UipuftlOl*^ Outlook The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper Volume 15 • Number 18 • February 20, 2001 WEDNESDAY, 9:30^3:30 PM ST 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 Bargaining Bills 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 N. Glendening. 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 Mary's Hall. 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 Research Group 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 William Phillips 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 T wo- time Pulitzer Prize- winning journalist Jon Franklin, a pioneer in literary nonfiction writing and an expert in unraveling complex scientific advancements for the masses, is returning to the University of Maryland faculty. 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 this summer. 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- nary effort." 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 shock-trauma unit. 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- tional journalists. February 20, 2001 marylan 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- nel. umd.edu. 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 information Technology Accessibility Initiative, Section 508 means to the university Web development community. Contact Gina Jones at 5-3026 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.wig.umd.edu. 4 p.m.. Physics Colloquium: "Human-Caused Climate 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 email@example.com, or 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 February 20-28 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- mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com, or 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 j 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: "Intermediate Mathematica." 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 visit www.oit.umd.edu/PT.* 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 f 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, see www.life.umd.edu/NACS. 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 8-10 p.m.,Performance:"Hes- perus with Bonnie Rideout." An evening of Scottish-Irish traditional music; part of 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 cafendar editor, call 405-7615 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. '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 . * 'Monda 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 thripidum,Two Fungal Pathogens ofThrips.'With 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 Processing." Prerequisites: Windows 98 and a WAM account. 4404 Computer & Space Science. For informa- tion, call 5-2938 or e-mail email@example.com, or visit www.oit,umd.edu/PT* ffuesda 2-3:30 p.m.,Workshop:"The 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 www.oit. umd.edu/PT,* 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. Call 5-7847. W ednesday 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. 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Send material to Editor, OwrfooJIr, 2101 Turner Hall, College Park, MD 20742 Telephone • [Ml) 405-7615 Fax ■ (301) 314-9344 E-mail ' firstname.lastname@example.org 'RYhV Outlook Clarice Smi PerkwingArts CENTERAT Maryiand www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu 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 Center. For more information about America Reads, visit the Web site www.umd.edu/ameri- careads or call 301-314-READ. Life is a ream at University Theatre Pictured, left to right: Anne Gultedge, Erika Rose and Gordon Parks III in "Life Is A Dream. ft dele Cabot was fascinated by "Life Is A Dream," by Spanish play- 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 imagery. 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- tury sensibilities? 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 acting." "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. umd.edu. "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- 7847. / \ The box office hours for the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center have been extended. The new hours are Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. V , February 20,2001 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 Organization. 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 Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee. Their charge: to provide scientific information and guidance to UK government officials strug- gling to develop policies in the Will Hueston ate dean for the Maryland- Virginia Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, doesn't have much free time to call his own. 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- ther. 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 Show. "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- ease." 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 destroyed. 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." NOTE; Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies in the United States (Report 136) is available on the web in PDF format. Printed copies can be purchased for $20 plus $3 shipping. Individual and stu- dent members of CAST may request a free copy; please include $3 postage and han- dling. Contact CAST, 4420 West Lincoln Way, Ames, 1A 50014- 3447; tel. (5 1 5) 292-2125; e-mai) email@example.com; or visit www.cast-science .org . 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 m. "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 world. "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," Outlook 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 classroom." 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 December. Friendship House supports indi- viduals, families and community devel- opment at 15 loca- tions. Sasha Bruce is also a multi- service facility, though it focus- es on those ages 11-1 8. There are residential and outreach com- ponents. "It went real- ly well," says Caroline Byrd, volunteer coordi- nator at Sasha Bruce. "The stu- dents seemed really enthusiastic. Most 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 pieces. "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- tiatives" 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 Zeigler. 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 loan period. • 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 Circulation. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Maryland, University 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 atim '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 truth." — 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) Stern." — 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 as well. Carmen Roman, a joint professor in die Spanish and Portuguese and Latin American Studies departments, realized that one of the best ways to foster under- standing is to start encouraging first genera- tion Latin Americans to attend college. 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 Carmen Roman 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 barrier "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 Randall Robinson 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 initiative pushed by an increasing number of ana- lysts who argue that reparations are a necessary remedy for the continuing con- sequences of slavery. Suggesting that programs like affirmative action are more of a "palliative'' than a "solution," Robinson makes the case that only reparations can begin to compensate African Americans for the economic dispossession they have suf- fered as a result of slavery and racial segrega- tion. 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 world. 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 excellence. 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- peak hours 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 Opening 2002 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 serve commuters. 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 of campus. Disruptions: None anticipated. © Chemistry Teaching Building Opening 2002 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 of dreams! Disruptions: None anticipated. Energy Project Utility Renewal Ongoing 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 Campus. 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. "^ V\(t'IUllllHl-.,l in lilt. ^u\v i .' VCUJ Each unit designs its ^^ m ■ 1 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 2001-2002 $191 $95 $220 $11.00 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 jif www.umd.edu/ouch UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND Produird by Division nl" UnivL-rsity Relations Printed February 200 I /29M Outlook 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 :harac- whitc people in a suburban theater, whereas ail the other direatencd cr ters are killed by monsters. "How deep is that?" she asked rhetor- ically. 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 culture. And she questioned society's con- demnation of young hoys who are : ally irresponsible "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. NOTABLE 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- plishments. A team from the university's Center for Advanced Transportation Technology (CATT) was selected by U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta as one of nine Intelligent Transportation 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 and sensing. Communicating Networked 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 technologies. 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 jhlO@umail.umd.edu. 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 email@example.com. 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 www.alumni.umd.edu/ Al u m niAc t io n/EventCal endar. html . Being WeU 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 for them. 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 email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Aubry Davis. Although one often thinks of the recorder as an instru- ment reluctantly played and enthusiastically abandoned 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 February 1-28 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- February 20-22 68p.m., "Quildng Workshop." [.earn to quilt. Limited to 20 per- sons. Nyumburu Cultural Center. Contact Anne Carsewell, 4-7759. February 20 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. February 21 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. February 22 Time TBA, "Chickenhead Convention ."presented by Iota Phi Theta. Nyumburu Cultural Center. Call Raymond Braxton at (301) 864-4477. 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. February 28 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 mcini@academy umd.edu.