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Outlook 

The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper 

Volume 13 'Number 19 • February 23, 1999 



Urban Partnerships, 
page 6 



Center for Health 

& Well Being, 

page 5 




Rasmusson Elected to National 
Academy of Engineering 



Eugene Rasmusson, senior 
research scientist in the 
department of meteorology, 
was one of 80 new members 
just elected to the National 
Academy of Engineering. 

Election to the National 
Academy of Engineering is 
among the highest professional 
distinctions accorded an engi- 
neer. Academy membership 
honors those who have made 
"important contributions to 
engineering theory and prac- 
tice," and those who have 
demonstrated "unusual accom- 
plishment in the pioneering of 
new and developing fields of 
technology." In announcing its 
new members, the academy 
said Rasmusson was elected 
for his "contributions to under- 
standing climate variability and 
establishing the basis for prac- 
tical predictions of El Nino." 

"This is a singular honor for 
Dr. Rasmusson, who is an out- 
standing scientist and a won- 
derful person," says John 
Osborn, interim dean of the 
College of Mathematical and 
Physical Sciences (CMPS). "I 
am so pleased for Or. 
Rasmusson, the meteorology 
department, the college and 
the university as a whole," 
Osborn says. 

Membership in the National 
Academy of Engineering is die 
latest of many honors 
Rasmusson 's colleagues have 
bestowed on him over the 
years. Rasmusson just complet- 
ed a year as president of the 
American Meteorology Society 
(AMS) and he continues to 
serve on the AMS council and 
executive committee. In 1997, 
he presented the Robert E. 
Horton Lecture in Hydrology at 
that year's annual AMS meeting. 
He also is a past recipient of 
the jule Charney Award, the 
second highest scientific award 
given by the society. Other 
recent honors include the 
Victor Starr Memorial Lecture 
at die MIT in 1994, 

Rasmusson serves on several 
advisory committees of the 
National Research Council, the 
operating arm of the National 
Academy of Science, and the 
National Academy of 
Engineering. The research coun- 
cil provides independent advice 



on science and technology 
issues under a congressional 
charter. Rasmusson also is a 
member of advisory committees 
for national and international 
research programs focused on 
improving our understanding 
and ability to predict seasonal to 
interannual climate variations. 

Rasmusson joined the 
University of Maryland faculty 




Eugene Rasmusson 



in 1986, following many years 
of research on climate variabil- 
ity with the National Oceanic 
and Atmospheric 
Administration. His research 
continues to be focused on 
coupled ocean-atmosphere 
interactions in the tropics and 
the nature and variability of 
the global hydrologies! cycle. 
Within these areas he has long 
concentrated on the El Nino- 
Southern Oscillation phenome- 
non, the global distribution of 
atmospheric water vapor trans- 
port and precipitation, and the 
role of land-atmosphere inter- 
actions in continental precipi- 
tation variability. He regularly 
conducts special topics cours- 
es in these areas of research 
and is active as an adviser of 
masters and Ph.D. degree can- 
didates pursuing research on 
these topics. 

Rasmusson has a bachelor's 
degree in civil engineering 
from Kansas State University 
and a master's degree in engi- 
neering mechanics from St. 
Louis University. He received 
Ills doctorate degree from 
Massachusetts Institute of 
Technology in 1966. 



The African-American Student Experience 



In recognition of Black History Month, 
Outlook reporter Vaishali Honawar spent 
time with three University of Maryland stu- 
dents who shared their experiences being 
African-American on a majority white cam- 
pus. Their profiles are featured below and on 
page 3. 

Clifford Sharp 

He's 86, his hearing is not as good as it used 
to be, and arthritis makes walking a painful 
ordeal. But Clifford H. Sharp is not yet ready to 
put his feet up. 

"I have to keep going until I graduate next 
May," says Sharp, the old- 
est student on campus 
today. He is working 
toward a degree in Afro- 
American Studies as 
part of the university's 
Golden ED program. 

After a lifetime of 
wandering around the 
world, Sharp seems 
totally at home in the 

university Staff and students in the department 
of Afro-American Studies watch out for him, 
reminding him when it's time for class and 
helping him get on and off the university shut- 
tle in which he commutes from the senior citi- 
zen home where he Eves. 

"He has brought so much to the depart- 
ment " says Associate Professor Rhonda 
Williams, who taught a class Sharp took. "What 
was history to the rest of us had actually hap- 
pened in his life. He had even met some of the 
people we discussed in class." 

Indeed, Sharp's Life sounds like something 
out of a movie. This grandson of a Civil War vet- 
eran was bom in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1912, at a 
time when the term "equal opportunity" had 
no place in American vocabulary. He 
Eved through the world wars and 
the Depression, and saw the coun- 
try pass through its best and 
worst times. 

"My grandfather, Andrew 



"What was history to the 
test of us had actually 
happened in his life. " 

— Rhonda Williams 



Sharp, was a slave who ran away to enlist in 
the civil war. When he was discharged in 1867 
in Texas, he wanted to go to Cincinnati, but 
there weren't any trains. So he walked the 
entire distance, eating grass and wild apples 
along the way and drinking out of the river. He 
refused to return to slavery even when the 
family that had owned him offered him a lot of 
money," recalls Sharp, who heard these stories 
from his grandfather himself. 

Sharp's parents divorced when he was a 
child, and he was brought up by his mother 
who worked as a dressmaker to make ends 
meet. But she sent Clifford to school. It was an 
all-white school in a white neighborhood and 
Sharp remembers learning to build his defens- 
es early in life. 
"The first day my mother 
dropped me off at school, the 
white kids screamed; "What 
the h... are you doing here? 

You're an Get out — this 

is a white school'." 

"I would fight the 
kids then, but I don't think 
that was a good way to go 
about it," he says, with the wis- 
dom of his years. He stayed in school until the 
eighth grade before dropping out during the 
Depression years "because I had no clothes, no 
food." 

In the years between then and 1992, when 
he returned to university at College Park, 
Sharp hoboed out west at the age of 17 during 
the depression, fought in World War II for five 
years, lived in Africa for more than two decades 
where he worked as a car mechanic to the 
president of Guinea, and traveled as a shiphand 
to countries Eke India, Japan, Thailand, the 
Philippines, Sudan, Somalia, England and 
Belgium, among others. 

In his days as a hobo, he recalls being almost 
lynched by a group of whites in Illinois "A 

white man helped me escape," he remem- 
bers, "He had been helped as a child 
by another black man, and he 
remembered that." 

After the war, during which he 
Continued on page 3 







2 Outlook February 23. 1999 




Eating Disorders Awareness Week 



verbatim 



"These airplanes have to be very, very slender, very, very sharp. 
They have to have very, very sharp leading edges. That gives it 
very little drag, so it can slice through the air at high speeds." 
— Mark Letvis, associate professor of aerospace engineering, 
explaining the design challenges of the newest "flying wing" air- 
plane, on "ABC World News Tonight," Nov. 11, 1993. 

"It peaked in the early eighties. Humour today is not as free or as 
central or as exuberant or as healthy." —Lawrence Mintz, associ- 
ate professor of American Studies, in an Oct 31 article in the 
Toronto Globe and Mail contending that as the quantity of com- 
edy in North America bos risen In recent years, the quality has 
gone in the opposite direction. 

"It makes sense. If you don't see your parents or siblings as often 
as you would like, you would turn to friends."— Jude Cassidy 
associate professor of psychology, in a Nov. 24 Washington Post 
article about bow American mobility has caused many people 
to be emotionally closer to friends than to family members. 

"It could be about affection for Susan, it might be about the way 
Susan looks, as another letter is, maybe even about kissing her. It 
might be a witness to the passion she had for Susan. It might be 
angry. I will report whatever I find. I will not try to hide anything. 
That has been a major problem in Dickinson scholarship." 
— English Professor Martha Nell Smith in a Nov. 29 New York 
Times Magazine feature about using modern technologies to 
uncover secrets about historical figures. Smith was talking 
about her own research into the possibility that poet Emily 
Dickinson and her sister-in-law, Susan Huntington Dickinson, 
were long-time lovers. 

"The more use we make of crime data to evaluate the police, the 
greater the danger that someone will cheat. That's why laws 
requiring crime audits may be among the most important anti- 
crime measures legislatures could pass." —Lawrence Sherman, 
chair of the department of criminology and criminal justice, in 
a Dec. 3 op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal calling for nation- 
al standards for audited crime data. 

"Even though teens don't have as much money as adults, they 
almost always buy the heavily advertised brand names like 
Marlboros and Camels. Unlike adults, however, most teens aren't 
addicted to nicotine. They are much more likely to quit when 
prices go up rather than switch to a discount brand." 
— Economist William Evans explaining the predicted impact of 
cigarette taxes on teen smoking, in a Nov. 29 article in the 
Raleigh News and Observer. 

"A lot of faculty may be wary of having their students mucking 
around in a classroom, but I think that those who are open-mind- 
ed will welcome it." — Ramon Lopez, associate research scientist 
in astronomy, In a Nov. 13 article In Science Magazine about a 
National Science Foundation initiative to send undergraduate 
science students into elementary schools as teachers' aides. 

"See how many of the children are actively engaged in learning. I 
don't mean classroom time spent listening to a lecture, although 
lecturing has its place. Lively discussions exploring solutions to real 
problems are the hallmark of an excellent school." — Education 
Professor WtUis D. Hawley, giving advice on evaluating schools in 
an article in the December issue of Child magazine. 

"Hoover is saying in earthy terms the obvious: How could they 
have been so incompetent?" —John Newman, adjunct professor 
in the honors program, in a Nov. 10 Philadelphia Inquirer arti- 
cle about a 1963 memo in which former FBI chief f. Edgar 
Hoover blasted agents for not keeping closer tabs on assassin 
Lee Harvey Oswald. 



The university is helping host activities for the 
twelfth Annual Eating Disorders Awareness Week. 
The week runs through Feb. 27 and is coordinat- 
ed with the non-profit organization Eating 
Disorders Awareness and Prevention, Inc. 

Celebrated nationwide, the awareness week is 
designed to educate the public about eating dis- 
orders in addition to promoting positive body 
image. Communities, schools and college campus- 
es across the country are setting up programs 
such as health fairs, conferences, public forums, 
film festivals, museum walks, book discussions 
and numerous workshops and presentations. 

This year on campus, the main event of the 
week will be held this Sunday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. 
A.C.T Out Ensemble, a theatrical 
touring group, will perform "Body 
Loathing... Body Love" at Hoff 
Theatre in the Stamp 
Student Union. A dis- 
cussion will follow. 
There also will be an off-cam- 
pus event the same day 
titled "Feast, Famine, and 
the Female Form," a muse- 
um tour focusing on 
expanding awareness of the 
female body. The event takes 
place at the Baltimore 
Museum of Art at 2 p.m. 

For those interested, there 
also will be a "Mind-Body- 
Spirit Fair "Tuesday, from 
noon to 4 p.m., in the 
Atrium of the Stamp 
Student Union. The 
event is free and activities 
include media awareness, 
weight management, 
massage and a Challenge the 
Media Walk. 

Last year, the univer- 
sity included the Eating 
Disorders Screening 



Project and various information booths around 
campus to help celebrate the week. 

The University of Maryland Panhellenic Task 
Force (PTFED) is sponsoring the events on cam- 
pus. The task force was founded in 1992 and aims 
to educate sorority women about the prevention 
and treatment of eating disorders. The committee 
is co-led by Brenda Alpert Sigall of the Counseling 
Center and Julie Parsons of the Health Center. 

For more information on the week contact 
Brenda Alpert Sigall at 3 14-7663, Julie Parsons at 
314-8142 and Mary Strouse Pabst at (410) 821- 
8833. 




letter to the editor 



Dear Editor: 

Thanks very much for printing the "Snow Closing News" item in the Feb. 9 issue of Outlook. I'll 
be sure to put it on the kitchen bulletin board. 

I do want to let you and your writers know that, as a native Pennsylvanian, Em mildly distressed 
at the misspelling in the "Snow" piece, of our little February weather forecaster's home town. Phil 
hails from Punxsutawney, Pa. , a real place. 1 guess Phil's job has become so legendary in American 
popular culture that creative spellings such as "Punxa tawny" are making their way into reputable 
publications! Ouch! We had better be careful, or Phil just might visit 12 more weeks of winter on 
the University of Merlin. 

Bundle up! 

Best wishes, 

Sally Stokes 

Curator 

National Trust for Historical Preservation Collection 

McKeldin Library 

Editor's Note: So happy was I to learn of Phil's prognostication of an early spring, I must have 
gotten carried away with thoughts of blooming daffodils and ice-less days. Caught up In this 
blissful state, I failed to do the all important fact check on the correct spelling of the furry guy's 
hometown. Thanks for catching the mistake. 



Outlook 



Outlook is the weekly faculty-staff newspaper serving the University of Maryland campus community. William Destler. Interim Vice President for University Advancement; 
Teresa Flannery, Executive Director of University Communications and Director of Marketing; George Cathcart. Executive Editor; Jennifer Hawes Editor; 
Londa Scott Forte. Assistant Editor; Valshall Honawar. Graduate Assistant; Phillip Wlrtz, Editorial Intern. Letters to the editor, story suggestions and campus infor- 
mation are welcome. Please submit all material two weeks before the Tuesday of publication. Send material to Editor, Outlook. 2101 Turner Hall. College Park, MD 
20 742. Telephone (301) 405-4629; e-mail outlook@accmail.umd.edu; fax (301) 314-9344. Outlook can be found online at www.inform.umd.edu/outlook/ 




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February 23, 1999 Outlook 3 



Christopher Paige 



When Christopher Paige came to the University of Maryland 10 years ago, the departments 
where he was taking classes wouldn't let him transfer courses from his previous college, St 
Augustine in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

"They thought it wasn't up to their standards," recalls Paige who, having been born and 
brought up in an all-black environment, was grappling with culture-shock in the majority-white 
Maryland. Even so, he was not one to accept what he was told. 

"I went to each department with the St. Augustine catalog and compared the courses there 
with the ones here," he recalls. In the end, he got all but three credits transferred. 

Such determination and enterprise make Christopher Paige, 28, an ideal person to guide 
black students on campus today, in his job as a coordinator at the Nyumburu Cultural Center. 

There's a great deal for black students to do on campus, he points out, if only they are will- 
ing to look and find. "Both OMSE (Office for Multicultural Student Education) and Nyumburu 
have expanded since the time I was a student," says Paige, who graduated in 1992."There is the 
Diversity Initiative program. There are many support systems available today, and I would advise 
black students coming to this university to use all the resources that are available to them." 

Paige himself had a great many positive experiences on campus as a student. He remembers 
some racism from both professors and other students — "people who would behave the way 
they did because of my race" — but he also remembers the many opportunities he had to 
explore his areas of interest. 

As a student, "I wrote for Black Explosion and Eclipse magazine and participated in the 
activities of other black groups such as the Shades of Harlem performing group and the Black 
Leadership Summit." 

After graduating in 1992, he worked at an inner-city school 
for five years, before heading back to Nyumburu a year 
and a half ago "because this is what I wanted to do all 
my life — I wanted to work with black kids." 

In the long run, he would like to start a center 
where he can help young black people achieve 
their goals. "I'd like to have a place where kids 
disillusioned by all the negativity around them 
can come and record a song, draw pictures, do 
something positive, do something for them- 
selves..." 

He himself is a singer, having last year recorded 
an album of gospel music under the label "Chris 
Paige and the Dream-Keepers". Right now he is 
working on a jazz album. "During weekends my 
friends and I go to schools and do workshops on dif- 
ferent things." 

For students at the university, Paige has a word of 
advice. "Help each other," he says. "I got here 
because I had a lot of help from other people — 
nobody gets somewhere just on the basis of 
individual effort. And I myself make an 
effort to help someone whenever I can. It 
is our job to leave a legacy for the future." 

— VH. 




Felicia Curry 



Felicia Curry is nurturing two dreams right now— to 
become a broadcast journalist, and to win Miss America. 

And she's on her way to achieving both. In the last two 
years alone, this journalism junior has won three beauty 
pageants, including the Black Unity pageant organized by 
Nyuttiburu Cultural Center, Miss Southern Maryland and Miss 
College Park. A couple of weeks ago, she started an internship 
at ABC News. 

As Miss Black Unity, says Felicia, she is going to make sure 
that people take notice, both of her and her title. "Until now, 
nobody knew this pageant existed, or what happened to Miss 
Black Unity after she had won the crown. — where she went, 
what she did. I am going to change all that." She will do this 
by seeing to it that Miss Black Unity performs at other events 
and puts on programs of her own. 

But first, she intends to bring together the black student 
organizations on campus and increase awareness about what 
they are all about. "There will be a presidents' panel made of 
the heads of all these organizations and they will sit down 
together and talk about 
what their organizations 
are doing, what they 
need from the students 
and what students need 
from them.That should 
be very successful as it is 
something we really 
need." 

In addition to doing all 
this, Felicia is a second- 
year RA in Hagerstown 
Hall and works on tiie 
help desk in the broad- 
cast office of the 
Journalism Building. She 
is also a volunteer at the 
Paint Branch Elementary School where she works with a 
kindergarten class two days a week. 

The former cheerleader, who happens to be from New 
Jersey, is now setting her sights on the Miss Maryland contest, 
which she will compete in as Miss Southern Maryland. She 
participated last year as Miss College Park and was chosen 
third runner-up. 

If chosen Miss America, her platform will be diversity edu- 
cation for elementary school children. As for the distant 
future, her sights are set on working as an investigative 
reporter and an anchor. "I sing as well, so someday I'd like to 
do a Broadway show too," says the multi-talented 20-year-old. 

— VH. 




Clifford Sharp 

continued from page 1 

was posted in French Morocco and 
Italy, Sharp returned home to Ohio 
with four bronze medals. In 1956, he 
married his second wife, Laverna, who 
held a bachelor's degree from the 
University of Michigan. The couple 
adopted each other's children— they 
had two each — before settling down 
in Detroit. 

But within a few years, it was time 
to move on. "Laverna was a believer in 
black leader Marcus Garvey's theory 
that African-Americans should return to 
Africa," says Sharp. In 1968, the whole 
family decided to relocate to Guinea. 

Although they left behind a comfort- 
able life — she was a teacher in Detroit 
and he co-owned a bodyshop — he 
recalls being much happier in Guinea 
than he was in this country. "People 
treated us with respect, unlike back 
home. Everyone was dark-skinned and 
there was no discrimination." 



Laverna, who had struggled through 
a childhood of poverty — "she weighed 
50 pounds at the age of 15" — settled 
in as a teacher at a local university, and 
studied for her master's degree. She 
was working on her Ph.D. when she 
died in Africa in 1989. A year after, 
Sharp returned to the United States 
after a lot of persuasion from his chil- 
dren who had all come back some 
years earlier and were either studying 
or working here. 

He applied at the University of 
Maryland after hearing about the 
Golden ID program, which offers classes 
to people over 60, and has been work- 
ing his way slowly through college. As 
his hearing lias failed over the years, the 
university's made arrangements for him 
to have a note-taker in class. "In small 
classes, where the acoustics are good, I 
can hear, but it's the big classrooms 
where I don't hear a thing." 

But he's happy being here, above all 
because he's bringing to life his wife's 



dream."She was always the one who 
asked me to go back to school, even 
when I'd tell her I didn't have the 
brain for it," he says with a laugh. 

His eyes moisten as he remembers 
Laverna Sharp as a "very sage woman 
who was always asking me and the 
kids to get up and go. She was a very, 
very remarkable woman." 

After he graduates next year, he just 
might decide to go on, though he's not 
sure if his body will keep up. "My wife 
would say I've got a Ph.D. brain. And 
everyone in the department seems to 
think any university will accept me for 
graduate studies — even Yale and 
Harvard." 

life may have come full circle for 
Clifford Sharp, but he still has a long 
way to go before it comes to a full 
stop. 

-VAISHALI HONAWAR 




During World War II, Clifford Sharp 
served as an Army sergeant in French 
Morocco and Italy. 



4 Outlook February 23, 1999 



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Your Guide to University Events 
February 23-Mareh 4, 1999 



February 23 



^ 10 am. -3 p m. ID Card Open 
House. All faculty and staff who do 
not have a new photo ID should 
attend. Room 1 130 Mitchell Bldg, 
4-7932. 

Noon-4 p.m. Eating Disorders 
Awareness Week : " Mind-Body-Spiril 
Fair A Celebration of Every Body." 
Atrium, Stamp Student Union. 
4-7663/8142. 

ft/ 1 4 p.m. Physics Department: 
"How Things Break," Michael 
Marder, University of Texas, Austin. 
1410 Physics Bldg. 5-3401. 

** 8 p.m. Department of Dance: 
The BSides. A program of duets and 
solos by John Dixon and Lionel 
Popkin. Dorothy Madden 
Theater/Dance Bldg. 5-3198.* 



February 24 



^Hr 10 a.m.-3 p.m. ID Card Open 
House. AH faculty and staff who do 
not have a new photo ID should 
attend. Room 1130 Mitchell Bldg. 
4-7932. 

Gs/^ 9:30 a.m. Seminar: "Numerical 
Simulation of the Motion of 
Articles in a Viscous Fluid." 3206 
Math Bldg. 5-5117. 

D 1 1 a. m. -noon. Workshop: "How 
to Access Terp Online." Career 
Center Multi-Purpose Room, 
Hoizapfel Hall. 4-7225 

&f* Noon-1 p.m. Research & 
Development Presentations: 

"Situational Characteristics of 
Positive and Negative Experiences 
of Same Race and Different Race 
S tuden ts ," Velma Cotton , Warren 
Kclk-y and William Sedtacek. 
1 06-0 1 1 4 Shoemaker Bldg. 

<SIS' 3:30-5 p.m.The Legal Careers 
Speaker Series. Peter Kirk, owner 
of the Hjvvjn. 0200 Skinner. 

6-7 p.m. Department of 
Resident Life Summer Conference 
Positions Interest Sessions. Interest 
sessions for hospitality and service 
assistant jobs with the summer 
conference program, which han- 
dles the housing needs of confer- 
ence groups residing on campus 
during the summer Multi-Purpose 
Room, Annapolis Hall. 44255. 

^^ 8 p.m. Department of Dance: 
The B-Sides.A program of duets 
and solos by John Dixon and 
Lionel Popkin. Dorothy Madden 
Theater/Dance Bldg. 5-3 198.' 

£*/" 4: 15 p.m. Women's Studies 
Latina Scholars Lecture Series. 
"Locating La Vtrgcn and La 
Malinche: Latinas. Sexuality and 
Everyday Life," jane Juffcr,, University 
of Ulinois at Urbana-Champaign. 
2101 Woods Hail. 5^5877. 



February 25 



AS' Noon. Institute for Global 
Chinese Affairs: "Cross-Strait Issues," 
C.K, Uu.TECRO. Brown bag lunch 
talk, reservations requested. 
Conference Room, 1122 Hoizapfel 
Hall. 5-0213. 

&f 3:30 p.m. Department of 
Meteorology: "An Analysis of 
Variability in the Extratropical 
Atmospheric Response to Changes in 
Tropical SST Forcing ."Arun Kumar, 
EMC/NCEP. 2400 Computer & Space 
Sciences Bldg. 

6U" 4 p.m. Spring 1999 CHPS 
Colloquium Miniseries in History and 
Philosophy of Biology. "Modeling 
Development: The Essential Turn of 
the Worm Project," Rachel Ankeny, 
department of philosophy, 
Connecticut College. 1117 Frances 
Scott Key Bldg. 

<r 5:30*30 p.m. School of 
Business: "Fourth Annual Dingman 
Center Venture Capital Forum* 
Sponsored by the Dingman Center 
for Entrepreneurship. Hilton McLean 
at Tysons Corner. 5-2144.* 



February 26 



&=/^ 10:30 a.m.-noon. Mamematics 
Education Seminar: "We Can't do 
Equations" John Layman. Features a 
video of a group of students and 
their personal progress in a capacity 
to "do equations." 2121 Benjamin 
Bldg. 

G*/^ I p.m. Department of Materials 
and Nuclear Engineering: "Monte 
Carlo Simulations of Phase Transitions 
in Polymeric and Surfactant Systems" 
Anthanassios Panagiotopoulos, chemi- 
cal engineering. 2110 Chemical and 
Nuclear Engineering Bldg. 

J> 8 p.m. School of Music: University 
of Maryland Symphony Orchestra. 
Raymond Harvey, music director of 
the Fresno Philharmonic, will be the 
guest conductor for this perfor- 
mance. The program features Barber's 
"Overture to the School for Scandal," 
Walton's "Music for Henry V" Dvorak's 
"Symphony No. 8" and Shumann's 
"Cello Concerto," with noted cellist 
Evelyn Elsing. Eleanor Roosevelt High 
School, Grecnbelt, MD. 5-1 1 50. 



A Theatrical Liaison 



University Theatre presents "Les Liaisons 
Dangereuses," an erotic tale of power, class and 
deceit. The play was written by Christopher 
Hampton from the novel by Choderlos de 
Laclos. Performances will be held in Tawes 
Theatre March 4-6 and 11-13 at 8 p.m. and 
March 7 at 2 p.m. 

Originally set in pre-revolutionary Paris, "Les 
Liaisons Dangereuses" will be set in 1920s 
France for this production. "Changing the era of 
the play to the 1920s gives us more freedom of 
expression, while maintaining the dynamic of 
the play and the depth of the characters," says 
director Adele Cabot, 

"When the natural feelings of love we all 
feel — the natural feelings between adults, 
between parents and their children — are mur- 
dered by society, we approach a point of 
decline for culture and society," says Cabot, "In 
the 1780s, just before the French Revolution, the 
decline in France was imminent. In the 1920s, a 
parallel situation evolved as the world was 
between the two World Wars. And that more 
recent era offers a clearer connection to the 
world today, when people are often ruled by the 




desire to accumulate money and power without 
any responsibility for community." 

Sign interpretation is available March 13 at 8 
p.m., audio description is available March 7 at 2 
p.m., and an infrared listening system is avail- 
able at all performances. Tawes Theatre is acces- 
sible to people with physical disabilities. 

Tickets are $10 standard admission and $7 
for students and senior citizens. Special group 
discount rates are also available for groups of 10 
or more.Tickets are available through mail order 
now or by phone charge beginning Feb. 25. 

For reservations or additional information, 
call 405-2201 weekdays from 1 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
or visit the website of 
<www.inforM .umd.edu/THET/plays>, 



February 27 



^ 11:30 am. College Park Branch 
of the American Association of 
University Women: "Community and 
Women's Work on Smith, MD," Elaine 
Eff and Janice Marshall. College Park 
Municipal Center, 4500 Knox Rd. 
es 1 07@umail . umd. edu. 



February 28 



** 7 p.m. Eating Disorders 
Awareness Week:"Body 

Loa tiling... Body Love." A production 
of the A.C.T. Out ensemble. Hoff 
Theater, Stamp Student Union. 

4-7633. 



This class provides an introduction to 
the elements involved in designing 
effective and professional looking 
presentations. 4404 Computer & 
Space Sciences Bldg. 5-2940.* 



March 2 



&f* 4 p.m. Physics Department: 
"Wax Tectonics: What Can Wax Tell 
Us About the Earth?" Eberhard 
Bodenschatz, Cornell University. 1410 
Physics Bldg. 5-3401. 



JQ 



6-9 p.m. Peer Training Program: 
"Introduction to Wmdows 95.*"fTiis 
class introduces the Windows operat- 
ing system. Great for beginners. 4404 
Computer & Space Sciences Bldg. 
5-2940.* 



^ 



March 1 



^V 4 p.m. Committee of the 
History and Philosophy of Science: 
"An introduction to Quantum 
Computing Algorithms," Arthur 
Pittenger, University of Maryland, 
Baltimore County. 1111 Plant 
Sciences Bldg. 
fi vel@phy sic sumd.edu. 

6-9 p.m. Peer Training Program: 
"Introduction to Adobe PageMaker." 



Calendar Guide 

Calendar phone numbers listed as 4-xxxx or 5-xxxx stand for the 
prefix 314- or 405. Events ate free and open to the pubb'c unless 
noted by an asterisk {*). Calendar information for Outlook is com- 
piled from a combination of inforMs master calendar and submis- 
sions to the Outlook office To reach the calendar editor, call 405-7615 
or e-mail Oudook@accmaiI. umd.edu. 



6-9 p.m. PeerTraining Program: 
"Intermediate HTML,"This class takes 
a more in-depth look at webpage 
construction. 3330 Computer & 
Space Sciences Bldg. 5-2940.* 



March 3 



6V" Noon-l p.m. Research & 
Development Presentations: ' 'The 
Nature and Treatment of Social 
Phobia," Samuel Turner, Clinical 
Psychology Program. 01 06-0 II 4 
Counseling Center, Shoemaker Bldg. 

6-9 p.m. PeerTraining Program: 
Introduction to Microsoft Excel. This 
class introduces spreadsheet basics. 
4404 Computer & Space Sciences 
Bldg. 5-2940.* 



March 4 



^12:30-1 :45 p.m. Conceit and lec- 
ture: "Spanish Baroque Guitar," 
Salvador Cabatleio, Education Office 
of the Spanish Embassy. Sponsored 
by the Honors Program and Spanish 
and Portuguese department. St. 
Mary's Hall. 

&S" 12:30-2 p.m. Center for 
Teaching Excellence Teaching and 
Learning Conversation: "Teaching 
with Style: Understanding the 
Importance of Student Learning 
Styles in the Humanities and Social 
Sciences," Roberta La vine, associate 
chair, department of Spanish and 
Portuguese, Maryland Room, Marie 
Mount Hall. 5-9980 or RSVP online 
at <www. inform. umd, edu/CTE/ 
rsvp.html>, 

&/" 4-6 p.m. Institute for Global 
Chinese Affairs: "Twenty Years After 
Normalization with China and the 
Taiwan Relations Act "Ambassadors 
James Lilley and Harvey Feldman. 
Reservations requested. 0101 
Taliaferro Hall. 5-0213. 

4:30-7:30 p.m. PeerTraining 
Program: "Introduction to Unix."This 
class introduces the Unix operating 
system. 4404 Computer & Space 
Sciences Bldg. 5-2940." 

W8-10 p.m. University Theatre:"Les 
Liaisons Dangereuses" by 
Christopher Hampton. An erotic 
game of power, seduction and 
deceit on the eve of a revolution in 
Paris, Tawes Fine Arts Bldg. 5-2201.* 



February 23, 1999 Outlook 5 




Recreation Center Wins 
Facility Merit Award 



Center for Health and Well Being 



Ready to give up those cheese curls and 
nacho chips for carrot sticks and tofu snacks? 
For those interested in having a firmer, toned 
body and healthier lifestyle in 1999, the Center 
for Health and Well Being is here to help faculty, 
staff and students in that endeavor. 

"We want to assist faculty, staff and students 
in being able to become a healthier, well peo- 
ple," says Jennifer Blumberg, coordinator for the 
center. 

The Center for Health and Well Being, located 
in the Campus Recreation Center, is a satellite 
branch of the University Health Center. Under 
the direction of Blumberg, the Center for Health 
and Well Being provides the university commu- 
nity with seminars, workshops and up-to<Iate 
information on the keys to having a healthier 
lifestyle. 

Blumberg, an alumnus of the university who 
holds a bachelor's degree in health education 
and a master's in community health, says she's 
ready to assist the university community in all 
aspects of achieving better health. "This is a 
place for people to come and get their ques- 
tions answered," she says. "There's so much mis- 
information out there; this is a place to get the 
facts." 

This semester, the Center for Health and Well 
Being will focus its seminars around national 
observances. February is "American Heart 
Month" and the center will host classes on eat- 
ing for a healthy heart, reducing stress and quit- 
ting smoking. March is "National Nutrition 
Month" and the cen- 
ter will bring in speak- 
ers to discuss vegetarian 
and nutritious eating. 

For those who have ques- 
tions about or need 
direction in losing 
weight gained *^. 
over the holi- gjjj& 
day season, £m 
a nutrition- . ■'■■ 
ist is avail- 
able every "■'■' '4 
Tuesday from 
1-3 p.m. to answer 
questions about weight 
management.Two 
nights a week the cen- 
ter offers CPR classes, as 
well as periodic stress 
management programs. 
The student-taught stress 
management lias become 
so popular Blumberg has 
also led the sessions for 
select faculty and staff 
members. "Stress is defi- 
nitely an issue everyone 
can identify with," she 
says. 



All seminars are free and open to faculty, staff 
and students. Blumberg says she gets the most 
requests for programs about stress, nutrition, fit* 
ness and sexually transmitted disease. Last 
semester's most popular program dealt with get- 
ting an effective workout at home. 

"I really want the center to be able to reach 
out to the campus community," she says, noting 
the center has plenty of plans to continue to 
keep the faculty, staff and students healthy. Later 
this semester the Center for Health and Well 
Being will host a mini-health fair to help stu- 
dents prepare for a safer spring break holiday. In 
the summer the center is planning a weight 
management course for faculty and staff. 

In the future she plans to focus on subjects 
beyond fitness and food. "Your health is so 
much more than your physical health. You also 
have your mental health, intellectual health, 
emotional health" says Blumberg. "I hope to 
branch out and do sessions on all of those dif- 
ferent topics." 

The Center for Health and Well Being is locat- 
ed at 0121 Campus Recreation Center. For more 
information, call 314-1493 or e-mail 
blumberg@health.umd.edu. 

— LONDA SCOTT FORTfi 




The Campus Recreation 
Center has been chosen one of 
Athletic Business Magazine's 
Facilities of Merit for 1998. The 
award recognizes facilities 
whose innovative ideas in func- 
tional planning, design, site and 
cost meet the high standards of 
a panel of judges. 

The 18th annual Facility of - 
Merit Award proved to be the 
most competitive with 72 
entrants. The competition 
included Gregory Gymnasium 
(University of Texas Austin), 
Kohl Center (University of 
Wisconsin), the Student 
Recreation & Athletic Center 
(University of Connecticut) 
and the Student Activity 
Center/Cox Arena (San Diego 
State University). 

The Campus Recreation 
Center is one of only 10 recre- 
ation/athletic/spectators facili- 
ties opened during 1997-98 to 
earn this award. Other colle- 
giate winners this year include 



the Notre Dame Football 
Stadium Renovation.The 
Robert E Hyland Convocation 
& Student Recreation Center 
(Linwood University), and the 
Billera Sport and Fitness Center 
(Allentown College of St. 
Francis De Sales). 

The 230,000-square foot 
Campus Recreation Center 
opened February 22 last year 
and has been used by more 
than 400,000 students, 
facultystaff and 
alumni. Approaching its first 
anniversary, the facility's usage 
record was broken Feb. 1 with 
more than 5,000 participants 
coming though the doors in 
one day. The $40 million build- 
ing feature an aerobics studio, 
ilmcss center, outdoor aquatic 
center, two gymnasiums, two 
indoor pools, locker rooms, pro 
shop, racquetball and squash 
courts, running track and 
weight room. 



Chevy Chase $580, 000 Donation to Business 
School Funds Fellowships and Scholarships 



Chevy Chase Bank, the largest thrift based bank in Greater 
Washington and the area's fourth largest bank, is donating 
$580,000 to the Robert H. Smith School of Business. The 
endowment created by the contribution will fund the Chevy 
Chase MBA Fellowships and the Chevy Chase Bank Dean's 
Scholarships for undergraduates at the Smith School, 

The generous gift is part of Chevy Chase's $1 million com- 
mitment to the Bold Vision ■ Bright Future campaign, the uni- 
versity's effort to raise $350 million in private support. Chevy 
Chase's gift also will support Dean's Scholarships in mathe- 
matics and computer science, and an enhancement fund for 
the Division of Student Affairs. 

"As a Maryland-based business, we are pleased to have this 
opportunity to develop a broad and lasting partnership with 
the state's flagship institution of higher education " says 
Alexander Boyle, vice chairman of the Chevy Chase board. 
"Since its founding in the 1960s, Chevy Chase Bank has 
drawn strength from the many College Park students and 
graduates who have become a part of our organization. This 
gift is our chance to pay tribute to those who made a signifi- 
cant contribution to our growth, as well as to help and 
encourage today's students, our future employees, customers 
and neighbors." 

Competitive graduate fellowship and undergraduate schol- 
arship opportunities are critical to the Smith School's 
advancement. "We very much appreciate the support of 
Chevy Chase Bank, a highly respected institution and a valu- 
able business school partner" says Smith School Dean 
Howard Frank. "The Chevy Chase MBA Fellowships and 
Dean's Scholarships will add distinction to our programs and 
strengthen our ability to compete for top students." 

The nationally ranked Smith School of Business provides 
business education as well as resources for the region's eco- 
nomic community. Through its undergraduate, MBA, MS and 
Ph.D. programs, the school integrates core business functions 
with cross-functional concentrations, developing managers to 
compete successfully in the information economy. 

Through its Office of Executive Programs, Dingman Center 
for Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain Management Center, MBA 
Consulting Projects and career management centers, the 
Smith School also provides services directly to the corporate 
community. 



6 Outlook February 25, 1999 



Urban Studies and Planning Students, Faculty Assist in Southeast 
Baltimore and Palmer Park Revitalization 



The department of urban studies 
and Planning is contributing to ongoing 
community revitalization initiatives in 
Southeast Baltimore and the Palmer 
Park community in Prince George's 
County by providing planning services, 
research, outreach and other technical 
assistance in efforts to rejuvenate the 
neighborhoods . 

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of 
Education, the assistance programs pro- 
mote faculty and student involvement, 
and cooperation with neighborhood 
organizations and residents in planning 
and developing realistic goals and 
objectives for engineering redevelop- 
ment strategies and investment oppor- 
tunities in their own communities. 

"The benefits of the program are 
that faculty members and students have 
a chance to apply theory to real-world 
situations, and students get first-hand 
knowledge of the community chal- 
lenges and dynamics they will face in 
future careers," says Marie Howland, 
director of the department of urban 
studies and planning in the School of 
Architecture. 

In Southeast Baltimore, the depart- 
ment conducted a three-year study of 
the industrial land market to address 
the problems of job loss along with 
vacant and underutilized property in 
the Canton industrial district. "The pur- 
pose of the project was to identify 
abandoned or undeveloped land 
parcels with the potential for develop- 



ment into an industrial park. Another 
important aspect of the project is to 
identify barriers to private investment 
and redevelopment. In particular, the 
University of Maryland team paid spe- 
cial attention to the impact of land con- 
tamination on the demand for and rede- 
velopment of sites," says Howland. 

Research by the program's partici- 
pants found two possible areas that 
could be developed into a city- or com- 
munity-promoted industrial park — one 
on a 28-acre site owned by Exxon 
Corporation and the other on land 
owned by the City of Baltimore on 
Pulaski Highway. According to a report 
released by Howland and her students, 
redevelopment of these parcels has the 
potential to generate needed tax rev- 
enues as well as create jobs for 
Southeast residents. 

Residents of the Palmer Park com- 
munity worked with a team from the 
university to create a plan to revitalize 
their inner beltway community. The 
Palmer Park Community Plan outlines 
goals, objectives and strategies for hous- 
ing, public safety, economic develop- 
ment, community service and environ- 
mental quality. 

Since the creation of the plan, the 
Palmer Neighborhood Action 
Partnership has received several grants 
for community improvement, including 
funding from the Environmental 
Protection Agency and the Washington- 
based Public Welfare Foundation. 



Notable progress in the Palmer Park 
community includes street lighting 
improvements, the opening of a com- 
puter learning center and the revival of 
the Boys and Girls Club. The Palmer 
Park project was also awarded $26,000 
by the Private Industry Council of 
Prince George's County and the Prince 
George's County Department of 
Housing and Community Development 
to fund youth construction skills train- 
ing for 13 of the community's 18-24 



year olds. 

Currently in its fifth year of assis- 
tance to Southeast Baltimore and 
Palmer Park, Howland says, "Members 
of the department of urban studies and 
planning have provided invaluable 
assistance to communities in need, and 
have watched their contributions trans- 
late into tangible, observable communi- 
ty improvements." 







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Sylvester Vaughn chairs a planning meeting at the Palmer Park Neighborhood 
Action Partnership. 



School of Architecture Establishes Joint Program in Urban 
Planning and Management with Two Russian Universities 



The university's urban studies and 
planning program, in partnership with 
St. Petersburg State University of 
Architecture and Engineering (SPSUAE) 
and St. Petersburg State University's 
Department of Economics, is offering a 
faculty exchange and certificate pro- 
gram in urban planning and manage- 
ment. 

The three-year exchange program, 
funded in pan by a $250,000 grant 
from the United States Information 
Agency, exposes Russian professors, 
graduate students and practicing profes- 
sionals to the urban and regional plan- 
ning and management policies and 
practices in the United States, which 
support and regulate a free market 
economy, 

"We anticipate this exchange will 
lead to an initiation of city planning 
education In St. Petersburg that begins 
to integrate social, political, architectur- 
al and economic issues, as well as citi- 
zens and stakeholders, into planning 
and development of the metropolitan 
region," says Marie Howland, director of 
the urban studies and planning pro- 
gram, in the School of Architecture. 

In the first phase of the program, 
scheduled for the 1999-2000 academic 
year, the Russian faculty will participate 
in courses at the University of 
Maryland. Technical assistance will be 



provided to the Russian universities to 
establish the administrative structure 
needed to sustain the certificate pro- 
gram. 

Beginning in the fall of 2000, the sec- 
ond phase will include initiating a schol- 
arship and teaching program in St. 
Petersburg and promoting reliable, long- 
term communication between the three 
campuses. Throughout the two-year 
program, a faculty crew from the 



University of Maryland will travel to St. 
Petersburg to study with and team-teach 
courses in the certificate program. 

According to Howland, the underly- 
ing assumption of the initiative is there 
is much in the American urban plan- 
ning experience is relevant to Russia 
and much that can be readapted to the 
Russian context. "Our goal is to demon- 
strate good policies and practices, but 
not prescribe solutions," says Howland. 




Six Russian faculty members are part 
of the program and will acquire an 
understanding of American planning 
education, along with the theories and 
framework of planning practice in mar- 
ket economies. 

"Graduate education for urban plan- 
ners and managers in Russia is consid- 
ered one of the highest priorities due 
to the current market demand for pro- 
fessionals and specialists proficient in 
fields such as property development, 
land-use management, urban transporta- 
tion, infrastructure and public utilities, 
environmental planning and preserva- 
tion, and the management of cultural 
and historic heritage," Howland adds. 

In 1996, Howland and SPSUAEs 
Vladimir Linov, along with two addition- 
al Maryland architecture faculty, jointly 
conducted a successful one-month sum- 
mer school program in St. Petersburg 
for 24 graduate students from the two 
institutions. 

At the University of Maryland, the 
urban studies and planning program 
brings together approximately 60 grad- 
uate students in the only accredited 
master's degree of community planning 
program in the Washington, D.C. region. 



Pictured above are urban studies and plannlng's Marie Howland and Victor 
Polyshuck, director of planning for St. Petersburg State University. 



February 23, 1999 Outlook 7 



TECHQUICKTRKES 



Technology Enhances Cross-Cultural Learning 



Video conference calls. International negotiations 
via computer. Cultural research. 

It isn't the workings of an international corporation. 
It's Spanish 422. But according to Roberta Lavine, pro- 
fessor of Spanish and Portuguese, "It's as close to a real- 
world task you can get in an (academic) environment." 

In the cross-cultural communication class, students 
use information technology to complete a joint ven- 
ture agreement with students in Mexico. They spend 
the first weeks of the semester learning about the 
other culture and the dynamics of the agreement, 
using e-mail reflectors and exchanging videotapes they 
made about an aspect of their culture. Then, for three 
weeks students use Internet chat software to confer 
with their counterparts during every class period.The 
class ends with two video conference debriefings. 

"I've been teaching for 25 years and this is the only 
class I've actually had to kick students out of," says 
Lavine, who is also the associate chair. "(I have to say), 
'Time's up!'" 

In another course taught by Lavine, students must 
write a "Web cultural gazette" in Spanish based upon 
information and interviews put together by students 
in Mexico. In return, Lavine's students help their 
Mexican counterparts with a Web gazette in English. 
Not only do these projects involve contact with stu- 



dents thousands of miles away, they also feature 
prominent use of information technology, which is an 
extensive component of Lavine's classes. 

To get students involved, Lavine uses several infor- 
mation technology tools. Among these are "One-Minute 
Papers" which is a program installed in all campus 
Teaching Theaters that allows for quick, anonymous 
feedback. Not only does Lavine solicit opinions 
through the software, she often uses it for quick inter- 
actions with her students, such as allowing them with- 
out embarrassment, to admit which parts of the 
assigned readings gave them trouble or what vocabu- 
lary words they are having difficulty remembering. 

Also prevalent in Lavine's classes is the use of infor- 
mation technology in virtual tasks, which are simula- 
tions of real tasks students may be called upon to per- 
form in the real world. For example, Lavine says, stu- 
dents in a commercial Spanish class may be asked to 
check if there is a market in a Spanish speaking coun- 
try for a specific product, using the World Wide Web 
to track down the information. Word processing pro- 
grams are used to correct resumes, business letters, 
and other documents in Spanish. For Lavine, the adap- 
tation to information technology has been a process 
of extremes. 

"I've. ..gone through an evoludon since the first 



semester, thinking, 'I have all this technology, so I have 
to do everydiing with technology,' to going back 
toward the other side and saying, 'It's too hard to dou- 
ble prepare every time,'" Lavine says. "Now I have a bal- 
ance where the technology supports what I'm doing." 

Lavine has been careful to shield her students from 
computer shock, sending letters to students enrolled 
in the class to advise them the class load would 
involve the use of computers. Lavine tries to calm 
first-day nerves by easing students into technology hi 
the classroom with a Web page "scavenger hunt," in 
which students track down information on the class 
Web page <www.inform.umd.edu/SPAN/spanfac/ 
RLavine/span315/>.The Web site has links to Spanish 
language search engines, news sources and commer- 
cial sites. 

Lavine sees information technology not only as an 
end in itself but also as a way to accustom students to 
alternate methods of thinking and learning. 

"They're so used to doing crazy (unconventional) 
things, (new tasks) don't phase them one iota," Lavine 
says. "They think they want lectures, but they really 
don't. It's more interesting (to do new tasks). When 
you actually do something, you tend to remember 
more because you are involved in the process ." 

-BRIAN FAGAN 



Scientists Penetrate Rainforest Canopy to Measure Biomass 



Using new remote sensing techniques, scientists for 
the first time have successfully uncovered the intri- 
cate architecture of a large area of tropical rainforest 
in Costa Rica. The research by scientists from the 
University of Maryland and NASA's Goddard Space 
Flight Center promises to help answer a key question ' 
in global warming: how much carbon do the world's 
forests store? Results from the Costa Rica mission 
were presented last December during die fall meeting 
of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco. 

"Having a baseline estimate of forest biomass will 
be extraordinarily useful for future carbon modeling," 
says University of Maryland geographer Ralph 
Dubayah. Determining the amount of carbon in tropi- 
cal forests is very important, Dubayah says, because 
most changes in Earth surface carbon occur in the 
tropics as a result of changing land use. Scientists 
need to understand whether forests and human activi- 
ties in forests, such as deforestation, are acting to 
increase or decrease carbon in the atmosphere, and 
thus potentially accelerating or inhibiting global 
warming. Excessive deforestation adds carbon into 
the atmosphere, then some deforested areas rebound, 
and the growing trees act as carbon sinks, pulling car- 
bon out of the atmosphere. 

Satellite images have long been able to see how 
much land area is covered by forest. "But how do 
you know how much carbon there is in a certain 
patch of land?" says Dubayah. Estimating the amount 
of carbon from conventional two-dimensional 
images is unreliable, he says, because they cannot 
measure tree heights, how densely the trees grow, or 
the canopy thickness. 

Using an instrument called the Laser Vegetation 
Imaging Sensor (LVLS) aboard a NASA C-130 aircraft, 
scientists took measurements over 1 500 hectares 
(3700 acres) of tropical forest within La Selva 
Biological Research Station hi Costa Rica diis spring. 
With a new digital data analysis technique developed 
at Goddard, scientists from Goddard, the University of 
Maryland and other universities, and University of 
Maryland graduate students Birgit Peterson, Laura 
Rocchio and Jason Drake, were able to make estimates 
of tree canopy height, the amount of leaves and 
branches in a vertical column, and even the underly- 
ing topography of the land surface. The above-ground 
biomass of a tree is closely related to its height, and 
about 50 percent of a tree's biomass is made up of 



carbon. So knowing the height and vertical structure, 
scientists can estimate biomass and estimate the 
amount of carbon contained in the forest. 

The LVIS instrument, developed by Goddard engi- 
neer Bryan Blair, is a wide-swath, airborne laser altime- 
ter or lidar, which stands for light detection and rang- 
ing, Lidar works by sending pulses of laser energy to 
the Earth's surface. The laser energy interacts with 
leaves and branches and reflects back to the instru- 
ment. What are uncovered are not only tree heights 
and the ground level below, but what's in between. 
"The variability of the return signal going down 
through the canopy reveals the architecture of the 
canopy," says Blair. 

The Costa Rica mission is a test for a laser instru- 
ment that will fly on the first of NASA's Earth System 




Science Pathfinder missions in May 2000. The 
Vegetation Canopy Lidar's (VCL) main objective is to 
measure how much carbon is locked up in vegetation 
on the Earth's land surface by making measurements 
of forest structure. The mission is led by the universi- 
ty, which is responsible for all elements of the pro- 
gram, from the spacecraft to the final data products. 
Dubayah, principal investigator on the VCL mission, 



says that researchers have used the new method to 
study coniferous forests in the Sierra Nevada of 
California and eastern deciduous forests of the mid- 
Atlantic region around the Chesapeake Bay. But the 
Costa Rica project was the greatest challenge because 
of the extremely dense canopy of trees. The denser 
the canopy, the more difficult it is for the laser light to 
penetrate all the way to the ground because it is inter- 
cepted by leaves and branches, just as sunlight is fil- 
tered by a thick canopy, leaving the forest floor in 
darkness, 

John Weishampel, a biologist from the University of 
Central Florida and a project co-investigator, says that 
the LVIS data is unique because it is the first three- 
dimensional data for forests. The 3-D view helps scien- 
tists understand how some parts of the forest may be 
more fragile than other parts. Weishampel says that 
small disturbances in a rainforest could avalanche into 
large-scale disturbances like massive tree falls or 
spreading fire. "On a global scale, we're giving scien- 
tists a method to look at the canopies over a large 
scale instead of taking scattered measurements here 
and there." 

Robert Knox, Goddard forest ecologist, says accu- 
rate topographical maps are difficult to make in such 
remote areas with dense canopies and haven't been 
done this well in the past. In addition, the lidar data, 
because it can see down into the forest, can distin- 
guish undisturbed tropical forests from secondary, 
regrowing forests, something that is difficult using 
other remote sensing techniques, he says. 
La Selva forest ecologist David Clark from the 
University of Missouri, St. Louis, works from the 
ground to measure tree heights and determine how 
LVIS distinguishes between old-growth forests and 
young, re-growing forests.The two forests look com- 
pletely different from the ground, says Clark, but in 
conventional images from space, they look the same. 
VCL will be able to tell the relative age of forests 
much better than these two-dimensional imaging 
satellites because it measures the canopy structure, he 
says. Clark says an old-growth forest contains about 2- 
10 times more biomass than a young, re-growing for- 
est. "There's an internal dynamic of an old forest that's 
missing in a new forest," he says. 



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S Outlook February 23, 1999 




Quit Smoking 

The University Health Center will 
be offering its four-session smoking 
cessation classes. Session II meets 
Friday's April 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 
noon to 1 p.m.AU classes meet in the 
health center. The cost of the class is 
$20 ($15 is refunded upon comple- 
tion of the class). 

Participants in classes last semester 
were very successful at reaching their 
goals. Come join the health center in 
learning to manage without cigarettes 
while meeting others in the same 
boat. 

Questions? Call Jody Gan at 314- 
8123 or stop by the health center's 
Health Education Office (Room 
2107) to register. 

Top Ten Freshmen, Sophomore 
Leaders Sought 

Omicron Delta Kappa National 
Leadership Honor Society is now 
accepting nominations for the Top 
Ten Freshmen Award. To be eligible, 
applicants must have earned at least 
14 credits or more (no upper limit), 
not completed more than two semes- 
ters in college, been a student at the 
university for at least one full semes- 
ter, and must have a minimum 
cumulative GPA of at least 2.8. They 
also must have established themselves 
as "up and coming" leaders in one of 
the following five areas: scholarship; 
athletics; community service, social 
organizations, religious activities; mass 
media or performing arts. 

The honor society also is accepting 
nominations for the Sophomore 
Leader of the Year Award, to be pre- 
sented at the Campus Awards 
Banquet. Applicants must have at least 
28 credits or more (no upper limit), 
must have completed no more than 
four semesters in college (applicants 
with junior or senior credit standing 
are eligible as long as they have not 
been in college for more than four 
semesters), been students at the uni- 
versity for more than one full semes- 
ter, and must have a minimum cumula- 
tive GPA of at least 2.8. Also, they must 
have established themselves as young 
leaders in one of these areas of cam- 
pus life: scholarship; athletics; commu- 
nity service, social or religious activi- 
ties, campus government; mass media 
or performing arts. 

Applications for these awards can 
be picked up and are due to the Vice 
President for Student Affairs Office in 
2108 Mitchell Building no later than 
March 5. Faculty and staff are asked to 
either encourage students to apply or 



to nominate students by calling the 
Office of the Vice President for 
Student Affairs at 314-8432. 

E-mail Meghan Duffy at 
mduffy@wam.umd.edu, or call 314- 
8432 for more information. 

Dance Department Performance 

The B-Sides, a program of duets and 
solos by John Dixon and Lionel 
Popkin will be presented by the 
department of dance Feb. 23 & 24. 
The performances will be held in the 
Dorothy Madden Theater/Dance 



Building. Refreshments will be 
served. 

There will be a screening of 
the film (produced by Palestinian 
Housing Rights Movement) and dis- 
cussion with Marty Rosenbluth 
about the effects of Israel's urban 
planning policies that, according to 
many, aim to uproot the Palestinian 
presence in the Holy City. The film 
was awarded an Honorable 
Mention for the Lindheim Award in 
the Third Annual Jewish Video 
Competition — an award honoring 
programs that best explore the 
political and social relationships 
between Jews and other ethnic or reli- 
gious groups. 

The event is sponsored by the 
Earhart Foundadon, Organization of 
Arab Students and Sadat Chair for 
Peace and Development. For more 
information, call 405-4162. 



After Hours Faculty and 
Staff Photo ID Session 

Any faculty or staff member is wel- 
come to come to the Mitchell building 
Tuesday, March 2 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the 
first floor Public Inquiry Counter to get 
his or her new photo ID card.Any new 
employees must bring a request for photo 

ID form from their payroll coordinator. To obtain a copy of this form, or if 
you have any questions please contact Meridith Harvey at 
mharvey@deans.umd.edu or call 314-7932. 




Building at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and 
$8 (seniors and students with ID). Box 
Office: 405-3198. 

Nominations for the Fifth 
Annual Diversity Initiative 
Awards 

The Diversity Initiative is pleased 
to announce its call for nominations 
for the fifth annual Diversity InitiaUve 
Award to recognize an outstanding 
individual from each of the following 
bodies: faculty, classified staff, associ- 
ate staff, graduate student and under- 
graduate student. 

Please submit names to the nomi- 
nation committee by Thursday, Feb. 
25: 

Diversity Initiative Awards 

Office of Human Relations 
Programs 

1 130 Shriver Laboratory, East Wing 

College Park, MD 20742 

405-2838 (phone) 

314-9992 (fax) 

mb 3 33® umail.umd.edu (e-mail) 

Jerusalem: An Occupation Set in 
Stone? 

Meet Marty Rosenbluth, director of 
the award-winning documentary 
"Jerusalem: An Occupation Set in 
Stone? "Tuesday, March 2, from 7 to 9 
p.m. in Room 1 1 30 Plant Sciences 



"Narrative and Issues of 
Diversity" 

Joseph Schaub, independent 
film/video maker and graduate stu- 
dent in the comparative literature pro- 
gram discusses "Narrative and Issues 
of Diversity" in his documentary "The 
Spontaneous Generation," Friday, Feb. 
26 in Room 1 120 Susquehanna Hall. 
The 2 p.m. discussion is sponsored by 
the comparative literature program, 
the College of Arts and Humanities 
and the Diversity Initiative 

For more information call 405- 
2853. 

Manage Your Money 

John Girourad '81, president of AGI 
Financial Services and a representative 
of Consumer Credit Counseling dis- 
cusses strategies for being smart 
money managers in his talk, "How to 
Manage Your Money and Stay Out of 
Debt,"Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 6:30-8 
p.m.,Tortuga Room, Stamp Student 
Union.This program, sponsored by the 
Alumni Association, the Career Center 
and the Senior Council, is the last in 
the Senior Survival Series, but is open 
to the entire university community. 

For more information, contact 
Llatetra Brown at 405-8061 or 
lbl66@umail.umd.edu. 



Investing Information 

"Tax Reform and the New, 
Friendlier IRS— What This Means for 
the Individual Taxpayer," is the topic of 
the February meeting of the Investors 
Group, Wednesday, Feb. 24, at noon in 
Room 4137 McKeldin Library. 
Margaret Richardson, commissioner of 
the internal Revenue Service from 
1993 to 1997, will focus on recent and 
current changes within the IRS and 
the impact this will have on the indi- 
vidual taxpayer. 

Richardson earned a J.D. with hon- 
ors from the George Washington Law 
School, clerked for the U.S. Court of 
Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and 
then worked in the office of Chief 
Counsel of the IRS, becoming the first 
woman promoted to executive rank in 
the history of that office. Come and 
get firsthand information as well as 
your tax questions answered. 

The Investors Group is affiliated 

with the Friends of the Libraries 
and membership is free and open 
to all interested. For more infor- 
mation, contact Gary Kraske at 
405-9045, or e-mail 
gkl 3@umail.umd.edu 

Exercise Training Study 
Seeks Volunteers 

Healthy male and female vol- 
unteers between the ages of 
50 and 70 years are needed to 
participate in an exercise 
training study examining the effects 
of genetics on exercise training- 
induced improvements in blood cho- 
lesterol levels. The study,"Gene- 
Exercise Research Study: APO-E 
Genotype and HDL Cholesterol 
Changes with Exercise Training," is 
being conducted by the department 
of kinesiology and sponsored by the 
National Institutes of Health. 
Participants must be non-smokers and 
currently sedentary.A short telephone 
screening will let you know if you 
meet initial study criteria. 

Recruitment of volunteers contin- 
ues through May 1999 in Room 2237, 
Health and Human Performance 
Building. For more information con- 
tact Dana Brown at 405-2571 or e-mail 
d b 21 0@umail . umd . edu . 

Paint Your Pottery 

Come to the Art and Learning 
Center every Friday this semester for 
Paint Your Own Pottery. The group 
meets from 3 to 6 p.m. in Room 0232 
of the Stamp Student Union. Add your 
own unique ornamentation to a pre- 
made item. All pieces are lead-free, 
micro waveable and dishwasher safe. 

Small fee, no pre registration 
required. Call 314-ARTS. 



Panther Party 

The Afro-American Studies Program 
presents "The Black Panther Party: 
Reconsidered/The lecture takes place 
at 4 p.m. In the Nyumburu Cultural 
Center Multl-Purpose Room. The pan- 
elists are Charles Jones, Trayce 
Matthews and Ollie Johnson.