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THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND FACULTY AND STAFF WEEELY NEWSPAPER 



Volume 16 ■ Number 11 • November 6, loot 



Serving His 
Country, His 
Family, the 
University 

Like many Americans, Shel- 
don Smith worries about 
tlie future in light of the 
country's current military 
maneuvers. However, because 
of his position in the DC. Army 
National Guard, he may worry 
just a little bit more. 

Smith, director of the Depart- 
ment of Physics' communica- 
tions and public information 
office, is also the public affairs 
officer for the Guard. He is not 
in a depioyable unit, but he can 
be called up individually 
because of his position. If his 
responsibilities on and after 

See SMITH, page 3 



State Fire 
Marshal Urges 
Cooperation 

Building partnerships 
between state, local and univer- 
sity agencies is one of the best 
ways to handle emergency situ- 
ations, said the state's new fire 
marshal, William Barnard, during 
the university's Department of 
Environmental Safety Compli- 
ance Officers breakfast last 




PHOTO nv MONEITE AUSTIN BAILEY 

William Barnard, the state's new 
fire marshal, addressed safety com- 
pliance officers at the Golf Course. 



Wednesday. 

AJkidlng to last month's tor- 
nado and security concerns 
heightened by terrorist activity, 
Barnard said his iirst tliree and 
a half months in office have 
been "very interesting," He also 
commended local fire and res- 
cue agencies for assisting Mary- 
land during the tornado's after- 
math. 

The break^t, held every 
semester, is a chance for offi- 
cers from departments all over 
campus to share concerns and 
new information. 



MFRI Opens New Fire Training Facility 




PKOTO BV APBIk WAtKSR 

A highlight of the celebration was the ribbon cutting featuring the use of a firefighter's ax. The group 
of dignitaries included (l-r): Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute Director Emeritus John W. Hoglund, 
Maryland State Senator Richard F. Colburn, Upper Eastern Shore Regional Advisory Board Chair 
Bryan Ebling, University of (Maryland President Dan Mote, Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute Direct- 
or Steven T. Edwards and Vice President of the Queen Anne County Co rnmisei oners Marlene F Davis. 



The university's Mary- 
land Fire and Rescue 
Institute recently cel- 
ebrated the openir^ of a 
new traitiing fecillty in Cen- 
tre ville, Md., the Upper East- 
ern Shore Regional Training 
Center. 



"This grand opening sym- 
bolizes the culmination of a 
master plan developed to 
provide full-service fire, res- 
cue, and emergency med- 
ical training facilities in 
every region of tlie state," 
said MFRI Director Steven T. 



Edwards. The fecility is the 
sixth MFRI regional tiaining 
center, incorporating all the 
best features of its prede- 
cessors, and includes class- 
room and administrative 

See MFRIf page 3 



Conference 
to Focus 
on Helping 
Students 
Succeed 

Many people, upon mak- 
ing it to a successful 
place in life, thank 
those who helped get them 
there. It isn't unusual for ele- 
mentary school teachers, higli 
school coimselors and universi- 
ty staff or faculty to be on that 
list. It is imder this "reach them 
early" mindset tliat Success 
2000 operates. 

The conference, sponsored 
by the Office of Multicultural 
Education (OMSE) and formerly 
called Retention 2000, seeks to 
explore new opportimities for 
collaboration between the uni- 
versity and the community in 
order to ensure student success. 
It will he held from 8 a.m.-4:30 
p.m., Nov. 14 in the Colony Ball- 
room of Stamp Student Union. 
"We want to make sure they 
have the opportunities, tliat 
they are prepared and tliat diey 
can come to the best imiversi- 
tics," says Mary Cothran, direc- 
tor of OMSE. "The conference Is 
really about bringing a group of 

See SUCCESS, page J 



A Community Approach 
to Diabetes Control 



Latino/Hispanic Ameri- 
can diabetics in Mont- 
gomery County are 
enjoying better health thanics 
to a community-based educa- 
tion program involving faculty 
of the College of Agricuiture 
and Natural Resources. 

Working in partnership 
with the Montgomery County 
Department of Health and 
Human Services and the Span- 
ish Catlnjlic Health Center, a 
non-profit organization ttiat 
serves the Latino population, 
Mira Mehta and Dianne Miiller 
are providing this previously 
imdcrserved audience with 
the information they and their 
families need to take control 
of their diet, the disease and 
their lives. 

Tlie seeds for this educa- 
tional effort were sown in 
1 998, when Miiller, an educa- 
tor with the college's Mary- 
land Cooperative Extension 
office in Montgomery' County, 
attended a diabetes presenta- 
tion at a meeting of the Soci- 
ety for Nutrition Education, 



and Mehta, an Extension spe- 
cialist in the Department of 
Nutrition and Food Science, 
introduced an initiative on 
diabetes education to Mary- 
land Extension educators. 

"Approximately 1 .8 million 
Hispanic Americans and 2.3 
million African Americans 
older than the age of 20 have 
diabetes," says Mehta. "Dia- 
betes is to some extent a pre- 
ventable disorder that can be 
managed with diet and physi- 
cal activity, and 1 felt that the 
imiversity could play a part in 
reaching and teaching these 
medically high-risk popula- 
tions," 

Miiller agreed. She and her 
community collaborators 
developed a curriculum and 
taught their first six-hour dia- 
betes education program for 
uninsured Hispanic clients in 
May 1999, repeating tlie pro- 
gram 10 times since then, 
most recently in September. 
Through interactive lectures 

See DIABETES, page 3 



New Fellowship Focuses 
on Medical Innovations 

Alumnus Selects Engineering School for Gift 



The A.James Clark School 
of Engineering recently 
received a $1.25 million dona- 
tion from an especially admir- 
ing and altruistic alumnus. 

Robert Fiscliell made the 
donation for tlie establish- 
ment of an engineering fel- 
lowship to support doctoral 
research in biocnglncering. He 
holds a masters degree in 
physics from the University of 
Maryland and serves on its 
board of trustees. He made 
the donation because he 
wanted to encourage innova- 
tive research in biomedical 
engineering. Fischell had spe- 
cific reasons for choosing the 
university. 

"I selected the University of 
Maryland for the fellowship 
because of its quality and 
because the university has 
been good to me," he says. 

The Claric School of Engi- 
neering graduate pro-ams 
are ranked 18th in tlie nation 
by U.S. News and 'World 
Report, The school is also rec- 



ogtiized as a national leader in 
imdergraduate education. Fis- 
chell was given an honorary 
doctor of science from the 
university in recognition of 
his imiovations in spacecraft 
and biomedical engineering, 
in addition to the nearly 200 
patents he has received. 

The Fischell fellowship is 
unique in its emphasis on 
product development in addi- 
tion to academic achieve- 
ment. Nariman Farvardin, dean 
of the school of engineering 
says, "This fellowship is 
designed so that the student 
would bring his or her own 
research proposal to the Clark 
School and a faculty member 
will help the student make it 
happen." Normally, a student 
would look for a professor 
witli similar research interests 
and help develop the profes- 
sor's idea. 

The fellowship will be 
advertised nationally and will 

See FISCHELL, page 3 



NOVBMB EH 6 , 2 1 



dateline 
maryland 

YOUR GUIDE TO UNIVERSITY EVENTS: NOVEMBER 6-13 



november 6 

4 p.m.. The Physics Of 
Scaling L^ws for Biological 
Systems 1410 Physics. Phys- 
ics colloquium with Geoffity 
West, Los Alamos National Lab- 
oratory. Call 5-5945. 

5:50-7 p.m.. The Making of 
"Venous Flow: States of 
Grace" Clarice Smith Perform- 
ing Arts Center Take Five on 
Tuesdays presents award-win- 
ning dancer Li Chiao-Ping and 
visiial artist Doughs Rosenburg 
as they demonstrate their mul- 
timedia, mixed abilities dance 
project and discuss its inspira- 
tion. Li invites students and 
community members to join in 
exploring alternate ways of 
, moving through space. Partici- 
pants should plan to attend the 
open rehearsal at 2 p.m. and 
must be available for the per- 
formance at 5:30 p.m. No prior 
dance experience required. For 
more information, contact 
Meriam Rosen at 5-3189- 

8-10 p.m., Gerard Poole 
and Moroccan Dance Kay 

n Theatre, Clarice Smith Perform- 
ing Arts Center. Sponsored by 
the ethnomusicology program 
of the School <rf Music. R)r more 
information, contact Amy Har- 
bison at 5-8169 or harbison® 
I .W9iii.iuaid,edu, or visit www, 

^, dariccsraithcemerurad.edu. 



november 7 

12-1 p.m.. Research and 
Development Presentation: 
Where's the Learning in 
Service-Learning? 0114 
Counseling Center, Shoeraaker 
Building. With Marie Troppc, 
coordinator of service learn- 
ing, Office of Commuter Afftiirs 
and Comraimity Service. Meet- 
ings are scheduled for one 
hour over bag lunch. All inter- 
ested faculty, staff and graduate 
students are invited. For more 
information, contact Vivian 
Boyd, Counseling Center direc- 
tor, at 4-7675. 

5:30-6:30 p.m.. Basics of 
Strength Training Center for 

Health &VC'elJbeing,0121 Cam- 
pus Recreation Center Dress 
comfortably. Contact Jennifer 
Tregerat4-I493or 
treger® heal th . umd . edu. 

ft-8 p.m.. Crosscurrents 
2001: the Work of Pyramid 



Venture Adventure 

The fall Whiting Turner 
Lecture "Making 
Money The Old Fash- 
ion Way" will feature guest 
speakers Ginger E. Lew, CEO 
end Mar^aging Director of 
Telecommunications Devel- 
opment Fund (TDF) and 
Robert Cerbone, Associate at 
TDF and alumnus of the 
Clark School of Engineering 
and Smith School of Busi- 
ness, They will speak about 
the venture capital industry 
on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 5 
p.m. in 1202 Glenn L, Martin 
Hall. Receptions will precede 
and follow the lecture in ttie 
lobby area. All are invited. 
For more information, visit 
WAW.e ng , u m d.e d u/news/ 
whatsnew.html#LECTU HE. 

r 1 
Atlantic Details in For Your 
Interest, page 4. 

6-9 p.m., HTML II: Using 
Tables and FormattinB for 
Web Page Layout 4404 Com- 
puter & Space Science. Prereq- 
uisite: HTML 1. Registration is 
$10 for students; $20 for facul- 
ty/staff; $25 for alumni. For 
more information, contact 
Carol Warringtion aj 5-2938 or 
cwpost@umd5.urad.edu, or 
visit www.O(t.iimd.edu/pt,* 

A\) • / -I. ,•' -J- 
7:30-9 p.m.. On the Front 
Unes: Television and 
African-American Issues 

Details in For Your Interest, 
page 4. 



november 8 

8:45 a.m.^ p.m., OIT Short- 
course: Introduction To MS 
Access 4404 Computer & 
Space Science. The fee is $90. 
To register, visit www.oit.umd. 
edu/sc. For more information, 
contact the OIT Training Ser- 
vices Coordinator at 5-0443 or 
ott-training@ umail.umd.edu, 
or visit wwfw.oit.umd.edu/sc.' 

11:30 a.m.. Art Department 
Lecture West Gallery, Art-Soci- 
ology Building. With Robert 
Taplin, a figurative sculptor 
and critic whose sculptures 
are made of mmierous materi- 
als: plaster, paper, forged steel 
and concrete. His work has 
received press in Art in Ameri- 
ca and Sculpture magazines. 
Besides showing regularly, he 
has also had major public com- 



mi^ions. For more informa- 
tion, contaa Claudia DeMonte 
at McMonte2®aolcom. 

3:30 p.m.. Impossible Sub- 
jects: Sexuality, Diaspora 
and South Asian Public 
Cultures N>aimburu Cultural 
Center The Asian American 
Studies Program and the Con- 
sortium on Race, Gender and 
Ethnicity (CRGE) present Gaya- 
tri Gopinath, Univeristy of Cali- 
fornia-Davis. For more infor- 
mation, call 5-2931 or visit 
www. umd . ed li/ctge . 

3:30 p.m., Bebe Koch 
Petrou Lecture 1 1 20 Susqtie- 
hana Hall. Samuel R. Delany, 
award-winning science fiction 
novelist, will give a lecture 
titled "Writing and Life ."Delany 
is a professor of comparative 
literature at Temple University. 
For raore information, contact 
Betty Fern at 5-3805. 

7-8:30 p.m.. Money Man- 
agement Seminar Stamp 
Student Union. Join the Univer- 
sity of Maryland Black Alumni 
Club for a money management 
seminar hosted by Merrill 
Lynch. Michelle Williams, finan- 
cial consultant, will assist par- 
ticipants with issues concern- 
ing personal finance and strate- 
gics to make your money work 
for you. Light refreshraents will 
be served. For raore informa- 
tion, contact Llatetra Brown at 
C301>403-2728,ext. llor 
LBl66@umail.umd.edu, or visit 
www.alumni.umd.edu. 



november 9 

9 a.m. -4:30 p.m., InstKute 
for Philosophy and Public 
Policy 25th Anniversary 
Conference Details in For 
Your Interest, page 4. 

1-5 p.m.. Old Norse Edda 
Symposium St. Mary's Hall. 
The Germanic Studies Depart- 
ment's Scandinavian Program 
of the School of Foreign Lan- 
guages and Literatures is hold- 
ing a symposium in conjunc- 
tion with the University Con- 
cert Series performance of 
songs fttjm the Edda by the 
medieval song group Sequen- 
tia. The program, covering cul- 
tural, mythological and social 
aspects of the Eddie poeras, 
will feature Marianne Kalinke 
from the University of Illinois 
at CampaignAJrbana; John Lin- 
do w from the University of 
California-Berkeley; Bryndis 



Schram, Icelandic Embassy and 
the Icelandic Film Institute; 
Heimir Palsson from the Uni- 
versity of Reykjavik; and Ben- 
jamin Bagby, co<reator of the 
musical Edda program. For 
more inforraation, contact 
Rose-Marie Oster at 5^096. 

3 p.m.. Physics Lecture 

1412 Physics. The Physics 
Department presents Its Distin- 
guished Lecture Series in 
Atomic, Molecular and Optical 
Physics. Steven L. Rolston of 
the National Institute of Stan- 
dards & Technology is tliis 
month's speaker Call 5-5945. 

4 p.m.. Celebrity and Sexu- 
ality Laboratory Theater, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center. Symposium around "As 
Bees in Honey Drown" (see 8 
p.ra.). Reception to follow at 
5:30 p.m. Reservations suggest- 
ed; call 5-6676. 

8 p.m.. As Bees in Honey 
Drown Kogod Theater, Clarice 
Smith Performing Arts Center 
Performance of a play by 
Douglas Carter Beane. For 
more information, call 5-ARTS 
or visit www.claricesmithcen- 
terimid.edu.* 



november 10 

8 p.m.. As Bees in Honey 
Drown Kogod Theater, Clarice 
Smith Performing Arts Center 
CSeeNov9,8p.m.) 



november 11 

2 p.m.. As Bees in Honey 

Drown Kc^od Theater, Clarice 
Smith Performing Arts Center. 
(See Nov 9, 8 p.m.) 

7:30 p.m.. As Bees in 
Honey Drown KogodTheater, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center. (See Nov. 9, 8 p.m,) 

8 p.m.. University of Mary- 
land Women's and Men's 
Choruses Concert Hall, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center Concert debut of the 
newest ensembles from the 
choirs. For more information, 
call 5-ARTS or visit www. 
claricesraithce nter. urad . edu . 



november 12 

8:45 a.m.-4 p.m., OIT Short- 
Course: Introduction to MS 
Excel 4404 Computer & Space 
Science. Learn to use the 3- 
dimensional aspect of Excel, 
save an Excel workbook as a 
Web page, and raore. The fee 
for the class is $90, To register, 
visit www.oit.umd. edu/sc. For 
more inforraation, contact the 
OIT Shortcourse Training Coor- 
dinator at 5-0443 or oit-train- 
ing@imiail.tund.edu, or visit 
www. oit . urad . ed u/sc . • 



12:30-2:30 p.m.. The Third 
Blackwell/Maryland Lecture 
Series Details in For Your 
Interest, page 4. 

8 p.m.. Symphonic Wind 
Ensemble Concert Hall, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center. School of Music pres- 
entation conducted by John E. 
Wakefield. For more informa- 
tion, call 5-ARTS or visit www, 
claricesmithcenter urad.edu. 



november 13 

10 a.m., Andrd Watts Piano 
Masterclass Gildenhorn Reci- 
tal Hall, Clarice Sraith Perform- 
ing Arts Center, Watts is a world- 
faraous concert pianist and 
School of Music artist-in-resi- 
dence. Call 5-ARTS or visit www, 
claricesmithcenter umd.edu. 

12 p.m.. Author Lecture and 
Book Signing with Edward 
Steers Lecture Room D, Nation- 
al Archives at College Park, 8601 
Adelphi Road, Noted Lincoln 
authority Steers will discuss 
his book "Blood on the Moon: 
The Assassination of Abraham 
Lincoln," Reservations recom- 
mended; call (202) 208-7345. 

12:30-1:45 p.m.. Leader- 
ship in a Time of Crisis: ..,. 
Sortie African-American 
Perspectives Details in For 
Your Interest, page 4. 

4 p.m.. Physics Colloquium: 
Is There A Parallel Universe? 

1412 Physics, Dlstmguished 
Scholar-Teadier Lecture with 
Professor Rabindra Mohapatra. 
A reception will follow the lec- 
ture; Gall 5-5945.. ■ ■■JJ: :■■ '-il ■■-■'«. 



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calendar guide 

Calendar phone numbers listed as 4-xxxx or 5-900tx stand for the pref)K 314 or 405, Calendar information for Outlook Is compiled from a combination or InforM's master 
calendar and submissions to the Outlook office. Subint**lofi« are due two week* prtor to the dat« of publlcstkin. To reach the calendar editor, call 40S7615 or email to 
outlook@accma)l.umd.edu. *Evefits are free and open to the public unless noted by an asterisk <*). 



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Oiulooii ji'Aie *i(*ill^ fici^-snS ' 
newspaper serving die Univccsicy nf 
Mjryhnd cwipus commumcy, 

Btodie Remington 'Vice 

President fur Utiiveriity Reklionj 

'■ I 
Teresa Fbnnery ■ Executive 
Direcror of UnweRlty Communi- 
c:3tions and Director of Marketing 

Geo^e Cathcart • Executive 
Editor 

Monette Austin Ba3ey • Editor 

Cynthia Mitchd • Art Director 

Laura Lee • Graduate Assistant 

Robert Gardnei • Editoriai 
Assistant 

Letters to the editor, story sugges- 
tions and campus information ate 
welcome. Please submit all mitcriil 
two weeks before the Tuesday of 
publication. 

Send matcrLiI to Ectitor, Oiitlmtjb, 
2101 Turner Hall, College Park, 

MD 20742 

Telephone • (301) 405^629 
Fix '(301) 314-9344 
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OUTLOOK 



New Facility Opens in Centreville i 



Continued from page 1 




PHOTO av AfFtlL WAIKER 



Tlie burn buiidtng located at the new facility is a reaitstic yet safe place 
for firefighters to practice extinguishitts building Tires. 



space along with speciailzed 
practical fire and rescue train- 
ing facilities. Every efifort was 
made to leam from past efforts 
so that this training fecility can 
boast an educational environ- 
ment that contains the cutting- 
edge technologf needed by 
feculty, staff and students. 

President Dan Mote was one 
of many who participated in 
the grand opening ceremony 
and had the opportimity to tour 



the $3.6 million faciUry, In light 
of the tragic losses recently 
experienced by MFRI as a resxilt 
of the devastating tornado that 
destroyed its temporary head- 
quarters fecillty on the College 
Park campus, Mote stated, "It is 
heartening to come together 
today to share in the opening 
of a brand new, state-of-dic-art 
trainitig facility that will serve 
the Upper Eastern Shore 
Re^on for decades to come. 



"For those who dedicated 
themselves nearly three 
decades ago to this regional 
concept, for those who com- 
mitted their skills and hard 
work to the planning and con- 
struction process, and for 
those who will be the benefici- 
aries of their vision and dedica- 
tion, it is truly a great day." 

Tlie center is located on 2 J 
acres of land acquired from 
the State Highway Administra- 
tion near the intersection of 
Routes 301 and 304, east of 
Centrevtlle in Queen Anne's 
Coimty. The fecility will serve 
fire, rescue, and emeigency 
medical personnel from Kent, 
Queen Anne's, Caroline, Talbot 
and Anne Arundel Counties. 
Other MFRI-operated centers 
are located at Aberdeen Prov- 
ing Ground. Cresaptown, Mt, 
Airy, Princess Anne and laPla- 
ta. Maryland Fire and Rescue 
Institute's headquarters is now 
located at College Park Train- 
ing Academy on University of 
Maryland's College Park cam- 
pus where a new addition is 
being completed. 



Continued from page i 



I Starting Early, Staying Strong 



people together that believe the 
student can be independently 
directed. It's student self-empow- 
erment.' 

Cothran says the conference 
will explore strategies to help 
cultivate self-motivated, self- 
assured students at sectondary 
and post-secondary levels. 
j Conference oiganizers' \ 

changed the name to reflect a 
more positive outlook on suc- 
cessful smdents. Instead of 
focusing on just keeping them In 
school, says Cothran, the presi- 
dent and other administrators 
want to work on creating a qual- 
ity university experience by 
instilling in students the impor- 
tance of being prepared for hi^- 
er education. 

"This is centered around stu- 
dents, not the faculty, not the 
staff," says Dottie Bass, coortiina- 
tor of Outreach and Program- 
ming at OMSE."We need more 
early intervention programs, 
which would enhance their col- 
lege preparation." 

Some of the sessions will 
focus on the Latino experience, 
creating welcoming classroom 



climates for diverse populations, 
the future of multicultural edu- 
cation and the retention of Asian 
American students. 

In its 10th year, the confer- 
ence features David Schoera, fac- 
ulty director of the Michigan 
Community Scholars Program at 
the University of Michigan. He 
has written extensively on diver- 
sity issues in higher education 
and has played a key role in the 
foimding of various retention 
efforts. 

Frank H.Wu, Howard Universi- 
ty School of Law faculty mem- 
ber, will speak at the luncheon. 
He teaches civil procedure. He 
has also published books and 
articles relating to affirmative 
acdon and immigration. 

"We want to bring in informa- 
tion from other academic institu- 
tions and businesses to find out 
how they're handling the cli- 
mate, equity, student welfare " 
says Cothtan. 

Both women can point to 
concrete examples of their phi- 
losophy. Cothran has mentored 
a young woman since the sev- 
enth grade who is now here as a 



student: 

'She comes in once a week to 
check on me," Cothran says. 

Bass' daughter frequently 
sends friends to her mom's 
office.Scime of them Bass has 
known since kindergarten. 

To detractors that feel confer- 
ences such as Success 2000 are ■' 
not needed any longer because 
minority enrollment at colleges 
is up, Cothran has a ready 
answer. " ' 

"We're not at parityr •" 



F 



or information about 
and to register for 
Success 2000, contact 
Douglas Woodard at {301} 
405-5615 or dwoodard© 
deans.umd.edu. Forms may 
also be picked up at OMSE, 
1101 Hombake Library. 

The Hispanic community 
may contact Carolina Rojas- 
Bahr at 1301) 405-8817 or 
crbahr@deans.umd.edu. 

Those interested may also 
visit www.inform.umd.edu/ 
omse/success, 

1 1. 1'.-' ■ >ll'~«li>g^t 



Diabetes: 

Continued from page 1 

and cooking demonstrations 
using culturally appropriate 
foods, they have provided nearly 
125 low-literacy diabetics with 
practical tips and guidelines for 
dietary fat control and blood glu- 
cose regulation. % 

Blood tests conducted during 
the first of three classes and 
three months after the final class 
reveal a mean decline in long- 



Control Through Education 



term blood glucose levels of 
1.27 percent. "Given that a 1 per- 
cent increase in these levels is 
associated with an addidona! 
$600 to $2,000 in per-person 
health care costs, this figure is 
extremely significant," says 
MiiUer 

Buoyed by these results, she 
and her colleagues piloted a sim- 
ilar ckss for African American 



clientele earlier tliis year, which 
they hope will form the basis of 
an ongoing program. And, with 
guidance from Mehta, Extension 
educators in several other coun- 
ties, including Allegany, Freder- 
ick, Prince Geoi^e's, Somerset, 
Worcester and Wicomico are 
fonnii^ commimity partner- 
ships to reach at-risk popula- 
tions in their areas. 




Smith: Double Duty 

Continued from page 1 

year ROTC scholarship he 
used to go to Howard 
University and major in 
broadcast journalism. 
Because officers weren't 
being taken on as fre- 
quently for active duty 
when he graduated. Smith 
signed up for an eight- 
year commitment with 
the reserves. Why has he 
stayed on? 

"When you don't have 
to stay, it's more fun," says 
the San Antonio native. 
"It's like being a fircflglit- 
er or a football coach; it's 
hard to give it up." 

To keep track of his 
dual roles, Smith stays 
available and 'plugged in" 
to what's going on, on the 
campus and in the world. 
The phone on his desk rings 
frequently, his computer 
chimes that he has new e- 
mail messages and his cell 
phone jingles. He keeps his 
uniform and a change of 
clothes for a few days in his 
car in case he has to head to 
the D.C. Armory at a 
moment's notice. 

Smith explains that media 
relations for the Guard and 
the imiver^ encompass 
similar areas of importance, 
though the names may be 
different. The first area is 
command information, 
wrhlch is internal newslet- 
ters, meetings and surveys; 
external information, which 
is media relations and the 
third area is commimity rela- 
tions. 

"This is working with the 
public to tear down the-' 
walls between th* tiUm^ 
and civilian^;" ~' ■'■ i -'' ' 

He finds itfdi'runate that 
his day-to-day career and his 
part-time career mesh so 
well. He can use his skills in 
both arenas, as well as take 
lessons learned from one to 
the other. 

"It's worked out really 
well," he says. 



PHOTO By CVNTHIA MITCHEL 

Sheldon Smith 

Sept. 1 1 were any indication, 
it would mean some long 
days away from his family. 

"It was round the clock 
for the first 50^ hours. I 
had to talk to everyone, I 
was even interviewed by a 
German television station," 
he says, still looking over- 
whelmed. "1 left [work) that 
afternoon and was gone 
almost a wcck.When the 
units started getting activat- 
ed, I was gone for another 
week, I have friends that 
have been called up and are 
gone. The first unit mobi- 
lized was from D.C. 

"I don't want to be gone 
when my son's bom, "he 
added. - ' 

Smiths' wife, Lolita, is 
expecting their tliird child in 
December. He says they take 
it one day at a time, and he's 
grateful for the support he 
'" ' receives from the physics 
department. "Everyone 
here's been really good." 

He has been with the 
Guard for 1 1 years, though 
only in public affairs for the 
last year. Before that, Smith 
served as a commissioned 
officer in the military police, 
doing tours in Germany and 
other countries. He comes to 
the Army by way of a four- 



Fischell: Gives Funds 

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be looking for a student Fis- 
chell describes as someone 
who "is thinking all the time, 
the kind of person who is 
innovative, with conceptual 
ideas for products or 
de\ices. But most of all, this 
student has the burning 
desire for his or her idea to 
become a reality." 

The development of these 
ideas into commercial prod- 
ucts to benefit humanity was 
a motivating fector behind 
the establishment of the fel- 
lowship. 

"Tliis fellowship is not 
about any personal financial 
gain for me. Rather, it is to 
help an innovative entrepre- 
neur to obtain a Ph. D. in bio- 
medical engineering and, at 
the same time, give him or 



her a chance to create a new 
medical device for the bene- 
fit of humankind," explains 
Fischell. 

To focilitate this, the stu- 
dent will have access to the 
engineering Acuity and 
resources such as the Tech- 
nology Advancement Pro- 
gram, which offers support 
to emerging companies 
working on technology- 
based products and services 
for commercial develop- 
ment. 

Farvardin says that the 
search for candidates will 
begin later this year and the 
first year-long fellowship 
will be awarded in the 2002 
academic year. 

— Robert Gardner 



NOVEMBER 6 , 2 O O J 





Shoppmrs UMto for a 
Safeway to Give Young 
Students a Giant Boost 

Help the University of Mary- 
land's youngest students earn 
points towards cash and educa- 
tional equipment to bcncflt 
their school. The Center for 
Young Children (a laboratory 
and demonstration school on 
campus) is participating in the 
Giant "A+ Bonus Bucks" and 
Safeway "Club Card for Educa- 
tion" programs. Points are 
earned each time a Giant 
BonusCard or Safeway Club 
Card is used. There is no need 
to save receipts. It's easy to sign 
up by visiting Customer Service 
ai any Giant or Safeway store or 
online at ww^v. giantfood.com 
(for Giant, the school code is 
03930) or www.proghqtrs. 
con^/safeway (for Safeway, the 
school code is 0529). 



Institute off Philosophy 
and Public Poiicy 
Annlversarv 

The Institute of Philosophy 
and Public Policy will celebrate 
its 25 th anniversary with a one- 
day conference in Van Munch- 
ing Hall. The conference will 
bring together scholars and 
policy analysts who work in 
tlie area of philosophy and pub- 
lic policy to discuss the role of 
research applying etliical analy- 
sis to policy problems. In addi- 
tion to members of the Insti- 
tute, speakers will include for- 
mer Congressman Lee Hamil- 
ton (now head of the Woodrow 
Wilson International Center for 
Scholars), Rachelle Hollander 
(National Science Foundation), 
Christopher Morric (Depart- 
ment of Philosophy), Benjamin 
Barber (Department of Govern- 
ment and Politics), and Linda 
"Williams (Department of Gov- 
ernment and Politics). 

To see the conference agen- 
da, visit www.puaf.umdedu/ 
ippp/25th.The conference is 
open to the public, but pre-rcg- 
istration is recommended. To 
register, or for more informa- 
tion, contact Keishalee Clarke 
at (301 ) 405-635 1 , or send e- 
mail toghonet.wam.umd.edu. 



International Ikravel 
Awards 

Full-time faculty members are 
invited to submit a proposal to 
the International Travel Fund 
Committee for support to con- 
duct research overseas. Awards 
are made for economy-class 
travel and it is presumed that 
other sources of support, par- 
ticularly from the department 
or college, are being applied to 
the project. The purpose of the 
award is to provide seed fimds 
for projects of major signifi- 
cance. The International Travel 
Fund Committee, comprised of 
four faculty members, will eval- 
uate die proposals in accor- 
dance with the guidelines list- 
ed at www.intprog.umd.edu, 

The deadline for proposals is 
Nov. 15. For more information, 



contact Pernille Levine at (301) 
405-7158 or PL78@uniail.umd. 
edu. 



Keys to Empowering 
Youth (KEYsl 

The Women in Engineering Pro- 
gram invites 11-13 year old girls 
to participate in KEYs science 
and engineering program fea- 
turing iimovative workshops, 
hands-on tab activities and 
interaction with supportive 
role models on Saturday, Nov. 
17 from 9 a.m.4 p.m. The goal 



of the Washiiigton, D.C. area's 
most important visual arts cen- 
ters. The exhibition features 
prints, piUp paintings, paper- 
works, and books by 58 artists 
who have worked with Pyra- 
mid Atlantic. The exhibition 
opening is Thursday, Nov. 8 
from 6-8 p.m in the Art GaUery 
in the Art-Soc Building. The 
exhibit will remain on display 
through Saturday, Dec, 15. 

For more information, con- 
tact The Art tJallery at (301) 
405-2763 or artgal@umail.umd. 
edu or visit www.inform.umd. 
edu/ArtGal. 




^HOTO BY MONETTE AUSTtN BSH-EV 



Campus Master Patrol Officer August Kenner, left, and 
Nyumburu Cultural Center Associate Director Anne Carswell 
enjoY the Black Facutty snd Staff Association (BFSA) Fall 2001 
reception last week. New and old employees were welcomed by 
8FSA President and Director of Academic AcKievement Programs 
Jerry Lewis, President Dan Mote and Vice President and Provost for 
Academic Affairs William Destler. For more information about BFSA 
activities, call Marsha Botts at (301) 405-4736 or visit 
wvvw.iflform.unrtd.edu/Campuslnfo/Committees/Assoc/BtkFacStaff/. 



is to excite girls about math, 
science and engineering, thus 
encouraging them to piusuc 
technical tracks in high school 
and beyond. 

Because of the program's 
popularity, students are select- 
ed on a first-come basis. For 
electronic applications, e-mail 
pesmith@deans.umd.edu. For 
more information, visit 1106 
Glenn L. Martin Hall or contact 
Mary Vcchery at (301) 405- 
0315 or 
vechery 1 3 ® hotmail . com. 



Support for Soon<4o-be 
Ex-Smoliers 

Lunch time Smoking Cessation 
classes will be held from 12-1 
p.m. on Wednesdays. Nov, 7, 14, 
28 and Dec, 5. Evenuig classes 
from 4-5 p.m. will be held on 
Tliursdays. Nov. 8, 1 5, 29 and 
Dec. 6. The classes will be held 
at 2101 University Health Cen- 
ter. A $10 registration fee will 
be coUectcd. Please c:Ul (30 1 ) 
314-8123 or (301) 314-8128 to 
register. 

For more information, con- 
tact Kelly Dolan at (301) 31 4- 
8123 or dolan@health.umd.edu, 
or visit www.umd.edu/health. 



Crosscurrents 20O1 : The 
Work of Pyramid Atlantic 

The An Gallery, University of 
Maryland, presents the exliibi- 
tion Crosscurrents 2001: The 
Work of Pyramid Atlantic, higli- 
lighting Pyramid Atlantic, one 



Reading, 'Ritingr 
Renaissance 

A one-day conference entided 
"Reading Renaissance Ethics" 
will be held in the Atrium of 
the Stamp Student Union on 
Friday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. -5 
p.m. The program includes 
Marshall Grossman, University 
of Maryland; Lynn Enterline, 
Vanderbilt University; David 
Lee Miller, University of Ken- 
tucky; Gordon Teskey, Cornell 
University; Theordore B. Lein- 
wand. University of Maryland; 
Richard St re ier, University of 
t!;iiicago; Katharine Eisaman 
Maus, University of Virginia; 
Ken Gross, University of 
Rochester; and David Nor- 
brook, University of Maryland. 
Tlic conference is sponsored 
by the Department of English 
and the Center for Renaissance 
and Baroque Studies at the Uni- 
versity of Maryland. For more 
information, contact Marshall 
Grossman at mg76@umai(. 
umd.edu. 



Caii for Proposals: 
Teaching/Learning 
Theaters 

Proposals for use of the Teach- 
ing Theaters, both full-semester 
and partial-semester, for the 
Summer and Fall 2002 terms 
are currently being accepted. 
Proposals are due by midnight 
Tlicsday, Nov. 9. 

Sponsored by Teclinology 
Enhanced Learning, Office of 



Information Technology and 
Center for Teaching Excellence, 
For more information, contact 
Chris Higgins at (301) 405-5190 
or chiggins@deans.umd.edu, or 
visit www.oit.umd.edu/tt/. 



Television and Affrican- 
American Issues 

The Museum of Television and 
Radio, University Satellite Semi- 
nar Series presents "On the 
Front lines: Television and 
African- American Issues" on 
Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 7:30-9 
p.m. in 421 0-T Hornbake. 

The civil rights movement 
of the late 1950s and 1960s 
was the first running story of 
national importance that tele- 
vision fully covered. From the 
1970s on, racial issues became 
more complex for television to 
cover. Panelists Gerald M, 
Boyd, Benjamin L. Hooks, 
Nicholas Katzenbach and Judy 
Richardson will explore issues 
from the 1950s and 1960s and 
how television news has inter- 
preted such divisive events as 
the Rodney King verdict and 
the confirmation of Supreme 
Court Justice Clarence 
Thomas. 

The seminar is sponsored by 
Nonprint Media Services, Uni- 
versity of Maryland Libraries. 
For more information, contact 
Allan Rough at 5-9225 or , 

ar2 1 ©umail. umd.edu. 



Leadership in a Time of 
Crisis: Some African 
American Perspectives 

Ron Walters, semor scholar at 
the Academy of Leadership and 
director of the Institute for 
African American Leadersliip, 
will present his views on the 
war on terrorism, its leaders, its 
causes and its impact on 
African Americans. 

The seminar, sponsored by 
Nonprint Media Services, Uni- 
versity of Maryland Libraries, 
will take place Tuesday, Nov. 13 
from 12:30-1:45 p.m. in 0101 
Taliaferro Hall, All interested 
faculty, staff and graduate stu- 
dents are invited. For more 
information, contact Stefanie 
Weiss. Academy of Leadership, 
at 5-7938 or swciss ©academy. 
umd.edu. 




Tile Blackwell/Maryland Lecture 
Series Lectures i]i Language and 
(;ognition presents "Phonologj^: 
The Bottom Line" with Morris 
Halle of MIT Nov 12-14. Mon- 
day's lectme topic is "On Fea- 
tures, Phonemes and Rules." 
The lecture will take place 
Monday, Nov. 12 from 12:30- 
2:30 p.m. in die Maryland 
Room, Marie Mount Hall. 

The remaining lecture 
schedule is as follows; Tuesday, 
Nov. 13, 12:30-2:30 p.m., "On 
Accent and Stress;" Wednesday, 
Nov. 14, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 
"On Meter and Verse." 

For more information, con- 
tact Scott Fults at (301) 405- 
7002 or 5wf@wam.umd, edu.