UW \*&»M Outlook The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper Volume 15 ■ Number 19 • February 21, 2001 Testudo strikes a pose with some of the more than 300 people who attended the 5th Annual Terrapin Pride Day last week in Annapolis. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and legislators helped to make this Pride Day the best attended yet. Gov. Parris Glendening, Senate President Mike Miller, House Speaker Casper Taylor, Senator P.J. Hogan, SGA President James Bond and President CD. Mote Jr. all offered rallying speeches. Black History Month Draws to a Close, page 4 Award Help Community Help s eat haron Desmond, an associate professor of health education, wants the- residents of Seal Pleasant to be more involved in city-level decisions that affect their he:drh. As a 2000-2001 Diversity Initiative Factiltj Support award winner she is assessing the health needs and strengths of that community. A board of directors comprised of residents and UM facul- ty will present, with recommendations, to the City Council the information she gathers. "We want to develop programs to deal with some of the problems. We want the community to be making some of the decisions " about the solu- tions, she says. The award grants a release from one course during one semester to support research, teaching and/or service aimed at developing a more inclu- sive community, on campus and off. Desmond says Seat Pleasant may bear the bur- den of negative assumptions because of bad press die city receives due to some violence in the area. It is also a predominately African-American com- munity. "But a lot of citizens arc telling us positive things about their community," she says. "And they're concerned with heart disease, tivcr dis- ctmUnued ott page 3 Researchers Find Contributions Significant, Diverse Cultivating Good Readers The University of Maryland occupies about 1,500 rolling acres in Prince George's County, but its impacts on die stale spread from the Atlantic Ocean beaches to the Appalachian Mountains, and they include significantly positive econom- ic, social and tecfinologicaJ effects, according to a new independent study. The economic impact study conducted by econo- mists with the Jacob France Center, an applied economics analysis center at the Univer- sity of Baltimore, concluded dial the University of Maryland generates $593 of economic activity for every dollar appropriated by the General Assembly, for a total statewide effect of nearly $ 1 .8 billion. University facul- ty, staff and students spend- ing their wages in the state generate much of tliat activi- ty; but many of the universi- ty's impacts are more difficult to measure in dollars, accord- ing to the researchers. This study validates what we have known for years, that the University of Mary- land is the state's most important asset " said President C.d. Mote Jr. "A lot of people know we have a major impact in one or more economic areas. This study collects for the first time the breadth of our importance to the state." Not only is the university one of the state's largest employers, with more than 16,000 employees, its activi- ties also help to create addi- tional jobs in the community. For example, the university's current construction activi- ties, with contracts totaling nearly $100 million, haw cre- ated an additional 1,121 jobs. And the indirect effect of the university's activities creates another 2 1 , 1 26 jobs, accord- ing to the study, for a total impact of more than 39,000 jobs. The university also pro- duces more college graduates for the state's employers than any other institution in Mary- land, nearly 25 percent of all bachelor's degrees in the state. The flagship university generates even larger shares of certain crucial categories: education majors (29 per- cent), business majors (31 percent), engineers (50 per- cent), architecture (82 per- cent) and agriculture CO per- cent). At the graduate level, the university's contribution is larger still. Half of all the doc- torates in the state are grant- ed by the University of Maryland, which also grants 80 percent of all the doctor- ates issued by public institu- tions. Those doctorates include 28 percent of all bio- logical science degrees, 65 percent of mathematics degrees, 70 percent of com- puter science degrees and 93 percent of all educational degrees. The university's mas- ter's level graduates also dom- inate: 24 percent of all physi- cal science, 44 percent of engineering, 49 percent of mathematics, 63 percent of architecture and "^ percent of agricultural master's degrees in the state, public and private, come from Maryland. "The high production of people with graduate degrees is very important to the state, because they enter the work- force in the many high-wage occupations that are in demand by Maryland busi- nesses, nonprofits and gov- ernnient agencies," said Brian Darmody. assistant vice presi- dent for research and eco- nomic development. The Jacob France study also demonstrates that the university makes a significant contribution to economic development through tech continued on page 3 Nina Harris's goal is simple: she wants children to read. Through an organi- zation called First Book — part of a broader program called America Reads*America Counts— she will help children who may not ever have owned a book to start their own per- sonal library. First Book favors programs that provide an ongoing rela- tionship with the children served — for example, bringing a book a month to each child and reading with him or her — so that a rapport develops between the children and the people providing the books. After attending an interest meeting on campus last fall, Harris decided to spearhead the local First Book effort."! enjoy being part of something in its embryonic stage, and look for- ward to watching it grow and flourish here on campus," she said. Harris is now forming a 1 5- member campus advisory board (CAB) made up of stu- dents and staff members. Historically, First Book has l>een promoted through local advisoty boards (LABs), grass- roots groups comprised of peo- ple affiliated with each other by neighborhood or otherwise. The LABs receive start-up fund- ing (as credit in book dollars) and a host of fund-raising ideas from First Book's national office in Washington, DC. The LABs in turn receive proposals from local groups or individuals who have ideas for the actual task of bringing the books to area chil- dren. The national office of First Book has many methods of pro- viding support and assistance to its advisory boards. They sponsor regional conferences, such as this month's First Book Northeast Conference 2001 in Washington, where participants learned how to build an effec- tive advisory board, draw media attention and get books into the hands of children who need them. The conferences are also a forum for sharing suc- cessful strategies, Ideas and experiences. first Book also provides a guide- book continued on page 3 February 27, 2001 marylan february 27 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 wwTV.personnel.umd.edu. 3:30 p.m., "Reforming the Social Family Contract: Public Support for Child Rearing in the U.S."With Nancy Folhre, Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts. 2309 Art-Sociology Building. Details in For Your Interest, page 8. 4 p.m.. Physics Colloquium: "A New Method For Nonlinear And Nonstationary Tune Series Analysis: The Hubert Spectral Analysis'With Norden E. Huang, Chief Scientist, Labora- tory for Hydrospheric Process, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Preceded by refresh- ments at 3:30 p.m. 1410 Physics. Call 5-3401. 5-8 p.m., Dinner: "Steak and Salmon Tuesday." Includes salad, a choice of grilled steak or salmon, and dessert. Golf Course Clubhouse. For more information, contact Nancy Loomis at (301) 4034240 or at nloomis® dining umd.edu.* 6-9 p.m., OtT 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 works by Dukas, Strauss, Spohr, and Kurka. Call 5-7847. f W e due id ay 9 a.m.-12 noon, Workshop: "The Three P's of Payroll: Policies, Procedures and Prac- tices." Designed for those who are responsible for payroll Your Guide to University Events February 27-March 7 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 5-565 1 , or visit www. person- nel. umd.edu. 10 a.m„ Workshop: "Piano Masterclass with Andre Watts." The world-renowned pianist and resident artist at the uni- versity will lead his first mas- terclass of the semester. Call 5- 7847. 11:30 a.m.-l p.m.,CTEWork- shop: "TAs in a Foreign Land." Discussion will cover issues specific to international gradu- ate TAs, tbough all members of the university community interested in teaching and learning are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Maryland Room, Marie Mount Hall. For more information or to RSVP. call 5-9980 or e-mail email@example.com. To RSVP online, go to www.umd.edu/ CTE/rsvp.html. 4-6 p.m., Forum:" Black Prose- cutors and Blacks Prosecuted," a discussion about how fair the criminal justice system is for African- Americans, covering the foEowing topics: racial pro- filing, overrepresention of black Americans in prisons and jails, crimes for which blacks are convicted and tried, and solutions to remove the fear of being typecast as a criminal because of skin color. Guest speakers include Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Foreman, of the Southern Maryland divi- sion. Stamp Student Union. Contact Bernice Mireku, 5- 9708 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 6-7:30 p.m.,Taekwondo Class. Instruction, training, and prac- tice conducted on a matted floor. All skill levels welcome. 0107 HHP North Gym. Contact Develon Huss, (301) 657-1203 or email@example.com, or visit www.inform.umd.edu/ studentorg/taekwondo/. 6-9 p.m.,OITWorkshop:"Unix: Vbur WAM Account is More Than just E-mail "Introduces the Unix operating system. Concepts covered include file and directory manipulation commands, navigational skills, and the Pico editor. It does not teach programming skills. Walk-ins encouraged. Prerequi- site: a WAM account. 4404 Computer & Space Science. Call 5-2938 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.oit. umd.edu/PT.' 7-8:30 p.m., Yoga Class. Parents' Gallery, Stamp Student Union. Call Alicia Simon, 4-8492. H^k urs da V march 1 4:3*6:30 p.m., OIT Workshop: "Netscape Page Composer: Making Web Pages the Easy Way." Introduces Netscape's web page editing and develop- ment tool. Learn to create sim- ple page elements such as hyperlinks, colors, font styles, bullets and tables — without typing a single line of HTML code. Walk-ins encouraged. Pre- requisites: basic web browsing ability and a WAM account. 4404 Computer & Space Science. Call 5-2938 or e-mail email@example.com, or visit www.oit. umd.edu/PT.* 7 p.m., Discussion and Book Signing: "Letters from the Editor: The New Yorker's Harold Ross" by Thomas Kim kit. University Book Center, Stamp Student Union. Details in For Your Interest, page 8. 8 p.m.. Performance: "Graduate Concert." Directed, produced and choreographed by second- year graduate students of the MFA program in dance. Dance Theatre, Clarice Smith Perform- ing Arts Center. Call 5-7847.* nian Oratory in Context "With Dr. James May, Classics Depart- ment, St. Olaf College. The talk will relate to a modern audi- ence, two millennia removed, the context of a Ciceronian speech. Sponsored by the Department of Communica- tion and the College of Arts and Humanities. 0200 Skinner. Call 5-8077 or e-mail mcco- mas@ warn . umd .edu . S atur da march 8 p.m., Concert: "University of Maryland Symphony Orches- tra," Guest director Lan Shui from die Singapore Symphony Orchestra and soprano Linda Mabbs offer a program of Sibe- lius, Berlioz and Mahler. Con- cert Hall, Clarice Smith Perfor- ming Arts Center. Call 5-7847. Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Event: "Sixth Annual High-Tech Research Review Day." Inn & Conference Center. Details in For Your Interest, page 8. 10 a.m.-l p.m., Event:"Read Across America Day." Grade school students on campus for reading, acting, puppet show and more. Lunch is provided. Call 5-5974. 12-1 p.m., Communication Research Colloquium, "Cicero- 7:30 p.m.. Concert: "Day in 4," with the Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet, a blend of classical "consort" and contem- porary quartet. Pre-concert dis- cussion widi the artists from 6- 7 p.m. Inn & Conference Cen- ter. Call 5-7847 or visit www. claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.* *M o n da y march 5 National Foreign Language Week begins. Details in For Your Interest, page 8. 4 p,m.,Seminar:"Economic Development and Nationalism, 16th-20th Century." With Liah Greenfeld, Boston University, Discussion will be based on a reading available at the History Department, 2115 Key Hall, or via email at history center® umail.umd.edu. Sponsored by the Center for Historical Studies. Refreshments will be served starting at 3:30 p.m. Dean's Conference Room, 1 102 Key Hall. Contact Stephen R Johnson, 5-8739. 6-9 p.m., OIT Workshop: "HTML I." Learn to create a basic Web page with HTML code. 4404 Computer & Space Science. Prerequisites: Basic Computing Technologies at Maryland and a WAM account. Call 5-2938 or e-mail cwpost® umd5.umd.edu, or visit www.oit. umd.edu/PT.* 8 p.m., Concert:"New Music from Maryland." Original cham- ber compositions by Maryland music students, and by faculty member Lawrence Moss. Chris Gekker performs on trumpet. Glldenhorn Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Call 5-7847. Tji e s da calendar guide: Calendar phone numbers listed as 4-xxxx or 5-xxxx stand for the prefix 314 or 405 Calendar information for Outlook is compiled from a combination of inforM's master calendar and submissions to the Outlook office. Submissions are due two weeks prior to the date of publication To reach the calendar editor, call 405-7615 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. 'Events are free and open to the public unless noted by an asterisk ('}. 4 p.m., Physics Colloquium: "Convection," 7th Annual Shih-I Pai Lecture in Fluid Dynamics and Plasma Dynamics. With Katepalli R. Sreenivasan, Mason Laboratory, Yale University. The lecture will assume very little prior knowledge. Lecture Hall, 1410 Physics. Preceded by a reception from 3:1 5-3:55, Toll Room, 1204 Physics. Call 5-4877. 6-9 p.m.,OITWorkshop:"MS Powerpoint: Creating Effective Computer Presentations." Pre- requisite: Windows 98 experi- ence, 4404 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 y rch ^ * march 9 a.m.-4 p.m., OIT Shortcourse Training: "Introduction to File- Maker Pro." Learn basic data- base concepts and terms; basic Filemaker Pro concepts and terms; define field types, create fields and import data; perform complex find requests, com- bining AND and OR requests; work with layouts. OIT MAC WAM Lab, Computer & Space Science. To register, visit www. oit.umd.edu/sc, call 5-0443 or o it-t raining® u mail .umd.edu.* 2-3:30 p.m., Workshop: "IRA and Other Investment Op- tions." Compare and contrast the relative benefits and disad- vantages of tax-deferred annu- ities (SRAs), Classic (Tradi- tional) and Roth and Education IRAs. 1101U Chesapeake Building. Sponsored by the Organizational Development and Training Office, 5-5651. 2:30-4 p.m., CTE Workshop: "Teaching Diversity Courses: Models and Techniques for Success." Maryland Room, Marie Mount Hall. For more information or to RSVP, call 5- 9980 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. edu. To RSVP online, go to www. umd . edu/CTE/rsvp . html . Outlook Omboli is the weekly faculty-staff newspaper serving the University of Maryland campus community. Brodie Remington ■ Vice President for University U-elations Teresa Flannery • Executive Director of University Coinmunicatioris and Director of Marketing George Ca (heart • Executive Editor Monette Austin Bailey * Editor Cynthia Mi t die I • Assistant Editor Patty Hertetz * Graduate Assistant Letters to the cditot, story suggestions and campus information are welcome. Please submit all material two weeks before theTucsday of publication. Send material to Editor, Outlook, 2101 Turner Hall, College Park, MD 20742 Telephone* (301) 405-7615 Fax* (301) 314-9344 E-mail ■ email@example.com Outlook NOTABLE Rama Chellappa, Computer Science/UMI- ACS, lias been selected to receive the IEEE Signal Processing Society 2000 Technical Achievement Award. This Award honors a person who, over a period of years, has made outstanding technical contributions to the theory and/or practice in technical areas within the scope of the society, as demon- strated by publications, patents, or recog- nized impact on the held. Michael F. Fisher, Physics/IPST, was elect- ed an Honorary Fellow of the Indian Acade- my of Sciences in recognition of his distin- guished contributions to science. The acade- my reserves this honor to no more than three distinguished scientists each year. Roberta Rudnick, Geology, has accepted an invitation from the Mineralogical Society of America to participate in their Distinguished Lecturer Program, 2001-2002. Rudnick will be involved in several lecture tours during the academic year to multiple universities. Konstantina Trivisa, Jiu-Kang Yu and Melanie Becker have been awarded the highly prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowships. Trivisa and Yu received two of 20 mathematics awards given, and Becker was one of 23 physics awardees for 2001. Carol Burbank , assistant professor of histo- ry, criticism and performance studies, is a Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities Fellow this spring. She will research interactive performance possibili- ties using Web-based technology. A panel created by Burbank representing interna- tional experts on activist theater, "Activism and Community," will be presented at Performance Studies Internationa] in Main, Germany on March 28. Economic Impact Study continued fmw page i nology transfer resulting from sponsored research activities. One of the top 25 universi- ties in the nation in sponsored research expen- ditures, the university spent more than $212 million on research in fiscal year 2000, more than 70 percent of that from federal agencies, including NASA, Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation. The universi- ty also received more than $77 million tor out- reach training programs such as die universi- ty's Small Business Development Centers, to take die institution's intellectual capital direct- ly to businesses and communities. The study also notes dial die Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranks the university 28th nationally In terms of technological strength, which is based on commercialization activity, including the number of invention dis- closures, patent applications filed and patents awarded. Maryland was the only public univer- sity in the Middle Atlantic region to be reviewed. In addition to the inventiveness of its own faculty. Maryland offers programs such as the Technology Advancement Program CLAP) and the Technology Extension Service to assist Maryland businesses. Darmody said. Tlic study outlines a wide range of other activities that have direct or indirect impacts, from large-scale campus events and cultural activities to faculty and staff volunteer and community service activities. (l-r) Theresa Jones, of Dining Services, and Darrell Taylor and Natasha Shamone of the Smith School of Business celebrate Shamone's door prize. As a team, they participated in the Black Faculty/Staff Associ- ation annual Black Jeopardy game last week. Participants broke Into four teams to answer questions about black members of the campus community In categories such as clerical hot shots, student leaders, new faces and distinguished alumni. Diversity Award continued from page 1 ease, just like other communities." Desmond chose the city after working on summer violence pre- vention programs a few summers ago with colleague Aria Crump, an assistant professor in heaitii edu- cation. Submissions for the 2001-2002 Diversity Initiative Faculty Support award are being accepted by the Faculty Relations Subcommittee on the Diversity Initiative until March 5, 2001. The award is also supported by the Office of Human Relations Programs through the President's cabinet, the Graduate School and Academic Affairs. Full- time tenured or tenure-track facul- ty of any rank are eligible to apply. Desmond will present her research at the Seventh Annual Diversity Research Forum on Race, Gender and Identity being held March 29 at the university. For more information, contact Scott at Rm. 2322 HLHP Building, (301) 405-2480 or ms24@umail. umd.edu, or Sally Koblinsky at Rm. 1204A Family Studies, Marie Mount Hall, (301) 405-4009 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on diversity efforts at the University of Maryland, access the diversity database at www. inform .umd.edu/diversity/. First Book Program continued from page 1 with information on die essentials of beginning a LAB — including ftind-raising suggestions from sorority dances to corporate spon- sorship — and catalogues of books from which individual program directors can choose books appro- priate to their program. There is a national newsletter highlighting events, developments and corporate and celebrity spon- sorships of First Book. Reba Mclntyre is national spokesper- son, but she is not the only celebrity to get involved. Frankie Muniz, better known as Malcolm on the hit TV show "Malcolm in the Middle," and children's authors Mary Engelbreit and Laura Numeroff have lent their names and efforts to the cause. First Book is even a founding partner of PBS' "Between the Lions," a show about a family of lions who run a fantastic library where characters leap from the pages of books. The reading program is experiencing tremen- dous growth across the country, as national initiatives and local strategies have increased the program's ability to reach more chil- dren with more books. The University of Maryland is among five universities nationwide cho- sen by First Book to create a cam- pus advisory board, a test run at using campuses as a seat for the boards. The decision was based on two tilings: the university's good work in partnership with Prince George's County schools on the America Reads program, and local need. Harris sees First Book as anoth- er opportunity for the university to serve the community, recogniz- ing die symbiotic relationship between the two. After all, the same young students helped by First Book may eventually matricu- late at UM. Says Harris, "We owe the people of Prince George's County something. This is our way of showing that." First Book is an all-volunteer organization, so all money raised goes directly to the children served by the program. In the case of UM, the children of Prince George's County will be the beneficiaries, as the program's intent is that each advisory board serve its local con- stituency. For more informa- tion about the First Book program, visit wwwfirst- book.org. To find out about what's happening on campus, contact Nina Harris, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies, at (301) 405-9362. "Tobacco farming is the iiardest, dirtiest work you'll ever want to do, and tobac- co farmers have looked for alternative crops ever since tobacco's been here, for 300 years. But in Southern Maryland where the farms are small, we haven't found an alternative... nothing will give us the return per acre." — A fanner speaks to the plight of the tobacco farmer, but help is on the way. In a story headlined "Experiment May Turn Tobacco Into Wine," Da fid Myers, assistant professor in the department of natural resources and landscape architecture, may have found an alternat/m crop.grapes. Helping him change the agro-culture are extension agents Herb Seed and Benjamin Beale. (Baltimore Sun, Feb. 20) "The University of Maryland, College Park is coordinating the development of a similar Internet exchange point for the East Coast to be located on the College Park campus. "We look at these two facilities as becoming the major East Coast and West Coast Internet switching centers for use by the educa- tion community...' " — An administra- tor at California State University at Hay ward speaks about developing centers for directing Internet traffic on both coasts, to benefit educational and research opportunities. (Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 23) "You can go online and find out what someone paid for their house, get prop- erty tax information, tax assessment information, see who signed on the loan — it's all public... Where once the only people who looked at it were lawyers doing titles searches, now it's immediately available to the merely curious." — An aspect of the wide-open information highway that is the Web is delineated by Alan Neustadl, profes- sor of sociology, in a feature stoty> on Internet privacy, or lack thereof (Computerworld, Feb. 19) "I go out and perform concerts, and I'm always bringing something back to campus with me, which I pass on to my students. And in return, I'm always growing from them. And if you have a new piece you want to try out, you can do it here on campus, which helps show them (students) how to pull a program together, and how to expand their repertoires." — For Linda Mabbs, professor of voice and opera, the knowledge she passes on is gleaned from concerts in some of the great opera houses of the world, performing for conductors the likes of Sir George Solti, Sir Neville Marriner, Mstislav Rostropovich and Leonard Slatkln. (Pasadena, Calif., Weekly, Feb. 1) "I'm afraid at the end of the day well get the worst of both worlds. We won't have an effective defense, and Russia and China will deploy more missiles." — Steve Fetter, professor of public affairs, is leery of the missile-defense schemes of the Bush administration. (Chronicle of Higher Educatioa Feb. 23) "Nature is something we're going to have to do without." —Mark Sagoff, professor of public affairs (Torrance, Calif. Breeze, fan. 21). February 27, 2001 Faculty and Staff ID Card Change Faculty and staff photo ID caitJs still displaying Social Security numbers after July 1 , 200 1 will violate a new Maryland law. The Office of the Registrar has disconiinued printing the numbers on the backs of photo I.D. cards. However, cards Issued before this change can be replaced at no cost. Old cards do not have to be replaced, but faculty and staff wishing to do .so may send email to email@example.com. They should list their full name, date of birth and the address to which the new card should be sent. Processing a request takes five working days. E-mail notification will be sent when the new card is mailed. Those who do not wish to. or cannot, send their information by e-mail may call (301) 314-9031. Take Your Daughters to Science The Women in Engineering Office invites 1 1- to 1 3-year-old girls to participate in its KEYS-science and engineering program featuring innovative workshops, hands-on lab activities and interaction with support- ive role models. The aim of the program is to help enable girls who are excited about science and tech- nology at a young age to choose science, math and engineering tracks in high school and beyond. The program will take place on Saturday, Mar. 10 from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. For more information . please drop by the Women in Engineering office at 1 1 06 Glenn L. Martin Hall, or contact Tao Peng at (301) 405-0315 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the program's popular- ity, students will be selected on a first-come basis, and, in order to get more people involved, repeated participation is not encouraged. Please visit www.engr.umd .edu/wie/PreColIege/keysapp. html for an application form. For the Love of Languages Make plans now to celebrate National Foreign Language Week Mar. 5*1 1. Alpha Mu Gamma, the National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society, inaugurated the celebration in the spring of 1957 to focus nationwide attention on the importance of studying languages and cultures. Campus sponsors of this year's celebration include the departments of Asian and East European Languages and Culture, Classics, French and Italian Languages and Literatures, Germanic Studies, and Spanish and Portuguese Languages and literatures; the Maryland English Institute; the Language Center; Business, Cultures & languages; FOLA; Language House; Latin American Studies Center; International Education Services; the Study Abroad Office; the Career Center; the Office of International Programs; the Institute for Global Chinese Affairs; and the College of Arts and Humanities. A schedule of events will be available Mar. 1 at www.inform . umd.edu/EdRes/ColIegcs/ARHI_l/langctr. Demography of Inequality Seminar The Center on Population, Gender, and Social Inequality is sponsoring a series of seminars on the Demography of Inequality, The next speaker will be Nancy Folbre from the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, who will be speaking on "Reforming the Social Family Contract: Public Support for Child Rearing in the U.S." The seminar will be held Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 3:30 p.m., room 2309 of the Art-Sociology Building. The text of Folbre's paper (co-authored with Paula England) can be found online at www, bsos . umd . ed n/socy/popc en ter/. Kunkle Book Signing witty and amusing writing of the man who launched the worlds most prestigious magazine. The event takes place at the University Book Center in Stamp Student Union on Thursday, Mar. 1 at 7 p.m. The discussion is part of the University Book Center's ongoing Author Series and all events are free and open to the public. For more information, call (301) 314-7770. High-Tech Research Review The Sixth Annual Research Review Day will feature more than 1 50 faculty research demon- strations and presentations, showcasing four of the university's high-technology units; Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Computer Science Department, the Institute for Systems Research, and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. Presentation sub jects include "Information for Visualization: Insight or Innovation"; "Secure Management of Distributed and Wireless Networks" : and "Neuromorphtc Engineering: The Science and Techno] ogy of Emulating the Brain." This free event will be held on Friday. Mar. 2 from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. at the Inn and Conference Center. Registration begins at 8 a.m. To register online, visit www.ece.umd.edu/RRD/rrd_regis- tration.html. For more information, call LaShanna Young at (301) 405-0548. Demystifying Dreads The Parent's Association Gallery at the Stamp Student Union hosts "Dreads: Photographic Images by Francesco Mastalia & Alfonse Pagano." The black and white photo- graphic exhibit captures what the artists call "the natural hair revolution." The duotone images unravel the mysticism of dreads by exploring the historical beliefs and modern phenomenon of natty, knotted, ropelike locks. The photos were selected from "Dreads," a 1999 publication. The exhibit is spon- sored by the Division of Academic Affairs, the Black Student Union and the Office of Campus Programs. The Dreads exhibit runs through March 16 at the Parents Association Gallery, Stamp Student Union. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. -6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1 1 a.m,-5 p.m. Saturdays. For more informa- tion, call Samantha Jones at (301) 314-8493. Colloquium on Brazilian History The Center for Historical Studies announces a two- day colloquium, "After the Quincentennial: History, Memory, and Nation in Brazil," Mar, 6-7. The colloqui- um is the second such event in an ongoing exchange relationship between the history departments of the University of Maryland and the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Brazil. Two workshops are scheduled for Tuesday, March 6: "History, Memory, and Slavery" from 9:30-1 1:30 Black History Month Events February 27 fe30 p.m.,"SANKOFA Film Festival." Black film festival. Feb. 20: "Watermelon Woman." Feb. 27; a series of shorts from around the world on the theme of 'Expanding the Diaspora." 1 140 Plant Sciences. For more information. call =5-9253. February 28 2-5 p.m.. Film and discussion: "Tutu and Franklin: A Journey Towards Peace." Award-winning broadcast jour- nalist Renee Poussaint will introduce her latest docu- mentary on racial reconciliation 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. Through February 28 8 a.m. -6 p.m., African American Heritage Book Fair. All African American Heritage related titles in stock at the University Book Center will be discounted 20%. Uni- versity Book Center Call 4-7846. Thomas Kiihklc, Dean of the College of Journalism and award-wfa|ning author, will discuss and sign his most recent work, "Letters from the Editor: The New Yorker's Harold Ross." In his book, Kunkle shares the a.m., and "History, Memory and Urban Culture" from 1-3 p.m. A third workshop, "History, Memory and Politics," will take place on Wednesday, Mar. 7, 10:30- 12:00. All three workshops will be held in 1102J Key Hall (Dean's Conference Room), and discussions will be based on papers available in advance in the History Department office (2115 Key Hall). The concluding event, on Mar. 7 from 3-5 p.m., is a panel discussion, "History, Memory and Nation in Brazil," to which undergraduate students are especial- ly invited. It will be held in the Multipurpose Room of the Nyumburu Cultural Center. For further information, including paper titles and presenters, visit www.inform.umd.edu/HIST/ HistoryCenter/ne ws. html . Meditation 101 Take a look at meditation up close and personal. The LIniversity Health Center will be sponsoring a 6- wcek program on meditation In which participants will practice one meditation technique per session. The program will be offered on Wednesdays — Feb. 28, Mar. 7, 14 and 28, and Apr. 4 and 1 1 —from 5:30- 6:30 p.m. in Room 1115 at the Campus Recreation Center (conference room in the CRC offices). There is a $50 fee for the 6-week program. For more infor- mation or to register, call (301) 314-1493 or e-mail email@example.com. You do not have to be a member of the CRC to attend this series. Math Mania The Department of Mathematics will host its Semi- annual Workshop on Dynamical Systems and Related Topics beginning on the morning of Saturday, Mar. 17 and continuing until Tuesday, Mar. 20 at 1 p.m. The workshop is sponsored in part by the Department of Mathematics and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology at Maryland, and by the National Science Foundation. For more about the conference, including a list of speakers, abstract information and more, visit www.math.umd.edu/~bhunt/01ws/.