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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 

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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 




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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 
cte@umail.umd.edu. 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 bdm29@hotmatl.com. 

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 raven@taekwondo.net, 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 
cwpost@umd5.umd.edu, 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 
cwpost@umd5.umd.edu, 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 outlook@accmail.umd.edu. 
'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 
cwpost@umd5.umd.edu, 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 cte@umail.umd. 
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 ■ outlook@accmail.unid.edu 










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 
sk38@umail.umd.edu. 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 

idcurd@iimail.uind.edu. 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 
tpeng@deans.umd.edu. 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 
treger@health.umd.edu. 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/.