/-<^«S>,Z^/. LA-^^^ Oudook Agreement Reached Page 3 THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND FACULTY AND STAFF NEWSPAPER Volume 2 Number to * J**iy ^o, 2004 Honoring an Example of Innovation Gay Gullickson, a professor in the Department of History, received tlie President's Com- mission on Disability Issues Outstand- ing Faculty Award this spring for her work to improve the lives of those with disabilities on campus- "Gay is more than deserving of this award for incorporating teaching about people with disabilities into both her administrative and academic PHOTO BV MONETIE AUSTIN BAILEY Gav Gullickson service to the university," said Claudia Rector, assistant director of the Ameri- can Studies department during remarks at the ceremony. Rector nom- inated Gullickson for the award. Rector mentioned Gullickson 's experience as a wheelchair user and willingness to share this experience as a member of the university's Archi- tectural Standards Design Board for several years. "Even more important — to me, at least — is Gay's contribution to the campus community by pioneering teaching in disability studies. " Gullickson s progressive scholar- ship and generosity in sharing her knowledge and experience both inside and outside the classroom make her exactly the sort of person the university should recognize as a model of both scholarship and citi- zenship." Dedicated to Cleaning the Earth Jennifer Becker's research on howr microbiological processes work in contaminated environments, ivhile important on its own, received presidential recognition recently. President George W Bush named Becker, an assistant professor in the biological resources engineering department, one of the nation's most promising young scientists and engi- neers. Becker is one of 57 who received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE5. Eight federal departments and agencies nominate presidential See BECKXR, page 4 Outstanding Women Recognized PHOTO BV MONETTE AUSTIN BAILEY Gladys Brown, fomier director of the Office of Human Rebtions Programs (center), stands with the President's Commission on Women's Issues "Women of Color Award winners. Eadene Armstrong (left) is an associate professor with the Departxnent of Entomology and direc- tor of the Pre-fireshniaii Academic Emlclmient Program, for wliich she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring ftom the Bush administration. Johnetta Davis is asso- ciate dean of the Graduate School. During her tenure, which began in 1993, graduate enroUnient has increased by 8 percent and minority graduate enroll- ment increased by 2 1 percent. Brown was the keynote speaker for the event. Making Camp Happen for Everyone One camper, fascinated by the gelatinous na- ture of a fish's eye, decid- ed that poking at it with his paint brush would be more fun than painting the whole thing for the assigned art project. A counselor standing nearby asks if the little boy is finished and can he please stop that? He sneaks in one more poke before it's time to clean up. Swimming is next. After that, campers and their parents will share a potluck dinner with the staff. Camp Attaway, like many such escapes, allows yoimg people a place to go to make friends and have fun. What sets it apart, though, is its larger mission: to provide a place for young people with emotional and behavioral disorders to experience what other kids do when school's out. "These Idds have been previously excluded from other camps because of the severity of their disor- ders, or their parents never attempted to put them in a camp," explains David Cooper, an associate pro- fessor with the College of Education's special educa- tion department. He co- founded the camp with university psychology alumnus Saul Lieberman nine years ago. "Our com- mitment is first to be fun. This is not school. This is not therapy." However, Cooper and lieberman realized tliat the environment also needed to be safe and nur- turing, so the coimselor to camper ratio is l-to-2, remarkably low by camp standards. Counselors have at least some related college coursework under their belt. A few have advanced degrees. "The majority of these children have difflctilty maintaining social rela- tionships, friendships," says Cooper. "The ratio allows us to make sure every child gets a really intensive relationship with the adult staff." A bubbly 9-year-old, who lists making ice cream and swimming as his favorite Camp Attaway activities, says, "I get bul- lied at school. [At camp] I learn how to ignore oth- ers that hurt me." Here, words are posi- tive. The art project required kids to paint a real fish and then place a piece of paper on top to make a rub. Excited budding artists run up to coun- selors for approval, which they receive with high fives and hugs. Ilz Obara, a university special education graduate student, seven-year veteran of Attaway's counselor cotps and this year's pro- gram director, says that otganizers try to plan smaU group and whole camp activities so kids can bond on both levels. Campers range in age from 9 to 1 5 this year, with 7 being the youngest that can attend and 14- to 1 6-year-olds serving as counselors in training (Cn's).young people arc See ATTAWAY, page 3 Gone, But Not Forgotten The droning buzz is a faint ringing in the ear these days and every- one almost misses the constant crunch under our feet, because, as Mike Raupp warned his students, the cicadas have left us 'like a bad date." Yet, the Cicadamanlacs' date with the 17-year locust was fer from bad. In fact, after appearing together in more than 50 newspapers and news segments in a dozen countries, one might describe it as a serious relation- ship. "The real stars here were the bugs," Raupp says, with the main relation- ship existing between the entomolo- gy department and the university. "My hat's off to the president's office and the media office for jump- ing on bcmrd," Raupp says. Through this cicada adventure, the "university found out what effective outreach can look like. When every- one pulls the ^me direction, you can have a positive impact," he says. That impact is what Maryland, a land grant institution, was originally founded to liave, its primary responsi- PHOTO BV M.S FUHREH A molting cicada enioys the night air in the early hours of its aboveground phase of life. bUity to serve the communities in the area. The visit from the cicadas proved the perfea opportunity to make good on that deal, educating the community and creating an envi- ronment where plants and cicadas lived together. Raupp and his Ocada-maniacs, a group of graduate students enioUed in a one-credit class, along with the crew in University Relations, started their strike on the unknown of the cicada — a journey that began so long ago, Raupp s office calends is still on January. Their mission; "to demystify the phenomenon of the periodical cica- da," Raupp says. Their methods: any- thing they could get their hands on. The Web site garnered more than 30,000 hits fiflm January to May. Ital- See CICADAS, page 3 JULY 20, 2004 dateline maryland YOUR GUIDE TO UNIVERSITY EVENTS : JULY 20 ~ AUGUST 19 tVEONESOaV July 21 10-11:30 a.m.. Preparing for Your Retiremditt: Your Supplemental Retirement Plan IIOIU Chesapeake Build- ing. This seminar covers the three supplemental retirement plans and is intended for employees who are seven years or le^ from retirement. Participants are encouraged to bring their most recent state- ment to the seminar. Free. To register, go to www.uhr.umd. edu and click on Training Pro- grams. For more information, caU 5-5651. THURSDAY ing and animating objects. Prerequisites: Introduction to HTML or three months experi- ence with Web page develop- ment. Cost is $ 110. (^-registra- tion is required at least three working days before the class date. For more information or to register, contact Jane S. Wieboldt at 5-0443 or email@example.com, or go to www. training, umd.edu. July 27 July 22 9 a.m. -noon. Delegation: The Key to Maximizing Pro- ductivity and Motivating Others 1 lOlU Chesapeake Building. Learn to be more pro- ductive by improving task del- c^tion. Cost is $50. To register, ^ **** go to www.uhr.umd.edu and JUiy 28 click on Training Programs. For more information, call 5-565 1 . 1-2 p.m.. Build an Online Resume Using HTML 4404 Computer & Space Science Buildii^. This free class covers basic HTML skills including table formatting. Prerequisite: the Peer Training HTML I and il classes or equivalent knowl- edge. For more information, contact Carol Warrington at 5- 2938 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.oit.umd.edu/pt. WEONESOaV July 23 1-4 p.m., HTML 11: Using Tables and Formatting for Web Page Layout 4404 Com- puter* Space Science Building. Introduces more features of HTML Prerequisite: HTML I or skill equivalent. Cost: $20 focul- ty/staff, $10 students and $25 alimmi. For more information, conuct Carol Warrington at 5- 2938 or email@example.com, or go to www.oit.umd.edu/pt. 6-8 p.m.. Annual Maryland Crab Feast at Mulligan's Grill University Golf Course. Menu features steamed crabs and shrimp, fried oysters, roast beef and more (entire menu at www.dining.umd.edu/mulli- gans). Cost is $47.95 adults; dub members, fiaculty, staff and their guests, $3995; children 1 2 and under, $ 19. Reserva- tions are required at 46631. 1-4 p.m., Adobe Photosh*^: Designing Graphics & Photo Editing 4404 Comput- er & Space Science Building. Continued exploration of palettes, layers and resolution. Photo editing and retouching is introduced. Prerequisite: a WAM account. Cost: $20 fecul- ty/staff, $10 students and $25 alumni. For more information, contact Carol Warrington, 5- 2938 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.oit.umd .cdu/pt. 1-2 p.m.. Homeland Security 0103 Francis Scott Key. TTic Department of Public Safety will offer this free, brown-bag training session on: handling bomb threats; identifying and handling suspicious packages and persons; an explanation of the National Threat Level Sys- tem; campus resources to deal with threats. To schedule a program for your group, con- tact Lt. Brian Untz at 5-7165 or blin tz@ umpd . imid .edu . THURSOaV July 29 July 26 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m.. Introduc- tion to Flash MX 4404 Com- puter & Space Science Build- ing. Covers the basics of creat- 9 a.m.-noon. Technical Translation for IT Profes- sionals llOlU Chesapeake Building. Develop skills to decode job responsibilities, identily a network of transla- tors and form ways to educate executives and non-IT peers enough to ask for what they need, recognize what you do and streamline processes. Cost is $50. To register, go to www.uhr.umd.edu and click on Training Programs. For more information, call 5-5651. august 2 10-11 a.m. What is WebCT? 4404 Computer & Space Sci- ence Building. This free ses- sion surveys WebCT's tools and pedagogical potential. Pre-reg- istration is required at www. tnuning.umd.edu by selecting the Institute for Instructional Technology traitiing organiza- tion from the Training at Mary- land course catalog. For assis- tance with registration, contact Deborah Matcik at 5-2945 or email@example.com. august 6 9 a.m.-noon, Macrontedia Dreamweaver 4404 Comput- er & Space Science Building. This class covers the basics of creating a Web site without ttsing HTML code. Prerequisite: a WAM account. Cxjst: $20 fec- ulty/staff, $10 students and $25 alumni. For more information, contact Carol Warrington at 5- 2938 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.oit.umd.ediVpt. august 9 9 a.m.^ p.m.. New Employ- ee Orientation llOlU Chesa- peake Building. This program provides an overview of the University of Maryland's insti- tutional mission, students and services. Limch is included. Free, To register, go to www. uhr.umd.edu and click on Training Programs, For more information, caU 5-565 1 . august 10 9 a.m.-noon, PRO: The Key to Performance and Pro- ductivity llOlU Chesapeake Building. This seminar is for employees and managers/sup- ervisors who want to learn about the Performance Review and Development (PRD) process. It is a prerequisite for PRD Training for Supervisors. Free, To register, go to www. uhr.imid.edu click on Training Programs. For more informa- tion, call 5-5651. Noon-lp.m., PRO Training for Supervisors: Managing and Conducting the PRD Process 1 lOlU Chesapeake Building. Participants will learn how to manage the PRD process and evaluate perform- ance effectively. This course is required for all supervisors/ managers who supervi,sc a non-feculty employee. Free. To register, go to www.uhr.umd. edu and click on Training Pro- grams. For more information, call 5-5651. WEDMESDAy august 11 9 8.m.-4 p.m.. Freeing Up Your Inner Resources: Rec- ognizing and Resolving inner Conflict 1 lOlU Chesa- peake Buildii^. Provides par- ticipants with effective strate- gies to resolve blind spots in one's personality that create challenges to professional and personal development. Cost is $100. To register, go to www.ulTr.umd.edu and click on Training Programs. For more Information, call 5-5651. august 12 9 a.m. -4 p.m.. Herding Cats: Getting Individuals, Teams and Departments Working Together 1 lOlU Chesapeake Building. A work- shop for managers, supervisors and other leaders who need to modvate people to work and make progress together. Cost is $100. To register, go to www.uhr.umd.edu and click on Training Programs. For more information, call 5-565 1 . august 13 10 a.m.-noon, A Woman's Money, A Woman's Future HOU Chesapeake Building. This woricshop targets women's issues through four life stages and highlights why planning is critical.Free. To register, go to www.uhr.umd.edu and click on Training Programs. For more information, call 5-5651. august 17 9 a.m. -4 p.m.. Mentoring the Writing of Others llOlU Chesapeake BMding. Designed to help writing reviewers to meet the challenges of helping staff and peers write clear, con- cise, honest and well-organized documents. Cost is $ 100. To calendar guide Calendar ptione numbers listed as A-xxxx or Sxxxx stand for the prefix 314 or 405. Calendar irvformation for Outlook is compiled from a combination of InforM's master calendar and submissions to the Outlook office. Submissions are due two weeks prior to the date of publication. To reach the calendar editor, call (301) 405-7468 or send e-mail to email@example.com. register, go to www.uhr.umd. edu and click on Training Pro- grams. For more information, caU 5-5651. WEDNESOAV august 18 10-11 :30 a.m.. Your Sup- plemental Retirement Plan: Exploring Your MSRP Investment Options llOlU Chesapeake Building. For early- or mid-career employees enrolled with Nation^de Retirement Solutions (formerly PEBSCO). Participants, if already enrolled, should bring tlieir most recent statement. Free. To register, go to www.uhr.umd.edu and click on Training Prt^rams. For more information, call 5-5651. THURSDAY august 19 9 a.m.-noon. How to Con- duct Stress-Free Perform- ance Appraisals lIOlU Chesapeake Building. Perfor- mance appraisals can be a valu- able tool in improving employ- ee performance. Taught by die author of Hie book "Stress-free Performance Appraisals," of which each participant will receive acopy.Cost is $65. To register, go to www.uhr.umd. edu and click on Training Pro- grarns. Por more irifottnatton, caU 5-5651; or additional event list- ings, visit http;//oul- look.collegepublisher.com. Outlook Oi^llaok Is the monthly faculty-staff newspaper serving the University of Maryknd campiu communiey. Onhne editions of Otitlimti air published vvieekly at http:/ /outlook, collcg^publisher. com. Btvdie RcmingtoD *Vice President. University Relations Teresa Flannery • Executive Director, University Contmutiicitions aad Marketing Diaiute BuTcJl • EjEcutive Editor Monette Austin Bailey * Editor Cynthia Mitchel • Art Director Desair Bmwn • Graduate A«istant Letters to the editor, story sugges- tions and campus infbrmadon are welcome. Please submit all materia! two weeks before thclhesday of pubticadon. Setid mat trill to Editor, Oullopk. 2101 Turner HaU, CoUi^ Park, MD 20742 Telephone • (301) 405-4629 Fax '(301) 314-9344 E-maii ' firstname.lastname@example.org http://oudook .coUegepublisher.com OtTTLO O K University, Union Reach Agreement PHOTO BY MONETTE AUSTIN BAILEV Members of ^e eKempt bargaining team, university administrators and union organizers took on ss President Dan Mote signs the Memorandum of Understanding. From teft: John Porcari, vice president for administrative affairs; Cherie Forster, a director with University Human Resources; Ben Cranston, team mem- ber and web programmer with OtT; Dale Anderson, director of personnel with University Human Resources; Greg Johnson, team member and associate director of user services for University Relations; Bt7an Zidek, team member and health physicist with environmental safety; Agnes Beache, team member and senior accountant with Facilities Management; and David Sheridan, team member and IT coordinator with the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. The University of Mary- land and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employ- ees (AESCME) readi,cd,their . second three-year agreement on a comprehensive Memoran- dum, of Understanding cover- ing wages, hours and other terms and conditioas of employment, this one for the university's 970 exempt profes- sional staff employees. The docimient was approved by President Dan Mote and the Board of Regents last month. Union membership then ratified it with a vote. Mote congratulated both sides on their reaching agree- ment. "We have now conclud- ed negotiations .with 9II three employed b^i;gaiiiing units at the university, and we look for- ward to working together with all our employees to continue to build this great university." John D. Porcari, vice presi- dent for administrative afEairs, said the agreement has result- ed In a number of new benefits for employees including a salary increase, esublishmeot of a professional development day and a bereavement leave policy. Additionally, tuition remission and several other existing policies have been solidified under the umbrella of this agreethent, a copy of wluch can be found at: w^rw. af seme 1 07 2 . org. The university previously reached agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police, ^ which represents the sworn police officers on the College Park campus, and with AFSCME, which represents the tionexempt staff employees on the campus. Attaway: Offering a Safe, Fun Alternative Continued Jrom pa^ 1 grouped by age and are spread around the camp's borrowed space In a Columbia elemen- tary school. "Each year about 50 percent are returnees . , . and we have a 97 percent attendance rate," says Cooper, even though the camp's lack of a perma- nent site has meant moving a few times. "For these kids, just to get here is a victory." From the frustrated look of one late-arriving camper and her at-wit's-end looking mom, the victory is often hard won. Counselors cheer her entrance; Lieberman takes mom aside to talk about issues at home that may affect the camper's behavior at Attaway All of this attentive, professional care costs $1,900. Knowing that most of the ^milies catmot a^rd the burden. Cooper and Lieberman ask par- ents to pay what they can, which averages 40 percent. The rest comes from Individual dona- tions, corporate and foundation grants and the Departments of Recreation and Social Services of Howard County. One CTT felt so strongly about his experience that he gave a portion of his bar mitz- vah gift money to the camp's scholarship fund. Cooper says that no child has ever been denied attendance because of parents' inability to pay. The camp is as much for parents as it is for their children, ■•parents arc a huge part of this. They are the Artist-ln-residence Cathy Vass, on leave from the Nationat Endowment for the Arts, helps with a project, rock of a child's life. We provide an education and support group just for the parents." According to counselor Melissa Overstreet, a fourth-year special education major, Camp Att- away is a positive experience for everyone involved, "This is the best job I've ever had. It's a lot of work, but between the kids and the sup- port staff, it's definitely worth it," Notable The Council of University Sys- tem Staff appointed Queen Atteriaerry, an accoimting asso- ciate with Dining Services, for at-laige representative for the College Park campus. Frank Clancy Jr, an engineering coordinator for the Office of Information Technology, was appointed to the exempt staff representative position. Both will serve two-year terms that begin immediately. Brian Bravig is the new facility manager for the Samuel Riggs rv Alumni Center He vriU help the Maryland Alumni Associa- tion with its move into the new building, which Is expect- ed to open in the winter of 2005. Uflda Roth '84 is the center's first director of corpo- rate and commimity events, William Galstan, Stem Profes- sor of Civic Engagement and interim dean of the School of Public Policy, has been elected a fellow of the American Acad- emy of Arts and Sciences, Tlie academy honors prominent figures in scholarship, business, the arts and public affairs. Jacques S. Ganslar has been appointed university vice pres- ident for research for a period of two years. Gansler will continue to hold the Roger C. Lipitz Chair in the School of Public Policy and serve as director of the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise. Prof. Matthias Ruth has been awarded the Manaaki Whenua Fellowship from the Govern- ment of New Zealand, which will bring him there to share his research on urban infra- structure and help laimch a companion project. Rick Henry joined the school's Office of Executive Programs staff as assistant director. He will focus on new business development and will be responsible for exist- ing programs for the National Institutes of Health, Elisabeth El'Khoctsry has been appointed assistant dean and director of smdent aflfiiirs. James M. Hagberg was given the 2004 Citation Award by the American College of Sports Medicme in recognition of his many contributions to the fields of exercise physiology, aging, cardiovascular disease risk factors and genetics, Rebecca Zoniea is Marketing & Commimications' new coordi- nator for special programs, where her main responsibility wUl be to help coordinate the imiversity's 1 50th aimiversary celebration. Cicadas: Buzzed OS Continued fiom page 1 ian, British, Canadian, French and Korean media all picked up on the buzz; Japanese tele- vision had "no less tlwn five shoots," Raupp reports. He and his students had no problem "grubbing aroimd in the dirt," "wrangling cicadas" and eating "cicada-licious" bugs. It was just all "pari of the experience," he says. But there was a huge part of that experience that was not captured by the cameras or distributed in print; it was m the classrooms full of both children and adults. "Millions of people learned something," Raupp says. From second graders to industry professionals to home and gardens groups, the Cicadamaniacs tried to spread their knowledge to anyone who would listen. Nothing is more evident of that effort than the office window on the fourth floor of the entomology building. It is covered in the words and drawing of children who can now consider themselves cicada experts. The graduate students and Raupp went out with this message: "This is goiitg to be wicked cool! Watch it. Enjoy it" "1 tried to find cicadas. I found four. I was so excited," MacKenzie Edwards wrote. The Cicadamaniacs definite- ly took "advantage of an impar- alleled oppommity to teach the average person lots about biology," Raupp says, turoing the negative anticipation into a positive experience. "Thank you," Laura's lener on the window says."l think cicadas are not scary." Mission accomplished. Of course the buzz spread as liigh as the president of the university himself. Raupp recounts his chance encoimter with Mote after filming with a German televi- sion crew: "That cicada thing is really going," Mote said. "They've sung their song," Raupp replied, "Well, that must have been the ultimate spring break," Mote deadpanned. As Raupp said on National Geographic's "Ultimate Explor- er" program, "Most of us wait- ed 17 years to lose our Virginia ty, but at least we didn't have to live underground." — Katrina Altersitz, journalism graduate student JULY 20, 2004 on a O Making Contact The College of Health and Human Performance Alumni Chapter will hold its First Annual Wrcnn Schol- arsliip Scramble on Aug. 6. This golf tournament will benefit the Jetty Wrenn Scholarship Fund, established to provide financial aid to students of the college. University alumni, laculty, staff, students and friends are welcome. The tournament will be held at the university golf course, A "shot gun" start will begin at 8 a,m. Registrants will receive fl-ee continental break- fest, lunch, a golf shirt, cart, tee bag and more. Registration is $100, The tournament also welcomes those interested in volunteering or providing sponsorship. For more information, contact Carrie Petr at (301) 405-2472, or go to www. hhp . umd . edu. Pnparing New Leaders The university's Leadership Devet- opraent Institute is accepting reg- istrations for its Fall 2004 Founda- tions of Leadership program. It is a certificate program geared toward current or prospective managers who have: limited management experience, recently been appoint- ed to a supervisory/managerial role or minimal or no formal man- agement training. The registration deadline is July 30. For more information and to register go to www. LDI, umd. edu or can (301) 405-5651. Advising Cfonference The 9th Annual Advising Confer- ence win be held on Aug. 17, fi^m 8 a.m, until 3 p.m., in the Atrium of the Art-Sociology Building. Net- work with colleagues and hear about some of the iimovative advising practices occurring on campiLs. This year's program also will include sessions designated specifically for feculty advisors. There will be no conference fee this year, but enrollment is limited, so eariy registration Ls recommend- ed. Priority consideration will be given to registrations submitted by July 23. For details and registration infor- mation, go to www.ugst.umd, edu/ advisingconference/ or contact Kathy Angeletti, (301) 405-2358 or kangel@umd,edu. Slay Yoiu' Dragons This is a workshop offered by Uni- versity Himian Resources, for any- one who wants to look forward to going to work in the morning and leave eneigized. The three-day seminar can help participants dis- cover meaning in their lives and connect that meaning to work. (jeorgeTakacs, adjunct faculty member, will facilitate. Participants must attend all three days— July 21, 22 and 29, from 9 a.m. until 4p,m,,inthe Maryhnd Room of Marie Mount Hall, The registration fee Is $320. For more information and to regis- ter, go to www.uhr.umd.edu and dick on Training Programs, or caU (301)405-5651. Mulligan's Grill Closings Mulligan's Grill will be closed on July 29, but the bar will be open until 9 p.m, with a full menu. The grill wilt also be closed Saturday, July 31, with the bar open until 7 p.m. For more information, contact Chris Cantore, (30 1) 3 1 4-663 1 ; email@example.com, or go to www.dining.umd.edu/muiligans. Cultivating Faeulty Leaders The Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic A^irs and Provost announces a program aimed at increasing the breadth, quality and diversity of administia- tive leadership on our campus. The Leadership Education and Administrative Development (LEAD) program will enable a group of tenured feculty to learn about the knowledge and skills required for success as a depart- ment chair, director, dean or uni- versity administrator. Participants will complete seven interactive luncheon leadership seminars during the Fall 2004 semester For more information and an application, go to www, feculty.umd.edu, or contact Ellin K. Scholnick, (301) 405-4252 or escholni®umd,edu. Learning the Web Way The Office of Information Technol- ogy will provide five workshops Aug. 3 to 4 that explore different features of the WebCT online course management system. These free sessions can be taken inde- pendent of one another; however, it is recommended that newcom- ers to the tool register for the Get- ting Staned with WebCT module. Subsequent modules are Course Management, Course Content, Col- laboration and Communication, and Assessment and Evaluation, Pre-registration is required at www.training.umd.edu by select- ing the Institute for Instructional Technology training organization from the Training at Maryland course catalog. Course descrip- tions are also avaikble through the catalog. Contact Deborah Mateik, program coordinator, at (301) 405- 2945 or firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any difficulties registering with this new registration system. Campus Pliotograpliv l^ient Featured The Union (iaUery showcases pho- togtaphs by the staff and recent students of The Art and Learning Center. The exhibition, "Envelop- ing Talent," offers a compelling look at the creative potential of the art form. Several of the devel- oping techniques that may be learned in the center's Intro to Darkroom and Advanced Dark- room classes are also represented. The show runs through Aug. 13. The gallery is located on the first floor of the Stamp Student Union (directly above the food court and next to Adele's Restautant). Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mon- day through Saturday. For more informadon, call (301) 314-8493- Field Day Offers Answers PHOTO BY EOWIN REMSBUHQ David Cammarota (right), president of the Maryland Turfgrass Council, presents a check for S60,395 to Bruce Gardner, interim dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Approximately 200 researchers, professional tiuf managers, equipment exhibitors and homeovwiers, gathered at the uni- versity's Paint Branch Tiir%rass Research Facility on July 14 for a Field Day and Open House. There they learned about recent research activities and tesiilts, got answers to bwn-care questions fom experts and exchanged information with col- leagues and peers. Throughout the day, researchers in the College of Agriculture and Natiural Resources (AGNR) and the College of Life Sciences led participants on tours of field plots, dis- cussing work related to sod production, evaluation of grass varieties (e.g. a performance comparison of lawn seed mixes), and turf management on home lawns (e.g. crabgrass and clover control), athletic fields, golf counes (e.g. advances in controlling dollar spot, brown patch and summer decline) and conmiercfal sites! Local distributors hosted exhibits on and demonstrated turfgrass machinery, A highlight of the day was the dedication of the Plant Preparation Building by AGNR interim dean Bmce Gardner. Construction of the building, which includes a small green- house and workspace to support turf research and education, was made possible by a contribution fiom the Maryland Tlir%iass Council. Becker: Continued Jrom page 1 Rewarded for Work award ees, Becker was nominated by the National Science Founda- tion, which chooses the nomi- nees from approximately 400 jun- ior faculty members who have received grants from the founda- don's early CAREER development prc^ram. "It was instant credibility," says Becker, who has been with the university for nearly five years. "What I proposed was a bit novel, so it was really exciting to get the award." Becker received the CAREER grant two years ago, but constant changes to President Bush's schedule pushed announcement of the 2002 PECASE awards and the White House ceremony to last spring. Becker's work explores "how the use of microorganisms in an engincerir^ approach known as biorcmediation, can be used to dean up groundwater contami- nants in a more efficient and cheaper manner compared to technologies that rely on chemi- cals and/or physical processes alone," she explains. "It's reladvely new technology. People were dabbling in it in the '70s and we watched it take off in the early '90s. However, in order to fully realize the potential bene- fits of bioremediation, we need to better understand how and why microorganisms destroy environ- mental contanimants." She says because of an "astounding amount of contami- nation in the United States," it is important that more effective clean-up methods be found. Chlo^ rinated solvents and fuel, for example, most often contaminate ground water In addition,''We don't always realize that products we're using today. . .can create headaches for the future," she says, mentioning pharmaceuticals as emerging enviroimiental contaminants of concern. "Often, they don't appear to break down during the convendonal wastewater treat- ment and may find their way into rivers and other surfece waters," Becker says biorcmediation, or any clean-up work, can be a daunting challenge "when you look at all of the different chemi- cals out there and that we're con- stantly creating new ones."