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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 28 - April 16, 1998

Thursday, 16
Salary and Wage Paydate.
Multicultural Dialogue Series, noon, 140 Squires: "Interracial Marriages: Is Racial Blending the Answer to Racism?"
Science/Technology Studies Lunch Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "What is the Northern Virginia Center, Anyway?" 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.
Friday, 17
Non-Copyright Coursepack Material Due for Summer I '98.
International Club Meeting, 5 p.m., Cranwell Center: "The Music of Brazil," by Suzana Muller.
Student Recital, 6:30 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Diane Koch, oboe, and Anna Finkner, horn.
VTU Film, 7 p.m., Squires Haymarket: "Amistad" (second show at 9:30 p.m.).
Saturday, 18
Springtime in Appalachia Program, 3 p.m., Solitude: Anndrena Belcher.
Music Department Concert, 8 p.m., Burruss auditorium: "King David," by Arthur Honegger, with guest conductor Robert Shaw. Call 1-5200.
VTU Film, 7 p.m., Squires Haymarket: "Amistad" (second show at 9:30 p.m.).
Sunday, 19
YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at Y parking lot: Alta Mons (easy).
YMCA High Tea, 4 p.m., L'Arche Bed & Breakfast. Call 1-6860.
Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Michael Posch, piano.
Monday, 20
CASS/CCMS Sixth Technical Conference/Review, 7:45 a.m., Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. Call 1-6824.
University Council Meeting, 3-5 p.m., 1045 Pamplin.
Mathematics Program, 7 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: "VT-CAVE: Breaking Barriers in Research and Education Using CAVE Technology," by Ron Kriz.
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "The Love of the Nightingale." (Through 4-23).
Tuesday, 21
CASS/CCMS Sixth Technical Conference/Review, 8 a.m., Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. Call 1-6824.
Family Support Program, noon-1 p.m., Southgate Personnel Classroom: "How Quickly They Grow: Overview of Development: Birth to Five Years," by Susan Semanic. Call 1-3213.
Speakers and Issues/VTU Film Event, 7:30 p.m., Squires Haymarket: "Titanic: An Archeological Odyssey."
Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Noriko Okabe, piano.
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "The Love of the Nightingale." (Through 4-23).
Wednesday, 22
"With Good Reason," 7 p.m., WVTF: Lucinda Roy talks about Lady Moses and Alan Cheuse suggests summer reading.
Mathematics Program, 8 p.m., Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center: "The Discovery of Calculus: The Battle between Wilhelm Leibniz and Isaac Newton" (historical dramatization).
Faculty/Guest Artist Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Doris Lederer, cello, and Teresa Ehrlich, piano.
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "The Love of the Nightingale." (Through 4-23).
Thursday, 23
Take Our Daughters to Work Day, 11:30 a.m., Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. Call 1-7806.
Art Gallery Opening, noon, Armory Gallery: Student art exhibition. Through 5-9.
Dean of Students Office Brown Bag Lunch, noon-1 p.m., Squires Multicultural Center: "Enhancing Our Environment," by Monte Boison.
Science/Technology Studies Lunch Discussion, "Science and Technology in the Media."
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "The Love of the Nightingale."
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.
ElectroMagnetics, 4 p.m., 654 Whittemore: "A Selected Topic in Nonlinear Optics," by Ken Shaw.
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.
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.
Friday, 17
VISC, noon, 654 Whittemore: "The Significance of Transients Following Link Repairs and Failures in Packet-Switched Networks," by John Kobza.
MCBB, noon, Fralin auditorium: "Eukaryotic Transcription Control," by Peter Johnson, NCI.
Economics, 3:30-5 p.m., 3008 Pamplin: "Interaction in Finite Economies," by Randy Verbrugge.
Botany, 4 p.m., 1084 Derring: "DNA and Protein Characterization, EM, and Immunolocalization of Flavonoid Enzymes in Arabidopsis," by David Saslowsky.
Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "The Evils and Virtues of Temporal Mixing in Nearshore Bioclastic Deposits: Paleocology, Quaternary Geochronology, and Rapid Environmental Changes," by Michal Kowalewski, Germany.
Monday, 20
Economics, 3:30-5 p.m., 2008 Pamplin: "Estimating Equilibrium Models of Local Jurisdictions," by Dennis Epple, Carnegie Mellon.
MCBB, 4 p.m., Fralin auditorium: "Phagocytosis, Endocytosis," by Phil Stahl, Washington.
CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "A View of 30+ Years in Agronomy and CSES," by Dave Martens.
Horticulture, 4 p.m., 409 Saunders: "Protoplast Fusion of Monoplaid Potato," by Alex Johnson.
Wednesday, 22
ESM, 4 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Design Issues for Smart Materials," by V.G. DeGiorgi, Naval Research Laboratory.
Science/Technology Studies, 4 p.m., 132 Lane: "Bacon and Objectivity," by Perez Zagorin, Charlottesville.
Thursday, 23
Chemical Engineering, 4 p.m., 331 Randolph: "Extensional Rheometry and the Fluid Dynamics of Filament Stretching Rheometers," by Gareth H. McKinley, MIT.
Service-Learning expo spotlights '97-'98 activities
The Service-Learning Center will host its third annual expo during National Youth Service Week to recognize outstanding service-learning activities from the 1997/98 academic year. The expo will take place on Friday, April 24, in Squires Old Dominion Ballroom. Posters are open to the public from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. A reception will begin at 3 p.m.
More than 20 projects will be featured, including the center's interdisciplinary partnerships with the Christiansburg Institute Alumnae Association, the Downtown Merchants of Blacksburg, and the Town of Newport Village Council. The Community Design Assistance Center and the Virginia Tech Community Literacy Corps, An America Reads initiative, will also have posters at the event.
The event will also recognize outstanding service-learning students and sites, as well as four service-learning faculty members Rosemary Blieszner, Sally Johnston, Nancy Metz, and Jon Poole, for their innovative work in integrating community service with course work.
For more information on the Service-Learning Expo and other Youth Service Week events, visit: http://www.majbill.vt.edu/ysw98.html or call 1-6964.
Russian study tour for faculty and staff members
A 15-day Russian Study Tour for faculty and staff members is scheduled for June 27, 1998-July 12, 1998. The program will be based at Moscow State University and provides an opportunity to faculty and staff members to increase their knowledge of inter-cultural communications and to enrich their course materials by experiencing the new Russia. The tour includes visits to Russia's three largest cities: the capital city of Moscow, the old capital of St. Petersburg, and Niznij Novgorod, the oldest trade city.
The cost for the tour is $2,600 (includes roundtrip airfare Washington D.C-Moscow, lodging, excursions, and visa fee). An informational meeting will be held in 327 Major Williams April 23, at 5.30 p.m.
For more information, contact imakovee@vt.edu (Irina E. Makoveeva).
Library's catalog-naming contest offers $100 prize
The University Libraries is sponsoring a contest to name the on-line catalog (presently called VTLS) as a way of celebrating the libraries' new web accessible interface.
The names submitted should reflect the essential nature of Virginia Tech--an 1860 land-grant university whose mandated mission is to provide education, research, and outreach to the citizens of Virginia. This mission was and is to find practical solutions to the everyday problems facing the citizens of this state. Creative and innovative approaches have long characterized these endeavors.
The libraries' on-line catalog provides access to the world of information at Virginia Tech. The libraries want the on-line catalog to have a name which captures the qualities which make Virginia Tech what it uniquely is. All are encouraged to participate (students, faculty and staff members, and the community).
The contest ends April 24. A $100 prize will be awarded April 30 by the dean of the library. Rules are as follows: Send in the proposed name along with a brief description of what it means. Include name, address, and phone number.
Mail responses to: Contest, c/o Jamie Wampler, University Libraries, P.O. Box 90001, Blacksburg, VA 24062-9001. Or e-mail: vtlscontest@vt.edu.
Tech to participate in county-wide cleanup
Virginia Tech will once again be a key player in the annual Broomin' & Bloomin' county-wide cleanup, sponsored by the Montgomery County Improvement Council (MCIC). The event will be held Saturday, April 18, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Broomin' & Bloomin' brings together thousands of citizens to focus on cleaning up roadways, illegal dumps, parks, and schools. Last year, 4,578 individuals and 165 organizations participated, collecting 300,110 pounds of debris and 532 tires. The volunteer effort cleaned up 14 illegal dumps and beautified five local parks and eight county school areas.
"Organizing and coordinating an event this size is a tremendous amount of work," said Larry Bechtel, recycling coordinator and solid waste manager at Virginia Tech. "There's not another event like it that I know of that brings together municipalities, state agencies, and university volunteers."
Students, and faculty and staff members have always been a key element in the success of Broomin' & Bloomin', according to Bechtel. The university grounds department also provides back-up assistance and equipment.
Blacksburg Transit provides transportation to cleanup sites. Buses leave at 7 a.m. from the parking lot behind Derring. Following the cleanup, MCIC hosts a picnic for all participants at the Montgomery County Recreation Center. All volunteers will receive a free T-shirt.
For more information, call Linda Crable at 382-5793.
Robert Shaw to conduct at special event April 18
The Blacksburg Master Chorale, the University Concert Choir, the Meistersingers, and the Virginia Tech music faculty join musical forces on April 18, under the baton of conductor Robert Shaw.
Shaw has enjoyed international acclaim through extensive tour performances and numerous award-winning recordings as conductor of the Robert Shaw Chorale and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. As a result of his contributions to the profession, Shaw has received honorary degrees, a Guggenheim fellowship, Grammy Awards, numerous music organization awards, the National Medal of the Arts award, and the Kennedy Center Honors, the nation's highest award given to an artist.
The April 18 performance of King David will include the written words of Rene Moreaux to be narrated by Thomas Shaw. The performance will feature several soloists, including faculty member Nancy McDuffie, soprano. The vocal performing groups are all directed by faculty member Kevin Fenton.
For ticket information, please call the School of the Arts, 1-5200.