The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper
Volume 15 'Number 7 • August 29, 2000
Bold Vision • Bright
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University Ranks High for
Awarded to Minorities
The university ranks number
seven among traditionally white
institutions for baccalaureate
degrees in all disciplines award-
ed to African American stu-
dents, according to an analysis
of U.S. Department of
The university also ranks
high — number 22 — when
traditionally white universities
are compared with historically
black colleges and universities.
The rankings, reported in the
June 22 issue of Black Issues in
Higher Education, were com-
piled from preliminary 1997-98
data supplied by colleges and
universities. The findings
underscore minority gains in
postsecondary education and
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Hampton, dean for
undergraduate studies and
associate provost of academic
affairs. "We are a leader in an
area where we want to show
leadership, that is, graduating
people of color. All the diversity
programs in the world won't
matter if people aren't graduat-
The analysis of the education
department statistics, published
in Black Issues in Education,
show that when all academic
issues are combined, Maryland
ranked number 20 in total
number of baccalaureate degrees
conferred to minorities. When
all disciplines are combined, the
university ranked seventh
among traditionally white uni-
versities conferring baccalaure-
ate degrees to African American
students. The university ranked
number 17 for the number of
baccalaureate degrees awarded
to Asian Americans in all disci-
In a look at individual aca-
demic disciplines, the university
" shared top ranking for
African American earning social
sciences and history degrees;
• ranked fifth for African
Americans earning degrees in
biological and life sciences;
• was the top ttaditionally
white university in conferring
degrees to African Americans in
English language, lirerature and
The university also tanked
high in the numbers of bac-
calaureate degrees conferred to
Asian American students, tank-
ing number 17 for all disci-
plines combined; fifth in com-
puter and information science;
number 1 1 for business man-
agement and administrative
services; number 15 in social
sciences and history; 16 in edu-
cation; and 21 in English lan-
guage, literature and letters
In other rank-
ings, the uni-
versity was in
the top 50
cal and life
earned by African
tions degrees earned by Asian
Americans, psychology degrees
earned by Asian Americans and
African Americans and engi-
neering degrees earned by all
The Black Issues in Education
report says that over a 10-year
period, the number of baccalau-
reate degrees awarded annually
has increased by 80 percent for
all minorities, 70 percent for
African Americans and only 12
percent for nonminorities. Since
1988-89, African American stu-
dents have earned nearly 1.5
million postsecondary degrees.
Nearly 3.5 million students of
color have received their college
Maryland's rankings are "a
compliment to all of us,"
Hampton says. "We should con-
gratulate ourselves for our
accomplishments, and at the
same time, remind ourselves we
can still do more."
Indeed, as the report points
out, minority students make up
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Vice President Al Gore brought his campaign message to the University of Maryland
Thursday, August 24th, where thousands of enthusiastic supporters cheered him on.
Gore shared specifics of his plans to Improve access to higher education through tax
deductions for tuition and a tax-free "40U" plan that would allow Individuals to save for Job
training and life long learning in the same way they save for retirement.
Gore was welcomed by a host of Maryland elected officials, Including Gov. Parr is
Glendening, Sen. Paul Sarbanes, Rep. Albert Wynn and Benjamin Cardin, State Senate
President Mike Miller, and Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry.
Robert Waters is Mote's New Chief of Staff
President Dan Mote has named Robert Waters,
Jr. to be his chief of staff, effective in September.
Waters, currently assistant to the president for
planning and diversity ar the University of San
Francisco (USF) in California, replaces Marie
Smith Davidson, who retired a year ago after
more than 30 years at the university.
Waters will represent the president in a wide
variety of activities and will serve in the presi-
"I feel very fortunate to have recruited Bob
Waters to this very important and demanding
position," Mote says. "He is the right person for
this job. His entire career and education have
been preparing him for this position. We'll work
very closely together. He will add 24 hours to my
Waters has been at USF since 1988, when he
was appointed assistant vice president for student
affairs. In 1991, he assumed his current position
at USE, and in 1994 he also became the university
Waters served as executive assistant to the pres-
ident of Spelman College from 1985 to 1987, and
he was special assistant to the mayor of
Philadelphia, where he grew up, from 1987 until
he went to San Francisco in 1988.
"I am very excited to come to Maryland and
have the chance to work closely with Dr. Mote,"
Waters says. "He has a great vision for the univer-
sity. Maryland is a great institution already, and
he wants to make it even greater. I want to be a
part of that."
Waters earned his bachelor's degree in econom-
ics and American studies from Eckcrd College in
St. Petersburg, Fla. He earned his master's in pub-
lic policy from Harvard and his doctorate in
administrative and policy analysis, with a higher
education emphasis, from Stanford University.
Application to Build Greenhouse
University officials announced last Thursday that they are
withdrawing applications for permits to build greenhouses in
a sbc-acre area the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently
determined includes wetlands. The university will re-examine
some of the alternate sites that had been considered for the
greenhouse, the officials say.
"Throughout the process of seeking permits for this proj-
ect, we have listened closely to the regulatory agencies and
other expert opinions," says President Dan Mote. "We have
heard a compelling case that convinces us we must come
down on the side of protecting the environment."
The university had been seeking permits from the Corps of
Engineers, the Maryland Department of the Environment
(MDE) and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources
(DNR) to use a six-acre site at the north end of campus for
the new greenhouse facility. MDE and the Corps had sched-
uled a public hearing on the applications for Sept. 7. That
hearing has been canceled.
The site was recently determined by the Corps to include
wetlands. In its permit application, the university had stated
its intention to construct new wetlands to replace those that
would be lost.
Seniot Vice President and Provost Gregory Geoffroy says
the university still needs a new research greenhouse to replace
the deteriorating facilities currently in use at Harrison
Laboratory on Route 1 and will look again at alternate sites.
"The greenhouse project has very demanding site require-
ments with regard to size and orientation," Geoffroy says.
"That considerably narrowed the number of choices. In addi-
tion, the university sought to control costs and ensure easy
access to the site for students. The combination of factors led
us to the conclusion that the chosen site at the north end of
campus was the only feasible one.
"Our conversations with regulatory agencies have con-
vinced us that the prorection of this small area of wetlands
outweighs some of our siting considerations," Geoffroy says.
"We will therefore look again at the alternative sites and try ro
detetmine how to manage the increased costs that will be
associated with some of them.
"We aim to complete this analysis by mid- September so
that this vital project can continue," Geoffroy says. "The
greenhouse is essential to our mission as the state's land grant
institution and leading public research university."
University Exceeds Fundraising Goals
New Student Welcome
On Tuesday, August 29 join the campus community in a cele-
bration to welcome new students, followed by the annual Lunch
The New Student Welcome takes place from 11 a.m. - 1 1:45
a.m. and the picnic starts at 1 1:45 a.m.. Both events take place on
McKcldin Mall and faculty/staff seating will be available. The rain
location is Cole Field House.
The event is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. For
more information, call Andy Mrusko 314-8618.
For the thitd sttaight year,
the University of Maryland
surged past its annual fundrais-
ing goal, garnering $70.9 mil-
lion in private support against a
$65 million goal for fiscal year
2000. It was a record breaking
year all around:
• The university received
28,498 gifts, up 3.4 percent
from the previous year.
• The number of alumni
contributors rose 3.7 percent to
• The University of
Maryland Alumni Association
membership grew 10 percent to
The cumulative total for the
Bold Vision • Bright Future cam-
paign is $321.1 million, with
two years remaining in the
seven-year effort. The $350 mil-
lion campaign goal should be
reached sometime around the
turn of the calendar year.
The fundraising goal for this
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academic year is to raise $75
million in private gift support,
as well as increase the numbers
of total donors, alumni contrib-
utors and alumni association
The university owes its suc-
cess to the generosity of alumni,
parents, students, friends, cor-
porations and organizations, as
well as the talent and dedicated
effort of many people. President
Dan Mote, Bold Vision • Bright
Future Campaign Co-Chairs
Paul Mullan and Brenda Rever,
and Ray LaPlaca, chairman of
the Board of Visitors and of the
new University of Maryland
College Park Foundation, led a
team of volunteers, senior
administrators, faculty, staff and
Memorial Service Planned for George Snow
A memorial service for George Snow, profes-
sor emerirus of physics, will be held today, Aug.
29, at 10 a.m. in Memorial Chapel. A reception
follows the service at noon in the Stamp Student
Free parking will be available for memorial
service attendees at the bagged meters around
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August 29, 2000
Cracking the Housing Crunch at Maryland
This semester Akenji Ndumu will have to use
his engineering ingenuity to manage new space in
Hagerstown Hall, "Last year we tried bunking our
beds, but I think this semester we're going to use
cinder blocks so we'll have more space under-
neath," says Ndumu, a sophomore computer engi-
neering honors student.
Space is a hot commodity across campus. Even
with the fall opening of "University Courtyard," a
700-bed apartment complex on University
Boulevard, and the construction of a 1,000-bed
apartment complex to be completed by Fall 2002,
housing remains a challenge.
"University Courtyard apartments will give us
some relief, but it will not alleviate the housing
crunch," says Pat Mielke, director of Resident Life.
Mielke cites a strong economy and the increas-
ing size of the freshman class as the main reasons
for housing challenges, noting the freshmen class
size could possibly grow up to 4,500 students over
the next few years. Nearly 3,500 new freshmen are
expected this fall.
A housing crunch is not peculiar only to
Maryland. As a member of the Association of
College and University Housing, Mielke notes
many universities face similar challenges.
The department of Resident Life reports nearly
8,350 students ate living on-campus and the
demand for on-campus housing keeps growing
with a waiting list of 1 ,200 students.
"With the academic demands of this institu-
tion, students and parenrs understand on-campus
housing is an important part of the living and
learning experience and many want to be a patt of
the campus setting," says Jim Rychnet, assistant
director of Resident Life,
To help meet the demand, the university
formed a public-private partnership with Ambling
Management Company who will manage the
"University Couttyard" apartment complex.
Returning students of this new apartment commu-
nity can look forward to a fully equipped fitness
center, game room and swimming pool.
Each fully furnished apartment is air condi-
tioned with a microwave, dishwasher, full size
washer, dryer and cable — a hook up that has never
existed on campus before.
"When I was looking at universities in high
school, my friends and I would joke about
Maryland being the only one without cable, but
now it's the perfect school, "says Ndumu.
According to the department of Resident Life,
the reputation as a "perfect school" has attracted
brighter students who are more likely to choose
on-campus housing to achieve a more traditional
university experience. Nine of every 10 Maryland
freshmen choose to live on campus, compared to
seven of 10 just a few years ago.
"Living on campus is so convenient. It gives me
more incenrive to go to the libtary, makes it easier
to meet with professors and my peers for study
groups and projects, "says Erin Madison, senior
journalism major who lives in the Leonard town
Resident Life has leased Terrapin Tower, the
name given to a building at Quality Inn and
Suites, to house 126 returning students fot the
next three years. Housing was guaranteed for all
new first-time freshmen who submitted their
enrollment confirmations and requests for housing
by the May 1 deadline.
A new apartment complex tentatively known as
"South Campus Commons" has been under con-
srruction since this summer under a pubiic-privare
partnetship with Capstone Construction company.
Unlike Univetsiry Courtyard apartments, Resident
Life will manage the complex, located on south
campus near Knox Road.
The 1,000-bed apartment complex will occupy
two-and four-person apartments. The first 400
beds will be completed by fall 2001, and the
remaining 600 to be completed by fall 2002.
ComputerSelect Web Navigating IT News and Reviews
You've probably had to decide between buying
different sorts of hardware or software for a task.
Or maybe you've wondered what a certain com-
puter-related term really means.
It's not always easy to find teliable informa-
tion on these topics, unless you subsctibe to
some of the many information technology trade
and business journals.
Now, there's a Web-based way for the univer-
sity community to access full-text articles and
absttacts from nearly 200 top technology and
computer-related publications. ComputerSelect
Web, an online service produced by the Gale
Group, is available free through the Office of
Information Technology (OIT) library web site.
"This is a great service," says Kathy Campoli,
OIT library manager. "ComputerSelect Web has a
specific focus and offers materials not readily
available elsewhere on campus." ComputerSelect
Web provides access ro thousands of product spec-
ifications, reviews and company profiles, as well as
industry research and news.
OIT pays a subscription fee to the service
provider, and anyone on the campus network or
with university dial-up access can use the service.
"We can only have six simultaneous users," says
Campoli, "but we are interested to see how much
more demand there might be."
One surprisingly popular feature is the glossary.
"We get a lot of people calling to say, '1 have this
word here, what does it mean?'" Campoli says it's
great to be able to type in a wotd and get the
meaning right away.
Because the ComputerSelect Web service is
updared daily, simple information such as defini-
tions and complex information such as expert
analysis and market research are always current.
Another popular feature is the company pro-
files. "We had one inquiry from someone interest-
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"Everything is right there in the database," says
Campoli. "Once you get an article, everything is
all linked up, such as a link to the company's
homepage. It's like one-stop shopping and the
articles go back five years."
The Information Technology Library at OIT
has a variery of print and
electronic resources, including books, journals and
reference materials, audiotapes and videotapes.
The library, located in room 1400 of the
Computer and Space Sciences Building, also circu-
lates tutorial CD-ROMs and administers a hard-
ware rental program.
To access ComputerSelect Web go to the OIT
library home page ar www.oit.umd.edu/library,
select "ComputerSelect Web" from rhe drop down
menu under "Frequently Asked Questions," and
click on "Go."
For more information, call the OIT library at
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Hot on the Money Trail
When it comes to politics, the higher rhe office, the more
time candidates spend raising the cash necessary to get— and
s ray— -elected.
While campaign finance reform has persisted as one of the
hottest topics in both national and stare politics, a new study
reveals for the first time which types of candidates spend the
most time pursuing contributions and how much of their
personal campaign schedules candidates devote to such activi-
Titled "Candidates Devote Substantial Time and Effort to
Fundraising, the study of some 2,200 candidates of all polit-
ical parties shows those seeking federal or statewide office
were the most likely to put considerable time and effort into
Fifty-five percent of those who ran in statewide contests,
including the U.S. Senate and governorships, devored more
than one-fourth of their personal campaign schedule to rais-
ing money. Twenty- three percenr of these candidates spent
more than half their time fundraising. Similarly, among can-
didates fot the U.S. House, more than 40 percent spent at
least a quarter of their time soliciting contributions.
"For many candidates, fundraising has become one of the
most significant activities on the campaign trail," says Paul
Hetrnson, one of the study's principal investigators and
director of the university's Center for American Politics and
According to the study, which is part of the ongoing
Campaign Assessment and Candidate Outreach Project, a
partnership between the university and Campaigns &
Election; magazine, roughly 29 percent of all candidates
across all political offices devoted more than 25 percent of
their time to fundraising.
While candidares for the state legislature, judicial posrs
and local offices typically spend less time soliciting funds,
state legislative races in several large states have become very
expensive. Many legislative candidates report they must
spend more time raising money in order to wage competitive
campaigns. Almost one-third of all state legislative candidates
say they devote at least a quarter of their time to fundraising
The study also documents the increasing professionalism
of campaign fundraising. A majority of statewide and roughly
one-third of U.S. House candidates hire professional consult-
ants or pay political aides to raise money. Only II percent of
the judicial candidates, 9 petcent of the state legislative can-
didates, and 3 percent of rhe candidates for county, local or
municipal offices have professional fundraising operations.
"The pursuit of money has become a campaign in and of
itself," says Hcrrnson. "The campaign for cash requires can-
didates to hire professional fundraising experts and to devote
a tremendous amount of their personal time soliciting contti-
butions. Challengers could have better spent this time meet-
ing with voters, and incumbents could have better used their
time to perform their official duties."
Ron Fauchcux, editor-in-chief of Campaigns & Elections
magazine, concurs. "This survey confirms the anecdotal tales
I hear from the campaign trail," he says. "Candidates are
spending more time begging for money — and enjoying it less.
Clearly, legal contribution caps without commensutate limits
on spending have caused candidates to spend more time on
the phone soliciting donations just to keep up with rising
costs and competitive pressures."
Democrats and Republicans, incumbents, challengers and
open-seat candidates, winners and losers and men and
women spent roughly the same amount of effort raising
money. Only independent and minor-party candidates devot-
ed fewer resources to fundraising.
The nationwide mail survey of political candidates was
conducted in spring 1999 and was funded with a grant from
the Pew Charitable Trusrs. The survey was based on a repre-
sentative sample of candidates who ran for a wide array of
public offices, including the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of
Representatives, governor, secretary of state, state legislator,
judgeships, city council and other state and local offices
between 1996 and .1998, The results presented in this report
include only general election candidates. The full report is
available on rhe Web at:
www.bsos. umd. edu/gvpt/herrnson/outreach . hrml.
August 29, 2000
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Your Guide to University Events
August 29- September 10
PRISM to Perform Free Concert
The School of Music opens its 2000-2001 season with
the campus debut of the award-winning PRISM brass
quintet in Ulrich Recital
Hall, Tawes Fine Arts
Building on Sept. 1
Grand prize winners vi' • V **»
f the 1999 University \
f Georgia Brass
Quintet Competition of
the Americas, PRISM is a
newly appointed resident of
the School of Music. The
quintet's members include
Matthew Bickcl, Sam Buccigossi, Steve
Hasse, Erik Kofoed and Aaron Moats. Graduates of the
Eastman School of Music, the innovative PRISM brass has
performed throughout the New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh
and Washington, D.C., areas.
For its debut performance at the university, PRISM
will perform classical and contemporary works from Lully,
Ewald, Mendez, Jan Bach, Ewazen, Debussy, Bernstein,
Sarasate and Freund. The recital also features a question
and answer session with PRISM members.
Admission and parking are free.
Starting Sept. 5 The Art Gallery presents "Theme & Variation: American Identity In New Deal Era
Art," an exhibition featuring painted mural studies that are on loan from the National Museum of
American Art and works on paper from The Art Gallery's Martin W. Brown Collection.
The Art Gallery is located in the Art-Sociology Building and Is open Monday - Friday 11 a.m. -
4 p.m., Thursday until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 - 5 p.m.
For more information, call 405-2763 or visit the Web Site at www.inform.umd.edu/ArtGal.
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 submis-
sions to the Outlook office. To reach the calendar editor, call 405-7615 or e-mail to email@example.com.
Summer Programs Bring Potential Terps to Campus
The student population on campus during the
summer is not only smaller, it's younger.
That's because the School/ University
Cooperative Programs enrolls thousands of high-
school and middle-school students in arts, recre-
ation and academic classes designed to whet their
appetites for higher education.
The SUCP program has been around since
1987, part of the university's land-grant college
mission of providing service to the state by estab-
lishing links between the university and the
This year, says SUCP coordinator Joan Rosen-
berg, "we are looking at a whole new population
of nontradition.il college students, who in prior
years would not have even considered college."
Some may not have given college much
thought because they are barely in their teens.
"We have been able to establish an early inter-
vention program with middle school kids,"
Rosenberg says. "We have a chance to put this
idea in their heads while rhey are still young, so
they are in the appropriate college prep courses
that will prepare them for college admission."
It's a practical consideration, "Our workforce
has changed," says Rosenberg. "We no longer
have factories requiring enormous numbers of
workers. Our workforce now requires more tech-
nological skill and higher levels of education."
Not all of the summer SUCP classes are just
for kids. A flute master class focusing on 19th-
and 20th-century flute sonatas is open to adults,
for example, and a 4-H camping program
designed for families. There also are courses for
public-school faculty and administrators. But
most of the SUCP offerings are designed for col-
lege-bound young people.
Of particular interest ate students who have
been historically undcrserved, such as classes
designed for high-school girls considering engi-
"We have a chance to put this
idea in their heads while they
are still young, so they are in
the appropriate college prep
courses that will prepare them
for college admission."
— Joan Rosenberg? SUCP coordinator
neering and programs aimed at 9th- to 1 Ith-
graders who will be the first in their families to
Other courses provide immersion in math,
physics and life sciences. A course sponsored by
the College of Journalism and the Washington
Post allows high-schoolers to learn to be
reporters, photographers and editors. The sum-
mer physical and mental health offerings include
marriage and family therapy, therapeutic day
camp and hearing and speech development for
And sports camps allow the young students to
hone their skills in lacrosse, track and field, bas-
ketball, volleyball, golf, soccer, field hockey,
swimming and football. "The fields are empty
and the coaches are available," says Rosenberg,
"so summer is the ideal time."
New York Arts Director Named to
Performing Arts Center Programming Post
Frederick Noonan, director of classical music programming
for the 92nd Street Y in New York City, is the new program-
ming director of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at
Maryland. He assumed his new post Aug. 14.
Noonan brings to the center significant experience in pro-
gram and audience building. Since 1997 he has reinvigorated
the music program at the 92nd Street Y by working with
renowned artists, restoring debut and commissioning pro-
grams, and introducing innovative world and contemporary
music series. From
served as associate
for the Lincoln
Center for the
There he pioneered
such well-known pro-
grams as the Great
Performer Series and
the Mostly Mozart
Festival, which he
later helped expand to
the Kennedy Centet.
Noonan is respon-
sible for setting the
program direction of the Clarice Smith Center, which is sched-
uled to open in 2001. "I look forward to creating stimulating
programs with strong emotional connections, and making tra-
ditional repertoires accessible and interesting to a wide variety
of audiences," says Noonan. "The new center represents a
chance to create a dynamic environment larger than the sum of
"I look forward to
programs with strong
and making traditional
and interesting to a wide
variety of audiences/'
— Frederick Noonan
Family Study Shows African American Fathers Protect Their Young
When they were in Head Start,
James Shird's two young children
saw something no parent ever wants
his kids to witness. A neighborhood
acquaintance was shot in front of
their Southeast Washington home
as they watched, perched on the
sofa by the front window.
The children attended the man's funeral with their
father, and the family of three used the tragedy as a
chance to talk about the violence going on right out-
side their door. Several years later, Kevin, now 9, and
Cherylynn, 10, still talk to their dad about many issues
that concern them. Constant communication is one
strategy Shird uses to teach his children how to survive
the violent streets.
A two-year University of Maryland study conducted
by family studies researcher Bethany Letiecq docu-
ments this strategy and other parenting techniques
used by single African American fathers ro keep their
children safe in violent neighborhoods.
James Shird helped Letiecq find fathers and con-
vince them to participate in the study. Six years ago, he
became active in his local Head Start program.
Surprised that mosr of Head Start's training was
designed for mothers and not the unique parenting
styles of fathers, he founded the Significant Male Task
Force, a group of men who help raise young children
living in dangerous low-income neighborhoods.
Knowing research into this subject was important,
Shird also assisted Letiecq in developing the questions
and methods of the study.
Using trained male African American inrerviewers,
Letiecq documented the parenting techniques of 18
fathers living in high-crime neighborhoods of
Washington, D.C., and Prince George's County, and
then questioned a latger sample of 61 fathers and
father figures based upon those results. She found sev-
eral common strategies, and analyzed individual, famil-
ial and community level predictors of those strategies.
Fot example, fathers who indicated a certain level of
emotional depression were more likely to teach their .
kids home and neighborhood safety, while permissive
fathers were less likely to do so.
Many of those techniques tesembled what past
research has attributed to mothers, such as teaching
personal safety and maintaining close supervision.
Some appeared unique to fathers, such as teaching chil-
dren about real-life violence and its consequences,
teaching how to fight back, teaching alternatives to
violence, teducing exposure to media violence, con-
fronting troublemakers in the community, arming the
family for protection and moving away from bad resi-
No evaluations were made about the effectiveness of
such tactics, but the study does discuss possible ramifi-
cations, such as a child improperly gaining access to a
gun his father purchased to protect the family.
"I think the first thing to consider is that if you live
in a safe neighborhood, your parenting practices could
be very differenr than if you lived in a violent neigh-
borhood," Letiecq says, "So what we may consider 'bad
parenting' in one context
could be necessary in
Shird agrees. "People
don't know about the black
father and role he really
plays in his children's or
family's lives," he says.
"Most people in the media
and people who make
reports just report on what
they think it should be
According to U.S.
Census figures, 62 percent
of African American fami-
lies are single-parent and 92
percent of these families are
"When you focus on
[those] statistics, you possi-
bly miss that even if these
families are headed by mothers, there is still typically a
male figure involved in that family system," Letiecq
says. "My study was about those men, whether they ate
a biological father, a stepfather, a grandfather or an
uncle, to talk about how they are involved in a young
child's life and how they protect that child."
Shird uses strategies similar to the fathers surveyed.
His children are both orange belts in taekwondo
karate. For him the training is more about discipline
and self-control than fighting. Many of the fathers in
the study say teaching kids to fight back is the only
way they will gain the respect of people on the streets.
Raised in the country by his aunt and uncle, Shird
says he didn't have the same worties his children face
today. He remembers working on farms in the summer-
time, and fights that were limited to rwo men's bare
"Violence was differenr," he says. "You would have a
good fistfight. You'd wrestle or throw each other down
or whatever- — a lot of times without a scratch. And
whoever wins, wins, and it's over. Never did you see a
kid that age even walking around with a knife. As far
as guns, daddy kept a gun hanging over the door, and
we never thought, when we got mad, about going and
getting that gun."
But gun violence is the norm today, and Shird
knows that whatevet physical training his children have
will not save them from a bullet. For that, he says he
has to rely on their understanding of conflict manage-
ment and their abilities to avoid taking matters into
their own hands.
Shird says he never witnessed the level of violence
his kids have seen wben he was young. Besides witness-
ing a shooting outside their home, Kevin and
Cherylynn lost their brother to
gun violence. Fot them, it has
become a way of life.
It's gotten so bad, Shird says,
he sometimes calls certain
neighborhoods "little Vietnam."
He says people should be aware
of this world and think about
how they would survive in such
an environment. "It's different
when you live in 'little Vietnam'
than it is living in an area where
something happens every five or
ten years," he says, "where peo-
ple can sleep with the door
open and walk up and down the
street at any time day or night."
Letiecq's study is part of a
— James Shird larBer studjF conducted bv
researchers Sally Koblinsky and
Suzanne Randolph, "The Role
of Family and School in
Promoting Positive Developmental Outcomes for
African American Preschool Children in Violent
Neighborhoods," sponsored by the U.S. Department of
The study is not intended as a manual on proper
child rearing, but a comprehensive portrait that is part
of a growing body of research into what parenting
techniques African American fathers are using. Letiecq
says obtaining the data was difficult, but necessary in
understanding these men.
"To reach out to the community, you have to be
more creative and spend a little more time getting to
know these guys and how you can best support them,"
she says. "But if we took the time to do that, I think
we would see more fathers getting involved and learn-
ing positive parenting skills to protect their kids."
"People don't know about
the black father and role he
really plays in his children's
or family's lives. Most people
in the media and people
who make reports just
report on what they think
it should be like."
Law Firm to Offer Mentoring Services to Companies in Business Incubator
The international law firm of Fried,
Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson has
entered into a partnership with the uni-
versity's Engineering Research Center to
provide lectures and mentoring services
to the technology-based start up business-
es housed in the center's business incuba-
Fried, Frank, with about 500 attorneys
in offices in New York, Washington,
D.C., Los Angeles, London and Paris,
will provide lectures on a variety of topics
to leaders of the information, biotechnol-
ogy, electronics and other start-up com-
panies currently being nurtured in the
university's Technology Advancement
Program (TAP), one of the oldest and
most successful incubators in the
Washington-Baltimore region. Attorneys
from Fried, Frank's D.C. office also will
mentor individual TAP companies, pro-
viding to each company up to 10 free
hours of consultation and advice valued
"Our firm is excited and enthusiastic
about joining the University of Maryland
in its efforrs to foster entrepreneurship
and the creation of successful new busi-
nesses," says Richard Steinwurtzel, a
Fried, Frank corporate partner whose
practice is concentrated in the areas of
corporate finance and metgers and acqui-
David Barbe, interim director of the
Engineering Research Center and associ-
ate dean for research, says the new part-
nership will be a major new asset for
companies in the incubator. "TAP com-
panies have always benefitted from the
on-campus setting and the research, tech-
nical and business resources of the uni-
versity, including the engineering and
business schools and the computer sci-
ence department all of which are ranked
in the top 25 nationally," Barbe says.
"Recently we have been adding to the
expertise and services available to TAP
companies, by developing working rela-
tionships wirh strong service providers
such as Price Waterhouse Coopers, AXA
and American Express.
"We are enormously pleased that start
ups in the incubator will now also be able
to benefit from the tremendous expertise
of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver Be
The TAP incubator for technology-
based, statt-up companies was established
in 1984, admitting its first company in
1985. Since then, 35 companies have
"graduated." They now populate the
region, generating new high-tech jobs.
Currently there are 10 companies in resi-
dence in the modern on-campus facility
that TAP opened in October 1998. This
facility features high-speed fiber-optic
Internet connections throughout the
building, specialized wet-lab space for
biotech companies, computer labs, gener-
al-purpose labs and offices. Total invest-
ment attracted to date by companies in
TAP is over $271 million.
Digene is a good example of the suc-
cess TAP graduates are beginning to
achieve. The world leader in human
papillomavirus (HPV) testing, Digene
offers the only FDA-approved test of its
kind. HPV DNA-rype information is use-
ful for determining a woman's risk of
developing cervical cancer, the most com-
mon cancer and the leading cause of
death from cancer among women in
developing countries. On April 27, 1 999,
Digene announced that Empire Blue
Cross/Blue Shield of New York was pro-
viding coverage for Digene's HPV test.
Digene has 140 employees in its
Montgomery County, Md., R&D labora-
tories and corporate office.
August 29, 2000
Bonnie Braun, assistant professor
of family studies, has been named the
2000 Chalkley-Fenn Public Policy
Visiting Scholar by the American
Association of Family and Consumer
Sciences. She will complete her 10-week
tenure during winter 2001.
During her tenure as the public poli-
cy scholar, Braun hopes ro provide Testi-
mony or posirion papers on Capitol Hill
and to influence both collegiate faculty
members and students to become more
active in the public policy arena.
Last June Distinguished University
Professor Gulllermo Calvo (econom-
ics department and Center for
International Economics) gave testimo-
ny on the issue of dollarizatton before
the U.S. House of Representatives
Subcommittee on Domestic and
Monetary Policy, Committee on
Banking and Financial Services. The bill
in question (S. 2101) was proposed last
Feb. 24 by Sen. Connie Mack. The bill's
title, "International Monetary Stability
Act of 2000," is designed to promote
international monetary stability and to
share seigniorage with officially dollar-
David Harrington, associate direc-
tor at the Academy of Leadership and
mayor of Bladenshurg, recently was
elected first vice president of the
Maryland Municipal League.
Harrington is the first African American
to serve in a senior leadership role in
the league. Harrington and other offi-
cers and board members were sworn in
by Gov. Parris Glendening June 13.
Harrington, 45, is an experienced
executive in the fields of organizational
management, motivational leadership,
community and public leadership and
leadership training. Before coming to
the Academy in 1997, Harrington was
director of educational services at the
Close Up Foundation. In addition, he
was chair of the African American
Educators Special Interest Group of the
National Council for the Social Studies
and a faculty member at Harvard's sum-
mer institute for Writing, Reading and
Harrington has a bachelor's degree in
political science from Howard
University and has completed master's
work in the same field at Miami
University of Ohio.
Sociology student Wan He received
the American Sociological Association's
Dissertation Award honoring the best
Ph.D. Dissertation for the calendar year
from among those submitted by advisers
and menrors in the discipline. It is
awarded for the besr dissertation
defended duting calendar year 1999.
James Hendler, computer science
professor in the Institute fot Advanced
Computer Sysrems, has been selected as
the recipient of the 2000 AAAI
(American Association for Arrificial
Intelligence) Effective Expository
Writing Award for his March 1 1, 1999
Nature article "Is There an Intelligent
Agent in Your Future?" The award,
which includes a $2,500 prize, was
established this year ro honor the
author(s) of a high quality, effective
piece of writing, accessible to the gener-
al public or to a broad AI audience,
written within the last two years.
The American Council of Learned
Societies recently presented S- Robert
Clutter to Lead Distributed Learning Programs
The Office of Continuing and Extended Education (OCEE) recently
announced the promotion of Bill Clutter as associate dean and director of sum-
mer sessions, special programs and distributed learning.
Clutter will provide leadership in the university's expanded commitment to
develop and deliver distributed learning programs. He will work with faculty to
expand participation in and the use of Web-based learning programs. He also is
responsible for developing and maintaining partner-
ships with offices and units on campus that provide
Web-related academic and administrative student sup-
port services. And, he will establish partnerships
between the university and area industry, government
agencies and various nonprofits that can benefit from
distance learning programs.
"Our enhanced commitment to offer premier
academic programs and professional development via
distance education helps to teadily serve the
educational and economic needs of the entire state and
beyond," says Judith Broida, dean of the Office of
Continuing and Extended Education. "I fully expect
Bill Clutter to lead this outreach initiative with the same resulting success chat
he has achieved in other areas."
Clutter most recently was assistant dean and director of summer sessions and
special programs at the university, and will continue to oversee the popular pro-
gram that offers more than 1,700 undergraduate and graduate courses. He
spearheaded the universirywide effort to develop SPOC, the Single Point of
Contact, onc-stop-shop that allows visiting and summer students to be admit-
ted, register for classes, pay their bills and get personal responses to their
inquiries by the simple click of a mouse.
Record 181 Terps Named to ACC Honor Roll
A record 181
University of Maryland
been named to the
announced last month
by ACC Commissioner
John Swofford. It is
the second straight
year the Terps have
established a new stan-
dard for number of
have earned inclusion
in the select list, which
performance in the
In order to be included on the ACC Honor Roll, now in its 44th yeat, stu-
dent-athletes must maintain a 3.0 grade point average for the entire academic
year. Last year, 162 Terrapin student-athletes were recognized, surpassing the
previous record of 153 set during the 1995-96 academic year. In the last six
years, Maryland has seen a 51 percent increase in its number of ACC hon-
Included on the list are seven student-athletes who earned either Academic
All-America or Academic All-District honors from the College Sports
Information Directors of America during the past nine months: Jen Adams
(women's lacrosse), Brian Kopka (football), Marcus LaChapelle (men's
lacrosse), Christian Lewis (men's soccer), Carla Tagliente (field hockey), Keith
Unikel (men's golf) and Jason Ward (men's swimming).
Ramsey, professor of East Asian lin-
guistics, one of 65 ACLS Fellowships
for postdoctoral tesearch in the humani-
ties and humanities-related social sci-
ences. His research concerns an English-
language history of the Korean lan-
The Department of Resident life
recently was honored with the
Association of College and University
(ACUHO-I) Presidential Service Award
for consisrent, outstanding service to
ACUHO-I over the past decades. In
presenting the award, the president of
ACUHO-I praised the countless staff
members who hosted the ACUHO-I
Conference in 1988, and applauded the
devotion of the staff of Resident Life,
the three previous program committee
chairs, the members of the executive
and foundation boards, the chairs and
contributors of numerous association
commitrecs, and the department as a
whole for hosting the upcoming
National Housing Training Institute
The award will be displayed in the
Annapolis Hall Conference room.
George Ritzer professor of sociolo-
gy, recently received the American
Sociological Association's Distinguished
Contributions to Teaching Awatd, given
annually to honor outstanding contribu-
tions to the undergraduate or graduate
teaching and learning of sociology
which improve the quality of teaching.
Roland Rust now holds the David
Bruce Smith Chair in marketing at the
Smith School of Business. He is the
2000 winner of the American Marketing
Association's Gil Churchill Award for
career contributions to marketing
research, and has also received career
achievement awards from the American
Statistical Association, the American
Academy of Advertising, and the
University of North Carolina at Chapel
He formerly served on the faculty of
Vanderbiit University and the University
of Texas at Austin. He received his mas-
ter's and doctoral degrees from the
University of North Carolina at Chapel
John Splaine, associate professor of
education policy, planning and adminis-
tration, was the recipient of Kappa
Delta Pi's Outstanding Education
Award for the 1999-2000 academic year.
The award was established to tecognize
an outstanding faculty member who has
made a tremendous difference in the
lives and the quality of experience for
students in the College of Education.
As part of the awatd, Splaine was
presented with a plaque and a Kappa
Delta Pi commemorative pin. In addi-
tion, the hundreds of books collected
during Kappa Delta Pi's Spring book
drive were donated to a local area school
in his name.
Edna Szymanskl, dean of the
College of Education, has been awarded
the 1999 James F. Garrett Award for a
distinguished career in rehabilitation
Indoor Fungus — Harmful or Harmless?
Chemistry s Bruce Jarvis Presents Data at the National American Chemical Society Meeting
Those greenish black patches growing
on your bathroom walls may look inno-
cent, but they could be guilty of poten-
tial health risks according to chemistry
professor Bruce Jarvis, who presented
data on the toxicology of molds last
week during the 220th national meeting
of the American Chemical Society.
According to Jarvis, certain kinds of
fungi give off toxic (mycotoxins) spotes
that can be inhaled and cause flu-like
symptoms. Mycotoxins ate readily
absorbed by the intestinal lining, air-
ways and skin. His research focuses on
the Stachybotrys chartarum fungus, an
uncommon mold considered to be one
of the more serious threats to people liv-
ing and working in water-damaged
buildings. He presented data on the
variety of potent toxins and immuno-
suppressant agents produced by
Stachybotrys chartarum, as well as other
classes of toxigenic fungi.
Stachybotrys chartarum has been
linked to cases of infant pulmonary
hemosiderosis (bleeding in the lungs),
including a series of cases since 1994,
where 12 infants have died. All 12 wete
living in substandard, water damaged
inner city housing in Cleveland, Ohio.
Cellulose materials such as paper,
sheetrock, cardboard, ceiling tiles and
wood products are suitable soutces for
"There's no question that living in a
damp environment in the presence of
molds may cause general health prob-
lems. Although Stachybotrys is not a
common fungus found in damp build-
ings, any visible signs of mold growth
'There's no question that living
in a damp environment in the
presences of molds may cause
general health problems."
— Bruce Jarvis, chemistry professor
should warrant attention because it
indicates a water intrusion problem,"
Even when the molds are removed,
unless the source of water is taken care
of, the molds will reappear, he says.
According to Jarvis, Stachybotrys is
not as common
homes as other
fungi such as
However, all of
these fungi take
months to grow,
the presence of
reflect long standing water problems.
Fungal growth problems can also occur
in new buildings and homes that were
He says there are several treatment
options for indoor fungal growth, but
measuring how much mold a person is
breathing in remains a challenge. Unlike
using certain proteins or markers to
measure the exposure to allergens, Jarvis
says it's more difficult to measure an
individual's exposure to the toxicgenic
He adds there tends to be an overre-
action to the presence of molds. While
thete have been cases chat require exten-
sive professional treatment in removing
parts of the wall and floorboards, small
amounts of fungal growth can be treated
by simply wiping the area with diluted
"We're inhaling all kinds of particu-
late matter everyday, but we have pow-
erful mechanisms in our lungs to pro-
tect us," says Jarvis.
Although Stachybotrys is not a wide-
spread indoor environment problem in
the United Stares, Jarvis is working with
scientists in Denmark where there is a
national effort ro investigate the risks
Stachybotrys and other fungi pose to
University Ranks High for Baccalaureate
Degrees Awarded to Minorities
continued from page I
less than 18 percent of the
tion but 28 percent of the
nation's general popula-
tion. That gap is in part a
hangover from the days
when minority students
were barred from enrolling
at major universities,
including the University of
"This was a segregated
school, and in many
instances that legacy has
been slow to die,"
Hampton says. "There are
people in Prince George's
County and Montgomery
County, the city of
Baltimore, who still won't
send their children here."
The Black Issues in
Education report, he says,
Maryland's reputation as a
school that encourages
diversity not just for its
own sake, but for the sake
While African Americans seeking advanced degrees
are Increasingly turning to historically black col-
leges and universities, the University of Maryland
Is among a number of traditionally white universi-
ties minority graduate students find appealing.
Black Issues in Higher Education, In its annual
report on graduate schools published July 6, shows
Maryland achieved the following rankings:
■ Total minority degrees, 22nd
• African American degrees, 21st
• Asian American degrees, 1 6th
• African American education degrees, 14th
• African American psychology degrees, 12th
• African American degrees from traditionally white
* Total minority degrees, 69th
* Asian American degrees, 48th
* Asian American biological sciences/life sciences
* African American communication degrees, 1 1th
* Asian American education degrees, 49 th
* African American mathematics degrees, 1 Oth
* Asian American social sciences and history, 21st
Biology Research Finds Way to Reverse
Evolution of Cave Fish Blindness
An eyeless fish that receives lens transplants from a sighted
cousin can develop new eyes in a matter of days, according to
research conducted by a pair of university biologists.
The findings, published by biology department chair
William Jeffery and postdoctoral researcher Yoshiyuki
Yamamoto in the July 28 issue of Science, suggest the lens
plays an important role in eye development.
"Our current research focuses on identifying basic develop-
ment mechanisms in embryos that can be studied in the labo-
ratory. Though we are not working with human patients,
these findings could someday prove useful to our colleagues
in clinical practice," says Jeffery.
Jeffery and his students collected thousands of Mexican
cavefish from seven different caves in northeastern Mexico.
These ghostly, pale fish live only in dark caves, depend on an
acute sense of smell to find food and are not a target for
predators, which are rarely present in caves.
The fish begin to form eyes as embryos. But the young
lenses deteriorate and the corneas, irises, pupils and othet
optic tissues remain undeveloped. By the time the fish reaches
adulthood, the degenerate eye sinks into the orbit and is cov-
ered by a flap of skin.
The scientists implanted lenses from sighted surface-
dwelling fish of the same species, and within eight days began
to see eye development beneath the skin flap. After two
months, the cavefish had restored eyes with distinct pupils,
corneas and irises. The retinas of the restored eyes showed rod
photoreceptor cells, rare in the degenerate cavefish eyes.
When the researchers reversed the experiment— giving
cavefish lenses to the surface-dwelling fish — the cavefish lens-
"This offers clues about what sort of molecules are
involved in eye growth of any vertebrate and it shows the
growth of an eye is controlled in a large part by the lens,"
Although Jeffery and Yamamoto can't say whether cave fish
regain sight after having a restored eye, this research suggests
a simple method in testing factors that control eye growth.
The possibility of other factors contributing to eye loss is
currently under investigation in their laboratory. The
researchers are hopeful if they can stop cave fish lens from
triggering eye regression, they can learn exactly how the
August 29, 2000
Clerical Award Nominations On .the Front Lines
Each year, the President's Commission
on Women's Affairs recognizes the out-
standing achievements of clerical and
secretarial staff at the university. Any
member of the campus community may
nominate a staff member.
To obtain a nomination form, contact
Carol Prier at 405-3869 or e-mail
cprier@deans. umd.edu. Send completed
nominations to Carol Prier, Clark School
of Engineering, 1 137 Glenn L. Martin
Hall, no later rhan Friday, Sept. 1.
The award will be presented at the
Professional Concepts Exchange
Conference Luncheon on Sept. 1 9.
Consortium Web Site
The Consortium on Race, Gender anc
Ethnicity is pleased to announce its new
Web site: www.inform.umd.edu/CRGE.
The Consortium on Race, Gender and
Ethnicity is a university-wide initiative
promoting research, scholarship and fac-
ulty development that examines intersec-
tions of race, gender, ethnicity and other
dimensions of difference as they shape
the construction and representation of
identities, behavior and complex social
Playing it Environmentally Safe
The Department of Environmental
Safety is offering monthly laboratory
safety training for all new laboratory per-
sonnel. The orientation is be required for
all new employees who work in laborato-
ry settings and with hazardous materials.
Space is limited.
New research training provides an
introduction and overview to a wide
variety of safety issues. This training
includes chemical hygiene training, haz-
ardous waste generator training and
bloodborne pathogen training.
Training is offered in room 3104
Chesapeake Building, from 9:30 to 1 1
a.m., on the following dates: Sept. 20,
Oct. 19, Nov. 15 and Dec. 14
Contact J eanette Cartron at 405-3960
or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Spanish Speaking Lunch Date
Join fellow speakers of Spanish
(regardless of fluency level) for lunch
from 12-1 p.m., on the fourth (or last)
Wednesday of the month, in the
Maryland Food Co-Op dining area
(Stamp Student Union), Bring or buy
lunch and converse in Spanish. Native
speakers as well as speakers of Span ish as
a second language are all welcome and
encouraged to attend.
For more information call 405-2840
The Office of Technology Liaison has
been renamed the Office of Technology
Commercialization (OTC). Note the new
address, phone and fax numbers, and
Web site and e-mail address below.
Office of Technology Commercializa-
6200 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 300
College Park, Maryland 20742-9520
Fax: (301) 403-2717
First Friday 4 Front-Linets is a free
and fun-filled customer service refresher
session designed for those who meet and
greet students, visitors and customers
face-to-face and on the phone. The next
session actually takes place on the second
Friday, Sept. 8, ftom 10:30 a.m. to noon
in toom 1 102 Memorial Chapel.
Supervisors are encouraged to attend
with their front-liners.
To reserve your spot, call Campus
Visitor Advocate Nick Kovaiakides (314-
9893) by Sept. 5. The next session will
be Feb. 2.
Web Design and Development
The Web Designer and Developer
Program provides skills training and
mentored workshops in rhe design,
development and maintenance of Web
sites to campus faculty, staff and students
who support a university Web
ptesence. Sponsored by the Office of
Information Technology, the program is
being offered Wednesdays and
Thursdays, Oct. 4 & 5, 1 1 & 12, 18 &
19. There is a fee of $225 for 36 hours
of training. Seating is limited and web-
based preregistration is required at
Questions about course content and
registration can be directed to
oit-trainin g@umail .umd.edu.
New Employee Orientation
The new employee orientation, an
overview of university history, structure,
mission, students, policies and services,
is held the second Monday of each
month, from 9 a.m .to 4 p.m., and
includes lunch. Campus departments and
programs you'll learn more about include
Campus Recreation Services, the Athletic
Department, Clarice Smith Performing
Arts Center, Faculty and Staff Assistance
Programs, training and development pro-
grams. Libraries, Office of Information
Technology, Office of Human Relations,
Environmental Safety and the Police
Orientation dates for the 2000-2001
academic year are as follows: Sept. 1 1 ,
Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec. 1 1, Jan. 8, Feb.
12, Match 12, April 9, May 14 and June
1 1. To register for the orientation pro-
grams, visit the Office of Personnel's web
site at www.personnel.umd.edu.
For more information contact the
organizational development and training
office at 405-5651.
Students, faculty, staff and associates
needing University of Maryland photo
ID cards can obtain them on the first
floor of the Mitchell Building at the
Office of the Registrar Customer Service
Counter. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Call 314-8240 for questions.
PtatLfrhead far tfffi Mmn
Beat the rush. Plan your holiday par-
ties now. Call the Inn and Conference
Center at University College.
Celebrate your holiday season with
special holiday menus. Packages and con-
cessions are available for all holiday
groups, if you reserve your event by Sept. 31.
Contact Mark Leisses, catering sales
manager at 301-985-7311 ot e-mail
email@example.com for more informa-
niT F a ll <U,rvi~, Hnu~
Service hours have returned to 8 a.m.
to 6 p.m. for the OIT Help Desk (walk-
in, dial-in and consult-by-mail services),
Information Technology Library and
Laser Print Cost Recovery service, all
located in room 1400 Computer and
Space Sciences Building.
Questions should be directed to the
OIT Help Desk (CSS West Wing, room
1400) at 405-1500 or by electronic mail
Digital Library Program
Since the Maryland Digital Library program (MDL) became a reality this
summer, faculty, staff and students at some 56 participating Maryland public
and independent two- and four-year colleges and universities have access to
400 electronic books and 2,945 electronic journals. It's all being done
through a Web-based gateway called MdUSA (Maryland University and
College Statewide Access to Electronic Databases).
The state- funded MDL initially received $900,000 to provide Web-
based access to 10 core electronic resources selected by a committee of
librarians from each segment of higher education.
The MDL electronic resources encompass not only the 400 e-books and
2,945 journals, but reference works such as the new Oxford English
Dictionary, the new online version of the McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of
Science, and History Universe: Access to Aft lean American Studies. The elec-
tronic journal content available via MDL includes the Project Muse titles
consisting of all the journals issued by the Johns Hopkins University Press in
College and university librarians arc currently seeking ongoing state sup-
port to continue and expand the program beyond the initial start-up year,
both in terms of rhe number of databases and types of services. State support
for MDL comes from a combination of funds from the Information
Technology Board and funds proposed by Gov. Glendening in his budget for
The state's support for the first year of the MDL Ptogram acknowledges
funding of this type of initiative in states across the nation has become a
reality in the new Internet economy. The program also complements the
state's support fot SAILOR, a project of Maryland Public
Libraries featuring Maryland information and l-^&^£
a statewide network providing
access to the
schools and the citi-
zens of Maryland.
Through MDL the
state also is putting in
place essentia] informa- t y£3^
tion and library services
which support e-educa-
tion any time, anywhtrre
by anyone. This is an
extremely important con-
cept for colleges and uni-
versities engaged in dis-
tance education, for
employers whose employees
iseck additional education,
and for employees seeking to
pursue academic programs via
distance learning at work or at home.
Future developments in the MDL include better user access to material
ffrom any of the library collections of MDL participants via a Maryland
Premier Academic Catalog (MdPAC), a Wcb-based union catalog spanning
the collections of academic libraries in the state, and access to high-quality
Wcb-bascd content and information resources.
For further information, contact Betty Day at 405-9072 or go to the
Web site: http://md-diglib.org/.