Ui'UU -A-c^-'^'^f Outlook The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff W^eekly Newspaper Volume U* Number 9 • October 26, ^999 Mayor Harrington, pages The Poetry of Breadloaf, page 5 Field of Dreams •■StS^lMfc*- Talk about your Terrapin Spirit. In honor of their son, Jared, a fresiiman wtto is pitching his first season on the University of Maryland baseball team. Dean and IVIargo Stuart created this a-inaiz4ng maze on their Corning, N.Y., farm. The seven-acre tribute Is the third com maze the couple has designed to attract visitors to their Crystal Valley Farm, where a pumpkin patch and hayrides round out the entertainment. The first year's theme was "Welcome to Corning." Last year's was "The Titanic." This tell's field of dreams takes an average of 4S minutes to wander through, say the Stuarts. "We got lost while we were making it," says Margo Stuart, noting the project required 15 hours of cutting, plus design work. She plots the design on graph paper and together they do all the mea- surements. "Then he (Dean) does the cutting and I direct him," Margo says. Once the maze was complete, the Stuarts took an aerial shot of the field. This year, they are turning one photo into a poster for Jared's apartment Future Construction Subject of Campus Forum The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at Maryland is under construction and tiie Adeic Stamp Student Union is being renovated. Many more projects will be completed during the next four years. These projects wlli occur at var- ious locations across tlic campu.s. Once completed, the benefits to those who use these fine facilities will be sig- nificant. Given the number of projects and their anticipated impact, faculty, staff and students are invited to a Campus Forum, "Future Construction, Benefits and Challenges," Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 3:15-4:45 p.m., in the Architecture School Auditorium (Room 0204) The forum is designed to provide you with an opportunity to: • become aware of the full range of projects whicii will t>e imdertaken beginning spring semester of 2000; • di.scuss the impact upon campus activities (e.g., noise, adjustments to some events and programs, traffic and pedestrian disruptions, parking displacements and permit fee increases) which can be expected as projects are com- pleted; • ask questions and make suggestions in order to help identify steps diat will reduce disruptions to daily activi- ties and campus events; and • learn how the university wiU inform the campus com- munity of construction activity and help minimize disrup- tions for everyone. Presenters will include Brenda Testa, director, depart- ment of facilities plaiming; Carol Moore, director, depart- ment of architecture, engineering and construction; David Allen, director, department of campus parking; and Terry Flannery, executive director of university communication and director of marketing. Making the Grade: Campus Considers Plus/Minus System Until now, students at the University of Maryland could count on receiving a grade ranging from A through F at the end of each semester, but that could all be changing. Last July, university Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Gregory Geoffrey formed a task force to investi- gate the benefits of a plus/minus grad- ing system. Composed of 10 members, three students and seven faculty and staff, the task force is researching to determine the effects of changing the current system. "Discussion about plus/minus grad- ing is not new. It is a topic that seems to resurface every few years," says Leon Slaughter assistant dean of the College of Agricultural and Natural Resources and taskforce chair. The five-letter system of grading, which determines student scores based on the grades of A, B, C, D or R is one of many systems used at institutions across the country. The plu.s/minus sys- tem is used by several of the imiversi- ty's peer institutions and affects the student's grade based on the individual policy of the university or college. Institutions currently using the plus/minus sys- tem include Duke, University of North Carolina and University of Virginia, "We are also looking at other schools and determining what con- sequences resulted from their grading change," says Slaughter. "If they actually chained." Along with investigat- ing other institutions, the task- force will look closely at the University of Maryland to review how the change would affect the cam- pus community and if the imiversity has the capabihty to switch grading sys- tems. One of the most important jobs of the taskforce is to ^ facilitate discussion on the topic and gain opinions from both students and faculty. Aside from talking with experi- enced faculty in various departments, the taskforce offers an informational website that includes a space for opin- ions and feedback. The taskforce will also send surveys via e-mail to selected individuals. According to Slaughter, it's still too early to gauge how the campus commimity would feel about such a change. "Sentiment seems to be fairly even for and against [changing to a plus/minus system] ," he says. Although it will not make the frnal decision, the taskforce will compile its results by Nov. 1 5 and make recommen- dations to the provost. If you have any insights or suggestions on the changing of the grading system, visit the website; www, umd.edu/hottopics. html and add your comments. —ERIN MADISON 2 Outlook October 26, 1999 Maryland and NASA Announce Creation of New Center for Research and Education in Earth System Science The University of Maryland and NASA's Goddaid Space Fli^t Center recendy announced die formation of a major center in die emerging, interdisciplinary field knofwn as Earth system science.The goal of the new center is to pro- duce the mnlti-<iisciplinary research and researchers need- ed to belter understand the total Earth system and the effects of natural and human- induced cfianges on the global environment, "The new center will take its research cue from NASA's Earth Science Enterprise Strategic Plan and emphasize results that lead to clear soci- etal beneSts," says Michael Brown, interim director for the center and chair of the geology department. Specific research projects will address issues in the fol- lowing broad areas: ecosystems and the changing landscape; solid earth science and natural hazards; the hydrological cycle and ocean circulation; atmos- pheric chemistry, climate vari- ability and prediction; and the use of computer science and information technologies for Earth system science. "Educationally, the center will develop a graduate pro- gram in Earth system science that will train top students in the research methods appropri- ate to the new millennium,'' Brown says. The new Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center is a collaboration among the imiversity's • College of Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences (departments of geolo- gy and meteorology primarily) ; • its College of Beliavioral and Social Sciences department of geography; and • NASA Goddard's Earth Sciences Directorate (Laboratories for Atmospheres, Terrestrial Physics and Hydrostatic lYocesses). The center will build on the existing programs and leader- ship of these units in Earth sci- ence and also on the extensive history of collaboration between the imiversity and NASA Goddard. The imiversity and NASA Goddard long have shared interests in earth science areas such as the study of atmospher- ic, oceanograpliic and land processes, and the interactions among them. Fundamental to much of this work is the appli- cation of advanced remote sensing methods and the use of new information technologies to manage the huge volume of remote sensing data being pro- duced. Leading remote sensing pro- grams in which both institu- tions are involved include the Landsat 7 and the Vegetation Canopy Lidar (VCL) satellite missions. The recendy launched Landsat 7 sateUite provides high resolution images, spectral light discrimination and preci- sion light measurement for global change studies, land cover monitoring and assess- ment, and large area mapping. The mission is directed by NASA Goddard and has a sci- ence team headed by depart- ment of geography chair Samuel Goward. The University of Maryland- led VCL mission is scheduled for launch in September of 2000. It will use safe, low- power lasers to create the first three-dimensional maps of the world's forests. The mission is headed by university geograph- er Ralph Dubayali and involves other scientists from the University of Maryland as weU as scientists from NASA Goddard. The work of the new Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center will also draw from and be integrat- ed with that of several estab- lished centers at the university. These include: • The Cooperative Institute for Climate Studies sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).This institute fosters collaborative research between NOAA and the imiversity in studies of climatology, climate diagnostics, modeling and pre- dicdon. • The Global Land Cover Facility, a NASA-supported cen- ter that provides land cover data products and information services through a creative col- laboration between the univer- sity's Institute for Advanced Computer Studies and its geog- raphy department. • The NASA-supported Earth Science Application Center for the Mid-Atlantic Region. This center is using NASA's earth sci- ence information and earth observing technologies to help resolve regional land use and enviroimicntal poUcy issues and to provide scientists, farm- ers, and business entrepreneurs with new "tools" for their work. • The Laboratory for Global Remote Sensing Studies, The lab is a multi-disciplinary col- laboration of Earth system sci- ence researchers using remote sensing data from satellites and other sources to study global land cover and vegetation dynamics, global ecology, clima- tology, climate change, and remote sensing science. The creation of the new Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center is being funded by a two-year $600,000 NASA grant, which will pay for hiring of faculty and staff. The center will be housed primarily at the univer- sity, and its operation will be supported both by university and NASA funds. Internet Gateway Offered for Non-Profit Sector Research A recently launched website offers scholars, researchers, media and donors a "one-stop shopping" link to the best avail- able research on the nonprofit sector The "Nonprofit Pathfinder "site, which can be reached at www, independentscc- tororg, is a collabora- tion between the University of Maryland CivU Society Initiative and Independent Sector, a leading national coalition of nonprofit orgaiuza- dons. Nonprofit Pathfinder was devel- oped in response to challenges and limita- tions identified in tra- ditional web searches for information on the nonprof- it sector Browsers, including university researchers, students and industry professionals, can be overwhelmed by the sheer voltmie of information avail- able, the lack of structure to their searches, the inability to find good qualitative research, and the time-intensive nature of detcr- "SKarins creative mmmg which resources would be most appropri- ate to their par- ticular concerns. This new gate- way offers idsitors to the site a systematic and ongo- ing compi- lation of information on various qimlitative aspects of the sector on such topics as new models, developing trends, measure- ment tools, new research, inno- new programs and practices by non- profit leaders just became instant and worldwide. This will create a new cyber meeting ground of ideas." — Ted Howard vations and best practices at commimity, state, national and international levels. Tlie site also will be updated regularly to offer descriptions of and links to hundreds of research centers throughout the world, "Since the mid-1990s we've seen increasingly widespread adoption of the World Wide Web as a primary research tool. In that time, there has been an explosion of information and data about the nonprofit sector and civil society available on the Internet," says Ted Howard, director, Civil Society/ Community Building Initiating at Maryland. "Sharing creative new programs and practices by nonprofit leaders just became instant and worldwide. This will create a new cyber meet- ing ground of ideas. " Researchers can access information on the NonProfit Pathfinder site free of charge. The site also provides links to other sources on topics such as volunteering and contributing. Support for die project was provided by the Ford Foundation, the Lilly Endowment, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, as well as other funders. University of Maryland Civil Society/Community Building Initiative is concerned with the revitalization of democracy in the new era of globalization. Central to all the initiative's work are efforts to improve the economic and social health of local communities — and a con- ception of democratic renewal that begins with the experi- ence of citizens in the localities in which they live. Independent Sector, founded in 1 980 and based in Washington, D.C., is a national coalition of more than 700 vol- untary oi^nizations, founda- tions and corporate giving pro- grams with national interest and impact in phUantiiropic and volimtary action. How Do you Celebrate the Holidays? With the holiday season fast approaching, offices and departments across campus have already begun making plans for their holiday parties. Many of these celebrations also include recognition of those less fortunate. Food or clothing, for example, is col- lected for the needy, or gifts are wrapped for an adopted family. Whether your department sets up a mitten tree or boxes up the ingredients for the per- fect Thanks^ving dinner, Outlook would like to hear how you share the holiday spirit with others. We'll share your ideas with our readers. Send your stories to Outlook via e-mail: outlook@accmail, umd.edu; fax: 314-9344; or campus mall: 2101 Turner Building. Oudook Oullook is the weekly faculty-staff newspaper serving the University of Maryland campus community. Brodle Remington. Vice President for University Relations; Teresa Rannery, Executive Director of University Communications and Director of Marketing: George Cathcart. Executive Editor; Jennifer Hawes. Editor: Lxinda Scott Fortfi, Assistant Editor; David Abrams. Graduate Assistant: Erin Madison, Editoriai Intern. Letters to the editor, story suggestions and campus infor- mation are welcome. Please submit all material two weeks before the Tuesdaj' of publication. Send material to Editor, Ouf/ooA, 2101 Turner Hall, College Park, MD 20742. Telephone (301) 405-4629; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,edu; fax (301) 314-9344. Outlook can be found online at wvw. info rm.umd.edu/outl ook/ October 26, 1999 Outlook 3 From Camp to Campus: Harrington Empowers Youth People often keep little knick knacks on their desks. David Harrington, recently appointed associate director of the James MacGregor Bums Academy of Leadership, keeps a can of sardines and a can of pork and beans on his.TIie cans arc not there in case he gets hun- gry, though. They remind him of his roots empowering young peo- ple, and that learning can be fun. Harrington says the art in teaching students leadership is helping tliem find their "inner call- ing," chat voice inside of them that yearns to make a difference in peo- ple's lives. Now in his second year with the academy, Harrington originally found his call- ing working as a camp counselor In his twenties, Harrington worked for die D.C. Department of Family Services as a counselor for the Send a Kid to Camp program, which involved taking children from the inner city to Prince William's Forrest Park in Virginia, At niglit, the kids would sing "Sardines and Pork and Beans' around the campfire. Those memories have stayed with him. Since then Harrington has devoted his career to helping youths become leaders tlirough active involvement in their community. He is the embodi- ment of what the academy hopes to create for stu- dents: a link between the academic community and the professional world surrounding it Director Nance Lucas tapped Harrington to be associate director of the academy because of his work there. Ills lengthy experience with youth, and his extensive commimity service. Besides being the mayor of nearby Bladensburg, a big job in and of itself, Harrington is also active in several other organi- zations. His service exemplifies his belief that "leader- ship is best learned by experience-making mistakes and solving ethical dilemmas." He encourages students to become members of student government and local government. "With Bladensburg, I felt the government was resis- tant to people getting involved and really didn't wel- come people's input," says Harrington. "And also, there was just a reiil fear of having people with different backgrounds being a part of that. So, I didn't have any ambition for running for office, but 1 tliought about it, and I said. Well, why don't 1 run for mayor?'" He won the mayor's office in 1995, and is currendy serving his thiRl term. The Academy of Leadership plays many roles on and off campus. Academy faculty teach in the College Park Scholars Program, which has grown exponentially from a single dormitory haU to an entire community inside of campus. They also help broker internships for students, advise students on leadership career paths and help set curricula. College Parte Scholars stresses the kind of commimity service and independent learning Harrington believes is essential to breeding future leaders. "We're trying to have them dis- cover their own capacity for leadership as well as teaching them as a group," says Harrington. He taught a course in public policy to College Park Scholars, where he asked students to get involved in the municipal government by evalu ating his own administration of Bladensburg. His students went door to door surveying con- stituents and reported their fm dings to the class. Harrington also serves as vice chair of the Maryland Municipal League Legislative Committee, a body that lobbies the Maryland State Legislature on issues affecting various municipalities. The league offers training and technical support to newly-elected officials around the area as well. Other notable members of the organization include Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke and University Park Mayor Margaret Mallino. Before becoming a public servant, Harrington worked for Close-Up, a non-profit, non-partisan civic educational organization that encourages teachers, students and older Americans to become effective citi- zens. 'When he came to Close-Up as a program instruc- tor, they were teaching high school students how to affect public policy by pairing them with Congressmen and other prominent leaders. Over the years, Harrington rose through the ranks and became the director of education for Close-Up, overseeing a $2 million budget. At the same time, he w^as helping train social studies teachers with the National Council on Social Studies (NCSS). Besides training, the coiuicil developed a nationwide social studies curriculum. While at the NCSS, Harrington headed the African American Educators Special Interest Group, His work has not gone imrecognized. Harrington received a Participant Fellowship from Harvard University. For liis volunteer work, he was voted Outstanding Volunteer by the United Way United Black Fund and received the Outstanding Leadersliip & Coimnunity Service Award from Howard University, David Harrington where he earned his bachelor's degree. Harrington's next goal for the Academy of Leadersliip is to create a trade association whereby professionals and students can exchange ideas. Last year, tlie academy sponsored a Leaders/Sponsors Association Conference at USC, and an outgrowth of that is the first International Leadership Association Conference in Atlanta, Ga, The three-day ILA Conference (Oct. 28-30) in Atlanta will feature several noted speakers, including Larry Spears, CEO, Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, and F^rry Smith, Major General, United States Air Force (Ret.), NBC News mill tar)' affairs analyst and president of Visionary Leadership. The Honorable John Lewis, United States House of Representatives will also be speaking at the conference. On tX:t. 28 the Bums Academy of Leadersliip and A.K. Rice Institute will co-sponsor the SpirituaUty, Authority and Leadership Conference. Topics will include the nature of and exercise of leadership and authority and how one's spirituality influences these concepts, ho'w to Identify and nianage overt and covert dynamics that influence how gniups and orga- nizations function, and liow groups form, define tasks, select leaders, and interact with other groups. - DAVID ABRAMS Taiwanese Students Extend Their Thanks The following is a reprint of a letter written to President Dan Mote: On Thursday, Sept. 30 and Friday, Oct. 1, the Taiwanese Student Association jointly conducted the Taiwan Eaitliquake Relief Fundraising in front of the Stamp Student Union with the Tzu-Chi Youth group. During the rwo-day marathon fundraising, we accumtilated a total amount of $4,934.42. The funds have been direcdy sent to the D.C, branch of the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu-Chi Foundation and will be used for earthquake relief efforts immediately. We would like to thank everyone who supported tills hmdraising campaign. As we observed, most of the people who participated in this fundraising donated small bills of one or two dollars, or coins. This means that most of our funds came from students who have a very tight budget. This abo means that thoiLsands of people on our campus made their donation. We would like to thank the whole campus commimity for its kindness. Wc also feel very touched that so many students with tight budgets would like to m^e con- tributions to help earthquake victims In Taiwan.The earthquake took many lives and destroyed many homes. We hope that all the efforts from our campus will help relieve those who are suffering from the disaster. Please help us spread our gratS- tade to the whole campus community. Kuo-Sheng Lai Chair, Taiwanese Student Association Society Professor Elie Wiesel. winner of the 1 986 Nobel Prize for Peace and award- winning author of "Night," wUl be speaking about 'Building a Moral Society," Thursday, Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union. A reception follows. Wiesel is the Romanian-born American novelist whose worits provide a sober yet passionate testament of the World War II Holocaust. His talk is part of the "Diversity and Community in American Life" colloquium series spon- sored by the CoUege of Education "s Center for Education Policy and Leadersliip. Tickets, which are required, are free and will be distributed two per person, from the Information Desk in Stamp Student Union from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, Tuesday, Oct, 26 and Wednesday Oct, 27. For more information, contact Steven Selden at 405-3566, or email@example.com 4 Outloak Octcdx^^ 26, 1999 dateline mary mem 'land Your Guide to University Events October 26 - November 4 October 26 4 p.m. Physics CuUoquta: "Strings and Geometr)'," Cumrun V^ifa, Harx'ard University. 1-ilO Physics Bklg. October 27 9 a.m. - 1-p.ni. CoUegc of Lihmry ;ind Information Sen-ices Professional De velopme n t Wort shop:" Leadership and Managcmeni of ArtJiivcs. Records and Information Manage mcnl Progriims.'TTie seminar analyitcs the issues and pniblcms faced hj' archives, records manage- ment and related programs, plus dis- cuss the roles that leaders and man- agers of these pn>gnims can piay to address these needs. Registration required. 5-2057 or ra67@umai],umd,edu, ' Noon. Research & Development MeetingrStudent Trends on Campus," Mara Gotfried. editor, The Diamondback. 01 14 Counseling Center, Shoemaker Bldg, 4 p.m. Art Department Lecturei-One Billion Cokes a Day: World Culture at the Millennium. "JiK'l .Swerdlow, senior editor and lead speaker of the National Geographic Special Issue, Global Cultutt;. West Gallery, Art Sociology Bldg. October 29 1:30 p.m.WebSpinnerTutorial. 4404 Computer & Space Sciences Bldg. rban®info.umd,edu or ttfw w. inform . unid .cdu/WST/dasses. h tml. 8 p.m. (.Iniversity of Maryland Symphony Orches-ira presents Lan Shul.tiuest Conductor. Music Director Sing;iporc Symphony.Tawes Fine Arts Bldg. 5-5570. October 30 lOa.m.- 1 p.m. Maryland Alumni Association presents an annual Homecoming Festival featuring food, costume contests and a lailgating competition. Lot Z and Tyser Tower in front of Byrd Stadium, 4-7174 8 p.m, SchtH)! of Music: Polish Chamber Philharmonic, featuring Simon Dent on oboe and ChristophcrTayl<vr on piano. Pre-con- cert di.scus.sion starts at 6:31), Inn & Conference Center. 5-7S47." Philharmonic Plays Tribute to Strauss The Polish Chamber Philharmonic, from Sopot, Poland, presents a tribute to Richarti Strauss Oct. 30 at the Inn & Conference Center. The performance, fcattiring oboist Simon Dent and pianist Christopher Taylor, coimnemorates Sirauss on the 50th anniversary of iiis death. The orchestra, conducted by Wojciech Rajski. will perform Strauss' Oboe Concerto, written in 1945 after the German surrender in World War II while Strauss was exiled in Switzeriand. Other pieces to be performed include Bach's "D-minor Keyboard Concerto," Mozart's "Symphony No. 40" and "Gorecki's Three Pieces in Ancient Style." Rajski started the Philharmonic in 1980. The Washington ftwf has said "every member of this youthftil ensemble is a totally committed musician... they played with the unanimity, bal- ance and freedom of a fine string quartet... radi- ant." Featured soloist Simon Dent has been princi- pal oboist with the Bavarian Slate Opera in Muiuch since 1 980, On his performance of Strauss' Oboe Concerto, Munchncr Merkur says he played it "with exuberant liighlighting, dis- arming vtrttio.sit}' and an intensively communi- cated flow of melos:a splendid, deservedly fre- netically acclaimed, hot-blooded interpretation. " Featured pianist Christopher Taylor, who won first prize in the University of Maryland William Kapell Competition in 1990, was also the first American to reach the finals of the Van Clibum International Piano Competition since 1981 ."Taylor should be watched," says the Washington Post. "He may be one of the most impressive young pianists on the horizon today." Conductor Rajski was bom in 1 948 in Warsaw and educated at the Warsaw Academy of Music. Between 1971 and 1981, he held the position of artisdc director and principal con- dtictor of the Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland and that of leading conductor at the Bonn Opera and the Orchestra of the Beethovenhalle in Germany. A free pre-concert discussion on Oct. 30 will feature Taylor and moderated by Dan DeVany, program director ofWETA-FM.Also scheduled to participate is University' of Maryland Associate Professor and oboist Mark Hill. Tile Concert Society' of Maryland is a resi- dent presenting organization of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, scheduled for completion in fall of 200' . Now in its 24th sea- son, the society presents chamber and early music, world music, and dance, featuring inter- nationally renowned and emei^ing artists. Tickets to the Polish Chamber Philharmonic are $18, $15,50 for seniors and $5 for students with valid university I,D For moi^ information, call 405-7847. October 28 3:30 p.m. Meteorology Seminar: "Seasonal Predictions with NASA/GEOS-2 General Circulation Model," Siegfried Schubert, data assimilation office, NASA Goddaid Space Flight Center, 2400 Computer and Space Sciences Bldg. 3:30 p.m. "Online Communities: Stxiibility and Usability," Jennifer Preece, UMBC department of infor- mation systems, 2460A.VWUliaffls Bldg. 4 p.m. Distinguished Lecturer Series: "Theor)' and Practice in Contemporary Biology," Evelyn Fox Keller, MIT 1407 Chemistry Lecture Hall. 4 p.m. Institute for Global Chinese Affairs Lecture:"'lI,S.- China Policies and Relations," Minister Xiaoming Liu, deput)' chief of mis- sion, PRC Emba,s.sy 0106 Francis Scott Key Hall. 54)213 or rm firstname.lastname@example.org,edu. October 31 3-5 pm. School of Music: "Brahms: Nanie; Mozart: Requiem," Memorial Chapel. 5-5570,* November 2 4 p,m. Physics ColIoquiar'New Results from the Galileo Jupiter Orbiter," Don WUliams, Applied Physics Laboratory, 1410 Physics Bldg, November 3 Noon. Center for Health and WeUbeing presents a brown bag limch and talk about the proper way to exercise in cold weather, 0121 Campus Recreation Center, Noon. Research fit Development Meeting: "Adding Two Levels of Self- Exploration to CaR-er Counseling Clients ■Ta,slts," Fninklin Westbrook, staff psychologist. 0114 Coimseling Center, Shoemaker Bldg. November 4 Ni>on. Institute for Global Chinese Affairs Lecture: "NSF Research and Education Opportunities in East Asia and the Pacific, with Special Focus on China. Taiwati and Hong Kong,"WiIliam Chang, National Science Foimdation. 5-<J2 1 3 or rm 1 ft'i'^umail , umd.edu. 12:30 p.m. "Meet the Dircctori: Michael Kahn, artistic director of the Shakespeare Theatre and direc- tor of its current pnKluction of King Lear. Frank Hildy.Ted Lei n wand, and Ted van Griethuysen, Panelists." Maryland Room, Marie Mount Hall, 5-6830 or crbs@umail . umd .edu.1 4 p.m. Committee on the History and Philosophy of Science Lecture: "Prt)gnostication; Science of the Next Millennium ,*■ James Yorke, ISPT, 11 17 Francis Scott Key Bldg, Musical Masquerade The University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra kicks off the Maryland Masquerade Homecoming Weekend with a free concert Friday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m, in Tawcs Theatre, Lan Shui, music director of the Singapore Symphony, will serve as guest conductor for the Orchestra's Halloween Classics for Homecoming concert featuring Stravinsky's "Petrouchka," Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain," Saint-Saens' "Danse Macabre" and Franck's "Tlie Accursed Huntsman," For more information, call 405-7847, Calendar Guide Calendar phone numbers listed as 4-xxxx or 5-xxxx stand for the prefix 314- or 405, Events are free and open to the public unless noted by an asterisk (*). Calendar information for Outlook is compiled Snom a combination of inforM s master calendar and submissions to the Outlook oiBce. To reach the calendar editor, call 405-7615 .)r e-mail Oudook@accmail. umd,edu. October 26, 1999 Outlook 5 A Cappella at the Chapel Tlie fifth annual "A Cappella at the Chapel" singfest wiU be held in Memorial Chapel at 7 p.m. .Wednesday, Oct. 27, and admission is free. Now a traditional part of "Homecoming Week," this year's singfest features imiversity student groups "Tlir Generics," The Treble makers .""Faux F^as," "PandemoniUM," and " Earth ton ez.*' They 11 be joined by "The Troubadours," a student a cappella group from George Wasliington University, and "Hometowne USA," the men's bar- bershop chorus from Montgomery County, Those with faculty/staff permits may park in Lot Y, behind tlie chapel, wlute others may park free in lots CI , C2 and L near Rctkord Armory and Mitchell and Lee buildings. Any questions? Call Nick Kovalakides at 314-9893. The Generics ^ ^ . 'T^6^ 1 ^.. ^-^--^SfflB SK^.k.4 -■ *' '■4HI '^ <^^ ^A^-w ' I^J^kI a 5Vn = "' @M ■~ r ^^ L ' id'mBL I^H^' »fl ifc 2i^ '1?1 mt W^ * 2.U| \ ''%^^ 4^ * « * ^ Afc*>W5-,* » r" ^— ^^^^^^^•^ _ ■■- The Trebiemakers Breadloaf Anthology Brings Together Top Contemporary Poets Concert Society s November Dates The Concert Society, a program of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Marjiand, is pleased to announce its performances for November 1999i Saturday,, Nov. 6 BeanSoleil with Michael Doucet & Ad Melle Que Pourra. America's *1 Cajim Band and the Quebec-based Ad VieUc Que Pourra trace the musical traditions of the French-speak- ii^ Acadians. Pre-concert discussion: 6:30 p.m. and concert at 8 p.m. Tawcs Theatre, University of Maryland, College Parte Tickets; $15-25 (student, senior discounts available) 405-7847 Wednesday^ Nov. 10 Army Blues Jazz Ensemble Chris Vadala, guest artist Premier Army jazz ensemble plays works by Ellington, Basic, Miller, and Herman. Univcristy College Inn and Conference Center, University Blvd. and Adelphi Road, College Park 8 p.m. Free 405-7847 Saturday^ Nov, 20 The Clerk's Group A pro^um of secular and sacred music sung from original notation. Works by Dufiiy, Ockeghem, Des Prez and others. Pre<oncert discussion: 6:30 p.m. and concert: 8 p.m. University College Inn and Conference Center, University Blvd. and Adelphi Road, College Park Tickets: $18, $15.50 senior, $5 student 405-7847 English Professors Michael Collier and Stanley Plumley recently published a colleaion of poet- ry called "The New Bread Loaf Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry." The anthol- ogy mcludes the works of 82 American poets, including Agha Shahid Ali, Frank Bidan, Yuscf Komunyakaa, Campbell McGrath, Heather HcHugh and Albert Rio. All of the poems were written in the last five years. "It's a mirror, as much as any- thing, of what's going on in con- temporary poetry," says Collier. The goal (if the editors was to offer a snapshot of American poet- ry, showcasing poets who may not be in other anthologies. "Tlieres really nothing in the marketplace like that," says Plumley. "They're all living writers." Tlie anthology has been well received by critics. Tfje Library Journal called it "a superb introduction for the new reader and a splendid hand- book for the poet and critic." The material in the book is drawn from a survey of over 100 poets solicited by the editors. Collier submitted "Brave Sparrow, '"Pay-Per-View" and 'The Swimmer," and Plumley's offerings include "Catbird Beginning with a Cardinal" and " Cheer." Asst)ciate English Professor Phillis Levin is also represented, with her poems "Cumulus," "Part" and "A Portrait." The anthology is dedicated to Larry Levis and William Matthews, two gifted writers who died recently Both writers were dear to Collier and Plumley, and many of the other poets in the book dedicated their poems to Levis and Maithew^s individually. Plumley's "Catbird Beginning with a Cardinal" is written for Levis, a poet he calls "remarkable" and "underrated." The Bread Loaf Writers Conference and Middlebury College Press have published seven other anthologies, edited by Robert Pack and Jay Parin since 1985. Collier was appointed director of the conference in 1994, and this collection is the first published during Ws tenure. The Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, founded in 1926, is an annual conference held in an old Victorian summer resort beside Bread Loaf Moimtain.Vt., sponsored by Middlebury College. It has attracted some of the most notable American literary names of the 20th century, including Robert Frost (known as the "godfather of Bread Loaf"), Ralph Ellison, Tnmian Capote, Sinclair Lewis, Jolin lr\'ing,Toni Morrison and Stanley Elkin. According to orga- nizers, it is "the oldest, largest, and most influen- tial of the scores of writers' conferences aroimd the country." Students go to the 1 1-day confer- ence to meet published writers, learn writing skills and show their own unpublished works. Collier has another book coming out in the Spring of 2000 focusing on younger, less estab- lished poets, called "The New American Poets." It wiU include writers that have not published sev- eral books yet, as many represented in this book have. —DAVID ABRAMS University Chorus Honors Mozart , Bralims The world-renowned University of Maryland Chorus, conducted by Jesse Pariter, will perform Mozart's glorious "Requiem" and Bralims' rarely per- formed gem "Nanie" Sunday, Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. in Memorial Chapel. The *l* ^^^^^^^^p chorus will be joined by David if^^^ r«B««iiF (^^^^ Brundage, bass, along with members of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $10, $16, $20 and $23. Discount prices are available to senior citizens and University of Maryland students, faculty and staff with imiversity I.D. For more information, call 405-5570. 6 Outlook October 26, 1999 NOTABLE W.C. Richardson's painting "Time Lock," purchased by the Hirshliorn Museum in 1 998, was included in the exhibi- tion, "The Hirshhom Museum at 25: Celebrating Contempo- rary Art," on view last April througli last August. Richard- son, associate professor of art, was also asked to be a mem- ber of the artists committee for the 25th Aimiversary Benefit. He was invited to a tea at the White House hosted by Hillary Clinton, honorary cochair of the benefit Richardson's work was also included in the painting exhi- bition, "Chance and Neces- sity," curated by Power Boothe.The show originated at Maryland Art Place in foltlmore and traveled to five locations including the Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University. Sylvia Rosenfield, professor, counseling and personnel ser- vices, is the recipient of the American Psychological Associations 2000 Distin- guished Career Contributions to Education and Training Award. This award recognizes a psychologist for major con- tributions made to education and training over the course of his or her career. The pri- mary criterion for the award is excellence in education and training. Quoting from the award announcement; "Your career work in the field of training and practice in school psy- chology has been exception- al. Your work in models of ser- vice delivery and training issues has been instrumental in education and providing quality training for todays stu- dents. The contributions you have made to die field of school psychology have had an impact on society and psy- chology, and particularly issues related to special edu- cation, minority students and urban schools." Rosenfield will receive a $1,000 honorarium at the APA Awards Ceremony next August at the APA Convention in Washington, D.C, William Sedlacek, professor of education in the depart- ment of coimseling and per- sotmel services, and assistant director, Counseling Center, had his article, "Black Students on White Campuses: 20 Years of Research,"originally pub- lished in 1987, selected as one of the best articles to appear in the Journal of College Student Development in the last 40 years. It is reprinted in the 40th aimiversary issue (Sept/Oct 1999) of the jour- nal. Civic Education for Youth Growing Concern among Democratic Nations The LImted States is not the only country struggling to find ways to engage its youth in the civic and political life of the natitm. A new report finds widespread concern among educational leaders in 24 countries about youths' growing disdain for p:irticipation in the democratic processes of society. Tlie report, "Civic Education acro.ss Coimtries: Twenty-four National Case Studies from the lEA Civic Education Project," is the first attempt in more than 20 years to gain a comprehensive understanding of what adolescents are expected to know about democratic practices and institu- tions, and how these national values are taught. This edited volimie is the first part of an on- going study that will also test 1 20,000 students m nearly 30 countries to find out what they real- ly know aljout democracy and their role as citi- zens. "We need to know what schools in the U.S. and elsewhere are helping their students learn about the possibiUties and limitations of political action," says Judith Torney-Purta, professor in the College of Education and chair of the interna- tional steering committee directing the project, "It is important for poUcy makers and educa- tors to know what the people who will be adult leaders in 20 years understand and believe about the civic and economic society which surrounds them," adds Tomey-Purta. The civic education project is coordinated through the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (TEA), the same group that organized the Third International Smdy of Mathematics and Science (TIMSS), the widely known comparative assess- ment of students' math and science achieve- ment. Twenty -four nations in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia participated in phase one of the civics project. They include long-established democracies and the transitional democracies of newly independent states in cen- tral and eastern Europe, Taken together, the case studies provide a comprehensive view of what educators and national leaders believe 1 4-ycar- olds should know about 18 topics including elections, individujil rights, national identirj', polit- ical participation, relations of economics to poli- tics and respect for ethnic and political diversity. Tlie first phase of the study found surprising consensus across countries about the core topics that should be included in civic education. Many shared the belief that instruction should be par- ticipatory and related to life in the school and community. The countries also expressed deep concern about issues of social cohesion and diversity. The case studies higMiglit these areas of agreement and also examine the issues or themes that each nation sees as most important in its civic education efforts, "This report gives educators and policy mak- ers cross-national information to inform delibera- tions about the role and status of civic education within these coimtries," says Torney-Purta. Data from Phase 1 of the project has been used to develop survey instruments and tests that arc being administered to representative samples of students in each country, including the U.S., as part of Phase 2. The assessments wiU test students' understanding of democratic prin- ciples and skills in interpreting political leaflets and cartoons. They will also survey students' con- cepts of good citizenship and their trust in gov- ernment. The results will be released in February 2001, The 24 case studies and simimary evaluations of Phase 1 have been published by lEA and are available in North America through the Natiotial Council for the Social Studies at 1-800-683-0812. Purchasers should ask for order * 409501. Countries that participated in Phase I of the project mcludc: Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, England, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Lithuama,The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland and the United States. New Clubhouse Suits Diners to a Tee Whether you're a seasoned golf pro or you've never set foot on a golf course, you can still enjoy the new club- house at the University of Maryland Golf Course. Nestled in the rolling greens of the golf course, the new Club House offers a wide variety of dining options to serve your golf outing, conference, reception Of special events. The Club House features a full ser- vice lounge, The Turn Snack Bar, and a beautiful banquet room seating up to 99 guests with a sweeping vista of the tree-lined greens. And at Mulligan's Grill, you can enjoy a menu that boasts tasty appetizers and reasonably priced sandwiches and sal- ads. Brews from around the world are featured at the bar. For more Information, call 403-4182. October 26, 1999 Oirtkmk 7 The Center on Aging Little known to many on campus, the University of Maryland Center on Aging (UMCA) is playing an active role in furthering the quality of life of America's fast-growing elderly popula- tion. Not only is the center addressing issues such as concerns for older women and accessi- bility, quality and efficiency of services for the elderly, but also it is looking at the needs of fem- ilies who provide care to its aged members. Founded in 1974, the center is designed to foster basic, applied and poUcy research, educa- tion and public service in the areas of health promotion, disease prevention and human aging. Knowledge gained from the research is shared with government administrators and pol- icymakers, as well as professionals in healthcare systems, pri\^te organizations and the public. An equally important part of the center's mis- sion is promoting greater understanding of the needs and abilities of the elderly. Faculty serve key congressional committees and provide infor- mal advice to members of Congress, the media and interested groups. UMCA also cosponsors the Senior University, the academic program adjacent to campus offer- ing classes to persons 55 and over (see Outlook story, Oa. 19, 1999 issue). "We still have work to do to educate the public that long- term care is not somebody else's problem, but a reality that is likely to cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for many American families." — Mark Meiners, assistant director. Center on Aging The Center on Aging fells under the auspices of the College of Health and Human Performance. Director Laura Wilson and Associate Director Mark Meiners lead a team of researchers who are evaluating current elderly health programming and analyzing how diey can receive the least restrictive care, as well as learning haw society will finance long-term care. Currently, the Center on i^ing is working on projects with the Partnership for Long-Term Care, the Medicare/Mcdicaid Integration Program, Service Credit Banking and the Cash and Counseling Program. Partnership for Long- Term Care, sponsored by The Rob>ertWood Johnson Foundation, worics to create new ways to pay for long-term care. The program forms partnerships between Medicaid and private long-term care insurers. Under the program, once private insurance benefits are used up, special Medicaid eligibility rules wiU be imple* mented. "We still have work to do to educate the pub- lic that long-term care is not somebody else's problem, but a reality that is likely to cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for many American families," says Meiners, who also directs the Partnership for Long-Term Care. "It simply makes sense for people to purchase pro- tection in the healthy years before long-term care devours a ftunily's accumulated savings and forces them into destitution. It can provide peace of tnind if and when the need arises." The Medicare/Medicaid Integration Program was founded by the Center on i^ing and The Robert 'Wood Johnson Foundation with an $8 million grant. The program strives to integrate acute and long-term care. State governments are provided with funding and technical assistance from the center to restructure the way acute and long-term care is financed. Medicare/ Medicaid Integration is currently being initiated in 10 states including Maryland. The Center on Aging also works with health maintenance organizations to encourage infor- mal care and develop Service Credit Banking, volunteer programs for elderly members which allow HMOs to accommodate members' needs for non-medical services such as transportation and shopping. Meiners says this program is nec- essary because "as more seniors enroll tn man- aged care, HMOs may find that constraining medical costs requires enhancing informal sup- port for non-medical needs." The Cash and Counseling Program allots cash allowances to be paid directly to disabled per- sons, affording them the independence to arrange and purchase services that they feel best meet tlieir needs. Sponsored by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this program gives disabled persons maximum con- trol over the services they receive. "AH of these programs are successes in that they went from being re.search-based, basically doing background work to figure out if the idea makes sense and how it makes sense, to being offered as an option to states and having states implement it," says Meiners. —SABRINA MARTIN Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity Earns Ford Foundation Grant for Study Tlie University of Maryland recently received a two-year, $500,000 grant from the Ford Foundation for three projects focusing on studying contemporary approaches to defining women from a multicultural paradigm. The project, tided "Collaborative Transformations in the Academy: Reconstructing the Study of Gender, Race Ethnicity and Nation," will nurture a collaborative inquiry into the experiences and ideas of women of many backgrounds as they have been transfigured by economic, cultural and politi- cal forces at the turning of the new millennium. The research is assembled by an interdisciplinary team of experts who will focus on issues relating to cultural diversity among women. The study brings together researchers from the Consor- tium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity; the Afro- American stud- ies program; and the combined units of the Curriculum Transfer Project and the department of women's studies, The three units will conduct distina but related projects. The Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity seeks to build an infrastructure at Maryland that will enhance interdisciplinary and collaborative research on issues of race, gender and eth- nicity and give a greater visibility to the work occurring on campus. The focus of the Afro- American studies program is to develop a semi- nar that will bring together multi-racial and ethnic group of scholars to explore how the presence of women in the workplace affect the experiences and imaginations of women of color, their families and their communities. The combined units of the Curriculum Transformation Project and the department of women's studies will support two international seminars with colleagues from China and Korea during the first year and from South Africa and the West Indies during the second year "The seminars will build links between international grad- uate programs for a final retreat that will assist educators at the university in evaluating its graduate women's studies cur- riculum," says Deborah Roscnfclt, director of the Curriculum Transformation Project and professor in women's studies. "The retreat will explore teaching methods of similar pro- grams at other institutions across the United States"Thc scholars will explore how feminism and women's activism are expressed in different cultures. "The three components of 'Collaborative Transformations in the Academy' have in common a concern with fostering multidisciplinary examination of how gender, race and eth- nicity connect with other dimensions of difference," says Bonnie Thornton Dill, director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity and one of the principal investigators of the grant. Rosenfelt and Shanm Harley, director and associ- ate professor in the Afi^>American studies program, will share responsibilities with Dill in directing the projects. The Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity seeks to build an infrastructure at Maryland that will enhance interdisciplinary and collaborative research on issues of race, gender and ethnicity and give a greater visibility to the work occurring on campus. 8 OuttookOctobef 26, 1999 CTE Teaching and Learning News TTie Center for Teaching Excellence newsletter, "Teaching and Learning News" is published four times each academic year. The newsletter discusses a variety of topics on teaching and learning. If you are interested in finding out more informa- tion or m subscribmg to this free publication contact CTE, visit the website; Mrww.inform.umd.edu/CTE, or email: email@example.com. Free Faxed Articles The University of Maryland Libraries are enhancmg access to the published journal litera- ture by subsidizing an online article ordering service for all faculty. All articles are deliv- ered to your fiax machine. Articles must be from journals not held by The Libraries and the total cost per article can- not exceed $35. About seven million articles published since Fall 1988 are available through this online order sys- tem. Faculty can identify avail- able articles by doing a search of the UnCover database (file #76 on VICTOR telnet). Detailed instructions are at www. lib. umd.edu/ UMCP/CLMD/ordcrinst.html Contact Terry Ann Sayler, head of access services, McKeldin Library, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Homecoming Festival The Alumni Association Is hosting its annual Homecoming Festival Saturday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in tlie grassy picnic area between Lot Z and the Tyser Tower entrance to Byrd Stadium. "Maryland Masquerade: Come Have s Ball!" is free and open to the public, and aD members of the university community are invited to attend. Fe5ti\^-goers also are invit- ed to wear their most outra- geous costxmies and decorate their vehicles. Grand prize wirmer will receive four floor- seat tickets to the Maryland vs. Kentucky men's basketball game. An inteiactive game area will feature an obstacle course, fece painting, a quarterback challenge, a speed toss and rock climbing. For further information, contact Lori Hill at 405-4672. Service and Social Change The Mini-Center for Teachmg Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture and Society presents "Teaching, Service, Representation Woman* to Disruptive Women /Utists: An Irigarayan Reading of Irish Visual Cult lire ,'"I\iesday, Oct. 26 at 5 p.m., in Room 1213 Art/Sociology Building. Robinson is currently a pro- fessor at the University of Belfast, Ireland. Her lecture is cosponsored by the depart- ments of art history & archaeology and women's studies For more information, con- tact Josephine Withers, |w72@umaii or 405-1488 Celebrating Black Art Nyimiburu Cultural Center presents a monthly art exhibit titled "A Celebration of Black Art:The African American should caU the curator at 314- 7758 or e-mail cp 1 02@umail. imid.edu. Designating UM for Charity The 1999 directory for the Maryland Charity Campaign, the state's work force portion of the LInited Way Campaign, madvertently omitted the code to designate funds for the University of Maryland, College Park. To do so, write in Agency Number 5383 on your pledge card and your contri- bution will be restricted to the University of Maryland, College Park campus. (All fac- ulty & staff contributions also go toward the Bold Vision Bright Future Campaign.) To Your Health -Q The Center for Health and Wellbemg presents a series of Brown Bag Limches during November focusmg on a variety of health-related topics. The noon to 1 p.m. lunch series takes place Wednesdays, in Room 0121, Campus Recreation Center "Exercise in the Cold," Nov 3, addres.ses the proper way to exercise in cold weather "Time Management: Fitting It All In," Nov. 10, offers time management strategies to help balance / r /^ your life. And on Nov. 17, learn about low fat recipes and ^^^ ^"^#1 /#1 h^^th holiday eatmg at the "Holiday Eating" presentation. iW /^ ^T / M' In addition to the brown bag lunches, the center ' ^^^^^\IzZ § presents some Monday evening talks devoted to fitness -" i and nutrition, These talks are from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Room ^*^\ It ^^ ^ ' CJimpus Recreation Center JL 11 Monday, Nov. 8, the topic is "Fad Diets: Dispelling the J y\ J I Myths." Learn about the popular new diets and which ones are ^ f I I good for your health. Nov. 15 you'll learn how to use the weight room for a workout during "The Weight Room: Strengdi Training for Beginners," All the programs arc free of charge. For more information call 314-1280, and Social Change," with Rebecca Allahyari, Women's Studies and Kelly Quinn, American Studies, Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 2.30 p.m., in Room 11 02 Taliaferro Hall. For more information please visit the Mini-Center's Website at: otal. umd .edu/amst/mini-cen- ter/ or contact the administra- tor, Sandor Vegh, at vcghs @o tal . imid . edu ; . One Billion Cokes Joel Swcrdlow, senior editor and lead author. National Geographic Special Issue Global Culture, discusses " 1 Billion Cokes a Day: World Culture at the Millenniimi,''4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the West Cjallery of the Art and Sociology Building. This event is cosponsored by the art department and the department of art history. Feminist Art Historian Internationally renowned feminist art historian and activist, Hilary Robinson dis- cusses "From the Experience ."This month's exhibit features the work of two Umversity of Maryland students, Dionne Thomas and Jason Culpepper, tlirough Oct. 30, Exhibit hours are 9 a.ra.To 4 p.m. Culpepper is a self-taught artist and native of Washmgton, D.C. Though not yet an accomplished artist, he possesses the style and creativity of the masters. Culpepper believes the "pen- cil is an extension of his soul.' Thomas is a divinely blessed artist whose works provide a visual message of life. She describes her pieces as "not only works of art but also works of the heart." A public clo.sing reception for the artists takes place Friday, Oct. 29, from 4-7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Celebration of Black Art: the African American Experience is a rotatmg exhi- bidon of local artists' original works. Artists interested m being considered for the next exhibit or further information For more information, con- tact Ron Jones at 405-6662, Riddled Basins Edward Ott, departments of electrical and computer engi- neering and physics, discusses "Riddled Basins of Attraction of Chaotic Systems: Inevitable Uncertainties in the Outcomes of Experiments," Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m. In Room 2460 A, V Williams BuUding. His talk is sponsored by the Control and Dynamical Systems Lecture Series and the Institute for Systems Research. For further information, visit: www.isr.umd.edu/ Labs/lSl/e vcn ts . h tml Statistics Seminar Jack Lee, Institute of Statbtics, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan presents a statistics seminar "On Analyzing Dependent Data," Thurstlay, Oct. 28, at 3:30 p.m.. Room 1313 Mathematics Building For more information, con- tact Grace Yang, 405-5480 or email@example.com. For a com- plete abstract go to: www. math . umd . edu/dept/se minars/statistics/ MEDLINE Matters The University Libraries welcome faculty and graduate students to a demonstration and hands-on exploration of the new version of PubMcd, one s7stem of MEDLINE avail- able free through the National Library of Medicine, for find- ing journal articles in the field of biomedicine. Related topics for brief discussion include pre MEDLINE, Internet Grateful Med, MEDLINEplus for consumer health informa- tion, the Next Generation Gateway, the current proposal for PubMed Central, and other new developments for free access to full-text biomedical research information online. This demonstrations will be held twice in Room 4133 McKeldin Library: Thursday, Nov, 4, 10:30 a.m. -noon, and Wednesday, Dec. l,from 10- 11:30 a.m. Advance registration is required by completing the form at: www.lib.umd.edu/UMCP/UES /semmar-f html. Other Fall 399 Electronic Information Resources Semmars arc listed at: www.lib.umd.edu/ UMCP/UES/seminar.html Honoring Neil ^ Neil I>ividson, currently mterim a,ssociate dean for undergraduate studies, retired from the department of cur- riculum and instrticiion last July after a 31-ycar career at the University of Mary land. To honor liis diverse and signifi- cant contributions to the Center for Mathematics Education, the department of curriculum and instruction, the university and the profes- sion of education. Davidson has been asked to give a spe- cial retrospective colloquium talk Tliursday, Nov. 4, titled "SmaU<iroup Cooperative Leaming:'What I've Learned in the Past 30 years." Davidson's talk will be the centerpiece of an event with both social and academic aspects, and will beheld m the Grand Ballroom Lounge, Stamp Student Union. The event begins at 4 p.m. Davidson's talk and small group activity begias at 4:30 p.m. A reception foUows his presentation. Anyone planning to attend should call the Center for Mathematics Education at 405- 3115 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.