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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 21 - February 19, 1998

Claire Cole Vaught, a faculty member in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the College of Human Resources and Education, has been appointed a member of the Virginia Secondary Committee of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The committee reviews the reports of middle and high schools in the state seeking SACS accreditation and decides accreditation status for those schools. It is a three-year appointment. Committee members include secondary principals, superintendents, and Department of Education personnel. The group is currently chaired by a Virginia Tech alum in educational administration, William Canady, superintendent of Hampton City Schools.
Mahmood A. Khan, professor and chair of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management in the College of Human Resources and Education, was invited by the Korean Food Research Institute to present a seminar on "Trends in Restaurant Management." He was also invited as a special guest by the Knol-Boo restaurant chain to visit their corporate headquarters and restaurants. Khan was recently quoted in a special edition of Nation's Restaurant News, on the occasion of 50 years of franchising. He was quoted as an expert in hospitality franchising.
Kathleen Parrott, a faculty member in the Department of Near Environments in the College of Human Resources and Education, was recognized for her work on "Home*A*Syst: An Environmental Risk-Assessment Guide for the Home." "Home*A*Syst received a Blue Ribbon Award from the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE) in its 1997 Educational Aids Competition. Parrott, along with several other authors, were recognized for "outstanding effort and achievement in the development of noteworthy educational aids." There will be in-service training in June for Cooperative Extension staff members to introduce the Home*A*Syst curriculum to Virginia.
E. Thomas Garman, professor consumer affairs and family financial management in the College of Human Resources and Education, has been appointed to a five-year term as consumer representative to the United States Food and Drug Administration. Garman will be a member of the Anesthesiology and Respiratory Therapy Devices Panel, Center for Devices and Radiological Health. Garman authored four books in 1997. Regulation and Consumer Protection: Politics, Bureaucracy, and Economics, with co-authors Kenneth J. Meier and Lael R. Keiser, was published in its third edition by Dame Publications, Inc. Consumer Economic Issues in America was published in its fifth edition by Dame Publications, Inc. Personal Finance, co-authored with Raymond E. Forgue was published in its fifth edition by Houghton Mifflin Company. The Mathematics of Personal Finance Using Calculators and Computers, with co-author Jing J. Xiao, was published by Dame Publications, Inc.
Interior design students in the College of Human Resources and Education won top honors in the student competition held in conjunction with the international conference of the Design Communication Association (DCA) which met January 8-10 in Tucson, Arizona. Chris Turner, Jung Park, and Renee Bye won first place in the Interior Design Communication category for a computer modeling and rendering of the ACITC atrium. The project was done for an advanced computer assisted design course taught by interior design faculty member Joan McLain-Kark in spring 1997.
During the American Vocational Association (AVA) conference in Las Vegas, Nevada in December, 1997, College of Human Resources and Education faculty in vocational and technical education received several awards. Daisy Stewart received the Distinguished Leader Award from the National Association of Teacher Educators for Family and Consumer Sciences. She also received a plaque at the AVA assembly of delegates in recognition of her service as president during 1996-1997. In addition, she was elected chair of the editorial board of the Journal of Vocational and Technical Education, the refereed journal of the national organization of Omicron Tau Theta (OTT). Betty Heath-Camp was elected editor of the Journal of Vocational Technical Education. Jim Hoerner received the Charles O. Whitehead Outstanding Service Award from the technical education division of the AVA. B. June Schmidt, retired professor of vocational and technical education, was presented the Award of Merit for Outstanding Service to Business Education from the Business Education Division of the AVA. It is the division's most prestigious award. Curtis Finch received the Vocational Instructional Materials (VIM) award of merit for the 1996 State Department of Education publication "Diverse Learners: Strategies for Success." Co-authors are faculty member Susan B. Asselin and graduate students Marianne Mooney and Pat Werth. Mooney and Finch presented a paper on "Designing the Thematic Curriculum: New Challenges for Vocational Educators." The late Nevin R. Frantz posthumously received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Industrial and Technical Teacher Educators.
Kriton K. Hatzios, professor and head of the Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science, published his third book, entitled, Regulation of Enzymatic Systems Detoxifying Xenobiotics in Plants. The book was published by Kluwer Academic Publishers, Amsterdam, and contains 26 chapters based on the invited papers presented at a NATO Advanced Research Workshop organized by Hatzios in Greece in September of 1996.
The Virginia Museum of Natural History presented its Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science to Michael Kosztarab, professor emeritus of entomology, on January 28. Kosztarab served on the original legislative advisory committee involved in establishing the museum as a state agency. Upon assuming emeritus status, he donated a large portion of his scientific library to the museum's library in Martinsville. In 1996 the museum published one of Kosztarab's books, Scale Insects of Northeastern North America.
The second edition of Antenna Theory and Design, written by Warren L. Stutzman and Gary Thiele of the University of Dayton, was published by John Wiley. The text, first published in 1981, is the leading book on antennas and is used by universities as a text and by industries for wireless communications and other applications. Stutzman is director of the antenna group in the Center for Wireless Telecommunications and the Thomas Phillips Professor of Engineering in the electrical and computer engineering department.