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Number 6 ' March 12, 2001 

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 

to Encourage 

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 



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 


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 

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 

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- 

"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 

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 

"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." 


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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* 

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 

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 

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, 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 


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.* 

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- 

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 
or contact the OIT Training 
Services Coordinator, 5-0443 or* 

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- 

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. 

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 

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 

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, or visit 

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. 

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, or visit 

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 

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. 

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.* 

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 look. 

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On the Page, On the Stage 


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 

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 

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 

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 


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- 

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 

MARCH 12, 2002 

Professor Honored 
for Gifts, Generosity 


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 

Further information about 
the new copy card system is 
available from Mark Wilkcrson, 
manager of Photocopy Services, 
at (301) 405-9056 or mwl06@ 

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 

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- 


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 

"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 

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, 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: 


Jupiter/index html 


Skeptics: Critically Analyzing UFOs, Psychics, Magnets 

Continued from page 1 


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 

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- 

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, or visit Or contact 
Chip Denman directly at 
(301) 405-3084. 

What's the 



Spells? No. 
David Copper- 
field can be explained by 
the use of physics and 

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 


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- 

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. 


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 

"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 

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- 

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. 

Database: Prestige 

Continued from page 1 


"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 
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 or 

What is it — Where is it? 



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 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 
CHIP was 
expressly creat- 
ed to allow 
ARHU students 
the opportunity 
to teach in an 
school. Gabriele 
Strauch, associ- 
ate dean of 
and graduate 
studies at 
ARHU, stresses 
the importance 
of ARHU's con- 
nection to the 
College of Edu- 

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 

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 


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 
studentresources/chillum html. 


Search Begin 

is for Faculty 

Ombuds Ojj 


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 


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 


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, 

Joel M. Cohen, professor 

Department of Mathematics 

Ombuds Officer Position 

2313 Mathematics Building 


(301) 405-5109 

The ombuds officer is a neutral 


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 

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. 


The ombuds officer serves all 

4 109 Jimenez Hall 

faculty and academic administra- 

(301) 405-4244 

tors. He or she shall attempt to 

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- 


stitutes a grievance and what the 

0129 Chemistry Budding 

grievance procedures are. The 

(301) 405-1799 

officer shall have access to suit- 


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 


years. Compensation may be in 


the form of released time or other 



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 


should be tenured but may be 

1115 Main Administration Bldg. 

recently retired. Individuals must 

(301) 405-5790 

be able to deal with faculty mem- 


bers and administrators and be 



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, 

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) 


2 2 

Looking for Student 

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 

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. 

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- 

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 

For more information, con- 
tact Deborah Mateik, (301) 405- 
2945 or, 
or visit 


and Physical 



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 

EPSL is open seven days 
a week. For hours and gen- 
eral information, visit 
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® 

Memory and Pinochet's 

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 

For further information or to 
receive the readings by mail, 
contact Stephen Johnson at 
(301) 405-8739 or historycen- 

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 

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® 


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 

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/ 
SOTL2002awards. html. 

For more information, con- 
tact Charles E. Sternheim at 
(301) 405-5897 or csternheim® 

Women's History Month 

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 
PCWI/calendar.html . 

For more information, con- 
tact Dunne Sullivan at (301) 
405-5806 or dsulliva® deans., 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- 

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. 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- 
or visit www.CareerCenter.