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Volume i u • Number 3 • February 11, 2003 

It's Not for 

Campus Musings on 
Valentine's Day 

Valentine's Day. . . every 
man's nightmare! Will 
you even remember to 
buy your sweetheart something, 
and even if you do. will it fit your 
lover's preconceived idea of the 
"perfect gift"? An idea, by the 
way, that your lover has failed to 
adequately communicate to you 
lest your spontaneity be lost! 
The whole day is enough to 
make you crazy, which actually 
is stunningly appropriate, as 
many philosophers on the sub- 
ject fittingly associate love with 
madness. Plato felt that love "is a 
grave mental disease." 

H.L. Mencken said that "love 
is the triumph of imagination 
over intelligence," while Jules 
Renard conjures up the wonder- 
ful image of "love being like an 
hourglass, with the heart filling 
up as the brain empties," 

If you don't buy the madness 
metaphor, how about some cyn- 
icism? Dan Greenberg suggests 
that "love is the self-delusion we 
manufacture to justify the trou- 
ble we take to have sex," while 
good old Woody Allen swears 
that "there's only one kind of 
love that lasts — that's unrequit- 
ed love, and it stays with you 
forever!" Any way you cut it, 
making the right choice for 
Valentine's Day is a real prob- 
lem. ..maybe you should just 
buy the hourglass and explain 
the metaphor?... or not! 

— Robin G. Sawyer, chair. 

Department of Public Sc 

Community Health 

Love is grand. Divorce is more 
like one hundred grand! 
There is a lot of humor devoted 
to sex, relationships, marriage 
and, yes, love. Most of it is nega- 
tive. It is not impossible to voice 
cute, sweet and positive senti- 
ments about love, but humor is 
more likely to be used as an 
antidote to cloying romanticism, 
or as a licensed expression of 
cynicism, skepticism or even 
hostility for those who are less 
enraptured (at the moment, one 
hopes). Our public discourse on 
matters of sex, love, relationships 
and marriage is very problemat- 
ic. It is easy to offend, violate 
taboos, reveal more about our 
relationships and ourselves than 
is wise and proper, and expose 
ourselves to. . . trouble. Using 
humor does not get us off the 
hook entirely, but it is a good 
try. Our culture places a very 
high value on matters of the 
heart; experience reminds us 

See VALENTINES, page 6 

University's Window on the Universe 

The lecture hall is 
full. All the seats are 
taken. Director of 
the University of 
Maryland Observatory Eliza- 
beth Warner paces the room, 
waiting for tonight's lecturer. 
She repeats her instructions 
to the Astronomy 100 stu- 
dents present; sign the log- 
book with your ID ready to 
get credit for showing up. 
In the observatory next door, 
four telescopes are trained 
on the Orion Nebula, the 
Pleiades star cluster, Saturn 
and Jupiter. The University of 
Maryland Observatory open 
house is set to begin. 

The bimonthly open hous- 
es, held on the 5th and 20th 
of every month, draw crowds 
of retirees, families and ama- 
teur astronomers in addition 
to the Astronomy 100 stu- 
dents required to attend. 
The open houses begin 
with a lecture from a profes- 
sional astronomer, usually 
focusing on his or her 

On litis night, Stacy 
McGaugh of the astronomy 
department lectures on the 
theoretical dark matter, mate- 
rial thought to comprise 
most of the matter in the uni- 
verse. Called 'dark' because it 
doesn't react with the matter 
we do — like light, atoms, mol- 
ecules, etc.— it is by defini- 
tion undetectable. McGaugh 
is conversational and breezy 


Astronomy undergraduate Brian Young observes Saturn through 
one of the university observatory's powerful scopes. 

as he plants transparencies of 
background microwave radia- 
tion and the spin curves of 
spiral galaxies on the over- 
heard projector. 
"We try to make sure the 

lecture topics remain accessi- 
ble and interesting to the 
general public and amateur 
astronomers. Sometimes they 

See OBSERVATORY, page 5 

Scholar-Teachers Honored for Excellence 

The Fall 2003-2004 
Distinguished Scholar- 
Teachers have been 
announced. The group repre- 
sents excellence in sociologi- 
cal, civic and environmental 
areas of study. As with past 
selections, this year's class 
was chosen based on peer 
references, student comments 
and professional accomplish- 
ments. Each honoree will 
receive a monetary award for 
scholarly activities and will 
present a lecture in the fall. 

Colleagues know Scott Angle 
(www, agnr. umd . edu/users/ 
professor in the Department 
of Natural Resource Sciences 
and Landscape Architecture, 
for his environmentally 
important work with benefi- 
cial bacteria and phytoreme- 
diation, which (simply) is the 
process for removing chemi- 
cals from soils. Students 
know him for his innovative 
teaching and enthusiastic 
research.Angle also holds the 


Scott Angle 

position of associate dean of 
the College of Agriculture 
and Natural Resources, as 
well as associate director of 
the Maryland Agricultural 
Experiment Station. He's 
widely published and holds 
numerous patents. 

Suzanne Bianchi (www.bsos. 
umd . edu/socy/sbianchi . html), 
professor in the Department 

of Sociology and director of 
the Center on Population, 
Gender, and Social Inequality, 
takes mentoring students as 
seriously as she takes her 
work. Several former stu- 
dents wrote letters of recom- 
mendation, noting Bianchi s 
time and interest in their 
projects. A recent doctoral 
student of hers, Wan He, was 
the first Maryland student to 
win the Outstanding Doctor- 
al Dissertation Award from 
the American Sociological 
Association in 2000. As a 
scholar, her research on gen- 
der, work and families has 
appeared in premiere jour- 
nals and used as a model for 
students. (Photo not available) 

Ramalingam Che I lappa 
(www. cfar, umd . ed u/~ rama/ 
main.html), professor of elec- 
trical engineering and affili- 
ate professor of computer 
science, holds world-class 
stature in the fields of image 

See TEACHERS, page 5 

Reap Big 

The Democracy Collaborative 
at the university works to 
strengthen democracy and civil 
society all over the world, all over 
the country and in our backyard. 

A recent symposium sponsored 
by the collaborative highlighted 
how university-community part- 
nerships have improved the quali- 
ty of life and democracy in Prince 
George's County and what needs 
to happen to enable current and 
future partnerships to do more. 

"The university exists to serve 
the community," said Margaret Mor- 
gan-Hubbard, associate director of 
the collaborative, adding that parti- 
cipants looked at three dimensions 
of a university's responsibility to a 
community: service, research and 
advocacy. "It isn't just about doing 
service. It's about changing things 
. . .building a cadre of engaged fac- 
ulty around the country." 

Keynote speaker Henry Louis 
Taylor Jr., author of "Race and the 
City: African Americans and the 
Rise of Buffalo's Post-Industrial 
City," described how race and class 
have remained important themes 
through decades of university- 
community engagement. 

The 50-pIus attendees included 
university faculty and staff, Prince 
George's County administrators 
and elected officials. Local cities 
and neighborhoods were also well- 
represented with a number of staff 
from local community-based 
organizations and citizen activists 

"It was a fantastic meeting," said 
Morgan-Hubbard. "The upshot of 
this meeting is that 30 people 
signed up for more." 

Most of those attending expres- 
sed surprise at the number and 
variety of current town-gown part- 
nerships that provide much need- 
ed services and resources in the 
county. A few examples: 

• Carmen Roman, community out- 
reach coordinator for the Latin 
American Studies Center and the 
Departments of Spanish and Por- 
tuguese, recruits Latino students 
from local high schools and pro- 
vides mentoring and tutoring to 
help them graduate. In the first six 
years, the program recruited 142 
first-generation students and gradu- 
ated 126 of them. 

* The Prince George's Interagency 
Early Childhood Committee, a col- 
laboration of more than 20 univer- 





f ebruary 1 1 

12:30-1:45 p.m., Leverag- 
ing Corporate Knowledge 

1412 Rouse, Van Munching 
Hall. This seminar on "Building 
a Cutting-Edge Business Ware- 
house" will be presented by 
Bob Cybulski, director. Infor- 
mation Services, Marketing, 
Finance and Planning Systems. 
Hershey Foods Corporation. 
For more information, contact 
Susan Weil at 5-4448 or sweil®, or visit 
www. rhsmi th . umd . ed u/ces. 

7 p.m., King's Dream Hoff 
Theater, Stamp Student Union, 
Dramatic presentation on an 
American Legend and the spir- 
it of the Civil Rights Move- 
ment. For more information, 
contact Erika Ross at 4-8498. 

8 p.m., Faculty Spotlight 
Recital Gildenhorn Recital 
Hall, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. Milton Steven, 
trombone, and JohnTafoya, 
timpani, will perform. Free. For 
more information, call (301) 
405-ARTS or visit www, 
claricesmithcenter. umd .edu . 


f ebruary 12 

9:30 a.m. -3: 30 p.m., 26th 
Annual Multi-Ethnic Job 
Fair Grand Ballroom, Stamp 
Student Union. Sponsored by 
the Career Center and Office 
of Multi-Ethnic Student Educa- 
tion. For more information, 
contact Christopher Irwin at 

10 a.m., Andre Watts Piano 
Master Class Gildenhorn 
Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Per- 
forming Arts Center. Watts is 
artist-in-residence at the School 
of Music, where he teaches 
select students in the piano 
division. Free. For more infor- 
mation, call (301) 405-ARTS or 
visit www.claricesmithcenter, 

Noon-1 p.m.. Living and 
Learning in A Global Soci- 
ety 0114 Counseling Center, 
Shoemaker Building. Presenta- 
tion by Kirsten la Cour Dabelko, 
director. Global Communities 
International Education Ser- 
vice. Part of the Counseling 
Center's Research and Devel- 
opment Meetings Series. For 
more information, contact 

"Pardon the Interruption" — 
Meet Michael Wilbon and Crew 

Meet Michael Wilbon, Washington Post columnist, and 
the crew of ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption" on Mon- 
day, Feb. 17 from 8-10 p.m. in 0200 Skinner. Spon- 
sored by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism chapter of the 
Society of Professional Journalists. Show co-host Wilbon and 
the crew will talk about what goes into the making of the sports 
show and anything else audience members want to discuss. 
Audience participation is encouraged. For more information, 
contact Sue Kopen Katcef at 5-7526 or 

Vivian S. Boyd at vbl4@umail. 


f ebruary 13 

4 p.m.. Cognitive Neuro- 
science and the Dissociable 
Self 1116 IPST Building. The 
Committee on the History and 
Philosophy of Science collo- 
quium series presents Carl 
Craver, Philosophy, Washington 
University, St. Louis. For more 
information, contact the CHPS 
office at 5-5691 or hp26@ Information is 
also available online at http:// 
caraap . umd. edu/cpas . 

4:15-5:30 p.m., Talk About 

Teaching: Harlem Renais- 
sance: Historical Context 

Conference Room, Center for 
Renaissance & Baroque Studies 
(01 35 Taliaferro Hall). Join the 
Center Alliance for School 
Teachers (CAST) for an infor- 
mal school-university conversa- 
tion. Students, classroom teach- 
ers and administrators from 
schools and community col- 
leges are welcome. Bring a 
dozen copies of a lesson plan 
to share with colleagues. 
Examination copies of new 
text materials and refresh- 
ments will be provided. For 
more information, contact 
Nancy Traubitz at 001) 405- 
6833 or, 
or visit www.inform.umd. 

5:30-7:30 p.m.. Open Forum 
on Proposed Shuttle-UM 
Changes for Fall 2003 Balti- 
more Room, Stamp Student 
Union. The Department of 
Transportation Services invites 
the campus community to give 
feedback on the major changes 
to shutde service under con- 
sideration. For more informa- 
tion, contact the Public Rela- 
tions Manager at 4-201 9 or 

8 p.m.. Book Reading: Jane 

Br ox Ground floor entrance, 
Dorchester Hall. The Jimenez- 
Porter Series at the Writers' 
House presents Jane Brox, 
author of "5000 Days Like This 
One: An American Family His- 
tory," and "Here and Nowhere 
Else." Brox was the recipient of 
the 1996 L.L.Winship/PEN 
New EnglandAward for the 
best book by a New England 
author. In 1994, she was award- 
ed a Literature Fellowship from 
the National Endowment for 
the Arts. For more information, 
call Johnna Schmidt at 5-0675. 

f ebruary 14 

Noon, How Large Are the 
Classification Errors in the 
Social Security Disability 
Award Process? 1 101 Art- 
Sociology Bldg. Seminar with 
John Rust, Economics Depart- 
ment. For more information, 

Noon, Synthesis and 
Characterization of Single 
Crystal Zircon Doped with 
238Pu and 239Pu 1201 
Physics. Seminar with John 
Hanchar of George Washington 
University. Part of the Depart- 
ment of Geology's spring semi- 
nar series. Coffee and tea will 
be served in the Geology 
Building starting at 1 1 :30 a.m. 
For more information, contact 
Karen Prestegaard at kpresto® 

Noon-1 :1 5 p.m., Depart- 
ment of Communication 
Colloquium 0200 Skinner. 
Guo-Ming Chen of the Uni- 
versity of Rhode Island will 
present "Global Communica- 
tion Competency." For more 
information, contact Trevor 
Parry-Giles at 5-8947 or 

4-5:30 p.m.. The Triumphs 

of Thusnelda: Germans and 
Romans in Baroque Opera 

Maryland Room, Marie Mount. 
Lecture by Robert Ketterrer of 
the University of Iowa. For 
more information, contact the 
Department of Classics at 5- 
2013 or 


f ebruary 15 

1 -5 p.m.. Trip to Great 
Blacks in Wax in Baltimore 

Transportation is provided. For 
more information, contact 
Jessica Solomon at jtsolo® 

7:30 p.m., Maryland Opera 
Studio Gildenhorn Recital 
Hall, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. Students will per- 
form a semi-staged concert 
reading. Free. For more infor- 
mation, call (301) 405-ARTS or 
visit www.claricesmithcenter. 

f ebruary 17 

4 p.m., A Phenomenology 
of Brown Feelings 2154 

Tawes Theatre. Lecture by Jose 
Munoz of New York University. 
Part of the seminar series "A 
Queer Decade: Taking Stock of 
Studies in Sex, Culture and 
Society." For more information, 
call 5-5428 or e-mail 
lgbts@umail . umd . edu . 

4 p.m.. Lords of Caesarea: 
The Sociology of Power in 
the Late Antique City 2118 
Taliaferro. The Center for His- 
torical Studies (CHS) will host 
a seminar with Maryland's Ken- 
neth G. Holum, historian of late 
antiquity specializing in the 
classical cities of the eastern 
Mediterranean. This seminar is 
the third in the CHS faculty 
works-in-progress series. Dis- 
cussion will be based on a pre- 
circulated paper, hard copies 
of which are available in 2115 
Francis Scott Key Hall (electro- 
nic copies at historycenter® Refreshments 
will be served before and after 
the seminar. For more informa- 
tion, call 5-8739. 

4:15-5:45 p.m.. Introducto- 
ry Massage Therapy Class 

HHP 0107 (Matted Room). 
This 1 2-week class teaches par- 
ticipants how massage therapy 
can help people reduce stress 
and become more productive 
and focused at work. The cost 
is $95. Register at 2107 Univer- 
sity Health Center, or call 4- 
8128. Participants will receive 
massage therapy weekly and 
learn how to massage others. 
For more information, contact 
instructor Geoff Gilbert at 
(301) 881-3434. 

5-5:30 p.m., How to Start a 
Business and Help Rebuild 
Communities Multi-Purpose 

Room, Nyumburu Cultural 
Center. Panel discussion. For 
more information, call Pamela 
Allen at 4-7244. 

5-7 p.m.. Discussion: The 
Racist History of the Uni- 
versity of Maryland Multi- 
purpose Room, Nyumburu Cul- 
tural Center. Refreshments will 
be provided. For more informa- 
tion, contact Michael Sean 
Spence at 4-8326. 

f ebruary 18 

8:45 a.m.-4 p.m., OIT Short- 
course Training: Intermedi- 
ate MS Excel 4404 Computer 
& Space Science. The course 
covers creating charts to ana- 
lyze and manipulate data, and 
using drawing tools to add 
graphic objects and otherwise 
modify presentation charts. Pre- 
requisite: Introduction to MS 
Excel or similar experience. 
The class fee is $90. To regis- 
ter, visit 
For more information, contact 
Jane S.Wieboldt at 5-0443 or 

8:45 a.m. -4 p.m., OIT Short- 
course Training: Intermedi- 
ate MS Access 4404 Com- 
puter & Space Science. The 
class fee is $90. To register, 
visit www.oit.umd. edu/sc. For 
more information, contact Jane 
S.Wieboldt at 5.0443 or oit- 

or additional event list- 
ings, visit 

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Department of Theatre Presents Off-Broadway Hit 

c y — X was looking for 
(_JX a play after 9-1 1 
f that would deal 
' — ^ with how we 

heal "said Scot Reese, director 
of"BlueWindow"a Depart- 
ment of Theatre production 
opening Friday, Feb. 14 and 
running through Saturday, 
Feb. 22 at the Kogod Theatre 
in the Clarice Smith Perform- 
ing Arts Center. 

Written by playwright Craig 
Lucas, "Blue Window" is an 
affecting, funny kaleidoscopic 
examination of young adults 
growing up. Lucas explores 
their frailties and neuroses, 
dreams, and loves in this 
poignant play. Critics have 
called "Blue Window" "a mar- 
vel, an intricate and quiet 
piece that never stops surpris- 
ing you, with passion and ter- 
ror in a rich panoply of ideas 
hidden just under its glossy, 
soft-spoken surface." 

This urban comedy of man- 
ners opens in the last few 
moments before a group of 
contemporary 20-something 
city dwellers set off for a Sun- 
day night dinner party, hosted 
by a self-doubting Libby.We 
witness the guests in their 
respective apartments prepar- 
ing for the party— dialogue 
crisscrossing back and forth. 
At the party, the strangers talk, 
yet are disengaged. 

The play's opening, which 
takes place in five different 
apartments, posed a challenge 
for director Reese. "The actors 
have music in their voices," he 

Theatre Honors Past, Plans Future 

explains, "which creates a sur- 
real effect and so there's a need 
to direct the vocal and visual 
elements as a symphony." 

The symbolic "Blue Win- 
dow" title refers to what sky- 
divers jump out of as they 
prepare to exit their aircraft. 
Reese says this is the heart of 
the play's theme. There's a 
desire for intimacy, but also a 
fear of it. "Some jump, some 
hesitate," he says,"some never 
leave, and some have to be 

A Department of Theatre 
faculty member since 1995, 

Reese previously produced 
the contemporary comedy, "As 
Bees in Honey Drown," an 
Afro-Cuban version of "Elec- 
tra," and "Once Upon an 

And what does Reese hope 
audiences will take away from 
"Blue"? "It's to keep on trying, 
look for the positive, know 
that life is tough and that peo- 
ple will disappoint you. But 
it's your job to pick up the 
pieces, move on and to take 
everything as a lesson." 

Tickets are $15. For more in- 
formation, call (301) 405-ARTS. 

Valentine Cabaret Features Jazz Great Carol Sloane 

1 ... 

f you haven't made your 

Valentine's Day plans, 

why not spend a romantic 

evening at a cabaret fea- 
turing legendary jazz vocalist 
Carol Sloane, pianist Normar 
Simmons and special gin 
Paul West? The concert will 
be held Thursday, Feb.13, at 
8 p.m. in the Gildenhorn 
Recital Hall. 

Carol Sloane delivers t 
perfect valentine straight 
from the heart. Enjoy time- 
less love songs and ballads from Gershwin, 
Porter, Ellington, Mercer and Badgers and 
Hart. Sloane's elegant and flawless vocal inter- 
pretations convey the wisdom of a "woman 
who has been there, done that and moved on" 
(The New York Times). The New Yorker says, 
"Carol Sloane has become one of the grand 
dames of jazz singing. Her knowing interpreta- 
tions and shy phrasing should be closely stud- 
ied by the new generation of chanteuses." 

Named one of the top female jazz vocalists 
in Down Beat Magazine's 1995 Critics Poll, 
Sloane has made numerous record, club and 
concert appearances. She has performed at 

ading jazz venues, including 
r. Kelly's in Chicago, where 
le opened for Jackie Mason 
id the Smothers Brothers; 
ngry I in San Francisco, 
_ she opened for Bill 
osby and Richard Pryor; and 
iq Angel in New York, 
she opened for Phyllis 
'tiller and Meara and 
ie Vernon. 
A regular on "The Tonight 
how with Johnny Carson." 
,loane was also a regular 
radio cast member on Arthur Godfrey's CBS 
weekly program, The multi-talented artist also 
is a successful radio host, having hosted "The 
Jazz Matinee" on WICN-FM, the NPR affiliate 
in Worcester, Mass. 

Sloane has recorded two albums for the 
Contemporary label, six albums with Concord 
Jazz and a tribute album to Duke Ellington on 
the DRG label. In 1998 she debuted with the 
Boston Pops Orchestra, and in 1999 with the 
New York Pops. Her most recent release is "I 
Never Went Away" on the HighNote label. 

Tickets for a Valentine's Day Cabaret are S25. 
For more information, call (3D1) 405-ARTS. 


hen a depart- 
ment draws 
ning faculty, 
prominent guest artists and 
committed is a 
good thing. And when this 
department seems to be 
moving into a whole new era 
of productivity and recogni- 
tion, it's dme to celebrate 
those who got the whole 
thing started. 

The Department of The- 
atre will honor its two found- 
ing fathers on Feb. 15 in the 
Ina and Jack Kay Theatre of 
the Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center during "A Cele- 
bration of the Legacy of 
Rudolph E. Pugliese and 
Roger L. Meersman," The 
event is also an attempt to 
gather alumni from this 
small, but dedicated school. 
Dan MacLean Wagner, acting 
chair of the department, says 
that Pugliese and Meersman 
were "bookends" for the pro- 
gram and it makes sense to 
honor them together. 

"Rudy came in 1948 as our 
first theatre specialist. He 
was here for 15 years and 
then Roger was our next 
major addition in 1963,"says 
Wagner. "We want to cele- 
brate the legacy of theater 
on the campus, specifically 
as it concerns these two." 

Pugliese, a professor emer- 
itus, did his undergraduate 
and graduate work at Mary- 
land, then became the divi- 
sion's director when it was 
part of speech and dramatic 
arts. He retired in 1986. Once 
theatre became its own 
department in 1989, Meers- 
man, who retired in 2001 , 
stepped in as its first chair. 
Each man remembers leaner, 
though no less ambitious, 

"I was making $5,500 a 
year. When you got a $500 
raise, that was a big amount, i 
always had job offers from 
other places," says Meers- 
man, "but the university 
always met them. They kept 
showing more interest in the 
arts, so I kept staying to see 
what would be done." 

Pugliese, who saw the 
department go from its 
beginnings in Woods Hall to 
Tawes Theatre under Meers- 
man 's direction, worked with 
"no demand and limited fac- 
ulty" to establish the school's 
graduate program. Even cre- 
ating an undergraduate pro- 
gram required staff and facul- 
ty to "realty stick our necks 
out," he says, adding that part 
of the theatre department's 
success comes from consci- 
entious faculty members 
who teach well and put stu- 

dents first. Meersman, who 
came to Maryland from the 
University of Scranton after 
earning his doctorate 
through the G.I. Bill, agrees 
and feels students deserve 
just as much credit. 

"How lucky we were to 
have such a talented group 
come to the university. 
They're enthusiastic and ded- 

Meersman and Pugliese 
bring their own commitment 
to Maryland and the arts. 
Both professionals, Pugliese 
directed more than 80 plays 
for Maryland and area the- 
aters. Meersman is a noted 
theater critic. He is also a 
board member and founding 
judge of the Helen Hayes 
Awards. Both taught and 
have worked as administra- 

Wagner, who is a theatre 
alumnus (lighting design), 
mentions that Pugliese took 
on the task of tracking down 
alumni for the department's 
recent connection effort. 
Approximately 800 are in 
theatre's database, with 
another 100 or so in the Col- 
lege of Arts and Humanities 
records. Because theatre 
majors weren't always called 
such, it is not always easy to 
determine. After it was called 
speech and dramatic arts, for 
a brief period the division 
was called communication 
arts and theatre.Wagner 
would also like to reach out 
to those who may have par- 
ticipated in productions, 
though not majors. 

"A lot of non-majors partic- 
ipated in theatre produc- 
tions. That's another unique 
facet of this department ," 
says Wagner. 

As for Meersman and 
Pugliese, if there are any 
regrets, it's that they didn't 
get to produce any works for 
the new center's stages. "It's 
an international showpiece," 
says Pugliese. "There's noth- 
ing like it in the country. I'm 
so jealous." 

"I wanted to stay until 
they got it built and open, 
that's when I retired," says 
Meersman, "It was a wonder- 
ful 40 years." 

For ticket information or to 
request a season brochure, 
contact the Ticket Office at 
301. 405. ARTS or visit www. 
clarices . 

Clarice Smith 


Centerat Maryland 


Are All Dads Equal? 

New Findings About Fathers: 
Marriage Counts 

When it comes to 
quality fathering, it 
is marriage, not 
biology, that separates the 
men from the boys, accord- 
ing to a new university study. 

In a paper published in the 
Feb. 3 edition of the Journal 
of Marriage and Family, San- 
dra Hoffcrth, professor of 
family studies at Maryland, 
says married stepfathers are 
equally good at fathering both 
their biological and the step- 
children who live with them. 

In contrast, Hoffcrth 's 
study shows that cohabiting, 
but unmarried, male partners 
who are the biological 
fathers of the children in the 
household, don't put in as 
much time or show as much 
warmth as married biological 

"Previous studies have 
tended to show that children 
don't do as well with stepfa- 
thers as with their own bio- 
logical fathers," Hoffcrth said. 
"But one of the problems is 
that those studies have com- 
pared one group of biologi- 
cal fathers to a different 
group of stepfathers. Stepfa- 
thers tend to be economical- 
ly and socially disadvantaged, 
so they were really compar- 
ing apples and oranges. There 
are so many children in this 
country who are growing up 
with stepparents, it's realty 
important to accurately 
examine the quality of par- 
enting they're getting." 

Hoffcrth 's study looks in 
detail at two-parent blended 
families, in which fathers are 
biological father to some and 
stepfather to other children. 

"We found that when you 
examine the same fathers, 
children spend as much time 
with married stepfathers as 
with married biological 
fathers. Stepfathers, on aver- 
age, spend 1 2 hours a week 
engaged with stepchildren 
and do nine out of 13 differ- 
ent types of activities with 
them in a month. 

"As important, they score 
five out of six on the amount 
of warmth they show. They 
spent about the same amount 
of time and showed the same 
amount of warmth with their 
biological children. 

""We also found that cohab- 
iting partners, even if they 
are biological father to the 
child, do not invest the same 
amount of time with chil- 
dren as married biological 
fathers, and they are less 
warm than the married bio- 
logical fathers." 

In the study, funded by the 
National Institute of Child 
Health and Human Develop- 
ment, Hoffcrth and her coau- 
thor, Kermyt Anderson of the 
University of Oklahoma, ana- 
lyzed data from a nationally 
representative sample of 
1 ,628 children under the age 
of 1 3 who live with their bio- 

logical mother and the 
mothers husband or partner. 
They included white, African- 
American and Hispanic men 
of all income levels. The 
average educational level of 
the men was 13 years. 

Using detailed 24-hour 
diaries of children and sur- 
veys with fathers and moth- 
ers, Hoffcrth measured the 
amount of time fathers and 
mothers' partners were 
involved with the children. 
Involvement ranged from 
such activities as doing laun- 
dry to reading a book to play- 
ing video games or sports. 

Hoffcrth also measured 
parental warmth — how 
many times in a month the 
father hugged the child, 
expressed love, joked or 
played, talked with the child 
or told the child he appreci- 
ated what the child did. 

"Results of the study point 
to some things to consider 
when we make family poli- 
cy," says Hoffcrth. "First, mar- 
riage between the mother 
and father, whether he's the 
biological or stepfather 
makes a difference. Children 
benefit when their mother 
marries or remarries. 

"Second, even though they 
don't contribute as much as 
married fathers, cohabiting 
men contribute substantial 
amounts of time and warmth 
to their partner's children, 
seven to nine hours per 
week. Public policies 
designed to promote positive 
family relationships should 
address the involvement of 
these residential cohabiting 
partners," Hoffcrth says. 

"We also found that stepfa- 
thers contribute more to 
young children than to older 
children. So it's important 
that these new families be 
established when children 
are young. 

"Our results also show 
that fathers who pay child 
support to children they 
don't live with contribute 
less to their residential chil- 
dren. Supporting children in 
several families is not easy. 
Our findings point to the 
need to help fathers and 
mothers manage cross-family 

Hofferth says of the 80 
percent of children who live 
in married households, one 
of every six lives with a step- 
parent. More than two mil- 
lion children were living 
with unmarried parents in 
1990, but Hofferth estimates 
the number is higher today. 

"The number of cohabit- 
ing couples rose 50 percent 
between 1990 and 1997 
alone. We're talking about a 
lot of children. We need to 
develop policy that takes 
into account what's really 
happening in these families, 
then encourage the things 
that benefit the children." 

Faculty Rewarded for Scholarship 

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies has announced its General Research Board 
and Creative and Performing Arts awards for the 2003-04 academic year. The two catego- 
ries allow faculty members to devote time to a research project, either during a semester 
or the summer. Recipients are expected to disseminate their results through publications 
or other scholarly work. 

General Research 
Board 2003-2004 

Semester Research 

College of Arts and 

American Studies/History 

Sony a Michel 

The Benefits of Race and 
Gender: Old-Age Security in 
America's Public/Private Welfare 

Art History and Archaeology 

William Pressly 

Writing the Vision for a New 
Public Art: James Barry's Murals 
at the Royal Society of Arts 

Asian & European Languages 
and Cultures 

Elizabeth Papazian 

From "Producer" to "Engineer 
of Human Souls": Changing 
Models of Soviet Authorship, 


Steven Rut I edge 
Museion Romae: The Ancient 
City as Museum 


Mari Tonn 

Mining Motherhood: The Labor 
Union Agitation of Mary Harris 
"Mother" Jones 


Kent Cartwright 
The Arden Shakespeare 
Comedy of Errors 

Donna Hamilton 
The BlackweH History of English 
Renaissance Literature, 1485-1615 

Linda Kauffman 
The Body Politic: Culture, 
Scandal, Spectacle 

Robert Levlne 

After Dred Scott: African 
American Literature Beyond the 

French and Italian 
Carol Mossman 
"La Mogador or Rewriting the 
Bohemian Life: Two Chapters" 


Robyn Money 

"False Daughter of Afternoon 
Bridge": Josephine Roche and the 
Progressive Tradition in Twentieth- 
Century America 


Heather Nathans 

Lifting the Veil of Black: 
Sentiment and Slavery on the 
American Stage, 1787-1861 

Catherine Schuler 
Theatre & Empire: Performing 
National Identity in Imperial 

Russia. 1750-1882 


Stephen Crain 

Third Year Grammar: The 
Mergence of Meaning in Child 


Dora Hanninen 

A General Theory for Context- 
Sensitive Music Analysis 

Lindley Oarden 
Discovering Mechanisms in 

John Horty 

Reasoning with Normative 

Women's Studies 

A. Lynn Boltes 

"No Problem, You're on 
Vacation and I'm on the Job:" 
Women Tourist Workers in 

College of Behavioral and 
Social Sciences 

Government and Politics 
Christian Davenport 
The Promise of Democratic 
Pacification: State Repression and 
Democracy During the Third Wave 

College of Computer, 
Mathematical and Physical 

Ricardo Nochetto 
Nonlinear Multiscale Problems: 
Analysis and Computation 


Wolfgang Losert 

Nonlinear Dynamics of 
Biomaterials: Dynamic Control and 
Analysis of Biopolymer Networks 

College of Journalism 

Maurine Beasley 
Women Journalists and the 
News in Washington 

College of Life Sciences 


James Dietz 

The Effects of Habitat 
Fragmentation on the Dynamics of 
Neotropical Predator-Prey Systems 

Summer Research 

College of Arts and 


Asian & East European 

Manufacturing Memory: 
Holocaust and the Culture Industry 

Art History & Archaeology 
Anthony Colantuono 

The Culture of Prudence: 
Learned Advisors and Artistic 
Creativity in Early Modern Italy 

Steven Mansbach 
Modernism in the Baltic 


Matthew Kirschenbaum 
Mechanisms: A Forensics of 
Digital Inscription 

English/Jewish Studies 

Sheila Jelen 

"Remembering the Shtetl: 
Gender and Literary Politics of 
Nostalgia" from A Portrait of the 
Artist as a Young Woman: 
Intimations of Textual and Sexual 
Difference in the Hebrew Fiction of 
Dvora Baron 

French and Italian 

Herve-Thomas Campangne 

Travel Narratives, Discovery and 
Cosmography in the Histoires 
Tragiques (1560-1630) 

Caroline Eades 

Private Memories, National 
History, and the Contemporary 
Cinema: A Post-Colonial 
Perspective on the French Empire 

History/Asian American Studies 

Lisa Mar 

Inventing Ethnic Canadian ness: 
Chinese in Canadian Politics, 1924- 


Thomas Zeller 

Consuming Landscapes: The 
View from the Road in the United 
States and Germany 1910-1995 

Madeline Zilfi 

Female Slavery and the Slavery 
Question in the Late Ottoman 
Middle East 

Spanish & Portuguese 

Manel Lacorte 

Whole-Group and Individual 
Teacher-Student Linguistic 
Interaction in the Spanish as a 
Second-Language Classroom 

College of Behavioral and 
Social Sciences 

Michael Paolisso 
Identifying Collaborative 

Opportunities for Blue Crab 

Ecological Research 


Nuno Limao 

Preferential Trade Agreements 
with Non-Trade Objectives as a 
Stumbling Block for Multilateral 
Liberalization: Evidence from the 
US and the European Union 

Government & Politics 
Marc Howard 

Migration and Membership: The 
Politics of Citizenship in the 

See AWARDS, page 7 



Continued from page 1 

Awards Recognize Work, Student Praise 


Ramalingam Chellapa 

processing and computer 
vision. He is director of the 
Center for Automation Research 
in the College of Computer, 
Mathematical, and Physical Sci- 
ences. His colleagues cite his 
ability to maintain "a golden 
balance between theory and 
practice." Chellappa edits a pre- 
miere journal in his field and 


James Lesher 

his highly regarded by his 
peers. He is also noted for his 
skill in managing diverse proj- 
ects while engaging students. 
"Well organized" and "never a 
dull moment" were comments 
students used to describe his 
teaching style. 

Jamas Lesher (wwwphiloso- 


Vladimir Tismaneanu 

phy umd . edu/people/faculty/ 
lesherjames/), professor in the 
Department of Philosophy, 
focuses his research and teach- 
ing on the history of philoso- 
phy, with an emphasis on early 
Greek knowledge. Known as 
the most prolific contributors 
to this field, Lesher has held 
research fellowships at both 

Harvard and Princeton univer- 
sities. He is sought out, nation- 
ally and internationally, for 
speaking engagements. Students 
appreciate Lesher's accessibility 
and depth of knowledge. Evalu- 
ations repeatedly mention the 
respect he gives and earns. 

Professor Vladimir Tismaneanu 
(www. bsos. umd . edu/gvpt/ 
tismaneanu/), in the Depart- 
ment of Government and Poli- 
tics, came to the university as 
an established intellectual 
leader and as a key figure in 
Romania's political resistance 
movement against dictatorship. 
His research spans comparative 
politics and political theory, 
and is called "relentless" by col- 
leagues. Tismaneanu organizes 
scholarly venues in both post- 
communist Europe and the 
United States. As for his work 
with students, he received the 
first award for excellence in 
teaching mentorship that the 
department conferred. 

Observatory- Amateurs, Researchers Gaze Heavenward 

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go over everyone's head," says Warner. 
From the questions McGaugh fields 
after his lecture, the audience apparent- 
ly found the material accessible. 

As McGaugh *s applause fades, Warner 
then announces that the observatory is 
open. The crowd of almost one hun- 
dred shuffles to low, white building 
next door. The observatory has an 
office section in the middle and two 
wings, or bays, housing telescopes. A 
pair of tracks elevated by a series of 
columns in line with the building 
extends out from the bay roofs. 

"When people come up they wonder 
why are there these extra columns with 
railroad tracks on top of them," Warner 

Their function may surprise them. 
Onto these tracks roll the roofs of the 
bays, exposing the telescopes to the 
night sky, Warner says roll-away roofs 
were adopted in observatory design to 
facilitate the equalizing of observatory 
and night air temperatures. Equalizing 
the temperatures is essential because 
the telescope's optical components are 
made of glass, which contracts as it 
cools, distorting the images it either 
reflects from a mirror or refracts 
through a lens, The bays are unhealed, so 
the temperature is roughly equal to that of 
the night air. But there is still a difference, 
the bays are slighUy warmer, that must be 
eradicated before observing can begin. 

"You don't want a warm lens contract- 
ing as you look through. That means it's 
changing shape and distorting what you're 
seeing "Warner says. 

With its small stature and proximity to 
the Comcast center, the Maryland observa- 
tory is not at all the picture of the tradi- 
tional tall, domed building on a lonely 
mountain top, 

Warner says that when the observatory 
was built it was "probably way out in the 
boonies, but the area grew up around it." 
The growth unleashed a flood of light 
from streetlights and signs into the sky to 
wash out the fainter objects. This light pol- 
lution rendered the observatory practically 
obsolete for "see to the edge of the uni- 


Junior astronomy student Robin Siskind counts 
Jupiter's rings and tries to make out all four of the 
planet's moons during the university observatory's 
open house last week. 

verse" research. But Warner says that 
advances in technology, especially the 
advent of digital photography in recording 
telescope images, are making it possible to 
compensate for light pollution, enough so 
that she looks forward to getting the 
observatory back into serious research. 

For now, the observatory is primarily 
used for student research, the open houses 
and other community outreach programs. 

What the open house attendees will see 
on a given night depends primarily on the 
time of year and where the Earth and 
other planets are in their orbits. 

Of course the biggest factor is cloud 

Tonight only a wispy Hat stripe of cloud 
crosses in front of the heavens. 

Through one of the telescopes Saturn's 
rings, and several moons for those with 
sharp eyes, are visible. Jupiter, the Pleiades 
star cluster and the Orion Nebula are in 

the nearby telescopes. 

Assisting the attendees are astronomy 
graduate and undergraduate students 
who move and focus the telescopes. 
The public is only allowed to focus the 
eyepiece to accommodate those with 
glasses and varying eyesights. 

In addition to running the busy 
open houses, Warner runs observing 
programs for the public and amateur 
astronomers. Some of those programs 
are the New Telescope Owner Nights 
held in January "for all those people 
who got telescopes for Christmas and 
don't know how to use them." Last year 
the observatory started the Learn the 
Sky Friday program. She plans to start 
more programs for more advanced 
amateur astronomers to complement 
the work of professionals. 

"A lot of research in astronomy 
depends on the amateurs. For a long 
time, amateurs were the ones discover- 
ing most of the new comets and help- 
ing determine the orbits of asteroids." 

Warner says these activities, not 
exciting enough to garner grant money, 
lay the groundwork for the research of 
professionals. And she adds many ama- 
teurs have the equipment to do the 
work but don't always know that. 

It's unclear whether any new amateur 
astronomers were minted tonight, but the 
open house, as measured by the lines to 
the telescopes and the lively conversation, 
was a definite success. 

Warner has been running the open 
houses since last summer and worked 
with the former director, Gretchen Walker. 
She originally came from an observatory in 
South Carolina to Maryland to work on the 
Deep Impact project studying the compo- 
sition of comets. She began assisting at the 
open houses, but her role changed abrupt- 
ly when Walker left for a job in New York. 
"Talk about trial by fire. [I was told] OK, 
the program's yours. You get to run it.' And 
I was like, 'I was just going to teach in it," 
Warner says, laughing. 

For more information about open hous- 
es at the observatory , visit www.astro. 
umd . ed u/openhouse . 


Virginia Walcott Beauchamp, 
associate professor emerita, 
will be inducted into the 
Maryland Women's Hall of 
Fame in a ceremony in March. 
Beauchamp taught English and 
Women's Studies from 1973 
until her retirement in 1990- 
She was chairman of the Presi- 
dent's Commission on Women's 
Affairs from 1974 to 1990 and 
served as special assistant to 
President Brit Kirwan on 
women's affairs from 1992 to 

Jacques S. Gansler, the Roger 
C. Lipitz Chair in Public Policy 
and Private Enterprise, and 
Shelley Metzenbaum, visiting 
professor and senior fellow, 
have both been elected fellows 
of the National Academy of 
Public Administration. NAPA is 
an independent, nonpartisan 
organization chartered by Con- 
gress to assist the government 
in improving its effectiveness. 

Several aerospace engineering 
faculty members received 
recognition recently Frederic 
Schmitz Martin Professor of 
Rotocraft Acoustics, was 
appointed vice chair of the 
environmental noise advisory 
council by the Maryland 
Department of the Environ- 
ment. Norman We rely, associ- 
ate professor, received an out- 
standing achievement award 
from Virginia's Office of Sci- 
ence and Technology for his 
work with Materials Modifica- 
tion Inc. in Fairfax on a Phase 
2 Small Business Technology 
Transfer Project. Nicole Roop, 
academic coordinator, has 
been elected as member-at- 
large for the Maryland College 
Personnel Association's execu- 
tive council. A new addition, 
Alison Flatau, joined the 
department as an associate 
professor and is working with 
the Small Smart Structures 

Margaret Zsrnosky Saponaro 
has joined the Libraries as man- 
ager, staff learning and develop- 
ment. In her previous position, 
Saponaro was the associate 
director, learning resources, for 
the Northern Virginia Commu- 
nity College's Alexandria cam- 
pus for the past six years. The 
Staff Learning and Develop- 
ment Office provides educa- 
tional programs and resources 
for the more than 300 staff in 
the libraries, under the 
umbrella of the Learning Cur- 
riculum. The Learning Curricu- 
lum is a comprehensive educa- 
tion program that supports 
individual and organizational 


gxtracurticula r 

Reluctant Athlete Wins a Medal 

Libraries Offer More Comprehensive Catalog System 

Chris Higgins, 
massive muscles 
aside, was more 
self-professed couch 
porato than athlete, 
more prone to creating 
delicate pieces of pot- 
tery than hefting heavy 
things. Yet this technical 
support coordinator 
recently won a gold 
medal in power lifting 
during an international 

Higgins competed in 
the Gay Games held in 
SydneyAustralia last 
November. Approxi- 
mately 14,000 athletes 
from more than 80 
countries spent just 
over a week trying to 
earn medals in 31 
sports. The games, held 
for more than 20 years, 
offer a more inclusive 
atmosphere for athletes than the 
Olympics. Individuals don't have 
to qualify, though they are often 
grouped by ability. Organizers 
emphasize participation and 
each athlete shooting for his or 
her personal best. 

For Higgins, that meant taking 
what began as physical therapy 
after knee surgery to another 
level. Power lifting involves three 
components: the squat, bench 
press and dead lift. Each athlete 
must compete in all three events. 
Higgins, who jokingly blames a 
campus personal trainer for his 
new hobby, didn't expect to do 
well competing against "guys 
who were huge. ..who had been 
doing this longer* 

Before venturing to Australia as 
part of the 200-strongTeam D.C., 
he learned about specific pieces 
of assistive gear worn by power 
lifters, and that getting into those 
squat suits and bench shirts takes 
two people. With help from the 
campus trainer and another cam- 
pus power lifter, assistant direc- 
tor of personnel services Marvin 
Pyles, Higgins tried to learn and 
retain what form and rules gov- 
ern the sport. Higgins didn't do 
as well, he says, in the bench 
press not because he couldn't lift 
the weight, but because he for- 
got to pause or hold the bar 
steady during his first two 

"On my third attempt I was 
able to do it, but it was light, 100 
kilos 1220.26 lbs.)," he says. By 
the time the dead lift event 
began, however, Higgins realized 
that he was ahead overall by 
about 70 pounds. He began to 
watch what other competitors 
were lifting. The leader was pick- 
ing up 400 pounds. Since com- 
petitors declare what weight 
they'll attempt, Higgins decided 
to make the competition a bit 


Chris Higgins goes for the gold — and gets it. 


"I couldn't do that, but I did go 
up 5 kilos [1 1 lbs.]. After, I felt as 
if I could ve gone up 5 to 10 
more kilos." 

Approximately 40 men and 
women competed in Higgins' 
sport, though only four were left 
in his weight class by the end. 
Gay Games athletes are grouped 
not just by country, as in the 
Olympics, but by state or city as 
well, Higgins guesses that a third 
of the athletes were from Aus- 
tralia and at least another third 
were from America. Another 
campus employee, Allan Pacheco 
of Facilities Planning, did a per- 
sonal best in the triathlon. 

"The people are amazing," says 
Higgins, who coordinates instruc- 
tional technology support for fac- 
ulty using the teaching theaters 
and technology classrooms. "A 
number of guys took me under 
their wing. I still keep in contact 
with them. . . And in the diving, 
one guy was so bad, but people 
cheered for him because he had 
the guts to do it." 

Lest anyone think that the 
games are a place for those who 
can't make the cut in other 
world-class competitions, Higgins 
asserts that many athletes — 
straight or gay — post times and 
set records that count in other 
international bodies that govern 
each sport. It is believed, for 
example, that one of the 4 x 100 
relay swim teams clocked the 
fifth fastest time in the world. In 
Higgins' sport a 17-year-old com- 
petitor set an Australian record in 
bench press. 

So when asked why Gay 
Games athletes may not shoot for 
Olympic medals, Higgins 
answers,"The games are not an 
either-or. They're a way to bring 
people together. , . in an open, 
non-threatening environment." 

Below are more ques- 
tions and answers con- 
cerning the libraries' 
new catalog system: 

Q. Will there be classes or 
other training to help 
people adjust to the new 


A. Many of the library instruc- 
tion classes that teach students 
how eo conduct research for 
their class assignments will 
include information on the 
use of the new catalog. In 
addition, you can obtain help 
though "Chat with a Librari- 
an," a live, real-time interactive 
reference service (www.lib., or 
by using an e-mail form to 
"Ask a Librarian" (www.lib. html), 
or from the various library 
telephone and walk-in refer- 
ence service desks. Faculty 
can also get help from their 
subject specialists. See www. 
lib.umd edu/UES/specialist for 
the name and contact informa- 
tion for your subject specialist. 

Q. Are all the universities 
and colleges in the Uni- 
versity System of Mary- 
land and affiliated Institu- 
tions converting to the 
new catalog system? 

A.Yes, all USMA1 libraries will 
be using the new catalog. 
Fourteen campuses went 

"live" with the new system on 
January 6. Later in 2003, cata- 
log USMAI will also provide 
access to the University of 
Maryland Health Sciences and 
Human Services Library and 
St, Mary's College of Mary- 

Q. What other major col- 
leges and universities use 
this catalog system? 

A. Our catalog system — the 
ALEPH 500 integrated library 
system produced by the Ex 
Libris company — is in use at 
more than 750 sites in 50 
countries. Other major col- 
leges and universities using 
this system include the State 
University of New York 
(SUNY), the Harvard Univer- 
sity Libraries, the Massachu- 
setts Institute of Technology 
(MIT), the University of Cali- 
fornia-Davis, and McGill Uni- 
versity. In January, Ex Libris 
announced that the British 
Library will implement the 
Ex Libris integrated library 
system in early 2004. 

Q. What is this new SFX 

A. On Jan. 15, the Libraries 
implemented a new citation/ 
resource linking technology 
called SFX. SFX links together 
the Libraries' databases and e- 
journals, making it easier to 
find the online full-text of an 

article or track down addition- 
al information about a topic. 

Students and faculty search- 
ing in die Libraries' research 
databases can click on an SFX 
button to link directly to an 
article's full-text or to look up 
a journal title In the catalog, 
saving time and effort. In this 
first release, SFX links are 
available in all of the databas- 
es to which the Libraries sub- 
scribe from Ebsco, OCLC First 
Search, Gale and ProQuest. A 
complete list of the databases 
that are currently SFX-enabled 
and additional information on 
SFX is available at www.lib. 
umd . edu/ETC/sfxfaq . html . 
Over the next few months, 
additional databases will be 
enabled for SFX. 

Q. Is it true that with the 
new catalog one can 
renew materials online? 

A.Yes, most items in the gen- 
eral circulating collections 
may be renewed online. Bor- 
rowers should go to the 
online catalog, sign in and 
click on "My Account." You 
may then renew items on 
your list of current loans. 
Renewals are not permitted 
for items with outstanding 
holds, items more than one 
month overdue, or for certain 
other special categories 
(Interlibrary Loan materials, 
Non print Media Services 
materials, etc.). 

Valentines: Of Hearts and "Hollowdays" 

Continued from page 1 

lid t tor's note: Outlook's feature, extracurricular, will take occasional 
glimpses into university employees' lives outside of their day jobs. We 
welcome story suggestions; call Monette Atistln Bailey at (301.) 405^629 
or send them to ontlook@accmailumd.edti. 

that things of great value can 

also carry a pretty high price. 

— Lawrence E. Mintz, 

American Studies, and director 

of the Art Gliner Center for 

Humor Studies 

Valentine's Day rivals New 
Year's Eve as the holiday 
of shattered expectations, so 
why waste a lot of money? I 
say, prepare to be disappoint- 
ed and hope for the best, 
which I've outlined below. 

Best giffc A small amount 
of really good chocolate, not a 
large amount of really medio- 
cre chocolate. Flowers die 
before you can eat them. 

Best card: An inappropri- 
ate one that you can make 
funny by personalizing it, like 
a Far Side cartoon card depict- 
ing the "Boneless Chicken 
Ranch "with the handwritten 
note, "No bones about it. I 
love you." Contrary to popular 
perception, leering, lecherous 
cards with lewd suggestions 
are not romantic. 

Best love story: Not "Love 
Story" by Oliver Segal, but 
"Mama Day" by Gloria Nay I or, 
one of the best contemporary 
stories of passion, love, mysti- 
cism and loss Ive ever read. 

Best date: Staying home 
and renting a great movie clas- 
sic about true love, like "The 
Philadelphia Story." Not the 
night to see "Gangs of New 

Patty asked me, "What 
do you know about 
love?" At that moment, 
I knew I was the right 
man for the job. 
— Brian Jose 


Best aphrodisiacs: Danc- 
ing, a well-posed meaningful 
question and a babysitter. 
Short of that, anything that 
shows just the teensiest bit of 
advance thought. 

— Stefanie Webs, 

communications director, 

Academy of Leadership 

So Patty, my wife, asks me, 
"What are you working 
on?" Say I, with a modicum of 
pride: "Some thoughts on the 
meaning of love and the rele- 

vance of Valentine's Day." Patty 
asks bewilderedly,"What do 
you know about love?"At that 
moment, I knew I was the 
right man for the job. 

Valentine's Day fairly defines 
the term "pedestrian" In fact, I 
think it is the most offensive 
of the saccharine lot of "hol- 
lowdays." It reminds me of my 
favorite line from "The Simp- 
sons." Homer is asked why he 
is so confident that his mar- 
riage is strong and he replies, 
"Because it is built on a .solid 
foundation of routine!" 

The key, I believe, to love 
and happiness is the antithesis 
of Homer's statement. Once 
you are fortunate enough to 
have found your true love, as 
I have, make every effort to 
minimize routine; and while 
living in union, celebrate each 
other's singularity as a person. 
Then, perhaps in spite of the 
pressure, distractions and rou- 
tine of life, love has a chance 
to thrive. 

Truthfully, though, I've 
always hated February 14 — 
ever since, after tendering no 
gifts to a former college girl- 
friend and claiming,'! thought 
Valentine's Day was always 
the fourth Thursday before 
the Vernal Equinox,' I was 
summarily dumped. 

— Brian Jose, director of 

communications, Clarice Smith 

Performing Arts Center 


Dear Faculty and Staff, 

February 2003 

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If you think we have accomplished all we have set out to do, you are sorely mistaken! 
This is only the beginning and we will not stop until we bring more ACC and Bowl 
Championships and a second National Championship home to College Park! The last 
two years our players and staff have accomplished what many Division I football pro- 
grams will never accomplish. We have proven numerous critics wrong and with the 
support of our faculty and staff, we will accomplish even more. 

Faculty and staff on campus are given the opportunity to purchase a season ticket for 
$144 or $96 depending on desired section. That is a 20 percent discount off the adult 
season ticket price. For information on the reduced facutty/staff season ticket and single 
game tickets, call the Terrapin Ticket Office at (301) 314-7070 or visit 

Show your support and buy season tickets for next season! Ask your friends and fam- 
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that you will be part of that advantage and rich tradition we have established. 

Order now to get the best seats available because they are going fast. Byrd Stadium is 
the place to be in 20031 Thank you for your support and I will see you in September. 

Awards: Support Research 

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Ralph Friedgen 

Head Football Coach 

Partnerships: Overcoming Setbacks 

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sity departments and county agencies, 
established the Judith R Hoyer Family 
Learning Center in Adelphi, which pro- 
vides early childhood learning services to 
local children and families. The committee 
also sponsors an annual conference on 
early childhood development in the coun- 
ty and created a teen family literacy pro- 
gram with Bladensbiirg High School. 

■ The City of Seat Pleasant and the depart- 
ment of Public and Community Health 
formed a Health Partnership in 1 999. 
Directed by Jerry Greenberg, the partner- 
ship improves the health of Seat Pleasant 
residents and enhances learning and 
research for students and faculty by pro- 
viding health education services that 
might not otherwise be available. The 
partnership's projects have included 
health promotion workshops, a study of 
community health insurance needs, a 
health fair and community health resource 
guide, and health screenings for children 
at after-school and recreation programs. 

• The Langley Park Project, directed by Bill 
Hanna, utilized the Urban Studies and Plan- 
ning program's graduate studio require- 
ment to assist redevelopment efforts in 
the city of Langley Park. After two success- 
ful studios, the project helped create 
Action Langley Park, a separate nonprofit 
that sponsors Langley Park Day, an annual 
event with more than a dozen university 
and county partners. 

Not all partnerships are as successful, of 
course. Participants and presenters from 
the county identified some common rea- 
sons why The county lacks an adequate 
nonprofit infrastructure and has yet to 
develop a history of private philanthropic 
support. As a result, some collaborations 
with the university never get off the 
ground; others are limited by funding 
shortages and lack of staff capacity. 

There are roadblocks that make it diffi- 
cult for projects to move forward. For 
example, the Seat Pleasant partnership dis- 
covered that the statistics they needed to 
assess health issues in the community 

were only available at the county level, not 
by jurisdiction. The result was an inability 
to create a health report card for the small 
city whose suburban population was 
developing community health problems 
more common in urban areas. 

Setbacks aside, those involved feel as if 
the connections are working. "The univer- 
sity has so many resources, the community 
needs to know about them. It's been a 
very good resource for us," said Thurman 
Jones, president of Patriots Technology 
Training Center In Seat Pleasant and board 
member of the Seat Pleasant project. 

Even successful projects must fend for 
themselves once the semester is over or 
the research ends. Some neighborhoods 
and communities routinely ask university 
collaborators how long they plan to stay, 
having experienced the negative result of 
a high turnover in good will. 

And there are roadblocks on the cam- 
pus side as well, including difficulties gar- 
nering credit, funding, class-release and 
professional recognition for community- 
based work. In some cases, the need for 
project management above and beyond 
the research or scholarly work was too 
daunting or was outside the expertise of 
some faculty members. 

Subde challenges in university-commu- 
nity collaborations were also apparent. A 
faculty tendency to respond more directly 
to a research agenda than to the needs of 
the community was noted as a common 
problem. Likewise, some communities had 
trouble valuing intellectual work and mak- 
ing use of it prograrnmatically. In all cases, 
advocacy — the engagement of public intel- 
lectuals with current issues — seemed to 
take a back seat to research and direct 

The Democracy Collaborative will 
address some of these issues at its next 
meeting: "Engaged Research," on Friday, 
Feb. 28 at the University Inn and Confer- 
ence Center. All interested faculty are 
welcome. For more information, contact 
Margaret Morgan-Hubbard at mmh®demo- or (301) 314-2745. 

— Anne L'Ecuyer, Academy of Leadership 

European Union 


An dree Chronis 

Comprehensive Family-Based 
Assessment of ADHD in Low-Income 

Laura Mamo 

Kinshtp-in-the Making: Assisted 
Reproduction and Lesbian Users 

College of Education 

Education Policy and Leadership 

Meredith Honig 

No Small Thing: Implementing 
Small Schools Initiatives in Urban 

Human Development 

Min Wang 

Learning to Read in a Second 
Language: Cross Language and 
Writing System Transfer 

College of Life Sciences 


Alexandra Bely 

Breaking the Ante dor- Posted or Axis 

Kenneth Sebens 

Effects of Non indigenous Species in 
Coastal Marine Ecosystems 

Chemistry & Biochemistry 

Sang Bok Lee 

Electromodulated Drug-Molecule 
Transport in Gold Nanotube 

Jeffrey Shultz 

Evolutionary Morphology and 
Phylogeny of Harvestmen (Opiliones) 

Health and Human Performance 


Stephen Roth 

The Role of Human Genetic 
Variation in Susceptibility to Obesity- 
Associated Cardiovascular Disease 

Internet Ventures 1996-2002 


Soeren Hvidkjaer 

Directional Trading Volume and the 
Cross-Section of Stock Returns 

Robert Marquez 

Corporate Control and Information 

Russell Wermers 

A Matter of Style: The Causes and 
Consequences of Style Drift in 
Institutional Portfolios 

Logistics, Busines & Public Policy 
Deepak So mays 

Patent Enforcement Through the 
International Trade Commission 


Judy Frels 

Standards-Scape: An Emergent 
Agent-Based Model of Competition in 
Technology Markets with Network 

Rebecca Hamilton 
Feature Fatigue: When Capabilities 
Become Too Much of a Good Thing 

School of Architecture 

Urban Studies Si Planning 
Howell Baum 

The Road Not Taken: Desegregation 
of Baltimore City Public Schools 

School of Engineering 

Chemical Engineering 

Srinivasa Rag ha van 

Liquid-Cry staltine Hydrogels & 
Nanocomposites: A New Class of 
Smart Materials 

2003-2004 Creative 
and Performing Arts 
Board Award 

Arts& Humanities 

Comparative Literature 

Robert H. Smith School of 

Regina Harrison 


Tourism of Terror: Mining Potosi 

Decision & Information 



Nejla Yatkin 

Ritu Agarwal 

Historical Legacy of American 

IT Strategy, IT Human Resources, 


and Firm Performance: An Empirical 


Elizabeth Arnold 

Cheryl Druehl 

"Civilization" (second book of 

Competition Incentives for 



Joshua Weiner 

Wolfgang Jank 

"Trampoline" A Book of Poems 

Analyzing Spatially Referenced Data 

horn Large Databases 

James Stern 

Itir Karaesmen 

Compact Disc Recording: Fantasias 

Effective Workforce and Resource 

for Violin and Piano 

Management in On- Demand Services: 

Experience from the Fractional Jet 


Ownership Business 

Helen Huang 
East Meets West 


Wesley Sine 

School of Architecture 

Boom to Bust; The Role of 

Ronit Eisenbech 

Organizational Structure, Strategy, 

Witnessing Detroit at 300 - A 

External Endorsements, and Change 

Manifold of Voices: A Multimedia 

on the Growth and Survival of New 






2003 Angyelof Award 
for Outstanding Service 
to Commuter Students 

This award recognizes an 
undergraduate or graduate stu- 
dent whose activities and 
involvement have directiy or 
indirectly benefitted other 
commuters during the 2002* 
2003 academic year. Advocacy 
for commuter issues or a spe- 
cific commuter student popula- 
tion, encouragement of com- 
muter involvement on campus, 
promoting understanding of 
commuter life, and developing 
initiatives which serve com- 
muter students are examples of 
specific contributions. The 
application deadline date is Fri- 
day, March 14. For more infor- 
mation about the award and 
the nomination process, con- 
tact Leslie Perkins at 4-7250 or 
lperkins@ . umd .edu . 

A Brahms Classic 

When Johannes Brahms com- 
pleted, after 11 years, his 1868 
masterwork"Ein Deutsches 
Requiem (A German Requiem)" 
commemorating the passing of 
his mentor Robert Schumann, 
and later his mother, he sought 
to convey a message of hope 
and consolation to the living. 

The School of Music will 
present Brahms' choral and 
musical masterpiece at the 
Dekelboum Concert Hall of the 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 
8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 23 at 3 
p.m. Under the direction of 
Edward Maelary, the program is 
a collaboration of the Maryland 
Chorus, the University Chorale 
& Chamber Singers and the 
university's Symphony Orches- 
tra, soprano Ji Yeon Park and 
baritone Darren Perry. 

Tickets are $15. For more in- 
formation, call (301) 405-ARTS. 

Developing Fitness 

Whether you are just begin- 
ning to exercise, are not seeing 
the results you want, or just 
want to learn more about 
exericise and fitness, this free, 
6-week workshop is for you. It 
is designed to help you reach 
your individual fitness goals. 
Beginning Feb. 1 2, sessions 
meet each Wednesday from 3 
to 4 p.m. in 0121 Campus 
Recreation Center (Center for 
Health and Wellbeing). 

For more information, con- 
tact Jennifer Treger at (301) 
314-1493 or treger@health. 

Williams Award for 
Social Change 

In recognition of Rebecca 
Williams, this award for com- 
mitment to social change is 
given to an undergraduate or 
graduate student who has 
demonstrated a commitment 
to advocating change in issues 
and values such as those which 
have concerned Williams. This 

Hope Chinese School 

in the New Year 


The Hope Chinese School at College Park rang in the Chinese New Year at the 
Reckord Armory on Sunday, Feb. 2. The boisterous celebration, organized by 
school administrators to introduce school members and the larger community 
to Chinese New Year traditions, included music, games, riddles, karaoke, ballroom 
dancing and prizes, as well as colorful decorations and plenty of Chinese cuisine. 
Above, children from the 6rst- and fourth-grade classes play chess as a parent looks on. 

commitment may be demon- 
strated in many ways, through 
individual or organizational 
leadership, and may have been 
shown across varying amounts 
of time. The individual's efforts 
may or may not have brought 
about change. 

Please submit nominations, 
including student name and 
address and a description of 
your reasons for the nomina- 
tion by March 7 to Bill Sed- 
lacek, Counseling Center, by 
campus mail or e-mail at 
ws 1 2@umail, umd .edu. 

For more information, con- 
tact Sedlacek at (301) 314-7687 

Become an Ally 

The Office of Lesbian, Gay, 
Bisexual &Transgender (LGBT) 
Equity is offering training for 
members of the university 
interesting in becoming allies 
to the LGBT community. The 
training is given in two parts 
and lasts a total of six hours. 
Sessions are held weekly during 
the semester, and individuals 
who complete the training are 
invited to become part of the 
Rainbow Terrapin Network. 
The next training session 
will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 
1 1 . To register or for more 
information, contact Tricia 
Slusser at the Office of LGBT 
Equity at (301) 405-8720 or 

Spatial Analysis with 
ArcView Workshops 

The UM Libraries will hold a 
series of workshops on 
ArcView this semester in 2109 
McKeldin. They are free, but 
advance registration is required 

html. The workshops explore 

the more complex query and 
spatial analysis aspects of 
ArcView GIS. The prerequisite 
is familiarity with ArcView, The 
workshop will be offered on: 

• Thursday, Feb. 1 3, 

9:30 a.m. to noon 

■ Monday, Feb. 24, 

2 to 4:30 p.m. 

" Wednesday, March 5, 

1 to 3:30 p.m. 

For more information, con- 
tact User Education Services at 
(301) 405-9070 or ue6@ or visit www, 

Schools as Breeding 
Grounds for Prisons 

On Feb. 19 at noon, the Social 
Justice Educator Development 
Programs will host "Schools as 
Breeding Grounds for Prisons" 
in 0106 Shriver Laboratory, East 
Wing as part of its Spring 2003 
workshop series. The work- 
shop will consider the deliber- 
ate establishment and develop- 
ment of the public school sys- 
tem as an oppressive socializa- 
tion instrument. It will also 
examine the problems facing 
urban high schools and how 
they act to "graduate" students 
into prisons. Finally, it will sug- 
gest a strategy to reclaim pub- 
lic education for educators and 
students in their fight for 
equality and social justice. 

To RSVP and for more infor- 
mation, call (301) 405-2841 or 

Charles and 


On Monday, Feb. 17 from 10 
a.m. to noon, the Charles and 
Helen White Symposium will 
be held at the Marriott Inn and 
Conference Center near cam- 
pus. "New Systems for a New 

Era" will explore the future 
implications of the intercon- 
nections among bioengineer- 
ing, information technology 
and nanotechnology. The 
keynote speaker is 1 978 Nobel 
Laureate Arno Penzias, whose 
research gave unprecedented 
support to the "Big Bang" theo- 
ry of the universe's creation. 
Penzias will join Maryland Fac- 
ulty for a panel discussion. 

The day also features the 
long-awaited groundbreaking 
of the Jeong H. Kim Engineer- 
ing and Applied Science Build- 
ing. This state-of-the-art facility 
will house some of the most 
sophisticated engineering 
research and educational labo- 
ratories in the nation. There 
will be a "virtual "groundbreak- 
ing ceremony at 2 p.m. 

For more information, visit 
www. eng. umd . ed u/ki m/. 

Proposal Deadline — 
Teaching with 
Technology Conference 

The deadline for proposals to 
participate in the 10th annual 
Teaching With Technology con- 
ference is Friday, Feb. 14. Facul- 
ty, teaching assistants and 
instructional technology sup- 
port professionals are encour- 
aged to share the ways in 
which technology has enabled 
them to facilitate learning in 
new and exciting ways. This 
year's conference, co-spon- 
sored by the Office of Informa- 
tion Technology, Center for 
Teaching Excellence and Uni- 
versity Libraries, will be held 
on Friday, April 4 in McKeldin 
Library. Submit a proposal 
application at For 
more information, contact Deb- 
orah Mateik at 5-2945 or, or visit