Skip to main content

Full text of "Outlook / the University of Maryland, College Park (2000)"

See other formats

Ulpufi u<&.oo\ 


The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper 

Volume 15 • Number 14 • December 5, 2000 

Toy Drives 
Need You, 


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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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- 

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 

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- 

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 

"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 

"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., 
or visit* 

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 

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, 

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 

12:30-2 p.m., Lecture: "Condi- 
tionality, Governance and 
Change in Sub-Saharan Africa." 


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- 

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® 

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- 

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., or see www. 
geol . umd. edu/pages/EventsNe 

december 8 

9 a.m.4 p.m., Workshop: "Intro- 
duction to Web Page Design, 
Construction and Publishing." 
Covers the basics of designing, 


and publishing useful Web 
pages. Computer & Space 
Science. Pre-registration is re- 
quired. For more information, 
contact Robin Albert at ra67@ 
umail. or 5-2057, or 
see www.clis.* 

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 

*Events are free and open to the public unless noted by an asterisk (*). 

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 



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." 



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 * 



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- 

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 


onstruction Projects 
Continue Through Break 

ts m 


Like elves on 
Christmas Eve, 
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. 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. 


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 

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 or call 301 

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 
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. 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. 

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. 


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- 

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 
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. 

For more information, contact Scott Angle at 301- 
405-2462 or Ginny Gerhart at 301-405-4586.