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Batter Up! 




Page 8 


Director Feels 

Students Deserve 
Credit for New 

Undergraduate students 
in life sciences may be 
thanking Kaci Thomp- 
son for helping secure an 
unprecedented third Howard 
Hughes Medical Institute grant 
for their research projects, but 
Thompson feels that it's the stu- 
dents who should be thanked. 

Thompson, associate director 
of the institute (HHMI) in the 


Kaci Thompson would like a new 
NIH grant to allow undergraduate 
students more opportunities for 
research integrated with graduate 
and post-graduate work. 

College of Life Sciences, said 
that to win the award three out 
of four award periods since 

See GRANT, page 7 

and Healing 

Campus Scholars Offer 
Thoughts on a Post- 
Sept. 11 Nation 

Editor's note: It is impossible to 
capture verbally all of the emo- 
tions surrounding the events on 
Sept. 1 1, 2001 .What follows, in 
various forms, are thoughts 
from campus scholars as they 
reflect on the state of racial/eth- 
nic harmony in America. We 
attempted to represent several 
viewpoints, but time and sched- 
ule constraints prevented many 
from contributing. 

A poem by Suheil BushruJ, 
Baha'i Chair for World Peace 

This poem was written in 
J 996 after my wife and I were 
awarded the greatest honor 
that America can bestow.the 

See REMEMBRANCE, page 4 

Candidates Bring Campaign to Campus 


Democratic candidates for the Prince George 's County Executive seat came to 
campus last week for a debate moderated by Gazette newspaper political 
columnist Josh Kurtz, far right. The debate was filmed in UMTV's studio and 
will be rebroadcast today, Sept. 10, at 3 p.m. Seated from left: County Councilman Jim 
Estepp, Major Riddick, Del. Rushern Baker and Anthony Muse. State s attorney and 
executive candidate Jack Jackson did not attend. Primary elections are being held today. 


The university will tackle 
the national issue of 
homeland security in a 
conference it is co-sponsoring 
widi the National Defense Uni- 
versity, scheduled a week after 
the one-year anniversary of ter- 
rorist attacks in New York and 
Washington, D.C. 

High-ranking government 
officials including a director of 
the Office of National Prepared- 
ness at the Federal Emergency 
Management Agency, officials 
from the Office of the Secretary 
of Defense, local government 
officials and university admin- 
stration and faculty will gather 
at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Wash- 
ington, D.C, to discuss topical 
issues on domestic security, 
according to the conference 

Thomas Ridge, the director of 
the Office of Homeland Securi- 

See SECURITY, page 6 

Moving Emotion Aside 
to Learn a Lesson 

Fire Engineers Examine WTC Towers Failures 

In all the analysis of why the 
World Trade Center buildings 
collapsed, there seems to be 
missing a theory for why Tow- 
ers 1 and 2 fell how and when 
they did, according to two 
campus fire protection engi- 

Professors James Quintiere 
and Marino diMarzo, who is 
also chair of the fire protec- 
tion engineering department, 
wrote a short paper published 
in the current Fire Safety Jour- 
nal that asks questions both 
feel aren't being answered. 
They worked with structural 
specialist Rachel Becker, from 
Technion-Israel Institute of 
Technology, who had been 
here on sabbatical. 

"We wanted to get some- 
thing out as a challenge to 
people who were saying 
things about what happened," 
said Quintiere. "The insulation 
around the trusses, 1" thick 
steel rods, in the towers was 
different. In the south tower it 
was 3/4" thick and in the 
north it was 11/2" thick. One 
fell in half the time as the 
other. The strength of the 
building was not compro- 
mised by the hit because there 

was so much external struc- 
tural fabric. It looks like the 
fire did the damage." 

Office furnishings ignited 
by jet fuel did help create 
long-burning fires with tem- 
peratures reaching more than 
900 degrees Celsius, the schol- 
ars agree, but improperly insu- 
lated steel failed. Precious min- 
utes were lost with that fail- 
ure. "The reality may be more 
complex, but this is one of the 
strongest factors," said diMar- 

He and Quintiere know that 
it is hard to move past the 
human toll and emotion of the 
Sept. 1 1 attacks in order to get 
to what could be learned from 
an engineering standpoint. 
However, they feel it is impor- 
tant to take a careful look at 
whether or not there were 
deficiencies in the buildings. 

"So far, no one has formulat- 
ed a framework for a theory 
that would explain why [the 
towers] fell at these times," 
said diMarzo. "If one tower 
lasted one hour longer, you 
can start speculating." 

Most of the structural data 

See FIRE SAFETY, page 7 

University Addresses West Nile Virus 

Cases of West Nile Virus 
infection, a mosquito- 
borne illness that gen- 
erally produces only mild flu- 
like symptoms in a healthy 
person, have been reported 
this summer in a number of 
states, including the District of 
Columbia. The university has 
reinforced standard mosquito 
control prac- 
tices to reduce 
mosquito pop- 
ulations on 
campus. Here 
are some 
answers to 
questions you 
might have 
about West Nile 
virus, the university's preven- 
tion measures and what you 
can do to reduce your risk of 
being bitten by a mosquito. 

What is West Nile Virus? 

West Nile Virus (WNV) is a 
virus spread by the bite of an 
infected mosquito. A mosqui- 
to can pick up the virus by 
biting an infected animal, 
then transmit it by biting 
other animals or humans. 
WNV usually infects horses 
and birds. Crows and blue jays 
are frequent carriers of WNV 
in this area. 

What are the symptoms of 
West Nile Virus In humans? 

Most people who are 
exposed to WNV show no 
symptoms. In some people, 
WNV can cause a very mild 
infection along with fever, 
muscle aches, rash, swollen 
lymph nodes and a "sick feel- 
ing." In a very small percentage 
of people.WNV may cause 
inflammation of the brain or 
the tissue 
around it, in 
the form of 
tis or 

Victims of 
WNV who 
have died 
have been 
the elderly and those with 
conditions such as AIDS, dia- 
betes or other chronic health 
conditions that have compro- 
mised their immune systems. 

What is the university 
doing to reduce the risk of 
exposure to West Nile 

A critical step in reducing 
exposure to mosquito-borne 
disease is controlling areas of 
standing water to prevent 
mosquitoes from breeding. 
University Facilities Manage- 
ment routinely patrols stand- 
ing water, such as campus 

See WEST NILE, page 6 


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September 10 

1-1:45 p.m.. Free Individual 
Smoking Cessation Educa- 
tion 2102 Health Center. For 
those planning to quit who 
would like more information 
or those ready to quit now, a 
health educator is available to 
meet on an individual basis. 
Smokers can learn more about 
their smoking habits and the 
best strategies for quitting. 
Available by appointment only. 
For more information, contact 
Kelly Dolan at 4-8123 or, or visit 
www. umd. edu/health . 

4:30-6 p.m., Turkish Belly 
Dance Fitness Training Art 
and Learning Center (B0107 
Stamp Student Union). See For 
Your Interest, page 8, 

6-7:30 p.m., Turkish Belly 
Dance Technique Art and 

Learning Center (B0107 Stamp 
Student Union). See For Your 
Interest, page 8. 

6-9 p.m., Microsoft Excel I: 
Cresting & Using Spread- 
sheets 4404 Computer & 
Space Science. Introduces 
basics such as how to enter 
values and text, create formu- 
las, use pre-built functions, link 
between data and more. Prere- 
quisite: Windows 98 or equiva- 
lent. The fee is $10 students, 
$20 faculty/staff and $25 alum- 
ni. For more information, con- 
tact Carol Warrington at 5-2938 
or, or 
visit www,oit.umd,edu/pt. 


September 11 

7:30-9:30 a.m., Good Mor- 
ing, Commuters) North Atri- 
um Stamp Student Union. Free 
Starbucks Coffee & Krispy 
Kreme donuts will be served. 
Sponsored by Commuter Af- 
fairs and Community Service. 
For more information, contact 
Leslie Perkins at 4-7250 or 

10 a.m-3 p.m.. Red Terrap- 
ins Blood Drive Baltimore 
Room, Stamp Student Union. 
For more information, contact 
Benjamin Ruder at (856) 795- 

6-9 p.m.. Introduction to 
MATLAB 3330 Computer & 

Non-Credit Instruction: 

New Golfer 

Learn the fundamentals 
of the full swing, put- 
ting, and chipping in 
this five-lesson series. The 
course will also teach how to 
book a tee time and how to 
buy your first set of clubs, 
and cover basic rules and eti- 

Campus Recreation Ser- 
vices will offer two courses 
this fall at the University Golf 
Course: (1) Tuesday and 
Thursday, Sept, 12 to 26, OR 
(2) Monday and Wednesday, 
Sept. 16 to 30. Class time for 
both courses is 5:30 to 6:30 

The registration fee is 
$125. Space is limited and 
classes fill quickly. Registra- 
tion begins Sept. 3 and con- 
tinues until one week prior to 
the first day of class. Partici- 
pants may register at and pay 
by credit card. 

For more information, 
contact Laura Sutter, 5- PLAY 
or, or 

Space Science. Introduces the 
basic principles of mathemati- 
cal tools for complex opera- 
tions such as integration and 
differentiation in symbolic 
mathematical notation. Includes 
rendering in 2D or 3D plots. 
Prerequisite: a WAM account. 
The fee is $ 10 students, $20 
faculty/staff and $25 alumni. 
For more information, contact 
Carol Warrington at 5-2938 or, or 

September 12 

10 a.m. -3 p.m., University 
of Maryland 2002 Part-Time 
Job Fair Stamp Student Union. 
For more information, call Jan 
Cotton at 5-2779. 

3-5 p.m., 20th Century 
Japanese Prints from The 
Art Gallery's Permanent 
Collection Art Gallery, Art- 
Sociology Building. The Art 
Gallery opens its first exhibi- 
tion of the 2002-2003 season. 
Refreshments will be served. 
For more information, contact 
the Art Gallery at 5-2763 or 

ag2, or visit 

4:30-7:30 p.m., Basic Com- 
puting Technologies at MD 

3330 Computer & Space Sci- 
ence. Introduces network tech- 
nologies such as FTP, how to 
read and post on Usenet news- 
groups, subscribe to public 
newsgroups and send attach- 
ments using an e-mail program 
such as Netscape. Prerequisite: 
a WAM account.The fee is $10 
students, $20 faculty/staff. For 
more information, contact 
Carol Warrington at 5-2938 or 
cwpost® umd 5 . umd . edu , or 

7:30 p.m.. Hypnotist Tom 
DeLuca Grand Ballroom, 
Stamp Student Union. Doors 
open at 7 p.m. Free. For more 
information, call SEE at 4-8496. 

8 p.m., Doug Varone and 
Dancers Clarice Smith Perfor- 
ming Arts Center. See page 3- 

September 13 

11 a.m.-10 p.m., Hispanic 
Heritage Festival Hombake 
Plaza. "Come, Learn, Enjoy, Eat, 
Celebrate Culture!"For more 
information, send an e-mail to 

12 p.m.. Political Commu- 
nication in Campaigns 0200 
Skinner. The Department of 
Communication's Center for 
Political Communication and 
Civic Leadership lecture by 
former Congressman John B. 
Anderson. For additional infor- 
mation, contact Shawn J. Parry- 
Giles, director, at 5-6527 or 

sp 1 72@umail.umd,edu. 

5:30 p.m., From Vision to 
Reality: The Life and Career 
of Harry Clifton Byrd Horn- 
bake Library (reception from 
5:30-7:30 p.m.; program at 
6:30 p.m.). An exhibit docu- 
menting the life and accom- 
plishments of Byrd, considered 
by many to be the father and 
builder of the modern Universi- 
ty of Maryland. The exhibit will 
run through Dec. 20. For the 
reception and program, RSVP 
to Friends of the Libraries at 4- 
5674. For more information, 

8 p.m., Doug Varone and 
Dancers Clarice Smith Perfor- 
ming Arts Center. See page 3. 

September 16 

6:30-7 p.m., Terrapin Trail 
Club Meeting Campus Recre- 
ation Center, Outdoor Recre- 
ation Center. The Terrapin Trail 
Club is a student organization 
that sponsors various outdoor 
recreational activities, such as 
hiking, backpacking, camping, 
mountain biking, caving, 
canoeing, rock climbing and 
kayaking. Activities are open to 
all registered students, faculty 
and staff. The club's primary 
goal is to help outdoor enthusi- 
asts on campus find each other 
and share their love for the 
outdoors. For more informa- 
tion, contact club officers at 
(301) 2264453 or, or visit 
www. ttc . umd . edu . 

September 17 

3:30-5:30 p.m., Numerical 
Analysis Seminar 3206 Math 
Building. The featured speaker 
will be Valeria Simoneini from 
the Universita di Bologna. For 
more information, contact 
Tobias von Petersdorff at or visit 

5:30-7:30 p.m.. Take Five: 
Prism Brass Quintet Dance 
Theatre, Clarice Smith Perform- 
ing Arts Center. The "Take Five 
on Tuesdays" series presents 
world and new music from the 
award winning University of 
Maryland ensemble. Take Five 
is a free, informal series offer- 
ing an opportunity to experi- 
ence a wide range of artistic 
areas. For more information, 
contact Amy Harbison 5-8169 
or, or 
visit www.claricesmithcenter. 

8-8 p.m., Netscape Page 
Composer: Making Web 
Pages the Easy Way 4404 
Computer & Space Science. 
This class introduces Net- 
scape's Web page editing and 
development tool. Students 
will learn to create hyperlinks, 
colors, font styles, bullets and 
tables — without typing a sin- 
gle line of HTML code. Prereq- 
uisite: basic Web browsing abil- 
ity. Registration fees are $10 for 
students, $20 for faculty and 
staff, and $25 for alumni. For 
more information, contact 
Carol Warrington at 5-2938 or, or 


September 18 

9:30-11 a.m.. Safety Train- 
ing 3104 Chesapeake Building. 
The Department of Environ- 
mental Safety (DES) hosts a lab- 
oratory safety orientation train- 


In the Sept. 3 issue of Out- 
look, under the Sept. 6 
dateline listing for 9 p.m., 
it should have read "Democ- 
ratic Primary Candidates for 
Prince George's County 
Debate* airing on UMTV. 

ing session each month. The 
training is offered to assure 
regulatory compliance. Space 
is limited. For more informa- 
tion or to reserve a seat, con- 
tact Jeanette Cartron at (301) 
405-2131 or j cartron @acc- 

10 a.m. -12 p.m.. Introduc- 
tion to Arc View 3.2 (GIS) 
6101 McKeluin Library. The 
workshop is free but advance 
registration at www.lib.umd. 
edu/UES/gis.html is required. 
For more information, contact 
User Education Services at 5- 
9070 or 

8-9 p.m.. Intermediate 
MATLAB 3330 Computer & 
Space Science. Continues cov- 
ering important skills in solv- 
ing matrix and vector opera- 
tions, multiple integrals, differ- 
ential equations, 2D and 3D 
plots and much more. Prerequi- 
site: Introduction to MATLAB. 
Registration is $10 students, 
$20 faculty and staff, $25 alum- 
ni. For more information, con- 
tact Carol Warrington at 5-2938 
or, or 

or additional event list- 
ings, visit 

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Chu Shan Chinese Opera Institute 
Presents Exciting Folktale 



Extravagant costumes, music and acrobatics will be part of the classic folktale "Monkey 

The story of the "Monkey King" 
has been a long-time favorite in 
Chinese literature. The 
renowned folktale will be presented 
by the Washington Chu Shan Chinese 
Institute, a Silver Spring-based non- 
profit arts organization, on Friday and 
SaturdaySept. 20and 21 at 8 p.m. in 
the Ina and Jack KayTheatre of the 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. 

Complete with dazzling costumes, 
live music and edge-of-your-seat acro- 
batics, Chu Shan's full length produc- 
tion of the "Monkey King" will be per- 
formed in Chinese with English subti- 

Born out of rock, the Monkey King 
can transform himself into 72 different 
things, from a fly to a temple. With 
one somersault over the clouds, he 
can travel 18,000 miles. His golden rod 
can stretch to heaven or collapse to 
the size of a toothpick to be easily hid- 
den behind his ear. 

The tale follows the Monkey King, 
masterful in martial arts, who has 
crowned himself the monarch of a 
band of superhuman monkeys. To 
keep the Monkey King in check and 

to win his allegiance, the Jade 

Emperor, Supreme Ruler of 
the Universe, lures him to 
heaven with the promise of 
an "important" position. 

The Monkey King learns 
that the Jade Emperor is host- 
ing a Peach Festival, to which 
everyone has been invited, 
except him. Consumed with 
rage, the Monkey King sneaks 

into the Peach Festival and wreaks 
havoc. Intent on retaliation, the Jade 
Emperor sends his generals and their 
troops after him. Following a series of 
furious battles, the Monkey King and 
his monkey soldiers defeat the troops. 
They declare victory and celebrate 
their triumph at Mount Huaguo. 

Actor, executive director and fourth 
generation family member of opera 
artists, Chu Shan Zhu is devoted to the 
continuation of traditional Chinese 
opera acting and performance. As a co- 
founder of the Washington Chu Shan 
Chinese Opera Institute, Zhu has intro- 
duced Chinese art forms unfamiliar to 
most American school children by per- 
forming at more than 1 50 local 
schools before 60,000 school children. 

Appropriate for audiences ages 10 
and up, "The Monkey King" is a mod- 
ern day superhero. In addition to the 
performance, audience members will 
have an opportunity to see Chinese 
opera costumes before, during and 
after the performance on display in 
the Robert and Ariene Kogod Theatre. 
Tickets for Chu Shan's "Monkey King" 
are $30, $5 for students. 

Area Premiere Kicks Off New 
Clarice Smith Center Season 

Dancers are usually accus- 
tomed to performing on 
a flat stage, in an audi- 
torium that main- 
tains a comfortable tempera- 
ture. However, during die 
creating of DougVarone and 
Dancers' latest work, the condi- 
tions were anything but ideal. 
Deep in Mammoth Cave Nation- 
al Park in Kentucky, Varone 
and Dancers struggled 
against freezing temper- 
atures and uneven sur- 
faces to create their 
newest work, "The Bottom- 
land," co-commissioned by 
the Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center and the Wolf 
Trap Foundation 
for the Per- 
forming Arts. 

from the 
created at 
Cave will be 
seen on giant 
screen projectors while 
simultaneous live per- 
formances take place on 
stage as part of Doug 
Varone and Dancers 
upcoming visit to the 
Clarice Smith Center 
on Sept. 12 and 13 
at 8 p.m. Far from 
the depths of the 
underground, the 
dancers will per- 
form in the 
optimal conditions 
of the Ina and Jack 

In addition to their new 
work, which will be performed 
indoors for the first time,Varone will 
also be performing the area premiere 
of "Approaching something Higher." 
Premiering in 2001 at the Joyce The- 

Iatre in New York City, 
the work is set to 
Brahms "Piano Trio in 
B Major, Opus 8." 
Varone sends his 
company of nine 
dancers through, 
according to The 
Village Voice: "pul- 
sating patterns of 
movement. Their 
formations coa- 
lesce and dissolve 
in an almost con- 
stant flow of 
twining and 
falling and 
rebounding. Big 
trajectories are 
blocked or 
defused by little 
evasions, shrugs, 
staggers and 
dodges. As they 
spill across the 
stage, the dancers 
paint a picture of 
human existence Ml of 
truth and warmth." 

Known by The New 
YorkTlmes as "a company 
of daredevils . . . who dance 
on a dime — wheeling, 
darting and slicing the air 
at lethal looking speeds," 
the company was founded 
by Varone in 1986. Singled 
out for its extraordinary 
physical daring, vivid 
musicali ty and genius 
for capturing true human 
interaction In dance, Varone and his 
company will bring a rare perform- 
ance of skill and creativity to the 
Clarice Smith Center. 

Tickets for the performance are 
$30, $5 for students. For more infor- 
mation, contact the Ticket Office at 
(301) 405-ARTS or go to www. . 

Leonard Rose Winner Returns for Recital 

For ticket information or to 
request a season brochure, 
contact the Ticket Office at 
301.405.ARTS or visit www. 
claricesmithcenter. um d . edu. 

Clarice Smith 


The Leonard Rose Cello Com- 
petition first prize winner, 
IMiklas Eppinger, will be per- 
forming a cello recital in the Joseph 
and Alma Glldenhorn Recital Hall of 
the Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center on Sunday, Sepl, 15 at 3 
p.m. Accompanying Eppinger on 
the piano wilt be Hae-Seting Shin, 
in a program featuring Schubert, 
"Arpeggione Sonata in A Minor," 
Debussy, "Sonata in D Minor," 
Ligeti. "Solo sonata" and 
Shostakovich, "Sonata in D Minor, 
Op. 40." Eppinger will be playing a 
Francesco Ruggieri cello made in 
Born in Bad Oldesloe, Schleswig- 

Hoistein (Germany) In 1972, 
Eppinger began studying the cello 
at age 7, In 1988 he was a guest 
student of Julius Berger at the 
Music College Saarbruecken, fol- 
lowed by two years in London, 
where he was a pupil of William 
Pleeth and Christopher Bunting. In 
1991 Eppinger attended the Music 
College Luebeck. He then moved on 
to the Music College of Hamburg, 
where he graduated with distinction 
in 1999. 

Eppinger received his honors here 
in 2001 when the Leonard Rose 
competition was held at the Clarice 
Smith Center. He has given recitals 
and concerts at the NDR-Hamburg, 

the SWR -Stuttgart, the Concertge- 
bow Amsterdam, the Bergen Festi- 
val, Norway, Interart Festival, 
Budapest, International Musiktage 
Liestal, Switzerland, Schleswig hoL 
stein Musikfestival, the Alte Oper 
Frankfurt and the Santa Barbara 
Music Festival. 

As a chamber musician, Eppinger 
has performed with artists such as 
Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, 
Chrrstoph Eschenbach and Eugen 
Istomin. He was also invited to mas- 
ter classes with William Pleeth, 
Robert Cohen, David Geringas, Arto 
Noras, Sigried Palm and Harvey 
Shapiero. Single tickets to Niklas 
Eppinger are $25. S5 for students. 



£ x t r a c u r r i c it 1 a r 

Remembrance: Hopes for Harmony 

Continued from page 1 

Spreading Love and Comfort 

Annette Duffy uses 
warmth and love to 
turn fabric into quilts. 
She then gives these colorful, 
labor-intensive gifts to family, 
friends and strangers. 

Since October 2001 , Duffy 
estimates she's created 1 1 
quilts, only three of which 
she's kept. One has become 
part of Betty's Freedom Quilt 
project. "The goal 
is to get as many 
handmade quilts 
as possible for 
families" who lost 
a loved one on 
Sept. 1 1 , says 
Duffy, who is 
assistant director 
of gifts accept- 
ance within Uni- 
versity Relations. 

Created by a 
woman in Iowa 
named Betty 
Nielsen, the proj- 
ect ( 
has delivered 
more than 3,000 
quilts. Nielsen and 
other volunteers 
drive to New York 
to deliver them to 
spots where fami- 
lies come and 
select one to take 
home. Contact 
information is 
available should 
recipients want to 
get in touch with 
a quilt's creator. 
Once Duffy heard 
of the effort from 
her cousin in Man- 
hattan, she knew 
she had to get 
involved, especial- 
ly after watching a 
co-worker's moving reaction 
to receiving one of Duffy's 

"I used to work in the vice 
president of University Rela- 
tions' office. I gave one to Jody 
Campbell's family who lost a 
cousin in the Worid Trade Cen- 
ter," says Duffy. 

Though Duffy sews regular- 
ly and fondly remembers 
quilts made by her grand- 
mother, she didn't pick up the 
quilting hobby until after tak- 
ing a class at Capital Quilts in 
Gaithcrsburg. ""They're great. 
It's small and friendlv" She 
jokes that when her husband 
hears her say she's going to 
the quilting store, he knows 
that he won't see her for 

As the first recipient of a 
Duffy quilt, though, he under- 
stands. It took three months, 
but when she presented a 

richly colored, queen-sized 
quilt to husband Kevin on his 
50th birthday — complete 
with a screen-printed photo 
of him as a smiling one-year- 
old in one corner — "Well, 
you know, men don't cry, but 
he cried." 

She is now working on a 
quilt for one of her three 20- 
something children and think- 


Annette Duffy models the quilt she made as a 
gift for her husband on his 50th birthday. It is 
one of few to stay in the family; most quilts 
she makes become gifts for sick children or for 
families who lost a loved one on Sept. 11, 2001. 

ing about her next Freedom 
Quilt. Duffy never repeats a 
pattern and churns out 
approximately one quilt a 
month. She admits that it is a 
lot of work, but "it's a hobby I 
can't stop doing "Her giving 
has expanded to include ter- 
minally ill padents at NIH's 
Children's Inn. 

"A girlfriend and I are mak- 
ing baby quilts, we have eight 
done. We started before Sept. 
1 1 and I'm looking forward to 
delivering (them]," she says. 

Duffy, who says she likes to 
quilt when it's raining, knows 
how wonderful it can feel to 
be wrapped in something 
made with such care. It is why 
she'll keep coming home 
from work, heading for her 
sewing machine and shipping 
quilts to Iowa and New York. 
Til keep going until they say 
everybody has a quilt." 

Editor's note: Outlook's feature, extracurricular, will take occasion- 
al glimpses into university employees' Hues outside of their day 
jobs. We welcome story suggest Ions; call Monette Austin Bailey at 
O01) 405-4629 or send tbem to 

gift of citizenship. The poem 
was first published in April 
1999 and was dedicated at 
that time to C. D. Mote in 
honor of his inauguration as 
the 27th president of the Uni- 
versity of Maryland. I hope the 
poem is as meaningful today 
as it was before, for it is meant 
to express the sentiments of all 
immigrants, Including Arab- 
Americans such as myself, who 
have gratefully received the 
bounty of America. 

The Bounty of America 

dedicated to CD. Mote Jr. 

Mother of brave men and beau- 
tiful women, 

Accept the love of your new- 
born babe, 

Whose first days sing your glo- 
ries and your power. 

In you Time's contradictions 

have been reconciled: 

Young yet so wise; I see your 

pride in your great Rockies; 

Your humility in your prairie 


In your great forests I hear the 

drums of ancient wars 

But on the shores of your lakes 

my ears capture the symphony 

of universal peace. 

i feel your gentleness in your 
sweet streams. 

Your slender birches and ever- 
green leaves. 

And I feel your strength in your 
mighty waterfalls, 
The great expanses of land, of 
snow and of wood. 

Humble and proud I come to you: 

Humble to receive your gift of a 

new life; 

Proud because I do not come 

empty of hand 

But bring my own gifts of noble 


And of the fairest fruits of my 

ancient land. 

My heart rejoices in the thought 
That I have been chosen to 
receive the gift of this new life 
In the magnificence of your two 
hundred and twentieth year, 
When you have been most fer- 
tile and productive 
And when you have become 
the center of adoration of 
All the worlds of both East and 

I make my pledge: 

I have come to serve you well; 

I have come to till your great 


And beautify your fifty fertile 


And fill your sky with song and 


I have come to give but never 

to ask — 

To sacrifice in your love, but 

never to expect anything in 


I have come to erect the edifice 
of your glory 

With my other brothers, the 
Indian, the Eskimo, the European, 
theAsian and theAfrican; 

And in your love be united with 

the Red, the White, the Yellow 

and the Black 

1 have come to embrace every 

one of your religions, 

So diat I become one with the 

Indian and the Hindu, the Jew 

and the Christian, 

the Muslim and the Baha't. 

How rich you are in your many 


In your many faiths, and in your 

thousand tongues. 

First time bom I was one — 
Today I come to you two in one 
and one in two 
Enriched a million times 
By my beautiful wife, my life. 

Let them who have many 

doubts hear in my voice 

All men's faith in you; 

Let them who cannot recognize 

your light 

See in my dawn the glories of 

your resplendent sunshine; 

Let the whole earth hear my 

joyous song 

For I have found in you the love 

of my ancient land; 

The seat of majesty, the happy 

land, and the shape of the world 

yet to come. 

Let those who are a hundred 
years old 

See in the new-born babe 
The dream of their yesterdays. 
The strength of their today, and 
The hope of their future years. 

A conversation with Gary 
Gerstle, professor of history 

I continue to be impressed by 
the refusal to stigmatize all 
Muslim Americans as a danger- 
ous group. Of course there is 
plenty of racial profiling going 
on, and the civil liberties of some 
Muslim Americans have been 
violated. But if we compare the 
treatment of Muslim Americans 
today with German Americans 
in Worid War I and Japanese 
Americans in World War II, we 
can discern a difference, a move 
toward greater tolerance, espe- 
cially on the part of the country's 
official leaders. In this respect, 
President George Bush's visit to 
a mosque shortly after 9/1 1 to 
declare his opposition to stig- 
matizing all Muslims as terror- 
ists or as evil or as un-American 
was very significant. No Ameri- 
can president tried something 
similar with regard to the Ger- 
mans and the Japanese. 

This tolerance, in my eyes, 
testifies to the triumph of what 
I call "soft multicultural ism." a 
multiculturalism that recognizes 
that the strength of America lies 
in the diversity of its religions, 
races, and peoples. It declares 
the possibility of being strongly 
allied both to a particular group 
and to the nation as whole. in 
contrast to "hard multicultural- 
ism," which sees little possibility 
of reconciliation between one's 
racial group and one's nation. 
Soft multiculturalism did not tri- 
umph as a result of 9/1 1 ; that 
triumph has been in the works 

for about a decade. 

The harder question to 
answer is how deeply Ameri- 
cans feel this new patriotism — 
how much does it mean to 
them? What and how much are 
they willing to give to their 
nation or sacrifice for it? Since 
so few of us have been asked to 
give much since the emergency 
of 9/11 subsided, it is hard to 
know. Relatively few Americans 
have been asked to serve in the 
military or to make economic 
sacrifices for the sake of securi- 
ty. We do endure longer lines at 
airports, but I wouldn't count 
that as a big sacrifice. 

It would be foolish to suggest 
that racism has ended or that 
racial exclusion has ceased to 
be a factor on the American 
scene. One has only to look at 
the faces of the firemen who 
died in New York to realize diat 
the fire department remains a 
profoundly raciaUzed institu- 
tion. In a New York Times pic- 
ture of them all, virtually all 
were white, very few were 
black or Hispanic. And, to the 
extent that we have made the 
New York fireman into a new 
kind of American hero, we have 
once again suggested that our 
heroes, the people who are 
thought to embody the best 
American values, are white. 

So, even in this hopeful time 
of community and nation-build- 
ing that transcends racial lines, 
we can see the possibility of 
older racial divisions being re in- 

Reflections from Miranda 

Schreurs, associate profes- 
sor of comparative politics 

There were a couple of inci- 
dents [against Muslim Amer- 
icans) diat showed how it is all 
too easy for ethnic groups to 
get targeted. Some people, who 
are non-Americans, have men- 
tioned to me that neighbors 
asked them why they were not 
hanging the American flag. 

If we look at the way Asians 
were treated even pre-World 
War II, the media may have 
been as responsible as the pub- 
lic. The images: calling them 
Japs and the yellows. But the 
media has gotten a whole lot 
more progressive in dealing 
with racial issues. It boldly 
raised the question of the treat- 
ment of Afghan prisoners at 
Guantanamo Bay.The media is 
championing their rights. 

A number of people of Japan- 
ese origin mentioned that they 
found it a little uncomfortable, 
especially in the few weeks 
after the attacks, because a lot 
of comparisons were being 
made between the terrorist 
attacks and Pearl Harbor. 

However, the crisis did bring 
us together more than it sepa- 
rated us. The world was largely 
united and that was remarkable. 
Where is some of that unity 
going? We have to be careful 
about where we are going with 
international relations. 


The Division of Student Affairs 
and the Department of 
Resident Life would like to 
thank the following people for their 
participation in the Faculty/ Staff 
Move-In Program. They made 
Move-In Day for Fall 2002 one of 
the best ever! 

Amelia Simmons, administrative assis- 
tant, Office of Campus Programs 

Andrea Goodwin, assistant director, 
Office of Judicial Programs 

Barbara Gill, director, Office of Under- 
graduate Admissions 

Barbara Goldberg, co-coordinator. 
Returning Students Programs 

Barbara Jacoby, director. Commuter 
Affairs and Community Service 

Beverly Greenf eig, co-coordinator. 
Returning Students Program 

Britt Skjonsbv, graduate assistant, 
Transfer Admissions 

Brooke Supple, chief of staff, Office of 
the Vice President of Student Affairs 

Douglas Boykins, medical assistant, 
University Health Center 

Elizabeth Zapata, administrative assis- 
tant. University Health Center 

Gene Logan, assistant director, Financial 

Huan-Chung Scott Liu, counselor. 
Counseling Center 

Jackie Geter-Hunter, assistant director, 
Undergraduate Admissions 

Jane Wieboldt, coordinator of Faculty 
and Staff Training, Office of Information 

Janet Alessandrin, administrative assis- 
tant, Campus Recreation Center 

Jim Osteen, director. Union and Campus 

John Zacker, director, Student Discipline 

Julie Luce, Coordinator, Memorial 

Julie Parsons, coordinator, Eating Disor- 
ders Program 

Kate Innes, limited enrollment program 
coordinator, Office of Undergraduate Admis- 

Kathleen Maroney, assistant director, 
University Golf Course 

Katy Casserly, coordinator, Student 
Involvement Programs 

Larry Evans, special assistant to the vice 
president. Office of the Vice President for 
Student Affairs 

Linda Clement, vice president, Student 

Linn T. Nghe, counselor. Counseling 

Marilyn Kauffman, assistant to the vice 
president. Office of the Vice President for 
Student Affairs 

Marsha Guenzler-Stevens, director of 
activities, Union and Campus Programs 

Mary Pattricia Teller, account clerk. 
Stamp Student Union 

Neruh Ramirez, admissions counselor, 
Office of Undergraduate Admissions 

Pat Johnston, coordinator, Health and 
Education Services 

Rebecca Shepherd, manager, Golf Shop 

Reshanda Grace-Bridges, housing man- 
ager, Conference and Visitor Services 

Robin Weeks, business manager, Stamp 
Student Union 

Samantha Jones, coordinator for special 
admissions programs and scholarships, 
Office of Undergraduate Admissions 

Shirley Browner, academic skills coun- 
selor. Learning Assistance Service 

Susan Warren, associate director, Con- 
ference and Visitor Services 

Thomas Pitchf ord, fraternity advisor. 
Union and Campus Programs 

Tracey Jamison, assistant director, 
Undergraduate Admissions 

Tracy Lee, counselor, Financial Aid 

Smith School to Introduce 
Executive MBA Program 

The university's Robert H. 
Smith School of Business will 
launch its first executive 
MBA (EMBA) program in Jan- 
uary 2003. The program will run over 
the course of 18 months, with 35 posi- 
tions available in the first class. It is 
designed to not only provide a quality 
executive education to managers, but 
also to focus on the educational and 
developmental needs of the compa- 
nies that sponsor the participants. 

"At a time when corpora- 
tions are focused on man- 
aging costs more effec- 
tively, it is critical that 
EMBA programs deliv- 
er exceptional and 
immediate value to 
sponsoring firms. 
The Smith School 
program will do that," 
said Dean Howard 
Frank. "Our EMBA is based 
on a systematic approach to 
management, and will be relevant, 
practical and applicable from the 
moment participating executives walk 
out the door." 

The Smith School program consists 
of three integrated modules: founda- 
tion, project and mastery. The program 
begins with the school's strong MBA 
core as the foundation, and integrates 
four critical mastery skills courses 
throughout the curriculum. The mas- 
tery skills courses focus on the areas 
of technology, communications, ethics 


and corporate citizenship and leader- 
ship and creativity. 

The program also incorporates an 
action-learning engagement project for 
die sponsoring company. This project 
enables the firm to tie the participant's 
learning to specific company needs 
and to benefit direcdy from the work 
the participant does during the pro- 
gram.The projects account for nearly 
20 percent of the curriculum or 

approximately 10 of the 54 credits 
required for the degree. 

"The action project 
allows enrolled execu- 
tives to not only gain 
valuable skills and 
knowledge, but to 
tackle real issues cur- 
rendy facing their 
particular compa- 
nies," said Scott Koer- 
wer, associate dean and 
director of the Smith 
School's Office of Executive 
Education. "Whatever issue is 
selected, whether it's the introduction 
of a new product, or even developing 
a merger strategy, executives will carry 
out projects that provide real benefit 
to their organizations." 

Anil Gupta, Ralph J.Tyser Professor 
of Strategy and Organization at the 
Smith School, will lead as the academic 
director. The application deadline for 
the 2003 class is Dec. 1 . More informa- 
tion about the program is available at 
http ://ee . rhsmith. 

Training Employees to Lead 

Dingman Center Helps Small Businesses 


Deborah Uttz of offers instruction to a participant during the 
Oracle program. Her company has a partnership with the center. 

Representatives from a number of small- to mid-sized 
Maryland businesses stopped by the Smith School's 
Netrentric Financial Markets Laboratory recendy for a 
full day of training on a new e-business application. The businesses 
were selected to take part in the Dingman Center for 
Entrepreneurship/Oracle Small Business Assistance Program, spon- 
sored by the Dingman Center. The program provides selected busi- 
nesses with free access to the Oracle Small Business Suite, a new 
Web-based platform for managing various small business functions. 
The businesses also get free training through the Dingman Center's 
partnership with The Oracle program is 
part of the "eMaryland" initiative, passed by the legislature in 2000 
to speed technology growth and adoption throughout the state. 
For more information, visit 


Tom Wilson recently assumed the 
position of director, information 
technology, for the University 
Libraries. He was the head of sys- 
tems at the University of Houston 
(UH) Libraries where he managed 
the information technology needs 
Of the main library and its branch- 
es and oversaw an integrated 
library system shared by Uiree 
campuses of the UH System. 

Fays S. Taxman, associate research 
professor in the Department of 
Criminology and Criminal Justice 
and director of the Bureau of Gov- 
ernmental Research of the Univer- 
sity of Maryland Center for Applied 
Policy Studies (UMCAPS) was 
awarded the University of Cincin- 
nati Award by the American Proba- 
tion and Parole Association, The 
award is given to a researcher or 
non-practitioner that has made sig- 
nificant contributions to the field 
of supervision. Taxman is known 
for her work in the nexus between 
the treatment and criminal justice 
system and systemic approaches 
Most recently she has been work- 
ing with the Maryland Division of 
Parole and Probation in a series of 
studies and technical assistance to 
reframe supervision services to 
incorporate evidenccd-based sci- 
entific practices. 

Bob Stumpff , coordinator of Gener- 
al Services in the Department of 
Building and Landscape Services, 
was elected chair of the Maryland 
Recycling Coalition board of direc- 
tors for the 2002-2003 academic 
year. Stumpff has been coordinat- 
ing the university recycling effort 
since Facilities Management 
became involved in 1993. 

Helen Hull, graduate assistant in the 
Office of English Undergraduate 
Studies, received the Provost Acad- 
emic Advisor Award for being "a 
fantastic resource" and for "improv- 
ing colleagues' and students' lives." 

Margaret M. Pearson, professor 
with the Department of Govern- 
ment and Politics, has been award- 
ed a Fulbright Scholar grant to do 
research this semester at Beijing 
University. She will study the emer- 
gence of China's regulatory state. 

Corporate and Foundation Rela- 
tions welcomes two new mem- 
bers: Sandra Waldrop as administra- 
tive assistant and Koli Banik as 
graduate assistant. For the last 
three years, Waldrop has been 
with the Career Center, where she 
organized career fairs and sched- 
uled on<ampus interviews. Banik 
will be assisting with research and 
proposal development. She is 
entering the doctorate program in 
education policy and leadership 
after four years coordinating the 
Vietnam Fellowship Program at 
the Population Council in New 
York City. 

SEPTEMBER 10, 2002 

In Memoriam 

Office Loses 
Family Man 

The Office of Contract 
and Grant Accounting is 
heartbroken to announce 
the sudden death of Den- 
nis M.Trimble, a 25-year 
employee of the universi- 
ty. Trimble spent his entire 
career within the Comp- 
troller's Office working in 
various aspects of spon- 
sored project administra- 
tion. Most recently he 
acted as the university's 
representative to the fed- 
eral government for prop- 
erty reporting. 

Colleagues knewTrim- 
ble as a man who took 
care of his family, especial- 
ly his nieces and 
nephews. He was an avid 
gardener with a passion 
for azaleas. He was well 
known around campus for 
his zeal for exercise and 
would be seen dairy work- 
ing out at one of the cam- 
pus facilities Trimble, 53, 
died after collapsing dur- 
ing a workout two weeks 

He is survived by his 
long-time companion, 
Maria Perrotta, his mother 
Eileen Trimble, 12 broth- 
ers and sisters and his 
nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were 
held Thursday, Aug. 29 at 
St Mary's Catholic Church 
in Landover Hills, Md. 

Maryland Leadership Institute 
Students Desire to Change the World 

This summer marked the seventh 
year that the Maryland School of 
Public Affairs has hosted the 
Maryland Leadership Institute in Public 
Policy and International Affairs.The 
seven- week, residential program brings 
together 3 1 academically talented under- 
graduate students from across the coun- 
try to learn about the world of public 
policy and international affairs. 

Some of the students in this year's 
program were born to be public ser- 
vants. Crystal Frierson knew at age 1 5 
that she could "change the world." 

"I attended a summer foreign policy 
program at Georgetown University after 
my freshman year in high school and 
knew instandy that I wanted to live in 
D.C. and pursue a degree in political sci- 
ence," she said. 

Mark Lopez, an instructor with the 
institute and a research assistant profes- 
sor with the School of Public Affairs, said 
students come into the program with 
clear goals such as Crystal's. They know 
what they want to do, and just need 
some help to get there. 

"Most of my discussions with students 
are about what graduate school they 
should go to to achieve this. I advise 
them on schools based on their skills 
and what they want to do. r 

Crystal is now at Howard University 
pursuing a career in the Foreign Service. 
She was president of the Howard Col- 
lege Democrats and coordinated student 
panic! pat ion forAl Gore's visit to 
Howard during the Gore/Lieberman 
2000 campaign. Crystal was selected to 
introduce Gore at the nationally tele- 
vised event. She also worked with the 
African Office of the United States Trade 
Representative (USTR) where she 
helped with office preparations for Pres- 
ident Clinton's trip to Nigeria in 2001. 

"I worked extensively on the imple- 
mentation of the African Growth and 
Opportunity Act, a legislative effort to 
create sustainable trade relationships 
with sub-Saharan Africa." 

Crystal hopes that the Maryland Lead- 
ership Institute will prepare her for grad- 
uate-level quantitative courses and pro- 
vide her with a chance to learn from 
peers with similar interests. 

Karlo Marcelo, a University of Mary- 
land student, says he also became inter- 
ested in public service in high school. 

"Participating in the National Youth 
Leadership Conference and my high 
school government classes were the fun- 
damental drivers behind my newfound 
ambition to create change." 

A visit to the Philippines helped Karlo 
focus on environmental policy issues. "I 
realized that the poor air and water qual- 
ity were not indigenous to Manila and 
could be better managed." 

Karlo plans to pursue a master's in 
public policy and expects the Maryland 
program to broaden his growing interest 
in international security policy research 
and analysis. 

Students participated in a series of 
policy-related activities, including a two- 
day symposium on current issues in pub- 
lic policy and international affairs hosted 
by Howard University. Senior Diplomat 
in Residence June Carter Perry 
addressed the group, along with George 
Dalley, counsel to Congressman Charles 
B . Rangel, who spoke on "The Role of 
Congress in U.S. Foreign Pohcy." Patricia 
Norman of the Department of State 
addressed the issue of "Bilateral Rela- 
tions:Trade & Border Challenges for the 
21st Century." 

Brown bag luncheons were held on 
the subject of "Homeland Security in 
the Era of Terrorism," conducted by John 
Steinbruner of the Center for Interna- 
tional and Security Studies at Maryland 
(CISSM). Lauri Fitz-Pegado, former assis- 
tant secretary and director general of the 
U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service at 
the Department of Commerce gave a 
talk on careers in international affairs. 

— Makeba Clay, director, 
Maryland Leadership Institute 

West Nile: Campus 
Takes Precautions 

Continued from page 1 

storm management 
ponds and wetiands, 
and works with the 
state of Maryland mos- 
quito control unit to 
coordinate application 
of environmentally safe 
larvicide to kill mosqui- 
to larvae. This summer, 
the state applied larvi- 
cide to areas of stand- 
ing water on the uni- 
versity campus on June 
2 and 25, July 17 and 
Aug. 2. Because of the 
possible toxic effects 
of chemical insecticide 
on humans, the univer- 
sity does not spray to 
control adult mosqui- 
University Facilities 
Management personnel 
also look for and report 
standing water on 
rooftops and other 
areas where rainwater 
could collect. Because 
of the dry summer, hi- 
de or no water has 
accumulated. Standing 
water must be present 
for at least a week for 
the cycle of mosquito 
egg-laying and hatching 
to take place. Interior 
standing water, such as 
that occasionally found 
in mechanical areas, is 
reported and attended 

to immediately. Mosqui- 
toes that breed indoors 
and have not lived out- 
side have no way of 
being exposed to the 

While dead birds and 
other animals are not 
necessarily a problem, 
they may be an indica- 
tion of WNV The uni- 
versity immediately 
removes animal car- 
casses found on cam- 
pus and takes them to 
the Central Animal 
Resources Faculty. The 
animals are reported to 
the state department of 
public health. 

What can I do to 
reduce my risk of 
being bitten by a 

• When outdoors, use 
insect repellant that 
contains DEET. A DEET 
content of 10 to 50 
percent is sufficient. 

• Wear light colored, 
long-sleeved shirts and 
long pants outdoors. 

• Avoid outdoor activi- 
ties from dusk to 

• Avoid mosquito- 
infested areas such as 
marshes and wetlands. 

eport standing water and 
dead animals to Work Control 
at (301) 405-2222. 

Security: University Hosts Forum for a Variety of Views 

Continued from page 1 

ty and Sen. Paul Sarbanes were 
also invited to participate in 
the Sept. 19-20 conference. 

"This conference has a broad 
spectrum of speakers that [rep 
resent] many of the different 
aspects of what homeland 
security is," said Dennis O'Con- 
nor, dean of the graduate 
school and vice president for 


Conference attendance will 
be limited to the first 400 
paid registrants. 

Registration fee is $90 and 
can be paid with Visa, 
Master Card or American 
Express credit cards. However, 
electronic credit card payments 
cannot be made. To pay with a 
credit card, prim out the com- 
pleted payment form (available 
jointops02/regist.html) and fax 
it to (202) 685-3866. To pay by 
check, please make it payable 
to "NDU Symposia Committee" 
and mail the registration form 


The conference will look 
back at Sept. 1 1 and examine 
progress made in the past year, 
faculty member Timothy Coffey 
said. "The fact that it's being 
held roughly a year later is not 

Called "Homeland Security: 
The Cml-Miiitary Dimensions," 

and check to: 

National Defense University 
Insititue for National Strate- 
gic Studies (symposia) 
300 5th Ave., Marshall Hall 
Fort McNair 
Washington, D.C. 20319-5066 

Vouchers <DD Form 1556 or 
Standard Form 182) can- 
not be accepted for this fee. 
Registrations must be received 
by Sept. 12, after that date 
requests for refunds will not be 
accepted. For more informa- 
tion, call (202) 685-3857 or visit 

the event will provide a forum 
to discuss civil as well as mili- 
tary issues relating to homeland 
security, said Marine Corps Col. 
Steven Tomisek, a National Def- 
ense University (NDU) home- 
land security research fellow. 

The agendaqtrovides for dis- 
cussion on domestic prepared- 
ness for the possibility of future 
attacks, the role of the armed 
forces, science and technology 
and the protection of civil liber- 

More importandy, the confer- 
ence is a "nexus between civil- 
ian views of homeland security 
and the views of the depart- 
ment of defense regarding their 
roles in homeland security," 
Coffey said. 

Also recognizing that defense 
of the country involves more 
than the military, the university 
formed the Council for Security 
and CounterTerrorism studies 
in October 2001 to address its 
contribution to assessing, 
researching and resolving the 
variety of homeland defense 
issues stemming from last 

year's attacks. 

The council, made up of fac- 
ulty from several colleges and 
departments at the university, 
coordinated with NDU adminis- 
tration and faculty to organize 
the conference, councU Chair- 
man Coffey said. 

But perhaps one of the most 
significant and relevant discus- 
sion topics for the conference 
will be President Bush's pro- 
posed Department of Home- 
land Security, Tomisek said. The 
creation of a new department 
would be "the most extensive 
reorganization of the federal 
government since the 1 940s," 
the president said in a state- 
ment when he submitted the 
proposed legislation to Con- 

Tomisek said the proposed 
department addresses the ques- 
tion of whether the federal gov- 
ernment is organized in an 
effective and efficient manner 
to confront the new threat of 
terrorism that the country 

Unlike the university, which 

only recently became involved 
with homeland security, the 
Defense University researches 
and evaluates homeland 
defense and other military 
issues as part of the everyday 
curriculum. In fact, the confer- 
ence is this year's topic in one 
of four major symposia organ- 
ized and sponsored by the 
NDU each year. 

The university's participation 
in the conference, however, 
offers a wider audience with 
diverse interests and expertise, 
which reflect the contrasting 
issues associated with home- 
land security. 

"Universities have historical- 
ly been the marketplace for the 
free exchange of ideas and I 
think it's important to share 
thoughts on these issues and to 
examine the implications of 
proposed actions " O'Connor 

— Christine Hines, courtesy of 

The Diamondback 

(original article appeared 

Aug. 1,2002) 


Winning an Award for 
Educating the World 


Mike Embrey with one of his beekeeping Turkmenistan colleagues, who goes only by 
the name Professor Narkuly. 

Administrators and directors 
received Board of Regents 
staff awards this summer, 
and so did a beekeeper 
named Michael Embrey. 

His official title is agricultural tech- 
nician supervisor for the Department 
of Entomology, but it is Embrey's 
extensive extracurricular work to 
educate schoolchildren and the pub- 
lic about beekeeping that earned him 
the Extraordinary Public Service- 
Nonexempt award. According to a 
nomination letter written by his 
supervisor Galen Dively, a professor 
from entomology, Embrey "has devel- 
oped an outstanding educational pro- 
gram for beekeepers and the general 
public. Since 1996, Mike has been 
very active in the Maryland State Bee- 
keepers Association — serving on 
committees, organizing meetings, giv- 
ing presentations, and problem-shoot- 
ing hive troubles via on-site visits to 
member beekeepers," 

Embrey writes a quarterly 
newsletter, Bee News, and speaks 
frequendy locally and abroad. 
Though he is not a Maryland Coop- 
erative Extension agent, his outreach 
apiculture work on the Eastern 
Shore often has him functioning as 
one. This outreach came to the atten- 
tion of Winrock International's 
Farmer-to-Farmer program. He 
helped develop a tour for visiting 
Bulgarian beekeepers to bee 
colonies in Maryland, Pennsylvania 
and North Carolina. Embrey was 
then asked to work with a group of 
beekeepers in Turkmenistan, which 
is in Central Asia between Iran and 

"I've been there three times. I will 
be going for a fourth time on October 
2," says Embrey "Since 1999,Ihave 
had assignments for beekeeping proj- 
ects all over the world. I've been to 
Russia, Bulgaria and Bangladesh. Bee- 
keeping is more economically impor- 
tant over there than here in the states. 
Beekeeping has a long tradition." 

It is a full-time job for many in the 
third world. Complicated mobile 
honey-collecting businesses roam 
through Russia with hives for pollina- 
tion and honey Owners live in small 
cabins attached to trucks or on trail- 
ers and ask farmers to allow then 

bees to pollinate crops, while they 
produce honey that can be sold in 
honey shops. "Beekeepers make more 
than fanners," says Embrey. 

Embrey co-launched a honey pro- 
cessing cooperative managed by 
women in Turkmenistan and is begin- 
ning work on another. He is also 
working to form a national beekeep- 
ing association. 

He began his beekeeping work as a 
volunteer 14 years ago. Bob Rouse, a 
small fruit and orchard extension spe- 
cialist, needed someone to raise bees 
at the university's Wye Research and 
Education Center to pollinate crops. 
The university's extension apiculturist 
offered Embrey a crash course in the 
field and the ag technician took it a 
step further by looking for others on 
the Eastern Shore interested in learn- 
ing to keep bees. 

In 1996 when the extension apicul- 
turalist left to go to the USDA bee lab- 
oratory in Tucson, Embrey didn't want 
to leave those other people in the 
lurch so he continued training others 
on his own."I had a support system 
already developed," says Embrey 

One of his supporters is Dively, 
with whom Embrey has worked for in 
developing integrated pest manage- 
ment systems. Embrey says that expe- 
rience has easily integrated with his 
work with honeybees. Bees, which 
are critically needed for human food 
supplies, have pests that threaten 
their existence. Bees have mites that 
drink their blood.The only chemicals 
available to fight them have become 
obsolete because the mites developed 
a resistance to them. It lias become 
important to develop some pest man- 
agement strategies for beekeepers to 
aid in contoliing these mites, says 

He will continue to help others 
develop their beekeeping skills, in 
this country and elsewhere. He is rais- 
ing funds to take back to Turk- 
menistan so that the honey coopera- 
tives can buy equipment and take 
computer and English classes. He 
especially wants to bolster the 
women's cooperatives. 

"There's a saying, 'If you teach a 
man, a man learns. If you teach a 
woman, a family learns,' says Embrey. 
"It will be passed on." 

Grant: Students, Faculty Benefit 

Continued from page 1 

1992 is exemplary. It 
is also a testament to 
the college's pro- 
gram. It's not univer- 
sal for undergraduates 
to do die amount of 
research being done 
in her college, and 
that is part of its 
strength. "These 
aren't just summer- 
long or semester 
internships," she said. 
"These are amazing 
students. They 
accomplish so much 
and this is not the 
only thing they are 

doing. We have one 
student that is major- 
ing in physics and 

Between 70 and 75 
students work under 

HHMI fellowships, with Thompson coordi- 
nating outside activities and recruitment. 
Competitive on more than one level, the 
program allows undergraduates to work 
on research projects for up to one year 
(with a one- to two-year renewable 
option) under the supervision of a faculty 
mentor. The university's $1 .8 million 
award, said Thompson, will allow her to 
strengthen undergraduate course offer- 
ings, increase outreach efforts to pre-col- 
lege students and biology teachers and 
give faculty more release time to devote 
to research. "And this gives them time to 
be resources for students," 

Thompson, whose research interests 
include play behavior in juvenile mam- 
mals and chemical communication's role 
in controlling reproductive physiology, 
also wants to work on student develop- 
ment and preparing them for teaching 
careers. "What we've done for the last sev- 
eral years is to take a careful look at the 

it ■ 


Hojun Li works in organic chemistry, studying the self-assembly 
properties of the guanosine DNA base and Its potential as art artificial 
ion channel through cell membranes. He plans to graduate in Spring 
2005, with departmental honors in both biochemistry and math. 

students' needs and the undergraduate 
curriculum to make sure it reflects mod- 
ern biology," she said. "But it's a moving 
target. Now this grant will let us take a 
broad look at what we're doing." 

Maryland is one of 44 major research 
universities chosen to share $80 million in 
awards from the institute, which is a med- 
ical research organization dedicated to 
basic biomedical research and education. 
Students receive stipends of $1 ,200 per 
semester and $2,600 per summer, or up to 
$5,000 per year after successfully submit- 
ting a formal grant proposal. It is much 
like the process Thompson went through 
to secure the funding. 

"We thought we had a really great pro- 
posal, but nothing is guaranteed. It's getting 
more competitive every year," she said. 

"We're very lucky to have the students 
we have. It's easy to make a case for con- 
tinued funding because of what they have 

Fire Safety: Raising Questions 

Continued from page 1 

illations as part of the 
problem. He hopes 
thatanew $l6mil- 
lion study being con- 
ducted by the Nation- 
al Institute of Stan- 
dards and Technology 
will be thorough 
enough to answer 
some of the issues his 
and diMarzo's ques- 
tions raise. 

"Ours is an 
assumption, though 
very substantive. It 
needs to be looked at 
further, refuted or val- 
idated," said diMarzo. 
"Then you have a les- 
son learned. It doesn't 
diminish the terrify- 
ing event or the 
responsibility of the 

"If the buildings 
fell down because of poor 
fire safety, should we 
attack Afghanistan?" asked 
Quintiere. "Sure, you pun- 
ish those who started this, 
but there has to be some 
attention to fire safety 
issues as well" 


Professors James Quintiere, left, and Marino diMarzo at the seventh 
meeting of the International Association for Fire Safety in Worcester, 
Mass. in June. 

for their paper's basis 
came from a thick Federal 
Emergency Management 
Agency publication," World 
Trade Center Building Per- 
formance Study: data col- 
lection, preliminary obser- 
vations and recommenda- 

tions," Quintiere said while 
the publication offers little 
analysis, it is an excellent 
place to begin given its 
wealth of structural specifi- 
cations on each of the 
buildings affected. Quin- 
tiere points to building reg- 

SEPTEMBER 10, 2002 

Finding Ways to Give 

Interested in giving back 
and making a difference in 
the community? Then 
drop by the Community 
Service Corner at the First 
Look Fair. More than 30 
service organizations will 
be recruiting volunteers 
on bothwedncsday.Sept. 

25 from 10 a.m. until 4 
p.m., and Thursday, Sept. 

26 from 10 a.m. until 2 
p.m. Agencies such as So 
Others May Eat,Ameri- 
Corps, Greenbelt Cares 
and many more will be on 
hand to share information 
on service opportunities. 
Everyone is welcome, so 
be sure to stop by Mc- 
Kelclin Mall to see the 
many service opportuni- 
ties. The event is spon- 
sored by Community Ser- 
vice Programs. 

For more information 
about the Community Ser- 
vice Corner or about serv- 
ice in general, call (301) 

Leadership Society 
Seeks Honorees 

Omicron Delta Kappa 
would like faculty and 
staff to help them find and 
reward student leaders in 
five areas of community 
life: scholarship; campus 
or community service, 
social, religious activities 
and campus government; 
athletics; journalism, 
speech and the mass 
media; and the creative 
arts. A mini mini GPA of 
320 for juniors, 3.25 for 
seniors and 3.80 for gradu- 
ate students is required to 
be considered for mem- 
bership. Applications can 
be picked up in the office 
of Stamp Student Union 
and Campus Programs, 
1136 Stamp Student 
Union. For more informa- 
tion, call (301) 314-7174 
or 314*502. 

World Energy Policy 

An array of important 
speakers and delegates 
from government, industry 
and academia will con- 
verge on the university for 
the World Energy Policy in 
the 21st Century confer- 
ence, Sept, 16 to 18. 

The conference will fea- 
ture discussions on issues 
in three different dimen- 
sions of energy policy: 
technological, economic 
and socio-political. Orga- 
nizers aim to provide a 
forum that will maximize 
the fostering and exchange 
of new ideas. The depart- 
ments of Geology and 
Meterology and the School 
of Public Affairs are among 
the many sponsoring 
groups from industry, gov- 

ernment and academia. 
For more information, 
contact Julio Friedmann at 
juliof @geoI. For a 
list of speakers and regis- 
tration information, visit 
/Energy PolicyWebsite/ 
Energy _Homepage . htm . 

Turkish Belly Dance 

Explore the world of Turk- 
ish Belly Dance. Two class- 
es will be offered this fall 
at the Art and Learning 
Center in B0 107 Stamp 
Student Union. The first 
class focuses on technique 
(6 to 7:30 p.m.) and the 
second on fitness training 
through belly dance (4:30 
to 6 p.m.). Both classes 
begin Tuesday, Sept. 10 and 
continue for six weeks. 
The cost is $50 for stu- 
dents and $55 for faculty 
and staff. 

For more information, 
contact the Art and Learn- 
ing Center at (301) 314- 
ARTS or asimon@union., or visit www. 
union . umd .edu/artcen ter. 

Library Copy Cards 

Campus departments can 
now purchase and add 
value to library photocopy 
cards with a university 
purchasing card. Internal 
Services Requests can no 
longer be accepted. A 
campus department form 
to purchase a copy card is 
available in the "Get a Pho- 
tocopy Card" section of 
the Web site. 

For more information, 
contact MarkWilkerson at 
(301) 405-9057 or mwl06 
©, or visit 
www. lib. umd. edu/copy. 

Talk About Teaching 

Join the Center Alliance for 
School Teachers (CAST) 
for Talk About Teaching, a 
series of informal school- 
university conversations. 
Students, classroom teach- 
ers and administrators 
from schools and commu- 
nity colleges are welcome. 
Bring a dozen copies of a 
lesson plan to share with 
colleagues. Sessions meet 
from 4: 1 5 to 5:30 p.m. in 
the Conference Room of 
the Center for Renaissance 
& Baroque Studies, 01 35 
Taliaferro Hall. Examination 
copies of new text materi- 
als and refreshments will 
be provided. 

• September 12: Ancient 
Greece: Interdisciplinary 

• October 10:Writing: 
Rubric-Based Assessment 

For more information, 
contact Nancy Traubitz at 
(301) 405-6833 or, or 
visit www.inform.umd. 

Chesapeake Champions: A Little 
Softball on a Summer Day 


Cheering loudly, the team from the comptroller's office shows 
who won the Chesapeake Building championship softball 
tournament last week, with a score of 1 1 -3 against the per- 
sonnel department. Co-ed teams from the Department of 
Environmental Safety and Purchasing also participated. 

Memorial Service Planned 


Banners filled by thoughts written by members of our community on Sept. 12 last 
year will be displayed around the Mall as part of the Sept. 11 memorial this week. 

To commemorate the 
events of Sept. 11, the 
campus community is 
invited to attend a memorial 
service, "Remembrance of the 
Past, Hope for the Future," to be 
held on McKeldm Mall, 
Wednesday, Sept. 1 1 . A group of 
students, chaplains and staff have 
been planning an event that 
seeks to honor those lives lost 
and build on the unity that grew 
out of our collective pain. 

The morning will begin 
with a vigil from 8:30-10:30 
a.m., during which time the 
names of all of those who died 
will be read and the moments 
when the planes crashed and the 
World Trade Towers fell will be 
marked with the laying of 
wreathes and banners. A brief 
program held from 10:30-11:00 
a.m. will feature music, a 
moment of silence and com- 
ments by President Dan Mote, 
Student Government Association 

President Brandon DeFrehn and 
Graduate Student Government 
President Alfredo Perez, In addi- 
tion, the banners filled by 
thoughts written by members of 
our community throughout the 
day on Sept. 12 last year will be 
displayed around the Mall. 

Recognizing that students, 
faculty and staff will each deter- 
mine the most appropriate man- 
ner to remember Sept. 11, the 
campus has elected to remain 
open on a regular schedule. For 
some, comfort and security can 
be found in niaintaming routine 
activities. Classes will be held 
and offices will be open for the 
regular workday. Everyone is 
eneouraged to be sensitive to 
the needs of members of our 
community who may have spe- 
cial needs on this day of remem- 
brance and reflection. 

With specific questions, con- 
tact Pat Perfetto at .