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Open House 
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Vo lu m e t 6 • Number to • October 30 , a 00 1 

Campus Invited 
to See "Green" 
Master Plan 

Imagine being able to get 
from any point on campus to 
any other point in 1 minutes. 
Imagine a campus with all the 
buildings it needs and more 
green space than exists now. 
Imagine being able to walk 
throughout the campus without 
having to dodge cars. 

The university's facilities 
master plan committee has 
been imagining those things 
and more as it has wrestled 
with updating the campus mas- 
ter plan for more than a year. 
The draft plan is now available 
for review on the Web at www. 
inform . umd . ed u/campusinfo/ 
masterpan. It will be finalized 
by December and presented as 
required to the Board of 
Regents and the Maryland 
Higher Education Commission 
early next year. 

The committee will formally 
present the plan to the campus 
in a town hall meeting on Tues- 
day, Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. in the Archi- 
tecture Lecture Hall (Room 

"This committee made an 

See GREEN PLAN, page 7 

Breaking Ground, Celebrating Growth 



raduate students, staff, faculty and dignitaries gathered to officially break 
ground for the new $23 million Chemistry Teaching Building last 
Thursday. Philip DeShong, chair of the department, said the much-needed 
facility was 10 years in the making. Posing with the ceremonial shovel are (1-r) 
Senior chemistry undergraduate student Ibironke Oduyebo, College of Life 
Sciences Dean Norma AUewell, President Dan Mote, Maryland Senator PJ. Hogan, 
DeShong and Professor Millard Alexander. 

Under Way 

for New Vice 
President for 

President Dan Mote's 
office recently announ- 
ced the members of the 
search committee charged 
with filling the vice president 
for research and dean of the 
graduate school position. It was 
previously occupied by William 
Destler, who is now senior vice 
president for academic affairs 
and provost. 

The committee: 

Ann G. Wylie, chair, assistant 
president and chief of staff 

Norma M. Anew ell. dean. 
College of Life Sciences 

Inderjit Chopra, Alfred Ges- 
sow Professor, Department of 
Aerospace Engineering 

David B. Considine, associ- 
ate research scientist, East Sys- 
tem Science Interdisciplinary 
Center (ESSIC) 

Jacques S. Gansler, profes- 
sor, School of Public Affairs 

Irwin L. Goldstein, Dean, 
College of Behavioral and Social 

See SEARCH, page 6 

A Bit of Pumpkin Lore 

Tomorrow is Halloween, 
the one day of the year when 
playing dress-up is suitable for 
boys and girls of all ages, 
when fruits are decorations 
(yes, pumpkin is a fruit), and 
when children can beg for 
candy at strangers' doors and 
be rewarded. 

The pumpkin, an icon tor 
the holiday, was originally a 
food source for Native 
Americans but has 
since become 
basically orna- 
mental, - ' 
according to 
Bob Rouse, 
regional Mary- 
land Extension 
Service vegetables 
and fruits specialist, 
for the College of Agriculture 
and Natural Resources. 

For approximately 10 years, 
Rouse has been studying 
pumpkins, trying to find ways 
to improve overall crop 
health. As a result, he said has 
"a reputation for growing 

Some people might be sur- 
prised to learn there are more 
than 50 varieties of pumpkin. 
The three main types are true 
squash, moschata and the true 

pumpkin. Rouse said he stud- 
ies 24 of the varieties while 
"attempting to improve the 
quality of pumpkin produc- 
tion." Farmers had been hav- 
ing problems with the handles 
falling off of their pumpkins, a 
sign of disease or rot, so Rouse 
began working with a team of 
specialists to improve 
4k the situation. 

iMfl^ Every year, 

,-,- ' Rouse and his col- 

leagues at the Wye 
Research and Educa- 
tion Center hold a 
" Pumpkin Twilight 
meeting" where 
formers are"invit- 
ed to walk 
through trials, dis- 
cuss any problems 
they have and basically, talk 
pumpkin." This gives the 
pumpkin growers an opportu- 
nity to learn new techniques 
for growing and maintaining 
their pumpkins. 

They also discuss good mar- 
keting techniques. The Wye 
Research and Education Cen- 
ter, for example, offers tours 
to school children and each 
can take home a pumpkin. 

See PUMPKINS, page 6 

From Miles 

Just two years ago, the Office 
of Continuing and Extended 
Education introduced e-learn- 
ing, an online learning initiative 
offering quality professional and 
graduate programs to a world- 
wide audience. Since its start 
last year, the e-learning strategy 
has increased the visibility of 
the university and is being wel- 
comed by students anxious to 
complete advanced studies con- 
veniendy from one of the 
nation's top universities. 

The 30-credit, interdiscipli- 
nary master of life science pro- 
gram (MLFSC) initially targets 
secondary and middle school 
science teachers but may be 
broadened to attract additional 
markets. According to recent 
market research, it is the first 
content-based, online program 
of its kind in the nation. 
Research helped identify key 
states reporting low science 
and math achievement test 

See E-LEARNING, page 5 

Chaplains Fill Many 
Roles In Campus Setting 

Editor's Note: 
This is the sec- 
ond of two sto- 
ries looking at 
the university's 
chaplains and 
their roles with- 
in the campus 

Bible stud- 
ies, prayer 
meetings, social 
gatherings and 
just listening, 
bonds form 
between the uni- 
versity's chap- 
lains and the campus commu- 
nity. A common thread within 
these bonds, differences in 
doctrine aside, is the impor- 
tance of these connections. 

Speak to any of the men or 
women who form the cam- 
pus' chaplaincy and their 
thoughts echo each other's. 
They want to provide a place 
for students, staff and faculty 
to connect on a spiritual or 
religious level to each other 
and the greater community. 
"We find ways to go and 


Rabbi Eli Backman with his daughter, 2-year-old 

connect," says Rabbi Eh Back- 
man of the Jewish Chabad 
congregation. "If you don't 
make it accessible, you won't 
get them,'' 

Because of its large size 
and diverse population, Mary- 
land can offer students a 
wide choice of denomina- 
tions, faiths and types of reli- 
gious leadership with which 
to connect. Many holding 
chaplain positions consider 

See CHAPLAINS, page 4 

OCTOBER 30, 2001 



October 30 

1-3 p.m., Caribbean 
Research Interest Group 
(CRIG) Roundtable Maryland 
Room, Marie Mount Hall. CRIG 
and the Consortium on Race 
host an informal roundtable for 
all graduate students and facul- 
ty with research interests in the 
Caribbean. For more informa- 
tion, contact CRIG at 5-8279- 

3-4 p.m.. Heritage Learners 
of the Less Commonly 
Taught Languages in the 
FOLA Program Multipurpose 
Room, St. Mary's Hall. An infor- 
mal panel discussion will be 
held covering the concerns 
and issues of the heritage lan- 
guage learners in the FOLA 
Program (Self-Instructional 
Language Program). The panel 
includes NaimeYaramanoglu, 
Esra Oden and Scott McGinnis. 
For more information, contact 
NaimeYaramanoglu at 5-4046 

4 p.m.. The Fate of the 
Earth: A Vision of a Saner, 
Healthier World 0200 Skin- 
ner. With Brent Blackwelder, 
president, Friends of the Earth. 
(See also Oct. 31 at 4 p.m.) 
Contact Marsha Brown, 5-5689. 

4 p.m.. Physics in a New 
Era: National Research 
Council Report on the 
Future of Physics 1410 
Physics. Physics colloquium 
with Thomas Appelquist,Yale 
University. Call 5-5945. 


October 31 

12-1 p.m., Research and 
Development Presentation: 
Incorporating Culture in 
Clinical Hypothesis Genera- 
tion 01 14 Counseling Center, 
Shoemaker Building. With 
Jacob Levy, psychological 
intern, Counseling Center. 
Meetings are scheduled for 
one hour over bag lunch. All 
interested faculty, staff and 
graduate students are invited. 
Contact Vivian Boyd, Counsel- 
ing Center director, at 4-7675. 

2-3:30 p.m., Japanese Data- 
bases 2109 McKeldin Library. 
Free workshop that provides 
hands-on training in learning 
how to search three Japanese 
language databases: Bookplus, 
Magazineplus and Sakka Ship- 
pitsusha Jinbutsu Fairu. Prereq- 

Trio Con Brio 

Join the School of 
Music for its Faculty 
Recital "Trio Con Brio," 
piano trios of Beethoven per- 
formed by Evelyn Elsing, 
David Salness and Rita Sloan 
in the elegant Gildenhorn 
Recital Hall of the Clarice 
Smith Performing Arts Cen- 
ter, Friday, Nov. 2 from 8-10 
p.m. For the School of 
Music's November concert 
calendar, visit 
dar. For more information, 
call 5- ARTS or visit www. 

uisite: basic Japanese reading 
and writing skills. Advance reg- 
istration is required at www. 
lib . umd . edii/LfES/serninar. html . 
Contact User Education Ser- 
vices at 5-9070 or 
ue6@ umail . 

4 p.m., The University and 
the Environment 0200 Skin- 
ner. With Brent Blackwelder, 
president. Friends of the Earth. 
Contact Marsha Brown, 5-5689. 

november 1 

8:45 a.m.-4 p.m., OIT Short- 
course: Introduction to File- 
Maker Pro 3332 Computer & 
Space Science. The class fee is 
$120. Contact the OIT Training 
Services Coordinator at 5-0443 
or visit* 

9 a.m. -4 p.m.. Marketing 
Basics: How to Effectively 
Market Programs and Ser- 
vices 1101U Chesapeake. In 
this Personnel Services class, 
participants will learn the lan- 
guage of sales and marketing, 
to identify market possibilities 
and explore the realities of set- 
ting and executing a marketing 
strategy. The cost is $100. Reg- 
ister online at www.person- Contact Natalie 
Torres at 5-5651 or trainingdev 
@a, or visit 
www. personnel* 

9:30-11 a.m., Numerical 
Analysis Seminar: The Rate 
of Corrections and its 
Application in Scientific 
Computing Colloquium 
Room 3206 Math Building. 
Zhiqiang Cat, Department of 
Mathematics, Purdue Universi- 
ty presents an approach for 

computing higher order accu- 
rate approximations for differ- 
entiation, integration, ODEs, 
and PDEs when underlying 
approximated functions aren't 
smooth. The key idea of this 
work is the introduction of the 
rate of corrections of universal- 
ity. Contact Howard Elmam or 
John Osborn at 5-5129 or 5- 
2694 or or, or visit 
www. ma th . u md . edu/dep t/ 
seminars/colloqui u m/ . 

4 p.m., CHPS Colloquium: 
The Role of Fossils in Phy- 
togeny Reconstruction, or 
Why Is It So Difficult to 
Integrate Paleontological 
and Neonto logical Evolu- 
tionary Biology? Room 1116, 
Institute for Physical Science 
and Technology (rpST),With 
Todd Grantham, College of 
Charleston. Co sponsored by 
the Committee on the History 
and Philosophy of Science, the 
College of Arts and Humani- 
ties, and IPST. Contact hp26@ or 5-5691 , or visit, 

5:30-6:30 p.m.. Stress 

Management Center for 
Health &Wellbeing,0121 Cam- 
pus Recreation Center. Contact 
JenniferTreger at 4-1493 or 
t reger@health . umd . e du . 

8-10 p.m., Philharmonia 
Ensemble Gildenhorn Recital 
Hall, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. A student-based 
chamber orchestra performs 
exciting works by Bartok and 
Poulenc. The event is free; 
donations accepted at the 
door. Contact Richard Scerbo 
at (301) 226-2166 or 

8-10 p.m.. University of 
Maryland Concert Band 

Concert Hall Clarice Smith Per- 
forming Arts Center. The Con- 
cert Band performs in the 
grand Concert Hall. The con- 
cert is free. Conducted by L. 
Richmond Sparks. For the 
School of Music's November 
concert calendar, visit www. For 
more information, contact the 
center at 5-ARTS or seigenbr®, or visit www. 
claricesmi theen te r. 

november 2 

9 a.m.-6 p.m.. Library 
Research Seminar II Irm & 

Conference Center. The con- 

ference "Partners and Connec- 
tions: Research Applied to Prac- 
tice" will focus on the multi- 
disciplinary nature of the rap- 
idly changing library science 
and information studies field. 
Hosted by the College of Infor- 
mation Studies. The fee is $325 
for the full 2-day conference, 
$250 for students and $175 for 
I day. Contact Robin Albert at 
5-2057 or ra67@umail.umd. 
edu, or visit www.dpo.uab. 
12-1:30 p.m., CAWG Forum 
on State Accountability 
Maryland Room, Marie Mount 
Hall . "State Accountability: 
What the University of Mary- 
land is Responsible for Report- 
ing." RSVP as soon as possible; 
light lunch served. Contact 
Eowyn Rehwinkel at 5-3867 or 
cawg@umail.umd. edu, or visit 
www. umd . edu/cawg. 

november 3 

9 a.m. -6 p.m.. Library 
Research Seminar II Inn & 

Conference Center. See Nov. 2 
for details. 

9 a.m.-5 p.m., Shakespeare 
in Performance 2740 Clarice 
Smith Performing Arts Center. 
Aaron Posner, resident director 
of Philadelpliia's Arden Theatre 
Co. and director of last spring's 
FolgerTheatre production of 
As You Like It, will lead an 
interactive actors' workshop. 
Frank Hildy, professor of the- 
atre, will present a lecture on 
the reconstructed Globe The- 
atre. Barbara Hodgdon, theatre 
historian, will explore how 
stage directions change or dis- 
tort the meaning of Shake- 
speare's plays. Spend the after- 
noon with Michael Johnson, 
fight choreographer, or Hardy 
Cook, Shakespeare film author- 
ity. Enjoy lunch and a guided 
tour of the new center. Con- 
tact Adele Seeff at 5-6830 or, or visit 
programs/shakespeare . h tml . 

9 a.m. -11 p.m., DC Dance- 
Sport Inferno Reckord Armory, 
2001-02 Intercollegiate and Adult 
Ballroom and Latin Dance Com- 
petition. Spectators welcome. 
Cost is $3 for students and $5 
for adults. Half the proceeds will 
be donated to the September 
1 1 th Scholarship Fund. For more 
information, contact officers® or visit* 

november 4 

7:30-9:30 p.m., Christian 
McBride Band Ina and Jack 
Kay Theater, Clarice Smith Per- 
forming Arts Center. McBride 
has been heralded by Tune 
magazine as "the most promis- 
ing and versatile bassist since 
Charles Mingus ." A pre-perfor- 
mance discussion will be held 

at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25; 
call 5-ARTS. Contact Amy Har- 
bison at 5-8169 or harbison®, or visit www. 
cl aricesmithcenter. umd . edu . * 

november 5 

8:45 a.m. -4 p.m., OIT Short- 
course: Intermediate MS 
Access 4404 Computer & 
Space Science. The course fee 
is $90, To register, visit For more 
information, contact the OIT 
Training Services Coordinator 
at 5-0443 or oit-training®, or visit 
www.oit.umd . edu/sc. * 

4 p.m.. Center for Histori- 
cal Studies seminar on the 
Holocaust in Hungary 3121 

Symons Hall. Details in For 
Your Interest, page 8. 

5:30-6:30 p.m.. Try Tai Chi 

Center for Health & Welibeing, 
0121 Campus Recreation Cen- 
ter. Contact Jennifer Treger at 4- 
1493 or treger® health. 

november G 

8:45 a.m.-12 p.m., OIT 
Shortcourse: Introduction 
To PhotoShop 4404 Comput- 
er & Space Science. Introduc- 
tion to handling images for the 
Web. Prerequisite; familiarity 
with the Web and a Web 
browser. The fee is $40. For 
more information, contact the 
OIT Training Services Coordi- 
nator at 5-0443 or oit-training 
@umail., or visit 
www. oil . umd . edu/sc . * 

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Dance Company to Perform Area 
Premiere of "One and Only You 


The Clarice Smith Perform- 
ing Arts Center and the Wash- 
ington Performing Arts Soci- 
ety present Susan Marshall & 
Company in an area premiere 
of Marshall's latest work, 
"One and Only You," at 8 p.m. 
on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 
and 3 In the Ina and Jack Kay 

Half love story and half 
mystery, "One and Only You" 
zigzags back and forth 
between the world of a 
writer and world of his novel. 
Through the characters he 
creates, the writer explores 
the wonders of artistic cre- 
ation and the formation of 
identity. Featuring text by 
novelist/playwright Christo- 
pher Renino,"One and Only 
You" blends literature and theater with Mar- 
shall's signature choreography. Set designer 
Douglas Stein creates a film noir world for 
the dancers to play in, complimented by 
costumes that are part real world and part 

Marshall's choreography melds move- 
ment and gestures from everyday life with a 

demanding fusion of ballet, modem and 
post-modern styles. Marshall interweaves 
spoken text and other theatrical conven- 
tions into her productions. Susan Marshall 
& Company has performed her innovative 
works since 1983. Single tickets for Susan 
Marshall & Company are $25. Contact the 
Ticket Office at (301) 405-ARTS. 

Viking Tale of Lust and Revenge to Premiere 

The Clarice 
Smith Perform- 
ing Arts Center's 
"Maryland Presents" 
series brings "Edda: 
Viking Tales of Lust, 
Revenge, and Family" 
to the Ina and Jack Kay 
Theatre, Friday, Nov. 9 
and Saturday, Nov. 10 at 
8 p.m. A p re-perform- 
ance discussion, mod- 
erated by Robert Aubry 
Davis, host of WETA 
"Millennium of Music" 
and "Around Town" 
and featuring Benjamin 
flagby, will take place 
on Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. 

Conceived and 
directed by Benjamin 
Bagby and Ping Chong, 
the "Edda" is a magical- 
ly theatrical piece that 
guides the audience 

Christopher Caines as the goatlike Seer ess in 

For ticket information or to 
request a season brochure, 
contact the Ticket Office at 
30 1.405. ARTS or visit www. 
claricesmithcente r. umd . ed u . 

Clarice Smith 
Performing Arts 


through the strange land of 
pre-Christian Norse stories, 
translating them into a 
mesmerizing performance 
that is at once provocative 
and surprisingly contempo- 
rary. The music, stunningly 
realized by Bagby's exhaus- 
tive research, is sung in Ice- 
landic (with English super- 
titles) with spoken text in 
The Icelandic "Edda" is 

the earliest medieval 
manuscript contain- 
ing ancient German- 
ic myths, stories of 
gods and heroes, 
tales of possession, 
betrayal and 
revenge. One of the 
earliest Norse leg- 
recounts the Rhein- 
gold curse: the 
bloody tale of 
revenge and seduc- 
tion that also 
inspired Wagner's 
"Ring Cycle "and 
Tolkien's "Lord of 
the Rings." Bagby 
and Obie Award 
winning director 
Chong excavate the 
complicated emo- 
tional roots of these 
stories into a stir- 
ring production 
that examines the best and 
worst sides of human 

An Edda symposium fea- 
turing distinguished schol- 
ars will be held on Friday, 
Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. in St. Mary's 
Hall. For more information, 
contact Rose-Marie Oster at 
(301) 405^096, Single tick- 
ets are $30. For ticket infor- 
mation, contact the Ticket 
Office at (301) 405-ARTS. 

Theatre Department 
Reaches for Fame 

ou're not the 
person you 
were born, 
nobody won- 
derful is. You're 
the person you 
were meant to be," according to 
Alexa Vere De Vere, a character 
in the upcoming Department 
of Theatre production "As Bees 
in Honey Drown." 

The 1997 play by 
Douglas Carter Beane 
is a smart, witty, fun 
and fast comedy about 
the journey of some- 
one trying to reach 
fame. Set in present- 
day New York City, the 
play is directed by 
associate professor 
and director of under- 
graduate studies Scot 

"As Bees in Honey 
Drown" tells the story 
of Evan Wyler, a new 
hot writer at a cross- 
roads in life. Having 
just had his first novel 
published, Evan is 
approached by Alexa, a high- 
powered music producer, to 
write a screenplay about her 
life. It takes only a short time 
before Evan finds out who she 
really is and must decide to 
pursue her quick road to 
success or use his tal 
ent and hard work 
to lead him to 

Set in present- 
day New York 
City, the play 
created a bit of a 
challenge for 
Reese. While the set 
could he anywhere in 
the city, rear projection 
images offer specific locations 
for the cast members. Reese 
decided to remove all the 
images relating to the World 
Trade Centers. "Showing the 
centers would evoke emotions 
and take away from the audi- 
ence enjoying the play," he said. 
"But, I can't see the setting any- 
where but New York City; it's 

one of those New York plays." 

The cast of the play includes 
six students from the Depart- 
ment of Theatre, three women 
and three men. Each of the cast 
members portrays multiple 
roles, except for the characters 
of Alexa and Evan. "They are all 
exceptional students as well as 
actors and humanitarians." says 

Actors rehearse "As Bees in Honey Or own 

Reese, about his student cast/I 
treat them like professionals 
and they rise to the occasion." 
Reese finds many aspects of 
Bean's play a work of genius. 
"The characters take the audi- 
ence on a ride, just as 
they are going on 
one themselves," 
he says. "As Bees 
in Honey 
Drown" shows 
us that we are 
all people com- 
posed of bits 
and pieces of the 
life that's happened 
to us, books we've 
read and hopes we've har- 
bored.The biggest of these 
hopes is that someone else will 
see in us what we secretly see 
in ourselves." 

"As Bees in Honey Drown" 
will be in the Robert and 
Arlene Kogod Theatre of the 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center beginning on Nov, 9 for 
nine shows. 

Philharmonia Ensemble 

n Thursday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m., the Philharmonia 
, Ensemble will present chamber music in the 
Gildenhorn Recital Hall of the Clarice Smith Per- 
forming Arts Center. The independent, student-led cham- 
ber orchestra comprised of University of Maryland School 
of Music undergraduates and graduates will perform 
Bartbk's "Divertimento for Strings" and Poulenc's "Sin 
fonietta." The performance is free and open to the public. 

OCTOBER 30, 2001 

A Smiley Symbol to Fit 
Any Mood 

Name: The Canonical Smi- 
ley (and 1-iine symbol) list 
(www. astro . umd .edu/ 
-marshall/smileys.html) * 

University affiliation: 
located on a personal Web 
page supported by the 
Department of Astronomy 

Creator/editor: James 
Marshall, Ph.D. student in 

History develop 
nicil t: Marshall began com- 
piling the list while an 
undergraduate at Villanova 
University in 1994. He said 
that he noticed people ask- 
ing for lists of the symbols 
and their meanings. He was 
seeing the same symbols 
being repeated and thought 
it would be a good idea to 
put them all together in one 

A Sampling off 
the Symbols 

( :-D blabber mouth 

. . . ( Wile E. Coyote 
after attempt on Road 

Runner's life 

: -. } Madonna 

[8-0 Bearded smiley 
with glasses and head- 

-87 ( Cartoon character 
unhappy that he has only 
one hair on his head 

place. Marshall pulled from 
several smaller smiley sym- 
bol collections. His initial list 
was less than 1 ,000 symbols. 
Over the years he has stum- 
bled across more or people 
have sent in new ones. He's 
even created a few. 

Features: The list contains 
more than 2,200 smiley sym- 
bols and dieir many defini- 
tions. A symbol as simple as 
the smiley face : ) can take 
on the obvious meanings of 
happy and smiling, as well as 
Cheshire cat smile, salaman- 
der and leper. Marshall said 
he does not edit or censor 
the list. Some symbols may 
appear offensive or inappro- 
priate, but he puts in every- 
thing that is sent to him. He 
has both a disclaimer and a 
warning about the list essen- 
tially saying not to get mad at 
him over anything on the 
page. He did not create all of 
the symbols, so he also has a 
section where he gives cred- 
it to those who have signifi- 
candy contributed to the list. 

Audience: It has been vis- 
ited 131,638 times since 
October 1996. Since 
the page originally 
existed on another serv- 
er and was moved 
when Marshall came to 
Maryland, it probably 
had thousands of visi- 
tors at that time as well. 
Marshall said the page 
is for anyone who's 
interested in the sym- 
bols and what they 

What makes it 
special? The sheer 
size of this page is 
what's impressive. Mar- 
shall said he is aware of 
only a few other pages 
that have as many sym- 
bols as his. but he said 
the average dictionary 
tops out at about 1 ,000. 
He knows that most of these 
symbols won't be used in 
every-day Internet conversa- 
tion, but it's fun to read 
through. "The huge majority 
of those don't get used," Mar- 
shal! said. "It's there for 


The Flu is Coming! 
The Flu is Coming! 

Flu season is just around the corner. Flu is very 
contagious and, as usual, there will be a lot of 
cases this winter. 
It is recommended that people over 50 get vaccinat- 
ed, as well as anyone with any chronic illness like asth- 
ma, diabetes, chronic lung and heart disease. Pregnant 
women beyond first trimester should also be vaccinat- 
ed. Flu is spread through the air and also by direct 
contact such as by phones, doorknobs, etc. The incu- 
bation period is usually a couple of days. Medications 
to treat the flu need to be started in first 48 hours to 
be effective and generally will only shorten the course 
of the flu. 

The flu vaccine is available at the Health Center on an 
appointment basis Monday through Friday. The appoint- 
ment number is (301) 314-8184. Cost for faculty and 
staff is $13, $ 1 1 for students. For more information, go 
to www, inform .umd .edu/UniversityHealthCenter/, 

Chaplains: It's All About Community 

Continued from page 1 

themselves not so much spiri- 
tual k- jers, as they are educa- 
tors and friends, A few, such as 
the Church of Jesus Christ Lat- 
ter-Day Saints (Mormons) and 
the Eastern Orthodox, place lay 
people in these position. 

"The university recognizes 
me as a chaplain, but I'm not 
really a chaplain," explains 
David Fremont, who is a Mor- 
mon lay leader or religious edu- 
cator. "1 have a much broader 
role at the university." 

It's the "much broader role" 
part that provides most of the 
chaplains with opportunities to 
move from behind a pulpit into 
the community. Dinners and 
fundraisers, impromptu gather- 
ings and watching sporting 
events— it all creates a sense of 
family many students seek so 
far from home. 

Oudook attempted to talk 
with all 1 4 chaplains for these 
articles. However, one chaplain 
declined, saying that he'd rather 
not have the attention. Another 
could not be reached by press 
time and one chaplaincy is 
vacant. Hopefully, a future story 
can feature the unavailable min- 
ister. For contact information, 
chape !/weddings/cha plains . htm . 

Here are brief profiles of and 
thoughts from the rest of the 

£11 Backman — Chabad 

For six years, Rabbi Backman 
has made himself available, lit- 
erally, around the clock. He and 
his wife, Naechama, and their 
three children live in the 
Chabad center, an old frat 
house on Hopkins Avenue. At 
their Friday dinners, it is not 
unusual to see nearly 70 stu- 
dents in and around the center, 
eating homemade Chinese or 
Italian dinners. 

"And it's free, so they can 
enjoy the beauty of the expres- 
sion without any reason to say 
no. Just come," 

The Chassidic, or Orthodox, 
minister is of the contagious 
belief that hanging out with 
students when and where they 
are makes friends, which is his 
goal. He felt called to the youth 
and energy of a college campus 
while in rabbinical school. 

"These are the formative 
years. Judaism should be seen 
as an exciting part of those 
years," he says, so that students 
become involved adults. 

Bill Byrne — Roman 
Catholic Church 

What you notice about 
"Father Bill" at first is his sense 
of humor. Though he takes his 
calling seriously, Byrne's easy 
laugh dispels stereotypes of a 
stiff clergy. His mission to take 
the Catholic community "from 
inheritance to ownership" of 
their beliefs, builds upon his 
denominations long history on 
campus. Since 1938, there has 
been a sizable Catholic con- 
stituency. Approximately 750 


Rev. Moon brings counseling experience to the 

Father Bill helps students experience Catholicism 
on 3 personal level. 

fill their small chapel in the 
Memorial Chapel for evening 
mass on Sunday. 

Byrne, a local who comes 
back to the area by way of the 
Vatican, said being a priest 
crossed his mind while in col- 

"I thought,! have to scratch 
this itch to see if it's real," he 
says. "By my third year at the 
home office, the thought had 

Patricia Jenkins — Eastern 

One of the newcomers on 
the block, the Orthodox chap- 
laincy encompasses Russian, 
Greek, Ethiopian and many 
other Orthodox Christian com- 
munities. Jenkins, an alumna, 
helped form the Orthodox 
Christian Fellowship in the 
1970s before an official posi- 
tion was created. 

"Our love for the Orthodox 
church faith and the campus 
help us continue and grow," 
says Jenkins, who is considered 
a lay assistant. Under Orthodox 
tradition, she cannot be 
ordained and officiate services. 
However, she can participate in 
all other aspects of ministry. 

Worshippers meet weekly on 
campus, even though there 
isn't an Eastern Orthodox 

"We can be reached by 
phone or e-mail and will pro- 
vide on-call services to address 
the spiritual and emotional 
needs of our Orthodox stu- 
dents," says Jenkins. "We are 

always available to 


Ruby Reese Moon 
— Black Ministries 

When black stu- 
dents began attend- 
ing the university in 
larger numbers in the 
early '70s, they want- 
ed to worship in the 
tradition of their 
churches. A plea to 
the Black Faculty 
Staff Association 
resulted in the Black 
Ministries Program. It 
has been filled by 
Methodist and Bap- 
tist pastors. Moon, 
who took over when 
her husband died 
seven years ago, is 
the first woman. 

"We were co-pas- 
tors of the African 
Caribbean Mission 
Church in Washing- 
ton, D.C. ," she says. 

As if years of pas- 
tori ng experience 
aren't enough, Moon 
spent 36 years as a 
high school coun- 
selor. Many of her 
Wooten High School 
students became 
Maryland students. 
They are excited to 
see a friendly face, 
she says. By now, 
Moon can tell when she'll see 
fewer of their faces at Sunday 
worship service. 

"I can tell when it's time for 
final exams, homecoming," she 

When she's not on campus, 
Moon can be found busy with 
her activities as president of 
the Southern Christian Leader- 
ship Conference, Maryland 
chapter, a lifelong membership 
she takes seriously. 

"I often have some of the stu- 
dents attend activities of the 
NAACP and the SCLC." 

David Premont — Church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter-Day 

The Mormon population on 
campus is small, compared to 
the other faiths, says Premont, 
so his dudes extend to young 
adults in the surrounding com- 
munity. He teaches religious 
courses to them, and to high 
school students as well, in what 
his church calls Institutes of 
Religious Programs. 

"There is one set up next to 
almost every major institution 
of higher learning in the United 
States and Canada," he says. 

Like many church centers, 
the Mormon center on Mowatt 
Lane is busy during the week 
with classes and social events. 
Premont, who comes from 
Idaho, also works with volun- 
teers who teach. 

"We're a participation 
church," he says. "We invite peo- 
ple to come in and get 


Open House Opens Minds to Possibilities of Nanoscience 



Above left. Professor Michael Fuhrer of the Department of Physics discusses his nanoscience research on carbon nanotubes with Pehr 
Pehrsson of the Naval Research Laboratory during the Greater Washington Area Nanoscience Open House held in Stamp Student Union last 
Thursday, The event was one In a series highlighting area facilities and research programs In nanoscience. Participants in the series include 
the University of Maryland, the Naval Research Laboratory and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Thursday's conference 
included presentations by researchers from multiple disciplines and colleges at Maryland, including Life Sciences, Computer, Mathematical 
and Physical Sciences and Engineering. Above right, postdoctoral fellow Hung-Chi Kan explains his work on solid state surface structure, 
which he studies via low-energy electron microscopy, to Thomas Stevenson of NASA. 


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scores, an acute shortage of 
science teachers and a need 
for a content-rich program 
that would accelerate teacher 
career advancement. Several 
states, such as Iowa, Maine, 
Texas, Florida and Utah, are 
being targeted for the pro- 
gram, which began this fall. 

According to Paul Mazzoc- 
chi, MLFSC director, the cur- 
riculum enables working 
teachers to earn "a content- 
rich degree that can be imme- 
diately applied to their current 
classroom needs." The pro- 
gram received enthusiastic 
support from a number of 
leading Maryland educators 
and administrators for its 
effort to resolve the region's 
critical need for certified sci- 
ence teachers. 

The program can be com- 
pleted in two and a half to 
three years. Thirty -eight per- 
cent of students enrolled in 
the program are Maryland resi- 
dents, 62 percent are out-of- 
state (17 different states) and 
international students are 
from the Philippines and 

"E-learning's master of life 
sciences program has exceed- 
ed its initial enrollment goal of 
50 admitted students," says Bill 
Clutter OCEE's associate dean 
and director of Summer, Spe- 
cial Programs and Distributed 
Learning. "It is an excellent 
example of a partnership 
between die College of Life 
Sciences and OCEE" 

In addition, OCEE has 
developed an alliance with 
the College of Arts and 
Humanities to offer a master 

Bringing You the Classroom 

of arts in ethnomusicology 
online. The program com- 
bines Web-based instruction 
with two summer residential 
segments held in Peniscola, 
Spain. Although the bilingual 
program will officially start in 
spring 2002, it shows promise 
in reaching Spanish-speaking 
students and pulling together 
musical talents and tech- 
niques from around the 
world for a culture-rich, tech- 
nology inspired program with 
nothing of its kind offered 
anywhere else in the world. 
Carolina Robertson heads the 
Spain Online program that 
has already drawn great inter- 
est from music students 
around the world. 

Dean James F. Harris of the 
College of Arts and Humani- 
ties notes that "a strong pro- 
gram such as ethnomusicolo- 
gy instantly becomes available 
to a broader more diverse 
audience when it becomes 
available online. The result: 
everybody wins." 

OCEE works closely with 
campus partners to provide 
consultation, program devel- 
opment, course conversion, 
fiscal management, program 
administration, research and 
marketing. According to OCEE 
Dean Judi Broida, the office is 
currently working with a num- 
ber of colleges and depart- 
ments within the university to 
respond to the increasing 
demand for online learning 

"The concept is to provide 
the university with the sup- 
port and resources to develop 
innovative and responsive 

electronic programs," she 
explains. "We help academic 
departments identify niche 
markets, develop a marketing 
strategy, design institutional 
methods for e-delivery and 
create financial plans." 

The technological infra- 
structure represents yet 
another partnership that has 
made e-learning successful. 
The Office of Institutional 
Technology (OIT) provides 
the technical support for e- 
learning programs maintain- 
ing Web access round the 
clock. The entire e-Iearning 
initiative has a portal that 
leads to Web pages for each 
program where students sam- 
ple an online course module, 
can view course descriptions 
or obtain admission informa- 
tion. Single point of contact is 
a one-on-one customer 
response system and is the 
academic services compo- 
nent handling questions, 
inquiries, applications and 

"E-learning has partnered 
with academic and administra- 
tive units of die university in 
an effort to increase die visi- 
bility of the high quality of the 
University of Maryland 
advanced study programs," 
says Clutter. "Working togeth- 
er we are building a program 
that makes these prestigious 
university programs accessible 
to the entire world." 

For more information, visit 
www. e-learning . umd . edu . 

— Patti Friend, assistant director 

of marketing and communica- 

tions, OCEE 

College of 
Studies Hosts 

The University of Maryland 
will be the site of a national 
conference in November to 
explore leading research 
issues in library and informa- 
tion studies. This is a rapidly 
changing arena where 
research initiatives are devel- 
oping new approaches, par- 
ticularly initiatives focused 
on the creation and use of 
electronic information. 

The Library Research Sem- 
inar II: Partners and Collec- 
tions, Research and Practice, 
will be held Nov. 2-3, at the 
University Inn Conference 
Center. The conference is 
expected to draw more than 
200 leaders in the field from 
around the nation and 

Invited speakers include 
Yvonna Lincoln, Texas A&M 
University; Phyllis Dain, for- 
mer professor at Columbia 
University; Kathleen Mob., 
Columbia University and 
Ben Shneiderman, University 
of Maryland. Topics to be 
covered include: qualitative 
research methods: informa- 
tion visualization for digital 
libraries; ethnographic 
approaches to library and 
information science research 
and interdisciplinary infor- 
mation needs. 

For more information, visit 
www. folive/ 


Claudia DeMonte had one-per- 
son exhibitions of her sculpture 
at the Tucson Museum of Art 
and the University of New Eng- 
land. A one-person show of her 
work opens in November at the 
Arguibel Gallery in Buenos 
Aires, Argentina. 

David Watson joined the staff 
of the Physics Chair's Office. He 
has a bachelor of arts degree in 
English/Rhetoric from Bingham- 
ton University. His two fields of 
expertise are marketing com- 
munications and human 
resources. Watson most recently 
worked at the University of 
Maryland University College 
where he served as a human 
resources associate. 

Equine studies experts Amy 
Ordakowski and Erin 
Petersen joined the College of 
Agriculture and Natural 
Resources faculty as part of a 
new joint venture of the col- 
lege's Department of Animal 
and Avian Sciences, Institute of 
Applied Agriculture and Mary- 
land Cooperative Extension. 
Ordakowski will teach equine 
science and management cours- 
es within the Animal and Avian 
Sciences' four-year bachelor of 
science curriculum and serve 
as an extension youth/horse 
specialist with primary respon- 
sibilities for 4-H and other 
youth-oriented horse programs 
in Maryland. Petersen will teach 
equine management courses in 
the Institute of Applied Agricul- 
ture's two-year Equine Business 
Management Certification pro- 
gram. She will also serve as an 
extension adult/horse special- 
ist, providing support and 
expertise to the equine nutri- 
ent management program in 
the state. 

Sonia L. Huntley is the new 
director of membership and 
marketing for the Alumni Asso- 
ciation. Huntley will be respon- 
sible for all aspects of member- 
ship development and adminis- 
tration, including all acquisition 
and retention strategies. She is 
an alumna, having received a 
bachelor's of science degree in 
textile marketing in 1992. 
Huntley's professional expert- 
ise was as a manager of mem- 
ber benefits & non-dues rev- 
enue programs for the Ameri- 
can Association of University 
Women, and most recently as 
die marketing manager for the 
Association for Financial Pro- 

Catherine D. Bennett has 

accepted the position of admin- 
istrative assistant in the Office 
of University Development's 
Major Gifts and Regional Pro- 
grams office. She will work with 
Tim Ambrose, Patty Wang and 
Darcelle Wilson. 

OCTOBER 30, 2001 

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Of Pots, Pans and the Past 

This past summer 
Val Brown decid- 
ed to take a 
working vacation 
in the early 1800s. Brown, 
an administrative assistant 
in the American Studies 
Department for 1 years, 
has always been interested 
in history, and cooking. 

"In our bouse, cooking 
is not just somediing you 
do; it is a passion * she says. 
Being a life-long resident 
of Prince George's County, 
she was always interested 
in the historic Riversdale 
mansion, a National Histor- 
ical Landmark. Over the 
years she attended many 
lectures and talks about 
the history of the mansion 
and the surroundin'g area. 
She thought about volun- 
teering, but promised her- 
self she wouldn't do it unless 
she could be in costume. 

She got her chance last June 
when the Riversdale mansion 
launched a new program. It 
included the formation of a 
"kitchen guild" made entirely of 
volunteers. Members of the 
guild, period cooks as they are 
called, would come in on the 
weekends dressed in the outfits 
commonly worn by women in 
the time the mansion was built, 
and prepare dishes from recipe 
books of the time. Brown 
immediately joined. 

Their day starts with the 
building of the fire at 11 a.m. 
The cooks have to stack the 
wood and kindling and light 
the fire. Keeping the fire going 
is not an easy task. "The fire 
has a mind of its own. We some- 
times have to give it a couple 
poofs of air from the bellows to 
keep it going," Brown says. 

Once the fire is going, the 
cooks have to wait until the 
flames die and the wood burns 
down to ashes before they can 
begin cooking. They then take 
up the heavy cast iron pots and 

Val Brown combines her interests in 
cooking and history as a cook at 
Riversdale Mansion. 

ketdes. and hang them in the 
column of heat rising from the 
embers. The cooks make a vari- 
ety of dishes popular back 
then, including venison stew, 
rockfish and sweet potatoes. 

"We once roasted an entire 
turkey over the ashes," Brown 
says. Liquor, especially wine and 
brandy, is a common ingredient 
in their recipes, as are the fresh 
herbs the cooks grow in the lit- 
tle garden outside of the 
kitchen. The kitchen itself is not 
the mansion kitchen, but is in 
the overseer's house, called the 

The cooks strive to use as 
many fresh, organic foods as 
they can. Brown says that their 
cooking is "a lot of trial and 
error, but everything usually 
works." This instinctual 
approach to cooking is in keep- 
ing with the spirit of historical 
accuracy. Women cooking in 
those days rarely measured 
things out exacdy; they mostly 
used gut feeling when adding a 
pinch of this and a dash of that. 
The cooks usually make three 
or four items during the day 

before leaving at around 4 p.m. 
Before they leave, however, 
they have to clean the big iron 
pots and ketdes for next time. 

The kitchen guild is currently 
made up of eight women who 
cook for the mansion's visitors 
and answer questions. "Were 
not cooking for a crowd. In the 
past, some of these plantations 
could have up to 26 people 
working in the kitchen," Brown 
says. Visitors to the mansion 
can sample the cooks' cre- 
ations, and Brown says that 
most people have enjoyed the 
early 1 9th century fare. 

In addition to learning about 
plantation daily life, visitors can 
also learn about the history of 
the mansion and the estate. 
Henri Sticr, a Belgian aristocrat 
who had fled the turmoil of his 
homeland, began construction 
of the mansion in 1 801 . His 
daughter Rosalie and her hus- 
band George Calvert, a descen- 
dant of the founding family of 
Maryland, completed construc- 
tion in 1807. In 1856, their son 
Charles Calvert donated the 
Rossborough farm and inn por- 
tion of the Riversdale estate to 
the Maryland Agricultural Col- 
lege, the first agricultural re- 
search college in the country. 
This later became the Universi- 
ty of Maryland, College Park. 

Today Riversdale mansion 
can be rented out for functions, 
and there are also special 
events held throughout the 
year, including a candlelight 
tour of the mansion in Decem- 
ber. Though the period cooks 
are not working as often as in 
the fall, tours of the mansion 
arc still available for a small fee. 
Special tour arrangements can 
also be made. The mansion is 
located at 481 1 Riverdalc Road, 
Riverdale Park, Md., and is open 
on Fridays and Sundays from 
12-4 p.m. For more information, 
call (301) 864-0420. 

— Robert Gardner 


Jordan A. Goodman, pro- 
fessor and chair, Department 
of Physics 

Martin L. Johnson, associ- 
ate dean, urban and minority 
education, College of Educa- 

Erica H. Kropp, director, 
Office of Research Administra- 
tion and Advancement 

Trudy Lindsay, director, 
Graduate Admissions and 

Katherine S. M mining, 
graduate student, Department 
of English 

Katheryn K. Russell, asso- 
ciate professor, Department of 
Criminal Justice and Criminol- 

Gabriella M. Sackrin, 
undergraduate student 

Martha Nell Smith, profes- 
sor and director, Maryland 
Institute for Technology in the 
Humanities (M1TH) 

Inder K. Vijay, professor, 
Department of Animal and 
Avian Sciences 

Staff to the Committee: 
Sapienza Barone, assistant 
to the president. 

The vice president for 
research is a member of the 
university's senior leadership 
team and reports to the presi- 
dent while working closely 
with the senior vice president 
for academic affairs and 
provost. The vice president is 
expected to provide the lead- 
ership needed to sustain the 
strong growth in the universi- 
ty's research programs, which 
in the most recent fiscal year 
resulted in over $300 million 
in new grants and contracts 
awarded to Maryland. 

The vice president is 
expected to assume a position 
of leadership in representing 
the university to national and 
internal research and educa- 
tional agencies, business and 
industry, and in the national 
and international research 
community. The vice presi- 
dent will lead the campus in 
the development of new 
multi-discipUnary research 
activities, partnerships, collab 
orations, agreements and 
units, particularly those work- 

ing across university campus- 
es, government agencies and 
the business sector both 
nationally and internationally. 
The vice president is charged 
with formulating and promot- 
ing policies that support a 
large and diverse faculty in 
the conduct of their research, 
scholarship and creative work 
at the highest levels. The vice 
president oversees several 
institutional assurance com- 
mittees (animal care and use, 
biological and chemical 
hygiene, radiation safety and 
human subjects) and the fol- 
lowing administrative units: 
Research Advancement and 
Administration, Technology 
Liaison and the Maryland Cen- 
ter for Applied Policy Studies. 

As the principal academic 
officer of the Graduate 
School, the dean reports to 
the senior vice president for 
academic affairs and provost 
and is responsible for policy 
development and administra- 
tion of a decentralized Gradu- 
ate School offering more than 
70 advanced degree programs 
and enrolling more than 9,0(K) 
students. In cooperation with 
academic departments and 
colleges, the University Senate 
and the Graduate Council, the 
dean plays an important role 
in shaping graduate curricu- 
lum and must approve new 
graduate programs. The dean 
is in charge of the review and 
modification of existing pro- 
grams and the policies and 
procedures that govern 
recruitment, admission, sup- 
port and education of gradu- 
ate students. The dean chairs 
the University's Graduate 
Council. The following units 
report to die dean: Graduate 
Fellowship Office, Office of 
Minority Graduate Education 
and Graduate Admissions and 

The appointment date is 
open. Nominations are en- 
couraged and will be accept- 
ed at any time. Review of 
nominations and applications 
for the position will com- 
mence on Dec. 15,2001 and 
continue until the position is 
filled. All materials should be 
sent to Ami G. Wylie. 

Musical Marvels Come to Campus 

A grand opening of the exhibition "Mechanical Musical 
Marvels: Art & Industry in the Howe Collection of 
Musical Instrument Literature "will mark the formal 
dedication of a prestigious new collection for the Performing 
Arts Library (PAL) in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Cen- 
ter. On Sunday, Nov. 4 at 4 p.m., the university's Friends of the 
Libraries invites the public to the opening, which includes a 
program and a reception to honor collector Richard Howe. 

Howe will speak in the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn 
Recital Hall, followed by an exhibition in the PAL Gallery and 
a reception in the Grand Pavilion, 

Howe is long recognized as the foremost collector of print 
materials related to mechanical musical instruments. The col- 
lection encompasses the engineering, manufacture and mar- 
keting of the wide variety of mechanical musical instruments 
that evolved in the 1 9th and 20th centuries. For information 
and to RSVPcall (301) 314-5674 or e-mail 

Pumpkin: Its a Legend, a Lantern, a Fruit 

Continued from page 1 

The center also holds events 
such as Field Day, which allows 
the public to tour the facUity 
and learn about the ongoing re- 
search and how it benefits the 
community and environment. 

Many farmers sell their pump- 
kins to markets and stores such 
as Wal-Mart; others sell them 
directly to the customers. Almost 
all of the pumpkins, however, 
whether bought at a store or on 
the form, will be made into jack- 
o'-lanterns. Some will be scary, 
carved to look like witches or 
vampires; others will be cheer- 

ful, with smiles and buckteeth. 

According to Encarta, the jack- 
o'-lantern originated in Scotland 
between the I5th and 17th cen- 
turies as large, carved turnips. 
Many different stories tell the 
tale of the jack-o'-lantern, but 
few, if any, know the true story. 
Some say a night watchman used 
a hollowed-out turnip with a 
flame inside to light his way, oth- 
ers say a spirit could not enter 
heaven and was denied by 
Satan, who instead of allowing 
the spirit access, gave him an 
ember. The spirit then placed 

the ember in a hollowed-out 
turnip so he could see his way 
in the eternal darkness on earth. 

Halloween evolved from the 
Celtic tradition of Samliain, 
which marked the end of one 
crop year and the beginning of 
another. According to Encarta, at 
sundown on October 31, the 
spirits of the people who had 
died during the year would 
roam the earth and the living 
would offer the spirits food and 
drink to ward them off. 

— Cynthia Owens 


Trying to Educate, Understand Each Other 


A group of Maryland graduate students and Fulbright Scholars from nearly a dozen 
nations gathered to discuss Arab-American relations in light of September 1 1 . U.S. 
Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs William Burns also addressed the group. The 
two-day event was sponsored by the State Deparment, the university and AMIDEAST, 
a non-profit American organization dedicated to strengthening understanding between 
Middle Eastern and American people. It administers the Fulbright Scholarship program. 

MacLeod Lecturer Speaks for the Disabled 

Self-worth and value are 
not determined com- 
petitively, according to 
Claudia Mills, associate pro- 
fessor of philosophy at the 
University of Colorado, Boul- 
der, in her address in the 
Anne Scott MacLeod Lecture 
in Children's Literature series. 
Mills, noted author of more 
than 30 children's books, 
spoke at the biennial lecture 
event on Friday, Oct. 19. 
In her talk tided "Inno- 
cents or Dumbbells: An Ethi- 
cal Appraisal of Portrayal of 

Mental Disability in Chil- 
dren's Literature," Mills cited 
examples of characters with 
rnental disabilities from 
American and British chil- 
dren's books ranging from 
Louisa May Alcott's "Jo's 
Boys" to J.K. Rawling's Harry 
Potter books. Harry's cousin 
Dudley, portrayed as dim-wit- 
ted, mean-spirited and fat, is a 
very current example of the 
tendency to link mental dis- 
ability with socially undesir- 
able traits and physical 

Mills noted that permitting 
the mentally disabled charac- 
ter to perform a heroic task 
that saves the day or giving 
the character compensating 
characteristics such as artis- 
tic ability skirts the issue. A 
vivid depiction of bias 
against the mentally disabled 
may live longer in the read- 
er's mind than the redeeming 
act or ability. Literature 
should stress the commonali- 
ties that all people sliare, 
including their value as indi- 
vidual human beings. 

Green Plan: Fewer Cars on Campus 

Continued from page I 

early determination to go 
beyond die statutory require- 
ment and create a vision of a 
future campus that reflects the 
world-class quality of the uni- 
versity," said Provost Bill 
Destler, who co-chairs the 
committee with Vice President 
Chuck Sturtz." We wanted to 
enhance the sense of commu- 
nity on and off campus as well 
as be more environmentally 
friendly, while meeting the 
programming needs that arise 
from our growing stature as a 
major research university." * 

The committee's vision for 
the campus includes preserv- 
ing architectural heritage, 
embracing the wider commu- 
nity and reflecting the mission 
and values of a world-class 
public research university. The 
plan envisions a campus that 
respects die natural environ- 
ment, practices environmental 
stewardship and sustainability 

and emphasizes harmony 
between natural and man- 
made landscapes. The campus 
will be dominated by open 
spaces and carefully-sited 
buildings that invite pedestrian 
movement among the districts 
and help foster a sense of com- 
munity. When implemented, 
the plan will facilitate easy 
movement in ways that mini- 
mize vehicular traffic and con- 

The committee, which 
includes faculty, students, staff 
and officials of College Park 
worked closely with three 
nationally recognized planning 
consultants to figure out how 
to implement the broad vision. 
They determined, for example, 
that locating new parking 
structures around the periph- 
ery of the campus could 
reduce cross-campus traffic 
and lead to converting surface 
parking lots to building space 

and green space, with a net 
increase in green space. The 
plan proposes a shutde system 
using modern, alternative-fuel 
vehicles to provide quick and 
efficient access to all parts of 
the campus. 

The plan identifies various 
districts diat make up the cam- 
pus and aims to preserve the 
cultural and aesthetic qualities 
of each of them, resulting in a 
coherent design that treats 
nature gently and truly repre- 
sents the highest values of the 
university. The plan also calls 
for significant university par- 
ticipation in the enhanced 
development of the Route 1 
corridor to improve the envi- 
ronment of the region. 

"One of our goals is to blur 
the boundaries of the campus 
and become an active, visible 
and positive partner widi the 
community around us," Destler 


Haynes Johnson, a longtime Washington Post reporter, now a 
University of Maryland professor, described a moral and ide- 
ological rift the depth of which poses a threat to the repub- 
lic. Johnson says it would be "very foolish and feckless" to 
suppose that even as shattering a series of evencs as those of 
Sept, 11 would automatically close the rift. Rather, die attack 
laid down a plank for Americans to temporarily step over the 
chasm. —Johnson comments on the lack of trust between 
government and the citizens it serves, Austin American 
Statesmen, Oct. 14. 

From die moment of the attack, our national leaders 
referred to what was to come as a war, William Galston says. 
Galston is a professor in the School of Public Affairs at the 
University of Maryland and was deputy assistant for domes- 
tic policy in President Clinton's first term. "We know one 
thing for sure" Galston says. "War and big government are 
inherently linked. If we are indeed going to war and this 
entails some sort of national mobilization, there is littie 
doubt in my mind of the legitimate role of government. 
Right now, however, we do not yet know the extent of 
national mobilization." — Galston s comments appeared In 
the Austin American Statesmen, Oct. 14. 

Coca-Cola is making war on the tea culture of India, he said, 
by trying to persuade people to drink more of its carbonat- 
ed beverages. McDonald's is at war with the French idea of 
an almost sacred, Iengdw mealtime. Often, he adds, Ameri- 
can and Western companies are insensitive to the impact of 
their goods and images on other cultures. "The McWorid cul- 
tivates its own resistance" Mr. Barber said in a telephone 
interview last week. — Benjamin Barber, professor of gov- 
ernment and politics and professor in the School of Public 
Affairs, wrote the book, "Jihad vs. McWorid" and comments 
on hegemony under the arches. New York Times, Oct. 14. 

Criticism also remains for some features Microsoft did retain. 
One helps users order prints online — through film proces- 
sors tied to Microsoft. Another is called "Passport," which 
requires a log-in and password and channels users to Web 
services owned by Microsoft and its partner companies. Ben 
Shneiderman, a computer science professor at the University 
of Maryland, College Park and director of the Human-Com- 
puter Interaction Laboratory there, contends that the prod- 
uct 'will exacerbate the "digital divide" between rich and 
poor because it requires features of fairly new computers to 
run: 300 megahertz of processor speed, 1 28 megabytes of 
internal memory and 1.5 gigabytes of free hard disk space. 
—Shneiderman bemoans the high bar required to run 
Microsoft Windows XP software. Baltimore Sun, Oct. 25. 

Right to computer access: It is not necessary for everyone to 
own a computer, fust as not everyone has to own a car. 
However, computer ownership, or access, might be the key 
to achieving certain other rights. For example, access to a 
computer might be the key to getting a good education. Ben 
Shneiderman, a professor at the University of Maryland, Col- 
lege Park, took a good look at die computing profession 
after the Los Angeles riots of 1992 and recognised that "soft- 
ware applications can easily be an aid to improving educa- 
tion, providing skills training, reducing adult illiteracy, 
improving community organisations, supporting entrepre- 
neurs, and much more." A society that is viewed in this tight 
has the right to computer access, — The basis for Shneider- 
man's concerns are rooted in actual events, which pointed 
the way to open computer access. Financial Daily (The 
Hindu), Oct. 24. 

With last week's anthrax scare, the pressure to show that 
Congress can respond quickly to a national security crisis 
became even greater. "Congress doesn't want to be charged 
with holding tilings up," says Eric llslaner, a political scientist 
at the University of Maryland. "They're afraid of what would 
happen if someone pointed an accusatory finger at them.. . 
." — Uslaner speaks of the criticism Congress received after 
vacating the Capitol Building in the face of possible 
anthrax. More discoveries of anthrax in the meantime 
make the exit seem prescient. Christian Science Monitor, 
Oct. 23. 

OCTOBER 30, 2001 

University of Maryland 
Posts Anthrax Web Site 

In response to multiple occur- 
rences of anthrax, the Universi- 
ty of Maryland's College of Agri- 
culture and Natural Resources 
has created an anthrax informa- 
tion Web site. The site answers 
questions about how humans 
can contract the disease, and 
how it can be treated. Included 
on the site are fact sheets pre- 
pared by the Virginia-Maryland 
Regional College of Veterinary 
Medicine at the University of 
Maryland, the U.S. Department 
of Agriculture and the Universi- 
ty of Missouri. The anthrax web 
site address is www.agnr.umd. 
edu/anthraxResources. html. 

Holocaust in Hungary 

The Center for Historical Stud- 
ies announces the third semi- 
nar in its 2001-02 series on 
political violence Christian 
Geriach, a postdoctoral fellow 
at the center, will present a 
paper entitled "The Holocaust 
in Hungary, 1944: The Role of 
the Non-Jewish Hungarians." 

Geriach is the author of two 
books on German food, eco- 
nomic and extermination poli- 
cies during World War II. 

The seminar will be held on 
Monday, Nov. 5 at 4 p.m. in 
room 3121 Symons Hall. 
Refreshments will be served at 
3:30 p.m. Discussion will be 
based on a pre-eireulated 
paper, available in the History 
Department office, 2115 Fran- 
cis Scott Key Hall. For more 
information, contact Stephen 
Johnson at (301) 405-8739 or 
historycenter@umail . umd .edu . 

Engineering Day 

The A.James Clark School of 
Engineering invites kinder- 
garten, elementary, middle and 
high school students and their 
parents to participate in Engi- 
neering Day 2001 on Nov. 10, 
from 8 a.m. -1:30 p.m. 

K-10 students will participate 
in hands-on science and engi- 
neering activities. High school 
juniors and seniors will partici- 
pate in an engineering confer- 
ence. Students will be involved 
in various informational ses- 
sions and meet undergraduate 
students and faculty to learn 
more about engineering as a 
college major and career Par- 
ents will have an opportunity 
to learn more about applying 
for financial aid and scholar- 
ships. Lunch will provided for 
both programs. RSVP by Nov. 1. 
For more information, call 
(301) 405-3878. 

Call for Proposals: 

TA Development Grants 

The Center for Teaching Excel- 
lence (CTE), in conjunction with 
the Graduate School, announces 
a call for proposals for 2001-02 
TA Development Grants. The 
CTE will award a number of 
small grants (from $500 to 

$3,000) to departments and 
colleges working to improve 
the development, support and 
recognition of graduate teach- 
ing assistants. Information can 
be found on the Web site (fol- 
low the Grants & Awards link 
to TA Development Grant). The 
deadline for submitting propos- 
als is Nov, 19. Two copies of the 
applications materials should 
be sent to Allison Brovey Warn- 
er, Coordinator, CTE, 2 1 30 

mation can be found at For more 
information, contact Megan 
Cooperman, (301) 405-0741 or 
m sussman ©accmail . umd . edu , 
or visit 

Etiquette Dinner 

Come learn the tricks of the 
trade at die dining table. Anna 
Hart, protocol and etiquette 

participation, but those who 
wish to attend the debate only 
can register for free participa- 
tion by sending e-mail to Trim 
Harris ( by 
noon on Nov. 6. A badge for 
free admission will be provided 
at the registration desk from 10 
a.m. on Nov. 8 at the Marriott 
Hotel at 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. 

Since seating is limited, 
please register only if you will 
attend. If you must cancel, 

The Department of Classics hosted its annual Latin Day for 1350 secondary school students on Tuesday, Oct. 23 
in Tawes Theatre. The program, on the theme of "Women in Ancient Rome," included a play, a quiz competition 
and a banner contest. The play, written by Lillian Doherty and Eva Stehle of the Classics faculty, was directed by 
Maryland alumnus Reid Sasser. Three professional actors and twelve volunteer actors took part. The student 
actors and quiz contestants represented eleven different schools in Maryland, Virginia and the District of 
Columbia. Above, Venus (played by Helen Hedmari) and her son Aeneas (played by Sasser) narrate the play. 

Mitchell Building. 

For more information, contact 
Allison Brovey Warner, (301) 314- 
or visit 

Staying Up All Might for 
a Good Cause 

A dance marathon will be held 
Nov. 3-4, from noon to noon at 
Ritchie Coliseum. Participants 
are required to raise $100, with 
all proceeds going to Children's 
National Medical Center in 
Washington, D.C., a Children's 
Miracle Network-affiliated hos- 
pital. Dancers can sign up as 
individuals, with friends, or 
organizations, with reduced 
registration rates for groups. 
Last year's marathon raised 
more than $22,000 in 16 hours. 
For more information, contact 
Melissa Nat at (301) 226-2103 

Spirit of Service Writing 

Faculty and staff are encour- 
aged to invite students involved 
in community service to sub- 
mit a personal essay about their 
experience to the Spirit of Ser- 
vice Writing Contest. Winners 
will receive gift certificates to 
the University Book Center. 
Entries must be submitted by 
Nov. 16 to Megan Cooperman, 
Community Service Programs, 
1 195 Stamp Student Union. 
Contest rules and further infor- 

consultant, will guide partici- 
pants through a four-course 
meal, highlighting the dos and 
don'ts of dining etiquette. 

The dinner will be held on 
Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 5:30-8 
p.m. at Stamp Student Union. A 
payment of $10 is due by Oct. 
3 1 . The event is sponsored by 
the Alumni Association, the Uni- 
versity of Maryland Career Cen- 
ter and the Robert H. Smith 
School of Business Career Cen- 
ter. For more information, con- 
tact Uatetra Brown at (301) 
403-2728, ext. 1 1 or 
LB 1 66@umail . umd .edu . 

The Future of the Web 

James Hendler and Ben Shnei- 
derman will debate the future 
of the Web. Both are professors 
at the University of Maryland 
with strong but differing views 
about guiding principles for the 
design of future technologies. 
Hendler describes the semantic 
Web as a means for enhancing 
human communication. Shnei- 
derman emphasizes the social 
nature of knowledge sharing 
based on dialog, empathy, 
responsibility and trust. 

The event, scheduled for 
Thursday, Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m.-12 
p.m. at the J,W. Marriott Hotel 
in Washington, D.C., will be the 
closing keynote presentation 
for the American Society for 
Information Science and Tech- 
nology's 2001 Annual Meeting. 

TheASIST 2002 conference, 
a week-long event, charges for 

please inform the organizers so 
others may attend. For more 
information, visit www. 

Scholarship Awareness 

Faculty, student advisors and 
students arc invited to the sec- 
ond Fall Scholarship Awareness 
event. Speakers include Eric 
Sheppard, program director of 
the National Science Founda- 
tion Graduate Research Fellow- 
ship Program; Mary Tolar, asso- 
ciate executive secretary at the 
Truman Foundation; Kim Jones, 
Scholarships and Exchanges 
officer at the British Embassy; 
Dc 1 1 Pe tide rgrast , di re ctor, 
George J. Mitchell Scholarships; 
Teresa Stevens, program coordi- 
nator, Mellon Fellowships; Car- 
olyn Proctor, manager, Jacob K. 
Javits Program; Katerina 
Thompson, director of the 
Howard Hughes Medical Insti- 
tute Undergraduate Research 
Foundation on campus; and 
College Parks Peter Levine, 
Rhodes scholar and former 
member of the Rhodes selec- 
tion committee. The complete 
agenda can be viewed at the 
National Scholarsltips Office 
Web site at, 
The event will take place on 
Thursday, Nov. 1 from 3-5:45 
p.m. in Stamp Student Union. 
Seating is limited. Please RSVP 
to (301) 405-9363. For more 
information, contact Camille 
Stillwell at (301) 314-1289 or 
cstill we® deans, umd , e du .