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Volume 2 

Number to * J**iy ^o, 2004 

Honoring an 
Example of 

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 


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- 

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 

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 


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 

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- 

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- 

"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- 


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 




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. 


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, or go to 
www. training, 

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 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, or 
go to 


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, or 
go to 

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 
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, 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 . 


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 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. 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 

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, 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. 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. 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. 


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 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 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 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 

register, go to www.uhr.umd. 
edu and click on Training Pro- 
grams. For more information, 
caU 5-5651. 


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 and click 
on Training Prt^rams. For more 
information, call 5-5651. 


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- 


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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! 
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University, Union Reach Agreement 


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 

■•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," 


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 

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 

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" 

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 




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 

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 and 
dick on Training Programs, or caU 

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 ;, or go to 

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,, or contact Ellin K. 
Scholnick, (301) 405-4252 or 

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 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, if you 
have any difficulties registering 
with this new registration system. 

Campus Pliotograpliv l^ient 

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 


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. 


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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 

"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."