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Outlook 

The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper 



How Does Your 
Garden Grow? 

page 4 f 




Volume 14 -Number 28 • May 2, 2000 



Gliner Center Gives Comedy Some Serious Consideration 

In American Studies, Center Sponsors Research, Study and Special Humor Events 



Some people find rubber chickens 
funny, with the possible exception of 
vegetarians. Others may laugh at the 
expense of the poor soul who slipped 
on a banana peel. 

Why do different people laugh at dif- 
ferent things? Lawrence Mintz knows. 

For Mintz, director of the Gliner 
Center for Humor Studies, these gags 
are a part of culture that merit serious 
study. 

To the comedian, academics who 
study humor are like the straight man, 
asking questions and citing statistics, 
never cracking a smile. He often 
becomes the object of the comedi- 
an's ridicule. But Mintz doesn't 
mind being seen as unfun 

"Anybody who 
thinks that humor is 
just about laughing 
or being amused is a 
fool," he says. 
"Everything that's 
important to us — sex, 
race, religion, ethnici- 
ty, politics — if it matters 
to us, we use humor as a 
way of communicating 
about it." 

Some are confused, though. When a 
researcher named Paul McGee gave his 
paper on "Ontogenic Versus Phylogenic 
Origins of the Humor Perception in 
Young Children," members of the audi- 




ence bent over laughing just at the title. 
"When he gave that paper in Wales, the 
British press had a field day with it," 
Mintz says. "They thought it was hilari- 
ous. "The paper was actually a scholarly 
discourse on whether humor is innate 
in humans and how humor can help 
child development. 

The Art Gliner Center for Humor 
Studies, started last year in the depart- 
ment of American Studies, has a combi- 
nation of personalities similar to the 
legendary teams of Burns and Allen and 
Abbott and Costello. Mintz is the 
straight man and Art Gliner, an 

announcer at WGMS radio in 
Washington, D.C., is the 
huckster. 

The two met 
at a humor confer- 
ence in 1979 and 
have been in 
touch ever since. 
Two years ago, 
Gliner asked Mintz 
about creating a 
center at the 
University of 
Maryland that would 
promote research and 
teaching of humor studies, in 
addition to bringing humorists to cam- 
pus and examining the role of humor in 
health and society. 

"He was the inspiration for this 
thing," Mintz says. Gliner gave the 



money necessary to make it 
happen, and since has 
remained involved in the cen- 
ter every day, bouncing ideas 
off of Mintz whenever they 
come to mind. "There isn't a 
week that goes by that I 
don't have at least two or 
three e-mails from him: Why 
don't we do this? Why don't 
we look into that? Heard this 
great guy, here's his number,'" 
Mintz says. 

"That's the problem. I have 
more ideas than we have 
manpower," says Gliner.As a 
practitioner of applying 
humor in education, Gliner is 
more interested in practical 
studies of humor than the 
kind of study Mintz has done 
over the past 30 years. 
"The idea is that people can 
use humor in their dairy lives, 
whether It's business or 
social, and there are many 
ways in which they can use 
it. They can use it in commu- 
nication. It's a great coping 
tool," says Gilner. 

Since President Dan Mote officially 
opened the center in March 1999, 
Mintz and Gliner have brought several 
events to campus. Mintz invited top 
computer scientists to discuss how a 
computer translation program could 




Lawrence Mintz, director of the Gliner Center for 
Humor Studies, is a professor of American Studies. 



recognize humor in the automated 
world of the future.Two events last 
year focused on how humor can foster 
effective communication and teaching 
skills, one of them featuring comedi- 
enne Allie Bowling. In April, professor 

Continued on page 2 



University Awards Faculty Who Best Use Technology to Teach 

Innovation Awards Presented at Teaching with Technology Conference 



A student who can't be in class on 
the day of an exam is given the oppor- 
tunity to take it online. Another student 
reviews a homework assignment listed 
on the course Web site. Classmates dis- 
cuss an issue with each other on an e- 
mail reflector set up by the professor. 

Technology is changing how stu- 
dents are taught, and several faculty 
recently gathered at the eighth annual 
Teaching with Technology conference 
to share how they are using the 
Internet and online technology to 
enhance the learning experience. 
The April 14 event was sponsored by 
the Center for Teaching Excellence and 
the Office of Information Technology. 

In addition, the University of 
Maryland Award for Innovation in 
Teaching with Technology was present- 
ed to several faculty whose ideas have 
the most positive impact on collabora- 
tive learning. "The award presentation 
in itself Is an innovation," says Llda 



Larsen, acting assistant director, colle- 
gial relations and information services, 
in the Office of Information 
Technology. "The university should be 
proud to be among the first to officially 
award the integration of technology 
Into the curriculum." 

Roberta Lavine, associate professor in 
the department of Spanish and 
Portuguese, was recognized for using a 
variety of technology, including video- 
conferencing, asynchronous electronic 
communication and real-time Internet 
chat, to help her American students 
learn about their Mexican counterparts 
as well as about doing business in 
Mexico with Mexicans. Lavine s stu- 
dents, along with the students at 
Mexico's most prestigious private insti- 
tution, in Mexico City, participate in a 
real-time technology assisted simulation 
where students assume the role of nego- 
tiators trying to create a joint venture 
between the two countries for compa- 



nies that manufacture small appliances. 
As in the real world, students experi- 
ence success and failure, and see first- 
hand how their actions and words have 
particular consequences. 

A team from the Maryland Institute 
for Technology in the Humanities 
(MITH). including Martha Nell Smith, 
director, Katie King, Joe Paoletti, David 
Silver and Jason Rhody, also earned an 
Innovation in Teaching award. MITH is a 
community of scholars, an interdiscipli- 
nary institute and electronic space 
devoted to exploring ways in which 
new technologies can be used in uni- 
versity research and teaching. Its goals 
are to foster the development of innov- 
ative projects, outreach to the faculty 
and students as well as with state edu- 
cational communities to apply new 
technological approaches, and provide 
advanced technological resources. 
MTTH's involvement with more than 
two dozen projects from a range of 



humanities disciplines is critical to 
transforming the way scholars and stu- 
dents envision scholarship in this field. 

Yavuz Oruc and Emre Gunduzhan, 
from the electrical engineering depart- 
ment, received an Innovation in Teaching 
award for developing a computer appli- 
cation called CodeMU to address the 
need for s simulation of computer pro- 
grams with a visual representation of a 
computer screen. The uniqueness of this 
program is its screen emulation of com- 
puter operations at the machine level 
and its focus on the learning needs of 
students at various levels of knowledge. 
Not only has the program made an 
impact on classes here at the university, 
but also it has been piloted at Eleanor 
Roosevelt High School to expand the 
computer science and engineering edu- 
cation at the secondary level. A similar 
pilot is being initiated at the Howard 
County Public School System. 



2 Outlook May 2, 2000 



Giving Comedy Serious 
Consideration 



continued from page 1 

Thomas Inge gave a lecture on 
Southern humor, "Urban 
Rednecks and Genteel 
Rowdies." 

Most recently the center 
sponsored an event featuring 
women's humor. In addition to 
very funny speeches by presen- 
ters, the program featured 
scholarly papers on such topics 
as Moms Mabley's career and 
the place of women in humor. 
Because the event had a low 
turnout, Mintz challenged stu- 
dents and faculty to attend 
future events as members of 
the "intellectual community" 

Mintz has been active in the 
Internationa] Society for Humor 
Studies since its inception in 
1976. Next year, the annual con- 
ference of the society will be 
held in College Park. When he 
lobbied to bring the 2001 con- 
ference to the university, the 
members quickly accepted his 
proposal. 

"It was very gratifying for 
me how quickly the society 



agreed to accept our bid," Mintz 
says. "I would not have been 
able to do it here without the 
Gliner Center. The center gives 
us the administrative support 
we need, the visibility and the 
volunteers to make something 
like this happen." 

Mintz wilt present a paper 
on the career of cartoonist Saul 
Steinberg at this year's confer- 
ence in Tokyo, Japan. 

Mei Helitzer, a former jour- 
nalist who has studied humor 
for decades, donated his library 
to the center. The collection of 
502 books, numerous records, 
tapes and magazines will be 
catalogued by the end of this 
summer. Materials are already 
available in Hornbake Library. 

"We're new enough that we 
haven't done everything we 
intend to do," says Mintz. He 
plans to continue center-spon- 
sored events, increase the size 
of the center and establish 
internships for students to 
study humor. 

— DAVID ABRAMS 



Children's Defense Fund Founder Discusses 
America's Children, America's Future 



A Fine Faire 



College Park Scholars in the Arts invites 
you to join them for "In Praise of Folly: A 
Renaissance Faire " Saturday, May 6, from 1- 
4 p.m. in the Cambridge 
Community Quad.The 
Faire will feature 
madrigal choirs, 
travelling trou- 
badours, court 
* dancers, an art 
gallery, puppetry 
and actors. Games 
will include Dunk the 
Monk, Drench the 
Wench and Feed King 
Henry Vm. Other highlights 
include fortune telling with 
John Dee, jesters and jug- 
gling, and a special appear- 
ance by Queen Elizabeth I. 

Join the scholars at this 
free public event. 

For more information, con- 
tact Susan Anthony {aantho- 
ny@wam) or David 
Solomon {david@wam) or 
call 405-0522. Visit the Arts 
Scholars Web page at 
www. scholars. umd.edu/ 
programs/arts/ ren 
faire.html 






Marian Wright Edeiman, founder and president 
of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) , addresses 
"America's Children: America's Future," Monday, 
May 8, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., in the Colony 
Ballroom of Stamp Student Union. Her talk is the 

fourth in the 
Diversity and 
Community in 
American Life 
Colloquium 
Series. 

Edeiman has 
been an advocate 
for disadvantaged 
Americans her 
entire professional 
career. Under her 
leadership, the 
Washington-based 
CDF, which she 
began in 1973, 
Marian Wright Edeiman has become a 




strong voice for children and families. 

A graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law 
School, Edeiman was the first black woman 
admitted to the Mississippi Bar. In 1968, she 
moved to Washington, D.C., as counsel for the 
Poor People's March that Martin Luther King Jr., 
began organizing before his death. For two years 
she served as the director of the Center for Law 
and Education at Harvard University. 

Edeiman is the author of "Families in Peril: An 
Agenda for Social Change," "The Measure of Our 
Success: A letter to My Children and Yours," 
"Guide My Feet: Meditations and Prayers on 
Loving and Working for Children," a children's 
book ."Stand for Children," and a memoir of men- 
tors published by Beacon Press in 1999. 

For additional information about the colloqui- 
um, contact Steven Selden at ss22@umail. 
umd.edu 



Cooperative Project Helps Shape Global 
Climate Change Policy 



The university is poised to play an important 
behind-the-scenes role in an upcoming interna- 
tional climate control conference, thanks to work 
by Sara Scherr, an adjunct professor In the depart- 
ment of agricultural and resource economics. 
Scherr and colleagues at the Center for 
International Forestry Research (CIFOR) are 
involved in a cooperative project designed to 
facilitate the development of carbon forest pro- 
jects as a way of addressing global climate 
change. 

"Increases in carbon molecules in the atmos- 
phere contribute to global warming," explains 
Scherr. "Trees are repositories for great quantities 
of carbon. The clearing and burning of forests 
reduces the number of live trees that can capture 
and hold carbon, while releasing additional car- 
bon into the atmosphere through the burning 
process." 

According to Scherr, an estimated 20 percent 
of atmospheric carbon comes from deforestation. 
Therefore, protecting and enhancing forest 
resources worldwide is an important factor in 
preventing or limiting global warming. 

With these facts in mind, policy makers at the 
1 997 Kyoto UN Framework Convention on 
Climate Change paved the way for international 
financial and technological transfers to support 
forest-based activities that enhance carbon stor- 
age and sequestration by protecting and encour- 
aging the sustainable use of forest resources. 
These activities could potentially contribute large 
financial resources for rural development and for 
est resources in project sites in poor regions of 
developing countries. However, concerns have 
been raised regarding the possible negative 
impact of such activities and projects on local for- 
est-dependent people. 

To address these concerns, the university and 



CIFOR applied for and received a grant from the 
Rockefeller Foundation to hold an international 
policy workshop in February at the Bellagio 
Study and Conference Center in Lake Co mo, Italy. 
The four-day workshop brought together a 
diverse group of economists, forestry profession- 
als, investors and policy makers from 12 coun- 
tries, including major potential buyers and sellers 
in forest carbon emissions trading. Several coun- 
tries, such as Bolivia, Costa Rica and Indonesia, 
have already been involved in implementing pilot 
projects established by the Kyoto convention. 

"Basically, we capitalized on the expertise and 
knowledge of individuals who had totally differ- 
ent experiences and points of reference," says 
Scherr. Together, this group identified solutions to 
most of the concerns raised about forest carbon 
projects in relation to local livelihoods, both how 
to avoid risks (like losing land access rights) and 
how to enhance investor interest and confidence 
in projects involving local communities 

The results of their exchange are being incor- 
porated into a policy brief that will be distrib- 
uted to delegates at the international Conference 
of the Parties scheduled for this fall, at which 
implementation guidelines for forestry and car- 
bon storage projects will be enacted. The materi- 
al also will be used to develop a more detailed 
report for the technical advisers to conference 
participants. According to Scherr, "The group is 
recommending strategic provisions in the design 
of international forest carbon trading mecha- 
nisms that we believe can significantly increase 
the potential benefits to local communities, 
while achieving critical goals of climate change 
mitigation." 



Outlook 



Outlook is the weekly faculty-staff newspaper serving the University of Maryland campus community. Brodle Remington. Vice President for University Relations: Teresa 
Flannery Executive Director of University Communications and Director of Marketing; George Cat heart. Executive Editor; Jennifer Hawes, Editor; 
Londa Scott Forte, Assistant Editor; David Abrarns, Graduate Assistant. Letters to the editor, story suggestions and campus information are welcome. Please sub- 
mit all material two weeks before the Tuesday of publication. Send material to Editor. Outlook, 2101 Turner Hall, College Park, MD 20742 .Telephone (301) 405-4629; 
e-mail outlook@accmall.umd.edu; fax (301) 314-9344. Outlook can be found online at www.inform.umd.edu/outlook/ 



3 Outlook May 2. 2000 



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Your Guide to University Events 

May 2-11 



May 2 



2 p.m. Institute for Global Chinese 
Affairs Lecture: "LI Shu: A 
Revolutionary Change in the History 
of Chinese Writing." a demonstration 
by local calligraphy artists and talk 
by Zhongwei Shen, University of 
Massachusetts at Amherst, 2314 Art- 
Sociology BIdg. 5-0213. 

4 p.m. Physics Lecture: "Large Scale 
Magnetic Fields in the Universe," 
Steven Cowley, UCLA. 1410 Physics 
BIdg. 

7:30 p.m. Music: 'Susanna," Ulrich 
Recital Hall. 5 7847.* 

7:30 p.m. Geology Talk: 'How do 
River Channels Respond to Floods," 

Karen Prestegaard, geology depart- 
ment. 1140 Plant Sciences BIdg. 

8-10 p.m. University Theatre: "Private 
Eyes.Tawes BIdg. 5-2201 or 
www.infbrM.umd . edu/ THET/plays.* 

8-10 p.m. Lecture; "Building a Vocal 
Community," Maryland Room, Marie 
Mount Hall. 



May 3 



9 a.m. - 4p.m. "Essential 21st Century 
Law for Information Professionals," 
surveys the essential civil and crimi- 
nal laws which should be familiar to 
every information professional. 2111 
Stamp Student Union. 2111 Stamp 
Student Union. 5-2057, 
ra67@umail.umd.edu or 
www. clis . umd .edu/ce/. 

Noon. Research and Development 
Lecture: "Career Counseling in Japan: 
A Recruit Project ."Akira Otani, 
Counseling Center. 0114 Shoemaker 
BIdg. 

4 p.m. Astronomy Lecture: Rocky 
Kolb, University of Chicago. 2400 
Computer and Space Sciences BIdg. 

7:30 p.m. Music:"The Magic Flute 
(with piano),"Ulrlch Recital Hall. 

5-5570.' 



May 4 



9 a.m. Lecture: "Finding and Using 
SciTech Resources on the Web," 
workshop will look at what 
resources are available and how to 
find them. Considerable emphasis 
will be placed on how to locate and 
use "metasites." those small, special- 
ized directories that can help reduce 
the uncertainty of knowing where 
to start and whether you've missed 
any important sources. 4111 
Computer & Space Sciences BIdg. 
5-2057, ra67@umail.umd.edu. 

9:30 a.m. Lecture: "On the Solution 
of Phase Change Problems Using 
Adaptive Moving Meshes," 3206 
Math BIdg. 5-51 1 or www.math.umd. 
ed u/d ept/semi nars/nas 

1 1 a.m. 4 p.m. Art Gallery: MFA 



2000: Master of Fine Arts Thesis 
Exhibition." Art Gallery. 5-2763. 

7:30 p.m. Music: 'Susanna," Ulrich 
Recital Hall. 5-7847* 

8-10 p.m. University Theatre: "Private 
Eyes."Tawes BIdg. 5-2201 . 



May 5 



10 a.m. Art Attack. McKeldin Mall. 

2 p.m. Physics Lecture: "Active 
Shielding and Control of 
Environmental Noise," Josip Locaris, 
NASA Langley Research Center. 2168 
A.V.Williams BIdg. www.isr.umd.edu/ 
Labs/ISL/events. html . 

7:30 p.m.Music:"The Magic Flute 
(with piano)," Ulrich Recital Hall. 
55570.* 



May 6 



1 p.m. Event: "In Praise of FoUy: 
College Park Scholars Arts 
Renaissance Faire," a romp through 
Elizabethan England featuring madri- 
gals, instrumentals, dances, actors, jug- 
gling, games, and Queen Elizabeth I. 
Cambridge Community Quad. 5-0522, 
or CPSArtsRenFalre@aol.com or 
www.scholars. umd . edu/pragrams/art 
s/index.html 

8-10 p.m. University Theatre: "Private 

Eyes."Tawes BIdg. 5-2201 or 

www. inforM . umd . ed u/ THET/plays. * 



May 7 



2-4 p.m. University Theatre: "Private 
Eyes."Tawes BIdg. 5-2201 or 
www.inforM.umd.edu/ THET/plays.* 



2-4 p.m. Music: "Annual 'Pops' 
Concert. Colony Ballroom, Stamp 
Student Union: Colony Ballroom, 

3-5 p.m. Event: "Solomon." Memorial 
Chapel. 



May 8 



9 a.m. 5 p.m. Seminar: "Right on 
Target: Using Internet Search Engines 
Effectively," this advanced workshop 
will focus on what librarians, media 
specialists, teachers, and other infer- 
mad on professionals need to know 
about search engines in order to use 
them most effectively to achieve the 
results they need, Pre-registration 
required .4111 Computer and Space 
Sciences BIdg. 5-2057. 
ra67@ umail.umd.edu or 
www. clis . umd , ed u/ce/,* 

11 a.m. Department of French and 
Italian Lecture: "Italy Incomprehensible 
In English, n Tlm Parks, novelist and 
translator. St. Mary's Hall. 5-4024. 

4:15 p.m. Lecture: "Adaptive 
Quadrature — Art or Science?" 3206 
Math BIdg. 5-51 17 or www.math. 
umd .ed u/dept/semtnars/nas. 



May 9 



3 p.m. Institute for Global Chinese 
Affairs Slide Presentation: "Visiting a 
Chinese Garden," William Tai, 
Institute for Global Chinese Affairs. 
0105 St. Mary's Hall. 5-0213 or 
rml65@umail.umd.edu. 

4 p.m. Physics Lecture: 
"Investigating the Difference 
Between Matter and Antimatter with 
Neutral Kaons," Edward Blucher. 
Enrico Fermi Institute. 1410 Physics 
BIdg. 

6 p.m.OMSE Event: MulU Ethnic 
Graduating Senior's Reception: 

Celebration of May, August and 
December Graduates." Colony 
Ballroom, Stamp Student Union. 
5-5358. 






May 10 



9 a.m.- 5 p.m. College of Library 
and Information Services Seminar: 
"Harvesting Experience: Reaping 
the Benefits of Knowledge," an 
interactive workshop providing an 
introduction to Knowledge 
Management. Pre-registration 
required. 2111 Stamp Student Union 
5-2057, ra67@umail.umd.edu or 
www.clis . umd . edu/ce/.* 

4 p.m. Astronomy Lecture: Lars 

Hernquist, Harvard-Smithsonian 
Center for Astrophysics. 2400 
Computer and Space Sciences BIdg, 

5-7 p.m. Dance:"New Dances," an 
informal showing of new works. 
Dorothy Madden Theater. 

7 p.m. Writers Here and Now 
Reading Series: Student Prize 
Reading, the winner of the 
Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize 
and the Academy of American Poets 
Prize will read from their work. 
Fourth Floor. McKeldin Library. 
5-3820. 

8 p.m. Maryland Symphony 
Orchestra Free Concert featuring 
the music of Debussy, Mozart and 
Elgar.Tawes BIdg. 5-7847. 



May 11 



9:30 a.m. "Numerical 
Approximapation of Rate- 
Independent Hysteresis in Two- 
Phase Systems," 3206 Math BIdg. 
5-5117 or www.math.umd.edu/ 
dept/seminars/nas. 

7:30 p.m,Workshop:"Physics is 
Phun." The Physics IQ Test: The 
assembled throngs vote on the 
results of counterintuitive physics 
experiments. Doors open by 7 
p.m. for hands-on experiments. 1412 
Physics BIdg. 5-5994 or www. 
physics, umd .edu/deptinfo/facilities/1 
ecde m/phph. htm . 



Diversity: Its Your Future 
May Focus on Diversity 




May 9 

3-5 p.m. Slide Presentation: "Visiting a Chinese Garden." 
William Tai, Institute for Global Chinese Affairs, will present 
slides on this topics. Sponsored by the Institute for Global 
Chinese Affairs. 105 St. Mary's Hall. Contact Rebecca 
McGinnis, 5-0213 or rml65@uniail.umd.edu, to reserve your 
space by May 7. 

8 p.m. Building a Vocal Community. The workshop Is (ed by 
Ysaye Barnwell, a principal performer with the international- 
ly acclaimed a cappella quintet, Sweet Honey in the Rock. It 
is designed to facilitate the development of a community 
through the vehicle of music from the African American tra- 
dition. Musical forms Include calls, chants, spirituals, ring 
shouts, hymns, gospels, songs of resistance from the Civil 
Rights and other freedom movements and contemporary 
songs. This event Is free and open to all, musicians and non- 
musicians alike, 11 02 Tawes Fine Arts Building. Registration is 
requested but not required. Contact Ken Schweitzer, 5-1850 
or kschwei@wam.umd.edu. 

May 10 

7-9 p.m. 4th Annual Sisterhood Dinner. The ladles of Lambda 
Theta Alpha Latin Sorority 
Inc. welcome all ladies to 
this event, which includes 
a speaker and catered din- 
ner. Colony Ballroom, 
Stamp Student Union. 
Contact Janel Vaughn, 301- 
226-5632 or 

jvaughan@wam.um d . edu , 
or Cara Hewitt 301-408- 
2517 or carahewitt@hot- 
mall.com, Sponsored by 
the Cross-cultural program- 
ming series and Latino 
Student Union. 

May 17 

5:30-8p.m. "Developments 

in China's Economy." Stephen Schlaikjer, Office of Chinese 
and Mongolian Affairs, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific 
Affairs, U.S. Department of State, will discuss this topic. 1140 
Plant Sciences Building. The registration fee is $5 (students) 
and $15 (general admission, both MCBC members and non- 
members) . Dinner is included in the registration fee. Contact 
410-799-6331. 

May 19 

7-9p.m. Video festival .This festival features the work of stu- 
dents in Comparative Literature 298A. It is free and open to 
the public. Refreshments will be served. 1120 Susquehanna 
Hall. Contact April Householder, 5-2853 or 
ahl I8@umail.umd.edu. 

To see the ftill version of the Calendar go to 
www,inforni.uind,edu/0iverslty_.lnltiatlve - Current 
Events. 

Calendar brought to you by the Diversity Initiative. 





Calendar Guide 

Calendar phone numbers listed as 4-xxxx or 5-xxxx stand for the prefix 314- or 
405. Events are free and open to the public unless noted by an asterisk (*). 
Calendar information for Outlook is compiled from a combination of inforM's 
master calendar and submissions to the Outlook office. To reach the calendar 
editor, calf 405-7615 or e-mail to outlook@accmai!.umd.edu. 



4 Outlook May 2, 2000 



il Showers Bring May Flowers... and Lots of Grass to Mow 



The Cooperative Extensions Home 
and Garden Information Center offers 
the following helpful gardening tips: 

Azaleas 

Various varieties of azaleas and 
rhododendrons are in bloom through- 
out our neighborhoods. The Maryland 
region is considered one of the best 
areas for these beautiful shrubs because 
of the acidic soil and favorable climate. 
Except for the deciduous azaleas, most 
do best in light shade, protected from 
hot, afternoon sun. Azalea foliage fre- 
quently scorches and roots can be dam- 
aged when planted in a hot, sunny 
exposure. However, you sometimes see 
rhododendrons and azaleas that seem 
to thrive in sunny places. These are typi- 
cally the "exception to the rule". Their 
survival depends on the quality of the 
soil and the amount of moisture that 
they receive. 

Azaleas and rhododendrons do best 
in acid soil with a pH of 5.5 This pH 
occurs naturally in most Maryland soils 
unless they have been greatly disturbed 
by construction, liming and soil acidify- 
ing fertilizers. If your azaleas are grow- 
ing too large they can be trimmed back 
after bloom. 

In May, keep an eye out for lace 
bugs. There are various species that 
feed on azaleas, rhododendrons and a 
few other popular landscape shrubs. 
They feed on the underside of leaves 
causing a white or yellow stippling visi- 
ble on the upper surface of the leaf. 
Spray the underside of the foliage with 



insecticidal soap or other labeled insec- 
ticide before lace bug populations build 
up and create severe damage. Azaleas 
growing in the sun are more suscepti- 
ble than those growing in the shade. 

Planting tender plants 

May 10 is the "official" frost-free date 
for central Maryland. Generally it is safe 
to plant frost sensitive plants in the 
flower and vegetable garden. This 
includes many favorites like marigolds, 
petunias, impatiens, tomatoes, squash 
and melons. If an unexpected late frost 
is predicted after May 10 (and It does 
happen) , simph/ cover the plants with 
newspaper, a floating row cover or plas- 
tic. If plastic is used, you must remove it 
early in the morning to prevent them 
from cooking in the sun. 

If you started your own transplants 
indoors, they will need to be hardened- 
off before planting them in the garden. 
Hardening-off is a process of getting the 
young tender plants accustomed to the 
temperatures and sunlight outdoors. Do 
this by placing the plants outside in the 
shade for a few days. Introduce them to 
a sunnier site for several more days 
before planting them in their perma- 
nent garden spot. 

Lawn Mowing Tip 

Mowing the lawn is a chore that 
many homeowners don't think much 
about. Actually, it is the single most 
time-consuming lawn care practice that 
affects the survival and appearance of 
your lawn. If you regularly permit the 



lawn to grow too tall between mowing 
and if you mow it too short you can 
ruin even the best lawn. On the other 
hand, a poor looking lawn can actually 
be improved by regular frequent mow- 
ing at the proper height. 

For best results, try to mow your 
lawn frequently enough that you are 
not removing anymore than one-third 
of the grass blade at any one time. If 
you remove too much of the blade area 
where most of the photosynthesis 
occurs, the grass loses its nutrition and 
the lawn becomes weak. Occasionally, 
you simply can't get out and mow on a 
regular schedule. Removing a lot of 
grass on an occasional basis does no 
serious harm. 

Mow your lawn at the proper height 
Bluegrass, fine fescue and tall fescue 
should be mowed at 2 to 3 inches. If 
mowed too short they suffer more heat 
and drought damage and will thin out 
in the summer. Zoysia and bermuda 
grass should be kept shorter at 1 to 2 
inches, they are very heat tolerant 
and look best when kept short. 

Sharpen the mower blade as 
needed. A dull blade tears 
the grass and makes the 
torn grass blades 
turn brown at 
the tips. Tall fes- 
cue is a tough 
grass that 
dulls a blade 
quickly. Any time you 
hit rocks or tree roots you should 
check the blade's condition and sharp 



en it if necessary. 

For printed information or answers 
to your questions on any gardening 
topic, contact the Home and Garden 
Information Center at 1-800-342-2507. 
The Web site is: www.agnr.umd.edu/ 
users /hgic 

—RAY BOSMANS 
REGIONAL EXTENSION SPECIALIST 




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Trends in First-Year Transition 

A CAWG Forum addressing 
"Emerging Trends in the First-Year 
Transition at Maryland: A Four- Year 
Perspective," takes place Friday, May 5 
at noon in the Maryland Room of 
Marie Mount Hall. This forum will pre- 
sent data on the expectations and 
behaviors of first-year students col- 
lected on the Beginning Student 
Survey (BSS) over the last four years. 

Trends over the four years will be 
addressed. Relationships of student 
responses on the BSS to retention 
behavior will be described and com- 
parisons in BSS response will be 
made to responses on the New 
Student Census. This presentation will 
be made by members of CAWG's 
Subcommittee on Studies of Entry, 
and with the assistance of first-year 
master's students in the College 
Student Personnel program. 

If you are planning to attend this 
presentation, interactive discussion 
and lunch, RSVP to cql@umall. 



umd.edu or call 405-3866. 

Maynard Ferguson at Maryland 

Maynard Ferguson and his Big Bop 
Nouveau Band are performing at 
Tawes Theatre Tuesday, May 16 from 8 
to 10 p.m. Hear this world famous 
jazz legend live on campus. 

The concert opens with a jazz 
combo band featuring Maryland's 
own Chris Vadala and some of the 
best jazz performers in the state. This 
event is sponsored by the Gamma Xi 
Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, National 
Honorary Fraternity for College 
Bandmembers. 

For more information and ticket 
prices, contact Don Ayres at 314-0791 
or visit www.umd.edu/studentorg/ 
kkpsi/maynard.html , 

Information Technology 
Certification 

The university's new Information 
Technology Institute (ITI) will offer 
the latest, most highly valued profes- 



sional computer certification pro- 
grams beginning this summer. 
Training and certification as a 
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, 
A+ Certified Technician and Cisco 
Certified Network Associate are 
geared for those considering a career 
change or those who need to update 
their current IT skills. 

Free information and registration 
sessions will be held May 3, 9 and 1 1 
at 7 p.m., in Room 2400 of the 
Computer and Space Sciences Bldg. 

The Institute is one of the few 
organizations offering the Tek.Xam 
certificate this summer. Extensive 
review sessions for the exam start 
June 5; the first exam is July 15. 

For more information on these 
programs, call 403 2972 or 1-800-711 
8627 or visit the Office of Continuing 
and Extended Education's Web site at 
www.contedu.umd.edu. 

Seeking Faculty Candidates 

The College Park Senate Is current- 
ly soliciting faculty candidates to 
stand for election to the following 
committees: 

Athletic Council (one faculty posi- 
tion available) www.lnform.umd.edu/ 
CampusInfo/Senate/Membership/ath- 
leticfyi.html 

Campus Parking Advisory 
Commission (two faculty positions 
available) www.lnform.umd.edu/ 
CampusInfo/Senate/Membership/cpa 



ce9899.html 

CUSF (four faculty positions avail- 
able) www.inform.umd.edu/ClJSF/ 

To apply or to nominate a col- 
league, submit a brief letter of interest 
to Teresa Moore, College Park Senate 
Office, 1 100 Marie Mount Hall, 
Campus ZIP 754 1 , or by email to 
temoore@deans.umd.edu. For best 
consideration, submit the letters no 
later than Thursday, May 4, 

The election will take place at the 
Senate Transition Meeting May 1 1 at 
3:15 in room 0200 Skinner Building. 
You need not be a member of the 
Senate to apply. 

Questions should be addressed to 
the Senate Office at 405-5805. 

Easing the Stresses of Life 
through Meditation 

Come and learn meditation and 
how it can help reduce stress in your 
life at the Center for Health and 
Wellbeing, room 0121 Campus 
Recreation Center, Wednesday, May 3 
from 5-6 p.m. You do not have to be a 
member of the CRC to attend. This 
program is free. 

For more information, e-mail 
treger@health.umd.edu or call 314- 
1493.