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The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper 

Volume 15 • Number 29 'May 15, 2001 

Geoffroy Leaves Legacy 
of Collaboration 

Chinoy to Join Journalism School 

Fifth Pulitzer Prize Winner Comes to Maryland 

Asked what he wUl miss 
most when he heads 
west to Iowa, Provost 
Greg Geoffroy does not hesi- 
tate to answer "I will miss the 
joy of living and working in 
such a diverse community. 
There is a richness of life. It is 
a special feature here." 

He will trade this diversity 
for the relative homogeneity of 
Ames, Iowa when he becomes 
Iowa State University's 14th 
president in July. 

Geoffroy spent his four 
years at Maryland as senior 
vice president for academic 
affairs and provost, with a two- 
month stint as acting president 
in 1 998. His responsibilities in- 
cluded making sure the univer- 
sity's academic concerns were 
addressed. He also needed to 
keep Maryland moving for- 
ward. There were committees 
to steer, initiatives to outline. 

Provost Gregory Geoffroy 

"He is very much a can-do 
person," says his boss, Presi- 
dent Dan Mote. "He really 
knows how to move projects 

Geoffroy managed to imple- 

continued on page 3 

Ira Chinoy, a two-time 
Pulitzer Prize-winning inves- 
tigative journalist at The 
Washington Post, will join 
the university this fall as a 
visiting journalism professor 
and a doctoral fellow. 

Chinoy, The Post's director 
of computer-assisted report- 
ing, will teach computer- 
assisted reporting and anoth- 
er course each semester for 
three years at the Philip 
Merrill College of Journalism. 
He also will be the college's 
first Scripps Howard Founda- 
tion Doctoral Fellow, a three- 
year scholarship that leads to 
a doctorate in journalism. 

"We are thrilled to have 
someone of Ira's breadth of 
journalism experience join 

us," said Journalism Dean 
Thomas KunkeI."He is a pio- 
neer in the techniques of 
computer-assisted investiga- 
tive reporting. Our students 
will benefit enormously by 
learning from one of the 

Chinoy started his journal- 
ism career at The Lawrence 
(Mass.) Eagle-Tribune after 
graduating in 1977 from 
Harvard College. In 1981, he 
joined The Providence 
Journal-Bulletin, where he 
was a pioneer in computer- 
assisted reporting tech- 
niques. In 1993, he was part 
of a team that won the 
Pulitzer Prize in investigative 
reporting for its coverage of 
corruption and patronage in 

the Rhode Island courts, 

Chinoy joined The Post in 
1995, and in 1998 was part 
of the team that won the 
Pulitzer Prize for public serv- 
ice for a series on the use of 
deadly force by the 
Washington D.C. police. 
The Bethesda resident 
becomes the fifth Pulitzer 
winner at the college, joining 
Professors Haynes Johnson, 
Jon Franklin, David S. Broder 
and William Eaton, curator of 
the school's Hubert H. Hum- 
phrey Fellowship program 
for international journalists. 
In addition, Professor Gene 
Roberts led The Philadelphia 
Inquirer to 17 Pulitzers dur- 
ing his 18-year tenure as 
executive editor. 

Commencement Speakers 

The following isi a list of commencement speakers for 

ceremonies being held May 23 and 24. Times and 

locations may be found online at www.inform.umd. 


Main Convocation 

A. James Clark School of 

Gov. Parris N. Glendening 


Professor of Mechanical 

College of Agriculture & 

Engineering Relnhard K. 

Natural Resources 


Dean Thomas A. Fretz 

The college will also be 

College of Behavioral and 

presenting its first Medattlon 

Social Sciences 

of Excellence Award to the 

Student Kesha Robertson, a 

Honorable Harry R. Hughes, 

bachelor of government and 

former Governor of 

politics candidate 


College of Computer, 

School of Architecture 

Mathematical and 

Mark Mclrrtmff, principal 

Physical Sciences 

partner of Mclnturff 

Raul Fernandez, president of 



American Studies 

Department of 

Ellen Hughes, Cultural 


Historian, National Museum 

Lt. Governor Kathleen 

of American History 

Kenn edy Townscnd 

Women's Studies 

College of Education 

Professor of American 

press time 

Studies Nanc;* Si j una 

English, Comparative 

Art History and 



©date Professor of 

Assistant Professor of Art 

English Orrin Wang 

History and Archeology 

Sharon Gerstcl 

Departments of Dance, 

Theatre, RTVF 

Art Studio 

Student dance performances 

Professor of Art \V 


Foreign languages, 

continued on page 4 

Town Hall Meeting Wednesday to Discuss Traffic, 
Environment in New Facilities Master Plan 

Faculty, staff and stu- 
dents will have a 
chance to react to 
some of the ideas for 
future development of the 
university in a Town Hall 
meeting Wednesday night, 
May 16, where consultants 
will offer their proposals for 
transportation, parking, land 
use, environmental protection 
and other issues. 

Residents and officials from 
the City of College Park will 
also be invited to the Town 
Hall meeting in the Biology- 
Psychology Building, room 
1240 (Auditorium), beginning 
at 7:30 p.m. 

The consultants have devel- 
oped proposals for more envi- 

ronment-friendly guidelines 
for future development, as 
requested by the Facilities 
Master Planning Committee, 
under the leadership of 
Provost Greg Geoffroy and 
Vice President Charles Sturtz. 

The FMP Committee has 
been meeting since last fall to 
draw up a new plan for cam- 
pus development for the 
years 2001 to 2020. One of 
the committee's first actions 
was to adopt a set of princi- 
ples including greater envi- 
ronmental protection. 

The proposals include such 
measures as closing Campus 
Drive through the middle of 
campus and establishing high- 
frequency loop shuttle serv- 

ice, creating perimeter and 
off-campus parking to reduce 
congestion, improving pedes- 
trian safety, and enabling the 
conversion of impervious 
parking lots to green space. 

Other recommendations 
include significantly increas- 
ing the number of trees on 
campus, and stabilizing and 
cleaning up waterways such 
as Campus Creek and Paint 

The overall goals for resolv- 
ing transport at ioti issues are 
to decrease automobile de- 
pendency, decrease on-cam- 
pus congestion, deal with 
parking challenges, develop a 

continued on page 3 

Creating the Next Generation of IT 
Behavioral Scientists 

Three university sociolo- 
gists — Meyer Kestnbaum, 
Alan Neustadtl and John 
Robinson— are aiming to 
create a new field of unified 
information technology 
behavioral studies. 

In June they will host the 
first national "WebShop" to 
train the next generation of 
scholars in t bis emerging 
field. Top national 
researchers from various aca- 
demic backgrounds will 
come to the university to 
speak with approximately 50 

students about the various 
trends in current research 
and to help them complete 
graduate dissertations and 

"We plan to develop this 
new field through its stu- 
dents " said John R Robinson, 
who is directing the project, 
"Our Webshop will allow us 
to help map their research 
and the field at the same 

Researchers from many 
disciplines — sociology, psy- 
chology and computer sci- 

ence, among others — are 
actively exploring the rapid 
cultural penetration of the 
Internet. "But we need to 
pull all this academic work 
together into something 
more coherent " said Alan 
Neustadd. "You can see it 
right here on campus" said 
Meyer Kestnbaum . " Profes- 
sors in most departments are 
deeply interested in the 
impact of this medium. But 
they are only beginning to 
talk to each other about 

continued on page 2 

May 15,2001 




Your Guide to University Events 
May 15-June 6 

4 p.m., Physics Colloquium: 
"Jamming.'' With Sid Nagcl, 
professor of physics, Univer- 
sity of Chicago. Pteceded by 
refreshments at 3:30 p.m. 
1410 Toll Building (Physics 
lecture hall). Call 5-3401. 

3-5„ Awards Reception: 
The President's Commission 
on Ethnic Minority Issues and 
The President's Office cordial- 
ly invite you to the Garden at 
Rossbo rough Inn. Honorees 
include Dottie Bass, Danielle 
McGugins, Gia Harewood and 
Delecia Stewart. For more 
information, contact Shanti 
Nanan at (301) 405-5801 or 

W e cfn e s da y 

and students. For reservations, 
contact Jack Donley at (301) 
474-781 5. For more informa- 
tion, call (301) 454-1463.* 

may 2 

Sun da y 

mm ion. contact Peter Levine, 
54767 or PL60@umail. umd. 
edu, or visit www.puaf.umd. 

W ednesday 

10:30 a.m.-l:30 p.m.. Event: 
"Second Annual Sunday 
Brunch Cruise." Aboard the 
Odyssey, 600 Water Street, SW, 
Washington, D.C. Sponsored 
by the Black Alumni Club. All 
alumni and friends are wel- 
come to enjoy food and enter- 
tainment. All proceeds from 
the silent auction will support 
the Parren Mitchell Scholar- 
ship Fund. Contact Llatetra D. 
Brown at (301) 403-2728, ext. 
1 1 or 

11 a.m.-5 p.m., Black Faculty 
and Staff Conference: "Defin- 
ing the New Black Agenda in 
Higher Education." Greenbelt 
Marriott Hotel (3 days). For 
information or to register, con- 
tact Gail Brown at 5-4183 or 
register on-line at www.umd. 

< J J fturs da y 

2-4 p.m., Seminar: "Writing 
Wrongs: Better Memos, 
Business Letters and E-mails." 
(Details in For Your 
Interest, page 4.) 

3-4:30 p.m., Reception for 
Provost Gregory L. Geoffroy, 
in celebration of his appoint- 
ment as president of Iowa 
State University. Colony 
Ballroom, Stamp Student 
Union. RSVP to Sapienza 
Barone at 5-5790 or 


5:30-7:30 p.m. Mixer First 
Annual Business and Techno- 
logy Regional Mixer. Grand 
Pavilion of the Clarice Smith 
Performing Arts Center. Free. 
Complimentary drinks and hor 
d'oeuvres.To register, visit 
www. mdhitech , org/Cal enda r/ 
html/52.html or call Cindy 
McGowan at (301) 4034111. 

Tri da y 

1-4 p.m., OIT Shortcourse 
Training: "Introduction to 
HTML." Introduces HTML from 
simple generation and transla- 
tion of text files to richh/ for- 
matted pages. Along the way, 
proper use of graphics, sounds 
and general practices will be 
discussed. This is a hands-on 
workshop; upon completion 
participants will be able to 
construct quality HTML docu- 
ments. Prerequisite: familiarity 
with the Internet and Net- 
scape. 4404 Computer & 
Space Science. The fee is $30. 
For more information and to 
register, contact the OIT 
Training Services Coordinator 
at 5-0443 or oit-training@ 
umail., or visit * 

1 1 a.m.-5 p.m., Black Faculty 
and Staff Conference: "Defin- 
ing the New Black Agenda in 
Higher Education." Greenbelt 
Marriott Hotel (3 days). For 
information or to register, con- 
tact Gail Brown at 5-4183 or 
register on-line at www.umd. 
edu/bfsaconference. * 



1 1 a.m.-5 p.m., Black Faculty 
and Staff Conference: "Defin- 
ing the New Black Agenda in 
Higher Education." Greenbelt 
Marriott Hotel (3 days). For 
information or to register, con- 
tact Gail Brown at 54183 or 
register on-line at www.umd. 

W e dn e s da y 


fffiur s day 

8 a.m.4:30 p.m., Conference: 
" 19th Annual Professional 
Concepts Exchange Confer- 
ence" for non-exempt staff. 
Stamp Student Union. Contact 
Gaynor Sale at 4-9685 or 

Satur da y 

12:30-2 p.m., Colloquium: 
"Public An, Public Outcry: The 
Scandalous Sculptures of 
Jacob Epstein and Richard 
Serra ." With Caroline Levine, 
English Department, Rutgers- 
Camden. Presented by the 
Committee on Politics, Philo- 
sophy and Public Policy (CP4). 
1102 Francis Scott Key Hall. 
The paper will not be read 
during the session. The text 
may be viewed and down- 
loaded at www.peterlevine. 
ws/epstein.pdf, or contact 
Steven Maloncy at 5-4754 (or to 
request a copy. For more infor- 

9 a.m.4:30 p.m„OIT Short- 
course Training: "Fast Track To 
Cold Fusion." Learn to set up 
the Cold Fusion development 
environment, publish dynamic 
data using Cold Fusion tags. 
Reuse common code, build 
forms with Cold Fusion, build 
search interfaces, build data 
drilldown interfaces, accept 
user information for updating 
and inserting data in databas- 
es, secure Web pages. 4404 
Computer & Space Science. 
Registration fee is $650. This 
is a three-day class limited to 

10 registrants. For more infor- 
mation and to register, contact 
the OIT Training Services Co- 
ordinator at 5-0443 or oit-train-, or visit* 

8 p.m. Concert: Prince 
George's Choral Society's final 
concert of the season. Berwyn 
Presbyterian Church, Berwyn 
Heights. Light dessert buffet 
following the performances in 
the church fellowship hall. 
Admission $10, $8 for seniors 

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-maii to 
'Events are free and open to the public unless noted by an asterisk (*). 

Make Your Mark on the ACC 

In preparation for the 
50th anniversary celebra- 
tion of the formation of the 
Adantic Coast Conference, a 
contest will be held to pro- 
duce a logo for the celebra- 
tion. It is open to students, 
faculty and staff 
members of the 
nine ACC mem- 
ber institutions. 
The logo will 
be used before, 
during and after 
the celebration, 
which will 
occur during 
the 2002-2003 
school year. 

The winner will be rec- 
ognized in print, on telev- 
sion and radio and the 
Internet. Also, a paid intern- 
ship at the Charlotte, N.C. 

design firm of Concentric 
Marketing will be offered, 
well as opportunities for 
future commission design 
work relating to the ACC 
50th anniversary logo. 
Entries must be post- 



marked by June 18. For 
guidelines and more infor- 
mation, contact Vice 
President of Marketing Lisa 
Shaw at (704) 37B4433- 

Web Shop 

continued from page 1 

their work, and not in any 
organized way." 

Each of the Webshop ses- 
sions is organized around a 
theme, such as the digital 
divide, time/activity displace- 
ment, online communities, 
policy issues, or placing the 
Internet in historical per- 
spective. Top researchers 
will present and debate their 
work and students will join 
the discussion. Approximate- 
ly 50 researchers have 
signed on to participate, 
including several from the 

The National Science Foun- 
dation awarded Robinson, 
Neustadtl and Kestnbaum a 
$2.7 million grant last year 
to create an innovative, 
multi-disciplinary program of 
Internet research, including 
the Webshop and creation of 
an interactive Web portal 
(www. webuse. 
offering immediate access to 
complete survey data sets on 
Internet use and a compre- 
hensive annotated bibliogra- 
phy. The group is also put- 
ting together an extensive 
profile of Internet user 
experiences and attitudes 
that will be posted on the 
Web site. 


In "Independent 
Bookseller Makes 
Campus Connections" 
(May 8), the number of 
fatalities caused by the 
eruption of the Nevado 
del Ruiz volcano was 
incorrect. In 1985, 
23,000 people died 
after the volcano tn 
Colombia erupted. 

Last week's front 
page Outlook article 
entitled "Chinese 
Ambassador, Spiritual 
Leader Discuss Taiwan 
Defense" contained 
errors. The former 
Taiwan official who pre- 
sented the lecture was 
not the Chinese ambas- 
sador. Suheil Bushrui, 
the discussant, is not a 
spiritual leader but a 
scholar, academician 
and professor at the uni- 
versity who has an aca- 
demic interest in spiritu- 
al matters related to 
world peace and who 
teaches a course on the 
spiritual heritage of the 
human race. 


Outlook is the weekly faculty-staff 
newspaper serving the University of 
Maryland campus community. 

Brodie Remington 'Vice President 
for University Relations 

Teresa Flannery ■ Executive Director 
of University Communications and 
Director of Marketing 

George Cathcart • Executive Editor 

Monette Austin Bailey • Editor 

Cynthia Ml tchel • Assistant Editor 

Patty Henetz • Graduate Assistant 

Letters to the editor, story suggestions 
and campus information are welcome. 
Please submit all material two weeks 
before the Tuesday of publication. 

Send material to Editor, Outlook, 2101 
Turner Hall, College Park, MD 20742 

Telephone • (301) 405-76(5 
Fax -{301) 314-9344 
E-mail ■ 
www. collegepublisher. com/outlook 


College of 

Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences 

Steve Halperin, Dean ■ Spring 2001 

The College of 
and Physical 
Sciences is 
nationally recognized for the 
high quality of its faculty, 
research, education and stu- 
dents. Its core programs — 
in computer science, earth 
science, mathematics and 
physical science — are among 
the best in the nation. CMPS 
faculty are known for their 
contribution to the creation 
of knowledge, and tills is 
reflected in their large share 
of national and university 
distinctions and awards. 

The College also plays a 
significant part in the 
University's role within the 
state through its strong part- 
nerships with the private 

sector and federal agencies. 
These partnerships are en- 
hanced by a stream of 

superbly-qualified CMPS 
graduates. More than 6,000 
live in the region and many 

hold high tech positions in 
area businesses and labs. 

College graduate and 
undergraduate programs are 
continuously updated to 
reflect advances in modern 
science. Students interact 
with first class faculty in 
state-of-the-art labs on and 
off campus, tackling impor- 
tant problems, many of 
which cross the boundaries 
of traditional science. The ' 
quality of the faculty is evi- 
denced by their dedication 
to teaching as well as their 
research. Superior advising 
and career services, includ- 
ing the well-known Cor- 
porate Scholars Internship 
Program, help undergradu- 
ates transition to high-tech 

Cross-disciplinary work in 


on the Move 


Atomic and Molecular 


1997 Nobel Laureate Bill 
Phillips is joining the Physics 
Department and the Institute 
for Physical Science and 
Technology (TPST) to develop a 
world-class atomic, molecular 
and optical physics research 
group in partnership with his 
group at the National Institute 
for Science and Technology. To 
work with its already strong 
faculty in this field, CMPS will 
be hiring three world-class 
AMO leaders. 

Atmosphere, weather and 
Climate Change 

An astonishing convergence 
of talent has created one of the 
nation's strongest weather and 
climate change resources at 
Maryland. In the 1980s the 
University collaborated with 
NOAA to create the Coopera- 
tive Institute for Climate 
Studies. The CICS. directed by 
Bob Ellingson, pioneered signifi- 
cant atmospheric and climate 
studies. Today it estimates the 
components of atmospheric 
and surface energy associated 
with precipitation and radia- 

For die last 10 years. Russell 
Dickerson and meteorology col- 
leagues have monitored the 
local atmosphere for the 
Maryland Department of the 
Environment and Department 
of Natural Resources. Their goal 
is to improve understanding of 
the concentration and origins 
of air pollution to help the state 
comply with the Clean Air Act. 

More recently, Joseph Jaja, 
Director of UMIACS, and John 
Townsend, professor of geo- 
graphy, created the Global 
Land Cover Facility; part of the 
NASA-supported Federation of 
Earth Science Information 

Two years ago, international- 
ly recognized meteorologist 
Eugenia Kalnay. former director 
of the Environmental Modeling 
Center of NCEP. joined the 
College as chair of Meteorology. 
Kalnay, together with Jim Yorke. 
an early leader in the study of 
chaos and director of the 
Institute for Physical Science 
and Technology, and Larry 
Davis, a world expert in com- 
puter vision and high perform- 
ance computing and Computer 
Science Department Chair, 
received a $ 1 million Keck 
Foundation grant to create 
more reliable weather predic- 
tion models. 

Weather forecasting 
links computer vision, 
computer science, chaos the- 
ory and climate forecasting. 
Kalnay and colleagues are 
learning that not all chaos is 
equal in the ways it affects 
the weather. Previously it 
was assumed that the over- 
all chaotic behavior of weath- 
er systems was an insupera- 
ble problem to accurate 
localized weather prediction. 
But a new technique, devel- 
oped at Maryland, now iden- 
tifies chaotic hot spots- 
regions where small changes 
(n conditions are believed to 
quickly magnify into large 
weather perturbations. 
Focusing on these hot spots 
can significantly reduce 
errors in forecasts. 


Hydrospheric Pro- 
cesses Lab to serve 
as its director. 

"ESSIC's goal," 
Busalacchi says, "is 
to improve our un- 
derstanding of how Bill Phillips 
atmosp he re-ocea n- 
land biosphere components of 
Earth interact as a system. An 
example is El Nino and how 
the ocean and atmosphere 
interact to produce seasonal to 
interannual climate variability. 
Major interest areas of Center 
study are climate variability and 
change, atmospheric composi- 
tion and processes, and the 
global carbon cycle." 

ESSIC has developed a 
method for combining fields of 
remotelv sensed observations 

. fa 

Also two years ago, the 
College, togetiier with BSOS, 
took another major step with 
the establishment of the joint 
UMD-Goddard Earth System 
Science Interdisciplinary 
Center (ESSIC). This year Tony 
Busalacchi was recruited from 
his position as chief of die NASA 

Wendell Hill, IPST, is one of many 
College who are already engaged 

as a means of constraining cou- 
pled climate models leading to 
improved predictions. 

Most recently, several 
CMPS faculty helped bring 
about establishment of the 
new Joint Global Change 
Research Institute in College 
Park, created by the Univer- 
sity and the Department of 
Energy's Pacific Northwest 
National Laboratories. 

Scientific Computation 

The College's Center for 

Scientific Computation and 
Mathematical Modeling was 
recently created 
to use computa- 
tional methods 
to address cut- 
ting-edge scien- 
tific problems, 
thereby ensur- 
ing the Univer- 
sity's position at 
die forefront of 
modern science. 
brings together 
the algorithmic 
design of comput- 
er science with 
the rigorous theo- 
ry of mathematics 
and the physical 
principles of sci- 
ence to address 
critical large-scale 
problems with 

Initial areas of 
center concentra- 
tion will include 
weather and cli- 
mate forecasting, protein fold- 
ing and astronomical magnetic 


In the 
in AMO 

many new areas is support- 
ed by three institutes and 
five centers within the 
College that interact with 
the teaching departments to 
establish research initiatives 
and make them accessible to 
students. The College also 
works closely with Engineer- 
ing and Life Sciences in 
cross-disciplinary areas such 
as nanotechnology and bio- 
science. The overall combi- 
nation is a dynamic College 
buzzing with challenging 
work and growing and 
changing at high speed. 

CMPS Mission 


' he mission of the 
College of Computer, 
Mathematlcai and 
Physical Sciences is to 
advance modern science 
through its nationally 
competitive research and 
educational programs, 


• Computer science 

• Earth science 

• Mathematics 

■ Physical sciences 

To ensure its growth 
and its leadership 
role in the coming 
decades, the College 
complements its core 
areas of strength with 
strategic investments in 
important emerging areas 
of science, combining the- 
ory, experimentation and 
observation, and powerful 

Fourteen departments and 
institutes are participating in 
this centers activities. It has led 
the development of a new 
interdisciplinary graduate pro- 
gram beginning diis fall. 

IBM is an important partner 
in the center. Bill PulJeyblank, 
director of the Deep Compu- 
ting Institute and Exploratory 
Server Systems for IBM's T.J. 
Watson Research Center, says, 
"Deep computing — the applica- 
tion of huge amounts of com- 
puting power to massive 
amounts of data in order to 
improve decision making — is 
becoming increasingly impor- 
tant to a broad range of users 
of information technology. We 
are pleased to be able to work 
with CMPS faculty who are 
established leaders in this 
important activity." 

Building on Excellence 

The College's priority and 
an area of phenomenal 
success is the recruiting 
of top faculty. The recent 
recruitment of Nobel Laureate 
Bill Phillips (see p. 1, Atomic 
and Molecular Optics) is one 
example. The Institute for 
Physical Science and Techno- 
logy (IPST), the University's old- 
est and most highly respected 
institute, is home to many of 
the stellar faculty in CMPS. 
including Michael Fisher, 

Sergey Novikov 

Sergey Novikov, Jim Yorke, 
Roald Sagdeev and Phillips. 

IPST faculty lead major research 
groups in non-linear dynamics, 
statistical mechanics, and space 

Primary members of the 
Space Physics Group are 
George Gloeckler, Glenn 
Mason and Doug Hamilton. 
They are from the Physics 
Department and IPST and study 
energetic ions from the sun and 
Earth's radiation belts using 
instruments built on campus 
and flown on NASA satellites 
and space probes. Their studies 
seek to understand the original 
sources of the ions and the nat- 
ural mechanisms by which they 
are accelerated to high veloci- 
ties, both near the sun and in 

Earth's radiation belts. 
Rajarshl Roy, Dan 
Lathrop, Edward Ott. Brian 
Hunt, Wolfgang Losert, C. 
David Levermore and Jim 
Yorke arc part of the Non-lin- 
ear Dynamics and Chaos 
Group, They represent IPST the 

Roald Sagdeev 

Michael Fisher 

Institute for Plasma Research, 
physics, math and electrical and 
computer engineering. Iathmp's 
work concerns waves and tur- 
bulence in fluid flows and Roy's 
focuses on non- linear dynamics 
in optical systems, specifically 
lasers and optical fibers. 

Three new faculty in geolo- 
gy have brought a previously 
strong group in geochemistry 
to national prominence. 
Roberta Rudnick was former- 
ly a von Humboldt Fellow at 
the Max Planck Institute and 

most recently a professor at 
Harvard. She is a world expert 
on die lower continental crust. 
Anodier von Humboldt Fellow, 
William McDonough, is focus- 
ing on the composition of the 
hulk earth and the geochem- 
istry of the solar system. He is a 
world leader in synthesizing 
the dazzling array of composi- 
tional and seismic data available 

Jim Yorke 

for this research. James 
Farquhar was most recently 
with the University of Califor- 
nia. San Diego. His expertise is 
in the use of multiple stable 
isotope fractionations during 
oxidation of gaseous sulfur 
species and volatile organic 
compounds. His approach can 
be extended from atmospheric 
chemistry to planetary atmos- 
pheres and their evolution 
through time. For this work he 
was awarded the Gcochemicai 
Society Clarke Medal for 2000. 
Mathematics has recruited a 
remarkable group of faculty in 
partial differential equations 
and numerical analysis, espe- 
cially in areas related to fluid 
dynamics and materials sci- 
ence. This year, C. David 
Levermore. also with IPST, 
Konstantina Trivisa and 
Georg Dolzmann joined 

recent arrivals Jian-Guo Liu, 
also with IPST Sijue Wu and 
Bo Li. Group members have 
started seminars in the mathe- 
matics of fluid dynamics and 
the mathematics of materials 
science. Research deals widi 
the description and behavior of 

Ellen Williams 

materials with complicated 
mierostructures such as alloys 
and polymer blends, the mathe- 
matics of shock waves as dis- 
continuous solutions to differ- 
ential equations, and topics 
related to fundamental ques- 
tions concerning equations of 
fluid dynamics, methods of 
computation and applications. 

Sijue Wu received the pres- 
tigious Ruth l.yttle Satter Prize 
from the American Mathema- 
tical Society earlier this year. It 
honors outstanding contribu- 
tions to mathematics research 
by a woman during the previ- 
ous five years. The award is 
granted every two years and 
was based in part on two influ- 
ential papers authored by Wu 
which appeared in top mathe- 
matics journals. 

Ellen Williams, director of 
the Materials Research Science 
and Engineering Center, just 
secured the renewal of a $ 1 
million National Science 
Foundation grant to support 

this research as well as a new 
graduate teaching fellows out- 
reach program to K-I2 schools. 
Williams is widely recognized 
for her expertise in characteriz- 
ing and predicting the evolu- 
tion of materials structures. 
The College has a Fields 
Medalist, Sergey Novikov. 
mathematics and IPST, and a 
Wolf Prize winner, Michael 
Fisher, physics and IPST. 
Eleven faculty are members of 

Sijue Wu 

the National Academy of 
Sciences and the National 
Academy of Engineering. 
Stephen Kudla in mathema- 
tics recently won the Max 
Planck Research Award. Two 
faculty in mathematics, 
Konstantine Trivisa and 
Jui-Kang Yu, and one in 
physics, Meianie Becker, were 
awarded Sloan Fellowships this 
year out of only 43 Sloans in 
mathematics and physics in all 
of the United States and 
Canada. The College has 14 of 
the Unversity's 35 Disting- 
uished University 
Professorships and 66 faculty 
who have held Sloans or 
National Science Foundation 
Early Career Development 
Program Awards. 

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Department of Computer Science 

Department of Geology 

Department of Mathematics 

Department of Meteorology 

Department of Physics 

Center for Automation Research 

Center for Bioinformatlcs and Computational 

Biology — with Life Sciences 

Center for Scientific Computation and Mathematical 


Center for Superconductivity Research 
Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center 

Institute for Advanced Computer Studies 

Institute for Physical Science and Technology 

Institute for Plasma Research — with Engineering 

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Top 25 Public and Private Universities 
Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics 

U.S. News & World Report 

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University of Maryland: 
Computer Science 11th 
Mathematics 21st 
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in the three areas of computer science, physics and mathematics. In this geographic 
area, quality comparable to Maryland is available only at Ivy League schools. 


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$63M in annual research 

Ranked (by U.S. News & 
World Report): 
• 11th in Computer 

■ 14th in Physics 
- 21st in Mathematics 
2,368 Undergraduate 
majors with average enter- 
ing SAT of 1300 in Fall 

720 Graduate students 
with average entering GRE 
of 1972 in Fall 2000 
Over 70 partnerships with 
industry and federal 

Discovering the Future 

In April, corporate leader- 
ship of Fujitsu Laborato- 
ries from both Japan and 
the U.S. joined with state and 
university leaders to celebrate 
the establishment of a new 
Fujitsu Research Ub in 
College Park. The 
lab will focus on 
wireless comput- 
ing, network 
security, bio- 
quantum com- 
puting and other 
innovative tech- 
nologies. With in 
three years, it 
will go from a 
staff of nine 
researchers to 
30 and from an 
annua] budget of 
$3.5 million to 
S10 million. 

With other 
key U.S. loca- 
tions eager to 
have Fujitsu, 
their coming to 
College Park cul- 
minates the first 
part of a robust 
business and 
industry out- 
reach effort by 
the College. The 
College's recog- 
nized expertise 
in computer sci- 
ence and infor- 
mation technology, and perva- 
sive and quantum computing 
complement Fujitsu's goals 
for the new laboratory, and 
were major factors in their 
decision to locate here. 

Fujitsu was also attracted 
by the formation of a new 
R&D mechanism, the Mary- 
land Information and Network 

Dynamics Lab within UM1ACS. 
A creation of computer science 
professor Ashok Agrawala, the 
MIND Lab is bringing a group 
of world-class researchers 
togedier on large scale com- 
puter science projects with a 

and other industrial partners 
and universities. 

Many other CMPS interac- 
tions with the private sector 
contribute to the expansion of 
the economy. A few of these 
partnerships are: 

Maryland Governor 

Parris Glendening, 

Michio Fujisaki, 

President of Fujitsu 

Laboratories Limited, 

Kazuhiro Matsuo, 

General Manager and 

Vice President of 

Fujitsu Laboratories of 

America, and University 

President CD. Mote Jr. 

open a sake barrel to 

mark the beginning of 

the Fujitsu Research 

Lab in College Park. 

commitment to develop key 
products and to significantly 
compress the time usually 
required to commercialize 
new ideas. Fujitsu has agreed 
to be a founding partner in 
the MIND Lab, with an initial 
investment of $2.5 million. 
The MIND Lab is also forming 
alliances with federal agencies 

President CD. 
Mote Jr., 
President of 
Warnecke, Dean 
Steve Halperin, 
and Secretary of 
DBED David 
lannucci at the 
February 2001 
signing ceremony. 

• IBM SUR has enabled many 

important projects to flourish, 
particularly, high performance 
computing, mobile comput- 
ing, visualization tools for 
medical applications, speech- 
based information retrieval, 
and remote sensing. UMIACS 
Director Joseph Jaja says, 
"Recent initiatives are in data 

intensive computing, electron- 
ic commerce and digital libra- 
ries. IBM SUR has provided 
campus with state-of-the-art 
facilities in emerging informa- 
tion technologies that are 
allowing substantial research 

• Fraunhofer USA and the 

University recently signed an 
agreement expanding their 
cooperative activities at the 
Fraunhofer Center for Experi- 
mental Software Engineering 
— Maryland. The Center is an 
applied research, technology 
transfer facility with national 
and international collabora- 
tions that extend University 
research in software engineer- 
ing. Fraunhofer USA is affiliat- 
ed with the Fraunhofer 
Gesellschaft in Germany. 
"Our goal is to improve the 
software development 
process and product via 
empirical study," says the 
Center's director, Vic Basili. 
"We are bringing expertise 
from our international col- 
laborations to businesses in 
the state of Maryland." 

• Neocera, Inc. is marketing 
a superconducting quantum 
interference device (SQU1D> 
based imaging system for 
semiconductor circuit failure 
analysis which was developed 
at die Center for Supercon- 
ductivity Research. While 
research on two more micro- 
scopes continues at the 
Center, Neocera Chairman 
and CTO and University pro- 
fessor TVenkatesan is helping 
establish Neocera as a pro- 
vider of innovative imaging 
and analysis tools for the. 
semiconductor industry. 

Alums Support 
College Mission 

In May Sergey Brin, a 
1993 math and computer 
science alumnus, is speak- 
ing to fellow Maryland 
alums in the Bay Area about 
his Internet search tool, 

Last month Ben Roca, a 
1990 computer science 
graduate, joined the col- 
lege's new Board of 
Visitors and participated in 
groundbreaking ceremonies 
for the new computer sci- 
ence facility. 

"My computer science 

Sergey Brin 

work here gave me a firm 
foundation for my profes- 
sional career. Especially the 
high quality course work and 
professors. The university 
needs help from its alums. 
I'm happy to participate in 
any way I can," said Roca. 
He is COO of Multilink, Inc. 
in New York City. 

The College sends a 
monthly electronic news- 
letter to alums and actively 
solicits their feedback and 
involvement. In turn, numer- 
ous scholarships from alums 
support current students. 

Human-Computer Interaction 

he College's reputation is enhanced by a wide range 
of innovative projects at its Human-Computer 
Interaction Lab. Current work deals with the exploration of 
Census data, personal photo collections, monitoring of 
production data, multilingual information retrieval and 
more. Ben Bederson, the lab's director, developed a 
zooming user interface environment, now used to proto- 
type digital library interfaces, and a presentation tool 
called CounterPofnt. Allison Druin, a joint faculty member 
with HCIL and the College of Education, is the recipient of 
a National Science Foundation Early Career Award for her 
work with children, specifically developing new technolo- 
gies in early childhood education. Pictured are Taylor 
Tremmelle and Drew McQueen, elementary school chil- 
dren participating In the project "Therapeutic play with a 
storytelling robot," a joint project with AnthroTronix of the 
TAP Incubator program. 

Breaking New Ground in Computer Science 

On April 4, the College's new Board of Visitors and other guests joined with President CD. Mote Jr.; 
Major Riddick, former Chief of Staff for the Governor and Chair of the Information Technology Board; 
Dean Steve Halperin; and Larry Davis, Computer Science Department chair, in a groundbreaking cere- 
mony for the new Computer 
Science Instructional Center. 
Located between A.V. Williams 
and the planned Alumni 
Center, it will offer state-of- 
the-art facilities, namely a 
140-seat lecture hall, two 90- 
seat classrooms, other class- 
rooms and a WAM lab. All 
classrooms will have video 
projectors, computers, laptop 
connections and wireless 
Internet access. A sky bridge 
will connect the new building 

to A.V. Williams. 

During groundbreaking ceremonies, Riddick 
said, "College Park is a symbol of our state's 
technological strength. This building is a por- 
tal to our future, the digital gateway this area 
is becoming. This is a great presence to add 
to the research being done at this university." 



Developing the Best High 
Tech Workforce in the Country 

The College's Career Services 
office is all about and for CMPS 
students who study astronomy, 
computer science, geology, math 
meteorology and physics. 
The office is also home of 
the prestigious Corporate 
Scholars Internship 
Program through which 
students may gain aca- 
demic credit for intern- 
ship activities. 



CMPS students are encouraged to 
undertake internships and partici- 
pate in other experiential education 
programs, internships build student 
resumes and 
allow them to 
apply class- 
room knowl- 
edge in real 
world set- 

Through the 
College, stu- 
dents are con- 
nected with 
from busi- 
nesses, not- 
and government agencies. 

Students are also supported in 
their career planning by groups like 

Kelly Bombyk 

Alicia Maria Arroyo, 

a geology major from 
Stiver Spring, was a 
Corporate Scholars 
Intern in the Mineral 
Sciences Department 
of the Smithsonian 
Institution's National 
Museum of Natural 
History. Arroyo 
researched current 
volcanic activity 

around the world and assisted in 
accessioning mineral collections 
and updating a rock and mineral 
collection database. Arroyo, who 
is graduating this spring, says, 
"Working at the Smithsonian has 
been a great experience I have 
learned so much about geology 
and the work and life of a geolo- 
gist. My experience has motivated 
me to pursue an advanced degree 
in geology." 

Kelly Bombyk, a computer sci- 
ence major from Mt. Airy, interned 
for General Electric Global 
eXchange Services. She says, "My 
internship helped to show me what 
I'd like to do full-time. I'll be with 
TEOCO in the fall and eventually I'd 
like to teach computer science." 

During Corporate Scholars Seminars, students 
review their internship projects. 

the Association of Computing 
Machinery and the Association of 
Women in Computing (AWC). Both 
meet regularly and host guest 
speakers on a variety of technology 
and employment topics. AWC forms 
study groups and sponsors informa- 
tion sessions on computer science 

There are also the Society of 
Physics Students, a diverse academic 
and recreational group that sponsors 
talks by faculty, graduate students 
and undergraduates; the Terrapin 
Astronomical Society (AstroTerps) 
that broadens the University com- 
munity's knowledge about astrono- 
my; and the Geology 7 Club, open to 
all majors, whose members do 
geology field work. 

Partners in Computing 

ecause this is one of 
the top IT areas in the 
nation, the Computer 
Science Department is 
launching a major College 
program called Partners in 
Computing, designed to link 
business, industry and gov- 
ernment agencies with the 
College's highly Qualified 

graduates. Participating 
companies and organiza- 
tions will benefit from spe- 
cial research and informa- 
tion exchanges plus recruit- 
ing opportunities. Through 
Partners in Computing the 
College will put the highest 
levels of computing into the 
hands of industries working 

in e-commerce, software 
development, and pervasive 

Founding members are 
ACS Government Solutions, 
America Online, the City of 
Baltimore. Fujitsu, Hughes 
Network Systems, Lockheed 
Martin and the U.S. Army 
Research Lab. 

Minorities Excel in the College 


The value of diversity 
in its scientific communi- 
ty is amply demonstrated 
by the College through 
its faculty, students and 
activities. The College is a 
national leader in award- 
ing doctoral degrees to 
minorities in mathematics 
and the physical sciences. 

Summer Program for 
Scientists and 

CMPS provides a wel- 
coming environment for 
African American, Native 
American and Hispanic 
students in many ways, 
such as through Bridge, a 
joint program with engi- 

Ask Arthur Hobson, 
Like many in the Summer 
Bridge Program, Hobson 
spent six weeks before 
his freshman year nearly 
four years ago in an 
intensive orientation to 
computer science and 
math. The result: Hobson 
has a 3.2 GPA majoring in 
computer science. He 
was an intern at IBM and 
will work there after 
graduation this month. 

Like Hobson, other 
Bridge participants build 
a campus community and 
become familiar with 
CMPS courses, expecta- 
tions and support servic- 
es before that first official 
day of undergraduate 

Part of the University 

System of Maryland Louis 
Stokes Alliance for 
Minority Participation, 
Bridge is partially funded 
by the National Science 

Sixteen years later, 
Maryland's math program 
made history again when 
three African American 
women all received 
Ph.D.s in mathematics 

Tasha Inniss, Sherry Scott Joseph, Kimberly Weems 

Two National Firsts In 
Math Department 

A long-term effort to 
develop a welcoming 
atmosphere tor African 
American graduate stu- 
dents, spearheaded by 
Raymond Johnson, mathe- 
matics professor and 
department chair from 
1991-96, has resulted in 
two national firsts. 

In 1974 Alton Wallace 
received a Ph.D. in mathe- 
matics and also made his- 
tory. He was one of the 
first two African Ameri- 
cans to do so with an 
African American thesis 
advisor, Johnson. Wallace 
works at the Institute for 
Defense Analyses. 

last semester, the first 
time this has occurred in 
the U.S. Tasha Inniss. 
Kimberly Weems and 
Sherry Scott Joseph 
were recruited hy 
Johnson. Inniss' advisor 
was Michael Ball, Weems' 
advisor was Paul Smith, 
and Scott Joseph's advisor 
was John Benedet in 

Current mathematics 
department chair Mike 
Fitzpatrick said, "The 
department probably has 
the most diverse body of 
math graduate students in 
the United States. Of 213 
grad students, one third 
are women, 21 are 
African American and 
eight are Hispanic." 

Reaching Ollt in the Metro Area 

To support the growth of 
scientific literacy in 
Maryland, the College reach- 
es out to area students in 
dozens of ways. An annual 
High School Programming 
Contest sponsored by 
Microsoft brings teams of 
students to campus to 
solve technological prob- 
lems and win cash prizes. 
After regular visits to the 
Astronomy Observatory, stu- 
dents from Hyattsville's 
Northwestern High School 
became so interested in 
astronomy that they are 
building an observatory at 
their school. Middle school 

Phasclnating: the Physics Summer Girls Program 

girls experience the fun and summer during the Physics 
fascination of physics each Summer Girls Program. The 

mathematics department 
runs the annual Maryland 
Math Competition and its 
faculty are judges in the 
Intel and Putnam competi- 
tions. Students, teachers 
and parents flock to cam- 
pus for Physics is Phun 
demonstrations. The Mate- 
rials Science Engineering 
and Research Center 
(MRSEC) is working with 
Northwestern High School 
on a science writing project 
that challenges students to 
learn about and then 
describe a technological 
advancement stemming 
from University research. 

Produced May 2001 by the Office of 
University Communications for CMPS. 
Design by Cynthia Mitchel. 
Photographs by John T. Consoli, 
Cynthia Mitchel, Scott Suchman, 
Robert Rathe, Mike Morgan et al. 

For more information 


University Hosts International Creativity Competition 

Techno-pets, wild- 
winged wonders, 
silly sound makers 
and 5,000 youth from 
around the world arc 
headed to the university 
June 2-6 for the World 
Finals competition of 
Odyssey of the Mind. 

Nearly 600 teams of 
elementary through col- 
lege-age students from 12 
countries have earned 
the right to represent 
their hometowns in this 
competition, where some 
of the world's best prob- 
lem solvers showcase 
their creative solutions to 
mind-bending challenges. 
The activities are open to 
the public free of charge, 
and the campus commu- 

nity is invited to join in 
the fun. Odyssey of the 
Mind information posters 
noting the location of 
competition sites will be 
posted throughout the 

Odyssey of the Mind 
is an education-based 
program for young peo- 
ple that combines cre- 
ative thinking, teamwork 
and risk-taking with a 
fun-filled annual competi- 
tion. It was initiated 
more than 25 years ago 
by a college professor 
who thought kids need- 
ed more opportunities to 
nurture creative prob- 
lem-solving skills. 

Teams of five to seven 
students take on Odyssey 

challenges each fall and 
work together for 
months to strategize, 
develop and implement 
solutions. When partici- 
pants arrive on campus 
for the World Finals, the 
competition will be 
fierce and fun, kind of a 
kooky cross between sci- 
ence fair, masquerade 
party, performing arts 
fest and the Olympics. 
This is the fifth time 
that Maryland has hosted 
the World Finals, a time 
when the campus 
becomes much like an 
Olympic village. All com- 
petitions will take place 
in university venues, and 
the participants will 
sleep, eat and recreate in 

campus facihties.llie uni- 
versity also provides sup- 
port to help the 10,000 
Odyssey visitors enjoy 
the festivities. 

Total Odyssey atten- 
dance, summer students, 
faculty and staff will 
equal only about half the 
number of people on 
campus during a semes- 
ter. The campus commu- 
nity still should be pre- 
pared for unexpected 
delays as people unfamil- 
iar with the campus find 
their way around. 

Parking permit restric- 
tions will be relaxed for 
June 1-6. University staff 
may park in any ungated 
lettered or numbered lot 
or in any metered space. 

Facilities Plan 

continued from page 1 

better loop service shuttle 
system and develop a bet- 
ter campus for biking and 
walking, say the trans- 
portation consultants, 
Martin Alexiou Bryson. 

Reducing automobile 
traffic is the single most 
beneficial action the uni- 
versity can take to protect 
and improve the environ- 
ment, according to the 

But they also recom- 
mend more aggressive 
storm water management 
processes to improve 
water quality in local 
streams; protecting exist- 
ing forest cover and sys- 
tematically adding trees; 
replacing surface parking 
lots with structures and 
increasing open space on 
campus; reducing 
resource consumption and 
improving recycling 
efforts; and stressing 
"green architecture" for 

new buildings. 

The consultants will 
present their recommen- 
dations in more detail, and 
campus officials will invite 
comments to help guide 
them in making decisions 
about the recommenda- 
tions over the next several 
months. The university is 
scheduled to deliver a 
completed facilities master 
plan to the Board of 
Regents early in 2002. 

In addition to trans- 
portation and environmen- 

tal issues, the plan will 
consider the role of uni- 
versity's future develop- 
ment in the neighboring 
community, including 
planned developments in 
and ,i round College Park. 
The Baltimore firm of 
Ayers Saint Gross is the 
lead consultant on the 
project, with assistance 
from Martin Alexiou 
Bryson on transportation 
issues and BioHabitats 
Inc. on environmental 


continued from page 1 

ment change in several 
areas of the campus. He is 
credited with leading the 
vision of the university's 
strategic plan and estab- 
lishing the K-16 Council to 
Improve teacher training. 
He had a hand in the on- 
target Facilities Master Plan 
and he led efforts to bring 
national eminence to bio- 
logical science programs. 

All of this from a man 
who spent nearly two 
decades hunched over lab 
equipment, studying and 
teaching organomctaliic 
chemistry, a discipline that 
studies organic com- 
pounds containing metal. 

The Kentucky native 
gives partial credit for his 
administrative success to 
the leadership skills he 
honed overseeing large 
research teams In several 
labs. His involvement in 
the American Chemical 
Society created more 
opportunities for leader- 
ship."! began to realize, 'I 
can do this,"' Geoffroy says. 

Mote concurs. 

"He consults well with 
people. He listens to peo- 
ple. Ihe provost's job is the 
most difficult on campus," 
says Mote. Provosts are the 
implementation branch of 
university administration, 
he explains, as opposed to 

the visionary branch. "They 
have lots of decisions to 
make with lots of details." 

It is a fair assessment of 
the job, says Geoffroy. "The 
stream of issues that 
comes to this office is 
enormous. It's a matter of 

Geoffrey's list of priori- 
ties encompasses his perso- 
nal life, as well. He spends 
the first hour or so of his 
day in the gym. Perhaps 
that's where he thinks 
through all of the requests, 
the questions, the com- 
plaints. So that by the time 
he hits his office around 8 
a.m., he's prepared. 

"He's an extremely well- 
organized person," says 
Ann Wylie, associate pro- 
vost for academic affairs. 
"He has clearly defined pri- 
orities that everyone 
knows about. That's an 
important legacy to leave." 
She cites his ability to cre- 
ate a cooperative atmos- 
phere among the deans as 
one of the reasons for his 

"You need to listen so 
that you can get that 
input," says Geoffroy, "You 
have to keep your ear to 
the pavement, [so] you'll 
know what needs tp be 
addressed. And I work with 
some very good people." 

Geoffroy uses the words 
"good" and "great" fre- 
quently when talking 

about the University of 
Maryland. He believes in its 
potential with the passion 
of an alumnus or a parent. 
He regrets that he won't 
be here to see some proj- 
ects through. 

"The Task Force on 
Student Success is going to 
be an ongoing project, but 
it has already done some 
really good things. We have 
seeded a lot of truly great 
academic programs that 
are going to blossom. 
Behavioral and Social 
Sciences is going gang- 
busters with things like 
the Civil Society initiative 
and the Demography of 
Inequality Initiative," he 
says. "Great things are 
going to happen there. I 
just know it." 

Irv Goldstein, dean of 
BSOS, appreciates 
Geoffroy's enthusiasm. 
"He's really been a strong 
supporter. He maintains 
standards of excellence, 
but he's also fair and equi- 

Respect for Geoffroy's 
leadership style is campus- 
wide. The feeling is mutu- 
al. The provost treats col- 
leagues with respect. He 
knows who to pull into a 
meeting or onto a commit- 
tee so that talents comple- 
ment each other, so that 
the university benefits. He 
is proud of the results. 

"We have raised the 

level of academic excel- 
lence at Maryland. It is 
poised to be one of the 
true great national univer- 
sities," he says. 

"The culture for inter- 
disciplinary study is the 
best I've seen. We probably 
have a much higher per- 
centage of double majors. 
It's great seeing the combi- 
nations, like dance and 

"I've learned to appreci- 
ate the value diversity has 
in enriching the education 
process. The level of dis- 
course is different." 

Wylie mentions 
Geoffroy's legacy again 
when speaking of the uni- 
versity 'without him. "Some 
of the decisions he has 
made will continue to ben- 
efit the campus. He was 
extremely successful in 
putting the faculty first. 
We've made lots of very 
fine appointments.Those 
people will serve the uni- 
versity for a long time. In a 
short period of time, he 
has given all of his atten- 
tion, all of his energy." 

As is his style, Geoffroy 
deflects the praise back to 
his colleagues. "I'm going 
to miss the wonderful, 
wonderful people here. 
There are a lot of them. 
[Because of their work] I 
deeply believe Maryland is 
on the path of being one 
of the nation's greatest." 


Tony Ephremides, professor of electri- 
cal engineering and Institute for Systems 
Research, has been awarded the Kirwan 
Faculty Research and Scholarship prize. 
The honor recognizes a faculty member 
for a highly significant work of research, 
scholarship or artistic creativity complet- 
ed within the last three years. Winners 
receive a $5,000 honorarium to be 
awarded at the fall campus convocation. 

Glenn Moglen, assistant professor in 
civil and environmental engineering, 
received the Outstanding Contribution 
to GIS in Maryland award, during the 
1 4th Annual Geographic Information 
Sciences Conference, hosted by Towson 
State University. The award recognizes 
Moglen's work in geographic informa- 
tion systems (GIS). He developed a pro- 
gram, GISHydro, that provides the data 
and analysis tools necessary to automate 
complex hydrologic analysis of water- 
sheds anywhere within the state. 

Rama Chellappa, professor of electrical 
and computer engineering, was elected 
as vice president of the IEEE Signal 
Processing Society for a three year term, 
beginning January 2002. He will work 
with the Awards Board to supervise the 
selection of recipients of various awards 
given by the society. 

The Parents Association for 
Undergraduate Education awarded 
Allison Druin this year's Outstanding 
Faculty award. Her nomination came 
from the group of Gemstone Program 
undergraduates she has mentored for 
the past three years. Gemstone is an 
undergraduate honors research program. 

Dean of libraries Charles Lowry will 
receive the Distinguished Alumni Award 
from the Alumni Association of the Uni- 
versity of North Carolina School of 
Information and Library Science at the 
school's graduation ceremony in Chapel 
Mill on Sunday, May 20. 

UNC, Chapel Hill, launched Lowry 
into his library career with the award of 
a master's in library science in 1974. 
During the last year of his tenure as 
head librarian and director of learning 
resources at Elon College in North Caro- 
lina, he was again affiliated with UNC, 
Chapel HU1, in 1980 as an adjunct profes- 
sor in the School of Information and 
Library Science, where he taught aca- 
demic library administration. 

The first recipient of the CMPSThelma 
M.Williams Advisor of the Year award is 
Gwen Kaye, Computer Science under- 
graduate coordinator. The award was 
presented May 4 and is named in honor 
of the former CMPS associate dean for 
undergraduate education. Williams, who 
retired in 1998 after 17 years with the 
university, was principally responsible 
for oversight of the college's undergrad- 
uate program as well as influencing, 
interpreting and administering college 
and university policies and procedures. 
Williams also served as a rule model 
and mentor for numerous members of 
the campus community. The college's 
current recruitment, orientation, reten- 
tion, advising and commencement pro- 
grams are the product of her leadership. 

May 15, 2001 

Summer Art Camps 

The deadline for enrollment in the Summer Arts 
Camps at the Art and Learning Center, Stamp Student 
Union, Is May 18. The Summer Arts Camps help chil- 
dren explore the fine, creative and performing arts in 
a stimulating and supportive eavironment. Campers 
participate in general and specialty arts each day with 
topics such as painting, drawing, music, drama, graphic 
design, photography, sculpture and creative writing. 
Camps are designed for children ages 7-12. The camp 
day runs from 9 a.m-3 p.m., with extended care avail- 
able until 5 p.m. Camps are conveniently located in 
the Stamp Student Union. For more information, visit Or contact Alicia 
Simon at (301) 314-8492 

Chen Cbien-jen, the representative from the Taipei 
Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the 
United States, will speak on "Taipei, Beijing, 
Washington" on Tuesday, May 15 at 10:15 a.m. in room 
0105 St. Mary's Hall. The session, which will conclude 
by 1 1:30 a.m., will be opened by President Dan Mote. 
There will also be refreshments and time for ques- 
tions. Those planning to attend should contact 
Rebecca McGinnis at (301) 405-0213 or 
rm 1 6 5 @ u mail . umd . edu. 

Web Designer and Developer 

The OIT Web Designer and Developer Program 
provides skills training and mentored workshops in 
the design, development, and maintenance of web 
sites to College Park faculty, staff and students. 
Participants can be sponsored by their department or 
program, or they can sponsor themselves. The pro- 
gram will run Wednesdays and Thursdays, July 18 
through August 9, 9am-4pm. 

The location for the training is 4404 Computer & 
Space Science Building. For (acuity and staff, the cost 
is $275; for students, $195; for USM affiliates, $355. 
For more information, contact Deborah Mateik at 
(301) 405-2945 or, or register 

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Michelle Singletary, a business writer on the staff 
of The Washington Post and a UM alumna, will be the 
guest speaker at this month's meeting of the 
Investors Group on Wednesday, May 16, at noon in 
McKeldin Library, room 4137. Her talk is entitled 
"Your Money and Your Life: How to Achieve Financial 

Since starting her "The Color of Money" column in 
the Post in March 1997, the response from readers 
has been instantaneous and positive. It became clear 
that many of these readers previously had found 

many financial issues too difficult to penetrate. 
In conjunction with the column, Singletary 
became a regular contributor on Howard University's 
evening news radio program, "Insight " where she dis- 
cusses personal finance issues. She also has done 
financial reports forWMMJ-FM in Washington and for 
public television's "This Week in Business." 


Letters and Sciences (L&S) seeks UM faculty, 
research associates, professional-level staff members 
and full-time Ph.D. students to advise up to five L&S 
freshman students this fall. L&S students want to 
explore their academic options before declaring a 
major. A two-hour preparation session will be offered 
several times this summer, along with a one-day fresh- 
man orientation on-the-job training event. 

For more information contact Thomas Steen at 
(301) 314-8426 or tsteen® deans. umd- edu (include a 
local or campus mailing address to which an informa- 
tion and sign-up packet may be sent), or visit 
www. inform . umd . edu/LettersSc ie nces. 

The University Health Center invites all faculty and 
staff to participate in the 2001 Faculty /Staff Health 
Fair on Thursday, June 14, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the 
Health Center. 

The Health Fair will offer blood pressure screen- 
ing, seated massage, vision screening, hearing screen- 
ing, nutritious snacks, educational sessions on health 
topics, health risk assessment, HIV testing, oral cancer 
screening, fitness testing, smoking cessation counsel- 
ing and other health information. 

Osteoporosis screening will be offered through the 
Mobile Screening Authority using a PLXI bone density 
X-ray which scans the heel. There is a $35 fee for this 
service and you must register in advance by calling 
(301) 931-8060. Results are available immediately 
after the test. 

Cholesterol screening will be also be offered on 
the following dates: May 30 and 3 1 , and June 1 , 4 or 5 
at the Health Center lab. There is a $5 fee. Test results 
include total cholesterol, HDL and LDL levels. To 
schedule an appointment, call (301) 314-8128. Results 
will be returned at the Health Fair. 

For more information, contact Pat Johnston, 
Coordinator of Health Education at (301) 314-8129 or 

Make plans to participate in the 13th Annual 
Student Affairs Scholarship Golf Tournament to be 
held on Monday, June 11 from 7:30 a.m.-l p.m. at the 
Golf Course. The entry fee is $180 per team ($45 per 
player) and includes a continental breakfast, green 
fee, cart, on course snacks, lunch and prizes. All teams 
must be co-ed (a minimum of one male and one 

female per team) and each team member must be 
affiliated with the university. Come join us for a 
morning of fun and laughter. It is the only tourna- 
ment where having a good time is more important 
than turning in a good score. 

For entry r forms and more information call the Golf 
Course Pro Shop at (301) 403-4299. For more infor- 
mation, contact Jeff Maynor at (301) 4034299 or 


Registration is under way for this year's Summer 
Institute for Instructional Technology'. The HT pro- 
vides university faculty with an intensive immersion 
into new or changing technologies that have the 
potential to transform the tools with which teachers 
teach, and the media and environments with which 
students learn. 

This summer will feature a collection of modules 
on such diverse topics as creating effective presenta- 
tions for the classroom, building course Web pages 
and Web sites, collaborative and evaluative technolo- 
gies, multi-media production tools, developing the 
WebCT course environment, and instructional design 
principles for online instruction. 

Classes typically last one to two days and are free 
to university faculty, instructors, teaching assistants 
and, on a space-available basis, instructional technolo- 
gy support personnel. See cur- 
rent.html for course descriptions and online registra- 
tion. Sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excel- 
lence and the Office of Information Technology 

"Constant Star," a tribute to civil rights maverick 
Ida B.Wells, will be pe formed as the grand finale of 
Arena Stage's 50th anniversary season. The play opens 
Tuesday, May 15 and will run through Sunday, July 1. 

Performances are at Arena Stage, 1 101 Sixth St., SW 
Tickets range from $2745, with discounts for stu- 
dents, groups, senior citizens and persons with dis- 
abilities. A limited number of day-of $10 tickets, 
Hottix, are available 90-30 minutes before every per- 
formance's curtain. For more information, call the 
box office at (202) 488-3300. 

Historic preservation in Howard County is the 
subject of a presentation by Michael Wolczak, presi- 
dent of the Historical Society, and Mary Catherine 
Cochran, founder of Preservation Howard County. 
The evening is also hosted by the League of Women 
Voters of Howard County, the county's Sesqui- 
centennial Committee and Vision Howard County, 
Free admission and refreshments. It will be held on 
Thursday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Society, 
8328 Court Ave., Ellicott City. For more information, 
call (410) 7300142. 

The next issue of Outlook tut it appear on June 19. 


Professor of Jewish Studies 

Sean O'Keefe 

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and History George Majeska 

Philip Merrill College of 

Linguistics, Classics 

Individual Studies 


Former U.S. Ambassador to 

No commencement speaker 

Maureen Bunyan, news 

Romania and University 

anchor, WJLA-TV Channel 7, 

Regent James Rosapepe 

College of Information 

Washington, D.C. 

Gemstone Citation 

Vice President for Academic 

Department of Music 


Affairs and Provost Greg 

Student performances 

Vice President of Research 


and Dean of the Graduate 


School Wtltiiirn Destier 

College of Life Sciences 
John Holaday. Chairman and 

Professor Emeritus Alan Pasch 

College of Health and 


Robert H. Smith School of 

Human Performance 


No commencement speaker 

Maryland School of Public 

Albert P Carey, Senior VJC€ 


President of Sales and Retail 

History. Jewish Studies, 

Deputy Dir of the 1 Lg. Office 

Strategies. PepsiCo, Inc. , and 

Russian Ares Studies 

( if Management and Budget 

Pepsi-Cola North America 


ere Comes the Sun 

The university's 24-person, cross-disciplinary 
Solar Tech team has been chosen to compete in 
the Department of Energy's Solar Decathalon in fall 
2002. The UM team will be one of 20 spending one 
week on the National Mall constructing a small home 
that is to be powered by solar energy. 
Ten contests will test the inventive thinking and leader- 
ship skills of students as they develop architectural and 
scientific solutions to designing the most efficient home. 

Though the competition is a year away, planning begins 

now, as does fund-raising. Led by mechanical engineering 

student Tom Daniels and professors Jungho Kim and Omar 

Ramahi, students enrolled in Mechanical Engineering 489E 

need to raise at least $60,000 to purchase the materials 

for the home. 

For more information and to lend support, contact 
Daniels at (301) 927-4680 or