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Outlook 



"Kinship" on Campus, 
page 1 1 



The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper Divas in Training, 

Volume 13 'Number 20 • March 2, 1999 W u 




Bill Bradley Talks about a Civil Society 

Former senator and presidential hopeful Bill Bradley returns to cam- 
pus Tuesday, March 9, as the guest speaker of the College of 
Behavioral and Social Sciences' third Civil Society lecture. The topic 
of his talk is "Leadership for a Civil Society." 

The lecture will be held from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Grand 
Ballroom of the Stamp Student Union. It is free, but those planning to 
attend are asked to make reservations by calling 405-1679 and to be 
seated by 2:15 p.m. 

Bradley is no stranger to the campus, having served in 1997- 
1998 as Distinguished Leadership Scholar and chairman of the 
board for the university's James MacGregor Burns Academy of 
Leadership. He also served as director of the Academy's National 
Issues Project, which recently released a series of reports and 
studies that considered the current state of social and political 
leadership in the United States and addressed community build- 
ing and civic engagement as important components of the 
national agenda. Bradley remains a member of the Academy's 
board. 

Joining Bradley on the stage during the March 9 lecture will be 
Bill Galston and Barbara Kellerman, who will respond to 
Bradley's remarks. Galston currendy is director of the Institute 
for Philosophy and Public Policy within the School of Public 
Affairs and formerly served as assistant to the president on 
domestic policy in the White House and executive director of 
the National Commission on Civic Renewal. 
Kellerman is director of the Center for the Advanced Study of 
Leadership at the Academy of Leadership and the author of 
many books, including the recent "Reinventing Leadership." 

The Civil Society lecture series strives to reinvigorate, improve 
and sustain the quality of civil society and civic life in the United 
States, says Stew Edelstein, associate dean of the College of 
Behavioral and Social Sciences. The series' success will be based on its ability to sensitize students 
to related issues, encourage student commitment and participation in civic organizations and ini- 
tiatives around the country, and promote research and information-gathering on the topic of civil 
society. 

The series is made possible in part through a gift from the Kekst Family Foundation. Gershon 
Kekst, a 1 956 graduate of the University of Maryland, is founder and president of Kekst and 
Company, Inc., a corporate and financial communications Firm established in 1970 in New York 
City. His wife Carol is a 1966 graduate of the University of Maryland and is a professional coun- 
seling psychologist. 




Ying He is First ISR/General Electric 
Fellowship Awardee 



Ying He, a third-year electrical engineering 
Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland, is 
the first awardee of the new ISR/General 
Electric Fellowship. She was 
selected by both ISR and GE rep- 
resentatives for her outstanding 
academic quality plus research 
activity alignment with GE's 
interests. 

The ISR/General Electric 
Fellowship is offered under ISR's 
new industrial fellowship pro- 
gram. The $30,000-per-year fel- 
lowship may be renewed annual- 
ly for up to tliree years. 

"GE recognizes the diverse 
strengths of the ISR in pioneer- 
ing advanced systems for com- 
munication, control and comput- 
ing," says Paul Houpt, GE's manager of industrial 
control programs. "We believe this to be vital to 




Ying He 



our goal of 'six sigma* quality product and ser- 
vice offerings. Through this fellowship we seek 
to strengthen our mutual commitment to inno- 
vation in education and research 
that can foster increased under- 
standing of market needs in the 
university, and increase the flow 
of systems ideas from the ISR to 
our diverse businesses." 

"We are pleased that GE has 
chosen to strengthen its ties to 
ISR by sponsoring this fellow- 
ship," says ISR Director Gary 
Rubloff'GE is well known as an 
innovative corporate leader and 
a valuable industrial partner to 
ISR. I am gratified that GE is mak- 
ing this investment in the unique 
perspective which our students 

Continued on page 1 1 



Featured in Outlook: 
College of Agriculture 
and Natural Resources 

Inside this week's edition of Outlook you will find a four-page 
tribute to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. This pull- 
out section, found on pages 5-8, represents the first in a series of 
publications focusing on each college in the university, which will 
run twice each semester, featuring the colleges in alphabetical order. 
This series of inserts was conceived by Provost Greg Geoffroy 
as a way to build university-wide pride in academic activities. 
Many people in the academic community are not sufficiently 
aware of the quality of students, faculty and programs outside 
their own units. These publications will serve to raise that aware- 
ness throughout the university. 

It would be impossible to capture even the broadest details 

about every outstanding 
program or department 
within each college. So 
we have not tried to do 
so. With the guidance of 
the deans and the lead- 
ership of the colleges, 
we will seek to spot- 
light those activities 
that reflect and repre- 
sent the outstanding 
people and pro- 
grams, rather than 
try to cover them 
all comprehensive- 

We hope you 
will find the agri- 
culture and natur- 
al resources issue 
informative and entertain- 
ing at least, but we hope it will also help 
create a greater sense of community in the entire universi- 
ty. We welcome your comments and suggestions for future issues. 
Finally, we are indebted to Dean Thomas Fretz of the College of 
Agriculture and Natural Resources, and his Director of 
Development Bill Lynerd, for their interest and attention in the 
development of this inaugural issue. 
Happy reading. 




Collective Bargaining Bill Stirs Debate 

A Collective Bargaining Bill currently sits before both the House 
and Senate in the Maryland General Assembly. Already, the bill 
has stirred up much confusion and debate among employees on 
campus, who may or may not be fully versed in the bills' actual 
wording. 

Employees are encouraged to inform themselves, and may 
view the bills in their entirety, on the web at: 

<mlis. state .md. us/1 999rs/bills/hb/libO 1 79f.rtf> 
and <mlis.state.md.us/1999rs/bills/sb/sb01 29f.rtf 

A discussion of the bill, with input from those in support of 
and opposed to the bill is scheduled for Wednesday, March 17, 
from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 0200 Skinner Hall. Copies of the 
bill will be made available at the discussion. 

For employees who cannot attend the discussion, or who are 
unable to access the bill on the web, a printed version also is 
being made available for reading to persons who stop by the 
College Park Senate Office, 1100 Marie Mount Hall. 



2 Outlook Match 2, 1999 



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letter to the editor 



To the Editor: 

We in the School of Architecture share your enthusiasm 
concerning the recently completed Campus Recreation 
Center. Our faculty, staff, students and alumni are elated the 
university is finally showing some interest in quality architec- 
ture, after years of dreadful mediocrity! 

However, we are concerned that you failed to provide ade- 
quate credit in your publication. Had you been citing a book, 
article or a creative work (music, painting, etc.), no doubt you 
would have credited the author. A work of architecture is no 
different, and perhaps since the architect is author of a book 
of specifications according to which the building is built, one 
might consider the activity to be identical. In the future, we 
ask that you provide proper credits for works of architecture 
since buildings are the result of the creative efforts of many 
people. 

The proper credits for the CRC are: 

Sasaki Associates, Watertown, MA, Design Architects 

Ayers Saint Gross, Architects and Planners, Baltimore, Md., 
Associated Architects 

Clark Construction, Contractors 

You might also note: 

Glen Birx.AIA, a partner in Ayers Saint Gross, and graduate 
of the University of Maryland School of Architecture, super- 
vised the project. And, I don't think that it hurts to mention 
the heroic contributions of Jay Gilchrist, director of the CRC 
and his staff, without whom the facility wouldn't even be a 
dream. 

Brian Kelly.AIA 

Associate Professor 

Director, Program in Architecture 



Search Committee Appointed to Name 
Advancement's New Vice President 



Acclaimed New Author Patti Kim 
Named Outstanding Young Alumnus 

The University of Maryland Alumni Association has selected 
Patti Kim, an acclaimed new author, as the recipient of the 1998 
Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. 

Kim is a resident of Potomac. Her first novel, "A Cab Called 
Reliable," was published in 1997, just one year after she earned her 
master's degree in creative writing from the University of 
Maryland. The novel has enjoyed positive reviews from critics 
across the country and Kim's public readings have attracted 
strong reader turn-out. USA Today has called Kim an "obvious liter- 
ary prodigy." 

A "Cab Called Reliable" is the story of Korean immigrants adjust- 
ing to their new lives in America. While reflective of Kim's experi- 
ences growing up as a Korean-American, the book is not autobio- 
graphical. Kim says she used her past to set the tone of the story 
and give a true depiction of life at the intersection of two cul- 
tures. 

"Emotionally, the book is very much autobiographical, but the 
events are not," she says. Critics have noted this emotional invest- 
ment added the power and life that has prompted the book's suc- 
cess. 

Maryland's Outstanding Young Alumnus Award is given annually 
to a graduate of the university who has been distinguished person- 
ally and professionally. This award is typically given to persons 
•who have graduated within the last 10 years. Kim received her 
undergraduate degree in English from the university in 1992. She 
returned to College Park for her postgraduate studies and received 
a master's degree in creative writing in 1996. 



Howard Frank, dean of the Robert H. Smith 
School of Business, is heading a 14-person search 
committee to find a new vice president for 
University Advancement. The committee includes 
a broad representation of interests both on and 
off campus. 

The committee is seeking an individual with 
leadership experience in advancement or a close- 
ly related field at a large, sophisticated institution. 
"Leadership ability, integrity, standards of excel- 
lence and the ability to represent the university 
to all constituencies is required," Frank says. 

The vice president for University Advancement 
is responsible for development, the Alumni 
Association, university communications, market- 
ing, media relations and special events. The vice 
president has lead responsibility for the universi- 
ty's ongoing fund-raising campaign, Bold Vision 
Bright Future, works closely with the Board of 
Visitors and the Alumni Association Board, and 
develops relationships with all groups that have 
the potential to support the university. 
"Many people at this university know people here 
and elsewhere who have the required qualifica- 
tions for this very important position," says Frank. 
"We encourage everyone to participate in the 
process by sending us nominations or encourag- 
ing qualified people to apply for the position." 
Nominations and applications should be sent to 
any member of the search committee or to David 
Lambert, President; Lambert and Associates; 



Executive Search Consultants; 44 East Lancaster 
Avenue, Suite 200;Ardmore,PA 19003-2212. 

The new vice president will replace Reid 
Crawford, who resigned in December, William 
Dcstier, dean of the Clark School of Engineering is 
serving as interim vice president during the 
search. 

In addition to Frank, the committee comprises: 

Richard Durand, chair, marketing, Smith School 
of Business 

Leonard Elmore, New York, NY 

Rebecca Frey, budget officer, Health and 
Human Performance 

Edwin Fry, Chestertown, Md. 

Irwin Goldstein, dean, Behavioral and Social 
Sciences 

Irene Kim, special assistant to the president 

Raymond LaPlaca, Upper Marlboro, Md, 

Charles Lowry, dean, Libraries 

M.J. Miller, campaign director, Maryland Center 
for the Performing Arts 

Brenda Brown Rever, Owings Mills, Md. 

Cassandra Robinson, assistant director, 
University Relations 

Avery Straw, president, Student Government 
Association 

Sbibley Telhami.Anwar Sadat Chair, 
Government and Politics 

The search committee is staffed by Sapienza 
Barone in the President's Office. 






Humphrey Fellowship Program for Reporters, 
Editors from Developing Nations Renewed 

The Humphrey Fellowship Program at the College of Journalism has been renewed for another 
five years, assuring a continued presence at the University of Maryland of reporters and editors 
from developing nations around the globe. The University of Maryland was selected by the U.S. 
Information Agency to keep the program over rival bids by the University of Missouri and Syracuse 
University. 

Since the program started here in 1993, a total of 77 mid-career journalists from 53 different 
countries have completed an academic year of academic and professional work. "We are delighted 
that the Humphrey Fellows will be part of our campus community well Into the 21st century," says 
Dean Reese Cleghom of the College of Journalism. "They benefit from our curriculum and the 
university benefits from their participation in classes and a wide variety of professional activities." 

This year there are nine Humphrey Fellows in residence from nine countries: Bosnia, China, 
Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. While most have 
enrolled in courses at the College of Journalism, they have conducted a joint program with the 
College Park Scholars and participated in other university-wide events. 

"The Fellows are mid-career professionals with keen insights into their own countries and they 
are available as guest speakers in non-journalism courses," says William J. Eaton, who is completing 
his fifth year as curator/coordinator of the Humphrey program. Meg McCully, who manages the day- 
to-day administration of the program, has been involved in Humphrey work since the first group of 
Fellows arrived at the university in August, 1993, Journalism Professor Ray E. Hiebert ran the pro- 
gram that first year. 

"We owe a debt of gratitude to the university community, especially the faculty and staff mem- 
bers who have been hosts for Humphrey Fellows and helped them adjust to life in a new country," 
McCully says. 

The Humphrey program is funded by the U.S. Information Agency and administered by the 
Institute of International Education. It was launched in 1979 to honor the memory and the interna- 
tional work of the late Senator and Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey. 

Fellows are nominated by U.S. Information Service offices overseas and the final selection is 
made by the J.William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. 



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 Cat heart, 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 
20742. 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/ 



March 2, 1999 Outlook 3 




Counseling Center 



From depression and time 
management to eating disor- 
ders, students face a variety of 
problems every day of their 
lives on campus. 

For 60 years the Counseling 
Center in the Shoemaker 
Building has been helping stu- 
dents deal with the stresses of 
college life. There are special- 
ized services available for near- 
ly every kind of problem. 

"We would like students to 
know we're here and we're 
free," says Vivian Boyd, director 
of the Counseling Center. "And 
we're here in sufficient num- 
bers to help. 

"One of our ongoing dilem- 
mas is how to get the word 
out so students can come to 
us. Though we're doing much 
better than similar services on 
other campuses— we're in the 
top 90th percentile of campus 
counseling centers — it's not 
enough. One of the most 
painful things is to have stu- 
dents come in as seniors and 
say they weren't even aware 
we were around," she says. 

Still, there are several 
clients. In 1997-98,5,741 cam- 
pus community members 
availed of the various services 
at the Counseling Center. 
Depression, time management 
and anxiety were the three 
most common problems, cited 
by 40 percent of the clients 

Among the services offered 
by the center are 
personal/social counseling, 
career counseling, consultation 
and outreach services, academ- 
ic skills counseling, learning 
assistance services, support for 
students with disabilities, par- 
ent consultation and child 
evaluation services and 
research services, among oth- 
ers. A recent addition is a com- 
puterized lab to conduct BTS 
testing (see box, right). 

"We also offer career coun- 
seling programs for faculty and 
staff," Boyd says. "A number of 
faculty and staff take advan- 
tage of that throughout the 
year." 

Another program for faculty 
is the "warm line" where they 
can call up with concerns 
about themselves or students 
and ask to speak to staff psy- 
chologists. "This is used heavily 



by faculty. And it's a warm line 
because the psychologist is on 
half-day duty and will get back 
within the half day — it's not 
instant," Boyd says. 

As she points out, "faculty 
and staff are the first to make 
contact with students who 
might be in a lot of trouble." 

The center regularly prints 
brochures for students with 
tips on handling certain prob- 
lems, such as help with math, 
notetaking, listening in class. 
Useful tips are available on the 
center's website as well at 
<www. inform . umd . edu/CC> . 

The center also has an 
extensive career counseling 
program for students. "There 
are massive changes today... to 
prepare students for a world in 
transition. In my generation 
people prepared for a career 
and worked in it for life. Now, 
students have six to 10 occu- 
pational pursuits and it 
becomes difficult to figure out 
who you are," Boyd says. 

The center, Boyd says, helps 
by making students more 
aware of their interests, abili- 
ties and talents. Once they 
understand that configuration, 
they are in a good position to 
decide what they want, she 
says. 

One of the most common 
problems, she points out, is 
that 90 percent of freshmen 
have no idea what career they 
want to pursue. Several are not 
even sure about their academ- 
ic major "We pass out an 
instrument among freslimen, 
and each year over 1 ,000 stu- 
dents say they need help in 
deciding their academic major 
and a career." 

The center has a research 
unit which works constantly 
to identify the major problems 
faced by students. "Last year 
we developed a worry index 
from a problem checklist that's 
given to every student who 
comes to the center. We gave 
out selective samples of the 
index to students who never 
come here. That gives us some 
sense of what some of the 
problems out are there we're 
not working with, and also 
helps us decide what pro- 
grams we can build , either to 
help students directly or 



Historical Hollywood Squares 




Employees Services Manager Sean Ballantlne (left) grills the Facilities Management 
team of (from left) Tony Savla, Gloria Aparicio and Isaac Banks during a game of 
"Hollywood Squares" last Thursday In the Colony Ballroom of the Stamp Student Union. 
Their challengers were players from Residential Facilities. The two departments have 
squared off In a Black History Month competition for the past three years, previously 
playing a version of "Jeopardy." 

The "squares" were filled by staff from various departments across campus. The ques- 
tions fielded concerned black history and were taken from the Internet. Ballantlne turned 
over his game show host duties to local sportsc aster Chick Hernandez for the afternoon 
portion of the competition. 






impact their environment," 
Boyd says. 

One of the newest pro- 
grams developed by the center 
is a consulting relationship 
between assistant and associ- 
ate academic deans in the 



major colleges and psycholo- 
gists at the counseling center. 
This gives the center an oppor- 
tunity to learn about the prob- 
lems of students. 

For more information about 
the Counseling Center and its 



services, call 314-7651 or 
check out its website at 
<www.inform.umd. edu/CC>. 
— VAISHAU HONAWAR 



Center to Host Educational Testing Services 



A computerized Educational Testing Services center, where students can take professional 
entrance tests for medical and law schools as well as other aptitude tests such as SAT, GRE and 
TOEFL, among others, will open soon at the Counseling Center. 

At present, standardized pencil-and-paper testing is available at the center. While a date has 
not yet been set for the opening of the computerized center, it could be as early as this week, 
according to William Sedlacek, assistant director of the Research and Data Processing Unit. 

The computerized testing center is the result of a contract between ETS and the 
Counseling Center. A lab, which includes 10 computer stations, has been created as part of a 
recent construction project in the Counseling Center and will serve as the test center. 

"We are very excited about this as it's going to be a very needed service for students," says 
Vivian Boyd, director of the Counseling Center. 

The Counseling Center was chosen by ETS as part of a pilot project under which about a 
hundred colleges were identified as computerized testing sites, says Boyd. 

"Students will get their results a lot quicker than in the past, and they can take the tests at 
their convenience," says Boyd. 

Earlier, the testing services were housed in the basement, but now they are being moved to 
ground level, thanks to a project made possible by the vice president for student affairs. This 
will make it possible for students to access the classroom without using the elevator. 

The moving of the testing services will also give added space to the disability support ser- 
vices which was housed in two rooms in the basement. At present, there are 700 students reg- 
istered with the program. 

Boyd points out they have extremely specialized services, including two half-time staff inter- 
preters for students who are hearing impaired. "This is exciting for us because the market for 
such interpreters is tight in this area, and it is hard to find them," she says. 

— V.H. 



4 Outlook Match 2, 1999 



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March 2 



Your Guide to University Events 
March 2-11, 1999 



^ 



3^ 3:30-5 p.m.The Committee 
on Africa and the Americas 19998 
Research and Travel Grant Rinel: 
"Strategics on Agricultural 
Adaption in Senegal and Bolivia," 
Molly Cisse and Jesus Duran, pre- 
senters, Martha Geores, moderator. 
1 130 Woods Hall. 5-6835. 

&=/^ 4p.m. Physics Department: 
"Wax Tectonics: What Can Wax Tell 
Us About the Earth?" Eberhard 
Bodenschalz, Cornell University. 
1410 Physics BIdg. 5-3401. 



March 3 



6V 1 Noon-l p.m. Research & 
Developmen t Presen rations : " The 
Nature and Treatment of Social 
Phobia," Samuel Turner, Clinical 
Psychology Program. 0106-01 14 
Counseling Center, Shoemaker 
Bldg. 

A^ 4:306:30 EDPA Center for 
Education Policy and Leadership: 
"Ending Domination: The Power of 
Love," bell hooks. 2203 Art 
Sociology Bldg. 5-3566. 



^ 



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

** 7-9 p.m. Films of Africa and 
the Diaspora Series presents 
"Hyenas," Multi-Purpose Room, St. 
Mary's Hall. 5-6835. 



March 4 



Ju 2:30- 1:45 p.m. Concert and lec- 
ture: "Spanish Baroque Guitar" 
Salvador Caballero, Education 
Office of the Spanish Embassy. 
Sponsored by the Honors Program 
and Spanish and Portuguese 
department. St. Mary's Hall. 

6W 1 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 Lavine, 
associate chair, department of 
Spanish and Portuguese. Maryland 
Room, Marie Mount Hall. 5-9980. 

6V" 3:30 Department of 
Meteorology: "On the Use of Long- 
Term Global Land Data Derived 
From NOAA AVHRR," G. Garik 
Gutman, NOAA/NESDIS/ERA. 2400 
Computer & Space Sciences Bldg. 

<£=/^ 4-6 p.m. Institute for Global 
Ch inesc Affairs: "Twenty Years After 
Normalization with China and the 
Taiwan Relations Act "Ambassadors 
James Lilley and Harvey Fcldman. 
Reservations requested. 0101 
Taliaferro Hall. 5fl2 13. 



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

&S* 5 p.m.Art History and 
Archaeology Lecture: "Decorum in the 
Italian Renaissance: The Case of 
Bronzino's Portraits," Robert Williams. 
2309 Art-Sociology Bldg. 5-1479- 

w 8-10 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.* 



March 5 



^t/ 1 Noon-l :30 p.m. Campus 
Assessment Working Group Forum: 
"Listening to Our Alumni: What Can 
They Tell Us?" Maryland Room, Marie 
Mount Hall. RSVP required. 5-3866. 

OS' 1p.m. Department of Materials 
and Nuclear Engineering: 
"Containment Research — Past, 
Present and Future," LotharWolf. 
2100 Chemistry Bldg. 

w 8-10 p.m. "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* 



March 6 



c * 10 a. m.-noon. Conversation 
sponsored by the Committee on 
Undergraduate Women's Leadership. 
A relaxed discussion on undergradu- 
ate women's leadership. Colony 
Ballroom, Stamp Student Union. 

J! 8 p.m. School of Music: "Infatuating 
Blackness: Songs Celebrating Africa. 
America and the Caribbean." 
Performance by Carmen Balthrop, 
School of Music, and lecture by Peter 
Beicken, Germanic Studies. Ulrich 
Recital HallTawes Fine Arts Bldg. 5-1 150. 



} 



8-10 p.m. Concert Society: 

"Bciser/Shaheen/Velez," Maya Beiser, 
cello, Simon Shaheen, oud, and Glen 
Vclez, percussion. Post-concert ques- 
tion-and-answer session immediately 
following the performance. Inn and 
Conference Center, University 
College. 4034240.* 

w 8-10 p.m. "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.* 



March 7 



JQ 



1-4 p.m. Peer Training Program: 
"Intermediate Adobe PhotoShop." 
This class covers more advanced fca- 




"Chim", from the exhibit of David Seymouron on display at The Art Gallery. 

The Art Gallery presents two exhibits running through April 17- Close Enough displays the pho- 
tography of David Seymour and Chiaroscuro highlights the artwork of six prominent photographers 
from the mid-20th century. 

The gallery is open 1 1 a.m.-4 p.m, Monday through Friday, It also is open from 1 1 a.m.-9 p.m. 
Thursday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. For more information on The Art Gallery call 405-ARTS. 



lures of PhotoShop. 4404 Computer 
& Space Sciences Bldg. 5-2940.* 

w 24 p.m. "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." 



) 



8 p.m. School of Music: 
~ Infatuating Blackness: Songs 
Celebrating Africa, America and the 
Caribbean." (See March 6 entry.) 



March 8 



6V 4 p.m. Committee on the 
History and Philosophy of Science: 
"Coin Tossing and Bit Commitment," 
Adrian Kent, Cambridge University. 
1 1 1 1 Plant Sciences Bldg. 
fivel@physics. umd . edu. 

&=T 4-5:30Teachmg Strategies in 
Cultural Studies: "Investigating 
Culture Difference: The Museum as 
Classroom," Pyche Williams, Will liu 
and Ann Denkler. 2 137 Taliaferro 
Hall, vcghs@otai.umd.edu. 

A/*" 5 p.m.Art History and 
Archaeology Lecture: Perspective in 
Mannerism/Mannerism in 
Perspective," Marcia Hall, 1213Art- 
Sociology Bldg. 5- 1 479- 

^ 5 p.m. "Terrapin Pride Day." 
Third annual. Marriott Waterfront 
Hotel, Annapolis. 4-7884. 

6-9 p.m. Peer Training Program: 
"Introduction to Microsoft 
PowerPoint "This class provides an 
introduction to the elements 
involved in designing effective and 
professional looking presentations. 
4404 Computer & Space Sciences 
Bldg. 5-2940.* 

7-9 p.m. Films of Africa and the 
Diaspora Series presents "Quand Les 
Etoiles Rencontre nt La Mer," 
Director: Raymond Rajaonarivelo, 
Madagascar, Multi-Purpose Room, 
St. Mary's Hall. 5-6835. 



March 9 



A/" 1 Noon- 1:30 p.m. Speaking 
Scholarship Series: "Repairing the 
Breach: African American Leadership 
and Public/Private Partnerships," 
Bobby William Austin, president, The 
Village Foundation. 1 1 02 Taliaferro 
Hall. 

H 2-3 p.m."Web Clinic," 4404 
Computer & Space Sciences Bldg. 
www. inform . umd . ed u/WebCl inics. 

&/^ 4 p.m. Physics Department: 
"Making Small Black Holes: Critical 
Phenomena in Gravitational 
Collapse," Matthew Choptuic, 
University of Texas, Austin, 1410 
Physics Bldg. 5-3401. 



March 10 



A/ 1 Noon-l p.m. Research & 
Development Presentations: "Making 
the Connection: Involving Parents at 
UMCRTJoei Kincart, acting assistant 
director. Parents' Association. 0106- 
0114 Counseling Center, Shoemaker 
Bldg. 



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6-9 p.m. Peer Training Program: 
"Intermediate Microsoft Excel.'This 
course moves beyond the 
Introduction to Excels' basics. 4404 
Computer &, Space Sciences Bldg. 
5-2940.* 



P| 



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7 p.m. School of Music: Open 
rehearsal with the Guarneri String 
Quartet. Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes 
Fine Arts Bldg. 5-1150. 



^ 



1 6-9 p.m. Peer Training Program: 
"Introduction to HTML." This class 
introduces the maritup language used 
to create webpages. 4404 Computer 
& Space Sciences Bldg. 
5-2940.* 



7-9 p.m. Writers Here and 
Now: Spring Readings. Frank Bidart, 
author of "In the Western Night: 
Collected Poems 1965-90." Adam 
Zagajewski, author of 'Mysticism for 
Beginners,' Graduate Reserves Room. 
McKeldin Library. 5-3820. 

"^ 7-9 p.m. Films of Africa and the 
Diaspora Series presents 
"Angano . . . Angano," Direc tor: Cesar 
Paes, Madagascar. Multi-Purpose 
Room, St. Mary's Hall. 5-6835. 



Calendar Guide 

Calendar phone numbers listed as 4-xxxx or 5-xxxx stand for the 
prefix 314- or 405. Events are free and open to the public unless 
noted by an asterisk (*). Calendar information for Outlook is com- 
piled from a combination of inforM s master calendar and submis- 
sions to the Outlook office. To reach the calendar editor, call 405-7615 
or e-mail Outlook@accmail. ttmd.edu. 



College of Agriculture and Natural Resources 




INSIDE 

The business of agriculture and its 
impact on the state, page 2 

Letter from the Dean, page 2 

Producing mean greens, page 2 

Researchers help bring dinner to the 
table safely, page 3 

Metal Mining, page 4 

Did you know?, page 4 



From Main Street to Your Street 

Impact of the College's Research, Service and Outreach 



Economic impact and population overgrowth. Golf 
course management and teen welfare programs. Preserving 
the environment. Not the topics you might typically associ- 
ate with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. 

But in 1999 it's clear the college is, and has been, explor- 
ing issues that extend far beyond farming and livestock 
And, through three key areas - research, service and out- 
reach - the college is touching people's lives, in Maryland 
and beyond, every day. 

Whether it's through cooperative extension agents lead- 
ing a welfare to work program in Baltimore City or educat- 
ing Eastern Shore farmers on soil management; veterinary 
science students studying governmental issues or landscape 
architecture students looking at land use concerns; or 
researchers assessing the economic impact of an expanding 
deer population or pinpointing antibiotic resistant bacteria 
in meat, the college has a far-reaching impact. 

Much of what people are benefitting from "out in the 
field ," has its roots here at the University of Maryland, where 
the college offers several programs of study tanging from 
animal and avian sciences and nutrition and food science to 



agricultural and resource economics, biological resources 
engineering and conservation of soil, water and the environ- 
ment. While the programs are diverse, in many ways they 
are all connected to agriculture's main focus of balance; 
producing profitable, healthy animal and plant products 
while respecting the environment. 

The college affects many facets of the economy, "from 
Main Street to your street," says Dean Thomas Fretz. 
Ultimately, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources' 
research, education and outreach programs are concerned 
with feeding the world's population and making sure our 
food is safe. At the same time, their efforts are ensuring that 
the world's water supply and the environment are protect- 
ed. 

This four-page Outlook insert about the College of 
Agriculture and Natural Resources features a sampling of 
the research, the people and the academic and outreach 
programs in the college that are touching Maryland and 
communities outside the state. The following stories are a 
small sampling, a highlight if you will, of these exciting hap- 
penings in the college. 




UN I VERS ITY OF 

* MARYLAND 



College of Agriculture & Natural Resources 



A Letter from the Dean 



The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is delight- 
ed to be among the first on campus to be featured in this 
Outlook initiative. The College's roots are deep, having been 
part of the University of Maryland since the beginning, when 
founded in 1854 as the Maryland Agricultural College. More 
important however, we continue to embody the mission of 
our university as a Land Grant institution, focusing on acade- 
mics, mission-centered applied and basic research and out- 
reach through a broad array of programs designed to serve all 
citizens of Maryland, regardless of location. 

Through the efforts of eight academic departments, nine 
off-campus Research & Education Centers, and 24 Cooperative 
Extension offices, the College addresses a myriad of issues 
dairy, from ensuring a safe and abundant food supply, to the 
preservation of our natural resources and serving youth and 
adult learners with non-credit, non-tuition bearing educational 
programming that focuses on meeting needs as denned by 
local communities. 

The following four pages provide a small glimpse at the 
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. You are invited 
to visit our web site at <www.agnr.umd.edu> to learn more 
about us and the programs this college delivers to students 
and the citizens of Maryland. 

Thomas A. Fretz 
Dean and Director 



The Business of Agriculture 

A Look at the Economic Side of the Field 




The Turfgrass is 
Greener... 

Through a mix of classes and 
handson instruction, agricul- 
ture's Turfgrass Management 
program allows students to get 
keen about greens. 

Whether it's lush baseball 
fields or a golf course's rolling 
emerald hills, that verdant look 
stems from proper turfgrass 
management, says J. Kevin 
Mat bias, program adviser. 
Initiated in the mid-' 60s, the two-year program provides two 
curriculum options, General Turf Management and Golf 
Course Management through the Institute of Applied 
Agriculture. 

Currently, there are 50 students in the Turfgrass 
Management program, with most enrolled in the golf course 
concentration. Mathias says most of the students come into 
the program with prior experience in the golf course indus- 
try. 

With a nationwide average of 400 golf courses opening 
each year, Mathias says the golf course industry continues to 
be a growing field. "A lot of our students want to get into the 
management side of running a golf course, like superinten- 
dent or manager," he says. "The courses that we offer prepare 
them and open up doors to the management side." 

Course offerings in the program range from business and 
technology to traditional turfgrass and greens management. 
"With such classes as soils and fertilizers, irrigation practices, 
turf management and pesticide use and safety, students learn 
to integrate science and nature," says Mathias, noting that 
there are five faculty who teach the range of classes in the 
Institute for Applied Agriculture. 

As technology in the turfgrass industry continues to 
evolve, Mathias says using the Internet is key to informing 
students, as well as recent graduates, on the newest data and 
equipment. 

"We try to lay the foundation to prepare students for 
being successful,'' say Mathias. 



Every time El Nino stirs, it does not just 
leave thousands homeless. When 
deer overpopulate, they don't 
just cause automobile acci- 
dents. And an economic cri- 
sis in Asia does not leave 
the world on the other 
side of the Pacific 
untouched. 

Strangely enough, 
each of these incidents 
has significant effects on 
U.S. agriculture and econ- 
omy, according to the 
Center for Agricultural and 
Natural Resource Policy, within 
the department of agricultural and 
resource economics. The center draws 
this conclusion from the various research pro- 
jects the department's 21 faculty members have 
been involved with over the past few years. 

"Our faculty have been working in fields that 
assess the impact of agricultural or environmen- 
tal policy, on natural resource issues. They work 
on these problems at the state and national 
level," says Professor Nancy Bockstael. 

The various projects, some with an "idiosyn- 
cratic" touch, have highlighted interesting 
effects of seemingly unrelated matters on agri- 
culture. Deer, one study 
found, accounted for as 
much as $38 million in 
crop losses in 1996 alone, 
with 92 percent of farmers 
reporting damage due to 
deer eating crops. Horse 
racing, yet anotiier study 
found, had a total impact 
of $396 million on the 
state's economic output in 
1995. 

Pfisteria, the microbe 
that caused thousands of 
fish to die in the Chesa- 
peake Bay over the last 
two years, has a link to agriculture too, says 
Bruce Gardner, director of the Center for 
Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy. And 
while this link is still not clear, he says, the epi- 
demic may send prices of poultry shooting up 
for the consumer. 

"We have a large eastern shore and a lot of big 
poultry farms which generate poultry manure 
which is spread in the fields. However, there's 
more manure spread than the plants need to 
grow, and we know some of it leaches into the 
water through the ground," says Gardner. 

He points out that while some nutrients 
would be present in the water even 
if agriculture were stopped alto- 
gether, the people who 
spread this manure are 
going to need to come up 
with a better, safer plan. 

"Both the farmers and 
the poultry industry are 
going to have to start 
making adjustments," says 
Gardner. "This manure 
management is going to 
cost money," he says, adding 
that ways of making the 
manure safer are being thought 
out. 

But the high cost involved in doing this, 
he says, could very well be passed on to the con 
sumcrs, along with the growers and marketers. 





In another paper titled "The Asian Economic 
Crisis in its Second Year: Outlook and 
Implications for Agriculture", 
Gardner points out that imports 
of U.S. agricultural products 
into Asia (apart from Japan 
and China) were almost $5 
billion less in 1998 than in 
1 997, and in Japan the 
reduction was $1 billion. 

The decrease in world 
demand, Gardner writes, 
"causes a disproportionate 
decline in U.S. farm prices. 
Although it is not possible to be 
precise about the effect, a 5 per- 
cent reduction in demand due to the 
Asia crisis could well cause prices 
received by U.S. farmers to fall by 10 or even 15 
percent." 

The department also has extension faculty 
that provides educational information to those 
outside the university, such as agricultural busi- 
nesses and farmers. "We also work with the state 
government and play an active and important 
role in helping them formulate policy. We pro- 
vide wide research results for these people to 
make decisions " says Kevin McNew, assistant 
professor and member of the extension faculty. 
The extension faculty 
also educates farmers 
about risk management. 

"Farming is a very 
risky business. Prices, 
commodities, 
weather. . .everything 
changes constantiy.We 
work a lot with farmers 
to help them manage 
these risks," says McNew, 
adding that they do simi- 
lar work with the fishing 
industry. 

Another project the 
department has been 
involved in is land use and management in the 
state, Bockstael has been working on a project 
on the pattern of land use change. "We are look- 
ing specifically at central Maryland where resi- 
dential development has led to a great deal of 
land conversion, from agricultural use, parks, 
etc. to housing development." 

The project is studying the effects of this 
change — "whether we're better off or worse 
off," as Bockstael says — and the reasons for the 
development of this pattern, which has effects 
on both society and the environment. 

"It's hard for counties to provide services 

when people are scattered all over the 
place and it's expensive to put in 
more schools, buses, fire depart- 
ment, police protection... 
counties don't like this pat- 
tern because it is expen- 
sive," says Bockstael. 

Also, she points out, 
people who flock to those 
areas for rural amenities 
find that tiiey lose those too, 
as they're not the only ones 
moving in. 

There are, says Bockstael, per- 
ceived problems with the environ- 
ment too. "A lot of this new develop- 
ment is done with well water, and there are 
questions about how environmentally damaging 
that is." 




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Collage of Agriculture & Natural Resources 




Reducing the Risk of 
Food-Borne Illness 

Researchers Work to Ensure What's 
Brought to the Dinner Table is Safe 

Six years ago, a fast food chain and its humble hamburger start- 
ed a food safety panic that remains with many Americans today. 
Diners who had eaten the chain's hamburgers became severely ill 
and, in some cases died, from exposure to a form of a bacteria 
known as E. coli. 

Suddenly, consumers didn't feel their food was safe anymore 
and die pressure was on for government and the food industry to 
make sure such an incident didn't happen again. 

"Prior to 1993, food safety was not a big issue," says Jianghong 
Meng, assistant professor in the department of nutrition and food 
science. Ironically, a similar outbreak had occurred in 1982, also at 
a fast food chain, but for some reason, says Meng, people didn't 
pay attention to it. 

"But after 1993, the government jumped in, industry was scared 
and a lot of regulations were born," says 
Meng, 

"With efforts from govern- 
ment, industry and science 
we're better off than we were 
10 years ago," he says. 
Regulations, combined with 
enhanced education of con- 
sumers and the food industry on 
food handling practices have lessened 

the food safety risk. But Meng cautions there is no way to com- 
pletely rid food of microorganisms that can lead to illness. At least 
not yet. 

With the 1996 establishment of the Joint Institute for Food 
Safety and Applied Nutrition, between the United States Food and 
Drug Administration and the University of Maryland, research and 
education programs are getting a big boost. According to JIFSAN, 
the participation of FDA scientists in JIFSAN collaborative research 
programs related to FDA's mission and the consultive arrange- 
ments with other scientists associated with FDA, the Institute and 
the university will ensure the critical science-based foundation 
needed to establish sound food safety policy. 

For his part, Meng's research is focused on three areas: develop- 
ment of rapid detection methods for food-borne pathogens, deter- 
mining the virulence of bacterial pathogens, and the study of 

antibiotic resistance in food-borne pathogens. 
His current work involves testing of red 
meat, much of which is the kind one 
might purchase at a local grocery 
store. 

With regard to antibiotic resis- 
tance in food-borne pathogens, 
Meng says many of these 
pathogens are resistant to more 
than 10 different antibiotics. "If 
you are infected with an antibi- 
otic resistant organism through 
food, there's not much a doctor can 
do," he says. "That's a big concern." 

Some 60 years ago, says Meng, use of antibiotics for both animal 
production and treatment of animal disease became popular. 
"Antibiotics were added to animal feed to get a better yield, but 
that creates a problem," he says, noting that he has isolated R coli 
and Salmonella from meat products, 2040 percent of which are 
resistant to at least one antibiotic. 

As consumers Meng says there are steps you can take to keep 
your food safe: cook your food well, wash your fruits and vegeta- 
bles, store your food properly, especially leftovers, drink only pas- 
teurized milk and fruit juices, and avoid cross-contamination 
between fresh produce and meat and poultry products. 

Also pursuing research aimed at assessing the risk of 
Salmonella and other bacteria associated with the foods we eat 
are researchers at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of 
Veterinary Medicine. One of only 27 veterinary colleges in the 
United States, the college is a regional professional school based at 
the University of Maryland and Virginia Tech. 

Director William Hueston, the U.S. expert on mad cow disease, 
says, "in terms of animal-derived products, the veterinary school 
works a lot with farm animals "Several faculty at the college are 
looking at food-borne disease agents, specifically as they relate to 





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POURING IT ON: Pilot Plant Manager and graduate student Lisa 
Smith demonstrates how to add ice cream mix to a batch freezer 

The Science Behind the Cookies V Cream 

Tucked away in agriculture's pilot plant is one of the college's — and the university's — hidden 
gems. There, hundreds of gallons of homemade ice cream are being produced each week for fac- 
ulty, staff, students and visitors to enjoy. 

Every day, fresh scoops of the frozen delight, including seasonal flavors such as peppermint, 
chocolate crunch and pumpkin pie are being served in the Turner Budding Dairy, as well as the 
campus's dining halls. The ice cream's tasty reputation is far-reaching. It's not uncommon for vis- 
itors, who've heard great things about the delicious dessert, to stop at the dairy specifically to 
get a cone or sundae. 

"[The plant] is actually a unique thing," says Lisa Smith, pilot plant manager. "Not many univer- 
sities have it and the ice cream is delicious." 

So fine-timed is the production, the plant will host a four-day seminar for people all over the 
country to take instructional short courses. "It's basically to show people how to use a batch 
freezer," Smith says of the March 23-26 event. 

A similar class started at the university in 1950 and has recendy been offered again after 
about a decade's hiatus. Assistant Professor of Animal and Avian Sciences Scott Rankin heads the 
program. 

But the pilot plant isn't stricdy devoted to making ice cream. In addition, it operates a piece 
of modern food-packaging equipment called a Multivac.This special device is helping compa- 
nies learn more about improving the shelf life of packaged foods as well as packaging designs. 



poultry and poultry products. 

Roberta Morales, assistant professor of food 
safety, has looked at the problem of Salmonella 
enteritidis, a form of the bacteria most often 
associated with eggs. Working with the 
USDA Food Safety Inspection 
Service, she conducted risk assess- 
ment in table eggs. 

But faculty also are looking at 
Salmonella as it relates to all 
poultry products. According to 
Hueston, one area drawing significant 
attention is poultry litter. 

Edward Matunson, professor emeritus and a 
retired poultry extension veterinarian, and Lewis 
Carr, an instructor in the biological resources 
engineering department, are well-versed in the 
matter of litter, which becomes a fertile ground 
for Salmonella when it is exposed to water. The 
litter and the dust from it becomes embedded in 
the feathers of the birds, spreading the bacteria. 

In a recent article titled "Salmonella's 
Achilles' Heel," Mallinson, Carr 
and Professor of Microbiology 
Sam Joseph describe how reduc- 
ing the humidity of poultry litter 
represents a promising on-farm 
opportunity for controlling sal- 
monella. Ventilation, water con- 
trol practices and acidification of lit 





ter are just three specific practices the 
researchers recommend employing in broiler 
houses to accomplish this goal. 

Carr is also associated with 
research on composting of the 
chicken carcasses. "With 
200,000 or more chickens on a 
farm at one time, some naturally 
die," says Hueston. "You can't just put 
those dead chickens in the trash." 
By layering dead chickens and straw, the 
heat generated through composting rids the 
bacteria, and turns the resulting compost into a 
safe fertilizer. 

With an eye toward food safety, the veterinary 
college here at Maryland also is developing edu- 
cational programs for its students. Hueston says 
the college has developed fellowships for stu- 
dents and mid-career veterinarians on the sci- 
ence and politics of developing food policy, 

"We bring them here in the summer," says 
Hueston of the fellows, "to look at the interplay 
of science and politics. We talk with 
the fellows about where food 
safety responsibility should lie," 
he says. 



College of Agriculture ft Natural Resources 



Plants are Key to 
Successful Metal 
Mining Technology 



When Scott Angle set out to 
investigate the potential for 
safely remediating contaminat- 
ed soil, little did he realize the 
far-reaching and cost-saving 
effect his research would have. 

Not only did his findings 
land him the university's Office 
of Technology Liaison Life 
Science Invention of the Year 
in 1995, but his new method 
for mining became the impe- 
tus behind the formation of a 
new company called Viridian 
Environmental to which the 
technology is exclusively 
licensed. 

This new mining method, 
one that is far less harsh on the 
environment, uses plants to 
extract metals from the soil. 
Beyond being efficient and 
inexpensive, many consider 
the process revolutionary. 

Heavy metal contamination 
is a serious national concern. 
Most soils polluted with heavy 
metals, such as zinc, cadmium, 
copper and lead, are removed 
from the site and placed into a 
landfill — at a cost of $2 million 
per acre. And the contaminated 
soil still exists, just in a differ- 
ent location, says Angle, associ- 
ate dean and associate director 
of the college's Agricultural 
Experiment Station. 

"Current mining technolo- 
gies degrade the soil and sur- 
rounding environment," says 
Angle. Much like on the moon, 
he says,"there are sites around 
the world where absolutely 
nothing is alive in the ecosys- 
tem." 

Angle's process, which is 
really two new technologies 
known as phyto remediation 
and phyto mining, was devel- 
oped along with Rufus Chaney, 
a researcher with the USDA, 
Yin Li, a plant breeder, and 
plant botanist Alan Baker of 
the University of Sheffield in 
England. Using a unique group 
of plants called hyperaccumu- 
lators, metals are extracted 
from the soil. These small, 
slow-growing plants concen- 
trate the metal in their shoot 
tissue. The plant shoots are 
then harvested and, through 
smelting, dried and burned for 
energy production. The ash is 
then processed to recover the 
metal. 

According to Chaney, the 
technology uses the natural 
ability of certain plant species 
to extract "economic levels of 
nickel and cobalt from mineral- 



ized or contaminated field 
soils ."The extraction uses stan- 
dard agricultural amendments 
and equipment, Chaney adds. 

The sale of the metals 
recovered through this phyto- 
mining process has a potential 
profit of several hundred dol- 
lars per acre, says Angle, who 
notes there are millions of suit- 
able acres worldwide from 
which to extract the metals. 

In numerous countries, says 
Viridian President jay Nelkin, 
"acres of land remain barren 
and infertile due to abnormally 
high concentrations of heavy 
metals that are toxic to most 
forms of plant life." 

During the late '70s and 
early '80s, Chaney was involved 
with work on the remediation 
of soils contaminated with 
metals or organics. He says he 
imagined farming plants in a 
specialized agronomy, such 
that "the metals would be high- 
ly purified compared to the 
soil they were phytoextracted 
from." 

Chaney, working with Angle 
and Baker, selected several 
species of plants in the 
Alyssum genus, known as 
hyperaccumulators of nickel 
and cobalt. Soil and plant man- 
agement practices were identi- 
fied that allowed the selected 
genotypes to accumulate more 
than 2. 5 percent nickel in 
their shoots. 

Angle and his fellow 
researchers are attempting to 
increase the growth rate and 
shoot size by fusing protoplas- 
ts of hyperaccumulating plants 
with those of plants character- 
ized by a high biomass.The 
researchers are currently evalu- 
ating the growth rates and 
hyperaccumulatuig abilities of 
hybrids of the hyperaccumula- 
torThlaspi and the large non- 
hyperaccumulator Canolla. If 
successful, the researchers 
hope to develop a hybrid plant 
that can remove heavy metals 
from soil in a five- to 10-year 
period. 

An added bonus of the new 
plant mining process is its 
environmentally friendly 
nature. Unlike conventional 
soil mining techniques, this 
technology causes little or no 
damage to the environment. 
During the process, the soil is 
covered with foliage, reducing 
erosion and runoff losses. 



did you know? 



• The University of Maryland was founded as a land-grant institution 
(Maryland Agricultural College) in order to assist the state's agriculture 
industry. 

• The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources led the university in 
submission of patents and generation of royalties. 

• Through Maryland Cooperative Extension, the college reaches some one 
million Maryland citizens annually. More than 60,000 Maryland citizens con- 
tact the Home and Garden Information Center annually (1-800-342-2507) 
for up-to-date gardening information. 

• The college is home to a variety of majors ranging from pre-veterinary 
medicine to biological resources engineering. 

• To strengthen research and outreach activities, the college implemented a 
university system-wide annual competitive grant program. 

• The college initiated a "Certificate in International Agriculture" for under- 
graduates to acquire skills needed in the global market. 

■ In collaboration with Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia, the 
college created several jointly funded regional positions. 

• The college provides advice to agriculture producers which increases 
profits and protects the environment J 




A Look at 

Landscape 

Architecture 




Whether it's a lovely tree-lined park or 
revitalized community plaza blooming with 
azaleas, more than likely an expert in land- 
scape architecture completed the composi- 
tion. 

No longer confined to paper-and-pencil 
sketches, new technology in the Landscape Architecture program provides students with train- 
ing to take the craft into the new millennium. The four-year curriculum grants students access 
to four state-of-the-art studios featuring Macintosh, Silicon Graphics and Windows-based com- 
puters. Housed in the new Plant Sciences Building, the studios feature plenty of windows for 
natural light plus enough space for each student to flex his or her creativity, says Sissi Foster, 
visiting assistant professor of landscape architecture. 

"Technologically, it's one of the most advanced landscape architecture studios in the nation," 
she says, noting that the students come away from the program with knowledge of CAD- 
Computer Aided Design, 3-D modeling and GIS-Geographic Information Systems. 

Beyond the studio, landscape architecture students obtain valuable hands-on experience in 
the community. Last year the students of assistant professor Margarita Hill helped with the 
preparation of a community re virilization plan of the City of North Brentwood in Prince 
George's County. 

From zoning manager to golf course designer, a major in landscape architecture provides 
students with an abundance of career options. "The field is very broad. You can plan the land- 
scape of someone's yard, or you can do a community, or a neighborhood, or even masterplan a 
city," says Foster. 



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March 2, 1999 Outlook 9 



March 11 



Jp 3-6 p.m. School of Music: "Voice 
Masterclass," Renata Scolto. Ulrich 
Recital Hall.Tawes Fine Arts BIdg. 
5 1150 

&T 3:30 Department of 

Meteorology: "Mesoscale Moisture 
Analysis of the American Monsoons," 
Ernesto Berixry, assistant research 
scientist. 240(1 Computer 8c Space 
Sciences BIdg. 

&f 4 p.m. CHPS Series: "Theodosius 
Dobzhansky and G. Ledyard 
Stebhins: Animal and Plant Evolution 
During the Evolutionary Synthesis." 
Betty Smocovitis, University of 
Florida, 1117 Francis Scoti Key, 

U 4:30-7:30 p.m. Peer Training 
Program: "Netscape Puge Composer," 
This class introduces Netscape's 
web page editing and development 
tool. 4404 Computer & Space 
Sciences BIdg. 5-2940.* 

4:30-7:30 p.m. Peer Training 
Program: "Introduction to Unix,"This 
class introduces the Unix operating 
system. 3330 Computer & Space 
Sciences BIdg. 5-2940.* 



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4:30 pjn."I Giuliari Di Piazza.The 
Adventures of Don Giovannis and His 
Servant Pulcinella" 0220 Jimenez 
Hall. Reception follows in St. Mary's 
Hall. 

&s" 5 p.m. Art History and 
Archaeology Lecture: "Ritual and 
Vision: Renaissance Spectacle and 
the Performance of Images," Karen 
Baraman. 2309 Art-Sociology BIdg. 
5-1479. 

A/^ 8 p.m. The Rusking Lectureship 
Fund and the Urban Studies and 
Planning Program: "Prospect Park: 
Significance of Historic Parks in the 
21st Century," Tupper Thomas. 
School of Social Work Auditorium, 
Baltimore. 5-6790. 

W H- 10 p.m. "Les Liaisons 
Dange reuses" by Christopher 
Hampton. An erotic game of power, 
seduction and deceit on the eve of a 
revolution in Paris. Tawes Fine Arts 



Diversity: It's Your Future 

March Focus on Diversity 



All Month 



Women's History Month Book Fair. Join the 
University Book Center in celebrating 
Women's History Month with a 20 percent 
discount on all women's history related 
dties in stock (textbooks excluded). 
Contact UBC, 4-7770. 

March 3 

4:30~6:30p.m. Ending Domination: The 
Power of Love. A presentation by Bell 
Hooks, CCNY, distinguished professor of 
English, an outspoken African-American 
feminist, author, academic and social critic. 
Reception follows the colloquium in the 
Atrium, Room 2230, Art & Sociology 
Building. Contact Steven Selden, 5-3567- 

March 6 & 7 

4 p.m. "Infatuating Blackness: Songs of 
Rebellion, Reflection, and Healing." Carmen 
Balthrop, soprano, and Jose Cacercs, piano, 
will perform in the continuing celebration 
of Black History Month. Remarks will be 
made by Peter Beicken, Professor of 
German Studies. Ulrich Recital Hall.Tawes 
Fine Arts Building. Free Admission. 
Contact 5-1150. 

March 6-April 7 

Out of the Past: Women Influencing 
Women. This exhibit shows women have 
both a past and a future in the arts by dis- 
playing work created by student artists 
who have been inspired by established 
women artists like Frida Kahlo and Betty 
Saar.This event is free and open to the 
public. Parents' Association Gallery, Stamp 
Student Union. Contact Sarah Loffman, 4- 
8493. 



March 11 

1-3 pm.Women of Color Award 
Program. The Committee for 
Women of Color will present 
the Women of Color Award dur- 
ing this program, which is part 
of the Women of Color Week 
Celebration (March 8-13). All 
are encouraged to attend diis 
program. St. Mary's Hall. Contact 
Bobbie Lee, 5-5615. 

March 11 



The Diversity Initiative Is sponsoring both a 
Student Essay Contest, which Is open to all stu- 
dents, and a Poster Contest, which Is open to 
student organizations. Please encourage all the 
students and student organizations you are In 
contact with to participate In these Important 
contests. The winners will be highlighted at the 
Diversity Showcase on April 20. For more Infor- 
mation contact Mark Brimhall-Vargas at 405- 
2840 or mb333@umaH. umd.edu or go to the 
isw "Student's Link to the Diversity Initiative" 
<www.lntorm.umd.eilu/ Diversity/Initiative* 



4:30-6:30 p.m. Race and Class in 
America. Henry Louis Gates, 
Harvard University WE. B. 
DuBois Center for Afro- 
American Research will speak on this 
topic. He is the senior editor of the CD- 
ROM encyclopedia, "Encarta Africa ."noted 
as covering practically all things of African 
descent, which he will preview during his 
presentation. Grand Ballroom, Stamp 
Student Union. Contact Steven Selden, 5- 
3567. 

March 17 

5-6 p.m. Focus on Engineering. Women in 
Engineering and the Society of Women 
Engineers are co-sponsoring a panel of five 
female engineering alumni to speak about 
their engineering degrees, career progres- 
sion and future opportunities. Room 1 202, 
Glen L. Martin Hall, Contact Kris Fretz, 405- 
3283 or kfretz@wam.umd.edu. 

8 p.m. Artist Scholarship Benefit Series 
Concert- "All That Jazz." Chris Gekkar, 
trumpet; Santiago Rodriquez, piano; Arnold 
Steinhardt, violin; Chris Vadala, saxophone; 
Christopher Kendall, conductor. Tickets 
$16, $12 (seniors and alumni), and $10 
(students). Contact Rita Phelps, 5-5548. 



March 29 

4 p.m. Outstanding Women of the Year 
Award Ceremony. The President's 
Commission on Women's Issues will pre- 
sent the Outstanding Women of the Year 
Award on this date. All are encouraged 
and welcome to attend this special cere- 
mony. Grand Ballroom, Stamp Student 
Union. Contact Janet Turnbull, 5-4945. 

*For a full version of the March "Focus on 
Diversity" Calendar please check our new 
"Link to the Diversity Initiative" on the 
World Wide Web at <www. inform, 
umd . edu/Di versity/Initiativo. 

To place your event in April's "Focus on 
Diversity" calendar, e-mail information to 
Jamie Feehery-Simmons at 
jfl56@umail.umd.edu or fax 314-9992 no 
later than March 16. If you have any ques- 
tions, please call 405-2562. 

Calendar brought to you by the Diversity 
Initiative. 



Infatuating Blackness: Songs Celebrating Africa, America and the Caribbean 



"Infatuating Blackness: Songs Celebrating Africa, 
America and the Caribbean" is a solo performance by 
associate professor of music and inter- 
nationally renowned opera leading 
lady Carmen Balthrop. The repertoire 
fbr the evening's event explores the 
music and rediscovers the artistic 
achievements that promoted transna- 
tional understanding across cultural 
and racial boarders during the early 
part of the century. 

Balthrop, who will be accompanied 
by pianist Jose Caceres, will present 
two performances in Ulrich Hall in the 
Tawes Fine Arts Building Saturday, 
March 6 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 7 
at 4 p.m. The performances are free 
and open to the public. 

The celebrated black cultural move- 
ment of the Harlem Renaissance 
gained international acclaim as it gave 
voice to the literary and musical 
expression of black America. In addition to the recog 
nition black artists received in the United States, the 
influence of jazz and other black musical styles, as 
performed and popularized by artists like Josephine 



Carmen Balthrop 



Baker and Paul Robeson, created tremendous excite- 
ment for audiences in Europe as well as in other parts 
of the world. Although much of 
the music written and per- 
formed by black artists of the 
era has been explored and 
adopted with the U.S. musical 
repertoire, less is known about 
music written by composers 
from other countries — compo- 
sitions celebrating the influence 
the U.S. Black Arts movement 
had on creative expressions 
around the world, 

Balthrop, a remarkable 
American soprano, enjoys a 
vocal career that is balanced 
between a busy performing and 
recording schedule and teach- 
ing voice at the University of 
Maryland. Her metropolitan 
Opera debut was as 'Pamina' in 
Mozart's "Die Zauberflote" (The Magic Flute) in 1977. 
Since then she has appeared with most of the major 
opera companies and symphony orchestras in North 
America, as well as many notable stages throughout 




Europe. 

Other featured composers, Montsatvage of Spain 
and Argentinian Ariel Ramirez, represent another 
example of the global cultural impact the U.S. black 
cultural expression exerted across national and geo- 
graphic boundaries. 

Peter Beicken, professor in the department of 
Germanic Studies, will present a pre-concert lecture 
highlighting the significant cultural and historical back- 
ground material relevant to the selected music and its 
representation of transnational creative interaction. 

"Infatuating Blackness: Songs Celebrating Africa, 
America and the Caribbean" is designed to educate 
and audience about multicultural connections in the 
arts. The performance is a special collaborative pro- 
gram led by the School of Music and the Committee 
on Africa and the Americas in conjunction with other 
departments from the College of Art & Humanities, 
and reflects the University's commitment to explore 
issues related to cultural diversity from interdiscipli- 
nary perspectives through cross-departmental and 
cross-cultural activities. 

In addition to the campus performances, the pro- 
gram will be presented at the National Academy of 
Sciences in Washington, D.C. 



10 



March 2, 1999 



General Research Board Awards 1999-2000 



COLLEGE OF ARTS 
& HUMANITIES 

Art History & Archaeology 

Colanruono.Anthony Mario Equicota 

and Alfonso d^Este's Camerino 

Millcr,Arthur Mapping Conquest: 

Literacy and the Colonization of 

Mexico 

Pressry, William Tbe Dance of Eternal 

Death; Forging an Artistic Identity in 

Late-Eighteentb-Century Britain 

Classics 

Rutledge, Steven^// tbe King's Men: 

Informants and Accusers from 

Tiberius to Domitian 

English 

Bryer, Jackson Selected Letters of 

Thornton Wilder 

Cohen, William Victorian Debasement 

Turner, Mark Meaning and Social 

Science 

History 

Brush, Stephen Comparative Study of 

Theory Evaluation in Different 

Sciences 

Philosophy 

Rey, Georges. Mind without Qualia 

COLLEGE OF BEHAVIORAL 
AND SOCIAL SCIENCES 

Anthropology 

Freidenberg, Judith Elderly Latinos of 

Langley Park: Understanding 

Retirement Issues 

Government & Politics 

Conca, Ken Informal Regimes as 

Mechanisms of Global Environmental 

Governance 

Psychology 

Stangor, Charles Preparation of a 

Proposal far an NIMH Career 

Development Award 

Sociology 

Bianchi, Suzanne Family Time: Parents' 

and Children 's Time Together 

Fields DeRose, Laurie Education 

Decline and Fertility Trends in Sub- 

Saharan Africa 

COLLEGE OF COMPUTER, 
MATHEMATICAL AND 
PHYSICAL SCIENCES 

Astronomy 

Ostriker, Eve The Formation, 

Evolution, and Structure of Turbulent 

Molecular Clouds in tbe Galaxy 

Computer Science 

Davis, Larry Tbe Development of New 

Computer Vision Algorithms for 

Constructing Accurate Models of 

Human Form and Movement 

Reggia, James Neurocomputational 

Basis of Learning Word Associations 

Mathematics 

Machedon, Matei Non-linear Wave 

Equations, Fourier Analysis, and 

Geometry 

COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND 
HUMAN PERFORMANCE 

Family Studies 

Wallen, Jacqueline The Effectiveness of 

EMDR in Improving Family Therapy 



Outcomes When a Family Member 
Suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress 

COLLEGE OF LIFE SCIENCES 

Cell Biology & Molecular 
Genetics 

Weiner, Ronald Celtulosome-like 
Surface Protuberances in a Marine 
Bacterium have Implications for 
Bioremediation 

THE ROBERT H.SMITH 
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS 

Finance 

MaksimovicVojislav Conglomerate 
Firms; Static Inefficiency v. Dynamic 
Monitoring 

SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE 

Gournay, Isabella Housing Progress in 
Western Europe An American View 
1914-1939 



SUMMER RESEARCH AWARD 

COLLEGE OF ARTS & 
HUMANITIES 

Art History & Archaeology 
Kornbluth, Genevra Protecting in Body, 
Building the Mind: Gemstone Amulets, 
Divination, and the Construction of 
Identity in Early Medieval Europe 
Sharp, Jane Beyond Zero: Lazar 
Khidekel and tbe Post Revolutionary 
Practice of Suprematism 
Classics 

Dietrich, Jessica Phoenix Felicior: Dead 
Parrots and tbe Poet in Statius' Silvae 
English 

McDowell, Paula A n Edition of the 
Complete Works of London Printer- 
Author Elinor James (fl. 1 680-1716) 
Richardson, Brian Tbe Return of 
Representation: Theorizing Modern 
Drama After Poststructuralism 
History 

Gao, James Zheng Culture, Power and 
Identity; Tbe Communist Takeover of 
Hangzbou, 1948-1954 
Miller, Peter Peiresc, Oriental Studies 
and Cultural History in tbe 
Seventeenth Century 
Gerstle, Gary The Rise and Fall of an 
American Nation.A Twentieth-Century 
History 

School of Music 

King, Richard A Catalogue of tbe 
'Ponds Schoelcber' 
Linguistics 

Poeppel, David Non-native Speech 
Sound Processing: Behavioral and 
Electrophysiologic Evidence 
Spanish and Portuguese 
Merediz, Eyda Deforming tbe Epic 
Body: Medical Discourse and tbe 
Portrayal of tbe "Natives" 
Rodriguez, Ana Patricia Building 
Literary Communities: Central 
American Immigrant Writing and 
Testimonies from the East and West 
Coasts 

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE 



AND NATURAL RESOURCES COLLEGE OF LIFE SCIENCES 



Animal and Avian Sciences 

Vljay, Inder Significance ofSubunit 

Interaction in the Regulation of 

Gtucosidase II 

Nutrition and Food Science 

Mengjianghong Characterization of 

Antibiotic Resistance Genes in 

Foodbome Bacterial Pathogens 

COLLEGE OF BEHAVIORAL 
AND SOCIAL SCIENCES 

Economics 

Rodriguez, Francisco Why Inequality is 

Harmful for Growth: A New 

Explanation 

Hearing and Speech Sciences 

Haarman, Henk Brain Electrical 

Correlates of Language Working 

Memory 

Government & Politics 

Morris, Irwin Testing a Game-Theoretic 

Model of Bureaucratic Policymaking: 

Analyzing tbe Qualitative and 

Quantitative Evidence 

COLLEGE OF COMPUTER, 
MATHEMATICAL, AND PHYSI- 
CAL SCIENCES 

Computer Science 

Aloimonos,Yiannis Principles of Eye 

Design: Towards Alternative Camera 

Technology 

Geology 

Kaufman, Alan Testing tbe Snowball 

Earth' Hypothesis in the 

Neoproterozoic of Brazil 

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION 

Human Development 

Metsala, Jamie Tbe Cognitive Bases of 

Individual Differences in Phonemic 

Awareness Abilities and Reading 

Acquisition 

Wigfield, Allan Tfje Long-Term 

Development of Children 's Motivation 

Special Education 

Maccini, Paula Perceptions and 

Application ofNCTMs Standards by 

Special and General Education 

Teachers: Implications for Practice for 

Secondary Students with Learning 

Disabilities 

A. JAMES CLARK SCHOOL OF 
ENGINEERING 

Civil Engineering 

Tseng, Chung-IiRisk Model for Power 

Generation Assets 

COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND 
HUMAN PERFORMANCE 

Kinesiology 

Brown, Michael Effects of Acute and 

Chronic Exercise on Nitric Oxide 

Production 

Health Education 

Thompson, Estina Cumulative 

Advantage of Health: Socioeconomic 

Status and Exercise as Health Resources 



Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics 
Delwiche, Charles Molecular 
Phylogenetic Analysis of Green Algae 
and Land Plants Based on Multiple 
Genes 

DeSrefano, Jeffrey Construction of a 
Sensitive System for Determining the 
Fidelity of HIV Recombination 
Chemistry & Biochemistry 
Issacs, Lyle Self-Assembly in Water 
Using Analogs of Cucurbituril as 
Versatile Building Blocks 
Morehead,Andrew,Jr. Intermolecular 
Hydroacylation Catalyzed by 
Bifunctionat Transition Metal 
Complexes 

Walker, Robert Molecular Motion at 
Condensed Phase Interfaces: A 
Spectroscopic Investigation 

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS 

Lopez, Mark Does Speaking a Second 
Language Affect Labor Market 
Outcomes? Evidence from the 
National Adult Literacy Survey of 
1992 

THE ROBERT H.SMITH 
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS 

Logistics, Business & Public Policy 

Bailey Joseph Internet Economics and 

Policy 

Management 8c Organization 

Lepak, David Individual and Firm 

Consequences of Variations in 

Employment Relationships within 

Firms 

Marketing 

Balachander. Subramanian Modeling the 

Use of Everyday Low Pricing 

Strategies by Retailers 

1999-2000 Creative and 
Performing Arts Board Award 
Recipients 

COLLEGE OF ARTS & 
HUMANITIES 

Art 

DeMonte, Claudia Retrospective 

Installation 

Sham, Foon Sculptural Joinery in 

Nordic Artists' Centre, in Dale, Norway 

Dance 

Rosen, Meriam Two dances of a four 

part work to tbe Ravel Quartet for 

presentation on Maryland Dance 

Ensemble Concert and Juried 

Programs 

School of Music 

Dedova, Larissa Recording of Piano 

Music by Anton Arensky 

Gowen, Bradford Preparation and 

Recording of Piano Music of John La 

Montaine 

Mabbs, Linda Tfje Preparation and 

Recording of Twentieth-Century 

American Songs for Voice and Piano 

Theatre 

Cabot, Adele Bering Shakespeare 






... . I . 



March 1. 1999 Outlook 11 



Musical Kinship Makes 
for Exciting Performance 



"Kinship," a collaborative 
project in which cellist Maya 
Beiser performs with two of 
the most renowned composers 
and" performers on the world 
music scene today, is presented 




Maya Beiser 

Saturday, March 6 at 8 p.m. at 
the University College Inn and 
Conference Center. The per- 
formers joining her are oud 
player Simon Shaheen and per 
cussionist GlenVelez. 

Raised on a kibbutz in 
Israel by her French moth- 
er and Argentinean father, 
Beiser made her American 
debut at the age of 19 as a 
soloist with the Israel 
Chamber Orchestra on a 
concert tour that included 
Carnegie Hall and 
Chicago's Orchestra Hall. 
She has worked with Isaac 
Stern and YoYo Ma, and is 
recognized as a leading 
performer on the cutting 
edge of the musical world. 
Her international career 
has taken her to the major 
festivals and concert halls of 
the world, and she is featured 
regularly on Lincoln Center's 
"Great Performers" series. 

A virtuoso on both the oud 
and the violin, performer/com- 
poser Shaheen is considered 
one of the world's greatest 
masters of classic, traditional 
and innovative Arab music. He 
has toured the world as a 
soloist and with his group, the 



Near Eastern Music Ensemble, 
for more than two decades. His 
film score credits include "The 
Sheltering Sky" and "Malcolm 
X." 

Glen Velez is an internation- 
ally recognized master 
drummer, composer and 
scholar, who has merged 
his background in Western 
percussion with his study 
of frame drum perfor- 
mance styles from Brazil, 
Egypt, South India and 
Central Asia. A member of 
the Paul Winter Consort 
since 1983, he has record- 
ed with such diverse artists 
as Suzanne Vega, Eddie 
Daniels and RabibAbou, 
and uses instruments like 
the Egyptian Rigg and the 
Irish bodhran in his perfor- 
mances. 

The "Kinship" program 
ranges from Brazilian percus- 
sionist Nan Vasconcelos's work 
for cello, vocal chanting and 
percussion, to a multi-track 
cello version of a 1920s Kebyar 
Gamelan piece arranged by 




Glen Velez 




Simon Shaheen 



Evan Ziporyn. In addition, there 
will be collaborations with 
Shaheen and Velez, who wrote 
a piece based on South Indian 
rhythms and syllables where 
Beiser plays cello and percus- 
sion and vocalizes simultane- 
ously. Other pieces include 
works by Meredith Monk, 
Chinary Ung and Fraguiz Ali- 
Zadeh. 

The Concert Society is 
presenting a free work- 
shop, featuring the artists, 
Friday, March 5 from 3 to 
4:30 p.m. in Ulrich Recital 
Hall. There will be a post- 
concert question-and- 
answer session with the 
performers March 6, led by 
ethnomusicologist Caroline 
Robertson of the School of 
Music, 

Tickets are $22 regu- 
lar, $19-50 seniors, $950 
full-time students with ID. 
For tickets and informa- 
tion, call 405-7847. 



Operas Famed Diva Renata Scotto Leads Master Class 

Famed opera diva Renata Scotto will lead a Master Class for the School of Music's voice divi- 
sion, Thursday, March 1 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Ulrich Recital Hall of the Tawes Fine Arts 
Building. Admission is free and the public is invited to observe. 

Scotto, who performs extensively in Europe and the major capitals of the world, brings to mind 
artistry of a personal expression achieved by very few performers in the performing arts. She is 
considered an artist who continues to take challenges 
and score triumphs in an expanding repertory, which 
spans more than 100 roles. 

In addition to an active performing career, she directs 
opera, teaches masterclasses and co-sponsors a summer 
academy in Italy. Since 1996, she has dedicated several 
weeks each season performing with the leading orches- 
tras of the world, giving concerts and Master Classes. 

Over the past years, Scotto has presented selected 
Master Classes at Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute in 
Philadelphia,Yale University, The Russian Opera Center 
in Moscow, Tokyo University and the Young Artist 
Program at La Scala in Milan and at the New York 
Metropolitan Opera. In 1997, she was a member of the 
Santa Cecilia Academy Board in Rome. 

Scotto continues to add to her activity stage directing 
after her debut at the Metropolitan Opera of New York 
in 1986 with "Madama Butterfly". In March 1995 she 
directed a new production of Verdi's "La Traviata" at the 
New York City Opera, which was telecast nationwide 

over PBS in the "live from Lincoln Center" series. For this she won an Emmy Award for Best Live 
Music Event in Television. 

In 1997 she opened the Renata Scotto Opera Academy in Albisola Marine, cosponsored by the 
Italian Government, Region of Liguria and the town of Albisola Marina in Italy. The Academy's 
activity takes place each year between July and August on the beautiful shores of the Italian 
Riviera. 

Her future engagements include the role of Flora in Menotu's "The Medium," which she will 
direct at theTeatro Reggio of Torino. 

For additional information, please call 405-1 1 50. 




Renata Scotto 



Ying He is First ISR/General Electric Fellowship Awardee 



continued from page 1 
develop through their research 
in ISR,We look forward to 
working even mote closely 
with GE on projects of mutual 
interest." 

He's ISR advisers are 
Professor Michael Fu 
(BMGT/ISR) and Professor Steve 
Marcus (EE/ISR). Houpt is over- 
seeing He's research as a techni- 
cal liaison. The research focuses 
on modeling, simulation and 
control of stochastic systems, 
with applications in manufactur- 
ing and communication net- 
works. 

He is a team member of the 
Integrating Product Dynamics 
and Process Models (IFDFM) 
project sponsored by the 
National Science Foundation 
and the Semiconductor 
Research Corporation. She is 
developing new approaches to 
operational decision making. 
Although her current research 
is oriented to semiconductor 
manufacturing, the methodolo- 
gy can also be applied to other 
stochastic systems, such as 
channel allocation and call 
admission in communication 
systems. 

He's research provides deci- 
sion support that enables effi- 
cient manufacturing for the 
right products at the appropri- 
ate time. This has both theoreti- 
cal and practical importance. 



Stochastic control, Markov 
Decision Process (MDP) mod- 
els and dynamic programming 
are applied to the development 
of techniques that integrate 
product and market dynamics 
into operational decision-mak- 
ing algorithms. 

In particular, MDP models 
use aggregate fab models, and 
include life cycle dynamics 
such as technology shrink, 
modular implementation and 
learning. The core problems 
are large-scale state aggrega- 
tion, uncertainty integration 
and learning. Upon completion 
of the model and correspond- 
ing solution approaches, He 
wiU consider risk sensitive and 
adaptive MDP solution algo- 
rithms. 

ISR's industrial fellowship 
program offers industry a 
unique opportunity to partici- 
pate in its research and educa- 
tion programs through spon- 
soring graduate srudents as 
ISR/Industry Fellows for a peri- 
od of three years. ISR/Industry 
FeUowships support the devel- 
opment of students skilled in 
state-of-the-art systems engi- 
neering approaches, promote 
student participation in 
research strongly oriented 
toward practical and strategic 
problems identified by indus- 
try, strengthen the technical 
interaction between the ISR 



and sponsoring companies, 
promote the rapid transfer of 
technology, and facilitate the 
commercial exploitation of 
knowledge. 

For more information about 
ISR's industrial fellowship pro- 
gram, visit the ISR web site at 
<www.isr.umd.edu/ISR/indus- 
try/IndFellowPgm.html> or 
contact ISR's Assistant Director 
for External Affairs Jeffrey 
Coriale at 405-6604, 
coriale® is r, umd . edu , 

The Institute for Systems 
Research GSR) is a permanent, 
interdisciplinary research unit 
of the A. James Clark School of 
Engineering. It is a global 
leader and innovator in the 
integrated design for control of 
complex engineering systems. 

At the ISR, faculty and stu- 
dents from 1 1 academic 
departments partner with 
industry and government to 
create a cross-disciplinary 
research and learning environ- 
ment unparalleled at other U.S. 
universities. Research is con- 
ducted in teams composed of 
students, faculty and practicing 
engineers. They integrate con- 
trol, communications and com- 
putation with physical and 
process knowledge.The results 
are better systems, methodolo- 
gies and products. 



12 Outlook March 2, 1999 




Culture and Society 

The Mini-Center for Teaching 
Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture 
and Society Spring 1999 series of 
talks and workshops is taking place 
Mondays, from 4-5:30 p.m. in Room 
2 137 Taliaferro Hall. The events for 
April 5-May 3 will take place in 
Room 3140 Engineering Building. 

Offered as a part of AMST629V 
(Teaching Strategies in Cultural 
Studies), these events are open to 
interested faculty and graduate 
teaching assistants. For a detailed list 
of events, please visit: 
<//otal. umd.edu/ amst/raini- 
center/spring99 . h tml > . 

The Mini-Center is sponsored by 
the Center for Teaching Excellence, 
College of Arts and Humanities and 
the department of American Studies, 
with additional support from the 
departments of Afro-American stud- 
ies, anthropology, women's studies, 
the Asian American studies project 
and the Office of Human Resources. 

Contact Sandor Vegh, department 
of American Studies, at 405-1354, or 
e-mail veghs@otal.umd.edu for more 
information. 

Winterterm Abroad 2000 

This past Winterterm the universi- 
ty had six very successful programs 
abroad. If you would like to develop 
a Winterterm program abroad please 
contact Rick Weaver at 314-7747 or 
via e-mail, rweaver@deans.umd.edu, 
as soon as possible. The application 
deadline is March 15. 

The university must publicize 
offerings no later then May 1 , and a 
rninimum of six weeks is needed for 
planning to develop budgets and 
logistics. 

Winterterm programs abroad in 
January 2(XK) will face two chal- 
lenges. Due to concerns about Y2K, 
it will be difficult to recruit students 
for travel close to Jan. 1, 2000. 
Additionally, it will be difficult to 
make travel arrangements around 
New Year's Day due to the expecta- 
tion of an extraordinary travel peak 
with the millennium. 

Programs will probably need to 
consider beginning with class work 
at Maryland during the first week of 
January followed by the program 
overseas. 

Relocation of the Comptroller 
Office 

The Office of the Comptroller 
will be relocating to the Chesapeake 



Building from its current space in 
the Service Building. The move 
process will be completed in three 
phases, the first of which has already 
taken place. Please make note of the 
dates and times that operations will 
be interrupted. 

All individual telephone numbers 
will not change. 
Phase I 

Office Closed Wednesday, Feb. 24, 
3:30 p.m. Service Resumed Monday, 
March 1,8:30 a.m. 
Units: New Address 

Comptroller and Assistant 
Comptroller Suite 4100 

Cost Accounting, Property 
Accounting Suite 4101 

General Accounting, Plant Fund 
Accounting Suite 4113 

Note: Working Fund operations have 
resumed in the new location. Room 
41 13-A, Chesapeake Building. 

Phase 2 

Office Closes Wednesday. March 3, 
3:30 p.m. Service Resumes Monday, 
March 8, 8:30 a.m. 
Units: New Address 

Contract & Grant Accounting 

Suite 4101 
Information Systems Group 
Suite 4110 

Phase 3 

Office Closes Thursday, March 25, 
3:30 p.m. Service Resumes Monday, 
March 29, 8:30 a.m. 
Units: New Address: 

Accounts Payable Suite 3 1 1 
Systems Control Suite 3101 

4th Friday Makes House Calls 

In lieu of his monthly Customer 
Service Refresher sessions, Campus 
Visitor Advocate Nick Kovalakides is 
now making "house calls," i.e., he'll 
be happy to help you and your front- 
line staff at your place. And it's still 
free. Just call him for the particulars 
314-9893. 

Women's Growth Group 

A Women's Growth Group is now 
meeting with prospective members. 
The growth group provides an 
opportunity for University of 
Maryland women students to 
improve their relationships with 
partners, friends and family, practice 
effective communication skills and 
better understand themselves in a 
supportive environment. The 
Women's Growth Group, sponsored 



by the Counseling Center, meets 
Thursdays from 4:30-8 p.m. for eight 
weeks beginning March 1 1 and is 
limited to eight women. Interested 
women should call the Counseling 
Center at (301) 314-7651 to sign up 
for an informational interview. 

Chilean Embassy Wine 
Reception Invitation 

Faculty, staff, alumni, students and 
friends, the College of Education 
Alumni Board cordially invites you 
and your guests to "An Evening at 
the Embassy of Chile," 1732 
Massachusetts Avenue, N.W, 
Washington, DC, 20036The Chilean 
wine reception, buffet and program 
is Friday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m.The 
cost is $35 per person and includes 
valet parking. 

If interested, please RSVP by 
March 13 to Gail Mickie, Dean's 
Office, College of Education, at 405- 
2340. 

Art Gallery Roundtable 

The fifth annual roundtable, 
"Visions & Narratives from the Mid- 
20th Century Lens," takes place 
Friday, March 5 at 1 p.m. in the 
Rouse Room of Van Munching Hall. 
Sponsored by The Art Gallery and 
the department of art history and 
archaeology, the roundtable is an 
opportunity for scholars, artists and 
collectors to contribute to a better 
understanding of developments in 
mid-century photography. The 
keynote address will be provided by 
Abigail Solomon-Godeau. 

For more information, contact 
Chris Slogar (slogar@wam.umd.edu) 
or visit The Art Gallery's website for 
registration information 
<www.inform.umd.edu/ArtGal>; 
under Current Exhibitions- 
Chiaroscuro - Roundtable) 

Terrapin Pride Day 

The university community is invit- 
ed to join other faculty, staff, stu- 
dents, parents and alumni for the 
third annual Terrapin Pride Day 
Monday, March 8 in Annapolis. The 
program begins at 5 p.m. at the 
Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 
located at 80 Compromise Street. 
There will be a rally, visits to legisla- 
tors and a 6:30 p.m. reception in the 
Governor's Reception Room in the 
State House. Meet us in Annapolis or 
catch a bus in front of Cole Field 
House at 3:30 p.m. 

Get more information, register to 
attend, and make shuttle bus reserva- 
tions at <www.inform.umd.edu/ 
SupportUM> or by calling 314-7884. 

DI Student Essay Contest 

The Diversity Initiative would like 
faculty and staff persons to 
announce and disseminate informa- 
tion on the Annual Student Essay 
Contest in classroom or work set- 
tings. Who can apply? Both under- 
graduate and graduate students who 
attend the Univer-sity of Maryland 
are invited to submit essays that 



focus on the following question: 
From your perspective, what do you 
think is the role of White people in 
addressing issues of inequity and dis- 
crimination? 

Winners will be selected based 
upon their ability to do the follow- 
ing: write their thoughts in clear, 
concise and grammatically correct 
format; demonstrate comprehensive 
understanding of the topic; or 
thoughtfully choose and creatively 
relate their experiences with diversi- 
ty at the University of Maryland as 
they pertain to the essay question. 

First Prize: $300, Second prize: 
$200, Third prize, $100. 

To apply, please send a complete 
entry form and 600- to 800-word 
essay by Friday, March 12, to: 

Diversity Initiative Student Essay 
Contest 

c/o Mark Brimhall- Vargas 

Office of Human Relations 
Programs 

1 1 30 Shriver Laboratory, East 
Wing 

College Park, MD 20742 

301405-2838 phone 

301-314-9992 fax 

mb333@umail.umd.edu email 

Additional entry forms may be 
obtained at the Office of Human 
Relations Programs at the above 
address or on the student s link to 
the Diversity Initiative website 
<www. inform . umd . e du/Di ve rsity/Ini 
tiativo. If you would like a form 
mailed to you, please call or e-mail 
Mark Brimhall- Vargas (see above). 

Senior Summer Scholarship 

Applications are being accepted 
until March 12 for the 1999 Senior 
Summer Scholarship Program. The 
program will provide scholarships of 
$2,500 to approximately 30 out- 
standing seniors, as well as three 
credit hours of summer tuition. 

Awardees are expected to submit 
research reports to the Dean for 
Undergraduate Studies at the end of 
the summer and to participate in the 
SSS forum in the fall. 

The program is sponsored by the 
Office of the Dean for 
Undergraduate Studies, 2130 Mitchell 
Building. For more information, con- 
tact Mary am Chinisaz, 405-9342, or 
Tawanna Gaines, 405-9355. 

Health Communication 

Thomas Valente, department of 
population and family health ser- 
vices, Johns Hopkins University, pre- 
sents his research on health commu- 
nication, "Mass Media and 
Interpersonal Influences on 
Behavior: Results from the Bolivia 
Reproductive Health Campaign," 
Friday, March 5, from noon to 1 p.m., 
in Room 0104 Skinner Building. His 
colloquium is sponsored by the 
department of communication. 

For questions, please contact 
Shawn Parry-Giles, 405-6527 or 
spl72@umail.umd.edu.