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Volume 4, Number 17 V- ' f 

University of Maryland at College Park 




Opinion: 

Confidentiality in 
Promotion and 
Tenure Review 

By Monique V&stan Ctagug, Department of 
Education Policy. Planning & Administration 

On January 9, 1990 the United 
States Supreme Court handed 
down its decision in Univer- 
sity of Pennsylvania r. 
EEOC. Speaking with rare unanimity, the 
Court rejected the university's claim for a 
special privilege against disclosure of 
peer review materials that arc relevant to 
EEOC's investigation of the merits of 
charges of racial or sexual tliscri mi nation 
in promotion decisions brought under 
Title VII of the Civil Rights act of 1964. 
To put it in other terms, the Court held 
that EEOC need not show a particulariz- 
ed need, above and beyond relevance, 
for access to confidential peer review 
materials. 

1 take some personal satisfaction in the 
fact that the opinion of the Supreme 
Court cited the 19S9 dissertation of one 
of my former doctoral students, 
Geraldinc Bednash. in support of the 
proposition that "confidentiality is not 
the norm in all peer review systems" 
(Slip opinion, p. P) 'Entitled The Rela 
tionship Between Access and Selectivity 
in Tenure Review Outcomes," the Bed- 
nash study compares the relationship 
between the degree of access to the 
tenure process permitted tenure can- 
didates at 92 colleges designated Liberal 
Arts I in the Carnegie Classification 
(1987) and the percentage of candidates 
(both cohort and applicants) who arc 
grained tenure. 

What the Supreme Court opinion did 
not comment on in its University of 
Pennsylvania decision, but which is 
noted in both the Justice Department's 
brief and NOW's amicus brief in support 
of EEOC, is that Bednash found that the 
degree of access ("openness") in the 
tenuring process is not related to the rate 
of tenuring ("selectivity") at the institu- 
tions she surveyed. 

01' further interest is Bcdnash's finding 
that one of the three institutions at 
which she conducted site visits con- 
tinued to have a low rate of promotion 
following change in its promotion and 
tenure system from an extremely closed 
one to one with a high degree of can- 
didate access to evaluations. Bednash 
concludes that differences in rates of 
promotion probably reflect organizational 
norms ami espci (ations far more than 
they do forma) processes. 

continued on page 8 



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Altruism in Vampire Bats 

Wilkinson studies food- 
sharing behavior 



Research Center Receives $200,000 NEH Grant for 
Mythology Institute 




For thousands of years readers of 
Western literature have been acquainted 
with such characters as Sisyphus, 
Oedipus. Venus, Cupid and Pandora, 

But, as is often the ease with long-time 
friends, people don't know the figures of 
classical mythology as well they think 
do, says Gregory Staley, associate pro- 



fessor of classics. 

Co-organizers Staley and Verlyn Flieger. 
associate professor of English, along with 
10 guest scholars, will introduce a group 
of 36 middle and high school teachers to 
unfamiliar facets of classical mythology 
in a four-week institute, "The Song of 
the Muses: Approaches to Classical 



Mythology," at College Park this summer. 
The Research Center for the Arts and 
Humanities recently received a S 200,000 
National Endowment for the Humanities 
gram to conduct the institute, The pro- 
gram, designed to enhance the teaching 
of classics in the nation's schools, is 
drawing applications from all over the 
country, 

"Myths are very slippery creatures, h is 
difficult to define precisely what they 
mean," Staley says. 

"For instance, 'the Oedipus Complex' 
is something that almost everyone has 
heard about and talked about. Yet 
Freud's reading of Oedipus is just one of 
many ways of approaching the story. 
Freud's reading is quite flawed in several 
ways. 

"Freud sees Oedipus as killing his 
father in order to have his mother for 
himself. However, in Sophocles' narrative 
of the myth, Oedipus and his father are 
strangers to each other when they have 
their violent con fro n tat ion j, Oedipus is 
not trying to win his mother. Freud's 
reading, however, is particularly insightful 
in seeing Oedipus as a character who 
ps y choa n a I y zes h i mse I f ." 

As part of the institute, teachers will 
study the historical and social contexts 
which shaped Creek myth, ihe relation- 

continued on page J 



OMSE To Honor Outstanding Minority Scholars 
for Black History Month 



The Office of Minority Student Educa- 
tion will recognize outstanding minority 
student scholars during its "Celebrating 
Excellence" ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 
15, 3-5 pm. In the OMSE suite. 1101 
Hornhake Library 

In addition to recognizing students on 
the OMSE Honor Roll, two seniors will 
he given the Shirley Chisholm and John 
Franklin Awards for academic excellence 
and contributions to campus life. 

Speakers include Ulysses Glee, director 
of Financial Aid. Jerry Lewis, director of 
the Intensive Educational Development 
Program, Mary Cothran. director of 
OMSE, Ray Gillian, assistant to the Presi- 
dent, and Sherita Hill, last year's winner 
of the Shirley Chishoim award. 

Other activities sponsored by OMSE to 
celebrate Black History Month include 
the showing oi 'lives on the Prize." an 
award winning PBS Documentary about 



the black experience in America, Feb. 
12-15, 12:30 p.m. in 1101 Hombake 
Library; an essay competition for all cur- 
rently enrolled minority students; and a 
presentation at the 16th annual Maryland 



Student Affairs Conference on Feb. Ki in 
the Stamp Union 

For more information, call Jennifer 
Jackson, assistant director of OMSE at 
454-4901. ■ 



Dates Set for Distinguished Scholar-Teacher 
Lecture Series 

The Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Lecture Series for spring, 1990 has 
been announced. All of the talks will be presented in room 2203 Art- 
Sociology at 4 p.m., with a reception following in the Art-Sociology Atrium. 
All of the events are on Wednesdays. 

•March 28— Wayne Cole. " Franklin D, Roosevelt: Great Man or Man 
for his Times" 

•April 4 — Christopher Davis, "Lasers: the Good, the Bad* and the 
I g[y" 

•April II— Joseph Sucher, "The Joys of Physics: Romancing the 
Photon" 

•April 18— Susan Handelman, " Love Play. Laughter, and Language: 
How the Rabbis Reread the Bible" 

•April 25 — Kay Bartol " Female and Male Managers: How Different?" 
For further information call Susan Koonee or Jennv Scott at 454-2'i30. 



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"The Medicinal Muses" 

Conference explores healing 
power of the arts 



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Graduating Black Engineers 

University ranks high in number 

Of degrees awarded..,....,,,., 



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Qutwok 



February 12, 1990 



Research on "Women in Diaspora" To Be 
Presented Feb. 16 

The Women's Studies and Afro-American Studies programs are 
sponsoring a research forum on "Women in Diaspora" on Friday, 
Feb, 16 from 3:30-9 p.m. in the Maryland Room of Marie Mount 
Hall. Presentations will range from discussions of art by Jewish and 
Black women to the impact of forced resettlement on women and 
their families, The program is free of charge for those not wishing 
to have dinner at the Rossborough Inn, but registration is re- 
quested for all planning to attend. Call 4S4-3841 for information 



RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS 



Food Sharing In Vampire Bats Indicates 
Altruistic Behavior 



W ■ very night in Costa Rica, 
m J thousands of vampire bats 
m leave their roosts in hollow 

m "* trees in search of a horse, 
mule or other large mammal on which 
to feed. It's a matter of great urgency for 
the bats, which can starve to death after 
two nights without a blood meal. The 
bats, however, have developed a food- 
sharing system that helps improve the 
survival of individual hungry bats. 

Gerald Wilkinson, assistant professor 
of zoology, writes of these findings from 
his many years of research on vampire 
bats in the February 1940 issue of Scien- 
tific American From his study of food 
sharing among a population of 
Des modus mi ami us in Costa Rica from 
1978 to 1983, Wilkinson has concluded 
that reciprocal altruism does play a key 
role in the social organization of these 
bats. 

To prove that this species of vampire 
bat engages in reciprocity, Wilkinson and 
his research team needed to show that 
five criteria were met: that females 
associate for long periods of time and 
have ample opportunity for blood shar- 
ing: that the likelihood of two bats shar- 
ing food with each other depends on 
their past association: that the roles of 
donor and recipient reverse; that the 
short-term benefits to the recipient are 
greater than the costs to the donor: and 
that cheaters are recognized and expelled 
from the system. 

During the five-year study, he and his 
assistants observed that the social 
organization of the bats is dominated by 
several groups of females. Females can 
maintain associations for many years and 
show preferences for one another, 
Wilkinson and his team witnessed more 
than 100 instances of blood sharing and 
found that bats share blood preferential!} 
with bats that are frequent roost mates 



Outlook 

Outlook is the weekly laculty-staff newspaper 
serving the College Park campus community 

Reese Cteghorn, Acting Vice President tor 

Institutional Advancement 
Ror Hleberl, Director ol Public Information & Editor 
Linda Freeman, Production Editor 
Jan Barfctey, Brian fkisetc, John Fritz, Lisa Gregory, 
Tom OtweN & Farias Samaria). Stall Writers 



Stephen A. Darrou. Design & Coordination 
John T. Consoil. Photography Coordinator 
Heather Kelly, Viviane Morttt, Chris Paul. 

Design & Production 
Al Danegger & Larry Crouse, Contributing 

Photography 

Letters to the editor, story suggestions, campus infor- 
mation & calendar items are welcome Please submit 
all material at least three weeks before the Monday of 
publication Send it to Roz Hiebefl. Editor Outlook, 
2101 Turner Building, through campus mail or to 
University of Maryland, Coltege Park. MD 20742 Our 
lelephone number is (301) 454-5335. Our electronic 
mail address is outlook® presumdedu 




and arc often, but not always, related. 

Wilkinson also performed laboratory 
experiments and confirmed that blood 
sharing is not random, and it appears 
that unrelated bats develop a "buddy 
system" and share blood almost ex- 
clusively with each other. 

By performing cost- benefit analysis, 
Wilkinson has determined that the recip- 
ient benefits more from the fond sharing 
than the donor looses. Bats on the brink 
of starvation can gain as much as 18 
hours of life through food sharing, 
whereas the donor might lose only six 
hours in the process. 

Wilkinson says that he has yet to prove 
that bats exclude cheaters from the 
system. However, he and his assistants 
believe that the bats arc capable of in- 
dividual recognition through social 
grooming and possibly through distinct 




calls that each bat makes. He argues that 
if bats can recognize relatives and 
roostmates. they must also be able to 
recognize cheaters. 

Blood sharing among roostmates and 
relatives is beneficial in the short term, 
Wilkinson says, and he adds that it also 
appears to benefit the long-term survival 
of the bats. On any given night, about 
seven percent of mature bats fail to find 
a meal. Using a computer, Wilkinson 
estimated that given this fact, annual 
morality for adult bats should be about 
82 percent. Because actual annual mor- 
tality rates are only 24 percent, food 
sharing must help improve the survival 
of many individual bats and therefore, is 
favored by natural selection. ■ 

—Jan Harkky 



Gerald Wilkinson 



Researchers Measure Dry Nitrate Deposition 



University scientists recently reported 
measurements they made of the average 
amount of "total nitrate" in the mid- 
Atlantic region. Total nitrate includes 
gaseous nitric acid and solid nitrates, 
both of which play a central role in acid 
deposition, commonly called acid rain. 

Linda Nunnermaeker of the Depart- 
ment of Chemistry and Russell Dickerson 
and Bruce Doddridge of the Department 
of Meteorology measured these acids to 
improve our understanding of the 
background levels of air pollutants over 
thr I ast O nisi I'he data alsi ■ uffer th< 
opportunity to test the values for the 
amount of nitrate deposition given in 
"Polluted Coastal Witters: The Role of 
Acid Rain." a highly publicized 1988 
report from the Environmental Defense 
Fund. 



The report used very limited data on 
dry deposition to determine total nitrate- 
deposits in and around the Chesapeake 
Bay. Extensive data exists on the amount 
of wet nitrate deposition, which falls to 
earth along with rain or snow; however, 
very little information existed on dry 
deposition— nitrates that reach the earths 
surface as gas or particles. 

Using remote-sensing equipment that 
Nunnermaeker developed, she and 
Dickerson measured total nitrate during 
August and September 1989 in a remote 
region of the Shenandoah National Bark 
in Virginia. Measurements in this area 
provided a good data base for estimates 
of the background deposition for the 
central East Coast. 

Even though their data are preliminary 
and only a one-month sample. Nunner- 



maeker and Dickerson estimate that the 
amount of nitrate dry deposition is be- 
tween 4.4 and 2^ million kilograms per 
year. Their figures thus far arc consistent 
with the numbers given in the EDF 
report of $5 million kilograms per year 
for both wet and dry deposition. 

"We realize these data are uncertain," 
Dickerson says, "but we hoped to add 
some scientific rigor to the estimates 
given in the Environmental Defense Fund 
report. We think these values are 
reasonably representative because the 
equipment is located in a remote area" 

The research was supported by the Na- 
tional Science Foundation, the En- 
vironmental Protection Agency, the Na- 
tional Center for Atmospheric Research 
and the National Institute of Standards 
and Technology, ■ 



Two Professors Make Top 20 Ranking of 
Black Economists 




The Review Of Black Political 
t : .c<»H»ny (Fall. 1989) recently recognized 

Will 1 1 liradfi nil, professoi in the 

College of Business and Management, 
and Samuel I.. Myers, professor in 
economics and director of the Afro- 
American Studies Department, as two of 
the top 20 black economists in the 
United States. 

The ranking, which is measured by the 
number of scholarly citations from 
197!-I98 T . included such institutions as 
§ Princeton, Yale, Harvard and Stanford 
S Universities. The University of Maryland 
□ at College Park was the only institution 
^ with more than one scholar listed. ■ 



Baras to Chair ERC Symposium Panel 

John Baras, who holds the Martin Marietta Chair in Systems 
Engineering and is director of the Systems Research Center, will 
chair two panel discussions focusing on the experiences of current 
engineering research centers at the February 28 and March I 
Engineering Research Centers Symposium. 'The ERCs: A Partner- 
ship for Competitiveness" will be held at the Mayflower Hotel in 
Washington, D.C. It is co-sponsored by the American Electronics 
Association, the Council for Chemical Research, Inc., the Industrial 
Research Institute, Inc., and the National Association of 
Manufacturers. 



OUIUOOK 

February 12, 1990 





Terp Player Christy Winters 



New Program to Enhance the 
Teaching of Classic Mythology 



continued from page I 

ships between Greek myth and other 
mythic traditions, interpretations of myth 
and theories on why myths resonate in 
Western culture thousands of years after 
their creation. 

The teachers participating in the in- 
stitute will be a mixed group of instruc- 
tors of literature and Latin, Stalcv savs. 



Because literature and Lit in teachers ap- 
proach the study of myth from different 
perspectives, they can learn from each 
other, 

"English teachers can provide insight 
about the role of myth in culture, while 
the Latin teachers arc inclined to view it 
more in the classical context," Staley 
says, ■ 

—Brian Bitsek 



College of Engineering to Hold 
Black History Month Program 



Horace L. Russell, lecturer in the 
Department of Mechanical Engineering 
and a retired Brigadier General in the 
US. Air Force, will be the guest speaker 
at the annual Black History Month Pro- 
gram of the College of Engineering, 
Russell will speak on "Meeting the 
Technological Challenges of the 1990s" 
on Monday, Feb. 26 at noon in the 
Engineering Classroom Building Lecture 
Hall (Room 1202). A reception in the 



Civil Engineering Conference Room 
(Room 1 128) will follow. 

Russell has served as director of 
defense programs of the National Securi- 
ty Council and chief of the programming 
division of the Air Force Program In- 
tegration Directorate. He holds a Ph.D. 
degree in fluid dynamics from Purdue 
University, 



Women Athletes to 
Be Honored 



/n conjunction with National 
Women in Sport Day, the Pre- 
sident's Commission on Women's 
Affairs will host an evening 
in honor of the university's own women 
athletes. 

The event will take place Wednesday, 
Feb. 21 at 7:^0 p.m. in Cole Field House 
when College Park's nationally 
ranked women's basketball team will play 
Atlantic Coast Conference rival, the 
University of Virginia Cavaliers. 

The Cavaliers also nationally ranked 
hold a one-game advantage in previous 
meetings with the Terps. 

A half-time celebration honoring UMCP 
women athletes will include remarks 
bv President William F. Kirwan and 



Assistant Athletic Director Sue Tyler. 

There will be a public reception im- 
mediately following the game in the 
Prince George's Room of the Stamp Stu- 
dent Union to recognize the accom- 
plishments of each of the teams and t he- 
senior athletes. 

"This provides an excellent opportun- 
ity to meet and talk to these students 
who greatly appreciate the support we 
give them both as students and as 
athletes," says Virginia W. Beauchamp, 
i hair i'f tlic PivMdcni -■ Commission on 
Women's Affairs. 

"We hope everyone wilt join us for 
this fun-filled evening in recognition of a 
very important group of women on our 
campus," she adds ■ 



School of Public Affairs Wins 
Private Sector Council Grant 



The Private Sector Council has :rward- 
cd a St 5, 000 grant to the School of 
Public Alt. ins to deveh ip and < ondtu I an 
executive program that will introduce 
private sector efficiencies into govern- 
ment. The program, announced by 
public affairs dean Michael Nacht and 
business school dean Rudolph Lamone, 
will train senior financial officers of 
various federal agencies in the area of 
public finance. 

Called "The Financial Officer as a 
Financial Manager," the program is a col- 
laborative project with the College of 
Business and Management, says Stephen 
Block, director of Mid-career Programs at 
the School of Public Affairs. 

Allen Schick and Susanne Slater of the 
School of Public Affairs are the principal 
faculty for the project. Both arc 
authorities on budgeting and finance at 



the federal, state and local levels. 

The t wo -week, residential program will 
he offered June 3 through 8 and October 
21 through 26 at the Maritime Institute 
Conference Center in Linthicum, near 
BW1 Airport. Block says he expects bet- 
ween sit) and SO senior financial officers 
to attend, 

"The objective is to equip and spur 
financial officers to think and behave as 
managers of public resources who have a 
vital role in determining the efficiency 
and effectiveness of government pro- 
grams," Block says. 

The Private Sector Council is a non- 
profit, nonpartisan membership organiza- 
tion founded in 1983 by corporate and 
trade associationleaders to assist the 
federal government in modernizing its 
financial management systems. ■ 



"THINKTANK" Seminar Set for 
Gifted 7th, 8th, and 9th Graders 



The University Honors Program has 
announced THINKTANK, a Saturday 
seminar program for gifted students in 
grades seven, eight and nine. 

THINKTANK is designed to enrich the 
students' creative problem-solving and 
decision- making skills. Participants will 
learn logic and reasoning techniques and 
take part in group and individual prob- 
lem-solving activities. 

THINKTANK will be conducted in 
four, day-long Saturday sessions during 
April and May at the University Honors 
Program in Hornbake Library. 



Gifted Maryland residents in grades 
seven, eight and nine arc eligible to 
enroll in the program. They will be 
selected on the basis of standardized test 
scores, student interest and teacher 
recommendations. 

The THINKTANK seminar fee is S90. 
Application and teacher recommendation 
information must be received by the 
University Honors Program by April l. 
For additional information, call Joan 
Rosenberg, THINKTANK Coordinator, at 
x3247. ■ 



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OimooK 

February 12, 1990 




alendar 



Walk to Philadelphia with CRS 

Campus Recreation Services is sponsoring a walk to Philadelphia. 
No, you don't have to actually walk there. This is an intermediate 
fitness walking program. Mileage is earned cumulatively and die 
goal is to walk 130 miles (the distance from Washington to 
Philadelphia) by July 4th. All UMCP faculty, staff and students are 
eligible. Registration is ongoing ai the CRS Office. Call 454-3124 for 
more information. 



February 12 to 21 





Paul Odette, lute, and Nigel Rogers, tenor, will perform Sat., Feb. 17, 
8 p.m., and Sun., Feb. 18, 3 p.m., Tawes Recital Hall. 



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Art Exhibition, featuring works by 
the University of Maryland Art 
Faculty, through Feb. 24, The Art 
Gallery. Art/Sociology Bldg Call 
x2763 for info. 

Art Department Minorities & 
Women Lecture: featuring Sylvia 
Snowden, Washington, DC. area 
painter, 12:30 p.m . Art/Sociology 
Bldg. Call x0344/5 for info. 

Campus Senate Meeting, 
3:30-6:30 pm„ 0126 Reckord Ar- 
mory. Call x4549 for info. 

Panhellenic Council and Psi Phi 
Fraternity Play: "For Colored Girls 
Who Have Considered Suicide 
When the Rainbow Isn't Enough." 
8 p.m . Hoff Theatre. Call x5605 
for info 

Meteorology Department Public 
Lecture: "Atmospheric Greenhouse 
Gases and Climactic Change: 
Scientific Knowtedge and Social 
Responses," Bert Bolin, U. of 
Stockholm, Arrhenius Laboratory. 
8 p.m.. Auditorium. Center for 
Adult Education. Call X8321 or 
x2706 for Info. 




Employee Benefits Orientation, 

10 a.m., Multi Media Room, Horn- 
bake Library. Call x6312 for info. 
Zoology Lecture: "The Steward- 
ship Program of the Nature Con- 
servancy," Robert Unasch. Nature 
Conservancy, noon, 1208 
Zoo/Psych Bldg. Call x3201 for 
info. 

International Affairs Lecture: "Re- 
cent Political Developments in 
Czechoslovakia," Radovan Platka, 
George Washington U, 2 p.m., 
C-1325 Chemistry Bldg. Call x3008 
for info. 

Film: "Bill Cosby on Prejudice." 
7:30 p.m., Chestertown Hall, 
discussion to follow. Call x5605 for 
info, 

Cambridge Community Film: "A 
Class Divided," discussion to 
follow, 7:30 p.m., Cambridge D 
Hall. Call x5605 for info. 

Black Student Union Forum: 

"The Black Woman: Unity & 
Respect," featuring a panel of six 
students, faculty and local Black 
women professionals, 7:30 p.m., 
Tydings Hall. Call x3582 for info. 

Hoff Theater Movie: "A Dry White 
Season." Call x4987 for info.* 



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Human Relations Skills Develop- 
ment Workshop: "Creating and 
Maintaining High Performance 
Teams," Richard Solomon, Na- 
tional Institute for Relationship 
Training. Inc., 9 a.m. -noon. Prince 
George's Room, Stamp Union. 
$25, Call x4124 for info.* 

French Department Lecture: "Les 
grandes etapes de la litterature hai- 
tienne: Acculturation et decu It u ra- 
tion." Marc Christophe, Howard U., 
10 a.m., 2120 Jimenez Hall. Call 
x5605 for info. 

Counseling Center Lecture: 

"Blacks and Television Advertis- 
ing," Eugene Robinson. 11:30 
a.m-1 p.m., 0106 Shoemaker Bldg. 
Call x5605 for info. 

Hoff Theater Movie: "A Dry White 
Season." Call x4987 for info." 



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University Health Center Lecture: 

"Sickle Cell Disease in the '90s," 
William Zinkham, Johns Hopkins 
Hospital, 12:30-1:30 p.m., 3100E 
Health Center. Call x3444 for info. 

Office of Minority Student Educa- 
tion "Celebrating Excellence" 
Ceremony, recognizing top Black 
student scholars, 3-5 p.m., OMSE 
suite. Hornbake Library, Call x5605 
for info. 

Meteorology Seminar: 

"Dynamically 

Stratified Monte Carlo Forecasts," 

S. Shubert, Goddard Space Flight 

Center, 3:30 p.m.. 2114 Computer 

& Space Sciences Bldg. Call 

x2708 for info. 

CHPS Lecture: "Diagnosing and 
Fixing Faults in Theories," Lindley 
Darden, 4 p.m., 1117 F. S. Key 
Hall. Call x2850 for info. 

Reliability Engineering Seminar: 

"Progress in Developing a Reliabil- 
ity Data Base for Buildings and 
Other Structures", John Loss, 
5:15-6:15 p.m., 2115 Chemical & 
Nuclear Engineering Bldg. Call 
X1941 (or info. 

Film: "Racism 101," discussion to 
follow. 7:30 p.m.. Cambridge C 
Hall. Call x5605 tar info. 

University Theatre: "The Cruci- 
ble," by Arthur Miller, 8 p.m.. 
Tawes Theatre, $7 standard admis- 
sion, $5.30 seniors and students, 



production runs today-Feb. 18 and 
22-24. Call X2201 tor info.* 

Hoff Theater Movie: "Sea of 
Love." Call x4987 for info.* 




AAUW Published Women's 
Luncheon, featuring Mady Segal, 
1988 UMCP Outstanding Woman, 
noon, Rossborough Inn, $8. Call 
x3940 for info.* 

16th Annual Maryland Student 
Affairs Conference: "Leadership 
in Higher Education: Confronting 
the Realities of the '90s," morning 
keynote, I. King Jordan, Gallaudet 
U.. luncheon keynote, Elizabeth 
Nuss, National Association of Stu- 
dent Personnel Administrators, 
Stamp Union, $40 & S20. Call 
x5251 tar info." 

Women's and Afro-American 
Studies Programs Research 
Forum: "Women in Diaspora," 
3:30 p.m., Maryland Room. Marie 
Mount Hall, dinner, 6:15-7:15 p.m., 
Rossborough Inn. Call x3841 for 
info.* 

University Theatre: "The Cruci- 
ble," 8 p.m., see Feb. 15 for 
details. Hoff Theater Movie: "Sea 
of Love" and "Heavy Petting." Call 
x4987 for info, ' 




University Community Concerts: 
Paul Odette, lute and Nigel 
Rogers, tenor, featuring French. 
Italian and English lute songs of 
the late Renaissance and early 
Baroque periods; music by Lawes, 
Purcell, D'lndia, Rossi, and 
Monteverdi, 8 p.m., Tawes Recital 
Hall, $16 standard admission, 
$13.50 seniors and students. Call 
x6534 for info." 

University Theatre: "The Cruci- 
ble," 8 pm., see Feb. 15 for 
details. 

Hoff Theater Movie; "Sea of 
Love" and "Heavy Petting." Call 
X4987 for info,* 




SUN 



University Theatre: "The Cruci- 
ble," 2 p.m., see Feb. 15 for 
details. 

CLIS Benefit for Jay Liesener, 

featuring music, magic, munchies 
and more, 2-6 p.m.. Colony 
Ballroom, Stamp Union, $25 & 
$10. Call X5441 for info.* 

University Community Concerts: 
Paul Odette, lute and Nigel 
Rogers, tenor. 3 p.m., free seminar 
at 1:30 p.m. See Feb. 17 for 
details. 

Film: "Mississippi Burning," 
discussion to follow, 7:30 p.m., 
Ellicott Hall. Call x5605 for info. 

Hoff Theater Movie: "Sea of 
Love." Call x4987 for info.' 




Black Students of Ellicott Com- 
munity Ellicott Music Week, 
featuring music nightly through 
Feb. 23, 4-7 p.m., Ellicott Dining 
Hall. Schedule: Feb. 19 Blues; 20 
Jazz; 21 Caribbean; 22 Rap; and 
23 House & Club night. Call x5605 
for info. 

Science, Technology and Society 

Lecture: "Nuclear Winter: Scientific 
Evidence and Policy Implications," 
Alan Robock, 3:30 p.m., 2309 
Art/Soc. Bldg. Call x8862 for info. 

Computer Science Colloquium: 
"A Proposal for Automated Integral 
Tables," Richard J. Fateman, U. of 
California. Berkeley, 4 p.m., 0111 
Classroom Bldg. Call x4244 for 
info. 

Cambridge Community Film: 

"Eyes on the Prize," discussion So 
follow, 7:30 p.m., Cumberland Hall. 
Call x5605 for info. 

Black Students of Ellicott Com- 
munity Film: "Black by Popular 
Demand," discussion to follow, 
7:30 p.m.. Ellicott 1 Lounge. Call 
X5605 for info. 

SEE Lecture: "An Evening with 
Ken Kesey, author of One Ffeiv 
Over the dictum's Nest. 8 p.m., 
Grand Ballroom, $5 general admis- 
sion. $3 students Call x4546 for 
info.* 



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Registration Ends, for doubles 
table tennis Call x3124 for info. 

Employee Development Seminar: 

"Time Management," 9 a.m. -4 
p.m., 0105 Center of Adult Educa- 
tion, $35. Call x4811 for info. 

College of Education Conference: 
"Multicultural Education and 
Mainstreaming Issues." time and 
place TBA. Call x5291 tar info. 

Zoology Lecture: "Evolution of 
Cooperation in Red-Cockaded 
Woodpeckers," Jeff Walters, N.C. 
State U., noon, 1208 Zoo/Psych. 
Bldg. Call x3201 for info. 

Economics and National Security 
Research Workshop: "Experimen- 
tal Methods and National Security 
Models." Joe Oppenheimer, 3:30-5 
p.m., Student Lounge, Morrill Hall. 
Call x3457 tar info. 

Physics Colloquium: "Squeezed 
Light," Marvin Teich, Columbia U., 
4 p.m., 1410 Physics Bldg. Call 
x3512 for info. 

Black Students of Ellicott Com- 
munity, BSU, Nyumburu & SUPC 
Panel Discussion: "Historical 
Perspective of Black Student 
Leadership at UMCP," 7 p.m., 
Stamp Union Atrium. Call x5605 
for info. 

Cambridge Community Black 
History Jeopardy Game, 7:30 
p.m., place TBA. Call x5605 tar 

info. 

University of Maryland Wind 
Ensemble Concert, featuring 
selections by Sweelinck, Hanson, 



Grainger, Husa and others for 
various wind and percussion 
instruments, 8 p.m., Memorial 
Chapel. Call x6803 for info. 

Hoff Theater Movie: "The Right 
Stuff." Call X4987 for info.* 




Registration Begins, for doubles 
badminton and Maryland Sports 
Day. Call x3124 for info. 

French Department Lecture: 

"From Novel to Film, Caribbean 
Style: Palcy Interprets Zobel," Keith 
Warner, George Mason U., 10 
a.m., 2120 Jimenez Hall. Call 
X5605 for info. 

International Agriculture & Life 
Sciences Lecture: "Information, 
Education and Development," 
Elaine McCreary. U. of Guelph, 
Ontario, Canada, noon, 0115 
Symons Hall. Call x4933 for info. 

Men's Lacrosse Scrimmage vs. 
Delaware, 3 p.m., Lacrosse Field. 
Call X4328 for info. 

International Coffee Hour, 3-4:30 
p.m., 0205 Jimenez Hall. Call 
x4925 for info. 

College of Journalism Black 
History Month Panel Discussion, 
featuring William McPhatter, 
Howard U. and Allegra Bennett. 
The Washington Times, other 
participants TBA, 7 p.m., Stamp 
Union Atrium. Call x2228 for into. 

Guameri String Quartet Open 
Rehearsal, 7 p.m.. Tawes Recital 
Hail. Call X6669 lor info. 

Hillel Panel Discussion: "Jewish 
Life on Campus: Where Do We 
Go From Here," featuring students 
and staff, 7:15-8:30 p.m., Jewish 
Student Center. Call 422-6200 for 
info. 

Women's Basketball; Maryland vs. 
Virginia, 7:30 p.m, Cole Field 
House. Call x2123 for into* 

Cambridge Community Arts 
Event, featuring a tribute to Blacks 
in the arts, 8 p.m.. Denton Dining 
Hall. Call X5605 for info. 

Campus Club Meeting: "What's 
Going On at the College Park 
Campus," featuring Lauren R. 
Brown and Marcus Franda, 8 p.m., 
Carriage House, Rossborough Inn. 
Call 864-1927 for info. 

Office of Graduate Minority 
Affairs Meeting; "Considering 
Graduate School," time and place 
TBA. Call x8838 tor info. 

Hoff Theater Movie: "The Right 
Stuff." Call x4987 far info." 

* Admission charge for this event. 
All others are five. 



Calendar Information may be 
sent to John Fritz, 2101 Turner 
Laboratory or (via electronic 
mail) to jlfritz@pres.umd.edu. 



OVUOOK 



February 12, 1990 



Tanenbaum Featured in Third Annual Segovia 
Memorial Concert 

Prize-winning master guitarist David Tanenbaum will perform the 
third Annual Andres Segovia Memorial Concert on Friday, Feb. 23 
at 8 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church at 6201 Belcrest 
Road in Hyattsville. Presented by the Friends of the Maryland Sum- 
mer Institute for the Creative and Performing Arts, the concert will 
feature music of Harrison, Brouwcr, Bach, Tippet, Lauro and 
Rodrigo. General admission, at the door only, is S10. Call 4=H--r24l 
for information. 




ARTS AT MARYLAND 



Art Historian Examines the Role of Writing 
During Spanish Conquest 



rhe old axiom that the pen is 
mightier than the sword 
refers to the words produced 
by the instrument, not the 
uhiiri iiM'll 

But in Arthur Miller's current study of 
writing as a means of Spanish conquest 
in the New World, it is the medium of 
writing that the professor of art history 
sees as an instrument of power. 

Supported by a 8120,000 National En- 
dowment for the Humanities grant. 
Mil It-r and his colleagues, social historian 
Nancy Farriss and economist Angelis 



Romero, are examining the process of 
Spanish colonialization in Latin America 
through a study of the Zapotecs, an 
ethnic group in south central Mexico that 
fell under Spanish domination in the ear- 
ly 16th century. Miller is focusing on 
how writing, as practiced by the 
Spanish, diminished the native traditions 
of the Zapotecs and furthered 
colonization, 

"The Zapotecs adopted European 
writing for their own purposes. It was 
not something imposed upon them— 
they chose to use it because they seem- 



Seriously, Conference Will Explore 
Whether Laughter is Best Medicine 




When health professionals visit College 
E^ark this spring to discuss a particular 
form of therapy one thing is certain: no 
one will complain about the pre- 
scriptions. 

"The Medicinal Muses: The 
Therapeutic Uses of the Arts and 
Humanities," a conference on the healing 
powers of comedy, dance, song, etc. 
sponsored by the Research Center for 
the Arts and Humanities and the National 
Library of Medicine at the National In- 
stitutes of Health, will be held April 
23-2-4 at the university. The conference 
will bring together classicists, physicians, 
educators and psychiatrists who will 
discuss the links between medicine and 
the humanities, 

The intuition that the arts help the ail- 
ing dates back as far as recorded history, 
according to conference organizer 
Gregory Stalcy, associate professor of 
classics. From the stories told by 



shamans in palaeolithic cultures to 
modern uses of art and music in 
psychotherapy, rhe arts and humanities 
have been viewed as therapeutic, lie says. 

But while the healing powers of in- 
dividual disciplines such as dance, art, 
and music have been discussed, no one 
has examined ;is a whole the role they 
play in medical practice nor the history 
of the idea, Staley says. 

The conference wit! focus on four 
general topics: the history of the idea of 
humanities as an aid in healing; whether 
laughter is the best medicine; psychiatry 
and the humanities: and the performing 
arts as therapy. Dr. Steve Allen, Jr.. a 
physician and son of entertainer Steve 
Allen, will present the keynote address. 

For more information, call 4 "h- 1820. ■ 



cd to associate European writing with 
power. They hoped to exploit its power 
by writing themselves. Ironically, the 
result was that, in doing this, they 
undermined their own traditions," Miller 
says. 

"What is particularly interesting is that 
writing was not entirely new to their 
culture. They had their own form of 
writing, hut they had used writing dif- 
ferently." 

When the Spanish and Zapotecs first 
encountered each other, there were fun- 
damental differences in their use of 
writing, Miller says. 

The Zapotecs used a phonetic system 
of writing that needed to be expressed 
vocally and visually. The notion of 
words heing meaningful in isolation was 
foreign to them. 

Land deeds, for example, fascinated 
the Zapotecs, in that, with a mere piece 
of paper, a person controlled a parcel of 
land even if that person was not near 
the land. The Zapotecs had no experience 
with such uses of writing. 

To further illustrate how pre- 
Columbian cultures sometimes regarded 
European use of the written word. Miller 
recounts the story of an Inca ruler who 
encounters a Catholic priest reading a 
bible. 

"The oiler asks the priest. What are 
you doing?' And the priest replies, 
Reading the word of Cod The ruler 
takes the hook, holds it to his ear. and. 
not hearing anything, throws away the 
book." Miller savs. 



Because the Spanish had dominated 
the Zapotecs militarily, and because 
Spanish documents carried tremendous 
legal and religious authority with the 
conquerors, the Zapotecs came to view 
Spanish writing as an instrument of 
power, Miller says. As they became 
literate in Spanish, they tried secretly to 
harness the power they saw In it 

Zapolec spiritual leaders began to 
write calendars that listed their religious 
feast dates and the ceremonies associated 
with them. By doing this, they felt that 
could enhance the power of their 
ceremonies, Miller says. 

However, the opposite occurred. 
Previously, the traditions had been 
passed among a closed circle of leaders 
who maintained virtually all knowledge 
of these ceremonies. Once this informa- 
tion was written onto paper, it became 
accessible to whomever could read. 

The key documents in Miller's study 
are a collection of more than 100 
Zapotec religious calendars of the 
period. The calendars were discovered 
by Spanish authorities at the end of the 
l~th century and used in idolatry trials 
of the writers. 

The study is extending Miller's own 
area of expertise. Previously, he has 
focused on the art of Pre-Columbian 
cultures of Latin America. 

The research project will continue this 
summer in Mexico ■ 

— Brian Rusek 



French Department Lecture Series 
Celebrates Black History Month 



The Department of French and Italian 
Languages and Literatures will present 
two lecture series during the next six 
weeks— -one in connection with Black 
History month and the other in coopera- 
tion with the Swiss Embassy. 

In celebration of Black History Month, 
the department is sponsoring three Ice 
tures on "Francophone Writers of the 
Caribbean." 

Marc Christophe. Howard t'niversity. 
will speak on "Les grandes eta pes de la 
literature haitienne: Acculturation et 
decul titration." at lo a.m. Wed.. Feb. 1 1. 
in Rm. 2210, Jimenez Hall. 

Keith Q. Warner. Ceorge Mason 
University," will speak on "From Novel 
to Film, Caribbean Style: Palcy Interprets 
Zobcf at 10 a.m. Wed . Feb, 21. in Rm. 
2210 Jimenez Hall. 

Marie- Marcel le Racine. I'niversity of the 
District of Columbia, will speak on 
"Felix Morrisseau-Leroy. ecrivain haitieri" 
at 10 a.m. Wed.. March H, in Rm. 2210 
limenez Hall. 



In association with the Embassy of 
Switzerland, the depart men i is sponsor- 
ing a scries of three lectures on Impres- 
sions de Suisse romande, 

Francois Barras, cultural Affairs officer 
of the Swiss Embassy, will speak on 
"Breve introduction a la line ratine suisse 
romande" at 1 p.m„ Tues., Feb 13, in 
the Multi-purpose Room of the Language 
House. 

Maurice Davicr, second secretary at the 
Swiss Embassy, will speak on "Stir les 
traces du promeneur solitaire: Vagabon- 
dage liuerairc autour de Geneve" at 2 
p.m. Tues.. Feb 2~ in the Multi-purpose 
Room of the Language House. 

Jean-Jacques de Dardel, first secretary 
of the Swiss Embassy." will speak on "La 
Suisse et la Francophonie" at 2 p.m. 
Tues.. March 13, in the Multi-purpose 
Room of the Language House. 

All lectures in the two series are in 
French. For more information, call 
454-t303. ■ 



Outlook 



February 12, 1990 



MFRI To Offer Leadership Courses for Fire 
Service Officers 

The Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) will offer a scries 
of two-day leadership courses this winter and spring that are 
designed to improve the command and management effectiveness 
of fire service company officers. Each of the three courses, which 
will be held in the Reckord Armory, will he limited to 40 par- 
ticipants. The first course, which focuses on creativity, power, 



multiple roles and ethics, will be held Feb. 24-25. The second, 
which deals with situational leadership, delegating, coaching and 
discipline, wili be held March 10-1 1. and the third, which stresses 
problem solving, identifying company needs, running meetings, 
and decision-making, will be held April 21-22. For more informa- 
tion, call (301) 220-7240. 



CLOSE UP 



University Ranks High in Production of Black 
Engineering Graduates 




From left: Dorrine Jones. Rosemary Parker, and LaWanda Saddler-Assert 



m * or the last several years, the 
m < College of Engineering has 
m ranked among the top 20 

JL, universities in the country in 

the number of bachelor of science in 
engineering degrees awarded to black 
undergraduates. 

According to the Engineering Manpower 
Commission of the American Association 
of Engineering Societies. College Park 
ranked 13th nationally for the 198~-88 
academic year. The school was also 20th 
in the total number of engineering 
bachelor's degrees awarded. 

One reason for this impressive record 
is the Center for Minorities in Science 
and Engineering. 
"By having the center here, the 



university has made a major effon to do 
something about bringing minority 
students to College Park,'' notes 
Rosemary Parker, the center's director. 
"The percentage of minority student* in 
the college who graduate has increased 
every year," she adds. 

Of the 2.9^2 undergraduates enrolled 
in the College of Engineering for the fall 
1989 semester, 175 were black, 85 
Hispanic and ten Native American. 

Parker says that during the last three 
years the number of black undergraduate 
engineering students has remained 
relatively consistent while the number of 
Hispanic and Native American students 
has increased. 

Nationally, since 1983. there has been 



a one third decline in the number of 
men and women enrolled in engineering 
programs, according to the AnuTk. an 
Association of Engineering Societies. Of 
every 1.000 U.S. college graduates, only 
seven are engineers. By comparison, 
Japan produces 40 engineers per 1,000 
graduates. 

I'nlikc similar entities at some other 
schools that arc dependent on uncertain 
"soft" funding, the Center for Minorities 
in Science and Engineering at College 
Park is supported by state funds. This 
means the center will exist from year to 
year 

The center's focus has been on in- 
creasing the retention rates of minority 
engineering undergraduates, Parker says. 
And those rates have been very good. 

For example, Parker points out. the 
first and second year retention rates of 
minority students who have taken part 
in the six-year-old summer "bridge" pro- 
gram arc 90 and 96 percent respectively, 
at least comparable to and in some cases 
better than the retention rates for majori- 
ty students Operated jointly by the 
center and the College of Engineering 
and the College of Computer, 
Mathematical and Physical Sciences of- 
fices of student affairs, the program pro- 
vides participants with an intensive two- 
week introduction to the university dur- 
ing the June prior to their freshman 
year. 

The center also offers free tutorial ser- 
vices in math, physics, chemistry, 
engineering and computer science as 
well as academic and personal advising. 
It provides information about financial 



Management 
Builds New Ties to Industry 



M » ince its inception in 1984, 

^L the construction engineering 

^ and management program 
\*J yvithin the Department of 
Civil Engineering has awarded 51 
master's and three Ph.D. degrees. Each 
year between ! 5 and 20 bachelor of 
science degrees in civil engineering with 
a specialty in construction are awarded. 

Recognized today as potentially one of 
the nation's top programs in the field, its 
graduates have taken construction 
management jobs in the Washington- 
Baltimore area, continued their military 
careers or. in the case of foreign 
students, have returned to their various 
homelands to lend their newly gained 
skills to improving construction 
technology. 

Since 1984, the construction program 
also has sponsored eight public lectures 
by distinguished speakers on current 
construction management topics as part 
of the ongoing John J. Kirlin, Inc. lecture 
series. 

As an offshoot of this success, the 
Center for Construction Engineering and 
Management has been established. The 
center is a cooperative alliance between 



the civil engineering department and the 
construction industry in the Washington- 
Baltimore area. 

The center's goals are to assist with 
the improvement of productivity and 
profitability of all organizations involved 
in the local construction area and to im- 
prove the effectiveness of the construc- 
tion engineering and management 
academic program at College Park. 

Roy Pilcher. who holds the A.J. Clark 
Chair in Construction Engineering and 
Management in the College of Engineer- 
ing, says the industry is generally en- 
thusiastic about the center and several 
firms have pledged their financial sup 
port. 

"There is a tremendous wealth of suc- 
cessful construction companies in the 
Baltimore-Washington area," he notes. 
"Over the last ten to fifteen years, the 
industry here has expanded tremendous- 

ly. 

"One of my goals is to get a bit closer 
■ to the industry. This (the center) is one 
way of doing it. We need to put 
something back into the industry which 
has done a lot for the engineering and 
construction management and engineer- 



ing program here at College Park," 

He sees the center as a place where 
short courses and mid-career training can 
be offered and as a technological infor- 
mation clearing house and a source of 
problem-solving expertise. "We hope to 
begin a process of education between 
the industry and ourselves as to the kind 
of problems that we can help solve," 
Pilcher says. 

When carpenters building wooden 
forms for concrete beams and slabs of a 
multi-level parking garage under con- 
struction at Johns Hopkins University ran 
into difficulty understanding complicated 
details on the blueprint, the center was 
able to help. It produced a series of 
CAD-generated, three-dimensional, color- 
coded drawings that looked at elements 
of the construction design from several 
perspectives. The drawings gave the 
carpenters a new way of approaching 
and solving the problem. 

The CAD project was the outgrowth 
of a casual conversation with the con- 
tractor. "What we want to do is be able 
to say to the industry: 'We can help you 
deal with this or that specific problem,"' 
Pilcher says. "There is a lot of 



assistance and scholarships and supports 
the campus chapter of the Black 
Engineers Society and the newly 
established Society of Hispanic Profes- 
sional Engineers. Through a coordinated 
effort between the center, L'MCP alumni 
and industry sponsors, a mentor pro- 
gram gives minority engineering and 
computer science students opportunities 
to learn about careers from professionals 
working in a variety of technical fields. 

Another center activity is exposing 
talented minority high school students to 
careers in high technology. Last summer 
28 high school juniors were selected 
from among 200 applications for the 
Minority Scholars in Computer Science 
and Engineering Program. 

Half the participants were men, half 
women. Sixteen were from Maryland, 
eight from Virginia and four from the 
District of Columbia. Their average high 
school GPA was 3.4. their PSAT score 
1015. Twenty six of the students were 
black, two were Hispanic. Nearly all (93 
percent) earned six college credits by 
taking MATH II I and ENES 101 while 
exploring careers in computer science 
and engineering. Since 1983, the pro- 
gram has enabled 182 talented minority 
high school students to get a firsthand 
glimpse of college life. 

The center is run by three full-time 
staff— Parker, assistant director LaWanda 
Saddler-Assen, who came to College Park 
from a similar position at SL1NY Albany 
last month, and secretary Dorrine 
Jones— and graduate assistants David 
Marks and Chi -K wan Ho. ■ 

— Tom Otwell 



knowledge and know-how here." The 
center also has helped one local com- 
pany through a literature search to apply 
total quality control concepts to the con- 
struction field and conducted a library 
search for technical information relating 
to a problem involving deep formed 
concrete curing for another. 

Pilcher believes there is a great future 
for construction engineering, "We could 
become the major division of the civil 
engineering program at Maryland. There 
arc six divisions in the department. 
We're the second largest now, producing 
the second largest number, after struc- 
tures, of masters and doctoral degrees." 

In addition to Pilcher, faculty 
members Leonard Bernold and Nabil 
Kartam staff the program and three or 
four visiting faculty teach each semester 
on an as needed basis. Ph.D. candidate 
Dennis McCahill is acting manager of the 
center. 

"Within the next five to ten years, the 
program here ought to be among the 
top five in the nation," Pilcher says. 
"There's no doubt about it." ■ 

— Torn Otwell 



Help Give a Lift to Jay Liesener 

The College of Library and Information Services and the CLIS 
Alumni Chapter will host a benefit on Sunday, Feb. 18 from 2-6 
p.m. in the Colony Ballroom of Stamp Union to help the Lieseners 
with the enormous expense of installing a wheelchair lift and other 
rehabilitation costs for their son. Jay, 17, is paralyzed as the result 
of a spinal injury last August; his father Jim is a professor of Library 
Information, Among other activities, the benefit will feature music, 
magic, munchies and a silent auction. Tickets arc S25 each ($10 for 
students). For further information call Esther Herman, 454-2590, or 
Elizabeth Aversa, 454-4854. 



Knight Center Awards Fellowships 
to 26 Journalists 

Twenty-six reporters and editors from across the country have 
been awarded fellowships to study finance and economic issues at 
the College of Journalism's Knight Center for Specialized Jour- 
nalism, From Feb. 18 to March 2 the group will participate in 
discussions with university, corporate and government experts as 
they focus on such topics as global finance, pension funds and 
venture capital. Established in 1987, the Knight Center conducts in- 
tensive courses to help journalists improve their coverage of com- 
plex subjects. 



Outdoor 



February 12, 1990 



COLLEGE PARK PEOPLE 



Gerard Evans: "I Was Happy to Help." 




UMCP President William E. Kirwan. Gerard Evans, and Governor William Donald Schaefer are 
pictured at the Rosalie Reilly Gubernatorial Fellowship Fund Breakfast held at the Governor 
Calvert House in Annapolis last December. 



Volunteers on Campus: Doing 
Well by Doing Good 



Volunteerism. It's as much a part of 
the American tradition as apple pie. 
Thousands of organizations would be 
hard pressed to continue their work 
without the help and contributions of 
volunteers. 

Soup kitchens for the homeless, 
church Sunday school classes, Girl and 
Boy Scout troops, a radio reading service 
for the blind, neighborhood civic 
associations, PTAs and Little League 
baseball teams. The list is as endless as 
America is diverse. 

It is no surprise that volunteers are ac- 
tive in serving the College Park campus 
as well, (Sec companion story on this 
page.) 

Nancy Brims, who coordinates 
volunteer service out of the Office of Ex- 
periential Learning, maintains a roster of 
1^0 members of the Retired Volunteer 
Service Corps. The 15 year-old campus- 
based organization recruits and assigns 
volunteers to dozens of different ac- 
tivities. She notes that among area col- 
leges and universities, Gallaudet is the 
only other school that has an organized 
program for volunteers. 

Campus volunteers are expected to 
give a minimum of three hours of their 
time each week, but, says Bruns, most 
give more. They average between six and 
eight hours weekly, In return, they get 
tickets to 'terrapin sports events, a park- 
ing spot, access to campus recreational 
facilities, and a library card. 

Volunteers can be found virtually 
everywhere— in the Junior Writing 
Center, the Graduate Thesis Program 
(new this year for students from abroad), 
the Maryland English Institute, the Speak- 
ing Partners Program, the Counseling 
Center, the Center for Global Change, 



and University Community Concerts, to 
name only a few. 

Pauline Stabler, of Silver Spring, has 
been a volunteer in the Engineering and 
Physical Sciences Library since she 
retired from the library staff in 1979. The 
library's current director. Herb Focrstel. 
notes thai Stabler hired him as a 
reference librarian in the late 1960s when 
she was acting director. She now devotes 
her time to repairing damaged books in 
the collection. 

Frank and Louise Amodie a retired 
husband and wife team who were 
guidance counselors in the Prince 
George's County public schools, have 
been volunteers in the Learning 
Assistance Service of the Counseling 
Center for more than a dozen years. 
They have seen more than 3,000 
students. Residents of Crofion. the 
Amodies were named Volunteers of the 
Year three years ago. 

The contributions made by the 
Slawsky twins, Milton and Zaka, to 
the Slawsky Clinic in the Physics 
Building, are legendary. Thousands of 
undergraduates have been helped to 
pierce the mysteries of mathematics and 
physics during the 15 years the brothers 
have volunteered their time and skills. 

Norman Canfield, a retiree from the 
National Weather Service has been work- 
ing with meteorology professor Ferdi- 
nand Baer editing for publication a 
series of lectures delivered as part of the 
memorial to the late campus 
meteorologist Helmut Landsburg. 

For more information about oppor- 
tunities to volunteer, contact Nancy 
Bruns at 454-4767. ■ 

— Tom Otu-ell 



rhere are volunteers. 
And then there are out- 
s landing volunteers, 
Gerard E. Evans fits into 
the latter category. 

This past winter, Evans, an attorney 
with the firm of Rifkin, Evans, Silver and 
Lamone in Baltimore, was appointed by 
Governor William Donald Schaefer to 
chair the Rosalie Reilly Gubernatorial 
Fellowship Fund Schaefci is honorarj 
chairman. 

The fund will sponsor young, outstan- 
ding leaders to receive gubernatorial 
fellowships each year. The fellows will be 
selected from among students involved 
with the Center for Political Leadership 
and Participation at the University of 
Maryland at College Park under the 
direction of Georgia Sorenson. 

The fund was established in honor of 
the memory of Rosalie Reilly, former 
chair of the Maryland Democratic Party 
and close friend of the governor. 

The goal of the fund was to raise ap- 
proximately $ 50,000 

With unbridled enthusiasm and com- 
mitment Evans bettered that final tally to 
SS4.000. 

Contributions to the fund made before 
the December 31 deadline were matched 
dollar for dollar by the state's private in- 
centive bill. 

"He really impressed me," says Soren- 
son of Evans, who despite an injured 
back remained involved in the fundrais- 
ing efforts, even making telephone calls 
during the Christmas break. 

'Jerry was the perfect candidate for 
the job. He has a commitment to young 
people, politics, the governor and the 
universitv," adds Sorenson. 



Evans did not come to the Rosalie 
Reilly Fund as a novice. Evans, who 
received his master's degree in Govern- 
ment and Politics from the university in 
1982 and his law degree from the 
University of Baltimore Law School, has 
had past success in political fundraising, 
including a breakfast that raised $50,000 
for Governor Schaefer's election 
campaign. 

He is currently attorney and chief lob- 
byist for the Medical and Chirurgical 
Faculty of Maryland (State Medical Socie- 
ty), Deputy Chairman of the State 
Maryland Democratic Party, and a 
member of Prince George's County Cen- 
tral Committee. 

While the Rosalie Reilly Fund was the 
First involvement he has had with UMCP, 
ii apparently will not be his last. 

He is already talking about putting 
together a basketball game featuring lob- 
byists vs. the Senate with Governor 
Schaefer refereeing. 

lie hopes the basketball game will en- 
courage ongoing fundraising with the 
lobbyists asking clients to donate funds 
in suppori of the Reilly Fund, 

"I love the university," he says. "In 
fact, if 1 could have been a student the 
rest of my life, I would have." 

Evans feels that the Rosalie Reilly Fund 
is a wonderful opportunity for students 
to "apply practice with experience." 

Evans, himself, got his start in politics 
as a young intern. 

"I was happy to help," he says of his 
fundraising efforts. 

And the university was happy to have 
him. ■ 

— f.iui Givgor} 1 



UMCP Team is Finalist in Inter- 
national Computing Competition 



A team of students from UMCP will be 
among the 24 finalists chosen to com- 
pete in the Uth annual ACM Scholastic 
Programming Contest to be held Wednes- 
day. Feb. 21 at the Sheraton Washington 
Hotel. 

The contest finals are a one-of-a-kind 
international computing competition, 
sponsored by AT&T Computer Systems. 
Each team will use problem-solving and 
software development skills to solve as 
many problems as possible in the leasi 
amount of time, with the fewest number 
of tries. Faced with a five-hour deadline, 
teams must develop a strategy that takes 
full advantage of each member's in- 
dividual talents. 

Members of the Maryland team include 
James da Silva, Christine Hofmeister, 
Mark Pleszkoch, and Stephan J. Smith. 



The contest is organized and hosted 
by the Association of Computing 
Machinery (ACM), in conjunction with its 
annual Computer Science Conference. 

In past years, students have solved 
such problems as how long it takes to 
remove all the air in a one -story home, 
analyzing satellite photographs to find 
patches of diseased vegetation, handling 
a telephone message service and 
simulating games. 

Finalists finished first or second in 12 
regional contests that were held last fall 
involving more than 1,800 students in 
459 teams representing 354 colleges and 
universities. Finalists in this year's com- 
petition include teams from universities 
in Canada, the Netherlands and New 
Zealand, as well as the United States. ■ 



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February 12. 1990 



Commuter Affairs Seeks Nominations 
for Service Award 

The Office of Commuter Affairs is interested in receiving nomina- 
tions for its 1990 Award for Outstanding Service to Commuter 
Students. Nominations and applications arc currently being ac- 
cepted for students who have done outstanding work for, with, 
and/or on behalf of commuters. Please forward names of nominees 
to the Office of Commuter Affairs, 1 1 95 Stamp Student Union, or 
contact Deb Taub at 454-5274, The deadline for receipt of com- 
pleted applications is Wednesday, March 2, 1990. 



Central Judicial Board Seeks Student Members 

The Office of Judicial Programs is seeking qualified students to 
serve as volunteer members of the Central judicial Board. The 
board reviews serious incidents of alleged student misconduct on 
campus. Qualifications for student members include a GPA of 2.5 
and the ability to listen, be impartial, and participate in group deci- 
sions. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 2. Call 
John Zacker at 454-2927 for information or nomination forms 



OPINION 



Clague Endorses Tenure Reform 



continued from page I 

Nothing in the Supreme Court's 
University of Pennsylvania decision 
requires that institutions of higher educa- 
tion provide faculty access to their own 
promotion and tenure files (much less to 
the files of other faculty members for 
comparison purposes) in the absence of 
an EEOC subpoena, or, by implication, 
judicially-compelled discovery, Never- 
theless, in light of the on-going 
consideration on this campus of a docu- 
ment that would reform Maryland's pro- 
motion and tenure system, it may be of 
interest to a number of readers of 
Outlook that confidentiality is not the 
norm at many public research univer- 
sities as well as at a number of liberal 



Professor's Son Among 
Science Talent Search 
Finalists 

Maneesh Agrawaia. the P-v car-old son 
of campus computer science professor 
Ashok K. Agrawaia. is one of six area 
high school students who are among the 
-to finalists in the national Westinghou.se 
Corporation's Science Talent Search 

The young Agrawaia, a student at 
Montgomery Blair High School in Silver 
Spring, developed a three-dimensional 
computer model of protein molecules 
thai may have applications in creating 
medicine of the future. The Metro sec- 
tion of the January 26 edition of The 
Washington Post carried a story about 
the six area students. 

The Blair senior has applied t< > a 
number of the country's most presti- 
gious universities according to his 
father. But Maneesh is no stranger to 
higher education. He has taken courses 
in mathematics and physics at College 
Park and has been engaged in a research 
project with Vice President for Academic 
Affairs and Provost J. Robert Dorfman. 



arts colleges. 

When I conducted a brief, non- 
exhaustive inquiry in 198"- 1988. I was 
surprised to learn that faculty may have 
access to their promotion and tenure 
files (including externa! letters evaluating 
research publications) at the following 
universities: University of North Carolina- 
Chapel Hill: University of Texas-Austin; 
University of Minnesota; SI' NY system; 
California State System: University of 
Maine System; University of Oregon; 
Florida State and the University of 
Florida, and the University of Massachu- 
setts. According to a colleague at the 
University of Wisconsin-Madison, can- 
didates have access to letters from 
external reviewers there as well. 

In 1988 the Commonwealth Court of 



Exhibition to Feature Work 
From Washington Schools of 
Architecture 

"Architecture in Academia; An Exhibition 
of Student Work.'' will Feature work of 
of students from the four schools of archi- 
chitecturc in the Washington 
metropolitan area (Catholic U., UMCP, 
Howard U. and the Washington- 
Alexander Center Consortium] at the Na- 
National Building Museum from Feb. 20 
through March 11, 1990. Sponsored by 
the Washington Area Architects Group, 
the exhibition will feature models, draw- 
ings, and other graphic work in various 
media. Located on F St., directly oppn- 
site the Judiciary Square Metro station 
on the Red Une, the museum is open 
Mon-Sat. 10 a.m. -4 p.m.; Sun. and 
holidays, noon-4 p.m. Call -m-;i-i2~ tor 
mmc information. 

Where Are They Now? 

After a year and a half in the Skinner 
Building, the Office of International 
Education Services and the Office of 



Pennsylvania held that several faculty 
members, who challenged their tenure- 
denial at Penn State, could have access to 
peer review committee reports under the 
Commonwealth's Personnel Files .Act. 
Because many of the institutions listed 
above are governed by state-wide public 
records laws, it is reasonable to assume 
that many other institutions within the 
states also provide candidates with access 
to their promotion and tenure files. 

Rosalie Tung, the Asian -American facul- 
ty member whose complaint about 
tenure denial at the Wharton School of 
Business triggered the EEOC investigation 
in the University of Pennsylvania case, 
applauds the Supreme Court's decision as 
a victory for other women and minori- 
ties who decide to pursue Title VI! claims. 



Study Abroad have returned to the Mitch- 
ell Building The IES office is in room 
31 16A, phone 454-3043, and the Study 
Abroad office is in room 502 S, phone 
45 1-8645. 

Mosleh Assists in Nuclear 
Power Plant Safety 
Assessments 

AN Mosleh, assistant professor of 
nuclear engineering, recently returned 
horn Beijing where he reviewed the 
recently completed a probabilistic safety 
assessment of the Chinese Guangdong 
Nuclear Power Plant. Mosleh was invited 
by the Internationa) Atomic Energy 
Agency (IAEA) and the National Nuclear 
Safety Administation (NNSA) of the Peo- 
ple-. Republic of China. It was the Mist 
prohabjlistii safety assessment performed 
by the Chinese and the project had high 
visibility within the international safety 
community. Experts from England. 
France and Romania also took part in 
the review. Before traveling to the PKC, 
Mosleh spent two weeks in Vienna at 



The challenge for Maryland, as I 
argued in several articles in Faculty Voice 
in 1987-88, is to create a promotion and 
tenure system which not only treats 
faculty fairly in the application of high 
standards, but which also leaves can- 
didates for promotion with the belief 
they have been treated fairly. 1 believe 
our President and Vice President-Provost 
favor such a reform. Better campus- based 
prevention than judicial cures. ■ 



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Maryland Newspaper Project 
Comes to College Park 

The Maryland Newspaper project has 
moved from the Enoch Pratt Free 
Library in Baltimore to the Marylandia 
Depart meat in McKeldirj Library. The 
project involves locating and cataloging 
all newspapers held permanently in 
Maryland repositories open to the public, 
a total estimated to be some 1.800 titles, 
by June loot. The final goal is to 
publish and microfilm a complete guide 
to Maryland newspapers, organized 
alphabetical ly by city of publication and 
indexed by newspaper title and county 
of publication as well. 



Construction on Business/Public Affairs Building to Begin in March 




Construction of the new facility for the College of Business and Management and the School of 
Public Affairs will get under way In early March. A Cornerstone-Time Capsule Ceremony will be 
held March 27 at 1 1 a.m. on the construction site in the southwestern comer of campus, on 
Mowatt Lane adjacent to the School of Architecture. Funding for the $22 million building comes 



from state, university and private sources. In addition to classrooms, state-of-the-art 
computer laboratories, and administrative areas, the 127,000 square-foot facility will have 
a large auditorium named for business alumnus Ralph Tyser ('40), who has contributed 
SI million to the building campaign.