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Clifton Joins 
Collier for 
Poetry Reading 

Pag© 4 


The Different Faces 
of Extension: 

She Teaches 
Youth to Lead 

Shuffling feet and whis- 
pered side conversa- 
tions signal that some 
teens are getting bored 
with the presentation. A good 
half of the small crowd still 
seems genuinely interested, 
though, in what the college stu- 
dents have to say about life at a 

Writing, Living and Learning 

New Writers^ House Seeks to Create Literary Hub 


Manamf Brown, Extension 4-H 
Youth Development educator 

university, Manami Brown 
seems satisfied that anyone is 
paying attention. 

Brown, an Extension educa- 
tor in Baltimore County, created 
Baltimore atjTeen Corps to 
give young people leadership 

See EXTENSION, page 5 


Laura Lauth (r), coordinator of the Writers' House program, advises junior creative writing major Paige 
Campbell about the program at an open house last week. 

Described as the perfect 
connection for "so 
many points of intersection," 
a new living and learning 
commiinity slated to open 
next fall will offer writers on 
and off campus a literary 
hub to call home. 

The Dorchester Hall-based 
program will be named the 
Jimenez-Porter Writers' 
House. Spanish poet Juan 
Ramon Jimenez was a mem- 

ber of the feculty from 1 948 
to 1951. He won the Nobel 
Prize for Literature in 1956. 
Katherine Anne Porter, who 
left her writings and memo- 
rabilia to the university, was 
a distinguished fiction 

"We called on our institu- 
tional history to name the 
house," says Michael Collier, 
state poet laureate and co- 
director of the univereity's 

Creative "Writing Program. He 
is credited with spearhead- 
ing the proposal to create 
Writers' House. Collier 
defers the credit to a few 
under^aduates with whom 
he had a conversation a few 
years ago. They wete look- 
ing to pull together all of the 
literary activity on the cam- 
pus into a central place. 

See WRITERS, page 7 

Mother Gene 
of All Plants 

Almost 500 million 
years ago, the first 
land plants appeared 
at the edges of prehistoric 
ponds and lakes, and pro- 
ceeded to take over the 
earth. Fortunately, these con- 
querors turned out to be 
benevolent rulers, taming the 
harsh alien environment of 
the time and creating all the 
planet's topsoil. 

University of Maryland 
researchers Professor Charles 
E Delwiche and doctoral stu- 
dent Kenneth G. Karol 
recently confirmed the iden- 
tity of these early invaders' 
closest living descendants, a 
group of green algae known 
as the Charales. 

"Science has long believed 
that land plants are derived 
from primeval algae that 
became adapted to live on 
land, but we weren't exactly 
sure how this happened, or 
which living algae were the 
most closely related to land 
plants," said Delwiche. It's an 
important part of the Tree of 
Life that has been unre- 

The Charales, which live in 

See PLANT GENE, page 3 

Minority, Women-OAvned 
Businesses Get a Boost 

Evidence of the university's 
success in securing minority 
and women vendors to fulfill 
more campus contracts is 
everywhere. However, because 
of statewide success, the bar 
has been raised to employ even 
greater numbers of underrep- 
resented firms. 

For the time, the univer- 
sity reached its goal of 14 per- 
cent participation in procure- 
ments in fiscal year 200 1 . So as 
ofjuly 2001, the goal was 
taised to 25 percent participa- 
tion. Victoria McCaleb, the uni- 
versity's Minority Business 
Enterprise (MBE) liaison, is 
proud of the 20-year-old pro- 
gram's progress, but knows it 
will require an even more 
a^ressive campaign to reach 
the new goal. 

"There was a disparity study 
done by the state. It looked at 
all of the minority firms, " says 
McCaleb. "It showed a need for 

more efforts to utilize minority 

Filling that need is where it 
gets a bit tough.To be a part of 
the state's database of minority 
vendors, a firm needs to go 
through an intense, months- 
long certification process 
administered by the Maryland 
Department of Transportation 
(MDOT). Only 2,700 businesses 
have been MDOT certified. 
Minority fu"ms certified by the 
federal government or odier 
MBE programs are not counted 
toward the state goals. To 
encourage businesses to 
become MDOT certified, Pro- 
curement and Supply represen- 
tatives go to vendor outreach 
programs to answer questions 
and disseminate information 
about university projects. 

Last July, Vice President of 
Administrative Af ^lirs Charles 

See MINORITY, page 7 

Several Join Severe Storm Spotter NetAvork 

More than 100 mem- 
bers of the campus 
and surroimding 
communities joined the ranks 
of "Skywarn" Spotters at the 
conclusion of a Basics I severe 
weather training class held in 
Glen L. Martin Hail earlier this 

Barbara Watson, warning 
coordinator meteorologist for 
the Baltimore-Washington 
Forecast Office, taught the 
class. Many stayed on for the 
afternoon Basics 11 class to fur- 
dier hone their skills in spot- 
ting severe thunderstorms and 

Skywarn is a nationwide 
network of weather spotters 
formed in the 1970s following 
major tornado outbreaks 
across the country. Although 
prlmarUy aimed at training 
weather spotters, the classes 
also provide valuable tips on 
safety. For example, it was 
pointed out that the danger 
posed by flying debris in a tor- 
nado is far greater tl^n that of 


Section of the Cherry Hill Park pedestrian /bike trail adjacent to golf 
course several days after the tornado. 

being sucked off the groimd. 
A tornado survivor in atten- 
dance, Ann Davidson, con- 
firmed this claim by her own 
personal encoimter with one 
of six tornadoes that hit the 
area on Sept, 24. Remarkably, 
she and her colleagues in the 

Maryland Fire and Rescue 
Institute (MFRl) trailers 
escaped serious injury. Howev- 
er, campus students Colleen 
and Erin Marlatt perished 
when their car was picked up 

See WEATHER, page 4 


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ffebruary 12 

11 p.m.. Graduate 
TA Roundtable Discussion 

0100 Marie Mount HaU. The 
Center for Teaching Excellence 
(CTE) sponsors a roundtable 
discussion on the chapter 
"Enhancing Learning Through 
Classroom Discassion'from 
the book Mastering the Tech- 
niques of Teaching, by Joseph 
Lowraan. The chapter discuss- 
es objectives, techniques and 
challenges for leading class- 
room discussions. To attend or 
to order a copy of the chapter, 
contact Allison Brovey Warner 
at 4-1283 or allisonb®wam. Include your name 
and campus mailing address. 
For more information, visit 

12-1:30 p.m.. The Opening 
of China — Window on the 
Forbidden City: Tlie Beijing 
Diaries of David Bruce, 
1973-1974 Room 0105, St. 
Mary's Hall (language House). 
Discussion and Chinese New 
Year lunch buffet, $ 1 2, $5 for 
students. Speaker: Priscilla 
Roberts, historian and author. 
Hong Kong University. Panel 
mtxlerator: Julia Chang Bloch. 
Panel: Donald Anderson, Her- 
bert Horowitz,Jamcs LiUey, 
Nicholas Piatt, Mark Pratt and 
Richard Solomon, For more 
information, call 5-0208, ore- 

2-3:30 p.m., Neuroscience 
Research Woricshop 2109 
McKeidin, Librarians will dis- 
cuss which databases provide 
the best sources of information 
for different areas of research 
across the disciplines of biolo- 
gy, linguistics, electrical engi- 
neering, computer science, 
psychology and pliilosophy 
Free, but advance registration 
is required at www.lib.umd, 
edu/UES/seminar.html. For 
more information, contact User 
Education Services at 5-9070 

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 1968 epic 
film about space exploration 
and the evolution of intelli- 
gence, was the most carefully 
researched and scientifically 
precise feature film ever made. 

Women in 
Ifs a IMIateriais 

T he ITV Satellite 
Course "Women in 
Engineering: It's a 
Materials World" is a live 
panel discussion with 
women faculty and students 
in the Materials Science and 
Engineering Department at 
the University of Illinois at 
Urbana-Champaign as part 
of National Engineers Week. 
It will take place Thursday, 
Feb. 21 from 3-5 p.m. in 
Instructional Television 

For more information, 
contact Guy Bagley at 5- 
4901 orgb89@umail.umd, 
edu, or visit 
edu/p rof essio na t/c o u rses/ 

For more information, call 
Mary Kearney at 5-0007. 


february 13 

11:30 a.m.. Art Department 
Lecture West Gallery, Art Soci- 
ology Building.Wlth Heath 
Hamlin, professor and digital 
artist, Syracuse University. For 
more information, call 5- 1464. 

12:30-2 p.m., IRIS Brown 
Bag Lunch: The Determi- 
nants of international 
Tourism: A Three Dimen- 
sional Panel Data Analysis 
Room, 1101 Morrill Hall. Inter- 
national tourism is a fast-grow- 
ing industry, generating $700 
billion in atmual revenues.Yet, 
it has so far failed to receive 
the attention it deserves from 
mainstream economics. Yair 
Eilat will present his paper, 
wliich attempts to start filling 
this gap by providing a first 
understanding of the determi- 
nants of international tourism. 
Lunch is provided. For more 
information, call Jennifer Mon- 
roe at 5-3721. 

6-9 p.m., Microsoft Excel I: 
Creating ft Using Spread- 
sheets 4404 Computer & 
Space Science. Introduces 
spreadsheet basics. Fee: $10 
students, $20 faculty and staff 
and $25 alumni. Contact Carol 
Warrington at 5-2938 or, or 


8 p.m., David Parker & The 
Bang Group Dance Theatre, 
Qarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center Using himior and the 
subversion of conventional 
gender roles, this company of 
three soloists has a repuation 
for wit and humanity, and for 
its Intimate examinations of 
sexuality, awkwardness and 
obsession. Tickets are $20. For 
more information, caU 5-7794 
or visit www.claricesmithcen- * 

, HUnsoAV 

february 14 

8:45 a.m.-4 p.m., MS Pro- 
ject 98 for Windows (Level 

1 J 4404 Computer & Space 
Science. Participants must have 
experience working in the 
windows operating system. 
The fee for the class is $120. To 
register and for more informa- 
tion, visit www.oit.umd edu/ 
sc.or contact the OIT Training 
Services Coordinator at 5-0443 

1-9 p.m.. Surrealism in 
French Music and Film 

Multi-purpose Room, St. Mary's 
Hall, and Gildenhorn Recital 
Hall, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. A symposium 
sponsored by the School of 
Languages and Literatures 
begins at 1 p.m. in St. Mary's 
Hall. The panel discussion will 
include Caroline Fades, Depart- 
ment of French and Italian; 
Wendy Grossman, Department 
of Art History; and Carl B. 
Schmidt, Department of Music, 
Towson University. Then, a 
recital, "Paris in the 1920s: 'Les 
Six' in Words and Music," 
begins at 8 p.m. in the Gilden- 
horn Recital Hall, featuring 
Robert Adelson, clarinet; Rey- 
naldo Reyes, piano; and Carl B. 
Schmidt, narrator. For more 
information, contact Jacqueline 
Letzter at 5-4036 or 

8 p.m., David Parker & The 
Bang Group Dance Tlieatrc, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center See Feb 13. 

february 15 

12-1:15 p.m.. Department 
of Communication Spring 
Colloquium Series 0200 

Skinner See For Your Interest, 
page 8. 

12-12:50 p.m.. Entomology 
Colloquium 1 140 Plant Sci- 
ences. Jan Nyrop, Cornell Uni- 
versity, will give a talk on 
"Mites, morphology and man- 
agement: Tritrophic interac- 
tions and biological control." A 
reception will follow. For more 
information, call 5-3911 or visit 

8 p.m.. Problem Child 

Kogod Studio Theatre, Clarice 
Smith Performing Arts Center 
A comedy of tazor-edgcd humor 
Contains adult themes and lan- 
guage. The single ticket price 
is $13 and the subscription 
price is $10. For more informa- 
tion, call (301) 405-ARTS or 
visit www.claricesmitlicenter* 

february 16 

8 p.m.. Problem Child 

Kogod Studio Theatre, Clarice 
Smith Performing Arts Center. 
See Feb. 15.* 

8 p.m., Frankie Wilmot and 
Eastern Standard Time Kay 

Theatre, Clarice Smith Perf'orm- 
ing Arts Center. Reggae power- 
house Frankie Wilmot in an 
evening of groove. Eastern 
Standard Time, labeled "one of 
the best ska bands around," 
opens. Tickets are $25, For 
more information call (301) 
405-ARTS or visit www. 

8 p. ml, Marytand Opera 
Studio: Clara Ciiidenhorn 
Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Per- 
forming Arts Center. The first 
reading of a new opera about 
Clara Wieck Schumann, com- 
missioned by the Center and 
the Maryland Opera Studio, For 
more information call (301) 
405-ARTS or visit www. 
Clarice smithcenter 

february 17 

2 p.m.. Prism Brass Ouintet 

Gildenhorn Recital Hall, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center Graduate en.semble-in- 
residence at the School of 
Music perform works for brass. 
For more information call 
(301) 405-ARTS or visit www. 

2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.. Prob- 
lem Child Kogod Studio The- 
atre, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center, See Feb. 1 5.* 

8 p.m.. Faculty Spotlight 
Recital Gildenliorn Recital 
Hall, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. Collaborative per- 
formance includes Martin 
Hackleman, horn; Steven Hen- 
drickson, trumpet; Milton 
Stevens, trombone; and Kelly 
Ker Hackleman, piano. For 
more information call (301) 
405-ARTS or visit www. 

february 18 

8:45 a.m.-4 p.m.. Intermedi- 
ate MS Access 4404 Comput- 
er & Space Science, Tlie fee is 
$90. To register, visit www.oit. For more informa- 
tion contact the OIT Training 
Services Coordinator at 5-0443 
or visit www.oit* 

1-3 p.m.. Introduction to 

GIS 2109 McKeidin Library. A 
two-hour, hands-on workshop 
on the basic operations of the 
Arc View GIS (Geographic In- 
formation Systems) software. 
Free, but advance registration 
is required at www.Iib.umd. 
edu/UES/gis.lnmI. For more 
information, contact User 
Education Services at 5-9070 
or, or 
visit www. 

february 19 

7:30 p.m.. Problem Child 

Kogod Studio Theatre, Clarice 
Smith Performing Arts Center. 
See Feb. 15.* 


In the article "Studying 
Information's Role, New 
Face in Terrorism War" in 
the Feb. 5 issue of Outlook, 
Eileen Abels' last name was 
misspelled. The correct 
spelling is Abels {r>ot Abies). 

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Black History Month, February 2002 

Feb. 12 

6-8 p.m.. Black Cinema Night 
Nyumburu Multipurpose Room, 
Hosted by tiie Biacit Student 

Fab. 13 

5 p.m., "A View from the 
Grassrgots" School of Architec- 
ture Auditorium. A Lecture by 
Maurice Cox who will focus on 
the rebuilding of a historic 
African American community. 

8-10 p.m.. Gospel Happy 
Hour Nyumburu Multipurpose 
Room. Poetry, liturgical dance, 
stepping, praise and refresh- 

Feb. 15 

9:30 a.m.. Shadow Program 
with high school students. 
Nyumburu Me2zanine. Hosted 
by the Black Student Union. 

Feb. 16 

8 p.m., Frankie Wilmont and 
Eastern Standard Time. Ina and 
Jack Kay Theatre Clarice Smith 
Performing Arts. 

Feb. 17 

10 a.m. -7 p.m., African Amer- 
ican Culture Crop. Nyumburu 
Multipurpose Room. 

Scrapbooktng event co-spon- 
sored by Nyumburu Cultural 
Center and Creative Memories. 

Feb. 19 

3-5 p.m., James Forman. 
Nyumburu Multipurpose Room. 
Co-sponsored by Nyumburu 
Cultural Center and the African 
American Leadership Institute. 

6-8 p.m.. Black Cinema Night. 
Nyumburu Multipurpose Room. 
Hosted by the Btack Student 

Feb. 20 

3 p.m., "Physical Activity and 
Breast Cancer In African Ameri- 
cans; Implications for Future 

Research." Third Floor 
faculty/staff lounge, HHP. Lec- 
ture by Lucille Adams-Camp- 
bell, Howard Universit-,'. 

7-9 p.m.. Women's Self 
Defense. Campus Recreation 
Services Martial Arts Room. Co- 
sponsored by Nyumburu Cul- 
tural Center and Campus Recre- 
ation Services. 

Feb. 21 

9:30 a.m,-3:30 p.m.. Career 
Center and OMSE 25th Annual 
Multi Ethnic Student Career and 
Job Fair. Grand Ballroom, 
Stamp Student Union. 

4-7 p.m.. Annual Cultural Din- 
ner. South Campus Dining Hail. 
With entertainment by The Bleu 
Lights. Co-sponsored by Nyum- 
buru Cultural Center and Dining 

9 p.m.-l a.m.. Juke Joint 
Nyumburu Multipurpose Room. 
Poetry, music and refresh- 

Feb. 22 

2-3 p.m., Campus Conversa- 
tions. Nyumburu Conference 

Feb. 23 

10 a.m. -2 p.m., Student, Fac- 
ulty & Staff 3-on-3 Basketball 8t 
Volleyball. Campus Recreation 
Services- West Gymnasium. 
Faculty and staff are needed to 
have teams to play against and 
with students. Your cooperation 
is desired. Free admission for 
participants to campus recre- 
ation services will be offered on 
this date. Co-sponsored by 
Nyumburu Cultural Center and 
Campus Recreation Services. 

7-8 p.m.. Stepping Into Histo- 
ry Step Show presented by Zeta 
Phi Beta. Ritchie Coliseum, For 
ticket information, call (301) 

Feb. 26 

7-9 p.m.. The Meeting. 
Nyumburu Multipurpose Room, 
A play by Pin Point Theatrical 
Group dramatizes a secret 
meeting between Martin Luther 
King, Jr. and Malcolm X. 

Feb. 27 

9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.. Recruiting 
Volunteers Who Don't Look Like 
Me. MD 4-H Center. Hosted by 
the Maryland 4-H Youth Devel- 
opment Program. 

12 p.m., Bone Marrow Drive. 
Nyumburu Multipurpose Room. 
Hosted by the Black Student 

3-5 p.m., A Celebration of 
Black History Month. Hosted by 
the Office of Multi-Ethnic Stu- 
dent Education (OMSE). 1 101 
Hornbake Library. 

The theme for the event is 
Black History: A Multi-Ethnic 
Celebration. The program will 
demonstrate the influence of 
Black History on other cultures 
and the world. Multi-ethnic fac- 
ulty, students and staff are 
invited to participate in the cul- 
tural activities and educational 
dialogue. Enjoy displays, oral 
tradition, multi-ethnic cuisine 
and entertainment. For more 
information about the ©vent, 
call Patricia Thomas at (301) 

Feb, 28 

8 a.m. -12:30 p.m., Recruiting 
Volunteers Who Don't Look Like 
Me. MD 4-H Center. See Feb. 27. 

4 p.m., Talk About Teaching: 
The Harlem Renaissance. 0139 
Taliaferro Hall, Hosted by the 
Center for Renaissance and 
Baroque Studies. 

7-9 p.m., Black History Month 
Closing Reception. Nyumburu 
Multi Purpose Room. Featuring 
The Maryland Gospel Choir. 

Educating Those on Welfare 
Reform^s Front Line 

The five-year timeline 
under which many 
social service agencies 
operated in order to comply 
with the Welfare Reform Act of 
1 996 ends this year. During 
this period, thousands gave up 
their dependency on the fed- 
eral government and service 
providers began to streamline 
operations. Doug Bcsharov 
would like to think a universi- 
ty academy had something to 
do with the success. 

Bcsharov directs the School 
of Public Affairs' Welfere 
Reform Academy, which was 
created in early 1997 to pro- 
vide training "in program 
design, implementation and 
evaluation-of the new federal 
support program, Temporary 
Assistance for Needy Families 
(TANF). It offers states flexibi- 
lity when administering their 
programs and federal services, 
which are funded by fixed 

"It's very gratifying to sec so 
much interest in developing a 
better system," says Bcsharov. 
Social workers, private 
providers and other interested 
parties receive trainmg, pro- 
gram evaluation and informa- 
tion through the academy in 
order to help them make the 
most of the new structure. 
The academy's most effective 
tool for disseminating valuable 
information is its teleconfer- 
ences. More than 200 people 
in 32 states attended the inau- 
gural teleconference in Febnh 
ary 1998. Then Secretary of 
Health and Human Services 
Dorma Slialala was the 
keynote speaker. 

"It's a tremendously effec- 

tive mechanism. We've had 
anywhere from five to 20,000 
people watching," said 
Besharov, adding that it's also 
easier getting speakers to 
come within the Beltway than 
it is to fly them to sites around 
the county. Conference partici- 
pants receive a pre- and post- 
test, and educational credits. 
They also get a chance to hear 
fixtm and talk to colleagues 
and field experts. 

"The way it's set up, you 
don't feel like you miss too 
much," said Lynn Repasky, a 
Ucensed mental health clini- 
cian in Fresno County, Calif., 
■who attended a teleconfer- 
ence on child abuse offered by 
the academy and once 
interned for Besharov at the 
American Enterprise Institute 
In Washington. "Tlie county 
would not have paid for that 
and it was at no cost to me," 

Conferences arc offered in a 
series of five, with subjects 
depending on feedback. Once 
the reform bill is reauthorized, 
a new series of conferences 
will inform the field, looking at 
the best way to implement the 
changes. Bcsharov says "a 
funny recession" that is effect- 
ing more middle class individ- 
uals, instead of those already at 
or below the poverty line, may 
affect what topics the acade- 
my tackles. No matter the sub- 
ject matter, though, he feels 
this is exacdy the kind of thing 
the university should be 

"This is the 20th-century 
version of some of the things a 
land grant college should do," 
he said: "educate a broader 

Plant Gene: First Al 

Continued fiom page 1 


fresh water around the world, 
evolved alongside the organ- 
isms that became today's land 
plants (broadly defined as 
those utilizing photosynthesis 
for enei^gy production, and liv- 
ing and relating primarily to 
other plants on dry land). 
Other groups of algae adapted 
to life on land, but only one 
came to dominate. 

Previously, scientists 
beUcved that the Charales and 
the Coleochaetales, another 
algal group, were equal 
cousins of the original lar^d 
plants. This belief was based 
on the characteristics of cell 
division, reproduction and 
growth the two algae share 
with plants. Delwiche and 
Maryland student Matthew T 
Cimino, working in conjunc- 
tion with Richard M, McCourt 
at the Academy of Natural Sci- 
ences, studied the DNA 
sequences of four genes from 
40 different plants and algae 
and began to trace the lineage 
with certainty. 

"Plants didn't write diaries 
or letters for us to study, but 
they do have genetic 
sequences that can reveal 
their evolutionary history," 
said Karol. 

In general, evolution in land 
plants proceeds from tlie ran- 
dom genetic mutations that 
occur as a result of gene swap- 
ping during sexual reproduc- 
tion and which prove fevor- 
able to the plant's continued 
survival, ScicntisK today c^n 
study the gene sequences of 
these survivors and the fossil 
record to discover when dif- 
ferent species branched out 
from the evolutionary trunk. 
Research at the imiversity has 
focused on discovering which 
properties over time let land 
plants not only .survive in. but 
also dominate the biosphere. 

"It's [also] really exciting to 
know that we still have plants 
that look like the ancestors 
that were underfoot when the 
dinosaurs roamed the earth," 
said Delwiche. 


2 2 

She Sees Poetry in Everyday Life 

Poet Lucille Clifton Joins Michael Collier for Reading 

As she stirs creamer into a 
small cup of coffee, poet Lucille 
Clifton talks about what goes 
into poetry. Even her everyday 
conversation is lyrical. "Poetry 
is about the outside and inside 
of things, " she says. "Poetry is 
from the head, heart, every- 
thing. It's who you are as a 
wrhole human." 

Clifton will be in town to 
kick off the Terrapin Reading 
Society's 2001-02 reading sea- 
son at the Clarice Smith Per- 
forming Arts Center's Gilden- 
horn Recital Hall next Monday. 
She and current Maryland Poet 
Laureate and (acuity member 
Michael Collier will read from 
their works. The event was orig- 
inally scheduled for last Sep- 
tember, but was canceled due 
to the tornado that hit the area. 

Clifton's latest collection of 
poetry, "Blessing the Boats: New 
and Selected Poems 1988- 
2000," is the society's book 
choice for the year. It is a criti- 
cally acclaimed collection that 
won the poetry award for the 
2000 National Book Awards. 
Though Clifton admits that it's 
not her favorite work (that 
would be , 'The Terrible S tones ' ; 
Tm not sure why, but it res- 
onates with me"), she is 
pleased that "Boats" is getting a 
lot of attention. 

"It was a nice surprise that 
they would pick poetry to 
read," she says of the society's 

Sponsored by the Office of 
the Dean for Undei^raduate 
Studies, the Terrapin Reading 
Society encourages students, 
faculty and staff to participate 
in shared intellectual experi- 
ences through literature and 
activities related to that year's 
book. Texts are selected by a 
committee of students, faculty 
and staif organized by the Ter- 
rapin Reading Society. Book 
nominations are solicited from 
all across campus in the fall 
semester of each year This is 

Lucilfe Ctifton 

the Qrst time that a book of 
poetry has been chosen. 

"The committee chose Bless- 
ing the Boats' to introduce 
freshmen and the campus com- 
munity to one of our nation's 
most unique poetic voices and 
to the joys and relevance of 
poetry itself," says Phyllis Peres, 
associate dean of imdergradu- 
ate studies. "In the face of life's 
tragedies, Ms. Clifton's poetry 
celebrates life, traditions and 
the power of written and spo- 
ken verse." 

New, first-year students, those 
who attend summer orientation 
and transfer students taking 
English 101 receive a free copy 
of the society's books. Others 
can them at the Uni- 
versity Book Center 

A Distinguished Professor of 
Humanities at St, Mary's College 
in St. Mary's, Md. , Clifton stress- 
es the ingredients of poetry to 
her advanced workshop stu- 
dents because she realizes that 
not everyone understands just 
what poetry is, or isn't. It is full 
of spirit and emotion. It isn't 
just a collection of words that 
sound good together It isn't 
from one's intellect alone. It 
isn't written to win awards, 
Clifton wants her students to 
remember that they're "not 
writing for critics, they are writ- 
ing for people." 

"Some people are more inter- 
ested in being poets than in 
writing poetry," she said. "I can 
tell from their work. I really 
want them to speak in their 
own voice. Not read someone 
else's work and write in their 

After more than 30 years of 
published writing, three 
Pubtzer Prize nominations and 
several other national Lterary 
awards to her credit, Clifton 
surety qualifies as an authority 
on the subject. She is also Chan- 
cellor of the Academy of Ameri- 
can Poets and has served as 
Maryland's poet laureate. 
Clifton writes children's books, 
as well. 

As to how she felt about 
poetry's reception in society, 
she says matter of factly, "It is 
tolerated until times of crisis, 
and then it is turned to. It is not 
as respected as it might be." 

As for her list of respected 
authors, Clifton names fellow 
National Book Award winner 
and former Library of Congress 
Poet Laureate Consultant Stan- 
ley Kunitz and "oralist " Sekou 
Sundiata, whose work is often 
accompanied by music. They 
are people, she said, who pay 
attention to the page as well as 
the sound when it comes to 
writing poetry, 

"You have to pay attention to 
both,"' says Clifton. 

The Terrapin Reading 
Society presents a 
poetry reading by 
Lucille Clifton and Michael 
Collier, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. 
in the Gildenhorn Recital 
Hall of the Clarice Smith Per- 
forming Arts Center. The 
event is free. For more infor- 
mation about the event, or 
the society, call Phyllis Peres 
at (301 i 405-9357. 

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Weather: Spotting Storms 

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Top, dozens of cars and trees were destroyed during the Sept. 24 tor- 
nado. Above, Fire and resuce workers comb through the debris of 
MFRI trailers outside the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center 

by the tornado and hurled 
over an eight-story building. 
Their father, E Patrick Marlatt, 
is deputy director of MFRI. 

Watson also attempted to 
dispel widely accepted myths 
about how to respond to tor- 
nadoes, such as opening win- 
dows and doors if a tornado is 
approaching. The instructor 
recalled a tornado incident 
she investigated in Virginia in 
wliich the roof was blown off 
a house as a result of the 
occupant opening a door 
Also, taking shelter in an 
underpass is a bad idea, as it 
tends to channel the flow of 
air and debris and is therefore 
far less safe than being in a 
ditch by the side of the road. 

She went on to cover the 
formation of thunderstorms, 
downbursts and tornadoes, as 
well as spotting techniques 
using cloud formations. 
Downbursts are often under- 
estimated and have the poten- 
tial to do far mote damage 
than a tornado. The strongest 
downburst in this area 
occurred at Andrews Air Force 
Base in 19B3 and produced 
winds topping 1 5 1 mph. The 
incident occurred only min- 
utes before Air Force One 
landed with President Ronald 
Reagan aboard. 

After the Basics I class, Wat- 
son made a one-hour presen- 
tation on the Sept. 24 torna- 
does, the last of which hit Col- 
lege Park. Watson showed 
radar images and groimd 
tracks for the tornadoes, and 
described the progression of 
tornado warnings issued. Her 
subsequent damage survey of 

College Rirk, along with pho- 
tographic evidence, suggest 
that the tornado was a "high- 
end" F3 and consisted of three 
or more vortices, , ^ . , 

Many in the class were sur- 
prised to discover that Prince 
George's Coimty averages one 
tornado per year During the 
discussion, a question arose 
about the campus' prepared- 
ness for future tornadoes. Jim 
Ellis, a campus police officer 
in attendance, stated that a 
special task force is investigat- 
ing several warning options, 
including the installation of 
tornado sirens in three loca- 
tions. However, the misuse of 
sirens ittstalled in the sur- 
roimding area poses a prob- 
lem for campus implementa- 

Many in the class were 
amused when Watson dis- 
played a map of "tomadic 
events" in the Washington 
area generated over a year 
ago. The map clearly indicates 
a statistical deficiency in the 
number of tornadoes along 
the 1-95 corridor FoUowing 
the College Rirk tornado, the 
map is now back to "normal." 

— Craig Carignan, researcli 
associate, aerospace engineerii^ 

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about the SKYWARN 
program, visit www. 
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information about the tor- 
nado, follow the "Sep, 24 
Tornado event" link at 


IBM Teams With Smith School for E-Government 

The Center for e-Service at 
the Roben H. SmitJi School 
of Business announced a 
three-year agreement with 
IBM to advance c-serviccs in govern- 

IBM Global Government Industry 
made a financial commitment to the 
center, which will undertake a num- 
ber of research imtiatives focusing 
on such areas as defining the eco- 
nomic impact of e-services in gov- 
ernment, enhancing awareness of the 
benefits of e-government and devel- 
oping strategies to deliver the prom- 
ise of e-govemment to citizens and 

"We're very excited about woridng 
Tvith the world's largest information 
technology company on research 
projects that will help transform com- 

munications between the go\«mment 
and the public, and within the govern- 
ment itself," said Roland Rust, director 
of the center and holder of the David 
Bruce Smith Chair in Marketing at the 
Smith School. "Government has yet to 
fully realize the benefits of using the 
Web to improve service to its cus- 
tomers. We look forward to helping 
IBM develop the cutting edge, cus- 
tomer-oriented strategy that wiU lead 
to foster, better govenmacnt services." 

The Center for e-Service brings 
leading researchers and authors to 
provide corporations and nonprofit 
organizations witli a cost-effective 
alternative to building or expanding 
expensive in-house research and 
development capabilities. The cen- 
ter's talent base of more than 30 
world-class Jfiiculty, as well as Smith 

School doctoral and master's in busi- 
ness administration students, helps 
organizations develop practical strate- 
gies to improve c-service and improve 
customer relationsliips. 

"Smith is a top-ranked business 
school widely known as a leader in 
new economy research and educa- 
tion," said Jeffrey Rlioda, director of 
global government for IBM and the 
company's new advisory board repre- 
sentative to the center "We needed a 
highly qualified research institution 
that will look at e-govemment from a 
business perspective and we foimd 
that in the Smith School's Center for 
e-Service," said Rhoda, who is also a 
Smith School alumnus. 

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ment would be her life's 
focus.Aftcr getting a bache- 
lor's of social work from 
Morgan State University, she 
went on to earn a master's in 
education from Johns Hop- 
tdns University, with an 
emphasis on transition serv- 
ices for children and adults 
with disabilities. She's 
worked as a director for sev- 
eral Baltimore-area youth- 
serving programs, always 
with a focus on developing 
team-building and leadership 

"Some of my teens have 
presented with me at nation- 
al conferences we've been 
invited to by 4-H and Chil- 
dren, Youth and Families at 
Risk [aUSDA program) ," says 
Brown. "Locally, 1 have young 
people who have taught 
entrepreneurship at our resi- 
dential camp. The twins 
assisted with that." 

The Baltimore City 4-H 
Entrepreneurship Camp Pro- 
gram, held during the sum- 
mer, received the Eleanor E 
Eells Award for Program 
Excellence by the American 
Camping Association last 
year. Campers learn market- 
ing and advertising strate- 
gies, as well as how to start a 

"We always help during 
breaks,' says Kristen Hodge, 
the Spelman student. She 
and her sister seemed unde- 
terred by the stirring of the 
kids during their presenta- 
tion, which included visuals. 
They answered questions 
patiendy and reminded the 
kids that they once sat in 
their seats. "You can do this," 
was the message. 

Brown wants her young 
people to put that central 
idea to Its broadest applica- 
tions. "I am training them to 
create change," she says. 

Manamr Brown, center, talks with (l-rl Ctiarmay'^^ Lrttle, coordinator of children's programs at Paul's Place; 
Temple University sophomore Keina Hodge and her sister, Spelman College sophomore Kristen Hodge. 

training and a chance to 
develop entrepreneurial 
skills. Her speakers for the 
evening were twin sisters 
and graduates of Teen Corps 
who now attend Spelman 
College and Temple Universi- 
ty. They are part of the lai^c 
network of youth-serving 
organizations and their par- 
ticipants Brown created 
when she came to Baltimore 
three years ago. 

"I went after agencies and 
commimity ot^anizations 
with some level of credibili- 
ty, primarily after-school pro- 
grams," she says. 

Brown brmgs Extension 4- 
H resources into a collabora- 
tion with the FeUowship of 
Lights Youth and Community 
Services and the Safe and 
Sound Campaign for Children 
and Youth programs. Fellow- 
ship is a residential shelter 
program for youth in the 

Department of Social Ser- 
vices and runaways. It also 
partners with AmeriCorps. 

"1 work with shelter 
groups so that 1 can tie [the 
kids] into something mean- 
ingful," explains Brown, 
adding that since some of 
the children may not be 
around for a second meeting 
it Is even more important 
that they have a place where 
they can feel connected. She 
also pulls in youth from 
Paul's Place, a community 
outreach center in Balti- 

"When Manami first start- 
ed Teen Corps, she wanted 
older kids, but I primarily 
work with middle school," 
says Charmayne Litde, coor- 
dinator of children's prt> 
grams at Paul's, "1 do have 
older kids come in to use the 
computers and hang out. 
Now, eight kids participate 

in the Teen Corps, some of 
them are the teens." 

Giving teens a chance to 
start businesses and lead 
projects, Brown says, will 
build in them what they will 
need to become active mem- 
bers of their commimities. 
She believes in the power of 
teaching young people and 
adults to work together for a 
greater good. It is a convic- 
tion she lives, as well as 

"I have two grown kids. I 
used them as guinea pigs," 
she says. "They had to give 
back to the community. . . 
beyond the required service 
hours for school. Now 
they're both active in the 

Her son and daughter 
learned by example. Brown's 
resume reads like she knew 
going into college that youth 
and community develop- 


ditor's note: This is the second in afi}ur-part series that Outlook will present throughout the school year The uni- 
versity-run Maryland Cooperative Extension system reaches far beyond its agricultural roots. Each feature will 
look at how educators help individuals help themselves in a variety of ways. 


David Driskell received the University 
Sj^em of Maryland Board of Regents' 
2002 Frederick Douglass award for best 
exemplifying the principles, values and 
goals to which Douglass dedicated his 
life, Jlie honorcc's work also has had an 
impact on Marylanders. Rep. Parren 
MitcheU,.Kweisi Mfume and Dorothy 
Height are some of the past recipients. 

James Roberts and Roger Azevedo, 

both from the College of Education, 
received NSF Early Career awards. 
Roberts' award recognizes his work In 
measurement, statistics and evaluation; 
Azevedo is recognized for his woric in 
human development, specifically con- 
cerning how students go about self-reg- 
ulated Icarnii^. 

The success of the university's fall 
sports (cross country, field hockey, foot- 
ball, soccer, women's volleyball and 
men's water polo) caused Maryland to 
be ranked ninth in the 2001-02 Sears ■ 
Directors' Cup. This is a seven-place 
jump up from last year The cup was 
developed by the National Association 
of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and 
USA Today. It is sponsored by Sears, Roe- 
buck and Co. 

Judith Tomey-Purta, Department of 
Human Development in the College of 
Education, was honored by the Interna- 
tional Association for the Evaluation of 
Educational Acliievement (lEA), whose 
members work at educational research 
institutes in 55 countries, Tlie lEA Gen- 
eral Assembly named her as hidividual 
Honorary Member of the organization. 
In its 40 years, lEA has given only 14 
such honors, andTomey-Puru is the 
first woman. 

Courtland Lee joins the College of 
Education's Counseling and Personnel 
Services department as a professor of 
counseling, Carol Parham joins the col- 
lege's Department of Education Policy 
and Leadeiship as a professor of prac- 

The A.James Claik School of Engineer- 
ing External Relations OfSce Is pleased 
to welcome two new employees; 
Leslie Ford Weber as director of 
Development for Strategic Initiatives 
and Rachel Covington in the role of 
administradve assistant. 

John McKee joins University Develop- 
ment in the Office of Gift Plaiming as 
associate director. For the past three 
years he was director of major and 
platmed giving at Gallaudet University. 
Prior to that position, he served for 
five years as executive director of the 
Historical Society of Saratoga Springs, 
New York. 

Tracy- Ann Gilbert-Johnson joins the 
Special Events Office as a program 
coordinator She w^ill be doing event 
logistics, various programming and 
staffing. She has a background in public 
relations and events management but is 
making the jump to higher education 
after working previously in the corpo- 
rate sector. 


2 O O 2 

Fueling Creativity 

Who knew that convents in 
the Middle j^es were cen- 
ters for female creativity and 
joy? Or that Johann Sebastian Bach had 
a thing for the number three? 

WeU, those who attended the first 
day of The Creative Drive class now 
know and the course's instructors 
hope they spread the word. Offered 
free to faculty and staff, the non-credit 
lecture series will spend 12 weeks 
exploring the works and lives of great 
creative geniuses in music, architecture 
and science. Professors Suzanne Beick- 
en (music), Ralph Bennett (architec- 
ture) and Denny Gulick (mathematics) 
will teach in four-course blocks every 
Wednesday from 4-5:1^ p.m. Bcicken 
kicked off the series in Tawes' Ulrich 
Hall with a discussion of Hildegaid von 
Bingen, a female composer and nun, 
and Johatm Sebastian Bach. 

"A convent in the Middle Ages was 
one of the only spots women could be 
creative," she said, explaining that the 
life of a woman in that time left litde 
room for pursuing creative interests. 
"Women wanted to go to the convent. 
It was a joyous place to be." 

Using recorded snippets from vari- 
ous artists and a piano, Beicken offered 
students various interpretations of von 
Bingen's and Bach's works. In language 
that was both technical and generally 
accessible, Beicken discussed the cre- 
ative process of both artists. The notes 
in the sheet music for Bach's "Crucifbt- 
us" from his Mass in B Minor, for exam- 
ple, form small crucifixes. And his pen- 
chant for three? He wrote six partitas 
ans sonatas for violin, six for the cello, 
and so on. Composers often created 
such surprises in their works, said 
Beicken, giving fellow musicians an 
intensified experience with the music. 

Not a how-to course on teaching cre- 
ativity, the lecture scries' goal is to share 
information and perhaps fuel the cre- 
ative drive of its adult students. 

The Creative Drive; 
Tentative Schedule 

Mosic Section, held in IkMwe' 

General Research Board Awards 2002-2003 

Feb. 13: Mozart and Beethoven 
Feb. 20: Schubert, the 20th Centufy 
Feb. 27: Divas: Women of Jazz and 

JlreMtaeturtt Section, held in 
moo SMnner 

March S: The Classical Tradition in 
Architecture: Alive and Kicking 

March 13: Frank Lloyd Wright: The 
Greatest (American?} Architect 

March 20; Modern Architecture: 
Revolution or Failed Experiment? 

March 27: No class, spring break 

April 3: Architecture Today: Opposi- 
tions — Abstraction and Representation 

Science Sectfain, held in 0200 

April 10: Predecessors to Newton: 
Copernicus, Galileo, Brahe, Kepler 
stars, orbits, telescopes and the dis- 
covery of Brahe and Kepler 

April 17: Newton (including an 
analysis of the rainbow) 

April 24: Einstein (theory of relativi- 
ty, birth and death of stars) 

May 1: Introduction to the new 
"science of chaos" 

For more information, call Andrea 
Levy at (301)405-2812. 



Natural Resource Sciences & 
Landscape Architecture 

Chang, Shenglin 
The Global Silicon Landscape: 
The Promise of the Trans- 
Pacific Home 



Sham, Foon 

The Spirit of Wood 


Mallios, Peter 

Stranger in Our Midst: Joseph 

Conrad and Modern America 

Foreign Languages & Literature 

Jones, Gretchen 

War, Gender and Power in Kono 

Taeko's Bizarre Tale of the 


Quintero-Herencia, Juan Carlos 
The Space of Revolution: Poetry 
and Politics in Contemporary 

Walker, Richard 
Prognostications and Prophe- 
cies: The Interface of Literature 
and Folklore in Early Modern 

Israel, Michael 
The Re Verb Project 


Gordon, David 

Landscapes of Power, Forests of 

Belief: A History of the Bemba 


Price, Richard 

Empire and National Culture in 

Britain 1830-1880 


Uriagereka, Juan 

Evolution of Transformational 



DeLapp, Jennifer 

Images of Aaron Copland: The 

U.S. Reception of a Modernist 

Composer 1925-1960 

Hanninen, Dora 
A General Theory for Context- 
Sensitive Music Analysis 



Pries, Michael 

Personal Retirement Accounts: 

Labor Supply and Consumption 

Smoothing Distortions 

Broner, Fernando 
Optimal Debt Management in 
Developing Countries: Supply of 
Funds and Debt Maturity 


Troyer, Todd 

Fine Grained Analysis of Vocal 



Richardson, Derek 
Torques and Non-Cerltral 

Impacts on Strong Aggregated 
Bodies: Applications to Asteroid 
Satellites, Tidal Disruption, and 
Granular Dynamics 


Lower, Steven 

Nanoscale Forces Between a 

Living Bacterium and a Material 


of Dysfunctional Relationships? forest and El-Nino Events 


Education Policy and Leadership 

Perna, Laura 

Understanding the Decision to 

Enroll in a Graduate Program: 

Sex and Racial/Ethnic Group 


Human Development 

Aievedo, Roger 

The Role of Self-Regulated 

Learning in Students' Learning 

of Complex Science Topics with 



Family Studies 

Kim, Jinhee 

Impact of a Workplace Financial 
Education Program on the 
Financial Well-being, Health, 
and Workplace Behavior of Male 
and Female Employees from 
Different Income Levels 


Chen, Ang 

Personal and Environmental 
influence on Children's Physical 
Activity: An Analysis of the Early 
Childhood Longitudinal Study- 
Kindergarten National Data 


Civil and Environmental 
Aydiiek, Ahmet 
Beneficial Re-Use of Waste 
Compost in Landfill Covers 


Chemistry & Biochemisiry 
English, Douglas 
Spectroscopic Imaging of 
Bilayer Formation from Vesicle 

Julin, Douglas 
DNA Repair in the 
Radioresistant Bacterium 
Deinococcus radiodurans 


Campbell, Katherine 
Investor Discernment and Volun- 
tary Garter Sales Disclosures 

Shaw, Kenneth 

Regulation FD; Smashing a Web 

Witlard, Gregory 
Dynamic Properties of 
Competitive Equilibria 

Decision and Information 

Sambamurthy, Vallabhajosyu 
Design Configurations for 
Inter-organizational Nett/t/orks 

Gosain, Sanjay 
Nurturing IT-Enabled 
Communities of Practice 
for Product and Process 

Baum, J. Robert 
Causes and Effects 

Triantis, Alexander 
Evaluation Techniques for 
Dynamic Corporate Invest- 
ment and Financing Strategies 

Prabhata, Nagpurnanand 
Executive Stock Option Re- 
pricing; Costs to Firms & Value 
to Employees, and Disappearing 
Dividends: A Signaling 
Effectiveness Explanation 

Avramov, Doron 
Risk, Return, Liquidity, and the 
Performance of Alternative 
Asset Pricing Models 

Research Award 


Animal & Avian Sciences 
Christman, Mary 
The Use of Spatial Modeling 
to Predict Pattern 


American Studies 

Parks, Sheri 

Of Mothers and Media: An 

Ethnographic Study of the Role 

of Mothers in Familial Media 



Ray, Sangeeta 

Jamaica Kincaid 


David-Fox, Katherine 

Modernists in an Age of 

Nationalism: The Czech 1890s 



Phillips, Colin 

Brain Mechanisms of Sentence 


Lesher, James 
Presocratic Theories of 

Martin, Raymond 

Identity's Crisis: A History of the 

Rise and Fall of Soul and Self 


Afro-American Studies 
Harley, Sharon 

Dignity and Damnation: Gender, 
Work, and Citizenship in African- 
American Communities 


Kleidon, Axel 

Investing the Interactions 

between the Amazonian Rain- 

Government & Politics 
Oppenheimer, Joe 
Improving Democracies- 
Institutions, Preference 
Aggregation, and Outcomes 


Veilleux, Sylvain 
Ultraluminous Infrared Galaxies 
and the Origin of Quasars 

McGaugh, Stacy 
Missing Mass or Modified 

Liu, Jianguo 

Development of Numerical 
Methods for Incompressible 
Flow Based on Local Pressure 
Boundary Conditions 


Patk, Ho Jung 

Test of a String Tfieory 

Prediction on Gravity 

Fuhrer, Michael 

Electronic Properties of Two- 

Dimensional Nanocrystals 



Reaka-Kudia, Marjorie 
Assessment of Extinction Risk 
in the Sea 


Fire Protection Engineering 
Brannigan, Vincent 
The Regulation of Fire Loads: 
The Interface of Technology 
and Law 

Creative and 
Arts Award 



Morse, Brandon 
Remove: Experiments in 
Portable Motion 

Comparative Literature 
Fuegi, John 

They Dreamed Tomorrow: 
A Portrait of Ada, Countess 
Lovelace & Charles Babbage 


Wyatt, David 

Summer Rain: A Southern 

California Boyhood 


Mabbs, Linda 

The Canzonettas, Haydn's Songs 

in English 

Dedova, Lartssa 

Debussy (24 Preludes for Piano) 


Burbank, Carol 

A Journey with Remedios Varo: 

Interactive Performance Project 

Reese, Scot 

Dreams Deferred: Stack Actresses 

Who Broke New Ground 


Schumacher, Thomas 
Facades: Transformation from 
Classic to Modern 


Writerss New Conununity Offers Hub 

Continued Jmm page i 

When President Dan Mote 
put out a call for living and 
learning proposals in Fall 
2000, Collier remembered 
that conversation. 

"This is a way of formaliz- 
ing that desire," says Collier. 
"The idea is to create a clear- 
inghouse for all the literary 
events on campus. Only one 
component of this is residen- 
tial." He called on longtime 
friend Roberta La vine, acting 
associate director, academic 
aftairs and associate professor 
of Spanish, to help with the 
international component of 
the house. Writers' House res- 
idents will live and work with 
the Global Communities pro- 
gram, wliich will replace the 
existing International House 
in Fall 2005. 

"The department has a 
very long history of creative 
writers in residence. In Span- 
ish cultures, the idea of being 
a writer in the public sphere 
is very important," says 
Lavine, citing noted writer 
and instructor Jose Emilio 
Pacheco and Sergio Ramirez, 
former vice president of 
Nicaragua and prize-winning 
novelist as examples of both. 

Though Spanish is the first 
language given attention in 
the new program, it will not 
be the last. Collier and Lavine 

see the writings of other cul- 
tures being included as Amer- 
icans seek to become more 

"We want to take advan- 
tage of the international com- 
munity we have here ."says 
Collier. "This is what our 
country looks like." 

Continuing in the spirit of 
collaboration that wiU sustain 
the house, organizers also are 
working with International 
Programs, resident life and 
undergraduate studies to pull 

Writers' House 

■ Open to upperclassmen, 
and a few freshmen, 
regardless of major 

• Application deadline is 
March 13 

• Not an honors program 

• Approximately 40 stu- 
dents will be accepted for 
the inaugural year 

An open house for 
the campus commu- 
nity will be held at 
Dorchester Hall on March 
15, For more information, 
call Laura Lauth at (301 ) 
405-3819, or go to www. 

everything together. The Col- 
lege of Arts and Humanities 
(ARHU) is home to the cam- 
pus' first living and learning 
commimity, Language House 
in St. Mary's Hall. 

Unlike other campus living 
and learning programs. Writ- 
ers' House will be primarily 
for upperclassmen, though 
admission will be determined 
on a case-by-case basis. 
Gabriele Strauch.ARHU asso- 
ciate dean for imdergraduate 
studies, feels this is another 
way Writers' House will serve 
the campus community, by 
working with a population 
not usually given such atten- 
tion. Abo, the house offers a 
balance to the university's 
reputation as a technology 
and business school. 

And knowing that more 
students will be interested in 
the Writers' House than can 
be accommodated in Dorch- 
ester, organizers plan to have 
plenty of public events and 
outreach pnigrams. The Writ- 
ers Hete and Now series, for 
example, will be able to give 
guest writers more space and 
opportunities to interact widi 

"We can say, 'There will be 
a reception at the Writers' 
House',"says Collier, with 
obvious pride. 

Minority Enterprise: Reaches Goal 

Continued Jrom page 1 

Stimz, Facilities Management 
and the Department of Pro- 
curement and Supply hosted 
their own outreach effort. 
Challenge 2001, a forum 
aimed at construction firms, 
attracted more than 250 ven- 
dors. Through quarterly e- 
mail messages and phone 
calls, McCaleb's office tries to 
notify each company that 
attended about new projects 
and drop-in office hours. She 
and the buying staff also 
encourage firms to consider 
MBE subcontractors. 

"We reached our first goal 
by an aggressive subcontract- 
ing process, primarily in the 
coastruction area," said 
McCaleb, adding that contracts 
for $ 100,000 or more now 
have a minority subcontractor. 

Private firms who do busi- 
ness with the university have 
begun educating small and 
minority firms about the ben- 
efits of being state certified. 
Forrester Construcdon Com- 
pany will host an educational 
and professional development 
series for minority, women- 
owned and smaU businesses 
beginning this month. Scott 
Forrester, executive vice pres- 
ident, says mentoring is a way 
to guarantee everyone's suc- 
cess. Small business owners 
often work hard enougli just 
to keep afloat, 

"We've been there," he says 
of the 13-year-old firm started 

by his brother. One minute 
you're submitting a proposal 
for a contract, and that evening 
you're taking out tlie trash." 

Wdbert Andrews, owner of 
Andrews Reproduction Cen- 
ter based in Bcltsville, appre- 
ciates the help. Andrews, 
who has been doing business 
with Maryland for "at least 20 
years," knows that small busi- 
ness owners often miss out 
on opporttmities for lack of 
information. He does wish, 
though, that some of the edu- 
cation was h>eing spread to 
campus managers looking to 
fill contracts. A few don't seem 
aware of the state's goals and 
guidelines, he says. He feels 
the higlier goal will require 
adjustments on both sides. 

"They need to amend the 
law so it reflects better ways 
to wotk with MBEs," he says. 
"Its hard to get those goals 
without being creative."' 

McCaleb concurs, stating 
that President Mote sent a let- 
ter to the campus encourag- 
ing everyone's help to reach 
the new goal. A recently 
formed campus-wide commit- 
tee will address ways to 
increase the MBE utiUzation 
of purchasing cards. 

Gloria Bohan, owner of 
Omega Travel, agrees that the 
program is effective. Her 
company has been involved 
almost since she began serv- 
icing the university in 1987. 

She feels her work ivith the 
campus may have had some 
bearing on work she's done 
for the state. However, she 
also wants to make siue she 
secures contracts based on 
her strength as a business 
person and not just because 
hers is a woman-owned firm. 

"1 can't say that my success 
came through the program," 
she says. "But I am a woman- 
owned business and it's good 
to let people know that. It 
has opened some doors to 
meeting people." 

McCaleb charts the pro- 
gram's progress and helps 
feciiitate Its success with 
detailed reports and follow- 
up calk to contractors and 
subcontractors. Her office 
and Facilides Management 
hope to offer an education 
program that will assist 
minority firms in very practi- 
cal ways. 

"We're trying to give indi- 
vidual attention to firms," says 
McCaleb, "We're doing the 
best we can to reach people." 

For information on the 
MBE program, call Vic- 
toria McCaleb at (301) 
405-5850, or send e-mail to 
edu. For information on 
Forrester's series, call (301) 
255-0320, or go to wrww. 


"I Jiken tlie appeal of it to the U.S. women's soccer team a few 
years ago," says L«a Vander Vaiden, a professor of kinesiology at 
the University of Maryland who has researched CJlympic liistory 
and who teaches a course on sports in American society. "First 
off, they're very good. But they're also good-looking and mostly 
white. Figure skating is kind of an upper-class sport like tliat. 
The largest TV audience in every'Olympics is women, and iliey 
want someone they can relate to." (Baltimore Sun, Feb. 3) 

"l think Lincoln was lairly dear tliat he thinks slavery is wrong. 
But for a variety of reasons, it was not his top priority to elimi- 
nate slavery until the summer of 1862," .says (traj Beriirt.a Univer- 
sity of Marjiand history professor and award-winning author on 
slavery and emancipation. "To free slaves early in the war would 
have undermined his effort to successfully prosecute the war." 
(Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Feb. 2) 

Such storytellers as Sliakespeate, Homer and Anton Chekhov 
used complication-development-resolution, Franklin says. What's 
different is that Franklin creates a completely factual narrative 
story. "I'm not doing anything tiiat those writers didn't do," he 
said, "But I'm doing sometliing more, which is going out and 
finding the story in real life and transcribing it. Not only am I 
giving the reader an experience, it's an experience that is true." 
Franklin works hard to use words that create emotion. He's 
especially careful widi placement. "I'm going to put diem in a 
place Tvhere they liave the most emotional impact, "he said. "It's 
the psychology of it rather than die grammar of it." At the .same 
time, Franklin calls himself a "language tlilef" who studies the 
work of others. "Almost 99.9999% of any type of writing is cml^ 

ion, seeing what other writers do and seeing how you can 
m&pt that for yourself" (Jon Franklin is 3 Pulitzer Prize winning 
professor of journalism. Investor's Business Daily, Jan. 23) 

Hot, but not too hot, according to (liiology) researcher Gail 
Pstricalli of die University of Maryland. A male bowerbird also 
has to be something of a sensitive, new age guy. "So the most 
appealing, successful males are the ones who give really high 
intensity, aggressive displays without threatenii^ the female. 
They observe female behaviors and they increase their intensity 
as the female signals that she's comfortable, without being 
intense too soon," says Patricelli. (CNN, Jan, 31) 

"Perfiaps the most surprising tiling 1 learned about whistleblow- 
ers is that they are almost as likely to be fired if they go to the 
boss as if they go public. You'd thuik the boss would want to 
know, or at least would appreciate that die whisdeblower kept 
it in-house,as (Enron's Sherron) Watkins did. It doesn't work 
that way" (C. Fred Alford is a professor of government and poli- 
tics. USA Today, Jan. 3 1) 

"College does hot exist independently of society," says Vivian 
Bovd, director of the counseling center at the College Park cam- 
pus of the Univensity of Maryland and president of the Interna- 
tional Association of Counseling Services, which accredits uni- 
versity counselir^ systems. 'The whole notion of the divorce 
rates among parents, the economic sliifts that are occurring, the 
disappearing of whole classes of jobs diat people used to count 
on going into, the feet that the degrees of freedom of making 
choices in your life arc growing shorter and shorter because the 
cost of being wrong comes at a higher price — there are societal 
pressures tliat exist independent of the college environment to 
which young people ate responding .... People arc being 
exposed to all kinds of things at a much earlier age, including 
pressure to compete " Boyd adds. "How many people do you 
know who don't have a 3-year-old in some sort of preschool 
program?" (New York Times, Jan. 1^) 

Also complicating matters for conscientious writers, esi>ecially 
historians, is a publishing worid diat increasingly caters to popu- 
lar audiences. Even academic presses, like Johns Hopkins, are 
going after a slice of popular pie witli what insiders call "bridge 
brjoks." The writer who switches from academic monographs to 
more mainstream writing could be in for ftwtnote culture 
shock. "Academics live tor the footnote," says Tom Kunkel,dcan 
-of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at tlie University of 
Maryland. Citation is a lively subtext for scholars, and it's also 
how tliey demonstrate they've coasidered all sources. (Qulstian 
Science Monitor, Jan. 31) 


2 O O 2 

Women's History Month 

The President's Commission on 
Women's Issues (PCWI) invites 
program and event submissions 
to be included in our compre- 
hensive calendar for Women's 
History Month in March. Con- 
tact the office at (301) 405- 
5806 to contribute. The dead- 
line for submission is Feb. 20. 
For more information, con- 
tact Dianne Sullivan at (301) 
405-5806 or dsulliva@deans. 

Second Annual "They're 
Still Hungry" Food Drive 

A food drive, sponsored by the 
Northern Virginia Alumni Club 
and the Black Alumni Club, will 
be held on Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. 
-3 p.m. at two locations: 
Giant-North Point. 1450 North 
Point VUlagc Center in Rcston, 
Va. and Giant-Beltway Plaza, 
6000 Greenbelt Rd. Donations 
should include non-perishable 
food items (soups, tuna, canned 
vegetables, etc.), 

Rcston Interfeith, Inc. wiU 
distribute donations to lamilies 
around the Reston and Hern- 
don communities. For more 
information, contact Robin 
Chiddo at rchiddo®accmail. or (301) 405-0014. 

In Maryland, all non-perish- 
able food items will benefit 
SHABACH! Food Pantry and 
Clothing Closet. This non-profit 
organization serves approxt 
matcty 80 families on a month- 
ly basis, and is affiliated with 
the First Baptist Church of Gle- 
narden. For more information 
please contact Uatetta Brown 
at Llatetra@terpalum.umd.edii 
or (301) 403-2728, ext. 11. 

Talking H Out 

Last Fall, the Student Intercul- 
tural Learning Center at OHRP 
completed its third semester of 
the Intergroup Dialogue Pro- 
gram (IDP)- Assessments show 
that students recognize their 
experience in the IDP as 
among their most important at 
the university. Academic credit 
is available through EDPL to 
those who participate outside 
the context of other academic 
coursework. Each dialogue 
meets for six nvo-hour ses- 
sions, so it is a considerable 

Teachers may want to con- 
sider incorporating the IDP 
into their courses, whether as a 
course requirement or an 
option among requirements. 
Or they may simply hand out 
the fliers and remind students 
they can sign up for a dialogue 
and receive academic credit. 

This semester's dialogues 
include: story circle for stu- 
dents with psychological dis- 
abilities, women/men, black 
women/black men, white peo- 
ple on whiteness, Muslim 
women/Jewish women and les- 
bian, gay and bisexual people 
of color/lesbian, gay and bisex- 
ual white people. 

Participants can now register 
for the IDP through an online 
form at 
idp.html. There are also a 
schedule, a syllabus and general 
resources on inteigroup dia- 

For more information, call 
Paul Gorski, assistant director. 
Office of Human Relations Pro- 
grams, at (301) 4054JI92. 



Volunteer for Read 
Across America Day 

Volunteers are needed to read 
with local children on March 1 
from 10:45 a.m.-l p.m. in the 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 

For information on how your 
department, office or organiza- 
tion can sign up to volunteer, 
contact Wendy Wagner at (30 1) 
314-7321 or wwagne r® accmail . This is a great team 
builder for your staff ajid an 
easy way to serve the commu- 
nity together. 

Perspectives on iWinority 

Tliis scries, which is sponsored 
by the Maryland Institute for 
Minority Achievement and 
Urban Education (MIMAUE), 
offers presentations throughout 
the semester focusing on urban 
schools, the roles of parents 
and teachers, and directions in 
research on the minority 
achievement gap. The presenta- 
tions will be featured in the 
College of Education Colloqui- 
um Scries, 

The theme of the Spring 
2002 series is, "Perspectives on 
Minority Achievement." The 
goal of the series is to focus 
attention on the issue of minor- 
ity acliievement and share per- 
tinent research and initiatives. 

The scries continues on Feb. 
19 from 4: 1 5-6 p.m. in 1121 
Benjamin with a panel discus- 
sion on Urban Schools and Stu- 
dent Achievement. Panelists 
include Marvin Lynn, curricu- 
lum and instruction and Lory 
Dance, sociology, light refresh- 
ments will be served. For a 
summary of each speaker's 
presentation, visit MIMAUE's 
Web site at www.cducation. 

For more information, con- 
tact Martin L. Johnson, as.soci- 
ate dean for Urban and Minori- 
ty Education, at mjl3®uinail. 

Elsevier's Science Direi^t 

The Libraries are pleased to 
announce that access to Elsevi- 
er's Science Direct database is 
now available for University of 
Maryland students, faculty and 

The database includes access 
to the full text of over 7(Kl elec- 
tronic journals in the fields of 
science and technology, medi- 
cine, and the social sciences 
from 1995 to the present. 
There are more than 140 new 
titles; while not the entire Sci- 
ence Direct database, they are 

the electronic equivalent of any 
of the print subscriptions to 
which the university or the 
other 10 Maryland academic 
partners subscribe. 

Access to Science Direct is 
available on campus through 
the Libraries' home page (www. under both " Data- 
bases" and"E-Journals."rhc jour- 
nals are also avaUable off cam- 
pus to faculty, students and staff 
through the MdUSA gateway 

In addition to the 700 e-jour- 
nals in Elsevier's Science Direct 
database, die Libraries have 
added subscriptions to several 
other full-text electronic jour- 
nal packages, including the 
Nature journals and journals 
from Wiley and IEEE, For more 
information, visit the Libraries' 
home page imder'E- Journals." 

For more information, con- 
tact Betty Day at (301) 405- 
9072 or 

Learn Metworks in Four 

Learn about computer net- 
works in the February- March 
Network + class. This hands-on 
computer class is held on cam- 
pus in Lcfrak HaU Feb. 20 to 
March 18, Mondays and 
Wednesdays, 6:30-10 p.m. 

Network-i- teaches the funda- 
mentals of networking and net- 
work administration. Smdents 
learn vendor-independent net- 
w^orking skills and concepts 
that affect all aspects of net- 
working. The course helps to 
prepare students for Microsoft 
Networking Essentials and Nov- 
ell Networking. Faculty, staff, 
students and alunmi can take 
Network -I- for the special pack- 
age price of $345, including 
books (regular package price: 
$600). Register early; space is 

For more information con- 
tact Learnrr Staff at (301) 405- 
1670 or lcarmt@oacs.umd,cdu, 
or visit 

Department off 
Commences Spring 
Colloquium Series 

The Department of Communi- 
cation is committed to an intel- 
lectual exchange of ideas 
regarding the strategic use of 
discourse in the public sphere. 
As part of that commitment, it 
offers a research colloquium 
series that creates a forum for 
invited scholars to share cur- 
rent original research with 
graduate students and Acuity. 

The colloquium series high- 
lights the department's con- 
stant engagement witli liigli- 
quality scholarsliip and intellec- 
tual discussion. The fu^t lecture 
in this spring's series Is present- 
ed by Priscilla Murphy of Tem- 
ple University, and is titled 
"Chaos and Continuity in Com- 
munication Theory." The lecture 
will be held on Friday, Feb. 1 5 
from 12-1 : 15 p.m. in 0200 Skin- 
ner Building, 

For more information about 
the Centennial Colloquium 

Series, contact Trevor Parry- 
Giles at (301) 405-8947 or, or visit 

Spring 2002 Works-in- 
Progress Presentations 

The Works-in-Progress series, 
which began in 1 998, enables 
scholars of the early modern 
period to share their latest 
research and to benefit from an 
informal roundtable discussion 
of their current projects. To 
facilitate discussion, participat- 
ing faculty circulate working 
drafts one week before their 

The next presentation will 
be given by Barbara Haggh- 
Huglo, School of Music, on Feb. 
19 from 12:30-1:45 p.m. in 
0135TaUaterro Hall, Haggh- 
Huglo will speak on "Founda- 
tions for Music in Fifteenth- 
Century Ghent." 

Bryn Mawr Summer 
Institute ffor Women In 

Bryn Mawr's Institute for 
Women Interested in a Higlier 
Education Administrative 
Career will be held Jime 23-July 
19. The residential program 
offers career advice and infor- 
mation about the national high- 
er education picture. The imi- 
versity will pay tuition, room 
and board, but not summer 
salary. Applications can be 
obtained from Ellin Sell ol nick 
and must be returned to her by 
March 5. Applicants must pro- 
pose a project to be completed 
on return to campus. 

For more information contact 
ElUn K. Scholnick at (30 1) 405 

Investors Group Hosts 
Post Columnist 

James K, Glassman, whose pop- 
ular financial column appears 
in The Washington Post, will be 
the featured .speaker at this 
month's meeting of the 
Investors Group, "Hiesday, Feb. 
19 at noon in McKeldin Library, 
Room 61 37. 

An informal forum on money 
matters, The Investors' Group 
meets the third 1\iesday of the 
month at noon in McKeldin, All 
members of the university 
community are invited to 
attend without membership 
requirements or fees. 

Glassman hosts TechCentral 
Station (a Web-based news- 
letter), is a fellow at the Ameri- 
can Enterprise Institute and a 
writer and speaker on finan- 
cial, economic and political 
topics. His main interest is the 
pubUc policy issues that arise 
at the intersection of finance, 
economics, technology and 
politics. A number of Glass- 
man's most recent books wiD 
be available for purchase and 
signing following the presen- 

For more information about 
the group, call Frank Boches at