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Volumn 4, Number 20 

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Next Year's Distinguished Scholar-Teachers Chosen 

Ira Berlin 

Charles Butterworth 

Richard Etlin 

Five faculty members 
recognized lor their in- 
novative research and 
e kiss room effectiveness have 
been named Distinguished 
Scholar-Teachers Ibr 1990-91. 

They are: Ini Berlin, Department trf 
Histuryj Charles Butterworth, Department 
of Government and Polities; Richard 
Ellin, School of Architecture; Nancie 
Gonzalez, Department of Anthropology; 
and Anne Truitt. Department of An 

The group of Scholar-Teachers were 
selected by a committee chaired by 
KathrynJ, Mohrman, dean of Under- 
graduate Studies, and composed of six 
faculty members and two students. As 
pan of (heir award, the Seholar-Teachers 
are relieved of normal teaching duties 
and given the opportunity to design and 
[each courses in their area of expertise- 
usually a general honors seminar, a 
graduate seminar, and a course of general 
interest to undergraduates. They also par- 
ticipate in a public lecture each spring. 

Each of tliis year's honorees is a 
respected scholar in his or her held and 
has developed a reputation for outstand- 
ing teaching. 

Ira Berlin is well known as a scholar 
on American slavery, with many pub- 
lished works. He currently directs the 
Freedom and Soul hern Society Project 
that is devoted to recovering the ex- 
perience of black emancipation and that 
will result in a multi-volume publication 
of documentary evidence. 

Supported by the History Department, 
the National Endowment for the 
Humanities, the National Commission for 
the Preservation of Historic Records, and 
the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, 
this project is widely recognized for its 
innovative use of historical records. 

Berlin plans to teach "Workers and 
Skives: The American Working Class from 
the Revolution to World War I'" for his 
general honors seminar. Slavery in 
Comparative Perspective" for his graduate 
seminar; and American Historv, lotr to 

Nancie Gonzalez 

186V and "The American Radical Tradi- 
tion*' as a two-semester general 
undergraduate course. 

Charles Butterworth is a preeminent 
scholar in the analysis of the impact of 
classical Greek political theory on the 
Muslim and Arab world. 

Fluent in Arabic and French, he has 
published many analyses and basic 
translations of complicated and profound 
philosophical materials. 

Butterworth plans to teach "What Do 
We Need to Know as Citizens of a 
Republic'''" for his general honors 
seminar; "Medieval Islamic Political 
Philosophy" for his graduate seminar; 
and "On Socrates, the Philosophic life. 
and Politics ' for his general 
undergraduate course. 

Richard lit I in is noted for his scholar- 
ship in the area of illth-ccntury F.uro- 
pean architecture. His scholarship focuses 
on using the history of architecture as a 
way to explore cultural as well as 
aesthetic issues. 

Anne Truitt 

The American Historical Review 
described his first book. The Architecture 
of Death: The Transformation of the 
Cemetery in Eighteentb-Century Paris, as 
"a history of the most comprehensive 
type, ranging from literature, philosophy. 
politics, and economics to hygiene, ar- 
chitecture, and tlie history of ideas." 

Ellin will teach "The Fundamentals of 
Architecture'' for his general honors 
seminar, "Nationalism in the Arts and 
letters. 1800- 1 V-n" for his graduate- 
seminar; and "History of Western Ar- 
chitecture: Renaissance to Modern" for 
his genera! undergraduate course 

Nancie Gonzalez is widely respected as 
an anthropologist and has studied exten- 
sively the different ethnic groups of Cen- 
tral America and the Caribbean, with 
special emphasis on Guatemala and the 
Dominican Republic but also including 
Honduras and Belize. 

continued on page 3 

Special Small Seminars for 
Freshmen Launched 

Focus on 


A two-year experiment with 
rigorous small seminars for 
freshmen taught by regular 
lull time f.teulo and em- 
phasizing analytical and 
critical thinking and ex ten 
sivc writing got underway this semester 
( )ue of a series of recommendations 
made by the Pease Report, the 1988 
blueprint that outlines campus plans for 
a renewed commitment to excellence in 
untie i graduate education here, the semi 
nar classes are limited to 20 students 

The courses satisfy a distributive 
studies requirement and give students an 

intense introduction to undergraduate 
education The theme of this first 
seminar series is "Science. Society and 

According to English professor 
Maynard Mack, the seminars are designed 
to humanize and individualize what is a 
crucial phase of college education, the 
first year of undergraduate study. Mack. 
who was a member of the Pease Report 
committee, says the seminars will en 
courage the active participate 'ti of 
students in the class and rcq, ire them to 

continued on page 3 


Maryland Team T^kes First Place Nationally 
in International Computing Competition 

A team of College Park computer 
wizards has taken first place in the na- 
tion and second overall in the prestigious 
14th annual Association of Computing 
Machinery (AMC) Scholastic Program- 
ming Contest, the International Computing 
Challenge, held Feb. 21 at the Sheraton 
Washington Hotel. 

The L'MCP team beat teams from Har- 
vard and Stanford universities as well as 
20 other colleges and universities from 
this country, Canada, Western Europe 
and the Pacific Rim. A New Zealand team 
took top honors. 

The Maryland team received a cup. a 
16,000 cash prize and an AT&T computer. 

Team members include captain 
Christine R. Hofmcistcr. a PhD student 
and one of onlv two women on the 2t 

teams competing in the finals, lames da 
Silva. an undergraduate upperclassman. 
Mark Pleskoch, who is completing his 
Ph.D. this year, and Stephen J. Smith, a 
first year graduate student who holds a 
( uncinate School Fellowship. He turned P 
last month. Two al tenia tes we re J oh n 
Callahan and Paul Vbngsathorn. both doc- 
toral students. 

The team was coached by Ola fur Gud- 
mundsson, a faculty research assistant in 
the Department of Computer Science's 
Systems and Design Analysis Group. 

Teams from Maryland have consistently 
been among the best in the competition, 
notes Gudmundsson. "Tills is a good 
reflection of the quality of the computer 
science department." ■ 

New Latin America 
Studies Center 

Designed for multi-disciplinary research. 


Modem Hebrew 
Language Conference 

Looking at the future of an old language.... 


Representing Staff Employees 
in the Campus Senate 

Elections coming up , 



March S, 1990 

Wind Tunnd Receives Ford Gift 

The campus Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel has received a gift of 
$1 million in equipment from the Ford Motor Company. The equip- 
ment, according to tunnel director Jewel Barlow, will improve the 
balance system, the main lype of measurement used for tests con- 
ducted in the facility. "It will improve our efficiency and accuracy in 
performing approximately half of the tests conducted in the tun- 
nel," he says. "This will help to maintain our status as one of the 
best-equipped university wind tunnels." Ford has used the facility 
extensively over the last several years to test automotive 
aerodynamic design and configuration, most recently the Ford 
Taurus model. 

Faculty, Staff Encouraged to Participate 
in "Day for Giving IV" 

The university's Not Just Talk Coalition is sponsoring a "Day for 
Giving IV" on March 6 on the College Park campus. Faculty, staff 
and students may make donations that day at 15 collection tables 
set up around campus. Money collected during the "Day for Giv- 
ing IV" will once again fund a picnic for the homeless given by 
the Not Just Talk Coalition and the Community for Creative Non- 
violence. The picnic will take place on Wednesday, March 14 at 
Upper Senate Park in Washington, D.C. Faculty, staff and students 
are needed to staff tables during the "Day for Giving IV" and to 
help with the picnic For more information call Erika Lutzner at 
864-8238 or Peter Labonski at 441-4622. 


New Center Focuses on latin American 
Studies at College Park 

Merging the efforts of College Park 
scholars who focus their efforts on Latin 
America will strengthen campus studies 
of the region, says Sau! Sosnowskf, direc- 
tor of the new Latin American Studies 

The program is designed to stimulate 
multi-disciplinary research efforts among 
the many scholars at College Park who 
focus their attention on Latin America, 
says Sosnowski, chair of Spanish and 
Portuguese Languages and Literatures. 

Traditionally, the College Park faculty 
has featured a number of outstanding 
scholars in such Fields as literature, 
sociology and agriculture whose work 
centers on Latin America, but their ef- 
forts have been fragmented, according to 
Sosnowski. Past campus initiatives have 
included international conferences on 
Latin American issues, exchange pro- 
grams and field research in Latin 
America, but each has been limited by 
departmental boundaries. The new center 
is designed to pool formally such efforts 
through broadly based conferences and 
exchange programs, Sosnowski says. 

"We will work with the strengths we 
already have as well as concentrate on at- 
tracting more Latin Americanists," 
Sosnowski says. Current center initiatives 

• A conference on the repression and 
reconstruction of culture in Chile that 
will be held in 1991 or 1992. The con- 
ference will be part of a continuing 
series of conferences on repression that 
had been sponsored by the Department 
of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and 

• Informational meetings for faculty at 
the embassies of Latin American coun- 
tries. This summer, the center will coor- 
dinate meetings at the Bolivian Embassy 
on drug trafficking and at the Brazilian 
Embassy on the foreign debt situation. 

• Center representatives have met with 
scholars from universities in Brazil and 


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Argentina as part of an effort to establish 
exchange programs between College Park 
and Latin American institutions. The 
center is working to establish a com- 
prehensive exchange program with the 
University of San Paolo in Brazil. 

• The center will create affinity groups 
among scholars who work in disciplines 
but whose research focuses on the same 
region. More than 30 scholars attended 
the initial affinity group meeting hosted 
by the center. 

The center is supported by the College 
of Arts and Humanities, College of 
Behavioral and Social Sciences, the Of- 
fice of International Affairs and the 
Department of Spanish and Portuguese 
Languages and Literatures, A multi- 
disciplinary committee oversees the 
center's work. The membership includes: 
Nancie Gonzalez, professor of an- 
thropology; George Bean, associate dean 
of the College of Agriculture; Winthrop 
Wright, associate professor of history; 

and Jorge Aguilar- 
Mora, associate pro 
fessor of Spanish 
and Portuguese 
Languages and 
Literatures, Marcus 
Franda, director of 
international affairs, 
is an ex-officio 
member. ■ 
—Brian Busek 

University to Host First International Symposium 
on Uncertainty Modeling 

The university will host the First Inter- 
national Symposium on Uncertainty 
Modeling and Analysis December 3 
through 5. The symposium will be held 
at the Center of Adult Education. 

Supported by the National Science 
Foundation and the university's Engineer- 
ing Research Center as well as by such 
organizations at the IEEE Computer 
Society, the International Fuzzy Informa- 
tion Processing Society, and the 

American Society of Mechanical 
Engineers, among others, the symposium 
is expected to draw as many as 15Q par- 
ticipants from 30 countries. 

Engineering decisions and designs are 
made in an environment that often in- 
volves some level of uncertainty, notes 
civil engineering professor Bilal M, 
Ayyub, conference chair. The sym- 
posium, he says, will bring together 
researchers from academic, governmental 

and industrial institutions to discuss new 
developments and results in the field of 
uncertainty modeling and analysis in- 
cluding fuzzy reasoning, probabilistic 
methods and risk management. 

Deadline for submitting abstracts of 
papers is April 15. For more details, con- 
tact Bilal Ayyub in the UMCP Dept. of 
Civil Engineering at 4^^-2211. ■ 

Regional Computer Network Expands 

SURAnet, funded by the National 
Science Foundation in 1986 as the first 
regional computer communications net- 
work, now has connected 65 universities 
(including the College Park campus) and 
national research laboratories located in 
the Southeastern University Research 
Association (SUM) area. 

The network facilitates communication 
and collaboration among scientists in 
academic and other research organiza- 
tions in 14 states and the District of Col- 
umbia and gives them access to a variety 
of resources, including the national 
scientific supercomputer centers. 

Glenn Ricart. director of the Computer 
Science Center here, has been SURA's 
vice president and director of network 
development for the past year He also 
has been a principal investigator on the 
SURAnet Phase I and Phase I! proposals 
to NSF 

Phase II is designed to permit SURAnet 
to handle increasing traffic more effec- 
tively by upgrading the network's 
backbone from 56 kilobits per second to 
1.5 megabits per second. 

Phase I, the nets initial period of 
development and growth, was supported 
through NSF grants and substantial in- 
vestment in on-campus costs by the con- 
nected institutions. 

NSF policy now requires cost-sharing 
by users of regional networks. The Phase 
II funding proposal has been approved 
and NSF support of university use of 
SURAnet will be phased to a 50 percent 
cost-sharing level by the third year of the 
grant. ■ 

Universities and institutions connected by SURAnet. 


March 5, IV90 

Kirwan and Lesher Honored by 
Government of Belgium 

President William K, Kirwan and James Lesher. professor of 
philosophy and former acting dean of arts and humanities, were 
recently honored by the government of Belgium, Kirwan was made 
a member of the Order of King Leopold as well as a Chevalier of 
the Order of La Couronne in recognition of the cooperation that 
exists between the University of Maryland at College Park and the 

Belgian Embassy in the promotion of cultural and educational 
events and activities between the Belgian government, organiza- 
tions and corporations in connection with the university's Maryland 
in Europe/Europe in Maryland program. The honors were 
presented by Belgian ambassador Herman Dehennin in a ceremony 
at the Belgian Embassy in Washington, D.C, 

College of Journalism Opens 
Capital News Service 

The press corps covering the state 
legislature in Annapolis grew by at least 
seven in January with the opening of the 
College of Journalism's Capital News 

Seven journalism students, working 
under the direction of former 
Washington Times metro editor Vanessa 
Gallman, are reporting on the legislature 
and state government for daily and week- 
ly newspapers across the state of 
Maryland, Their work is the first step in 
a College of Journalism plan to operate 
student-staffed news bureaus in Annapolis 
and Washington, D.C, on a continuing 

The program is designed to give 
students an opportunity to gain practical 
experience in public affairs reporting, 
Gallman says. 

Currently, the seven students are work- 
ing part time in the bureau and covering 
state government primarily for seven 
client newspapers— The Cambridge Ban- 
ner, The F.astan Star-Democrat, The 
liagerslown Herald-Mail. The Baltimore 
Afro-American, The Frederick Evening- 
Post, Tlie Carroll County Times and the 
Sentinel papers of Montgomery and 




continued fmm page t 

She has taught at several US. univer- 
sities and has been sought as a reader lor 
doctoral committees at such universities 
as Michigan. Harvard. Brown, Tulanc, 
Brandcis, Pcnn State. University of 
Washington, Seattle and Ibcrosmericana, 
Mexico City. 

She plans to teach 'Anthropology in 
Science and in Fiction," for her general 
honors seminar; "Introduction to Applied 
Anthropology" for her graduate 
seminar:" and "Ethnic Dimensions of 
Protracted .Social Conflict" for her 
general undergraduate course. 

Anne Truitt has received critical ac- 
claim as a painter and sculptor and has 
developed a national reputation for her 
ideas on the teaching of art in higher 

She frequently serves as art consultant 
and educator for such organ izat ions as 
the National Endowment for the Arts, 
the Guggenheim Foundation, the 
Smithsonian Institution, and the College 
Art Association of America. 

She plans to teach "The Evolving Ideas 
of Artists." for her honors and graduate 
seminars: and "Drawing: The Human ik- 
ing" for her general undergraduate 
course. ■ 

-JuImi Bin 

Prince George's counties. The news ser- 
vice is based in an office near the state 
capitol building and is equipped with 
computers, phones and a fax machine. 

Gallman, who has worked as an editor 
and public affairs reporter in North 
Carolina, Florida and Washington, D.C, 
began laying the groundwork for the ser- 
vice after being hired to run the program 
last summer. 

"In talking with editors around the 
state, it seemed their greatest need was 
for more coverage of state government. 
Many newspapers don't have their own 
reporter in Annapolis," Gallman says. 

Gallman expects that by next fall, eight 
to 12 students will work in the bureau 
on a full-time basis. The students will 
receive 12 credits for participating in the 
program. In addition to the reporting 
work, the program will feature a weekly 
class held in Annapolis. 

Work on establishing the Washington 
bureau also is scheduled for next fall. 
Gallman expects to turn over day-to-day 
operation of the Annapolis bureau to 
another faculty member, while she works 
on plans for the second bureau, ■ 

Seated (from left) are journalism graduate students Lisa O'Rourke and Rebecca Williams; 
standing is Capital News Service director Vanessa Gallman. 

New Capstone Course for Undergraduates 
Reflects Rise in Information Systems 

Focus on 



One of the fastest growing 
undergraduate majors in the 
College of Business and 
Management is Decision and 
Information Science (DIS). As 
business organizations grow 
increasingly dependent on computer- 
based information systems for solutions 
to many of their problems, so too grows 
the ncin\ for individuals who know how 
to engineer information technology into 
the business process. 

List semester, for the first time, the 
business school offered undergraduate 
students a capstone course in DiS. The 
course, Advanced Methods of Informa- 
tion Systems Development/BMGT -r9KA, 
is for students who want to combine 
their skills in information systems and 
business computer programming. 

The course provides DIS majors with a 
senior- level course that permits them to 
apply their cumulative understanding Of 
DIS in solving complex business prob- 
lems, notes Alan Hcvner. associate pro- 
fessor and chair of the Information 
Systems faculty 

"The course grew out of the priorities 
listed in the Pease Report," he says. "It 
not only provides students with a cap- 
stone experience, but also exposes them 
to state-of-the-art research ideas and cur- 
rent business and industrial practices in 
information systems." 

Hcvner says the new course is built 
around two innovative instructional 
approaches— the use of the new pro- 
gramming language Ada and the box 
structure concepts of information 
systems development 

Ada is the standard programming 
language for the Department of Defense 
and is fast becoming a language of 

choice in the business community 
because of its strong support Of software 
engineering principles such as data 
abstraction, reusability, and modularity. 
Box structures methods were devel- 
oped by Hcvner and his colleagues 
Harlan Mills and Rick Linger to provide 
more rigor and verifiability in the system 
development process. ■ 

New Courses for Freshmen 

continued from page 1 

write critical essays about course 

The seven College Park seminars of- 
fered this spring are: 

"The Two Cultures," taught by Morris 
Frecdman. English: "Rationality and 
Values." taught by C. Fred Afford. 
Government and Politics; "Leisure and 
Technology," taught by John W. Chur- 
chill, Recreation: and "Individual Rights 
from Cicero to Rand." taught by Edwin 
A. Locke. Business and Management. 

Other seminars are: "How Society 
Deals with Technological Hazards," taught 
by Vickie M. Bier. Chemical and Nuclear 
Engineering; "Cultural Literacy in the 

Electronic Age." taught by Myron Lotins- 
bury. American Studies; and "Technology 
as a Theme in Literature Since the In- 
dustrial Revolution." taught by James 
Wallace. Mechanical Engineering. 

During the two-year experiment, 
students and faculty will be asked to 
compare the classes with other freshman 
courses that usually are taught in a large 
lecture hall environment. These evalua- 
tions will he used by the Campus Senate 
in charting future directions for the 
seminar program. 

Dean of Undergraduate Studies 
Kathryn Mohrman has earmarked nearly 
SSu.(lin) for the program to triple in size 
hv next fall. ■ 



March 5, 1990 

■ Calendar 

Dance Place Program Will Feature 
Works by College Park Faculty 

"Drowned Worn. in of the Sky," ;i new work for vocalists, 
dancers and instrumental, written by two College Park faculty 
members will be presented Sat., Match 1". at the Dance Place in 
Washington, D.C. Ciraceannc Adamo, lecturer for the Department 
of Music, and David FrcivogcS, music director for the Department 
of Dance, created the piece that will feature soprano Jennifer 
Wynne Post and saxaphonist Ken Plant, Also on the program is 
Maria Castcllo's new dance, "The Sea," The piece will feature 
music by Robert Gibson, associate professor of music. For more in- 
formation call ^69-1600. 

Novelist Paule Marshall will read 
from her works, Thursday, March 8, 
8 p.m.. Architecture Auditorium 


Computer Science Colloquium: 

"Online Tracking of Mobile Users," 
Baruch Awerbuch, MIT, 4 p.m.. 
01 1 1 A. V. Williams Bldg, Call 
x4244 for info. 

Horticulture Seminar: (Part of a 
series of presentations by women 
researchers) "Isolation of Genes In- 
volved in Peach Fruit Develop- 
ment," Ann Callahan, USDA. 4 
p.m.. 0128B Holzapfel. Call 
344-3061 for info. 

Space Science Seminar: 
"Magnetospheric Substorms and 
Pi2 Pulsations," W. J. Hughes. 
Boston LL 4:30 p.m., 1113 Com- 
puter/Space Sciences Bldg Call 
x3136 for info. 

Drug- Awareness Week Seminar: 
"Natural Alternatives to Steroids: 
Dangers of Sports' Drugs." Doug 
Stewart, bodybuilder and founder. 
US Natural Fitness Association. 
7:30 p.m . Ellicotl Dining Hall Call 
x2088 for info. 

Experiential Learning Programs 
Presentation: Feminist Internship 
Opportunities. 10 a.m., 0119 Horn- 
bake. Call x4767 for info. 

Zoology Lecture: "Innovative Ap- 
proaches to the Preservation of 
Tropical Forests: The Palcazu 
Natural Forest Management Project 
in the Peruvian Amazon," Gary 
Hartshorn, World Wildlife Fund- 
US . noon, 1208 Zoo/Psych Bldg. 
Call X3201 for into 

SEE Concert, featuring Karoake. 
12-2 p.m.. Student Union Atrium. 
Call x4546 for info. 

Physics Colloquium: "States of 
Anyon Matter." Frank Wilczek. 
Princeton U., 4 p.m . 1410 Physics 
Bldg Call x3512 for info. 

Women's Studies Film and 
Discussion: Carmen Coustaul 
(RTVF) showing and discussing her 
film "Small Change," 4 p.m., 3293 
Art/Soc. CaJI X3841 for into. 

Zoology, Chemistry and the Col- 
lege of Life Sciences Seminar; 
"What Has Happened to Women 
Scientists? Struggles and 
Strategies 1940 to 1990." Margaret 
Rossiter, Cornell U„ 4 p.m., 1250 
Zoo/Psych., reception to follow. Call 
x5980 tor info. 

Design Alumni Chapter Meeting, 
7 p.m.. Design Conference Room. 
Marie Mount Hall. Call x5471 for 

University Theatre: "The Singular 
Life of Albert Nobbs," by Sim one 
Benmussa. translated by Barbara 
Wright, 8 p.m., Rudolph E. 
Pugliese, S7 standard admission. 
$5.50 seniors and students, pro- 
duction runs today-March 11. Call 
x2201 tor info. ' 

Hoff Theater Movie: 

X4987 for into." 

RAN." Call 



Registration Ends, for indoor soc- 
cer CaJI x3124 for info. 

Employee Development Seminar: 
"Overview of the Department of 
Environmental Safety," 9 a.m- 
noon, Maryland Room, Marie 
Mount Hall Call x4811 for info. 

Human Relations Skills Develop- 
ment Workshop, "Prejudice 
Reduction Workshop," 9 a.m.- 
noon, Prince George's Room, 
Stamp Union. $25 Call x4707 for 

International Affairs Workshop: 
"A Totally New Europe: Its Impact 
on UMCP," featuring an opening 
address by President Kirwan. 8:30 
a.m.-1 p.m., Founders Room, 
Center of Adult Education. Call 
x3008 for info. 

Human Relations Prejudice 
Reduction Workshop, featuring 
Dvora Slavin. National Coalition 
Building Institute, Prince George's 
Room, Stamp Union. $25. Call 
x4707 for info. ' 

Counseling Center Research and 
Development Seminar: The 
NAMES Project AIDS Memorial 
Quilt Continues to Keep the Love 
Alive." William V Patterson, noon. 
0106 Shoemaker Bldg Call x2937 
for info, 

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

Anthropology Roundtabfe Discus- 
sion: "Gender and Colonialism." 
Lynn Bolles (Women's Studies), 
Carol Robertson (Music) and Smita 
Jassal (Anthro.). moderated by 
Nancie Gonzalez (Anthro.), 3:30-5 
p.m.. 1 127 Woods, refreshments 
will follow Call x4677 or x7762 for 

Comparative Lit., RTVF, and 
Visual Press Lecture: featuring J. 
Dudley Andrew, U. of Iowa, on 
Tanner's fiim. "Jonah Who Will be 
25 in the Year 2000," 4 p.m., 
Multi-Purpose Room. St. Mary's 
Hall. Call X1603 for into. 

Astronomy Colloquium: "Star 
Counts and the Distance to the 
Virgo Cluster." John Tonry. MIT, 4 
p.m., 1113 Computer & Space 
Sciences Bldg. Call x3005 for info. 

Student Chapter of the Society 
of Fire Protection Engineers 
Talk: "Engineering Careers," Lisa 
Heiser, program director, Engineer- 
ing Careers'. 7:30 p.m., 0405 Math 

University Theatre: "The Singular 
Life of Albert Nobbs," 8 p.m., see 
Mar. 6 for details. 

Hoff Theater Movie; 

x4987 for info." 

'RAN." Call 



Registration Begins, for pre- 
season softball tournament, softball, 
and doubles tennis. Call X3124 for 

Art Department Minorities & 
Women Lecture: featuring Kellie 
Jones. Curator, Sao Paolo Bien- 
nale. 12:30 p.m.. ArUSociology 
Bldg. Call X0344/5 for info. 

Comparative Lit.. RTVF, and 
Visual Press Lecture: featuring J 
Dudley Andrew, U. of Iowa, on 
Renoir's film. "La Marseillaise," 3 
p.m., Multi-Purpose Room, St. 
Mary's Hall. Call X1603 for into. 

Meteorology Seminar: "Direct 
Analysis of Model Flow Modes Us- 
ing Optimum Interpolation," J. 
Derber, 3:30 p.m.. 2114 Computer 
& Space Sciences Bldg Call 
x2708 for info 

Horticulture Seminar: (Part of a 
series of presentations by women 
researchers) Sandy Sardanelli, 
Nematology Lab.. 4 p.m.. 0128B 
Holzapfel. Call x3614 for into 

Reliability Engineering Seminar: 
"Guidelines for Accelerated Vibra- 
tion Testing," William H Connon, 
III, U S Army. 5:15-6:15 p.m., 
2115 Chemical & Nuclear 
Engineering Bldg Call X1941 tor 

University Theatre: "The Singular 
Life of Albert Nobbs." 8 p.m.. see 
Mar. 6 for details 

Women's Studies Program Lec- 
ture/Reading: novelist Paule Mar- 
shall, 8 p.m., Architecture 
Auditorium. Call x3841 tor info. 

Hoff Theater Movie: 
Call x4987 for info * 

'Black Rain.' 

Men's Basketball: ACC Tourna- 
ment at Charlotte, through March 

Linguistics Colloquium: Stress 
Preservation." Luigi Burzio. Johns 
Hopkins U., noon, 0109 Hombake 
Library. Call x7002 for info. 

Women's Studies Brown Bag 
Lunch Discussion: "After 
Tiananmen: Chinese Women in the 
U.S. Today." Chi-Kwan Ho, 
moderator, 12 noon-1 p.m.. Con- 
ference Room. Mill. Call x5468 tor 

Music Lecture: "Singers and the 
Landscape: Temiar Rainforest- 
Dwellers of Malaysia," Merina 
Roseman, 3 p.m., 2102 Tawes. 
Call x6669 for info. 

University Theatre: "The Singular 
Life of Albert Nobbs," 8 p.m., see 
Mar, 6 for details. 

UM Symphony Orchestra, featur- 
ing concerto competition winners 
Leonid Sushansky, violin. Xia Xiao- 
Cao, violin. Manabu Takasawa, 
piano, and Amy Wang, piano, 

works by Mozart. Beethoven and 
Paganini. 8 p.m., Tawes Recital 
Hall. Call x6669 tor info. 

Hoff Theater Movie: "Black Rain" 
& "Road Warrior." Call x4987 for 


University Theatre: "The Singular 
Life of Albert Nobbs," 8 p.m., see 
Mar 6 for details. 

Hoff Theater Movie: "Black Rain" 
& "Road Warrior " Call x4987 for 

info. ' 

11 WM 

Wanderlust Travelogue Film: 
"This is Israel." by Howard and 
Barbara Pollard, 3 p.m. today, 7:30 
p.m. tomorrow, Hoff Theater. $5 
general public, $4 faculty, staff, 
alumni & seniors. $2 students. Call 
x4987 for info. ' 

University Theatre: "The Singular 
Life of Albert Nobbs," 2 & 8 p.m.. 
Mar. 6 for details. 

Hoff Theater Movie: "Black Rain ." 
Call x4987 for info " 

■ 12 EM 

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

Computer Science Colloquium: 
"E-L Extensible Language and En- 
vironment," Thomas E. Cheatham. 
Jr.. Harvard U., 4 p.m., 0111 
Classroom Bldg, Call x4244 for 

Space Science Seminar: 

"Ionospheric Plasma Theory," A. 
Gurevich, Lebedev Institute, 
USSR. 4:30 p.m., 1113 Com- 
puter/Space Sciences Bldg. Call 
x0359 tor info. 


Art Exhibition: "Contemporary 
Latin American Photographers," 
organized by Aperture 
Photography, through April 27, 
opening reception today, 5:30-7:30 
p.m., The Art Gallery. Art/Sociology 
Bldg Call x2763 for info. 

Employee Benefits Orientation, 
10 a.m., Multi-Media Room. Horn- 
bake Library. Call x6312 tor into. 

Zoology Lecture: "Determinants of 
Community Structure in Ground- 
water Resurgence Ecosystems," 
Dan Fong, American U., noon, 
1208 Zoo/Psych. Bldg. Call X3201 
for info. 

English Department Reading by 
Women Faculty Poets: Verlyn 

Flieger, Phillis Levin, Sibbie 
O'Sullivan, Kim Roberts and Betty 
Townsend, 12 noon-1 p.m., 
Katherine Anne Porter Room, 3rd 
floor, McKetdin. Call x0935 for info. 

French Department & Swiss Em- 
bassy Lecture: "La Suisse et la 
Francophonie," Jean^lacques de 
Dardel, 1st Secretary, Swiss Em- 
bassy, 2 p.m., Language House 
Multi-Purpose Room. Call x4303 for 

Economics & National Security 
Lecture: "Expected Utility and Ex- 
penditures on Military Resources." 
Martin McGuire, 3:30-5 p.m., Stu- 
dent Lounge, Morrill Hall. Call 
x3457 for info. 

Physics Colloquium: "Number 
Theoretic Ideas in Physics," Peter 
Freund, U. of Chicago, 4 p.m., 
1410 Physics Bldg. Call x3512 tor 

Comparative Literature Program 
Screening and Lecture: "Three 
Women," a film by Robert Altman. 
discussed by Robert Kolker. 5:30 
p.m. , 0220 Jimenez. Call x2685 tor 

Hoff Theater Movie: "Hannah & 
Her Sisters" & "Crimes & Misde- 
meanors." Call x4987 for info.' 


Experiential Learning Programs 
Presentation: Feminist Internship 
Opportunities, 10 a.m., 0119 Horn- 
bake Call x4767 for info. 

French Department Lecture: 

"Felix Morrisseau-Leroy. ecrivain 
haitien," Marie-Marcelle Racine, 
UDC, noon, 2120 Jimenez Hall. 
Call x4303 tor info. 

Counseling Center Research & 
Development Seminar: "The 
Needs of Black Students at 
UMCP." Kimya Jones, noon. 0106 
Shoemaker Bldg Call x2937 for 

Mathematics Department Talk: 
"Was Your Grandmother a 
Mathematician?" (Women in 
Mathematics). Judy Green. Rutgers 
U., 3 p.m., 3026 Mathematics. Call 
x7067 tor info. 

International Coffee Hour, 34:30 

p.m.. 0205 Jimenez Hall Call 
x4925 for info. 

Writers Here and Now Poetry 
Reading, featuring James Seay 
and Tom Sleigh reading from their 
works, 3:30 p.m., Katherine Anne 
Porter Room. McKeldin Library. 
Call x251 1 for info. 

Astronomy Colloquium: "The 
Cosmic Microwave Background: Is 
There Anything Left to do After 
COBE?" Bruce Partridge, Haver- 
ford College, 4 p.m., 1113 Com- 
puter & Space Sciences Bldg. Call 
x3005 for info. 

College of Journalism Panel 
Discussion: Issues and Concerns 
of Women in Journalism, 7-9:30 
p.m.. Atrium, Stamp Union, recep- 
tion will follow. Call X2228 tor into. 

Hoff Theater Movie: "Hannah & 
Her Sisters" & "Crimes & Misde- 
meanors." Call x4987 tor into-* 

" Admission ts charged for Ibis 
special a<ent. AH ntl.wrs aiv/hv 

Calendar information may be 
sent to John Fritz, 2101 Turner 
Laboratory or (via electronic 
mail) to 

William Hudson, oirew u 

Competition Winners Featured in 
Free March 9 Concert 

The prize offered to music students who win the Maryland Con- 
certo Competition is the opportunity to play as concerto soloists 
with the University of Maryland Orchestra under the direction of 
William Hudson. This year's four winners will perform in a free 
concert on Friday, March 9 at 8 p.m. in Tawes Recital Hall. The 
program will include performances by violinists Leonid Sushansky 
and Xia Xiao-Cao, and pianists Manabu Takasawa and Amy Wang in 
music of Beethoven. Mozart and Paganini. For information call 
41 4-6669. 


March 5. 1990 


Modern Hebrew is 100 This Year, 
but Scholars Worry About its Future 

■ * or nearly 2 ,000 years, 
«--•/ Hebrew, the ancient language 
■ that is a spiritual and cultural 

JL link to Israel and Jewish 
tradition, lay dormant. A century ago, 
with the establishment of the Committee 
for the Fiebrew Language, it was revived 
as a spoken language, and 1990 is being 
celebrated as its centennial year. 

Fiebrew plays a unique role in Jewish 
spiritual, scholarly and creative life as the 
language of Jewish tradition and of 
modern Israel. But scholars and 
educators are concerned about its future 
and what they see as a troubling decline 
in the teaching of Hebrew in America. 

This issue will be the focus of 
"Hebrew in America: Prospects and 
Perspectives," a three-day conference at 
College Park that will bring scholars, 
educators and communal leaders from 
the United States and Israel together to 
examine the place of Hebrew in the 
American Jewish community. 

The conference is sponsored by the 
university's Meycrhoff Center for Jewish 
Studies and the National Foundation for 
Jewish Culture. 

It begins Sunday, March 25 and runs 
through Tuesday, March 27 at the Center 
of Adult Education. 

Alan L. Mintz, Robert FI. Smith Pro- 

Noted Faculty to Supply Cultural 
Enrichment for Alumni Summer Tours 

Two outstanding teachers from the 
College Park campus will be sharing 
their enthusiasms and expertise with 
small groups ol alumni and friends on 
travels through Europe next summer. 

In July and early August, music pro- 
fessor and Maryland Chorus director Paul 
Traver will lead a party on a Central 
European Musical Medley Tour. Earlier in 
the summer, during the famous "White 
Nights" in June, Russian language and 
literature professor and author Thomas 
Berry wiil provide cultural enrichment 
for a different group on a river cruise in 
the Soviet Union. 

Both tours are sponsored by the Alum- 
ni Travel Program of the University of 


Maryland System and are open to System 
institution alumni and staff and their 
families and friends 

Recent developments in Eastern 
Europe have added even more interest to 
the planned itineraries. Traver s group, for 
example, will spend two nights in 
Prague, the site of many recent political 
changes, to attend a special performance 
of the internationally famous Prague 
Cultural Summer Festival. 

Berry will be touring with his group 
chiefly in the Soviet Union, but they will 
also spend two nights in Berlin— plenty 
of time to view whatever is left by then 
of the Berlin Wall. 

Traver, who will share the post of 
musical host with his pianist wife Mary, 
sees their role as resource persons for 
the places being visited. They will give 
informal briefings about the attractions 
of each location and provide program 
notes and commentary for performances 
and recitals. "We anticipate that a 
wonderful musical experience, good 
fellowship and great food will be had by 
all," he says. 

College Park Alumni Director Leonard 
Raley is also enthusiastic about the alum- 
ni tours program. "We think this is 
another way to serve the alumni and 
campus community," he says, "These are 
not just impersonal travel agency tours 
we are providing, but rich continuing 
educational experiences under the 
guidance of noted professors. We are 
proud to showcase two of our premiere 
College Park faculty members and look 
to do this more often in the future." 

Berry's "Cruise the Pathway of Peter 
the Great" tour is June S-18, with stops 
in Moscow and Leningrad, a five -day 
river cruise, and the final stop-over in 
Berlin. The Travers' "Musical Mediey 
Tour" is July 25-August 5, and in addi- 
tion to Prague, includes stops in 
Bayreuth, Nuremberg, Munich, Salzburg, 
Garmisch, and an optional visit to the 
Oberammergau Passion Play For 
brochures and reservation information, 
call Joan Patterson, 855-3743. ■ 

fessor of Hebrew Literature in the 
Department of Hebrew and F.ast Asian 
Languages and Literatures, is conference 

"For a while there was a small but in- 
tense movement to establish a Hebrew 
environment in America; today the idea) 
of a Hebrew-speaking environment in 
Jewish schools and camps is no longer 
active," he says. "Hebrew has virtually 
disappeared from the Jewish communal 
agenda, with potentially disturbing con- 

Others agree. 

"The American Jewish community's 
distance from Hebrew means it is cut off 
from the roots of Jewish tradition, and 
from active dialogue with Israel in the 
present," says Richard Siegel, executive 
director of the National Foundation for 
Jewish Culture. "Without Hebrew, 
Jewish life in America is conducted in 
transition. The implications of this situa- 
tion, both for the future of the com- 
munity and the unity of the Jewish peo- 
ple, are extremely troubling." 

The conference will focus on the past 
achievements of the Hebrew movement 
in America as well as the present state of 
Hebrew instruction on college campuses 
and the question of what kind of 
Hebrew— spoken or literary— should be 
taught and for what purposes. 

It will address several other questions. 
Among them: 

Should Hebrew be taught as a contem- 
porary Middle-Eastern language, or as a 
tool for gaining access to Jewish 

Can Jewish culture be understood or 
preserved in translation? 

Should Jewish communal leaders be 
required to know Hebrew? 

Several of the conference sessions are 
open to the public. On Monday, March 
26 at 8 p.m., Gershon Shaked of 
Hebrew University and Ruth Wisse, 
McGill University, will discuss "The 
Decline of Hebrew and its Implications 
for the Renewal of Jewish Life in 

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On Tuesday, March 27 at 9 a.m., 
Deborah l.ipstadt, of Occidental College 
and Stephen P. Cohen, Institute for Mid- 
dle East Peace and Development, will 
discuss "Putting Hebrew Back on the 
Agenda of the American Jewish Com- 
munity: Implications for Policy." 

At 1 1 a.m. the same day panelists Car- 
mi Schwartz, past executive vice presi- 
dent, Council of Jewish Federations, 
Shoshana Cardin, chair of the National 
Conference on Soviet Jewry, and Aviva 
Barzei, executive director, Histadruth 
Ivrith, will discuss "Building a Consensus 
for Hebrew: Shaping the Jewish Com- 
munal Agenda." ■ 

— Tom Otuvll 

The Rise of Modern Hebrew 

Although interest in Biblical Hebrew 
had been cultivated (often by Christian 
clergymen) from Colonial times, the 
surge of interest in modern Hebrew 
came with the waves of immigration at 
the turn of the century. 

By World War I, America had become 
home to dozens of Hebrew writers who 
founded Hebrew newspapers and jour- 
nals with tens of thousands of readers. 
Books of Hebrew poetry and fiction 
were published and Hebrew colleges and 
Hebrew-speaking summer camps 

The Hebrew culture movement (Tarbut 
Ivrit) was for several decades the domi- 

nant influence on Jewish education in 
America; Jewish schools were widely 
called Hebrew schools because of the 
centrality of Hebrew language and 
literature in the curriculum. 

Unlike Yiddish, which was supported 
by a mass base of native speakers, 
Hebrew in America always remained an 
elite undertaking. As such, the commit- 
ment to serious Hebrew literature is a 
unique phenomenon in the landscape of 
American culture, with its longstanding 
indifference to foreign languages. ■ 

—Attm Mitilz . fttthert H. Smith Pnrfosstir fjf 
fiebntv Literature 


March 5, 1990 

Strategies and Struggles of Women Scientists 

As part of Women's History* Month, the Departments of Zoology 
and Chemistry and the College of Life Sciences are sponsoring a 
special presentation and reception focusing on the roles and ex- 
periences of women in science. The speaker, Margaret W. Rossiter, 
a professor of history and philosophy of science at Cornell Univer- 
sity, has been widely recognized for her book Women Scientists in 
America: Struggles and Strategies to 1940. published by The Johns 

Hopkins Press in 1982. She currently is completing work on her 
next book, which is the topic of her presentation, "What Has Hap- 
pened to Women Scientists? Struggles and Strategies Since 1940." 
Her talk is open to the public and will take place at 4 p.m. on 
March 6 in Room 1250 of the Zoology /Psychology Building. A 
reception will immediately follow in Room 1208. For more infor- 
mation contact Margaret Palmer at 454-5980. 


Life Amid the Stones of a Streambed 

Tiny Creatures are Critical to Nourishment of Rivers 





Margaret Palmer 

/m J cstled in the nooks mm\ cran- 

/ m / nies between the gravel, sand 
/ W and stones of st ream beds are 
JL T tiny organisms called meio- 
fauna] invertebrates. 

They are creatures barely larger than 
the head of a pin. 

ISut where the health of rivers and 
streams is concerned, their importance is 
great. Scientists are just beginning to 
understand how essential meiofauna are 
as prey for fish and other animals and as 
recyclers of nutrients in the water. 

One of these scientists studying nieio- 
fauna is Margaret Palmer, assistant pro- 
fessor of /oology. She came to the 
university about three years ago as pan 
of the National Science Foundation 
Visiting Professorships for Women 

Previously. Palmer studied meiofauna 
in marine systems, where their impor- 
tance is well-understood, but when she 
came to the university, she switched to 
studying meio fauna in streams. 

Palmer has developed models to ex- 
plain the relationship between water flow 
and movement patterns of marine mcio- 
fauna. Her goal was to investigate the 
generality of such mode*s: for example, 
can these models be applied to both 
oceanic and inland waters? 

Taking meiofaunal samples in 
strcambeds can be much more difficult 
than taking marine samples Because the 
grains of sand on the ocean floor are 
often quite fine, oxygen usually doesn't 
penetrate very far into the sediment. 
Most organisms live in the oxygenated 
zone no farther than eight centimeters 
into the sand. 

The streambed is quite different, 
however, Composed of coarse gravel, 
cobbles and sometimes boulders, 
strcambeds can allow oxygen to 
penetrate well below the surface, even to 


the groundwater And 
because the stream 
water and groundwater 
usually are chemically 
similar, the meiofauna 
can survive in the 
groundwater great 
distances (documented 
up to two miles) away 
from the stream 
Although this makes sampling the 
nieiolauna difficult, the finding that the 
streambed habitat extends great distances 
laterally and below ground has excited 
many scientists and stimulated much 
thought on what constitutes river 

Even though the study of these 
organisms living in the hyporheic zone 
(from the Greek meaning below and 
Hi i\\ i is still in its infancy. Palmer and her 
colleagues have evidence that these liny 
creatures are essential links in the aquatic 
food chain that eventually supports such 
animals as trout, eagles, bears and 

Furthermore, the meiofauna help to 
break down vegetation in the stream and 
release nutrients hack into the water. 
Palmer says 

Palmer spends much of her time at a 
small stream in Virginia called Goose 
Creek. She and her students haw a 
number of projects directed at under- 
standing the ecological role of meiofauna 
in streams. One of those projects is in- 
vestigating the role meiofauna play in 
reeoloni/ing streams after major distur- 
bances such as floods. 

Meiofauna normally cling to grains of 
sand and rock in the streambed, but dur- 
ing a flood, the force of the raging water 
pulls the organisms from their footholds 
and washes them downstream. 

For several weeks to months after a 
flood, the stream is almost depleted of 
animal life, but within weeks, the popula- 
tions return and increase. 

With some types of animals, this 
replenishing is easy to explain, insects, 
for example, can fly back upstream to lay 
their eggs. 

But what about most meiofauna which 
' do not have terrestrial stages in their life 
cycles? If they are swept downstream in 
,i flood, how Jo populations increase 



"There are two main possibilities.' 
Palmer says. "First . assemblages in the 
groundwater can move back up and 
recolonize the stream, or second, debris 
dams or log jams may catch and bold 
meiofauna during Hoods Other scientists 
have shown thai these dams retain 
organic mailer thai feed animals in the 
stream. ! have reason to believe they re- 
tain meiofauna as well.' 

Palmer says she has preliminary data 
that show that stream fauna are two to 
three times more abundant in debris 
dams than In nearby stream channels 

lii tesi her hypothesis. Palmer is con- 
ducting experiments at a laboratory 
lliuiie facility, built by the Department of 
Zoology and the Agricultural Experiment 
Station at the I'SDA Bcltsvillr Agricultural 
Research Center, by building model dams 
in the flume to study deposition and ero- 
sion patterns around dams. Palmer plans 
to examine the role that these dams p|a\ 
in the recovery ot the meiofauna 

Another project that keeps Palmer 
busy is a collaboration with Bruce lames. 
assistant professor of agronomy With a 
gram from the Agricultural l-xperiment 
Station, they are looking at how nitrates 
travel to the Chesapeake Bay through the 
groundwater and at ways to unravel the 
linkages between groundwater meio 
fauna, surface water meiofauna. and 
soil/water chemistry. 

'Much of the exciting work being 
done in science these days is through in- 
terdisciplinary projects. The researchers 
bring together different insights and 
backgrounds." Palmer says. "The ex- 
periments that we are completing are 
ycilding exciting results With another 
year of data, we should have strong 
evidence to support some of our rather 
unconventional theories. 

"This research on meiofauna could 
have implications for how we as humans 
manage our water resources, streams and 
river banks." ■ 

—/till Utirk'tcv 

Course Teaches New Appreciation 
for Women Scientists 

The woman scientist. 

In most people's minds the phrase 
conjures up images of Marie Curie or 
Jane Goodall or... 

Well, that's usually about all. For one 
reason or another, many people are not 
aware of the contributions that women 
have made in the sciences and what 
their role is today. 

Margaret Palmer, assistant professor of 
zoology, hopes to change the misconcep- 
tions and lack of awareness about 
women scientists. For the first time last 
fall, she taught a course that she created 
and developed called Women and 
Science (ZOOL 313 and WMST 498P). 

The course, which meets the universi- 
ty's diversity requirements, covers four 
main areas: the image of the woman 
scientist; historical perspectives of 
women in the sciences, such as what has 

women's participation been in the 
sciences traditionally or what effect did 
events such as World War II have on par- 
ticipation; current participation trends for 
women in the sciences and why they arc 
so low; and gender bias in scientific 
hypotheses and experiments. 

Palmer says that last fall the course 
comprised mostly science students; 
however, she had some students from a 
variety of other disciplines, including 
philosophy and political science. About 
one-third of the class were men. She 
looks forward to teaching the class again 
next fall. 

"My goal with this class is to help 
these students develop insights into some 
of the opportunities and obstacles facing 
women scientists. Hopefully, these 
students will be better equipped to deal 
with these challenges." ■ 

Sometimes Graduate Students Need A Break 

[f you're tired of holing up in McKcldin or cant (ace another 
night writing your paper, why not join other graduate students for 
a lunchtime session of ice skating or a Thursday evening happy 
hour? Every day from noon to 1 p.m., the Graduate Student 
Association has arranged a SI ice skating session at Well's Ice Rink, 
521 1 Calvert Rd. GSA President Polly Manely will even offer help 
for beginners on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Or, after your 
last class on Thursday, head over to the Chi Chi's restaurant on 
Greenhelt Rd. for a happy hour with free munchies. Call 454-0 1 45 
for more information. 


March 5, 1990 


Staff Campus Senators Seeking 
Candidates for Upcoming Election 

M * ince 1971, when the faculty 
^k senate became a fully 
. ■ represented Campus Senate, 
\k*r the university's associate and 
classified staff have had a presence on 
the campus' largest deliberative body. 

But when the Campus Senate holds 
elections next month, 13 of the 19 seats 
allotted for associate and classified staff 
will be open. Such high turnover and a 
possible misunderstanding of the senate's 
membership has three incumbent staff 
senators concerned about continued rep- 
resentation of the university's largest 
group of employees in the Campus 

For this reason, John Menard, Carol 
Pricr and Larry Lauer have been talking 
with associate and classified staff 
members about running as candidates in 
the upcoming election. 

"These are very exciting times on the 
College Park campus," says Menard, an 
associate staff senator and member of 
the senate executive committee. "We 
[the staff] have an opportunity, and thus 
a responsibility, to be part of the 
decision-making process that shapes the 
future of this university." 

Menard, director of facilities, services 
and computer planning in the College of 
Computer, Mathematical and Physical 
Sciences, has worked at the university 
for 28 years and says the senate's at- 
titude toward staff affairs has changed 
over the years. 

Carol Pricr, also a member of the 
senate executive committee, agrees. "In 

the last three to five years, there has 
been a heightened awareness of staff 
issues. We don't want to see that 
change," says Prier, who is the executive 
administrative aide in the College of 

All three senators agree that staff 
representation has influenced the out- 
comes of some very important decisions 
of late. 

"Faculty weren't as interested in the 
tuition remission plan as the staff 
employees were," says Lauer, who chairs 
the senate general committee on staff af- 
fairs and is the manager for administra- 
tion in the Engineering Research Center. 
"But we knew it was important to the 
staff and fought to change the plan from 
a staff development initiative only tied to 
job-related courses to an unconditional 
personal development experience." 

Menard, Prier and Lauer also point to 
the administration's plan for a campus- 
wide salary review and the issue of merit 
pay as an example of why the staff need 
to be involved. 

"This is going to affect the pay of all 
staff who work at the university for a 
long-time to come," says Menard. "It's a 
long process, and the university pro- 
bably won't be doing it again any time 

As chair of the senate general commit- 
tee on staff affairs, Lauer also has been 
very involved with a plan to provide full 
benefits to 109 housekeepers who were 
hired after an outside housekeeping con- 
tractor defaulted on its services. 


How To Be A Senator 

There are 152 senators in the Campus 
Senate representing all of the academic 
and administrative units in the university. 
Of these senate seats, 102 arc for faculty, 
23 arc for undergraduate students, 19 are 
for staff, 9 arc for graduate students, and 
4 are for academic administrative posi- 


Of the 19 seats allotted for staff, three 
seats are reserved for the associate staff 
and 16 are for classified staff. 

To be a senator, a person must first be 
nominated by someone in a similar 
category or division, although the 
nomination does not have to come from 
a senator. 

"We're looking for people who have a 
holistic view of the campus," says John 
Menard. "A good candidate must be able 
to represent his or her section of the 
campus, but also be able to see the big 

Individuals interested in running for a 
senate scat should contact the Campus 
Senate office at 454-4549. A senator will 
then contact interested candidates about 
any questions they may have. 

The following is a list of current staff 
senators with the date their term expires: 

For associate staff (Including 

librarians) Marlene Vikor. Original 
Cataloging Department ('90), John 
Menard, Dean's Office, College of Com- 
puters, Mathematical, Physical Sciences 
('90), Larry Lauer, Engineering Research 
Center ('90); 

For exempt classified employees 
Anthony Cummings, Office of Resident 
Life ('91), Carole Cook, Physical 
Plant/Human Resources ('90), Michael 
Quill, Academic Data Systems ('90}; 

For secretarial & clerical Diane 
Gibson, Office of Resident Life ('92), 
Brenda Ware, Office of Student Affairs 
('92), Carol Prier, College of Engineering 
('90), Rebecca A. Frey, Dean's Office, 
Health A Human Performance ('90), 
Margaret Giglio, Counseling Center ('90), 
Dollye L. Cooper, Institute of Applied 
Agriculture ('90); 

For technical staff Robert Mueck, 
Police Department ('92), Michael McNair, 
Police Department ('90); 

For skilled craft employees Richard 
Hall, Building/General Services ('91), one 
vacant seat ('90); 

For service & maintenance Eric 
Bullock, General Services, ('91), two va- 
cant seats ("91). ■ 

Larry Lauer, Carol Prier and John Menard 

Initially seen as a temporary measure, 
the housekeepers, who are permanent 
state employees and are mostly women 
and minorities, do not receive the same 
compensation as other university 
housekeepers and have a very high turn- 
over rate. 

Though the General Assembly cut the 
university's proposal last year to fund 
the 109 positions over a three-year 
period, Lauer has met with several 
delegates and hopes the proposal will be 

"This really is an important issue for 
the university to address," says Lauer. 
"As staff senators, we can provide 
representation for employees who might 
not have known where to go to express 
their concerns," 

In addition to emphasizing the impor- 
tance of a continued staff presence in 

the Campus Senate, Menard, Prier and 
Lauer, whose terms all expire in May, 
arc also working in the senate to pro- 
pose staggered terms for all staff senators 
to avoid such wholesale turnover in the 

According to President William E. Kir- 
wan, the staff senators also provide a 
balance to the senate. "While some peo- 
ple may think that the senate deals 
primarily with faculty issues, the effec- 
tive operation of the campus requires 
participation by all members of the com- 
munity," says Kirwan. "With staff and 
student senators in addition to faculty 
senators, we can be confident that 
recommendations from the Campus 
Senate reflect the thinking of the entire 
campus." ■ 

— John Friti 

Senate to Meet March 12 

The Campus Senate will meet Monday, 
March 12, 3:30-6:30 p.m., 0126 Reckord 
Armory, to discuss the admissions and 
advising policy of the university. Marvin 
B res low. chair of the General Commit tec 
on Educational Affairs, will lead the 

Other agenda items include a discus- 
sion of faculty grievance procedures led 

by John Burt, chair of the Ad Hoc Com- 
mittee on Faculty Grievance, and a 

report on freedom of expression and a 
statement on costs of security. Call 
45^-4549 for more information. ■ 


March 5, 1990 

Maryland Student Affairs Conference Hears 
from Education Experts 

On Feb. 16, the annual Maryland Student Affairs conference was 

held at the Stamp Student Union, Keynote addresses were given by 
I. King Jordan, president of GaUaudet University, and Elizabeth 

Nuss, executive director of the National Association of Student Per- 
sonnel Administrators. Designed to give student personnel profes- 
sionals and graduate students in the field an opportunity to ex- 
change ideas on education issues, the conference this year had the 
theme "Leadership in Higher Education: Confronting the Realities 
of the '90s." 

I. King Jordan 

Elizabeth Nuss 

UM Team Wins in Mock Trial Tournament 

Two University of Maryland 
debate teams, consisting of 
I -t undergraduate students, 
won a trophy as "Outstan- 
ding New School" in the 
Sixth Annual National Inter- 
collegiate Mock Trial Tournament held 
March Id at the Drake University Law 
School in Des Moines. Iowa, 

The team, coached by Noel My ricks, a 
lawyer and associate professor in the 
Department of Family and Community 
Development, won six of the eight com- 
petitions in which it participated during 
the tournament. 

Ninety-five teams representing 69 col- 
leges and universities from across the 
country participated in the competition. 
Seventeen colleges and universities, in- 
cluding Maryland, competed for the first 

The tournament is sponsored by the 
Supreme Court of Iowa, the Iowa State- 
Bar Association and the Drake Univer- 
sity Law School, 

The students representing Maryland 
were selected based on debate abilities 
demonstrated in Domestic Relations 
courses (FMCD 4*T and 497) taught by 
Myricks. One pan of each course re- 
quires students to dehate, cross- 
examination style, an assigned family law 
topic. The students also are required to 

conduct legal research, including 
computer-based research at McKeldin 
Library and area law libraries. 

"Tlie students who were selected 
were provided additional study of the 
Federal Rules of Evidence and Criminal 
Procedure applicable to the Mock Trial 
problem." Myricks says. Students 
prepared themselves for the mock trial 
by studying 50 to M) hours per week 

Students were assigned the roles of 
either attorney or witness. Each role was 
equal in importance, and students 
selected to act as witnesses also hadthe 
requisite skills to assume roles as at- 
torney. Five of the six people selected 
by Myricks as student-attorneys already 
have several acceptances to taw schools 
in the fall, according to Myricks, The 
other student plans to obtain an FMCD 
master's degree before attending law 
school. Some of the student- witnesses 
have acceptances from law schools such 
as Columbia and Notre Dame. 

The students who participated in the 
trial were: Scott Welnsteirt, Suzanne 
Childress, William Thrush, Jr.. Stephanie 
Petteway, Marie Cocchiaro. Stacey 
Rclkin. Kristina Boisoneau. George Failla, 
Denice ilairston. Rebecca Taylor. Stacey 
Wax. Drew Shortall, George Jones and 
Kenneth Pleasant. ■ 

Library of Congress Pilot Project in 
Libraries Is Extended Through May 

The University of Maryland College 
Park Libraries is serving as one of four- 
teen pilot sites for a remote online 
demonstration project. Faculty, staff and 
students are invited to join in evaluating 
LOGS (Library of Congress Information 
System) for its teaching and research 

Free online access to LOCIS is offered 
through May in the McKeldin and 
Engineering and Physical Sciences 
Libraries. Dial-up access from home or 
office is also available. 

LOCIS has two subsystems: 
•SCORPIO (Subject-Con tent-Oriented 
Retriever for Processing Information 
Online) with files indexing books, jour- 
nal articles, federal legislation, organiza- 
tions and copyright registrations; and 

•MUMS (Multiple Use MARC System) 
with m-housc files of bibliographic infor- 
mation about books, serials, maps, 
recorded sound materials, music scores, 
and audio-visual materials cataloged by 
the Library of Congress and other 
research libraries. 

The Libraries is offering demonstra- 
tions of LOCIS to interested individuals 
and departments. The reactions of users 
will be important in evaluating if and 
how the tiles should be accessible at 
sites away from the Library of Congress 
for public use on a permanent basis, 

LOCIS is available Monday through Fri- 
day (y.M) a m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday 8:30 
a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. For 
more information or to request dial-up 
access, call 454-5977 or 454-5704. ■ 




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FRONT ROW: (left to right) Marie Cocchiaro, George Fail la, Dr. Noel Myricks, Rebecca Taylor, 
Stephanie Petteway BACK ROW: Stacey Relkin, Suzanne Childress, Drew Shortall, George Jones. 
William Thrush, Scott Weinstetn, Kristina Boiseneau, Denice Hairston 
NOT PICTURED: Kenneth Pleasant. Stacey Wax 

CAPA Winners Announced 

The following faculty have received a 
1990-91 research award from the Creative 
and Performing Arts Board: 


•Margo Humphrey. "Sculptural Prints" 
•John Ruppert. "The Cast Image" 

Communication Arts and Theatre 

•Mitchell R Heben, "Research and Pcr- 
I forma ncc of Shakespeare's [ago and 


•Anne Warren, "Images from the Land" 


Martin Elected Foundation 

John K, Martin, executive director of 
the Campaign for Maryland, recently was 
elected president of the UM Foundation, 
the independent philanthropic affiliate of 
the University of Maryland System. Mar- 
tin succeeds Robert G. Smith, vice 
chancellor for university relations for the 
UM System, who will continue to assist 
the organization by developing a sub- 
sidiary corporation to manage special 
assets such as real estate. 


•Roderick H. Jcllema, "Glee and Other 

Housing and Design 

•Terrv Gips, "Memorv Structures of the 


• Robert L Gibson. "Four Songs on Texts 
of Alain Bosquet" 

Radio, TV and Film 

•Carmen Constant, "Harmonica Man' 

Miller Named AAAS Fellow 

Raymond E, Miller, professor of com- 
puter science and director of the Center 
for Excellence in Space Data and Infor- 
mation Systems (CESD1S), a joint venture 
between the university and NASA, has 
been elected a Fellow of the American 
Association for the Advancement of 
Science (AAAS). A widely recognized 
authority on systems and theory. Miller 
joined the UMCP faculty from the 
Georgia Institute of Technology in 1988.