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The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper Crosscurrents 99, 

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Some of the stately Willow Oaks gracing McKeldin Mall soon will be gone. 
See the story on page 2 for more details. 




New Laser Instrument Enables 
University and NASA to Study Forests 




A NASA research air- 
craft will fly over selected 
U.S. forests this month with 
an innovative laser instru- 
ment to find out for trie first 
time just how much vegetation 
these forests contain. When 
this technology is launched 
into space next year aboard 
the NASA/University of 
Maryland Vegetation 
Canopy Lklar (VCL) 
spacecraft, it will create 
the first global maps of 
forest vegetation. 
Scientists will use 
these maps to mon- 
itor the health of 



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VCL 



Vegetation 
— Canopy 
Lidar 



forests and the capacity of forests to absorb car- 
bon dioxide from the atmosphere. 

The VCL mission scientists will be led by 
University of Maryland geographer Ralph 
Dubayah.The university's geography department 
will house command-and-control and data pro- 
cessing operations for the VCL mission. 

The new instrument uses a sensor technolo- 
gy known as lidar (Tight detection and ranging) 
that other missions have used to map the sur- 
face of Mars and coastal erosion on Earth. The 
unique adaptation of this technology onboard 
VCL will accurately map the ground hidden 
beneath dense fotests while also measuring the 
structure and density of the forests themselves. 
VCL observations will aid scientists studying 
global climate change and monitoring forest 
ecosystems around the world. 

The aircraft flights will map portions of 
three forests with the Laser Vegetation 
Imaging Sensor (LVIS), built at NASA's 
Goddard Space Flight Center (Green- 
belt). Flying aboard a NASA Wallops 
Flight Facility C-130 aircraft, LVIS will 
map forests in Maryland, North Carolina, 
and New Hampshire beginning Sept. 16. 
Mapping in California's Sequoia National 
Forest starts Sept. 28. The LVIS flights 
over the Costa Rican rain forest were the 
first time remote sensing has been used 
to produce fine scale measurements of 
forest canopy height and structure and 



Proposed NASA Funding 
Cuts Could Deal Major 
Blow to Univ. Research 



Continued on page 6 



The almost $1 billion in 
cuts to NASA funding currently 
under discussion in Congress 
would deal a devastating blow 
to NAvSA-funded science and 
technology research, say 
University President Dan Mote 
and leading researchers at the 
university. If enacted, local 
impacts of these reductions 
would include damaging the 
university and other leading 
research institutions in the 
area and negatively affecting 
regional economic growth and 
business development, they 
say. 

"The consequences of these 
cuts on the nation's research 
and scientific efforts would be 
extraordinarily 
painful and far- 
reaching," says 
Mote."Weareln"* 
the midst of an 
extraordinary peri- 
od of scientific and 
technological 
advances. Now is a 
terrible time to 
bring those to a 
halt." 

Mote also notes 
the impact on 
research programs 
at the University of 
Maryland would be 
particularly great 
because Maryland 
is one of the insti- 
tutions that NASA 
turns to most fre- 
quently for cutting- 
edge research in the earth and 
space sciences. 

According to university fig- 
ures, during fiscal year 1999 
the University of Maryland in 
College Park was awarded 
almost $41 million in NASA 
research grants and contracts. 
The university has a particular- 
ly strong relationship with 
NASA's Goddard Space Flight 
Center in Greenbelt and 
Goddard would be hit very 
strongly by the proposed cuts. 
NASA says the proposed cuts 
in funding would result in the 
reduction or outright elimina- 
tion of many future science 
and technology programs at 
Goddard. The resulting reduc- 
tions to Goddard s budget dur- 



ing the next five years could 
be greater than $2 billion, 
according to the agency. 
"The proposed cuts to 
NASA's budget will have a dev- 
astating impact on research 
programs in the state, not only 
at the University of Maryland, 
but at other institutions as 
well," says University of 
Maryland astronomer Michael 
A'Hearn.Tor example, the cuts 
not only will eliminate our 
own Deep Impact mission to 
study the interior of a comet, 
which was just selected for 
NASA funding this summer, 
they also will eliminate mis- 
sions to be developed by The 
Johns Hopkins University. The 



"The consequences of these 
cuts on the nation's research 
and scientific efforts would be 
extraordinarily painful and far- 
reaching. We are in the midst 
of an extraordinary period of 
scientific and technological 
advances. Now is a terrible 
time to bring those to a halt." 

— President Dan Mote 



cuts also will have a devastat- 
ing effect on the basic research 
programs carried out here, at 
Hopkins and at Goddard as 
there are many researchers at 
each of these institutions who 
rely on NASA's Research and 
Analysis funding for their basic 
research programs." 

The university's department 
of geography is heavily 
involved in many aspects of 
NASA's efforts to use satellite 
imaging technologies to fur- 
ther study of the Earth and of 
processes such as global warm- 
ing. Department chair Samuel 
Goward says the proposed cuts 
to NASA's budget would essen- 

Continued on page 2 



2 Outlook September 14, 1999 




Stately Willows to Be Removed, Replaced 



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"Indeed, the tens of thousands 
of polygraph screening exams administered by the C.I.A., the 
F.B.I, and the National Security Agency have yet to uncover a 
single spy,"— Robert L Parks, professor of physics, in a July 
12 op ed piece in the New York Times arguing that planned 
polygraph examinations will not help to tighten security at 
Los Alamos National Laboratory. 

"The focus of the strip is race, just like the focus of 'Dilbert' is 
cubicles." — Maryland alumnus Aaron McGruder, in a July 5 
Newsweek story about bis controversial comic strip 
"Boondocks," syndicated in nearly 200 newspapers across 
tbe country. 

"These days, young people tend to marry later, after they have 
completed their education and have a better idea of who 
they are. Because they have seen so much divorce, many want 
to be very sure before making such a big decision. Studies 
show they want marriage to be a partnership, with equality 
between men and women, and to be emotionally satisfying in 
ways never dreamed of by their parents, let alone grandpar- 
ents."— Douglas Besbarov, professor of public affairs, in a 
July 14 New York Times op ed piece disputing recent studies 
claiming that marriage rates are dotvn. 

"If the parties cannot agree on something like who's going to 
be ambassador to the U.N., how could they possibly agree on 
Social Security? Overall, the level of mistrust between the two 
parties is probably about as high as it's been since the Truman 
presidency." — Eric Uslaner, political science professor, in a 
July 15 Los Angeles Times story about tbe difficulties ahead 
in fashioning political compromises in Washington. 

"Joke-telling allows us to get away with saying things that are 
taboo, impolite, politically incorrect. Internet jokes lose that 
value because the teller doesn't have the personal commit- 
ment to the joke. People send whole strings of jokes they 
have no commitment to." — Lawrence Mintz, associate profes- 
sor of American Studies and director of the Art Kliner 
Center for Humor Studies, in a July 15 New York Times fea- 
ture about the saturation of the Internet with jokes. 

"The violent lunar birth suggested by the Apollo evidence 
caused people to suddenly start thinking about ideas that 
were out of bounds before. There was a general change in 
thinking about catastrophic events." — Stephen Brush, 
Distinguished University Professor of the history of science, 
in a July 20 New York Times story about tbe impact of the 
Apollo moon exploration program on scientific assump- 
tions about tbe origins of the universe, 

"My gender is interesting, but really not the subject of the story 
here."— Carieton S."Carly" Fiorina, Maryland MBA graduate, 
in a July 20 Washington Post feature about her historic 
appointment as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, becoming the first 
woman to bead one of tbe 30 companies that make up tbe 
Dow Jones industrial average. Fiorina's appointment - and 
Maryland background - also made tbe New York Times, wire 
services and newspapers all over the country. 

"This shows the megalodon was not just a large version of 
the great white shark. It was a far more direct and powerful 
creature, and it is probably fortunate for us that we have not 
seen its like for millions of years."— Bretton Kent, entomolo- 
gy instructor, in a June 13 London (England) Times story 
about new research on tbe largest shark ever to roam the 
oceans, wbicb reached lengths of 60 feet and weighed up to 
65 tons. 



Despite the university's 
best efforts to preserve 
them, four of the stately 
Willow Oaks gracing 
McKeldin Mall will have to 
be removed. The trees, which 
assistant director of grounds 
maintenance Kevin Brown 
estimates were planted in 
the 1940s, are either dead or 
dying and present a potential 
hazard to property and 
pedestrians. Replacement 
trees will be planted shortly 
after the four are removed. 

Christopher Klimas, a 
licensed tree expert with The 
DaveyTree Expert Company 
in Gaithersburg, evaluated 
the oaks last July. Klimas says 
root damage resulting from 
major construction projects 
on the mall in the 1980s has 
caused many of the trees' 
root systems to decline. "This 
has allowed opportunities for 
root rotting fungi to invade 
the trees' roots and trunks," 
he says. 

The four Willow Oaks- 
there are approximately 70 
shading the mall — are locat- 
ed in front of Marie Mount 
Hall. All four, says Klimas, are 
exhibiting root and trunk 
decay beyond tolerable lim- 
its, "The structural integrity 
has been gready compro- 
mised and these trees are 
likely to fail in the near future," 
he says. 

Two of the trees are severely 
decayed at their bases, says 
Klimas, and one, the victim of 
lightning some seven years ago, 




Four of the Willow Oaks located In front of Marie Mount Hall are dead 
or dying and are stated to be removed very soon. 



never recovered.The fourth oak 
also is "under considerable 
drought stress and is being 
attacked by oak borers," says 
Klimas. 

Brown says removal of the 



trees is slated to occur in the 
next few weeks, during a non- 
home football game weekend. 
Replacement planting will take 
place soon after. 



Cuts to NASA Funding 
Damaging to Research 



continued from page 1 

t ially bring to a halt effective 
use of satellite imaging for the 
study of die Earth. 

"These reductions would 
cut the heart out of NASA's 
efforts to make remote imaging 
a key tool for earth system sci- 
entists " Goward says. 

Massive cuts to NASA's bud- 
get were first proposed July 26, 
1999 when the House 
Appropriations Subcommittee 
forVA, HUD and Independent 
Agencies passed a funding bill 
that cut NASA's budget 10 per- 



cent below President Clinton's 
request for Fiscal Year 2000, 
and 1 1 percent below the FY 
1999 authorization. Of the 
$1,325 billion reduction, more 
than 60 percent was taken 
from NASA's science and future 
technology accounts. 

On August 3, the full 
Appropriations Committee 
restored some of these cuts. 
The NASA budget that has 
been sent to the House floor in 
H.R.2684 still contains $925 
million in cuts, primarily aimed 
at science and technology. 



Correction 

Last week's article about 
the renovated Career Center 
incorrecdy stated the date for 
the grand opening celebra- 
tion. The grand opening takes 
place Wednesday, Sept. 29 
from 4-7 p.m. 



Outlook 



Outlook is the weekly faculty-staff newspaper serving tfie 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; Erin Madison, Editorial Intern. Letters to the editor, story suggestions and campus information are welcome. Please submit ail 
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 
Qutlook@accmail.umd.edu; fax {301) 314-9344. Outlook can be found online at www.lnform.umd.edu/outlook/ 



September 14, 1999 Outlook 3 




RAD-ical Approach to 
Self Defense 

The University of 
Maryland Police 
Department (UMPD) is 
committed to providing 
the safest environment 
possible. With this in 
mind, the department is 
again offering Rape 
Aggression Defense 
classes during the Fall 
1999 semester. Rape 
Aggression Defense 
Systems or RAD, is an 
international self 
defense organization. 
RAD differs from 
other self defense 
programs in that it 
offers a free life- 
time return and 
practice policy. 

The program begins 
with a personal safety discussion, which 
includes information focusing on awareness and risk reduc- 
tion. Student participation and information sharing is encour- 
aged. Topics include safety in the home, in the car and while 
traveling, as well as current hot issues such as "Should I carry 
pepper spray?" 

The majority of the time is spent practicing physical self 
defense techniques for all types of confrontations using differ- 
ent levels of force. Participation is 
not mandatory, but is strongly 
encouraged. You can work at 
your own pace. Prior experi- 
ence Is not necessary. 

The program concludes 
with a simulated attack. A well- 
padded officer confronts stu- 
dents to allow them the 
chance to practice the tech- 
niques they have learned to 
defend themselves. The 
chance to actually use the 
techniques and strike with 
maximum force against an 
attacker while being 

\ S— '--- videotaped for later review 

can be a tremendous confidence builder. 
Television, movies and today's society have conditioned 
women to believe they can't successfully defend themselves 
against a larger, stronger attacker. During this program, 
women ■will come to understand they can successfully 
defend themselves against an opponent 

This program is being Offered primarily to University of 
Maryland students, faculty and staff. However, if a class is not 
full, the UMPD will open it to off-campus women for $25. If 
you are interested in signing up for a RAD class, but cannot 
attend one of the classes listed below, please call to be 
added to a waiting list. At the beginning of each semester, 
the class schedule is mailed to everyone on the list allowing 
wait-listers first chance to sign up for a class before it 
becomes full. Classes are limited to 20 students. 

To register, please call 405-3555 or visit the UMPD web 
site; www.umpd.umd.edu. 

Fall 1999 Schedule of FULD. Classes 
Class 91: Sundays Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3 & 10 

Noon to 3:30 p:m. 

Class 92: Thursdays Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7 & 14 

6 to 9:30 p.m. 

Class 93: Wednesdays Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13 & 20 

6-9:30 p.m. 

Class 94: Wednesdays Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10 & 1 7 

6-9:30 p.m. \ 

Additional classes may be added. Please check the web 
site for updates. 



Sears Directors' Cup Analysis Shows 
Terps Get More for the Money 




For the second straight season, University of 
Maryland sports teams finished among the 
nation's top 25 institutions in scoring for the 
Sears Directors' Cup.Wliat was most impressive 
about the Terrapins' 19th-place showing in 
1997-98 and 24th-place effort in 1998-99 is the 
manner in which they have remained competi- 
tive with the country's most elite and most 
powerful athletic programs. 

The Terps boast a broad-based athletics 
department which last year included 24 varsity 
sports. A 25th, women's golf, was added this 
fall. Only eight other schools in the Sears Cup 
top 25, and only 10 others in the top 40, boast 
as many sports to spread its annual operating 
budget. 

Further, only six schools among top 25 insti- 
tutions averaged fewer operat- 
ing dollars per sport than the 
Terps, as reflected in a recent 
survey among schools. The only 
schools with lower operating 
budgets per sport were Notre 
Dame, California, Arizona State, 
ACC rivals Duke and North 
Carolina, and five-time Sears 
Directors Cup champion 
Stanford. 

Right, and above, is a look at 
the survey results: 



More Points for the Money 


(Fewer Operating 


Dollars Per Sport 


among Top 25 Institutions) 


School 


Dollars Spent Per Sport 


l.Duke 


$880,769.23 


2. California 


$900,000.00 


3. Stanford 


$939,393.94 


4. Notre Dame . 


$946,153.85 


5- Arizona State 


$980,952.38 


6. North Carolina 


$1,028,571.43 


7. Maryland 


$1,041,666.67 


S.Virginia 


$1,045,454.55 


9. Washington 


$1,126,086.96 


10. Arkansas 


$1,333,33333 



Broad-Based Success 

(Sears Cup Points Per Sport, among Top 25 

Institutions with 24 or More Sports) 

Points Earned 



School 


Sears Cup Points 


'98-99 Sports 


Per Sport 


1. Stanford 


970 


33 


29.394 


2. Penn State 


600 


27 


22.222 


3. Duke 


510 


26 


19.615 


4. Nebraska 


420 


24 


17.500 


5. North Carolina 370 


28 


13214 


6. Maryland 


310 


24 


12.917 


7. California 


320 


27 


11.852 


8. Ohio State 


410 


35 


11.714 


9. Notre Dame 


300 


26 


11538 



All budget figures are approximate, as provided in an informal survey of ath- 
letics business offices at respective institutions. Figures reflect operating budgets 
' for the 1998-99 school calendar, and include allocations for scfmtarsbips and 
salaries. Survey conducted by the University of Maryland department of inter- 
collegiate athletics. 



Calculating Whiz Works Mathematical Wonders 



Faster than a speeding calcu- 
lator, and the world's foremost 
performer of mental arithmetic, 
Arthur Benjamin comes to cam- 
pus Saturday, Sept. 25 to pre- 
sent "Mathemagics: The Art of 
Mental Calculating," 4 to 5 p.m. 
in Room 0200 Skinner Hail. 

Benjamin, professor of math- 
ematics at Harvey Mudd 
College, has performed live all 
over die country and on numer- 
ous TV talk shows. He has been 
the- subject of investigation by a 
cognitive psychologist at 
Carnegie Mellon University and 
is featured in a book called 
"The Great Mental Calculators: 
The Psychology, Methods, and 
Lives of Calculating Prodigies." 

This free program, open to 
all, is cosponsored by the 
University of Maryland Honors 
Program, the Computer Science 
Department and the National 
Capital Area Skeptics. Call 405- 
6771 for more information. 




Arthur Benjamin performs mental arithmetic. 



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Your Guide to University Events 
September 14-23 



September 14 



5:306:30 p.m."VTCTORweb 
Workshop" an introduction to 
using VICTORWeb, the Libraries' 
Web-based catalog and online peri- 
odical databases, 4133 McKcldin 
Library. 5-9070. 

6-7:30 p.m. "Getting to Know Your 
WAM Account," is designed to 
introduce WAM account holders to 
the concepts involved in using 
their accounts. The class covers 
receiving and sending email, delet- 
ing mail, and participating in elec- 
tronic discussion groups. Perfect 
for those who have just begun 
using their WAM accounts. 3330 
Computer & Space Sciences Bldg. 
5-2938 or register at 
< www. inform . untd, ed u/PT> . 

6-9 p.m. "Introduction to Windows 
9 5, "introduces the Windows oper- 
ating system. Concepts covered 
include how to move around in a 
window, use menus, find files, use 
help, copy files, format floppy 
disks, create folders, create and , 
manage files for use with Windows 
applications.4404 Computer & 
Space Sciences Bldg. 5-2938 or 
register at <www. inform. 
umd.edu/PT>.' 



September 15 



11 :35 a.m. -12:45 p.m. Black 
Campus Ministries Program: 
"Sweet Hour of Prayer," a Campus- 
Wide Prayer Service. Memorial 
Chapel. 4-7759 or 5-9005. 

1 p.m. Senior University Art Show 
and Open House, presented by 
Passageways Art Studios, Inc. Art 
work by 1 3 professional artists 
will be on display and Linda 
Uphoff will give a talk, plus 
answer questions. 

7 p.m. "Writers Here and Now 
Reading Series "1998 Pulitzer 
Prize-winning poet Gerald Stern 
reads his work at the first reading 
of the Writers Here and Now 
Series, which is celebrating its 
30th year on campus. Special 
Events Room, McKcldin Library. 
5-3820 or dbl88@umail. umd.edu. 



September 16 



9:30-10:30 a.m. "Numerical 
Seminar." Pedro Morin discusses 
oscillation and convergence of 
adaptive FEMfor elliptic PDE. 3206 
Math Bldg. 5-5108 or 
rhn@math.umd.edu. 

4:306:30 p.m. "Navigating the 
WebCT Environment," is for stu- 
dents who are enrolled in courses 
at the university which have inte- 
grated WebCT into the class envi- 
ronment. In it students will learn 
to navigate course content, partici- 
pate in bulletin boards and chat 



rooms, and develop presentation 
materials in group project space. 
4404 Computer & Space Sciences 
Bldg. 5-2938 or register at 
< www. inform .umd.edu/IT> 

3:304:30 p.m. "VICTORWeb 

Workshop," an introduction to using 
VICTOKWeh, the Libraries Web-based 
catalog and online periodical databas- 
es; 4133 McKeldin ybrary. 5-9070. 

5-7:30 p.m. "Tenth Annual Animal 
Sciences Faculty Cook-Off 
Competition," Dishes may be made at 
home prior to competition; dishes 
may not be made by spouse, friend or 
acquaintance and students will sam- 
ple the dishes and be the official 
judges. Student Concourse of the 
Animal Sciences Center. 5-1366 

7-9 p.m. "Navigating the WebCT 
Environment," is for students who are 
enrolled in courses at the university 
which have integrated WebCT into 
the class environment. In it students 
will learn to navigate course content, 
participate in bulletin hoards and 
chat rooms, and develop presentation 
materials in group project space. 
4404 Computer & Space Sciences 
Bldg. 5-2938 or register at 
<www, inform . um d . edu/PT> 



September 18 



1-2 p.m. "VICTORWeb Workshop," an 
introduction to using VICTORWeb, 
the Libraries' Web-based catalog and 
online periodica] databases. 4133 
McKcldin Library. 5-9070. 

8-11 p.m. "Chris Gekker in Concert," 
featuring works by Eric Ewazen, 
David Snow and James Wintle. Ulrich 
Recital Hall. 5-5570.' 



September 19 



11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Lutheran terrapin 
Brunch ,* Discover a great group of 
students, faculty, staff and alumni 
while enjoying good conversation 
and food. Hope Lutheran Church and 
Student Center. 

5:30 p.m. School of Music Evcnt:"Art 
and Voice," featuring Carmen 
Balthrop, soprano: Jose Caceras, 
piano; and Richard Klank, artist. 
Ulrich Recital Hall. 5-7847.* 




"Utah," by Symmes Gardner is one of the works on display In The Art Gallery. 

Crosscurrents 99: Dissociativity 

The Art Gallery opens its 1 99900 
exhibition season with Dissociativity. 
Guest curated by Baltimore artist and 
freelance curator Tex Andrews, the 
exhibition features the artwork of 
John Ellsberry, Symmes Gardner, Gary 
Kachadourian, Sherry Seymour and 
Elizabeth Sidamon-Eristoff, and will be 
on display at the gallery until Oct. 16. 

Dissociativity addresses the idea 
that over the last 1 30 years, the 
processes of both formal and concep- 
tual critique have left us with a disas- 
sembled visual arts environment. As 
stated by the curator in his exhibi- 
tion statement, "No clear pattern, 
movements or trends under which 
artists and objects would normally 
cohere exist today." Artists are thus 
increasingly unable to identify with 
each over, leaving them to focus ever 
more intently on their own work. The 
artists in this exhibition display a 
sense of independence from any 
coherent background of aesthetic 
and conceptual issues. 

John Ellsberry's stained glass 
mosaics, reminiscent of Chuck Close's 
grid portraits, depict famous personalities such 
as Henry Kissinger, Greta Garbo and Jackie 
Kennedy Onassis. Elizabeth Sidamon-Eristoff, 
using oil on canvas and gouache on paper, pre- 
sents a remarkably intimate hyperrealism in 
her figurative work. Gary Kachadourian s tiny 
polychromatic woodcarvings depict scenes of 
everyday life with a humorous intricate style. 
Sherri Seymour's Polaroid-size black and white 




"Elizabeth Taylor," by John Ellsberry. 




photographs, taken from the artist's travels 
through ThaUand and the United States, depict 
solitary objects such as a cow skull or cactus. A 
video installation by Symmes Gardner consists 
of a seemingly unrelated set of visual and aural 
elements presented on various monitors scat- 
ted in the middle of the gallery. 

Crosscurrents is an annual exhibition show- 
casing the talent of regional artists and curators 
who live within a 100-mile radius of College 
Park. Each year, The Art Gallery selects an inde- 
pendent curator from outside the academic 
world to develop the theme for the 
Crosscurrents exhibition. By inviting input from 
outside the university, The Art Gallery seeks to 
engage a midtiplicity of viewpoints and provide 
exposure for a wide range of voices. 

The Art Gallery's hours are Monday through 
Friday from 1 1 a.m. - 4 p.m. ,Th'' relays 11 a.m. - 
9 p.m. and Saturdays 1 1 a.m. -5 p.m. For more 
information call 405-2763 or visit their website 
at www.tnform. umd.edu/ArtGal, 



"Cow Skull, Thailand," by Sherri Seymour. 



September 14, 1999 Outlook 5 



September 20 



1 1 a.m. - noon " VlCTORWeb 
Workshop,'* an introduction to using 
VlCTORWeb, the Libraries' Web- 
based catalog and online periodica! 
databases. 4133 McKeldin Library. 
5-9070. 

1 :3«-3 p.m-"OMSE Open House, 
Student Art Show, Menlor/Mentce of 
the Yea r Awards, arid Book 
Allowance Drawing," honors a men- 
tor who has supported, challenged 
and motivated his or her mentee.AII 
students may register for the mone- 
tary book allowance drawing by 
coming into the office or before the 
drawing. 1101 Hornbake Library. 5- 
5156. 

6-9 p.m. "Introduction to UNIX." 
4404 Computer and Space Sciences 
Dldg. Register at <www. inform. 
umd.edu/PT>.* 



September 21 



3 p .m "The Basics and Beyond: 
Steps in Library Research,™ covers 
learning how to define a research 
topic, and emphasizes selecting and 
searching databases to find periodi- 
cal articles and other materials 4133 
McKeldin Library 5-9070. 

4:30-5:30 p.m. "VlCTORWeb 
Workshop," an introduction to using 
VlCTORWeb, the Ubraries'Wcb-bascd 
catalog and online- periodical databas- 
es. 4133 McKeldin Library. 5-9070. 

6-9 p.m. "Introduction to Microsoft 
Word" 4404 Computer and Space 
Sciences Bldg. Register at 
< www. info rm . umd .ed u/FT> , * 



September 22 



10 a.m. "First Look Fair," university 
clubs and student organizations give 
information about themselves at this 
outdoor event. McKeldin Mall. 

2: 1 54: 1 5 p.m. OMSE Mentor/ 
Men tee Training Workshop. 
Maryland Room, Marie Mount Hail. 



September 23 



3:30-4:30. "Numerical Analysis 
Seminar." Lars B.Wahlhin will discuss 
the maximum norm stability in para- 
bolic finite element problems. .3206 
Math Bldg. 5-5108 or 
rhn@math.umd.edu. 

4:30-5:30 p.m. 3 p.m. "The Basics 
and Beyond: Steps in Library 
Research," covers learning how to 
define a research topic, and empha- 
sizes selecting and searching data- 
bases to find periodical articles and 
other materials 4133 McKeldin 
Library 5-9070. 

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 die public unless 
noted by an asterisk (*). Calendar 
information for Outlook is com- 
piled from a combination of 
inforM's master calendar and sub- 
missions to the Outlook office. 
To reach the calendar editor, call 
405-7M5 or e tr"il Qurlm>k@ 
accmail. umd.edu. 




University Health Center 



There's one building on campus that 
never Lakes a break. The University Health 
Center, situated opposite Stamp Student 
Union, plays caretaker to the university 
community all year round, even during the 
holiday period. 

On an average day, says director Maggie 
Bridwell, they see as many as 300 to 350 
people at the health center, and tliis does 
not include those coming to the many 
health education classes offered here. 

The health center was not always 
housed in its current premises. "It was 
more like a one-nurse, one-room facility," 
says Bridwell. University archivist Anne 
Turkos says the oldest record of medical 
services on campus dates back to 1901, 
when a facility called die "infirmary'' tised 
to be run out of Terrapin Hall. The hall was 
torn down in 1980. The current health 
center building came up in 1964. 

Bridwell joined just a few years later, in 
1970. It is her pioneering vision that has 
led to several changes and improvements 
here, making it a modern facility where 
students and staff can avail of services as 
current and diverse as acupuncture, mas- 
sage, sports medicine, dental health, 
women's health, anonymous HIV testing 
and mental health, among other things. 

And now, more additions and changes 
are in store. Plans for the addition of space 
and renovations to the health center are 
being considered by William "Bud" 
Thomas, vice president of Student Affairs. 
"We're almost going to double our space if 
the projected plans go through," Bridwell 
says. As the current location is extremely 
convenient, the health center will not 
move into another building. Instead, the 
current building will be expanded. 

Thomas, Bridwell says, suggested adding 
extra space at the back. Under the pro- 
posed plan, there will be an extra elevator 
on one side, steps on the other. Two of the 
stories will be in glass "so die re would be 
an open and bright look," Bridwell says. "A 
person who will be almost a traffic cop 
will sit at the front desk and send people 
where they want to go." 

There also will be more exam rooms 
and die different clinics will have tiieir 
own waiting spaces. "This building was 
built like a hospital," Bridwell says. "But 
that's not the philosophy of what we try 
to do "What's more, the lack of space 
keeps the health center from adding new 
services within the current space. "We 
keep adding stuff and I tell everybody to 
just come over, we'll find the space. But 
when they do, we're in trouble," she says. 

Some of the addidons in the recent past 
have included massage services and an 
acupuncture clinic. "The acupuncture clin- 
ic started last October. We have two 
acupuncture therapists working 20 hours 



a week each. While I 
thought it would mostly be 
faculty and staff, apparendy 
the better half is students," 
Bridwell says, adding that a 
couple of "high-powered 
people" at the university 
have been to the clinic. 

Bridwell takes a keen 
interest in alternative medi- 
cine, or "integrative medi- 
cine" as she likes to call it. "I 
think we should be working 
together." What got her atten- 
tion, she says, was an article 
in the New England Journal 
of Medicine more than five 
years ago that said at least a 
third of all patients seen by 
doctors were using some 
other kind of medicine, not 
traditional. That made me 
stop and diink — we should 
be exposing our students to 
the best," Bridwell recalls. 
The current massage service 
started when a retiiming stu- 
dent set up a litde table in the health cen- 
ter and started offering massages. It has 
grown since to a full-fledged service. 

Other new services and plans condnue 
to be introduced on a regular basis. Last 
spring, a sports medicine clinic was 
opened in the new Campus Recreation 
Center and a health educator is available 
for consultation every day between 1 1 :30 
a.m. and 7 p.m. There is also a computer 
analyses center here where dietary advice 
is offered. 

Shortly, a plan will be presented to the 
cabinet on mandatory health insurance for 
students. "Dr Mote wanted to know why 
we don't have mandatory health insurance 
for students. I've agitated for a long time 
about tliis as we have almost 20 percent of 
students without health coverage." Under 
the new plan, a MAMSI policy will cost 
around $650-670 for one whole year."I 
have a hunch that there are people out 
there who diink they're covered, and 
aren't " Bridwell says. Most services at the 
health center are free to students covered 
by MAMSI. 

Another plan is to computerize all med- 
ical records, and one of the steps in this 
direction has already been taken. The 
health center has acquired voice-recogni- 
tion software — "now we can dictate to 
the computer and it takes down notes," 
Bridwell says, adding with a laugh: "We 
really need that - there is one physician 
here whose writing is beyond the pale," 

In addition to all this, Bridwell says, 
efforts are constantly made to further 
improve awareness on campus — "our phi- 
losophy is wellness and prevention,"The 




The University Health Center could double Its space if 
proposed renovations are approved. 



health center has several peer educators 
who educate students about important 
health issues such as eating disorders, den- 
tal health, sexuality, sexually transmitted 
diseases, HIV, etc. 

The health center some time back initi- 
ated the Healthy Workers Program. "We 
had been worried for a long time about 
the people who work by the hour without 
benefits," Bridwell says. So a program was 
initiated to screen workers in the South 
Campus Dining Hall for health problems. 
"We found that lot of people suffered from 
hypertension, and people who should be 
on medication who weren't," she says. 
Workers were then offered HIV testing, 
dental services and primary care, as well as 
classes on health services at the recreation 
center. 

During the '97-' 98 academic year, the 
center initiated a program that went to 
various buildings on campus to give flu 
shots. Also, with a grant from Merck, an 
outreach campaign was developed to edu- 
cate the campus about Hepadtis B, chick- 
en pox and meningitis vaccines. 

Since the '70s, the health center has 
been promoting the use of birth control. 
"We were among the first in the country 
to have a women's clinic," Bridwell says. 
Last year, it even made the morning-after 
pill available on its premises. 

To learn more about the services and 
health education programs offered by the 
University Health Center, visit its Web site 
at www.inform.umd.edu/health, 

— VA1SHALI HONAWAR 



6 Outlook Sepiember 14. 1999 



New Laser Instrument Enables 
University and NASA to Study Forests 



■'jjjjjfa-- 1 Lidar Remote Sensing of Sub-Canopy Topography in a Tropical Wet Forest 

L.E Rocchln, M.A. Eluflon, R. Dubayah, 1 J. Bryan Bljir, Rdbert G. Knox' 



^^H 




This informative poster about the NASA/University of Maryland Vegetation Canopy Lidar can be 
found on the web at: www.inform.umd.edu/geog/vcl. 



continued from page 1 

tropical forest biomass, as well as of the topogra- 
phy hidden beneath the canopy. 

The VCL instrument contains five lasers that 
send pulses of energy to the Earth's surface. 
Photons from the lasers bounce off leaves, 
branches, and the ground and reflect back to the 
instrument. By analyzing these returned signals, 
scientists receive a direct measurement of the 
height of the forest's leaf-covered canopy, the 
topography of the forest floor and the height of 
all the vegetation in between. 



VCL is scheduled for launch in September 
2000 from Alaska's Kodiak Launch Complex. 
This will be the first orbital launch from the 
new Kodiak Island facility. The VCL mission is 
the first selected program of NASA's Earth 
System Science Pathfinder project. The mission 
is led by the University of Maryland with collab- 
oration from NASA Goddard's Laboratory for 
Terrestrial Physics and other academic and 
industrial contributors, including Orbital 
Sciences Corp., Omit ron Inc., Swales Aerospace, 
Fibertek Inc., Raytheon, and Universal Space 
Network. 



System Hosts Premiere Conference on 
Online Learning 



'Making the Transition to Mainstream Education:The Art 
and Practice of Online Learning" is the subject of the fifth 
international Conference on Asynchronous Learning 
Networks taking place Oct. 8-10 at the University College Inn 
and Conference Center. Hosted by the University System of 
Maryland and University College this is the premiere confer- 
ence devoted exclusively to online learning. 

You'll have an opportunity to study key issues, learn new 
approaches, see new technologies, share best practices, hear 
research results and become part of an international commu- 
nity that's shaping education for a knowledge society of life- 
long learners. 

The conference is for both experienced professionals and 
interested newcomers to online learning who work in higher 
education, continuing education, business, government, health 
care, professional associations and nonprofit organizations. It's 
designed to meet the needs of: 
■* College-level faculty and administrators 

* Instructional technology and media professionals 

* Instructional designers. 

* Trainers in public- and private-sector organizations 

To learn more about the ALN Conference, explore the Web 
site at www.aln.org/alnconf99. Register online today. 

The event is sponsored by the Alfred E Sloan Foundation in 
conjunction with University College, University System of 
Maryland, ALN Center at Vanderbilt University and Goethe- 
Institut Washington. 



Students in the College of Art and Humanities Go High-Tech 

New Examination Tests Technology Dexterity 




Last July 24, 54 University of 
Maryland liberal arts stu- 
dents took a new 
practical exam that 
tested computer 
literacy and 
information 
technology 
skills most 
desired by 

employers in today's competi- 
tive workforce. Tek.Xam (the 
Information Technology Certification 
Exam), currently in the pilot stages, will 
explore students' aptitude in the opera- 
tion of technology; retrieving, interpret- 
ing and presenting information, and 
legal and ethical issues in its use. ' 

The test is the creation of Mark 
Warner, the Virginia-based cellular 
entrepreneur and former Democratic 
Senate candidate. Sponsored by the 
Virginia Foundation of Independent 
Colleges and hosted by the College of 
Arts and Humanities, the test is 
designed to help students demonstrate 
their ability to think critically and com- 
municate effectively using advanced 
technology. The goal is to provide liber- 
al arts students with a means to prove 
their "electracy," a technical proficiency 
that will prepare them to be successful 



in an increasingly digital world. 
"The Information Technology 
Association of America esti- 
mates more than 
346,000 informa- 
tion technology 
jobs in the 
country are 
unfilled, and only 
37 percent of 
them are in teclmol- 
ogy companies," says James 
Harris, dean of the College of Arts and 
Humanities. "Representatives of the 
technology-based companies have said 
they need employees who combine the 
traditional analytic and communications 
strengths of a liberal arts education 
with basic technological familiarity." 

Tek.Xam was designed to enable stu- 
dents to indicate to potential employ- 
ers that they possess a certain level of 
technical know-how. The five-hour 
exam explores Internet ability from 
searching web pages to creating them. 
Students are also responsible for know- 
ing legal and ethical issues that arise 
from widespread use of this technolo- 
gy. The test will soon serve as a widely- 
accepted credential for corporations 
seeking to fill technology-intensive 
positions. Many major local corpora- 



tions, such as Crestar Financial 
Corporation and Bell Atlantic, have 
already endorsed the exam. In its first 
trial at Maryland, all 54 available slots 
filled one month prior to the exam, and 
40 additional students are on a wait-list 
for the exam. 

"Tek.Xam will build bridges between 
liberal arts students and the business 
community, both high-tech and more 
traditional companies," says 
Harris. "Liberal arts majors 
have good critical thinking 
and communication skills 
but often are not rec- 
ognized as possess- 
ing the technologi- 
cal competency 
necessary to 
compete for 
jobs that 

involve a high use 
of technology." 

Along with its participation in the 
pilot Tek.Xam program, the college is 
hunching another initiative to support 
its mission of integrating technology in 
the humanities. Using a $410,000 grant 
from the National Endowment for the 
Humanities, the Maryland Institute for 
Technology in the Humanities (MITH) 
will promote the integration of technol- 




ogy into humanities classrooms by 
establishing a certificate program for 
undergraduates and training teachers 
for Maryland's K-12 students. MITH 
will award faculty research fellowships 
tor development of digital projects in 
the arts and humanities, which includes 
many areas of study like theater, 
English, music, history and philosophy 
MITH also plans to host an annual inter- 
national conference on technology in 
humanities. 

"The overwhelming demand to 
participate in this test 
indicates our stu- 
dents' confi- 
dence in their 
technological 
ability," says 
Mardia Nell 
Smith, director of 
MITH. "We reached 
our capacity of 54 stu- 
dents in a matter of days and 
had to turn away more than 100 stu- 
dents. This is a remarkable response 
during the summer sessions." 



September 14, 1999 Outlook 7 



Chris Gekker Opens School of Music's 
Artist Scholarship Benefit Series 



Chris Gekker, associate professor of trumpet 
and former long-time member of the world- 
renowned American Brass Quintet, will perform 
works by 20th century composers on Saturday, 
Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. in Ulrich Recital Hall for the 
opening of the School of Music's 1999- 
2000 Artist Scholarship 
Benefit Series. Gekker 
will be joined by Robert 
McCoy, piano, music 
director of the Maryland 
Opera Studio, and Steven 
Rainbolt, baritone. 

Prior to his appointment 
at the University of 
Maryland, Gekker served on 
the faculties of the Juilliard 
School, the Manhattan School 
of Music and Columbia 
University. A native of 
Alexandria, Va., he attended the 
Eastman School of Music and 
the University of Maryland. A 
featured soloist at Carnegie Hall 
and Lincoln Center, where he frequently per- 
forms with the Chamber Music Society, Gekker 
also has collaborated with many jazz and popu- 
lar artists including Sting and Elton John. His 
award-winning recordings, called "a model of 
quiet perfection'' by CD Review, have been fea- 
tured in major motion pictures. 



Saturday's program will feature music written 
especially for Gekker. Four contemporary works 
of beauty and vitality-"Sonata for 
Trumpet and 




Piano," "Winter," 
"The Key" and "...to cast a shadow 
again" by American composers Eric Ewazen, 
David Snow and James Wintle will be featured 
in the style called "New Romanticism" by the 
later composer Jacob Druckman.A complete 
listing of the 1999-2000 Artist Scholarship 
Benefit series is shown below. 

Tickets are $16 general, $12 senior and $10 
student. Call 405-7847 for more information or 
to charge rickets by phone. 



A Classic Look at American Women and Myth 



An impressive range of artistic 
achievements — the statuary of 
Vinnie Ream Hoxie, Harriet Hosmer 
and Gertrude Callie Khouri's screen- 
play "Thelma and Louise" among 
them — testifies to the inspirational 
power of classical myths on 
American women during the past 
two centuries. Sept. 24-25, the clas- 
sics department presents a unique 
opportunity to examine the influ- 
ence of mythology on female poets, 
writers, painters, sculptors, dancers 
and other creative women in 19th 
and 20th century America. 

Funded by a grant from the 
Helen Clay Frick Foundation the 
interdisciplinary conference, 
American Women and Classical 
Myth, is aimed not only at sec- 
ondary school, community college, 
college and university teachers, but 
also members of the general public. 

Gregory Staley, classics professor 
and an organizer of the conference, 
says ancient Greek and Roman 
mythology has always been the area 
of classical studies most appealing 
to the broader American public.Two 
best-selling books on mythology, by Thomas 
Bulfinch in the 19th century and Edith Hamilton 
in the 20th century, have introduced irullions to 
die ancient Greco-Roman world. 

Classical myth lias regularly been a source of 
intellectual interest and creative encouragement 
to American women, say conference organizers. 
Several of America' s most distinguished women 
poets have tapped the rich vein of classical 
myth in exploring female identity and fashion- 
ing a women-centered aesthetic vision: Emma 
Lazarus, Edna St.Vincent Millay, Muriel Rukeyser 
and Adrienne Rich. 

Topics addressed over the two days include 




MY1HS 




"Teaching the Power of Stories: American 
Feminist Science Fiction and Classical 
Mythology," "The Classical Heroine and the Male 
Voice," "Artemis in America: Edith Wharton's Age 
of Innocence as Classical Allegory," and "African- 
American Women Writers and Classical Myths' 
The presenters are from colleges and universi- 
ties throughout the country. 

For further information about the program 
and registration, visit the conference web site at 
www. inform . umd . ed u/ARHU/Depts/Classics/my 
thconf/ or contact Gregory Staley at 405-2016 
or gs32@umail.umd.edu. 



1999-2000 Artist Scholarship 
Benefit Series 

Chris Gekker in Concert 

Chris Gekker, trumpet, and Robert McCoy, piano 
Saturday Sept. 18, 8 p.m. 

Featuring works for trumpet by 20th century composers Eric 
Ewazen, David Snow and James Wintie. 

Unsentimental Journeys 

The 20th Century Consort 

Christopher Kendall, conductor 

Sunday, Nov. 14, 5:30 p.m. 

Stravinsky's "LHistoire du soldat" and Schoenburg's "Pierrot 

Lunaire." 

Happy Birthday Mozart 

University of Maryland Chamber Orchestra 

Christopher Kendall, conductor 

Sat., Feb. 5, 8 p.m. and Sun. Feb. 6, 3 p.m. 

The 17th annual Mozart concert dedicated to music that pays 

tribute to the master. 

A Bach Tribute 

Fri., Mar. 3, 8 p.m. and Sun., Mar. 5, 3 p.m. 

Featuring a Baroque concerti and cantata arias for voice and vari- 
ous obbligato instruments from J. S. Bach. 

Guarneri String Quartet 

Fri., Apr. 28, 8 p.m. 

An evening of sublime chamber music with international musi- 
cians who celebrate their 3<Sth season 

All performances take place in the Homer Ulrich Recital Hall, 
Tawes Fine Arts Building For more information, ticket prices or to 
charge tickets by phone, call 405-7847. 




Don't forget to stop by the First Look Fair Sept. 22, 

starting at 10 a.m. on McKeldin Mall. University clubs 

and student organizations will give information about 

themselves at this outdoor event. 




8 Outlook September It, 19W 




Repairing the Breach 

Bobby William Austin, presi- 
dent and CEO of the Village 
Foundation, discusses 
"Repairing the Breach: African 
American Leadership and 
Public/Private Partnerships" 
Monday, Sept. 27, from noon 
to 1:30 p.m., in Room 1102 
Taliaferro Hall. A former pro- 
gram director at the WK. 
Kellogg Foundation, Austin 
founded the Urban League 
Review and has served as a 
college administrator, editor 
and policy consultant in edu- 
cation and in the humanities. 

The Village Foundation's 
mission is to develop and sup- 
port programs to connect 
African-American men and 
boys — first, to their ethnic 
community; then, to the larger 
civic society. 

This event is sponsored by 
the Center for the Advanced 
Study of Leadership at the 
James MacGregor Burns 
Academy of Leadership. For 
more information, contact 
Scott Webster at 405-7920 or 
swebster@academy.umd . edu . 

KEYS to Success 

The Women in Engineering 
program invites girls ages 1 1 
to 13 years to participate in 
innovative workshops, hands- 
on lab activities and to inter- 
act with supportive role mod- 
els through the KEYS— 
Science and Engineering 
Program, Saturday, Oct. 23, 
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The goal Is for 
girls who are excited about 
science and technology at 
such a young age to be 
enabled to choose science, 
math and engineering tracks 
in high school and beyond. 
Due to the popularity of 
the program, students will be 
selected on a first-come, first- 
served basis. For more infor- 
mation, drop by the Women in 
Engineering office, 1106 
Glenn L. Martin Hall (formerly 
known as Engineering 
Classroom Building) or con- 
tact Tao Peng at 405-0315 or 
tpeng@deans.umd.edu. 

Studying Excellence 

The department of commu- 
nication is hosting Its first 
Research Colloquium of the 
school year , Sept, 17, noon to 



1 p.m., in Skinner Building. 
Speakers Lauri and James 
Grunig, public relations pro- 
fessors who have recently 
transferred to the department 
form the College of 
Journalism, will talk about 
public relations research as it 
is today and about one of die 
largest, most comprehensive 
studies in the field.The 
Excellence Study. All are wel- 
come. 

The Research Colloquia of 
the department of communi- 
cation are held every other 
Friday at noon in Skinner 
Room 0200. The next Collo- 
quium is scheduled for Oct. 1. 

Peer Training 

The Office of Information 
Technology PeerTraining 
Program features a slate of 19 
different non-credit computer 
classes for new and experi- 
enced personal computer and 
network users. Classes, taught 
in the evenings and on week- 
ends, are open to University 
of Maryland faculty, students 
and staff. 

Topics ranging from 
Microsoft Word, Excel and 
PowerPoint, to HTML,Adobe 
Photoshop and PageMaker 
and more are offered several 
times throughout the semes- 
ter as a three-hour, hands-on 
experience in campus instruc- 
tional computer labs. 

See the PeerTraining web- 
site at www.inform.umd. 
edu/PT for course descrip- 
tions and fees, the fall sched- 
ule of classes and registration. 

Questions about course 
content can be directed to oit- 
training@umail.umd.edu or to 
405-2940. 

FORE! 

The University of Maryland 
Golf Course is hosting the 
second annual University Golf 
Championship, Saturday, Oct. 
2, with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun 
start.The format for the tour- 
nament is 18-hole individual 
stroke play. Participants must 
have a USGA handicap. 

The $50 fee includes 
greens fee, cart, prizes and 
dinner following die tourna- 
ment. Call Wendy Stark at the 
Pro Shop, 403-4299, for tour- 
nament registration and infor- 



mation. 

Walk This Way 

Are you interested in walk- 
ing? Then consider Walk This 
Way, a 45-minute walking 
class that provides you with a 
great low-impact cardiovascu- 
lar workout. 

The class meets every 
Thursday at 5 p.m. at die 
Center for Health and 
Wellbeing, Room 0121 of the 
Campus Recreation Center.A 
photo ID and aerobics card or 
guest pass must be presented 
at each class, and you must be 
a member of the Campus 
Recreation Center to attend. 

Walking paths may be 
inside or outside depending 
upon the weather. 

Call Jennifer Treger at 3 1 4- 
1493 for more information. 

Late Night Moves to 

McKeldin 

The Late Night Study ser- 
vice formerly offered in the 
Hornbakc Library has moved 
to the first floor east wing of 
McKeldin Library beginning 
with the fall semester. This 24- 
hour service is operational 1 1 
p.m. Sunday through 8 a.m. 
Friday. There is no late night 
service Friday and Saturday 
evenings. 

Access to McKeldin Library 
is by University of Maryland 
ID at the entrance to the 
library. Students will have a 
quiet place to study. No 
library reference or circula- 
tion services will be available. 

For more information email 
Sue Baughman at 
mb248@umail.umd.edu. 

Complex System Changes 

The department of mea- 
surement, statistics and evalu- 
ation announces a one-day 
conference, Friday, Oct. 8 on 
"Measurement of Change in 
Complex Social Systems." 
Conference presenters 
include Bengt Muth (UCLA); 
Linda Collins (PSU); Harvey 
Keselman (U Manitoba); David 
Rindskopf (CUNY) and Aline 
Sayers (PSU). 

In addition, there will be a 
pre-session Thursday, Oct. 7, 
tided "New Modeling 
Opportunities for Growth 
Mixture/Latent Class Analysis 



Using Mplus" conducted by 
Bengt Muth. 

Further information is avail- 
able at the web site; www. 
inform . umd . c du/edms/cours- 
es/conf erence.html or by con- 
tacting Chan Dayton at 405- 
3626 or cd4@umail, umd.edu. 

Investors Group 

Edward Postal, senior vice 
president and chief financial 
officer of PSINet, a global 
facilities-based Internet 
Protocol data communica- 
tions carrier, will be the fea- 
tured speaker at the 
Wednesday, Sept. 1 5 meeting 
of the Investors Group to be 
held at noon in the Special 
Events Room at McKeldin 
Library. The meetings are free 
and open to everyone. 

Electronic Workplace 
Readiness 

The Division of Admin- 
istrative Affairs is offering 
classes designed to prepare 
campus staff for the electron- 
ic 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 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 
Patapsco Training Facility and 
are being offered Thursday, 
Sept, 16 from 8:30 a.m.-noon 
Thursday, Sept. 16 from 14:30 
p.m. 

To enroll contact Bridget 
Battaglini, coordinator, at 405- 
1 101 or via e-mail at 
bbattagl@accmail . umd . edu . 
Directions to the Patapsco 
Building will be provided 
upon registration or at 
www. acctrain . umd . edu/ 
ework. 

Expanded Orientation 

On the second Monday of 
each month, the Personnel 
Services Department sponsors 
a New Employee Orientation 
program for all new hires at 
the University of Maryland. 
This session takes place in 
Room 1 1 01 U (Training Room) 
of the Chesapeake Building. 

The Personnel Services 
Department is pleased to 
announce Monday, Sept. 13, it 
will be launching an expand- 
ed new employee orientation 
program. This exciting pro- 
gram is designed to give new 
employees an understanding 
of what the University of 
Maryland is all about: its insti- 
tutional mission, its students, 
and its services. This program 
is important in helping inte- 
grate new employees into the 



campus and to help make 
them enthusiastic Terrapins. 

Employees also will receive 
an overview of the history 
and structure of the universi- 
ty, a discussion of university 
benefits, a multimedia tour of 
the campus and campus 
resources, an orientation 
checklist, and an overview of 
the many other resources, ser- 
vices and privileges available 
to university employees. The 
session will be conducted 
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 
lunch will be provided. 

All newly hired employees 
are encouraged to attend this 
session for a comprehensive 
introduction to the University 
of Maryland. For more infor- 
mation call Organizational 
Development and Training at 
405-5651. 

To register for the orienta- 
tion program, visit the 
Personnel Services website at 
www.personnel.umd.edu. If 
you can't register in time, 
walk-in participants are 
always welcomed. 

Lynton Faculty Award 

The New England 
Resource Center for Higher 
Education is seeking nomina- 
tions for the annual Lynton 
Award for Faculty Professional 
Service and Academic 
Outreach. This national award 
recognizes faculty who con- 
nect their expertise and schol- 
arship to community out- 
reach. 

The award will be present- 
ed at the American 
Association for Higher 
Education eighth annual 
Forum on Faculty Roles and 
Rewards, Feb. 3-6, 2000 in 
New Orleans, La. Nomination 
deadline is 
Oct. 15. 

Contact Marie Troppe, 
coordinator of service-learn- 
ing, at 314-5387 or 
m troppe@accmail . umd .edu 
for more information. 

Male Voices Needed 

Male voices are needed for 
the University of Maryland 
Chorale for Fall 1999. MUSC 
329A, University Chorale (one 
credit or non credit) meets 
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 
to 5:30 p.m., in Room 2102 
Tawes Fine Arts Building.The 
Chorale is currently forming 
under the leadership of 
dynamic young conductor 
Phillip Collister. Interested 
persons should make contact 
at the numbers below. 

For information or to 
schedule an audition, contact 
the musical director at 405- 
7865 or 41f>8304378,or 
email: pcolUster@towson.edu