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The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper 

Volume 15 * Number 21 • May 1, 2001 

Hundreds of activities and thousands of attendees kept things bustling 

at Maryland Day 2001, Saturday, April 28. Families, alumni, current 

students and prospective students enjoyed everything from a 

human powered submarine demonstration to a velcro climbing wall to ice 

cream frozen with liquid nitrogen. Above, a tour guide leads a group to 

Mckeldin Mall while others get their bearings at the locator service 


History Center Gears Up For First Big Event 

Ten, maybe 15, 
years ago, James 
Harris, dean of 
the College of 
Arts anrl 
Humanities, had an idea Tor a 
center that would encourage 
scholars to discuss history 
across disciplines. 

It also would be a place to 
nurture graduate students' 
scholarship and develop a 
love of history in undergradu- 

The Center for Historical 
Studies, thanks in large part to 
Harris' vision and the energies 
of faculty member Jim Gilbert, 
does all of this and more. 

Director Gary Gerstle and 
graduate assistant Stephen 
Johnson run the center, which 
sponsors conferences, offers 
research grants to use the 
Gordon W. Prange Collection 
of postwar Japanese publica- 
tions and give prizes for 
research papers. A nine-mem- 
ber board supports the center 
with monthly meetings to 
develop policy and decide on 

"This is my first year as 
director," said Gerstle, a profes- 
sor of American history. "And 
this is the center's first real 
year of being in operation." 

Looking for a way to har- 

ness the energy of the histo- 
ry's nearly 50 staff and faculty 
members into a community 
that supported wide-ranging 
intellectual discourse, the cen- 
ter created a seminar series 
that features an untraditional 

Instead of having scholars 
lecture a roomful of people, 
they submit their papers for 
seminar participants to read 
ahead of time. The next two 
hours are spent discussing the 

"The paper givers were a 
bit skeptical that people 

continued on page 3 

Professor's Radioactivity Work Wins 
Prestigious Award 

William B.Walters, a pro- 
fessor in the chemistry and 
biochemistry department, 
was named winner of the 
American Chemical Society's 
2001 Award for Nuclear 
Chemistry. He received his 
award at the society's nation 
al meeting last month. 

The award cites Walters 
for his innovative study of 
radioactive decay. The results 
obtained by his work pro- 
vide important data to 
astronomers about how ele- 
ments are formed in the uni- 

verse, as well as how atomic 
nuclei are held together. 

Walters 's research takes 
radioactive elements back to 
their beginning, when they 
exploded out of dying stars 
called supernovas. By creat- 
ing radioactive elements, 
such as uranium, then 
observing how they decay, 
Walters and his team are giv- 
ing astronomers data that 
can be used to build models 
of what happens In the inte- 
rior of a supernova. 

"The iron in a star, for 

example, is exposed to a 
large bombardment of neu- 
trons when the star 
explodes," Walters says. "The 
iron captures neutrons in the 
explosion, then goes through 
a process of capture and de- 
i cay that eventually turns it to 
uranium. We're looking at the 
nuclei encountered along 
the way in this process." 

The iron-to-uranlum 
process occurs in only the 
two or tliree seconds it takes 
for the star to explode, then 

continued on page 7 

New Name of Physics 
Building Will Honor 
Favored Professor 

The building that iias 
housed the Department of 
Physics since the 1950s will 
soon have a name. 

At an official ceremony 
scheduled for Thursday, May 3, 

in a letter he wrote for The 
Photon, the department's 

Toll, who came to the uni- 
versity in January 1953 as 
physics chair, is credited with 

In honor of John Toll's commitment to creating an excellent 
physics program at Maryland, the department will name its 
building after him during a May 3 ceremony. 

the building will become the 
John S, Toll Building. 

"In baseball, Yankee Stadium 
is rightly known as The house 
that Ruth built.' In the same 
way our department should be 
know as The department that 
Toll built!" said department 
chairman Jordan A, Goodman 

building physics into the inter- 
nationally known department 
that it is today. By the time he 
left in 1965 to accept the presi- 
dency of Slate University of 
New York at Stony Brook, the 
department was known for its 

continued on page 7 

Art Attack Will Showcase 
Music, Creativity 

Almost before the 
laughter and noise 
from Maryland Day 
fade into memory, the cam- 
pus will host another cele- 
bration, this one showcasing 
the university's arts and 

Art Attack, sponsored by 
Student Entertainment 
Events (SEE), will be held 
May 4 from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. 
on McKeldin Mall. There 
will be booths for crafts, 
food and games. A concert 
will follow at 5 p.m. featur- 
ing four bands: Guster, Black 
Eyed Peas, Zebrahead and an 
additional act to be deter- 
mined. However, this year 
the concert will be held in 
Byrd Stadium, instead of at 
one end of the mall. 

Crowd and noise control 
were factors in the decision 
to move the concert to a 
more enclosed space. The 

controversy surrounding the 
lyrics of one of last year's 
bands created more interest 
than organizers were pre- 
pared for. Bloodhound Gang 
blasted songs witli lyrics 
offensive to women, Asian 
Pacific Americans and gays. 

"They had a large follow- 
ing and the controversy 
mushroomed the crowd," 
said Jim Osteen, director of 
the Stamp Student Union 
and Campus Programs. "Lots 
of non-campus people. It 
was well managed, though." 

The sounds of the 
evening show carried way 
beyond the mall, though, 
and have been a concern in 
the past. This, combined 
with last year's concert 
attendance of nearly 20,000 
people, prompted the cre- 
ation of a task force to work 
on improving the experi- 

continued on page 4 


May 1,2001 




my 1 

f'u e s day 

8:30a.m.-2 p.m., 13th Annual 
Equity Council Conference; 
"Diversity: Building an Effect- 
ive Community." Registration 
fee: $50 (includes luncheon) . 
Stamp Student Union. Contact 
Erinn Joyner at 4-8431 or* 

1-4 p.m.. OIT Workshop: "Get- 
ting Started with Photoshop 
5.5." Learn the basic Photo- 
shop tool palette; to size, crop, 
and retouch images; and to 
save images in Web-readable 
formats. 4404 Computer & 
Space Science, For more infor- 
mation and to register, visit 
www.oit.umd. edu/sc, or con- 
tact the OIT Training Services 
Coordinator at 5-0443 or oit-* 

4 p.m.. Physics Colloquium: 
"Scaling Astrophysics into the 
Laboratory with Intense 
Lasers." With Bruce Reming- 
ton, ICF Program, Lawrence 
Live rm ore National Labora- 
tory. Refreshments at 3:30 
p.m. 1410 Physics. For more 
information, call 5-3401. 

7:30 p.m.. Performance: 
"Honors Chamber Recitals." 
Showcasing the best of the 
school's chamber music pro- 
gram. Gildenhorn Recital Hail, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center. For more information, 
call 5-7847. 

W e dn esday 

9 a.m.-4 p.m., OIT Shortcourse 
Training: "Intermediate MS 
Excel ."Learn to create charts 
to analyze data; enhance work- 
sheets and charts by using 
drawing tools to add graphic 
objects and modify charts to 
be used in presentations. 4404 
Computer & Space Science. 
For more information and to 
register, visit www.oit.umd. 
edu/sc, or contact the OIT 
Training Services Coordinator 
at 5-0443 or oil-training'? 

10 a.m.-12 p.m., Lecture: "Has 
Feminism Changed Science?" 
With Londa Schiebinger, 
Edwin Earle Sparks Professor 
of History, Penn State. Also 
presented: "Cracking the Glass 
Ceiling: Dispelling the Myth," 
with Elga Wasserman.Yale 
University. Room 1235, NSF 
headquarters, 4201 Wilson 
Bold e vard , Ar llngto n , Va . 

(Ba list on Metro stop) . Contact 
Bruce E. Seely, program officer 
for science and technology 
studies, NSE at (703) 292-8763 

Your Guide to University Events 

May 1-10 

or bseely@ or see 
www. nsf .go v/sb e/ses/sts/ 

12-1 p.m.. Research & Devel- 
opment Meeting: "Asian Ame- 
rican Adherence to Asian Cul- 
tural Values and Attitudes 
Toward Counseling Services." 
With Bryan Kim, assistant pro- 
fessor. Department of Psycho- 
logy. 0114 Counseling Center, 
Shoemaker Bldg. Contact 
Stacey Holmes, se holmes® 

12-1:30 p.m., Discussion: "The 
Black Middle Class: Implica- 
tions for Black Leadership 
Development." Presented by 
the African American Leader- 
ship Institute (AALI). Featured 
speakers will include Douglas 
Besharov, School of Public 
Affairs; Bart Landry, Sociology; 
and Ron Walters, Academy of 
Leadership and Government & 
Politics. AALI is a program of 
the James MacGregor Burns 
Academy of Leadership. 
Maurer Library, Taliaferro Hall. 
Refreshments will be served 
afterward in 1102 Taliaferro. 
Contact Stefan le Weiss, com- 
munications director at 5-7938 

12-2 p.m., Event: "International 
Food Fair." Lunch on special- 
ties from around the world. 
Sponsored by the Internation- 
al Student Union. Hornbake 

4:30-6 p.m., Lecture: "Civil 
Rights Now and Then, Then 
and Now," With Julian Bond. 
Nyumburu Cultural Center. 
(Details In For Your Interest, 

may 3^^m 

1-4 p.m., OIT Workshop: "Inter- 
mediate HTML." Learn to cre- 
ate a ficticious departmental 
Web page with emphasis on 
learning advanced body tag 
attributes, metapages, adding 
multimedia, tables and internal 
anchors. Pre requisite: basic 
knowledge of HTML. 4404 
Computer & Space Science. 
For more information and to 
register, visit www.oit.umd. 
edu/sc, or contact the OIT 
Training Services Coordinator 
at 5-0443 or olt-tralnlng@* 

3:30-5 p.m., Awards Recep- 
tion: "President's Commission 
on Disability Awards." Mary- 

dents, faculty and staff 
enrolled in UM or Art & Learn- 
ing Center courses. Annual 
Craft Fair from 10 a. in .-4 p.m., 
aiso on McKeldin Mall. For 
more Information, call 4 -ARTS 
or see 

12 p.m.,Seminar:"Differentlal 
Mechanisms of Synapdc 
Transmission via Common 
Mossy Fiber Axons ."With Chris 
McBain, Lab.of Molecular and 
Cellular Neuroscience, NICHD, 

gram in Liberia. Pier 7 Restau- 
rant, 650 Water Street SW, 
Washington. D.C. (Tel. 202 554- 
2400) . Free parking. Beginning 
at 6:30, a cash bar will be 
available. For more informa- 
tion, contact Virginia R. Mosser 
at or (540) 
261 4124 or (540) 464-4689. 

7:30 p.m., Performance: "Theo- 
dora, Oratorio," Maryland Cho- 
rus & Smithsonian Chamber 
Orchestra. Conducted by Paul 
Traver. Part of the Maryland 

Director Matej Minac's visually stunning film "All My Loved Ones" (starring Agnieszka Wagner, 
Krzysztof Kolberger, Josef Abraham and Jiri Bartoska) was inspired by the real life experiences of 
English stockbroker Nicholas Winton, who saved nearly seven-hundred Czech Jewish children in 
1939. With a dazzling musical score (written by Janusz Stoklosa), humor, and the innocence of two 
young children, this film focuses on the Silberstein family, a loving, extended Jewish family, as they 
face the rapids and doldrums of life in Europe. See May 6 (4 p.m.) and May 8 (6 p.m.) for location. 

land Room, Marie Mount Hall. 
Please RSVP to 5-5801. For 
more information, contact 
Shanti Nanan at 5-5801 or 
snanan@ deans, 

5:30-7:30 p.m.. Opening 
Reception: "Department of Art 
Master of Fine Arts Thesis Ex- 
hibition." Works by Class of 
2001 MFA candidates. Show 
continues through May 25. Art 
Gallery, Art-Sociology Building. 
Call 5-2763. 

7:30 p.m., Performance: 
"Honors Chamber Recitals." 
Showcasing the best of the 
school's chamber music pro- 
gram. Gildenhorn Recital Hall, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center. Call 5-7847. 

9 a.m.-4 p.m.. Event: "Art 
Attack." Exhibit of art by stu- 

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 


To reach the calendar editor, call 405-7615 or e-mail to 

NIH. Part of the Neuroscience 
and Cognitive Science Pro- 
gram 2001 Spring Seminar 
Series. 1208 Biology-Psycholo- 
gy. Visit 
NACS or call 5-8910. 

12-1:30 p.m. Forum: "From 
Understanding to Action: What 
Freshmen Tell Us, and What 
They Want Us to Hear." Grand 
Ballroom Lounge, Stamp 
Student Union. (Details in For 
Your Interest, p.8.) 

1 p.m., Lecture: "The Idea of 
Freedom in 20th Century 
America." Eric Foner, one of 
America's leading historians, 
will give the 2001 Rundell 
Lecture In American History. 
Sponsored by the Department 
of History and the Center for 
Historical Studies. Multipur- 
pose room, Nyumburu Cultu- 
ral Center. Contact Stephen 
Johnson at hlstorycenter® or 5-8739. 

7:15 p.m., Dinner: Ray E. Hle- 
bert, professor and dean emer- 
itus of the College of Journal- 
ism, will speak at the 15th 
Annual Fulbright Banquet. In 
addition to his work at the 
university, Hlebert developed 
the Journalism training pro- 


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(Czech Republic, 1999.95 
mln. 35 mm. In Czech with 
English subtitles.) Part of the 
Meyerhoff Center for Jewish 
Studies flirn series. 1240 Bio- 
logy Psychology Building. Call 
5-4975 or visit www.inform. 
FilmSche dule.html. 

Mon da 

(Czech Republic. 1999.95 
min. 35 mm. In Czech with 
English subtitles.) Part of the 
Meyerhoff Center for Jewish 
Studies film series. 1240 Bio- 
logy-Psychology Building. Call 
5-4975 or visit www.inform. 
FilmSchedule.html. (See also 
p. 2 for more information.) 


Ray Hiebert will speak at the 
1 5th Annual Fulbright Ban- 
quet (see May 4, 7:15 p.m.). 

Handel Festival. Concert Hall, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center.Call5 7847.* 

S aturda 

4 p.m., Entomology Colloqui- 
um: "Molecular Systematics of 
Leafmining Flies (Diptera: 
Agromyzidae) : Species Limits, 
Speciatlon and Host-Use Evo- 
lution." With Sonja Scheffer, 
Systematic Entomology Lab, 
Beltsville Agricultural 
Research Center. 1 1 40 Plant 
Sciences Building. Call 5-3795, 

7:30 p.m., Performance: "Han- 
del Festival. Concert "Young 
Artist Series. Gildenhorn Reci- 
tal Hall, Clarice Smith Perfor- 
ming Arts Center. Call 5-7847.* 

may .8 


S u nda 

2 p.m., Performance: "Universi- 
ty of Maryland Band's Annual 
'Pops' Concert." Symphonic 
Wind Ensemble and Concert 
Band. Featuring a cabaret set- 
ting, band soloists, and audi- 
ence sing-along. Colony Ball- 
room, Stamp Student Union.* 

4 p.m., Film: "All My Loved 
Ones (Vsichni moji blizcf)." 
Directed by Matej Minac. 

12-1:30 p.m., Seminar: "APT 
Brown Bag Lunch." Maryland 
Room, Marie Mount Hall. 
(Details in For Your Interest, 

4 p.m., Physics Colloquium: 
"CP Violation In Decays of B 
Mesons— The First Results 
from the BaBaR Experiment." 
With Hassan Jawahery, profes- 
sor of physics, University of 
Maryland. Preceded by 
refreshments at 3:30 p.m. 
1410 Physics. Call 5-3401. 

6 p.m., Film: "All My Loved 
Ones (Vsichni moji blizci) " 
Directed by Matej Mlnac. 

12-1 p.m., Research & Devel- 
opment Meeting: "Factors 
Affecting Employment 
Success Among African 
American Women Making 
Welfare-to-Work Transitions." 
With Cicely Horsham- 
Brathwalte, psychological 
intern. 0114 Counseling 
Center, Shoemaker Bldg. For 
more information, contact 
Stacey Holmes at seho!mes@ 

ffkurs da 

3:15-5:30 p.m..Meeting:"Uni- 
verslty Senate Meeting." 0200 
Skinner, All members of the 
campus community are invit 
ed and encouraged to attend. 
For more information, call 5- 
5805 or e-mail college-park- 

7:30-8:45 p.m., "Physics Is 
Phun: Water." With host Dick 
Berg. Physics Department 
Lecture Halls, Physics 
Building. (Details in For Your 
Interest, p.8.) 

History Center 
continued from page 1 

would read and we were wor- 
ried about attendance, but the 
smallest seminar we had was 
30 people and the largest was 
100," said Gerstle, adding that 
so large a group did challenge 
the dynamics of a discus- 

Not that he is com- 
plaining. Since the center 
is so new, he is glad peo 
pie are aware of its value. 
Gerstle and Johnson 
hope Its first major 
event, a public confer- 
ence building on the 
year's theme of "The 
Nation and Beyond" con- 
tinues the momentum. 

Titled "National 
Identities in the 
Americas," the confer- 
ence features internation- 
al leaders in the study of 
identity, history, ethnicity 
and nationalism. 

Beginning on Friday, 
May 4, it offers four ses- 
sions patterned after the 
successful year-long semi- 
nar series, with a keynote 
address by Louis A. Perez 
Jr. of the University of 
North Carolina, Chapel 
Hill on Friday night. 

"Scholars are always 
looking for vigorous ven- 

ues to get their work out," said 
Gerstle. "This is a rare opportu- 
nity to get the best scholars 

Such a gathering fosters his 
vision of a hemispheric per- 
spective on common issues and 
problems/All of us will be that 
much more enriched." 

The "National 
Identities in the 
Americas" conference 
will be held in the Nyum- 
buru Cultural Center's 
Multipurpose Room. Fees 
are $15 for faculty and 
general public and $10 
for students. Friday 
night's dinner is $20 and 
Saturday's box lunch is 
$ 10. For more informa- 
tion, contact Stephen 
Johnson at historycenter or at 
(301) 405-8739. You may 
also visit the center's 
Web site, www.inform, 

While the seminars lent 
themselves more to graduate 
students and academicians, the 
conference target audience is 
broader. Gerstle and Johnson 
want others to take part in the 
discussions. This "everybody 
come" approach is reflected in 
other center activities. 

"An important part of what 
we do is involve undergradu- 
ates, create a series of events 
specifically for undergraduate. 
Maybe we'll invite a scholar for 
a class that is reading his book," 
explains Gerstle. 

"We have an outreach pro- 
gram with high schools in 
Montgomery County for Latin 
American, hemispheric history." 

For graduate students, 
Gerstle says the center serves 
as an egalitarian setting for 
them, attempting to lower walls 
between faculty and students. 
He calls the seminars "a pro- 
foundly democratizing experi- 

Another attempt to nurture 
future historians Is the center's 
new post-doctoral fellowship, 
which hooks a candidate's 
work to the theme. For next 
year, the theme is political vio- 

"We want to pick themes 
that are not bound by time or 
place," said Gerstie, "and are 
able to create conversations 
beyond subdisciplinary lines.'' 

Dance Professors Honored With 
Pola Nirenska Lifetime 
Achievement Award 

Larry and Anne Warren, fac- 
ulty with the University of 
Maryland dance department, 
will be presented with the 
Pola Nirenska Lifetime 
Achievement Award for their 
significant achievements in 
dance and their commitment 
to the legacy of the art form 
in the Washington, D.C., 
dance community. 

The award will be present- 
ed before the Maryland . 
Dance Ensemble Showcase at 
the Clarice Smith Center for 
the Performing Arts on May 4 
at 8 p.m. 

Larry Warren, who came 
to the University of Mary- 
land in 1971, was the co- 
founder and director of the 
Maryland Dance Theater 
(MDT), a modern dance 
repertory company. 

Warren is the author of 
two dance biographies and a 
number of acclaimed chore- 
ography works. In 1995 he 
retired as a professor emeri- 
tus and is now working on a 
third dance biography. 

Anne Warren, who joined 
the University of Maryland 
faculty in 1970, toured with 
the MDT as the associate 
director, principal dancer and 
choreographer from 1972- 
1988. She Is currenUy the 
undergraduate studies coordi- 
nator for the dance depart 
ment and is working with the 
theory of Laban Movement 
Analysis in application to cho- 
reography and teaching. 

The Pola Nirenska Lifetime 
Achievement Award was 
established in 1996 and is 
presented by the Washington 
Performing Arts Society, A 
committee of non-affiliated 
dance professionals chooses 
the winners. 

Pola Nirenska, a Polish Jew, 
escaped from Nazi Germany 
and sought refuge in the 
United States. Trained as a 
dancer, she helped establish 
the modern dance communi- 
ty in the Washington area and 
served as a mentor to some 
of the area's most prominent 

Each One, Teach One 

Woodlands Program Trains Properly Owners 

Faculty and staff who 
own woodland proper- 
ty or who just want to 
learn more about forests and 
the wildlife that live in 
them — in exchange for a 
commitment to share that 
knowledge with others — are 
invited to apply for training 
as "Coverts Cooperators." 

Named for thickets that 
provide shelter for wildlife, 
the Coverts Project is a wood- 
land and wildlife manage- 
ment program sponsored by 
Maryland Cooperative 
Extension (the outreach unit 
of the College of Agriculture 
and Natural Resources) and 
the Ruffed Grouse Society. 

Since 1 99 1 , nearly 260 
Maryland residents have 
received Coverts training and 
taught thousands of other 
woodland owners about 
sound forest stewardship 
practices that can make 
wildlife healthier, more 
diverse and more abundant. 

Thirty more Coverts 

Cooperators will be trained 
this year. They will attend a 
free, comprehensive, three- 
day seminar from September 
20-23 in Washington County, 
Md. The seminar will feature 
indoor and outdoor instruc- 
tion in general foresUy and 
wildlife management princi- 

In return for the training, 
reference materials and fol- 
low-up seminars, the new 
Coverts Cooperators will 
develop or improve a forest 
stewardship plan for their 
woodlands and commit a year 
to sharing Information with 
neighbors and others in their 

Applications are due by 
the end of June. For informa- 
tion or an application, write 
to The Coverts Project, 18330 
Keedysville Road, Keedysville 
MD 21756, or call (301) 432 
2767 x301. 

Information is also avail- 
able on the web at www.nat- 

Anxiety Disorders Study 
Looking for Young Volunteers 

Friendly, outgoing children and adolescents are needed 

to pardclpate In a research program involving shy and 

not-shy children and adolescents. All participants will 

have the opportunity to participate in afrerschool and 

Saturday activities, such as rollerskating and going to 

video arcades and pizza parlors. All admission fees, 

lunches and snacks will be provided by the project. 

Parents are responsible for transportation to and from 

the activity. For additional information, please contact 

Marquette Turner at the Maryland Center for Anxiety 

Disorders, Department of Psychology, (301) 405 0232. 

May 1,2001 


Albanians Move Forward Financially 

University Center Helped Create Loan System 

"A sobering illustration came in 1998 with the 
nuclear tests in Pakistan and India.... Official docu- 
ments on the failure of United States intelligence to 
translate information that could have warned poli- 
cy makers or the explosions 'remained classified, 
but you can rest assured that those (the explosions) 
surprised people,' Mr. Brecht said. The explosions, 
he added should not have been surprises.' " — A 
shortage of government linguists is hurting the 
security of the U.S. Richard Brecht, director of the 
National Foreign Language Center, commented in 
the New York Times, April i6. 

"The artist organized the show around one idea: 
that women make art that expresses their ideas of 
themselves as women. Participating artists had to 
answer visually her query, 'What image means 
woman to you?'.... 'I wanted to see, with instant 
communication and a shrinking global village, what, 
how and why women made art.'" — Claudia 
DeMonte, professor of art, gathered and created a 
1 78 object art show which premiered in New York 
City last June. It wili spend three years on the 
road showing viewers how women worldwide cre- 
ate works in their own image. (Washington Times, 
April 14) 

"The species should be how we are, not how we 
might be." — William Galston, professor in the 
School of Public Affairs, is worried about re-engi- 
neering of the species: When biotechnology leaps 
from stopping disease to adding advantages like 
intelligence. (The Economist, April 12) 

"It just cannot be done. There's too much informa- 
tion to be gathered in too many places. It's labor- 
intensive work, like reading 200 pages to get one 
piece of information." — Ray Paternoster, professor 
of criminology and criminal justice, was caught 
in the middle of the death penalty controversy 
between state legislators ' wishes and the reality of 
competent research. Paternoster was hired by the 
General Assembly last year to conduct a survey 
on how fairly the death penalty has been handed 
out in Maryland. At the Assembly session just con- 
cluded, the legislature In the end decided not to 
act to stop executions. (Baltimore Sun, April 5) 

"This sort of wholesale recycling and localizing of 
the same quote is no! an especially good idea.... 
Press releases are already held in low regard among 
journalists, because it's hard to know if there is any- 
thing genuine in them," Kunkel said. "This (recycling 
quotes) reinforces to reporters that there were 
many hands behind it and the people who were 
quoted are the least of it." — Thomas Kunkel, dean 
of the College of Journalism, warning that quotes 
that are used by groups time and again, and 
which seem to come out of a public relations can, 
are not taken seriously by journalists. (Baltimore 
Sun. April 7) 

"Sagdeev recalls those days as a period of great 
enthusiasm for the Russian people.... We had the 
feeling that Russia was catching up to the West.' " 
— Roald Sagdeev. director of the campus East West 
Space Science Center and head of the USSR's 
Space Research Institute for 15 years, remembers 
the glory of the Russian space program. It was 40 
years ago that Yuri Gagarin wondered at the 
beauty of Earth as the first human in space. 
(Christian Science Monitor, April 10) 

"We've been asked to replace the paths dominated 
by cars to those dominated by people.... At every 
campus we've worked at we've looked at the possi 
bility of bridges, tunnels and underpasses." — Ayers 
Saint Gross architects, hired by'the university as 
consultants for the 2001 Facilities Master Plan, 
reflects its intention to make College Park a 
pedestrian-friendly campus. (College Park 
Gazette, April 5) 

With help from a uni- 
versity center devot- 
ed to the economic 
growth of countries developing 
and in transition, Albania recent- 
ly implemented a national sys- 
tem for registering movable col- 
lateral as security for borrowed 

Yalr Baranes, Center for 
Institutional Reform and the 
Informal Sector (IRIS) Chief of 
Party in Albania, explained that 
modern economies need credit 
to develop, but creditors do not 
want to give loans unless they 
can be assured they will be 
repaid through a promise of the 
debtor or by seizing and selling 
some of the debtor's property 
used to secure the loan. 

The recently passed Law of 
Securing Charges creates a sin- 
gle, central registry for borrow- 
ers. Most registries only require 
lenders to register, but Albania's 

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ence for everyone. 

"We wanted to both con 
trol access and contain the 
sound," said Osteen. "And 
keep it outside." 

He praised several 
departments of the campus 
community for working to 
make the concert's move a 
success. The athletic 
department, facilities man- 
agement, university police 
and the dining service all 
have a hand in the process. 
Even the Baltimore Ravens 
helped out, sort of. 

"To protect the turf, 
we're working with the 
PSINet Stadium people, 
using something called 
Enkamal. We're renting it. it 
comes in huge rolls," said 
Osteen. He describes it as a 
cross between the green 
abrasive surface of a 
kitchen sponge and a plas- 
tic wiry material. 

Spread under the concert 
stage and the crowd area, it 
will prevent damage to the 
ground. To control the concert 
crowd, free tickets are being 
issued. Maryland faculty, staff 
and students may pick up two 
each with university identifica- 

law requires any person with an 
interest in the movable property 
to register the claim, making all 
claims more secure. Movable 
property can be defined as cars, 
boats and even television sets. 

IRIS worked with the U.S. 
Agency for International 
Development on the law. 

The center operates as a 
source of research and advisory 
expertise for addressing econom- 
ic growth and governance issues 
in developing countries. It set up 
a system that allows a lender to 
check a public registry to see if 
anyone else has a claim against 
collateral offered by a borrower. 
If not, the lender can place a 
claim against the movable prop- 
erty in the registry and others 
cannot take the property. 

"We have between 200-300 
registrations," said Karen Russell, 
an attorney and IRIS program 
manager. "This is a great accom- 

plishment. It has long-range eco- 
nomic importance." 

Will the registry revolutionize 
borrowing? Perhaps, "We will 
soon see more loans being made 
and, as a result, substandve addi- 
tional development of the econ- 
omy of Albania," said Baranes. 

With loans now likely to 
become more available, farmers 
can purchase better equip- 
ment, businesses can purchase 
new inventory and consumers 
can purchase new consumer 
goods to elevate their standards 
of living. 

IRIS began working In Albania 
in 1996 in response to a lack of 
effective legal provisions govern- 
ing the creation and enforce- 
ment of such a registry. The fact 
that the people have embraced it 
so well is positive. 

"We hope to have 800 1,000 
registered by the end of the 
year," said Russell. 

Guster is one of the four bands performing during Art Attack's 
concert, which begins at 5 p.m. on May 4 at Byrd Stadium. 

tion from the campus ticket 
office in the Stamp Student 

The public may pick up sin- 
gle tickets. They will be limited 
to the number of campus tick- 
ets given out so that non-cam- 
pus attendees don't outnumber 
those from the university. 

Osteen says these measures, 
and most of the event's careful- 
ly planned logistics, came from 
the students. "I'm so proud of 
the students. They dealt with 
the controversy in a mature 
way and spent all year working 
this out. I think it's going to be 

Weather Watch 

The Department of Meteo- 
rology has established a new 
weather data observing sys- 
tem on the University of 
Maryland campus. The sys- 
tem, on top of the Computer 
and Space Sciences Building, 
provides continuously updated 
weather observations for 
employees and friends of the 
University. The Instruments 
and Internet-based information 

service are gifts from AWS 
Convergent Technologies, Inc., 
in Gaithersburg. 

The new observing site is 
being inaugurated as part of 
Maryland Day 2001. It will be 
incorporated into the regional 
"WeatherNet4" observing net- 
work in association with Bob 
Ryan, chief meteorologist for 

Those interested in current 

■ weather conditions at College 
Park can visit our Maryland 
Day 2001 Weather Information 
Web site describing how to 
access the new tower data 
from the internet. The URL Is 

For more information, con- 
tact Owen Thompson at (301) 
405-5383 or owen@atmos. 


Democracy's Reconstruction Considered at Collaborative Roundtable 

The post-Cold War 
period has brought 
with It both new 
Freedoms and new 
tyrannies. The 
freedoms have manifested 
themselves in the emergence 
of a large number of new 

The tyrannies appear in 
many Forms, with globalized 
markets, poverty and disease, 
nostalgia for the orderliness of 
totalitarianism, crime and cor- 
ruption filling the vacuum 
caused by the collapse of the 
old order. 

To strengthen democracy 
locally, nationally, and globally, 
the university's new 
Democracy Collaborative 
brought together academic 
leaders and civic practidoners 
from around the world last 
month for its first international 
roundtable, "The Theory and 
Practice of Civic Globalism." 
Benjamin Barber, interna- 
tionally renowned author on 
democracy and civil society, 
currently the director of 
Rutgers University's Walt 

Whitman Center for the 
Culture and Politics of 
Democracy, chaired the round 
table. Barber, who will soon 
join the UM faculty as endowed 
professor of civil society, will 
play a leading role in shaping 
and activating the Democracy 

The roundtable, which 
included UM professors Gar 
Alperovitz, Stephen Elkin, 
William Galston, Gary La Free, 
Shi bleyTelhami, Vladimir 
Tismaneanu and Linda Williams, 
agreed that reconstructing 
democracy to meet the needs 
of the world's people is an 
enormously complex and diffi- 
cult task— and one that never 

A special feature of the 
deliberations, and one which 
roundtable participants agreed 
should be a permanent feature, 
was the inclusion of ardsts as 
an integral part of the dis- 

The Clarice Smith Center for 
the Performing Arts was the 
venue for dance and musical 
performances and a discussion 

of what the arts contribute to 
the struggle for democracy — 
creativity, dissent, vision and 
the awakening of the imagina- 
tion, all critical to the democrat- 
ic spirit. 

Franklin Sonn, former South 
African Ambassador to the 
United States, gave eloquent 
but sobering welcoming 
remarks to the conferees at the 
opening session of the round- 
table held at the South African 
Embassy in Washington, D.C. 
The need to address poverty, 
human rights and people's 
basic requirements is the very 
raison d'etre for building 
democracy, he said, and warned 
that always looming large was 
the possibility of failure. 

These fears, still laced with 
hope and commitment to get 
on with addressing the chal- 
lenges, recurred as ongoing 
themes and variations through- 
out the meeting. 

Adam Michnik, a founder of 
Solidarity in Poland, spoke of 
some of the corrupUons filling 
the power vacuum in his coun- 
try. He noted, too, that civil 

society and its institutions, vol 
untary organizations, were not 
enough, that they do not 
replace the state as the very 
foundation in the architecture 
of democracy. 

Ira Harkavy, director of the 
Center for Community Part- 
nerships at the University of 
Pennsylvania, reminded the 
group that higher education 
must adopt as one of its pri- 
mary missions the advance- 
ment of democracy. He 
stressed the Importance of 
community partnerships and 
local bases for global civil 

Technology, all agreed, Is a 
significant tool, capable of pro- 
viding unprecedented access 
to ideas and information. 
Barber observed that the 
Internet offers the opportunity 
for horizontal, non-hierarchical 
communication, but If used as 
a tool for commercial and eco- 
nomic hegemony, it could be 
as dangerous in the 21st centu 
ry as the political tyrannies of 
the past. 

Sir Bhikhu Parekh, professor 

of politics, University of 
Westminster and London 
School of Economics, UK, made 
summary remarks, reiterating 
that the central purposes of 
democracy were not so much 
about processes and structures 
as about people and their 
needs. The state, democratically 
conceived, is even more power- 
ful and liberating than the non- 
profit service and advocacy 
organizations, he said, adding 
that globalization is not new. 
and as always, has its advan- 
tages and disadvantages. 

Finally, and most encourag- 
ing, the assembled group was 
committed to continuing the 
discussion begun in Washington 
at the American Academy in 
Berlin in June 2002, searching 
for new ways in which the 
University, in concert with pub- 
lic leaders and civic practition- 
ers, can play a critical role in 
building a global community of 
democratic nations. 

—Sondra Myers, 

coordinator for the democracy 
Collaborative roundtable 

Democracy s Well-Kept Secret 

"ft is a journey — like all art, it is a journey — by 
one woman." — Leah Kreutzer 

At left, Kreutzer choreographed this 
dance set to Samuel Barber's Violin 
Concerto. Below: To 12th Century 
Provencal troubadour music, 
Kreutzer and Kimberly Olstad per- 
form an excerpt from an original 
comic parable about a man 
caught in a woman's world. 
"Troubadour music was a vibrant 
medium in its day — a way to 
share everyday concerns of real 
people," Kreutzer said. 

rt is not inciden- 
tal to democra- 
cy — it is the vital 
center," says 
Benjamin R. Barber, director of 
Rutgers University's Walt Whit- 
man Center and a founding 
member of the Democracy 
Collaborative at the University 
of Maryland. Later this year he 
will assume an endowed pro- 
fessorship with the Colla- 
borative in College Park. 

Barber calls the arts "the 
unacknowledged keystone of 
civil society," So when he 
brought more than three 
dozen world figures to the uni- 
versity last month as part of a 
conference on the "Theory 
and Practice of Civic Global- 
ism," he decided to try a little 

Participants went to a 
dance studio, and everyone 
took off their shoes in defer- 
ence to the dancing surface. 
Then members of LKB Dance 
and tenor Martin Best per- 

formed for 
them. "This 
isn't a per- 
formance in 
the traditional 
sense," Barber 
cautioned the 
group as he 
got the discus- 
sion started. 
"Seeing the 
reminds me of 
the Insuffi- 
ciency of our 
words. It 
reminds me 
that in policy 
we only have 
our words." 
The per- 
formers spoke 
with movement and music. 
Leah Kreutzer, artistic director 
of LKB Dance, said this lan- 
guage might also speak to one 
of the goals of the conference: 
to fill the space between the 
academy and the world of 

"At the heart of activities — all that we do — is the 
artist. Artists are representative democrats." 
— Benjamin R. Barber, principal of the university's 
Democracy Collaborative 

practice. "Art may be that 
space," she said. 

"Art is an expression of 
freedom. We've never had 
political progress without art.' 
said Martin Best, singer, com- 
poser and president of 

Britain's Corporate 
Theatre. As an exam- 
ple. Best tells the 
story of the trouba- 
dours of Tuscany. 

The year Is 1150 
and the troubadours 
wrote songs of love, 
music that would con- 
nect with the people. 
"They wrote their songs In 
Tuscan, not Latin. They wrote 
in the language of the street — 
not authority," he said. But they 
couldn't flout authority forev- 
er. Eventually, an official crack- 
down "extinguished trouba- 

dour culture." 

"Not everyone will agree 
on the centrality of art as a 
force in creating and sustain- 
ing democracy," said confer- 
ence coordinator Sondra 
Myers. "But it is a force." 

Ultimately, she argues, the 
arts must have an influence so 
long as they touch people: 
"Democracy is an unrealized 
dream. It Is a work in progress. 
Stagnant and democracy don't 
go together. Democracy needs 
minds that aren't rigid. The 
aesthetic experience liberates 
us from authority." 

May, 1,2001 


Richard EtUn.a professor in the School of Architec- 
ture, has been selected to be part of an Italian team in 
Naples planning a archeological park with an approxi- 
mately $111.1 million budget. The plans call for recov 
ering the area of Stabia and transforming the six ninth 
century Roman villas into a park of more than 140 

Michael Fisher, a Distinguished University and 
Regents professor of physics, has been reelected to 
serve as a member of the Associated Universities, Inc. 
(AU1) Board of Trustees. AUI, a not-for-profit corpora- 
tion based in Washington, D.C., was founded in 1946 
by nine northeastern universities to manage major sci- 
entific facilities. AUI currently operates the National 
Radio Astronomy Observatory under a cooperative 
agreement with the National Science Foundation. 

Bilal M. Ayyub, director of the Center for Technology 
and Systems Management and a civil and environmen- 
tal engineering professor, has been selected for a 
Jimmie Hamilton award from the American Society of 
Naval Engineers. His paper "Probabilistic Fatigue Life 
Prediction for Ship Structures Using Fracture Mecha- 
nics" has been judged as one of the best published In 
the Naval Engineers Journal in 2000. 

Maryland placed three female student athletes on the 
Verizon Academic Ail-American team for the Fall & 
Winter NCAA Sports Team. No other institution in the 
nation earned three spots. The students are: senior 
Suzy Catterson, swimmer, biological sciences major; 
junior Gillian Cote, gymnastics, history major; and 
senior Carl a Tag lien te, field hockey, marketing & 
logistics major. 

Andrew Wolvin, professor in the Department of 
Communication, has been named the first recipient of 

the Internal ional Listening Association Outstanding 
Teacher of Listening award, presented at the associa- 
tion's recent annual meeting in Chicago. 

Linguistics Professors 
Awarded Research Grant 


wo professors from 
the university's 
Department of 
Linguistics, Colin Phillips 
and David Poeppel, have 
been awarded a three-year, 
$750,000 research grant 
by the Human Frontier 
Science Program (HFSP). 

HFSP is a nonprofit 
association devoted to the 
promotion and support of 
international collaboration 
in basic research focused 
on complex mechanism of 
living organism. 

Phillips and Poeppel 
are a part of the depart- 
ment's new Cognitive 
Neuroscience of Language 
Laboratory. They will 
work with neuroscientlsts 
from japan to explore 
"Brain Mechanisms of 
Syntactic Processing," 
which aims to bridge the 
gap between the fields of 
linguistics and neuro- 

Phillips' area of expert- 
ise is linguistics and 
Poeppel's studies include 
linguistics and biology. 
Their project will focus on 
how structures and mean- 
ings are created in the 
brain as people read or lis- 
ten to sentences. Phillips 
and Poeppel will investi- 
gate the detailed time 
course of linguistic 
process while the team 
from Japan will investigate 
the precise location of 
specific linguistic process- 
es in the brain. 

Phillips and Poeppel 
will conduct a number of 
studies on both American 
and Japanese participants. 
In addition to the planned 
studies, the project will 
also support a series of 
workshops on neuro- 
science of language and 
also exchange visits 
between Tokyo and UM 

Inventions of the Year Announced, Research 
and Technology Transfer Celebrated 

New technolo- 
gies in the life, 
and physical 
sciences received acco- 
lades at the 14th Annual 
Invention of the Year 
reception held April 24 by 
the Office of Technology 
Commercialization (OTC). 

For the Life Science 
Invention of the Year, Fred 
Khachik, an adjunct professor 
in Maryland's Department of 
Chemistry and Biochemistry, 
has developed a novel method 
to extract and purify carote- 
noids that are not commercial- 
ly available for research to 
study their properties for use 
as nutritional supplements and 
as drug therapies for chronic 
diseases such as cancer, age- 
related macular degeneration 
and cardiovascular disease. 

Carotenoids, the yellow to 
red compounds found in 
plants and animals, possess 
antioxidant and anti-cancer 
properties and are valuable 
supplements to the human 

Several dietary carotenoids, 
such as b-carotene, lutein, and 

Marino diMarzo, a finalist in 
the physical science category 

lycopene, are commercially 
available in various formula- 
tions. However, anhydrolutein, 
a-cryptoxanthin, b-cryptoxan- 
thin and zeaxanthin, four of 
the 12 major dietary 
carotenoids found in human 
serum, milk, major organs and 
tissues, are rare in nature. 

Khachik 's patent-pending 
method converts commercially 
available lutein (isolated from 
extracts of marigold flowers) 
into a mixture of a cryptoxan- 
thln, b-cryptoxanthin and 
minor quantities of anhydro- 
lutein in one simple step, mak- 
ing these rare carotenoids 
available for further research 
Into their use as preventive 
methods or treatments for 
many degenerative and deadly 

Other finalists in the life sci- 
ence category were entitled 
"Integrated Microfluidic 
System Enabling Rapid Protein 
Digestion, Peptide Separation 

and Protein Identification," 
developed by Cheng Lee; and 
"Dermal Immunization of 
Chickens with a Unique 
Plasmid DNA," developed by 
Robert Heckert and Subbiah 

Life Science Invention of the 
Year winner Fred Khachik 

For the Information 
Science Invention of the 
Year, researchers at Maryland's 
Department of Computer 
Science have developed an 
accurate, rapid and inexpen- 
sive technology that deter- 
mines the spatial layout of a 
wireless network of nodes. 

The patent-pending PinPoint 
Technology, developed by 
Ashok Agrawala, A. 
Shankar, Ronald Larsen and 
Douglas Szajda, also allows 
every node to determine the 
relative offset and drift of 
every other node's clock, mak- 
ing it possible for all of the 
nodes to carry out a precise 
synchronized action. 

Research results show that 
the Pinpoint Technology can 
determine location to an accu- 
racy of a few centimeters and 
determine clock differences to 
an accuracy of a nanosecond, 

PinPoint Technology has sig- 
nificant implications for a 
broad range of wireless net- 
working infrastructure applica- 
tions. The rapid availability of 
accurate location information 
can greatly simplify and opti- 
mize the Implementation of ad- 
hoc networks and sensor-based 

Other finalists in the infor 
mation science category were 
entitled "A Storytelling Robot 
for Pediatric Rehabilitation," 
developed by Allison Drain, 
Catherine Plaisant Schwenn 
and Corinna Lathan; and 
"Maryland Phosphorus Site 
Index (PSI) Software ."devel- 
oped by Robert Hill, Eugene 
Mirbnenko, Franklin 
Robbins and Chad Forgette. 

For the Physical Science 
Invention of the Year, Steve 
Baker, a former research tech- 
nician with Maryland's Depart- 
ment of Electrical and Compu- 
ter Engineering, has developed 
a novel Fiber Optic Breadboard 
workstation that provides a 
scaleable environment for fiber 

optic research. 

Conventional breadboard 
tables have large, horizontal 
surfaces with patterns of 
threaded holes that are used to 
secure the necessary testing 
equipment, such as clamps, 
meters and sensors. This set up 
consumes valuable work space 
and often results in confusing 
layouts that make troubleshoot- 
ing during experiments diffi- 

The patent-pending bread- 
board developed by Baker, set 
up using simple, three-dimen- 
sional modular stacking plat- 
forms, can be mounted on top 
of a traditional breadboard 
table. This layout effectively 
increases the amount of avail- 
able work space. 

Baker's breadboard also fea- 
tures a pattern of threaded 
holes and a quick clamp sys- 
tem to assemble and stack the 
platforms without affecting its 
structural integrity. In addition 
to fiber optic research, Baker's 
breadboard can be used for 
free-space optics, remote sens- 
ing and smart structures 

Since inventing the Fiber 
Optic Breadboard, Baker has 
formed a University of Mary- 
land start-up company based 
on the technology. Optical 
Fiber Research Resources, Inc. . 
of Baltimore, Md., licensed the 
Fiber Optic Breadboard from 
OTC and will be manufactur- 
ing and distributing the novel 

Other finalists in the physi- 
cal science category were enti- 
ded "Wet Gas Temperature 
Measurement Probe," devel- 
oped by Marino diMarzo and 
Paolo Ruffino: and "Evapo- 
ration/Condensation of Metal 
Clusters Tor the Production of 
HIV Semiconductor Nano- 
crystals by Aerotaxy," devel- 
oped by Sheryl Ehrman, 
Yogendra Singh, Julie Rose 
Javier, Knut Deppert and 
Martin Magnusson. 

The Office of Technology 
Commercialization (OTC) at 
the University of Maryland was 
established in 1986 to facilitate 
die transfer of information, life 
and physical science inven- 
tions developed at the universi- 
ty to business and industry. 

In the past 14 years, OTC 
has recorded more than 1 000 
technologies, secured more 
than 1 50 patents and executed 
more than 480 license, agree- 
ments, generating more than 
$ 1 7 million in technology 
transfer income. In addition, 22 
high-tech start-up companies 
have been formed based on 
technologies developed at the 

William W Destier, 
University of Maryland's Vice 
President of Research and 
Dean of the Graduate School, 
presented plaques and $500 in 
award money to the inventors 
of the winning technologies. 





Gala Honors Maryland's Shining Stars 

Alumni and friends gathered to celebrate the achievements of 1 5 individuals at the 
Maryland Alumni Association's Second Annual Alumni Association Awards Gala. Held 
late last month, the event attracted 400 people. 
During the black-tie event, the Alumni Association continued its tradition of presenting six 
distinct awards to alumni who have made significant contributions to the association, the uni- 
versity, their own discipline and the world. In addition, this year's celebration grew to include 
nine schools and colleges presenting distinguished alumnus awards to their own graduates. 
"The amazing achievements of this year's award recipients reflect back on the university 
and make it shine even brighter. We were delighted to share their contributions with alumni, 
family and friends," says Danita Nias '81, executive director of the Alumni Association, 

The association congratulates all of the 200 1 award recipients whose accomplishments 
help make the University of Maryland worthy of recognition. 





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Alumni Association 
Award Recipients 

President's Distinguished 
Alumnus Award 

JohnApel57.'61 M.S. 
President, Global Ocean 

Ralph J, Tyser Medallion 

Col. J. Logan Schutz '38. '40 M.S. 

International Alumnus 


Gordon Hawkins '82 

Baritone Opera Singer 

Outstanding Young Alumnus 


Craig Thompson '92 

Attorney and Community 


Abram Z. Gottwals Award 
Mlng-the Hsu 74 Ph.D. 
President, Taiwan Secom Co., 

Honorary Membership 

Margaret Bridwell 

Director, University of Maryland 

Health Center 

Alumnus Awards 

Agriculture and 
Natural Resources 


Presiden t , Agrl/Washlngton 


Mark Mclnturff*72 

Arts & Humanities 

Brent Blackwelder 75 Ph.D. 

President, Friends of the Earth 

Behavioral & Social Sciences 

Neil Moskowitz '80 

Chief Operating Officer, Credit 

Suisse First Boston 

Robert H. Smith School 
of Business 

Albert Carey 74 

Senior Vice President of Sales, 

PepsiCo, Inc. 

Computer. Mathematics 
& Physical Sciences 
James McGroddy 65 Ph.D. 
Chairman of the Board, M1QS 


Lydia Minatoya '81 Ph.D. 

Faculty member and Counselor, 

North Seattle Community 


A. James Clark School 
of Engineering 
Ram Mukunda 79. '81 M.S. 
President and CEO, Startec 
Global Communications 

Philip Merrill College 

of Journalism 

Jerome Ceppos '69 

Vice President, Knight Ridder 

Master of 

Johnny Holliday 

Radio Announcer and "Voice of 

the Terrapins" 

Distinguished Guest 
Award Presenters 

Jess Atkinson '85 

Sports Director, Channel 9, 

Washington, D.C. 

Frank Clrillo '66 

President, A. James Clark School 

of Engineering Alumni Chapter 

Richard Daniel '85 

Executive Producer for Sports, 

Channel 7, Washington, D.C. 

Ralph Friedgen '69 
Head Football Coach. 

University of Maryland 

Dominique Dawes '02 
Olympic Gold Medallist 

Honorary Doctorate 
World-renowned Architect 

Dave Jones '86 


Venta Jones 78 
Delegate, Maryland State 

Linda Mabbs 

Soprano, School of Music 

•Jody Olsen 79 Ph.D. 
President, Maryland Alumni 

Preston Sampson '84 
Internationally-recognized Artist 

Gary Williams '68 

Head Men's Basketball Coach, 

University of Maryland 

EunYang '95 
Correspondent, National 
Geographic Today 

The Maryland Alumni 
Association thanks the mem 
bers of the Awards Committee 
for their effort and time In 
reviewing countless nomina- 
tions and selecting this year's 
award recipients: 

Cynthia Flanders '82, '88 M.B.A. 


Alan Cason '80 

David Diehl 74 

Richard Florida '69 

Sherry Kohan '92 

Debra Spring Munk '83 MA, 

'91 Ph.D. 

Andre Maria Taylor '87 

For Information about nomi- 
nating a peer for a 2002 alumni 
association award or a distin- 
guished alumnus award, contact 
Delrdre Bagley at (301) 403 
2782, ext. 13. (800) 336-8627 or 

William Walters 

continued from page 1 

collapse into a ball of super 
dense matter that would fit 
on the stretch of 1-95 
between College Park and 

An actual supernova 
probably reaches tempera- 
tures of one to two billion 
degrees when it explodes, 
a scenario that is difficult 
to duplicate In earth-bound 
laboratories. So Walters has 
developed innovative tech- 
niques with resonance ion- 
ization laser sources that 
let him observe the decay 
of some of the isotopes of 
elements involved in this 

With his team of gradu- 
ate students, Walters travels 
to a lab In Geneva, 
Switzerland to conduct his 
experiments. "Our job is to 
find the one piece that gets 

exploded in a billion. In a 
typical experiment, it takes 
about five days to find a 
few hundred decays of the 
right isotope." 

Walters has been on the 
cutting edge of nuclear 
chemistry since he was a 
postdoctoral student at 
MIT in 1964. It was a time 
of major advances in the 
detection of gamma rays, 
which allowed chemists to 
use nuclear methods to do 
some of the things they'd 
always done in test tubes. 

"I worked under a num- 
ber of Manhattan Project 
people who were at MIT, 
including Professor Charles 
Coryell,'* says Walters. "His 
Oak Ridge group discov- 
ered element 6 1 , now 
known as promethium," 

Walters was assigned to 
a research team that tucked 
into getting a gamma ray 
detector from engineers 
down the hall. "I spent 

hours with that figuring 
out how to use it for our 
analysis." Walters says. The 
results of the team's work 
led to pioneering tech- 
niques that are still used 
today In nuclear chemistry. 

Walters has been at the 
university since 1970, was 
chair of the College Park 
Senate during the 1999- 
2000 academic year and is 
currently serving on the 
Provost Search Committee. 
He was a visiting professor 
at the University of Leuven 
in 1978, a Guggenheim 
Fellow at Oxford University 
in 1 986 and received the 
university's Sigma Xi award 
for research in 1998. 

Walters has also just 
been awarded a Research 
Fellowship award for sen- 
ior U.S. scientists by the 
Alexander von Humboldt 
Foundation. He will work 
In Germany at the Univer- 
sity of Mainz In 2002. 

Toll Physics Building 
continued from page 1 

high-quality teaching and 

Toll returned to Maryland In 
1978 as president of the universi- 
ty and then the first chancellor of 
the University System of 
Maryland. He left the chancellor's 
office 1 1 years later, returning to 
physics. The Board of Regents 
conferred upon him the status of 
Chancellor Emeritus. 

From 1989-94, he was presi- 
dent of the Universities Research 
Association. Since 1995, he has 
served as president of Washing- 
ton College in Chestertown, and 
he continues his part-time ap- 
pointment as professor of physics 
at the University of Maryland. 

Toll's activities extended 
beyond his academic Held. He 
pioneered the establishment of 
relations between the state and 
China as one of the first U.S. uni- 
versity presidents to visit China 
after President Nixon's 1972 visit 

there. He arranged the first mutu- 
al visits ever made between an 
American governor and a Chinese 
provincial governor, leading to a 
sister-state relationship between 
Maryland and Anhui. 

On the physics front, he has 
been a leader in developing the 
modern approach to dispersion 
theory and its application to 
problems in elementary particle 
physics. His scientific papers 
have appeared in American, 
Danish, Italian and Swiss scientif- 
ic journals. His recent writings 
have dealt with general problems 
of science, education and society, 
revealing the richness of a life 
dedicated to public service. 

When the department moves 
to the new Physical Sciences 
Complex and the current build- 
ing becomes an earth sciences 
building, John Toll's name will 
move to the new building "in an 
appropriate and prominent 
venue. This way, in the future, we 
will continue to recognize his 
many contributions," wrote 

May 1,2001 


Call for Distinguished Lecturers 

The Graduate School invites nominations for 
speakers to participate in its Distinguished Lecturer 
Series in the coming 2001-2002 academic year. 

This series aims to bring to campus eminent intel- 
lectuals who can speak across disciplinary boundaries 
and engage non-specialists. Name recognition is 
essential. The format of the lectureship is as follows: 
two-day visits, which include one lecture to a general 
audience and seminars for students and faculty in the 
appropriate department. 

Send nominations by e-mail or 
campus mail to Philip DeShong 
(pd 1 0@umai! , , 
Department of Chemistry and 
Biochemistry, 2101 Chemistry 
Building. For more information, 
contact DeShong at (301) 405- 
1889 or 

offer free hearing screenings during the week of May 
7-10 from 9 a.m. -2:30 p.m. each day. These screenings 
are open to the university community and to the gen- 
eral public and will be offered in the Clinic, Room 
01 10 Lefrak Hall. Call (301) 405-4218 to schedule an 

Tenure Track 

Phun Phaets of Physics 

The Department of Physics proudly presents the 
19th year of the public lecture-demonstration pro- 

Cybercamps is proud to offer 
six weeks of its award-winning Hi- 
Tech, Hi-Fun programs at the 
University of Maryland this sum- 
mer. Campers can choose from 3-D 
animation, Web design, program- 
ming, digital arts, game design 
and cyber-explorer. It is certain to 
be an awesome summer filled 
with cutting-edge technology and 
outdoor fun. 

All employees are offered a dis- 
count of $50 for any of their chil- 
dren or relatives who wish to 
attend. This offer applies at all 40 
locations. For more information. 
visit or call 

The Office of Faculty Affairs is sponsoring an 
"APT Brown Bag Lunch" open to assistant professors 
to discuss and answer questions about the tenure 
evaluation process. Preliminary drafts of the revised 
guide for dossier preparation may be available at the 

The event will take place on Tuesday, May 8 from 
12-1:30 p.m. in the Maryland Room, Marie Mount Hall. 
Seats are limited. Please RSVP to Ellin Scholnick. Asso- 
ciate Provost for Faculty Affairs, by 
May 4 if you wish to attend. To 
RSVP or for more information, con- 
tact Scholnick at (301) 405-4252 or 

Civil Rights Now 
(and Then) 


The College of Education's 
Education Policy and Leadership 
Colloquium Series on Diversity and 
Community in American Life pres- 
ents Professor Julian Bond, who will 
lecture on "Civil Rights Now and 
Then, Then and Now." The talk will 
take place at the Nyumburu Cultural 
Center on Wednesday, May 2 from 
4:30-6 p.m. 

This is an excellent opportunity 
to hear from a man who has served 
the causes of dignity, peace and free- 
dom. For more information, contact 
Steven Selden at (301) 405-3566 or 
ss2 2@umail . 

How many physicists does it take to turn on a light bulb? A Physics is Phun volunteer, 
with the help of participants, demonstrates how much human power it takes to turn on a 
series of light bulbs. 

When You Wish 
to Form a Star 

Forum on Freshmen 

On Friday. May 4 from 12-l:30p.m.,the CAWG 
Beginnings Subgroup will sponsor the Forum "From 
Understanding to Action: What Freshmen Tell Us, and 
What They Want Us to Hear." 

The results from the 2000 Beginning Student 
Survey will be presented along with comparisons to 
results from previous years. A panel of first-year stu- 
dents will react to the results and to questions. 
Special attention will be paid to transition issues, 
faculty and staff support and ways that the institu- 
tion can be more helpful to students during their 
first year. 

The forum will take place in the Grand Ballroom 
Lounge, Stamp Student Union. A light lunch will be 
served. For more information and to RSVP (by May 1), 
contact Eowyn Rehwinkel at (301) 405 3867 or 
cawg@umail.umd. edu, or visit 

Better Hearing & Speech Month 

An esdmated 28 million Americans have a hearing 
loss that can be treated. 

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, a good 
time to take stock of your own hearing and seek help 
if you have a problem. You may have a hearing loss if 

• frequently ask people to repeat themselves 

• often turn your ear toward a sound to hear it bet- 

• understand people better when you wear your 
glasses or look directly at their faces 

• lose your place in group conversations 

• keep the volume on your radio or TV at a level 
that others say is too loud 

• have pain or ringing in your ears 

People who see themselves in these statements 
should see an audio logist for a hearing test. Even a 
very slight hearing loss can have an impact on one's 
daily life. Hearing loss Is treatable, and there is no rea- 
son for anyone to miss the important sounds of life. 

The university's Speech and Hearing Clinic will 

gram series "Physics is Phun," hosted by Richard Berg 
and the staff of the Physics Lecture-Demonstration 
Facility, and assisted by numerous invaluable volun- 
teers. These free public programs, which present 
physics at the high school level through the use of 
demonstrations, aim to educate, inform and entertain. 
Interactive experiments will be available with volun- 
teer supervision 30 minutes before each program. 

On Thursday, May 1 0, Friday, May 1 1 and Saturday, 
May 1 2, the focus is on water: the fascinating proper 
ties of our most important substance. 

Doors open by 7 p.m., and the program runs from 
7:30-8:45 p.m. in the Physics Department Lecture 
Halls, Physics Building. For further Information, call 
(301) 405-5994. To volunteer call Bernie at (301) 405- 
5949 a week before the program. Or visit 
www. p hysics 

The Astronomy Department 
Colloquium will feature Chris 
McKee. University of California, Berkeley, who will 
speak on "The Formation of Stars and Star Clusters" 
on Wednesday, May 2 from 4-5 p.m. in Room 2400. 
Computer and Space Sciences. 

Colloquia are preceded by coffee and followed by 
an Informal reception (both in CSS 0254) . Anyone 
interested in having lunch or talking with the speaker 
should contact Derek Richardson at (301) 405 8786 
or The hour immediately 
after lunch will normally be reserved for the speaker 
to talk with graduate students. Students are urged to 
contact the coordinator to arrange this. 

Special accommodations for individuals with dis- 
abilities can be made by calling (301) 405-3001 at 
least one week in advance. 

Funding Space-Age Projects 

Awards Reception 

The President's Commission on Ethnic Minority 
Issues and The President's Office cordially invite you 
to attend an awards reception on Tuesday, May 1 5 
from 3-5 p.m. at the Garden at Rossborough Inn. 

Honorees include Dottie Bass, Danielle McGugins, 
Gia Harewood and Delecia Stewart. 

Please RSVP acceptances only by May 7 to (301) 
405-580 1 or For more Infor- 
mation, contact Shanti Nanan at (301) 405-5801 or 
snan an @deans . 

Institute for Instructional Technology 

The Institute for Instructional Technology (IIT) 
provides faculty participants with an intensive 
immersion into new technologies that have the 
potential to transform the curricula with which 
teachers teach and the media and environments with 
which students learn. Free classes run throughout 
the summer In 4404 Computer & Space Sciences; see for schedule and to register. 

For more Information, contact the IIT Coordinator 
at (301) 405-2945 or, or visit 

On May 23, the American Center for Physics will 
host the "NASA Funding Conference: Funding 
Initiatives & Enterprise Projects" to offer an in-depth 
look at the newly organized Research Enterprise mis- 
sions and their interdisciplinary focus. The morning 
session will have speakers from the five Enterprise 
areas: aerospace technology, human exploration and 
development of space, earth science, space science, 
and biological and physical research. Each speaker 
will describe their funding priorities and available 

The conference runs from 8:45 a.m. -3 p.m. 
Lunch will include an informal discussion with NASA 
officials. The afternoon session will be devoted to a 
roundtable discussion on how to prepare successful 
proposals to NASA, and a demonstration of the new 
SYS-EYFUS electronic reporting system, which princi- 
pal investigators will be required to use. NASA pro- 
gram officers will be available for individual discus- 
sions about potential research proposals for their pro- 
grams. For more information and to register online, 

The conference Is free to faculty, staff and stu- 
dents, $25 for the non -affiliated attendees. For more 
information, contact Anne Geronlmo at (301) 405- 
4178 or