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The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper 

Volume 13 * Number 21 - April 21, 1999 

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CD. (Dan) Mote Jr. officially 
kicked off his tenure as 27th 
president of the University of 
Maryland last Friday by outlin- 
ing his vision for the 
University of Maryland as a 
"great research university" and 
identifying three steps the uni- 
versity must take to realize 
that vision. 

In his inauguration speech 
before a packed house at 
Memorial Chapel, Mote said, "A 
decade ago we dreamed the 
impossible — the great research 
university, then we sought the 
improbable— the great 
research university, and soon 
we will grasp the inevitable — 
the great research university." 

Mote said the University of 
Maryland is ready to fulfill the 
destiny declared by founder 
Charles Benedict Calvert 140 
years ago: "We will have the 
finest institution in the world." 

Maryland will take "its right- 
ful place in the long line of 
universities that have transfig- 
ured society," Mote said. 

"Some of you may ask why we 
have set our aspirations so 
high. And my answer would be 
that this choice is not ours. For 
the University of Maryland, this 
is not our goal, this is our des- 

Mote, who has been presi- 
dent since last September, said 
the university needs to take 
three specific steps to reach its 

• Build a culture of excellence 
across the university, 

• Enrich the educational expe- 
rience for all students, 

• Build the Maryland Family of 
alumni and friends. 

Historically, Mote said, "great 
universities have helped soci- 
ety define, articulate and 
achieve the next stage of 
progress. In many ways, these 
universities have defined their 
times," from the education of 
clergy and philosophers a mil- 
lennium ago, to die develop- 
ment of modern science three 
centuries ago and the estab- 
lishment of the service-orient- 

ed land-grant institutions in the 
last century. 

The current iteration is the 
modern research university, 
born half a century ago in the 
aftermath of World War II to be 
"an instrument of the national 
research policy that transfig- 
ured our society." 
The modern research universi- 
ty, rooted in the discovery of 
knowledge in every part of the 
campus, "interweaves research 
and teaching" in all its pro- 
grams, Mote said. "Research 
and teaching are inseparable; 
they are a continuum." 

Mote warned that "we must 
be ever vigilant about main- 
taining the programmatic bal- 
ance between the technologi- 
cal fields and the humanities" 
to avoid becoming either a 
pure technical institute or a 
liberal arts college. "The bal- 
ance between technology and 
the humanities is fundamental 
to a great research university's 

Continued on page 3 

University Announces Two 
Gifts Totaling $21 Million 

On the eve of his inauguration as president of the 
University of Maryland, Dan Mote announced that two 
long-time friends and alumni of the university have 
pledged $21 million in new gifts that will benefit the uni- 
versity's new performing arts center and the building that 
houses the business and public affairs schools. 

Virginia artist and collector Clarice Smith has donated 
$15 million to establish an endowment to support the 
Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts, and New 
York businessman Leo Van Munching Jr. has donated $6 
million to help finance additions to Van Munching Hall, 
home of the Robert H. Smith School of Business and the 
Maryland School of Public Affairs. 

"The key to the university's rapid rise to prominence is 
the strength of the relationships it builds with alumni and 
friends," Mote says. "Those relationships got signifieantiy 
stronger today with these two monumental gifts. The ongo- 
ing generosity of the Smith and Van Munching families will 
help secure Maryland's place among the great universi- 

Smidi's gift, coupled with her husband's $15 million gift 
last year to name the business school, lifts her family's 
donations to the university to more than $30 million, mak- 
ing the Smiths the largest donors ever to a public universi- 
ty in the state of Maryland. In recognition of her long-time 
support for the university and the arts, the university will 
recommend to the Board of Regents that the new facility 
will be named the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing 

"I am thrilled to be identified with the Performing Arts 
Center, and I look forward to my family's ongoing relation- 
ship with this inspiring edifice of learning and artistic 
expression," Smith says. 

The Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts, now 
under construction on the west side of the campus, will 
house the university's dance, music and theater depart- 
ments and enrich the cultural environment of the area. The 
318,000-square-foot complex will contain 30 classrooms, 
100 offices, 50 practice and rehearsal rooms, and a per- 
forming arts library, as well as a 1 ,200-seat concert hall, a 
300-seat recital hall, a 650-seat proscenium theater, a 200- 
seat dance studio, a 200-seat experimental theater, and a 
full-service restaurant. 

The center's performance spaces will host student pro- 
ductions as well as professional touring companies and 
local community groups. Funding for the center's con- 
struction has been provided by the State of Maryland, 
Prince George's County, the University of Maryland and 
private gifts. 

"The Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts is 
going to be a cultural beacon for this university and for 
the county and the state " Mote says. "Generations of per- 
forming artists will have the opportunity to develop their 
creativity, and all of us will have our lives enriched by the 
events that will be offered in this outstanding facility, 
which has been made even more special by Clarice's gen- 

Richard Price, interim executive director for the center 
says, "Clarice Smith is not only generous, she is also a 
woman of great vision who knows that the Clarice Smith 
Center for the Performing Arts will radiate grace, beauty 
and creativity in its form and in its function. ," 

Van Munching Hall houses the Robert H. Smith School 

Continued on page 3 

2 Outlook April 27, 1999 

Celebrating Achievements in 

Accessibility and Awareness 

of Disability Issues 

There are some very special people at the University of 
Maryland. People who care about equal access for all to our edu- 
cational and extracurricular programs. People who have taken 
steps to turn their caring into action. Each year the Presidents 
Commission on Disability Issues looks over the campus and 
selects a few individuals, groups, and/or programs that stand out 
for their actions which make the University of Maryland a better 
place for members of the campus community with disabilities. 

They may have participated in direct service and/or in raising 
awareness of disability issues. This year the Commission has cho- 
sen three individuals, one group, and one program to receive the 
Disability Achievement Award. 

The campus community is invited to the reception and 
awards ceremony held from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Wednesday April 28 
in the Maryland Room, Marie Mount Hall. President Mote will 
present awards to the following: 

Program Disability Achievement Award 

In September 1972, under the direction of Daniel Leviton, the 
Adult Health and Development Program (AHDP) opened its 
doors as the first multi-ethnic, interracial, intergenerational health 
promotion and rehabilitation program in the country. A partially 
self-supporting academic course. Medical School Elective, and 
volunteer program AHDP trains 70-90 students and volunteers 
each semester to work one-on-one with older adults, many of 
who cope with significant disabilities. Working with residents of 
the Washington DC Veterans' Affairs Medical Center's Nursing 
Home and local community group homes, these students and 
volunteers have learned much about the psychological aspects 
and the coping mechanisms associated with living with a disabil- 
ity or debilitating illness. Today, the AHDP is the model for the 
National Network for Intergenerational Health (NNTH). 

John W. King Staff Disability Achievement Awards 
Across campus, in the School of Architecture, is a man who 
custom builds a new studio desk every semester to make life eas- 
ier for one student. 

Michael Arnold has been the driving force in the schools 
efforts to make their facilities truly accessible to all. taking their 
building from one of the campus' s least ADA-compliant facilities 
to one which is sought out by faculty with students needing 
accessibility. Arnold doesn't wait until accessibility problems 
arise, but proactivery looks for problem areas and initiates prob- 

The annual "Celebration of Leadership and Academic 
Excellence among Students with Disabilities" at Maryland found 
exemplary support from Randy Sandifer a staff member in 
Physical Plant. Sandifer, a member of die Pikesville-Randallstown 
Lions Club, has always had a focus to serve those with physical 
impairments. He has dedicated many hours to a summer camp 
specifically for sight- and hearing-impaired children. Learning of 
the annual celebration ceremony, he made his connections 
count. He solicited and gained funds from several Lions Clubs to 
support multiple scholarships awarded to deserving students 
with disabilities who also contribute to community service 
efforts and maintain excellent GRAs. 

Student Group Disability Achievement Award and 
Student Disability Achievement Award 

You may have seen the work of Michael Kerr and the Pi 
Kappa Phi fraternity on campus. Sponsoring PUSH (People 
Understanding the Severely Handicapped), Pi Kappa Phi has 
raised both awareness of disability issues on campus and funds 
for accessibility projects in which they personally wielded ham- 
mers and paintbrushes. The projects included a fully accessible 
garden and a playground for children with disabilities. Mike 
Kerr, a member of Pi Kappa Phi, also took part in a 63-day, cross- 
country bicycle ride, Journey of Hope, as a fund raiser and aware- 
ness activity. 

Edna Szymanski Appointed New Dean 
of the College of Education 

Edna Szymanski has been appointed dean of 
the College of Education at the University of 
Maryland, College Park, effective July 1 . She 
brings to the position a dynamic background in 
teaching, research and administration. 

"We are very impressed by her knowledge, 
energy and enthusiasm for education, the faculty, 
students and staff will love working with her, 
she's a delight," says Irwin Goldstein, dean of 
College of Behavioral and Social Science and 
chair of the search committee. 

Szymanski comes to Maryland from die 
University of Wisconsin at Madison where she was 
associate dean of the School of Education and 
director of the Rehabilitation Research and 
Training Center on Career Development. She also 
served as chair and professor in the Department 
of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special 
Education. She has received high recognition for 
her work as recipient of the 1997 American 
Rehabilitation Counseling Association 
Distinguished Professional Award and was named 
a Fellow of the University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Teaching Academy. 

"Part of my plan is to help strengthen relation- 
ships with schools, state and community agencies; 
this will help increase the assets of the College of 

Education and improve the lives of die citizens of 
the state," Szymanski says. "I am extremely excited 
about working with the university system and 
being part of shaping the excellence of a college 
that is becoming a leader in education." 

Szymanski serves as chair on the National 
Council on Rehabilitation Education and as a 
member on the editorial boards of professional 
journals including the Journal of Rehabilitation 
And Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. She is 
also co-editor of The Rehabilitation Counseling 
Bulletin. Szymanski also serves as chair of the 
campus Retirement Association, an organization 
designed to link the strengths of university 
retirees to campus and community life. 

Szymanski received her bachelor's degree 
from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, her mas- 
ter's degree from University of Scranton, and her 
doctoral degree from the University of Texas at 
Austin. She is the author or co-author of five 
books and more than 80 articles and contribu- 
tions to edited volumes on topics, including reha- 
bilitation education, special education counsel- 
ing, career planning, work and disability issues. 

Szymanski succeeds Willis Hawley who left 
the deanship to head the National Partnership 
for Excellence and Accountability in Teaching. 

College of Journalism Dean Relinquishes 
Will Remain on Faculty 

After providing leadership to faculty and stu- 
dents in the College of Journalism for nearly two 
decades, Reese Cleghorn, the university's longest- 
sitting dean, announced that he plans to step- 
down from the position in June 2000. However, 
will remain a member of the university faculty. 

"At the time I go out of office, I will be 70 
years old," Cleghorn says. "It's the turn of the mil- 
lennium ... the beginning of a new era. I 
thought it was pretty good timing." 

Since his appointment in 1981, Cleghorn, who 
was named Freedom Forum's 1995 "Journalism 
Administrator of the Year" along with his col- 
leagues on the college's faculty, implemented sev- 
eral plans and programs to achieve excellence and 
position the College of Journalism as a nationally 
top-ranked school for aspiring journalists. 

Upon assuming the role of dean, Cleghorn, the 
college's faculty and a newly established Board of 
Visitors, developed a five-year excellence plan 
called "Toward 1 990: Creating a Model 
Professional School." The plan demonstrated 
ways for the college to build its future and result- 
ed in an increase in students of color, radio and 
broadcast facility upgrades, a smaller but higher- 
quality undergraduate enroll- 
ment and an expanded master's 
and doctoral program. 

In 1988, a national assess- 
ment of journalism education 
by the Gannett Center for 
Media Studies at Columbia 
University ranked Maryland in a 
listing of "Eleven Exemplary 
Journalism Schools." Jerrold 
Foodick, the report's author 
described the list as "those 
deserving of imitation." 
Cleghorn was also instrumental Reese Cleghorn 

in bringing the national monthly industry maga- 
zine American Journalism Review (AJR) to the 
college in 1987, and has since served as publish- 
er. Also, under Cleghorn's leadership, the 
National Association of Black Journalists relocat- 
ed its national headquarters to the College Park 
campus; the creation of the Knight Center for 
Specialized Journalism, the Hubert Humphrey 
Journalism Fellows Program and the Casey 
Journalism Center for Children and Families 
brought new professional outreach programs to 
the college. 

Cleghorn's most recent initiative began in 
1 997 and will launch a new "unified" journalism 
curriculum at the start of the 1 999-2000 academ- 
ic year With the advertising sequence nearly 
phased out and the college's number one nation- 
ally ranked public relations sequence moving to 
the university's Department of Communication 
in July, the college is embarking on a new cur- 
riculum without sequences - speciality focused 
areas of study 

University of Maryland's Senior Vice President 
for Academic Affairs and Provost Gregory 
Geoffrey will appoint a committee to begin a 

national search to fill 
Cleghorn's position. 
Following the appoint- 
ment of a new dean, 
Cleghorn will remain 
with the college as a 
tenured full professor, 
where he plans to write 
and teach. 


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April 27, 1999 Outlook 3 

Mote Stresses Drive Toward Greatness in Inaugural Address 

continued from page I 


The burden of establishing 
a culture of excellence foils 
mainly on the faculty, Mote 
said, who must "push diem- 
selves and all of us to be better 
than we are and yet never be 

As examples, Mote cited the 
faculty of the A.James Clark 
School of Engineering, who set 
out in 1994 to 
achieve specific 
lofty goals in 
research fund- 
ing and reputa- 
tion, and 
Professor Ira 
Berlin, who con- 
ceived the 

College Park Scholars program 
to "transform the undergradu- 
ate experience" and "make the 
big store small." 

"To become a great 
research university, die faculty 
must never be satisfied with 
the good, and their quest for 
the best must be an unrelent- 
ing pursuit," Mote said. 
The university's second step 
toward greatness is the enrich- 
ment of the educational expe- 
rience for all students, he said. 

"Getting admitted to 
Maryland is quite an achieve- 
ment these days," Mote said, 
noting the mean grade point 
average for newly admitted 
students for fell 1999 is 35, 
compared with 3.0 in 1990. 

"In the coming years, 
because of increasing numbers 
of highly qualified applicants 
and a fixed number of places, 
we will admit a smaller per- 
centage," Mote said. "It will 

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become more and more 
important that everyone who 
makes it over the admissions 
bar have a rich educational 
experience here." 

Mote said the two major 
barriers to such a rich experi- 
ence are financial hardship 
and incidents of intolerance. 
He vowed to respond "with all 
my power and conviction" to 
acts of intolerance, and to raise 
funds for need-based scholar- 
ships to ensure that financial 

need did not interfere with 
student success. 

The third step to greatness 
Is the development of a 
stronger "Maryland Family" of 
friends and alumni. Noting that 
alumni "enlarge our impact on 
society land] reflect our quali- 
ty and our goals and success- 
es," Mote vowed to re-open 
connections with graduates 
who have not been involved 
'with the university in many 

"We are opening our- 
selves up in new ways, 
displaying our treasures, 
and offering you oppor- 
tunities to become a 
part of the life of the 
university again," Mote 
promised. "we will also 
develop new programs 
to bring you to the cam- 
pus in more intimate settings 
with faculty, students and cam- 
pus leaders, and we will take 
ourselves out into the commu- 
nity, too." 

Mote said the next presi- 
dent of the university will be 
able to "tell Charles Benedict 
Calvert that his proclamation 
has finally come to pass. 

"Today we continue our 
climb towards that future with 
enthusiasm and conviction," he 
said, adding, "Come with us." 

More than 200 faculty, staff and administrators In full regalia lined 
up along Regents Drive to in march In the inaugural procession. 

The Role of a Research University 

Pondering the role of the research university in the 21st Century, three university presidents, 
University System of Maryland Chancellor Donald Langenberg, and an auditorium of distinguished 
guests engaged in lively debate at last Friday's higher education forum, the lead-off activity of 
President Dan Mote's Inaugural Day celebration. 

Service to the community, mounting external pressures, and "expertise as king" are some of the 
key issues that are shaping, or will shape, the foce of large research institutions, according to the 
panel of three presenters. Joining President Mote on the podium in Van Munching Halls Tyser 
Auditorium were William Brody, president of Johns Hopkins University, and Judith Rodin, president 
of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Presidents from the University of Chicago, George Mason University, and the University of 
Maryland, Baltimore County, as well as University of Maryland faculty and leaders from the private 
sector offered additional comments and raised questions at the conclusion of the panel discussion. 

Brody argued that what matters most in the forthcoming information economy is expertise and 
that the knowledge generated by research universities provides it. "Learning takes place through 
the discovery of knowledge as much as through the study of existing knowledge" Brody noted. 

He sees the university of the future as a "fuzzy, amorphous structure" comprised of a collection 
of world-class experts who work in teams. Faculty will be shared across traditional university 
boundaries and disciplines. 

Rodin argued that a university's civic role will become increasingly vital In the next century. 
"Robust discourse communities should be at the center of research universities," she said, The 
research university should foster such debate and communicate, interpret and apply knowledge 
to societal problems. Universities must embrace commitment to public service, she said. 

The last panelist to address the audience, Mote conceded he is usually more upbeat, but on this 
day wanted to discuss whether research universities are "losing control." He said that external 
forces, such as budget, student and foculty demands, state expectations and fundraising activities 
seem to be driving programmatic decisions. And, he added, recognition of the problem doesn't 
prevent it. 

"Is intellectual content being coopted by market demand?" Mote pondered. "Is training becom- 
ing more important than education?" 

As a nation, we need to move back toward university independence, be said. "We need to 
reassert our values to society, the value of education and intellect, and we must be able to speak 
out on national issues." 


University Announces Two 
Gifts Totaling $21 Million 

continued from page 1 

of Business and the Maryland 
School of Public Affairs. Van 
Munching s $5 million gift to 
the business school in 1993 
was the largest donation the 
university had received up to 
that time. In 1 997 he gave 
another $2.5 million to estab- 
lish the Leo Van Munching Jr. 
Undergraduate Business Career 
Center. Van Munching 's com- 
bined gifts of $135 million 
make him the third largest 
donor to the university, after 
the Smiths and A.James Clark. 

"My continuing support 
reflects the conviction I hold 
that the business school, both 
graduate and undergraduate, is 
on the right track, maximizing 
the benefits for the students 
and therefore the university," 
Van Munching says. 

The planned expansion of 
Van Munching Hall will double 
the business school's existing 
space, and will create an infor- 
mation technology infrastruc- 
ture and learning environment 

that will be among the most 
advanced in the nation, as well 
as additional classrooms, an 
expanded career services cen- 
ter and a new Knowledge and 
Information Management 

" Leo Van Munching Jr.'s 
enormous generosity will bene- 
fit current and future genera- 
tions of students and serves as 
an example for those seeking 
to make an impact on the 
world " says Howard Frank, 
dean of the Robert H. Smith 
School of Business. 

The University of Maryland 
is currently engaged in a $350 
million fund-raising campaign 
called Bold Vision • Bright 
Future. As of die end of March, 
campaign officials said they 
had raised about $203 million. 
The seven-year campaign ends 
June 30, 2002. 

4 Outlook April 27. 1999 

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April 27 

Your Guide to University Events 
April 21 - May 6 

April 29 

** 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sheo Student 
Health Fair. Student Health 
Education Outreach Health Fair. 
Free Refreshments. Atrium, Stamp 
Student Union. 864-9060. 

Jt 12:30 p.m. School of Music: 
"Opera Week 1999: A program of 
opera scenes and a dance comhat 
demonstration." Performances 
include works of Puccini. 
Donizetti. Massenet and Floyd. 
Ulrich Recital Hall.Tawes Fine 
Arts Bldg. 

^t/" 1 4 p.m. Institute for Physical 
Science and Technology Shih-I pai 
lecture: "Emergence of Patterns in 
Nonequilibrium Systems" Harry 
Swinney, University of Texas at 
Austin. 1410 Physics Bldg. 5-4877. 

April 28 

U Noon-l p.m. "How to Access 
TERP Online Workshops: Multi- 
purpose Room, Holzapfel Hall. 

£W Noon-l p.m. Research 3c 
Development Presentations: 
"Cross-Cultural issues in 
Ind ustrial/Organizational 
Psychology," Michelle Gelland. 
0106-01 14 Counseling Center, 
Shoemaker Bldg. 

Jl 2:30 p.m. School of Music: 
"Opera Week 1999: Opera 
Workshop {Undergraduate 
Students)." Scenes by Mozart. 
Donizetti, Massenet, Verdi, Gilbert 
& Sullivan, Loesser and Delibes. 
2102Tawes Fine Arts Bldg. 5-1 150. 

&^ 4-5 p.m. Department of 
Astronomy lecture. Ethan Vtshniac, 
Johns Hopkins. 2400 Computer & 
Space Sciences Bldg. 

J^5 p.m. School of Music:"Opera 
Week 1999: Scenes from the 
Opera and operetta Repertoire." 
Scenes from Handel's 'Panenope.' 
Ulrich Recital Hall.Tawes Fine Arts 
Bldg. 5-1150. 

H 69 p.m. Peer Training 
Program: "Advanced HTML.'This 
class takes a more advanced look 
at HTML coding. 44 04 Computer 
& Space Sciences Bldg 5-2940.' 

Jj 8 p.m. School of Music:"Opera 
Week 1 999: A program of opera 
scenes and a dance combat demon- 
stration." Performances include 
works of Puccini, Donizetti, 
Massenet and Floyd. Ulrich Recital 
Half.Tawes Fine Arts Bldg, 5- 1 1 50. 

<**" 8-10 p.m. "The Mineola Twins," 
by Paula Vogel. A daring new come- 
dy about two sisters from Mineola 
and their identity, their politics and 
their sexuality told through "seven 
scenes, four dreams and five wigs." 
Pugliese Theatre 5-2201.* 

*5w / ' 1 3:30 p.m. Department of 
Meteorology : " Pola r Amplification s or 
Tropical Damp Location? Mechanisms 
of Constraining Tropical 
Temperatures," Dennis Hartmann, 
University of Washington, Seattle. 
2400 Computer & Space Sciences 

H 4:30-7-30 p.m. Peer Training 
Program: "Intermediate Adobe 
PhotoShop "This class covers more 
advanced features of PhotoShop. 
44 04 Computer & Space Sciences 
Bldg. 5-2940.* 

g^ 8-9 p.m. School of Public Affairs: 
"Two Women of Peace:A 
Conversation with Lea Rabin and 
Jehan Sadat." Moderated by 
Syndicated Columnist Georgie Anne 
Geyer. Tawes Theater. (202) 862-4879. 

J> 8 p.m. School of Music:"An 
Evening of Chamber Music." Evelyn 
Elsing, cello; Robert McCoy, piano; 
and David Salness, violin. Ulrich 
Recital Hall.Tawes Fine Arts Bldg, 
VI 1 50. 

**" 810 p.m."The Mineola Twins," by 
Paula Vogel. A daring new comedy 
about two sisters from Mineola and 
their identity, their politics and their 
sexuality told through "seven scenes, 
four dreams and five wigs." Pugliese 
Theatre. 5-2201.* 

April 30 

A/" 1 1 p.m. Department of Materials 
and Nuclear Engineering; " Laser 
Altimetry for Earth and Planetary 
Applications," Robert Afzal, NASA. 
2110 Chemical & Nuclear 
Engineering Bldg. 5-5207. 

"*& 2-3 p.m. "How to Access TERP 

Online Workshops." Multi-Purpose 
Room, Holzapfel Hall, Ground Floor. 

*" 810 p,m."The Mineola Twins," by 
Paula Vogel. A daring new comedy 
about two sisters from Mineola and 
their identity, their politics and their 
sexuality told through 'seven scenes, 
four dreams and five wigs." Pugliese 
Theatre. 5-2201.* 

May 1 

«P 5:30 p.m. School of Music: "Opera 
Week 1999: Opera Workshop 
(Undergraduate Students)." Scenes by- 
Mozart, Donizetti, Massene* Verdi, 
Gilbert & Sullivan, Locsst .J 
Delibes. 2102Tawes Fine Arts Bldg. 

University Theatre 

A Comedy of Politics and Sisterhood 

University Theatre presents the comedy "The 
Mineola Twins" April 28-May 9. Performances of 
the Paula Vogel play take place in Pugliese 
Theatre in the Tawes Fine Arts 
Building April 28-May 1 and 
May 4-8 at 8 p.m. and May 2 
and 9 at 2 p.m. 

"The Mineola Twins" is a 
comedy about the divergent 
social and political lives of 
twin sisters from Long Island. 
Written by Pulitzer Prize-win- 
ning playwright Paula Vogel, 
"The Mineola Twins'" follows 
the escapades of "good" twin 
Myrna and "evil" twin Myra 
from their youth in the '50s 
through the Bush administra- 

"This play is an interesting 
mix of humor and pathos," 
says Catherine Schuler, direc- 
tor of the production, "The 
irony of twins who are from 
the same womb yet on opposite sides of the 
political spectrum make the play something of a 
political farce. Picture someone with the politics 
of a Jesse Helms or an Arianna Hufftngton 
thrown together with Gloria Steinem for life. 

"Paula Vogel is a witty playwright who writes 
some incredibly witty dialogue, yet the play is 
no piece of fluff. It offers a reflection of the pol- 
itics of hatred, the depiction of the culture wars, 
and how the two sisters respond to it," says 
Schuler, an associate professor of theatre history 
and theory at the University of Maryland who 

recently won the Hewitt Award for Excellence 
in Theatre History for her book "Women in 
Russian Theatre: The Actress in the Silver Age." 
Her recent directing credits 
for University Theatre 
include "Peter Pansy's 
Excellent Adventure," 
"Abducting Diana," and "The 
London Merchantperson." 
Scenic design is by 
David McKeever, a senior the- 
atre major, who recently 
assisted with lighting design 
for the University Theatre 
production "Dancing at 
Lughnasa." Costume design is 
y Renate Maile-Moscowitz, 
n M.EA. student in costume 
design. Lighting designer 
Robert L, Scliarff is a first- 
year M.EA. student in lighting 
design. His recent credits 
include lighting design for 
"Look! We Have Come 
Through!" at Olney Theatre Centre for the Arts. 
James Brown, a sophomore theatre and molecu- 
lar biology major, has been a sound assistant for 
Tawes Theatre for two semesters. "The Mineola 
Twins" is his first sound design for University 

Tickets are $10 standard admission and $7 
for students and senior citizens. Special group 
discount rates are also available for groups of 10 
or more. For reservations or additional informa- 
tion call the University Theatre Box Office at 
405-2201 weekdays from 1 1 a,m. to 4 p.m. 


8 p.m. School of Music:"Opera 
Week 1999: Scenes from the Opera 
and Operetta Repertoire." Scenes 
from Handel "s'Partenope." Ulrich 
Recital Hall.Tawes Fine Arts Bldg. 

May 2 

** 2A p.m. "The Mineola Twins," by 
Paula Vogel. A daring new comedy 
about two sisters from Mineola and 
their identity, their politics and their 
sexuality told through "seven 
scenes, four dreams and five wigs." 
Pugliese Theatre. 5-2201." 

Ji 8 p.m. School of Music: 
"Celebrating Goethe: Songs and 
Poetry." Readings from Goethe and 
vocal music. Ulrich Recital Hall, 
Tawes Fine Arts Bldg. 5-1 150. 

&/" 4 p.m. Committee on the 
History and Philosophy of Science: 
"Quantum Logic Gates Based on 
Exchange Interactions "James 
Franson, Johns Hopkins University. 
1 140 Plant Sciences Bldg. 
five 1® physics, 

May 4 

Sc/^ 4 p.m. Physics Department: 
"The Logic of the LHC: How Do We 
Know Where to Look If We Don't 
Know What We are Going to Find?" 
Howard M. Georgi. Harvard 
University. 1410 Physics Bldg. 

May 5 

May 3 

&S" 4-5:30 p.m.Teaching Strategies 
in Cultural Studies: "New Frontiers: 
The Teaching of Cyberctilture," Katie 
King, Women's Studies, and David 
Silver, American Studies. 3140 
Engineering Bldg. 
vegh@otal .umd . edu . 

"** H)a.m.-2:30 p.m. Study Abroad 
Information Fair: Wintertcrm. Come 
learn more about study abroad and 
the new opportunities for Winterterm 
2000. Stamp Student Union. 4-7746. 

&f Noon-l p.m. Research & 
Development Presentations; 
"Measuring the Working Alliance in 
Advisor-Advisee Relationships in 
Graduate School," Lewis Scholosser. 
0106-01 14 Counseling Center, 
Shoemaker Bldg. 

^t/" 4-5 p.m. Department of 
Astronomy: "Dusty Lyman Alpha 
Emitters at High Redshift," Marco 
Spaans, 2400 Computer St Space 
Sciences Bldg, 

JSS 7-9 p.m Writers Here & Now: 
Spring Readings. Student Prize 
Reading, die winners of the 
Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize 
and the Academy of American Poets. 
McKeldin Library. 5-3820. 

<*" 8-10 p.m. "The Mineola Twins," 
by Paula Vogel. A daring new come- 
dy about two sisters from Mineola 
and their identity, their politics and 
their sexuality told through "seven 
scenes, four dreams and five wigs." 
Pugliese Theatre. 5-2201.* 

May 6 

&*/" 3:30 p.m. Department of 
Meteorology: "Arctic Sea Ice 
Variability in the Context of Recent 
Atmospheric Circulation Trends," 
Clara Deser, NCAR 2400 Computer 
& Space Sciences Bldg. 

Calendar Guide 

Calendar phone numbers listed as 
4-xxxx or 5-xxxx stand for the 
prefix 3 14- 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 
lnforM's calendars and submissions 
to the Outlook office. To reach the 
calendar editor, call 405-7615 or e- 
mail outlook@accmajl. 

April 27, 1999 Outlook S 

Inventions of the Year Announced by OTL 

University Researchers Develop Innovative Technologies 

The University of Maryland's three 
inventions of the year for 1998 are: 
a graduate student-developed method 
to prevent phosphorus in farm animal 
waste from contaminating the 
Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries; a 
design for a microscope that, for the 
first time, would be able to pinpoint 
the location of defects that commonly 
occur in computer chips during manu- 
facturing; and an efficient method for 
compressing digital images that allows 
a viewer to quickly and clearly see one 
or more regions of interest without 
having to wait for the full image to be 
received over the Internet. 

The inventors for these three new 
technologies will 
receive awards today at 
the 1 2th annual 
Invention of the Year 
reception sponsored 
by the university's 
Office of Technology 
Liaison. Inventors will 
each receive a plaque 
and will share $500 in 
award money. 
University of Maryland 
President Dan Mote 
will present the 
awards. Winning 
inventions - one from 
each of three areas: 
physical, life and information science - 
were chosen by an independent panel. 
Inventions were selected based on cre- 
ativity, novelty and potential overall bene- 
fit to society. 

Life Science 

In this category the winning inven- 
tion is a process for binding phospho- 
rus contained in animal waste and thus 
preventing it from leaching out. 

Developed by Kristen Hughes, a 
graduate student 
researcher in the 
department of bio- 
logical resources 
engineering, the 
process mixes a by- 
product generated by 
a Maryland corporation 
with agricultural animal 
waste to bind phospho- 
rus and make it insolu- 

The mixture that 
results can then be 
applied to agriculture 
fields without fear of 
adding unwanted nutrients 
to the water that drains 
from fields into watersheds. 
Millennium Inorganic Chemicals in 
Hunt Valley, Md. , whose by-product is 
used in the mixture, has signed an 
agreement to fund further application 
research and marketing for the process. 

Phosphorus lost from agricultural 
operations through rain water runoff 
and leaching is believed to contribute 
to outbreaks of the toxic stage of the 
organism Pfiesteria piscicdia in areas of 
the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. 
Water soluble phosphorous is present 

In the past 12 years, 
the Office of Technology 

Liaison has licensed 

more than 363 

university inventions to 

industry, resulting in 91 

products on the market. 

in abundant amounts in poultry 
manure, and 800,000 tons of poultry 
manure are produced each year on the 
Delmarva Peninsula, which forms the 
eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay 
and is shared by Maryland, Delaware 
and Virginia. Some of this excess 
manure is disposed of by applying it to 
farmland. In addition to Pfiesteria pisci- 
cdia outbreaks, excess phosphorus 
entering streams and rivers also can 
lead to blooms of algae and the possi- 
ble loss of dissolved oxygen, endanger- 
ing fish and submerged grasses. 

Physical Science 

Frederick Wellstood. of the department 
of physics and 
the Materials 
Science and 
Center and 

Kcnyon and 
Lobb of the 
department of 
physics have 
designed a 
type of micro- 
scope diat can 
pinpoint the 
location of the 
most common type of wiring defect that 
occurs during the manufacture of com- 
puter chips. Such wiring defects in com- 
puter chips and multi-chip modules are a 
serious manufacturing problem. 
Currently, most types of circuit faults can- 
not be precisely located. However if the 
exact location of such defects could be 
found, then the likely cause could be 
ascertained, and changes could be made 
in the computer chip design or fabrica- 
tion process to correct the 

The near-field 
Scanning Single Electron 
Transistor (SSET) micro- 
scope, conceived and 
under development by 
the University of 
Maryland researchers, 
can pinpoint the loca- 
tion of unintended elec- 
trical opens, die most 
common type of com- 
puter chip defect. An 
open can arise for a 
variety of reasons 
such as a failed con- 
nection between chip 
layers. If the open can be precisely 
located, then there are a variety of well- 
established, powerful analysis tech- 
niques that can be used to diagnose 
and correct the cause of the problem. 
The design of the university's near- 
field SSET microscope is based on 
another type of microscope - known as 
a scanning SQUID microscope - that 
was designed by the university and has 
been successfully commercialized by 
Neocera, Inc. of Beltsville, Md. This ear- 
lier microscope design uses a 
Superconducting Quantum Interference 

Device (SQUID) as a magnetic field sen- 
sor, while the present invention uses a 
Single Electron Transistor (SET) as an 
electric field sensor. 

In the design of the present invention 
the SET is mounted in a vacuum enclo- 
sure fitted with bellows and a thin win- 
dow, within this 
housing the SET 
is cooled to near- 
absolute zero [the 
point at which a 
substance would 
have no molecu- 
lar motion or heat 
(-27315 Cor - 
459.67 F)] by a 
cryogenic device 
know as a "cold 
finger." Samples 

are then positioned to the air side of the 
window using a conventional movable 
platform in the same way that samples 
are positioned under the lens of an opti- 
cal microscope. One merely applies a 
voltage to the suspected open line and 
scans the sample while recording the 
output from the SET sensor. Since the 
SET is extremely sensitive to voltage or 
to induced charge, the location of the 
open will show up as an abrupt change 
in the field along the wire. As a result, 
the instrument can non-intrusively 
resolve fine details in microcircuit 
wiring, even if the wiring layers are hid- 
den under a chip. Other long range 
applications for the invention include 
looking at neurological signals in biologi- 
cal systems, and 
detecting chemical 
reactions which 
cause corrosion of 


When today's 
high-speed com- 
puters access local 
storage devices 
such as a local 
hard drive or local 
floppy drive, sig- 
nificant amounts 

of information can be quickly accessed. 
However, when seeking to access data 
from a remote storage location, such as 
over the Internet, data transmission rates 
are significantly slower. Memory-inten- 
sive photographs and other graphical 
images require significant transmission 
time over slow network communica- 
tions. Compression methods have there- 
fore been developed to reduce the 
amount of storage space required to 
store images and reduce transmission 

University of Maryland electrical 
engineering professor and chairman 
Nariman Farvardin and Mitsubishi 
Corporation's Eiji Atsumi now have 
moved compression technology for- 
ward by developing an efficient 
method for compressing digital images 
that allows a viewer to quickly and 
clearly see one or more regions of 
interest in a picture without having to 

wait for the full image to be transmitted 
through the Internet from a remote 
storage site. The regions of interest can 
be selected either by the user of the 
system that is initially encoding the 
image, or by the user of the system that 
receives and decodes the image. For 
example, if 
user A is send- 
ing a photo- 
graph of five 
people to user 
B, user A could 
select the face 
of one person 
in the photo- 
graph as a 
region of 
interest. The 
entire image 
would then begin to be transmitted to 
user B; however on user B's computer 
the resolution of the selected face 
would improve faster than the resolu- 
tion of the remaining portions of the 
photograph. Similarly, user B who is 
receiving the photograph, could identi- 
fy a second face that would also be 
transmitted faster and with higher reso- 
lution. Transmission times and storage 
requirements thus can be reduced. 
Other applications for this invention 
include digital cameras and digitally 
reproduced motion pictures. 

The university hit a milestone of 
inventiveness in 1998 by reaching the 
100 mark for new inventions disclosed 
by researchers in one year. The Office of 
Liaison's technolo- 
gy transfer rate is 
one of the highest 
in the nation, 
licensing one tech- 
nology for every 
two disclosed. 
This places the 
University of 
Maryland 14th out 
of 13 1 research 
universities sur- 
veyed by the 
Association of 
Technology Managers. 

In the past 12 years, the Office of 
Technology Liaison has licensed more 
than 363 university inventions to indus- 
try, resulting in 91 products on the mar- 
ket. These technologies so far have 
earned $14-7 million for the university. 
Many of the technologies have been cre- 
ated from partnerships between the uni- 
versity, government and industry. 
Products that have resulted from such 
collaborations include a high-speed 
Internet access service produced with 
the Maryland-based Hughes Network 
Systems, a poultry vaccine created with 
Delaware-based Intervet, Inc., and an 
energy-saving refrigerator designed with 
die EPA and South Korean-based 
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. In addi- 
tion, the Office of Technology Liaison has 
worked with university inventors to cre- 
ate a total of 10 new businesses with 
annual sales of $3 million. 

The university hit a 

milestone of 

inventiveness in 1998 by 

reaching the 100 mark 

for new inventions 

disclosed by researchers 

in one year. 

6 Outlook April 27. 1999 

GRID Mentor of the Year 

President Dan Mote congratulates Mark Turner, professor of English, who was named Faculty 
Mentor of the Year at the Graduate Research Interaction Day (GRID) luncheon held In Colony 
Ballroom of Stamp Union on April 22. Turner was nominated for the honor by a number of stu- 
dents who praised his commitment and caring, both in and out of the classroom. This was the 
first year for the award, given by the Graduate Student Government. 

Study Reveals Higher Cigarette Prices 
Reduce Smoking By Pregnant Women 

Higher cigarette prices increase the number 
of pregnant women who quit smoking and also 
improve the birth weight of the babies born to 
those women, according to a new study pub- 
lished in the April issue of the Journal of Public 
Economics. The study shows that every 10 per- 
cent increase in cigarette prices results in a 5 
percent drop in smoking rates among pregnant 

"Many women quit smoking during pregnan- 
cy," according to one of the authors, economics 
professor William N Evans of the University of 
Maryland. "This study shows that an additional 
number of women would quit if cigarette prices 
were to go up during pregnancy. 

"The good news is that the drop in smoking 
rates by pregnant women in response to higher 
cigarette prices results in an increase in the 
birth weight of the babies born to these 
women," Evans says. "The bad news is that the 
pregnant women who continue to smoke don't 
smoke any less because of the higher prices." 

Jeanne Ringcl of Louisiana State University co- 
authored the study. Evans and Ringel examined 
smoking rates among women who gave birth 
before and after state tax hikes. Based on this 
study, the authors estimated a $ 1 . 10 increase in 
cigarette prices would reduce maternal smoking 
rates by about 30 percent and reduce the rate of 
low birth weights by about 5 percent. 

The study, funded by the Substance Abuse 
Policy Research Program of The Robert Wood 
Johnson Foundation, is the first to show that 
pregnant women are responsive to changes in 
cigarette prices. 

The data for this study came from nearly 10 
million births in the national Natality Detail File 
of the National Center for Health Statistics 

which contains pregnancy and birth-related 
information, including information about birth 
outcomes, demographic characteristics and 
maternal smoking. 

The three most important behavioral risk fac- 
tors associated with low birth weight are low 
maternal prepregnancy weight, low maternal 
weight gain during pregnancy, and maternal 
smoking during pregnancy. 

"Several medical experts have estimated that 
cigarette smoking accounts for up to 20 percent 
of all low birth weight in the country," Evans 

Other factors that might affect birth weight 
are age and race of the mother, sex of the infant, 
mother's educational level, marital status, and 
the level of prenatal care received by the mother 
during pregnancy. The effect of rising cigarette 
prices was independent of these factors. 

Some groups argue that increasing cigarette 
prices in one region may encourage smokers to 
purchase cigarettes across borders in other areas 
where prices may be lower. 

"The higher quit-rate among pregnant women 
can be seen even after accounting for cross-bor- 
der purchases," Evans says. "In fact, we also took 
into account the potential effect of clean indoor 
air laws on smoking by pregnant women, and 
were still able to observe the impact of rising 
cigarette prices on smoking rates among preg- 
nant women." 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's 
Substance Abuse Policy Research Program is a 
$29 million initiative and provides funds for vari- 
ous research projects that examine public and 
private policies related to tobacco, alcohol and 
illicit drug use. 

unique educational oppor- 
tunity, and they are in turn 

NASA Chooses Gemstone 

Students to Help Develop Mars 

Exploration Plan 

A team of students in the University of Maryland's 
Gemstone Program has been selected to help form busi- 
ness plans for the future exploration of Mars. 

The Gemstone group was one of six teams chosen as 
part of the inaugural "NASA Means Business Student 
Competition," a nerw national program that direcdy 
involves university students in real NASA programs and 
missions. The Maryland students submitted a proposal to 
write a business plan for one role that a commercial enti- 
ty might play in the NASA Mars exploration strategy The 
business plan will be for a company that would develop 
on-site resource use on the surface of Mars. This "would 
provide space craft that have arrived on Mars with a 
place to refuel for its return trip to Earth, The business 
plan will address 
technological and tmmM ... 

economic consid We are providing the 

erations involved . 

in producing and students with a very 

stockpiling return 
fuel on Mars 
prior to the first 
human expedi- 

"""now .ha, ,he Providing us with valuable 

selection iiiis 

been made, the insight from their varying 

students are ... 

investigating academic backgrounds," 

issues of collabo- 
ration between — Bu ™* &**> director of the 
NASA and such 
an outside corpo- "NASA Means Business Student 

ration, a collabo- 
ration that would 
be imperative for 
future Mars 
exploration. The 

NASA Mars mission planners will review the team's work 
with the expectations of incorporating it into the official 
NASA Mars Exploration Business Plan. 

"Joint ventures between NASA and private industry 
will become increasingly prominent in the future of 
space exploration and this reality was key in the forming 
of our proposal," says Dan Ragan, leader of the Gemstone 
student team. "Due to the government funding situation, 
the only realistic avenue to pursue was an independent 

According to Burke Fort, director of the competition, 
the program will benefit both the students involved as 
well as NASA. "We are providing the students with a very 
unique educational opportunity, and they, in turn, are 
providing us with valuable insight from their varying aca- 
demic backgrounds," adds Fort, a member of the Texas 
Space Consortium. 

Members of the Gemstone team have majors ranging 
from business to computer engineering to criminal jus- 
tice. NASA will view the students' work in May, when all 
those involved in the program will travel to Houston for 
a final presentation. 

The University of Maryland's Gemstone Program 
attracts some of the nation's top students. Students in 
the program spend all four of their college years in multi- 
disciplinary teams addressing some of society's most 
pressing problems in areas such as energy efficient trans- 
portation, urban housing, and waste management and dis- 
posal- The teams consist of about a dozen undergraduates 
drawn from engineering, business and management, 
behavioral and social sciences, and the humanities. The 
teams take special courses and meet weekly during each 
academic year to work on the solution to the problem 
they have selected. Their work culminates in a book- 
length senior team thesis that is reviewed by faculty advi- 
sors and selected high-level industry experts. 


April 27, 1999 Outlook 7 

Engineering Friendships for Life 

RSVC Volunteers Help Students with their Studies 

Friends since 1946, Mosher and Stern have tutored University of Maryland mechanical engineering 
students for more than twenty years. 

Inside room 1 103 of the Engineering 
Classroom building, two retired meclianical engi- 
neering professionals, Ernest Mosher and Jesse 
Stern, eagerly share enlightening information 
with students who are having difficulties with 
homework assignments. But the students rushing 
in receive more than class help from the tutors - 
they often end up with two new friends. 

"The student comes to the university to get 
an education, but when the student comes in 
here, he/she gets a friend," says Stern. "We are 
here to help students and we enjoy them as 
people," he adds. 

Every Tuesday and Wednesday, from noon to 
4pm, Mosher and Stern, friends themselves 
since 1946, have dedicated their time and 
knowledge to helping students in the field of 
mechanical engineering. Their friendship devel- 
oped after World War II, while working for the 

Ernest Mosher and lesse Stern 

same organization in Washington DC. 

Since 1978, after hearing about an announce- 
ment requesting volunteers to tutor mechanical 
engineering students, Mosher and Stern began 
tutoring at the university at night.Then, when 
they retired from their professions in 1 980, they 
decided to commit more of their time to students 
at the University of Maryland campus. "The future 
needs all the help it can get," jokes Mosher. 

As participants of the Retired Volunteer 

Service Corps (RVSC), Mosher and Stern, along 
with another colleague Bill Rowland have 
enjoyed being there for the students. "We give 
them a shoulder to cry on if they need it," says 
Stern. And because of the mutual commitment 
to education diese men hold, students are able 
to increase their understanding about certain 
problems, which may seem frustrating and con- 
fusing at first. 

The tutoring service, provided by the depart- 
ment of engineering, is available throughout the 
week. Quite a number of students take advan- 
tage of the opportunity. In a typical afternoon, 
Mosher and Stern tutor from four to 34 stu- 
dents. "We are committed to taking care of all 
students who come in," says Stern. "And it does- 
n't cost them anything to come in," he adds. 

Students are welcomed the moment that they 
enter room 1 103, the tutoring center, because 
Mosher and Stern provide a 
friendly and helpful environ- 
ment, "It is open door, there are 
no appointments," says Mosher. 
Mosher and Stern have 
enjoyed sharing their knowl- 
edge with students who are 
pursuing a career in mechani- 
cal engineering. "We like it 
here," says Stern, "The students 
here are well educated, they 
work hard and they are a plea- 
sure to work with." 
According to Stern, the most 
positive and significant change 
diat has occurred over the 
years is the increasing number 
of women who are pursuing 
and are greatly interested in 
the profession of mechanical 

"There are a lot of great, competent female 
engineers and they are going to be great com- 
petitors for the male engineers, says Stern. 

For Mosher and Stern, passing on secrets of 
success and beneficial skills to students is more 
than volunteer work. "It's been fun," says Stern. 


Mickey Moscynski, a grad- 
uate student in scenic 
design, was recently award- 
ed the 1999 Jim Henson 
Award for Projects Related 
to Puppetry. He will official- 
ly receive the award on 
April 24, Maryland Day at • 
the university. 

Moscynski was given the 
award in support for his 
work as a puppet designer 
for University Theatre's 
1999-2000 production of 
"The Fable of Macbeth."The 
production is an original 
adaptation of Shakespeare's 

Moscynski s recent cred- 
its include his work as 
scenic designer for 
University Theatre's produc- 
tion of "Picasso at the Lap in 
Agile." In the past, he has 
also worked as scenic artist 
for the Weston Playhouse in 
Vermont and scenic design- 
er for the production 
"Dancing at Lughnasa" at the 
University of Miami in 
Oxford, Ohio. 

"The Fable of Macbeth* 
will premiere Feb. 23, 2000. 
In Tawes Theatre. 

Two faculty members 
and two alumni at the 
Department of Theatre were 
recently nominated for the 
1999 Helen Hayes awards, 
given each year to outstand- 
ing accomplisliments in dra- 
matic productions in the 
Washington, D.C. area. 

Daniel MacLean Wagner, 
associate professor in light- 
ing design and director of 
undergraduate studies, 
received two nominations 
for lighting design in a resi- 
dent production for 
"Nijinsky's Last Dance" at 
Signature Theatre. Wagner 
has been nominated for 
Helen Hayes awards 18 
times in the past, and has 
won five times for 
Outstanding lighting 

Daniel Conway, an assis- 
tant professor in scenic 
design, has been nominated 
for set design in a resident 
production for August 
Wilson's "Seven Guitars" at 
Studio Theatre. His recent 
credits include the 
University Theatre produc- 
tion of "Les Liaisons 
Natasha Djuktc and Zeljko 
Djukic. both alumni of the 
Department of Theatre, were 
nominated for their work on 

"Quartet," an Open Theatre 
andTUTA (The Utopian 
Theatre Asylum) production. 
Natasha was nominated for 
costume design in a resident 
production, and Zeljko was 
nominated for outstanding 
director in a resident pro- 
duction. Recently, the two 
collaborated on the 
University Theatre's produc- 
tion, "The Seagull." 

Three students, Melanie 
Freed, Bryan Osbom and 
Maria Pletneva, have won 
Barry M. Goldwater scholar- 
ships in science and mathe- 
matics.This competitive 
national scholarship is 
awarded annually to out- 
standing sophomores or 
juniors who demonstrate 
excellent potential for suc- 
cessful research careers in 
their chosen fields within 
the natural sciences, mathe- 
matics, or engineering. 

This year 304 scholar- 
ships were awarded from a 
field of nearly 1200 students 
nominated nationwide. This 
is the first year dtat three 
Goldwater scholars were 
chosen from the University 
of Maryland. 

Freed, a double major In 
astronomy and physics, 
intends to earn a Ph.D. in 
astronomy and pursue a 
research career at NASA. She 
is currently working with 
Ronald Oliversen at NASA 
Goddard Space Flight 
Center, studying the atmos- 
phere of the Jovian moon. 

Osborn, a double major 
in physics and mathematics, 
plans to earn a graduate 
degree and pursue his inter- 
est in computational 
physics. He is currendy 
doing research at the 
Institute for Plasma 
Research on campus with 
Add Hassam and Richard 

Pletneva is a double 
major in biochemistry and 
biology with a specialization 
in cell and molecular biolo- 
gy and genetics. She plans to 
earn both M.D. and Ph.D. 
degrees so she can pursue a 
career in clinical and labora- 
tory research, Pletneva has 
been working with Kim 
Green at the National 
Institutes of Health, studying 
human caliciviruses, a 
causative agent of gastroen- 

8 Outlook April 27, 1999 

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Members of the number 5 
ranked men's basketball team 
and other student-athletes 
from the University of 
Maryland welcomed about 175 
at-risk youth to campus on 
April 16, for the Seventh 
Annual National Student 
Athlete Day. 

Youth from Baltimore, 
Charles and Prince George's 
counties and Baltimore City 
arrived at the university and 
were greeted by student-ath- 
letes who led campus tours 
through the libraries, dorms, 
the recreation center, dining 
halls and other notable spots. 

After lunch, non-contact 
sports competitions were held 
in the Armory, followed by an 
awards ceremony Obinna 
Ekezie and Chrissle Winters, a 
University of Maryland alumna 
and assistant coach for the 
women's basketball team, par- 

ticipated in the ceremony 

The event was sponsored 
by the Criminology Alumni 
Chapter, the Department of 
Athletics and the Returning 
Athletes program. 

Donn Davis, president-elect 
of the university's Criminology 
Alumni Chapter and area direc- 
tor for the Department of 
Juvenile Justice, says: "We look 
at this as a prevention pro- 
gram, as a way to help kids 
who are struggling with moti- 
vation and learning in school. 
These kids are looking toward 
high school and the opportuni- 
ty to play athletics, and we're 
sending the positive message 
that athletics and education go 
hand in hand." 

Over the past five years 
Davis has expanded Student 
Athlete Day at the university 
from 30 at-risk students to 
more than 1 50. 

Sophomore men's basketball forward Terence Morris signs autographs for local youth. 

Childen's Activities Needed 

The Lakeland Stars and the 
College Park Scholars Advocates For 
Children Program are currently 
looking for participants for their 
program. Lakeland Stars is an after- 
school tutoring/mentoring program 
for some 20 second to sixth grade 

from the Maryland day 

School who 
meet after 
school with 
their tutors 
on Mondays 

from 3:30- 
5:30 p.m. 

that could present the students and 
their tutors with a hands-on and 
fun-filled multicultural activity are 
needed for Mondays. Previous activ 
ities have included origami, Cuban 
singing and dancing and flag-mak- 

Engaging, fun-filled activities, not 
necessarily educational or multicul- 
tural, are needed for Thursdays. 


If interested in filling any of the 
days through the end of the semes- 
ter, contact Marc Weiser at (301) 
474-9560 or 

Documenting Maryland Day 

Have you ever dreamed of being 
an archivist and preserving histo- 
ry? Here's your chance!! Please 

help the 
19 9 9 University 

Archives docu- 
ment all the 
activities of 
our first-ever 
Maryland Day 
by sending 
copies of any 
posters or 
other open 
house items 
you have produced to: 

Anne Turkos, University Archivist, 
Archives and Manuscripts 
Department, McKeldin Library. 

Thank you in advance for your 
help in creating a record of this 
landmark University of Maryland 
event. If you have any questions 
about this documentation effort or 
the holdings of the University 

Archives, please contact Anne 

TUrkos at 405-9060 or e-mail to 
at 1, 

Service-Learning UTAs Sought 

In fall 1999, the Center for 
Teaching Excellence and 
Community Service Programs will 
pilot the Undergraduate Teaching 
Assistant in Service-Learning 

The purpose of the program is to 
provide assistance to faculty who 
integrate service-learning into their 
teaching, help students explore the 
art of teaching, especially using ser- 
vice-learning pedagogy, support stu- 
dents and faculty as partners in con- 
necting service-learning theory and 

Faculty and students may apply 
in pairs or individually. Faculty who 
apply individually will be matched 
with qualified students. 

Faculty seeking service-learning 
UTAs need not have prior service- 
learning experience. Faculty men- 
tors will have the opportunity to 
meet together three times during 
the semester to discuss successes, 
challenges and strategies in imple- 
menting service-learning. 

Applications are available at 

<www inform.> 
Completed applications are due by 
May 1 5. For more information, con- 
tact Marie Troppe, coordinator of 
service-learning, at 314-5387 or e- 

Electronic Workplace 
Readiness Classes 

The Division of Administrative 
Affairs is offering classes designed 
to prepare campus staff for the elec- 
tronic workplace. These three- and 
one-half-hour classes are led by 
industry professionals and will focus 
on developing the basic Windows 
and Netscape browsing skills that 
are essential for the electronic 
workplace. The cost is $50, payable 
to the Department of Personnel 
Services via an ISR, which can be 
brought to the class.The classes will 
be in the new Pa tapsco Training 
Facility and are being offered on 
two dates:Thursday, April 29,8:30 
a.m. - noon or 1-4:30 p.m., and 
Thursday, May 13, 8:30 a.m. - noon 
or 1-4:30 p.m. To enroll, call the 
ACC Help Desk at 405-7763.