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Outlook 

The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper 

Volume 19- Number 6 October 3, 2000 



Mighty 
Sound 



Maryland, 
page 3 




Building a Culture of 
Greatness 

The University of Maryland is in "a high state of activity 
and a high state of readiness," President Dan Mote told the 
College Park Senate List Monday afternoon, praising faculty, 
staff and students alike for their "unbending expectation of 
distinction, unrelenting pursuit of top quality and willing- 
ness to commit to being the best." 

Mote also thanked Gov. Parris Cilendening and other 
state leaders for "recognizing the critical value of higher 
education to the future of the state" and providing ""and 
visionary support" for the university. 

Mote's annual "State of the Campus" address to the Senate 
focused on three characteristics of the university that are 
"keys to our ultimate recognition as a top-tier research uni- 
versity; " distinction, leadership and state relationship. 

The university is doing well in all three areas, Mote said, 
citing a long list of significant achievements on issues rang- 
ing from student profiles to faculty achievements and staff 
dedication. He also identified two areas that need quick 
improvement and attention: student graduation rates and 
insensitivity in the campus culture. "Simply put, a gradua- 
tion rate of 63 percent in six years for full-time students is 
too low," Mote said. "The high and increasing application 
pressure from highly qualified students and this low gradua- 
tion rate are incongruous." 

One solution to the problem may be to find ways to 
encourage more students to enroll for 10 or more credits 
per semester, Mote said. Campus data indicate that 22 per- 
cent of undergraduates currently enroll for nine credits or 
less. "If half of them increased their course load to 10-14 
credits per term, our graduation rate would be 14 percent," 

continued on page 2 



Visiting Chinese Dignitaries Celebrate 
20- Year Partnership with Maryland 




curacy of Astronomer's Prediction 
Challenges Accepted View of Universe 



Dr. David Barbe, professor at the Clark School of Engineering and Executive Director of the Engineer- 
ing Research Center, addresses a group of delegates led by Governor Xu of Anhui Province, China, 
the sister province of the state of Maryland. The visitors attended a reception at the Chinese 
embassy in Washington celebrating the 20th anniversary of the partnership established by Governor 
Hughes In 1980. The delegates were on campus In part to observe the University of Maryland's 
business Incubator program, whose mission Is to work with students and local businesses to gener- 
ate technology start-ups. It has graduated 35 such companies at a rate of about three per year, 
mainly In the fields of biotechnology, Information technology and electronics. 



CESAR Finds Ecstasy Use Soaring 
Across Maryland 



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An article published in the latest 
issue of the Astrophysical Journal 
Letters lends strong support to a con- 

)versial theory that rejects the cold 
matter hypothesis central to what 
most scientists believe about the com- 
position of the universe. 

In the October 1 issue, which is 
now available online, University of 
Maryland astronomer Stacy McGaugb 
details cosmic microwave background 
predictions that he made last year and 
which subsequently proved correct. 
The cosmic microwave background is 
the faint radiation that scientists 
believe to be a remnant of the energy 
released in the Big Bang. 

Measurements of cosmic microwave 
ackground matching McGaugh's 1999 
prediction were reported in the jour- 
nal Nature in March of this year by sci- 
cn tists conducting an experiment 
known as Boomerang. 

The accuracy of his predictions, 
ites McGaugh, points to a universe 

at consists entirely of "ordinary "mat- 
ter. This contradicts the widely held 
adigm diat 90 percent of the unl- 

rsc is made up of uaseen matter; 



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termed cold dark matter. Cold dark 
matter is widely thought to consist of a 
new kind of particle rather than the 
protons, neutrons, and other known 
particles that constitute ordinary mat- 
ter. 

"What I predicted correctly in an 
article in the October 1999 
Astrophysics! Journal is the amplitude 
of the second peak relative to the first 
peak In the power spectrum of the 
cosmic microwave background," 
McGaugh said. 

In March, when the Boomerang 
results were announced, many cosmolo- 
gists publicly rejoiced that die position 
of the first peak In the power spectrum 
of the microwave background indicated 
the universe was "flat," a key prediction 
of inflation, one of the central tenets of 
modern cosmology. 

However, cosmologlsts were puzzled 
by the small amplitude of the second 
peak relative to the first because it did- 
n't fit what they expected to see based 
on another key tenet, the theory of 
cold dark matter. 

"On the other hand, the relative 

continued on page J 



Alarmed by the rapidly 
increasing use of the drug 
ecstasy, Maryland officials 
are putting a comprehen- 
sive action plan into 
effect. It responds to a 
new report from the 
Drug Early Warning 
System (DEWS) - a 
unique collaboration 
between the state and the 
University of Maryland's 
Center for Substance 
Abuse Research (CESAR) 
- that ranks ecstasy as the 
state's leading emerging 
drug. 

Two years ago it had 
been detected in only 
two of Maryland's coun- 
ties. But now ecstasy use 
is nearly a statewide phe- 
nomenon, showing up in 
18 counties. Some juve- 
nile offenders told CESAR 
researchers that the drug 
has moved beyond the 
party scene and is now 
available on the street and 
in schools. 

A stimulant, ecstasy 



combines the effects of 
"speed" and hallucino- 
gens. It is not believed to 
be addictive, but it has 
been linked to 10 deaths 
in Maryland. Researchers 
are studying clues sug- 
gesting continued use can 
cause long-term changes 
in the brain. Often the 
ecstasy pills contain other 
drugs such as methadone, 
cocaine, heroin, or LSD, 
The DEWS plan calls 
for a public education 
campaign, an intensified 
effort by law enforce- 
ment, training to improve 
diagnosis and treatment, 
and continued monitoring 
of ecstasy use. "The fight 
against drugs has to be 
fought day in and day out 
by parents, teachers, 
coaches, ministers, and 
most importantly, our chil- 
dren themselves," said Lt. 
Gov. Kathleen Kennedy 
Townsend, who heads the 
DEWS action team. 
"Having timely and accu- 



rate information on 
emerging drug trends is a 
powerful new weapon for 
all of us to use," 

CESAR researchers rely 
on a number of tactics to 
chart drug use. Over the 
past couple of months, 
researchers approached 
people leaving clubs in 
Baltimore that host all- 
night "raves," the dance 
parties fueled by ecstasy, 
asking them to answer 
questions about personal 
drug use and to provide 
samples of hair and saliva. 
Of the 78 "ravers" they 
approached, 62 agreed to 
participate. Nearly two- 
thirds said they had used 
ecstasy within the past 
year, and half said they'd 
used the drug within the 
past 90 days. 

CESAR staff also inter- 
view juvenile offenders 
and conduct focus 
groups. From interviews 

continued on page 3 



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State of the Campus 

continued from page I 

Mote said. The rate would 
rise to 80 percent if all of 
them took at least 10 hours. 

"The time has come to 
move toward changes in cam- 
pus culture and policy that 
will result in an increased 
graduation rate,' Mote said. 
"This year, we need to identify- 
and begin to implement 
changes that will move us 
toward a full-time graduation 
rate in the 80 percent rate 
over die near term." 

Mote also urged the cam- 
pus to "tackle the insensitiviry 
demon in our normal every- 
day discourse." Identifying 
both an "intolerance demon" 
and an "insensitiviry demon," 
Mote said the latter is the 
more difficult to handle. 

Intolerance, he explained, 
usually provokes "our collec- 
tive commitment to fight 
intolerance together," while 
insensitivity is "frequently 
inadvertent" and creates 
"great stress for some mem- 
bers of our campus commu- 
nity, but . . . not ... for others." 

As an example of intoler- 
ance, Mote cited the incident 
last year when some student 
leaders were threatened 
because of their race. In that 
case,*Our response was clear, 
obvious and not widely con- 
troversial." 

Incidents of insensitivity, 
such as the appearance of the 
band Bloodhound Gang at Art 
Attack last spring and an arti- 
cle in the Maryland Cow 
Nipple that blasphemed 
Allah, are often unintentional, 
"and our response to (them) 
is less clear and often contro- 
versial," Mote said. 

"I believe the perpetrators 
do not see themselves as 
insensitive or intolerant - just 
fun-loving and high-spirited," 
Mote said. In such cases, the 
administration is urged on the 
one hand to intervene, cut off 
financial support and "live up 
to its goal to create a wel- 
coming and civil campus 
society," and on the other 
hand to avoid any action that 
would constrain free speech. 

The issue. Mote said, is nei- 
ther free speech nor adminis- 
trative interference, but rather 
whether the university com- 
munity has the will to tackle 
insensitivity "through the cul- 
ture we establish, the content 
of our speech and the actions 
we take * He praised the 
Office of Human Relations for 
its program called Crossing 
Borders, Building Communi- 
ties to "get all of us to walk in 
the other guy's shoes." 

Mote devoted most of his 
speech to distributing praise 
to a wide range of people and 
programs on campus. 

He noted the continuing 
increase in the quality of 
entering undergraduate stu- 



dents, the recruitment of 
increasing numbers of highly 
distinguished faculty from 
other leading research univer- 
sities, and the dedication of 
staff for dteir "commitment to 
make this a great place." 
Other points of distinction in 
the past year included 
increasing quality of graduate 
students, two national cham- 
pionship athletic teams, and 
the success of the second 
annual Maryland Day, which 
drew more than 35,000 visi- 
tors to campus last April. 

Mote also noted that meas- 
ures of the university's aca- 
demic quality have improved 
substantially over the past 10 
years in parallel with a nearly 
50 percent increase in the 
proportion of minorities 
among undergraduates. 

On the topic of leadership, 
Mote said, "Great universities 
don't wait to be chosen to 
lead, they just simply lead," 
adding that "leadership in the 
state and region is our flag- 
ship role. We don't lead 
because we are the flagship, 
we are the flagship because 
we lead:' 

Leadership In the commu- 
nity takes place in the form 
of connections, Mote said, cit- 
ing the many types of con- 
nections the university has 
with people, organizations 
and activities. "Connection is 
ubiquitous." 

Other examples of on- 
campus leadership cited by 
the president include the 
updated strategic plan, 
"Building on Excellence: The 
Next Steps," adopted by cam- 
pus leaders over the summer, 
and the creation of the 
University of Maryland 
College Park Foundation that 
will serve as the nucleus for 
many of the university's out- 
reach efforts. 

The university's relation- 
ship with the state is one of 
mutual necessity, Mote said. 
"When we think of the state's 
future, we need to realize that 
the University of Maryland is 
the State's greatest asset," he 
said. "The futures of the state 
and the University of Mary- 
land are linked inextricably. 
Our achievements will be cou- 
pled explicitly. We are bound 
by need, necessity and reality. 
We carry the banner of the 
state, and it should cany ours." 

Mote thanked the senate 
and the campus for "striving 
to build this fine university 
into a great one. This is our 
mandate from the state; more 
importantly, this will be our 
legacy to future generations. 
You are succeeding beautifully 
in this most noble enterprise." 

The text of President 
Mote's speech, as well as 
charts and tables to illustrate 
the university's progress, can 
be found on the Web at 
http://www.inform.umd.edu/ 
PRES/speech_state0O.html. 



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October 3 



6:00-9:00 p.m. Workshop: 
"Introduction to Microsoft 
PowerPoint." Provides a basic 
introduction to the elements 
involved in designing effec- 
tive and professional-looking 
slides, overheads and comput- 
er-based presentations. Topics 
covered include adding clip 
art, creating color schemes 
and organizing text. 4404 
Computer and Space Sciences. 
Registration required, 5-2938, 
cwpost@umd5.umd.edu or 
www. inform . umd . edu/PT.* 



8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. MCK 
Library's Used Book Sale 
2000,The three-day sale 
begins today with discounts 
for students, faculty and staff 
with UM ID. For more infor- 
mation, call 5-9125 or see 
www.lib.umd.edu/UMCP/CL 
MD/Gifts/booksale.html. 

6:00-9:00 p.m. Workshop: 
"Intermediate HTML." Topics 
covered include enhanced tag 
attributes, tables and internal 
document links. 4404 Compu- 
ter and Space Sciences.The 
fee for students, faculty and 
staff is $10.00; alumni, $20.00. 
Registration required. 5-2938, 
cwpost@umd5.umd.edu or 
www.inform . umd.edu/PT.* 



Your Guide to University Events 
October 3-13 



Unix operating system. Con- 
cepts covered include file and 
directory manipulation com- 
mands, navigation skills, as well 
as the Pico editor. It does NOT 
teach programming skills. 4404 
Computer and Space Sciences. 
Registration is required. Call 5- 
2938, cwpost@umd5.umd.edu, 
or www.inform.umd.edu/PT* 



8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. MCK 
library's Used Book Sale 
2000. Second day of the 
three-day sale. For more infor- 
mation, call 5-9125 or see 
www. lib. umd. edu/UMCP/CL 
MD/Gifts/booksaJe.html. 

October 6 



8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. MCK 
Library's Used Book Sale 2000. 
Third day of the three-day sale. 
Bargains all day. For more in- 
formation, see www.lib.umd. 
edu/UMCP/CLM D/Gifts/book- 
sale.html or call 5-9125. 

4:30-7:30 p.m., Workshop: 
"Introduction to Unix." 
Introduces participants to the 



5:30-7:00 p.m., Reception: 
Opening of exhibit "Jeffrey Cam 
Portraits/Self." Carr, a professor 
of painting at St. Mary's College, 
will exhibit 40 paintings - self- 
portraits, still lifes and figures. 
UMUC Inn and Conference 
Ctr., Lower Level Gallery, 3501 
University Blvd. East.Adelphi. 
Gallery is open 8:00 a.m.-8:00 
p.m. daily; call 301-985-7779. 

October {* 

1:00-4:00 p.m., Workshop: 
"Introduction to HTML." Intro- 
duces the Hypertext Markup 
Language used to create pages 
on the Web. Concepts covered 
include how to format text, cre- 
ate lists, links and anchors, up- 
load pages, and add in-line 
images. 4404 Computer and 
Space Sciences. Registration is 
required. 5-2938, 
cwpost@umd5.umd.edu or 
www. inform . umd . ed u/PT. * 

3:00 p.m. Concert: "Musica 
Aperta Washington," the U.S.- 
Mexico Musical Connection 
(Aaron Copland Festival series). 
Examines prominent com- 
posers of Copland's generation 
and highlights his relationship 
to Mexico. Includes a perform- 
ance of Appalachian Spring. 
UMUC Inn & Conference 
Center. For tickets, call the 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center at 5-7847. See also 
http://www.claricesmithcen- 
ter.umd.edu/Coplandy.* 



October 



8:00 p.m., Concert: 
"Contemporary Compositions 
for Clarinet and Piano." 
University of Maryland's School 
of Music presents award-win- 
ning clarinetist Esther Lamneck 
and pianist Rosemary Caviglia in 
a concert of premieres and pre- 
views. World premieres of com- 
positions by Maryland faculty 



calendar guide; 

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and open to the public unless noted by an asterisk (*), Calendar information for Outlook is compiled 

from a combination of InforMs master calendar and submissions to the Outlook office. 

To teach the calendar editor, call 405-7615 or e-mail to oullook@accniail.umd.edu. 



members and others. Ms. Lam- 
neck will also play her own 
arrangements of Hungarian folk 
songs on the tarogato, a single- 
reed woodwind instrument. 
Admission and Lot 1 parking are 
free. Ulrich Recital Hall,Tawes 
Fine Arts Building. For direc- 
tions, call 5-7847. For perform- 
ance or artist information, call 
Prof. Robert Gibson at 5-5611. 

oc * ober tHBl 

2:00 p.m., Lecture (Control and 
Dynamical Systems Invited 
Lecture Series) :" Using A ttrac tor 
Dynamics to Generate Auto- 
nomous Robot Behavior" by 
Gregor Schoener, Centre de 
Recherche en Neurosciences 
Cognitives, Marseille, France. 
2460 AV Williams Building. For 
more information, see: www.isr. 
umd . ed u/Labs/lSiy e vents . html 



6:00- 9:00 p.m., Workshop: 
"Intermediate Adobe Photoshop" 
This class uses graphic manipu- 
lation utilizing paths and layers. 
Learn to use filters with text, 
and prepackaged macros. 4404 
Computer and Space Science. 
Registration required. 5-2938, 
cwpost@umd5. umd.edu or 
www. inform . umd . ed u/PT. * 



8:00 p.m.Concert:Takacs 
Quartet (Chamber and Early 
Music series). UMUC Inn and 
Conference Center. For more 
information, call 301-985-7779. 



Outlook 



Outlook is the weekly faculry-sraJT 
newspaper serving tire University of 
Maryland campus community. 

Brodie Remington "Vice President for 
University Relations 

Teresa Flannery > Executive Director 
of University Communications and 
Director of Marketing 

George Cathcart • Executive Editor 

Cynthia Mitchel * Assistant Editor 

Patty Henetz * Graduate Assistant 

Letters to me editor, story suggestions 
and campus information are welcome. 
Please submit all material two w^eks 
before the Tuesday of publication. 

Send material to Editor, Outlook. 2101 
Turner Hall, College Park, MD 20742 

Telephone ■ (301) 405-4629 

Fax -(301) 314-9344 

E-mail ■ outlook (fljaccmail, umd.edu 

Outlook can be found online at 
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October 3, 2000 




U.S. Undersecretary of Defense to 
Head New Initiative at the University 
of Maryland School of Public Affairs 



Jacques S. Gansler, U.S. 
Undersecretary of Defense for 
Acquisition, Technology and 
Logistics, will join the University 
of Maryland School of Public 
Affairs in January, 2001 as the 
first holder of the Roger C. Upitz 
Chair in Public Policy and Private 
Enterprise. 

The endowed chair was estab- 
lished with a major gift from 
Roger C, Lipitz, chairman of the 
quasi-public Baltimore 
Development Corporation, and 
grew from his interest in prepar- 
ing policymakers for a new age 
where the lines between public, 
private and non-profit are 
increasingly blurred. 

As the Lipitz Chair, Dr. Gansler 
will both teach in and lead the 
Center for Public Policy and 
Private Enterprise, the corner- 
stone of a major initiative at the 
Maryland School of Public Affairs 
designed to help "reinvent" the 
relationships among business, 
government and the non-profit 
sector in the United States. The 
Center will focus on research, 
teaching and education that 
builds mutual understanding and 
reciprocal learning among cur- 
rent and future leaders in public 
service and private endeavors. 

"We are very excited about 
the future of this center under 
Dr. Gansler's leadership," said 
University of Maryland President 
C. D. Mote Jr. "He brings consid- 
erable experience in both public 
service and private enterprise to 
help shape an education and 
research program that explores, 
and ultimately redefines, the com- 
plex relationships across these 
sectors." 

Dr. Gansler brings to the 
Maryland School of Public Affairs 
demonstrated entrepreneurial 
and leadership skills, national 
and international involvement in 
the defense and management 
communities, strong academic 
credentials, and a wealth of expe- 



rience at high levels of govern- 
ment and business. 

"With his reputation for think- 
ing 'outside the box,' Dr. Gansler 
is particularly well suited to lead 
this new center," said MSPA Dean 
Susan C. Schwab. "We expect his 
work here will have a profound 
impact on how government, 
business and non-profit agencies 
work together in the future to 
address the nation's biggest prob- 
lems." 

As the third-ranking civilian at 
the Pentagon from 1997 to 2001. 
Gansler oversees all research and 
development, acquisition reform, 
logistics, and advanced technolo- 
gy programs, in addition to the 
defense technology and industri- 
al base. He is responsible for an 
annual budget of about $180 bil- 
lion of the approximately $290 
total Department of Defense 
budget. 

Before joining the Clinton 
administration, Gansler served as 
executive vice president and 
director thrTASC. Inc., an applied 
information technology company 
in Arlington, Va., that grew from a 
small business to a multi-million 
dollar enterprise during his 
tenure. 

Before 1977, Dr. Gansler held 
a variety of positions in govern- 
ment and the private sector, 
including deputy assistant secre- 
tary of Defense, assistant director 
of U.S. Department of Defense 
Research and Engineering, vice 
president of ITT, and positions 
with Singer and Raytheon corpo- 
rations. 

During his time at TASC, 
Gansler served on a variety of 
special commissions and blue- 
ribbon panels, including as vice 
chairman of the Defense Science 
Board, and on several govern- 
ment commissions studying 
acquisition reform. He also 
served on the university's Board 
of Visitors, which he chaired 
until 1996. 



Ecstasy 

continued from page 1 

in the Baltimore area, researcb- 
ers learned that ecstasy was 
moving beyond the rave scene 
and had become very popular in 
recent months. Young men be- 
lieved it enhanced their sexual 
feelings. One called it a "happy 
drug" that can help deal with 
depression. 

One former user described 
the drug's negative effects. "You 
have mood swings and lose con- 
trol. Long-time users start to 
shake ."Another former user said 
that the visual effects caused by 
ecstasy were scary and reported 
difficulty breathing. Respondents 
offered a list of the drug's street 
names used by dealers. 

"With this kind of up-to-the- 



minute, street-wise information, 
we can work with state officials 
to construct an action plan that 
makes sense and has the best 
chance of succeeding," said Dr. 
Eric Wish, CESAR director. "This 
is the kind of university work 
tiiat can make a very real differ- 
ence to communities around the 
state." 

CESAR, the University's High 
Intensity Drug Trafficking Area 
Research Program, the 
lieutenant Governor's Office 
and the Maryland State Police 
make up the DEWS action steer- 
ing committee. 

For more information on 
ecstasy and other drugs, go 
to the DEWS web site at http:// 
www.cesar.umd.edu/dews.htm 
or call toll-free at 1-877-234- 
DEWS. 



Mighty Sound of Maryland to Lead 
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 



The Mighty Sound of 
Maryland, the University of 
Maryland's renowned 
marching band, will step 
off Into history on 
November 23 when its 
250 musicians, flag 
twirlers, dancers and 
drum majors lead off 
the 74th annual Macy's 
Thanksgiving Day 
Parade in New York City. 

"We're accustomed 
to big time performan- 
ces, but the Macy's 
Parade is the biggest of 
the big time," said L. 
Richmond Sparks, 
marching band director 
for more than 16 years. 
"We've played all over 
the United States and in 
Germany, France, 
Scotland and Spain, but 
this performance will be 
seen by 65 million peo- 
ple all over die country, 
leading off the biggest 
parade in America. What 
an honor!" 

Another two million 
spectators are expected 
to line the parade route 
as the Maryland band 
plays the seasonal tune 
"We Wish You the Merriest" 
from Central Park West 
down Broadway all the way 
to Herald Square. 

The Mighty Sound of 
Maryland is no overnight 
sensation. 

The marching band per- 



forms each year for more 
than 250,000 fans at home 
football games and some 



Monday Night Football 
games and even for the 
National Football League 




In its first attempt to be considered for the Macy's 
Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Mighty Sound of Maryland was 
chosen to be the lead-off band- virtually an Impossible feat! 



road trips. When Maryland 
goes to bowl games, the 
band goes, too. A smaller 
pep band also plays for all 
Maryland home basketball 
games and tournament 
appearances. They have 
played for the president of 
the United States, for 



games in Europe. 

Band fans who won't 
have a chance to be In New 
York or see the parade on 
television can see the band's 
parade routine during 
halftime of the Maryland- 
Georgia Tech football game 
on November 18. 



Dark Matter 

continued from page t 

amplitudes were precisely 
what 1 had expected should 
cold dark matter not exist," 
said McGaugh. 

According to McGaugh, the 
basis for his correct predic- 
tions lies in a little-known 
alternative theory to dark 
matter called MOND, for mod- 
ified Newtonian dynamics. 

"Until 1994, 1 was like 
most astronomers and didn't 
think much of, or about, 
MOND," he said. "But that 
year, a problem cropped up 
in my data for the rotation 
curves of low surface bright- 
ness galaxies. The data made 
no sense in the conventional 
dark matter context. I 
pounded my head against the 
wall for many months trying 
to make sense of it when by 
chance I attended a talk by 
Moti Milgrom, the Israeli 
physicist who conceived 
MOND. 

"Without knowing who I 
was or what problem I was 
struggling with, he derived a 
series of predictions for 



how low surface brightness 
galaxies ought to behave in 
MOND. Everything that was 
so confusing in the dark mat- 
ter context was actually a 
prediction of MOND." 

"It was a classic example 
of the kind of hypothesis 
testing that forms the basis 
of science. In this case 
MOND's predictions came 
true, cold dark matter's did 
not," McGaugh said. 

McGaughs newest article 
on modified Newtonian 
dynamics is attracting the 
attention and interest of 
many astronomers and physi- 
cists. But while acknowledg- 
ing the accuracy and poten- 
tial significance of his work, 
McGaugh says that even 
friends and colleagues on 
campus remain skeptical of 
MOND. 

Cole Miller, an assistant 
professor of astronomy at 
Maryland who has had 
numerous friendly debates 
with McGaugh about MOND. 
points out that there arc pos- 
sibilities that fit within the 
context of the theory of cold 
dark matter that could 



explain why the second cos- 
mic microwave background 
peak is lower than cosmolo- 
gists expected 

"Though Stacy's idea Is 
very interesting," Miller said, 
"it's not really possible to 
point to the Boomerang find- 
ings or to any current obser- 
vation and conclusively say 
which theory IMOND or cold 
dark matter) is correct." 

Miller said that for largely 
philosophical reasons most 
scientists are not likely to 
embrace Stacy's position at 
this point. "MONO introduces 
a new fundamental constant 
in a way that seems ad hoc, 
and which is aesthetically dis- 
pleasing to most cosmolo- 
gists. On the other hand, cold 
dark matter postulates new 
and so far unobserved parti- 
cles, so it's good to keep an 
open mind about both possi- 
bilities," he said. 

McGaugh said he agrees dial 
it's only natural to be skeptical 
of an idea as radical as MOND 
the first time you hear it. "But 
to be fair, I think we need to 
apply the same degree of 
skepticism to dark matter." 






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Made up your mind to kick the 
habit? The University Health Center is 
ready and willing to help. Start your 
year off on the right foot with their 
smoking cessation program or with indi- 
vidual smoking cessation counseling. 

Conquering addiction to smoking is a 
challenge, and moral support greatly 
increases the likelihood of success. 
Participants learn how to manage with- 
out cigarettes while meeting new friends. 

There are four classes per session; 
attend Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00 p.m. 
(Oct. 4, 1 1 , 18 and 25) or Mondays from 
12:00-1:00 p.m. (Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27). 

Classes meet in Room 2101, Univers- 
ity Health Center. Call 301-3 14-8123 or 
301-314-8128 to register, or stop by the 
Health Center's Health Education Office 
(Room 2107). 

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Attention gourmets arid gourmands: 
the University of Maryland Golf Course 
will hold its first annual New England 
Lobster Roast on Wednesday, October 
1 1 at 6:00 p.m. Indulge in a seafood 
lover's extravaganza of lobster, shrimp, 
mussels, clams and more. 

Advance reservations are required; 
call 301-403-4240. 

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A hot, tropical locale and plenty of 
song and dance set the stage for 
revenge in this contemporary Afro- 
Cuban retelling of the Electra myth. 
Sophocles' classic drama, in its updated 
incarnation, opens at the University 
Theatre on October 12, 

Director Scot Reese uses the modem 
setting to bring home the idea that the 
play's issues-among them family, murder 
and loss-continue to be relevant today. 

Performances will be held at the 
Tawcs Theatre Oct. 12-14 and Oct. 19-21 
at 8:00 p.m., and Oct 15 at 2:00 p.m. 
Tickets are available by mail order, in 
person (weekdays 1 0:00-4:00 at the 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center 
ticket office) or by phone charge at 
301-405-7847. 



The Campus Assessment Working 
Group invites you to its first Forum of 
the year: "Learning Environment and 
Outcomes: What Students Have Told Us" 

Last spring, UM juniors and seniors in 
Professional Writing courses completed 
the University of Maryland Student 
Survey. At this forum, we will present 
selected results on undergraduate 
research, instruction and learning out- 
comes. Representatives from the Center 
for Teaching Excellence will participate 
as discussants. 

The forum will take place on Friday, 
October 6, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. (lunch 
is included) in 0140 Holzapfel Hall. 

Please RSVP to cawg@umailumd.edu 

For more information, call the 
Campus Assessment Working Group at 
301-405-5590, or see their Web site at 
http://www. umd . edu/c awg . 

Sleep and Stress Study 

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The University af Man-land Psychology 
Department is conducting a study on 
sleep and stress. Subjects are currently 
needed to assist this research. The crite- 
ria (br participation are as follows: 

When falling asleep or upon awaken- 
ing, have you ever experienced: 

• The feeling that you were being held 
down even though fully conscious? 

• An inabiEty to speak or cry out ? 

• Difficulty in movement despite being 
fully conscious? 

• Seeing or hearing things that were 
not really there? 

If you have experienced these occur- 
rences more than once, you may be eli- 
gible to participate in this study. For 
more information, please contact 
Roxann Roberson-Nay at 301-405-8609. 

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Two film actresses who portrayed 
Elizabeth I were featured at this year's 
Oscar ceremonies; clearly the Virgin 
Queen continues to fascinate. But 
Elizabeth had abilities that aren't easy to 
represent in movies like Elizabeth or 
Shakespeare in lobe. She was one of 



the earliest women to benefit from a 
movement in the 16th century for the 
education of girls: She became famous 
for her knowledge of languages and was 
an accomplished poet. Until recently, 
however, it has been difficult to sort out 
what Elizabeth actually wrote from the 
compilations of her aides and cuurtiers. 
An acclaimed new edition, Elizabeth I: 
Collected Works, by three distinguished 
women scholars has at last done just that. 
Leah Marcus ofVanderbilt University, 
one of the editors of tliis collection, will 
be visiting the English Department and 
will give a lecture entitled "Queen 
Elizabeth as Public and Private Poet." 

The lecture will take place on Mon., 
October 16 at 4:00 p.m. In 1213 Art and 
Sociology Building. All are welcome. 



M1TH is pleased to present John 
Unsworth, Director of the Institute for 
Advanced Technology in the Humanities 
(IATH), University of Virginia, as our first 
Distinguished Speaker, 2000-2001 . 
Please join us for Professor Unsworth's 
lecture, "What is Humanities Computing 
and What is it not?" 

You may also wish to read some of 
Professor Unsworth's recent conference 
presentations and lectures: http://jeffer- 
son . viUage .virginia.edu/-jmu2 m/other- 
pubs.html 

The lecture wiU be held on Thursday, 
October 5, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in 4137 
McKeldin.A reception will follow. 

For more information, contact the 
MITH at 301405-8927 or at 
mith@umail.umd.edu, or see their Web 
site at http://www.mith.umd.edu. 

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The University of Maryland Alumni 
Association presents its annual 
Homecoming Festival on Saturday, 
October 21. Featured will be free food 
and beverages. Eve music, presentations, 
interactive games, face painters, and car- 
icaturists- and what Homecoming would 
be complete without fortune tellers and 
karaoke? Guests will also be treated to 
visits by Testudo, the Maryland Cheer- 
leaders and the Maryland Marching Band. 



The event takes place nun or shine in 
the picnic area outside TyserTowcr at 10 
a.m. (or three hours before game time). 

For more information, contact Lori 
Hill 89 at 301-403-2728 ext. 12,800- 
336-8627 or LH1 10@umail.umd.edu. 

Back to Class: Expand Your 

Allege 



The Maryland Alumni Association is 
pleased to debut its alumni college dur- 
ing Homecoming weekend. Programs 
offered include "Rhapsody & Rhythm," 
an exploration of the ways music relates 
to our lives;"Feel a Hurricane." featuring 
a live demonstration of the GLM Wind 
Tunnel; "Ethics in the Presidency," a 
panel discussion; "Long Live Testudo," a 
family-oriented history of the diamond- 
back terrapin; and "Shakespeare and 
Love," an examination of the Bard's influ- 
ence on our modern language of love. 

The programs take place October 19, 
20 and 2 1 at various times. For further 
information, please contact Stephanie 
Tadlock at 301403-2728 ext. 14, 800- 
336-8627 or stadloek@acc mail. umd.edu. 

Astronomy Colloquium: the 

Dr. Megan Urry of the Space 
Telescope Science Institute wiU speak 
about "The Physics of X-Ray Jets." 

The very first discovery made with 
the Chandra X-ray observatory was of a 
previously unknown kiloparsec-scale X- 
ray jet in the luminous quasar PKS0637- 
752. Similar emission from resolved jets 
has now been seen from half a dozen 
other active galaxies, including the 
famous quasar 3C273. 

The colloquium will be held on 
Wednesday, October 4 from 4:00-5:00 
p.m. in CSS 2400. 

Colloquia are preceded by coffee and 
followed by ;in informal reception (both 
in CSS 0254). Those interested in having 
lunch or talking with the speaker 
should contact colloquium coordina- 
tors. The hour after lunch will be 
reserved for the speaker to talk to grad- 
uate students. 

E-mail coll-request@astro.umd.edu or 
call Derek Richardson at 301-405-8786. 



Terps at the Top of Their Game 

Ed Moses, son of UMCP Air Force ROTC Detachment Commander 
Col. Glenn Moses, won Olympic gold as part of the U.S. Swimming 
Relay team at the Sydney Olympics, where he swam the breaststroke 
leg of the medley relay. Ed had already won a silver medal in the men's 
100-meter breaststroke event. 

Danny Califf, whose impressive accomplishments as a soccer player 
include helping lead the Terrapins to the Final Four, was a clutch goal 
scorer for the U.S. men's soccer team. 

Undergraduate Dominique Dawes and alumna Kelll Hill went to the 
Sydney Olympic Games as competitor and head coach, respectively. 
This is the third Olympics for Dawes and the first for Hill, who runs 
Hill's Gymnastics Training Center in Gaithersburg. Alumnus Todd 
Sweeris was selected for the U.S. Team in table tennis for the second 
time. Sarunas Jasikevicius competed for the Lithuanian men's basket- 
ball team vs. the U.S.A. Dream Team. 

We extend our congratulations to these Olympian Terps for the 
hard work, dedication and skill that has taken them so for. 



Call for DST Nominations 



The call for Distinguished Scholar- 
Teacher nominations went out earlier dian 
usual this year, so some adjustments to 
the process have become necessary to ac- 
commodate everyone's mental calendar. 

While the Oct. 6 deadline stands, nomi- 
nations may be submitted via letter or 
e-mail (rmaIone@deans.umd.edu), and 
may simply indicate the name of the indi- 
vidual nominee. The detailed statement 
of the candidate's quaEfications is due 
November 6. 

The Distinguished Scholar-Teacher 
program honors tenured faculty members 
who have demonstrated major scholarly 
achievements along with equally out- 
standing accomplishments as educators. 
DSTs receive a $5,000 award to support 



instructional and scholarly activities and 
present a lecture on a topic within their 
scholarly area. 

Nominations may be made by any full- 
time permanent faculty member and 
should state the nominee's qualifications 
for the award. 

In particular, the nomination letter 
should convey the individual's special 
quaEtics as an educator and researcher, 
influential achievements, notable awards 
and other forms of recognition. 

Nominations should be forwarded to 
Rhonda Malone, assistant to the associate 
provost for faculty affairs, 1119 Main 
Admin. Bldg. For more information, con- 
tact her by phone at 301405-2509 or via 
e-mail at rmalone@deans.umd.edu.