The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper
Volume 15 • Number 18 • February 20, 2001
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Pamela Allen and Dottie Bass, co-chairs of the 24th Annual Multi-Ethnic Student Career and Job Fair
sponsored by the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education and the Career Center, pose during the event at
the Student Union on Wednesday, Feb. 14. More than 100 employers attended the fair; 460 students had
preregistered and approximately 1,000 attended the event.
Board of Regents
Votes on Two Collective
The University System of Maryland
(TJSM) Board of Regents on Feb. 9
voted to support legislation provid-
ing certain employees of USM institu-
tions the right to select an exclusive represen-
tative for purposes of collective bargaining on
matters relating to wages, hours, and other
terms and conditions of employment.
The legislation (Senate Bill 207 and House
Bill 300) was introduced in the Maryland
General Assembly on behalf of Governor Parris
The Senate Committee on Finance lias
scheduled a hearing on SB 207 on Thursday,
March 1 at 1 p.m.
Today, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m., the university's
chapter of the American Association of
University Professors will hold a legislative
briefing on the bills at the Language House/St
The full text of the legislation is available on
the Maryland General Assembly Web site at
httpy/mlis.state.md.us/#bill. Follow the
instructions for Bill Information and Status.
Physics Nobel Laureate
to Establish World-Class
The University of Maryland and the National
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
announced that NIST physicist and 1997 Nobel
laureate William Phillips will lead the formation of
a world-class atomic, molecular and optical (AMG)
physics group at Maryland.
Aldiough Phillips has been an adjunct professor
for some time, he is the first Nobel Laureate to be
appointed to a full faculty position at the university.
Phillips will spearhead the hiring of top AMO scien-
Pulitzer Winner Jon Franklin
Returns to Journalism School
lists to join the university group and will lead its
formation and development while continuing to
work in the NIST Physics Laboratory as a NIST
Fellow and head of its laser cooling and trapping
group. His appointment as a faculty member in the
university's Department of Physics begins July I .
According to Phillips, the group's research will
explore the newest areas of AMO physics and also
will focus on fundamental questions. In recent
years, studies of the interaction of light with matter
have led to ways to "trap" atoms and molecules and
cool them to near absolute zero, revealing funda-
continued on page 4
wo- time Pulitzer Prize-
winning journalist Jon
Franklin, a pioneer in
writing and an expert
in unraveling complex scientific
advancements for the masses, is
returning to the University of
Franklin is the Philip Merrill
College of Journalism's first Merrill
Chair in Journalism, returning to
die school where he graduated
with high honors in 1 970 and
taught from 1986 to 1989.The
appointment is effective immedi-
ately and he will begin teaching
Franklin won Pulitzer Prizes for
feature writing in 1979 and for
explanatory writing in 1 985 — the
first Pulitzers ever awarded in
those categories — for his work at
The (Baltimore) Evening Sun,
where he was an innovator in liter-
ary techniques in journalism.
"He is one of the greatest practi-
tioners and teachers of feature
writing in all of journalism," said
Professor Gene Roberts, former
managing editor of the New York
Times. "Having him return to
Maryland is another great step in
making the Philip Merrill College
of Journalism at die University of
Maryland the finest in the nadon."
Franklin returns to the universi-
ty from Raleigh, where he has
been a narrative writer, special
assignments editor and writing
coach for The News and Observer
since 1998. Between his Maryland
stints, Franklin was chairman of
the journalism program at Oregon
State University and director of the
creative writing program at the
University of Oregon.
"It feels very much like coming
home," Frank! in said. "1 watched
from afar while f former] Dean
[Reese] Cleghorn built the college
into what I think is the finest jour-
nalism institution in all of higher
education. I'm deeply thrilled to
rejoin the best journalism faculty
in the country, and took forward lo
all the creadve things it has been
empowered to do."
Merrill College Dean Thomas
Kunkel said Franklin will teach
courses on science writing and
writing complex stories. Kunkel
said the college also hopes to
build a center for science and
communications around Franklin.
"We're thrilled to welcome Jon
back to Maryland," Kunkel said.
"He's one of the best writers of
science and medicine in the
world. Not only will he teach jour-
nalism, but also he looks forwaid
to teaching top science students
how to better communicate their
work and research. We envision
the center as a real interdiscipli-
Both of Franklin's Pulitzers
were on scientific topics — a series
on brain surgery and a series
exploring molecular psychiatry. He
also has written four books on sci-
ence topics: "Molecules of the
Mind," which details the revolution
in neurochemistry and predicted
the Prozac class of mind-healing;
"Guinea Pig Doctors," about scien-
tists who experimented on them-
selves; "Not Quite a Miracle,' about
brain surgeons and their patients;
and "Shocktrauma," about the flrsl
Another Franklin book, "Writing
for Story," is widely used in ad-
vanced journalism classes around
the world. He also has been an
innovator in using the Internet to
help teach writing. He created
Write rL, a popular electronic mail-
ing group for narrative writers, and
has experimented with writing
courses on the Internet.
Franklin joins the college just
days after announcements that
The Washington Post's David S.
Broder is joining the faculty and
that publisher Philip Merrill is giv-
ing $10 million to the school that
now bears his name.
Franklin, 59, will be die fifth
Pulitzer Prize winner at Maryland,
joining presidential historian James
MacGregor Burns of the universi-
ty's Academy of Leadership and
three others from the College of
Journalism — Broder, Knight Chair
Professor Haynes Johnson and
Wdliam Eaton, curator of the
school's Hubert H. Humphrey
Fellowship program for interna-
February 20, 2001
T'ue 5 da
9 a.m.-I2 noon, Workshop:
"Accounting for Contracts and
Grants." Foe uses on issues
directly related to managing
sponsored programs in the
university accounting system.
Contact the Organizational
Development & Training Office
at 5-5651 , or visit www. person-
9 a.m.-i p.m., OIT Shortcourse
Training: "Intermediate MS
Excel."012l Mam Admin, lb
register, visit www.olt.umd.
edu/sc, or call 5-0443.*
12-1:30 p.m., Brown Bag
Lunch: "Web Interest. Group
Meeting." 0467 ANS/building
142. Discuss Web accessibility
issues and what the Federal
Accessibility Initiative, Section
508 means to the university
Web development community.
Contact Gina Jones at 5-3026
or at email@example.com, or visit
4 p.m.. Physics Colloquium:
Warming: Implications For
Practically Everything." With
jerry D. Mahlman, Former
Director, NOAA Geophysical
Fluid Dynamics Lab, Princeton
University. Physics Lecture Hall
(14 10 Physics). Call 5-5946.
5-8 p.m., Dinner: "Steak and
Salmon Tuesdays." Golf Course
Clubhouse. (Details in For
Your Interest, page 8.)
6-9 p.m., OIT Workshop: "Inter-
mediate MATLAB." Continues
covering critical skills in solv-
ing matrix and vector opera-
tions, multiple integrais, differ-
entia] equations, 2D & 3D plots
in parametric, polar, spherical,
cylindrical, implicit, contour,
and mesh views, and more.
Prerequisites: Introduction to
MATLAB and a WAM account.
3330 Computer & Space
Science. Call 5-2938 or e-mail
visit www.oit. umd.edu/PT.*
W e dn e s da u
3:30 p.m.,Lecture:"A French
Writer in America." Catherine
Cusset, novelist, whose scholar-
ly works include "Les roman-
ciers du plaisir" and "No
Tomorrow; The Ethics of
Pleasure in the French Enlight-
enment." Part of the series
Modern France: Aspects of the
Future, sponsored by the De-
partment of French and Italian.
St. Mary's Hall. Call 5-4024.
Your Guide to University Events
4:30-6 p.m., Discussion; "Life
Sciences: A Common Agenda
for Research in Health and
Agriculture in the LI.S. and
China." Hosted by the Institute
for Global Chinese Affairs as
part of die "Our Common
Global Agenda" series, the goal
is to focus on and build a com-
mon agenda for the future in
health and agriculture in the
U.S. and China. 0106 Key Hall.
To register, call 5-0213 or e-
5:306:30 p.m., Workshop:
"The Diet Dilemma." Center for
Health & Wellbeing, Campus
Recreation Center. (Details in
For Your Interest, page 8.)
5:306:30 p.m., Workshop:
"Acupuncture." Center for
Health & Wellbeing, Campus
Recreation Center. (Details in
For Your Interest, page 8.)
6-7:30 p.m., OIT Workshop:
"Navigating WebCT." For infor-
mation, call 5-2938 or e-mail
visit www.oit. umd.edu/FT.'
7 p.m., Lecture: "Racism and
the Black Community," with
Andre Perry, Human Relations.
Sponsored by the Office of
Campus Programs, Student
Involvement and Community
Advocacy and Kappa Alpha
Psi. Call 4-8341.
7-8:30 p.m.,Yoga Class. Parents 7
Gallery, Stamp Student Union.
Call Alicia Simon, 4-8492.
I'd u rs day
f ebruary 2
3:30 p.m.. Seminar: "Globaliza-
tion at Internet Speed: Impera-
tives and Challenges " with Anil
K. Gupta, R. H. Smith School of
Business. Part of the Leveraging
Corporate Knowledge Seminar
series. Rouse Room, Van Mun-
ching Hall. Visit www.imc.com.
4:30-7:30 p.m., OIT Workshop:
Prerequisites: Introduction to
Mathematica and a WAM
account. 4404 Computer &
Space Science. For informa-
tion, call 5-2938 or e-mail
cwpost@umd5 . umd.edu, or
5:30-6:30 p.m., Workshop:
"Reflexology." Center for
Health & Wellbeing, Campus
Recreation Center, (Details in
For Your Interest, page 8.)
6:30-8 p.m., Seminar'Pro-
fcssional Imaging." Campus
Recreation Center. (Details in
For Your Interest, page 8.)
7:30 p,m.,Lecture:"The Debt:
What America Owes Blacks."
Randall Robinson, President of
TransAfrica, makes a case for
reparations to African Ameri-
cans for slavery and the need
for increased American sup-
port of African countries. A
reception follows the talk. (See
article on page 7 for details.)
Multipurpose Room, Nyum-
buru Cultural Center. Contact
the Committee on Africa and
the Americas at 5-6835.
7 rid a
12-1 p.m., Seminar: "Methodo-
logical and Conceptual Issues
in Bilingualism Research." With
Francois Grosjean, Language
and Speech Processing Labora-
tory. Part of the Ncuroscience
and Cognitive Science Program
Seminar Series. 1 208 Biology-
Psychology. For information,
6-8 p.m., Dinner:"Bull and
Oyster Roast." Join your friends
and feast on a buffet of fried
oysters, steamed oysters, fresh-
ly-shucked oysters on the half
Midi , oyster stew, chef-carved
roast beef, Seafood Imperial,
BBQ chicken and more. Full
bar available with $1.25 draft
beer and house wine. $19.99
per person plus tax and gratu-
ity. Advance reservations and
payment required. University
Golf Course. Contact Nancy
Loomis at (301) 403-4240 or at
nloomis@dining . umd . edu.
8 p.m., Faculty Recital: "Mikhail
Volchok, Piano." Featuring
Beethoven sonatas and "Pic-
tures at an Exhibition" by
Musorgsky. Gildenhorn Recital
Hall, Clarice Smith Performing
Arts Center. Call 5-7847.
S a turday
perus with Bonnie Rideout."
An evening of Scottish-Irish
traditional music; part of
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'Events are free and open to the public unless noted by an asterisk (*).
It's the Big Ouch!
Be sure to check out the OUCH! pull-out included
In this Issue of Outlook and In the Feb. 20
Diamondback. Clarification: Please note that in
the "Fees for FY '02" section on the back panel;
the new garage mentioned is currently planned for
the south section of LOT 1. While supplies last,
additional copies may be requested from
Ed Burgan, Facilities Management 5-3206.
"Maryland Presents." Inn &
Conference Center. See page 3
for details. For ticket informa-
tion, call 5-7847 or visit www.
claricesmithcenter. umd . edu . *
3:30 p.m., lecture: "Ethnic
Prejudice in Tacitus." 1 102
Tydings Hall. (Details in For
Your Interest, page 8.)
4 p.m., Colloqui urn : " Cultiva-
tion, Sporulation and Phylo-
genctic Analysis of Neozygites
parvispora and Entomophthora
Florian Freimoser, Department
of Entomology. Call 5-3795.
4:306 p.m., Lecture: "Why Are
There No Black Soldiers in
'Saving Private Ryan? Race and
Nation in Twentieth-Century
America." Professor Gary Ger-
stle will discuss his forthcom-
ing book on American national-
ism for this semester's Student-
Faculty Forum in the Depart-
ment of History. Everyone is
welcome. Pizza afterward,
0106 Key Hall. Call 5-4272 or
rm87@um ail, umd.edu.
6-9 p.m., OIT Workshop:
"Microsoft Word: ABCs of Word
Windows 98 and a WAM
account. 4404 Computer &
Space Science. For informa-
tion, call 5-2938 or e-mail
Basics of Financial Planning."
Provides a general understand-
ing of personal finance man-
agement. Determining your net
worth, cash flow, budgeting,
managing credit and setting
financial goals will be dis-
cussed. Contact the Organiza-
tional Development & Training
Office at 5-565 1 , or visit
www. personnel .umd.edu .
4 p.m., Physics Colloquium:
"A New Method For Nonlinear
And NonstationaryTime Series
Analysis:The Hilbert Spectral
Anatysis."With Norden E.
Huang, Chief Scientist, Labora-
tory for Hydrospheric Process,
NASA Goddard Space Flight
Center. Physics Lecture Hall
(1410 Physics). Call 5-5946.
6-9 p.m., OIT Workshop: "Basic
Computing Technologies at
Maryland." Introduces network
technologies such as FTP
transfer, reading and posting
on Usenet newsgroups, sub-
scribing to public newsgroups,
and sending attachments using
an e-mail program. Prerequi-
site: a WAM account. 3330
Computer & Space Science,
Call 5-2938 or e-mail cwpost®
umd5.umd.edu, or visit
8 p.m., Performance: "Chamber
Winds," by the University of
Maryland Symphonic Wind
Ensemble. Conductor John E.
Wakefield leads the ensemble
in a concert featuring "La Peri
Fanfare" by Dukas, "Serenade in
E-flat" by Strauss, "Notturno for
Turkish Band" by Spohr, and
"Good Soldier Suite" by Kurka.
f ebruary '
9 a.m.-12 noon, Workshop:
"The Three P's of Payroll:
Policies, Procedures and Prac-
tices." Designed for those who
arc responsible for payroll
within their unit. Covers man-
datory internal controls, what's
needed to get a person on pay-
roll, and what to do if a new
employee doesn't get paid.
Contact the Organizational
Development & Training Office
at 5-5651, or visit www. person-
nel, umd. edu.
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newspaper serving the University of
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for University Relations
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A Partnership in the Literacy
Challenge: America Reads
On March 2, the Clarice
Smith Performing Arts
Center will play host to
more than 350 elementary
school students from Prince
George's County and an equal
number of volunteers from
across the campus for Read
Across America Day.
The national reading celebra-
tion day was established in
1997 when research found that
nearly 40 percent of our
nation's fourth-graders failed to
attain the most basic level of
reading on the National
Assessment of Educational
Progress. President Clinton pre-
sented The America Reads
Challenge, asking all Americans
to help every child learn to
read well and independendy by
the end of the third grade.
The federal government
supported these initiatives
with increased funding of the
Federal Work-Study student
employment program for col-
leges and universities to partici-
pate in America Reads. America
Reads at the University of
Maryland, coordinated by Greg
Zick, partners Prince George's
County elementary school stu-
dents with college students and
this year adds the Clarice Smith
Performing Arts Center and its
staff to the collaboration.
On March 2, each America
Reads student visiting The
Clarice Smith Performing Arts
Center from one of nine area
elementary schools will be
assigned a volunteer reading
friend for the day.
Literature and performing
arts-focused events include a
reading of "The Three Litde
Pigs" by a special guest fol-
lowed by a theatrical perform-
ance by the Blue Sky Puppet
Theatre of "The Three (Not So
Litde) Pigs " The purpose is to
demonstrate how literature can
be interpreted and translated in
different ways in performance.
After a lunch break, students
will listen to a reading of a Dr.
Seuss' "The Sneetches," with gift
books donated by Barnes &
Noble. Students will participate
in performance activities, sepa-
rating into small groups to
explore music, dance, and the-
atre, with the assistance of
College Park Scholars.
"This event is at the heart of
the Clarice Smith Performing
Arts Center's mission — collabo-
rating through the arts experi-
ence with other campus units
and the community, not only to
create new synergy, but to
helps us all meet shared and
individual goals — in this case,
taking on the literacy chal-
lenge," saysTerrie Hruzd,
Education Coordinator for the
Clarice Smith Performing Arts
For more information about
America Reads, visit the Web
careads or call 301-314-READ.
Life is a
at University Theatre
Pictured, left to right: Anne Gultedge, Erika Rose and Gordon Parks III in "Life Is A Dream.
dele Cabot was
"Life Is A
wright Pedro Calderdn de la
Barca. Written during Spain's
Golden Age, "Life IsA Dream-
is a fantastical journey
steeped in archetypal myth
and fairy tale, which follows a
prince and his struggle to
move from oppression to a
life of freedom and integrity.
Cabot was struck by a new
translation by John Clifford
which she felt made the play
meaningful to contemporary
audiences without diluting
the rhythms in its original
language or the beauty of its
Knowing that she wanted
to mount the masterpiece at
University Theatre, where she
serves as assistant professor
in the Department of Theatre,
Cabot recognized that she
faced a daunting challenge:
How could she translate her
excitement for a Spanish play
written in the 16th century
to students raised in a very
different time, with 21st cen-
Cabot used the power of
language and experience to
remove die barriers of time
and culture."! continually
bring it back to the student —
how can they relate to the
character, to the situation?
How can they make this
400 year-old story their
own?" asks Cabot. "To make
this happen, in rehearsal we
talk about and experience
the words: the feelings,
sound, and images of the
words the text gives us:
betrayal, honor, freedom,
reason, duty, murder"
The student actors are
asked to define and experi-
ence the concepts for them-
selves by putting them in a
context they can understand:
their own lives.
"For example, how does a
twenty year-old define and
feel honor?," says Cabot. "We
explore their experience of
betrayal, of honor, of freedom."
Through the process of
giving personal meaning to
these words, the young actors
learn to express what they
know out to an audience.
through the vibrancy of
Calderon de la Barca's text.
Did she feel that her stu-
dents were up to the chal-
lenge? Cabot answers widi
resounding "yes "
And, as is the case with
the most satisfying teaching
experiences, Cabot feels that
she gained as much as her
students did from the pro-
cess. "I have learned much
from them while they learn
about themselves and how
they can express, in some
way, what it means to be
human through the art of
"life Is A Dream" will be
the first performance in the
new Ina and Jack Kay Theatre
at the Clarice Smith Perform-
ing Arts Center, March 1-4
and 8-10 at 8 p.m. Tickets are
$ 10 genera) admission and $7
for students and senior citi-
zens, with special rates for
groups or more. For more In-
formation, contact the Clarice
Smith Performing Arts Center
ticket office al (301) 405-
7847 or visit their Web site at
www. claricesmithcente r.
"Whooping it Up" with
Hesperus and Bonnie Rideout
Celtic music is enjoying a
strong revival and Clarice Smith
Performing Arts Center's
Maryland Presents series capital-
izes on its popularity by bringing
one of the finest early music
ensembles, Hesperus, to perform
at the Inn and Conference Center
on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.
Featuring as guest artist the
fiery, three-time Scottish fiddle
champion Bonnie Rideout, the
locally-based Hesperus play from
their "Celtic Roots" CD, which
explores the deep connections
between Scottish and Irish tradi-
tional folk music and the music
of England and America.
Telling the stories about the
music, who played it and why it
was played, helps them to create
"cultural portraits," giving a vision
of the culture connecting early
music and modem traditional
music. Scott Reiss.one of
Hesperus' founding members,
"The music is fun. This is not
your typical early music concert.
We like to talk in concert, and we
stamp our feet. It's definitely foot-
stomping whistie music, and I've
learned how to whoop."
For ticket information, contact
the Clarice Smith Performing Arts
Center ticket office at (301) 405-
The box office hours
for the Clarice Smith
Center have been
The new hours
from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
and Sunday from
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Disease Detective Addresses Mad Cow Syndrome
Between teaching a
graduate course and
two veterinary medi-
cine courses and
overseeing day-to-day opera-
tions at the Avrum Gudelsky
Center, Dr. Will Hueston, associ-
sored by the World Health
Hueston, a veterinary epi-
demiologist who describes him-
self as a "disease detective * has
longstanding acquaintance with
this degenerative neurological
the first non-Briton on their
Advisory Committee. Their
charge: to provide scientific
information and guidance to
UK government officials strug-
gling to develop policies in the
ate dean for the Maryland-
Virginia Regional College of
Veterinary Medicine, doesn't
have much free time to call his
And for the past several
months his schedule has
become even more hectic,
thanks to events taking place
thousands of miles away.
With the recent outbreak of
bovine spongiform encephalo-
pathy (BSE)— dubbed "mad
cow disease" by the ever-color-
ful British press— in cattle in
France, Portugal, Belgium,
Germany and Italy, Hueston has
been called upon to comment
on the disease by such
American news ouUets asia
CNN and U.S. News St World
Report. And while most of us
were preparing to celebrate
the winter holiday season, he
was flying to Geneva to partici-
pate in a meeting on BSE spon-
disease. Following its original
appearance in Britain in 1986,
he and colleagues at the U.S.
Department of Agriculture's
National Animal Health
Monitoring System evaluated
the potential risk of a BSE epi-
demic in the United States.
Their report — the first
national risk assessment of BSE
anywhere — was published in
1990. And while the authors
concluded that the United
States' animal production and
processing system is sufficient-
ly different from that of Britain
to make a similar epidemic
highly unlikely, their analysis set
the stage for additional controls
that reduced the risk even fur-
In 1991 Hueston spent six
months in England as part of
the British government's epi-
demiology unit investigating
BSE. Two years later he became
face of a rapidly escalating pub-
lic health scare with economic
and political overtones.
"Suspicions had arisen that
BSE might be linked to a similar
brain-wasting illness in
humans," says Hueston. "Beef
sales plummeted and consumer
confidence was shaken."
Following intense medical
and scientific investigations, the
British government publicly
acknowledged a strong link
between BSE and a new form
of a human neurological malady
called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
in March 1996. The media spot-
light focused on Hueston once
more. As the U. S. spokesperson
on BSE, he appeared on or was
quoted by Reuters, Dateline, the
McNeil Leher Report, CBS,
NBC — even the Oprah Winfrey
"There was, and continues to
be, intense public concern
regarding this disease, despite
its limited impact on human
populations," Hueston says.
"From 1996 to early December
2000, some 90 cases of new
variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob dis-
ease were reported, compared
to 180,000 cases of lung cancer
that appear annually in the
United States alone. The differ-
ence is that some people sur-
vive lung cancer, while nobody
survives Creutzfeldt-Jakob dis-
Scientific data indicate that
BSE is spread to humans
through consumption of con-
taminated beef products, prima-
rily brain and nerve tissue.
Neither muscle meat nor high-
quality ground beef are a prob-
lem, according to Hueston.
"We've never been able to
identify any BSE infectivity in
muscle meat, and only one odd
finding in bone marrow," he
says. That means that even resi-
dents of and travelers to Britain
and Europe can enjoy some
filet mignon, New York strip
steaks, or high-quality hamburg-
ers. Less safe are sausages and
other processed meat products,
which are more likely to
include brain or nerve tissue.
"Basically, the less identifiable it
is as meat, the less comfortable
I am," says Hueston.
Although the origins of
BSE are still unclear, many
researchers believe that cattle
developed BSE after eating ren-
dered meat and bone meal pro-
duced from sheep infected
with scrapie, another transmis-
sible spongiform encephalopa-
thy, which has been around for
more than 250 years without
causing illness to humans or
other animals. The problem
was exacerbated when animal
protein meal derived from
infected cattle was then added
to animal feed.
Given these facts, the British
government has taken drastic
measures to eradicate BSE,
slaughtering nearly 5 million
cattle, forbidding cows more
than 30 months old from enter-
ing the food chain, and pro-
hibiting the use of rendered
meat and bone meal in feed for
cattle, sheep and goats.
Hueston believes the battle
against BSE in Europe is just
beginning and that millions
more cows will have to be
But he also thinks efforts
there will ultimately be success-
ful, and that BSE will disappear
in the United Kingdom and die
rest of Europe. He also is quite
confident that given the scien-
tific surveillance and govern-
ment regulations currently in
place, the United States will
keep BSE at bay, although he
warns against complacency.
"There is a tendency to
think that if it isn't broken,
don't fix it," he says. "The cur-
rent situation in Europe demon-
strates the fallacy of that atti-
tude. You always have to pre-
pare for the worst, or else you
can be caught off guard."
Hueston 's biggest concern
involves the rest of the world.
Given the global nature of the
food trade, he believes it's likely
that foods made with contami-
nated beef have already been
distributed to many countries
around the world, many of
which lack the resources neces-
sary for adequate surveillance
and prevention programs,
"There are other countries
with BSE," he says.Td stake my
career on it."
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Physics Nobel Laureate to Establish World-Class Research Group
continued from page I
mental quantum properties and new states of matter,
and opening up potential applications in high-resolu-
tion spectroscopy, atomic clocks, quantum information
systems and atomic-scale and nano-scale fabrication.
"Research in the fields of laser cooling, Bose-
Einstein condensation, atom optics, quantum informa-
tion, and related areas is expanding so rapidly that
opportunities for new directions abound," Phillips
said. "The new AMO physics group ar the university is
an exciting, important expansion of our interactions
with die University of Maryland, and I have great
rpectations for the future of this collaboration."
The group will include three new faculty members
who arc leaders in experimental and theoretical AMO
physics Phillips will assist the group in determining
research directions, developing research collabora-
te and recruiting graduate students
"The university is excited to welcome such an
accomplished, exciting and leading physicist to our
campus," said President CD. Mote, Jr. "Bill Phillips and
the group he will lead will strengthen both our
already top-class department of physics and the world-
class laboratory at NISI?
Phillips and two co-recipients, Steven Chu of
Stanford University and Claude Cohen-Tannoudji.
College de France and Ecole Normale Superieure,
Paris, France, won the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for
their work in the field of laser cooling and trapping of
atoms. According to the Royal Swedish Academy for
the Sciences, their work "has meant a breakthrough
for both theory and experiment within the field and
has led to a deeper understanding of the interaction
between light and matter."
The NIST Physics Laboratory is an internationally
recognized center of research in atomic, molecular
and optical physics. Accomplishments include the ere
ation of a Bose-Einsteiu condensate, a new form of
matter; the demonstration of non-linear atom optics, a
new field of physics: and the development of NIST F-
1 , one of the most accurate atomic clocks in the
"Dr, — now also Professor — Phillips and the new
atomic, molecular and optical group are building on a
long and fruitful history of interactions between die
I )qiart ment of Physics and NIST," said NIST Physics
laboratory director Katharine Gebbie. "We're very
pleased to have this chance to expand both our part-
nership and our mutual opportunities to explore this
rapidly moving field of science, especially since AMO
physics continues to have a very large impact on
metrology and standards and on the LIS. economy,"
Working for the People
Identify a need and fill it. It is
how Toby Jenkins created her
current, satisfying position and
how she intends to help others
find fulfillment as well.
As Coordinator of
Campus/Community Outreach and
Public Relations for the Nyumburu
Cultural Center, Jenkins makes sure
those on campus not affiliated with a
group find a place to serve. She also
encourages established groups to pool
their efforts at least once or twice a
semester to do good on a larger scale.
In trying to create large scale, broad
interest community efforts, Jenkins cre-
ated the Joint Service Project.
"I was finding that you don't hear
about programs that are open to every-
one," she says. "And we're providing
opportunities for faculty and staff to
interact with students outside of the
The first two projects focused on
organizations. Forty students from 1 1
campus groups did maintenance work
for Friendship House in
Washington, DC, in November
and also for Sasha Bruce
House and Youth work, also
in Washington, in
House supports indi-
viduals, families and
opment at 15 loca-
tions. Sasha Bruce
is also a multi-
though it focus-
es on those ages
11-1 8. There are
"It went real-
ly well," says
nator at Sasha
Bruce. "The stu-
dents seemed really
groups are a one-time
only, butToby was inter-
ested in coming back."
Though Byrd says the
organization usually works
with smaller groups — there
were 40 with Jenkins — there was
enough work to accommodate the
larger number. For Jenkins, this is one
of the hardest parts of her project:
finding organizations that have the
staff, needs and time to work with
large groups. She is trying to find a
way to break her project into smaller
"This semester we want to work
more with people," says Jenkins.
The March project is a trip for area
middle schoolers to see African drum-
ming at the new Clarice Smith
Performing Arts Center, followed by a
pizza party at Nyumburu. Jenkins is
collaborating with a campus mentor-
ship program that works with students
from several Prince George's County
schools. She is hoping for a three stu-
dents to one volunteer ratio.
For spring break, Jenkins is planning
to take 10 Jewish middle school stu-
dents and 10 black middle school stu-
dents to Mem phis. The idea is to show
the history of each group and how
they collaborated on civil rights issues.
The desire to work with, and for,
people is what brought Jenkins to the
university as a full-time employee.
Using her journalism/mass communi-
cations/public relations bachelor's
degree from the University of South
Carolina, Jenkins worked as a
spokesperson for Oscar Meyer and
then an event planner for Coca-Cola.
"They were great jobs and I was
making good money," she says, sitting
in her small office, decorated with a
small Weinermobile, Coca-Cola memo-
rabilia and Delta Sigma Theta paraphre-
nalia."But I wasn't happy So I asked
myself, when was I the most happy? It
was when I was a student, working for
student organizations for free,"
So she switched her focus, came to
Maryland as a graduate student study-
ing college student personnel adminis-
tration and worked part time in
Nyumburu. Her efforts turned into a
full-time job upon graduation last May.
"I have had minimal supervision of
her," remarks Ron Zeigler, interim
director of Nyumburu since last May
"She pretty much creates her own ini-
Because the center functioned with
only two full-time staff members for a
time, Zeigler says that community and
campus outreach efforts weren't as
formal as they have become. With the
addition of Jenkins and Clayton
Walton, coordinator of student involve-
ment and leadership, a whole host of
ventures are "in the pipeline," says
Jenkins has high hopes for her Joint
Service Project. By structuring an edu-
cational session before volunteers get
started and a reflection period when
it's over, she hopes participants see
these opportunities as more than just a
one-shot feel-good activity.
"Students will begin to see the link
between their studies and the commu-
nity. That being a good citizen means
being educated and having it in you to
share your knowlege."
The RuleSy They are a-Changin'
New borrowing policies are now in effect for the campus, with special
rules for faculty and staff.
Some of the policies that specifically affect faculty and staff:
• Faculty may borrow noncirculating or restricted materials in some
cases, with permission from the unit,
department or branch library where
the material is located is required. If
permission is granted, the fine rules for
reserve room materials apply if the
item is returned after the specified
• Faculty and staff may keep a bor-
rowed item for a year roughly to a
specified date in the same semester of
the next year. The exception is material '
borrowed from the White Memorial
(Chemistry) Library which has a shorter loan period.
• Faculty and staff are not charged fines on normal overdue items. They
are charged for overdue recalled items. They are also charged for lost and
damaged items and a denial of use fee.
More general changes:
• The charge for a lost book has been set at $205. If a replacement copy
is provided by the patron, the charge will be $35-
• Faculty members may obtain separate borrowers cards for official use
by their assistants; however, the faculty member is responsible for all items
borrowed on these cards, which may be obtained by inquiring at McKeldin
The full text of the new document, "Borrowing from University of Mary-
land Ijbraries," is available in print from McKeldin Circulation and on die
Web at www.lib.umd.edu/UMCP/PUBSERV/trial.hunl. Questions about cir-
culation policies may also be addressed to Terry Sayler, Access Service
Manager, at (301) 405-9177 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Kirwan Prize Nominees Sought
Dr. William Destler is seeking nominations of faculty members
for the Kirwan Faculty Research and Scholarship Prize.
The deadline has been extended to Wednesday, Feb. 28.
For more information, contact E.Weingaertner at
(301) 405-4175 or ewemgaettner@ujnresearch. umd.edu.
There's No Place
Like a College Park Home
For several years, the university has been participating with the City of
College Park and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community
Development to offer employees financial assistance in purchasing a
home within the City of College Park. The program, called live Near Your
Work, is part of Maryland's Neighborhood Conservation and Smart
GrowUi Initiative aimed at strengthening local communities,
lite Live Near Your Work Program provides a S3, 000 cash grant to uni-
versity employees who purchase a home within the city. The university,
the city of College Park and the state share in the cost of this grant. This
grant can be used for a down payment and/or closing cost assistance
toward to purchase of a home in targeted neighborhoods.
Dick Bosstick, the Assistant Director of Benefits, coordinates the pro-
gram in conjunction with die city's Planning Department. Bosstick indi-
cated that the university, College Park and The Washington Post are the
three major employers that participate in this program.
However, die program is
expanding, University of
c lollege and Trigen, a utit
ity company in contract
with the university, have
agreed to participate,
Bosstick said tliat the city
has issued a total of 33
grants through this pro-
gram and 27 of these grants
have been given to College
Park campus employees.
Grants arc still available for
the current fiscal year
More information concerning this program, as well as all necessary
application forms, can be found on the Campus Benefits office web page
at www. personnel, umd.edu/lk'[icfits/beiiefits20O I /Inyw.ht n i. or cult
Bosstick In the Benefits Office at (301) -105-5651. ihe contact with the
City of College Park is Dorothy Freklman,(301) 277-3
February 20, 2001
Providing a Link for Latin American Students
'In a world that is dominated in Large meas-
ure by the communications revolution,
sound journalistic values and capabilities arc
more important than ever, The purpose of
this gift is to help the College of Journalism
at the University of Maryland achieve its goal
of being the very best in the nation."
—Phillip Merrill, publisher of Washington
tan magazine and Annapolis Capital news-
paper, reflects on why be provided the uni-
versity with one of its great monetary gifts,
$10 million to tbe College offoumalism.
(Annapolis Capital, Feb. 9)
"It's really sad the whole thing is going to
end Monday. Are we going to be happy it
lands or are we going to cry? 1 don't know."
— Lucy McFadden, associate faculty
researcher in the department of astronomy,
watched history made Feb, 12 as a member
of the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous
(NEAR) Shoemaker research team.
McFadden and cohorts successfully landed
a spacecraft on an asteroid 196,000,000
miles from earth after years of work.
(SPACE.com, Feb. 12)
"Black Americans, and black women in par-
ticular, are not well-represented in graduate
education; in mathematics, their numbers are
particularly dismal. Out of 1,085 math Ph.D.'s
conferred nationally in 1999, only 10 went
to black Americans. Of those 10, six were
women. In 1998, seven of 12 were women.
All told. African Americans typically receive
just 0.5 percent of all math Ph.D.'s awarded
each year, and for a decade now, the number
of black Ph.D.'s has stagnated."
— In a feature story on the unprecedented
graduation of three black women math
Ph.D.'s from Maryland in December, the
Chronicle of Higher Education underlines
the unique feat by reviewing the quantita-
tive failure of universities to attract African
Americans to mathematics. (Feb. 16)
"To justify their broadside against Maryland's
higher education governance system, the
authors imply Maryland's public higher edu-
cation institutions are inferior to those in
neighboring states despite higher funding
levels. Nothing could be further from the
— William Destler, vice president for
research and dean of graduate studies,
replies to a Baltimore Sun opinion/editorial
piece that downgraded Maryland higher
education efforts because of tbe system
under which tbey were accomplished.
Destler points out Maryland has two
American Association of University institu-
tions, Virginia one. And tbe authors missed
tbe obvious: Tbe university bos become
one of tbe nation's elite public research
universities. (Feb. 12)
"1 was trying to think of the most offensive
show of the '50s, something to show that TV
in the '50s wasn't all golden age and that it
had some things that might be considered
just as offensive as Springer or (Howard)
— Douglas Gomery, professor of journalism
and film/television expert, was co-curator
of a National Gallery of Art film and lec-
ture series, "TV Before Video: Television
Preservation at tbe Library of Congress."
Gomery 's selection as television evil com-
parable to today's reality TV. Queen for a
Day. This is harsh judgement, surety, for
something our mothers and grandmothers
might have watched. Or is it? (The
Washington Post, Feb. 10)
fiTu hablas espanol?
Fluency in languages is an
advantage in today's job market,
for non- and native speakers
alike. And with the Latino
community growing so
quickly in this country, it
is important to under-
stand not only their Ian*
guage, but their culture
Carmen Roman, a
joint professor in die
Portuguese and Latin
that one of the best
ways to foster under-
standing is to start
encouraging first genera-
tion Latin Americans to
Being a first generation
Latin American herself, Roman
knows the Issues these students
face when attending college. She
started the Community Outreach
Program in association with the
two departments. This program
supports the Latino student popu-
lation at the university. Currendy,
46 students are involved.
"The [latino] population is 6
percent and growing at Maryland.
There is always friction when a
new minority group comes in,"
said Roman, meaning that it is an
adjustment for Latino students and
the greater university population.
To recruit students into the pro-
gram, she visits high school Latino
groups and Spanish classes. Once
the students are accepted to the
university, the real work begins.
"My job is part counselor, part
advisor, part mentor and part
cheerleader," said Roman.
One of the main problems she
encounters is with the parents,
who often speak little or no
English. Imagine, for example,
the difficulty of the financial
L aid application and process
when there is a language
"Since the families are
not acquainted with high-
er education, I keep
them informed as to
what is happening here,"
Roman said."This makes
the family feel comfort-
able knowing that there
is someone here to give
| their student] a lecture if
they arc not pulling their
weight, and a hug to
applaud their success."
Roman also tries to
instill good time management
and study techniques in her stu-
dents. She acts as an intermediary
between students and faculty,
helps find internship opportunities
and tracks each student's progress
to ensure timely graduation.
The Community Outreach
Program has been successful with
a 98 percent graduation rate.
Roman, who has taught lower
level and conversational Spanish,
decided not to teach this semester
so that she can dedicate all her
time to the program.
— Megan Holmes
TransAfrica's Randall Robinson Makes
a Case for Reparations
Randall Robinson, founder
and president ofTransAfrica,
will give a talk tided "The
Debt: What America Owes Blacks"
on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 pm in
the Multipurpose Room of the
Nyumburu Cultural Center. The lec-
ture is sponsored by the University
of Maryland's Committee on Africa
and the Americas.
A widely known advocate for
human rights and democracy,
Robinson will address the issue of
black reparations, a public policy
by an increasing
number of ana-
lysts who argue
are a necessary
remedy for the
are more of a
"palliative'' than a
the case that
can begin to
they have suf-
fered as a result
of slavery and
Robinson's talk builds upon the
fall lecture by Judge Dumisa
Ntsebeza on racial reconciliation in
South Africa, suggesting that the
issue of reparations is of vital
importance to formerly colonized
black populations throughout the
Robinson has worked on behalf
of black people internationally. He
is considered to be the American
most responsible for helping end
apartheid and bringing about dem-
ocratic elections in South Africa.
After Robinson was jailed because
of a protest he led at the South
African Embassy, the Congressional
Black Caucus launched a campaign
against U.S. policy in South Africa
that grew into a nationwide move-
ment to boycott South Africa and
eventually help end apartheid.
More recently, Robinson went on a
hunger strike to force the Clinton
administration to change its poli-
cies toward Haiti.
The lecture is part of the
Committee on Africa and the
Americas' yearlong program tided
"Resistance and Social Justice in
Africa and the Diaspora." The
Committee is a joint project of the
College of Arts and Humanities and
the College of Behavioral and Social
Sciences. It combines an informal
cluster of courses drawn from sev-
eral departments in different col-
leges and a series of extracurricular
events designed to complement
student's classroom study.
A reception will follow the lec-
ture. For more information, call
(30 1) 405-O835.
SPECIAL ALERT: The Northeast Quadrant Is Where You'll Really Feel the Pinch
efore you even consider traveling from Point A to Point B, particularly
in the Northeast Quadrant from March to August as Paint Branch
Drive is realigned and widened, visit the OUCH! Web site at
WWW.umd.edu/ouch for the latest on construction updates. Bookmark the site
and check it often.
When you're feeling most , put on those rose-colored glasses you
keep handy for such occasions and visualize THE BIG PICTURE
WHERE CAN I GET THE FACTS, RAISE ISSUES OR
GIVE FEEDBACK ABOUT OUR PLANS?
Community Forums will be held throughout the academic year.
It's your chance to ask questions and get answers from those in
the know about construction and disruptions.
TIME: Wednesdays, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
PLACE: Physics Lecture Hall (Room 1412), Physics Building
DATES: Feb. 21 Apr. 18
Mar. 28 May 16
Look too for
•Periodic OUCH! ALERTS like this in Outlook and the Diamondback
•Postings in FYI Digest (also available on the Web)
•OUCH! ALERT signage to help steer your course on campus
Marytand is building on its tradition of
Turn inside for the low-down on current construction
projects in the Northeast Quadrant of campus.
WE'RE BUILDING. ADDING ON & RENOVATING
A flurry of construction activity in the Northeast
Quadrant (see map) is part of the university's biggest
construction boom since the '50s. The number at the
beginning of die project name refers to its location on
the Northeast Quadrant Map.
© Paint Branch Drive Realignment and Widening
March 2001-August 200 1
Tbe long overdue realignment will eliminate the dog-leg In this heavi-
ly traveled road and widening of Paint Branch Drive from Rte. 193 to
Regents Drive North will ease congestion and accommodate heavier
traffic volumes. In addition, a concurrent Maryland Sate Highway
Administration project will help improve University Boulevard (Md.
Rte. 193) traffic in the area of Metzorott Road For example, two
green arrow turning lanes equipped with traffic-sensing devices will
help regulate traffic onto campus. In addition, curbs, gutters, side-
walks and bike lanes will be added to the length of the road.
However, before the road improvements are completed in August,
your best bet is to find an alternate route during periods of construc-
tion. Paint Branch Drive roadwork will extend from just beyond the
bridge over Campus Creek (north of the Ag/Life Sciences Surge
Building) to and including the intersection with University Boulevard.
From the beginning of construction, traffic flow will be limited. At
times, traffic will be stopped as construction workers maneuver
heavy equipment, fill and other materials associated with roadwork.
During the months of June and July, the road between the bridge at
Campus Creek and Chesapeake Building will be closed to traffic.
The project will be constructed in three phases:
Phase I: March/July— Realign and widen the northern section
from Chesapeake Building to Rte. 193
Phase II: June/ mid-July — Widen roadway between Chesapeake
and the new section of Regents Drive
Phase III: mid-July/early August— Lay top coat of paving in off-
Disruptions: During Phase I, two-way traffic will be maintained, but
it's apt to be slow going During Phase II, Paint Branch Drive will be
closed from Chesapeake to new section of Regents Drive at Lot 1 1 .
Parking Impact: Limited access to Lots 1 1 and 4.
© Comcast Center
The new arena will boast roomier seating for more than 17,000 proud
spectators, dedicated seating for the disabled, convenient parking for
6.000 cars and easy access to and from campus. Among the arena's
features are an academic support and career development center,
wrestling and weight-training rooms for other collegiate sports and a
large practice gym. But the best feature of all: air conditioning!
Disruptions: The primary construction entrance eliminated the existing
pull-in parking courier/meter spaces on Regents Drive in front of the
Chesapeake Building. The associated road work to widen and realign
Paint Branch Drive will start in March, causing further traffic delays.
Parking Impact: Continued closure of much of Lot 4B.
© Parking Garage 4
Completion August 2001
Construction of a 1.180-space garage adjacent to the Comcast
Center began last October Designed primarily for student parking,
it's slated to open in August 2001 It will be primarily available on a
first-come, first-served basis in accordance with established com-
muter student parking guidelines. In fall 2002, it will continue to
Disruptions: None anticipated.
© Pedestrian Bridge from PG4 to Campus Recreation Center
Completion August 200 1
The well-lit pedestrian bridge, equipped with emergency blue light
phones and surveillance cameras, will permit safe and easy travel
between PG4 and the Campus Recreation Center/La Plata Beach area
Disruptions: None anticipated.
© Chemistry Teaching Building
The building will serve programs of the College of Life Sciences and
the Department of Chemistry. One wing of the existing building will
be replaced by a new wing that will include teaching labs, offices
and research space. Nearby, a Satellite Central Utility Building
(SCUB) will include equipment to heat and cool the new wing, with
connections to the existing Chemistry Building.
Disruptions: For those in the immediate vicinity, noise, dust and
vibrations will be the primary disruptions.
+ A 24-hr. Webcam, updated every 30 seconds, offers an up-close
look at the demolition of the wing. Chech it out on the OUCH!
Web site: www.umd.edu/ouch
©North Campus Satellite Central Utility Building (SCUB)
Completion April 2002
A Satellite Central Utility Building ISCUB) will include equipment to
cool facilities in this area of campus.
Disruptions: Expect road/lane closures in the vicinity of Stadium Drive.
Parking Impact: The construction site has resulted in the loss of
approximately half of the parking spaces in Lot T
© Computer Science Instructional Center
Completion June 2002
This addition to the A.V. Williams Building will provide instructional
space for the Department of Computer Science. It will contain one
125-seat lecture hall, two 90-seat classrooms, seven midsize class-
rooms, a WAM lab and support space
Parking Impact: The construction site has resulted in the loss of
approximately 130 parking spaces and the internal realignment of
traffic within lots G1 and G2.
© Stamp Student Union Renovation
Completion June 2002
When the renovation is complete, improvements include a two-story
bookstore, additional office space for student organizations, new
conference and meeting facilities, a restaurant overlooking campus,
a game center featuring bowling, billiards and video games and a
While all of these initiatives represent more of an
OUCH! right now as we experience the disruptions
and inconveniences associated with them...
redefined atrium food court. Count on spruced-up Grand and Colony
Ballrooms and the Hoff Theater in their familiar locales.
Disruptions; Visitors to the union can expect noise and rerouting as
the primary annoyances.
© Research Greenhouse Complex
Start July 2001 /Completion September 2002
This 66,360 sq. ft. project will replace the antiquated Harrison Lab
Facility (currently located on U.S. Route 1| and support research in
plant science and related areas It will be built on the site of Parking
Lot P northwest of Comcast Center.
Parking Impact: To permit construction of the new greenhouse,
parking lot P will be replaced by a new lot (same number) and an
expansion of Lot P*
® New Parking Lot P
March start/Completion July 2001
A 70-space replacement parking lot north of Chesapeake Building
Parking Impact: New spaces will ease shortage Completion date
will coincide with work on Paint Branch Drive.
© Parking Lot P* Expansion
Begin May/Completion July 2001
Disruptions: None anticipated
Parking impact: New spaces will ease shortage. Completion date
will coincide with work on Paint Branch Drive.
@ North Campus ICA Softball Field Replacement
May 2001 '/April 2002
The new facility will meet the requirements for NCAA's women's
Softball. It will include a 1,200-seat stadium, lighted competition
field, scoreboard, press box, batting cages, dugouts, restrooms,
concession stands, storage and security fencing. Sounds like a field
Disruptions: None anticipated.
Energy Project Utility Renewal
While unseen, the utility infrastructure located underground has
been aging dramatically. As a result, periodic repairs and improve-
ments can no longer be expected to ensure adequate delivery of
water, electricity, heat and air conditioning to meet our expanding
energy needs. For that reason the university has initiated a program
of renewal and modernization for the antiquated steam and high volt-
age distribution systems.
Trigen-Cinergy, our energy services contractor, will be installing
new underground electrical cables, steam and chilled water (air con-
ditioning) piping throughout campus. During the summer of 2001 the
most significant disruption will be the closure of Stadium Drive from
the intersection at Regents Drive to the western end of Parking Lot T
to accommodate construction of new chilled water and other utilities
needed by the Chemistry Teaching Building,
Various campus vehicular and pedestrian thoroughfares will be
closed for short periods of time and steel plates will be placed on
roadways during the modernization process. These disruptions will
be intermittent and short-lived in any one particular area, but likely to
affect just about everyone on campus at one time or another.
As work areas are known, the latest word will be found at the
OUCH! Web site: www.umd.edu/ouch
Construction Under Way: Spring/Summer 2001
(T) Paint Branch Drive Realignment and Widening
@ Comcast Center
(3) Parking Garage 4
(*) Pedestrian Bridge
@ Chemistry Teaching Building
(§) North Campus Satellite Central Utility Building (SCUB)
@ Computer Science Instructional Center
@ Stamp Student Union Renovation
(9) Research Greenhouse Complex
® Parking Lot P
Ql) Parking Lot P* Expansion
@ ICA Softball Field Replacement
...the big picture promises an even-better
landscape in keeping with a national public
research university that's on the rise. AHH
THE INALIENABLE RIGHT TO PARK
We do take a lot (pun intended) for granted at this university, and one of the gritty issues
that our construction boom surfaces is: Where will I park? Believe us, more thought and
care has been given to this issue than perhaps any other.
The university currently provides 18.50(1 parking spaces for
faculty, staff and students. The guiding philosophy of the
Department of Campus Parking has always been to provide
reasonably convenient parking as space allows. At the moment
however, our construction boom is putting a squeeze on that
space for all concerned.
The assignment of faculty and staff parking spaces is
decentralized, handled by 140 parking coordinators in the
administrative and academic units. Each unit designs its
own system for prioritizing parking
assigning spaces allocated to it.
Student parking is based on class
standing and campus residency.
Parking spaces have been lost
to new construction. But WAIT
New parking spaces will replace
them. In fact, the Department of Campus Parking — with
the advice of the Campus Parking Advisory Council (CPAC)
that is comprised of faculty, staff and students — is planning to
ensure that parking spaces being lost will be replaced as two
new garages are completed, one by fall 2001 and another the
following academic year.
Of more immediate concern are the parking spaces that
will be temporarily lost due to construction staging areas, both
on North Campus and South Campus, and this is where your
patience may be tried. During this period, faculty and staff will
have priority in reassignment to lots and spaces closest to their
workplace, but it may require a longer walk to the office for
some. Students will have to factor in the problems of scarcer
and more distant parking in getting to class on time, Those
who use Lot 4 and Lot 1 1 for parking will experience the
most inconvenience during the construction of the new sports
arena and the realignment of Paint Branch Drive on North
But these inconveniences wiD be short-lived and seasonal, as
plans go forward for replacement parking. The university also
will be working on alternatives to on-campus parking, such as
encouraging shuttle bus use, park-and-ride arrangements and
incentives for car-pooling to ease these short-term problems.
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NOT THE FEES, PLEASE, ANYTHING BUT THE FEES
New parking garages: There's no easy way to say this: Yes, the
fees. Did you know that each garage space costs $I2.UIIU to
create? Those figures might help you appreciate how careful
the administration has been in calculating parking fee increases
for the next several years. First, increases have been spread over
the longest possible time period to lessen the impact in any
given year. Second, fees paid through payroll deduction will be
taken out of pretax dollars.
When pretax savings are taken into account, the
actual dollar increase is much less. In the current
year, for example, an employee who makes
$25,000 a year and pays $9.51) per check in
parking fees over 2d pay periods,
the total pretax savings is S5K.00
against the total $190.(11) fee. For
someone making $50,000. the
savings is $83.(10*. The tax savings
for all will increase proportionately as the fees go up.
*An individual'* u\ saving will vary depending upon nwit.il status, county/city
eftessdance, .mil other fattens
FEES FOR FY 02
As our population and facilities requirements grow, space does
become a premium. As communicated at the first community
forum in Fall '99 and in the OUCH! tabloid distributed in
Outlook and the Diiwtoiidhick at the same time, the parking
fees for next fiscal year are projected to be:
Academic Resident Commuter Faculty/Staff
Year Student Student Annual Per Check
Fees for the following years will be determined as the cost for
the new garage (currently planned for the south section of
Lot 2) is finalized. All permit holders will be notified later this
spring of the projected permit fees for future years.
Be sure to weigh in with your ideas for encouraging
car-pooling, using public transportation and
other alternatives to relieve the temporary
pain of traffic and parking problems
'\ during our growth spurt, at
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Printed February 200 I /29M
Author/Activist bell hooks Tells it Like She Sees it at Nyumburu Center
Author/activist bell hooks takes
issue with the idea thai black
people can't love.
Her new book, "Salvation: Black
People and Love* shows how late 19th
century racist ideas shape our under-
standing of today's black experience,
Appearing at Nyumburu Cultural Center
last week, hooks read from her new
book to a standing room-only crowd,
hooks delivered rough, accusatory
words that seemed to stand in contrast
to her soft voice and open, friendly
face. With a lone more corrective auntie
than angry revolutionary, she acknow-
ledged that yes, many black people still
need to learn how to love — especially
themselves — but as with anyone else,
they are capable of doing so.
She urged black people to start exer-
cising more control of their images as a
means to begin the self-love process.
Using "Scary Movie" as an example, she
asked why weren't there black people
protesting the movie for a scene in
which a black woman is attacked by
whitc people in a suburban theater,
whereas ail the other direatencd cr
ters are killed by monsters.
"How deep is that?" she asked rhetor-
When it comes to black men, mascu-
linity and love, books said with a wink
ihm if men just followed "visionary fc
inist theory," they would see that the
masculinity is "divinely given." Thej
wouldn't ted a need to assert them-
selves using the "told death maseulir
ty" example set out by most popular
And she questioned society's con-
demnation of young hoys who are :
"Now, my mother told me not to get
up and say a t lung about Jesse Jackson,
'cause I don't know him," she said, "but
how can we expect 1 2-year-old black
boys to t:ike responsibility for their lives?"
hooks also addressed gay and inter-
racial love, saying that since love is such
a hard commodity to find, one should
hold onto it in whatever form it comes.
Author/activist bell hooks signs a copy of "Salvation: Black People and Love"
for fan Dorothy Menelas at Nyumburu Cultural Center last week (right). Above,
hooks reads from and discusses her new book with a standing room-only crowd.
Professor Kyu Yong Choi of
Chemical Engineering has
been elected to membership
in the Korean Academy of
Science and Technology. This is
in addition to his election to
the National Academy of
Engineering of Korea last year.
This is a significant recognition
and a tribute to Dr. Choi's
research and scholarly accom-
A team from the university's
Center for Advanced
(CATT) was selected by U.S.
Norman Mineta as one of nine
System (ITS) projects to
receive a portion of $ 1 .665
million dollars in funding. The
other sites are: Delaware;
Idaho; Greater Yellowstone,
Montana; Reno/South Tahoe,
Nevada; Portland, Oregon;
Grand Forks, North Dakota;
Port of New York/New Jersey
and Houston, Texas. The CATT
team will study the Greater
Metro Capita] Region.
The sites were selected
from 93 sites that receive fund-
ing from the ITS Integration
Program. The nine sites were
selected as the most promising
for filling information gaps
regarding the benefits and
costs of emerging and existing
ITS technologies and/or for
documenting newer, successful
ways of doing business.
The evaluations are
designed to increase the
understanding of the benefits
and impacts of deploying and
integrating ITS infrastructure
in metropolitan and rural set-
tings. Independent consultants
will perform all evaluations.
Some evaluations will focus on
obtaining system impact meas-
urements, whereas others will
focus on documenting lessons
learned and providing qualita-
tive information to others in
the ITS arena to help ensure
success of their projects.
The CapWIN (Capital
Wireless Integrated Network)
project looks at the integration
of transportation and public
safety data and voice commu-
nication systems in Maryland,
the Commonwealth of Virginia
and the District of Columbia.
It is the first multi-state trans-
portation and safety integrated
wireless system in the U.S. The
project seeks to improve com-
munications between safety
and transportation officials
within the region to reduce
secondary crashes, reduce
response time to crash victims,
and improve travel conditions
for the general public.
Three teams from the Clark
School of Engineering have
been selected for this year's
Department of Defense (DoD)
Mul tidiscip Unary University
Research initiative (MURI)
Awards. MURI is a highly com-
petitive program designed to
address large multidisciplinary
topic areas representing excep-
tional opportunities for future
DoD applications and technol-
ogy options. The average
award will be $ 1 million per
year over a three-year period;
two additional years of funding
will be possible as options to
bring the total award to five
years. The three projects are:
Microwave Effects and
Chaos in 21st Century
Analog and Digital
Electronics. There also is par-
ticipation from Boise State
University. The project is
aimed at investigating the
threats and opportunities asso-
ciated with the introduction of
microwave pulse energy into
modern and future electronics.
Mult iferroic Materials for
Smart Structures and
Devices. There also is partici-
pation from University of
Minnesota, University of Rhode
Island and Cai State at
Northridge. The project is
aimed at identifying and
enhancing the design and per-
formance characterization of
new classes of hybrid smart
materials and developing
enhancements to the use of
such materials in macro-struc-
tures capable of both actuation
Control Systems. In this proj-
ect, Boston University is prime
and there is participation from
UMCP, Harvard and the
University of Illinois (Urbana).
This project aims at develop-
ing mathematical foundations
to support the integration of
control and communications
February 20, 2001
Investors Group Meets Again
"Investing in the Internet Economy Today: Oppor-
tunity or Disaster?" will be the topic at this month's
Investors Group meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21 , at
noon. Alan M. Meckler, Chairman and CEO of Inter-
net.com Corporation, will be the featured speaker.
Internet.com, based in New York City, is a leading
provider of global real-time news and information
about the Internet industry and also has two venture
funds looking to make deals in the Internet world.
lniernet.com operates a network of 97 Web sites,
75 e-mail newsletters, 101 online discussion forums,
and 75 moderated e-mail discussion lists with over
two million unique visitors that generate more than
170 mill kin page views monthly.
The Investors Group is a no-fee, monthly open
forum and is cosponsored by the Friends of the
Libraries and the Department of Personnel Services.
The program will be held in Room 4137, McKeldin
Library. For furdier information, contact Jennifer
Royall at (301) 314-5674.
A Classic Experience
The Department of Classics continues its spring
2001 lecture series, "Domitian: Tyrant and Tyrannized "
with a lecture by Ronald Mellor, Professor of History,
University of California at Los Angeles, entitled "Ethnic
Prejudice in Tacitus?"
The lecture will be held on Monday, Feb. 26 at 3:30
p.m. in 1 102Tydings Hall. A reception will follow in
2407 Marie Mount Hall. For further information about
this lecture and others in the series (March 8:
Kathleen Coleman, Harvard University and April 30;
Victoria Pagan, University of Wisconsin), contact the
Department of Classics at (301) 405-2013 or
Surf or Turf
Bring your family and friends to the Golf Course
Clubhouse tonight! The Golf Course is hosting a
"Family Night" steak and salmon dinner from 5-8 p.m.
The feast includes salad, a choice of grilled steak or
salmon and dessert, all for $12.95 per person.
The surf/turf extravaganza is going on every Tues-
day evening through spring break. No reservations are
required. For information, contact Nancy Loomis at
(301) 403-4240 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spiff Up Your Image
On Thursday. Feb. 22 from 6:30-8 p.m. the Alumni
Association will sponsor a free seminar, "Professional
Imaging," at the Campus Recreation Center. Represen-
tatives from Nordstrom and Paul Mitchell will provide
participants with the information to help them look
their professional best. All arc welcome.
For more information, contact I.latetra Brown,
Director of Student Programs and Advocacy, at (301)
403-2728 ext. 1 1 or LBl66@umail.umd.edu, or visit
Al u m niAc t io n/EventCal endar. html .
The Center for Health & Wellbeing is offering a
series of health and wellness programs, including "The
Diet Dilemma" on Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 5:306:30
p.m. Low-fat, low-carb, high protein.. .What to believe?
Come hear the latest research on the various fad diets.
Acupuncture will be another topic of discussion
on Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 12-1 p.m. Acupuncture is
an alternative method of encouraging the body to
promote natural healing. A hands-on demonstration
will help participants discover whether it can work
Reflexology is a type of massage therapy that tar-
gets the feet to promote relaxation and healing. On
Thursday, Feb. 22 from 5:306:30 p.m., this method
will be presented at a hands-on demonstration.
All programs will be held at the Center for Health
& WeHbeing, Room 0121 Campus Recreation Center.
For information or to register, call (301) 314-1493 or
Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet
Recorder Ensemble Delights & Delivers Unconventional Program
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center's Maryland Presents series presents the Amsterdam Loeki
Stardust Quartet at The Inn and Conference Center, University of Maryland University College, Adelphi
Road and University Boulevard, College Park on Sunday, March 4 at 7:30 pm. Their program, "Day in 4," is
a blend of the classical "con-
sort" and the contemporary
quartet. A pre-concert dis-
cussion with the artists will
take place from 6-7 pm, mod-
erated by WETA's Robert
Although one often thinks
of the recorder as an instru-
ment reluctantly played and
in elementary school, in the
hands of this talented ensem-
ble— Daniel Brueggen,
Bertho Driever, Paul
Leenhouts, and Karel van
Steenhoven — the recorder is
elevated to new status as a
versatile instrument. The four
musicians create diverse
musical programs that range
from "Pink Panther" to
Purcell, with even a little
Stevie Wonder thrown in.
Tickets are $20 regular
admission; $18 for seniors and $5 for full-time students with proof of student status. For more in formal im
or to order tickets, please contact the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center Ticket Office at (301) 405-
7847 or visit the Web site at www.claricesmithcenter. umd.edu.
The Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet will perform their vlrtuosic pro-
gram "Day In Four" at the Inn and Conference Center on March 4.
Black History Month Events
8 a.m.-6 p.m., African American
Heritage Book Fair. All African
American Heritage related titles in
stock at the University Book Cen-
ter will be discounted 20%. Uni-
versity Book Center. Call 4-7846.
February 20, 27
6:30 p.m.,"SANKOFA Film Festi-
val." Black film festival. Feb. 20:
"Watermelon Woman." Feb. 27: a
series of shorts from around the
world on the theme of "Expand-
ing the Diaspora." II 40 Plant
Sciences. Call 5-9253-
68p.m., "Quildng Workshop."
[.earn to quilt. Limited to 20 per-
sons. Nyumburu Cultural Center.
Contact Anne Carsewell, 4-7759.
3-5 p.m. ."Fourth Annual
Celebration of African Americans
in the Information Professions."
Designed to publicize the leader-
ship roles of African American
information professionals. Caria
Hayden, Executive Director of the
Enoch Pratt Free Library and
University of Maryland Professor
is the guest speaker. Sponsored by
the College of information
Studies. Nyumburu Cultural
Center, Multipurpose Room.
Contact Bill Wilson at 5-2048.
3-5 pm. ."Black History: A
Celebration of Cultural Diversity."
Students, faculty and staff will
share artifacts, food, music and
anecdotes from their culture.
Sponsored by the Office of Multi-
Ethnic Education. 1101 Hornbake
Library. For information, contact
Pat Thomas at 5-5616.
5:30-7 p.m. ."Tribute to Blacks in
Business and Engineering." A
panel discussion featuring profes-
sional businesspersons and engi-
neers. Sponsored by Black
Engineers Society and Black
Business Association. 2309 Art-
Sociology Building. Contact
Veronica Davis at (301) 233-001 1.
7-8 p.m., Office of Campus Pro-
grams presents -ISMS Series:
"Racism's effect on the Black
Community." 1 137 Stamp Union.
Time TBA, "Chickenhead
Convention ."presented by Iota
Phi Theta. Nyumburu Cultural
Center. Call Raymond Braxton at
4 p.m., Lecture:"Do Women and
Minorities l^arn Physics Differ-
endy?" April Flodari presents a
lecture and discussion on her re-
search. Sponsored by the Depart-
ment of Physics. 1 304 Physics.
Contact Hannah Wong at 5-5945.
4-6 p.m., "Annual Black Cultural
Dinner," South Campus Dining
Hall. Contact the Nyumburu
Cultural Center at 4-7759-
4:30-7 p.m., "Black History Month
Dinner." A celebration featuring
food and entertainment from the
African Diaspora. Sponsored by
Dining Services. South Campus
Dining Hall & the Diner. Contact
Patricia Higgins at 4-8054.
67 p.m., Quilting Display and
Reception, Nyumburu Cultural
Center. For information, contact
Anne Carswell at 4-7759-
7:30 p.m., "The Debt: What Ameri-
ca Owes Blacks." Lecture featuring
writer and political activist Rand-
all Robinson. Sponsored by Africa
and the Americas Committee.
Multipurpose Room, Nyumburu
Cultural Center. Contact Anthony
Blasingamc at 5-6835.
2-5 p.m. .Film and discussion:
"Tutu and Franklin: A Journey
Towards Peace." Award- winning
broadcast journalist Renee Pous-
saint will introduce her latest
documentary on racial reconcilia-
tion and leadership and answer
questions. Sponsored by the
Academy of Leadership and the
College Park Scholars. Nyumburu
Cultural Center multipurpose
room. Contact Marie Cini at