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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 27 - April 9, 1998

Thursday, 9
Bloodmobile, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires Commonwealth Ballroom.
YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Dance in a Village of Burkina Faso (West Africa)," by Daniel Kabore.
STS Lunch Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "What Does the X-Files Tell Us about Science and Technology?: A Discussion of Science Fiction."
TAUT Event, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: "Guys and Dolls."
Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Linda Burke, clarinet and Meredith Piplani, voice.
Friday, 10
International Club Meeting, 5 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Pest Management in the Philippines: Breaking the Circle of Poison," by George Norton.
International Week Program, 6 p.m., 341/45 Squires: "Extended Families," by Herman Weller (on West Africa).
VTU Film, 7 p.m., Squires Haymarket: "Bull Durham" (second show at 9:30 p.m.).
TAUT Event, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: "Guys and Dolls."
Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Lecia Slater, voice.
VTU Midnight Film, Squires Colonial: "A League of Their Own."
Saturday, 11
YMCA Hike, 9 a.m., meet at Y parking lot: Rock Castle Gorge (very difficult).
TAUT Event, 10:30 a.m., Wesley Foundation: "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."
International Week Program, 6 p.m., Squires Old Dominion Room: Brazilian carnival.
TAUT Event, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: "Guys and Dolls."
NRVS Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Commonwealth Ballroom: "A Festival of Film."
Sunday, 12
Easter Brunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center: Call 1-5632.
TAUT Event, 2 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: "Guys and Dolls."
Monday, 13
Hospitality Sales Workshop, 7:45 a.m., Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center: With columnist Howard Feiertag. Call 1-5182.
Multicultural Programs Event, 7:30 p.m., Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center: "Science of Desire: The Search for the Gay Gene and the Biology of Behavior," by Dean Hamer, National Institutes of Health.
Tuesday, 14
Faculty Senate Meeting, 7 p.m., 32 Pamplin.
VTU Lively Arts Program, 7:30 p.m., Burruss auditorium: "Forever Plaid."
Wednesday, 15
YMCA "Mornings,", 9:30-11:30 a.m., Luther Memorial Church: Pot luck luncheon.
"With Good Reason," 7 p.m., WVTF: Topic TBA.
Thursday, 16
Salary and Wage Paydate.
Multicultural Dialogue Series, noon, 140 Squires: "Interracial Marriages: Is Racial Blending the Answer to Racism?"
STS Lunch Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: Topic TBA, by Judy Pearson.
CEUT Videoconference, 1:30 p.m., Fralin: "Using the Web to Enhance the Classroom." Call 1-9109.
Diggs Teacher Scholar Awards, 4 p.m., Owens.
Staff Senate Meeting, 5:30 p.m., 1810 Litton Reaves.
Thursday, 9
Vet Med, 9-10 a.m., Phase II Heritage Room: "Porcine Circovirus (PCV) and Post-Weaning Multisystemic Wasting Syndrome (PMWS)," by Li Wang, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson Hall: "Multivariate Process Monitoring of Autocorrelated Data," by Christina Mastrangelo, UVa.
Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., Derring: "The Timing of Initial Subduction of the Cocos Ridge, Costa Rica," by Laurie Collins, Florida International.
Entomology, 4-5 p.m., 220 Price: "Research Leading to New Management Strategies for Cereal Leaf Beetle in North Carolina and Virginia," by Rob Ihring; and "The Effect of Potato Leafhopper, Empoasa fabae, on Growth of Young Apple Trees," by Ying Fang.
Friday, 10
VISC, noon, 654 Whittemore: Topic TBA by Robert Broadwater.
MCBB, noon, Fralin auditorium: "Maize: SOD and Catalase," by John Scandalios, N.C. State.
Geological Sciences, noon, 2044 Derring: "Closure of the Panama Seaway and its Evolutionary Effects," by Laurie Collins, Florida International.
Communication Studies, 3:30 p.m., Hillcrest Honors Conference Room: "Caucasian Viewers' Recall of Black and White Criminals on TV News," by Mary Beth Oliver.
Economics, 3:30-5 p.m., 3008 Pamplin: "Do Local Governments Engage in Strategic Tax Competition," by Jan Brueckner, Illinois.
Botany, 4 p.m., 1084 Derring: "Generation of Antibodies against Chaleone Synthase Using the Phage Display Technique," by Mike Santos.
CANCELLED Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Proterozoic Massif Anorthosites of the Southeastern Grenville Province, Quebec: Regional Variations and Petrogenetic Implications," by Bob Dymek, Washington.
Monday, 13
Economics, 3:30-5 p.m., 3008 Pamplin: "A Job-Matching Theory of the Distribution of Wages," by Glenn Loury, Boston.
CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: Topic TBA by Edwin E. Bohannon.
Forestry/Wildlife Resources, 4 p.m., Fralin auditorium: Topic TBA by Timothy J. Fahey.
Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Intra-Annual Variations in Living (Stained) Deep-Sea Benthic Foraminiferal Assemblages from the Southern California Margin: Implications for Assessments of Paleoproductivity," by Anthony Rathburn, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Horticulture, 4 p.m., 409 Saunders: "Does Pine Bark Need Lime and Micronutrient Amendments for Growth of Landscape Trees?" by Amy Wright.
Research/Graduate Studies, 4 p.m., 30 Pamplin: "The Future of Electronic Publishing," by Ed Fox.
Tuesday, 14
Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Benthic Foraminifera: Geochemical and Fungal Indicators of Paleoenvironmental Conditions," by Anthony Rathburn, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Wednesday, 15
Water Science, noon-2 p.m., Fralin auditorium: "Innovation in Water Quality Management: The Neuse River Experiment," by David Moreau, North Carolina.
ESM, 4 p.m., 110 Randolph: "Acoustic Emission: AE Transducer Calibration and the Resultant," by Thomas M. Proctor, T-PROsci.
Thursday, 16
Vet Med, 9-10 a.m., Phase II Heritage Room: "Herpesvirus Neuropathogenesis Studies Using Nonneurovirulent Bovine Herpesvirus Type I (BHV-1) and Neurovirulent BHV-5 Viruses," by Shafiqul Chowdhury, Kansas State.
Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Gene Mapping in Complex Pedigrees and Genetic Parameter Estimation in Finite Polygenic Models," by Ina Hoeschele.
Chemical Engineering, 4 p.m., 331 Randolph: "Shape-Selective Catalytic Conversion of Chemistry Polycyclic Hydrocarbons for Specialty Chemicals and Polymer Materials," by Chunshan Song, Pennsylvania State.
ElectroMagnetics, 4 p.m., 654 Whittemore: "A Selected Topic in Nonlinear Optics," by Ken Shaw. Entomology, 4-5 p.m., 220 Price: "Using Benthic Macroinvertebrates for Biomonitoring in Mid-Atlantic Highland Streams," by Michael Moeykens and "The Murine Brain Slice as a Model for Investigation of Environmental Toxin Involvement in the Etiology of Parkinson's Disease," by Ethan Freeborn.
Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Quantifying the Quality of the Fossil Record: Taphonomic Megabias in the Phanerozoic History of Infaunal Brachiopods," by Michal Kowalewski.
Fox to speak on electronic publishing
Ed Fox, professor of computer science and a pioneer in the creation of electronic libraries, will speak on "The Future of Electronic Publishing," Monday, April 13, 4 p.m. in 30 Pamplin. It is the final presentation in the national "Scholarship in the Electronic World" seminar series sponsored by Virginia Tech Research and Graduate Studies to address issues, opportunities, and conflicts that have arisen as universities try to make the best use of the Internet to share the results of research.
Fox is associate director for research at the Virginia Tech Computing Center, and directs the Information Access Lab's "Interactive Learning with a Digital Library in Computer Science," project. He chaired the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval, and was founder and chairman of the steering committee for the ACM Multimedia conference series. He chairs the steering committee for the ACM Digital Libraries conference series, was program chair for ACM DL '96, and is a member of the editorial board for the ACM/Springer Journal on Multimedia Systems. He is editor for Morgan Kaufmann Publishers' book series on Multimedia Information and Systems, and serves on the editorial boards of many professional publications, including Electronic Publishing (Origination, Dissemination and Design), and the Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia.
Speaker information and links to some of the talks that have been presented during the series are available at http://www.rgs.vt.edu/resmag/seminars.html. For more information, contact John Eaton at 1-5645 or eaton@vt.edu.
NRVS to present concert of movie scores
The New River Valley Symphony (NRVS) presents music from Tara to the Titanic in their 1998 Spring concert, featuring original movie scores, including James Horner's Oscar-winning score from Titanic. The concert will take place Saturday, April 11 at 8 p.m. in Squires Commonwealth Ballroom.
The NRVS is one of two orchestras in the United States with access to the score from the film Titanic.
Other scores featured in the program include "Lawrence of Arabia Overture" by Maurice Jarre, Max Steiner's "Gone with the Wind: Silhouette of Tara" and "Tara's Bulba" by Franz Waxman, B. Herrmann's "Taxi Driver: A Night Piece for Orchestra." "Nino Rota Medley," a tapestry of Rota/Mancini pieces, is comprised of music from The Godfather, Romeo and Juliet, and Amarcord.
The program also features David Arnold's Independence Day, John Williams' Schindler's List and Raider's March, and the frantic Beetlejuice by Danny Elfman.
Advance tickets are available at the UUSA Ticket Office, located on the first floor in Squires Student Center and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 1-5615.
Program on marketable industrial sites scheduled
Virginia Tech's Division of Continuing Education and Public Service Programs, both units of the university's outreach division, will co-sponsor an advanced training program on marketable industrial sites and buildings Tuesday, May 12, at the Virginia Department of Business Assistance Executive Conference Center in Richmond. The one-day interactive course will feature presentations by some of the state's leading professionals in the areas of engineering, architecture, legal real-estate transactions, and development.
"Today's economic-development prospects can be very demanding," said Art McKinney, CEO of McKinney & Company engineers, architects, and planners. "This course will help participants better prepare their commercial and industrial properties and better understand the issues impacting successful and timely project completion."
Featured presenters for the workshop include McKinney; John S. Brock, director of the Land Planning Division of McKinney & Company; John V. Cogbill, III, partner in the Richmond office of McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe; Al Lingerfelt, senior vice president, Liberty Property Trust; and Gary R. McLaren, director of economic development for Chesterfield County.
Participants will learn about the latest site-development techniques, legal considerations, project-sequencing techniques, and new ways to package their site products.
Registration is limited to 50 participants. The course fee is $60 per person, which includes all instructional materials, refreshment breaks, and lunch.
To register, call Virginia Tech conference registration at 1-5182. For more information, or to register on line, access http://www.conted.vt.edu/marketable/sites.htm.
Estate-planning seminar set for forest landowners
Recent tax-law changes and how they particularly impact forest landowners in estate planning are the focus of a two-day seminar planned for May 21-22 at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center.
Harry Haney, the Garland Gray forestry professor in the College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources who was recently honored for his Extension work, said the personal-planning course is designed for forest landowners, forestry consultants, landowner assistance and Extension foresters, accountants, attorneys, and estate planners.
Sponsors of the program include the college and its forestry department, the Division of Continuing Education, and the Society of American Foresters.
"When a forest landowner leaves the course," Haney added, "he or she will know how to communicate effectively with estate-planning advisors, express personal timberland goals, save taxes in transferring timberland to heirs, and incorporate a forest-management plan into an estate plan."
The course will deal with federal estate and gift-tax law considerations relating to timberland, the recent tax-law changes for accumulating and protecting forestry assets, strategies for inter-generational transfer of timberland, recent court decisions, and IRS regulations regarding forest estates.
Cost is $235, which includes materials, continuing-education credits, two luncheons, and breaks. Participants will receive a comprehensive reference guide, Estate Planning for Forest Landowners, and other resources.
For more information, call Haney at 1-5212. To register, call 1-5182. Rooms are being held at Donaldson Brown until April 21. Course registration should be made by May 7.
YMCA celebrates anniversary with high tea
The YMCA of Virginia Tech will begin celebrating its 125th anniversary year with a British high tea at L'Arch Bed and Breakfast Sunday, April 19 at 4 p.m.
Virginia Tech historian Peter Wallenstein will share highlights of the local Y history including the brief life of the YMCA, the times the Y served as a haven for the first black students, and the Y's tradition of service to the Merrimac, Coal Hollow, and Brush Mountain communities.
Retired Y directors Al Payne, Emily Stuart, and Barbara Michelson will share in reminiscences. Cost is $6. Call 1-6860 before April 13 for a reservation.
Belcher to present Appalachian storytelling concert
Anndrena Belcher, noted Appalachian storyteller, will be the main performer at the Appalachian Way Student Organization's "Springtime in Appalachia" Saturday, April 18. Belcher will perform from 3 p.m. until about 4:30 p.m. at Solitude by the Duck Pond on Saturday, April 18.
Belcher will present a storytelling concert integrating folktales, personal oral history, songs, poems, and readings from her new manuscript, Ridin' Route 23. Belcher has received national and international recognition for her work. She has appeared in nine films and television productions and numerous festivals, including three performances at the National Storytelling Festival as a featured teller. She regularly performs at colleges, universities, and K-12 schools and on radio.
Belcher is the founder and proprietor of For Old Times' Sake, a multi-media performance company, and is a 10-year veteran artist with the Virginia Commission for the Arts Tour. Her performances and writing stress the migration as "common denominator" to all cultures and the stories of these experiences as key to appreciation of cultural and racial differences and similarities.
Belcher's performance marks the high point of a day of traditional music, ballad singing, storytelling, Solitude tours by Chi Delta Alpha, and cultural tradition displays and historical interpretation, including coal mining, women's crafts and skills, and moonshine making. The day's events begin at 11 a.m. and end around dark.
The performance is sponsored by the Appalachian Way Student Organization and the Appalachian Studies Program of Virginia Tech. For more information, call Jason Adams at 961-2455 or shadams@vt.edu or Anita Puckett at 1-9526 or apuckett@vt.edu.
Powell to speak at two seminars
Mary Lucas Powell, Sigma Xi distinguished lecturer, will speak at two seminars on Thursday, April 9. The first, at noon in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center's rear auditorium, is entitled "Bio-archaeology: Bringing the Past to Life" and is open to the public. At 7:30 p.m., a keynote presentation for the initiation and awards banquet will be in Owens Banquet Hall. The presentation is entitled "Trading Old Aches for New Pains: 2000 Years of Health and Disease."
Powell, of the Laboratory for Archaeological Research at the University of Kentucky, is director and curator of the William S. Webb Museum of Anthropology. She held a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution after receiving her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Her research for the past 20 years focused on health and disease in prehistoric Native Americans of the southeast and midwestern United States, particularly tuberculosis and treponematosis in the Pre-Columbian New World. Powell serves on the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board and is a member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and the Paleopathology Association.
Poet McKinney to read at Volume Two
Poet Irene McKinney, winner of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, will read April 15 at 7 p.m. at Volume Two Bookstore.
McKinney is the author of four collections of poems: The Girl With the Stone in Her Lap, The Wasps at the Blue Hexagons, Quick Fire and Slow Fire, and, most recently, Six O'Clock Mine Report. Her poems have appeared in such magazines and journals as Appalachian Heritage, Black Warrior Review, Ironwood, Kestrel, Laurel Review, North American Review, and Quarterly West.
In addition to the NEA fellowship, McKinney has received several MacDowell Fellowships, a Blue Mountain Center Residency Fellowship, and a Bread Loaf Scholarship.
Maxine Kumin has said of McKinney, "I am grateful for the poems that burst forth from her West Virginia roots to shape this fine collection."
The reading is open to the public at no charge. It is part of the Visiting Writers series supported by the University Bookstore, the Department of English, the University Writing Program, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, the Virginia Tech Union, the Center for Programs in the Humanities, and Newman Library.
Geller to appear on "Unsolved Mysteries"
Scott Geller, professor of psychology, will be on the television series "Unsolved Mysteries" Friday, April 17, at 9 p.m. on CBS. He will be on a segment of the program about those who have killed people on the roads and have not been found.
Geller has been studying various aspects of driving for 15 years and has been quoted in major papers throughout the country--including The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Chicago Tribune--on the rude-driving issue and strife on our highways. He is the author of a book called The Psychology of Safety: How to Change Behaviors and Attitudes, and the driving environment is one of several studied in regards to safety.
CEUT videoconference highlights classroom web use
The CEUT videoconference "Using the Web to Enhance the Classroom" will be held Thursday, April 16, 1-3:30 p.m., in Fralin auditorium.
Participants are invited to explore the use of web technology to enhance classroom teaching in this free, interactive event. The telecast will cover many topics, including the use of the web to support classes, locating Web-based resources in various disciplines, using the web with large lecture classes, and using the web to meet the needs of students with different learning styles.
Videoconference panelists include: Valerie Gray Hardcastle, department of philosophy; Gregory Aloia, Illinois State, special education; Ann E. Barron, South Florida, instructional technology; Jonathan Ross, University of Calgary, educational technology; and Blenda Wilson, president, California State.
CEUT will provide a packet of materials in conjunction with the broadcast. Faculty members who wish to view the broadcast from another location may contact CEUT (1-9109, ceut@vt.edu) for the channel information. All members of the university community are invited.
Diggs teacher scholar awards to be held April 16
The annual Diggs Teacher Scholar Awards will be given on Thursday, April 16, 4 p.m., in Owens. The awards are given each year to three faculty members nominated by their departments and selected by the Diggs Teacher Scholar Awards Committee. They are honored for their distinctive contributions to the teaching.
The Diggs Awards this year will be followed by a "Colloquium on the Core," a forum created by the Diggs Teacher Scholars to expand the conversation about general education in changing times. The public is invited to the reception, the award ceremony and the colloquium.
The awards will be presented at 4:30 with the colloquium to follow. All members of the university community are invited.
Hamer presents lecture on "gay" gene
Dean Hamer's presentation titled "Science of Desire: The Search for the Gay Gene and the Biology of Behavior" will be given on Monday, April 13, 7:30 p.m., in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center auditorium. As the top researcher in biological effects of DNA on sexuality for the National Institutes of Health, Hamer has discovered a gene that links DNA to sexual orientation. His presentation demonstrates the biological causes of homosexuality and explains the ramifications of his work for society.
The presentation is sponsored by Multicultural Programs, a function of the Dean of Students Office and the division of Student Affairs, the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual Association (LGBA), and the department of biology.
Daughters come to work April 23
As an effort to ensure girls remain confident, strong, and in school throughout their teen years, the Ms. Foundation designed a national event to focus on girls' ideas, spirits, and dreams. Across the nation on Thursday, April 23, millions of girls will participate in Take Our Daughters to Work® Day with parents, teachers, and employers. In support of Take Our Daughters to Work® Day, the Virginia Tech Women's Center is sponsoring activities for girls between the ages of seven and 15 in the area.
The tentative schedule for the day includes time for girls to spend time with their parents or other employers in the area. A luncheon and registration at 11:30 a.m. will kick off the planned activities. Directly following, the girls will have the opportunity to participate in a Nontraditional Majors Walking Tour.
After the tours, there will be a sports clinic offered by Virginia Tech women athletes. The final event of the day will be a combination of a majors/sports showcase and reception for all participants.
For more information, please contact Alex Butterfield at 1-7930 or abutterf@vt.edu.
Performance dramatizes Leibniz-Newton conflict
"The Discovery of the Calculus: The Battle between Wilhelm Leibniz and Isaac Newton" will be performed Wednesday, April 22, 8 p.m., in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center auditorium. This historical dramatization, set in the middle of the 17th century, is an interpretation of the confrontation between Leibniz and Newton, a bitter conflict between two of the greatest minds that ever existed. Leibniz and Newton were the first mathematicians to discover that derivatives and integrals were inversely related.
By the middle of the 17th century, Fermat, Galileo, Kepler, and others had made significant discoveries in mathematics and science. Because of their discoveries, mathematics was taking on greater importance. The need to compute rapidly and accurately was fast becoming a necessary tool of the scientist.
Academic reputation was not earned as it is today by publishing discoveries in refereed journals. Reputation was earned by convincing royalty that you were worth their patronage. To protect intellectual discoveries, it was common to write to a third party concealing the discovery in an anagram, or secret code. Although Leibniz and Newton never met, they corresponded via intermediaries, who would edit the letters, have them copied, and then have them forwarded to the addressee.
"The Discovery of the Calculus" is sponsored by the Virginia Tech Mathematics Department in celebration of Math Awareness Week. Ezra "Bud" Brown, a professor in the mathematics department, joins the cast as Leibniz. Author H.W. Straley plays Newton, co-author Charlene B. Straley is the moderator, and co-author F.A. "Chip" Straley directs the performance. The play was written with financial support from the Woodberry Forest School Faculty Incentive Grant.
For more information regarding the play, call 672-6049. for more information on the performance, call 1-8041 or 1-6950. Persons with a disability who desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in this activity, should call 1-8041 to discuss accommodations at least one week before the event.
Kriz presentation spotlights VT-CAVE
The presentation by Associate Professor Ron Kriz, "VT-CAVE: Breaking Barriers in Research and Education Using CAVE Technology," will be held Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in Squires Haymarket Theatre.
The event is hosted by the Department of Mathematics and Womanspace, the Women's Undergraduate Network, in celebration of Math Awareness Week. This year's theme is "Mathematics and Imaging." Mathematics provides the concepts, tools, and algorithms that underlie a range of technologies which depend upon the efficient and effective display of images. Some of the modern technologies which depend upon the mathematics of imaging for their success include pattern recognition in medical diagnosis or automatic identity-verification systems, medical tomography, compression of image data transmitted by satellite or data networks, and believable rendering and illumination of characters in animated motion pictures.
For more information, call 1-8041 or 1-6950. Persons with a disability who desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in this activity, should call 1-8041 to discuss accommodations at least one week before the event.