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Volume *7 • Number t * February 5, 2002 

Slain Campus 
More Family 
Than Friend 

During his evening 
break, instead of 
munching on dinner, 
Fleet Maintenance Foreman 
Keller Bar ham Jr. often checked 
out the various noises and prob- 
lems of friends' cars. Facilities 
Management employees knew 
who to go to for an honest esti- 
mate. Barham had a reputation 
for being a good man. 

Barham, 5 1 , was killed on Jan. 
19 when he walked in on a rob- 
bery taking place in a College 
Park convenience store. The 
killers are still at large. 

Ordinarily, Barham would 
have been on his way home to 
Berkeley Springs, W Va., where 
he moved his family 10 years 
ago and where he returned 

See BARHAM, page 5 

IRIS Center 
with Russian 
Think Tanks 

As newly democratic nations 
maneuver through a labyrinth 
of new and old practices, their 
liberalized markets are adapting 
to local needs, concerns and 
customs. The university's Cen- 
ter for Institutional Reform and 
the Informal Sector (IRIS) has 
been supporting independent 
economic thinking that will aid 
Russian leaders and the public 
in evaluating and adopting the 
best economic policy for their 
country by strengthening Russ- 
ian think tanks. 

With funding from the U.S. 
Agency for International Devel- 
opment through the Academy 
for Educational Development, 
one of IRIS's projects with think 
tanks had the goal of helping 
Russian think tanks produce 
and contribute economic policy 
analyses necessary for econom- 
ic transition and public policy 

"There are many top quality 
researchers in Russia, but not a 
yet well-developed culture of 
economically-informed public 
debate," said IRIS Director 
Charles Cad we 11. "How do think 
tanks establish themselves? 
How do they build reputations 

See RUSSIA, page 6 

Studying Information's Role, 
New Face in the Terrorism War 


Anthropology Professor William Stuart explores the nature of fundamentalism and the tactic of terror- 
ism. His was the first public lecture in a series related to the new seminar on information and the war 
on terrorism. 

Last semester, visiting 
professor Lee Strick- 
land gave a talk on the 
war on terrorism.The lec- 
ture created such a buzz that 
professors in the College of 
Information Studies (CLIS) 
began wondering if such 
subject matter would be 
fruitful enough to create a 

"It just seemed to be 
enough interest in it and cer- 

tainly enough content," said 
Diane Barlow, associate dean 

The College of Informa- 
tion Studies is offering a 
one-credit graduate seminar 
(LBSC 708Q) that addresses 
the role of information in 
the war on terrorism and 
the impact of the war on 
access to information in our 

Strickland's talk produced 

several questions, said Eileen 
Abels, one of the professors 
teaching the course. 

"We started realizing it 
impacted us in a lot of 
ways" Abies said. They decid- 
ed that a one-credit graduate 
reading seminar would best 
serve the subject matter. 

The class is led by Claude 
Walston and taught jointly 

See INFORMATION, page 7 

Hers is a Bug's Life 

A menacing-looking insect crawls 
leisurely up Earlene Armstrong's 
arm as she explains to lab visitors a 
bit about its background. The ento- 
mologist is completely comfortable in a room 
with enough large, hairy, multi-legged inhabi- 
tants to buckle the knees of even the stal- 

Armstrong's ease and enthusiasm with the 
insect world is the key to her success as the 
creator and coordinator of a program to intro- 
duce freshman, especially minority students, 
to her world. The Pre-freshman Academic 
Enrichment Program is a summer program 
that bolsters the math skills of incoming Col- 
lege of Life Sciences students. Her work 
earned her one of 1 Presidential Awards for 
Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engi- 
neering Mentoring this year. The national 
award is given to individuals and institutions 
who display excellence in promoting partici- 
pation in those fields of women, minorities 
and persons with disabilities. It comes with a 
grant to allow the recipient to further their 
work and is presented by President Bush. 
"No one deserves this award more" says 
Dean Norma Allewell. "Dr. Armstrong does 

See ARMSTRONG, page 7 


Earlene Armstrong holds Fred and Anna, two of several 
Madagascar roaches in her lab. 

Bayly Takes a 
to Governor's 

Susan Bayly, general 
counsel in the Office of 
Legal Affairs for the 
past six years, was appointed 
as Gov. Parris Glendening's 
chief legal counsel for his 
final year in office. Bayly has 
been granted a year's leave of 
absence from the university. 
She steps in for Mary Ellen 
Barbera, who was sworn in 
as an associate judge of the 
state Court of Special 
Appeals last month. 

"It's like a sabbatical " said 
Bayly, whose appointment 
was effective immediately 
after its announcement in 

Bayly served as a university 
counsel for 10 years before 
assuming the administrative 
responsibilities of general 
counsel in Legal Affairs. She 
came to the university from a 
private firm in Washington, 
D.C., and before that served 
as an assistant state's attor- 
ney for Anne Arundel County 
for two years. She also has 
worked as a special assistant 
attorney general in the Crimi- 
nal Appeals Litigation Divi- 
sion in Baltimore. 

"Susan Bayly is one of 
Maryland's most respected 
and experienced attorneys 
and I am extremely pleased 
that she will be joining us in 
Annapolis," said Gov. Glen- 
dening in a press release. 
"Susan's diverse background, 
having worked in both the 
public and private sector, 
gives her an unparalled abili- 
ty to take on the challenges 
of the office of Chief Legal 

Bayly compares her in- 
house work for the gover- 
nor's office with that of her 
duties as a university attor- 
ney. "You've got lots of 

Anyone on the executive 
branch can call here looking 
for legal advice. The subject 
matter is all different, 
though, there is legislation to 
review," she said. 

"Susan's appointment by 
the governor reflects her 
stature at the bar," said Terry 
Roach, executive assistant to 
the president and chief coun- 
sel. "It is a measure of her 
incomparable energy, diplo- 
macy and intellectual reach. 
It certainly brings credit to 
the university. Our task here 
will be to ensure on her 
return that she finds the 
office in as good shape as 
when she left it." 

FEBRUARY 5, 2002 



february 5 

9 a.m. -12 p.m.. The Real 
Meaning of Life: Life Bal- 
ance Seminar Maryland 
Room, 0100 Marie Mount Hall. 
Guest speaker, trainer and con- 
sultant Jim Moran reveals the 
four questions a person must 
answer to lead a balanced, 
happy and fulfilling life. The 
seminar will help participants 
make important decisions and 
prioritize goals. E-mail traindev 
© to reserve a 
seat (space is limited). For 
more information, call 5-5651.* 

4:15 to 6 p.m.. Perspectives 
on Minority Achievement 

1121 Benjamin Bldg. Maryland 
Institute for Minority Achieve- 
ment and Urban Education 
series. "The Achievement Gap 
in Maryland." Panelists: Barbara 
Dezmon, Baltimore County 
Public Schools, and Richard 
Steinke, Maryland State Depart- 
ment of Education. Contact 
Martin LJohnson, assoc. dean 
for Urban and Minority Educa- 
tion, at 

6-7 p.m. Undergraduate 
Teaching Assistant in Ser- 
vice-Learning Panel 1 150 

Stamp Student Union. For fac- 
ulty interested in developing 
or implementing a service- 
learning course. Contact 
Marie Troppe at 4-5387 or, or 


february 6 

12-1 p.m., Want Amidst 
Waste: Agriculture of 
Ethiopia 1 1 30 Plant Sciences. 
Raymond Weil, professor of 
Natural Resource Sciences, will 
present a seminar on agricul- 
tural problems and a systems 
approach to solutions to 
improve lives and landscapes 
in the Ethiopian Highlands. 
Contact Edith Walsh at 5-1306 

12-1 p.m.. The Counseling 
Center Research and Devel- 
opment Meeting 0114 Coun- 
seling Center, Shoemaker Bldg. 
"The Department of Athletics 
and the Student Athlete Profile 
at the University of Maryland," 
with Deborah A. Yow, director 
of Athletics, Intercollegiate Ath- 
letics. Meetings are Wednes- 
days, one hour over bag lunch. 
Contact Susy Gallor, 4-7690. 

Creative Urges 

Did you ever wonder: 
who the first great women 
composer was; where all 
those campus buildings with 
porticos come from; whether 
you can see a rainbow at 

These and other questions 
will be answered in The Cre- 
ative Drive, a non-credit, 12- 
part lecture series offered 
free to faculty and staff. 

Professors Suzanne Beick- 
en (Music), Ralph Bennett 
(Architecture) and Denny 
Gulick (Mathematics) will 
discuss the works and lives 
of great creative geniuses in 
music, architecture and sci- 
ence, Wednesdays from 4- 
5:15 p.m., Feb. 6-May 1 in 
Ulrich Recital Hall (Tawes). 
The course includes no 
examinations or homework. 

For more information, 
contact Andrea Levy at (301) 
405-2812 or alevy@deans. 

6-7:30 p.m.. Navigating the 

WebCT Environment 4404" 
Computer & Space Science. 
For more information, contact 
Carol Warrington at 5-2938 or, or 

february 7 

12-1 p.m.. The Battle for 

B road b a n d 1 09 Hornbak e . 
Lecture by Bruce Mehlman, 
Asst. Secretary of Commerce 
for Tech. Policy. Contact Diane 
Barlow at 5-2042 or dbarlow®, or visit http:// 

4:30-7:30 p.m.. Introduc- 
tion to MATLAB 5.3 & 6 
3330 Computer & Space Sci- 
ence. Fee: $10 students, $20 
faculty/staff; $25 alumni. For 
more information, contact 
Carol Warrington at 5-2938 or, or 

5:30-7:30 p.m.. Opening 
Reception for Steven Cush- 
ner: Recent Paintings The 

Art Gallery, Art/Sociology 
Building. The gallery presents 
24 works comprised of large 
acrylic-on-canvas and smaller 
watercolor paintings from 
nationally recognized Washing- 
ton, D.C.-area abstract painter 
Steven Cushner. The exhibit 

Steven Cushner's works in acrylic and in water- 
color will hang in the Art Gallery (see Feb. 7). 

niques and receive massage 
that can help decrease or elim- 
inate headaches, muscle pain, 
depression, PMS, stress and 
improve concentration, per- 
formance on exams and work- 
place efficiency. Cost is $95; 
register at class or at die Uni- 
versity Health Center Health 
Education Office, or by calling 
4-8128. For more information, 
call instructor Geoff Gilbert at 

12-1 p.m., HTML 
I: Learn to Create 
a Basic Web Page 
with HTML Code 

3330 Computer & 
Space Science. Fee: 
$10 students; $20 
faculty/staff; $25 
alumni. Contact 
Carol Warrington at 
5-2938 or cwpost® 
u md5 . umd . edu , or 
visit www.oit.umd. 

will run from Feb. 7- March 9. 
Contact the gallery at 5-2763 
or, or 

8 p.m.. Homer's Wrath of 
Achilles Ina and Jack Kay The- 
atre, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. See p. 3- 

february 8 

10-11:30 a.m., Neurosci- 
ence Research Workshop 

2109 McKeidin. Librarians will 
discuss which databases pro- 
vide the best sources of infor- 
mation for different areas of 
research across the disciplines 
of biology, linguistics, electrical 
engineering, computer sci- 
ence, psychology and philoso- 
phy. Free, but advance registra- 
tion is required at www.Iib. . 
For more information, contact 
User Education Services at 5- 
9070 or 


february 9 

7:30 p.m., Hughes® 100 
Poetry Slam Clarice Smith 
Performing Arts Center. A 
Langston Hughes Centennial 
celehration.With David Drisk- 
ell and Pulitzer Prize-winning 
journalist Clarence Page. Tick- 
ets: $5 students, $8 adults. Pro- 
ceeds benefit the Maryland 
Institute for Technology in the 
Humanities (MITH) and the 
David C. Driskell Center for 
Study of the African Diaspora. 
Call (301) 405-ARTS or visit 

february 1 1 

4:15-5:45 p.m. Massage 
Therapy 0140 Campus Recre- 
ation Center. For 12 Mondays, 

learn massage therapy tech- 

4-5 p.m., CLIS Guest Lec- 
turer on Educational Issues 

1 09 Hornbake. Raymond von 
Dran, dean of the School of 
Information Studies at Syra- 
cuse University, will speak on 
"Educating the New Informa- 
tion Professional for Careers 
in the Future." Contact Diane 
Barlow at 5-2042 or, or 
visit www. clis, 

6-9 p.m., Basic Computing 
Technologies at MD 3330 
Computer & Space Science. 
Introduces network technolo- 
gies such as FTP, Usenet, attach- 
ments, more. Fee: $1 for stu- 
dents, $20 for faculty and staff 
and $25 for alumni. Contact 
Carol Warrington at 5-2938 or 

Outlook Spring 



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•March 5, 12,19 
•April 2, 9,16, 23, 30 

• May 7, 14 

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8 p.m., Joe Lovano Trio 
Fascination with Cameron 
Brown, Idris Muhammad, 
Chris Vadala and University 
of Maryland Jazz Kay The- 
atre, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. Pre-performance 
discussion at 7 p.m. Tickets: 
$25 adults; $23 seniors; $5 stu- 
dents. Call 5-7794 or visit www. 
claricesmithcenter. umd . e du . * 

8 p.m., Faculty Spotlight 
Recital Gildenhorn Recital 
Hall, Clarice Smith Performing 

Arts Center. Faculty artists of 
the School of Music Gregory 
Miller (French horn), Milton 
Stevens (trombone) and Rita 
Sloan (piano). Works by Haydn, 
Bach, Cherubini, Handel,Tele- 
mann, Bozza and Wilder. Call 5- 
7794 or visit www.clarice- 
smithcenter. um d . edu. 

f,:,.V ; , ,:;,<-., , ? ;;> 

2-3:30 p.m., Neuroscience 
Research Workshop 2109 
McKeidin. See Feb. 8. 

6:30 p.m. The HAL 9000 
Computer and the Vision of 
2001: A Space Odyssey 

1201 Physics Building. A non- 
technical talk by alumnus 
David G. Stork. "2001: A Space 
Odyssey," Stanley Kubrick and 
Arthur C. Clarke's 1 968 epic 
film about space exploration 
and the evolution of intelli- 
gence, was the most carefully 
researched and scientifically 
precise feature film ever made. 
For more information, call 
Mary Kearney at 5-0007. 

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A Showcase of Modern Dance 

For the first time in 19 
years the "Choreogra- 
phers' Showcase," pre- 
sented by the Maryland- 
National Capital Park and 
Planning Commission, will 
be held in the Dance Theatre 
of the Clarice Smith Perform- 
ing Arts Center on Feb. 8 and 
9 at 8 p.m. The Showcase, 
usually held at the Publick 
Playhouse in Prince George's 
County, is a gala concert of 
dances selected for their 

choreographic excellence by 
a panel of nationally known 

Carolyn Tate, producer of 
the showcase, selected the 
two nationally known, well- 
respected adjudicators, Jane 
Comfort, artistic director of 
Jane Comfort and Company 
and Elizabeth Zimmer, dance 
critic for The Village Voice, 
to select six out of the 60 
works that auditioned for 
the showcase. 

To audition for the Show- 
case, the only requirements 
of the choreographers were 
that their works be created 
within the last two years 
and be under twenty min- 
utes. This flexibility allowed 
for a wide range of talent to 
be presented. Unlike the 
usual audition process, 
where choreographers are 
not guaranteed feedback, 
this audition was a positive 
experience for all that par- 
ticipated because the 
adjudicators were required 
to review each of the per- 
formances, regardless if they 
were selected for the Show- 
case or not. 

For ticket information or to 
request a season brochure, 
contact the Ticket Office at 
301 .40 5. ARTS or visit www. 
clar ice smi thcenter.utn d . edu. 

Clarice Smith 

Performing Ares 


Meriam Rosen, professor 
of dance at the university, 
and Aviva Geismar, former 
artist in residence, were two 
of the six selected. The 
other choreographers are 
Karyn Alford, Daniel Burk- 
holder, Stephanie Powell and 
Deborah Riley. 

"It's important as a cho- 
reographer because the 
selection process is blind," 
says Rosen. "The adjudica- 
tors don't know whose 
work they are looking at 
so the responses are 
without favoritism. The 
showcase is additionally 
beneficial because our 
works get reviewed. Crit- 
ics usually don't review 
university programs." 

In addition to Rosen 
showcasing her work, 
"Departures," with stu- 
dents from the Depart- 
ment of Dance,"Evi- 
dence First Hand" by 
Aviva Geismar, which 
was originally performed in 
November by the Maryland 
Dance Ensemble, will be per- 
formed. Geismar's work is 
about the burdens we carry 
with us in life. Fifteen brief- 
cases accompany the 
dancers as partners symbol- 
izing their own internal bur- 
dens, and exposing how 
overwhelming those bur- 
dens can be. 

"The Showcase is a beauti- 
ful concert "said Tate. "It is a 
chance for a choreograph- 
er's work to be presented in 
a wonderful atmosphere" 

Aquila Theatre Company Puts 
Contemporary Spin on Greek Drama 

The plains of Troy 
is the setting for 
a compelling and 
epic theatrical 
experience with 
Homer's "The Wrath of 
Achilles," produced by the 
Aquila Theatre Company, on 
Thursday and Friday, Feb. 7 
and 8 at 8 p.m. in the Ina 
and Jack Kay Theatre. Direct- 
ed by Robert Richmond and 
produced by Peter Meineck 
"The Wrath of Achilles" is 
based on the later books of 
Homer's epic war poem, 
"The Iliad." 

This original work will tell 
the story of the Greeks' near 
defeat at the hands of the 
advancing Trojans, Achilles' 
stubborn refusal to fight in 
the war, the tragic death of 
his great friend Patroclus; and 
the great hero's eventual 
return to the battlefield to 
face the awesome might of 
the Trojan Warrior, Hector. 

"The Wrath of Achilles" will 
take the audience into a world 
at war, where the struggle for 
survival tests the courage and 
fortitude of classical heroes 
and includes some of the 
most famous and notable 
moments in world literature, 
including the poignandy trag- 
ic death of Sarpedon, and the 
superb telling of the exploits 
of Patroclus. 

The Aquila Theatre Compa- 
ny has gained an international 
reputation as one of the fore- 

A Newly Commissioned 

Opera Gets First Reading 

tf eon Major, opera 

a jealous, possessive 

'J director of the 

father; wife of composer 

JLmm School Of Music:, 

Robert Schumann and 

will be directing the first 

intimate friend of 

complete reading of a 

Johannes Brahms. 

new chamber opera 

With a cast of 10 

commissioned by the 

singers and one non- 

Clarice Smith Perform- 

speaking role, "Clara" 

ing Arts Center and the 

begins at the end of her 

School of Music's Mary- 

life and goes back in 

land Opera Studio. 

time, ending on a day of 

"Clara Schumann, An 

joy and promise. 

Opera in Five Scenes" 

"Clara" unites the 

will be read in the 

emotional resonance of 

Gildenhorn Recital Hall. 

Ihe romantic musical 

Set in the 19th centu- 

with the edginess and 

ry, the opera tells the 

pulse of contemporary 

story of passion, mad- 

music. Composer 

ness and genius in the 

Robert Convery and 

life of concert pianist 

Librettist Kathleen Cahill 

and composer Clara 

will present a reading 

Schumann. The opera is 

on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 

inspired by the life of 

8 p.m. The performance 

Schumann, daughter of 

is free. 

The Wrath of Achilles 

most producers of touring 
classical theatre. Aquila pres- 
ents fresh and inventive pro- 
ductions of classical drama. 
Founded in 1990 by Peter 
Meineck, the company has 
won both critical and aca- 
demic acclaim for its work 
worldwide. In recognition of 
its unparalleled commitment 
to classical theatre, The Aquila 
Theatre Company has 
received the prize for dramat- 
ic excellence from the Greek 
government and several pres- 
tigious British Council Tour- 
ing Awards. 

"The Wrath of Achilles" . 
includes some of the most 
famous and notable moments 
in world literature. According 
to "The NewYorkeCthe clas- 
sics are made relevant with 
superb acting and clever stag- 
ing " that defines Aquila. With 
dynamic movement, ensem- 
ble precision, and original 
score music, Homer's great 
epic poetry will live again in 
this invigorating and exciting 

For ticket information , con- 
tact the Ticket Office at (301) 

"Problem Child" Comes to the Center 

The Department of Theatre 
presents "Problem Child" as its 
first production for the Spring 
2002 semester. Set in a dingy 
motel room, the play is one of 
a six-play series titled "Subur- 
ban Motel" by George E Walk- 
er. Directed by Professor and 
Head of Performance Mitch 
Hebert,"Problem Child" will 
be performed in the Kogod 
Theatre Feb. 15-23. 

Hebert's directing credits 
include "Othello; "Hamlet" 
and "Etta Jones." 

"Problem Child" tells the 
story of Denise, an ex-prosti- 
tute and drug-addict, and her a 
TV-addicted ex-con husband 
R.J. The two are trying to get 
their child out of foster care. 
Though she likes R.J., social 
worker Helen disapproves of 
Denise. Sparks begin to fly as 
Denise decides on an alternate 
plan to get their child back. 

Walker is known for his 

ability to tap into the humani- 
ty of his characters. His love 
of dark humor and raw lan- 
guage enhances the power of 
his work, leaving audiences 
both laughing and squirming 
in their seats. "Out of all of 
Walker's plays, students can 
relate to the situations of the 
characters in 'Problem Child' 
most successfully,'' said Hebert. 

The cast of four features 
Jamie K kissel as Denise, Justin 
Benoit as R.J., Jessica Binder 
as Helen, Zuannna Sherman as 

"To prepare for the role, I 
watched TV talk shows during 
winter break so I could really 
get to know R.J.," said Benoit. 
"In Walker's plays, it's essen- 
tial to understand and define 
what you are thinking in 
every scene. I am constantly 
asking myself,' What does this 
mean?' so I can be sure to 
understand his motives." 

FEBRUARY 5, 2002 

Acts of Kindness 
Renew Pride 

Last Ml was unlike any other 
in the history of the College 
Park campus. As a result of the 
events of September, the Facul- 
ty Staff Assistance Program was 
flooded with calls for appoint- 
ments and requests for presen- 
tations around campus. People 
wanted to talk about the terror- 
ist attacks and the tornado, and 
its multiple effects on them. 
Somehow we intuitively knew 
that sharing our experiences, 
thoughts and feelings with oth- 
ers would unite us, make us feel 
better and connect us with 
other members of our campus 

How did the faculty and staff 
react to these events? Most 
commonly, campus employees 
reported symptoms of what 
mental health experts call 
"acute stress disorder." These 
symptoms include any combi- 
nation of sleeplessness, free- 
floating anxiety, loss of appe- 
tite, poor attention span, forget- 
fulness and overwhelming grief 
and sadness. While these symp- 
toms are extremely uncomfort- 
able for some, most employees 
were reassured to know that 
this response was normal. 

Some individuals on campus 
were personally and directly 
impacted by the terrorist 
attacks and the tornado and 
consequendy experienced grief 
and other reactions that were 
understandably much stronger. 
Other persons who had experi- 
enced traumas before (e.g.Viet- 
nam Veterans) found that the 
September events reopened 
some of their old scars. Many 
people found it difficult to 
repeatedly hear from our gov- 
ernment officials that we 
should be on "full alert" and still 
feel "normal." The events of Sep- 
tember have redefined the con- 
cept of "normal." 

The discussions we facili- 
tated around campus also 
focused on employee's fears, 
how they were responding, 
how their supervisor's and col- 
leagues were responding, how 
they should talk with their 
children, etc. One of the con- 
cepts that we introduced to 
each group was characteris- 
tics of resiliency: optimism, 
flexibility, emotional vocabu- 
lary, networking capabilities, 
humor and belief In a higher 
power. We felt that this was an 
important way to structure 
these talks, since it was clear 
that this new normalcy would 

Tom Ruggieri, Faculty Staff 
Assistance Program Coordinator 

be with us for some time. 

It was fascinating to talk with 
hundreds of individuals and 
groups. So many of us had the 
same concerns and fears, and 
many were finding creative 
ways to keep strong through- 
out these ordeals. So many 
employees offered wonderful 
examples of courage and good 

■ Acts of kindness such as 
people calling and offering 
their counseling sessions to 
someone who might have a 
greater need; 

• Three fire and rescue per- 
sonnel from on campus who 
volunteered their time, sweat 
and hearts to go to the WTC 
and Pentagon to aid in the 
search and rescue efforts; 

• Center for Performing Arts 
employees who provided first 
aid and comfort to the MFRI 
employees who were literally 
blown out of their building; 

• Dining Services employees 
scrambling to provide meals to 
students, faculty and staff, even 
after their own facilities were 
flooded and destroyed; 

• Resident Life employees 
who worked diligently to find 
alternative housing for dis- 
placed students; and Bas who 
provided stability and comfort 
to students who were unable to 
go home to be reassured by 
their loved ones; 

• Employees from local 
neighborhoods who were coor- 
dinating neighbors to provide 
rooms in their homes for dis- 
placed students. 

These are only a few of the 
many selfless acts our 
employees displayed. One of 
the more poignant moments for 
me was when I met with the 
MFRI staff and facilitated a dis- 
cussion with them about their 
many losses, including the trag- 
ic loss of lives within the MFRI 
family. To see such an outpour- 
ing of care and concern among 
these employees was quite 

Selfless acts such as these 
helped me to see that as trau- 
matic as the events of Septem- 
ber were, our Terp spirit shone 
through brilliantly. I have never 
felt prouder to be a part of this 
campus community. 

TJditor's note: Living, a new Outlook health and wellbeing col- 
Jd umn, seeks to offer the campus community information 
encouraging healthy living inside and out. Columnists are from 
the Health Center, the Center for Health and Wellbeing and the 
Wellness Research Lab. This inaugural column features Faculty 
Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) Coordinator Tom Ruggieri. The 
next column, in May, will feature University Health Center Nutri- 
tionist Jane fakubczak. 

University Professor Applies 
Expertise to September Tragedies 

September 11,2001, 
began like any other 
day for Washington, 
DC. Police Officer 
James Lugaila, but unlike a typ- 
ical work day, this day lasted 
for more than a month. 
Lugaila, a K-9 handler, and his 
dog King were called to the 
Pentagon American Airlines 
Flight 77 crash scene to assist 
in the rescue, search and 
recovery — a tremendous effort 
that kept D.C. police officers 
at the scene 24 hours a day for 
30 days. 

Lugaila had attended a 
recent forensic anthropology 
program held for the Metro- 
politan Police Department 
(MPDQ by the University of 
Maryland College of Behav- 
ioral and Social Sciences 
(BSOS) and Office of Continu- 
ing and Extended Education 
(OCEE).The program prepared 
him with the hands-on experi- 
ence to search, recover and 
identify victims who perished 
at the scene. 

Lugaila and the 23 other 
D.C. police officers who took 
the forensic anthropology 
course couldn't have had a 
more qualified instructor than 
Marilyn London, a lecturer in 
the university's Department 
of Anthropology and a Smith- 
sonian Institution forensic 

"You won't become a foren- 
sic anthropologist if you take 
this course, but students will 
learn what a forensic anthro- 
pologist can do and how 
important it is to collect every- 
thing and why," says London. 

The university forensic 
anthropology program provid- 
ed MPDC officers with valu- 
able knowledge that helped 
them assist at the scene of the 
Pentagon crash as well as pro- 
vide skills needed in other 
investigations, including the 
Chandra Levy case and many 
homicide and suspicious death 
cases. The program was held 
at the Maurice T Turner Insti- 
tute of Police Science last 

The program taught stu- 
dents how to recognize 

human remains and explained 
what happens to soft tissue 
and skeletal remains after 
death. Most of those enrolled 
in the program were new to 
forensic anthropology and 
basic instruction was given on 
the importance of preserving 
crime scenes. 

Robert Sharpe, a continuing 
education instructor for the 
Police Science Institute says 
the course provided valuable 
information that officers were 
able to use immediately on the 
job. "To know that one of our 
officers was able to use the 
forensic skills learned through 
the University of Maryland at 
the Pentagon is quite impres- 
sive" says Sharpe. "This valu- 
able, hands-on program has 
helped other MPDC police 
officers in many crime homi- 
cide investigations as well." 

London is also a member of 
the Disaster Mortuary Opera- 
tional Response Team 
(DMORT) and was deeply 
involved in the recovery 
efforts following the Septem- 
ber 1 1 attacks. A group of 
investigative specialists that 
assists in mass fatality inci- 
dents across the country, 
DMORT operates under the 
U.S. Office of Emergency Pre- 
paredness of the Department 
of Health and Human Services. 
There are 10 teams located 
across the country, but there 
were not enough of them to 
cover the tremendous scope 
of the multiple crashes of Sep- 
tember 1 1 . 

"West coast teams were 
Stranded due to the nation- 
wide grounding of flights, so 
teams from this area were 
deployed to all of the crash 
sites except the Pentagon, 
which was being handled by 
military and local authorities," 
London explained. 

She was sent to Somerset 
County, Pennsylvania to the 
crash site of United Airlines 
Flight 93- For two weeks she 
worked 1 2-hour days from a 
temporary morgue as the 
morgue flow manager direct- 
ing protocol, documentation, 
station control and served as 

liaison to the FBI. "Everything 
stands ready to go in case of 
an emergency," says London. 
"It's a carefully and precisely 
coordinated process consist- 
ing not only of the equipment, 
but also teams of dentists, 
pathologists, nurses, X-ray 
technicians, anthropologists 
and grief counselors. We assist- 
ed the local coroner and, in 
this case, the FBI since the 
crash was classified as a crime 

"No matter how many you 
work on, you never get used 
to the fact that these are the 
remains of somebody's loved 
one. Not many people can do 

While the university foren- 
sic anthropology program 
provided valuable skills for 
those involved in September 
1 1 recovery efforts, the police 
officers who completed the 
program are more aware of 
the importance of more typi- 
cal crime scene preservation. 
"Our officers have applied 
their new skills in homicides, 
missing persons cases, sui- 
cides and major automobile 
crashes," says Lugaila. 

Sharpe explains that some 
police officers were somewhat 
intimidated by the complexity 
of forensics, but "once they 
took the course, they had a 
better understanding of how 
to preserve a crime scene. The 
hands-on component of the 
course taught them how to 
determine the difference 
between animal and human 
bones, how to tell the race and 
sex of remains. It was an 
extremely valuable program," 
be said. 

The course was developed 
by London and coordinated 
by OCEE Program Manager 
Kristin Owens. The program 
was so successful that addi- 
tional and more advanced 
forensic courses are planned 
with the Metropolitan Police 
Department. With the success 
of this program and height- 
ened interest in forensics 
since September 1 1 , other 
agencies are interested in a 
similar program. 

Campus in the Capital 

This winter, a number of university professors and staff members wiil instruct various courses in Tii<j 
Smithsonian Associates' Campus on the Mall series. For tickets and information, call The Smithson- 
ian Associates at (202) 357-3030 or visit 

From Village to Empire: The Near East and 
Eastern Mediterranean 

Two sessions available: Mon., Jan. 14-March 18, 
noon; or Tues., Jan. 15-March 5, 8 p.m. 

Consider the origins of the earliest ancient Near 
Eastern and Aegean societies that form the con- 
temporary Western world. Eight sessions. Resi- 
dent members $96, general admission $141. 

Classical Literature and Imperial Athens 

Wed., Feb. 6-March 27, 8 p.m. 
Fri., Feb. 8-March 29, 12 noon 

Explore the two aspects of Ancient Athens, clas- 

sical culture and imperial rule, through major 
works of classics' iterature. Eight sessions. Resi- 
dent members $36, general admission $141, 

Evolution of American English 

Wed., Feb. 6 • March 27,8 p.m. 

Examine the development of American English 
from patterns of colonization and early political 
and social changes to the influence of languages 
from all over the world; how it has been affected 
by social, religious and political practices, mass 
media and technology. Eight sessions. Resident 
members $96, general admission $141. 


Campus Network to Coordinate 
Immigrant Health Efforts 

For many Americans, sub-Saharan 
Africa is some distant land whose 
problems do not affect them. How- 
ever, there has been an ever-increasing 
migration of Africans to the United States 
and other western nations. 

In large urban settings, such as the Bal- 
timore-Washington urban corridor, health 
care providers and others responsible for 
the health of the public, are finding 
increasing numbers of African immi- 
grants among their clientele. They are 
finding that their jobs are complicated 
because of a lack of understanding of 
their cultural backgrounds, including in 
some instances, their languages. 

Adrien Ngudiankama, an associate of 
the Cultural Systems Analysis Group 
(CuSAG) in the Department of Anthropol- 
ogy, is very passionate about health issues 
among sub-Saharan Africans and African 
immigrants in the United States. Having 
recendy earned a doctorate in anthropolo- 
gy from the University of London, he 
came to this area to make a contribution 
to efforts being made by others to address 
these issues, and to create greater public 
awareness of the concerns. 

To work toward fulfilling Ngudianka- 
ma 's goal, he and anthropology professor 
Tony Whitehead developed the African 
and African Immigrant Health Network 
(AAIHN), which held its first organization- 
al meeting last month. Whitehead, who is 
CuSAG s director, said that when he first 
arrived at the university Africa was one of 
his areas of interest. However, he soon 
became overwhelmed with chairing the 
department, CuSAG projects that focused 
on urban America, and the demands of 
family life. He is excited about Ngudianka- 
ma's project. 

"Here is a very bright person with 
impeccable academic credentials, who 
comes here because of this commitment, 
and finds a way to continue to work 
towards fulfilling that commitment," said 
Whitehead, "even though he has yet to 

find secure employment to take care of 
basic needs. These are the kinds of people 
who not only impress me, but who also 
help to bring back the spiritual meaning 
of my life. " 

More than two dozen attended the 
meeting and have since helped create a 
list of more than 100 people representing 
a range of institutions and organizations, 
including universities and colleges in the 
Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, uni- 
versities in other parts of the world, gov- 
ernment organizations, international assis- 
tance and financial institutions, faith 
based organizations and private health 
research, advocacy and nongovernment 
organizations. Judging from the lively and 
supportive discussion at the introductory 
meeting, Ngudiankama's network serves a 
much-needed function. 

There was also die decision that rather 
than the network becoming some entity 
in itself, that it remains a loose federation 
of persons and organizations. Thus any of 
the participating organizations may con- 
tinue to pursue its activities, with network 

"We as Africans have no choice [but to 
organize]," said Wanjiru Kamau, founder of 
die Silver Spring-based African Immi- 
grants and Refugees Foundation, who 
attended the meeting. 

Some of next steps for the network 
include developing an operating struc- 
ture for the network with Ngudiankama 
as coordinator and a steering committee 
of network members, beginning the 
pursuit of funding to support the net- 
work's operation developing a seminar 
series on African and African immigrant 
health issues to which the public is 
invited, developing an international advi- 
sory committee, developing a network 
Web site and developing a directory of 
courses on African and African immi- 
grant culture, languages, and addressing? 
health issues across local university cam- 

Barham: Man of Skill, Good Nature 

Continued from page 1 

every weekend. However, 
after hearing of that week- 
end's predicted snowfall, 
he decided to stay and see 
if the university would need 
him to service snowplows. 

"He stopped by Saturday 
morning to make sure we 
didn't need him," said Bob 
Stump f, FM coordinator of 
general services, under 
whose supervision the 
auto shop falls. He knew 
Barham for 14 years. "He 
moonlighted at Jenkins 
Garage and he stopped at 
Jenkins, too." According to 
co-workers, Barham was 
going to run a snowplow 
for the owner and was at 
the gas station to fill up the 
truck's gas tank. 

Barham, who had recent- 
ly been promoted to fore- 
man, celebrated his 20 year 
anniversary at the universi- 
ty last month. Because of 
his dual skills as an auto 
body man and a mechanic, 
he was able to work on 
cars in both capacities 

until the body shop was 
shut down. 

"Wc were told by several 
people in the field that 
there was no one better at 
painting a vehicle than 
Keller," says Stumpf. "We 
didn't use machines to do 
it, just the spray gun by 
hand. You couldn't find a 
seam he was so skilled." 

Barham passed these 
skills onto Tony Schweiss, 
who came to the universi- 
ty 17 years ago straight out 
of high school to work as 
an apprentice under him. 

"There was no other 
person like him," says 
Schweiss. "If you messed 
up, he'd laugh about it and 
say 'You'll get it next time.' 
The fun we had, it was 
almost illegal to have that 
much fun at work. We 
looked forward to coming 
to work to see each other." 

Because of their close 
relationship, Schweiss asked 
Barham to be in his wed- 
ding and Barham shared 

Schweiss' joy after the 
birth of liis two children. 

Barham s own children 
may have been the reason 
he decided to get his GED 
three years ago. "He was 
always interested in 
improving his life," said Bar- 
bara Rein, adult learning 
program coordinator. "He 
wanted to be a good influ- 
ence on his kids. He was 
smart, very hardworking, 
very dedicated." 

According to friends, 
Barham was also known 
for his inability to say any- 
thing negative about oth- 
ers, even those that would- 
n't pay him for work, "He 
would just say, 'Oh well, it'll 
come back on 'em'," says 
Schweiss. It's a sentiment 
shared by those who hope 
the killers are caught. 

Barham is survived by 
his wife, Debbie, bis 18- 
year-old son Keller HI, his 
19-year-old daughter Jen- 
nifer and a stepdaughter, 
Eugenia, in her 30s. 


William Sedlacek, assistant director 
of the Counseling Center and profes- 
sor of education was recently select- 
ed as a Diamond Honoree by the 
American College Personnel Associa- 
tion.ACPA is a national professional 
association that serves all levels of 
higher education student affairs pro- 
fessionals through educational and 
developmental programs, publica- 
tions and networking opportunities. 
Coordinated through ACPA's Educa- 
tional Leadership Foundation, the 
prestigious honoree program recog- 
nizes special individuals who have 
made outstanding contributions to 
the student affairs profession. It is 
one of the highest honors that ACPA 

Robert Infantino has accepted the 
position of associate dean of the Col- 
lege of Life Sciences. Infantino 's pri- 
mary responsibility will be to pro- 
vide leadership and vision for our 
undergraduate academic programs, 
including leadership for periodic cur- 
riculum reviews, evaluations of facul- 
ty participation and upgrades of labo- 
ratory facilities, as required. He will 
also serve as director of the Biologi- 
cal Sciences programs. In addition to 
his responsibilities in the undergrad- 
uate academic programs, Infantino 
will also assist the dean with various 
administrative responsibilities and 
tasks as needed. 

The International Astronomical 
Union has named an asteroid after 
Casey Lisse, senior research scien- 
tist, in honor of the work he has 
done on the X-ray emission of 
comets. The asteroid was discovered 
in 1 985 and was originally named 
1 985 TN. It is now named Asteroid 

Neil Fraistat, professor of English, 
was awarded the Keats-Shelley Asso- 
ciation of America's Distinguished 
Scholar Award for career achieve- 
ment. This is the most prestigious 
award in the field and he is the 
youngest scholar ever to win it.The 
Keats-Shelley Association is dedicated 
to studying the works of Keats and 

Toby Jenkins received the Ameri- 
can College Personnel Association 
2001 Outstanding New Professional 
award recently. The award recognizes 
a new professional who lias made a 
positive impact on the lives of stu- 
dents/colleagues in areas of multi- 
c nil 1 1 nil ism and has taken innovative 
approaches to educate the campus 
community on multicultural issues, 
more specifically related to race and 

The Robert H. Smith School of 
Business is ranked in the top 10 
among business schools worldwide 
for faculty research, entrepre- 
neurship and information technology 
(IT), in the MBA2002 business school 
rankings compiled by the Financial 
Times. The rankings, published in the 

newspaper's January 21 edition, 
place the Smith School 6th for 
research, 7th for entrepreneurship 
and 8th for IT. In addition, the 2002 
Financial Times survey ranks the 
Smith School 6th overall among U.S. 
public schools, 21st overall among all 
U.S. business schools and 29th world- 
wide.The Financial Times MBA2002 
also cites the Smith School as provid- 
ing the 3rd best "value for the 
money" among the top 30 U.S. busi- 
ness schools on the list. 

The Ben and Esther Rosenbloom Hil- 
lel Student Center at the University 
of Maryland College Park recendy 
celebrated two milestones: the Hillel 
Foundation was granted accredita- 
tion and its executive director, Scott 
Brown, was named a Hillel Exem- 
plar of Excellence, the organiza- 
tion's highest honor. The presenta- 
tions were made at the December 
Hillel Schusterman International 
Professional Staff Conference in 
Princeton, N.J. 

Susie Fair, executive director of the 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, 
received the Fan Taylor Distinguished 
Service Award For Exemplary Service 
to the Field of Professional Present- 
ing at the Association of Performing 
Arts Presenters Conference recently 
in New York City. 

Established in 1972 and named for 
an early leader in arts presenting, the 
Fan Taylor Award honors an individ- 
ual "whose outstanding service to the 
arts presenters and the leadership of 
the arts has had a significant impact 
on the field and on arts presenters." 

Judith K. Broida, associate provost 
and dean of the Office of Continuing 
and Extended Education at the uni- 
versity, recently completed an eight- 
month long executive development 
program sponsored by Leadership 
Maryland. Broida was one of 52 
statewide leaders honored at a black- 
tic reception and banquet held in 
December at the Renaissance Har- 
borplace Hotel in Baltimore. 

Leadership Maryland is an inde- 
pendent, educational leadership 
development organization that 
informs top-level executives from the 
public and private sectors about criti- 
cal issues, challenges and opportuni- 
ties facing the state. 

The University of Maryland 
Office of Continuing and Extend- 
ed Education (OCEE) won the CASE 
(Council for the Advancement and 
Support of Education) District II Sil- 
ver Accolades Award for Marketing 
Programs 2002.The honor recognizes 
the university's Master of Life Sciences 
program, the first completely online 
graduate degree offered at Maryland 
under OCEE's e-learning initiative. 
The only one of its kind in die 
nation, the program was developed 
by the College of Life Sciences to 
address the shortage of qualified mid- 
dle and high school science teachers 
in the region and elsewhere. 

FEBRUARY 5, 2002 

gxtrac u rricular 

Chemistry professor 
like dancing." 

During his career at 
the university, chem- 
istry professor Jack 
Moore has spent a lot 
of time and used a great deal of 
patience teaching his students. 
To get them to perform, he often 
has to ride their backs. Literally 

A dressage 
Moore spends 
his free time 
on horseback 
teaching four- 
legged stu- 
dents what is 
referred to as 
horse dancing. 
Dressage deals 
with training 
horses to 
maneuver in 
certain ways. 
The sport, 
which is popu- 
lar in Europe, 
originated in 
the military, 
European cav- 
alry and the 

dressage as an 
sport, Moore 
says he sees 

similarities between teaching his 
four-legged students and his two- 
legged ones. "It's [similar] to deal- 
ing with a grad student in chem- 
istry. It's very slow. . . and 
requires a level of patience and 

Moore has certainly proven 
that he has patience. He spent 10 
years training a horse for compe- 
tition.The process of training 
horses can be so lengthy because 
the horse has to develop athletic 
courage, muscle and balance, 
Moore says. The horse also has to 
be flexible and be able to handle 
maneuvers such as moving side- 
ways. He and the horse he 
worked with for so long placed 
in the Colonel Bengt Lundquist 
Memorial Championships, a pop- 
ular finals contest that draws 
people from all over the East 

Moore has also placed in sever- 
al local and national competi- 
tions over the past 25 years. 
Those competitions find him 
donning the sport's official uni- 
form — a coat with tails, britches, 
black boots, a black top hat and 
whip. He's in his element. 

"It's an art form ," he says of 
dressage. "It's like dancing." 

Contrary to what observers of 
dressage may think, the sport is 
very physically demanding, 
Moore says. "It's very good exer- 
cise. People think the horse is 

doing all the work, not so. At the 
end of training I'm soaked. Some 
days I think I'm working harder 
than the horse." 

Training a horse is a combina- 
tion of balance and using pres- 
sure with your legs and buttocks. 
Most people think that the hands 


Jack Moore says of dressage, "It's 

are used a great deal to control a 
horse, Moore says but the hands 
are rarely used. 

Moore, who grew up in Pitts- 
burgh, was not exposed to hors- 
es during his young life. He 
became drawn to dressage 
because he was looking for an 
activity to allow him to spend 
more time with his children. To 
get started, he attended dressage 
competitions, studied with 
instructors and watched other 
riders. His daughter Victoria 
excelled at it and competed in 
jumping competitions. 

"It's the perfect sport to take 
all of your time and money," he 

He rides almost everyday, but 
has come up with a strategy that 
allows him to spend time train- 
ing the horse and not cleaning 
up after it. He drives from his 
home in College Park to Mont- 
gomery County where his horses 
live. "I commute to the horse 
rather than the other way 

Moore has long-range plans for 
his sport. Upon retiring from the 
university, he said he might teach 
the sport to others. He recently 
purchased a young Oldenburg 
horse that he is preparing for 
competition, so he has plenty to 
do beyond office hours. 

— Cynthia Barnes Leslie 

Editor's note: Outlook's feature, extracurricular, will take occasional 
glimpses into university employees' lives outside of their day jobs. We 
welcome story suggestions; call Mortette Austin Bailey at (301) 405- 
4629 or send them to 

More Than an Orange Bowl, 
a Study in Collaboration 

He Dances with Horses 'J 1 

| he Terps' appearance 
in the FedEx Orange 
Bowl, the first invita- 
tion to a bowl in 1 1 years, 
gave the campus community 
and friends a chance to cele- 
brate in a grand way. It was 
also an opportunity to show- 
case the collab- 
orative skills of 
several depart- 
ment staffs. 
"The New 
Year's Eve party 
was an excel- 
lent example," 
said Cheryl Har- 
rison, interim 
assistant direc- 
tor of athletics. 
More than 700 
people attend- 
ed the bash, 
with the Alumni 
Association and 

tickets were sora in a three- 
week period. The Terrapin 
Club and Alumni Association 
both sponsored travel pack- 

Alumni Programs Execu- 
tive Director Danita Nias, feel- 
ing good about the 2001 foot- 

Vice President of University 
Relations Brodie Remington 
and marketing. "And we all 
came together to figure out 
the responsibilities," said 
May bin. 

Athletics helped Alumni 
Programs gain access to the 


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the Athletic 
working togeth- 
er to make sure Terrapin Club 
members, alumni and friends 
had a good time. 

Way before Terp fans 
arrived in Florida, planning 
had begun for several events 
leading up to the game. "The 
Athletic Department started 
early," said Harrison. "Ticket 
sales, housing for the team 
and Terrapin Club mem- 
bers. . .travel packages and 
events for fans. We had an 
incredible amount of staff 
hours put into making sure 
[people] got their ticket and 
travel needs satisfied." 

More than 22,000 game 

The Dream Season 

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to the 2001 ACC Championship and 2002 Orange Bowl 

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ball season, mobilized the 
Alumni Programs team to 
action early as well. u When 
we got a new football coach, 
Danita was very sure we'd 
make it to a bowl," said Jan 
Maybin, assistant executive 
director of Alumni Programs. 
"She developed a bowl readi- 
ness plan. It would be a docu- 
ment that could educate the 
whole University Relations 
staff; what is the BCS [Bowl 
Championship Series] ? How 
do they choose? What it 
means in regards to alumni in 
that area?'' 

Nias showed her plan to 

team and Terrapin Club 
hotels so that Maryland para- 
phernalia could be sold. Ath- 
letics and University Rela- 
tions staffs helped man hos- 
pitality desks at hotels. 

"It was amazing to see so 
many people work together 
so well," said Deborah 
Wiltrout, the university's 
director of marketing. On the 
job only weeks before Janu- 
ary's game, Wiltrout admits 
that it was quite a way to 
start a new position. "But it 
shows me how great it will 
be to work with people on 
this campus." 

Russia: Sharing Knowledge, Strength 

Continued from page 1 

for independent, relevant 
work? How can they raise 
money? These are questions 
of immense interest to our 
Russian colleagues. Our short 
project introduced a group of 
young think tank entrepre- 
neurs from across Russia to 
issues they share and to the 
evolution of the role of U.S. 
think tanks." 

The first week of the pro- 
gram was intense classroom 
training and roundtable dis- 
cussions, said Kristin Taylor, 
IRIS program manager. "The 
experience provided high- 
level training in cost-benefit 
analysis and economic indica- 
tors that they may not have 
had adequate access to in 

The IRIS Center designed a 
program to enhance the fol- 
lowing professional skills of 
trainees: identification of poli- 
cy analysis issues and prob- 
lems of key importance; 
preparation on a timely basis 
of high-quality analytical 
materials meeting the evolv- 
ing priorities of policy mak- 
ing in Russia; and communi- 

cation of analytical outputs to 
policy makers, opinion lead- 
ers and other stakeholder 
constituencies and audi- 

"There's a gap in the 
capacity for Russian think 
tanks to make a jump from 
beautifully written, academi- 
cally sound articles to making 
their research policy-relevant 
in a timely manner. The real 
challenge is closing this gap," 
said Taylor, who worked with 
project director Leonid Pol- 

The training provided to 
the Russian visitors will be 
based on the experience of 
policy analysis and advocacy 
accumulated by the IRIS 
team and other U.S. host insti- 
tutions both in the United 
States and abroad, including 
Russia and other countries of 
the former Soviet Union and 
Central and Eastern Europe. 
The program employed two 
main modes of training: class- 
room discussions and intern- 
ships at selected Washington 
area think tanks. In addition, 
trainees had access to 

libraries and other research 
facilities and sources of infor- 
mation for their independent 
work throughout the visit. 

During internships at 
Washington area think tanks, 
trainees obtained first-hand 
experience in conducting 
professional policy analyses 
and involvement of think 
tanks in policy making and 
policy debates. The program 
made full use of opportuni- 
ties to establish and/or 
strengthen lasting profession- 
al partnerships between 
Russian think tanks and their 
U.S. counterparts. Such part- 
nerships provide the Russian 
think tanks represented in 
the team with long-term 
sources of ongoing profes- 
sional advice, and with 
opportunities to pool 
resources with U.S. think 
tanks to jointly address Russ- 
ian public policy problems. 

Contact Jennifer Munro at for 
more information on this 
project, or see the Web site at 


IT Training: Paths to Professional Development 

Today's university 
employee needs to be 
able to use many tech- 
tools. From spreadsheets for 
forecasting budgets and databas- 
es for storing and manipulating 
data, to presentation graphics for 
conferencing, to Web page devel- 
opment and interactive forms 
programming— technology 
sometimes frustrates as much as 
it facilitates. How many of us 
launch an application on our 
desktop and just mince our way 
through a few operations to get 
the task at hand done, knowing 
all the while that there must be 
a more efficient way of using the 

OIT provides a diverse array 
of information technology train- 
ing programs and several forums 
through which training can be 
taken to help defuse the feelings 
of technology overload so many 
of us feel. 

Two programs specifically tar- 
get the information technology 
skills development needs of uni- 
versity professionals: OIT Staff 
Development Short Courses and 
E-Learning with Element K 

01T StaJfif Development 
Short Courses 

Short Courses are non-credit, 
hands-on surveys of desktop 
productivity, Web development 
and higher-end programming 
content. For the busy administra- 
tor or office worker, one-day 
classes in the Microsoft suite of 
software applications (e.g., 
Access, Excel, Outlook, Power- 
Point.Word), targeting begin- 
ning, intermediate and advanced 
users, are offered throughout the 
year. For those recently tasked 
with Web maintenance dudes, or 
those who have personal inter- 
est in Web page development, 
classes in Netscape Composer, 
MacroMind Dreamweaver, HTML 
and Adobe Photoshop cover the 
basics in half-day increments. 

For staff with more aggressive 
computer training needs, OIT is 
adding to its higher-end content 
with multi-day offerings of Cold 
Fusion, XML and JavaScript pro- 

gramming. Staff who are new to 
computing, or who arc new to 
computing at the university, 
might benefit from Electronic 
Workplace Readiness or Corpo- 
rate Time calendar training. 

While much of the Short 
Course training content is pro- 
vided by competitively selected 
training vendors (including 
Gateway Technical Services and 
Comsoft Learning Center), all 
training is provided on site in 
OIT training labs. Course sched- 
ules are posted each semester at 
the Short Course Web site, 
www.oit.umd. edu/sc. Course 
registration is administered from 
the same site. 

For groups of 10 or more, spe- 
cial sessions can be arranged 
and tailored to the needs of the 
group. Requests for such ses- 
sions, as well as suggestions for 
new course offerings, should be 
directed to the training services 
coordinator at oit-training© 

Element K Training 

For those employees who prefer 
structured opportunities in 
which to teach themselves new 
skills, OIT maintains a contract 
with Element K, a nationally 
renowned specialist in interac- 
tive training. 

Element K offers two kinds of 
e-learning environments: self- 
study courses and instructor-led, 
online courses. 

Self-study courses allow you 
to control die pace of your 
learning by repeating a lesson, 
topic, or activity as often as nec- 
essary. Tile structure of the self- 
study courses also provides 
those who have an overall 
understanding of an application, 
like MS Word, an opportunity to 
tweak their skills with a specific 
facet of the tool (for instance, 
mail merging). 

Instructor-led courses are led 
by instructors who post the lec- 
tures and assignments to a mes- 
sage board. Other interactive fea- 
tures such as chats and commu- 
nity forums are also available. 
Most of the courses in this envi- 
ronment, while free to university 
employees and students, often 

requite the purchase of a com- 
panion book from Element K. 

Information about Element K, 
widi a connection to their Web 
site, is located at www.oit.umd. 
edu/library/training (about half- 
way down the page). 

OIT's license with Element K 
enables up to four concurrent 
uses of the site. When you con- 
nect you will be able to see links 
to all of the courses university 
individuals have studied, listed 
under the My Courses topic. You 
can choose one of these courses 
or any others available from the 
site. Because the space is shared, 
when you are done with one 
part of a course be careful to 
note where you finished.You 
can continue from there the 
next time you log on. 

The Element K Course Cata- 
log lists all of the available cours- 
es. A symbol next to each course 
denotes whether the course is 
self-study (computer symbol) or 
instructor-led (apple symbol). 
Topic areas range from database 
and desktop applicadons (e.g„ 
Access, Crystal Reports, FileMak- 
er Pro, Oracle, Microsoft Office 
|full suite] and WordPerfect), 
design (e.g., Adobe Illustrator, 
PageMaker and Photoshop, 
Corel Draw, MacroMind Director 
and Dreamweaver), Networking 
(e.g.,A+ certification core suite, 
Apache Web server administra- 
tion, Linux, Netware and Win- 
dows 2000 server administra- 
tion), programming (e.g., active 
server pages, C++, Cold Fusion, 
JavaScript, Visual Basic) and 
much more. 

The Office of Information 
Technology is interested in 
hearing about new topic areas 
to consider for training sup- 
port. Feedback and comments 
are welcomed at oit-training® The Staff Devel- 
opment Short Course program 
also plans to become part of a 
new training Web site, currently 
under construction. The site 
will be coming soon to 
www. training 

— Deborah Mateik, manager, 
Instructional Technical Training 


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Its Use and Impact in War 

by Abies, Robert Allen, Douglas Oard and Strick- 
land. Participants are expected to gain skills that 
will enable them to meet new information 
needs related to the war on terrorism and to 
have a better understanding of die role of infor- 
mation in the wax on terrorism, both at a per- 
sonal level and a national level. 

"They will explore the different types of new 
information being produced and different prob- 
lems in getting accurate, audioritative informa- 
tion," Abies said. 

Guest speakers will be invited to join the 
class on some dates, and those lectures will be 
open to the campus community. The talks will 
begin about an hour before the scheduled class 
period and students enrolled in the class will 
continue discussion after the class. 

The class held its first meeting last week with 

guest speaker William Taft Stuart, a professor of 
anthropology, who spoke on "Fundamentalism 
and the Nature of Terrorism." Other speakers 
will include the government documents librari- 
an from McKeldin as well as representatives 
from the National Security Agency and Central 
Intelligence Agency. 

"There are two threads to the course," Barlow 
said. "How information is used in war and the 
impact of the war on information." 

Topics of discussion will include impact of 
the war on access to information, balancing 
national security and civil liberties, information 
needs and terrorism, counter-terrorism and sur- 
veillance technologies and issues. 

For more information, visit the College of 
Information Studies Web page at 


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superb work in student 
mentoring, including the 
development of her highly 
successful pre-freshman 
summer program. She has 
made an invaluable contribu- 
tion to our college and to 
the success of our students, 
[The program] has had 
major success in increasing 
the success rate of underpre- 
pared students for university 
math and science courses." 

Armstrong shows off a vine g a- 
roon from her collection. 

For Armstrong, this "invalu- 
able contribution" is second 
nature, something she feels 
she is supposed to do. When 
she began to notice under- 
represented groups doing 
poorly in biology because 
they didn't do well in math, 
she felt it was time to do 
something about the prob- 

"The university is always 
talking about how the SAT 
scores of our students are 
increasing. Those from 
underrepresented groups do 
not have stellar SATs, but 
with proper mentoring, 
those students are just as 
competitive. When they sign 
up for classes, others don't 
know they've been in this 
program," she says. So sold 
are her students on the pro- 
gram that many come back 
to help Armstrong mentor 

While some of the educa- 
tional gaps are the students' 
responsibility, Armstrong 
realizes titat many of them 
come from high schools 
where teachers simply aren't 
able, or don't, prepare their 
students for college-level sci- 
ences. She told herself eight 
years ago — she's been on the 
campus since 1976 — that 
she would devote a large 
portion of her time to help- 
ing students at the university 
get a quality education, even 
if it meant going back over 
the basics, 

"I get a lot of joy in seeing 
them succeed," she says. 

Growing up as one of 1 2 
on a farm in North Carolina, 
Armstrong knew that her 
personal success would 
come only through educa- 
tion. Her family grew corn, 
tobacco and cotton and 
raised animals. The combina- 
tion of barns and the south- 
ern climate meant lots of 

insects. It also meant prime 
bug experimentation oppor- 
tunities for a young Earlene. 

"We used to take June 
bugs and tie a string around 
them, they'd fly around our 
heads," she says, laughing at 
the memory. She also tells of 
pulling tiger beetle larvae 
out of their vertical, in- 
ground homes with sticks 
and saliva. But being an ento- 
mologist was not her first 
career choice. 

"My lifetime goal was to 
discover a cure for cancer. 
Then I took a parasitology 
course [while earning a 
bachelor's degree in biology 
at North Carolina Central 
University]."She discovered 
that she enjoyed studying 
bugs and how they impacted 
humans and their environ- 
ment. Armstrong switched 
her focus from curing cancer 
to curing other problems. A 
master's in biology followed 
and then she earned a doc- 
torate in entomology with 
an emphasis in insect pathol- 
ogy from Cornell University. 
She is currently researching 
protozoa found in pests diat 
invade grains, cereals and 
flour to learn more about 
host-parasite relationships. 

Armstrong makes it a 
point to go into county 
schools to show off her col- 
lection of tarantulas, hissing 
Madagascar roaches (all 
named either Fred or Anna) 
and scorpions. It is where 
she draws some inspiration 
for her work, while showing 
young people a career 
option they may not have 
considered. She tells the 
story of a kindergarten stu- 
dent in one class she visited 
who could identify the three 
parts of an insect (the head, 
body and thorax), though 
most of his class couldn't get 
past trying to figure out 
what the question meant. 

"If that littie boy is men- 
tored from now until he 
graduates from school, he 
wouldn't have any limita- 
tions on what he could do," 
she says. "As a result of the 
experience, I want to reach 
back to younger kids." She is 
setting up a summer camp 
for approximately 25 8- to 
10-year-olds that should 
begin this July. 

Armstrong admits titat 
between teaching two cours- 
es, running the pre-freshman 
program, her outreach 
efforts and being mom to 
two college students of her 
own, she is a bit stretched. 
However, staying power is in 
her genes. Her 99-year-old 
father and 92-year-old motii- 
er still live on their farm. And 
Armstrong believes in the 
importance of mentoring 
and the potential of stu- 

"You have to give them a 
break in life so they can 
prove they can do it." 

FEBRUARY 5, 2 02 

Call for Proposals: 
Teaching With 
Technology Conference 

Technology is having an impact 
on the teaching and learning 
experience at the university. 
Faculty and instructors are 
invited to share their experi- 
ences, research and the tools 
they have developed with cam- 
pus and other invited peers at 
the 2002 Teaching With Tech- 
nology Conference, 

The conference, co-spon- 
sored by the Office of Informa- 
tion Technology and the Center 
for Teaching Excellence, is 
scheduled for Friday,April 5. 

Proposals are due by Feb. 22. 
Details on the proposal process 
and an online proposal applica- 
tion can be found at 

For more information, con- 
tact the conference coordinator 
at (301) 405-2945 or 

Education Policy and 
Leadership Graduate 
Research Conference 

The annual conference for the 
graduate students at the 
Department of Education Poli- 
cy and Leadership will be held 
Saturday, Feb. 9 from 8:30 a.m.- 
3 p.m. in the Art & Sociology 
Building. This year's theme is 
"Shining Light On Diversity." 

There will be panel presen- 
tations on topics including 
school reform, policy analysis, 
technology and education, phe- 
nomenological study, higher 
education and education for 
marginalized groups. The 
keynote speaker is Minnie 
Reynolds, director of Minority 
Achievement & Multicultural 
Education at Charles County 
Public Schools. Faculty, staff 
and students from outside the 
department are welcome to 

The conference fee is $15 at 
the site. For more information, 
contact Shannon Bramblett at 
(301) 405-3567 or 

Electronics Store 

The Physics Electronic Store 
would like to invite the campus 
to visit in the Physics Depart- 
ment, room 104. 

The store is equipped with 
many electronic components 
such as circuit breakers, transis- 
tors, power supplies, multime- 
ters, spooled wires, conductors, 
screws and batteries. Many 
items can be purchased with 
an FRS Account or with a gov- 
ernment P-card. Stop by or call 
(301) 405-5976 for more infor- 
mation on specific items. 

Graduate Research 
Interaction Day 
Volunteers Needed 

The Graduate Student Govern- 
ment is looking for faculty, staff 
and administrative members to 
judge presentations on Gradu- 

ate Research Interaction Day 
(GRID) April 1 1 . They will sit 
on a panel before top graduate 
student presenters looking to 
practice presentation skills, 
share titeir research with uni- 
versity members and guests 
and compete for cash prizes. 

Representatives from busi- 
nesses and research institutions 
in the metropolitan area will be 
invited to sit on the panels and 
attend a networking fair, which 
will be held at the end of the 
day for graduate students. 

Judges are asked to partici- 
pate in at least one session of 
about eight presentations and 
provide critical feedback and 
evaluation for each participant 
in their session. 

For more information, con- 
tact GRID Coordinator Jaclyn 
Pavelec at jpavekc@wam.umd. 

Innovation in Teaching 
with Technology Award 

Nominations for the Award for 
Innovation in Teaching with 
Technology are now being 
accepted. Co-sponsored by the 
Office of Information Technolo- 
gy and the Office of Undergrad- 
uate Studies, the award recog- 
nizes outstanding accomplish- 
ments in the use of technology 
to promote excellence in teach- 
ing and learning, and it helps 
highlight the many ways in 
which the university has pro- 
vided leadership in this critical 
area. Those who have created 
innovations in teaching with 
technology are invited to con- 
sider applying for this award. 
Individuals or groups may 
apply. The application deadline 
is March 5. 

Details can be found at 
Or contact Ellen Yu Borkowski, 
director, Academic Support 
Office of Information Technolo- 
gy, (301) 405-2922 or 

National Diversity Forum 
Health Seminar 

The Environmental Protection 
Agency and the University of 
Maryland are co-sponsoring a 
national conference on "Biolog- 
ical Variability in Children and 
Implications for Environmental 
Risk Assessment: New Perspec- 
tives on the Roles of Ethnicity, 
Race and Gender" to be held 
March 3-6 at the Inn and Con- 
ference Center. 

University College faculty, 
staff and students are invited to 
participate in the conference, 
which features workshops and 
presentations by highly rep- 
utable scientists, medical doc- 
tors, professors and other 
experts in the area of juvenile 
environmental health. Those 
from die University of Mary- 
land community are welcome 
to register at a reduced fee. 

For conference and registra- 
tion information, visit www. For 
more information, contact Lisa 
Press at (301) 314-7885 or 

Call for Presentations: 
Diversity Research Forum 

The Diversity Initiative and Col- 
lege of Behavioral and Social 
Sciences are co-sponsoring the 
8th annual Diversity Research 
Forum, "Life After September 
1 1 : Challenges for the Future." 

The forum seeks to provide 
an opportunity to explore the 
impact and implications of 
events preceding and following 
the September 1 1 tragedy. Fac- 
ulty and graduate students are 
invited to submit abstracts for 
presentations/performances on 
this topic, addressing campus, 
local, national and global per- 
spectives on the theme. For the 
complete "Call for Presenta- 
tions" visit the Web site below. 
Abstracts are due Feb. 18. 

The forum will be held 
March 21 from 12:30-3:15 p.m. 
in 2203 ASY. For more informa- 
tion, contact Sally Koblinsky at 
(301)405-4009 or, or visit 

What Matters to Me and 
Why Forum 

The first "What Matters to Me 
and Why" Forum, sponsored by 
the Student Honor Council, will 
be held Feb. 13 from 4-6 p.m. in 
die Meeting Room at St. Mary's 
Hall. It is designed to give dis- 
tinguished university and com- 
munity leaders an opportunity 
to speak about the guiding 
principles in their lives, and 
how those principles were 
formed. Questions and audi- 
ence discussion will be encour- 
aged. Refreshments will be 

The first speaker for the 
forum will be Professor May- 
nard Mack Jr., director of the 
University Honors Program. As 
his students know, Mack speaks 
with passion and insight about 
matters that go to the heart of 
what a liberal education is sup- 
posed to be. For more informa- 
tion, contact Honor Council 
Chair Justin Coon at (301) 314- 
0003 or 

Ehrlich Faculty Award for 

This award, sponsored by Cam- 
pus Compact and TIAA-CREF 
recognizes one faculty member 
each year for contributing to 
the integration of community 
or public service into the cur- 
riculum and for efforts to insti- 
tutionalize service-learning. 

Nominations should be made 
based upon the following: 
extensive experience in teach- 
ing service-learning; evidence 
of engaged scholarship; and evi- 
dence of institutional impact. 
Faculty, students, administra- 
tors, community partners and 
presidents may nominate facul- 
ty for the award. 

Nominations for 2002 must 
be received at Campus Com- 
pact by 5 p.m. on Feb. 5. For 
more information, contact 
Marie Troppe at mtroppe® or (301) 314- 

5387, or visit www.compact. 
o rg/ccawards/ehrlich award/ 
ehr lichaward 200 2 . html . 

Who Wants Yesterday's 

A symposium on "The Research 
Value of Printed Materials in 
the Digital Age" will discuss the 
fate of book and paper materi- 
als in today's technology driven 
environment. The conference 
will be held March 1 from 9 
a.m. -4:40 p.m. in McKeldin 
Library. Leading experts will 
discuss why they use and pre- 
serve information in various 
formats, from files that are 
"born digital" to more tradition- 
al books and archival collec- 
tions on paper. 

Registration forms can be 
downloaded at 
regist ration, hi ml. The registra- 
tion deadline is Feb. 15. Regis- 
tration is $10 for students and 
$20 for the general public. For 
more information, contact 
Danielle DuMerer at (301) 405- 
9346 or bksymposium@umaiL, or visit www.lib.umd. 

Rhrersdale House 
Museum Volunteers 

Riversdale House Museum, a 
National Historic Landmark, has 
volunteer opportunities for 
those interested in being part 
of this emerging historical site. 
The Riversdale Historical Soci- 
ety friends group offers volun- 
teer positions for those inter- 
ested in history, museum shop 
sales or open hearth cooking. 

Volunteers are asked to work 
one four-hour shift per month. 
Regular hours are Fridays and 
Sundays 12-4 p.m. Volunteers 
are also needed to help con- 
duct special tours for adult and 
school groups during the week. 
There are several new projects 
and ongoing restorations in the 
works. Docent training will 
begin in late February and lasts 
for six Saturday mornings. Kit- 
chen Guild and shop training 
can be arranged as required. 

Riversdale is located near the 
University of Maryland at 481 1 
Rive rd ale Road. For more infor- 
mation, call (301) 864-0420. 

Move of Government 

The Government Documents 
collection and service point are 
moving from the second to die 
fourth floor of McKeldin 
Library. Beginning and ending 
dates of the moves are subject 
to change. The reference desk 
will be closed briefly during 
the move, but staff will be avail- 
able by phone. 

Tax forms are located on the 
fourth Floor near the elevators 
or on the Web at www.lib.umd. 

For more information, contact 
Marianne Ryan at (301) 405- 
9169 or, 
or visit