LIP Li 6 Uakocf Outlook m hi Th,sweek ' s Mystery Photo Contest Page 6 THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND FACULTY AND STAFF WEEKLY NEWSPAPER Volume i j Number 6 ' March 12, 2001 Innovative Dean to Retire Bill G. Clutter, asso- ciate dean of Sum- mer Sessions, Spe- cial Programs and e-Leaming at the University of Maryland, has announced he will retire March 3 1 - "Dr. Clutter possesses a unique set of skills and breadth of experience that will be difficult to match," said Judi Broida, associate provost and dean of Continu- Associate Dean Bill Clutter ing and Extended Education. "His ability to navigate a complex infrastructure and bring people together to suc- cessfully execute programs has been extraordinary," she See CLUTTER, page 3 Colleges Collaborate to Encourage Interns Everyone in college wants an internship as a safe way to try out a career. The College of Arts and Humanities gives its stu- dents the chance to try out a teaching career. Through the Chillum Internship Program (CHIP), juniors and seniors in good academic standing can sign up to teach in an after school enrichment pro- gram at Chillum Elementary School in Hyattsville. In addition to gaining valuable experience for their resumes, participants gain three internship credits through EDCI 368 and the knowledge that they've done a great service to young chil- dren. A joint venture between the College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) and the College of Education's , See CHILLUM, page 6 •■ 1 Promoting Critical Assessment Campus Skeptics Challenge Questionable Products, Assumptions While Marv Zelkowitz considered himself an unknown skeptic for 25 years and Chip Denman's interest in "weird stuff" goes back to childhood, both have found a place to explore, discuss and investigate their skeptic lean- ings in the National Capital Area Skeptics (NCAS). Zelkowitz, a computer sci- ence professor and Denman, a statistician with the Office of Information Technology, are both executive board members of NCAS, a non- profit organization that was created in 1987 by Denman, his wife and a friend. "Everyone should be a skeptic," Zelkowitz says. "It's thinking critically about the world." Both men say they use their skepticism every day at work. "Part of being a statisti- cian is always asking hard questions," says Denman, who has to investigate data thor- oughly. "It's part of who I am." Zelkowitz has worked with testing different technologies and finding what works and what doesn't. Not all of the NCAS mem- bers are academics. A formal membership of about 250, Denman says they're a lay audience with an interest in or passion about how the PHOTO BY CYNTHIA MITCHEL Mark Zelkowitz (I), computer science professor, and Chip Denman, OIT statistician, are partners in skepticism, debunking outrageous claims. world works. They want peo- ple to think critically about it. There's no oath or pledge to join the group — just annual dues of $30. They meet once a month in local libraries and invite speakers to give public lectures on various subjects See SKEPTICS, page 5 Campus-wide Database Promotes Scholarship Camille Stillwell laughs when asked about her ambitious project. It's a nervous laugh that hints at her realization of the enormity of her undertaking. As coordinator of the National Scholarships Office (NSO), Stillwell is attempting to compile what she hopes will become a definitive list of prestigious national and international scholarships, fellowsltips and awards received by members of the campus community. The Office of Faculty Affairs does keep a record of faculty honors once they've become university employ- ees, but unless people go through individual curricula vitae, many of the awards, fellowships and scholarships awarded before coming to the campus go unknown. Stillwell sees this as an untapped resource for stu- dents and faculty, if only she could get more professors to share the information. "It makes a big difference for a faculty person to tap someone on the shoulder and say You should apply for that.' I'm trying to create a culture of scholarship," says Stillwell. Stillwell would also like to use the database as a bragging tool. The campus will be able to say, for example, that there are a certain number of Truman or Rhodes scholars on cam- pus. Or that winners of Mac Arthur and Mellon grants brought their schol- arship to the university. The database could highlight significant student achieve- ments as well, such as the university's undergraduate Mitchell Scholar, of which there are only 1 2 nation- See DATABASE, page 6 Coach Weller to Hang Up Her High Tops Chris Weller, who led Maryland's women's basketball program to ei| Atlantic Coast Conference titles and three Final Four appearances in 27 seasons as head coach, announced she will retire from coaching and consider an administration position within the athletics department. A national search to name her successor will begin immediately, according to Kathy Worthington, senior associate athletic director for internal operations, who oversees the sport and will chair the selection commit- tee. "Chris has been a pioneer and a leader in women's bas- ketball. Her coaching legacy at Maryland will always be remembered and appreciat- ed byTerps everywhere," said See WELLER, page 5 Top Rank for Public Relations The University of Mary- land has been select- ed as the country's top graduate public relations educational program, accord- ing to a new survey of public relations educators. The story was covered on the front page of the January 7 issue of PR Week, a major weekly professional magazine. Bill Baxter, an associate professor emeritus of Mar- quette University, surveyed heads of communication pro- grams across the country, and complied the survey result in his newly published directo- ry,"Graduate Study in Public Relations." "This is the second rank- ing that he's done," says Jim Grunig, a professor of organi- zational communication in the Department of Commu- nication, where die public relations program is housed. "The first was in September 1990. We were ranked first." Syracuse University and the University of Florida ranked second and third, respectively, followed by Georgia, Northwestern and San Diego State. Maryland received 25 votes, Syracuse 23 and Florida 18, which accounted for 65 percent of the votes cast. In the survey, Baxter asked educators to name two pub- lic relations graduate pro- grams, besides their own, that they would recommend to students as the best hi the country. Based on the survey result, Baxter profiled 1 5 pro- grams as Premier Programs in his directory with the information provided by the schools. Among the informa- tion the schools included are program location, highlights and prominent graduates. Grunig says the program receives Iiigh marks regular- ly. When U.S. News and World Report last ranked graduate journalism, mass communications and public relations programs in 1996, Maryland's public relations program was still part of the journalism school. And it was first. People notice these marks of quality and close to 1 50 applicants apply for only 10-12 spots per year. "It seems to have an influ- ence whenever people see that. When you get the report from the GRE scores, you see what schools the scores were sent to," says Grunig. "It's the ones ranked at the top." MARCH 12 2 2 dateline maryland YOUR GUIDE TO UNIVERSITY EVENTS: MARCH 12-18 march 12 12-1:30 p.m.. View From Beijing: Post Summit Bush China Policy Multi-puipose Room, Annapolis Hall. Minister He Yafei, Deputy Chief of Mis- sion from the Chinese Embassy, will speak about the recent Bush-Jiang summit. Lunch is $5 for students, $ 10 for others. For more information, contact Rebecca McGinnis at 5-0208 or email@example.com.* 2-4 p.m., HIV/AIDS, Poverty and Religions in Sub-Saha- ran Africa Multi-purpose Room, Nyumburu Cultural Center, Presented by the African and African Immigrant Health Network (CUSAG). For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 5 p.m., Guarneri String Quartet Open Rehearsal Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Clar- ice Smith Performing Arts Cen- ter. For more information, call (301) 405-ARTS or visit www. claricesmithcenter. umd . edu. 5:30-6:30 p.m.. Women's Nutrition 0121 CRC.The Cen- ter for Health and Wellbeing offers a program focused on nutritional needs of women. For more information, contact Jennifer Treger at 4-1493 or email@example.com. 7 p.m.. Moderation, the Middle, and the Midterms: A View From the Trenches 0200 Skinner. The Center for Political Communication and Civic Leadership, Department of Communication will host a townhall meeting to address the consequences of the mod- erating trend in U. S. politics. For more information, contact Trevor Parry-Giles at 5-8947 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.comm. umd .edu . 7-9 p.m., Preserving Mod- ern Architecture Auditorium, School of Architecture, An evening of lectures and discus- sion on the preservation of buildings and sites of the mod- ern movement. Sponsored by the Modern Movement in Maryland, a Research Project of the Graduate Program in His- toric Preservation at the Uni- versity of Maryland and Mary- land Historical Trust. For more information, contact Kelly Quinn at 5-6456 or email@example.com. Clarifications, Corrections In the Feb. 12 issue of Out- look, the story "She Teaches Youth to Lead Change" should read that Manami Brown is a Maryland Exten- sion educator In Baltimore City, not Baltimore County. In the March 5 issue of Outlook, the Career Center was not mentioned as a co- sponsor of the 25th Annual Multi-ethnic Student Career and Job Fair. Also in that issue, the headline "Next Generation Internet Hosted by University" inadvertently referenced a program with a similar name. The Next Gen- eration Internet, a mufti- agency federal initiative, is not affiliated with Internet2, the subject of the story. In Outlook's Notables col- umn for March 5, it should have read that Kristin Owens is the new director of OCEE's academic consulting servic- es, not counseling services. Also in that issue, in the "Academy Membership Car- ries Clout" article, it should read that Jacques Gansler is the Roger C. Ltpitz Chair of the Center for Public Policy. Lipitz did not receive an academy membership. 8 p.m., Midori, violin, Robert McDonald, piano Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Before Midori fulfilled the promise of her extraordinary childhood genius, "young violinists could find few role models worth emulating," noted The Washing- ton Post. Ticket prices range from $20-40. For more informa- tion, call (301) 405-ARTS or visit www.claricesmithcenter. umd.edu.* 1 I >. E F S ii B 1 march 13 12-1 p.m., Research and Development Presentations 01 14 Counseling Center, Shoe- maker Building. Topic: "Client Anger Directed Toward Thera- pists: What Do They Do."With Clara Hill, Department of Psy- chology. 12:45-4 p.m., OIT Training: Intermediate HTML 4404 Computer & Space Science. Pre-requisite: basic knowledge of HTML. The fee is $40. For more information and to regis- ter, visit www.oit.umd.edu/sc or contact the OIT Training Services Coordinator, 5-0443 or firstname.lastname@example.org.* 5:30-6:30 p.m.. Healthy Cooking 0121 CRC. The Cen- ter for Health and Wellbeing offers a session on cooking healthy with a tight schedule and small budget. For more information, call 4-1493 or e- raail email@example.com, 8 p.m., Maryland Communi- ty Band and University Band Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. A pro- gram of Broadway hits, march- es and other works performed by musicians from across cam- pus and the community. Call (301) 405-ARTS or visit www. claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. 6-8 p.m., Netscape Page Composer: Making Web Pages the Easy Way 4404 Computer & Space Sciences- Cost is $20 for faculty/staff and $10 for students. For more information, contact Carol Warrington at 5-2938 or visit www. oit . umd .edu/pt . * march 14 11:30 a.m., Art Department Lecture Ssries West Gallery, Art-Sociology Building. With Sunghee Kim, Korean installa- tion artist. For more informa- tion, call 5-1464. 4 p.m.. What Science Edu- cation Researchers Talk About When They Talk About 'Epistemology': An Introduction to Students' Views of Knowledge Room 1116, Institute for Physical Sci- ence and Technology (IPST). Committee on the History and Philosophy of Science collo- quium with Andrew Elby, Dep- artment of Physics. For more information, call 5-569 1 or visit h tt p ://ca rnap.umd.edu/chps/. 4:30-7:30 p.m., Adobe Illus- trator: Vector Based Graph- ics 3332 Computer & Space Sciences. Cost is $20 for facul- ty/staff and $10 for students. For more information, contact Carol Warrington at 5-2938 or visit www.oit.umd.edu/pt.* 4:30-7:30 p.m., Microsoft Access I: Easy Start for a Database 4404 Computer & Space Sciences. Cost is $20 for faculty/staff and $10 students. For more information contact Carol Warrington at 5-2938 or visit www. oit. umd, edu/pt.* march 15 9 a.m. -5 p.m., Climate Change: What's at Stake and What Can Be Done? 2203 Art/Sociology. This alklay symposium explores risks and policy questions associated with climate change as well as mitigation and adaptation strategies. For more informa- tion, contact 4-6714 or e-mail JGCRl@umail.umd.edu, or visit http://globalchange. umd.edu. 12-12:50 p.m.. Entomology Colloquium 1 140 Plant Sci- ences Building. Jim Thompson of the Academy of Natural Sci- ences in Philadelphia will dis- cuss the effects of disturbance on predator impacts in stream benthic communities. For more information, call 5-391 1 or visit www. entm.umd.edu. 12-1:15 p.m.. Department of Communication Collo- quium Series 0200 Skinner Building. "Corporate Advocacy and the Information Age: The Rhetoric of Bill Gates" with Diane Hemmings;and"Wit and Presidential Politics" with Michael Phillips. The presen- ters arc doctoral students. For more information, contact Trevor Parry-Giles at 5-8947 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.comm.umd.edu. 4 p.m.. Cultural Borrow- ings: Fiction & Fable in the Fabrications of the Past Maryland Room, Marie Mount Hall. Erich Gruen from die Uni- versity of California, Berkeley will present a lecture. For more information, contact Judith P. Hallett at 5-2024 or visit www.umd.edu/crge. 8 p.m., Tallis Scholars Con- cert Hall, Clarice Smith Perfor- ming Arts Center. The world's leading early music vocal ensemble in a program includ- ing a 40-part motet by Thomas Tallis. Tickets are $20-$40. For more information, call (301) 405-ARTS or visit www. claricesmithcenter. umd .edu.* march 17 3 p.m.. University of Mary- land's Men's & Women's Choruses Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Jiong concert featuring selections from Renaissance to contemporary genres. For more information, call (301) 405-ARTS or visit www. claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. 7:30 p.m., Leipzig Quartet Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Clar- ice Smith Performing Arts Cen- ter. Germany's foremost young quartet are all former first chairs of the famed Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the latest winners of the Grand Prix du Disque. Tickets are $25. For more information, call (301) 405-ARTS or visit www. claricesmithcenter, umd. edu . * march 18 4 p.m.. Center for Historical Studies seminar on memory and Pinochet's Chile, 3121 Symons Hall. Details in For Your Interest, page 4. 8 p.m., Toshi Reagon Gilden- horn Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. An eve- ning of rock, soul, funk, blues and folk. Post-performance question and answer session. Tickets are $25. For more infor- mation, call (301) 405-ARTS or visit www.claricesmithcenter. umd.edu.* 6-9 p.m., HTML I: Learn to Create a Basic Web Page with HTML Code 4404 Com- puter & Space Sciences. The fee is $20 for faculty/staff and $10 for students. For more information, contact Carol Warrington at 5-2938 or visit www.oit . umd . edu/pt . * or additional event ■ listings, visit the Outlook Web site at www. co I lege pub- lish er.com/otit look. calendar guide Calendar phone numbers listed as 4-xxxx or 5-xxxx stand for the prefix 314 or 405. Calendar information for Outlook is compiled from a combination of inforM's master calendar and submissions to the Outlook office. Submissions are duo two weeks prior to the date of publication. 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MD 20742 Telephone • (301) 405-4629 Fax -pr) 1 1314-9344 E-mail * firstname.lastname@example.org www. coll cgepuhlishcr. com/ oudook o^5'7> /<Yl> N OUTLOOK On the Page, On the Stage PHOTO SV MONETTE AUSTIN BAILEY Three hundred students from nine area elementary schools descended upon the stage in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center last week to partici- pate in the annual Read Across America Day. Fueled by Happy Meals from McDonald's, kids and their volunteers read "My Many Colored Days" by Dr. Seuss and other books. Children took home a copy of the Seuss book. The event was coordinated by the Office of Commuter Affairs and Community Service. Above, President Dan Mote reads to a youngster from one of the participating schools. Flyby of Jupiter Yields Important Science A huge cloud of gas, spewed from vol- cano s on one of Jupiter's moons, extends into space to a dis- tance that is almost equal to that of the earth from the sun, says a new report published in the journal Nature. A sensor on board the Cassi- ni spacecraft built by scientists at the university and one devel- oped by the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University detected ionized and non-ionized atoms of this cloud during Cassini's recent flyby of Jupiter. Information from these sensors suggests that volcanic gases from Io — one of Jupiter's largest moons and the most volcanicaDy active body in the solar system — escape Jupiter's magnetic field and populate the environment around the planet. "The University of Maryland- built CHEMS sensor detected ions of this cloud out to a dis- tance of almost one astronomi- cal unit [the distance between the Earth and the Sun]," said co- author Douglas C. Hamilton, a professor of physics at Mary- land and leader of the space physics team that designed and built the CHEMS (CHarge Ener- gy Mass Spectrometer) sensor. "Sulfur dioxide is the chief gas emitted by volcanos, indi- cating Io as the likely origin for much of the gas cloud that Cassini detected " Hamilton said. The first step of a volcanic gas atom's journey from Io to interplanetary space is when it becomes ionized and energized in Jupiter's magnetosphere. This ion now has the speed it needs to fly away from Jupiter, but because of its electrical charge, it remains held within the magnetosphere by the plan- et's magnetic field. However, such energetic ions can pick up electrons from other atoms or molecules and once again be- come "normal" or electromag- netic ally neutral atoms. These energetic neutral atoms are no longer bound within Jupiter's magnetosphere and can zoom into interplanetary space. On to Saturn The primary target for Cassi- ni is Saturn, which it will reach in 2004. Cassini, which is carry- ing the European Space Agency's Huygens Probe spacecraft, is the best-instrumented mission ever sent to another planet. On board Cassini, Maryland's CHEMS sensor detects ions, while atoms are imaged by the APL-deve loped INC A sensor. INCA and CHEMS are linked together by a central computer "brain" together with the LEMMS (Low Energy Magnetos- pheric Measurement System) sensor. The three sensors and their computer form Cassini's Magnetospheric Imaging Instru- ment, known as MIMI. M1MI is one of 12 science instruments on the main Cassini spacecraft See JUPITER, page 4 Learning From Each Other Peers Teach Computer Courses The instructor was noticeably nervous. He stumbled over a few words and there were long and awk- ward spans of silence between instructions. The class of about 1 sat at their computers and patiently waited for the young teacher to find his place in the syl- labus. After some page flip- ping, he instructed the class to turn to page three and click on the Adobe Photo- ■ shop 6 icon on their com- puter screen. The Photoshop class is a part of a program where stu- dents teach other students, as well as faculty and staff, how to use computer soft- ware. The Peer Training Pro- gram has been around approximately 1 2 years and for Alexei, the trainer for the Photoshop I class, teaching his second class was a good experience. Instructors' last names are not given out as a matter of policy, because of students calling their homes. "Yeah, I was a little nerv- ous at first. Partly because you're a student and you're telling people a lot older than you what to do," said Alexei, a sophomore comput- er science major. Many in the class were sporting gray hair, but the age difference eroded as the class began to learn the basics of the graphics and photo-editing tool. The Office of Information Technology (OIT) sponsors the non-credit classes. In addition to Photoshop, there are about 18 other courses to choose from. Courses vary between one and three hours long. They are general- ly offered when students are returning to their dorm rooms and faculty and staff are starting the journey home. Most are from 6 to 9 p.m., but a good number are from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. A class costs $ 10 for students and $20 for faculty and staff. Registration can be easily done online. "For a while the popular courses were for HTML. It seemed like we couldn't have enough," said Carol L. Warrington, peer training coordinator. "But now. sur- prisingly, it's Microsoft Office classes. We don't teach Word anymore, but Excel and Access and PowerPoint have been filling up pretty well." Surveys handed out at the end of each class are used to determine what other soft- ware university computer users want to learn. The process of teaching the basics of a program takes some time. Designing the class takes about 80 to 90 hours, according to Warring- ton. By the end of it all, a new class is created, includ- ing a syllabus for attendees. Students who attend classes receive a copy of the syl- labus and files used that evening are stored online for them to review at a later date. All of the student instruc- tors train for one semester before teaching. These stu- dents work very hard to gain the skills necessary to stand up in front of a potentially large audience and lead one of the seminars. All new courses are offered free the first time they are taught. There is a mixture of knowledge levels in the classes, so novices do not have to feel uncomfortable about asking questions, and those more adept in comput- ers can move through mate- rial at a speedy pace. During the Photoshop class, Alexei often asked the class if his pacing was appropriate. This comforted Denise Sibert, who works in the Office of Academic Affairs. She has taken three other Peer Train- ing courses and she applaud- ed AJexei's abilities. "I really liked how he han- dled the class. He was patient and spoke clearly. I hope he comes back to teach the Photoshop II class." For more information on Peer Training, call (301) 405- 2938 or visit the Web site at www. oit . umd . e du/pt . —By Bobby White, OIT graduate assistant Clutter: Departing Dean Emphasized Service to Students, Collaboration Continued from page 1 said. Clurter's three years at Mary- land's Office of Continuing and Extended Education (OCEE) have been marked by innovation and expansion. He introduced the variable sum- mer term and promoted the university's size and vast array of resources in the award-win- ning "Big as Life" summer mar- keting campaign. This year, several new programs will be rolled put to further enhance the university's summer offer- ings, including a Young Schol- ars program for rising high school juniors and seniors, a language intensive program and additional programming in the performing arts. \ Clutter also improved the way students are served. Under his guidance, the campus was introduced to SPOC (Single Point of Contact), a pilot proj- ect for summer sessions, which brought together some 20 individuals from various departments to implement an administrative "one-stop-shop" to serve students wishing to inquire, apply, register, pay bills and order books online. Its success earned campuswide acclaim and SPOC now serves e-learning students and many other segments of the univer- sity. In addition, Clutter estab- lished a framework in which the university could offer its first fully online graduate pro- grams to a worldwide audi- ence. In partnership with the College of Life Sciences and the School of Music, he led OCEE's launch of the master's of life sciences program and a mas- ter's of arts in ethnomusicolo- gy. Recently, the development of a Web-based master's in fire protection engineering has been given the green light. Clutter's career in higher education spans five decades, beginning as a graduate student at Maryland In the 1960s, work- ing in the state's community college system, then to Fair- leigh Dickinson and Pace uni- versities and back to his alma mater in 1999. "My career has come full cir- cle. I started here at College Park and it's great to be able to retire from Maryland," Clutter said."] plan to remain a loyal Terp fan, and 1 want to empha- size that my season tickets to Maryland basketball are not for sale," he quipped. The retiring associate dean plans to relo- cate to Florida later this spring. MARCH 12, 2002 Professor Honored for Gifts, Generosity PHOTO BY CYNTHIA MITCHEL Carmen Bakhrop (above) , an associate pro- fessor of music, received the President's Commission on Women's Issues' Women of Color Award in a ceremony last week that was more a celebration of love than an official bestowing of a plaque. Balthrop, whose operatic voice is internationally known, was praised by students, col- leagues, peers and her daughter for her generous spirit. The other two nominees for the award were Irene Zoppi, coordinator for undergraduate admissions and Angela Bass, business manager for the Department of Human Relations. New Library Copy Card System Offers Users Several Advantages There's a new copy card system in effect on campus that allows you to use Terrapin Express to pay for copying and printing at a reduced rate. The new system is already opera- tional at McKeldin Library and should be in place in the other six libraries on campus by the end of the month. Copiers, read- er/printers and Pay-for-Print will only accept cards under the new system. The system features online accounts using two cards: the UMCP ID card for students, fac- ulty and staff and a visitor card for others. All card transaction information will be sent elec- tronically to Photocopy Ser- vices so that accounts on UMCP IDs can be frozen if a card is stolen or lost. No new ID cards are needed for the system. While the libraries recom- mend that patrons use Terrapin Express money for their photo- copying needs, students, faculty and staff can choose to estab- lish a photocopy account. Using Terrapin Express will result in a price reduction for photo- copiers and reader printers, but not Pay-for-Print. Terrapin Express accounts can be estab- lished at the South Campus Din- ing Hall, room 109. Any balance of $2 or more on an old copy card can be transferred to a new photocopy account or to a visitor's card. Balances will be transferred until 5 p.m. on April 1 . Photo- copy accounts can be set up at any of the 1 3 Value Transfer Sta- tions located within the various libraries. Money can only be added to an account at a Value transfer machine, and not at a copy machine. In converting to a basically cashless system, the libraries will be disposing of old, improperly functioning equip- ment, eliminating the need to issue refunds (more than $10,000 last year) for equip- ment malfunctions. This also provides a discount for those who choose to use Terrapin Express. Further information about the new copy card system is available from Mark Wilkcrson, manager of Photocopy Services, at (301) 405-9056 or mwl06@ umail.umd.edu. Homegrown Leadership New Institute Seeks to Nurture Campus Managers Building on the prem- ise that good leaders are central to the university's success, the new Leadership Develop- ment Institute offers campus managers of all levels opportu- nities to grow personally and professionally. The insiit1.11 1' launched a pilot program last summer with 19 participants.Their feedback, and enthusiasm, helped create the Foundations of Leadership program, which kicked off this spring. It is the first level of a three-tiered sys- tem designed to serve a range of needs. Casually dressed and laugh- ing often, it appears that the group recently assembled in the golf course clubhouse is just having a good time. They are, however, the first hard- working Foundations class. By course's end, they will have spent one or two days a week, for nine weeks in day-long classes divided into five areas: emotional intelligence, rela- tionships, teamwork, opera- tions and performance. As with all sessions, on- and off- campus facilitators take par- ticipants through materials and exercises designed to get them thinking, solving, encouraging and learning from one another. "The great thing about this program is the networking opportunities. After this, they can call on someone from dif- ferent departments, they con- nect with campus leaders," said Paula Basile, with the Per- sonnel Services Department. Every day begins with a sharing circle in which partici- pants can spend a few minutes sharing what's on their minds. Sick kids, problems at work, career aspirations. Everything remains in the room and facili- tator George Takacs of Takacs Techniques uses the circle to help people unload so that they can focus on the work of the day. The mix of persona] experiences and real content makes a winning combination for Luis Alfonzo. "It's a wonderful program. It is something I suggest all supervisors should, or must, take," says Alfonzo, a supervisor with the Landscaping Division of the Grounds Department within Facilities Management. "You get a wide idea of how to handle different situations. I'm going to share what I learned and I appreciate that the uni- versity has diis program." The Office of Organizational Development and Training, the Division of Administrative Affairs, and Personnel Services support the institute. The first level is for those with fewer than three years of manage- ment experience and those with outdated or minimal for- mal training. Level 2, still diverse in several ways, partici- pants who meet the criteria are selected based on job experience, type of work, cam- pus area, etlinicity and gender. Also, no more than one from a department may participate in a session. Each session is limit- ed to 25 people and those not selected automatically go into consideration for the next class. "We are going to hold it three times a year," says Basile. The provost and vice presi- PHOTO av MQNETTE AUSTIN BAILEY Luis Alfonzo, rear left; Tare Torchia (with scarf), sexual health coordina- tor with the Health Center; Jean Evans of Conference and Visitor Services and Mary Dulaney, with the Maryland Fund, listen during a session on quality. under development, will deal with Managerial Effectiveness and is a certificate program geared toward managers with five or more years of manage- ment experience. Level 3, Strategic Leadership, will be a program designed specifically for faculty and senior adminis- trators with significant super- visory and financial responsi- bility. This program is also in the design and development stage. "We offer skills-based train- ing with real business skills," says Basile. "We also teach poli- cies and procedures specific to the university." The institute's existence is based on 10 core competen- cies essential for effective lead- ership, determined after doing a needs assessment through- out the university. The con- cepts are: customer service, change management, conflict resolution, performance man- agement, principled leader- ship, communication, continu- ous improvement, planning and organizing, organizational performance and administra- tive excellence (functional job knowledge). In order to create a group dents have given the institute tiieir stamp of approval by subsidizing part of the pro- gram. While there is a nominal fee for participation, Alfonzo hopes one of the other five supervisors in his division can attend in the future. "It is the best way to spend $500" Alumni of die pilot class echo his enthusiasm for Foun- dations of Leadership. Patrick Walsh turned his participation into a promotion. Now a supervisor for Media Express' second location in the Ben- jamin Building, he admits to not being too enthusiastic about the program at first, "but it was very educational and taught me a lot about manage- ment. By the end, I was very happy I'd gone." The next session of the Foundations of Leadership course offered by LDI will take place June 5-July 31. Application and deadline information can be found at www.ldi.umd.edu, or by calling (301) 405-5651. Jupiter: Sensors Detect Ion Movement Continued from page 1 and one of six instruments designed primarily to investi- gate the space environments around Saturn and its satel- lites. The Huygens probe will investigate Saturn's largest moon. Titan. According to Maryland's Hamilton, the fly by of Jupiter was important scientifically because it revealed new infor- mation about Jupiter's magne- tosphere, its interaction with the solar wind and its sur- rounding nebula. However, it was also an important step on the road to Saturn. "This flyby has provided us an excellent test of the capabilities of MI MI and has allowed us to make important refinements to some of the software running on MIMI's micro-processing unit," he said. Related NASA Web links: • www.jpl.nasa.gov/releases/ 2002/release_2002_46.btml • www.jpl.nasa.gov/images/ Jupiter/index html OUTLOOK Skeptics: Critically Analyzing UFOs, Psychics, Magnets Continued from page 1 PHOTO BV CYNTHIA MITCHEL Den man demonstrates — and debunks — the "power" of dowsing rods. such as alternative medicine, the teaching of science in schools and the latest in UFO sightings. While most of the speakers come from the skeptic's per- spective, "They're not cut from a mold," Denman says. They will bring in someone from "the other side" if the argument is well reasoned. NCAS will host a weekend workshop in April diat will feature well-known skeptic James Randi. Zelkowitz says his involve- ment in NCAS has been about trying to help the com- munity. "There's too much bogus nonsense on TV and in newspapers," Zelkowitz says. NCAS sees itself as a source of information for the public. This month's NCAS calendar of events, Shadow of a Doubt, lists some points of interest for its read- ers: an upcoming UFO, Bigfoot and ghost con- ference, information on phone psychic Miss Cleo's fraud problems and the winner of a Darwin Day essay con- test. The members all have a pet interest. Den- man's focus has been magic and spiritualism. He and his wife actually attended a stance in Virginia some years ago and came home "under- whelmed." He is also good friends with magician/come- dians Penn and Teller; he says he can enjoy and appreciate a well-performed magic show when the performer is upfront about the absence of any real magic taking place. Zelkowitz is more intrigued with religions and how they came about. He says his interest is on the fringe of skepticism. Since God cannot be proven or tested scientifically, it's out- side the realm of skepticism. "It's more belief and ideas," he says,"but one can test the events around religion and the sacred books." While it may appear that skeptics are always trying to debunk things, Denman said it's more than that. "It's not all about trying to tell people what they should think about. We're about promot- ing asking questions, deman- ding data," Denman says. When claims are larger than life, it makes sense to investigate them. Should you really be concerned with cell phones, power lines and mag- nets in your mattress? Both men look for the scientific answers to these claims. They want to see and study the data that can prove or dis- prove them. Denman, who also teaches a Science and Pseudoscience honors class in the fell, says he attempts to teach his students to use sci- ence to investigate all that's weird and sensational. "It gives me a chance to chal- lenge them about what sci- ence can do," Denman says. "There's a belief among many that skepticism and cynicism are [he same" Zelkowitz says. But while a cynic denies everything, he added, a skeptic simply asks to be convinced. For more information on NCAS, colt (301) 587-3827, send an e-mail to email@example.com, or visit www.ncas.org. Or contact Chip Denman directly at (301) 405-3084. What's the skeptic's perspective? Magic Spells? No. David Copper- field can be explained by the use of physics and physiology. UFOs? Yes, there are many unidentified flying objects, but no, they do not represent extraterres- trial life attempting to contact us. Bigfoot? There's not enough evidence, but even if it were proven to exist, it wouldn't upset science as we know it. Psychics? An explain- able tactic called cold reading when psychics ask general questions, feeding off a subject's body language and saying general things that could be made personal for any- one. Some do research ahead of time and others eavesdrop on an audience before time to pull out personal facts. Darwin? Considered a huge scientific influence. There is an immense amount of scientific evi- dence proving evolution and it should be taught in school. Notable lnderjlt Chopra, Alfred Ges- sow Rotorcraft Professor and director of the Gessow Rotor- craft Center in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, will receive the American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Award for 2002. This award is presented to an individual who has been responsible for an outstanding technical or scientific contribu- tion in aerospace structures, structural dynamics, or materi- als. The award consists of an engraved bronze medal, a cer- tificate of citation and a rosette pin. The award will be present- ed at an annual conference in Denver this April. Iisbeth PettengUl is the new director of development rela- tions with the university's Development Administration office. She comes to Maryland from North Carolina State Uni- versity, where she spent three years as the associate vice chan- cellor of public affairs. Petten- gill's career also includes posi- tions as the director of public and federal affairs at Johns Hop- kins School of Public Health and the director of communica- tions/speech writer for Sen. Bar- bara Mikulski. Weller: Brought Women's Program National Title Continued from page 1 Maryland Athletics Director Debo- rah A.Yow."She is considering an administrative position within the department, helping us in an exter- nal role in the M Club or in a fundraising capacity, which would be of great value to us." Ranked in the Top 25 in all-time coaching wins, Weller guided her teams to national championship tournaments 17 times in the past 24 seasons and averaged nearly 19 yins per year during the course of ■ career. In addition to leading yland to three Final Fours, the ; also have won an ACC-best it conference championships and reached the NCAA Elite Eight ight times and the Sweet 16 10 times. In nine of her 27 seasons, the Terps achieved national Top 10 rankings, Including in 1992, when they were ranked No. 1 for much of the year and Weller was named Nai- sraith and BWAA National Coach of the Year. She has led the Terps to a 499-286 record during her tenure, "I have been thinking about this 2Cision for awhile and feel it's an appropriate time for my retire- ment. The ceremonial closing of Cote Field House and die wonder- ful activities surrounding the 25th anniversary of the ACC women's Chris Welter basketball tournament seem to pro- vide a sense of culmination to a career that I have thoroughly enjoyed," commented Weller. "I am looking forward to taking some time off to make a decision about how I could continue to contribute to women's athletics and the Uni- versity of Maryland as a program." During her storied career at Maryland, Weller coached four Ail- Americans, five Olympians and 20 all-ACC selections. At the recent ACC tournament, Weller was hon- ored as the coach of die first ACC championship team ever in 1978, and as one of three coaches to have led her team through all 25 years of the ACC tournament. Weller celebrated an unprecedent- ed eight ACC tournament titles with numerous alumni at the 2*5 anniversary gala recentiy.AIso, March 3 was declared Chris Weller Day in the state by Gov Parris Glen- dening. A 1966 graduate of the universi- ty, Weller was a four-year letter win- ner in basketball for the Terps. Fol- lowing graduation, she taught and coached at the high school level in Silver Spring, Md., before returning to the university as an assistant coach in 1973. In 1975, she was promoted to head coach, guiding the Terps to a 20-win season and the program's first trip to the EAIAW Regionals. It was the first of 10 20-wm seasons fbrWelier,who would later guide the Terps to Final Four appearances in 1978, 1982 and 1989. — Courtesy Adiletic Department Two Senior Investment Advisors Address Next Investors Group Daniel S. Phelan and E. David Walter Jr., two senior investment executives with Ferris, Baker Watts, will speak at the monthly meeting of the Investors Group on Tuesday, March 1 9, at noon in McKeldin library, room 6107. Anyone with an interest in financial planning is invited to attend. Ferris, Baker Watts is the largest full-service investment firm headquartered in Washington, D.C.Walter, with over 22 years as a retirement planner, will discuss how he helps individuals build a nest egg for retirement and, once is retirement, maximize income and preserve principal. Phelan, a graduate of the University of Maryland, will cover investment portfolios, financial planning and retirement rollovers. Considered an authority on retirement plan- ning, Walter lectures for the National Security Agency, Social Security Administration, Health Care Financing Administration, Anne Arundel Community College, Howard Community Col- lege and Montgomery County Adult Education. Phelan conducts corporate employee educa- tion workshops and teaches personal finance courses in the adult education programs at sev- eral local community colleges. Ferris, Baker Watts is a member of the New York Stock Exchange and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation, and is wholly owned by its employees. The company is a dynamic force In investment banking serving clients throughout the mid-Atlantic region. MARCH 12 2 2 Increasing the Impact of Economic Reform IRIS Aids Development During more than 10 years of post- communist tran- sition, the coun- tries of Eastern Europe and the Russian Federation have accumulated vast experi- ence in economic reform and policy-making. In their totality, the les- sons learned in transition states comprise a valuable developmental resource, which, when placed in the public domain, could greatly facilitate the ongoing reforms. The results of the reforms could improve the quality and strengthen the impact of applied economic policy analysis in transition countries, accelerating the pace of economic growth, increasing employment and improving living standards. With the Barents Group of KMPG Consulting (Bar- ents), the IRIS Center at the university is conducting a program of grants and col- laborative activity to improve the quality of eco- nomic analysis in Russia and Eastern European countries in transition. Funding for the program, an award of $2.7 million, is provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), as a part of the agency's support to post- communist economic transi- tion, development of civil society and capacity build- ing in Russia and Eastern Europe. The proposed pro- gram is fostering the coop- eration of economic think tanks in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe in order to strengthen the capacity of post-communist nations for market-oriented policy making. "This project brings together IRIS's expertise both in developing think tanks and in creating net- works for development," said IRIS Director Charles Cadwell. "There are many good economists and think tanks scattered across the region. We want to increase the exposure they get for their good work and sup- port a regional market for better applied economic analysis." To this end, the program will develop an infrastruc- ture for a regionwide net- work of economic think tanks; launch a series of pro- fessional partnerships between think tanks and economic analysts from Rus- sia, Eastern Europe and the U.S.; assist participating think tanks in their profes- sional and institutional development; and arrange for regionwide dissemina- tion of results of collabora- tive policy studies and other analytical outputs generated within the network. The program will stimulate regional dialog on econom- ic policies in areas including corporate governance and finance, financial markets and banking, labor market development, and restruc- turing of natural monopo- lies; put national policy debates into a comparative perspective, and facilitate competitive selection of best practices; and link the network of think tanks with Western policy analysts, pol- icy makers, international donor and business commu- nities. IRIS and its partners recently announced an invi- tation to participate in the program to partnerships of Russian, Eastern European and Western economic poli- cy think tanks that special- ize in applied policy studies of high relevance for post- communist economic reform and development and are engaged in outreach and advocacy efforts. The deadline for applica- tion; is March 29. For more details, see the request for applications at www.inform. umd.edu/lRIS/IRIS/docs/ rfa.pdf. Database: Prestige Continued from page 1 Wide. "Someone may say.T got a Pell Grant or a research assistantship.' That's not what we're looking for. We're looking for national, prestigious awards." To compile this informa- tion, Stillwell is asking peo- ple to fill out an online form (www.gradschool.umd.edu/ aso/onlineforms/award_fo rm . html) from which a graduate student will enter informa- tion into the database. "We started doing this in print form, but we couldn't decipher people's handwrit- ing" she says. The database uses the honor system, though there arc a few foun- dations that Stillwell can call to confirm information. "Once I'm cloned or become an octopus, we can get someone to verify the rest," she jokes. For more Information, call (301) 314-1289, e-mail cstillwe%deans.umd.edu or iHsit www.umd.edu/nso. What is it — Where is it? UIMH PHOTO BY CYNTHIA MITCHEl Identify the image in this photo and get a chance to win a prize! Send your guess to: Mystery Photo, Oudook, 2101 Turner Hall or firstname.lastname@example.org. All correct entries will be placed in a drawing. Deadline for entries is 5 p.m. March 15 and the winner will be announced in next week's issue of Oudook. Students from the Fall 2001 German class Chi Hum: Learning Goes Both Ways for Interns Continued from page 1 Department of Curriculum and Instruction, CHIP was expressly creat- ed to allow ARHU students the opportunity to teach in an elementary school. Gabriele Strauch, associ- ate dean of undergraduate and graduate studies at ARHU, stresses the importance of ARHU's con- nection to the College of Edu- cation. The 1 4 current interns teach more than 1 50 students in courses on dance, introduction to art, art history, Spanish, Ger- man and French. The program has grown considerably since its beginning in 1999 when two Spanish majors taught the lan- guage to 24 students. Martin Johnson, an associate dean in education, concurs. Johnson was chair of curriculum and instruction when the Col- lege of Education got involved. He and Strauch worked to join the two colleges within the pro- gram and their efforts have lead to some fundamental changes. "Now we have worked out double majors," says Johnson. "A student in Spanish who wants to be a teacher can get a Spanish and a teaching degree. And we know the youngsters are getting better instruction from the interns." Many former interns have become teachers. "It's almost like a recruitment tool," Strauch says. University of Maryland stu- dents aren't the only ones get- ting help finding direction in life. The program strives to pro- vide elementary students expo- sure to the university. Many chil- dren at Chillum are underprivi- leged and don't continue their education after high school. "CHIP helps them make a connection to the university," says Strauch. "It's an opportunity for the kids to see the university as a reachable goal." In preparation for the class- room, interns participate in a four-week training session run by Angelin Tubman, a doctoral student in the College of Educa- tion. She is the intern coordina- tor, teaching classroom manage- ment and helping develop the interns* course units. Over the eight weeks of the program, interns get to teach two 50- minute classes per week in their area of expertise. They have taught classes in everything PHOTO COURTESY Of GABHI6LF. STRAUCH from Latin to modern dance. "Whatever the interns have to offer — that's what we get," says Shelia Ladson, principal of Chillum. There are usually sever- al language courses available, she says and no matter what's offered, there is a waiting list. More than one third of Chillum students participate. The kids aren't the only fans of CHIP. "When the classes end, parents always ask 'When is it going to start again?'" says Lad- son. Especially popular is the extravaganza held at the end of every semester. "The students get to showcase the work they've done in class. They per- form songs, dance, or have their artwork displayed," she says. CHIP is recruiting interns for next fall. Applications arc avail- able in 1 102 Francis Scott Key Hall. For more information, con- tact Associate Dean Gabriele Strauch at (301) 405-5646 or visit www.ahru.umd.edu/ studentresources/chillum html. OUTLOOK Search Begin is for Faculty Ombuds Ojj Hcer L.John Martin has filled the able to maintain confidential position of faculty ombuds officer information well. with distinction since July 1, 1999- He has announced his inten- Applications and tion to vacate the position when Nominations his terra is completed at the end The appointment will begin of June 2002. The university is July 1, 2002. The committee is indebted to Martin for the especially interested in applica- extraordinary skill, thoughtfulness tions from and/or nominations and caring he brought to the of minorities and women. Appli- important role of ombuds officer cants or nominees should be during Ids tenure. either tenured faculty members at The position of Faculty the university or recently retired Ombuds Officer was created faculty members. Staff support under the Faculty Grievance Pro- will be provided by the presi- cedure for the university, passed dent's office. For best considera- by the University Senate on April tion, the deadline for application 23, 1990 and approved by the is March 15. president on December 12, 1990. Applicants should send a cur- The ombuds officer is appointed rent curriculum vitae, a short by the president following a statement describing interest in search conducted by a committee and qualifications for the office, as joindy appointed by the Universi- well as the applicant's philosophi- ty Senate and the President. The cal approach for conducting his ombuds officer is attached to the or her duties, the names of three president's office and is a part- references and an address and time position. telephone number to: Gay L. GuUickson, professor of history, has agreed to serve as Dr. Gay L. GuUickson, Chair chair of the search committee, Ombuds Officer Search and the full membership is listed Committee below. The position announce- Office of the President ment is also appended below. 1115 Main Administration Bldg. President Dan Mote would appre- University of Maryland ciate assistance in bringing to die College Park, Maryland 20742 notice of the committee any col- Telephone: (30 1) 405-4284 leagues qualified for this impor- Fax: (301) 314-9399 tant position. For additional information con- cerning the search process, con- Faculty Ombuds Officer tact Sapienza Barone in the presi- Search Committee dents office at (301) 405-5790 or ats barone® deans, umd.edu. Joel M. Cohen, professor Department of Mathematics Ombuds Officer Position 2313 Mathematics Building Description (301) 405-5109 The ombuds officer is a neutral jmc@ma th.umd.edu and impartial officer whose major responsibility is to provide confi- Gay L. GuUickson, professor dential and informal assistance to Department of History faculty and administrators in 2 1 25 Francis Scott Key Hall resolving concerns related to (301) 405-4284 their work. Operating outside gg 1 7@umaU.umd.edu ordinary administrative structure, the officer serves as a counselor. Cynthia L. Martin, associate fact-finder, mediator and negotia- professor and acting chair tor, but not as an advocate for any School of Foreign Languages and party in a dispute. Literatures The ombuds officer serves all 4 109 Jimenez Hall faculty and academic administra- (301) 405-4244 tors. He or she shall attempt to cm93@umaU.umd.edu resolve disputes informally before they enter formal grievance chan- Gerald R. MUler, professor nels, and shall advise those who Department of Chemistry and Bio- seek information about what con- chemistry stitutes a grievance and what the 0129 Chemistry Budding grievance procedures are. The (301) 405-1799 officer shall have access to suit- gm26@umail .umd.edu able legal counsel, prepare a year- ly report and offer recommenda- Robert Steele, associate professor tions for policy change to the and associate dean campus senate and the president. CoUege of Behavioral and Social The term is normally for three Sciences years. Compensation may be in 2l4lTydingsHaU the form of released time or other (301)405-0161 consideration. rsteele@bsos. umd . e du Successful candidates should \ be able to listen to all sides of Staff to the Committee issues impartially, and be able to Sapienza Barone, assistant to the give clear advice. The candidate president should be tenured but may be 1115 Main Administration Bldg. recently retired. Individuals must (301) 405-5790 be able to deal with faculty mem- sbarone@deans .umd.edu bers and administrators and be ^rbatim m Because of these receptors, an aUi- gator can tell — without using its eyes or cars — that something is splashing in the water near it. Soares figured this out by stidfing the alliga- tors " ears with Vaseline and testing them in darkness. Even with sight and sound blocked, they knew when a drop of water was breaking the sur- face on the other side of their tank. They snapped their head toward it. en Soares covered the receptors .tli goo, die alligators made no toward the droplets.) "It took some experimenting to come up with the right kind of goo," Soares said. "At first we used a ladies' beauty mask, but it smeUed so good they wanted to eat it." Soares' lab in CoUege Park is lined with fish tanks. In die center is a kid- die pool flUed with 1 3 paddling, squeaking alligators.They are 2-year- olds, each about 23 inches long. . . The gators come from eggs that Soares takes from nests in a wUdlife refuge in Louisiana. . . "1 got whacked by the tail of a big one once," said Soares, who has a few bite marks on her hands as weU. She also once had a box of eggs start hatching on her lap in the plane, she said. (Research graduate student in biology Daphne Soares tells an inter- esting story to The Washington Post, 6) A study by die nonpartisan Institute for International Economics in Wash- ington estimates that a package of tar- iffs in the 20% range would cause the average price of imported steel to rise 6.6% and domestic steel 2.6%. Peter Morici, former chief economist at the International Trade Commission, the U.S. government agency that recom- mended tariffs, said the extensive involvement of foreign governments in global steel production had distort- ed the forces of supply and demand to the detriment of U.S . steelmakers . " In the steel market, the laws of econom- ics don't work," said Morici, who now teaches international business at the University of Maryland. "The reality is this industry is not competing on a level playing field. They are reaUy at a competitive disadvantage on account of government policy, not on account of economics." (Morici of the Smith School of Business is much in demand to explain steel tariffs. Los Angeles Times, March 6) The brain scanner, which is only the third on the East Coast and the 12th in the country, allows for highly detailed measurement of brain activity, "An advantage of this technology is that it gives you millisecond by millisecond record of brain activity from the entire head. It goes over the whole head simultaneously. It also permits you to localize information," said David Poep- pel. a professor of linguistics and biol- ogy at die University of Maryland. He said the Department of Linguistics wUl use the MEG lab to study speech perception and language processing, as well as when those processes break down, as in dyslexia and other condi- tions. . . The KFT-UMD MEG (magne- toencephalography) Laboratory is part of the Cognitive Neuroscience of Lan- guage Laboratory in the department of linguistics. KIT stands for Kanazawa Institute of Technology, which makes the machine. DaUy Record, March 2) Buried in the proposed farm bUl is an entirely new $3 bUUon subsidy for peanut farmers, a 10-year entitlement of direct cash payments meant to help American peanut farmers adjust to competition unleashed by the Worth American Free Trade Agreement. But that is not aU. Tlie government would pay an additional $1.3 billion to "buy out" many of those same farmers and others who hold lucrative liceases, known as quotas, to grow peanuts. Under the current 70-year-old subsidy system, only 1 .5 mUlion acres can be used for planting peanuts for domestic consumption, and the quotas to farm those acres have grown increasingly valuable. Under the new plan, the gov- ernment would buy up those quotas from their owners, who could then continue growing peanuts. . . Agricul- tural economists say they can think of no parallel for such a plan. "It is like the Maryland tobacco buyout, where fanners were given a large one-time payment to stop growing tobacco," said Bruce L Gardner, a University of Maryland professor and former assis- tant secretary for economics at the Agriculture Department under the first President Bush. "But these farmers wUl continue to grow peanuts under a new program." (New York Times, March 4) On Monday, the restaurant's first day, 20 people lined up outside, waiting for the doors to open at lunch time, Franklin said. The name of the restau- rant, Franklin's, has replaced Franklin's General Store and Dell. . . Franklin, a longtime toy sales representative, bought the property In 1992 for $150,000 from a hardware store owner. . . In the early days, he tried to make It into a comer store, stocking shelves with diapers and milk. When those goods weren't selling. Franklin leaned on his toy expertise and added hard-to-find games, gifts and toys. The deU started out as more of a carry-out place for people to buy bread, sliced meats and cheeses. . . From there, it became a community hangout, mosdy because it was a fun place to look around and because there weren't many other places like it in the area, "Hyattsville has no real downtown because of Route 1. There's no central place," said Mike's wife, Debbie Franklin, a University of Maryland lec- turer"! know for a fact, people tell me they bought a house in HyattsvUle because of Franklin's. Realtors bring their cUents in aU the time. In terms of running into people and meeting pie sociaUy, we were it." (Debbie Franklin is a lecturer in mathematics. She and her husband, Mike, boast the area's most popular funky store and restaurant. Washington Post, Feb. 28) MARCH 12 2 2 Looking for Student Excellence Omicron Delta Kappa seeks to recognize freshmen and sopho- mores who have distinguished themselves through exception- al leadership. ODK is looking for candidates for its Top Ten Freshmen and Sophomore Leader of the Year awards in five categories: scholarship; ath- letics; campus or community service, social, religious activi- ties and campus government; journalism, speech and the mass media; and the creative and performing arts. Deadline for applications, which can be picked up in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, is March 15. Recipients will be announced in May. For more information, call (301) 314-8428. California Gardening A three-credit course to study the history of plant adaptability in Southern California will be offered this summer. Students in International Plant Adaptabil- ity in the California Landscape will tour various gardens and museums during the two-week class. Tuition is $903 for graduate students and $564 for under- graduates; an additional $750 covers lodging, garden and museum admissions and ground transportation. The course is being offered by the Office of Continuing and Extended Education and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. For more information, call (301) 314- 3572, or visit www.agnr.umd. edu orwww.sumnier.umd.edu. Teaching With Technology Conference The Center for Teaching Excel- lence and the Office of Infor- mation Technology are jointly sponsoring the 19th annual Teaching With Technology Con- ference to celebrate the accom- plishments of College Park fac- ulty who are using technology to transform the educational experience. The conference will be held April 5 from 8:30 am -3:30 p.m. at the Best West- ern Maryland Inn C8601 Balti- more Avenue). All are invited to participate in this day that will showcase innovation, raise and respond to pedagogical issues, and invite inquiry into where tech- nology might next lead acade- mia. Conference fees are under- written by the Office of Infor- mation Technology for Universi- ty of Maryland faculty and instructional support staff. Reg- istration for others is $50. Pre- regist ration is required for all at www. oit.umd.edu/rwt/registra- tion.html. For more information, con- tact Deborah Mateik, (301) 405- 2945 or email@example.com, or visit www.oit.umd.edu/twt. Engineering and Physical Sciences Library I improvements Recently, improve- ments have been made to the Engi- neering and Physical Sci- ences Library, located in the Math Building, room 1403. The key improve- ments are: ■ The Technical Report Center's print collection was stored, creating a new group study area for about 50 students. • New circulation and information desks. ■ End panels installed on the book stacks on the sec- ond and third floors. * New window blinds installed on the ground, second and third floors. ■ New carpeting and tile installed on the ground and second floors. ■ Ground floor walls were painted, creating an open and bright study area, EPSL is open seven days a week. For hours and gen- eral information, visit www.lib.umd. edu/ENGIN/engin.htmf or call the Information Desk at (301) 405-9157. Alumni Association Awards Gala 2002 The University of Maryland Alumni Association will host its third annual awards gala at the Inn and Conference Center the evening of Saturday, April 6. Radio announcer Johnny Holli- day will be the master of cere- monies at this black-tie event. President Dan Mote and Alumni Association President J. Paul Carey will present the awards. A cocktail reception will start at 6 p.m., followed by din- ner and the awards ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75 each. Please RSVP by March 22. To RSVP or for more information, contact Mary Harding at (301) 403- 2728 ext. 22 or mharding® accmail.umd.edu. Memory and Pinochet's Chile The Center for Historical Stud- ies announces a seminar in its 2001-02 series on political vio- lence. Steve Stem, Professor of History at the University of Wis- consin, will present a paper entitled "The Memory Box of Pinochet's CMe: Politics, Cul- ture, and Truth, 1973-2001." Professor Stern is an eminent historian of Latin America. His most recently published books are "The Secret History of Gen- der: Women, Men, and Power in late Colonial Mexico" and "Shin- ing and Other Paths: War and Society in Peru, 1980-1995." The seminar will take place on Monday, March 18, at 4 p.m. in 3121 Symons Hall (refresh- ments served at 3:30). Discus- sion will be based on pre-circu- lated readings, which are avail- able in the History Department office, 2115 Francis Scott Key Hall. For further information or to receive the readings by mail, contact Stephen Johnson at (301) 405-8739 or historycen- firstname.lastname@example.org. Outdoor Recreation Gear Sale The Spring 2002 Gear Sale will take place on Friday, March 15 from noon to 6 p.m., and Satur- day, March \6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shoppers can save up 50 percent off retail cost. For more information, call (301) 2264453 or visit www.crs.umd.edu. National Conference for African Americans in Higher Education The Black Faculty and Staff Association will host its 15th Annual Conference for African Americans in higher education on May 29 from 8 a.m. -8 p.m. at the Greenbelt Marriot. The theme of this year's con- ference Is "Building Bridges: Developing Collaborative Rela- tions and Strategies for Success in Higher Education." The Keynote Speaker is George Frascr, author of "Success Runs in our Race." For information about the call for presentations, registra- tion and banquet award nomi- nations, visit www.inform.umd. edu/bfsa/Conference/. Registra- tion is $195. For more information, con- tact Jacqueline Wheeler at (301) 405-9024 or jwheeler® deans.umd.edu. m Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Fund Numerous faculty at the Uni- versity of Maryland have made important contributions over the past few years to the Schol- arship of Teaching and Learn- ing (SOTL). The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), the Office of Undergraduate Stud- ies and the Office of Research and Graduate Studies wish to encourage more such initiatives in a variety of disciplines. To that end, the SOTL Fund has been established to provide financial support for the devel- opment of an idea related to teaching and learning that could serve as the basis for a grant. The CTE Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Fund will grant SOTL Awards for projects which focus on the transformation of thinking about the teaching/learning process. The SOTL Fund is now accepting submissions; the deadline is April 2. To view a request for proposal, visit www. info rm . umd . edu/Ed Res/ FacRes/CTE/programs/ SOTL2002awards. html. For more information, con- tact Charles E. Sternheim at (301) 405-5897 or csternheim® psych.umd.edu. Women's History Month Calendar The President's Commission on Women's Issues (PCWI) com- memorates March, Women's History Month, with events and programs. For a calendar of events, visit www.umd.edu/ PCWI/calendar.html . For more information, con- tact Dunne Sullivan at (301) 405-5806 or dsulliva® deans. umd.edu, or visit www.umd. edu/PCWI/calendar. html. What* s a Gamelan? A gamelan (GAM-uh-LAHN) is an Indonesian orchestra com- posed mainly of tuned percus- sion instruments such as xylo- phones, chimes and gongs, often with bowed stringed instruments and flutes. Tickets are still available (but going fast) for the highly-antici- pated "Gamelan Dreams" con- cert to be presented by the Eth- nomusicology Program on March 15 at 8 p.m. in the Clar- ice Smith Performing Arts Cen- ter's Gildenhorn Recital HaU. The University of Maryland Gamelan Saraswati takes center stage and weaves a tapestry of contemporary music with ethe- real influences from around the world. Guest appearances by die University of Maryland Marimba Ensemble and artists of the School of Music and Department of Dance. Featured artists include dancers Alcine Wiltz and Latifa Suadin, soprano Carmen Balthrop, cellist Evelyn Elsing, flutist William Mont- gomery, and pianists John Greer and Laurie Hudicek. The concert is a production of the Scholarship Benefit Series. Proceeds provide tuition assistance for University of Maryland music students. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $5 for stu- dents. For more information, call (301) 405-ARTS, send an e- mail to seigenbr® deans. umd. edu or visit http://www.clarice- smithcente rumd.edu. National Student Employment Week Nominate your undergraduate or graduate student for "Out- standing Sftident Employee of the Year." Visit the Career Center's Web site at www. CareerCenter.umd.edu for nomination forms, which can be accessed from the site. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 15. For more information, con- tact Betsy Reed at (301) 314- 7225 email@example.com, or visit www.CareerCenter. umd.edu.