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Spectrum Volume 21 Issue 11 - November 5, 1998

Virginia Tech faculty and staff members and students are often the subject of significant national and state-wide news coverage. To better inform the university community about these accomplishments, the Office of University Relations has compiled this monthly report. This report excludes coverage in the Roanoke news-media market. For more information about the articles mentioned, call Julie Kane, university public-relations coordinator, at 1-9934, or contact your college public-relations office.
Barron's (July 27): Joseph L. Scarpaci, professor of Urban Affairs and Planning, was cited in an editorial on the Cuban economy.
Coalfield Press (August 20): Forestry Professor David Smith and Carol Haas, assistant professor of fisheries and wildlife, were featured for their study of the effects of timber harvest on wildlife.
Associated Press, Washington Post, Richmond Times Dispatch (Aug. 27): Fred Lee, professor of electrical and computer engineering, received coverage for his successful $12.4-million research proposal for a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center in power electronics.
D-Lib Magazine (September): James Powell, systems analyst for distributed information systems, and Edward A. Fox of computer science, published an article titled "Multilingual Federated Searching Across Heterogeneous Collections."
(Virginia Public Radio) With Good Reason (week of September 25): Center for Interdisciplinary Studies Professor Doris Zallen discussed the pros and cons of genetic testing.
Virginia News Network(September 28): Center for Transportation Research Scientist Vicki Neale discussed a new research project to determine the effects of sleeper berth use on long-haul truck drivers' alertness and driving performance.
The following describes coverage achieved by Robert Denton, director of the Center for Leader Development:
The Baltimore Sun (August 17): provided interview comments on President Bill Clinton's pending testimony.
(Richmond) WRVA-AM Radio (August 20): two-hour live interview, listener call-in show with host Lou Dean, discussion of week's events.
Potomac Times (August 20): interview with Mathew Cox on Clinton and U.S. air attacks.
Kansas City Star(August 21): interview with Kevin Murphy on Clinton and U.S. air attacks.
The Baltimore Sun (September 14): "It will never be the same again," by Arthur Hirsch, interview comments on the presidency.
(Winnipeg) Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (September 21): live interview on the Terry McCloud show on Clinton's video testimony.
Gannett News Service (September 21): interview on Clinton's video testimony.
Pittsburgh Tribune (September 21): interview with reporter Kim Burger on Clinton's video
(Montreal) Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (September 21): live interview on the Nancy Wood show on Clinton's video testimony.
Kansas City Star (September 22):"Testimony sets U.S. Precedent," by Scott Canon and Kevin Murphy, interview comments on Clinton's video testimony.
(Savannah, Georgia) WBMQ-AM (September 24): Don Scott Show, live interview on Clinton scandal.
WBMQ-AM (October 1): Don Scott Show, live interview and listener call-in discussion on Clinton scandal.
Scientific American (October): An article was included by Albert E. Moyer, chair of history, on "Simon Newcomb: Astronomer with an Attitude."
Reader's Digest (October): Dana Putnam and other researchers at Virginia Tech were mentioned in an article related to self management/self control. Putnam was a graduate student in psychology and the study referred to was his masters thesis.
Virginia News Network (October 1): Assistant Near Environments Professor and Consumer Education Extension Specialist Irene Leech discussed living wills in the wake of Governor James Gilmore's efforts to stop a family from removing the feeding tube of a Virginia man in a vegetative state after an auto accident.
With Good Reason (week of October 18): Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center Director of Training Robert Miller discussed the relationship between men and domestic violence and crime.
CNN "Science and Technology Week"(October 24): CNN profiled TekAid, a joint venture of Virginia Tech, Mitretek, and the federal government to train welfare recipients for jobs in technology.
Chicago Tribune (October 25): Barry O'Donnell, associate director of the MBA program, was quoted in an article titled "Has the MBA lost its magic?"
Washington Post (Oct. 25): A story on urban forestry mentioned several items about Virginia Tech's College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources and its graduates, including Bruce Hull and his research on how Hurricane Hugo victims missed their destroyed trees more than anything else.