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Outlook 

The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newseaper 

Volume 14 'Number 24 * April 4, 2000 



U.S. News' Graduate Pi 
Program Rankings, 
page 2 J 

April's Diversity 
Calendar, 
page 9 j 




College of Behavioral and 

Social Sciences Featured 

inside Outlook 

Inside this issue of Outlook 
is a four-page insert highlight- 
ing the College of Behavioral 
and Social Sciences.This pult 
out section, found on 
pages 5-8, is the 
fourth in a series of 
publications focus- 
ing on each college 
and school in the 
university. 

Conceived as a means of 
building university-wide pride 
in academic activities, these 
inserts also are intended to 
raise awareness among the 
university community about 
the quality of students, faculty 
and programs outside their 
own units. 

Trying to capture, in four 
pages, all the exciting pro- 
grams and people in the 
College of Behavioral and 
Social Sciences is understand- 
ably difficult. Instead, spot- 
lighted here are a few of the 
programs that reflect and rep- 
resent the school. 

As Outlook continues to pro- 
duce these inserts, your com- 
ments and suggestions are wel- 
come. Look for an insert high 
lighting the Robert H. Smith 
School of Business in May. 



Public Hearing Addresses Concern Over Wetlands 



In a five-hour hearing before the 
Maryland Department of Natural 
Resources and the Maryland Department 
of Environment Thursday night, environ- 
mentalists opposed the Maryland Stadium 
Authority's proposed plan to build fields 
displaced by the Comcast Center on lands 
they claim are federally-protected wet- 
lands. 

Maryland Department of Environment 
Chief Terry Clark, the state official who 
will decide whether to grant the university 
a non-tidal wetlands and waterways permit 
to facilitate construction on the site, initiat- 
ed the hearing in response to several pub- 
lic requests. The state is also considering a 
permit authorizing the removal of nine 
acres of trees. 

The university's plan calls for relocation 
of a recreation field, eight tennis courts 
and 50 surface parking spaces that are cur- 
rently on the site to be occupied by the 
17,000-seat sports complex. Construction 
of an additional athletic practice field is 
also planned for the new wooded site near 
the arena. According to university 
spokesman George Cathcart, the arena 
itself was not the subject of the hearing 
and is not in jeopardy. 

"The university has carefully planned 
this project to address and balance a vari- 
ety of concerns," said Frank Brewer, assis- 
tant vice president for facilities manage- 
ment. "These concerns include the impact 
on the environment, the university's need 



for additional recreational and academic 
facilities, the need for additional parking 
and the need to keep the cost of educa- 
tion affordable for our students. I believe 
the project balances these complex issues 
in a responsible manner." 





Thirty-eight speakers addressed Brewer 
and Stadium Authority consultants Jerry 
Kavadias, a civil engineer from Morton 
Thomas and Associates, and Katherine 
Mahan, a landscape architect from Mahan 
Rykiel and Associates. Statements by stu- 
dents, scientists, alumni, faculty, area resi- 
dents and College Park officials ran until 
shortly before midnight. 

The speakers voiced concerns about 



the environmental impact of the proposed 
construction, noting the location of the 
site near. Paint Branch stream, which feeds 
the Anacostia River. John Parrish.a botanist 
and member of the Maryland Native Plant 
Conservation Society, listed several plant 
species that currently exist on the site. He 
said that the site should be preserved as a 
valuable resource for teaching various sub- 
jects to students. 

Parrish and several others disputed a 
recent determination by the university and 
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that the 
proposed site is not wetlands, making it 
possible to build there under revised state 
environmental regulations. They claim the 
site has all the characteristics of wetlands. 

University President Dan Mote 
announced that the university will consid- 
er new concerns raised last week by the 
Corps that a new survey should be per- 
formed on the site. Several groups have 
lobbied the Corps to revisit a 1998 survey 
declaring the site is not wetlands. "The 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told us that 
some of their officials would like to re- 
evaluate their delineation of wetlands at 
the University of Maryland campus last 
year," Mote said. The existing official Corps 
delineation is valid until 2004. 

Several speakers at the hearing said 
construction would increase runoff caused 
by flat surfaces like asphalt parking lots 

Continued on page 1 1 



Family Studies' Sally Koblinsky Named Woman of the Year 



Homeless mothers, at-risk children and com- 
munity violence are issues that resonate in the 
concerned heart and academic research of Salty 
Koblinsky, family studies chair and this year's 
recipient of the Outstanding woman of the Year 
award. During last week's ceremony, President 
Dan Mote described her as an exemplary 
teacher, researcher, administrator and mentor. 

Fulfilling those kinds of roles — even simulta- 
neously — with tireless energy never ceases to 
amaze many of her colleagues. They often 
describe her as "deeply committed," "hardwork- 
ing" and "compassionate." 

Bethany Letiecq, a former doctoral student 
and now faculty research associate, believes 
Sally is more than words could ever describe. 

"Because of the encouragement and infinite 
optimism she gave me as my adviser, I now find 
that as I work with my students, I give them the 
same constant stream of encouragement ," says 
Letiecq. "Sally really pushes me to take myself to 
the next level as a woman and as an educator." 

Pushing beyond the limits led Koblinsky to 
earn local and national recognition for her con- 
tributions to the family studies field over the last 
2 5 years . * Leade rship is believing 1 00 perce nt 
in yourself, 200 percent in those who follow 
you, and my department may tell you I ask 300 
percent," says Koblinsky. 



Her research efforts have empowered the 
lives of many families in local and national com- 
munities. She works closely with Head Start pro- 
grams in Prince George's County, Baltimore City 
and the Washington, D.C., area as a researcher 
and volunteer, and earned a Head Start 
Outstanding Volunteer award. 

Koblinsky's passion to uplift women and chil- 
dren led to extensive research that was instru- 
mental in changing policies and developing a 
curriculum to meet the needs of homeless 
mothers and their children in the Department of 
Health and Human Services' Head Start program. 
The Head Start program provides individualized 
services for low-income families in the areas of 
education, early childhood development, 
parental involvement and health (medical, den- 
tal, mental health and nutrition). 

And during the summer while some head to 
the beach, Koblinsky helps prepare students aca- 
demically in the Ronald E. McNair Post- 
Baccalaureate Achievement program. Her com- 
mitment to help students earned her an award 
for excellence in scholarship and mentoring. 

Peggy Higgins, director of College Park Youth 
and Family Services, works closely with the fami- 
ly studies department. The center takes referral 

Continued on page 1 1 




Sally Koblinsky, this year's recipient of the Outstanding Woman 
of the Year award. 



2 Outlook April 4, 2000 



Tei 



leaching with Technology 
2000 Conference 



Technology has changed the way faculty teach at the 
University of Maryland. "We arc proud of our leadership in 
this area," says Ellen Borkowski, director of technology 

• enhanced learning at the Office of Information Technology. 
"Faculty can distribute course materials in interactive ways, 
students can create web-based class projects, and high-tech 
lecture halls provide network access and multimedia 
resources." 

Discover what some of your colleagues are doing at the 
Teaching with Technology 2000 Conference on April 14. 
Experience the innovative ways in which web-based and 
multi-media technologies are enhancing teaching and learning 
on campus. The annual conference, now in its eighth year, is 
sponsored by the Office of Information Technology and the 
Center for Teaching Excellence and will be held from 9 a.m. 
to 4 p.m. in Van Munching Hall. Registration by April 12 is 
required and is free to University of Maryland, College Park 
participants. An optional second day will feature hands-on 
workshops for a nominal fee. 

The conference features presentations, demonstrations, 
poster sessions, and panel discussions on topics of innova- 
tion, pedagogy and assessment. Most speakers arc University' 
of Maryland faculty from many disciplines, including agricul- 
ture and natural 
resources, American 
studies, cell biology, 
criminology, curricu- 
lum and instruction, 
English, French and 
Italian, government 
and politics, microbi- 
ology, theater and 
Maryland Institute 
for Technology in the 
Humanities. Each has 
a unique instruction- 
al story to share, 
from new ways of 
using technology in 
the classroom to its 
effects on student 
learning. 

Speakers also 
include technology 

leaders from the University Libraries and University College. 
The conference will begin with welcoming remarks by 
Donald Riley, CIO, Office of Information Technology and James 
Greenberg, director, Center forTeaching Excellence. 

Steve Ehrmann will present the keynote address. Ehrmann 
is director of The Flashlight Program, a non-profit organization 

at helps institutions study and improve educational uses of 
echnology while gaining control over the time, effort and 
money these applications require . Findings can be used to 

Idate good practice, spot problems and improve teaching 
and learning using technology. 

A new award, the University of Maryland Award for 

ovation in Teaching with Technology, will be presented in a 
erembny during the conference on April l4.This award seeks 
to recognize innovative uses of technology in the teaching 

d learning process at the University of Maryland and is 
sponsored the Office of Information Technology and the 
Office of Undergraduate Studies. In addition to peer recogni- 

ton, the winner (s) will receive a monetary award. Seventeen 
idividual and team nominations were received and the win- 
ner will be announced in a later edition of Outlook. 

The conference program and registration information for ' 
eaching with Technology 2000 is located*at 

inform.umd.edu/TwT/. Information about the 
University of Maryland Award for Innovation in Teaching 
ith Technology Is located at www.oit.umd.edu/tel/UMTFT/^ 



Discover what some of your 

colleagues are doing at the 

Teaching with Technology 

2000 Conference on April 

14 and experience the 

innovative ways in which 

web-based and multi-media 

technologies are enhancing 

teaching and learning 

on campus. 




Graduate Programs Maintain Solid 
Reputation in National Rankings 



The most recent U.S. News & World Report 
rankings of American graduate schools affirm the 
University of Maryland has achieved a solid repu- 
tation as one of the nation's leading research uni- 
versities. The Counseling and Personnel Services 
program is ranked the best in the country, and a 
range of other programs in education, engineering 
and business rank among the top 20 in the 2001 
edition of the "Best Graduate Schools" guidebook, 

"This reaffirms the progress the campus has 
made over the last decade," says William Desder, 
vice president for research and dean of graduate 
studies. "It has now become routine to see many 
of our graduate programs ranked among the 
nation's best." 

The U.S. News rankings arc based on several 
measures of quality including reputation, student 
selectivity, faculty resources, research activity and 
career placement success. The guidebook 
appeared on newsstands yesterday. 

Desder says it is particularly pleasing to see the 
counseling and personnel services program in the 
College of Education now recognized as the top 
program in the country. It moved into the number 
one spot this year after being ranked second last 
year. The special education program also moved 
up, breaking into the top 10 list for the first time, 
tied with Syracuse at number 1 0. Overall, the 
College of Education is ranked 23. 

"Our special education department is really 
making a difference in improving the lives of stu- 
dents with disabilities, and our counseling and 
personnel services department is truly the best in 
the country," says Dean Edna Szymanski.The col- 
lege recentiy completed a new strategic plan and 
implemented strategies to further increase excel- 



lence on many fronts. "Look for our rankings to 
rise significantly over the next few years," 
Szymanski says. 

The management and information systems pro- 
gram in the R.H. Smith School of Business climbed 
to number nine this year. Dean Howard Frank 
notes, "Our top 10 ranking demonstrates die overall 
success of our strategic efforts to differentiate the 
Smith School around technology, knowledge and 
information management. We are very pleased that 
these efforts to increase the competitiveness of 
Smith MBAs in the new economy' are paying off." 

The business school's overall ranking is 34 in 
the U.S. News survey. As there is wider under- 
standing of the role of technology in 21st century 
business, Frank says he expects there will be a 
dramatic shift in the Smith School's overall recog- 
nition. Already, the Smith School ranks second 
worldwide among MBA programs with an IT 
focus (Financial Times. 2000) and third nation- 
wide among top Techno-MBA programs 
(Computertvorld, 1999). 

The A.James Clark School of Engineering main- 
tained its rank of 1 7 among the nation's 2 1 9 grad- 
uate engineering programs. This is the fourth con- 
secutive year the graduate engineering ranking 
has been "solidly among the top 20 institutions in 
the country," says Herb Rabin, interim dean of 
engineering. "We are committed to building excel- 
lence across all segments of our program, by grad- 
uating the best and brightest engineers, conduct- 
ing world class research and collaborating with 
industry to foster economic growth that improves 
the lives of all citizens. We believe following this 
course will carry us to even higher levels of 
achievement and recognition." 












Is your Web site Usable? 

Is your Web site user friendly and appealing to 
your audience? Usability is the degree to which a 
user can easily learn and effectively operate a sys- 
tem to finish a job to satisfy their needs. Usability 
evaluation, therefore, is a means of improving 
interfaces so users can use the Web site easily 
and effectively. 

How, then, can we measure usability? It can be 
measured based on various criteria, such as ease 
of use, learnability, consistency, reliability and 
availability, accessibility, security and privacy, and 
so on. Is your screen design consistent and pre- 
dictable? Is it easy to identify things such as 
links? Is the content of your Web site clear as to 
its purpose, audience and content? Does your 
Web site succeed in addressing topics that meet 
both the purpose of your organization and the 
needs of your audience? 

These are the types of questions asked during 
a usability study. Screen design and content also 
are examined during a usability study to measure 
their effectiveness based on the usability criteria 
mentioned above. 

The Office oF Information Technology offers 
affordable usability studies to assist you with 
evaluating the effectiveness of your Web site. The 
office offers such evaluation methods as heuris- 
tic evaluation, observation, online surveys, focus 



groups and logfile analysis. 

• Heuristic evaluation is a critique from usability 
experts designed to find individual usability 
problems. 

• Observation is a simple method involving an 
observation while users perform their task using 
your Web site(s) in the same way diey normally 
do. 

• Online survey is a useful tool for studying what 
users think of your Web site and what features 
they like or dislike. 

• Focus groups consist of small group discus- 
sions used to assess user needs and expectations. 

• Logfile analysis is a method that reviews log 
files to analyze access trends of users, such as 
how users perform thejf actual work and the fre- 
quency that they utilize links. 

Using one method may not provide the results 
you need. Each method has its own strengths and 
weakness. Combining two or more usability 
methods, depending on your needs and limita- 
tions (design stage, number of users available, 
time, budget, etc), may better serve you for evalu- 
ating your Web site. A combination that is often 
useful is heuristic evaluation and other forms of 
usability testing. 

If you need more information or would like to 
schedule a Web site evaluation study, contact Gina 
Jones at gmj@info.umd.edu, or call 405-3026. 

— JINMOOK KIM 



Outlook 



Outlook is the weekly faculty-staff newspaper serving the University of Maryland campus community. Brodie Remington. Vice President for University Relations; 
Teresa Hannery. Executive Director of University Communications and Director of Marketing; George Cat heart, Executive Editor; Jennifer Hawes, Editor; 
Londa Scott Forte, 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 trie Tuesday of publication. Send material to Editor, Outlook, 2101 Turner Hall, College Park, MD 
2074 2. Telephone (301) 405-4629; e-mail outtook@accmail.umd.edu; fax (301) 314-9344. Outlook can be found online at www.inform.umd.edu/outlook/ 



April 4, 2000 Outlook 3 



Students Make International Connections at Dorchester 



Even the most intrepid students can 
be intimidated by the adjustment to 
university life — away from home, 
friends and family. If you're an interna- 
tional student, adapting to a new 
school — and a new culture — can be 
overwhelming. The university's interna- 
tional house and its program coordina- 
tor, Jody Heckman, are making that 
transition easier, helping students feel 
more at home. 

Located in Dorchester Hall, the inter- 
national house is home to a variety of 
students, not all of whom are foreign. 
"The misconception about living in 
Dorchester is that you must speak 
another language or have traveled 
abroad," says Heckman. "All that's 
required is that you have an open 
mind, and an interest in learning about 
other cultures." 

Heckman, who also serves as pro- 
gram coordinator for die International 
Education Services office, calls 
Dorchester Hall a wonderful experi- 
ence for students. Living together, she 
says, "they cross cultures." American stu- 
dents can talk to the international stu- 
dents "and process the things they're 
learning about other countries from 
the people who live there." In turn, the 
program is good for international stu- 
dents, "because it forces them to 
branch out beyond other international 
students," she adds. 

Dorchester has an apartment avail- 
able for visiting international scholars. 
Anyone who has an interest in interna- 
tional issues and is visiting for one to 




four weeks can 
reserve the 
room, which 
consists of a 
kitchen, living 
room and bath- 
room, for $85 a 
week. "All we 
ask is that they 
have some 
interaction 
with the stu- 
dents, whether 
it's presenting 
a workshop or 
attending cof- 
fee hour, at 
least once a 
week," says 
Heckman. 

One of the 
many activities 
for internation- 
al students that 
Heckman over- 
sees is the 
weekly 
International 
House Coffee 
Hour. From 3 to 

4:30 p.m. each Wednesday, students 
gather for snacks, soda, coffee and con- 
versation in Dorchester Hall. Open to 
all students, faculty and staff, the coffee 
hour is a chance for international stu- 
dents to chat and have a casual conver- 
sation, says Heckman. "It is helpful to 
the international students to have 
English speakers there to enhance their 



Jody Heckman, fourth from the left, Joins students from Dorchester Hall during one of the international 
house's Wednesday afternoon coffee hours. Heckman is program coordinator for International Education 
Services. Pictured far left Is Fitzgerald Walker, of IES, who helps Heckman with programming Ideas. 



Coffee Hour is Couples Cup of Tea 



It's a long way from Mexico City to College Park. And forAdriana Melendez, whose 
husband is a graduate student in meteorology at the university, the days can be long and 
lonely. 

That's why she was so happy to connect with Jody Heckman and learn of the weekly 
coffee hours in Dorchester Hall. "It's so nice for me to know other people from the United 
States and other countries," says Melendez. "I'm learning about the university and meeting 
such nice, interesting people." 

Blessed with a contagious smile, Melendez is happy to meet international students and 
their spouses. "I've met students from Turkey, China, Peru and Brazil," she says. 

Though not a student at the university, 
she is currently taking an English conver- 
sation class and welcomes the oppor- 
tunity to work on her English 
^k speaking skills. 

Her husband, 
Malaquias Pena, says he is 
equally grateful for the cof- 
fee hour. Pena had been 
studying with Eugenia 
Kalnay, chair of the mete- 
orology department, at 
another university and 
followed her to Maryland 
to continue his research. 
His work doesn't afford 
liim much time away from 
the lab. "I usually come to 
the coffee hour so I can 
meet with Adriana," says Pena. 
"It one of the few chances dur- 
ing die week to see her." 




conversation." 

While the coffee hour is held in 
Dorchester Hall, Heckman says it is 
designed more for students outside of 
the international house. The gathering 
is popular with Maryland English 
Institute (MET) students who arc grate- 
ful for the chance to branch out 
beyond the students they study with 
every day, she says. "I 
■would like to see more 
Americans there," says 
Heckman. "It's a great 
opportunity." 

On a beautiful spring 
day, the coffee house is 
packed with students con- 
versing and snacking. 
Gaston Gohou,an MEI 
student from the Ivory 
Coast who plans to get 
his Ph.D. in economics, 
has been coming to the 
coffee house since 
January. "It's interesting to 
meet other students from 
other countries, improve 
our speaking and make 
new friends," says Gohou. 
He says he usually meets 
three or four new people 
each week during his 45- 
minute visit. 

Helly Bobyleva, from 
Russia, and Thelma 
Gretarsdottir, from 
Iceland, are equally enthu- 
siastic about the opportu- 
nity to meet and mingle, 
"It's nice to see the peo- 
ple and it's good for con- 
versation," says 
Gretarsdottir. 

As part of the coffee 
hour, Heckman invites var- 



ious units on campus to talk to the 
group. Last winter, the University 
Health Center spoke about the flu. 

The Community Service Programs 
office talked about what students gain 
in response to giving, and when the 
International Affairs office visited, they 
talked about being an alum." Bo di of 
these represent new concepts to inter- 
national students," says Heckman. 

One of the major projects Heckman 
sees for herself is marketing the inter- 
national house, both to the campus and 
the community. "The international 
house has a lot to offer; the students 
there are very active," she says. She 
hopes departments will consider 
reserving the Dorchester Hall basement 
for programs. 

Heckman also would like to see 
international students engaged in con- 
versations about issues. "For example," 
says Heckman, "we might ask what 
does Elian Gonzalez's case mean to 
you. You get all these perspectives from 
students who come from different cul- 
tures." 

Other programs Heckman has in the 
works include the upcoming Cultural 
Explosion. A celebration of worldwide 
food, dance, music and drama, the 
event brings together people from 
around the world. Different smdents 
and groups will sing, dance and tell sto- 
ries at the April 18 event inTawes 
Theatre at 8 p.m. 

For more information about the 
international house and its programs, 
call Jody Heckman at 314-7742. 

—JENNIFER HAWES 



A Outlook April 4, ax>0 




Fiddle and Guitar, Hayes and Cahill Make 
Popular Musical Combination 



maryland 



Your Guide to University Events 

April 4-13 



April 4 



4 p.m. Physics Lecture: "Bose- 
Einstein Condensation :The 
Ultimate in Cold,' William Phillips, 
University of Maryland," V Alan 
Kostelecky, University of Indiana. 
I ill) Physics Hkls 



April 5 



4 p.m. Astronomy Colloquia by 
Vicky K ah ijit-ra of the Harvard- 
Smithsonian Center for 
Astrophysics. 2400 Computer and 
Space Sciences Bldg. 

4:30-6 p.m. Institute for Global 
Chinese Affairs Lecture: "Whose 
Audience? Creative Art in China, 
Hong kong, Taiwan," Johnson 
Chan, curatorial director. Hanart 
T.7.. Gallery, Hong Kong and Taipei. 
2309 Art-Sociology Bldg. 5-0213 or 
rm 1 65@umail.umd.edu. 

6-9 p.m. Software Workshop: 
"Introduction to Adobe 
Photoshop," introduces the indus- 
try benchmark graphic manipula- 
tion package for creating profes- 
sional quality graphics. Concepts 
covered include: basic toolbar, 
palettes, layers, image niters and 
screen/image resolution. Digital 
image concepts with emphasis on 
Web-based graphics are also cov- 
ered. 4404 Computer & Space 
Sciences Bldg. Registration 
required. 5-2938, cwpost® 
umd5.umd.edu or 
www. inform .umd .cdu/PT * 



April 6 



4 p.m. Physics Lecture: "High 
Energy Gamma Ray Astronomy 
from the Earth," GaurangYodh, 
University of California, Irvine. 
University of Indiana. 1410 Physics 



4:30-7:30 p.m. Workshop: 
"Introduction to HTML," intro- 
duces the Hypertext Markup 
Language used to create web 
pages on the World Wide Web. 
Concepts covered include how to 
format text, create lists, links and 
anchors, upload pages and add 
inline images. 4404 Computer & 
Space Sciences Bldg. Registration 
required. 5-2938, 
cwpost@umd5.umd.edu or 
www. inform . umd . edu/PT. * 

8-10 p.m. University Theatre "The 
Good Person of Setzuan," a play by 
Bertolt Brecht.Tawes Bldg. 5-2201 
or wwTv.inforM.umd.edu/THET/ 
plays.* 



April 7 



8-10 p.m. University Theatre "The 
Good Person of Setzuan," a play by 
Bertolt Brecht.Tawes Bldg. 5-2201 
or www.inforM.umd.edu/ 
THEr/plays.' 

8 p.m. Concert Society Presents: 
Martin Hayes, fiddle, and Dennis 



Cahill, guitar. Inn & Conference 
Center. 5-7847.* 



April 9 



24 p.m. University Theatre "The 
Good Person of Setzuan " a play by 
Bertolt Brecht.Tawes Bldg. 5-2201 or 
www. inforM . umd .edu/THET/plays." 



April 10 



6-9 p.m. Workshop: "Introduction to 
UNLX," covers the Unix operating sys- 
tem. Concepts covered include file 
and directory manipulation com- 
mands, navigation skills, as well as the 
Pico editor. It does not teach pro- 
gramming skills. 4404 Computer & 
Space Sciences Bldg. Registration 
required. 5-2938, 
cwpost@umd5.umd.edu or 
www.inform.umd.edu/PT.* 

8-10 p.m. Dance Performance: 

Nilimma Devi (India), Kuchipudi 
dancer and choreographer. Ulrich 
Recital HaU,Tawes Bldg. 



April 11 



12:30 p.m. MITH Lecture: 
"Interconnections: Teaching, Research 
and Information Technology," Katie 
King, associate professor of women's 
studies. 2M100E McKektin Library. 

4 p.m. Physics Lecture: "Solid State 
Quantum Computing." David 
DiYincenzo, IBM. 1410 Physics Bldg. 



April 12 



Noon. Research and Development 
Lecture: "Annual Counseling Center 
EEEO Diversity Meeting," Shirley 
Browner, Counseling Center. 01 14 
Counseling Center, Shoemaker Bldg. 

7:30 p.m. 4th Annual Jazz Invitational 
Showcase. Colony Ballroom, Stamp 
Student Union. 5-7847.* 

7:30 p.m. Geology Talk: "Bringing 
Dinosaurs Back to Life (on the Small 
Screen) with a preview of the forth- 
coming Discovery Channel documen- 
tary 'Walking with Dinosaurs,' "Tom 
Holtz (one of the stars of the show) 
will talk about the long association of 
dinosaur science in the media, dating 
back the the 1850s. 1 140 Plant 
Sciences Bldg. 



April 13 



4 p.m. MITH Lecture: "The Myth of 
- Xybematural: Discourse, Diversity 
and Design in the Blacksburg 
Electronic Village and the Seattle 
Community Network," David Silver, 
American studies department. 1 109 
Van Munching Hall. 

8-10 p.m. University Theatre The 
Good Person of Setzuan," a play by 
Bertolt Brecht.Tawes Bldg. 5-2201 or 
www. inforM.umd.edu/THET/plays. * 




Ireland's six-time fiddle champion Martin 
Hayes and the inventive Chicago guitarist 
Dennis Caliill play their traditional and contem- 
porary Irish music on Saturday, April 8 at 8 p.m. 
at the Inn & Conference Center. 

Since he started playing the fiddle at the age 
of seven, Hayes has won "All Ireland Champion" 
six times, been described as "the most important 
musician in Ireland today" and recently was 
named "Traditional Musician of the Year" by 
Ireland's National Entertainment Awards, the 
Irish equivalent of the Grammies."Once you 
have seen him," the Sydney Morning Herald 
wrote, "all other Irish fiddle players become 
faint shadows He is the Yehudi Menuhin of the 
Irish fiddle." 

Hayes' music combines the lyrical rhythms of 
his native County Clare with his own distinctive 
approach to music, incorporating jazz, classical 
folk and rock. "In Irish music the melodies tell 
their own story," Hayes says. "A lot of the time I 
find myself just listening to the tune happen as 
I'm playing it, and I try not to get too involved 
or too clever about it. I try to go where the rune 
takes me." 

Since 1993, Hayes has released three albums 
on Green Linnet. His self- tided debut album was 
named among the Top Ten best albums by the 
Irish Times and Irish Echo newspapers. He fol- 
lowed this with "Under the Moon" (in 1995) and 
"The Lonesome Touch"(1997). 

Born in Chicago to emigrant parents from 
County Kerry in Ireland, CahhT has been named 
as one of the most respected and innovative gui- 



tar players in Irish music. Known for his unique 
approach to finger-picking traditional and con- 
temporary Irish melodies, Cahill incorporates 
the ornaments and subtleties used by the vari- 
ous instruments within traditional Irish music. 

Cahill has performed with many touring 
musicians in Ireland, and has appeared at 
numerous festivals and concerts, including Wolf 
Trap, the San Francisco Celtic Music and Arts 
Festival, the Boston Irish Festival, and the 
Chicago Lyric Opera. He has performed on 
numerous recordings, including "The Lonesome 
Touch "with Martin Hayes. "Dennis Cahill is a 
magnificent foil for Hayes' gende pondering," 
Mojo magazine has written. "They are a spell- 
binding partnership." 

Hayes and Cahill will participate in a free pre- 
concert discussion on April 8, moderated by uni- 
versity ethnomusicologist Carolina Robertson. 
Also scheduled to participate is Chris Williams, 
representing the National Council for the 
Traditional Arts. 

The concert is sponsored by the Concert 
Society at Maryland and the Folklore Society of 
Greater Washington (FSGW). FSGW will host 
workshops with Hayes and Cahill on April 9 at 
Glen Echo Town Hall. To register, or for more 
information about the workshops, call 202-546- 
2228 or visit the FSGW web site at 
www.fsgw.org. 

Tickets for the event are $18 regular, $ 15.50 
seniors, $5 full-time students with ID. There is 
free admission to the pre-concert program with 
purchase of ticket. For tickets call 405-7847. 



Empowered Lives, Engendered History in 
the 20th Century 



Elizabeth Clark-Lewis, director of the public 
history program at Howard University, visits the 
campus Wednesday, April 12 as the final speaker 
in this spring's Black Feminist Thought Lecture 
Series. She will discuss "Empowered lives, 
Engendered History: African American Feminist 
Thought in the 20th Century," at 1 1 a.m. in the 
Maryland Room, Marie Mount Hall. 

Her talk will be followed by a brown bag 
lunch and discussion from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in 
room 2101 Woods Hall. Following these events, 
her award-winning documentary, "Freedombags," 
will be shown at 2 p.m in Non print Media 



Room R, Hornbake Library, fourth floor. 

Author of the acclaimed study, "Living in 
Living Out: African American Domestics and the 
Great Migration" (1996), Clark-Lewis acted as co- 
producer for the film "Freedombags." Having 
received her Ph.d. From the American studies 
department at the University of Maryland, she 
looks forward to returning to the campus as 
part of the Black Feminist Thought Lecture 
Series. 

For more information, contact the depart- 
ment of women's studies at 405-6877. 



COLLEGE OF BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES 




I 

t\m-^m 1 




The Nation as a Classroom 



"The Colkge of Behavioral 
and Social Sciences speaks to 
the really salient issues going 
on in society," says dean Irv 
Goldstein. It explores issues 
such as crime, the effect of a 
growing elderly population 
on society and the recent out- 
break of pflsteria among fish 
in local waters. The anthropol- 
ogy department is probing 
this outbreak to gain better 
understanding of the cultural 
beliefs and values held by 



The college attempts to understand 
not just problems, hut social sys- 
tems, the people around them, and 
the interactions that contribute to 
their success or failure." 



— Dean Irv Goldstein 



farmers and environmentalists 
regarding the environment 
and pollution. 

Through research and edu- 
cation, the college attempts to 
understand not only prob- 
lems, but also social systems, 
the people around them, and 
the interactions that con- 
tribute to their success or fail- 
ure The college forms part- 
nerships, both on campus and 
off, in its interdisciplinary 
approach to its mission. 

In response to the phe- 
nomenon of low civic partici- 
pation, the college established 
the Civil Society/Community 
Building Initiative. A multi- 
faceted, multi-institutional 



program, the initiative 
includes a lecture series, an 
undergraduate honors course, 
a living-learning program 
called CIVTCUS, and a gradu- 
ate training and research com- 
ponent that recently launched 
a new Web site called the 
Nonprofit Patltfinder.The 
Nonprofit Pathfinder offers 
scholars, researchers, media 
and funding sources a one- 
stop shopping link to the best 
available 
research 
on the 
nonprofit 
sector. 
People 
outside 
the uni- 
versity are 
recognizing 
the rele- 
vance of 
the col- 
lege's work, 
says Gold- 
stein. That interest has meant 
an increase in research fund- 
ing, from $11 million in 1993 
to more than $50 million in 
1999. 

In a 1998 Congressionally 
mandated study for the 
National Institute of Justice, 
criminologists from the col- 
lege were able to identify 
what does and doesn't work 
when it comes to preventing 
crime. The study, updated 
annually, was based on a 
review of more than 500 sci- 
entific evaluations of pro- 
grams intended to prevent 
crime. Fifteen different meth- 
ods of crime prevention, 
including drug treatment pro- 




grams in prisons, nurses visit- 
ing high-risk infants at home 
and extra police patrols in 
high-crime "hot spots" were 
deemed effective as a result 
of the study. 

In sociology, Harriet 
Presser is studying the impact 
the country's move to a ser- 
vice-oriented, round-the-clock 
economy is having on society. 
Presser found that less than a 
third of all employed 
Americans aged 18 and over 
now work a standard work 
week, and many of the 
employees taking the late- 
night and non-traditional- 
workday shifts are married 
persons and parents with 
young children. Presser was 
not surprised to find there 
has been a significant effect 
on couples and their families. 
She says the additional physi- 
cal demands and psychologi- 
cal stress of balancing late- 
night and rotating work 
schedules can pull at the 
threads of marital stability, 
particularly for couples with 
children. 

Other work pertaining to 
young people is taking place 
in the economics department, 
where Bill Evans has found 
higher prices for cigarettes 
will significantly reduce teen 
smoking. 

In the Center for Substance 
Abuse Research (CESAR), poU- 
cy-relevant research related to 
substance abuse is conducted, 
including research on the 
nature and extent of the prob- 
lem, its prevention and treat- 
ment, and how it affects indi- 

con tinned on page 2 




Understanding and Helping to 
Shape the Global Village 

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' philoso- 
phy of engagement crosses boundaries, taking students and 
faculty into faraway places. The college's international pro- 
grams emphasize the importance of diversity in understand- 
ing economic globalization and the impact of technology 
on international communities and political institutions. 

Since 1990, the economics department's IRIS 
(Institutional Reform in the Informal Sector) project, for- 
merly headed by Mancur Olson and now led by Charles 
Cadwell, has helped to build free market economies in 
developing countries 
by promoting political 
and economic reorga- 
nization and encour- 
aging broad-based 
economic growth. 
Thanks to rRIS, it 
now takes a few 
days rather than a 
few years to regis- 
ter new businesses 
in Chad and 
Nepal. IRIS'S 
efforts to provide 
greater access to credit are also 
underway in the former Soviet Bloc. And in 
Bangladesh, an IRIS program to reduce poverty offers hope 
for the world's 13th poorest country. 

In the Center for International Development and 
Conflict Management (CIDCM) two endowed chairs bring 
the interdisciplinary work of the coUege to Asia, Eastern 
Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere. Located in the gov- 
ernment and politics department and headed by Ernest 
Wilson, the center emphasizes a combination of teaching, 
research and hands-on experience. 

The Anwar Sadat Chair for Development and Peace com- 
memorates the slain Egyptian leader by providing leader- 
ship for research on population, development and conflict 
resolution, especially in the Middle East. The Bahai' Chair for 
World Peace combines studies of peace with complex ethi- 
cal and social issues. In 
addition, CIDCM focus- 
es on the often fragile 
post-Cold War environ- 
ment, maintaining sev- 
eral crucial databases 
for monitoring poten- 
tial ethnic and reli- 
gious conflicts. 
Through the 
Center for 
International 
Economics, 
housed in the eco- 
nomics depart- 
ment and headed by 
Guillermo Calvo, faculty and graduate stu- 
dents delve into international trade, exchange rate mecha- 
nisms, international liquidity, central banking functions and 
capital investment In South America and Eastern Europe. 

And government and politics' ICONS (International 
Communication and Negotiation Simulations) project 
allows students at 120 universities and 160 high schools in 
39 countries to prepare themselves for a world in which 
international boundaries have disappeared with the advent 
of high technology. 

Using die Internet, the ICONS students assume the role 
of international players negotiating a wide range of pressing 
issues, including arms control, human rights violations, inter- 

continued on page 3 





I message from the dean 



From Maryland to. Poland, from earth science to neuro- 
science, the behavioral and social sciences study the institu- 
tions that define society, and the people within those institu- 
tions and societies. If a foreign currency fails or divorce rates 
in the United States rise, it is the economist, sociologist, psy- 
chologist and fellow social scientists who look not only at 
the immediate results, but at the reasons why, the people 
affected and possible solutions. Similarly, if ethnic fighting in 
a third world country slows or a police-sponsored communi- 
ty activity reduces juvenile crime, we'll look at the factors 
surrounding that, too. 

We cannot simply identify a problem or solution; we need 
to know the whys and wherefores of each situation, we 
need to understand which groups of people are affected, 
and how. We need to understand how each group defines 
itself, and what its contributions to society are. Once we do 
all these things, we can hope to make a positive impact on 
society. 

Within this four-page insert, you'll read about a few of the 
faculty, their students and projects in the College of 
Behavioral and Social Sciences and the ways they are 
addressing some of the societal issues we think about every 
day — from the impact of a growing elderly population to 
world peace, from qualities that define leadership to survival 
of the earth. 

When you learn that research into the effect of cultural 
diversity in elementary schools leads to multi-cultural train- 
ing for teachers, as it did in Prince George's County, and 
&that genetic studies have led to greater hope for people 
awaiting life-saving organ donations, then you'll under- 
stand that in the College of Behavioral and Social 
Sciences, research, teaching and outreach go hand 
in hand to have a direct impact on society 
Our areas of study are as diverse as the 
people we study. And that means we often form part- 
nerships that help us approach a problem or solution 
from many different angles. On campus, our interest in 
cognitive and neuroscience has brought us together 
with the College of Life Sciences and the College of 
Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and our 
Civil Society Initiative has brought us into partnership with 
the School of Public Affairs, University Libraries, the 
Department of Resident Life and Undergraduate Studies. Off 
campus, we're working with NASA on three projects related 
to global image sensing and earth mapping, and the Drug 
Enforcement Agency turned to us to lead a regional center 
that enacts programs and policies that deter drug activity. 

The interests of the College of Behavioral and Social 
Sciences are many and its scope is wide; we can only sample 
a few here. But I hope you'll enjoy reading about us and be 
left with a better understanding of who we are and what we 
do. 

Irwin L. Goldstein 



The Nation as a Classroom 



continued from page 1 

viduals, families and communi- 
ties. Considered a pioneer in 
the application of technology 
to the measurement of sub- 
stance abuse, CESAR provides 
up-to-the-minute information to 
White House staffers and 3,000 
other policymakers, practition- 
ers, researchers and concerned 
citizens through its weekly 
CESAR Fax. CESAR also is 
developing a confidential Web- 
based drug and alcohol assess- 
ment and referral service. 
The college is currently 
awaiting funding for a new ini- 
tiative looking at the demogra- 
phy of inequality. The initiative 
will join together faculty in 
Afro-American studies, eco- 



nomics and sociology with the 
School of Public Affairs and 
the Consortium on Race, 
Gender and Ethnicity. 
Sociology's Center for 
Population, Gender and Social 
Inequality, led by Presser, will 
serve as the focal point as the 
research partners assess how 
technological advances and 
globalization have spurred 
social and economic changes 
that arc widening income 
inequality, altering family struc- 
tures and profoundly affecting 
gender relations. 

"We're really moving," says 
Goldstein of the college. "It's 
an exciting place." 



Local Outreach Program Catches On and Grows 



Hundreds of grade-school students in 
Maryland are learning information that's more 
valuable than the prizes given away on "Who 
Wants to Be a Millionaire ."Through the Black 
Saga Competition, a quiz-style program started 
in 1992 by Chaiies Christian, students arc 
increasing their knowledge of black history, as 
well as their self esteem. 

"We do much more than teach history or 
black history," says Christian, professor of social 
and population geography. "The Black Saga 
Competition helps build character. Our students 
learn to depend on each other, appreciate each 
other's contributions, and learn to work togeth- 
er toward a common goal." 

Last month, teams of students from 22 ele- 




Studerrts Irani Potomac Landing Elementary School proudly display tfie trophies 
they won after competing in the Black Saga Competition. 



mentary and middle schools in Montgomery, 
Prince George's, Baltimore, Anne Arundel and 
Howard counties tested their knowledge of 
black history for prizes in the annual competi- 
tion. 

"It's American history, AU students need to 
learn the African-American experience if they 
truly want to understand U.S. history," says 
Christian. "And if we make learning fun for 
them, they'll gravitate toward a quest for knowl- 
edge." 

To prepare for the competition, students last 
fall received study guides based on Christian's 
book, "Black Saga:The African-American 
Experience."The students were asked to study 
answers to more than 700 questions about the 
African-American experience from 1600 to the 
present. 

Wliile the program started with just one 
school eight years ago, Black Saga continues to 
grow id popularity. Last year Christian expanded 
Black Saga to include middle school students. In 
the future, he hopes grade-school children 
across the country will be playing Black Saga 
each year. 

The program has received numerous awards, 
including the 1994 Outstanding Contribution to 
the Schools Award presented by University of 
Maryland; the 1995 Program of Excellence 
Award from the Maryland Council for the Social 
Studies; the 1996 Education Award presented by 
the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus; and 
Certificates of Recognition in 1996 and 1998 
from the Prince George's County Board of 
Education. 



Undergraduate Students Make Important 
Contributions to Major Research Projects 



Working side-by-side with psy- 
chology professor Charles Stangor, 
undergraduate student Matt Delfino 
is conducting research into the 
ways different people react to per- 
ceived discrimination. An honors 
student, Delfino designed question- 
naires and a lab situation to find 
that women are less likely than men 
to report discrimination publicly 
(verbally in front of a group), wliile 
both genders were equally Ukely to 
report discrimination anonymously 
in writing. 

This semester, Delfino is looking 
at the ways African Americans and 
whites report discrimination. His 
close working relationship with 
Stangor, says Delfino, has been a 
great experience. 

Jodi Barr and Anthony Bannon 
are two of five hearing and speech 
sciences undergraduates chosen to 
work on research for the department's 
Language-Learning Early Advantage Program 
(LEAP). LEAP, established in 1992, was recog- 
nized in 1997 with the Maryland Association for 
Higher Education's Distinguished Program 
Award. 

Barr and Bannon, along with Laura 
Fortenbaugh, Libby Jones-Piper and Andrea 
Smouse, work closely with hearing and speech 
sciences faculty members Froma Roth, Kathy 
Dow and Colleen Worthington to develop and 
implement a phonological awareness program 
for preschool children. The students take base- 
line measurements, work with the children using 
established training guidelines, record post-treat- 




Hearing and Speech Sciences' Chair Nan Ratner applauds a recent LEAP graduating class. 



ment data and conduct language tests for the 
LEAP preschoolers. 

"We're really active learners," says Bannon 
"Taking part in the research puts a face to the 
activities and tests we've learned about in class." 
Barr agrees the research experience has been a 
positive one. "Working with a group of profes- 
sors and students allows me to see the different 
perspectives and contributions everyone 
makes," she says. 

"The students really contribute to the pro- 
gram in major ways," says Roth. "Working with 
them makes this an ongoing, changing project 
and that's why it is really exciting ." 








logy is integral 
of College's Work 



Social 









Wherever you look in the College of Behavioral and 
Sciences, you'll find people studying technology, learning with 
it and using it to help others 

In the Center for International Development and Conflict 
Management (CIDCM), Ernest Wilson and Kelvin Wong are 
leading the African Telematics Project. Since 1 995, after many 
years of bloody Civil War in Rwanda, the project has been 
helping to bring alternative channels of communication, 
including the Internet, into the African country to foster peace 
through better communication across governmental and eth- 
nic divisions. 

Telematics is the combination of telecommunications and 
information processing.The project is funded by the U.S. 
Agency for International Development via CIDCM's Leland 
Initiative, which has collaborated with the United Nations 
Economic Commission for Africa, the Canadian International 
Development Research Center and the National University of 
Rwanda. The goal is to not only introduce die Internet to 
Africa, but also apply its communications and information 
tools to sustainable development. 

"The beauty of this program is it allows us to test our acad- 
emic theories about relationships among telematics, conflict 
management and development while potentially saving lives," 
says Wilson. 

The newest project to make technology an integral part of 
its work comes out of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking 
Area (HIDTA) Research Program, which recendy began work- 
ing with the Baltimore Police Department to ensure the 
department uses new and future law enforcement technology 
to accomplish its public safety goals effectively. Elsewhere in 
the college, the Afro- American Studies Program looks at issues 
surrounding access to information technology, and economist 
Peter Cramton advises Congress about auctioning slices of the 
radio frequency spectrum for wireless communications. 

The power of technology is so strongly valued in the col- 
lege it has created its own technology support unit. Named 
the Office of Academic Computing Services, the unit provides 
training and support for all of the college's information tech- 
nology needs 






Geography Department Partners with 
NASA to Measure Earth's Vegetation 

Throughout the geography department, professors are using advanced technology to study 
the earth's land cover. The Vegetation Canopy Iidar (VCL) Project, led by Ralph Dubayah and 
funded through a $60 million agreement with NASA, will use the latest satellite technology to 
study forest canopy structures with 1 times the accuracy previously possible. 

According to Dubayah, the VCL Project will measure the heights and structures of the 
world's forests to gain valuable information on the carbon content of the Earth's forests.The car- 
bon content will then lead to better understanding of the net effects of deforestation on atmos- 
pheric carbon dioxide. 

Closer to home, the department is one of NASA's seven Regional Earth Science Applications 
Centers. In that capacity, the geography department will use its expertise in satellite remote 
sensing to provide data on land cover change in the Mid-Atiantic region. Information gathered 
will address chemical runoff into the Chesapeake Bay, the effects of urban sprawl, farm produc- 
tivity and other human development/environmental issues. 

"The new technologies we're using allow us to gather information in amazing ways," says 
department chair Sam Coward." But that's just the first step. What's even more important is 
applying that information to address tough questions about our environment. As humans popu- 
late more and more areas of the earth, we need this information to determine the relationship 
between human development and the environment." 

Goward is the leader of the Landsat 7 science team. Landsat 7 is a new earth-observing satel- 
lite that will provide important information about land cover and changes that are occurring. 

"Landsat 7 and similar satellites will tremendously increase what we can learn about how our 
planet is changing and what role humanity is playing in those changes," says Goward. 

Stay tuned for more information on 
our planet from the university's 
Regional Earth Science 
Applications Center. 
Landsat 7 was 
launched in spring of 
last year and is already 
providing data. The 
VCL satellite plans a 
fall 2001 take-off from 
NASA's new Kodiak 
Island, Alaska, facility; 
data should become 
available about seven 
months afterwards. 








Understanding and Helping to Shape the Global Village 



continued horn page 1 

national trade, environmental degrada- 
tion and world health. "The teams of 
student negotiators often come up with 
solutions to international problems that 
are every bit as creative and elegant as 
any devised by professional diplomats," 
says Elizabeth Kiclman, managing direc- 
tor of the ICONS project. 

College faculty actively plan and par- 
ticipate in study abroad projects. In the 
Yucatan, Mexico, students immerse 
themselves in the local culture, but 
focus on community health by working 
with traditional Mayan healers as well 
as Western trained physicians. In 
Germany, students interested in cross- 
cultural management and international 
economic policy take a course that uses 
a cross-cultural approach to compare 
social, political and economic condi- 
tions in Germany and the European 
Union. There also are programs in Cuba, 
South Africa, Vietnam and other coun- 
tries. 

The college promotes understanding 
between international student leaders 
and develops their leadership skills 
through its James MacGregor Burns 
Academy of Leadership, the first acade- 



mic program in the country to support 
tomorrow's leaders. Last year the acade- 
my's director, Nance Lucas, twice led a 
team to Poland and Central Europe to 
establish a multinational leadership edu- 
cation program. "We work with young 
people to identify their core leadership 
values and allow them to think very 
reflectively about what is most impor- 
tant in their lives," says Lucas. We say to 
them, 'If you could only have one value 
in this world, what would that be and 
why?' We really get diem to think about 
the congruity between what they say 
they value and their actions." 

There are lessons to be learned on 
both sides, Lucas notes. "Our research 
has shown dial even as you look across 
cultures and across countries, we have 
more in common than we think when 
it comes to our values," 

The academy's efforts continue else- 
where in the world as well. In Northern 
Ireland, the academy brings American 
and Irish student leaders together. And 
in South Korea, it recendy offered a 
training workshop for members of the 
Center for Korean Women who were 
interested in running for a seat in the 
National Assembly. 



In another area 
of the world — 
Eastern Europe — 
the Center for the 
Study of Post- 
Communist 
Societies fosters 
collaborative inter- 
disciplinary 
research and pub- 
lic policy activities 
between U.S. and 
East-Central 
European educa- 
tional institutions. 
The center's aim is 
to advance and cul- 
tivate cooperation 
between scholars 
and policymakers 
working on such 
issues as the con- 
solidation of 

democracy, market-oriented economic 
transition, institutional development in 
post-communist countries, political cul- 
ture and the emergence of nationalism 
in the region. 

The College of Behavioral and Social 
Sciences takes seriously its responsibiii- 




Dean liv Goldstein, Economics Chair Malon Strasriieim and Development Officers Melissa Diane and 
Tim Brown with Ming Teh Hsu in his home during a recent trip to Taiwan. Hsu. 74. » president of 
Taiwan Secom Co., Ltd.. and president of the Taiwan Alumni Club. The trip was successful in estab- 
lishing closer ties to alumni and relationships with key foundations and universities. 



ties in a rapidly shrinking world and 
provides its faculty and students excit- 
ing research and teaching opportunities 
abroad that help diem better under- 
stand the social, political and economic 
issues that define contemporary life. 



The Democratic Process and the 
Nature of Leadership 



In an election year, under- 
standing the democratic 
process and the concept of 
leadership is more important 
than ever, and in the College of 
Behavior and Social Sciences, 
faculty members explore these 
provocative topics from a vari- 
ety of perspectives. 

Paul Hermson, professor of 
government and politics and 
author of 
"Congressional 
Elections: 
Campaigning at 
Home and In 
Washington" 
(Congressional 
Quarterly Press), is 
surveying more 
than 20,000 recent 
candidates for pub- 
lic office for his 
Campaign 
Assessment and 
Candidate 
Outreach Project, The Project 
will explore the way local, 
state and federal campaigns are 
run. 

And under his leadership, a 
proposed Center for American 
Politics and Citizenship will 
study political institutions, 
political processes and public 
policy in the United States, 
With participation from a num- 
ber of programs in the College 
of Behavioral and Social 
Sciences, the School of Public 
Affairs and scholars at other 
local universities, the center 
will study campaigns and elec- 
tions; national, state and local 
governments; public policy; 
civil society; and the politics of 




ethnicity and race. 

Fellow government and pol- 
iUcs professor Eric Uslaner says 
the way politics work has 
changed recently. "As 
Americans have become less 
trusting, political parties have 
become more polarized," he 
says. "Our leaders no longer 
have any room to bargain and 
our political system is marked 
by gridlock. In the 
past leaders were 
expected to put 
together diverse 
coalitions that 
would shift from 
issue to issue. Now 
our system is so 
torn into two clear 
parts that leaders 
have neither the 
room nor the 
desire to seek com- 
promises.' 

Except, per- 
haps, BUI Clinton. 

The Academy of Leader- 
ship's Georgia Sorensen and 
James MacGregor Burns, in 
their new book, "Dead Center: 
Clinton-Gore Leadership and 
the Perils of Moderation," say 
Clinton adopted a centrist 
position during much of his 
presidency, and that strategy 
has kept him from being the 
transforming leader he had 
hoped to be. 

Now another presidential 
election looms before us, and 
professors in the College of 
Behavioral and Social Sciences 
stand ready to apply their 
expertise to the changes it may 
bring to our lives. 



The College of Behavioral end Social Sciences: 

• is the university's largest college. It has more than 4,000 undergraduate majors 
and 800 master's and doctoral students. It comprises 10 academic departments and 
four stand-alone research and service centers. 

• has seen outside funding grow from just over $ 1 1 million in 1 993 to more than 
$50 million in 1999. Of the federal research and development funding among public 
American Association of Universities (AAU) institutions, the University of Maryland ga 
nered 1 5 percent of the social science funding, a greater share than any other public 
AAU institution. 



• was recently widely noted in the media for its outstanding archaeological work In 
Annapolis, particularly as it relates to the history of African Americans in the area. 

• houses the nation's top-ranked criminology doctoral program, 

• houses industrial/organizational psychology and counseling psychology programs 
ranked in the top five in the nation, an economics program ranked seventh among 
public universities, speech and audiology programs ranked in the top 10 percent, and 
sociology and government and politics programs ranked among the top 25. 

• houses the first center ever established to conduct research on the armed forces 
as social institutions and as workplaces. Called the Center for Research in Military 
Organization, much of its research is supported by a grant from the U.S. Army 
Research Institute. 

• houses the only program in the country to offer graduate programs, continuing 
education and research activities in survey methodology. The Joint Program in Survey 
Methodology, with the University of Michigan and Westat, Inc., provides training for 
employees of the 60-70 federal agencies that collect social and economic information. 
It is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Census Bureau. 

• has been recognized by the magazine Black Issues in Higher Education for its 
cadre of black scholars, dubbed a "black policy powerhouse." 

• has been identified by NASA as a leader in earth system science, including remote 
sensing, global mapping and land surface modeling. The geography department cur- 
rently has three NASA-sponsored programs underway. 







College Shares Leadership in Neuroscience Research and Development 



Within the last few years, 
neuroscience expertise at the 
university has been quietly 
growing and is now consid- 
ered a rising star, rivaling pro- 
grams at other top research 
universities. 

"Because of our strength in 
several key neuroscience-relat- 
ed fields, the university is extra- 
ordinarily well positioned to 
be a leader in the neuro- 
sciences of the future " says Irv 
Goldstein, dean of the College 
of Behavioral and Social 
Sciences. 

A broad and interdiscipli- 
nary science, its emergence is 
owed to the collection of 



excellent scientists in fields as 
diverse as biology, psychology, 
hearing and speech sciences, 
engineering and computer sci- 
ence. In the end, however, 
those involved in neuroscience 
are seeking an answer to the 
same question that drives the 
behavioral and social sciences: 
What is at the root of human 
behavior? Perhaps this is why 
the College of Behavioral and 
Social Sciences is at the fore- 
front of the continued develop- 
ment of neuroscience exper- 
tise on campus. 

Of the more than 50 faculty 
from 16 departments and insti- 
tutes and six colleges involved 



in neuroscience, about 25 per- 
cent come from biology and 
psychology. These two depart- 
ments have taken the lead in 
developing and nurturing the 
existing neuroscience activities 
across campus. Among other 
College of Behavioral and 
Social Sciences disciplines, fac- 
ulty from hearing and speech 
sciences also play an important 
role. 

Three groups have been 
formed on campus around neu- 
roscience; the neural and cog- 
nitive sciences graduate pro- 
gram, led by biology's Arthur 
Popper; the comparative and 
evolutionary biology of hearing 



training grant, led by Popper 
and Bob Dooling of the psy- 
chology department; and the 
Center for Comparative 
Neuroscience, formed by the 
College of Life Sciences and 
the College of Behavioral and 
Social Sciences to promote 
cross-disciplinary research in 
the neuroscience, led by 
Dooling, 

The university's neuro- 
science expertise can also be 
seen as four central areas of 
research and education: audito- 
ry neuroscience, neuroetholo- 
gy and behavior, cognitive and 
computational neuroscience, 
and development and aging. 



The college's psychology and 
hearing and speech sciences 
departments play a key role in 
all of these. And according to 
Bill Hall, chair of psychology, 
recent changes in the depart- 
ment's clinical psychology pro- 
gram coupled with the univer- 
sity's expansion of the devel- 
opmental sciences program, 
will allow two additional areas 
in neuroscience to grow with- 
in his department: develop- 
ment and aging and neuropsy- 
chology. 




UN I VERS ITY OF 

MARYLAND 



April 4, 2000 Outlook 9 



Diversity: It's Your Future 

April Focus on Diversity 



April 5 

4:30-6 p.m. "Whose Audience? Creative 
Art in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan." 
Johnson Chang, curatorial director at 
the Hanart T.Z. Gallery in Hong Kong 
and Taipei, will discuss this topic. 2309 
Art-Sociology Bldg. Contact Rebecca 
McGinnis, 5-0213 or rml65@ 
umail.umd.edu, for a reservation. 

5 p.m. "One More RiverTo Cross; Black 
and Gay in America." Keith Boykin, an 
avid author and commentator on race 
and LGBT issues, will discuss this topic. 
Reception and book signing will follow 
the talk. Colony Ballroom, Stamp 
Student Union. 

6:30-9 p.m. "Ralph Bunche: An American 
Odyssey." A showing of the highly 
acclaimed new documentary about 
Nobel Peace Prize-winner and ground- 
breaking African- American Ralph 
Bunche, and a discussion with the 
film's producer, William Greaves. 0200 
Skinner. 

April 6 

9 a.m.-Noon. "The Political and 
Intellectual Legacy of Ralph Bunche "A 
panel of five noted scholars will pre- 
sent their work on the legacy of Nobel 
Peace Prize-winner and groundbreaking 
African-American Ralph Bunche. 
Multipurpose Room, Nyumburu 
Cultural Center. 

4 p.m. "Pros and Cons: The Millennium 
March on Washington." Issues surround- 
ing the MMOW will be discussed at this 
event. 0123 Hornbake Library. 

7 p.m. "Living with Pride." A film about 
Ruth Ellis, a 100-year-old, black lesbian 
activist. Union Rec. Center. 

April 7-8 

Wealth Accumulation Conference: "How 
Race and Ethnicity Matter." All interest- 
ed faculty, staff, and students are invited 
to attend this conference. Space is limit- 
ed. Room 0130, Nyumburu Cultural 
Center. Contact Rhonda Williams, 
5-1 158 or visit www.bsos.umd.ed/aasp/ 
news.html, for more information. 

April 10 

8 p.m. Free Movie: Do the Right Thing. 
Union Rec. Center 

April 11 

7 p.m. ATaste of the Afro-Asian 
Diaspora:"Korean Americans and 
African Americans: Past, Present, and 
Future." Multipurpose Room, Nyumburu 
Cultural Center. Contact Angela 
Lagdameo, amlagdam@wam. umd.edu, 
or Joseph Mantua. 

j marana @ warn, umd.edu. 

8 p.m. Free Movie: "The Wedding 
Banquet." Union Rec. Center 



April 12 



2 p.m. Elizabeth Clark-Lewis's award 
winning documentary "Freedom Bags" 
about African American servants will be 
shown and a discussion with Clark- 
Lewis will follow. Media Room, 
Hornbake Library. 

8p.m. Free Movie: "Higher Learning." 
Union Rec. Center 

April 13 

Racism Awareness Day: 
Stamp Out Hatred 

For more information about any of 
these events, contact John Dugan, 
4-1303 or idugan@hotmaiI.com. 

8 a.m.-4 p.m. Hate Crimes Summit. The 
U.S. Attorney General's Office and the 
Office of Human Relations Programs 
will be holding this second annual sum- 
mit including a keynote speaker and 
breakout sessions. There is a $20 
advance registration fee. Stamp Student 
Union. Contact Kevin McDonald, 
/5-2S39. 

10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tunnel of Oppression. 
This interactive, multi-media social 
awareness presentation is designed to 
raise consciousness regarding issues of 
oppression. Participants are guided 
through various rooms where they 
come face to face with both historical 
and socio-political forms of discrimina- 
tion.Torruga Room, Stamp Student 
Union. 

11:30 a.m.- 1p.m. Brown Bag Lunch w/ 
Jeff Milem:"Why Race Matters: The 
Benefits of Diversity in Higher 
Education "This presentation illustrates 
how research from a variety of disci- 
plines and perspectives documents the 
value of racial and ethnic diversity in 
institutions of higher education. Atrium, 
Stamp Student Union. 

Noon -3 p.m. Mask Making:The Power 
of Perceptions. Join the Art & Learning 
Center as they explore how societal 
perceptions can shape self-image. 
Participants can decorate and design 
masks representing how they believe 
others perceive them in this cathartic 
workshop. Parent's Association Gallery. 

12:15-3:15 p.m. 6th Annual Diversity 
Research Forum. The University of 
Maryland faculty present interdiscipli- 
nary research on diversity and higher 
education, some of which deals specifi- 
cally with our campus. This event is 
sponsored by health & human perfor- 
mances, family studies, the Office of 
Graduate Studies, and the Diversity 
Initiative. 1400 Marie Mount Hall. For a 
complete schedule and more informa- 
tion contact the Office of Human 
Relations Programs, 5-2840. 

1-3 p.m. The Line that Divides Uncle 
Tom and Mr. Charlie. Acting Troupe. A 



drama and dialogue explor- 
ing the fate of friendships in 
die face of racism. This inter- 
active presentation and con- 
versation is brought to you 
by the Diversity Initiative. 
Atrium, Stamp Student 
Union. 

3-4 p.m. "Assessing the Work 
Environment: Does Race 
Matter?" Does race matter 
when choosing a specific job 
or career? For students of 
color, workplace climate can 
weigh as heavily into the 
career decision-making as 
their own interests and val- 
ues. Panelists will discuss 
real-world strategies to assess 
workplace climate before 
taking a job, address 
inequity, and affect positive 
change within an organiza- 
tion. This event is sponsored 
by the Career Center. Atrium, 
Stamp Student Union. 



3:30-5:30 p.m. Diversity Showcase. 
What does Jungle Fever mean to you? 
This forum on interracial dating high- 
light student essays, a short video and 
an interactive panel discussion. This 
event is sponsored by the Diversity 
Initiative and the Student Interculrural 
Learning Center. Multipurpose Room, 
Nyumburu Cultural Center. 

7 p.m. Bobby Seale-Keynote Speaker. 
This founding member of the Black 
Panther's Organization will address 
Issues surrounding hate, racism and 
motivating others toward action. Focus 
will be placed on new methods of 
inspiring a shared vision of advocacy 
and collaboration in our interconnect- 
ed world. This lecture and dialogue is 
sponsored by SEE Review Board and 
CrVTCUS. Colony BaUroom, Stamp 
Student Union. 

April 17 

9 a.m. The Diversity Summit. This event 
will provide an avenue for students, fac- 
ulty and staff to express their views on 
the current state of diversity on the 
University of Maryland campus. Contact 
Will Simpkins, 4-7174. Colony Ballroom, 
Stamp Student Union. 

Noon -2 p.m. "New Beginnings Through 
Dance ."This diversity event will show- 
case the uniqueness and commonality 
of the many cultures on our campus 
through dance performances. 
Sponsored by the University of 
Maryland Libraries, with the co-spon- 
sorship and assistance of Alpha Phi 
Omega, Department of Dance, 
Nyumburu Cultural Center, and the 
Office of Human Relations Programs. 
Nyumburu Amphitheater. 
Contact Ann Masnik, 
am68@umail.umd.edu or 5-9263, or Pia 
daSilva, pdasilva@wam.umd.edu. 



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Diversity Initiative: 
Moving Toward Community 



April 18 



8 pra. Cultural Explosion. A celebration 
of worldwide food, dance, music and 
drama. This annua) event brings togeth- 
er people from around the world to 
celebrate culture. Admission is free and 
open to the public. Tawes Theater. 
Contact Jody Heckman, 4-7742. 

April 25 

3:30-5:30 p.m. "The Future of Chinese- 
American Relations: Can History be a 
Guide?"Warren Cohen, history, UMBC, 
James Gao, history, University of 
Maryland, and Margaret Pearson, gov- 
ernment and politics, UMUC, discuss 
this topic. 0106 Francis Scott Key Hall. 
Contact Rebecca McGinnis, 5-0213 or 
rml65@umail.umd.edu, for a reserva- 
tion. 



April 29 



7 p.m. Asian American Student Groups. 
"APA1: On the Edge" Show. McKeldin 
Mall. Contact aasu-eboard@umail. 
umd.edu, or apaone@hotmail.com. 

• To see the full version of the Calendar 
go to www.inform.umd.edu/ 
Diversity_Initiative - Current Events. 

To place your event the May "Focus on 
Diversity" calendar, e-mail information 
to Jamie Feehery-Simmons at 
jfl56@umail.umd.edu or fax 314-9992 
no later than April 18. If you have any 
questions, please call 405-2562. 

Calendar brought to you by the 
Diversity Initiative. 









10 Outlook April 4, 21 Kiu 



Computer Crashed? 

Help Desk Answers the Call 



The phone is always ringing 
at the computer Help Desk. 

"Ok. Who wants some mes- 
sages?" asked Michael Brown, a 
junior computer science major 
at University College. "This one 
should be pretty easy," he says, 
handing the slip of paper to 
co-worker Jawad Madanat. 

Madanat called back a stu- 
dent who was waiting by a 
pay-phone outside a WAM lab. 
The student was having trou- 
ble logging into his account he 
opened the day before. 
Madanat asked a series of ques- 
tions:"When was the last time 
you logged on to the account? 
Did you enter the correct login 
and password? Did you have 
any problems the last time you 
accessed the account?" 

Unsure exactly what the 
problem was, Madanat verified 
that the caller was using the 
correct login and password on 
his Help Desk workstation. 
After making a few changes to 
the account, he told the person 
to try again. 

Then he waited. The caller 
had to run back into the lab to 
try it out. When the caller 
returned to tell Madanat the 
mission was accomplished, he 
reminded the person to change 
the password again to ensure 
privacy. Another satisfied cus- 
tomer. 

"You have to try to explain 
it in plain English," says 
Madanat, a sophomore comput- 
er science major. "You get used 
to telling people how to do 
things step-by-step, with a lot 
of detail about what to do. For 
example, you might want to 
tell somebody to go to the con- 
trol panel, but 
they don't 
know where 
that is, so you 
tell them to 
click start, set- 
tings and con- 
trol panel." 

Brown and 
Madanat work 
with 30 other 
students assist- 
ing faculty, 
staff and stu- 
dents with 
subjects as 
simple as e- 
iruiil and as 
complex as 

installing a CD-ROM drive. 
Much of the work they do is 
comparable to what profes- 
sional technology experts do 
for large companies. 

"We certainly have some 
really incredible technical stu- 
dents," says Sonja Kueppers, a 
Help Desk supervisor. "We have 
some students who could go 
out there today and get a job 



working for a major high-tech 
firm making a lot of money. 
And we have other students 
who work here because they 
want to get the experience, so 
that when they graduate they'll 
be able to get those kinds of 
jobs." 

The students say they don't 
get paid on par with the cur- 
rent job market, but they like 
the relaxed atmosphere, prox- 
imity to classes and flexible 
hours at the Help Desk. 
Madanat recently got a NT 
Workstation 4.0 certification 
after less than a year on the 
job. 

Brown says he may have 
found his true calling here. "At 
first, 1 just needed a gig. I just 
needed a job" says Brown."! 
was a biochemistry major, but 
as time went on I found I'd 
rather be working with stuff 
where I can see the results, like 
with tech support, instead of 
just mixing two clear liquids in 
a test rube and reading a text- 
book to tell me something's 
going on I can't see." 

Brown says he prefers the 
interaction with people he has 
with this job to the long hours 
and isolation of programming 
work. "I'd rather do this than 
write code for 14 hours a day," 
he says. He also likes being an 
authority figure. "Tech support 
is almost like being a doctor," 
he says. 

According to Kueppers, the 
next move will be to merge 
the Help Desk staff with the 
WAM lab staff to improve cus- 
tomer service and provide 
more flexible hours for student 
employees. The Help Desk 




Jawad Madanat assists a customer. He says he 
learns something new every day. 



operates from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Monday through Friday, while 
the WAM labs are open nights 
and weekends. 

— DAVID ABRAMS 




Busy Help Desk employees field questions of all types of over the phone, from logins to schlps. 



Three-Week Course Gives Insiders View 

of Architecture 

A special three- 
week workshop this 
summer offers an 
insider's view of the 
environmental design 
professions for high 
school and college 
students interested in 
the field of architec- 
ture. "Introduction to 
Archit ec tu re-De sign 
Career Discovery 
Workshop," (ARCH 
150) a three-credit 
course, meets from 
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 
p.m., Monday-Friday, 
June 26July 14. 

Faculty from the 
School of 

Architecture explain 
careers in architec- 
ture, landscape archi- 
tecture and urban 
design and planning. 
This hands-on course 
takes students on a 
tour of buildings, sub- 
way systems, historic neighborhoods, parks and gardens in the Washington, DC. -Baltimore area. 
Students also visit with professionals in their offices, learn about history and valuable contribu- 
tions in the field, explore new technologies and create a design project suitable for inclusion in 
their portfolio for admission to a design school. 

Coordinator for the summer workshop is Melissa Weesc Goodill, assistant professor of archi- 
tecture. Weese Goodill earned degrees in architecture from Cornell University and Syracuse 
University. She is a registered architect specializing in commercial and high-rise design and has 
worked on such projects as the NBC Tower in Chicago and Canary Wharf in London, England. 
She recently received die 1999 Gabriel Prize, awarded every year by the Western European 
Architectural Foundation for the pursuit of critical research on aspects of French architecture 
between 1630 and 1930. 

The Design Career Discovery Workshop in Architecture is open to lugh school juniors, gradu- 
ating seniors, college students or anyone interested in considering a career choice or career 
change. No previous experience in architecture is required. 

Tuition is $850 and includes all classes, field trips and basic reference materials. Many work- 
shop students commute to the College Park campus, but a housing option is available for an 
additional fee. Limited financial aid opportunities arc available. 

For more information or an application, call die School of Architecture at 405-6284, the 
Summer Sessions office at 314-3572, or visit the workshop Web site at www.inform.umd.edu/ 
ARCH/news.html. 




April 4, 2000 Outlook 1 1 




Renee Poussaint 



Emmy-winning Journalist 
Renee Poussaint Joins 
Academy of Leadership 



Veteran journalist and 
three-time Emmy winner 
Renee Poussaint recent- 
ly joined forces with the 
James MacGregor Burns 
Academy of Leadership. 
Now a senior fellow at 
the academy, Poussaint 
is president and CEO of 
Wisdom Works, an inter- 
national documentary 
production company 
working on two pro- 
jects — a documentary 
film series of living 
women leaders and an 
international student 
leadership project focus- 
ing on race and recon- 
ciliation. 

Poussaint also is fin- 
ishing a major docu- 
mentary filmed on Goree 
Island in Senegal. It centers on 
the historic meeting between 
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 
head of South Africa's Truth 
and Reconciliation 
Commission; John Hope 
Franklin, head of the White 
House Advisory Board on Race; 
and a multinational group of 
students. Its goal: a new inter- 
national approach to racial 
communication and healing for 
the 21st century. 

"Renee Poussaint brings 
tremendous leadership, under- 
standing and creativity to our 
work," says Nance Lucas, direc- 
tor of the academy. "Working 
together, we hope to capture 
the essence of leadership on 
video and bring it to scholars 
and students, the leaders of the 
future 

"This is an exciting partner- 
ship," Poussaint says. "I look for- 
ward to collaborating with the 



Academy to further the discus- 
sion and study of leadership 
with all races and all genera- 
tions." 

Poussaint has been a net- 
work television correspondent 
and anchor for CBS and ABC 
News and a local anchor for 
WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. 
She has received numerous 
journalism and community ser- 
vice awards and is a member of 
the boards of the Kennedy 
Center's African Odyssey 
Program and the National 
Summit on Africa. 

Poussaint holds a master's 
degree in African Studies from 
UCLA and a bachelor's degree 
from Sarah Lawrence College. 
In 1989, she was awarded an 
honorary doctorate from 
Georgetown University. 

For more information on the 
Web, go to www.wisdom- 
works.net or www. academy. 
umd.edu. 



Woman of the Year 



continued from page 1 

clients from the Family Studies 
Family Service Center, a mar- 
riage and family therapy clinic 
that serves over500 area fami 
lies and couples each year. She 
has witnessed Koblinsky's com- 
munity involvement firsthand. 

"Sally is so unassuming and 
unpretentious that she really 
wants the work to speak for 
itself. She is immediately 
responsive to community 
needs and always takes In new 
ideas," says Higgins. 

New and fresh ideas are 
often reflected in Koblinsky's 
approach to dealing with diver- 
sity issues. She expresses pride 
in graduating more African 
American and other ethnic 
minority graduate students 



than the university as a whole. 
The department is a campus 
leader in many of the diversity 
initiatives, including developing 
model course curricula that 
addresses diverse cultures. "It is 
critical to remember that preju- 
dice and intolerance is learned, 
so it is our mission to teach 
how to unlearn," says 
Koblinsky. 

Daring to make change and 
speaking one's mind are goals 
Koblinsky urges students, par- 
ticularly women, to follow. She 
says, "Seek out women like 
those who have received this 
award before me. Those who 
seek action, service and 
integrity." 

— T1A MASON 



Women's Achievements Get Recognition on 
Counseling Center Wall of Fame 



Cole Field House isn't the only build- 
ing on campus with a "Wall of Fame." 
Last month, the Counseling Center start- 
ed the Women's History Month Wall of 
Fame in honor of the accomplishments 
made by women around the world. 

Initiated by Brenda Sigall, counselor in 
the Counseling Center, the wall in the 
Shoemaker Building showcases the 
names of women who have made their 
mark— large and small— on society. 
Viewers of the wall also are invited to 
add the names of women who have 
been influential in their lives. 

From Eleanor Roosevelt and Susan B. 
Anthony to Madonna and Jackie Joyner 
Kersee, there are a wide variety of 
women represented on the yellow and 
pink bulletin board. 

With media images of women often 
reflecting the gender's superficial traits, 








K*S\ 



'*?", 




Sigall says the wall is an oppor- 
tunity to highlight women for 
their true achievements. 

"Women are underrepresent- 
ed in education curriculums and 
many accomplishments by 
women go unnoticed," Sigall 
says. 

Because of the overwhelm- 
ingly positive response to the 
Wall of Fame, Sigall says it will 
remain up in the Shoemaker 
Building. 

"I hope it continues to make 
a positive contribution," she 
says. 



Public Hearing Addresses Concern 
Over Wetlands 



continued from page I 

and rooftops, increasing sediment in local 
streams and creeks. They also were concerned 
about the displacement of water that will result 
from adding 72,000 cubic yards of topsoil to the 
site and the cutting down of nine acres of trees, 
in addition to the effects on local wildlife. 

Of the total 13-acre site, four acres of wood- 
lands will be preserved to act as a buffer 
between the arena and the town of Acredalc to 
the north, according to Cathcart. He said con- 
struction will occur 758 feet from the Paint 
Branch. 

Residents of College Park said they fear exist- 
ing flood problems will increase, jeopardizing 
the safety of their community and the wellbeing 
of their homes. Sam Doyle, who has lived on 
nearby Travis Lane for 30 years, said he is not 
against the arena, but he is concerned about the 
effect on trees and the floodplain. "Whenever 
water is obstructed, it goes to places it has never 
been before," he said. 

Student activists like Mike Martin opposed 
the construction. "We think that this project is 
conduct unbecoming a university, and we would 
like the university to treasure its natural areas 
and use them to sell the university to the stu- 
dents, instead of trashing them and developing a 
poor environmental record," said Martin, head of 
the Sierra Student Coalition of College Park. 



Brewer said the university would take all of 
the environmental concerns into account in its 
plans. "The university has proceeded in good 
faith and has complied with all applicable regu- 
lations," he said, "We have exceeded the regulato- 
ry requirements regarding local surface water 
drainage, and thus will be improving the condi- 
tions of the Acredale community to our immedi- 
ate north. The various proposed storm water 
management ponds will allow for cleaner water 
to enter the existing waterways." 

University President Dan Mote said he has 
heard the concerns voiced at the meeting, and 
will do his best to work with those who can 
help alleviate environmental damage caused by 
development. "We will work closely with the 
Corps and with state agencies to review the 
Corps's concerns, and we will carefully consider 
those concerns and others expressed during the 
hearing on campus Thursday night," he said. 

A 30-day written comment period that began 
the day of the hearing will continue until May 1. 
Correspondence should be addressed to Clark 
or Marian Honeczy, Department of Natural 
Resources state forest conservation program 
coordinator, Clark will issue his decision by May 
3 1 , initiating a 1 4-day appeal period. 

— DAVID ABRAMS 



12 Outlook April 4, 2000 




Club Lacrosse 

The Terrapin Lacrosse Club is host- 
ing the second annual Pepsi Shoot-out 
Lacrosse Tournament Saturday, April 8. 
The tournament will feature some of 
the best college club lacrosse teams 
from the National College Lacrosse 
League (NCLL), including the 1998 
NCLL national champion Maryland 
Terrapins. Games will be played on the 
North Intramural Fields from 10 a.m. 
to 5 p.m. Admission is free. 

For more information see the 
Terrapin Lacrosse Club Web site at 
www.inform . umd. edu/Stu dent/Campu 
s_Activities/StudentOrg/terpslax/ 

Shorb Lecture 

The Graduate Program in Nutrition 
presents the 2000 Mary Shorb Lecture, 
"Leptin and the Search for a Cure for 
Obesity," a talk by Jeffery Friedman of 
the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 
RockcfeUer University. 

The lecture takes place Thursday, 
April 27 at 4 p.m. in 0200 Skinner 
BldgA reception will be held at 3:15 
p.m. in honor of Friedman. 

Faculty Staff Lesbian and 
Bisexual Discussion Group 

A monthly discussion group for fac- 
ulty and staff lesbian and bisexual 
women begins Wednesday, April 5- 
Participants will meet from noon to 1 
p.m. in room 2101 in the Health 
Center. Bring your lunch. 

For more information call Joan 
Bellsey assistant coordinator. Faculty 
Staff Assistance Program at 314-8099 

Something Fishy- 
Art bur Popper discusses "Blind Cave 
Fish to Herring: Speculations on the 
Evolution of Hearing "Tuesday, April 4, 
from 4 to 5 p.m. in room 1240 of the 
Biology/Psychology Building. Poppers 
talk is part of the Distinguished 
Scholar-Teacher Lecture Series. A 
reception follows in room 1105. 
Popper chairs the department of 
chemistry and biochemistry 

African American Leadership 
Lawrence Gary, professor in the 
School of Social Work at Howard 
University, discusses "African American 
Leadership 2000" Wednesday, April 12 
from noon-l:30 p.m. in room 1 102 
Taliaferro Hall. The event is sponsored 
by the Center for the Advanced Study 
of Leadership at the James MacGregor 
Burns Academy. Punch and cookies will 
be served; bring your own lunch. 

For more information, contact Scott 
Webster at 405-7920 or point your Web 
browser to casl. academy, umd.edu. 

Wealth and Accumulation 

All faculty, staff and students are 
invited to attend the twoday wealth 



and accumulation conference, "How 
Race and Ethnicity Matter," Friday and 
Saturday, April 7 and 8, in room 0130 
Nyumburu Cultural Center. The April 7 
session features a 10 a.m. keynote 
address by Mary Frances Berry, chair of 
the United States Commission on Civil 
Rights. Other topics addressed that day 
include "What We Know about Racial 
and Ethnic Differences in Wealth 
Accumulation" (1 1 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and 
"Wealth Creation and Capital Flows" (4 
to 6 p.m.). 

On April 8, the topic of discussion is 
"Finance and Investment in Globalized, 
Racialized Capital, Credit and Housing 
Markets," from 8:30-10:30 a.m. 

Space is limited. For more informa- 
tion call Rhonda Williams at 405-1 158 
or visit www.bsos.umd.eci/aasp/ 
news.html. 

Marker Lectures in Chemistry 

David Relnhoudt, of the University 
of Twente, is the featured speaker for 
the Marker Lectures in Chemistry, April 
4, 5 and 6 in the Chemistry Building. A 
world leader in supramolecular chem- 
istry and technology, Reinhoudt offers 
a series of lectures. 

Tuesday, April 4, at 4 p.m., 
Reinhoudt discusses "Supramolecular 
Science and Technology" in room 
1 407. At 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, he 
addresses ""Supramolecular Chemistry, 
an Alternative for Antibodies" in room 
1325. 

Thursday, April 6, at 11 a.m., 
Reinhoudt discusses "Supramolecular 
Chemistry at Interfaces, Can We 
Communicate with a Single Molecule?" 
in room 1325. 

For more information, contact Lyle 
Isaacs at 405-1884 or U8@umail.umd. 
edu. 

Interpreting World Affairs 

The Center for Knowledge and 
Information Management in the Robert 
H. Smith School of Business presents 
Thomas Friedman, New York Times for- 
eign affairs columnist, Friday, April 7 at 
4 p.m. in Tyser Auditorium, Van 
Munching Hall. 

Friedman is one of America's leading 
interpreters of world affairs. He is the 
author of "From Beirut to Jerusalem," 
and "The Lexus" and the Olive Tree: 
Globalization and the New Economy." 
Born in Minneapolis in 1953, he was 
educated at Brandeis University and St. 
Antony's College, Oxford. His first 
book,"From Beirut to Jerusalem," won 
the National Book Award in 1988. 
Friedman also has won two Pulitzer 
Prizes for his reporting for The New 
York Times as bureau chief in Beirut 
and in Jerusalem. 

His second book, "The Lexus and 
the Olive Tree," a New York Times best 
seller, explores the changing nature of 



globalization and 
the role technology 
is playing. 

This presentation 
is pan of the 
Leveraging 
Corporate 

Knowledge Seminar 
Series, co-sponsored 
by Information 
Management 
Consultants, Inc., in 
McLean, VA. 

For more infor- 
mation contact 
Ding-Lynn Lundgren 
at 

dlundgre@rhsmith. 
umd.edu, or by 
phone at 405-2299. 



Korean Film Festival 

A Korean Film Festival is taking place this week in 
room 2203 of the Art/Sociology Building. All films are in 
Korean with English subtitles, except "Kazoku Cinema," 
which is in Japanese with English subtitles. The following 
are the scheduled films and the times they will be 
shown. 



Tuesday, April 4 

5 p.m. "A Single Spark" (1996) 
7p.m."APetal"(1996) 

Wednesday, April 5 

5 p.m. "Farewell My Darling" 

0996) 

7 p.m. "The Power of 

Kangwon Province" (1998) 




Guaranteeing 
Reservations 

To increase the 
availability of reser- 
vations during lunch 
time at the 
Rossborough Inn, a 
new reservation 
guarantee system 
has been imple- 
mented. The guaran- 
tee system is posted on the Inn's Web 
site at www.inform. umd.edu/muc 
under dining options. The system also 
is available in hard copy form at the 
Inn, or you may have a copy faxed to 
you by calling 314-8013- 

Weight Management 

Come learn healthy habits that will 
help you manage your weight. A four- 
session brown bag luncheon program 
will teach you about healthy eating 
and other healthy lifestyle habits. This 
program takes place at the Center for 
Health and Wellbeing, room 0121 
Campus Recreation Center, each 
Wednesday in April— 5, 12, 19 and 
26 — from noon-1 p.m. There is a $15 
charge for this class. You do not have 
to be a member of the CRC to attend. 
Limited seats available. 

E-mail treger@health.umd.edu or 
call 314-1493 to register. 

Tribute In Remembrance of a 
Warrior 

Nyumburu Cultural Center presents 
the third annual Tribute In 
Remembrance of a Warrior (James Otis 
Williams, May 21, 1939-April 4, 1997), 
Tuesday, April 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
at the Nyumburu Cultural Center 
Multipurpose Room. Special guests 
include Michael Cook (gospel singer, 
formerly with the "Mighty Clouds of 
Joy") and "Nap" (Don't Forget the 
Blues) Turner, WPFW radio personality. 

There will be African dancing, and 
poetry readings. Refreshments will be 
served. 

"Winning Supervisors" 

Several spaces are available in the 
Personnel Services Department's train- 
ing class "Winning Supervisors: 
Coaches, Trainers, Managers," April 1 2, 
from 9 a .m to 4 p.m. in room 1 101U 
Chesapeake Building. The cost is $50 

Use the strengths of your employ- 
ees to build synergy and teamwork. As 



Thursday, April 6 

5 p.m. "Green Fish" (1997) 

7 p.m. "Kazoku Cinema" (1998) 



Friday, April 7 

II a.m. "Green Fish" (1998) 

For more information, call 405-7158 (International 
Affairs) or 405-2853 (Comparative Literature), or write 
the series coordinator Hyunjun Mm at 
hm56@umail . umd . edu . 



a supervisor you are judged by how 
well your employees are learning and 
meeting performance standards. A 
good manager achieves results through 
the efforts of others. Learn skills need- 
ed to enhance work performance and 
the conduct of others. 

For more information, contact 
Natalie Torres at 405.5651, or register 
on the web at www.personnel. 
umd.edu. 

Student Gambling 

To educate people about the 
extent, nature, consequences and pre- 
vention of gambling by college-age stu- 
dents, the university is hosting a semi- 
nar on student gambling, Monday, April 
17, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Maryland 
Room of Marie Mount HaU. Scheduled 
speakers include Bill Saum, NCAA's 
agent and gam bung representative; 
Linda Cottier, department of psychia- 
try, Washington University School of 
Medicine; Roger Svendsen, director of 
the Gambling Problems Resource 
Center, Minnesota Institute of Public 
Health; Rachel Volberg, Gemini 
Research, Research in Gambling and 
Problem Gambling in the Community; 
and Judy Patterson, senior vice presi- 
dent and executive director, American 
Gaming Association. 

The seminar is free and open to the 
campus community. For further infor- 
mation, call Mary West at 405-4705 or 
e-mail mwest@crim.umd.edu. 

Fail Safe Discussion 

A panel discussion, motivated by 
the movie "Fail Safe", focusing on the 
possibility of nuclear war in the 21st 
century takes place at St. Marys HaU 
April 10 at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be 
served. RSVP by April 7. 

For further information, contact 
Fatima De Almeida at 405-4969 or at 
fdealme ida@gvp t . umd. edu .