Uf^t) UQLod) Outlook The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper Volume 15' Number 11' November 1, 2000 Gloria Ladson- BlLLINGS ON Campus for National Education Week, PAGE 4 Catching a Galactic Football: Chandra Examines Cygus A Using NASA's Chandra X-ray Ohservatory, astronomers here and at California Institute of Technology have found a giant football-shaped cavity within X- ray emitting hot gas surround- ing the galaxy Cygnus A. A dramatic Chandra image taken by the scientists shows the cavity in the hot gas, which has been created by two pow- erful particle jets emitted from the central black hole and accretion disk in the nucleus of Cygnus A. The new finding illustrates the Chandra X-ray Observatory's ability to help answer difficult questions of cosmic physics while illuminating the beauty and complexities of die uni- verse in new ways. "This is a spectacular cavity, which is inflated by the jets and completely surrounds the Cygnus A," said Andrew S. Wilson, professor of astronomy at the University of Maryland. "Wc are witnessing a batde between the gravity of the Cygnus A galaxy, which is trying to pull the hot gas inward, and the pressure of material created by the jets, which is trying to push the hot gas outward." Hot gas is steadily being piled up around the cavity as it continuously expands, creating a bright rim of X-ray emission. The jets themselves terminate in radio and X-ray emitting "hot spots" some 300,000 light years from the center of the galaxy. These results were presented Monday to the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society meeting in Honolulu by Wilson, University of Maryland col- league Andrew J.Young, and Patrick L. Shopbell of the California Institute of Technology. Cygnus A has long been famous as the brightest radio source in the sky. It is the near- est powerful radio galaxy. The Chandra X-ray image shows die cavity surrounded by a vast sea of extremely hot gas. The elon- gated oval shape comes from the force of the outwardly mov- ing jets as they push through the hot gas. Bright bands around the "equator of the foot- ball" are also visible, which may be evidence of material swirling toward die central black hole. Cygnus A is not alone in its galactic neighborhood, but is a member of a large cluster con- taining many galaxies. Extreme- ly hot (tens of millions of degrees Celsius) gas is spread between the galaxies. Although it has a very low density, this gas provides enough resistance to slow down the outward advancement of the panicle jets from Cygnus A. At these ends, bright radio and X-ray "hot spots" are seen; the fast atomic particles and magnetic fields that make up the jet squirt out sideways and pro- vide the pressure that continu- ously inflates the cavity in the hot gas. Without the jets, an X-ray image of Cygnus A, which is about 700 million light years from Earth, would appear as a more or less spherical region (with a diameter of about 2 million light years) of hot gas slowly falling into the Cygnus A galaxy. However, the two jets powered by the nuclear black hole in this galaxy push this gas outward, like a balloon being inflated. In a paper accepted by die AstrophysicaJ Journal Letters, Wilson, Young and Shopbell dis- cuss how the Chandra observa- tions resolve a long-standing puzzle about the hot spots at the ends of the jets. By analyz- ing the X-ray emission of the hot spots, the astronomers have measured the strength of die magnetic field in the hot spots. "The radio data themselves cannot determine the strength of the magnetic field, a limita- tion that has inhibited progress in our understanding of cos- mic radio sources for 50 years," said Wilson. "Combination of the Chandra X-ray and the radio data allows a quite pre- cise measurement of the field strength" Diversity Panel Repoi Results in Three Initiatives President Dan Mote last week outlined three initia- tives designed to implement recommendations of the Diversity Panel created last year in response to a series of hate crimes on campus. Mote thanked the 21-mem- ber panel and its co-chairs, Claire Moses and Raymond Johnson, for a "comprehensive and thoughtful report" and for "their hard work and long hours committed to this endeavor." The president's three initia- tives based on the report arc: a uniform response to hate crimes and incidents, improved coordination and communication of diversity activities, and increased (efforts to strengthen recruit- ment and retention of minori- ty faculty, staff and students. "My goal is that the University of Maryland will be one of the very best and most diverse public institutions in the country," Mote wrote in a letter to the campus, citing the report of the Diversity Panel, which said, "diversity and excellence are mutually reinforcing." Mote said "There is no tol- erance for hate or bigotry on the campus, and they will be confronted. I will use every mechanism at my disposal to suppress them with a maxi- mum effort." The action steps outlined in his response to the Dive ty Panel's report are short- term efforts to begin achiev- ing long term goals, Mote said. Highlights of the action plan Include: • Improved Web-based infor- mation for emergency con- tacts and information about hate-bias incident s. • Training for police dispat- chers in handling hate-bias incidents. • A greater role for the Office of Human Relations Programs to coordinate university-wide diversity efforts. • Publicity efforts to impro the visibility of the existing diversity-related programs campus. • Funding for "target of opportunity" faculty hires that will increase unit diversity and for fellowship and lec- tureship opportunities to cul- tivate potential future faculty • Expanding the faculty orien- tation program to include dis- cussions on diversity issues in the classroom and encourage more participation by current faculty in underrepresented groups. • Mentoring for junior faculty. • Increasing need-based finan- cial aid for undergraduates. • Expanding the diversity or cntation programs. • Ensuring diat existing liv- ing/learning centers make : - continued on page 4 Hear It Here: University's New Sound Byte Service To help bring university research and activities to life, you'll find a new service on the UM Web site, www.umd.edu/news- desk. Sound Bytes marries text and audio clips, creating fea- tures for use by broadcasters and the University community. The first feature will follow university scientist Christopher Shuman to the bottom of the world, as he and an international team trek across 750 miles of Antarctica's polar desert. As reported in last ■week's Outlook, Shuman and the team plan to bring back samples of ice for analysis. From this they hope to learn about the long-term impact of industrial activity on the environment. Shuman explains more about the project and Antarctica's rigorous and simple life in the Sound Bytes feature. Also, the director of the University's Center for American Politics and Citizenship, Paul Herrnson, explains why E-voting — casting ballots on the Internet — is, for the moment, just an interesting idea. Some communities in two states will run technical E-voting trials in this week's election. November 7, 2000 dateline Maryland Your Guide to University Events November 7-16 november 7 2 p.m., Lecture: "When C- Command Fails: Principles of Priority and Finality." Derek Bickerton, University of Ha- waii. Sponsored by the Dept. of Linguistics. Contact Graciela Tesan, firstname.lastname@example.org. 6-9 p.m„ OU Workshop, "Intro- duction to Adobe Photoshop," . 4404 Computer & Space Sci- ence. Call 5-2938, or register online at www.umd.edu/PT.* 12-1 p.m., Brown bag lecture and discussion: "Enhancing the Campus Climate for Racial/ Ethnic Diversiry:A Framework for Institutional Success," with Jeffery Milem, associate pro- fessor, Counseling and Person- nel Services. 01 14 Counseling Center, Shoemaker Bldg. Con- tact Staccy Holmes at 4-7690 or seholmes@wam. umd.edu. 12:30-2 p.m., Panel Discus- sion ^Environmental Security in Southern Africa." With Helen Purkirt, U.S. Naval Aca- demy. CIDCM Conference Room, 0139Tydings Hall. For more information, 5-7490 or kcousins@gvpt . umd .cdu 3-4 p.m., First Annual William L Thomas, Jr. Lecture, "Leaders as Bridge Builders in a 21st Century Multi-Cultural Ameri- ca" with Carlos E. Cortes. (De- tails in For Your Interest page 4.) 4p.m., Sixth Annual Fischell Lecture: "Back to the Future: The Critical Role of Technolo- gy in Our Lives," by Robert J. Rosenthal, B.S. '78 Chemistry. 1412 Physics Building. Con- tact Mary Kearney, CMPS Deans Office, Alumni and External Relations, 5-O007. 5 p.m., Symposium: "Context and the Community: Race, Ethnicity and Masculinity," David Savran, Brown Univer- sity, and Harry Elam, Stanford University. In conjunction with 8 p.m. performance of "Suburbia." Laboratory Thea- tre, 2740 Clarice Smith Per- forming Arts Center. To re- serve a space, contact Profes- sor Catherine Schulcr, 5-6688 or email@example.com. 6-9 p.m. t OIT Workshop: "In- termediate Microsoft Excel." 4404 Computer & Space Science. For information call 5-2938, or register online at www. umd . edu/PT. * 8 p.m., Performance:"SubUrbia," opening night Eric Bogosian's taut exposure of the American dream. Pugliese Theatre. Also showing Nov. 9-1 1 and Nov. 14- 18 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. For tickets and information, call 5-7847.* 10 a.ra.-7:30 p.m., Conference: "Attending to Early Modern Women: Gender, Culture, and Change." The conference runs for 3 days. For registration in- formation, contact crbs@umail. umd.edu or call 5-6830, or sec www. inform . umd . edu/crbs , * y4 p.m.. Distinguished Scholar Teacher Lecture: "Beyond This Point, There Be Dragons: Map- ping the Journey to Expertise," by Patricia Alexander, Dept. of Human Development, (Details in For Your Interest, p. 4.) 4:30-7:30 p.m., OIT Workshop: "Introduction to Microsoft Powerpoint." 3330 Computer and Space Science. Register online at www.umd.edu/PT, or call 5-2938.* 8 p.m., Performance: "Mestra Cobra Mansa ," demonstration and participatory workshop on the Brazilian martial arts form capoeira. A post -performance discussion will follow. For infor- mation, call the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, 5-7847. november 1* 11 a.m.-12 noon, Lectures: "Vis- ual Function in Regenerated Eyes" by Alex Potocki, and "Vis- ual Acuity in the American Kes- trel" by Matt Gaffhey. Integrated Neuroscicnce Fall Seminar se- ries. 1128 Biology/Psychology. For information, contact Linda Harvey, firstname.lastname@example.org. 2 p.m., Lecture: "A-movement and the EPR" with Zelijko Boskovic, Univ. of Connecticut. Part of the Linguistics Collo- quium Series. Contact Graciela Tesan, email@example.com. nfyember t^ttM 2 p.m., Concert: "Masterworks from the Coolidge Collection." Ulrich Recital HalLTawes Bldg. The award-winning Coolidge String Quartet performs Shoen- berg's Quartet No. 3, Webern's Op. 28, Prokofiev's Op. 50 and more. Call 5-7283 or visit www. coolidgequarte t. com . 8-10 p.m.,Concert:"Rothenberg- Smukler-KatzTrio." Part of the Chamber & Early Music series. The Inn & Conference Center. For information, contact Brian Jose or Kristi Fletcher at 5-4059 or Kfletche@deans.umd.edu.* november l; 8 a.m. -3 p.m., Conference: "First Annual Bioscicnces Research/ Technology Review Day." Inn & Conference Center. (Details in For Your Interest, page 4.) 9 a.m.-12 noon, OIT Workshop: "Getting Started with Photo- shop 5.5." Learn the basic tool palette; size, crop and retouch images; save images in Web- readable formats. 4404 Compu- ter & Space Science. For more information, contact the Training Coordinator at 5-0443 or firstname.lastname@example.org 4 p.m., Lecture: "Bach's Music and Newtonian Science: A Composer in Search of the Foundations of His Art " Prof. Christoph Wolff, William Powell Mason Professor of Music and Curator of the Isham Memorial Library at Harvard University. Graduate School Distinguished Lecture series. 200 Skinner. For more information, call 5-4936. 4 p.m., Lecture: "Heterogeneity and Stream Ecosystems: From Population Dynamics to Resto- ration." Margaret Palmer, Dept. of Biology, is this week's Ento- mology Colloquium speaker. 1 140 Plant Sciences. Contact 5- 3938 or email@example.com. 4:30 p.m., Lecture: "In Search of Mr. Chips: Why the Poorest Children Need the Best Teach- ers "The College of Education presents Gloria Ladson-BUlings, University of Wisconsin- Madison. Nyumburu Cultural calendar guide: Calendar phone numbers listed as 4-xxxx of S-xxxx stand for the prefix 314 of 405. Events are free and open to the public unless noted by an asterisk (*}. Calendar information for Outlook is compiled from a combinabon ol inforM's master calendar and submissions to the Outlook office. To reach (he calendar editor, call 405-7615 or e-mail to ouOook@accmail.urrKl.Klu. Center. For information, contact Steven Selden at 5-3566 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. 7 p.m., Open Rehearsal: "Guar- neri String Quartet." Artists-in- residence of the School of Mu- sic hold their second on-cam- pus open rehearsal of the year. Program includes Haydn's Op. 20 No. 5 in F minor, Bartok's Quartet No. 3, Beethoven's Op. 127 in EJlat major. Ulrich Recital Hall.Tawes Bldg. For more information, call 5-7847. november 14 3:30-5 p.m., Panel: "Careers in Service." Learn from veterans of programs like AmeriCorps about a variety of post-graduate serv- ice opportunities. 3134 Horn- bake Library, S. Wing. Contact Megan Cooperman, 5-0741 or m sussman @accmail .umd.edu, 5:30-9 p.m. Concert: "Unsenti- mental Journeys." Homer Ulrich Recital Hall. Tickets available at Tawes Theatre Box Office. For more information, contact the Chorus Box Office, 5-5570* 6-9 p.m., OIT Workshop: "Inter- mediate Adobe Photoshop, 4404 Computer & Space Sci- ence. Graphic manipulation using paths and layers; using fil- ters with text, and prepackaged macros. Call 5-2938 or register online at www.umd.edu/PT.* 8 p.m., Concert: "Chamber Jazz Combo Recital." Student jazz combos perform original com- positions as well as works by Charlie Parker, Wynton Marsalis, Woody Shaw, Herbie Hancock andThelonius Monk. Ulrich Recital Hall,Tawes Bldg. For more information, call 5-7847. 8-9 p.m. .Lecture; "Science, Poli- cy and Politics: A View From Capitol Hill." Eileen McLellan, who spent a year as a Congres- sional Fellow, will talk about the projects she worked on, the role of science in public policy, and why scientists should understand politics. 1140 Plant Sciences. For more information, contact Bill Mlnarik at 5-4365 or email@example.com. november 1 8 a.m. ^i: 30 p.m., Conference, "Student Self Empowerment: Opportunities and Challenges." The Office of Multi-Ethnic Stu- dent Education (OMSE) hosts the 9th Annual Retention 2000 Conference. Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union. 12-1 p.m., R&D Lecture: "Humor as Unifying and Divisive." With Dr..Lawrence Mintz, associate professor and director, Ameri- can Studies. Contact 4-7690 or seholmes@wam. umd.edu. 6-9 p.m., OIT Workshop: "Intro- duction to Adobe PageMaker." 3332 Computer & Space Science. Introduces professional page layout techniques, working with text, importing graphics, text flow and placement, mas- ter page setup, running headers and footers, using editing and construction tools of the tools palette. For more information, call 5-2938 or register online at www. umd.edu/PT. * 3:30 p.m., Lecture: "Electronic Bartering." Michael O. Ball, pro- fessor of decision and Informa- tion technologies at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, will discuss how the Web and advanced decision models are resurrecting the oldest method of commerce for trading. Part of the Leveraging Corporate Knowledge seminar series. Reception to follow. Marriott Room, Van Munching Hall. For information and registration, 5- 4888 or gthacker® rhsmith . umd. ed u . 3:30 p.m.. Distinguished Scholar- Teacher Lecture: "It's a Bug-Eat- Bug World; Biodiversity to Biocontrol," by Robert Denno. 1412 Physics. Reception follows the lecture. Contact 5-2509 or rmalone @d eans. umd . edu . 6-9 p.m., OIT Workshop, "Peer Train i tig Workshop." 4404 Computer & Space Science. Advance registration is re- quired. For more information call 5-2938, or register online at www,umd.edu/PT. * Outlook Outlook is the weekly faculty-staff newspaper serving the University of Maryland campus community. Brodie Remington -Vice President for University Relations Teresa Flannery • Executive Director of University Communications and Director of Marketing George Cathcart * Executive Editor Cynthia Mite he I ■ Assistant Editor Patty Henetz • Graduate Assistant Letters to the editor, story suggestions and campus information are welcome, ['lease suhmit all material two weeks before the Tuesday of publication. Send material to Editor, Outlook, 2101 Turner Hall, College Park, MD 20742 Telephone ■ (301) 405-7615 Fax ■ (301) 314-9344 E-mail • outluok(ajaccmail.u md.edu Outlook can be found online at wwin inform, umd, edu /outlook ( (fi** Outlook Ralph Lee Hornbake, former vice president for academic affairs at the University of Maryland and the University of Maryland System, died Nov. 1 in Silver Spring after a long illness. He was 87. A native of western Pennsyl- vania, Hornbake graduated from later as president of the Com- mission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. His contributions at the state level included a six-year term on the Maryland Council for Higher Education. Hornbake earned numerous the California State College in Pennsylvania, and worked for one year as a secondary school teacher in the small town of AUquippa. He went on to gradu- ate school at Ohio State University, where he earned his MA and Ph.D. degrees in indus- trial arts. During World War II, he supervised training in an air- plane factory, and after the war he accepted a one-year fellow- ship to study the humanities at Harvard University. He joined the faculty of the university in 1945 as associate professor of industrial education. He was promoted to professor in 1947 and was appointed department head in 1954. He was an editor of die leading journal in his field and president of the Ame- rican Council on Industrial Arts Teacher Education. His depart- ment came to rank as one of the two best in the nation. He was named dean of the faculty in 1956, and in I960 he was appointed to the newly created position of vice presi- dent for Academic Affairs, which he held until 1969. His vice presidential appointment was hailed with great enthusi- asm by his colleagues who val- ued his knowledge, wisdom, and unselfish dedication. A gen- tieman of great elegance, he was known for his ability to charm university presidents, professors, and members of the staff with equal facility. Hornbake served as chief academic officer during a peri- od of exploding enrollments, tremendous budget increases, and unparalleled acclaim, as well as the turbulence of the 1960s. His service to higher educa- tion was not limited to the uni- versity. He also served as a mem- ber, then as vice president, and honors and awards, including membership in the Academy of Fellows of the American Indus- trial Arts Association, the high- est citation given by that organ- ization. His contributions were also recognized by the universi- ty when it named its undergrad- uate library in his honor. Hornbake retired as vice president for academic affairs at the University of Maryland System in 1979- In retirement, Hornbake was active in numer- ous service and civic organiza- tions serving as president of the Kiwanis Club of Leisure World in Silver Spring, the Fireside Forum, and the Leisure World Seminars. He also served as chairman of the Inter-Faith Chapel Council and of his mu- tual board of directors. He was a member of the Pastor Affiliate Relations Committee, the Univer- sity United Methodist Church in College Park and the Inter-Faith Chapel at Leisure World. Hornbake was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Evelyn Young Hornbake, who died March 9, 1994. He is sur- vived by his daughter, Barbara H. Angier of North Bethesda, son-in-law Frank E. Angier, Jr., and grandson, Ryan B. Angier. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Nov. 7 in Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to make a memorial gift to "The Friends of the Library." Checks may be made payable to the University of Maryland College Park Foun- dation, Inc. and mailed to Ms. Terry Miller, 2105 Pocomoke Building, University of Mary- land, College Park, MD 20742. Paul Wilson Steiner, professor of plant pathology, died of can- cer in University Park on Oct. 28. He was 58. Steiner, who came to the uni- In Memoriam versify in 1981, was the co- developer of Maryblyt, a predic- tive computer program that identifies early infestations of fire blight, a devastating bacteri- al disease of apples and pears. Maryblyt is now used in 3 1 states and 26 countries. Steiner was born Oct. 13, 1942, in Gettysburg, Pa., to Harold M. Steiner and Virginia Wilson Steiner. Steiner's interest in plant pathology started as a child — his father was an associate professor of ento- mology at Pennsylvania State University and techni- cal manager for several orchards — and continued into his early adulthood, when he organized heli- copter spraying for green peach aphid and tobacco hornworm control shortly after his high school gradu- ation. He was a 1964 gradu- ate of Gettysburg College, earned his master's degree in entomology from Cornell University in 1969 and his PhD in plant pathology from Cornell in 1975. Steiner was assistant professor at the University of Missouri from 1975 to 1981, when he joined the Maryland faculty. Steiner teamed up with Gary Lightner of the USDA's Agricul- tural Research Service to devel- op Marybh/t, which enabled growers to predict orchard con- ditions conducive to fire blight and thereby know when to apply plant antibiotics. He was an invited speaker at state and local horticultural societies and a visiting profes- sor in several European coun- tries. He chaired sessions at national and international meet- ings to discuss new foretasting methods to improve early detection of plant diseases. On his birthday a few weeks ago, Steiner was honored at home by members of the Mary- land State Horticultural Society, who named him Maryland Fruit Grower of the Year in recogni- tion of his 20 years of service to area fruit growers. Steiner is survived by his wife, Leila Tharp Steiner of University Park, his sons Adam and Matthew Steiner, and a granddaughter. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10 atMcmorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, his family requests do- nations be made to the depart- ment's instructional laboratory fund in memory of Paul. Checks should be payable to "Univer- sity of Maryland," with the memo line to read: "Paul Steiner Memorial Fund" They may be sent to: Department of NRSL, Attn: K. Hunt, 2102 Plant Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742^452. Robert McCoy, professor and music director of the Maryland Opera Studio in the School of Music, died unexpectedly Oct. 16 at his home in College Park. He was 48. A consummate musician and mentor, McCoy's collaborations with lyric artists included roles prepared for the Metropolitan, Berlin, New York City, Vienna State, Paris, San Francisco and Glyndebourne Operas. He per- , formed in China and through- out the United States and Europe as accompanist, cham- ber pianist, soloist and conduc- tor. His American engagements included the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. He conduct- ed master classes throughout the world, recorded for two record labels and appeared in several broadcasts by French and Austrian National Television and Radio. While on the faculty at Maryland, McCoy also served as assistant conductor and pianist- vocal coach with the Washing- ton Opera. For the past two decades, he served as artistic director and conductor of the Alaska Summer Arts Festival Opera Theater. A child prodigy, McCoy was a church organist and choir director in his native Fort Dodge, Iowa, from the age of 10. He went on to earn degrees in piano performance and music education at the Uni- versity of Iowa. In 1982, he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance- accompanying at the University of Southern California, During this time he also studied music in Paris on a prestigious Fulbright Grant. Multilingual and fluent in French, he taught at the American College in Paris the following year. In 1 984, he returned to the United States as a visiting pro- fessor at the University of Michigan, and one year later, he joined the faculty .it Maryland A popular and highly respected professor, McCoy coordinated the School of Music's accompa- nying and vocal coaching degree programs. During his career, McCoy was a recording grant recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts and a two-time recipi- ent of the Maryland Creative and Performing Arts Grant for his work in Spanish, Portuguese and Russian repertoire for voice and piano. In 1989, the state of Maryland awarded him the Governor's Salute to Excellence in the Arts award. McCoy is survived by his parents Marvin and Delores McCoy of Fort Dodge, Iowa, sis- ter Lori Marchese of Urbandale and sister Holly McCoy of Omaha, Nebraska. A memorial service will be held on Nov. 14 at 12:30 p.m. in Memorial Chapel. NOTABLE Andrew D. Wofvin, a pro- fessor in the Department of Communication, is one of eight to receive the newly established National Communication Association Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award. The award, supported by a Carnegie Foundation grant, recognizes Professor Wolvin's "excel- lence in the classroom" and "pedagogicalfy focused research and publication." Dorothy Emanuel Gardner has been appoint- ed co-director of the MBA consulting program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Through the pro- gram, second-year MBA stu- dents consult for leading area businesses, Fortune 500 companies and government organizations. Before joining the Smith School as co-director, Gardner was the director of education and workforce ini- tiatives for the High Techno- logy Council of Maryland. She also has held market analyst and account exe- cutive positions with Lucent Technologies and program manager positions with AT&T. She holds a master's degree in general administra- tion from University of Maryland University College and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Howard University. Marc Nerkwe, professor of agricultural economics, has received the honorary degree of doctor honoris causa from the University of Geneva for his contribution to the use of statistical meth- ods in economic research. Since coming to the uni- versity in 1993, Nerlove has made significant contribu- tions to econometrics, time- series analysis and econom- ic development through analysis of agricultural prob- lems. He is a fellow of five national professional associ- ations, a member of the National Academy of Science and past officer of four national and international professional associations in the field of economics and statistics. November 7, 2000 OmmmuhoatLOmmam The School of Music presents Diali Djimo Kouyate, with the Maryland African Drum Ensemble and guests, for an evening of West African drumming and dance, Mr. Kouyate will perform on the 2 1 -string kora, and members of the student ensemble will perform rhythms representing Manding cultural traditions of Mali, Guinea and Senegal on the Djembe drum orches- tra. Also featured wil be members of Memory of Afri- can Culture, a Washington-based performing company. The event will take place Thursday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. in the Ulrich Recital HaU,Tawes Fine Arts Building. Admission is free. For more information, call 301-405-7847. Biosciences in Review The first annual Biosciences Research/Technology Review Day, modeled after the very successful Electri- cal Engineering/Computer Science Research Review Day held last Spring, will be a special open house event featuring the research of the premier scientists whose work at Maryland spans the broad field of bio- science. The all-day program, encompassing the sub- jects of neurosciences, computational biology and bio- informatics, biodiversity, ecology and evolution, virolo- gy, bioengineering, developmental physiology, structur- al biology, biomachincs and proteomics, is designed to be informative and stimulating. University researchers will give scientific presentations and demonstrations and lead discussions. Research Review Day will provide a unique oppor- tunity for executives and professionals in industry and government to learn about the most recent advances in bioscience and biotechnology at the university; to explore the potential for academic-industry-govem- ment collaboration; and to network with colleagues who share an interest in the promotion of bioscience and the bioscience industry. The event is scheduled for Nov. 13 at the Inn and Conference Center. The day will begin with continen- tal breakfast and registration at 8 a.m. The program suns at 9 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. A buffet lunch will be served at noon. Registration is required but complimentary; the online registration form can be found at www.umresearch.umd.edu/Bioscience/. For additional information, visit the site or contact MickeyWebbat301- 314-0323. Bridging the Omicron Delta Kappa is pleased to announce the first annu- al William L.Thonias.Jr, Lecture, "Leaders as Bridge Builders in a 21st Century Multi-Cultural America" featuring Carlos E. Cortes, an internationally award-winning author, educator and lecturer. Cortes, a lender in promoting multiculruralism, is professor emeritus of history at the University of Cali- fornia, Riverside. He is the recipient of two book awards, and after the lecture he will sign copies of his most recent book, The Children Are Watching: How the Media Teach About Diversity. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 5-4 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom Lounge in Stamp Student Union. Call 301-314^432 for more information. Dcu£AtoDmenJt2^^3ii2U£oiis What does it mean to be educated in academic domains like mathematics, history, or science? Why do some students succeed well in such domains, while others falter? What role should teachers play in foster- ing students' continued academic development? These are among the questions that Patricia A. Alexander of the Department of Human Develop- ment will, explore in her Distinguished Scholar- Teacher presentation entided "Beyond This Point, There Be Dragons: Mapping the Journey to Expertise." Specifically, Dr. Alexander will dis- cuss her program of research that considers the interplay of knowledge, motivation, and problem solving in the development of expertise in academ- ic domains. She will also discuss characteristics of for- mal education that can either help or hinder students on their journey toward expertise. Alexander's lecture will take place on Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. in the Atrium of Stamp Student Union. A recep- tion will follow. For more information, contact Rhonda Malone at 5-2509 or at firstname.lastname@example.org . Urban Education Expert on Campus for National Education Week Diversity Panel Reports Results In Three Initiative continued from page I M "any times it's the best teachers that .reach the most afflu- ent students. Professor Gloria Ladson-Billings, a prominent expert on issues of urban edu- cation, believes the best teach- ers should focus on students with the greatest need. On Nov. 13 Ladson-Biiilngs will share her message with prospective and practicing teachers and teacher-educa- tors, educational leaders and policymakers at the University of Maryland and Prince George's County Public School District. She will be the fea- tured speaker in a 4:30 p.m. public colloquium at the uni- versity s Nyumburu Cultural Center and will also conduct a special staff development ses- sion with Prince George's county teachers and adminis- trators at 9 a.m. at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt.The two events are hosted by Maryland's College of Education as part of its Ameri- can Education Week celebra- tion focused on conquering the minority achievement gap. Ladson-BUlings is a profes- sor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a sen- ior fellow in Urban Education at the Annenberg Institute for A Reform at Brown School University. Her presentation is dded "hi Search of Mr. Chips: Why the Poorest Children Need the Best Teachers." "I focus on what we know about effective teachers for urban classrooms and what we need to do to ensure that more effective teachers prac- tice in the classrooms of our nation's poorest and educa- tionally neediest children," says Ladson-Billings. She has con- ducted extensive research on the relationship between cul- ture and schooling, particular- ly successful teaching and learning strategies for African American children. She is author of the book Dream/keepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children, Edna Mora Szymanski, dean of Maryland's college of educa- tion, said Ladson-Billings' visit is part of the college's ongoing efforts to better prepare teach- ers to meet the special needs of minority students and urban school districts. "Because of our partnership with Prince George's County Schools, we are particularly focused on sharing with them the latest research-based strategies to help improve achievement for all students," says Szymanski. Maryland regularly partners with the school district to lend its research expertise in identifying and resolving some of the specific problems faced by Prince George's County. The college is involved in developing specific interven- tions to reform low-perform- ing schools and to improve instructional support systems. The college's celebration of American Education Week also includes an Alumni Awards Program on Nov. 14 to recog- nize die achievements of edu- cation alumni. The awards and recipients arc: Outstanding Leader in Education — Patricia McGrath Richardson (Ph.D., 1 981 , elementary education), superintendent of St. Mary's County Public Schools; Out- standing Scholar Lii Education —William F.Tate (Ph.D., 1991, mathematics science educa- tion), associate professor, Uni- versity of Wisconsin-Madison; Dean's Award for Outstanding Achievement — Lydia Minatoya (Ph.D., 1981, counseling serv- ices), counselor, North Seatde Coinm unity College. The awards program will feature a presentation by human development professor John Guthrie examining litera- cy trends for young readers of various etlinic groups. diversity issues integral parts of their activities, both aca- demic and extracurricular, and ensuring that the centers enroll diverse groups of stu- dents. Mote said he agreed with the diversity panel that there are a lot of "excellent diversity- related teaching, research, edu- cational and recruitment pro- grams currently in place on campus." He called for more visibility and better coordi- nation, and he has appointed an advisory group to further examine the equity system and human relations code. He also said that a new sur- vey will be developed to help establish a more comprehen- sive picture of campus climate and that the university needs to do a better job of informing the campus community and others about events, programs and research efforts related to diversity. Need-based financial aid has become a high priority in university fund-raising efforts, Mote said. He has asked the office of Undergraduate Studies to review model pro- grams at other universities that have been effective in expanding undergraduate scholarship programs. In addi- tion, Undergraduate Admis- sions will increase awareness of all opportunities for I cial support to talented stu dents who participate in pro- grams like science fairs and NASA internships. Beginning next fall, the university will offer scholarships aimed at academically qualified stu- dents who have overcome diversity. The program is aimed at encouraging high school students from Baltimore City schools to attend the university. The action plan also notes that the office of the vice president for Student Affairs is developing a new protocol for after-care and foUow-up action on hate-bias incidents, and that emergency calls should go to 91 1 or to 5-3333. Non-emer- gency calls or questions about hate-bias incidents should be directed to 4-B1AS (2427). The panel presented its report to the president in July. It was published on the uni- versity's Web site in August with an invitation to the com- munity to comment. Mote pre- pared his response after reviewing those comments. To read the president's let- ter and the entire report, visit www.inform. umd. edu/PRES/ statement^ divrsp.html on the university's Web site. The panel's report Is at www. inform .umd.edu/CampusInfo/ Departments/PRES/ report_divrpt . html .