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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 22 - February 26, 1998

Thursday, 26
Eating Disorder Awareness Week Program, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., 126-B W. Jackson: Free screening for eating disorders.
YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Natural History of Big Bend National Park, Texas," by Jack and Sandi Webster.
Science/Technology Lunch Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane Hall: "What Does Academic Freedom Mean Now?"
EO/AA Teleconference, 2-4 p.m., 212 Information Systems Building: Legal issues for adolescents and adults with LD and ADHD.
Black History Month Activity, 7:30 p.m., Black Cultural Center: "Black on Black Love."
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Shakespeare Seen by Scene." Through 2-28.
Friday, 27
Salary and Wage Paydate.
Environmental Partnerships Symposium, 1:30-5 p.m., DBHCC auditorium. Call 1-8954 or 1-3993.
Multicultural Dialogue Series, noon, 140 Squires: "Does Race Really Matter?"
International Club Meeting, 5 p.m., Cranwell Center: "The Diachronic Evolution of Greek Folk Music," by Kriton Hatzios.
Black History Month Activity, 7 p.m., Black Cultural Center: "Life after Virginia Tech: Narratives by Recent African-American Graduates."
VTU Film Series, 7 p.m., Squires: "Soul Food" (second show at 9:30).
Music Ensemble Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Early Music Ensemble, directed by John Howell.
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Shakespeare Seen by Scene." Through 2-28.
Black History Month Activity, 8-10 p.m., University Club: "Chitlin Strut" (Harlem Renaissance foods).
Saturday, 28
VTMNH "Science Saturday," 11 a.m., Natural History Museum: Animal adaptations and homes. For children and parents. Call: 1-3001.
YMCA Hike, 9 a.m., meet at Y parking lot: Kelley's Knob (moderate).
Men's Basketball, 2 p.m., Cassell: Duquesne.
Book Signing, 2-4 p.m., Volume Two Bookstore: James I. Robertson.
VTU Film Series, 7 p.m., Squires: "Soul Food" (second show at 9:30).
Music Department Concert, 8 p.m., Burruss auditorium: "Winter Concert."
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Shakespeare Seen by Scene."
Sunday, 1
Student Recital, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Alex Parez, saxophone.
International Club/Women's Month Activity, 8 p.m., Squires Colonial: West African film "Taafe Fanga."
Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Jaime Williams, horn and Josh Wirt, tuba.
Monday, 2
YMCA Soup and Substance, noon, 116 Squires: Video: "A History of America's Civil Rights Movement."
University Council Meeting, 3-5 p.m., 1045 Pamplin.
Women's Month Activity, 7 p.m., McBryde 129: "Real Experiences in Virtual Spaces: Conversations with People in Cyberspace," by Annette Markham.
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., 204 Performing Arts Building: "GoldRussian FingerLove" (second show at 9:30). Through 3-6.
Tuesday, 3
Women's Month Activity, 12:30 p.m., Women's Center: "Single Moms and Working Families." Part one in a four-part discussion series.
OTT/GSA Speaker, 7:30 p.m., Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center, room C: "The Days of the Big Bad Boss Are Gone," by John Washburn, Southern Illinois.
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., 204 Performing Arts Building: "GoldRussian FingerLove" (second show at 9:30 p.m.). Through 3-6.
Wednesday, 4
Men's Basketball at Atlantic 10 Tournament. Through 3-7.
YMCA "Mornings," 9:30-11:30 a.m., Luther Memorial Church: International Women's Day celebration.
YMCA Thrift Shop Half-Price Sale, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., 1336 S. Main.
UOIP/CEUT Colloquium, 11:45 a.m., Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center: Presentations on Tech's Center for European Studies and Architecture. Call 1-6452.
Family Support Discussion, noon-1 p.m., 244 Wallace: "Discipline: A Parent to Parent Discussion," by Joyce Beliveau, Child Abuse Prevention Coalition.
Women's Month Activity, 3:30 p.m., University Club: Creative Writing Festival.
"With Good Reason," 7 p.m., WVTF-FM: "The Fall Guy: Great Frame-Ups in History," with Terry Alford, Northern Virginia Community College, and Katharine Maus, UVa.
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., 204 Performing Arts Building: "GoldRussian FingerLove" (second show at 9:30 a.m.). Through 3-6.
Women's Month Activity, 8 p.m., Black Cultural Center: "Becoming Feminist Kicking and Screaming: The Feminist Politics of Women's Self-Defense," by Martha McCaughey.
Thursday, 5
YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Asian Snapshots: Malaysia, Nepal, and India," by John Ashby.
Women's Month Activity, 12:30 p.m., Women's Center: Video Series: "Maya Lin: A Strong, Clear Vision" (second show at 5:30 p.m.).
Women's Month Activity, 6:30 p.m., Squires Brush Mountain A: Lois Benjamin, Hampton, will speak on race, class, and gender.
Women's Month Activity, 7:30 p.m., 1045 Pamplin: "Changing Forces and Constants: Women, Work, and the 21st Century," by Camille Miller.
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., 204 Performing Arts Building: "GoldRussian FingerLove" (second show at 9:30). Through 3-6.
Thursday, 26
Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Generalized (Stochastic) Hill Climbing Algorithms: A Unifying Approach to Addressing Discrete Optimization Problems," by Sheldon H. Jacobson.
ElectroMagnetics, 4 p.m., 654 Whittemore: "Frequency Probing of the Earth," Werner Kohler Low.
English, 4 p.m., 120 Williams: "Ecology and Literature," by Gyorgyi Voros.
Chemical Engineering, 4 p.m., 331 Randolph: "Predicting the Effect of Cell Motility on Biodegradation in Porous Media," by Paul Frymier, Tennessee.
Entomology, 4-5 p.m., 220 Price: "Limitations of Using Regression and Mean Separation Analyses for Describing Crop Yield/Defoliation Relationships," by Brian Nault.
Friday, 27
VISC, noon, 654 Whittemore: "High-level BIST Synthesis," by Hanbin Kim.
MCBB, noon, Fralin auditorium: "Protein Phosphorylation and Regulation of Insulin Action," by John Lawrence, UVa.
Economics, 3:30-5 p.m., 1045 Pamplin: "Rights, Rules, and Rent-Seeking: Variations on the Tragedy of Commons," by James Buchanan, George Mason.
Botany, 4 p.m., 1084 Derring: "Goals and Conditions for Sustainable Use of the Planet," by John Cairns.
Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 3092 Derring: "Some New Perspectives on the Central African Copperbelt and the Katangan Metallogenic Province," by Sharad Master, Harvard.
Monday, 2
CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "Performance of Dairy Heifers on Warm-Season Grass," by Stephen J. Hutton.
Research/Graduate Studies, 4-5:30 p.m., 30 Pamplin: "The Role of Theses and Dissertations as Independent Works of Scholarship," by Jules LaPidus.
Tuesday, 3
Biology, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Historical Perspectives in Animal Physiology," by Knut Schmidt-Nielsen, Duke.
Chemical Engineering, 4 p.m., 331 Randolph: "Synthesis and Irradiation of Aromatic Polymers for Use as Permselective Materials for Gas Separations," by Maria R. Coleman, Arkansas.
Wednesday, 4
Science/Technology Studies, 4 p.m., 132 Lane: "Patents for Technology Transfer: Travel as Object, Mode, and Method," by Marianne de Laet, Columbia.
Thursday, 5
Particle Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Persistence and Poisoning: New Probes of Coarsening Dynamics," by Benjamin Lee, National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Entomology, 4-5 p.m., 220 Price: TBA.
Professor to appear on A&E program
Associate Professor of History Glenn Bugh will be featured in the Arts and Entertainment (A&E) Channel's "Biography" program. Bugh is one of the experts featured in a biography of the Roman Emperor Caligula. The program will air Monday, March 2, at 8 p.m. The A&E Channel is Channel 34 on Adelphia Cable serving Blacksburg, and Channel 16 on Virginia Tech's cable system.
Male subjects needed for weight-loss study
Men 18-40 years old who are not part of an exercise training program are needed as subjects for a thesis research project through the Department of Human, Nutrition, Foods and Exercise. The advisor on the project is Janet Rankin and the students are Michelle Stockunas and Roxann Polo.
The project, to take place from March to June, will entail a 10-week exercise program including: nutrition education and counseling; body-fat determination; muscle sample; valuation of fitness level; glucose-tolerance and insulin-resistance tests; and cholesterol screening.
To determine eligibility for this research project, or for additional information contact Stockunas at 552-6799, 1-7708, or mstockun@vt.edu. Or contact Polo at 953-5580, polo@vt.edu.
YMCA Thrift Shop's bookstall renovated
The YMCA Thrift Shop announces a newly renovated bookstall, with a wide selection of used books, including children's, adult, and some hardback books. Joining the YMCA Book Club will allow patrons to receive book credit for donations of paperback books to the bookstall.
Contact Rita Weaver at 552-2633 or ymcats@swva.net for more information.
Museum offers children's program on animals
On February 28, the Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History will offer the free program "Animal Adaptations and Homes" as part of the "Science Saturdays" series for children. Parents are welcome to join their children and museum volunteers for fun-filled activities involving science and nature. The museum is located at 428 N. Main Street in Blacksburg. Enrollment is limited to 20; pre-registration is required by 5 p.m. the Thursday preceding the program. Call 1-3001.
Forum on environmental partnerships scheduled
The Department of Urban Affairs and Planning is sponsoring a "Symposium on Environmental Partnerships" on February 27 in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center auditorium from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Reception and refreshments will follow in the lobby outside the auditorium. All are welcome.
Collaborative partnerships among environmental organizations, business, and government agencies, as well as among non-governmental organizations with common interests, are among the most promising developments in environmental conservation and management. This symposium will explore a variety of recent new directions for environmental partnerships, and their implications for collaborative and community-based initiatives to protect and restore environmental quality.
The first session, "Recent Developments in Environmental Partnerships," will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and will feature Richard Andrews, of the University of North Carolina, and Rupert Cutler, of Western Virginia Land Trust. The second session, "Community-based Environmental Partnerships," will be held from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. and will feature Greg Edwards, of the Nature Conservancy (Virginia), and Sheila and Larry Wilson, of Appalachian Focus.
Please direct any questions to either Judith Mayer, 1-8954, jmayer@vt.edu or Ted Koebel, 1-3993, tkoebel@vt.edu.
CASSA sponsoring blood drive
The College of Arts and Sciences Staff Association (CASSA) is sponsoring a blood drive on Monday, March 9. The Red Cross Blood Mobile will be located outside the Performing Arts Building (PAB) across from McBryde from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Appointments are strongly suggested. Contact Brenda Husser at 1-6878 or Debbie Nester at 1-8971.
"Learning On Line" proposals wanted
"Learning On Line '98: Building the Virtual University" will be held from June 18-21, 1998 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia. This international conference is being sponsored by Virginia Tech and the Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement (COTA). Keynote speakers will include Steve Gilbert, N. Katherine Hayles, Michael Joyce, Burks Oakley, Mark Poster, Howard Strauss.
One-to-two page proposals for papers and presentations exploring the theory and methods of university and college-level teaching and learning in the digital environment are being sought. More information is available at ebbs.english.vt.edu/Learning-98.
Deadline for proposals is April 1. Please direct questions to: Len Hatfield (Len.Hatfield@vt.edu) or Tim Luke (twluke@vt.edu). For registration information, contact Jane Todd at 1-2014 (janetodd@vt.edu) or Mark Schaefermeyer at 1-3259 (eagle@vt.edu). Register on line at www.conted.vt.edu/Learning/Online.htm.
CommonHealth offers diabetes program
On Monday, March 2, from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in conference room C of the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center, CommonHealth is sponsoring an informational program on diabetes. Carol Ballard of Medical Associates of Southwest Virginia, will speak on diabetes, including physiology, signs and symptoms, and treatment.
To register call the CommonHealth office at 1-7810 or send an e-mail note to ggsmith@vt.edu.
UOIP, CEUT sponsor international education series
During spring semester 1998 the University Office of International Programs (UOIP) and the Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (CEUT) are jointly sponsoring a colloquium series on current issues in international education. The series, featuring individual and panel presentations by prominent internationalists at Virginia Tech, addresses a variety of topics of current interest to faculty members.
The sessions, lasting two hours each, are being held at the Donaldson Brown Center, on campus, and include lunch followed by topical presentations. The first session was held on February 3. The speaker for the occasion was John Caldwell from the Department of Horticulture and winner of the 1997 Alumni Award for Excellence in International Programs. Caldwell described his work during the past 16 years in agricultural development and international education.
The second session will be held on Wednesday, March 4 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the Appalachian and Blue Ridge rooms at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. The session will feature presentations on the past, present and future use of Tech's Center for European Studies and Architecture, in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland. Panelists for the occasion will include: Gene Egger (architecture); Jerry Robinson (business); and Glenn Bugh (history).
Participation is limited to 20. Those wishing to attend should register no later than noon on Friday, February 27, with Donna Sanzenbach, executive secretary with UOIP, at 1-6452 or donnac@vt.edu.
The Reynolds Homestead CEC announces events
The Reynolds Homestead Continuing Education Center has announced its events for the months of March through August. A number of faculty members, past and present, are contributing in many capacities throughout the coming season.
"The American Song in Peace and War" opens the calendar on Tuesday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. The evening of story and song features James I. Robertson as narrator, with Kent Holliday, Ben Cole, Richard Cole, and Nancy McDuffie as performers. Later in the month J.D. Stahl of the English department will lead a discussion of Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes.
July's art exhibition in the center's main gallery will be "Hot Wax Computage: Computer Art by Leslye Bloom."
Virginia Tech faculty members who wish to receive the spring and summer calendar of events may e-mail their requests to dbritt@vt.edu or write to The Reynolds Homestead, Route l, Box 190, Critz VA 24082.
Classified staff may apply for Trice scholarship
The Faculty and Student Awards Committee of the Pamplin College of Business is accepting applications for the Lt. Col. William A. Trice Scholarship, a merit-based award to a Tech classified employee who is pursuing a degree in the Pamplin College of Business part-time. The recipient must be a Virginia resident for at least 18 years. Preference will be given to residents of Craig, Floyd, Goochland, Nelson Counties. Up to $500 is available for July 1, 1998 to June 30, 1999 to cover university expenses such as tuition, fees, and books.
Interested classified employees should send a letter of application including academic achievement, educational plans, professional experience, length of residency in Virginia, county of residence, and an estimate of how funding might be used. Letters are due no later than Thursday, March 5, to Dr. Norrine Bailey Spencer, Vice Chair, Pamplin Faculty and Student Awards Committee.
Recipients will be notified of the committee decision by April 1, 1998; presentation will be made at the annual college honors banquet Sunday, April 19th.
Proposals for CEUT grants due March 2
CEUT offers Instructional Enhancement Grants to ensure quality and encourage innovation throughout Virginia Tech's educational programs. The deadline for submitting proposals for CEUT Instructional Enhancement Grants is March 2 at 5 p.m.
Visit the CEUT web page for details, or contact the CEUT office at ceut@vt.edu or 1-9109 to request a hard copy of the guidelines. This semester we welcome your proposal for any of the following Instructional Enhancement Grants: Teaching-Release Grant for Fall Semester 1998; Teaching-Learning Grant for Fall Semester 1998; Summer Faculty Fellows Grant for Second Summer 1998; and minigrants (proposals for minigrants welcomed at any time).
In addition, CEUT and the University Office of International Programs are co-sponsoring an International Faculty Fellows Grant. The due date for proposals is also March 2. Details about this grant are available from CEUT and UOIP.