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Outlook 

The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper 

Volume 14 * Number 14* December 7, 1 999 




The Gift of Giving, 

page 2 



'Shark Lady' Eugenie Clark Shares 
Experiences, Expertise in Final Seminar 



No thanks to movies like "Jaws," sharks 
have earned a bad rap. "Sharks are not the 
dangerous stupid eating machines many 
people make them out to be," says Eugenie 
Clark, professor emerita and senior research 
scientist in the department of biology. "They 
have a degree of intelligence, can be trained 
and we can learn a lot from them." 

And she should know. Popularly known 
as "the shark lady," 77-year-old Clark is a 
world-renowned ichthyologist and pioneer 
in the study of shark biology, with a career 
spanning five decades. 

Wednesday, Dec. 15, Clark will share 
some of her experiences with sea monsters 
and deep sea sharks in her last University of 
Maryland seminar, "Sea Monsters I Have 
Known ."The special lecture takes place at 
10:30 a.m. in Room 1240 Zoology- 
Psychology Building. 

In her "retirement," Clark has continued to 
study sharks and deep sea fishes throughout the 
world, while making time to teach a popular 
university freshman seminar each fall. She clear- 
ly values teaching as much as the deep sea dives 
she conducts for her research. "Teaching 
younger students is endlessly surprising," says 
Clark. "Every time I think 1 know a lot, students 
will find references I am not aware of and ask 
rfinark;i bit- questions." 

Clark lias been with the University of 
Maryland since 1968, and in 1993 was awarded 
the President's Medal. She began her studies on 
the behavior and reproductive isolating mecha- 




Eugente Clark, 77, will share her five decades of shark 
experiences in a lecture on Dec. 15. 



n isms of fresh water fishes. She later combined 
her love for diving with the study of marine fish- 
es — first hard-hat diving and snorkellng, now 
using scuba and submersibles. 

Currently, one of her research programs con- 
cerns the reproductive behavior, territoriality 
and ecology of tropical sand-dwelling fishes of 
Papua, New Guinea, the Caribbean and Red Sea. 
This evolved from her earlier research on the 
behavior of garden eels and a shark repellent 
"moses sole." 

It was three decades ago that she first condl- 

Continued on page 2 



University-Led Science Team Finds Humans 
Contribute to Retreat of Arctic Sea Ice 



For the first time, scientists have placed satel- 
lite-derived observations of recent reductions in 
Arctic sea ice into a much longer-term context 
to show that sea ice decreases probably are due, 
to human-caused climate change and that sub- 
stantial decreases will continue in the future. 

The findings, by a team of meteorologists, 
physicists, and climatologists from the University 
of Maryland, Rutgers University, NOAA, the 
University of Illinois, NASA, the Hadley Center in 
Great Britain, and the Arctic and Antarctic 
Research Institute in Russia, appeared in the 
Dec. 3 issue of Science. 

The team, led by Konstantin Vinnikov of the 
University of Maryland's department of meteo- 
rology, used computer climate models to exam- 
ine whether the decreases observed in the ice 
cover of the Arctic over the past few decades 
are the result exclusively of natural climate 
changes or might also be influenced by human- 
induced global warming. 

First, observed satellite and ground-based data 
were used to measure the retreat of Arctic sea 
ice. Then the team used a computer model to 
simulate the changes in Arctic sea ice that 
would occur over 5,000years of natural variation 
in climate if there was no human-added carbon 
dioxide in the atmosphere. 



"Satellite data shows that from November 
1978 through March 1998 there was an overall 
downward trend of 37,000 square kilometers 
per year in the extent of Arctic ice," says 
Vinnikov, a senior research scientist. "Our com- 
puter modeling shows a less than 2 percent 
probability that natural variations in climate 
would produce such a large decrease over a 
period of only 194 years, suggesting that the 
negative trend is due to more than just natural 
variability" 

The science team also examined outputs 
from computer simulations that include human 
produced increases in carbon dioxide and 
aerosols. Carbon dioxide increases tend to warm 
the atmosphere, while aerosol increases tend to 
cool the atmosphere. The models that include 
these human-induced changes show a much bet- 
ter match with the observed sea ice decreases 
than the model simulating natural variability 
alone. 

This suggests that melting Arctic sea ice is 
probably related to human-induced global 
warming, and that future decreases in sea ice 
extent can be predicted with some confidence 
using models containing human-induced atmos- 
pheric changes, the scientists say. 




The Grunigs 



Internationally Acclaimed Public 

Relations Educators Honored By 

Students, Department 

"Celebrating 
Excellence: A 
Communication 
PRemiere" is the theme 
of a reception hosted 
by the Public Relations 
Student Society of 
America and the 
department of commu- 
nication to honor the 
contributions and 
achievements of 
renowned public rela- 
tions professors James 
and Larissa Grunig on 

Thursday, Dec. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the University College 
Inn and Conference Center.The also event marks the begin- 
ning a new era in public relations education at the university 
after the program's transition to the department of communi- 
cation from the College of Journalism. 

"The [PR] students wanted to do something to honor our 
professors," says Scott Shaw, senior, and president of PRSSA. 
"Today, the University of Maryland's reputation as the premier 
center for public relations scholarship in the nation, is due 
predominately to the Grunigs who developed the program in 
the College of Journalism." The program has earned the dis- 
tinction of being the top rated graduate public relations pro- 
gram according to U.S. News and World Report's first-ever 
ranking of public relations as an academic department in 
1996. 

"We [students] recognize that without the contributions of 
the Grunigs, the public relations program would probably not 
be of the same caliber," says Jennifer Greenhalgh, senior, and 
organizer of the tribute. "The Grunigs, regarded among the 
world's leading theoreticians of public relations management, 
have developed a program that balances public relations theo- 
ry and practice. 

"I believe the majority of students would agree in regard- 
ing Jim, who has taught at Maryland for 28 years, and alumna 
lauri.who has taught for 19 years, as invaluable educational 
figures." 

Notably acknowledged in the academic and public rela- 
tions fields for their distinguished careers as public relations 
educators, researchers and practitioners, the couple is prob- 
ably best known for their work on excellence in public rela- 
tions theory, a widely accepted mode) for effective strategic 
communication practice. 

In the Oct. 18 issue of PRWeek, a trade publication fur pub- 
lic relations strategists, the Grunigs were fisted among the 
100 most influential PR people of the 20th century. 
According to the magazine, "influential" does not intend to 
identify people who wielded any large amount of power, but 
rather salute those individuals who helped to shape the 
industry and mold it into what it has become today. In the 
publication, James Grunig is revered as a major PR educator 
best known for his research. Larissa Grunig is lauded for her 
research and expertise in PR, development and organizational 
response to activism. 

"I think [students] recognize the contributions and efforts 
the Grunigs have devoted not only to the public relations 
field, but also to maintaining a viable program at Maryland " 
says Shaw. "Not only have Jim and Lauri contributed enor- 
mously to providing students the means of achieving academ- 

Continued on page 3 



2 Outlook December 7, 1999 



Stride ups the Band: School of Music 
Sponsors Community Ensemble 



Dusting off the old saxophone or learning how to play a new 
instrument does not have tot>e a solo effort. Sponsored by the 
School of Music, Communiry Band gives students, faculty and 
local residents a chance to meet other musicians, receive profes- 
sional instruction and perform for live audiences. 

Directed by John Wakefield and Dr. L Richmond Sparks, the 
band performs about four concerts a year. Its annual holiday con- 
cert will be Dec. 1 5 at Largo Landing, an Upper Marlboro retire- 
ment community. 

The band's repertoire is similar to other concert bands. "It's a 
mix," says Wakefield. "We try to do the standards, as well as show- 
tunes and other kinds of music.'The group also performs march- 
es, overtures andjolk songs. 

Communiry B;ukI. which meets every week inTawes FineAite 
Building, is made up of people from all walks of life and skill Jev- 
els. Members are students, former students, band alumni and staff 
members.The band even boasts a few love connections. David and 
Linda Wagner, now married, met each other in Community Band. 

Although the size of the band fluctuates, it usually consists of 
90 members, with about 60 members participating in a given 
practice or performance. Membership ranges from former profes- 
sionals and music teachers to students and hobbyists. 

Despite regular changes due to students graduating and peo- 
ple moving on, a core membership has remained together. "About 
half of the group are people who have been with us from the 
beginning," says Wakefield. 

Afto saxophone player Caroline Cherrix, who is also director 
of adSrunistrative services in the College of Life Sciences, partici- 
pates along with her husband, a clarinet player. "The music is a 
real outlet for us," Cherrix says. She can hardly believe the univer- 
sity continues to offer resources for such a class at no cost. "The 
huge plus is that we are getting [Wakefield's] expertise without 
the cost of enrolling in classes or taking lessons." 

"It's a terrific opportunity for musicians in the area," says Julie 
Raskin, a flute and piccolo player who has been with the group 
since its first meeting. 

Wakefield and Sparks are professionals who have worked with 
musicians at everf skill level. Wakefield is the director of bands 
and chairman of the wind/percussion division in the School of 
Music. He has worked with the University Symphonic Wind 
Ensemble, Concert Band and Marching Band since 1965. He 
plans to start a senior citizen's band for beginners this summer. 
Sparks is a former high school music director who now serves 
on the board of the Council of Higher Education in Music for the 
state of Maryland. He is also president of the Atlantic Coast 
Conference band directors. 

— DAVID ABRAMS 



Making a Difference This Holiday Season 



Eugenie Clark Shares Shark Expertise 



continued from page 1 

tinned sharks, training them to 
press a target to obtain food. 
She then studied their ability to 
visually discriminate between 
targets of different shapes and 
color. 

Clark now studies shark 
behavior in the deep sea from 
submersibles at depths of 
1,000 to 12,000 feet. In the last 
seven years she has conducted 
71 dives off Grand Cayman, 
Bermuda, the Bahamas, 
California and Japan to study 
the behavior, movement and 
population density of large 
deep sea fishes. 

Sharks are useful, says Clark. 



"They keep our coral reefs 
healthy and they are all so dif- 
ferent. There are 370 species 
now and there's so much we 
can gain from them, including 
understanding the perfection 
of their immune system." 
Clark has provided her 
expertise as a consultant and 
narrator, co-director and princi- 
pal in 24 television specials 
about marine life. "The Sharks," 
a 1982 National Geographic 
special still holds the highest 
Nielsen rating on PBS. Another 
special,"ReefWatch"is the first 
live underwater TV documen- 
tary and the just completed 
"Search for the Great Sharks" is 
an IMAX film. 



Amidst all the planning for 
the holiday parties, many offices 
and departments are looking for 
ways to help those less fortu- 
nate enjoy the season as well. 
The Community Service 
Programs Office (CSP) is a good 
resource if you're not sure what 
you want to do or how to help. 

Whether your office has a 
canned food drive, sets up a 
mitten or sock tree or promotes 
a holiday fundraising 
event, the CSP Office 
says opportunities to 
make a difference 
abound this time 
of year. Other 
possibilities 
include making 
holiday gift bas- 
kets and boxes 
to donate to 
needy individuals or 
sponsoring a holiday 
card making party and 
sending the cards to nursing 
homes, hospitals and homeless 
shelters. 

Beth Patton, student assistant 
in the Community Service 
Programs Office, notes that the 
Salvation Army sponsors the 
popular Angel Tree project, a 
program providing gifts for 
needy children during the holi- 
days. The gift buyers select the 
number of children they wish 
to sponsor, and there is no mini- 
mum or maximum requirement 
for sponsorship. "The children's 
gift wishes come written on 
angel cards which can be hung 
as ornaments on a tree," says 
Patton. "Because it does not 
require schedules to coordinate 
for participation, this is a great 
project for campus offices." 

In addition to the Angel Tree, 
the Salvation Army sponsors a 
variety of projects during the 
holiday season. Volunteers are 
needed to prepare seasonal 
greeting cards, take part in the 
coat drive, collect and give toys 
with their Toyland Distribution, 
or prepare and serve holiday 
lunch to local homeless. The 
number for the Salvation Army 
is 202-756-3918. 

You also can spread the holi- 
day spirit by providing a family 
in need with food and gifts for 
the holiday season. Hand to 
Hand's Linkages Program is cen- 
tered on personal interaction 
between the needy family and 
the individual wishing to help 
them. If you are interested in 
being "linked "contact Diane 
Ames, the volunteer coordina- 
tor, at 30I-983-HAND. 

Through Operation Secret 
Santa you can put a smile on 



the face of a needy child this 
holiday season by purchasing 
gifts from a wish list. Monetary 
donations are accepted, and vol- 
unteers are need to help wrap. 
Call 301-258-6350 for more 
information. 

Senior citizens, orphans, hos- 
pital patients and individuals in 
homeless shelters are cheered 
by holiday greeting cards, 
whether handmade or store- 
bought. These donated holi- 




multiple assistance centers for 
D.C.'s homeless and hungry 
population, has been fortunate 
enough to receive more than 
enough offers from volunteers 
to assist with its food program, 
but they are still in need of 
donations. In particular, they 
require food and products asso- 
ciated with babies and mother. 
Call 202-797-7562 for informa- 
tion. 

Another good project for 



The winter holiday season is a great time to take 
part in community service activities; The Community 
Service Programs Office offers a few tips for plan- 
ning a successful holiday project. 
There are many different kinds of agencies out 
there. Although places like homeless shelters, 
nursing homes and children's hospitals are good 
places to visit, don't limit yourself. 
Make sure the agency you are interested in is 
interested in you. The holidays inspire many people 
to serve arid, sometimes, agencies get overwhelmed by 
donations. Check to make sure your services are needed. Be sensi- 
tive and compassionate, listen to the needs of the people you are 
with, and don't make assumptions. 

If you are having a hard time deciding what you Would like to 
do, call an agency you might be interested in and do the planning 
together. Many agencies already have holiday activities planned 
and are simply in need of volunteers. 

The Community Service Programs Office also reminds faculty, 
staff and students, if you want to make a difference but don't have 
the time, you can still help by donating items such as food, cloth- 
ing and educational supplies throughout the year to the many 
organizations that serve the less fortunate. An extensive list of area 
orgahi?atibhs accepting animal supplies; baby and children's 
items, toys and games; building materials; used cars, truck and 
vans; clothing; food; household supplies; reading materials; and 
recreation and sports equipment is available from the CSP office. 

For more information, contact the Community Service 
Programs Office at 314-CARE, visit their Website, 
www.umd.edu/CSP, or stop by their office at II 95 Stamp Student 
Union. 



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day cards should be sent to 
Card for Santa Program, 2029 N. 
Glebe Road, Arlington, Va., 
20007. 

Although the holidays will 
come and go, the cold winter 
weather will linger through 
March. Project HUSH accepts 
clothing and blankets during 
the winter season. Donors 
should call 301-262-6972 to 
arrange a pick-up or drop-off 
time. 

Offices or departments can 
visit an area hospital or nursing 
facility by working with the 
Holiday Project, 703-370-1 156. 
The project links groups with 
interested agencies, but also 
joins individuals with other 
organized trips. Call the above 
number and leave a voice-mail 
message. Someone from the 
project will return your call. 

One agency, So Others Might 
Eat (SOME), which operates 



groups is the making of SOME 
Shoeboxes. Find a shoebox, 
wrap the box and its lid sepa- 
rately, and then fill it with good- 
ies—preferably hygiene prod- 
ucts such as toothpaste and 
toothbrushes, combs, deodorant 
or soap. Don't forget to include 
a smile — a greeting card or 
some candy. 

Boxes should be delivered to 
the SOME main facility in north- 
west Washington, D.C. If you 
have questions or are interested 
in helping to deliver the boxes, 
call DeniseTeilrico at 202-797- 
0701, ext. 1070. 

The D.C.Jewish Community 
Center, 202-51 8-9400, welcomes 
volunteers to participate in one 
of the many service activities 
the DCJCC supports as pan of 
its annual Dec. 25 community 
service project. Interested indi- 
viduals are encouraged to apply 
by Dec. 8. 



Outlook 



Outlook is the weekly faculty-staff newspaper serving the University of Maryland campus community. Brodle Remington. Vice President for University Relations: 
Teresa Planner y , Executive Director of University Communications and Director of Marketing; George Cathcart. Executive Editor; Jennifer Hawes, Editor; 
Londa Scott Fort*, Assistant Editor; David Abrams. Graduate Assistant; Erin Madison, Editorial Intern. Letters to the editor, story suggestions and campus infor- 
mation are welcome. Please submit all material two weeks before the Tuesday of publication. Send material to Editor, Outlook, 2101 Turner Hall, College Park, MD 
20742 .Telephone (301) 405-4629: e-mail outlook® accmail.umd.edu: fax (301) 314-9344. Outlook can be found online at www.inform.umd.edu/outlook/ 



December?, 1999 Outlook 3 



College Park Scholars Get to the Core of Science & Technology 



The University of Maryland has several publications 
online, but nothing devoted to science and technolo- 
gy—until now. The Core, an interactive science 
webzine developed and maintained by College Park 
Scholars, made its Web debut this week. 

The site offers national and local science news, 
information on campus research and science-related 
events, student-written feature articles and a forum for 
discussing science and technology questions. For sci- 
entists, it is a place to find out what's going on at the 
university. It is also a valuable resource for science 
enthusiasts to learn more about the field. 

The Core incorporates popular science — trivia, his- 
tory and editorials — with material geared toward 
more expert readers. "If you're an economist, a histori- 
an, or a sociologist involved in literature, the Core is a 
great resource," says Nathan Price, assistant director of 
the College Park Scholars Science and Technology 
(STS) Program. "Here's a site that can tell you about 
what's going on — what are some really hot research 
fields on campus.There's breaking science news if 
you don't have a chance to read science news or pub- 
lications.'' 

Students do more than just write stories for the 
one credit they receive for working on the Webzine. 
They also design and maintain the site. "A lot of our 



students are engineering majors and computer sci- 
ence majors, so they have this phenomenal technical 
capability," says Price.The Web site has ani- 
mated graphics like a spinning 
apple core and a ringing alarm 
clock as well as links to other 
online science publications. 
Clicking on the ringing clock 
opens up a calendar of science- 
related activities. 

Anyone can post information in 
the calendar, which is a unique 
resource for finding science events 
on campus and in the community. It 
tracks College Park Scholars events, as 
well as the STS program, university- 
wide and off-campus events. 

In the "Core light" section, visitors 
can type in a question for Max Pinter, the Core's ter- 
rapin private eye, and the magazine staff will search 
out the answer from a campus iaculry member. 
Visitors to the site can ask a question about why we 
yawn, or how clouds form. 

Price hopes that local schoolchildren will use 
"Core light," building a connection between the uni- 
versity and the community. " We intend to establish 



partnerships with a couple of area 
middle schools," says Price. "We 
have one with the Friends 
Community School here in 
College Park, which we've 
worked with in our service learn- 
ing internship program.. .but it 
will be open to any school that's 
online." 

Price says he will organize a 
mentor group of faculty mem- 
bers to advise and train Core 
staff, and also to serve as 
• resources to the Webzine, 
writing special articles and 
editorials. The students already 
received a lecture on science reporting from journal- 
ism lecturer Carol Rogers and Web publishing from 
College Park Scholars Director Katherine McAdams, 
who worked at washingtonpost.com when it started. 
The Core also received valuable input from astronomy 
professor David Theison about science fiction writing 
for a future section. 

The Core is located at www.thecore.umd.edu. 

— DAVID ABRAMS 




Grunigs Honored by Campus Groups 



continued from page 1 
ic eminence, in many ways, 
they have become icons that 
students look up to for motiva- 
tion and inspiration." 

The National Capital Chapter 
of Public Relations Society of 
America, as pan of its 50di 
Anniversary celebration, induct- 
ed the duo into its Hall of Fame 
in October. The Grunigs were 
among 50 distinguished indus- 



try leaders in the Washington, 
D.C. metropolitan area who 
were honored for making out- 
standing contributions to the 
PR field and community. 

The event is sponsored in 
part by a contribution from 
Ogilvy Public Relations 
Worldwide, the College of Arts 
and Humanities and the 
Department of Communication. 

— E. LYLE HENDERSON 



Awareness Key to Clean Water System 



Over the past few years, 
attention to the condition of 
Maryland's water sources has 
increased.The Paint Branch 
Creek, which runs through the 
campus, connects to major 
water sources, making the uni- 
versity part of this concern. 
The Environmental Safety 
Office urges the campus com- 
munity to be careful when dis- 
posing of materials that might 
effect the drainage system. 

The creek is the main 
drainage point for the universi- 
ty's storm drainage system. The 
campus has two specific sys- 
tems, says Scott Lupin, assistant 
director of Environmental 
Safety. One is a sanitary sewage 
system for waste that goes to a 
treatment center. The other is 
the storm system, mainly 
intended for precipitation 
drainage. This system includes 
grates along roads and in park- 
ing lots, as well as floor 
drainage systems in buildings. 
These systems empty straight 
into the creek untreated. A per- 
mit, issued by the Maryland 
Department of the 
Environment, requires the cam- 
pus to do regular toxicity test- 
ing to make sure the water in 



the Paint Branch Creek stays 
uncontaminated . 

Often, people do not know 
that the storm system leads to 
the creek, Lupin says. Therefore 
substances such as cleaners, 
soaps and food can find their 
way to the creek through park- 
ing lots and the buildings on 
campus. 

"Any chemical that can 
impair the system is a problem," 
Lupin says. Such chemicals can 
include the minimal amount of 
clilorine diat exists in tap water 
for treatment purposes. 

Lupin and Environmental 
Safety want the campus com- 
munity to be aware of how the 
system works and to take it 
seriously. Lupin advises against 
washing equipment in parking 
lots and to be aware of leaky 
dumpsters. 

"People need to under- 
stand," Lupin says, "all different 
materials, even those you 
would not think of as toxic, 
might pose a problem." 

The Paint Branch Creek 
leads to the Anacostia River, 
which leads to the Potomac, 
which eventually empties into 
the Chesapeake Bay. 

— ERIN MADISON 



Early Winter Gardening Tips 



Chilly weather, bare trees and fallen leaves 
are bitter reminders that winter is near, but it 
is not too late to work in the garden. There 
are a few gardening chores you can do now 
to clean up your yard and reduce potential 
insect and disease problems next year. 

Bagworms are very destructive insects. 
They look like small "ornaments" on trees and 
shrubs. Pick them off now and dispose of 
them in a trashcan.This simple practice 
removes the eggs that will hatch and damage 
your plants next spring, thus reducing the 
need to spray next year. 

Another insect pest you can easily reduce 
now by hand picking is the Eastern Tent 
Caterpillar. Common on wild cherry, fruit 
trees and crabapples, their egg masses, which 
resemble 1/2 to 1 inch long pieces of 
black styrofoam attached to 
small branches, can be picked 
off and disposed of in the trash. 

Trim back your roses to a 
height of approximately 30 inch- 
es to prevent them from whip- 
ping back and forth from the win- 
ter winds and becoming loosened 
Cover the graft union with several 
inches of soil or mulch to prevent 
damage from freezing. 

Clean out flower and vegetable 
gardens of dead plants, weeds and 
other debris. Do the birds a favor and leave 
plants with seed heads, such as coneflower, 
black-eyed Susan and ornamental grasses for 
them to enjoy during the winter.After the gar- 
dens are cleaned apply a 2 to 3 inch layer of 
mulch to protect perennials and prevent win- 
ter weeds like duckweed, from taking over. 
Now is your last chance to dig up canna 
roots, elephant ear and other tender bulbs for 
winter storage.The cold has already lulled the 
tops but has not yet harmed the roots.Trim 
off the dead material and store in a cool place 
in your basement for the winter. 

Now is a good time to do some needed 
pruning on shade trees. Removal of dead 
branches, crossing branches, suckers and 
other unwanted wood is an important part of 




caring for your shade trees. Many people pre- 
fer to prune during the winter so they can 
more easily see the branching pattern. The 
home gardener can do most minor pruning, 
but more extensive work on larger trees is 
best done by a professional certified arborist. 
For details on proper pruning techniques con- 
tact the Home and Garden Information 
Center for an Extension publication. 

Selecting a Cut Christmas Tree: 

During the holiday shopping rush take 
extra time in picking quality Christmas trees. 
When shopping at a local Christmas tree lot, 
try to choose a cut tree that is well shaped, 
has good color, pliable needles and a 
strong fragrance. These are indicators 
of a fresh tree that will last through 
the holidays. Needles that are gray- 
green (except for blue spruce) or yel- 
low indicate a dry tree. 

Tap the tree against the ground a 
few times. If an excessive amount 
of needles rail off this is a sign that 
the tree is not fresh. After bringing 
the best tree home, cut off about 
2 inches from the bottom of the 
trunk and place the tree into a 
large tree stand and fill with 
water. Replenish the water as needed. You can 
add products tliat will reduce bacterial 
growth in the water (bacteria clog the ves- 
sels) to extend the life of the tree. You may 
need to fill the container several times with 
water for the first few days until the tree is 
fully hydra ted. 

Keep the tree away from heat sources and 
after the holidays put it outside as a shelter 
and feeding station for wildlife. Attach treats 
such as sliced fruit, pinecones stuffed with 
peanut butter and suet. 

If you need more information on the top- 
ics in this article or any other gardening topic 
contact the University of Maryland's 
Cooperative Extension Home and Garden 
Information Center at 1-8OO-342-2507. Visit its 
web site at: www.agnr.umd/users/hgic. 



4 Outlook December?, 1999 



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Your Guide to University Events 
December 7-14 



December 7 



2 p.m. Institute for Global Chinese 
Affairs: "Science and Technology and 
U.S.-China Relations," Liu Zhaodong, 
embassy of the People's Republic of 
China. 0126 Reckord Armory. "5-0213 
or rml65@umail.umd.edu. 

3:30 p.m. Committee on Africa and 
the Americas Research and Travel 
Grant Panel: "African American 
Political and Social Activism, 1950- 
2000," Todd Burroughs and Elsa 
Barkley Brown. 0101 Taliaferro Hall. 
5-6835. 

4 p.m. Physics Colloquium: "Recent 
Discoveries in Gamma Ray Burst 
Astrophysics," Neil Gehrels, NASA- 
Goddard. 1410 Physics Bldg. 

8 p.m. School of Music: "20th 
Century Winds." Tawes" Fine Arts 
Bldg. 5-7847. 



December 8 



Noon. Center for Health and 
Wellbeing Brown Bag Lunch: "Stress 
Management." Learn stress manage- 
ment techniques and discuss how to 
reduce stress In your life. 0121 
Campus Recreation Center. 4-1280. 

Noon. Lecture: "Current Research on 

Organizational Leadership ,"3 134 



Hornbake Library, 4-8350 or 
1c lement@deans. umd- edu. 

3:30 p.m. Meteorology Seminar: 
"Global Energy Budgets of the 
Atmosphere: Recent Results from 
ERA and NCEP Reanatyses," Kevin 
Trenberth, National Center for 
Atmospheric Research. 21 14 
Computer & Space Sciences Bldg. 

7 p.m. Writers Here and Now Speaker 
Series featuring Michael Cunningham, 
winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award 
and the Pulitzer Prize for his novel, 
"The Hours." Fourth Floor, McKeldin 
library. 

7:30 p.m. School of Music: Winter 
Jazz Showcase Concert. Experience 
the talent from the University's two 
premiere jazz classes— the Jazz 
Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band — as they 
perform under the direction of direc- 
tor of jazz studies, Chris Vadala. 
Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student 
Union. 5-5542 or 
mb287@umail.umd.edu. 



December 9 



9 a.m. - 4-p.m. College of Library and 
Information Services Professional 
Development Workshop: Effective 
Strategies for Managing Electronic 
Records," addresses the change in 
archival and records management 



practices. Registration required. 5- 
2057 or ra67@umail.umd.edu.* 

9 a.m. International Conference: 
"The Poet of the Culture of Peace," 
sponsored by the Km Mil Gibran 
Research and Studies Project. The 
three-day conference provides an 
opportunity for a dialogue about the 
legacy of Gibran. 4-7714 or 
www. bsos. umd . edu/cidem/gibnm . 

Noon. Institute for Chinese Global 
Affairs Brown Bag Lunch: "Research 
in Modern Chinese Literature: 'The 
Dream Chamber,*"Yuh-wen Kuo, 
National Taiwan University, The talk 
will be given in Chinese. 5-021.3.* 

4 p.m. Committee on the History 
and Philosophy of Science Lecture: 

"Citation Analysis and the Growth of 
Scientific Fields ."John Suppe, 
Princeton University. 1117 Francis 
Scott Key Bldg. 

4 p.m. Meteorology Lecture: 
"Oceanic Normal Modes and 
Applications to Problems of Ocean 
Tides and Circulation," D.B. Rao. 
National Centers for Environmental 
Prediction. NOAA. 2400 Computer 
and Space Sciences Bldg, 



December 10 



Noon. Department of 
Communication Research 
Colloquium: "The Synthesis of 
Communication and Public 
Relations," Elizabeth Toth, associate 
dean at Syracuse University School 
of Public Communications, speaks 
about the balance between speech 
communication, rhetoric and public 
relations 0200 Skinner Bldg. 5-6528 
or la74@umall.umd.edu 



4 p.m."Gymkana Mockshow," the uni- 
versity's Gymkana Troupe is having 
it's annual Mockshow, This dress 
rehearsal for the upcoming season is 
open to the public free of charge. 
Gymnastics gym. North Gym. 5-2505, 
jm259@umail.umd.edu or 
www.gymkana.org 

8 p.m. Concert: "A Tale of Two Cities: 
Paris and Berlin in the Twenties," 
Dorothy Madden Dance Theater. 

5-7847. 



December 12 



3 p.m. Concert: "A Tate of Two Cities: 
Paris and Berlin in the Twenties," 
Dorothy Madden Dance Theater. 
5-7847. 



December 14 



4 p.m. Physics Colloquium: "Chi ral 
Symmetry and Lattice QCD:A New 
Formulation and New Results," 
Norman Christ. Columbia University. 
1410 Physics Bldg. 

7:15 p.m."Skallennium"-Ska Music 
Concert," Stamp Student linion; 
Colony Ballroom 



dendar Guide 



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as 4-xxxx or 

5-xxxx .stand for the prefix 

3 1 4- or 40 i> , Even ts are free 

and open to the public unless 

noted by an asterisk {*). 

Calendar information for 

Outlook is compiled front a 

combination of 

inibrMs. master calendar and ■ 

submissions 

to the Outlook office. 

To reach the calendar editor, 
call 405-761 5< or 

;.: e-mail Oudook@accman, 
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Ribbon-Against-Hatred Project 

The campus community Is encouraged to wear a 
green Ribbon-Against-Hatred as a visible sign of soli- 
darity with all those on campus who have been the 
victims of 

hate-inspired threats. Plans are also underway for 
other education and awareness projects in the next 
weeks. As of last week, ribbons and pins will be 
available for free distribution at the following cam- 
pus loci I ions; 

1 126 Main Administration Building 

Information Desk, Stamp Student Union 

4145 Susquehanna Hall 

Your participation is welcomed by Cordell Black, 
associate provost for equity and diversity; Ellen 
Scholnick, associate provost for faculty affairs; Joyce 
Kornblatt, professor of English; and Mary Helen 
Washington, professor of English. 

Summer Camps 

For the fourth year, the Office of 
School/University Cooperative Programs is compil- 
ing a list of summer camps and programs offered 
through the University of Maryland for K-12 stu- 



dents. If your office or department offers a sum- 
mer program to K-12 students and has not been 
included in the brochure in the past, contact 
Barbara Green stem at bg60@umail.umd.edu or at 
405-5050 for immediate inclusion in the Summer 
Programs brochure. 

To request a summer programs brochure, e-mail 
Betty at eb90@umail.umd.edu. Brochures will be 
mailed in early 2000. 

High Blood Pressure: The Silent Killer 

Do you have high blood pressure? Do you want 
to learn how to exercise to improve your health? 
The department of kinesiology is looking for volun- 
teers to participate in a research study funded by 
the American Heart Association. 

Volunteers should be non-smoking African 
American men and women with high blood pres- 
sure between the ages of 50 and 65. If you are not 
sure whether you have high blood pressure, call us 
to set up an appointment to have your blood pres- 
sure checked. 

Benefits of participating in the study include, car- 
diovascular screening by a physician, comprehensive 
blood pressure assessment, diabetes screening, cho- 
lesterol profile, urinalysis, a supervised exercise pro- 
gram and compensation up to $200. 

To make an important step toward improving 
your health call Michael Brown at 405-2576. 

Storytelling Time 

The alumni chapter of the College of Library and 
Information Services will again present a storytelling 



event on Saturday, Dec. 1 1 in the Maryland Room of 
Marie Mount Hall from 1 to 2 p.m. Admission is free. 

This event is open to university employees, CliS 
students, CliS alumni and anyone who likes to hear 
stories. If you know a young child who you feel 
would enjoy the thrill of stories and some magic, 
please join us that afternoon. This is most appropri- 
ate for ages three to ten or the young at heart. 

It will be a fun time of stories, some magic tricks 
and refreshments. Please RSVP by Dec, 9 to Sonny 
Narvaez (anarvaez@umd5.umd.edu or 301/890- 
4483). There is a limit of 50 so please respond 
quickly. 

Virus Alert 

W32/ExploreZip.worm.pak/Worm.ExploreZip 
(pack). This new version of the ExpIoreZip worm 
program, which infects Windows 95/98 and NT 
machines, is currently spreading itself worldwide as 
an e-mail attachment. Once the attachment is 
opened, it first attempts to access email applications 
in MS Outlook, MS Oudook Express, and MS 
Exchange and send a copy of itself in an email mes- 
sage as a reply to all unread and new messages in 
your in box. Then it searches all of your drives and 
effectively destroys all files with extensions ,c, .cpp, 
,h, asm, .doc (Word), .xls (Excel), and .ppt 
(PowerPoint). 

For more information, visit the Office of 
Information Technology Website at 
www.oit.umd.edu/helpdesk/virus.