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The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper 

Volume 15 'Number 7 • October 10, 2000 

University Awash in New NSF Grants 

Faculty & Staff 


3:00 p.m. Tuesday, 

Oct. 10, University 


Convocation, page 4-5 

NSF Funds New National Center to 
Tackle Issues of Math Education 

Materials Research Center at Maryland 
and Rutgers Gets $10 million from NSF 

As part of its effort to address 
critical issues relating to mathemat- 
ics education, particularly a growing 
shortage of mathematics teachers at 
all levels, the National Science 
Foundation has awarded $9 million 
to support a new Mid-Atlantic 
Center for Mathematics Teaching 
and Learning to he hased at the uni- 
versity's College of Education. 

The center is a cooperative ven- 
ture between Maryland, the Univer- 
sity of Delaware and the Pennsylva- 
nia State University, and their school 
partners: Prince George's County 
Public Schools, the Delaware Depart- 
ment of Education and Pittsburgh 
Public Schools. 

Hi is NSF award brings external 
funding for the College of Education 
to $ 1 6.6 million so far this fiscal 
year, up from a total $1 1.2 million 
for all of last year. 

The new center, one of two being 


funded by NSF, aims to address the 

quality of teacher education and to 

support teachers before and after 

they enter the classroom. This is 

particularly important as the 

nation is engaged in sig- <1 Tl S / >> 

nificant reform in the > "Si *** -* t* 

teaching of school 


The center will 
provide innovative 
graduate programs 
to prime the 
pipeline with doc- 
toral students who 
will lead the research, 
curriculum development 
and teacher education pro- 
grams of tomorrow. It will also 
offer pre-service and in-service 
mathematics education for today's 
K-12 teachers. 

Funding for this center was 

continued on page 6 


The National Science Foundation 
(NSF) has announced that it is funding a 
aterials Research Science and Engineer- 
ing Center (MRSEC) at the 

University of Maryland and 
Rutgers, The State Univer- 
sity of New Jersey. The 
joint center is a part- 
nering of the 
University of 
Maryland's existing 
MRSEC with materi- 
als research at 
Rutgers. The joint 
center will receive $ 1 
million over five years, of 
which approximately S I 
million will go to Rutgers and 
tlie rest to Maryland. Research and out- 
reach activities will be conducted by 
both universities. 

The Maryland/Rutgers center is one of 
29 MRSECs representing a total annual 

NSF investment of $52.5 million. "Tlie 
products of modern materials research 
impact our economy and our everyday 
lives," said Thomas Weber, director of 
NSF's Division of Materials Research. "The 
centers address fundamental science and 
engineering problems in the creation of 
new materials. They also provide students 
a highly interdisciplinary education that is 
prized by potential employers in industry, 
academia and government," 

Researching for a Revolution 

Under the leadership of Ellen Williams, 
a professor of physics at the University of 
Maryland and director of the joint center, 
faculty at Maryland and Rutgers arc con- 
ducting basic materials research that has 
the potential to revolutionize electronics 
;uul many other application areas. "In the 
MRSEC we are bringing together the 
many talents of our two campuses and 
our external collaborators into an inter- 

continued on page 6 

Geologist Examines University's 
Administrative Bedrock 

When Assistant Provost Ann 
Wylie grew up in west 
Texas, everyone was in 
the oil business In one way or 
another. Her stepfather and uncle 
were in the industry, her grandfa- 
ther was a petroleum geologist, and 
after a stint as a mathematics major, 
Wylie herself succumbed. "One 
geology course and 1 was hooked," 
she says. "What 1 really liked was 
problem solving. So the confluence 
of two things, an immediate love for 
the subject and this solution that 
was mathematical, came together 
and 1 decided to major in geology." 

Now Wylie explores the bedrock 
of Maryland, the institution. 

In February, after 28 years of 
teaching and fulfilling administra- 
tive roles in the department of geol- 
ogy, the distinguished scholar and 
teacher stepped into the newly cre- 
ated position of assistant provost, 
bringing with her a long term per- 
spective well-suited to a job charac- 
terized by evolving responsibilities. 

Hired in essence to advance 
Provost Gregory Geoffroy's agenda, 
Wylie meets with him daily, reviews 
his mail, delegates assignments and, 
most importantly, takes responsibil- 

ity for writing proposals, such as 
selling the idea of funding a bio- 
sciences building to the state legis- 
lature, and explores areas of aca- 
demic policy in which the provost 
is interested. Wylie chairs commit- 
tees, supervises the office of 
Organizational Effectiveness, and 
acts as the provost's liaison on the 
Senate Executive Committee. 

"The Provost is a very busy per- 
son with an amazing schedule. You 
look at his calendar and there's 
somebody coining to see him all the 
time. He can't get things initiated 
very easily without help," she says. 

One of Wylie 's current projects is 
to devise strategies to improve grad- 
uation rates by encouraging full 
time enrollment and sustained aca- 
demic progress. Policies put into 
place in the seventies designed to 
give students flexibility greatly favor 
part-time enrollment. "There is noth- 
ing wrong with flexibility, truly, but 
it creates a situation where we 
don't make the case for full time," 
Wylie says. 

Full-time students get through 
college faster with less debt. They 

continued on page 3 

ACE Fellow Sandra Terrell Chooses Maryland 
for Educational Leadership Training 

As an American Council on Education fellow, 
Sandra Terrell was free to choose from thousands 
of colleges and universities when deciding where 
she would spend her fellowship year in the 
nation's premier higher education leadership 
development program. 

When she decided on Maryland, she became 
the first ACE fellow in over two decades to come 
from another institution for a year of intensive 
training with this university's top administrators. 

"I had the choice of any college or university, 
you name it," says Terrell (pronounced TERR-ell), 
associate dean of graduate studies at the Univer- 
sity of North Texas. "The University of Maryland, 
College Park, has not only met but exceeded my 
every expectation." 

The ACE Fellows Program is the only national, 
individualized, long-term professional development 

program in higher education that provides on-the-job experience to benefit partici- 
pating institutions. 

Each year, some 80 to 100 colleges and universities advance nominations for the 
program, Thirty to 35 of those nominees eventually are named fellows, They spend 
their fellowship years learning about educational leadership and administrative 
organization. They also observe the relationships between the president, senior 
administration, the governing board, the legislature, business and industry, public 
schools and the broader community. 

"It's a great way to develop future university leaders," says Greg Geoffrey, senior 
vice president for academic affairs and provost. 

During Terrell's 2000-01 fellowship year, Geoffrey and Charles Middle ton, vice 

continued on page 3 

Sandra Terrell 

October 10, 2000 



Your Guide to University Events 
October 1 1-18 


Weekends through Oct. 22: 
The Maryland Renaissance 
Festival. Madrigal singers, axe- 
hurling contests, jousting 
matches and lust)' wenches 
take guests back in time to 
the year 1537. Shops offer 
hand-made leather armor, 
blown glass and more.The 
festival takes place in "Revel 
Grove," on Crownsville Road, 
Crownsville (in Anne Arundel 
County, just outside of Anna* 
polis). For events listings, a 
photo gallery, directions, park- 
ing information and more, 
visit the Web site at www. 
Or contact Tony Korol, UM 
Theatre Dept., 5-6691, 410667- 
8523 or 

October 1 

11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.. Discus- 
sion: 'Group Assignments and 
Team Projects: How Do We 
Get Them to Work?" Critique 
Hall, 0104 Plant Sciences. (De- 
tails in For Your Interest, 
page 8.) Contact Inayet Sahin, 
5-9980 or 

4-5 p.m., Distinguished Scho- 
lar-Teacher lecture: "New Art, 
Old Masters:The Public Role 
of Artists and Intellectuals" by 
Dr. Linda Kaufman, Depart- 
ment of English. 2203 Art- 
Sociology Building. Reception 
follows the lecture. Contact 
Betty Fern at 5-3805 or at 

October 1; 

8 a.m.-3 p.m., Event: Graduate 
School Fair. (I>etails in For 
Your Interest, pages.) 
Stamp Student Union, Colony 
Ballroom. Contact the Gradu- 
ate School's Office of Gradu- 
ate Minority Education at 301- 
405-4183, 1-800-245-4723, or 

1 p.m., Discussion:"How to 
Successfully Apply for One- 
year Science and Technology 
Policy Fellowships in Wash- 
ington, DC, for September 
2001." Staff from the Ameri- 
can Association for the Ad- 
vancement of Science will 
meet with scientists and engi- 
neers. 41 00-D McKeldin 
library. Contact Anne Geroni- 
mo at 5-4 1 78 or ageronimo*?' 

umresearch . umd . edu . 

3:30 p.m., Seminar: "The 
Transformation of Financial 
Industries through Internet 
Technologies." Sudhakar V. 
Shenoy, chairman and founder 
of Information Management 
Consultants, Inc. will discuss 
the impact of Internet tech- 
nologies on the financial servic- 
es endustry. Part of a lecture 
series, "Leveraging Corporate 
Knowledge." Marriott Room, 
Van Munching Hall, Robert H. 
Smith School of Business. For 
more information or to register, 
5-4448 or e-mail gthacker 
© See also 
www. rhsmith . umd . edu/ckim. 

4:30-7:30 p.m. Workshop: "Ad- 
vanced HTML." Introduces style 
sheets and image mapping. 
Additional topics covered will 
be constructing graphic anima- 
tion with banners and graphic 
images to enhance Web page 
presentations. 4404 Computer 
& Space Science. Register via 
the Web at, 
For more information, 5-2938 
or cwpost@umd. edu.* 

October 14 

8 p.m., Performance: "Lite Lem- 
per, Punishing Kiss." Lisner Au- 
ditorium, George Washington 
University, 730 21st Street NW. 
For information, call 301-808- 
6900 or,* 

October 15 

7:30 p.m.. Performance: "Bale 
Folclorico de Bahia.'The only 
professional folk dance compa- 
ny in Brazil presents its pulse- 
quickening performance of 
Carnavat 2000! Concert Hall, 
George Mason University. For 
information call Center for the 
Arts, 703-993-8888; for tickets, 
ProTix, 703-218-6500." 

October 16 

3-5 p.m., Panel Discussion: 
"Race, Politics, and Aesthetics in 
Contemporary Cuba," with 
Jerome Branche, University of 
Pittsburgh; Narcisso Hidalgo, 
University of South Carolina; 
Conrad James, University of Bir- 

October 13 

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center pres- 
ents the tamed Takacs Quartet, who will team 
witli special guest pianist Andreas Haefliger in a 
concert featuring works of Beethoven, Bartok 
and Dvorak. The concert is part of the cham- 
ber and early music series. 

Four students at Budapest's Liszt Academy 
formed the Takacs Quartet in 1975. After 
winning multiple competitions in the late 
1970s and early 1 980s, the quartet under- 
went a change in personnel, leaving two of 
the original Hungarians and adding two 
British musicians. 

The concert will be performed at 8 p.m. 
at the University of Maryland University 
College Inn and Conference Center, University 
Boulevard & Adelphi Road, College Park. Dan 
DeVany of WETA-FM and a member of the Takacs 
Quartet wiU host a pre-concert discussion exploring 
the evening's program at 6:30 p.m. For additional 
information, call 301-405-7847.* 

mingham; Michael Mason, Smith- 
sonian Institution. Multi-Purpose 
Room, Nyumburu Cultural 
Center. For more information, 
contact the Committee on 
Africa & the Americas, 5-6835. 

6-9 p.m., Workshop; "Introduc- 
tion to Adobe PageMaker" 
Introduces professional page 
layout techniques. Topics cov- 
ered include working with 
text, importing graphics, text 
flow and placement, master 
page setup, running headers 
and footers, designing brochure 
quality work using the editing 
and construction tools of the 
tool palette. 3332 Computer & 
Space Science. Register via the 
Web at For 
more information, call 5-2938, 

October 17 

4-5 p.m., Distinguished Scholar- 
Teacher lecture: "Smaller, Faster, 
Cheaper: From Transistors to 
Artificial Microstructures" by 
Dr. Christopher Lobb, Depart- 
ment of Physics. 1412 Physics. 
Reception follows the lecture. 
Contact Reka Shanmugavel at 5- 
5946 or 

5 p.m., Panel Discussion: "Snow 
Falling on Cedars "The Terrapin 
Reading Society hosts a discus- 
sion of David Guterson's con- 
troversial work. (Details in FOR 
Your Interest, page 8.) 1137 
Stamp Student Union. For infor- 
mation, contact the Office of 
Undergraduate studies at 5-9357. 

6-9 p.m. Workshop : " Basic Com- 
puting Technologies at Mary- 
land." Introduces network tech- 
nologies such as file transfer 
between local and host ma- 
chines anywhere in the world 

via FTP; reading, subscribing 
and posting on newsgroups 
using Netscape; subscribing 
and sending document attach- 
ments using Pine, 3330 Compu- 
ter & Space Science. For more 
information, 5-2938 or e-mail Register 
online at ww.umd.cdu/PT.* 

October 1 

3-5 p.m., Community Forum 
to provide updated informa- 
tion about campus construc- 
tion projects and their impact 
on traffic, parking, pedestrian 
access and utilities. All are 
invited. 1412 Physics. Contact 
Richard Stimpson, 4-7775 or 

5:307:30 p.m., Reception: 
"Crosscurrents 2000: Handle 
With Care, Loose Threads in 
Fiber." (Details in FOR YOUR 
INTEREST, page 8.) Art Gallery, 
Art-Sociology Bldg. See also 
www. inform . umd . ed u/ArtGal . 

6-9 p.m. Workshop: "Intro- 
duction to Microsoft Power- 
Point." Provides a basic intro- 
duction to designing effective 
and professional-looking 
slides, overheads, and comput- 
er-based presentations. Also 
covered will be adding clip 
art, creating color schemes, or- 
ganizing text, etc. 4404 Com- 
puter & Space Science. For 
more information, call 5-2938 
or e-mail cwpost@umd,edu. 
Register via the Web at FT.* 

October 19 

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open to Die public unless noted by an asterisk ('). Calendar information for Outlook is compiled from a 

combination of inlorWs master catendar and submissions lo the Outlook office. 

To reach the calendar editor, call 405-7615 or e-mail lo 

4:30-7:30 p.m., Workshop: 
"Introduction to Adobe Photo- 
shop." Introduces the industry 
benchmark graphic manipula- 
tion package for creating pro- 
fessional quality graphics. 
Concepts covered: basic tool- 
bar, palettes, layers, image fil- 
ters and resolution. Digital 
image concepts with empha- 

sis on Web-based graphics are 
also covered. 4404 Computer & 
Space Science. For more infor- 
mation, 5-2938 or e-mail Register 
online at* 

8 p.m. Lecture: "Water, Earth 
and Society: the Mono Lake 
Story" by Paul Tomascak. (De- 
tails in For Your Interest, 
page 8.) 1 140 Plant Sciences. 
Contact Bill Minarik, 5-4365 or See 
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Sandra Terrell 

continued from page I 

chancellor for academic affairs, are Terrell's mentors. 
"She is in many ways shadowing me, attending various 
meetings and activities in which I'm engaged," 
Geoffroy says. 

That suits Terrell. "He is an incredible administrator. 
I am attending meetings with him, getting a real feel 
for what it takes to be a senior administrator and a 
leader on a campus that is inundated with superb 

The focus of her fellowship project is faculty-build- 
ing for the 21st century. With that in mind, she nar- 
rowed her search for a host institution to research 
universities in the South, eventually focusing on insti- 
tutions in North Carolina, Georgia and Maryland. Her 
final choice was between a Georgia university and 
Maryland, both of which pulled out the stops in their 
recruitment efforts. 

"ft became very apparent that I really had a tough 
choice to make. I mean to tell you, they rolled out the 
welcome mat," she says. "1 thought to myself, I've got a 
problem. But it did not take very long — a matter of a 
week — until 1 knew I needed to come to the 
University of Maryland, College Park." 

Right now, she says, she's in a learning mode. 
"Observing, listening, reflecting, meeting with my 

mentors. Even President Mote — I know if I send him 
an e-mail, he will respond." 

Terrell has met with Chancellor Donald 
Langenberg and plans to attend university system 
meetings and visit other Maryland campuses. "I want 
to see how the flagsliip university fits in, how it 
relates to system issues," she says. " I want to learn 
about and absorb all facets of the university, to find 
out how the administrators got there as leaders, the 
characteristics of the people who make things hap- 
pen. How they see themselves as leaders is a really 
important point in this program." 

As part of her fellowship, die University of North 
Texas will send her to Mexico and South Africa. And 
she must keep up with her professional obligations 
relating to her academic discipline, speech pathology 
with a language and culture specialty. She has a book 
chapter due in December, "so I'll be spending some 
time in the library getting that done," she says. 

She also will be working with Council of Graduate 
Schools, located in Washington, D.C., as chair of the 
advisory committee on minorities in graduate educa- 
tion and member of the organization's board of direc- 
tors. As president of the Conference of Southern 
Graduate Schools, she will preside over its annual 
meeting is in February, in Richmond, Va. 

Which begs the question; What does she do in her 
spare time?"! do have a life," she says, laughing. "My 

children are all in Texas. The oldest is in graduate 
school at the university of North Texas, in information 
technologies, working on her master's degree. My two 
younger children, a son and a daughter, are at the 
University of Texas, Austin. My daughter is pre-med, my 
son in mechanical engineering. They re doing great. 
This was, I guess, my development time." 

As the host institution, the university is providing 
Terrell with office space, administrative support, and a 
fellowship fee and development funding. Her home 
university pays her salary and benefits. The American 
Council on Education guidelines say that fellows are 
expected to return to their home institution for at 
least one year after the fellowship year. 

According to the American Council on Education, 
the last time the university was host to a fellow was 
1990-91, when Judy Olian, now the senior associate 
dean of the Smith School of Business, received the 
fellowship and chose to stay at her home Institution 
for the year. 

The university was both nominee and host in 
1979-80 for fellow Robert Ridky, associate professor 
of geology. And English professor Theresa Colletti 
spent 1989-90 at the University of California, Santa 

But not since 1 976-77, when Gene Sherron of 
National Defense University in Washington, D.C., has 
the university been host to an ACE fellow. 

Ann Wylie 

continued from page 1 

also have a longer lifetime earn- 
ing potential. Wylie, die mother 
of four children, believes par- 
ents expect their daughters and 
sons to get through college in 
four years but the university 
doesn't strongly convey that 
expectation. "We actually had a 
practice over the last some 
years to suggest to people that 
they don't register for IS cred- 
its. 'Oh, why don't you just try 
12? And I think that our stu- 
dents are very good and that 
they can easily do 1 5 credits a 
semester. And we ought to 
make it clear to them that this 
is the wise course." 

Wylie went to college in the 
mid-1960s, during a time when 
the majority of women became 
secretaries or teachers. Alter 
working as a secretary one 
summer, Wylie made up her 
mind to go to graduate school. 

"I went to Columbia because 
I wanted to go to New York, 
and I walked into the most 
exciting world that you could 
possibly imagine "Wylie says. 
"Columbia was the center of 
the unraveling ;ind understand- 
ing of plate tectonics, which 
was a new paradigm for the 
way the earth worked. It was 
the most exciting, dynamic, 
stimulating place I could possi- 
bly imagine. There were discov- 
eries being made all the time." 
Wylie's interest was in econom- 
ic geology, the recovery of min- 
erals and metals that are mined 
for practical, industrial uses. Of 
the 150 graduate students at 
Columbia, she was one of only 
three women. 

After graduation in 1972 she- 
applied lor the job of assistant 

"What I really 
liked was 
problem solving. 
So the confluence 
of two things, 
an immediate love 
for the subject 
and this solution 
that was 
came together/' 
— Ann Wylie 

professor of geology at the Uni- 
versity of Maryland. Meanwhile, 
she also interviewed at the U.S. 
Bureau of Mines. 

"The Bureau of Mines at that 
time was completely male and 
completely white. And not only 
male and white, but short- 
haired male and white, "Wylie 
recall s, " I n 1 97 2 , s hort haired 
meant very conservative and 
old fashioned and women- 
don' t-belong-in-the- workplace .' " 
At an interview at die bureau, 
the man in charge of placing 
women and minorities asked 
Wylie if she was a "women's lib- 
ber." After she assured him that 
she wasn't a trouble maker but 
that she certainly did believe in 
equal pay and equal opport uni- 
ty, they went to meet her 
potential boss. 

"The man behind the desk 
didn't even stand up and shake 
my hand. He just looked at me 
and he said, 'at least you're mar- 
ried." "Wylie laughs heartily. "The 

fact that I'd gotten an interview 
had nothing to do with my abil- 
ities, my training, my interests 
or anything that I could con- 
tribute. I knew that right away. 
He had just had an opening 
and was being forced into 
interviewing someone who 
was completely unqualified for 
what he wanted. He just saw 
me as being crammed down 
his throat." 

Shortly afterward, Wylie was 
offered the job as assistant pro- 
fessor of geology; she was the 
first woman to be hired by die 
department of agronomy. In 
1973, the university launched 
the undergraduate geology pro- 
gram, followed a decade later 
by the graduate program. 

Wylie played an important 
role in the growth and develop- 
ment of both programs in the 
new department. At various 
times throughout her tenure 
she acted as graduate director, 
undergraduate director and 

associate dean of the graduate 

Wylie worked all the time. 
She worked nights and week- 
ends, and when she wasn't 
working she was taking care of 
her children. "My job was a 
very high priority, but if I had 
to take a child to the doctor, I 
didn't have to ask anybody for 
permission. Which was won- 
derful. I don't think I could 
have done this— had my chil- 
dren and maintained my 
career — if I hadn't had the sup- 
port of my department and the 

Wylie began at Maryland 
with nothing, "No lab. No 
microscope. No startup money," 
she says. "I had to decide what I 
was going to do to t>e produc- 
tive as a scientist." 

Ironically, the US Bureau of 
Mines — the same Bureau of 
Mines that had rejected Wylie— 
provided an answer. The bureau 
had a research laboratory in 

what is now microbiology. So 
Wylie went over and asked if 
they had any problems that a 
mineralogist would be helpful 
in solving. 

The EPA and OSHA had just 
been established, and the first 
laws regulating asbestos were 
being felt by the entire mining 
industry — not just the asbestos 
mining industry, but the 
crushed stone industry, the cop- 
per mining industry, the gold 
mining industry and the iron 
mining industry. 

'Die bureau asked Wylie if 
she could develop methods to 
draw distinctions between dan- 
gerous types of asbestos and 
less harmful forms. Over the 
years, Wylie became a world- 
renowned expert on asbestos. 
She testified extensively about 
the fibrous mineral in impor- 
tant cases that changed Federal 
law. "And that's how I got start- 
ed in the Bureau of Mines," she 
says with a sly smile. "I worked 
for them for many years. They 
bought me a facility, and I used 
undergraduates in my research." 

With days spent primarily as 
a teacher and researcher now 
past, the successful scientist 
turned academic administrator 
is no less entranced with 
today's work. Nor is she enjoy- 
ing a lull in her schedule. In 
addition to all her other duties, 
Wylie is teaching a graduate 
course this semester and chair- 
ing the Campus Assessment 
Working Group (CAWG) and 
the Provost's Advisory Commit- 
tee on Admissions and Advising 

"It matters that I've been 
able to do what I've done. I'm 
very grateful, and I am trying to 
give back to the institution," 
Wylie says. "I don't have any 
grand ambitions beyond that." 

October 10, 2000 

University Honors Staff, 

Nearly a dozen members of the faculty and staff will be honored for their contributions to making the University of Maryland great at the annual 
Faculty-Staff Convocation at 3 p.m. today (Tuesday, Oct. 10) in Memorial Chapel. All faculty and staff are invited to attend. On these pages, 
Outlook publishes the citations for the winners of the President's Medal, the Kirwan Faculty Research and Scholarship Prize, the Kirwan 
Undergraduate Education Award and the President's Distinguished Service Awards. The staff of Oudook and University Communications joins the uni- 
versity community in saluting all of them. 


Wiiiiam L. Thomas, Jr. 

Vice President for Student Affairs 

Recognized as one of the premier student affairs vice presi- 
dents in the country, William L Thomas, Jr. has proven himself a 
valued leader in his more than 25 years of service to the univer- 
sity. "The words 'intelligence," integrity' and 'dedication' come to 
mind when describing Bud Thomas," says Gerald R Miller, pro- 
fessor of chemistry and biochemistry. "He is fired by a deep 
inner core, grounded in a commitment to make a positive dif- 
ference in the world.'Through his efforts to improve the aca- 
demic and social lives of students, as well as create an atmos- 
phere of achievement for his colleagues, Thomas has propelled 
the university to national recognition. 

Thomas has been the impetus behind a myriad of projects 
during his tenure, not the least of which is bridging the gap 
between student affairs and academic affairs. His efforts in this 
area have resulted in the creation of the College Park Scholars 
Program and Civicus. Not one to shy away from the controver- 
sial to do what he believes will benefit the university commu- 
nity, Thomas also implemented reforms to curb the use of alco- 
hol by fraternities and sororities. 

Thomas lias also played the lead role in bringing about many 
of the institutions that have made the university the success 
that it is today. With his sights set on enriching the lives of stu- 
dents, he has pursued several initiatives. Shuttle-UM, which has 
become so much a part of everyday life at the university, would 
not be the convenient reality that it is had Thomas not pushed 
for it years ago. Similarly, it was Thomas' vision that brought 
about the construction of the Nyumburu Cultural Center and 
the Campus Recreation Center. 

In addition to the work he does behind the scenes. Thomas 
has taught in the College of Education's Department of 

Counseling and Personnel Services. Each 

year he leads a section of graduate students 

through a doctoral seminar, which some 

students have called the highlight of their 

academic careers. Thomas' experiences 

working in both the faculty and staff sides 

of the university enabled him to help author the revised honor 

code, and he is presently working to extend the university's 

academic integrity system to foster ethical development among 


Part of the reason that Thomas has been so successful is that 
he is an adept leader who knows how to attract other great 
leaders. An impressive percentage of his appointees have 
earned the President's Medal, the President's Distinguished 
Service Award and even national honors. His ability to manage, 
delegate and work collaboratively with the high-caliber profes- 
sionals he recruits brings out the best in all of those with 
whom he works. 

Over the years, Thorn as has received awards and designa- 
tions enough for two or three lifetimes. The National Associ- 
ation of Student I'ersonnel dministrators, the American College 
Personnel Association and the American Association of Higher 
Education all have recognized Thomas for his outstanding work. 
Despite everything that he has accomplished, Thomas' col- 
leagues call him a modest and affable person who they are 
proud to work beside and even more proud to call "Bud." 

The Presidents Medal (formerly known as the Chancellor's Medal) was 
created in 1985 by then-Chancellor John H. Slaughter to honor mem- 
bers of the College Park community who have made extraordinary 
contributions to the intellectual, social and cultural lift- of the 
University of Maryland. 


Tltis prize is presented annually in recognition of the faculty or staff member who has math exceptional 
contributions to the quality of undergraduate education at the university. 

Denny Gulick 
Proff_ssor, Department of 


Many freshmen dread having to take a course in calculus. 
Professor Denny Gulick eases their pain and builds their confi- 
dence with his creative and innovative teaching style, making 
him a favorite among students. "It is truly a joy to be in his class- 
room," remarks former student Ann Marie Herda. 

During his 35 years with the University of Maryland, 
Gulick has made many contributions to the Department of 
Mathematics, to education at the university as a whole and to 
the state of Maryland. His initiation of the "close-contact calcu- 
lus" project in the fall of 1994 changed the way calculus is 
taught, decreasing the drop-out and failure rate and increasing 
success rates for at-risk students. He also co-wrote one of the 
most successful calculus texts in the country as well as an 
upper-level text for a course in Chaos Theory, 

Gulick instituted the World Course program to enrich 
the experience of the "regular" student not involved with 
honors or scholars programs at the university. Since the fall of 
1997, Gulick has taught UNTV 1 ISA, The Creative Drive, which 
focuses on creativity in music, architecture and science. He has 
also served six years on the CORE Committee, was chair of the 
Campus Senate during the 1 998- 1 999 academic year and 
served on the Campus Senate ad hoc Committee on Under 
graduate Education that wrote the Pease Report. 

Professor Ralph Bennett of the School of Architecture summa- 
rizes Gulick as an educator: "Professor Gulick is a master teacher 
... I find him endlessly helpful, intimidating])' energetic and more 
concerned with the education of entire undergraduate persons 
than anyone I have encountered— here or anywhere." 

John Pease 

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology 

Incoming freshman test scores are higher than ever and the uni- 
versity is attracting some of the best students in and out of the 
state. Much credit is due to John Pease's commitment to teach- 
ing and education and his service in the 1 980s on the Campus 
Senate ad hoc Committee on Undergraduate Education. As sen- 
ior author of the committee's report. Promises to Keep:The 
College Park Plan for Undergraduate Education, better known as 
the Pease Report, he set in motion the improved CORE general 
education program, professional advising, a center for teaching 
excellence, living-learning communities, interdisciplinary cours- 
es and higher standards for admissions, among many other 

Entering into his fourth decade at the university, Pease is a 
favorite among his students and his peers. Touts Maynard Mack, 
professor and director of University Honors: "John's name is syn- 
onymous with creative, determined and passionate commitment 
to undergraduate education at Maryland.. . [He is) one of the 
campus* absolute best teachers." In the past 10 years alone, 
Pease has received 17 awards for teaching excellence including 
a Teaching Excellence Award from the College of Behavioral and 
Social Sciences in 1999 (his third receipt of this award), and 
was selected as Favorite Campus Professor by the readers of the 
Diamondback in 1996. 

Frequently seen "Id rather be studying" bumper stickers, 
posters and t -shirts have become the university's unofficial 
motto as adopted by the SGA at Pease's instigation. This slogan 
epitomizes Pease's humor and investment in teaching and stu- 
dents' academic achievement. 


Tliis prize is presented annually to a member of 
thefaadty in recognition of a highly significant 
work of research, scholarship or artistic creativity 
that has been achieved tvithin the past three years. 

William A. Galston 

Professor, School of Public Affairs 

"Yes, leadership matters ...But today in our 
democracy the core issue is not leadership; it is 
citizenship ... Citizenship is the basis of self-gov- 
ernment and lasting self-government is a monu- 
mental political achievement. In America, we do 
not depend on kings, clerics, or aristocrats ... or 
self-appointed leaders to serve as the 'vanguard' 
for the rest of us. We rely on the will of the peo- 
ple — that is, ourselves ."This is an excerpt is from 
William A. Galston's highly regarded work on fam- 
ily breakdown, civic disengagement and the over- 
all state of the nation in a report titled. A Nation 
of Spectators: How Civic Disengagement Weakens 
America and What We Can Do About It. 

The report, published in June 1998, is a result 
of the committee that Galston created, the 
National Commission on Civic Renewal, funded 
by the Pew Charitable Trusts, in which he 
brought together a diverse group of leaders to 
explore our nation's civic health. 

Within two months of the report's release, 
more than 1. 2(H) publications and broadcast sta- 
tions ran op-eds. editorials, interviews or news 
reports, sign ifying its great national impact on 
both public and political levels. Former Senator 
Sam Nunn, co-chair of the commission, remarked 
that, "The commission's report Ls an excellent 
example of Bill's ability to offer sound, com- 
pelling solutions to complex problems." Former 
Education Secretary William J. Bennett, also a co- 
chair, hails Galston as "one of the country's pre- 
mier social scientists ... He speaks to the coun- 
try's deepest prohlems before they are ever rec- 
ognized as such. He sees the things, understands 
the things and writes about the things that are 
most important to this nation— intelligently, fairly, 
interestingly and eloquently." 

Galston joined the School of Public Affairs in 
1988 after earning his Ph.D. in political science 
from the I Iniversity of Chicago antl teaching at 
the University of Texas where he received an out- 
standing teacher award. Galston also served as 
director of economic and social programs at the 
Roosevelt Center for American Policy Studies in 
Washington, D.C, from 1985-1988 and was the 
Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic 
Policy during the first two years of President 
Clinton's administration. 

Galston is presently extending his work on 
assessing and improving civic health. Recently, he 
released an update of the Index of National Civic 
Health and obtained a gram from the Smith 
Richardson Foundation to rcinvigoratc civic edu- 
cation in schools, Galston is also a co-founder in 
launching the university's new Civil Society- 
Community Building Initiative. 

The Kirwan prizes were established as a 
j;ift to the I Iniversity of Maryland by for- 
mer President Wiiiiam E, Kirwan and his 
wife, Patricia Harper Kirwan, in 1 998, with 
the first honorecs selected in Fall 1999. 

October 10, 2000 

Faculty at Annual Convocation 


Judith Bair 
^P Publications 

As director of University Publica- 
tions, Judith Bair has put the uni- 
versity's best foot forward at 
every turn. "Through her strategic 
thinking, leadership and adher- 
ence to very high standards of 
quality in design, writing and edit- 
ing, she has dramatically changed 
the perception of the institution 
among many important audi- 
ences," says Teresa M. Flannery, 
executive director of University 
Marketing and Communications. 

It was Bair who shaped the 
award-winning College Park maga- 
zine. More recently, she developed 
the commemorative publications 
Bold New Era, sent to all alumni, 
donors, faculty and staff.This fell, 
she launched a brand new maga- 
zine, Maryland Research, to com- 
municate the university's science 
and technology strengths to a 
high-tech audience. 

"It is one thing to produce 
glossy, colorful publications and 
brochures," says William W. Destler, 
vice president for research and 
dean of the Graduate School. "It is 
quite another to capture the 
ideals and the momentum of a 
university in print. In my opinion, 
no one anywhere has done this 
better than has Judith Bair." 

Indeed, the publications that 
Bair has crafted are consistently of 
the highest quality, and the recruit- 
ment materials developed with 
her guidance have helped attract 
the nation's most talented stu- 
dents. She has also contributed sig- 
nificantly to the creation of the 
university's graphic identity, and 
the development of the universi- 
ty's home page. In January, after 13 
years of service, Bair will retire, 
but University Publications will 
continue to strive for the high 
level of achievement that Bair has 
set for herself as well as her staff. 

Brian Darmody 
Assistant Vice 
Presi dknt for 
Research and 

Quietly and behind the scenes, 
Brian Darmody has acted as uni- 
versity advocate to the state and 
in developing partnerships with 
corporations to bring research 
and development opportunities to 
the university. His involvement 
with the Maryland Applied 
I n fo rma t ion Tech nology I n i t ia ti ve 
will ensure a leadership role for 
the university. 

"His ability to establish long- 
term effective relationships with 
representatives in Annapolis, from 
the Governor, to the Senate 
Chairman, to the many delegates 
who are the decision makers 
affecting the university, is invalu- 
able" says Maryland Senate 
President Thomas V.Mike Millerjr. 

It was Darmody 's efforts that 
helped create the first Technology 
Transfer Office, backbone of the 
university's research park effort. 
He was also a key player in gain- 
ing legislative support for the 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center and has been cited as the 
individual most responsible for 
the relocation of the American 
Center for Physics from New York 
to College Park. 

"Quietly he builds support Tor 
the university without ever 
expecting or seeking recognition. 
He is personable and his un-end- 
ing energy and enthusiasm for the 
University of Maryland is infec- 
tious and affective," says Timothy 
F. Maloney, an attorney at Joseph, 
Greenwald & Laake, and a former 
legislator and board member. 

Prior to joining the university, 
Darmody worked for the 
Maryland General Assembly, the 
U.S. House of Representatives and 
the U.S. Health Care Financing 

Warren Kelley 
Assistant to the 
Vice President for 
^^ Student Affairs, 

Director oe Planning and 


Warren Kelley wears many hats 
for die university. For nearly 20 
years, Kelley has worked in key 
areas, including administrative, 
academic and student affairs divi- 
sions of the university. In the last 
several years, Kelley has made sig- 
nificant contributions 
in the university's response to 
hate crimes and cult groups and 
has served on the Cult Task Force. 

in his rule as director of plan- 
ning and research, Kelley assist-ed 
in career planning, campus recre- 
ation, the health center, the stu- 
dent union and the university 
bookstore. He played a key role in 
the decision to privatize the book- 
store. Kelley also serves as the 
equity officer to the Division of 
Student Affairs, allowing student 
affairs to explore new areas of 
education and training with 
Kclley's excitement for cross-cul- 
tural learning and issues. 

Over the years, Kelley 's many 
skills have contributed to his suc- 

cess, including his background in 
architecture while serving for the 
Offices of Facilities Planning and 
Budget Analysis. He helped move 
the university into a stable finan- 
cial environment as director of 
budget analysis during the 1990s, 
chaired the search for director of 
human relations and served on 
the 1996 President's Awards 
Advisory Committee, among many 
other services. 

Patricia L. Mielke, director of 
resident life, remarks that "Warren 
is the quintessential campus citi- 
zen whose unique blend of per- 
sonality and skills allows him reg- 
ularly to serve the campus 

whether it is an institu- 
tional mission issue or 
a quality of life issue." 

Erica H. Kropp 
^P Director of the 

Office of Research 

Administration and 
Erica H. Kropp has come a long 
way during her 28 years at the 
university, from account clerk in 
the Department of Chemistry in 
1972 to her current position as 
director of the Office of Research 
Administration and Advancement 
(ORAA). During the past four 
years as director, Kropp has led 
the university in developing the 
Research Administration Certi- 
ficate Program; assisted in the 
growth of research funding from 
$147 million to more than $212 
million in two years; and devel- 
oped a Web site listing feeulty and 
research interests. Engineering 
Dean Nariman Farvardin, former 
chair of electrical and computer 
engineering, describes Kropp as, 
"perhaps the most knowledgeable 
individual about contracts and 
grants rules and regulations we 
have in the university. ... [She is] 
one of the key players in the uni- 
versity's research enterprise." 
Prior to being director, Kropp 
served as contract administrator 
in ORAA for 10 years and assistant 
director for seven. While working 
at these full-time positions, she 
was also earning her bachelor's 
degree in business and manage- 
ment from University of Maryland 
University College. 

A leader in the field of 
research administration, Kropp 
has been appointed to the board 
of the Council of Government 
Relations and is a member of the 
National Council of Univer-sity 
Research Administrators. She has 
been active in die System 
Research Administrators" Group, 
offering guidance at the state 
level and recently serving on a 
review panel to investigate NASA's 
granting process. 


^^ Assistant, Vice 

Presidents Office for 

University Relations 

In her position at the Vice 
President's Office for University 
Relations, Nancy Marsanopoli has 
shown herself to be a consum- 
mate professional. Not only does 
she efficiently and accurately 
complete the many tasks required 
of her, she does them all with 
verve and warmth. Marsanopoli 
possesses the uncanny ability to 
remember all the names of the 
multitudes of visitors she comes 
in contact with, and she is adept 
at making each visitor feel wel- 
come at the university. 

"Nancy is a wonderful ambas- 
sador for the university," says 
Brodie Remington, vice president 
for University Relations, "She is 
the first point of contact for many, 
including trembling prospective 
employees and affluent powerful 
donors. Nancy treats all with 
exquisite good cheer, concern for 
their well-being and perfect pro- 
fessionalism "And Barbara Quinn, 
executive director of University 
Relations, says that Marsanopoli "is 
always cheerful, willing to listen, 
helpful, courteous and extremely 
hart! working." 

Above and beyond her duties 
at University Relations, Marsano- 
poli does not hesitate to extend 
herself to other areas of the uni- 
versity, lending a hand wherever 
and however she can, be it 
staffing a booth at Commence- 
ment or helping to host special 
events, such as the recent speech 
given by Vice President Al Gore. In 
her 19 years. Marsanopoli has 
proven to be an asset to both the 
division in which she works and 
the university at large. 

Harry Teabout 
Director of 
Building and 
Landscape Services 

Come snow or flood, 
Commencement or day-to-day 
house-keeping, Harry Teabout 
works hard behind the scenes to 
make sure everything runs 
smoothly. Teabout is respoasible 
for the housekeeping, grounds 
and special service functions for 
the university, covering 1,100 
acres of land, 1 2 miles of roads, 7 
million square feet of facilities and 
more than 300 special events 

During his 17 years at the uni- 
versity, Teabout has been admired 
by his coworkers for his leader- 

ship abilities and his dedication to 
his employees. "Harry truly cares 
about his employees and tries 
hard to recognize and reward 
them ...A leader should support 
their staff and at this Harry is out- 
standing," says Kevin Brown, assis- 
tant director of landscape services. 

Teabout was instrumental in 
developing two service initiatives 
to Improve the efficiency and 
service level of the department 
with "team cleaning" in house- 
keeping operations and the Snow 
Command Center to deal with 
weather emergencies. 

Teabout is also involved with 
the university community. He is 
chair of the Black Ministries 
Program's Board of Directors, has 
served 13 years as a member of 
the Blacks in Higher Education 
Conference Planning Committee 
and is a member of Nyumburu's 
Advisory Board and the Black 
Faculty and Staff Association, 

Larry Volz 
University Police 

In the 12 years that Lt 
^^ Larry Volz has served as 
a member of the University of 
Maryland Pol ice Department, he 
has exemplified the phrase "grace 
under pressure." For the past 
seven years, Volz has excelled as 
the event coordinator for UMPD, 
which entails the management of 
officers at 350 events each year, a 
fair number of which involve the 
protection of visiting dignitaries. 
A hectic schedule such as this 
would make most people difficult 
to deal with, but Volz seems to 
revel in the challenge. "In hLs posi- 
tion he could be difficult or intim- 
idating," says Sapicnza Barone, as- 
sistant to the president. "However, 
he Is just the opposite — helpful, 
delightful, friendly, a pleasure to 
work with, and always profession- 
al." Barone isn't alone in her 
praise, as Volz was recently named 
the "Student Employer of the Year" 
for the university by the National 
Student Employment Association. 

In addition to his duties as a 
facilitator for events at the 
university, Volz has also been an 
innovator. He conceived and 
implemented the Stamp Union 
Community Office, which has 
enabled CM PI > to evaluate and 
improve its event management 
techniques. Volz is also a member 
of multiple event committees, and 
he is the liaison l>etwcen UMPD 
and several campus groups. And if 
all this wasn't enough, Volz also 
serves as a Police Academy 

October 10, 2000 

In Dreams: A Portal to the Inner Self 

No one really knows where we go 
when we sleep, and what we 
remember seems suspect: we're 
in math class for an exam but somehow 
we've failed to attend class all term. Or 
we're rearranging mismatched furniture 
in a house with no windows in a scary 
part of town. Or we're flying, skimming 
trectops and dodging mountains. 

And then comes that irresistible urge 
to share. 

Telling dreams "is the quickest way to 
kill a cocktail party" acknowledges psy- 
chology grad student Tim Davis. 

But Davis and his advisor, psychology 
professor Clara Hill, are adamant that 
dreams aren't merely the oddments of 
REM time, but in fact bear crucial infor- 
mation about our waking lives. 

"We're always thinking. Our minds 
never shut off. Dreams are fust as impor- 
tant as any other mode of experience," 
says Hill, whose 1996 book, "Working 
With Dreams in Psychotherapy," outlines 
her cognitive-experiential model of 
dream interpretation. "It's not like, oh, 
that was just a dream. No, it was a pow- 
erful experience." 

Adds Davis: "We are looking for a way 
to connect with a higher power, a higher 
consciousness, and here we have this con- 
nection in our sleeping life. It's like this 
treasure chest that opens every night." 
Hill and her students have conducted 
some 15 studies using her 
^k model, which she for- 

M Ifc^^ mulated by drawing 
^^ from a number of 

m theoretical orienta- 
tions, including 
^^^^^ Gestalt, psychoanalytic, 
cognitive, behavioral and 
humanistic/ex pc rien tial . 


The model involves three stages: explo- 
ration, insight and action. 

In the exploration stage, the client 
examines his or her dreams, and with 
the therapist's help, re-experiences the 
dream's thoughts and emotions. In the 
insight stage, therapist and client collab- 
orate on a new understanding of the 
dream. In the action stage, the client 
explores possible changes to the dream 
and the therapist helps the client figure 
out how to translate those changes to 
waking life. 

Unlike the perhaps more familiar 
Freudian and Jungian theories that incor- 
porate archetypes or standard symbolic 
interpretations, the Hill model posits that 
dreaming is personal. Because only the 
dreamer holds the key to the dream's 
meaning, the therapist is not the expert 
interpreter; rather, the therapist's function 
is to facilitate the client's exploration and 
eventual interpretation of the dream. 

"When the client first tells the dream, 
the therapist most often has no aware- 
ness of what the dream might mean for 
the client," Hill says. 

With her model, the first goal is to 
find out how the dream can be under- 
stood in terms of waking life. Second, 
the dream is interpreted as "parts of 
self," that is, how inner dynamics are 
reflected if each image or person in the 
dream is understood as part of the 
client's personality. The dream also may 
be regarded as an experience in and of 
itself, without further translation or 

Alternatively, says Hill, "the dream can 
be understood in terms of spiritual 
issues, or what the dream reflects ahoni 
the person's relationship witli a higher 
power, or existential issues such as the 

meaning of life." 

Davis developed a technique for help- 
ing therapy clients understand the spiri- 
tual aspects of their dreams, using Hill's 
cognitive-experiential model. This alter- 
native is the focus of Davis' research for 
his dissertation. His assumption is that a 
healthy sense of spirituality correlates 
witli well-being. 

"I believe dreams can be spiritual," he 
says. "So my question was, how can I 
modify the Hill model to enable clients 
to look at their dreams from a spiritual 

In his most recent study, Davis 
worked with 65 client-subjects who 
were not told of his bias. He did, howev- 
er, screen out those clients who said 
they had no beliefs or spirituality. 

"If [a therapist] knew someone had 
no spiritual basis whatsoever, [the thera- 
pist) would never use this approach in 
the field," Davis says. 

He split his clients into two groups. 
Both groups examined their dreams in 
the context of their waking lives. One 
group then went through the "spiritual 
condition" model. 

In that phase of the dream interpreta- 
tion, Davis worked to gain a thorough 
understanding of each client's belief sys- 
tem. After determining what the word 
"spirituality" meant to each subject and 
how it worked in their lives, the clients 
and Davis further interpreted the dreams 
from the clients' spiritual perspectives. 

The study's data have yet to be quanti- 
fied, but Davis expects his results to show 
that those who had the spiritual compo- 
nent found their dream-interpretation 
sessions deeper and more meaningful. 

Davis says that studies of American 
attitudes toward spirituality have shown 

that more than 90 percent of the people 
in this country profess a belief in God or 
a higher power, compared to about half 
of all psychologists. 

At the same time, he says, research 
has shown an empirical connection 
between religious or spiritual beliefs and 
good mental health. "So how do we in- 
corporate that element of [clients'] lives 
into our treatment, which is traditionally 
not spiritual at all?" Davis says. "The field 
wants so much to be a science, but you 
are never going to be able to quantify 
the evidence of a soul, or God." 

The idea he worked with is that 
when people are asleep, they are com- 
pletely unblocked — creatively, morally 
and socially. "And because we are our- 
selves in our purest forms, that is the 
purest avenue for God to speak to us," 
Davis says. "There is so much less distor- 
tion than when we are awake. Most peo- 
ple who are religious say, What a beauti- 
ful time for God to speak to us." 

Davis collaborated with Hill on a 
chapter for a book, "Innovations in 
Clinical Practice," which will include dis- 
cussion of the spiritual component. Hill, 
who has been researching dream inter- 
pretation for about 10 years, plans to 
write another book. 

And her students, like Davis, will contin- 
ue to need suhjects for studies that incor- 
porate different aspects of the Hill model. 

"We're finding that people who do 
dream interpretation like it better than 
regular therapy sessions," says Hill. "We 
still don't know what the functions of 
dreams are. But for therapeutic purpos- 
es, it doesn't matter. Because if we can 
use dreams to help people think about 
themselves at a deeper level, then that's 
great." — PATTY HENETZ 

NSF Grant to MRSEC 

continued from page I 

disciplinary environment to 
investigate materials in new 
ways," Williams said. "Re- 
searchers on our campus are 
exploring novel uses of tliin 
film metal oxides, studying the 
dynamics of surfaces and devel- 
oping novel techniques to 
probe extremely small struc- 

i tures (nanostructuresj," 
MRSEC research at Rutgers 
is spearheaded by physics 
department faculty members 
Sang-Wook Cheong.Valcry 

Kiryukhin, Karin Rabe and 
Andrew Millis. "This grant, 
along with matching funds pro- 
vided by Rutgers' Faculty of 
Arts and Sciences, will enable 
us to expand the experimental 
infrastructure in our laborato- 
ries. It is a wonderful recogni- 
tion of our very strong faculty 
and program in materials sci- 
ence," said Paul Leath, Rutgers' 
physics and astronomy depart- 
ment chair. 

The research on the Rutgers 
campus focuses on the physics 
and materials science of novel 
metallic magnetic oxide ma- 

terials and of ferroelectric thin 
films. Ferroelec tries are used in 
"smart cards" and other applica- 
tions where a simple, robust 
memory Is needed.The magnet- 
ic oxide materials are metals 
that are useful for magnetic 
field sensor applications. 
Understanding and controlling 
ferroelectric, magnetic and 
other properties of complex 
oxides will require new con- 
cepts and techniques that the 
MRSEC will develop. 

Educational Outreach, 
Industrial Collaborations 

In addition to research, the 
center focuses on educational 
outreach and industrial collabo- 
rations. In its education out- 
reach, the MRSEC is dedicated 
to inspiring future scientists 
and engineers to achieve scien- 
tific excellence in a context of 
community service and eco- 
nomic accountability. 

Educational outreach activi- 
ties are designed to communi- 
cate the excitement and useful- 
ness of basic materials research 
to the public, and to focus on 
encouraging women and histor- 
ically under-represented groups 

■ ,>r • 

to enter scientific fields. 

Outreach to industry and 
national labs is another essen- 
tial component of die activities 
of the MRSEC. "We are continu- 
ously working to harness the 
competencies within the 
MRSEC and develop strategic 
partnerships with industry and 
national lab partners so that we 
can further leverage the invest- 
ment from NSF and the two 
universities," said Maryland's 
Ramamoorthy Ramesh, associ- 
ate director of the center and 
coordinator of the industrial 
outreach effort. 

NSF Math Education 

continued from page I 

prompted by the realization 
that the infrastructure for 
developing and maintaining the 
nation's future math leaders is 
failing. Last year there were 
more than 200 openings for 
mathematics education profes- 
sors at colleges and universities 
across the country. There were 
only 100 doctoral graduates to 
meet that need. Additionally, 
nearly 50 percent of current 
math education faculty will he 
eligible for retirement in the 

next two years. 

"This project will jumpstart 
the development of new math- 
ematics education leaders for 
the school and college levels, 
as well as for the nation's poli- 
cy-making bodies ," said James T 
Fey, the center director and 
mathematics education profes- 
sor. "Our three universities 
will work together in the 
design and delivery of doctoral 
and post-doctoral studies in 
mathematics education, and 
prepare leaders for school 
mathematics education across 
the nation." 

In Prince George's County, 
the project will work directly 

with the mathematics depart- 
ment chairpersons of the 26 
middle schools and the mathe- 
matics specialists in 10 ele- 
mentary schools. These lead- 
ers will receive the latest infor- 
mation on reforms in teaching 
practices and then serve as 
coaches and mentors for col- 
leagues in their respective 

"This grant recognizes the 
leadership role the College of 
Education takes in refining the 
knowledge and practice of 
mathematics education," said 
Dean Edna Mora Szymanski. "It 
enables us to build on the rich 
history of the college's 

Mathematics Education Center. 
By collaborating with our part- 
ner universities and schools, 
we combine our strengths and 
resources to address, head-on, 
the issues facing mathematics 
education today." 

Faculty at each university 
will work with their school 
partners to develop model 
education programs for 
prospective teachers and pro- 
fessional development for prac- 
ticing teachers that reflect the 
current best thinking about 
math content and teaching 

The project will offer full 
tuition and stipend support for 

15 doctoral students at each of 
the universities, and provide 
them with access to the best 
faculty and facilities at the 
three institutions. 

"One of the real strengths 
of this project is the incentive 
it offers to attract the best can- 
didates back to doctoral study," 
said Patricia Campbell, mathe- 
matics education professor and 
co-principal investigator at the 
center. "Typically, these are 
exemplary KT2 teachers who 
have the experience that could 
make them good leaders, hut 
who would find it difficult to 
give up their jobs to become 
full-time students." 

October 10, 2000 


In Memoriam: Frank J. Kerr 

Frank J. Kerr, University of Maryland Professor 
Emeritus and one of the world's leaders in 
research on Galactic Structure, died of cancer 
September 1 5 at his home in Silver Spring, 
Maryland. He was 82. 

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, 
October 1 1 at 9:30 a.m. in the West Chapel of the 
Memorial Chapel on the University of Maryland 
campus. The service will be immediately followed 
by an informal reception in the Fairway Room in 
the University of Maryland Golf Course 

Kerr was a highly respected professor within 
the University of Maryland's Astronomy Program 
(later the Department of Astronomy). Coming to 
Maryland in 1966, initially as a visiting researcher, 
he stayed on and rose to become the Director of 
the Astronomy Program in the mid-1970s and was 
Provost of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences 
and Engineering Division from 1978 to 1985. 

Kerr made numerous contributions to the 
fields of astronomy and education during a career 
that spanned six decades. He was among the first 
radio astronomers in the years following World 
War II, and became the first to systematically 
study the echoes of radio waves bounced off of 
the moon. He was a leader among those making 
the first detections of 21-cm. neutral hydrogen 
from an external galaxy: the two clouds of 
Magellan. In collaboration with scientists at the 
University of Lieden in the Netherlands, Kerr 
conducted pioneering research on, and mapping 
of, the Milky Way galaxy. In more recent years, 
Frank successfully searched for evidence of galax- 
ies behind the Milky Way. 

Kerr has held numerous positions in both 
national and international astronomy organiza- 
tions. He was on the Council of the American 
Astronomical Society (1972-75) and was vice 
president of that organization (1980-82), He was 
vice president and later president of Commission 
33 (Galactic Structure) of the International Astro- 
nomical Union (1973-79). 

Born January 8, 1918 in St. Albans England. 
Kerr obtained his B.Sc, M.Sc., and D.Sc. in Physics 
from the University of Melbourne. He was Staff 
Member of CSIRO at die Sydney Radiophysics 
Laboratory from 1940-1968. He was invited to be 
a Research Scholar at Harvard University (where 
he also obtained an M.A. degree), Lieden 
University, and the University of Texas before 
coming to Maryland. After retiring from the uni- 
versity, Dr. Kerr became the director of the 
Division of Astronomy and Space Physics for die 
Universities Space Research Association from 

Predeceased by his first wife, Kathleen, and 
second wife Maureen. Kerr is survived by a son 
and a daughter from his first marriage, a sister 
and four grandchildren. 

New Greenhouse Site Approved 

University officials last week 
gave the go-ahead to start 
planning and design of a 
greenhouse on a new location 
between the Comcast Center and 
the Chesapeake Building on the 
north side of campus. 

The greenhouse facility, partial- 
ly funded by a grant from the U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, is nec- 
essary to advance the research 
mission of the College of Agricul- 
ture and Natural Resources and 
the College of Life Sciences, said 
Thomas A. Fretz, dean of agricul- 
ture. The college's existing green- 
houses at U.S. 1 and Paint Branch 
Parkway, are more than 50 years 
old and seriously deteriorated, 
limiting what scientists can do 

"The greenhouse is essential to 
the university's efforts to elevate 
the level of biological sciences and 
to Its ability to meet critical envi- 
ronmental, natural resources, and 

agricultural needs in this state," 
said Fretz. "This new complex will 
serve the diverse research and 
teaching needs of cell biologists, 
entomologists, agronomists, horti- 
culturists, environmental and bio- 
logical resources engineers as tiiey 
and their students address a vari- 
ety of critical environmental and 
agricultural issues, such as plant 
breeding and cultivar improve- 
ment, compost evaluation, wet- 
lands mitigation, animal waste- . 
water treatment systems, and inte- 
grated pest management strate- 

The planned site is currently 
occupied by parts of parking lots 
4b and 4f as well as some trees, 
but it is not in a floodplain and 
contains no wedands, said Frank 
Brewer, assistant vice president for 
facilities managcment.The univer- 
sity withdrew applications in 
August to build the greenhouse on 
a site containing wetlands east of 

die newly selected site. 
The university will build new park- 
ing lots near the Chesapeake 
Building to replace parking lost to 
die new greemhousc. 

Facilities managemenl staff have 
been studying alternative sites for 
the greenhouse since the universi- 
ty decided in late August to aban- 
don a proposal to locate it in a 
wooded area containing wetlands 
east of Paint Branch Drive. Another 
site that looked promising at first 
would have added considerably to 
-the cost, and construction could 
have been delayed until after a fed- 
eral deadline had passed. 

The new site will require re- 
design and additional costs. Brewer 
sald.The new site also will require 
a permit from the Maryland 
Department of Natural Resources 
because about one and a half acres 
of trees will need to be cut, 
Brewer said. Construction could 
begin as early as July 2001. 

Maryland Athletic Dept. Partners with Nextel 

The University of Maryland 
athletic department and Nextel 
Communications have announced 
a 1 0-year agreement in which 
Nextel will become the official 
wireless communications sponsor 
for University of Maryland 

Nextel, a leading provider of 
wireless communications servic- 
es, will become a primary spon- 
sor of the new Comcast Center. 
The company will invest about 
$6.7 million in the university over 
the duration of the agreement. 
The agreement provides Nextel 
with extensive visibility within 
the new Comcast Center, the 
future home of Maryland's men's 
and women's basketball, and in 
Byrd Stadium, the home of 
Maryland football and men's 
lacrosse. The banquet facility in 
Comcast Center will be named 
"Nextel Heritage Hall," The com- 
pany will receive other significant 
benefits, including game program 
acknowledgements, designation 
as the Official Game Sponsors of 
choice basketball and football 

games, the ability to demonstrate 
its services through a Nextel Call 
Center, and tickets to games for 
customer appreciation. 

"Investing in a prestigious 
institution of higher learning like 
the University of Maryland cre- 
ates a legacy for decades, even 
generations," said Bob Johnson, 
president of Nextel in the Mid- 
Atlantic area. "We consider this a 
strategic business alliance. With 
Nextel's national and internation- 
al headquarters located nearby in 
Rest on, Va., we believe this invest- 
ment will help us attract the tal- 
ented workforce essential to our 
future success. Also, today's stu- 
dents are tomorrow's business 
owners and government decision- 
makers, so we're also plandng the 
seeds of awareness among our 
target market in the coming 
decade. In the meantime, with 
the visibility this investment 
brings, we will also be reaching 
the decision-makers of today by 
gaining regional as well as nation- 
al exposure." 

Said Deborah A. Yow, Mary- 

land's director of athletics, 
"Nextel and the University of 
Maryland athletics program both 
value the pursuit of excellence 
This partnership is a natural fit 
between two entities that have 
much in common." 

The 17,100-seat Comcast 
Center, under construction on the 
northeast side of campus since 
June, is scheduled to open in the 
fall of 2002. Headquartered in 
Reston.Va., Nextel has built the 
largest guaranteed all-digital wire- 
less network in the United 
States. Nextel and Nextel 
Partners, Inc. currently serve 98 
of die top 100 U.S. markets.The 
Nextel National Network offers a 
fully integrated wireless commu- 
nications tool with digital cellular, 
text/numeric paging, wireless 
Internet access, and Nextel Direct 
Connect — a digital two-way radio 
feature. In addition, through 
Nextel International, Inc., Nextel 
has wireless operations and 
investments in Canada, Chile, 
Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, the 
Philippines, Peru, and Japan. 


Distinguished professor Ellen Williams 

has been awarded the American Physical 
Society's 2001 David Adler Lectureship 
Award. The award, among the most pres- 
tigious in the field of materials physics, 
recognizes outstanding contributions to 
the field noted for her or his research, 
review articles and lecturing. Williams is 
being recognized in particular for her 

"elegant experimental 
exploration of die struc- 
tures and phase transi- 
tions of surfaces and for 
her effective communi- 
cation on this subject in 
lectures and publica- 
tions.'The award will be 
presented at the APS's 
March 2001 meeting. 

The Office of Continuing and Extended 
Education has appointed Patricia 
Friend to the position of assistant direc- 
tor of marketing and communications. 

Friend has more than 20 years' expe- 
rience in progressive marketing and 
public relations in her work as an inde- 
pendent consultant and higher educa- 
tion administrator. 

She was director of marketing and 
public information at Hagerstown 
Community College and public Informa- 
tion officer at Frostburg State University 
Center in Hagerstown, and was 1 998's 
National Council for Marketing and 
Public Relations representative of the 
year. She is currently pursuing her MBA 
at Frostburg State, where she earned her 
bachelor's degree. 

Detroit Free Press deputy metro editor 
Valarie Basheda is the new managing 
editor of American Journalism Review. 
She succeeds Christine Harvey, who is 
rejoining the faculty of the university's 
College of Journalism full-time to teach 
an online journalism course. 

Basheda will join AJR on Oct. 5. She 
was a reporter tor die Detroit News for 

seven years before joining the Free Press 
in 1996 as an assistant metro editor. She 
holds a bachelor's in English from 
Muhlenberg College and a master's in 
journalism from Maryland, 

Harvey, previously an editor and 
instructor in the Washington, D.C., and 
Annapolis bureaus of the Capita] News 
Service, joined AJR from washington-, where she was an associate 
editor at the online newspaper. 

The Brody Public Policy Forum has 
been awarded the Grade Allen Award by 
the Foundation of American Women in 
Radio and Television for its program on 
"Two Women of Peace:A Conversation 
with Lea Rabin and Jehan Sadat." The 
program was broadcast on Maryland 
Public Television on April 29, 1999. 

October 10, 2000 


It's that time of year again: The open 
enrollment period for health benefit 
programs is scheduled to run from 
October I through November I, 2000. 
During this period, all regular employees 
eligible for health plans can enroll or 
add insurance coverages, change cover- 
ages or vendors, add dependents to their 
plans and enroll in flexible spending 
account programs. Any changes made 
during open enrollment become effec- 
tive Jan. 1,2001. 

For more information regarding all of 
the state insurance options and rates, 
attend the Open Enrollment Health Fair 
on Friday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 
the Colony Ball Room of the Stamp 
Student Union. Stop by the Stamp 
Student Union to speak directly with the 
health care provider of your choice. 

If you have any questions regarding 
open enrollment, your coverage, or use 
of the IVR system, please feel free to 
contact the UMCP Personnel Services 
Benefits Office at 5-5654. 

Teamwork in Teaching 

The Center for Teaching Excellence 
presents "Group Assignments and Team 
Projects: How Do We Get Them to 
Work?" Group assignments and team 
projects are becoming an integral part 
of an increasing number of courses in 
all disciplines. Research has shown that 
collaborative learning is an effective 
teaching technique that can enhance 
student learning and prepare students 
for the real world. This conversation 
will look at the plannning and design re- 
quired to construct effective team pro- 
jects. Faculty and student representa- 
tives from outstanding programs on 
campus will share their experiences 
and insights. 

All members of the university com- 
munity interested in leaching and learn- 
ing are invited to join the CTE for this 
discussion, which takes place today- 
Tuesday, Oct. 10 from II a.m.-12:30 
p.m. in the Critique Hall. 0104 Plant 
Sciences. For further information, con- 
tact Inayet Sahin at 301-405-9980 or 
cte @umail . umd . ed u . 

Tackling Tough Themes 

The Terrapin Reading Society this 
year examines issues of diversity, interra- 
cial love, and individual and societal 
responsibility through the campus-wide 
focus on David Guterson's controversial 
work Snow Falling on Cedars. In con- 

junction with the Asian American 
Student Union, the College of Library 
and Information Services, the Depart- 
ment of English and Creative 
Writing and other campus groups, 
die Society, run by the Office of 
Undergraduate Studies, is plan- 
ning a number of 
events on campus to 
stimulate interest in 
these dialogues. Of 
particular note is an 
upcoming panel dis- 
cussion about the pros 
and cons of Snow as a 
literary work, as a work 
with historical context, 
and as it relates to 
issues of race, gender 
and professional and 
social responsibility. 

The panel will con- 
sist of students and fac- 
ulty from College Park 
Scholars, History, Plant 
Sciences, English and 
Women's Studies, among 
others. Associate Dean 
Kathleen Burke will mod- 
erate. The discussion will 
take place Tuesday, Oct. 17 
at 5 p.m. in 1137 Stamp 
Student Union. For further 
information, contact the Office 
of Undergraduate studies at 5- 

Water Wars 

Earth Science Talks, sponsored by the 
Geology Department of the University of 
Maryland, presents Paul 
Tomascak, who will speak 
about "Water, Earth and 
Society: the Mono bike Story. 

tions and Professional Chronology and 
an index. It is published by Omni- 
graphics, Detroit, 2000, ISBN 0-7808- 
0433-3 ( 

Graduate School Fair 

Nestled at the eastern slope 
of the Sierra Nevada in 
California, humble Mono Lake 
became the nexus of contro- 
versy in the 1 970s over water 
rights, ecological conservation, 
environmental degradation, 
and how society values scenic 
America. The City of Los 
Angeles' insatiable thirst for 
fresh water led to the diver- 
sion of "water from the 
ialned *■ Sierras even before World 

j/lono La Re ^Lgeles' t" l,st " War II. This diversion eradi- 
nuenc* 1 V catetl Owens Lake, and 

would have done the same to Mono lake, 
one of the oldest VIS. lakes, were it not for the actions of a 
grassroots movement. This talk will review the natural his- 
tory of the area, its ecological and environmental signifi- 
cance, and the sources of debate over what came to be 
protected as a Public Trust in 1994. 

Contemporary Threads 

The lecture will be held on Oct. 19 from 8:00-9: 00 
p.m. in 1 1 40 Plant Sciences. For more informa- 
tion, see 
Events News/public, htm or contact Bill 

Minarik, or 

The annual exhibition dedicated to 
artists working within 1 50 miles of Col- 
lege Park — this year entitled Crosscur- 
rents 2000: Handle With Care, Loose 
Threads in Fiber — features fiber as a 
material for experimentation and explo- 
ration. Cu rated by Annet Couwenberg, 
Chair of the Fiber Department, Maryland 
Institute College of Arts, the show 
includes works by Susie Brandt, Sandra 
Brownlee, Sonya Clarke, Audrey Heim- 
gartner, Sue Patterson, Renee Rendine, 
Piper Shepard and Tabatha Tucker. 

A panel discussion entitled "Contem- 
porary Fiber Art"is scheduled for Friday, 
Nov, 10 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. with speak- 
ers Elissa Anther, Gerhardy Knodel, 
Warren Scelig and Rebecca Stevens. 

The show opens Oct. 19 with a re- 
ception from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and will 
remain in the gallery through Dec. 16. All 
events take place in The Art Gallery, Art- 
Sociology Building. For more informa- 
tion on these and other exhibition-relat- 
ed events, visit the gallery's Web site at 
www. inform. 

Flu Vaccine Delayed 

The Health Center will be giving flu shots this year as usual, 
but as has been reported in the media, there will be a delay in 
vaccine shipments. 

"At this point we do not have a definite date when we will 
get vaccine," said Dr. Judith Perry of the health center. "We have 
been told it will be in late October. We will send out an 
announcement when we will have vaccine and what the dates 
of flu clinics will be." 

The Best off Times 

The Best of Times: A Personal and 
Occupational Odyssey details the life 
and career of Paul Wasserman, a pioneer 
in the field of library services who estab- 
lished the University of Maryland's 
School of IJbrary and Information Ser- 
vices in the 1960s. His many other ac- 
complishments include writing forward- 
looking books on the library profession; 
creating and editing numerous refer- 
ence books that have become standards 
in their field; and offering instruction at 
institutions in developing countries. He 
has made worldwide contributions to 
his profession, serving as visiting profes- 
sor, consultant, trainer and member of 
the board of directors for international 
library projects from Paris to Beijing. 

Wasserman's autobiography is 
organized in two parts: personal 
and professional. In the former 
he writes of growing up during 
the Great Depression in New 
York and covers his army serv- 
ice in Europe during World 
War II as well as his entrance 
to college as a military veteran. 
Coverage of his professional life 
begins in 1948 at the Brooklyn 
public library, tracing the path by 
which he pursued his extensive 
education and career in the field of 
library services. 

Among the work's features are 
numerous photographs, a Publica- 

The Graduate School, the 

University Honors Programs and 

the Campus Wide Recruitment 

Committee will host a one-day 

Graduate School Fair this 

week in the Adele H. Stamp 

Student Union. 

The fair will feature 
"how-to" workshops de- 
signed to offer students 
practical strategies for ap- 
plying to and securing 
financing for graduate 
school, as well as for suc- 
ceeding once enrolled. An 
important goal of the fair is 
to identify students of great 
promise and recruit them 
for graduate study here at 
the university. 

Participants will have 
the opportunity to attend im- 
portant workshops and an 
interactive luncheon with cur- 
rently enrolled graduate stu- 
dents, as well as to meet with fac- 
ulty representatives from each grad- 
uate program. While the fair is open 
to all competitive juniors and seniors, 
students of African American, Asian 
American, Hispanic/Latino and Native 
American heritage are especially 
encouraged to attend. 

The fair takes place on Thursday, Oct. 
12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration, 
during which a continental breakfast 
will be served, begins at 8 a.m. and con- 
tinues until 8:50 a.m., at which time the 
events begin with a greeting and pro- 
gram overview. A buffet luncheon will 
be served simultaneously with the 
graduate student panel. 

For more information, contact the 
Graduate School's Office of Graduate Mi- 
nority Education at 3014054183 or 1-