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The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper 

Volume 15 • Number 8 • October 11, 2000 


Maryland Welcomes 
Back Alumni for 
Homecoming Festival 

Late this week, the Alumni Association welcomes 
back the class of 1950 for a weekend of reunion 
festivities. Among the alums from this class are 
prominent area businessmen whose names can be seen 
on buildings across campus: Robert Van Munching, on 
the business school; Robert H. Smith and A.James Clark, 
namesakes of the business and engineering schools; and 
Samuel Riggs IV, the name to appear on the soon-to-be- 
constructed alumni center. 

More than 1 ,000 alums are expected to return to 

campus for the homecoming activities. In 
addition to Alumni College and class 
reunions, alums can look forward to 
Saturday morning's Homecoming 
Festival with live music, interactive 
games for the entire family, face 
painters, caricaturists, fortune telling 
and karaoke. Testudo, the Maryland 
Cheerleaders and the Maryland 
Marching Band will also stop by to join 
the fun. The festival will be held from 
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the picnic area out- 
side Tyser Tower. The football game 

kicks off at 1 p.m. as the Terps 
take on the Demon Deacons of 
Wake Forest at Byrd Stadium. Go Terps! 

University President C. D. Mote, Jr. presented the 2000 President's Medat Award to William L. 
"Bud" Thomas, Jr., vice president for Student Affairs, on Oct. 10 during the annual Faculty/Staff 
Convocation. The President's Medal honors members of the university community who have made 
extraordinary contributions to the intellectual, social and cultural life of the institution. Thomas 
was recognized for his commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of students and to 
creating an atmosphere of achievement for his colleagues, propelling the university to national 
recognition. Also honored at the convocation were Distinguished Scholar-Teachers, as well as 
recipients of the Klrwan Prizes — including two Undergraduate Education Awards and one Faculty 
Research and Scholarship Prize — and the President's Distinguished Service Awards. 

The S-Files: 

Virologist Anne Simon Probes Secrets 
of Aliens and Crinkly Turnips 

Virologist and biochemist Anne 
Simon has perfectly logical explanations 
for some of the strangest phenomena. 

Brain-sucking worms. Fruit flies 
with legs growing out of their mouths. 
A virus that lives in black oil that can 
enter a human cell and eventually turn 
into a lizard creature. Turnip crinkle 

Actually, the latter subject is Simon's 
real-world specialty, for which she has 
received National Science Foundation 
funding for the past 12 years and which 
underpins her achievements as a 
teacher and scientist. The other, odder 
subjects are the stuff of her work as sci- 
entific advisor to the hugely popular tel- 
evision series, "The X-Files" 

Her expertise and her connection 
with X-Files creator Chris Carter — 
Carter's wife, Don, is Simon's mother's 
best friend — made her the natural go-to 
scientist when Carter needed to smooth 
out the rough edges of plots that incor- 
porated viruses, genetics and microbiol- 
ogy, not to mention telomeres, cloning, 

the Hayflick limit and endosymbionts. 

Not exactly the usual prime-time tel- 
evision fodder, but then, neither is "The 
X-Files," with its ambitious scientific and 
dramatic plotting. Consider, for exam- 
ple, the episode that first led Carter to 
Simon, a professor of biochemistry and 
molecular biology, in 1993- 

For that show, the first season's 
finale, Carter needed to know how the 
government could secretly test alien 
DNA on humans, and how a scientist 
would anah/ze for foreign bacteria or 
organisms. Simon told him the speci- 
men would be cultured in an Erlen- 
meyer flask and checked with an elec- 
tron microscope. Carter dubbed the 
episode "The Erlenmeyer Flask" and 
named one of the scientists (alas, mys- 
teriously killed along with her family) 
Anne Carpenter (Simon's husband's 
surname is Carpenter). 

Carter has conferred regularly with 
Simon since, though he hasn't called 
her yet this year."He hasn't needed me," 
she says, emphasizing that she helps 

continued on page 3 

Sadat Chair Shibley Telhami 
Named to Board of U.S. 
Institute of Peace 

The bloodshed and apparent 
collapse of the Middle East 
peace agreements point 
once again to the need to change a 
"culture of conflict into a culture 
of peace," says Shibley Telhami, 
who holds the Anwar Sadat Chair 
for Peace and Development at the 
University of Maryland. 

Soon. Telhami may be in an offi- 
cial position to advance that idea. 
He has been nominated by 
President Bill Clinton to serve on 
the board of directors of the U.S. 
Institute of Peace— a job that 
requires confirmation by the U.S. 

The Institute is the nation's 
peace academy, sponsoring aca- 
demic research and projects 
designed to enhance the arsenal of 
peacemakers. As a member of the 
board, he will help decide what 
research gets funded and shape 
the direction of the Institute. 

"The reason they are appointing 
me Is because of my research on 
international conflict resolution," 
says Telhami. "In my career, I've 

worked to help translate research 
into public policy. There are very 
few bodies in the worid like the 
Institute, so it plays an important 
role in thb," 

He has written extensively on 
international peace negotiations 
and ethnic conflicts, and serves on 
the American delegation of the Tri- 
lateral American/Lsraclt/Palestinian 
Anti-Incitement Committee man- 
dated by the Wye River Agreement. 

One idea he would like to bring 
to the forefront is the need for per- 
son-to-person peacemaking, "we 
know how to negotiate agree- 
ments, but there has been little 
research on effective ways to con- 
vert a psychology of war to a psy- 
chology of peace * The need for it 
Is evident in the ongoing conflicts 
in the Middle East and the Balkans. 
he says, "but you can't impose it 
from the top. You can, however, 
help nurture it." 

Telhami says the Senate may act 
within the next couple of weeks. 
If confirmed, he will be appointed 
to a four-year term. 

October 17,2000 



Your Guide to University Events 
October 17-27 


Weekends through Oct, 22: 
The Maryland Renaissance 
Festival. (See details in For 
Your Interest, page 4.) 

12:30-2 p.m., Workshop: "New 
Left Political Thought" with 
Kevin M an son of Rutgers Uni- 
versity. Sponsored by the 
Committee on Philosophy, 
Politics and Public Policy 
(CP4).1102 Francis Scott Key 
Hall. Contact Steven Maloney 
at smaloney@gvpt. 
for a copy of the paper, which 
will not be read during the 
workshop. An abstract can be 
found at: 

6-9 p.m., Workshop: "Basic 
Computing Technologies at 
MD." 3330 Computer and 
Space Sciences. Register 
online at 
For more information, 5-2938 
or cwpost@umd. edu.* 

and Sexual Assault." Speakers 
include Chief Judge Norma 
Holloway Johnson and DC Con- 
gresswoman Eleanor Holmes 
Norton. Auditorium, Howard 
University Hospital Towers. Also 
Oct. 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

4:30-7:30 p.m., Workshop: "Intro- 
duction to Adobe Photoshop." 
4404 Computer & Space Sci- 
ences. Register online at www. For information, 
5-2938 or cwpost@umd. edu.* 

8 p.m., Performance: "ElectTa." 
Tawes Theatre. Visit the Dept.of 
Theatre Web site: www.umd. 
edu/thet/plays. For ticket infor- 
mation, caU 5-7847. Play will 
also be performed Oct. 2021.* 

8-9 p.m., Lecture: "Water, Earth 
and Society: the Mono Lake Sto- 
ry" with Paul Tomaseak, spon- 
sored by the Geology Dept. 
1 140 Plant Sciences. For more 
information, call 5-H65 or see 
www. geol . umd . edu/pages/ 

6-9 p.m., Workshop: 
"Introduction to Microsoft 
PowerPoint." 4404 Computer 
and Space Sciences. Register 
online at 
For more information, 5-2938 
or cwpost@umd. edu.* 

7 p.m., Performance: 
"A Capella at the Chape!" 
The sixth annual singfest is 
part of Homecoming Week. 
Student groups The Generics, 
The Treblemakers, Faux Paz, 
PandemoniUM and Kol 
Sasson will be featured. 
Memorial Chapel. For more 
information, call 4-9893. 

7-10 p.m., Ferformance:"Gospel 
Showcase," featuring the sounds 
of Great Change, The Univers- 
ity of Maryland Gospel Choir, 
Lillian Rollins, Joy Riley and 
Monique Steele. Comedy by 
Coy LaSone and liturgical 
dance by Rochelle Robinson 
and Ronina Lyons. Sponsored 
by the Black Alumni Club and 
the Alumni Association. Colony 
Ballroom, Stamp Student Union. 
For more information, call 
301-403-2728 ext. 11 or e-mail 
lb 1 66@umail . umd .edu . * 

6 p.m., Reception, 7 p.m. Dinner, 
and 8 p.m., Panel Discussion: 
"Ediics in the Presidency." With 
Pulitzer Prize winner Charles 
Bartlett and Kathryn Whitmire, 
first female mayor of Houston. 
Sponsored by the Alumni Asso- 
ciation and the Academy of Lea- 
dership. Inn & Conference Ctr., 
Founder's Room. Contact Steph- 
anie Tadlock, 301 -f 03-2728 xl4, 

8 p.m., Performance: "Flamenco 
Al Andalus," dance with Hispanic 
Arabian music. Lisner Auditorium, 
730 21st St. NW,The George 
Washington Univ. 301-808-6900 

2 p.m., Pre-concert discussion: 
"Copland and The Tender Land" 
with speaker Christopher Patton. 

3 p.m., Concert: "Copland Festi- 
val Finale." Inn & Conference 
Center (University Blvd. at Adel- 
phi Rd.). For more information, 
call 5-7847. (See details of both 
Copland Festival events in For 
Your Interest, page 4). 

October X 

3 p.m., Lecture: "Latina Voices." 
Roberta Fernandez, author of 
Intaglio: A Novel in Six Stories 
and other works. Main Bldg., 
Trinity College. For information, 
or call 202-884-9242. 

4 p.m .. Colloquium: Linking 
Field Experiments and Compu- 
tational Modelling: Toward More 
Effective Use of Empirical In- 
sights in Theory Construction." 
Entomology Colloquium pres- 
ents Oswald Schmitz.Yale Univ. 
1 140 Plant Sciences. Contact 5- 
3938 or 

69 p. m., Workshop: "In traduc- 
tion to Unix." 4404 Computer 
and Space Sciences. Register 
online at For 
more information, 5-2938 or 
cwpost@umd. edu.* 

6-9 p.m., Workshop: "Introduc- 
tion to HTML."Topics covered 
include formatting text, creat- 
ing lists, links and anchors, 
uploading pages and adding in- 
line images. 4404 Computer 
and Space Sciences. Register 
online at 
For more information, 5-2938 
or cwpost@umd, edu.* 

12-1 p.m., Brown bag lecture 
and discussion: "CIVICUS and 
Living and Learning Programs." 
Dr. Sue Briggs, College of Beha- 
vioral and Social Sciences. For 
more information, 4-7675 or 

12:302 p.m., Lecture: "Global 
Governance of International 
Rivers: Formal and Informal 
Regimes."The Harrison Speaker 
Series presents Dr. Ken Conca, 
Department of Government 
and Politics. CIDCM Confer- 
ence Room, 0139 Tydings Hall. 
For more information, 5-7490 

6-9 p.m.,Workshop:"Intermedi- 
ate Adobe Photoshop." Learn to 
use paths and layers for graphic 
manipulation; filters with text; 
macros. 4404 Computer and 
Space Sciences. Register online 


r 1 

1-5 p.m., Event: "National Con- 
ference on Domestic Violence 

calendar guide: 

Calendar phone numbers listed as 4-mx or 5-jocxx stand for the prefix 314- or 405. Events are free 

and open to the public unless noted by an asterisk [*). Calendar Information for Outlook Is compiled 

from a combination of inforiVTs master calendar and submissions to Ihe Outlook office 

To reach the calendar editor, call 405-7615 or e-mail to outlook@accmail 

McKeldin Library Extends 
Technology Advancement Program 

This semester, McKeldin Library is continuing the C Pen 
checkout program it instituted at the end of last semester. 
Currently, three C Pen 200 digital highlighters are available 
for checkout at the 2nd floor 
Reserves Desk.This new tech- 
nology is a useful tool that can 
aid faculty, academic staff and 
students. C Pen users can elec- 
tronically capture text that 
they might otherwise have 
highlighted, outlined, photo- 
copied, clipped, or simply 
read and forgotten. 

The C Pen is a pocketsize 
handheld scanner about the 
size and shape of a standard 
ink highlighter. By simply 
moving the C Pen over print- 
ed text, as if highlighting, 
scanned images are instantly 

converted into computer-readable text. The C Pen stores up 
to 100 pages of text across a number of files. These files can 
be wirelessly transferred to a Windows PC or handheld 
devices such as the Paim. 

Reaction to the C Pen Program 

Last semester, more than 1 50 people participated in the 
checkout program during the last three weeks of classes. The 
results of the market research survey they completed indicat- 
ed that most participants were interested in the concept of 
the C Pen but felt that the library instructions were difficult 
to follow. Learning to use the C Pen is simple, but as a new 
technology is not always that intuitive. Therefore, 
the instructions have been greatiy improved and are now 
available in full color with numerous depictions. 

Checking Out the C Pen 200 On Campus 

McKeldin Library is making three C Pen 200s available for 
checkout to students, faculty, and staff as part of a market 
research study for No StudyTlme LLC.The devices can be 
checked out with a valid university I.D. at the 2nd floor 
Reserves Desk for up to two hours with the requirement that 
a market research survey be completed. 

The new C Pen captures 
text in digital format 

at www.umd. edu/PT. Contact: 
5-2938 or cwpost@umd. edu.* 


4:30-6 p. m., Workshop ^Naviga- 
ting Web CT."4404 Computer 
and Space Sciences. Register 
online at 
For more information, 5-2938 
or cwpost@umd. edu.* 

4: 307: 30 p.m. , Workshop: "In- 
troduction to Microsoft Excel." 
3330 Computer and Space Sci- 
ences. Register online at www. For information, 5- 
2938 or cwpost@umd. edu.* 

8 p.m., Concert: "Maryland's 
Concert Band." Colony Ballroom, 
Stamp Student Union. For more 
information, call 5-7847. 


8 p.m., Concert: "Academy of 
Ancient Music with Andrew 
Manze, Conductor." Perform- 
ance on period instruments to 
commemorate the 250th anni- 
versary of J. S. Bach's death. 
Works by Bach and Handel. 
The Inn & Conference Center 
(University Blvd. at Adelphi 
Rd.). For more information, see 
www. claricesmithcenter. umd . 
edu or call 5-7847. 


Outlook is the weekly faculty-staff 
newspaper serving the University of 
Maryland campus community. 

B mil ie Remington * Vice President for 
University Relations 

Teresa Plannery * Executive Director 
of University Communications and 
Director of Marketing 

George Cathcart * Executive Editor 

Cynthia Mitchcl • Assistant Editor 

Patty Henetz ■ Graduate Assistant 

Letters to the editor, story suggestions 
and campus information arc welcome. 
Please submit ail material two weeks 
before the Tuesday of publication. 

Send material to Editor, Outlook, 2101 
Turner HaJI.CoSlcge Park, MD 20742 

Telephone • (301) 405-7615 

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E-mail ■ 

Outlook atn be found online at 
www. inform .umd, edu /outlook/ 


DebateWatch 2000: 

Students Turn Out, Tune In and Speak Up 

tudents, faculty and com- 
munity members are invit- 
+s ed to participate in the 
third and final nationally tele- 
vised presidential debate at 
two DebateWatch events sche- 
duled for 9 p.m. tonight, 
TUesday, Oct. 17. 

DebateWatch 2000 is a non- 
partisan event sponsored by the 
Commission on Presidential De- 
bates and is designed to bring 
citizens together to watch the 
televised debate, talk about what 
they learned in focus groups, 
and report such conclusions to 
the Commission for inclusion 
in a national press release. 

The James MacGregor Bums 
Academy of Leadership will 
host one of the DebateWatch 
sessions, drawing participation 
from College Park Scholars 
Public Leadership program. 
Residential Life and the Student 
Government Association. The 
university's Department of 
Communications invites staff, 

Anne Simon 

continued from page I 

with scripts, but doesn't actual- 
ly write them. "Chris is the X- 
Files guru," she says. "I'm just 
an old friend, happy to help." 

Simon, recruited from the 
University of Massachusetts, 
Amherst, to join the Maryland 
faculty this year, regularly gives 
talks around the country on 
her "X-Files" role. "Which is 
fun," she says. "It's nice to be 
able to give a light-hearted sci- 
ence lecture." 

Most of her time, however, 
is spent with turnip crinkle 
virus. "It's one of the best sys- 
tems for looking at how virus- 
es replicate. We 're using our 
virus as a model to study how 
viruses replicate and cause dis- 
ease," she says. 

"The university is poised to 
make a significant impact on 
the life sciences, due to the 
leadership at the university 
and from the governor. This is 
a marvelous department that is 
poised to get even better. There 
is a wonderful core of virolo- 
gists here — this could easily be 
the top virology center in the 
United States." 

Simon serves on the 
National Institutes of Health's 
study section for virology, has 
served on NII1 grant panels 
and is an editor for the journal 
Virology. In 1996, she received 
the Distinguished Teaching 
Award at the University of 
Massachusetts, Amherst, for her 
Introduction to Biology course, 
which she also teaches here, 
and where she will give the 
"X-Files" lecture on the last day 
of class. 

Like many academics, Simon 
has found popular culture a 
good medium for making the 

students, faculty and local com- 
munity members to a town hall 
meeting that will coincide with 
the coincides with the town 
hall-style debate at Washington 
University in St. Louis. 

Nearly 200 students and sev- 
eral faculty members — most of 
them from the Department of 
Communication — took part in 
DebateWatch 2000 at the Uni- 
versity of Maryland on Tuesday, 
October 3- 

An energized audience in 
Francis Scon Key 0106 
watched as presidential candi- 
dates George W Bush and Al 
Gore met in the first of three 
presidential debates. 

"We were most gratified to 
see a large segment of the un- 
dergraduate population in the 
room so energized and engaged 
in the political process," said 
Professor Shawn J. Parry-Giles, 
who organized the event. 

Facilitators report research 
from the focus groups to De- 

bateWatch national headquar- 
ters at the University of Kan- 
sas. The database is used for 
political communication re- 
search, including dissertations 
at the University of Maryland. 

Five television stations — 
Fox Channel 5, NBC Channel 
4, Baltimore's Channel 2, CBS 
Channel 9, and cable Channel 
8— taped the DebateWatch 
proceedings and interviewed 
students. The resulting cover- 
age appeared on the 11:00 
p.m. news the night of the 
debate and in news program- 
ming the next day 

The DebateWatch faculty 
participants included Parry- 
Giles, James F Klumpp, Linda 
Aldoory, and Andrew D.Wolvin. 
Many graduate students in the 
department participated as fa- 
cilitators. Cassandra Robinson 
of University Relations and 
David Johnson of Communica- 
tions worked with the faculty 
and the media. 



Virologist Anne Simon advises X-Files creator Chris Carter on how 
to test alien DNA on humans, bringing scientific savvy to episodes 
such as "The Erlenmeyer Flask," Simon enjoys such opportunities 
to make her esoteric work more accessible. 

esoteric accessible. "That's why 
I wrote my book," she says, 
referring to "The Real Science 
Behind the X-Files: Microbes, 
Meteorites, and Mutants," pub- 
lished a year ago and sched- 
uled to come out in paperback 
next year. 

The book chronicles the 
plots of "X-Files" episodes 
Simon helped with, including 
"Gethsemane," "The Erlenmeyer 
Flask," "The Post-Modem 
Prometheus" and "Home," as 
well as the movie, "The X-Files." 
It includes parts of the scripts 
as well as backstories on how 
the ideas were developed. 
Customer reviews on are uniformly 
laudatory, as were newspaper 
and journal articles. "Even 

Nature reviewed it," Simon 
says. "A two-page review, very 

A seven-city book tour to 
promote the book led to many 
interviews, both in-person and 
online. She is good-natured 
about answering the same 
questions over and over, and 
promises to sign copies of 
the book if purchasers 
drop by her lab in the 
microbiology budding. 

Indeed, she hopes to 
sell many more copies, 
though not for commercial 
reasons. "I won't see another 
penny. The advance was big " 
she says. "I wrote it so people 
would have fun with science. 
So people who were scared of 
science could learn about it." 

Workshop Examines 
Feasibility of E-voting 

If advocates are correct, the Internet may claim yet another 
conquest and become the venue of choice for official public 
elections. A handful of experiments have already been con- 
ducted, and one Arizona election official describes E-votlng as 
the "inevitable... way of the future "Advocates argue that elec- 
tronic elections would re-energize the political system, encour- 
aging voter participation — especially among the young — and 
would help create a more participatory style of democracy. 
But critics say the technology simply is not ready and question 
the social benefits. 

To evaluate both the feasibility and desirability of E-voting, 
the Internet Policy Institute and the University of Maryland put 
together a workshop last week with technological experts, 
political scientists and election officials. The National Science 
Foundation funded it at the request of the White House. 

University of Maryland President CD. Mote Jr. chaired the 
workshop and chairs a steering committee that will now 
develop a specific research agenda. UM computer scientist 
Raymond Miller and political scientist Paul Herrnson, who 
heads the University's Center for American Politics and 
Citizenship, also sit on the committee. 

"The ideas are intriguing, but we have some hard issues to 
face if electronic voting is to be more than a novelty," says 
Mote. "We must answer the basic technological question of 
whether a system can be devised that meets the tough securi- 
ty standards demanded by our election laws, and we must 
look very carefully at the social implications as well."' 

Next month voters in four California counties and one 
precinct in Arizona will have the opportunity to submit a sam- 
ple ballot via the Internet as part of a technical test. Other 
states have conducted similar experiments and private organi- 
zations have used on-line voting as well. 

"The experience so far with E-voting has been mixed," says 
Richard Schum, workshop organizer for the Internet Policy 
Institute. "There are still significant technological issues to 
overcome in order to protect the sanctity of the vote." Com- 
panies providing the technology say they have built in security 
to protect against vote tampering and to maintain privacy. 

While most technical experts and elections officials at the 
workshop saw promise in using the technology to automate 
voting sites, they were skeptical about its use for remote vot- 
ing — from a home PC, for example. 

Vexing technological issues remain, including ways to conduct 
recounts that meet the strict requirements of current election 
laws, says Schum. He also raises a purely human security issue: 
"If people cast a ballot from home or the office how do you pro- 
tect against coercion? In the end, I believe that for the foresee- 
able future votes will still have to be cast at central polling sites." 

Advocates argue that working out the technological bugs 
will pay handsome social dividends. While voter turnout contin- 
ues to decline, they point to polls indicating that over 75 per 
cent of young Americans and over 50 percent of older Ameri- 
cans would embrace online voting and be more likely to vote. 

Paul Herrnson doubts it. He points to the numerous 
reforms and technological changes during the 20th century 
designed to make voting more convenient. Yet voter turnout 
has declined not increased. 

"The effects of mail balloting, early voting, and other inno- 
vations are largely contingent on the efforts of candidates, par- 
ties, and other groups to prod voters to use them," he explains. 
"The day when a voter can sit at home and vote in a general 
election using a PC is probably years away, and those exercis- 
ing this option probably would have voted anyway.'* 


far Input on Faculty 

Contract Proposal 

The Senate Faculty Affairs Committee requests input from 

faculty members concerning a proposal to redefine the length 

of the academic year to nine months for contract purposes. 

Details of this proposal can be found at 


The Faculty Affairs Committee will be collecting input from 

faculty members through Friday, October 20, 2000. 

Comments may be sent via e-mail to senate-facultyaffs- or by campus mail care of 

the Senate Office, 1100 Marie Mount Hall, 

College Park, MD 20742. 

October 17, 2000 

Copland Festival 

Don't miss the final performance this 
weekend of the Maryland Chamber Or- 
chestra's Aaron Copland Festival. A pre- 
concert discussion, "Copland and The 
Tender Land" with speaker Christopher 
Patton, will precede the performance, 
which ends the month-long festival and 
conference "Aaron Copland and Ameri- 
can Identity." Christopher Kendall con- 
ducts, and closing remarks 
will be delivered by Susan 
Farr, executive director of 
the Clarice Smith Perform- 
ing Arts Center. 

The discussion begins at 
2 p.m. and the concert at 3 
p.m. on Sun., Oct. 22 at The 
Inn & Conference Center 
(University Blvd. at Adelphi 
Rd.). For information and complete 
repertoire, see www. claricesmithcen- or call 5-7847. 

*Mm litany Mtoa 

Yu-Dee Chang, a well-known entre- 
preneur in the Washington, DC area, will 
speak at this month's Investors Group 
Meeting. Chang heads Chesapeake In- 
vestment Services, Inc., hosts a popular 
radio business program and publishes a 
widely-read financial newsletter. Faculty, 
staff, and students are invited to attend. 

Chang, who also provides education- 
al services to local investors through his 
popular investment seminars, work- 
shops and classes, is the editor of the 
"Stocktrac" investment newsletter on 
short-term swing trading on the stock 
market. He is the host of the radio pro- 
gram "Money Talk," an award-winning 
weekly financial call-in show broadcast 
live every Friday on AM 570. Chang has a 
master's degree in Civil Engineering from 
the University of Maryland. His financial 


credo is that "one should first invest one's 
time before investing one's money." 

The meeting will be held on Wed., Oct. 
18, at 12 p.m. in 4137 McKeldln Library. 
For more information, contact Dr. Eric 
Wish at 

M^rirel* Mioefral* S. M^ 

Got a hankering for axe-hurling and 
jousting contests, lusty wenches and 
retro attire? How about pirates, sword 
swallowers and magic?The Maryland Re- 
naissance Festival is your ticket for a trip 
back in time to 1537. A number of the- 
ater students at the university are among 
the performers who will tickle your 
fancy for renaissance revelry and medi- 
eval mischief 

Shops on the site offer hand-made 
leather armor, blown glass and more. 

The festival winds up two months of 
entertainment this weekend. The events 
take place in "Revel Grove," on Crowns- 
ville Road, Crownsville (in Anne Arundel 
County, just outside Annapolis). For 
event listings, a photo gallery, directions, 
parking information and more, visit the 
Web site at 
index.html. Or contact Tony Korol, UM 
Theatre Dept., 5-6691, 410-867-8523 or 
ktkorol@yahoo . com . 

Hnllv^wnl Hhtinru 

The Center for Historical Studies will 
sponsor a lecture by Professor Lary May, 
University of Minnesota, on "Hollywood 
and the Making of America." One of the 
country's leading experts on the history 
of the movies, May will speak about his 
new book, "The Big Tomorrow: Holly- 
wood and the Politics of the American 
Way," published this year by the Univer- 
sity of Chicago Press. The book examines 
movies from Hollywood's golden age, 
from the early 1930s to the early 1950s, 

from Will Rogers to Marilyn Monroe, and 
explores how the movies of that era 
both shaped and were shaped by the 
politics and culture of American society. 
The lecture will be held Thursday, 
Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. in the Deans Confer- 
ence Room, 1102 Francis Scott Key. Re- 
freshments will be served. For more 
information, contact CHS at historycen- or see www. inform. 

"fim mm ii 

The Office of Information Technolo- 
gy, which sponsors a number of compu- 
ter training courses for faculty and staff, 
this month offers both Introduction to 
UNIX and SAS for Windows. 

The UNIX operating system supports 
networking and interfacing with the In- 
ternet on a variety of computers, from 

desktop PCs and Macs to the largest 
mainframes. The goal of this four-day 
course is to give participants a basic 
understanding of UNIX. Participants 
should have experience with other com- 
puter programs. The course will be held 
Mon.-Thu., Oct. 23-26 from 1-4 p.m. 

The focus of the course SAS for Win- 
dows is on data access and data man- 
agement; how to get from raw data to 
managing and manipulating SAS data 
effectively.The course will be held Mon., 
Wed. and Fri., Oct. 23, 25 and 27 from 10 
a.m.-12 noon. 

All classes are held in 4404 Computer 
& Space Sciences. Online registration is 
required for both courses at www. inform. Questions about 
course content can be directed to oit-; registration 
questions can be directed to OIT Train- 
ing Services at 301405-0443. 

Write rterg. Write Nnw 

Poet Peter Davison, poetry editor for The Atlantic Monthly, will read from 
his works at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 in the Special Events Room on the 
fourth floor of McKeldin Library. A book signing will follow the reading. 

The reading is the second of this year's Writers Here & Now series, spon- 
sored by the English department's creative writing program. The series, estab- 
lished in 1969, brings prominent authors to campus to read for an audience 
drawn from the broad university community. 

Davison has described his own evolution into someone "no longer timorous 
about bringing poetry into a truthful embrace with the most powerful emo- 
tions I could feel." During his career as a writer, he has published 1 1 volumes 
of poetry, most recentiy "Breathing Room" which came out this fall. His first 
book, "The Breaking of the Day," won the Yale Younger Poets Award in 1963. He 
has served in various editorial capacities at The Atlantic Monthly for 40 years, 
and he has also been an editor at Houghton Mifflin. 

Davison has also written a memoir, a book of literary essays and a narrative 
of literary history. His book "The Fading Smile" chronicled the poetic renais- 
sance in the Boston area during the late 1950s, focusing on poets Robert Frost, 
WS. Merwin, Richard Wilbur, Maxine Kuinin, Sylvia PIath,Adrienne Rich, L.E. 
Sissman, Stanley Kunitz and Robert Lowell. 

For more information about the series, call 301-405-3820. 

In Memofiam 

T oseph Weber 

Joseph Weber, considered 
the founder of the field of grav- 
itational wave astronomy, died 
Sept. 30 in Pittsburgh, where he 
was receiving treatment for 
lymphoma. He was 81 . He 
resided in Chevy Chase. 

An electrical engineer and 
professor of physics, Weber's 
experiments relating to Albert 
Einstein's theory of relativity 
focused on the detection of 
gravitational waves that theo- 
retically permeate the universe. 

His experiments at Maryland 
began In 1958. In I960 he sug- 
gested for the first time that 
gravitational waves could be 
detected. His original gravita- 
tional radiation experiments 
involved using as an antenna a 
massive resonant bar, now 
known as the Weber-bar. In 
i )69 he reported he had 
detected the waves after sus- 
the bars in a vacuum 


chamber at Maryland and at the 
Argonne National Laboratory 
near Chicago 

Other scientists who dupli- 
cated Weber's works were 
unable to achieve the same 

Weber conducted pioneer 
research on masers and lasers, 
two of the most widely used 
tools in science and technology 
today. His findings contributed 
to the field of modern optics 
and underpinned quantum 

"With the death of Professor 
Joseph Weber, the world lost 
one of its greatest leaders in 
fundamental research in elec- 
trical engineering and physics," 
said physics professor John 
Toll, Maryland chancellor emer- 
itus and president of Washing- 
ton College. "Joe Weber was, 
like Enrico Fermi, one of those 
rare persons able £0 do out- 
standing work in both theory 

and experiment." 

A native of Paterson, N.J., 
Weber was a 1940 graduate of 
the U.S. Naval Academy at 
Annapolis. He received his doc- 
torate in physics from Catholic 
University in 1951 and served 
in the Navy from 1940 to 1948, 
including tours in the Pacific 
and Europe during World War 
n. He was a professor of electri- 
cal engineering at Maryland 
from 1948 to 1961, when he 
joined the physics department. 
In 1973, he became a senior 
research scientist and professor 
emeritus. He also served as a 
visiting professor at the 
University of California, Irvine. 

Weber's book, "General 
Relativity and Gravitational 
Radiation* was published in 
1961 . He was a member of the 
American Astronomical Society, 
the International Astronomical 
Union, the Astronomical Society 
of the Pacific and the Italian 

Physical Society. He was a fel- 
low of the American Physical 
Society and the Institute of 
Electrical and Electronic 
Engineers He held two 
Guggenheim Fellowships, a 
National Research Council 
Fellowship and a Fulbright 

His first wife, the former 
Anita Straus, died in 1971. 
Survivors include his wife, 
Virginia Trimble, three sons by 
his first marriage and six grand- 

Ruang-yao Fan 

Kuang-yao Fan, who helped 
build the university's East Asia 
collection and Chinese-lan- 
guage monograph and serial 
holdings, died in the Howard 
County General Hospital hos- 
pice on Oct. 9 after a long ill- 
ness. He was 66. He resided in 

Fan worked for the universi- 
ty libraries for 29 years, joining 
the staff in 1969 as a Japanese 
language cataloguer after work- 
ing at the Washington, DC, 
public library as a reference 
librarian and cataloguer. Be- 
cause he was bilingual — he was 
bom and reared in Taiwan 
when the island was a Japanese 
colony — he was called on to 
catalogue the Chinese collec- 
tion. At that time, the libraries 
had begun to acquire more 
Chinese materials to serve the 
needs of the campus and metro- 
politan-area Chinese speakers. 

He received his MLS degree 
from Catholic University and an 
MA in Asian studies from Seton 
Hall. He was a member of the 
Association of Asian Studies and 
the Chinese Librarians 
Association. He retired in 1998. 

Survivors include his wife, 
Veronica, a daughter, a son and 
a granddaughter.