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The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper 

Volume 15' Number 11' November 1, 2000 



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Catching a Galactic Football: 
Chandra Examines Cygus A 

Using NASA's 
Chandra X-ray 
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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

• 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 

• 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 

• 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 



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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, 
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 



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 

6-9 p.m„ OU Workshop, "Intro- 
duction to Adobe Photoshop," . 
4404 Computer & Space Sci- 
ence. Call 5-2938, or register 
online at* 

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. 

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 cs93@umail.umd.cdu. 

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. 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, 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 

2 p.m., Lecture: "A-movement 
and the EPR" with Zelijko 
Boskovic, Univ. of Connecticut. 
Part of the Linguistics Collo- 
quium Series. Contact Graciela 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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, 

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* 

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 

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 

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. * 

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, * 


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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 

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- 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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. 


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 

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 

November 7, 2000 


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 

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 
For additional information, 
visit the site or contact 

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 

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. 


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 . 

Urban Education Expert on Campus 
for National Education Week 

Diversity Panel Reports Results In Three Initiative 

continued from page I 


"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 


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 

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- 

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 

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. 
report_divrpt . html .