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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 24 - March 19, 1998

Thursday, 19
YMCA Open University Registration, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Y office.
Art Gallery Opening, noon, Armory Gallery: Pat West's "Coming Apart" (paintings and sculpture). Through 4-17.
YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Peaceworks in Vietnam" by Steve Darr.
Service-Award Program, noon-1:30 p.m., Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center.
Science/Technology Studies Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "What is a University that Puts Knowledge to Work?"
Women's Month Program, 12:30 p.m., Women's Center: "Cancer in Two Voices" (video, second showing at 5:30).
Staff Senate Meeting, 5:30 p.m., 1810 Litton Reaves.
125th Anniversary Event, 7:30 p.m., Squires Colonial: "Voices for the First Black Women at Tech."
Faculty Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Jay Crone, trombone, and Mary Louis Hallauer, piano.
TAUT Production/Women's Month Program, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "Unseen Muse," by Beverly Lewis.
Friday, 20
YMCA Open University Registration, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Y office.
International Club Meeting, 5 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Women in European Politics" by Rebecca H. Davis.
Service-Award Program, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center.
Women's Month Film, 7 p.m., Squires Haymarket/Colonial: "Muriel's Wedding."
Irish Student Program, 7:30 p.m., Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center auditorium: "Peace and the Irish Experience," by Barbara Curran and Richard Spratt.
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "Unseen Muse." Through 3-21.
Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Jason Russler, composition.
Women's Month Film, 9:30 p.m., Squires Haymarket/Colonial: "Citizen Ruth."
Saturday, 21
YMCA Hike, 9 a.m., Y parking lot: McAffee Knob (strenuous).
Women's Month Film, 7 p.m., Squires Haymarket/Colonial: "Eve's Bayou" (second show at 9:30).
Faculty/Guest Artist Lecture/Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: "American Song in Peace and War" (music and tales from the Civil War) by Richard Cole and guests, including James I. Robertson Jr.
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "Unseen Muse."
Sunday, 22
Student Recital, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: T.J. Willis, saxophone.
Women's Month Film, 7 p.m., Squires Haymarket/Colonial: "The Long Walk Home."
Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: James Ousley, double bass.
Women's Month Film, 9:30 p.m., Squires Haymarket/Colonial: "Sense and Sensibility."
Monday, 23
Women's Month Activity, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Women's Center: Clothesline project workshop.
Women's Month Activity, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., outside the Women's Center: Clothesline project display. (Rain location: 150 Squires).
YMCA Soup/Substance, noon, 116 Squires: Domestic violence video: "Wings Like a Dove."
Staff Senate Open Forum, 5 p.m., DBHCC front auditorium: "Legislative Issues that Affect State Employees," by Joan Dent, VGEA.
Tuesday, 24
125th Anniversary Event, 7:30 p.m., Squires Colonial: Outstanding Alumni Speakers Series: "Developing Leadership Skills and Entrepreneurial Abilities," by William H. Daughtrey Jr., Princeton Associates.
Wednesday, 25
Women's Month Activity, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Women's Center: Clothesline project workshop.
Women's Month Activity, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., outside the Women's Center: Clothesline project display. (Rain location: 150 Squires).
YMCA "Mornings," 9:30-11:30 a.m., Luther Memorial Church: "Swimming Safety."
Organization of Women Faculty Lunch, noon-1 p.m., Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. Call 1-8163.
Student-Exchange-Program Meeting, 6 p.m., 327 Major Williams: "Study Abroad in Ecuador."
"With Good Reason," 7 p.m., WVTF: "Setting Agendas: American Defense and Foreign Policy Issues," with David Newsom, UVa, and John Kramer, Mary Washington.
Thursday, 26
Women's Month Activity, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Women's Center: Clothesline project workshop.
Women's Month Activity, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Drillfield: Clothesline project display. (Rain location: Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center).
YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Yellowstone Revisited" by Beth Thomas.
Brown Bag Lunch, noon-1 p.m., Multicultural Center. "Enhancing Our Environment," by Bill Swain.
Service-Award Program, noon-1:30 p.m., Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center.
125th Anniversary Event, 7:30 p.m., Squires Colonial: Outstanding Alumni Speakers Series: Topic to be announced. By Lee A. Polisano, Kohn Pederson Fox.
Women's Month Activity, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Drillfield: "Take Back the Night" rally and march, meet at the Drillfield in front of Burruss. (Rain location: Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center.)
Thursday, 19
Human-Computer Interaction, 9:30-10:45 a.m., 3010 Pamplin: "International Digital Libraries and Supporting Technologies," by Sugimoto Shigeo, University of Library and Information Science, Kyoto, Japan.
Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Fluctuations in High-Temperature Superconductors," by Timothy Newman.
ElectroMagnetics, 4 p.m., 654 Whittemore: "Spherical Scattering of Localized Waves," by Mohamad Abdel-Rahamn.
Friday, 20
VISC, noon, 654 Whittemore: "A Stream-based Configurable Computing Radio Testbed," by Peter Athanas.
MCBB, noon, Fralin auditorium: "Mitosis in Vertebrates and Yeast," by Ted Salmon, North Carolina.
Botany, 4 p.m., 1084 Derring: "Effects of Fungi on Forest Tree Seedling Establishment," by Lee West.
Science/Technology Studies/Philosophy, 3 p.m., 225 Major Williams: "Naturalism and Realism," by Ronald Giere, Minnesota.
Monday, 23
CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "Impacts of Livestock Waste Management Regulations and Policy," by Dave Kenyon.
ESM, 4 p.m., 100 Hancock: "Closed-Form Solutions for the Finite Azimuthal and Axial Shear Deformation of Compressible Elastic Tubes," by R.W. Ogden, Glasgow.
Research/Graduate Studies, 4 p.m., 30 Pamplin: "Scholarly Exchange: Electronic Publication and Advancing Faculty Research," by Robert Williges.
Tuesday, 24
Chemical Engineering, 4 p.m., 331 Randolph: "Polymeric Matrices to Control the Formation of New Tissues," by David Mooney, Michigan.
Wednesday, 25
Science/Technology Studies/Philosophy, 3-6 p.m., 288 Whittemore Hall: "Beyond the Academy: The Value of Science and Technology in Research Management and Research Policy," with NOVA and the Blacksburg Satellite Colloquium.
Thursday, 26
Family Support, noon-1 p.m., 404 Clay St.: "Breastfeeding for Employed and Student Moms," by Evalin Trice.
Biology, 3:30 p.m., 3076 Derring: "Scaling of Vertebrate Body Size," by Warren Porter, Wisconsin (Madison).
Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Global Change and Evolution: A Biogeographic Approach," by Bruce Lieberman.
Entomology, 4-5 p.m., 220 Price: "Biological Control--Why We Need It!" by L.T. Kok.
Take Back the Night, Clothesline events set
The ninth annual "Take Back the Night Rally and March" in Blacksburg will be held Thursday, March 26.
The purpose of the rally and candlelight march is to bring the community together to protest violence against women and to promote awareness of attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors which perpetuate this violence.
The rally will be held between 7:30 and 8 p.m. on the Drillfield in front of Burruss Hall. Beginning at 8 p.m., participants will march through campus and downtown Blacksburg, returning to the Drillfield for a closing celebration. The march route is accessible for disabled persons.
Before, during, and after the rally and march, the Clothesline Project will be on display. (For display details, please see Events Calendar.)
For more information, call Susan Anderson at 951-2013 or 1-8041; Rhya Marohn at 951-9324, or Megan Meconi at 2-6904.
VTMMUG meeting to discuss multimedia in music
Multimedia in music will be the topic for the next Virginia Tech Multimedia Users Group (VTMMUG) meeting, which will be held tomorrow, March 20, 3-5 p.m., in Squires Recital Salon. Richard Cole, associate professor of music, will talk about his development of a largely paperless music-appreciation course. Cole will focus on use of the web for posting class lectures, notes, and announcements. He will also demonstrate use of a novel technology which allows one to control a local CD-ROM drive via commands issued from the website to which the learner is connected. This technology is currently being utilized for on-line analysis and comparisons of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and for an interactive music glossary.
Faculty and staff members, students, and community are welcome. For more information, contact Richard Hayman (rhayman@vt.edu), VTMMUG coordinator.
Peterson to discuss residential kitchen design
Mary Jo Peterson, of Mary Jo Peterson Design Consultants, will speak on "Universal Design in Residential Spaces" in Fralin auditorium at 3:30 p.m. on March 19. Peterson is the designer of the GE Real Life Design Kitchen that has been donated to the department of near environments in the College of Human Resources and Education by GE.
The kitchen, which was designed to accommodate all ages and levels of ability, will be open and a reception will be held in 247 Wallace following the talk. Peterson will be available to answer questions and discuss the kitchen in more detail. The event is open to the university community.
Irish musicians to perform at University Club
The University Club at Virginia Tech will present Gerry Timblin, Irish folksinger, instrumentalist, and entertainer with Sharon Scully, Celtic harper on Friday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. A reception will follow immediately at the University Club, 100 Otey St.
For ticket information, please call 1-3870 or email uclub@vt.edu.
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.
Genealogy program offered in Squires
The Friends of the University Libraries is hosting a program on genealogy. The presentation, "Genealogy in a Day: Resources Close to Home," will be held on Thursday, March 26 at 3 p.m. in Squires Brush Mountain Room A. Will cover web sites, family histories, census records, courthouse and vital records.
Ralph Nader to speak on business ethics
Consumer activist Ralph Nader will speak on "The Ethical Responsibility of Business," on Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. Nader's talk is sponsored by the Pamplin College of Business as part of the eighth annual Symposium on Business Ethics, organized by the Business Leadership Center in the department of management.
The talk is free and open to the public. Nader will also meet with faculty members and graduate students in a seminar the following morning.
Sculpture exhibit opens in the Armory Gallery
The work of sculptor Pat West comes to the Armory Art Gallery, March 19-April 17 with her exhibit, "Coming Apart." The exhibit, which features recent vibrant-colored interior views and landscapes as well as painted sculptures made from found objects, is West's second exhibition at the Armory Art Gallery.
The Armory Art Gallery is located at 201 Draper Rd. in Blacksburg The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, noon-5 p.m. and Saturday noon-4 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday. The gallery may be viewed by special appointment by calling 1-5547. For more information, call 1-5200.
Seminar focuses on the academic job search
The Office of Research and Graduate Studies and Career Services will be offering the 1998 "Training the Future Professional" seminar on March 24 and 26. The session on March 24 is scheduled from 9 a.m.-noon and will focus on the academic job search; the session will include a segment on writing a curriculum vita followed by a faculty panel.
The panel will respond to questions concerning an academic search for faculty positions. On March 26, the session will focus on the industry job search. It is scheduled from 9 a.m.-noon and will include a segment on resume writing, followed by a panel of employers. Representatives from IBM, Ingersoll Rand, Kollmorgen, CapitalOne, and VTLS, Inc. will discuss issues about recruiting graduate students for their firm. All sessions will be held in Squires Student Center, Brush Mountain Room A.
Please register for these session by e-mail to Pam Herrmann at herrmann@vt.edu or Carole Christian at cbc1@vt.edu.
Abstracts solicited for GSA research symposium
The Graduate Student Assembly is sponsoring the 14th Annual Research Symposium titled "New Frontiers for the Next Millennium." Registration is available through Wednesday, March 25.
Participation in the symposium requires an abstract describing research and displayed in a poster presentation. The categories for submission include social sciences and humanities, life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, virtual division, and an undergraduate category. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three presenters in each of the five categories.
For more information contact Graduate Student Assembly at 1-7919 or Anurag Maheshwary at 951-6973. To register, visit the web site at http://gsa.uusa.vt.edu.
Community workshop explores gender issues
The Love of the Nightingale, a re-telling of a Greek myth, is the basis of a community workshop on March 25, from 7-10 p.m., in the 105 PAB. Exploring issues of gender, power, rape, and survival, the play was written by a British woman, Timberlake Wertenbaker, in 1988.
Facilitated by Michael Rohd, M.F.A. candidate in directing, the workshop will use community-based theatre techniques to explore the issues of the play and seek out their relevance in Blacksburg in 1998. Admission is free, previous reading or knowledge of the play is not necessary.
Play examines Irish culture of repression
A performance of Lovers, by Brien Friel will be presented in the 204 PAB March 30 through April 1 at 8 p.m. Lovers presents a perceptive combination of comedic and tragic elements strongly influenced by the customs inherent within the Irish culture. Through the progression of two couples' relationships, the characters face the repression of their society. Admission is free.
Weight Watchers program offered
A 10-week Weight Watchers program using the "1-2-3 Success Plan" will be offered upon registration of 18 people. The program features brown bag at-work lunches, with no food off-limits. Contact Kellie Ross at 1-8923 for more information.
Free films shown in Squires for Women's Month
The Women's Month film festival will feature free movies in Haymarket Theater and Colonial Hall. The schedule is as follows:
Friday, March 20, 7 p.m., "Muriel's Wedding"--comedy about a young, over-weight woman with self-esteem issues. She believes going through the ritual of a wedding will solve her problems. The process of trying to find a groom helps her feel more comfortable with herself.
Friday, March 20, 9:30 p.m., "Citizen Ruth"-- a critically acclaimed satire. Issues within the abortion debate are presented in a hard-hitting and humorous way. Lobbyists for both sides try to persuade Ruth (played by Laura Dern) to be a media symbol for their cause.
Saturday, March 21, 7 p.m., "Eve's Bayou"--tells the life of an African-American family in the South as seen through the eyes of a young girl. This film also deals with sexual abuse.
Sunday, March 22, 7 p.m., "The Long Walk Home"--an excellent drama starring Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek. It's the story of an unexpected friendship forged between black and white women during the 1955 bus boycotts in Montgomery, Alabama.
Sunday, March 22, 9:30 p.m., "Sense and Sensibility"--an Academy-Award-winning romantic comedy set in Edwardian England. It is based on the Jane Austin novel. Much of the plot is propelled by the institutional economic and social constraints placed on a family of women once the male head of household dies.
The film series is sponsored by Phi Sigma Pi and the Virginia Tech Union.
Faculty forum offered on programs and families
The department of family and child development, family studies, and adult development and aging is presenting a spring faculty forum on "Evaluating Programs and Supporting Families," by Jay Mancini on March 25 from 11 a.m.-noon in Fralin auditorium.
For further information, contact Phyllis Greenberg at 1-9099 or pgreenbe@vt.edu.