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Number 9 'April 9 , 2002 

National Rankings 
Again Favor Maryland 

National recognition 
of Maryland's aca- 
demic programs 
continued to 
expand with the publication 
this week of the new U.S. News 
and World Report rankings of 
graduate schools nationwide. 
Several programs made signifi- 
cant gains, and others ranked 
high in new categories. Prior to 
these new rankings, the univer- 
sity boasted of having 61 aca- 
demic programs in the top 25 
nationally. It appears that at 
least 63 programs will now fit 
that category. 

The College of Education 
moved from 22nd to a tie for 
21st with Boston College. In 
the education subspecialties, 
Counseling and Personnel Ser- 
vices remained ranked number 
one, Special Education jumped 
from 10th to 5th, and Higher 
Education Administration 
jumped from 14th to a tie for 
8th with Columbia and Arizona. 

The printed edition of the 
magazine lists only the top 10 
schools in each subcategory, 
but expanded lists will be avail- 
able on the U.S. News Web site. 
Last year, Education had 1 1 sub- 
specialties in the top 25. 

U.S. News issued new rank- 
ings in the sciences for the first 
time in several years, including 
several new categories in 
which Maryland did well. Math 
jumped from 21st to 16th, in a 
tie with Rutgers. In the new 
category of Applied Mathemat- 
ics, the university tied for 1 1th 
with Carnegie Mellon and 
Texas. Physics moved from 
1 4 th to 13th, and the subspe- 
cialty of Condensed Matter/ 
Low Temperature Physics has 
Maryland 10th. The subspecial- 
ty of Non-linear dynamics/ 
chaos physics did not get a 
new ranking, so Maryland 
remains ranked first. Computer 
Science went from 1 1th to a tie 
for 12th with Georgia Tech. 
Maryland ended up in a nine- 
way tie for 45th in Biological 
Sciences and a four-way tie for 
43rd in Chemistry. The univer- 
sity is not in the top 10s of any 
of the subspecialties. 

The rankings for social set 
ences and humanities were not 
updated this year. The most 
recent rankings are published in 
the April 8 issue, but they range 
from one to four years old. 

See RANKINGS, page 2 

University Names 
New Vice President 

The University of Mary- 
land named J. Dennis 
O'Connor, currently 
undersecretary for science at 
the Smithsonian Institution, to 
be vice president for research 
and dean of the graduate 

O'Connor brings a broad 
background in higher educa- 
tion and science to the posi- 
tion, having served as chancel- 
lor of the University of Pitts- 
burgh and as vice chancellor of 
research, vice chancellor of aca- 
demic affairs and provost at the 
University of North Carolina, 
Chapel Hill. He has held his cur- 
rent position at the Smithson- 
ian for two years, and was 
provost of the institution for 
four years prior. He will start his 
new position at Maryland by 


"I am delighted that Dr. 
O'Connor has agreed to join 
our leadership team," said Mary- 
land President Dan Mote in 
announcing the appointment. 
"His extraordinary experience 
in higher education, particularly 
in distinguished research insti- 
tutions, and his knowledge of 

federal science enterprises sup- 
port perfectly the university's 
strategic plans for developing 
its research enterprise." 

A biologist, O'Connor was on 
the biology faculty at the Uni- 
versity of California, Los Angeles 
and there served as dean of the 
life sciences for six years and 
chair of the Department of Biol- 
ogy for two years. 

"The University of Maryland 
is poised to markedly enhance 
its reputation as one of the 
great research universities in 
the nation," said O'Connor. "It is 
an honor to have the chance to 
contribute to its continuing 
development.With its outstand- 
ing faculty, a history of highly 
respected scholarship and its 
location in the heart of the fed- 
eral research endeavor, Mary- 
land is the place to be right 

The university received more 
than $300 million in funding 
last year for sponsored research 
and training activity, much of it 
from the federal government. 
Total research expenditures 

See O'CONNOR, page 3 

U.S.-China Science and Technology Park Inaugurated 


On April 2, the University of Maryland and the People's Republic of China's 
Ministry of Science and Technology officially announced their initiation of 
preparations to establish the U.S.-China Science and Technology Park in 
Maryland. This is the first collaborative research park venture between the two coun- 
tries, and is also China's first overseas science and technology innovation park. 
Following the signing of the agreement, a ceremony and reception was held in the 
lobby of the Main Administration Building. 

Above, President Dan Mote distributes NCAA championship T-shirts to each 
speaker {1 to r: the Ministry's Secretary General Shi Dinghuan; Daniel Gunderson, 
assistant secretary of the Department of Economic and Business Development of the 
State of Maryland; BenWu, Deputy Undersecretary for Technology at the U.S. 
Department of Commerce; and Jin Xiaomin, Minister Counselor for Science and 
Technology at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C.). The speakers were intro- 
duced by Institute for Global Chinese Affairs Director Chuan Sheng Liu. 

Alumna Turns 
Love of University, 
Skills into Career 

During the summer of her 
last year in college, Lisa Press 
found herself in the command 
center of an international com- 
petition being hosted by the 
university. It was a hectic, need- 
to know-it-all situation involv- 
ing hundreds of people and 
countless details. She loved it. 

Press turned that love into a 
career. She is the newly appoin- 
ted assistant director of meet- 
ing planning with Conferences 
and Visitor Services (CVS), pro- 
viding consultation services, 
coordination and planning for 
conferences and meetings on 
and off campus. Though it was- 
n't what she envisioned for her- 
self upon graduation from the 
University of Maryland in 1993, 
she is happy she "fell into" it. 

"I was undecided, but leaning 
toward child psychology. Then 
psychology became a limited 
enrollment major and I would 
have needed so many classes to 
even get into the pool, that I 

See PRESS, page 3 

Unlocking the Secrets of the 
Past for a Greater Future 

A key to humanity's inter- 
connectedness, and 
genetic diversity, comes from 
a burial ground in New York 
City. A freezer in a campus lab 
holds this key and scientist 
Fatimah Jackson can't wait to 
show people how it works. 
Jackson, with the Depart- 
ment of Anthropology and an 
affiliate with the biology 
department, is the genetics 
group leader for the African 
Burial Ground Project in New 
York. Uncovered in 1991 dur- 
ing construction of a govern- 
ment building in lower Man- 
hattan, the area holds the 
remains of thousands of 
Africans and those of African 
descent buried between 1712 
and 1790.After much public 
outcry, construction was halt- 
ed and plans were made to 
preserve and study the find- 
ings. Once research is com- 
plete, the bones will be rein- 
t erred and a memorial built. 

Several research groups 
were created around areas of 
study such as origins, life and 
the ancestors. Jackson's team 

is extracting DNA from some 
of the bones in an attempt to 
link the dead with regions in 
Africa. It is a complex task for 
which there are many 
expected outcomes, not all of 
which are realistic. Jackson 
says many people would like 
to be able to connect the 
remains with particular coun- 
tries, or trace their own 
ancestry back to specific 
tribes through DNA matches, 

"It seems like a simple 
request, but we can't do that 
exactly," says Jackson. "It's 
very difficult to take some- 
one back to a particular vil- 
lage. There were prisoners of 
war taken to different nation 
states and regions and a great 
deal of social destruction, and 
this was going on before 

What Jackson and her team 
of geneticists can do is work 
to find regional genetic mark- 
ers and match them with that 
of modem day Africans. The 
process begins by contacting 

See JACKSON, page 3 

APRIL 9, 2002 



april 9 

7:30-8:45 p.m.. An Evening 
with Langston and Martin 
Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Per- 
forming Arts Center. Actors 
Danny Glovet and Felix Justice 
offer critically acclaimed por- 
trayals, and readings of die 
works of, Martin Luther King 
Jr. and Langston Hughes. The 
cost is $10 for students, $30 
general audience. For more 
information, contact Beth Work- 
man at 5-5722 or bworkman®' 

12 p.m., Xinjiang: China 
and Political Islam in the 
Post-Taliban Era 0105 St. 
Marys Hall. With Justin Rudel- 
son, executive director, IGCA; 
George Quester, professor; and 
Graham Fuller, scholar and 
author. Sponsored by the Insti- 
tute for Global Chinese Affairs. 

12 p.m., Investors Group 
Meeting 6137 McKeldin 
Library. Authors John May and 
Cal Simmons ("Every Business 
Needs an Angei") will discuss a 
new form of funding for start- 
up companies — angel invest- 
ing. The meeting is free and 
everyone is welcome. For 
more information, call Frank 
Boches at 5-9126. 

12:30-2 p.m.. Political Vio- 
lence Seminar Maryland 

Room, Marie Mount Hall. The 
Center for Historical Studies 
presents author and journalist 
Tome Segev and Madeline Zilf 
speaking on "Post-Zionism and 
Israel's New Historians." For 
more information, call 5-8739- 

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

1121 Benjamin. The Institute 
for Minority Achievement and 
Urban Education (MIMAUE) 
will host "Professional Devel- 
opment for Teachers." Panelists 
include: David Stofa, principal, 
Bladensburg High School; 
Kathy Volk, Maryland State 
Department of Education; and 
Richelle Patterson, American 
Federation ofTeachers. For 
more information, contact 
Martin L.Johnson at mjl3@, or visit www. 


april 10 

7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Com- 
muter Appreciation Day 

See For Your 
Interest, page 4. 

8:45 a.m.-4 
p.m., OIT Short- 
course Training: 
Introduction to 
MS Access 4404 
Computer & 
Space Science. 
Intended for 
those with some 
experience using 
spreadsheets, but 
no experience 
creating or manip- 
ulating databases. Participants 
will learn to; understand data- 
base concepts and terminolo- 
gy; design and create tables; 
create data forms for viewing 
and inputting data; summarize 
and group data, and more. The 
fee is $90. For more informa- 
tion or to register, contact the 
OITTraining Services Coordi- 
nator at 5-0443 or oit-training®, or visit* 

12-1 p.m.. Research and 
Development Presentation 

0114 Counseling Center, Shoe- 
maker Building. Topic:"Help- 
ing Academically Dismissed 
Students Succeed." With Marcia 
Fallon, director, Learning Assis- 
tant Service. For more informa- 
tion, call 4-7651. 

7:30 p.m.. Spring Jazz 
Showcase Concert Hall, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center. Featuring UM 'Monster" 
Jazz Lab Band and UM Jazz 
Combos led by Chris Vadala, 
one of the country's premier 
woodwind artists and director 
of UM Jazz Studies. For more 
information, call (301) 405- 
ARTS or visit 


With Adrian Dragulescu speak- 
ing on "Beyond Black-Scholes: 
Probability Distribution of 
Stock Price Changes in a Model 
with .Stochastic Volatility." For 
more information, contact Ben 
Kedem at 5-5061 or bnk®math., or visit www.math. 

3:30-5:30 p.m.. Images of 
Renaissance Art in Victori- 
an Fiction & Poetry 3215 
Art-Sociology Building. With 
Leonee Ormond, professor of 
Victorian studies at King's Col- 
lege, University of London, who 
has written widely on the rela- 
tionship between literature and 
the fine arts in the Victorian 
period Ormond is the author 
of books on George du Mauri- 
er, Frederick Leighton and J.M. 
Barrie. For more information, 
contact Adele Seeff, 5-6830 or 

8 p.m.. Graduate Concert 
by Connie Fink Dance The- 
atre, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. The ticket price is 
$10. For more information, call 
(301) 405-ARTS or visit www.* 


Continued Jrotn page 1 

Engineering moved from 
18th to 19th overall, while 
Business was tied for 43rd 
with Penn State and Florida. 
Management Information 
Systems maintained its rank- 
ing of 9th. 

Gains Made 

Oudook will publish a full 
analysis of the U.S. News and 
World Report graduate school 
rankings and die meaning of 
such rankings as a measure of 
the university's progress and 
quality in a future issue. 

and an introduction to its soft- 
ware Super Decisions. For more 
information, contact Gabby at 
5-4905 or 

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

0200 Skinner. Edward Schiap- 
pa, University of Minnesota, 
presents "Beyond Representa- 
tional Correctness: Thoughts 
on Evaluating Representations 
in Popular Culture "For more 
information, contact Trevor 
Parry-Giles at 5-8947 or, or visit 

8 p.m.. Graduate Concert 
by Connie Fink Dance The- 
atre, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center, See April 1 1 . 

8 p.m., Guest Recital: Harry 
Sparnaay, Bass Clarinet 

Gildenhorn Recital Hall, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center. Dutch virtuoso Harry 
Sparnaay in a concert of music 
for solo bass clarinet. For more 
information, call (301) 405- 
ARTS or visit 

april 13 

8 p.m.. Trio Fontenay Gild- 
enhorn Recital Hall, Clarice 
Smith Performing Arts Center. 
Germany's most eminent piano 
trio in a program featuring 
Richard Strauss, An tonin Dvo- 
rak and Felix Mendelssohn. Sin- 
gle ticket price is $25. For 
more information, call (301) 
405-ARTS or visit wwwclarice- 

april 12 

april 11 

april 14 

9 a.m. -4 p.m., Personnel 
Services Seminar: New 
Approaches for Effective 
Projects 1 101U Chesapeake. 
A workshop intended for proj- 
ect leaders, team members for 
research projects and grant 
applications, or anyone inter- 
ested in improving their proj- 
ect management skills. The 
cost is $100. For more informa- 
tion, contact Natalie Torres at 
5-5651 or traindev@accmail., or visit www.* 

3:30-4:30 p.m.. Statistics 
Seminar 1313 Math Building. 

9 a.m. -3:30 p.m.. Graduate 
Symposium: Languages 
Connect Cultures Multipur- 
pose Room, St. Mary's Hall. 
Keynote speaker Sara Lennox, 
University of Massachusetts, 
will explore the intersections 
of language, culture and litera- 
ture beyond the boundaries of 
tradition. Lunch will be pro- 
vided. For more information, 
contact Roxane Riegler at 

11 a.m. -5 p.m.. Decision 
Making In Complex Envi- 
ronments 1 100 ITV Building. 
The seminar is about advanced 
decision making with the Ana- 
lytic Network Process (ANP), 

7:30 p.m.. Student Conduc- 
tor's Concert Concert Hall, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center. Graduate students of 
the orchestral conducting pro- 
gram lead the University of 
Maryland Symphony Orches- 
tra. For more information, call 
(301) 405-ARTS or visit www. 
umd . edu/music/c alcndar. 


1-2 p.m.. Entomology Col- 
loquium 1 140 Plant Sciences. 
With Joel Kingsolver, Depart- 
ment of Biology, University of 

North Carolina, Chapel Hill. For 
more information, call 5-391 1 
or visit 

4 p.m.. Center for Histori- 
cal Studies Seminar on the 
Role of Women and Femi- 
ninity in the European 
Enlightenment 1 102 Francis 
Scott Key Hall. Refreshments 
served at 3:30 p.m. Kontier's 
paper will be distributed in 
advance. For more information, 
contact Stephen Johnson at 5- 
8739 or historvcenter@umail. 

8 p.m.. Women in Theatre: 
Magdelena Gomez, Marty 
Pottenger, Alva Rogers 

Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Clarice 
Smith Performing Arts Center. 
Three women artists reveal 
their diverse perspectives in 
an evening of vignettes about 
culture, wealth, gender and 
slavery. Single ticket price is 
$20. For more information, call 
(301) 405-ARTS or visit www. 
clarice smtiheente r. umd . ed u . * 

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Hard Work and Planning Pay Off 

Continued from page 1 

said forget it," says Press. She 
settled into sociology easily 
because it required some of 
the core courses she had 
already taken, though she was 
still unsure about what to do 
with the degree. 

"I knew 1 didn't want to do 
social work and I didn't want 
to be a teacher." 

Still undecided, she 
answered an ad in the Dia- 
mondback for temporary sum- 
mer workers. It was the uni- 
versity's turn to host Odyssey 
of the Mind, a program that 
brings students from aU grade 
levels to a college campus for 
a week of creative competi- 
tion. Press felt being in die 
command center was the per- 
fect place for her and told Pat 
Perfetto, director of CVS, and 
Associate Director Sue Warren 
after the competition to keep 
her in mind for future jobs. A 
stint working to help coordi- 
nate the national history day 
contest, another large event 
the campus hosts annually, 
grew into a full-time summer 
student employee position 
with CVS. Upon graduation, 
Press took a contract confer- 
ence coordinator position 
planning meetings. 

A complete restructuring of 
the office in 1998 resulted in a 
position as senior program 
manager and a gradual shift 
from summer conferences to 
meeting planning. Press was 
recently promoted to assistant 
director. Under the new Regis- 
tration and Meeting Planning 
Services, Press offers the cam- 
pus community assistance 
with the logistics of confer- 
ence and meeting planning, 
primarily at off campus venues 
(including the Inn and Confer- 
ence Center). Services might 
include such things as site 
selection, contract negotiation 
and management of meetings 
at off-campus hotels, assistance 
in developing a conference 
budget, coordinating mailings, 
contracting with outside ven- 
dors for exhibits, and trans- 
portation, audio visual and 
other services tailored to meet 
the specific needs of the par- 
ticular conference. She has 

Smith School, Naval Post- 
graduate School to Offer 
Defense-Focused MBA 


Lisa Press, sitting outside Annapolis Hall where Conferences and Visitor 
Services is based, fell into the perfect job. 

worked on events such as the 
Fowler Colloquium sponsored 
by the Performing Arts Library 
and the International Leader- 
ship Association sponsored by 
the James MacGregor Burns 
Academy of Leadership. Press 
also has a regular, ongoing rela- 
tionship with the Joint Insti- 
tute for Food Safety and Nutri- 
tion, assisting with its many 
events. Her offsite work has 
taken her around the country 
and will also include some 
international travel. 

"I've always liked planning 
things. My friends say that I'm 
not spontaneous. I am working 
on it, but when we get togedier 
I often make the plans, call 
everyone and coordinate. My 
mom liked to plan parties, I 
guess tiiat's where I get it," 
explains Press. "I guess you 
could say I'm a perfectionist 
and a control freak." 

Whatever personality traits 
Press may possess, they work 
in her and the university's 
favor. She receives high praise 
from Warren and clients. 
"Throughout her career with 
Conferences and Visitor Ser- 
vices, she has been a dedicat- 
ed, committed and tireless 
worker," says Warren. "She has 
received praise from just about 
every faculty, staff or other 
client who she has provided 
service for." 

Written evaluations offer 
comments such as "Your spe- 
cial attention to so many 

details really made the event 
go well. . . " and "Lisa Press was 
an invaluable resource to us. . . 
She demonstrated unending 
dedication, professionalism, 
flexibility, patience and a great 
sense of humor. She was avail- 
able to us virtually 24 hours a 

Press admits that she gives a 
lot of hours to her job, work- 
ing until everything for which 
she is responsible is right. "My 
friends tease me that I'll never 
meet that someone special 
because I work so much, but I 
meet a lot of interesting peo- 
ple through my work I like 
what I do and I do what I need 
to be happy with the output." 

Not that Press sits home and 
watches TV during her off 
hours. She regularly sees plays 
and concerts, goes out with 
friends and takes a cruise 
every year. When a friend's 
mom's travel agency had two 
fan cruises booked simultane- 
ously, guess whom the agency 
asked to help run one of them? 

It's a good life, she says, that 
is made so in part by where 
she works and with whom she 
works. A Maryland native — 
who applied only to the uni- 
versity when considering col- 
lege — Press also didn't consid- 
er taking her planning skills to 
Washington, D.C., where she 
may make more money or 
work in a large firm. "This is a 
beautiful campus and a great 
place to work "she says. 


Continued from page 1 

doubled over the past five 
years at Maryland; 

"One of the great things 
about Maryland is that it has 
significant research activity 
across the board in all disci- 
plines," O'Connor said. 

"I am confident that Dr. 
O'Connor will help increase 
the impact of Maryland's 
research on the region, the 
nation and the world," Mote 
said. "We are very excited 
about our future." 

In his current position, 
O'Connor oversees a number 
of museum and research insti- 

Smithsonian Yields Candidate 

tutes at the Smithsonian, 
including the National Muse- 
um of Natural History, the 
National Zoological Park and 
Conservation Research Center, 
the Smithsonian Astrophysical 
Observatory, the Smithsonian 
Tropical Research Institute in 
Panama, die Environmental 
Research Center near the 
Chesapeake Bay, the National 
Science Resources Center and 
other organizations devoted to 
scientific research or support 
for research activities. 

The Chicago native has his 
bachelor's degree from Loyola 

University, a master's from 
DePaul and a doctorate from 
Northwestern University. His 
own research activities have 
included more than 80 pub- 
lished papers and more than 
three dozen invited lectures. 
He has taken an active leader- 
ship role in numerous profes- 
sional and community organi- 
zations as well. 

O'Connor is married to 
Anne O'Connor, a distin- 
guished specialist in oncology 
nursing.They have three mar- 
ried children and four grand- 

The Robert H. Smith 
School of Business, Uni- 
versity of Maryland has 
teamed up with the Naval Post- 
graduate School (NPS) in Mon- 
terey, Calif, to deliver a unique 
defense-focused Master of Busi- 
ness Administration (MBA) 
degree. The combined MBA pro- 
gram, which begins in fall 2002, 
is open to military officers and 
Department of Defense (DoD) 
civilians. It is the nation's first 
program of its kind. 

"The U.S. military is the 
largest, most complex business 
in the world, and therefore all of 
its senior executives should pos- 
sess an advanced understanding 
of commercial practices and 
procedures," said Howard Frank, 
dean of the Smith School and 
former director of the Informa- 
tion Technology Office of the 
Defense Advanced Research 
Projects Agency (DARPA) at 
DoD. "By combining the Smith 
School's world-leading core 
business curriculum with the 
defense expertise of NPS, we 
can provide defense personnel 
with the unique skills they need 
to make the military the more 
efficient and business-oriented 
institution it strives to be." 

The combined MBA program 
will provide students with core 
management and leadership 
skills in key business areas such 
as e<:ommerce, supply chain 
management, strategy and mar- 
keting, as well as a unique 
understanding of business oper- 
ations within the federal gov- 

ernment and the U.S. Depart- 
ment of Defense. Smith School 
faculty will teach the first "core" 
business courses comprising 27 
credit hours, with the remaining 
"defense-focused" courses, also 
comprising 27 credit hours, 
taught by NPS.The typical stu- 
dent will complete the program 
in 33 mondis. Classes will be 
held on alternate weekends at 
the Ronald Reagan Building in 
Washington, D.C., on a schedule 
similar to the Smith School's 
regular weekend part-time MBA 

"We've felt a great need to 
offer an MBA program in Wash- 
ington, D.C., because of the 
area's large population of mili- 
tary officers and civilian DoD 
employees interested in seeking 
defense-focused graduate 
degrees," said Douglas Brook, 
dean of die Graduate School of 
Business and Public Policy at 
NPS. "The Smith School partner- 
ship is a big win for both the 
military and these personnel, 
who cannot leave their posts 
and relocate to California to 
pursue graduate educations." 

Prospective students must 
apply to and meet the admis- 
sions requirements of both the 
Smith School and NPS.The 
degree awarded to students 
who successfully complete the 
program will be a combined 
MBA degree, granted by the 
Robert H. Smith School of Busi- 
ness at the University of Mary- 
land and the Naval Postgraduate 

Jackson: Genetic Links 

Continued front page 1 

African governments and their 
scientific communities to ask 
for cooperation in collecting 
gene samples. Jackson stresses 
that any such endeavor must be 
collaborative. Genetic databases 
will be set up — and left — in 
Africa with workshops held to 
provide training on their use. 

"Ethics is paramount in our 
research," she says. "We are not 
going in, grabbing genes and 
running out. 

"Cameroon is the first place 
we're going to work. It's known 
as Africa in microcosm. It has a 
lot of physical and ecological 
diversity" that is mirrored in its 

These genetic variations can 
also provide valuable medical 
information. A biotech company 
working with the project is help- 
ing scientists to evaluate thou- 
sands of genes simultaneously. 
They will be able to find markers 
for hypertension, diabetes, sickle 
cell; as well as pinpoint particu- 
lar genes that protect against 
disease. "We hope to learn about 
genetic susceptibility to diseases 
so that people can modify their 
diets and other aspects of their 
lives to improve survival. We 
have a chance to intervene with 
knowledge," says Jackson. 

For all of her work to show 
genetic diversity and its impor- 
tancejackson hopes her 
research shows how similar 
humanity is, that "social cate- 
gories are not meaningful in a 
genetic sense. Genes don't care 
what body they're in. We've 
found a Benin version of sickle 
cell in southern Italy and it's not 
all explained by some enslaved 

"This is the 21st century. We 
have no more time for fantasy. 
The ancestral homeland of 
humanity is Africa. Humans have 
inhabited Africa longer than any 

She understands the psycho- 
logical desire many African 
Americans have to connect with 
Africa, much like the connection 
that was made after the nation 
viewed Alex Haley's "Roots." 
However, she wants to stress 
that from a genetic perspective, 
a person's African ancestors are 
"no more or less valuable than 
that ancestor you have from 
Europe or Asia or anywhere else. 
Everyone really is everyone 
else's relative.We're all mixed 
up.We have biological lineages 
titat fold into each other. This is 
a way to reunite people, to show 
our commonality." 

APRIL 9, 2002 

Scholnik Named Outstanding 
Woman of the Year 


The President s Commission on Women's Issues 
presented this year's Outstanding Woman of the 
Year Award to Ellin K. Schobiick, Associate 
Provost for Faculty Affairs and professor of psychology, 
on April 2, Scholnick, who has done much of her aca- 
demic work in developmental psychology since first 
coming to the university in 1967 as an assistant profes- 
sor, accepted her award with a brief talk on liberal 
feminism in the university. The award was presented by 
President Dan Mote. 

Remembering Vietnam 

Historian Lewis Sorley, drawing 
from his book "A Better War; 
The Unexamined Victories and 
Final Tragedy of America's Last 
Years in Vietnam" and from his 
biographies of Generals 
Creighton Abrams and Harold 
K.Johnson, will compare and 
contrast the earlier and later 
years of American involvement 
in the war, discuss major U.S. 
and Vietnamese personalities, 
evaluate the impact of technol- 
ogy on conduct of the war, 
document the true nature and 
accomplishments of the Viet- 
nam veteran, and appraise the 
contributions of expatriate 
Vietnamese to America's econ- 
omy and culture. 

The lecture and book signing 
will take place Tuesday, April 30 
at 12 p.m. in Lecture Room D at 
the National Archives at College 
Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, Col- 
lege Park. Copies of the books 
will be available for sale and 
there is parking on site. Call 
(202) 208-7345 for reservations 
or more information. 

To Your Health, Strength 

Learn about the benefits of 
incorporating strength training 
into your workout plan from 
5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 
9 at the Center for Health and 
Wellbeing. At noon on April 10, 
come hear the latest research 
on the various fad diets, and 
from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on April 
16, join others for "Let's Talk 
About it: Drugs and Alcohol." 
All programs take place at 

the Center for Health and Well- 
being, a satellite office of the 
University Health Center locat- 
ed in room 0121 of theCRC. 
You do not have to be a mem- 
ber of the CRC to attend pro- 
grams. Call (301) 314-1493 or 
for more information. 

To Be A Muslim Woman 

On Wednesday, April 10 Muslim 
women on campus will gather 
at the Nyumburu Amphitheatre 
from 12 to 3 p.m. to share their 
life experiences and dispell the 
sterotypes of Muslim women 
around the world. 

The amphitheater will be 
filled with women from all over 
the world, including the United 
States, Turkey, Bosnia, Pakistan, 
Syria and Afghanistan who 
believe that modesty is a 
strength and that Islam gives 
them the ultimate freedom. 

For more information, con- 

Standard First Aid and 
Infant/Child CPR 

Learn how to act in emergency 
situations and to recognize and 
handle life-threatening emer- 
gencies, such as respiratory or 
cardiac problems, illnesses and 
injuries. This nine-hour course 
includes CPR and First Aid for 
adults, infants and children. 

Campus Recreation Services 
will be offering this two-day 
course on Saturday, April 20 (9 
a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) and Sunday, 
April 21 (12:30 to 5 p.m.). Reg- 
ister online,; 

payment can be made by credit 
card. The cost is $50. The last 
day to register Is April 13. 

For more information, con- 
tact Laura Sutter at (301) 405- 
PLAY or, 
or visit 

Appreciating Commuters 

Commuter Appreciation Day, 
held this year on Wednesday, 
April 10, is a campus-wide pro- 
gram sponsored by Commuter 
Affairs and Community Service 
with the support of numerous 
other campus departments and 
groups. The day honors com- 
muter students with activities, 
information, food and prizes. 

With several panels, presenta- 
tions and services, Stamp Stu- 
dent Union will be the center 
of much of the activity on Com- 
muter Appreciation Day. Many 
locations are offering discounts 
or giveaways to students who 
wear their "Proud to be a Com- 
muter" button. Button-wearers 
can receive: 

• 20 percent discounts on all 
Terrapin Shop, General Books 
and Supplies merchandise at 
the University Book Center 

• A prize from Chevy Chase 
Bank (while supplies last) and 

• Free Washington Post with 
any purchase at the Union 
Shop (while supplies last). 

Button spotters will be look- 
ing for button wearers in the 
Union and across campus. 

Buttons are available at the 
Union Information Desk, Com- 
muter Affairs and Community 
Service (1 150 Stamp Student 
Union), and at various locations 
across campus prior to and on 
the day of the event. A detailed 
schedule of the day's events is 
available on the Commuter 
Affairs and Community Service 
Web site (www.umdedu/CACS). 
For more information, contact 
Leslie Perkins, (301) 314-7250, 

Textual to Spatial 
Analysis Using ArcView 

The Libraries will offer a free, 
hands-on workshop on the con- 
version of text information to 
geographic information. 
Geocoding and conversion of 
latitude and longitude will be 
covered. Familiarity with 
ArcView is a prerequisite. 
Advance registration is also 
required; visit www.hb.umd. 

The workshop will be held 
twice, in 2109 McKeldin Library, 
on Thursday, April 1 8 from 10 
a.m. to noon and on Tuesday, 
April 30 from 3 to 5 p.m. 

For more information, contact 
User Education Services at (301) 
405-9070 or ue6@umail.umd. 
edu, or visit 

Coast Guard's Role In 
Homeland Security 

Admiral James M. Loy, Comman- 
dant of the U.S. Coast Guard, 
will speak on the role of the 
Coast Guard in homeland secu- 
rity on Thursday, April 18 at 

4:30 p.m. in 1410 Physics Lec- 
ture Hall. 

Commandant of the Coast 
Guard since May 1998, Loy has 
focused his leadership on 
restoring Coast Guard readiness 
and shaping the future of the 
Coast Guard. Loy served as the 
Coast Guard Chief of Staff from 
1 996-98 and Commandar of the 
Atlantic Area from 1994-96. A 
career seagoing officer, Loy has 
served tours aboard six Coast 
Guard cutters, including com- 
mands of a patrol boat in com- 
bat during the Vietnam War and 
of major cutters in both the 
Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. 

The lecture is sponsored by 
the Council for Security and 
Counter-Terrorism Studies and 
the Center for American Poli- 
tics and Citizenship in coopera- 
tion with the National Defense 
University. RSVP to lmadison® 
umresearch . urn d .ed u . 

CPR for the Rescue Pro 

Learn the specialized skills and 
techniques to professionally 
respond to emergency situa- 
tions. Campus Recreation Ser- 
vices will offer this two-day 
course Wednesday, April 1 and 
Thursday, April 1 1 from 5 to 9 
p.m. Registration can be done 
online at 
and payment can be made via 
credit card. The cost is $65. 

For more information, con- 
tact Laura Sutter at (301) 405- 
PLAY or, 
or visit 


What a Family Reads 

"Diverse Bookes of Diverse 
Sorts: A Gentry Family and Its 
Reading in Early Seventeenth- 
Century England," presented by 
Eric Lindquist, Libraries, Tues- 
day, April 16 from 12:30-2 p.m. 
in room 0l35Taliaferro Hall. 
Sponsored by the Center for 
Renaissance & Baroque Studies. 
The Works-in-Progress series, 
begun in 1 998, enables scholars 
who study the early modern 
period to share their latest 
research and to benefit from an 
informal roundtable discussion 
of their current projects. 

For more information, con- 
tact Karen Nelson at (301) 405- 
or visit 

Volunteering Vacation 

The Chalfonte, known as "Cape 
May's Most Historic Bed and 
Breakfast Hotel," has volunteer 
work weekends from April 
through October. Since 1979 
the Chalfonte has been affiliat- 
ed with the University of Mary- 
land School of Architecture 
graduate program. Volunteers 
work 10 hours, usually six on 
Saturday and four on Sunday, 
and mingle with adults dedicat- 
ed to the preservation of a 
national historic landmark. 

The Chalfonte is located at 
301 Howard Street, Cape May, 
NJ. For more information, call 
(609) 884-8409.