for more than a decade of service to the Mu Chapter at Virginia Tech. Birch has served the organization in various capacities over the years, including secretary, chair of the initiation committee, and member of the members-in-course committee. She has also served on the national organization's members-in-course committee.
Ellsworth (Skip) Fuhrman, professor of sociology and science and technology studies recently published Sociology Surfing on the World Wide WEB, 1998, with McGraw Hill and was selected as editor of Science, Technology and Human Values, the official journal of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S). Science, Technology and Human Values is an international, multidisciplinary journal containing research and commentary on the development and dynamics of science and technology. The Society for the Social Studies of Science was founded to promote research, learning, and understanding in the social analysis of science and technology. It exists to facilitate communication across conventional boundaries that separate disciplines and across national boundaries that separate scholars.
Roger Ariew, professor of philosophy at Virginia Tech, recently presented a paper entitled "Descartes and the Scotists" at the Harvard University departments of Philosophy and History of Science. Ariew also published a paper with Marjorie Grene, adjunct professor and honorary distinguished professor, Department of Philosophy, entitled "The Cartesian Destiny of Form and Matter" in the journal Early Science and Medicine. He was recently elected to the position of president-elect (1997-99) and then president (1999-2001) of the International Society of History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology.
Richard Burian, professor of philosophy and Science and Technology Studies at Virginia Tech, participated in a symposium on "The New Biology of Development" in the Twentieth International Congress of the History of Science, held in Liége, Belgium. His paper "Boris Ephrussi on the units of inheritance and of development" has been selected for a proceedings volume for the congress, and an extended version solicited for the Review of the Philosophy and History of Science. He is a one of eight participants in a web debate on the use of "Model Systems in Biological Studies," to be published in the web Magazine HMSBeagle, a journal published every other week with a readership of some 120,000 biologists and biomedical scientists. Burian also participated in the recent meeting of the History of Science Society in San Diego, serving as commentator on a group of three papers on "Fitting in: Assent and Dissent in the formation of the Evolutionary Synthesis." Revised versions of these papers and the comments have been solicited for publication by the Journal of the History of Biology.
Warren L. Stutzman, professor of electrical engineering and director of the antenna group in the Center for Wireless Telecommunications, recently had a book published by John Wiley. The book, the second edition of Antenna Theory and Design, was co-authored by Gary Thiele of the University of Dayton. First published in 1981, the book is one of the most widely read world-wide on the subject of antennas; it is used by universities as a text and by industry as a resource for wireless communications and other applications.