UPUI r:,D\ Outlook Winter Term Classes Offer Special Opportunities Page 4 THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND FACULTY AND STAFF WEEKLY NEWSPAPER Vol urn e \6 • Number t 5 • December II, 2001 McCain Accepts Award, Fields Questions at Town Hall Meeting v m ' ^ IH n . l\ 1 1 1 n » 11 f 1 HL JJ - 1mm 1 1 '■"''' A PHOTO COURTESY OF VIDEO SERVICES Sen. John McCain (above right), who is known for Ins crusade for campaign finance reform, came to the university last week to accept the Millard E. Tydings Award for Courage and Leadership in American Politics. Tydings, a former U.S. senator from Maryland, stood up to Sen. Joe McCarthy during his efforts in the early 1 950s to label colleagues as communists. A subsequent smear campaign led by McCarthy against Tydings cost him re-election. Sen. Joseph Tydings (above left), son of Millard lydings, pre- sented the award to McCain. Holiday Travel Plans Up in the Air Outlook wondered whether the events of Sept, 11 and the cur- rent war in Afghanistan would be factors in our readers' deci- sions about holiday travel this year. Tlte response was mixed Darryli Pines was sched- uled to fly out of Dulles International Airport on Sept. 11. Needless ■ ■&- wi\ Iff .'; . . ■}■■:■ \i Mt.ifr 1 \ W § J 9 V£&&^^^l \ f J ' J Wi PHOTO BY CYNTHIA MITCH6L Darryli Pines was scheduled to fly from Dulles to San Francisco the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 11. to say, he never made that flight, nor the conference he was to attend in San Francisco, One might expect that after such an apparent close brush with disaster, a person would be put off from Hying for a while. But Pines, a professor of aerospace engineering, has flown several times in the ensuing months. Three weeks after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., Pines and his wife braved the risks, and the new strict security measures, to fry to Italy "A lot of people were jittery" he said. "When we landed, everyone started clap- ping" Pines' colleague Norman Wereley, also a professor of aerospace engineering, will be driving to Florida for the holidays this year, same as ever. He said he wouldn't have changed plans to fly if he'd liad them. But other plans have been affected. A confer- ence he was scheduled to attend in Hawaii on Dec. 1 5 was canceled due to a lack of See TRAVEL PLANS, page 4 Elderly Healthcare Issues Focus of National Conference Approximately 70 health policy experts from gov- ernment, national trade associations and the health care provider community met last week at the Inn and Confer- PHOTO BY TRACY VIHAG Mark Meiners, director of the Medicare/Medicaid Integration Program, welcomed attendees and introduced the workshop agenda. ence Center to hear presenta- tions on how to improve and coordinate health care for the close ro seven million primarily low-income, elderly Americans eligible for the two largest gov- ernment health programs: Medicare and Medicaid, In 1996, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Maryland Center on Aging responded to the need for a better system of care for those individuals who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid (dual eligibles) by establishing the Medicare/Med- icaid Integration Program (MMIP). The College Park-based program seeks to end the frag- mentation of financing, case management and service deliv- ery that currently exists between the two government programs in serving this popu- lation. There are currently 13 states involved in MM IP-spon- sored projects. "Everybody knows Medicare and Medicaid need to be work- ing with each other," said Den- nis Smith, director of Medicaid Programs for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) who addressed the meet- ing. "The MMIP has been at the forefront of this movement." Last Monday, CMS officials announced the formation of a See HEALTH CARE, page 6 Raise Your Banner High! How Fabric and Design Create Pride You may refer to the large bright and bold pieces of fab- ric on display at commence- ment by the generic term of flag or banner, but the more specific term is gonfalon. First, a quick definition of gonfalon: A gonfalon was a type of flag or banner embla- zoned with the personal arms of a nobleman, and borne on a staff. The term probably derives from the Old Norse Gunn-fane, or war-flag. The legacy of gonfalons can be followed back thousands of years, but at the University of Maryland, 1 994 is about as far back as the colorful and regal banners go. The university's gonfalons are used for formal academic ceremonies such as com- mencement, convocation and the New Student Welcome. There is one for each of the colleges and they are stored in a Facihties Management build- ing until they're needed. Bob McIJhenny, who owns Mcllhenny Banners in Gettys- burg, Penn., was called on to create Maryland's gonfalons. He has been making flags and See GONFALONS, page 6 Getting to Work Just Got Easier Deborah Wiley's commute from "cow town" in Calvert County used to be a test of patience and endur- ance. Now, she can read, talk with new friends, or just watch the scenery go by. Wiley is a member of the Department of Campus Park- ing's successful Park and Ride Van (PAR V) program. Early in die semester, the campus com- munity was asked about its interest in such a program. From the responses, two test vanpool lines were arranged PHOTO BY MONETTE AUSTIN BAILEY Josephine Short, who was hired by the Department of Campus Parking, is the driver for the Bowie Crossing tine. with 10 people each, one to Bowie Crossing and one to Scaggsville. Others are in the works. Vanpool participation is free, and emergency rides home are offered. "We'll even take you home if you have to work overtime unexpectedly," says Bernard Palmer, vanpool supervisor. Two emergency rides back to the participant's vehicle are allowed per month. Participants are picked up See VANPOOL, page 6 DECEMBER It, 2001 dateline maryland YOUR GUIDE TO UNIVERSITY EVENTS: DEC. 11-) AN. 13 december 11 10 a.m. -12 p.m., Andre Watts Piano Masterclass Gildenhom Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. World-famous pianist and artist-in-residence at the School of Music leads his sec- ond masterclass of the semes- ter. For the School of Music's December concert calendar, visit www.umd.edu/music/cal- endar. For more information, contact Clarice Smith Perform- ing Arts Center at (301) 405- ARTS or visit www.clarice- smithcenter. umd . edu . 11 a.m. -12 p.m., Multicul- turalism: Source of Jihad or Antidote to Jihad? 4205 Hornbake Library. In this diver- sity forum, Benjamin Barber, who holds a joint professor- ship in the Department of Gov- ernment and Politics (BSOS) and the School of Public Affairs, will discuss bow he deals with diversity and multi- culturalism in his book "Jihad vs. McWorld." Sponsored by the University of Maryland Libra- ries' Diversity Committee. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend the forum on this important sub- ject. For more information, call Ann Masnik at 5-9263 or Tom Connors at 5-9255 or TC6 5@umail . umd .edu. 3-5 p.m. Black Faculty & Staff Association Celebra- tion Nyumburu Cultural Cen- ter. The Board of Directors of the Black Faculty and Staff Association invites the campus community to its annual holi- day celebration. For more infor- mation, call 4-7758. EONESDAV december 12 2-4 p.m., Holiday Reception Lobby, Main Administration Building. President Mote and the vice presidents host a holi- day reception. 7-9:30 p.m. Beyond These Walls Holiday Toy Drive and Party See forYour Interest, page 8. december 13 4-6 p.m.. University Senate Meeting 0200 Skinner. See For Winter Outlook T his will be Outlook's final issue for the semester. There will be an online issue Jan. 15; please send Outlook all announcements and articles to be included in this version by Jan. 7. We will resume weekly print publication on Feb. S. Have a safe and peaceful break. Your Interest, page 8. 8-10 p.m., Janos Starcker (cello), William Preucil (vio- lin), & Shigeo Neriki (piano) Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Per- forming Arts Center. Janos Starker and Shigeo Neriki join Willian Preuci, artist-in-resi- dence at the University of Maryland's School of Music, for an evening of sonatas and Brahm's "Trio No. 1 ", a quintes- sential work of the Romantic imagination. Chopin, "Violin Sonata in g minor, Op. 65"; Mendelssohn, "Cello Sonata in D Major, Op. 58"; and Brahms, "Trio in B Major, Op. 8".Tickets are $30, $25 and $20 ; call Amy Harbison at 5-8169 or harbi- email@example.com, or visit www. claricesmithcenter.umd . edu. december 14 9:30-10:30 p.m.. Scholar- ship Benefit Series: Bran- denburg Concetti Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Distinguished faculty artists of the School of Music perform Bach's complete Brandenburg Concerti, six celebrated mas- terpieces. The alumni associa- tion will host a lecture and reception prior to the 7:30 p.m. performance Tickets are $20; call 001) 405-ARTS, For more information, see page 3. January 13 3 p.m., Orfee et Euridice Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Per- forming Arts Center. This con- cert production of the Paris 1774 version of the opera by Christopher Willibald Gluck features the internationally cel- ebrated French tenor Jean-Paul Fouchecourt as Orfee and his- torically re-created dances in period costume. The produc- Maryland Alumnus Works to Reduce Threats PHOTO BV SHELDON SMITH University President Dan Mote in discussion with Director Stephen Younger (11 and and Air Force Lt. Col. John Parks (r), both of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. s tephen M. Younger, director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and University of Maryland alumnus visited campus and spoke to students, faculty and staff about his career, and the DTRA s role in the post-Cold War and post- September 1 1 environment. Later during his Dec. 3 visit, he met with President Dan Mote and other university leaders to discuss mutual interests and potential interactions between the university and DTRA. DTRA, located at Fort Bel voir, Va., is responsible for safeguarding America and its allies from weapons of mass destruction by reducing present threats and preparing for future threats. DTRA attempts to influence the international environment while preparing for an uncertain future shadowed by the threat of terrorist attack. Younger earned a doctorate in theo- retical physics from the University of Maryland in 1978. Since that time, Younger served at the National Bureau of Standards (NIST), the Livermore National Laboratory, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory, before being appointed to his current position. ForYounger, research continues to be a major interest particularly that which involves large-scale computer simulations. He presendy maintains an active collabo- ration in the theoretical study of dense matter, and in the application of compu- tational models to sociology. tion features Opera Lafayette, Ryan Brown, artistic director, Catherine Dubosc and Suzie LeBlanc, sopranos;The New York Baroque Dance Company, Catherine Turcoy, director; The Violins of Lafayette Orchestra and Chorus. Pre-performance discussion at 2 p.m. This opera performance made possible, in part, by a grant from the Flo- rence Gould Foundation. Tick- ets are $35, $25 and $20. For more information, contact Amy Harbison at 5-8169 or harbison ©warn. umd. edu.* m u BS O A V december 27 7-9 p.m., Riversdale House Museum Winter Evenings 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park. Music, costumed inter- preters, children's games, gin- gerbread baking in the open hearth kitchen and refresh- ments—all by the natural light of candles. Admission is $5 (children 4 and under are admitted free). Also held Friday evening, Dec. 28. For more information, call (301 ) 864- 0420; TTY (301) 699-2544, or visit www.pgparks.com. Corrections In the story "Puppy Power Has a Hold on Volunteers" in the Dec. 4 issue, the Web address for the Prince George's County SPCA/ Humane Society should have been; www.pgspca.org. In "Helping Students Where They Need it," it should read that Jerry Lewis has been director of AAP since 1988. He has been on the campus since 1971. Also, the Academic Support for Returning Athletes pro- gram is funded by the Athletic Department and under the guidance of Kmt Shockley, a doctoral student in the College of Education. Lastly, it should be clarified that the summer transitional program is the first phase of the program for all stu- dents who are admitted to the university through the AAP. calendar guide Calendar phone numbers listed as 4-xxxx or 5-xxxx stand for the prefix 314 or 405. Calendar Information for Outlook is compiled from a combination of inforM's master calendar and submissions to the Outlook office. Submissions are due two weeks prior to Hie date of publication. To reach the calendar editor, call 405-7615 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. * Events are free and open to the public unless noted by an asterisk (*), Outlook Outbait is the weekly faculty-staff newspaper serving the University of Maryland campus community. 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Mmmm, ptzzaaa," Welcome to the warped world of Canadian Rick Miller, where the dys- functional humor of televi- sion's animated sitcom "The Simpsons" merges with Shakespeare's "Macbeth."The result is "MacHomer" Miller's reading of the Scottish play in the voic- es of more than SO "Simpsons" characters. "MacHomer" will come to the Ina and Jack Kay Theatre of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. More than 300 hand-painted slides and an original musical score accompany the show that is written and performed by Miller. Last September "MacHomer" was scheduled to be performed as part of the official Dedication Week activities for the Cen- ter, but was postponed due to the tornado that swept through the campus that Monday evening. During his return visit here, Miller will participate in two days of performances, one for the general public and a second on Jan. 30 exclusively for University of Maryland stu- dents. The script of MacHomer (85 percent of which remains in the words of Shakespeare) is embellished with pop culture refer- ences, it's a very loose interpretation of 'Macbeth,'" said Miller, "but it's also pretty strict to the text." He came up with the idea of Rick Miller as MacHomer "MacHomer" while he was playing Murderer #2 in a 1994 production of "Mac- beth." "I had a small part so I spent a lot of time back- stage concocting this little ridiculous skit I was going to perform at the cast party. Over the winter, I devel- oped it and realized maybe some people might actually come and see this thing. And that's where 'MacHomer' came from" Miller said "MacHomer" is his homage to "The Simp- sons." "It's fun. It's silly, but it really is a tribute to both 'The Simpsons' and Shake- speare." MacHomer is accessible to all audiences. Tickets to the Jan. 29 performance are available at the Ticket Office or by calling (301) 405-ARTS. Single tickets are $20 and youth tickets are $5. Tickets to the student- only production are free (with valid university I.D.) and available now at the Ticket Office on a first- come, first-served basis. World Famous Performers Form Trio for the Center's Chamber Music Concert Three virtuoso perform- ers, who are also teach- ers of worldwide influ- ence, will create a stellar trio in the Concert Hall of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Cellist Janos Starker will be joined by violinist William Preucil and pianist Shigeo Neriki in a romantic chamber music concert Thurs- day, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. The evening's program in- cludes Richard Strauss "Sonata in F major for Cello and Piano, Op. 6"; Johannes Brahms' "Sonata No. 2 in A major for Violin and Piano, Op. 100" and Franz Schubert's "Piano Trio in B-flat major, D. 898." Starker is recognized throughout the world as one of the most masterful musi- cians of our time. He is highly revered as a cello soloist, chamber musician and Bernard Heiden.Alan Hov- haness, Jean Martinon, Miklos Rdzsa, Robert Starer and Chou Wen-chung, as well as pre- mieres of coundess recital works. Starker's many honors include a 1948 Grand prix du professor of music at Indiana University, guest professor of piano at Soai University in Osaka and guest professor of piano at theToho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo. Violinist Preucil, concert- master of the Cleveland Orchestra since April 1995 and artist-in-residence at the Universityof Maryland, has appeared regularly as a soloist with the orchestra in concer- Starker Preucil teacher. His technical mastery, intensely expressive playing and musical intelligence has informed world premiere per- formances of concertos by David Baker, Antal Dorati, Neriki disque (France) and a 1997 Grammy Award (USA), for works from more than 100 albums. Pianist Neriki has collaborated in concerts with Starker since 1976. He has appeared with leading Ameri- can orchestras and is a fre- quent soloist with all of Japan's top orchestras. He per- forms at chamber music festi- vals worldwide and has appeared in Europe and with the Chamber Music Society of Holland, among others. Neri- ki's critically acclaimed Tokyo Soloists chamber music group, formed in 1991, pres- ents an annual series of con- certs. An active and respected teacher, Neriki gives piano master classes tliroughout the world. His regular posts are: to performances at both Sev- erance Hall in Cleveland and the Blossom Music Center in Ohio. During his seven sea- sons as first violinist of the Grammy-winning Cleveland Quartet, he performed more than 100 concerts each year in the world's major music capitals and made numerous recordings with the Quartet for Tear International includ- ing Beethoven's 17 string quartets and a variety of chamber works by Hayden, Mozart, Schubert and Brahms. Tickets are $20-30, $5 for students. For more informa- tion, call (301) 405-ARTS. Sneak a Peek at Next Semester's Theatre Offerings The Department of Theatre brings an excit- ing mix of offerings to the stage in 2002. Beginning in February, Mitch Hebert directs George Walkers "Problem Child" in the Robert and Arlene Kogod Theatre. Action in this come- dy unfolds in a seedy motel room where char- acters R.J. and his wife Denise are trying to get their baby back from foster care after he was taken away by social workers. The story suc- For ticket information or to request a season brochure, contact the Ticket Office at 301.405.ARTS or visit www. cl ari cesmithcenter.um d . edo . Clarice Smith Performing Arts Centterat Maryland A Feast for the Ears n Friday, Dec 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall, the School nf Music faculty artists will perform Bach's complete Bran- denburg Concerti, A benchmark of Baroque music, the con- ■ r-rtos' unique combination of instruments show a lighter side of Bach's genius. Timeless and festive, these six beloved works usher in the holiday season with a flourish. Proceeds from the Scholar- ship Benefit Series provide scholarships for students of the School of Music. Tickets are S20/S5 for students. Call (301) 405-ARTS for more Information. cessfully weaves the tragedy through the come- dy of the problem-struck parents and their bat- tle with their authoritative social worker, Helen. On March 8, director Heather Nathans pokes fun at New York's high society in Anna Cora Mowatt's "Fashion "The 1845 period satire is a comical look at the changing world we live in. The Ina and Jack Kay Theatre will be trans- formed into the New York social scene. Find out if Mrs. Tiffany, the play's main character, will sacrifice everything to make a splash in the world of fashion. Spring semester concludes with "Polaroid Stories ."directed by Adele Cabot, in the Robert and Arlene Kogod Theatre, April 26- May 3- The 1997 contemporary tale weaves ancient mythology from Ovid's "Metamor- phoses" with small vignettes about modern- day American kids on the fringe of society. The result is a candid and unflinching look at the beauty and tragedy of transformation. Tickets to all Department of Theatre produc- tions are available; call (301) 405-ARTS for die full performance schedule. DECEMBER II 2 O I Let it Snow, Say Winter Term Advocates While most of the campus hibernates during January, a relatively small group of faculty and students engage in inten- sive learning experiences many wish could be replicated during the regu- lar semester. Winter term, in its fifth year, offers instructors an opportunity to teach a course in a new way, or teach a new course, and students a chance to learn in a different setting. During a recent forum, a few instructors offer- ing courses this winter discussed with prospec- tive students and other instructors what is planned for Winter Term 2002. "These are models of non traditional course design," said Jim Newton, assistant to the dean of undergraduate studies. It is this chance to experiment that first attracted Jo Paoletti, from American Studies, to WinterTcrm teaching. She used the opportunity to put her "Diversity in American Culture" course online a few years ago. Though such a course can be time consuming due to set up and mainte- nance requirements, Paoletti found it to be a great way to engage students who wouldn't otherwise be able to participate because of where they were during the winter break. Paolet- ti said the online course isn't feasible during the school year, in part because of her other courses and also because of non-teaching respon- sibilities. "The other nice thing about Win- terTerm is there are no meetings. [By it-. idling online] I also don't have to worry about parking or breaking my leg on the ice." She jokes about giving up her traditional semester courses. Edward Kaufman, a government and politics professor, and his col- league John Davies will use the Win- ter Term to of fer a timely, intensive course called "Seminar in Interna- tional Relations and World Politics: Second Track Diplomacy and Peace Building " It is a two-part course, with the course and its workshop being co-requisites. Kaufman says it is not just for those focusing on international relations or public poli- cy, but anyone interested in how the process works. He did warn, though, that it is a time-intensive endeavor. "We meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Mon- day through Friday and for eight hours Saturday and Sunday," for three weeks, he says. People don't seem to mind. The class is so popular that other coun- tries use it to work on real-life situa- tions. Students develop solutions in tandem with government officials from Israel, Ecuador and Lesotho. so, students from American and George Mason universities sign up for GVTT 409J and K. The courses are already full. "We're trying to maximize the impact of teaching during Winter Term," said Kaufman." We use this as a laboratory for our research. It helps us develop new projects." Joyce Kornblatt also knows the value of Winter Term teaching for both students and instructors. This will be her third year teaching Writ- ing Women's Lives, an all-day, eight- day workshop that offers partici- FILE PHOTO EV CYNTHIA MITCHEL »A1 Although Winter Term is usually cold and quiet, classes offer special opportunities. pants an opportunity to spend large blocks of time writing and sharing their work with other writers, free from a regular semester's day-to-day distractions and other classes. "The students come in knowing what they signed up for but are hor- rified when they realize what they've signed up for," she says. "They can't imagine how it will work. How will I stay awake talking about litera- ture for eight hours?' But I divide the day into short modules." Again, because the campus is emp- tier in the winter, she can use more of Susquehanna Hall to give students quiet places to write and discuss in small groups as well. "It's a more intimate way of teach- ing," she says. Newton adds that stu- dents must find it an enjoyable expe- rience, as there is a waiting list for Kornblatt's course already. Another teacher chooses to leave the campus altogether for his course. Jerrold Greenberg's Service Learning and Health Education course takes approximately one dozen students to South Florida to work with senior citizens on stress management, nutri- tion, community and conflict resolu- tion and physical activity for eight days. They outline workshops on each topic that they then present to seniors in a variety of settings. "This is not a vacation," said Greenberg."They work from 9 to 5, but there is some down time." Students often come back, he says, with renewed commitment to their own grandparents and with a desire to do more for senior citizens in gen- eral. Greenberg comes back every year with a greater appreciation for the enthusiasm of his students, "Teaching this class is an experience I ought to have to pay for," he said. To find out more about these Win- ter Term courses or others, look in a schedule of classes or go to www.testudo.umd.edu and click on Schedule of Classes. Student Honor Pledge Approved for Use Next Spring President Dan Mote and the Uni- versity Senate recently approved the adoption of an honor pledge that students will be asked to sign after taking an exam or submitting a paper. lite following is the current wording of the pledge: "I pledge on my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this assign- ment." A subcommittee is working to finalize the new pledge system for implementation in Spring 2002. Gary Pavela, director of judicial pro- grams and student ethical development, describes the process by saying: "Stu- dents will write out the statement by hand and then sign to pledge that the work they liave done is their own work." The pledge is in the same spirit as those in use at private institutions such as Vanderbilt and Princeton. "Graduates of private institutions look back on the signing of a pledge as something they valued, that they were part of a community committed to that kind of academic integrity. That's the kind of climate we want here," Pavela says. Students will not be required to sign the pledge, but will be encouraged to do so. Faculty members will be encour- aged to request an explanation from any student who declines. "Students may decline as a matter of principle to sign an oath," Pavela says. "But failure to sign the pledge doesn't excuse anyone from the university's academic integrity standards. Everyone still has to abide by the rules." "Most students won't have a problem signing the pledge," says Justin Coon, an accounting and English major who serves as chairman of the Student Coun- cil. "In the long run it helps to know that all students are held to the same standard. And since we are one of the nation's leading research universities, it reaffirms our commitment to academic excellence," The University of Maryland is one of the few large public universities to have revitalized the use of student honor codes. Joan Parker (I) and Tonya Wright will — or next. PHOTO BY CYNTHIA MITCHEL not likely be flying this season Travel Plans: Some Are Cautious Continued from page / registrants, pre- sumably because many were afraid to travel by air after the terrorist attacks. Despite all the recent turmoil, many say their holiday travel plans will not change. "My family lives in the area," said Michael Fu, a professor at the Smith School of Business, where he teaches several subjects including probability and statistics. He has already flown more than once since Sept. 1 1 , as has David Levermore, an B?ST/math professor and director of Applied Math and Scientific Computa- tion (AMSQ. "I've already done two trips since [Sept.llj.I'm not going to be intimidat- ed by the events. There are certain things in life that we do every day that are much more risky," Levermore said. "Your risk of getting dinged on Route 1 is probably high- er" than falling victim to a terrorist attack, he said. William Watts, a food service aide at the Dairy, agrees. If he were plan- ning any travel, he would- n't worry."I mean, you could walk down the street and the same thing could happen to you," he said. Rachelle Beasley.an accounting associate with Material and Nuclear Engineering, isn't changing her agenda either. This year she did her holiday traveling at Thanksgiving. However, she said that while some years she travels both at Thanksgiving and in December, this year she "didn't feel like going through the stress of it." Others have rearranged their plans completely. Allison Casal, a sopho- more criminology major, was going to fly home to New York, but changed her mind after Thanksgiv- ing travel proved to be a hassle. "No carry-ons were allowed and every- one's bags were searched. I don't really want to deal with that after finals," she said. "I decided to have my dad drive me [home for winter break]." Not only Casal's travel plans, but also how she will spend her time dur- ing the break have changed. "My boyfriend will be with me, and we probably won't be able to visit the Empire State Building," she said, as she expects it will be closed. And she doesn't expect to find work over this break, as so many New York residents are unem- ployed. Tonya Wright and Joan Parker, both accounting associates in the Agricul- ture Business Office, are opting not to fly for a dif- ferent reason. "I'm scared," declared Wright, who said she will not fly again, period. Parker hadn't planned to fly this Christmas. It was enough of an ordeal for her to fly back from Alaska a few days after Sept. 1 1 . She had planned a trip to California this February for her moth- er's 75 th birthday cele- bration, but now Parker is on a fence about whether to go. "It's hard to say I'm going to go. I'm a fearful flyer any- way," she said. OUTLOOK When a Party Might Workshop Addresses Religion, Need to be Just That Holidays and the Workplace One participant told a story of offending a shopping mall cleric because he didn't want a free Christmas ornament. Another attendee expressed dismay that when it comes to holidays, people are divided into Chris- tian or Jewish camps, with no room for alternatives. Yet an- other wondered what was so wrong about putting a small Christmas tree on her desk? All were part of a work- shop sponsored by the Office of Human Relations Programs (OHRP) called "It's Not Just 'Secret Santa' in December: Addressing Workplace Cli- mate Issues Linked to Christ- ian Privilege." The three-hour seminar looked at ways in which traditional, mainstream holiday celebrations often ignore and offend people of other faiths, or those who don't claim a faith. Presenters stressed that increasingly diverse workplace environ- ments can he negatively affected by what they called "Christian privilege." The workshop also sought to get participants thinking about ways they could be more inclusive. "Even having this discus- sion now, at this time of year, is based on Christian privi- lege," said facilitator Mark Brimhall-Vargas, assistant director of OHRP, adding that it is because of the value placed on Christ- mas that the dis- cussion seems more rele- vant. But it was clear, even with only 1 1 participants, that there is a wide enough range in beliefs systems to warrant some serious atten- tion to the subject. Wliat sort of assumptions do people make about the Christian hol- iday season and its celebra- tions that may affect office morale? asked Lew Schlosser, a doctoral candidate in coun- seling psychology and one of the workshop's facilitators. Lulu Barn ache a, with the University Libraries, appreci- ated the dialogue this and other questions raised, but was bothered by the use of the word privilege in the first place. "It automatically divides people into those with and those without," she said. That is one of the points, stressed AnnMasnik, also with the libraries. "The privi- leges are just there and peo- ple don't realize that they have them," she said. To demon- strate this point, a list of "40 Examples of Christian Privilege "was distributed. Par- ticipants were asked to con- sider each from a Christian perspective, a non-Christian perspective and from the per- spective of someone who claims no faith. Statements such as "It is likely that state and federal holidays coincide with my religious practices, thereby having little to no impact on my job and/or edu- cation," and "I can protect myself (and my children) from people who may not like me (or them) based on my religion" were listed. Janet Alessandrini, with Campus Recreation Services, summed up the thoughts of a few when she said, "The whole list was overwhelming. ..to see what I take for granted." Seemingly inoffensive acts, such as putting out a plate of Christmas cookies or bringing a basket of Easter candy to the office for public con- sumption may offend some, said Craig Alimo, a graduate student and sexual harass- ment prevention program specialist with OHRP. It is a question of intent versus impact. "This is a topic that even people who do diversity work don't want to tackle" said Christine Clark, execu- tive director of OHRP An interesting note on just how complicated this subject can be; OHRP has yet to decide on whether or not to hold an end-of-the-year/holiday party. It has been a months-long debate. "We have a facilitator helping us work through tlits," said Brimhall-Vargas. For more on this subject, go to www.inform.umd.edu/ ohrp, or call Brimhall-Vargas at (301) 405-2840. Professors Lead Research on High-Quality Teaching In schools across the country, the best teachers — those whose stu- dents are motivated to achieve despite adverse circumstances — are always well known and in high demand. Parents and educators, alike, long for a way to capture the intangible elements of these prized classrooms and spread them around to benefit all children. Researchers at the College of Educa- tion are hoping to identify these intangi- bles as it teams up with the Montgomery County Public Schools for a new study that examines the characteristics of high- quality teaching. Funded by a grant to total more than $4.5 million over five years, the project focuses on the class- rooms of highly successful 4th and 5th grade teachers in moderate- to high- poverty schools across the county. It seeks to discover how these teachers help struggling learners develop compe- tency in reading and mathematics. "Most studies identify a set of prac- tices that teachers should adopt. This study respects the expertise of teachers and tries to identify and study those who are particularly successful so we can understand better the way they organize instruction, cover the curriculum, and motivate and engage students," says Linda Valli, associate professor in the Depart- ment of Curriculum and Instruction and principal investigator for the project.'By studying in-depdi how these schools and teachers promote learning, we can deep- en our understanding of what it takes to ensure that students acquire foundation- al skills in reading and matiiematics by the 4di and 5th grades." Funding for the study comes from the Interagency Education Research Initia- tive (1ER1), a combined effort of the U.S. Department of Education, National Insti- tutes of Health and National Science Foundation. IER1 supports rigorous, inter- disciplinary researcli aimed at improving pre K-12 student learning and achieve- ment in reading, mathematics and sci- ence. VaUi says existing research suggests that high-quality teaching requires educa- tors to frequently expand and adapt their teaching styles to accommodate diverse student populations. The new study will pay particular attention to teacher-stu- dent interactions to help researchers understand the various ways teachers adapt instruction to different students. Over the course of the study, some 1 20 teachers will have had three different classrooms of children. "Teaching is a socially-embedded prac- tice," says Robert Croninger, co-principal investigator and assistant professor of education policy and leadership at Mary- land. "We have not had much data that investigates the complex nature of teach- ing in multiple classrooms over an extended period of time. That is what makes this study different." Specifically, the team will explore the teacher's role in die classroom, interactions with students and teaching practices aimed at closing the achievement gap between groups of stu- dents. Participating teachers will keep a daily log of their activity within the class- room as well as die content covered. Researchers will interview the teachers and observe tiieir classes six to eight times a year, for three years, to see how their practices have changed over time or in response to the challenges of differ- ent groups of students. They will also discuss how school policies and proce- dures promote or impede high-quality teaching. The result, says Croninger, will he an unusually detailed, longitudinal set of data that provides valuable insight into how to enhance teaching quality and promote learning of fundamental reading and mathematical skills. "These findings could have powerful implications for the development of policies that support and sustain effective teaching practices in the state of Maryland and across the nation," says Croninger. For Montgomery County, the study is particularly timely as the school district works to meet the challenges of an increasingly diverse student population and a growing achievement gap between low-income schools and those with more advantaged student populations. The 1 9th largest school district in the nation, it has seen the enrollment of low-income students double in the past 20 years, and approximately one-fifth of its students speak 119 different languages. "There are too many people who are willing to say that high-quality teaching is doing whatever it takes to raise stan- dardized test scores, but we are not going in with any assumption about that "says Valli." I hope this study gives teachers a greater sense of the possibility of reaching all students." The research team for this study also includes professors Patricia Aim Alexan- der, Department of Human Develop- ment; Marilyn J. Chambliss, curriculum and instraction;Anna O. Graeber, curricu- lum and instruction; Jeremy N. Price, cur- riculum and instruction; and Rose Savit- sky, project manager. John C. Larson of the Office of Shared Accountability for Montgomery County Schools is also a member of the team. Notable Earlene Armstrong, professor in the Department of Entomology, is one of 10 recipients of the 2001 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineer- ing Mentoring. The award is given to individuals and institutions who display excellence in promoting participation of women, minorities and persons with disabilities in those fields. She will receive her award, ■which includes a $10,000 grant, on Dec. 1 2 in Washington, D.C. The University of Maryland's chap- ter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor soci- ety held its winter initiation at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Dec. 2. Two College Park campus members were awarded honorary membership: Department of English visiting professfor Michael Olmert and Olive Reid Johnson, graduate assistant in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Also at the ceremony, two students were awarded die Donald N. Lan- genberg University Service Award. Jerrold Levlnson, professor in the Department of Philosophy, will direct a six-week National Endow- ment for the Humanities Summer Institute called "Art, Mind, and Cog- nitive Science" at the university. He and three associate directors from other universities received a $ 186,000 grant from the NEH to host the institute. Twenty-five com- petitively selected participants, and 20 visiting faculty, will seek to advance research and teaching at the intersection of aesthetics/art, theory/philosophy of art, and cogni- tive science. Stephen G, Brush, Distinguished University Professor of the History of Science, received the Joseph H. Hazen Prize from the History of Sci- ence Society in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the teaching of the history of science. Brush, who holds a joint appoint- ment with the Department of Histo- ry and the Institute for Physical Sci- ence and Technology, received a cash prize and a certificate last month. EllzabethJ. Beise, Thomas D. Cohen, Bei-Lok Hu and Ramamoorthy Ramesh were hon- ored with fellowships during the American Physical Society's Novem- ber 200 1 meeting. They were among only one half of one percent of the total APS membership to be nominated and elected to the presti- gious status of Fellow of the Ameri- can Physical Society this year. Beise and Cohen were recom- mended for membership by the Society's Division of Nuclear Physics. Hu was recommended for membership by the Society's Gravi- tation Topical Group and Ramesh was recommended for membership by the Society's Division of Materi- als Physics. DECEMBER II 2 1 Gonfalons: Colorful, Individual Continued from page 1 banners full-time for the last 1 years, for mostly colleges and universities. He developed the gener- al design; the upper pan of the gonfalon has the col- lege name and the lower part is divided into four quadrants- two parts have elements of the Maryland state flag and the other two parts have graphic identities representing each college. Margaret Hall, director of Universi- ty Publications, was the associate director in 1994, and was in charge of coming up with the designs for each college. "She had the hard part," Mcllhenny said. Hall said she contacted the colleges via the deans or dean representatives and asked what kind of images would work for the college. Some didn't respond at all while oth- ers already had specific symbols that they wanted to incorporate. Each de- sign had to be approved by the college before it could be sent to Mcllhen- ny for production. Once McQhenny received the designs, it only took him a few days to make the gonfalons, which are sewn on bright- ly colored nylon fabric arid are 3 feet by 5 feet in size. With the cross bar and pole used to prop up and carry it, Mcllhenny said the banners weigh no more than 5 pounds. "1 thought they were gorgeous," said Hall, remembering seeing them for the first time. "We went out and celebrated that day and took him to lunch." The gonfalons were first used at Spring 1995 com- remembers. "When we take photos they're so colorful. They're gorgeous. You have a cele- bration going on and color in the background," Hall said, adding that the gon- falons are a much better background than a black curtain. Hall also said that she was impressed by the qual- ity from which they were made. Mcllhenny even O BY CYNTHIA MITCHEL The gonfalon bearers line up for official university business at the fall 2001 new student welcome. mencement and Mcllhen- ny came down to see them on display. "The audience erupted into applause when Uiey were first brought in," he Individual College and School Commencement Ceremonies Wednesday, Dec. 19 Behavioral and Social Sciences, 7 p.m., Cole Student Activities Building Individual Studies, 5 p.m., Anne Arundel Hall, Honors Lounge Life Science, 7 p.m.. Memorial Chapel, (Tickets required; four per student. Pick up at 1300 Symons Hall. I Thursday, Dec. 20 Main Convocation 9 a.m., Cole Student Activities Building Agriculture & Natural Resources, 2:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel American Studies, English, Comparative Literature, Women's Studies, noon, Tawes Theatre Architecture, noon , Architecture Building Auditorium Art Studio, noon, Art-Sociology Building, Room 2203 A. James Clark School of Engineering, 2:30 p.m., Recko- rd Armory Classics, Foreign Languages, Linguistics, noon, Tydings Hall, Room 0130 Communication, noon, Ritchie Coliseum Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, noon, Memorial Chapel Education, noon, Reckord Armory Health & Human Performance, noon, Clarice Smith Per- forming Arts Center, Concert Hall History, Jewish Studies, Russian Area Studies, noon. Skinner Building, Room 0200 Information Studies, noon, Biology/Psychology Build- ing, Room 124-0 Philip Merrill School of Journalism, noon, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre Philosophy, noon. Skinner Building, Room 1125 Robert H. Smith School of Business, noon. Cole Student Activities Building See page 8 for additional information. sewed special bags to store them in. Those same gonfalons are still used in com- mencement today. There have been a few adjust- ments. The business school removed the word "management" from its name and the gonfalon had to be changed to reflect that. Also, in 1998, when the university adopt- ed a new logo, one of the gonfalons went back to Mcllhenny to have the new logo added on. He has also made dupli- cates for colleges who wanted their own gon- falon to use at their discre- tion and the College of Behavioral and Social Sci- ence had gonfalons made for all of its departments for its college commence- ment services. "You see the power that symbols like flags have to people because they have worked hard to earn a de- gree," he said, thinking of the effort that students, parents and teachers put into the collegiate process, "Flags give people some- thing on which to focus those strong feelings of pride." Mcllhenny took his camera to that first com- mencement in 1 995 to take pictures of his gon- falons. He watched gradu- ates pose for photos next to them. "It's not that they like the flag," he said,"they like what the banners stand for. That's the fun I get to see." Vanpool: New Friends, No Stress Continued from page i PHOTO flY MONETTE AUSTIN BAILEY Riders on the Bowie Crossing vanpool line include (front to back, l-r] Dave Langdon, who works for Dining Services and lives in Crofton; Bill Mankiew, who works in Main Administration for OIT end lives in Churchton; Evelyn Chasten, who works for campus parking and lives in Upper Marlboro; Deborah Wiley, who also works for campus park- ing and lives in Dunkirk; Stacey Barton,. who works for human development and lives in Bowie and Bill Phillips, who works for the agriculture department in H.J. Patterson and lives in Stevensville. in the morning from an established Park and Ride stop and dropped off at several spots on campus. The route is reversed for the return ride. Stops on campus were arranged to be as close to the participants' jobs as pos- sible. "I love it," says Evelyn Chasten, whose campus parking office is one of the stops. She is also the van cap- tain, which means she makes sure the driver. Josephine Short, doesn't pull off and leave anyone scheduled to ride. Chasten says those not riding in the morning, for example, need to let her know by about 6:30 so that the rest of the pool doesn't wait. Vanpool members say they look out for each other, if one is running to catch the bus, other members will let the driver know. At a recent evening pickup. Short held up a cell phone to ask if anyone had lost theirs. It was Wiley's. There aren't any rules and mem- bers joke easily with each other. When Bill Phillips is asked about the rest of his commute home after he is dropped off in Bowie, he jokes,"Some- times I bring Josephine candy and she'll take me all the way [out there] • Wiley, who used to live in Philadel- phia and rode the subway to work, likes getting back to her habit of reading while commuting. She also likes how it affects her schedule. "It gets me out of the office earlier, because I know I have to catch the van." For more information about the PAR V program, call (30 1 ) 3 1 4-PARK, or go to www.imid.edu/parking. Health Car0: Combining Efforts Continued from page 1 Technical Assistance Group (TAG) to work on Medicare/Medicaid program coordination on Issues related to care of the dual eligibles. The TAG is a joint CMS and state government effort to provide a forum for working through the many issues blocking more integration. "This is a significant announcement and the MM1P is proud that sev- eral of its members will be participating in this important effort," said Mark Meiners, MMIP director. Nearly 60 per- cent of theTAG Is MMIP participants. Meiners, who is also associate director of the Center on Aging, said that this kind of federal and state attention to integration would not have happen- ed without the MMIP's efforts at reform. The National Associa- tion of State Medicaid Directors, which serves as a focal point of com- munication between the states and federal government, is coordi- nating the TAG. People who are dual- ly eligible for both Med- icaid and Medicare are low-income and aged, blind or disabled They are more likely than Medicare-only benefici- aries to need assistance with activities of daily living and to have multi- ple chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and mental health and cognitive impairments. During the two-day program at the confer- ence center, partici- pants also heard pre- sentations on programs such as the Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and Minnesota's Senior Health Options. Both use Medicare and Med- icaid funds to provide frail elderly and dis- abled persons with coordinated care in the community. These pro- grams are credited with preventing cosdy insti- tutionalization and pro- viding consumer-sensi- tive care. In 1997, there were 6.7 million dually eligi- ble individuals repre- senting 17 percent of the Medicare popula- tion but who use 28 percent of Medicare funds. They aiso make up 19 percent of Medic- aid beneficiaries, yet use 35 percent of Med- icaid funds. The propor- tion of the U.S. popula- tion 65 and older will increase to almost 20 percent over the next two decades. The num- ber of those Americans over age 85 are expect- ed to grow to seven million. To find out more about the Center on Aging or to read several reports the MMIP has published, go to www. um d . edu/aging . OUTLOOK Life is a Bowl of Oranges! The University of Maryland football team has been invited to play in the 2001 FedEx Orange Bowl in Miami on Jan. 2.This is Maryland's first bowl invitation in 1 1 years. The Terrapins finished their regular season 10-1, as Atlantic Coast Conference champions and ranked seventh in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today poll. Maryland is expected to play sixth-ranked Florida. This is Maryland's first trip to a bowl game since 1990 and its first return to the Orange Bowl since 1956.The Terrapins have not been in a New Year's bow) game since 1977. First-year head football coach Ralph Friedgen has been honored as the Home Depot National Coach of the Year and CNN/SI Coach of the Year He was also voted ACC Coach of the Year. Ticket applications for the Orange Bowl are available now and for priority consid- eration should be received by Wednesday, Dec. 1 2. Travel package op dons are also available. All tickets to the game will be allocated through the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. First priority for tickets will go to Terrapin Club members. Season ticket holders get second priority and Maryland faculty, staff and students have diird priority. Tickets not sold by Dec. 1 2 will go on sale to the public. For information about purchasing tickets visit www.inform.umd. edu/CampusInfo/Departments/InstAdv/ n o wand then/bo wl200 1/. Helping Out at Home Every year, faculty and staff contribute to more than 240 university-based funds.These gifts support colleges, schools, departments, programs, fellow- ships and projects. This year's Faculty and Staff campaign seeks to continue making a difference in the lives and education of the university community. There arc several ways to give: • Online at www. maryland.edu/philan- thropy • Payroll deduction • Personal check • Credit card (MasterCard, VIS A, American Express or Discover) • Appreciated Securities • Real estate • Gift-in-Kind (These include books for die library, lab equipment, computers, etc.) Gifts larger than $100 are recognized university-wide through membership in an honorary club associated with the level of the gift.The donors name may be pub- lished in the annual Honor Roll of Donors with others who have made similar com- mittments to the university. Payroll deduction, which follows the calendar year and needs to be submitted annually, is a convenient way to make a contribution. If, for example, the total pledge is $1,000, the bi-weekly deduca- tion will be $38.41. A $500 gift would be broken into $19.23 bi-weekly deductions. Deduction cards may be obtained by call- ing (301) 405-8073. Below is a sampling of funds to which contributions can be made: • James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership • Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center • School of Architecture Gift Fund ■ Baltimore Incentive Awards Program • Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center • College Park Scholars • David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora T\ T early 70 percent of Americans JL^I want U.S. troops to follow up the war against Afghanistan-based Arab terrorists by going after Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, according to a poll released yesterday by a Uni- versity of Maryland organization,And perhaps even more significantly, sup- port for an "active" U.S. role in world affairs has leaped to 81 percent, the highest recorded since the end of die Second World War. "Isolationism is dead " said I.M. Destler, an adviser to the Program on International Poli- cy Attitudes, which published the results at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "Osama bin Laden has made the biggest mistake anyone's made since December 7, 1 941 , about American sentiment " he added. Desder's pronouncement on the efficacy of Osama bin Laden 's foreign policy was carried in the Cal- garySun.Nov. 14. "C ritics of the anti45ioterrorism efforts of the Centers for Dis- ease Control and Prevention risk committing the same error that some AIDS activists did in the 1980's. Back then, the National Institutes of Health were assailed for a slow and ineffective response to AIDS, but the N.I.H. had never been set up to respond to a public health emer- gency. Similarly, since its beginning as an agency for combadng wartime malaria, the CDC's job has been tracking and cracking naturally occurring or inadvertently generated disease outbreaks. It has performed that task admirably well, but bioter- rorism presents a vastly different problem. Blaming government agen- cies for failing at jobs they were not created to perform is unproductive * Christopher Foreman, professor in the School of Public Affairs, wrote a letter that appeared in the New York Times, Nov. 14. Statesman Nelson Mandela on Wednesday called for an "interna- tional negotiating machinery" in the Middle East, insisting it was the sole path to peace in the conflict-ridden region. Presenting the fourth annual Anwar Sadat Lecture for Peace here at the University of Maryland, the 83- year-old former South African presi- dent urged that "we must have an international negotiating machinery" in the Middle East, That would include the United States, Britain, France, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Man- dela said he told US President George W. Bush on Monday: "You must accept this proposal, because It is the only one that will bring about peace in the Middle East." "It is appropriate in this Sadat lecture," the Nobel Peace Prize winner opined, "that we should point specifically to the situation in the Middle East and the imperative that a lasting and just settlement be found to that long-sim- mering conflict" between Israelis and Palestinians, which has seen nearly 1,000 people killed since the Pales- "Verbatim tinian intifada, or uprising, broke out in September 2000. Mandela's thoughts at his Anwar Sadat Lecture were carried around the world.This report was byAgence France-Presse, Nov. 15. Even the famous collapse in stock financing for infant high-tech companies isn't what it's cracked up to be. Unlike bankers and bondhold- ers, stock investors take ownership stakes in companies, "The quantity of the deal flow is down a bit" for ven- ture-capital stock investments, "but the quality is either the same or improved," says Donald Spero, direc- tor of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of MaryIand."Entrepreneurship is alive and well and thriving, but it's tougher and more sober." Of course it is. The whole financing environment Is tougher. That's what recessions are for. The economy is weeding out the inefficient, the overextended, the unlucky and the lunatic. Spero's overview of the present climate for start-up companies appeared in the Baltimore Sim, Nov. 18. Toss out the high-field magnets and other exotic equipment, and physics Prof. Steven Anlage's super- conductivity lab at the University of Maryland, College Park could pass for a back room at the United Nations. His graduate students hail from Brazil, Pakistan and Taiwan, Joining them on the frontier of electric- power research is a Russian post- doctoral scholar. Together with the rest of the physics department, they work on projects ranging from NASA satellites to quantum computing for the Defense Department. But is this already a scene from the past? Seek- ing to close the loopholes that allowed one of the September 1 1 hijackers to remain in America on an expired student visa, the Bush admin- istration and some legislators are looking to change the way foreign students are admitted and tracked. Congress is weighing a spate of pro- posals, from creating a foreign-stu- dent database to a moratorium on new visas. Professor Anlage's class was the lead in a story on the nar- rowing door for foreign students in U.S. News & World Report, Nov. 26. The show is the first on American soil to draw from the Gordon W Prange Collection, 21 million pages of books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, news agency photos, posters and maps produced in occu- pied Japan and housed at the Univer- sity of Maryland, College Park. Ameri- can troops and civilian workers led the Allied Forces' effort to demilita- rize and democratic japan following World War II. Prange, a university his- torian, was serving in the Navy with the occupying forces. After his Naval service, he remained in Japan and worked as the chief of Gen. Douglas MacArthur's historical staff. "The occupation period really was a piv- otal time in Japanese history and in our relationship with the Japanese," says Amy Wasserstrom, manager of the Prange Collection. As she planned die exhiblt.Wasserstrom concentrated on how die postwar period set "the course for the Japan of today in very major ways, and that the occupation and occupation forces really overhauled so many dif- ferent aspects of the culture" While the exhibit only skims the intricacies of overhauling a country, it does sug- gest a political strategy respectful of Japan's heritage. "1 have to say from everydiing I've read about the occu- pation, [the Allied Forces made an effort] to come in and democratize but allowed die Japanese to find their own path to democracy," Wasserstrom says, "I think many of the intellectuals in die occupation advised MacArthur not to purge Japan of all of Its history and tradi- tion." The in-depth look at the Prange Collection being exhibited in Balti- more was printed in die Baltimore Sun, Nov. 24. WTp he world as a whole has not A fully absorbed how powerful biotechnology is getting" said Dr. John D, Steinbruner, director of the Center for International and Securi- ty. Studies at Maryland, part of the University of Maryland. "This is a real watershed." Indeed, within days of the attacks on the World Trade Cen- ter and Pentagon, die Biotechnology Industry Organization, acting at the government's request, asked all its member companies what technology they had that could be used to create bioweapons and asked them to be on the alert for unusual orders for their products. About 30 of the 400 companies that responded reported that they had had some inquiry in the past that might have been suspi- cious, according to Carl B. Feldbaum, president of the trade group. He said the information was turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Some experts say that given the com- plexities of the technology, scientists themselves, as opposed to legislators, have to take the lead in designing ways to ensure proper uses of biotechnology. The National Academy of Sciences and Dr. Steinbruner at Maryland, working separately under grants from the Alfred P Sloan Foundation, are beginning studies aimed at designing rules for the scientists aimed at deterring bioterrorism. But developing such a framework will be difficult. "You're talking about institu- tional arrangements that don't exist. for wliich there are no good models,'' Dr. Steinbruner said. One big prob- lem is tliat the same tools, Informa- tion and experiments that would be used to develop weapons are used to make drugs as well. Steinbruner 's critical role in defeating bioterrorism was revealed in the New York Times, Nov. 27. DECEMBER II 2 1 Good WIN Spreading Community Service Programs provides an extensive list of holiday community service opportunities taking place throughout the month of December. Opportunities range from donating toys, food, cloth- ing and other items to visiting nursing homes to sing holiday songs. Interested individuals can call Community Service Programs at (301) 314-CARE to receive a copy or visit the Web site at www.umd.edu/csp. One particular opportunity: The student group Beyond These Walls is having a holiday toy drive and party. Eighty-five gifts for boys and girls ages 2- 1 2 are needed to donate to chil- dren from the Langley Park community. Ideal gifts are new and of educational value, such as Legos or books. The gifts will be given out at a holiday party on Wednesday, Dec. 1 2, from 7-9:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to plan and set up the party, wrap gifts and run games and activities at the party. Con- tact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or visit www. beyondthesewall s . org. Border Crossing to Building Community The Border Crossing to Build- ing Community Spring 2002 Speaker Series is focused around the theme of liberation theology in an effort to engage people from across faiths, but especially those from the majority faith, in dialogue about how a liberationist reconcepru- alizat ion of religion, faith and spirituality can facilitate multi- cultural community building. Putting Our Tech Foot Forward PHOTD BY DEBOHAH WILTHOUT D.J. Pattf, a researcher with IPST, talks about weather "hot spots" and other findings of the team he is working with, which is headed by math professor James Vorke and Eugenia Kalnay, chair of the Department of Meteorology. He was one of several university presenters at the state's Technology Showcase in Baltimore last week. Commencement Information for Faculty and Staff Faculty and staff should line up for the campus-wide Commence- ment in Room 01 13 Cole Field House at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20. The processional begins at 8:40 a.m. Special arrangements can be made for the participation of individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Special Events at 5-4638. Faculty and Staff Regalia Rental Fee Information Five percent Maryland sates tax will be added to atl cash, check and personal credit card payments. SM's and departmental credit cards will not be charged sales tax. Bachelor Cap a nd Gown $1 2.80 Bachelor Hood $11.50 Bachelor Cap, Gown, Hood $24.30 Masters Cap and Gown $14,80 Masters Hood $13.50 Masters Cap, Gown, Hood $28.30 Doctoral Cap and Gown $19.30 Doctoral Hood $15.00 Doctoral Cap, Gown, Hood $34.00 Please return regalia promptly after Commencement The Diversity Initiative's Diver- sity Showcase is bringing five nationally recognized liberation theologians to campus this spring. Mark your calendars for: Bishop John S, Spong, Har- vard School of Divinity — Thurs- day, Jan. 31 Pui Lan Kwok, Episcopal Divinity School — Tuesday, Feb. 12 Reverend James H, Cone, Union Theological Seminary — Thursday, March 7 Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, Drew Theological School— Tuesday, April 16 Reverend Kiyul Chung, Korea Truth Commission— Thursday, May 2 Engagements will run from 4-6 p.m. in the Nyumburu Cultural Cen- ter Multipurpose Room. A book signing will immedi- ately follow each presen- tation. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free and open to the pub- lic. For more information, please contact Christine Clark, executive director, Office of Human Relations Programs at (301) 405-2841 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Good Morning Commuters Commuter Affairs and Community Service is cur- rently seeking depart- ments interested in sched- uling dates to host and/or market your services and activities for the spring semester. "Good Morning, Commuters!'' meets sever- al important commuter needs. These needs include obtaining informa- tion in a convenient, time- ly manner; the opportuni- ty to interact with stu- dents, faculty and staff: and feeling a connection to campus. For more information, contact Leslie Perkins at (301) 314-7250 or lperkins@accmail. umd.edu. Allele's Hits the Road During this last week of Adele's American Tours lunch specials, Adele's features foods inspired by the state of Washington. Star- buck's drinks and apple crisp will be served everyday. Tues- day will feature apple and jica- ma salad;Wednesday is tuna basket;Thursday is Seattle shell- fish stew and Friday is North- west buffet. The dinner special of the week is grilled salmon. Career-Building Computer Training Do you want to enhance your computer skills for business or personal use? Many non-credit certification and career-build- ing training courses are offered on campus during evenings and weekends. Beginning this January, LearnIT classes offered in Lefrak Hall include: • Web Development • Advanced Web Development • Flash 5 • Data-based Web Applications • A+ Hardware/A-l- Software For more information, contact the LearnIT Staff at (301) 405- 1670 or email@example.com, or visit www.LearnIT.umd.edu. ■■■;■,:■ Learnlt: Computer Networks Learn the vendor-independent networking skills and concepts that affect all aspects of net- working. The Network-i- course covers the fundamentals of computer networking. The class also helps to prepare stu- dents for Microsoft Networking Essentials and Novell Network- ing Technologies exams. Network-i- will be offered on campus in January. Session N0201 will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, plus one Saturday session (Jan. 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 19, 22 and 24). For more information, contact the LearnIT Staff at (301) 405- 1670 or firstname.lastname@example.org. or visit www.LearnIT.umd.edu. Bowl Fever Do you feel the fever? Join the Athletic Department in cele- brating the football team's 2001 BCS Bowl bid and being crowned the 2001 ACC Cham- pions. Through this Friday, Dec. 14, show your Maryland pride by wearing red or any Mary- land paraphernelia and display- ing promotional items in your windows and office. Be creative and spread the fever! For more information, contact Chrystie Klar at (301) 314-5252 or email@example.com, or visit www.umterps.com. University Senate All members of the campus community are invited to attend the University Senate Meeting scheduled for Thurs- day, Dec. 13 in 0200 Skinner. Please note there has been a time change to 4 p.m.The agen- da includes: • Report of the Chair • Special Elections — Nomina- tions Committee • Report of Committees • Senate Programs, Curricula, & Courses (the six proposals can be accessed at the Web site list- ed below) • Senate Student Conduct Com- mittee—Resolution to Amend the Code of Student Conduct • Modifications to the CUSF Constitution For more information, contact the University Senate Office at (301) 405-5805 or college-park- senate® urn ail. umd.edu, or visit www. inform . umd . edu/EdR es/ provost/SEC.