Ulpufi u<&.oo\ Outlook The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper Volume 15 • Number 14 • December 5, 2000 Christmas Toy Drives Need You, PAGE 4 Chomsky Speaks the Language of the Brain Above: Noam Chomsky (left), on campus Nov. 27 and 28 for three linguistics- related lectures co-sponsored by Btackwell Publishers and the university, becomes engaged in discussion with UM philosophy professor Corey Washington (right) and UMBC art student Matthew Teigen (center) after his Nov. 27 lecture "Language and the Brain" (right). Challenging New Leaders to Take on a Changing World Professor Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was the invited speaker for the 2000 Blackwell/Maryland lectures, a series on language and cogni- tion sponsored jointly by Blackwell Publishers and the University of Maryland. Chomsky gave three lectures on campus: "Language and the Brain," on Monday, Nov, 27; and "Talking about the World" and "The Design of Language" on Nov. 28. In this series of lec- tures he outlined bis view of the current state of linguistic study and what it might mean about the relation of mind and language. For more than four decades, Chomsky lias been at the fore- front of research in the mental sciences, since his seminal early work in the mid-1950s sparked what has come to be known as the "Cognitive Revolution." His work has gen- erated vigorous debate and research in linguistics, philoso- phy and the mental and brain sciences. According to Chomsky's biolinguistic model, there is a dedicated cognitive faculty in the brain for language. He con- siders the mind to be a set of continued on page 3 Maryland Leads Worldwide Trend to Expand Women s Studies Preparing for an evolving world will be die theme of the 27th Annual Maryland Student Affairs Conference, the largest one- day conference of student affairs professionals in the country. The theme of this year's conference, to be held Feb. 9 at Stamp Student Union, is "Leadership in Changing Times: Vision, Courage, Action." The keynote speak- ers will be Sharon Fries-Britt, assistant professor of educa- tion at Maryland, and Larry Moneta, associate vice presi- dent for campus services at the University of Pennsylvania. In developing this year's theme,"we thought of the professional world in which we live in," said Cindy Felice, conference committee chair. "The limes are changing. Our jobs change rapidly, our stu- dent demographics change. People make the institution, and we have to be as cutting edge as possible. And it's con- ferences like this that allow us to share and debate issues." The conference is the brain-child of William L. "Bud "Thomas, vice president of student affairs for 27 years. Thomas will officially retire from the university on Jan, 31, so this will be his last conference. "I'm planning on attending, but I'm not sure what my role will be," he said. "I'm really a lame duck." Thomas said that his main role this year was to appoint Felice to head the confer- ence. "It's been a wonderful experience for the people who put it on each year," he said. "They are given a great deal of autonomy" The committee is just now choosing which programs will be included in the con- ference. Session topics will likely relate to student needs, changes in demographics, student perceptions and expectations, political-social forecasting, planning, facili- ties development and research. Other possible topics include leadership, ethics, conflict management, student services and marketing. The keynote speakers bring with them decades of experience in student affairs. Fries-Britt's experience includes nearly 10 years as the assistant to the vice presi- dent for student affairs at Maryland and resident life experience at Towson Uni- versity. Her research focuses on the academic, social and psychological experiences of college students. Her current publications look at high abil- ity black collegians and how they interact with faculty, peers and the extended black community. Moneta has 30 years of experience in housing and student services at five insti- tutions. In his current posi- tion at Perm, he has been involved with a $300 million capital renewal of the resi- dence halls and the develop- ment of a residential college program. He has written extensively on the use of technology in student servic- es and the current challenges facing the metropolitan uni- versity. The conference will draw as many as 650 student affairs professionals and stu- dents, Thomas said. For more information about the conference call 301-405-7484, or e-mail Felice at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nearty 30 years ago it was impossible for co-eds to take a course exploring the role women played in society. Now, the univer- sity has joined those pioneering the move to make women's and gender studies a full-fledged disci- pline. This fall, Maryland became one of eight institutions in the United States to offer a Ph.D. In women's studies. Maryland is the first pub- lic research university on the East Coast to offer such a degree. Besides the private Emory Univer- sity (Atlanta), and Clark University (Worcester, Mass.), the other doc total programs are offered on the West Coast and in the Midwest. Bachelor's and master's pro- grams have existed at Maryland since 1976, and undergraduate and graduate certificates are also offered in women's studies, which is housed in the College of Arts and Humanities. "To master the body of litera- ture that has been created hi women's studies over the past three decades requires the kind of attention that exists only with a full-fledged field of study," said Claire Moses, women's studies chair. "We realized there has to be a strong interdisciplinary core at the center," she added. "Without that intellectual exchange across the boundaries of so many dis- tinct academic departments and units, women's studies is in dan- ger. The Ph.D. is a new direction in the field to ensure its survival, and wc arc one of die leaders." The program will help the uni- versity retain its position as one of the leading research institutions in the study of gender, race and ethnicity, said Laura Nichols, assis- tant director of the department of women's studies- While earlier programs focused primarily on gender, Maryland has expanded women's studies research to include race, class, sex- ual orientation, and developmen- tal and physical ability. Nichols said. "The new Ph.D. in women's studies places the University of Maryland at the forefront of research on the differences amongst women," Nichols said. "This research will further expand the understanding of the role of women in society." There are currently five stu- dents in the new Ph.D. program one from Maryland; two from S: Diego State University; one from the University of Illinois-Chicago: and one from Northwestern TJni- contimieet on page December 5, 2000 Women's Studi continued from page 1 december 5 7:30 p.m., Concert: "Honors Chamber Music," Showcasing the best of the School of Music's outstanding chamber music program. Features a review of master chamber works performed by string, wind and piano students. Ulrich Recital Hall,Tawes Fine Arts Building. For more infor- mation, call 5-7847. 8 p.m., Concert: "Holiday Concert." Join the University Chorale and conductor Edward Maclary as they perform works including "Psalm 90" by Charles Ives and selections from "Cere- mony of Carols" by Benjamin Britten. Memorial Chapel. For more information, call 5-5571. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Workshop: "De- velopments in Privacy Law: The Contest between Business and the Individual." 211 1 Stamp Student Union. Pre-registration is required. For more informa- tion, contact Robin Albert at 5- 2057 or ra67@umail. umd.edu, or visit www.clis.umd.edu/ce/.* 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Event:"Arts & Humanities Internship Fair." Prince George's Room and Grand Ballroom Lounge, Stamp Student Union. For more infor- mation, see the "What's Happening Now" section at www.CareerCenter.umd.edu. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Video Presen- tation: "Africans in America." Part of the ongoing PBS/ALS Diversity Video Series. 4137 McKeldin. (Details in For Your Interest ,p i 12 p.m., Meeting: "Faculty-Staff Lesbian Bisexual Women's Group." Informal brown-bag lunch meeting in 2101 Health Center. For information, contact Bell sey ©health, umd.edu. 12-1 p.m., Lecture: "Love and Work: An Attachment-Theore- tical Perspective of Career Exploration," with Patrick Feehan, Psychological Intern, Counseling Center. A Research & Development Meeting. 0114 Counseling Center. For more information, contact 4-7690 or seho!mes@wam. umd.edu. 12:30-2 p.m., Lecture: "Condi- tionality, Governance and Change in Sub-Saharan Africa." maryland Your Guide to University Events December 5-12 With Tma Blumel and Ann Pitsch, doctoral candidates, Department of Government and Politics. Part of the Harri- son Program Speaker Series. 01 39 Ty dings. For more informa- tion, email@example.com. 4-5 p.m., Lecture: "Properties of Nuclear Bars in Seyfert and Non-Seyfert Galaxies " with Seppo Lame, Space Telescope Science Institute. Part of the Astronomy Colloquium. 2400 Computer & Space Science. Colloquia are usually preceded by coffee and followed by an informal reception, both in room 0254 Computer & Space Science. For more information, contact Derek Richardson at 5- 8786 or coil-request® astro.umd.edu. 4 p.m., Graduate School Dis- tinguished Lecture: "Gravi- tational Waves; A New Window onto the Universe," with Dr. Kip Thome, California Insti- tute of Technology. 1412 Physics. For more information, call 5-4936. 7 p.m., Reading; "Writers Here and Now." Poets Michael Collier and Stanley Plumly, co-directors of the university's creative writing program, will read from their works. McKeldin library Special Events Room. (Details in For Your Interest, p. 4.) 7:30-9:30p.m., Concert: "Annual Winter Jazz Showcase." Colofty Ballroom, Stamp Student Union. december 7 1-3 p.m., OIT Workshop: "Cor- porate Time (beginner level)." Learn to use the Corporate Time desktop client to main- tain a personal calendar or to facilitate creating meetings with multiple attendees. 0121 Main Admin. For more informa- tion, call 5-2945 or e-mail oit- firstname.lastname@example.org. 7-9 p.m., Concert: "Contempo- rary, Traditional and Holiday Brass." Memorial Chapel. For information, call 301484-9100. 8 p.m., Lecture: "Generation of the Earth's Unique Continental Crust," with Roberta Rudnick. 1 1 40 Plant Sciences. Sponsored by the Geology Department. For more information, contact Bill Minarik, 5-4365 or minarik @geol. umd.edu, or see www. geol . umd. edu/pages/EventsNe ws/public.htm. december 8 9 a.m.4 p.m., Workshop: "Intro- duction to Web Page Design, Construction and Publishing." Covers the basics of designing, build- ing, and publishing useful Web pages. Computer & Space Science. Pre-registration is re- quired. For more information, contact Robin Albert at ra67@ umail. umd.edu or 5-2057, or see www.clis. umd.edu/ce/.* 10 a.m.-4 p.m. .Video Presen- tation: "Wonders of the African World with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." Part of the ongoing PBS/ALS Diversity Video Series. 4137 McKeldin. (Details in For Your Interest, p. 4.) 1 1 a.m. -12 p.m., Lecture: "Bug Ears," with Dave Yager. Part of the Integrative Neuro- science Seminar series. 1 1 28 Biology/ Psychology Building. For more information, contact calendar guide: Calendar phone numbers listed as 4-xxxx or 5-xxxx stand for the prefix 314 or 405. Calendar information for Outlook is compiled from a combination of inforM's master calendar and submissions to the Outlook office. Submissions are due two weeks prior to the date of publication. To reach the calendar editor, call 405-7615 or e-mail to email@example.com. *Events are free and open to the public unless noted by an asterisk (*). firstname.lastname@example.org. 3-5 p.m.. Event: "Holiday Re- ception" Join President C. Dan Mote, Jr., and Vice Presidents Destler, Geoffroy, Remington, Sturtz and Thomas for a little holiday cheer. Lobby, Main Administration Building. 5 p.m.,Performance:"New Dances," an informal showing of works sponsored and dir- ected by the Student Dance Association. Dance Theater, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. For more information, call Meriam Rosen at 5-3189. 8-10 p.m., Concert: "Annual Kaleidoscope Concert" (former- ly Pass-In-Review).Tawes Fine Arts Building. (Details in For Your Interest p u" december 1 11 a.m., Seminar: "Simulated Deixis in NLVR (the Natural Language and Virtual Reality System)," with John Gurney, Army Research Laboratory. Part of the Logic and Artificial Intelligence Seminar (LAISEM) series. 3258 A. V.Williams Building. For more information, contact Don Perlis at perlis@cs. umd edu . 4 p.m., Lecture: "Molecular Charac- terization of Proteases as Pathogenicity Factors in Metarbizium aniso- pliae; Determination of the Production of Manduca," by Savita Bagga, and "Diuresin at Different Development Stages of Manduca sexta" by Gang Hu. Part of the Entomology Colloquium series. 1 140 Plant Sciences. For more information, contact Ray St. Leger at rl 1 06® uma it . umd .edu. 5 p.m., Concert; "Guameri String Quartet Open Rehearsal." The internationally renowned quartet, currently artists in resi- dence at the School of Music, holds its final on-campus open rehearsal of the semester. Room 2200, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. For more information, call 5-7847. december 1 10 a.m., Workshop: "Piano Masterclass," with artist in resi- dence Andre Watts. One of today's most celebrated and beloved pianists, in his first semester of a three-year ap- pointment at the School of Music, will provide coaching and critique to select piano students of the school. Ulrich Recital Hall,Tawes Fine Arts Building. ve »g rsity. All five arc women. "We are attracting students from some of the best uni- versities," Moses said. The 70 affiliate and nine department faculty are excit- ed about the new program, Moses said. "There is a feel- ing that we are pioneers charting a new course in academia and everyone Is elated," she said. The Ford Foundation is shoring up the fledgling women's studies trend. Using part of a $250,000 grant from the Ford Foundation, Moses and others have planned a retreat in early March to discuss how women's studies can func- tion as an interdepartmental graduate program. Moses sees in the innovative stru ture of the Maryland pro- gram a possible model for other institutions. "Disciplinary boundari are disintegrating across academe as more and mo scholars discover the bene- fits of working with scholars from other fields on prob- lems of common concern," Moses said. "But too often bureaucratic structures frus- trate the development of interdisciplinary work. Women's studies at Maryland tends not only to impact its own field, but also gradu- e education more broadly." ITS Outlook Outtoek is the weekly faculty-staff newspaper serving (lie 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 M on cue Austin Bailey • Editor Cynthia Mitchel ■ Assistant Editor Patty Menetz * Graduate Assistant Letters to the editor, story suggestions and campus information are welcome. Please submit all material two weeks before the Tuesday of publication. Send material to Editor, Qullook, 2101 Turner Hall, College Park, MD 20742 Telephone -(3(11) 405-7615 Fax* (301) 314-9344 E-mail * email@example.com At***** Outlook Extension Specialist's Hard Work Earns Admiration of Peers Fifteen years ago, plant disease diagnostician Ethel Dutky was feeling a little isolated. Even her professional organization, the American Phytopatho- logical Society, seemed to offer littie in die way of collcgiality, "The national socie- ty was dominated by academics and resear- chers," says Dutky, who works in the universi- ty's entomology de- partment. "There were just one or two people like me per state." By "people like me," Dutky means scientists and extension special- ists who provide labo- ratory diagnoses on crops, identify weeds, insects and mites ihai. damage plants, and work directly with the growers who must contend with these insistent threats to their livelihoods. Convinced of the importance of the work diagnosticians per- form, Dutky decided to rally the sparse troops. "I was like a labor organizer fur the diagnosticians nationwide and in Canada," she says. That meant setting up a new committee in the national society and establishing a professional quarterly to disseminate informa- tion about advances in plant dis- ease detection and diagnosis. Her contributions have been so significant that she recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from her national commit- tee. It was only the second such award die group has made. Dutky calls the award "a friendly gesture," then laughs about her first reaction. "I thought, I guess this means I'm getting old," She's not, really. And she has packed a lot of work into the professional life she started after Plant disease diagnostician Ethel Dutky looks for clues as to the health problems of plants sent by a local grower. being a stay-at-home mom. A 1965 Maryland graduate in entomology, Dutky earned her master's in botany and plant pathology from die university in 1978. In 1979, she established the Maryland Extension Diagnostic Laboratory, and has directed its operations since. She spent six years with the USDA's insect physiology laboratory and was the state coordinator of the Master Gardener program for three years. She has given hun- dreds of talks to grower groups, master gardeners and garden clubs, and teaches botany, ento- mology and horticulture classes. She has collaborated with the Maryland Park Service and U.S. Park Service, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Zoo, Longwood Gardens, the U.S. Botanic Garden, the U.S. Herb Garden, the National Arboretum, the American Horticultural So- ciety, Time-Life Books and St. Remy Press and helped a junior high school girl with her science fair project. She also has helped Brownies" and 4-H Clubs with their pro- jects, and consult- ed widi people in Senegal, Bolivia, Peru and Africa. She's received the Award of Excel- lence for Exten- sion in Maryland (1988), the USDA Group Achieve- ment Award (1996) and the Award of Honor from the Maryland Nursery- men's Association (1998). And under the auspices of the Montgomery County Humane Society, she has provided a foster home for more than 50 eats and kittens that other- wise would have been euthanized. Asked to reflect on all this, she says, "They are modest accomplishments. The way it is now, diagnosticians are a well- thought-of group." Talk about your understate- ments. Diagnosticians play an indis- pensable role in plant pathology'. Consider: Had plant pathology been at its current stage of devel- opment In the 1840s the potato blight that led to the Irish potato famine and that nation's massive social dislocation could have been averted. Her primary task within the continued on page 4 r onstruction Projects Continue Through Break ts m reak Like elves on Christmas Eve, construction workers will step up some of tiiefr activity during the campus' win- ter break In order to finish work before classes resume in January. Ongoing projects, such as the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and the reno- vation of the chemistry building's first and second wings, should be at or near completion. However, at least three other projects are slated to start during that time: • Construction of die chemistry teaching build- ing, which will limit — and may cut — access to Stadium Drive, should begin and not be com- pleted until May. This work will also affect those parking in Lot XX, who will be moved to the Regents Drive garage. • The north campus satellite central utility build- ing (SCUB), which houses heating and cooling equipment, will also be a Decembcr-though-May project. SCUB work will affect those parking in Lot T. They will be relocated to lot G. Spaces in Lot 11a will be converted to Lot G to offset loss- es in Lot T due to the construction. Lot T will also lose 18 meter spaces. • Also, Lot L wiU be affected by electrical duct- bank equipment installation happening near the main administration buildings. The lot will be closed Jan. 11-19. For regular updates and maps, visit www.inform. umd.edu/ouch. Also, community forums are held throughout the academic year, offering a chance to ask questions of those in the know about the campus' growing pains. Forums are held on Wednesdays from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Physics Lecture Hall, room 1412 Physics. Upcom- ing dates arc Dec. 13, Jan. 17, Feb. 21, Mar. 28,Apr. 18 and May 16. NOTABLE Physics professors XJangdong Ji and Rajarshi Roy have been elected American Physical Society Fellows. This rare honor, limited to one half of one percent of APS membership, is granted by the APS Council in recognition of outstanding contributions to physics. This fall, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Council elected 251 members as Fellows. Among them are Maryland faculty members David R. Lineback (Agriculture, Food and Renewable Resources), Richard J. Arsenault and Jon Orloff (Engineering), Ben Schneiderman (Informal ion , Computing and Communication), John Toll (Physics) and Mark Sagoff (Social, Economic and Political Sciences). The new Fellows will be recognized for their contributions to science at the Fellows Forum, to be held in February during the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Physics faculty member John Toll has been chosen as the distinguished Marylander for die Year 2000 by the University of Maryland chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. The award, given each year to a "distin- guished Marylander who has made significant contribu- tions to the University of Maryland," will be presented at the chapter's December induction ceremony. Health Education professor Kenneth H. Beck has been granted Fellowship status in the American Academy of Health Behavior. The honor is bestowed on individuals who meet the Academy's standards of excel- lence in scholarship and commitment to the advance- ment of knowledge in health behavior, health education and health promotion. Beck is recognized for his signifi- cant scholarly contribution to these areas through his exemplary research. Three professors from the Smith School of Business have received a National Science Foundation grant totaling $673,959 to further their study of why people leave and remain in the information technology field, Kathryn Bartol, professor of management; Vlswanath Venkatesh, assistant professor of decision and informa- tion technologies, and Ian Williamson, assistant pro- fessor of management and organization, will spend more than a year following students studying IT and those working in the field. Their study results may \ enable employers to help end the worker shortage the information technology sector is facing. Some feel the shortage is not necessarily because of job-hopping, but because there aren't enough qualified IT specialists to fill the positions. Bartol said the study would pay partic- ular attention to women and minorities in IT. Noam Chomsky Linguistics Lectures continued from page 1 innate mental organs, lan- guage being the best under- stood. Human language is ultimately a biological object, and should be ana- lyzed using the methodolo- gy of the natural sciences. This jibes with Maryland's linguistics department, whose research is based in its entirety on the same model. During his first lecture, Chomsky nodded to his col- leagues at UM who are at the forefront of an area of research of interest to him — the minimalist approach to the structure of syntactical theories. Maryland's Department of Linguistics, where this research is conducted pri- marily by Norbert Hornstein.Juan Uriagereka, Colin Phillips and David Lightfoot, is one of the most active centers in the coun- try for study on this topic, along with the University of Connecticut and the University of Michigan. December 5, 2000 Ethel Dutky continued from page 3 university's Department of Entomology is to exam- ine 900 to 1,200 plant samples each year, diagnos- ing diseases on all types of crops. Here in the Chesapeake Bay region, the kind of integrative pest management Dutky does has become imperative for the area's environmental health, particularly with nutrient management. The point of integrative pest management is to min- imize pesticide use. The approach was developed because the old method of pest control— spraying every couple of days — was damaging the environment while also stimulating outbreaks of the very pests the growers needed to control. Dutky says it was a matter of "spraying when they didn't have a problem, then when a problem did arise, oops, it was out of control." Instead, she works with growers to identify and treat problems more hoHstically by identifying "key pests," which include diseases, nutrient levels, insects and mites. "A lot of this sniff is available in the research but it takes extension people to teach the growers how to use it," she says. "As we become more global, exotic diseases and pests are popping up, making the connecdon with the university extension more important." This year, her approach helped quell an outbreak in a crop of poinsettias imported from Guatemala. The plants had a fungus that could have spread throughout the nation had not a grower connected with Dutky's program spotted the problem before it m >i out of hand. 'Only a few growers in Maryland got the bad plants," she says. "And the supplier was very good about making restitutions." Dutky s rescuing instincts extend to fauna as well as flora — cats, specifically. The Humane Society can- not keep pregnant cats, or kittens less than eight weeks old. Injured animals are another problem, because they are considered unadoptable. So for the past four years, Dutky has helped by taking preg- nant, sick and baby cats into her home, placing more titan 50 cats m new homes once they were ready. A year ago, she took in two litters at once, 10 animals in all. "It was a herd of kittens.'' she says. Not all of her foster charges have gone to new homes, however. "You get attached. I kept eight cats," she says. '•That's the downside. Or the upside, depending on how you look at it." Digging the Dirt For two months, a group of students and their professor gathered on Saturdays to look at soil. It was dirty, time-intensive work that paid off in top regional honors. Coached by professor Martin C. Rabenhorst of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources' Department of Natural Resource Sciences and Landscape Architecture, two teams took first and second place in soil judging competition held at judging pits in the Finger Lakes area of western New York state. Graduate students Vanessa Stevens and John S.Wah helped coach this year's teams. Maryland competed against nine universities. The first place team advances to national competi- tion being held in April in Pennsylvania. For Rabenhorst, the wins were a repeat performance. Maryland has won regionally three years in a row. He also coached when the university won its last national award in 1984. As an undergraduate agronomy major and soil judging team member, Rabenhorst participated on a team with several national victories in the 1970s. Soil judging competitions consist of teams look- ing at a variety of soils, determining their proper- ties and making categorizations according to the USDA soil classification scheme. The students then make interpretations for the soils' different uses. The team with the closest answers wins. "It gives the students a highly marketable skill," said Rabenhorst. "I get people who want to hire, specifically, people with soil judging experience. It's both a skill and an art." Christmas is a wonderful holiday to celebrate, but unfortunately, not every child has equal opportunity to enjoy it. The Hermanos of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity Inc., hopes to level the playing field a little: Through Dec. 23, they are holding their second annual Christmas Toy Drive, with the goal of collecting as many toys as possible for the Washington Metropolitan community's impoverished and less form nate children. All donations may be dropped off at the Hermanos of La Unidad Latina Christmas toy drive box located in front of the information desk in Stamp Student Union. The group also welcomes and encour- ages faculty, staff and stu- dents to join them in dis- tributing these toys on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. Those who are interested or have questions or suggestions should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301 434-0591. Bflfflllfl These Walls Toy Drivft The student organization Beyond These "Walls is hosting a holiday party and toy drive for ESL stu- dents at Langley Park-McCormick Elementary School. The party will be held Monday, Dec. 18 from 7-9:30 p.m. in the school's gym. They expect to wel- come 80 children between the ages of 3 and 12. The group needs donations of unwrapped toys or cookies and soda, as well as volunteers to assist with the party. Donations will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 1 5 and would be appreciated sooner. Contact Julie Iversen at email@example.com for Further information. Writers Here & Now Poets Michael Collier and Stanley Plumly, co-direc- tors of the university's creative writing program, will read from their works Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. In the McKeldin Library Special Events Room, The read- ing is part of the Writers Here & Now reading series. Plumly's "Now That My Father Lies Down Beside Me: New and Selected Poems 1970-2000 "was pub- lished this spring. Collier's most recent volume of poems, "The Ledge," also was published in the spring. He is the director of the annual Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in Middlebury, Vt., which is widely regarded as one of the nation's most venerable literary gatherings. For more information, call 301-405-3820. Mark Your Calendars The College of Education is sponsoring a major regional conference, "Preventing School Violence and Delinquency," on Feb. 15 and 16,2001 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at The Inn and Conference Center. The conference will feature keynote sessions by Deborah Prothrow-Stith of the Harvard School of Public Health, George Sugai of the Center for Positive Behavioral Supports at University of Oregon, Shay Bilchik, Executive Director of the Child Welfare League, and over 40 workshops. The registra- tion fee (due by Feb. 1) includes all activities, conti- nental breakfast and a lunch banquet on both con- ference days. Contact Sheri Meisel at smI06@umail. umd.edu for registration materials and information. Call for Award Noi The Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning (sponsored by Campus Compact) recog- nizes and honors one faculty member annually for contributing to the integration of community or public service into the curriculum and for efforts to institutionalize service-learning. Campuses may nominate full-time faculty whose work in service-learning meets the following crite- ria: extensive experience in teaching service-learn- ing; evidence of engaged scholarship; evidence of institutional impact. Nominations are due to Meg Cooperman, coordi- nator of community service involvement and leader- ship, by Dec. 15. For information and nomination ma- terials, contact her at msussman@accmail. umd.edu. Please let Outlook know by Wednesday, Dec. 6 of gift drives or other such activities involving holiday good will ^ that should be mentioned in the Dec. 12 issue. In Africa and America "Africans in America," the Dec. 6 program of the ongoing PBS/ALS Diversity Video Series, examines how Americans built a nation based on principles of liberty and equality while justifying the existence of slavery. The series strives to illuminate the historical roots of some of today's most disturbing social prob- lems. On Dec. 8, "Wonders of the African World with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." challenges the view of Africa as a primitive "dark continent" civilized by Europeans. It tells a story of proud lands tilled with great civilizations, cities, and centers of learning long before Europeans set foot there. Screenings take place in 4 1 37 McKeldin Library. The series is sponsored by The Libraries' Nonprint Media Services, the Diversity Committee, Staff Training & Development and the Nyumburu Cultural Center. For more information, contact Linda Sarigol at 301-405-9236 or visit www.pbs.org/als/ce for complete program descriptions. Kaleidoscope Concert The UM Marching Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band present their collabora- tive wind and percussion program the Kaleidoscope Concert (formerly known as Pass-In-Review) on Friday, Dec. 8. The performance will feature dynamic samplings from the Band program, as well as top stu- dent chamber ensembles including the Prism Bass Quintet, Synergy Quintet, Saxophone Quartet and Marimba Ensemble. Everyone is welcome, and middle school and high school students are especially encouraged to attend. The concert will be held at 8 p.m. in the Tawes Theatre, Tawes Fine Arts Building. For tickets or information, call the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at 301-405-7847. Dividends Database Maryland Dividends, an online database of on- going research projects across the state, features the work of more than 1 00 faculty members from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and die College of life Sciences. The URL is www.amr. umd.edu/mais/dividends. For more information, contact Scott Angle at 301- 405-2462 or Ginny Gerhart at 301-405-4586.