February 27, 1997......Volume 26, Issue 22

News . . . . Arts . . . . Calendars . . . . Letters . . . . Links . . . . Deadlines . . . . Archive


Couple honors professor with endowment
University budget is on the Web
HUB/Robeson plans on schedule
Appointments
But officer ...
E-mail network helps dairy farmers
Hoist 'em high
College, liquor board team to curb drinking
Intercollegiate Athletics column
Library wing construction to begin in April
Mont Alto facility to be dedicated
Campus master plan back on agenda
Administrative Fellows applications due
LGB equity panel seeks members
Penn Staters
For the Record
Lectures
Row for shore
Honorary alumnus dies
Faculty/Staff Alerts
News in Brief
Highlight on Undergraduate Education
Bookshelf
Promotions
Employee Benefits column
Private Giving
Women's History Month
Engineering seeks director
Artist at work
Journal of Buddhist Ethics honored
Research
Penn State news bureau


Lectures

Probe evolution of
social behavior March 1

"On Becoming Hu-man" is the topic of the spring semester 1997 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science. Designed for the enjoyment and education of central Pennsylvania residents, the lectures take place on six consecutive Saturday mornings from 11 a.m. to noon on the University Park campus.

The final lecture in the series, "The Evolution of the Mind: Speculations from Contemporary Biology Based on the Musings of a Young British Victorian Naturalist," will be given on March 1 by Jeffrey A. Kurland, associate professor of anthropology and human development at Penn State, in 111 Wartik Laboratory. Kurland is known for his research on the evolution of social behavior in nonhuman primates and in humans. He will show that humans share with their closest living primate relatives certain features of behavior and cognition -- and hence, "the mind" -- that may help us understand our roots within the process of evolution.

The Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science are sponsored by the Eberly College of Science. Parking is available at the HUB Deck parking garage on Shortlidge Road. For more information, contact the College of Science Office of Public Information by telephone at (814) 863-8453 or (814) 863-4682, or by e-mail at science@psu.edu.

Explore an "Inward Garden"
at tonight's Bracken Lecture

Julie Moir Messervy, principal of Messervy Associates, a landscape design consulting firm specializing in the design of contemplative gardens, will be the second speaker in this year's John R. Bracken Lecture Series. The Bracken Lecture Series is sponsored by the Department of Landscape Architecture of the College of Arts and Architecture. The lecture, "The Inward Garden," is scheduled for 8 tonight in 101 Joab Thomas Building on the University Park campus.

Messervy received her bachelor of arts from Wellesly College and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's School of Architecture, where she received her master's of architecture and master's in city planning. She trained with the eminent Japanese garden master Kinsaku Nakane in Kyoto, Japan, first as a Henry Luce Scholar and later as a Japan Foundation Fellow.

Messervy has built gardens throughout the Boston area for the past 15 years, working with institutions and private individuals. Recent clients include the Arnold Arboretum, the Friends of the Public Garden, Mount Auburn Cemetery and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she designed Tenshin-en, The Garden of the Heart of Heaven with professor Kinsaku Nakane. She has taught in programs at MIT, Harvard, Radcliffe, the New York Botanical Garden and the Arnold Arboretum, and lectured around the country and in Canada.

Messervy's first book, Contemplative Gardens, was published in September 1990 and was called one of the 10 best garden books of 1990 by The New York Times. Little, Brown released Messervy's second book, The Inward Garden, in March, 1995.

Messervy is currently collaborating with internationally acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma in designing a music garden. This will be the first in a series of six artistic collaborations which will be filmed by Rhombus Media Productions of Canada.

A reception and book signing will be held after the lecture. The lecture is free to the public.

Activist women
to be discussed March 4

The third speaker of the Women's Studies Feminist Scholars Series, Temma Kaplan, will present "Crazy for Democracy: Women in the Environmental Movement" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in 101 Kern Building on the University Park campus.

Kaplan, a professor of women's studies and history at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, is the author of Anarchists of Andalusia, 1868 to 1903; Red City, Blue Period: Social Movements in Picasso's Barcelona; and Crazy for Democracy. A book signing for her most recent publication will follow the lecture.

Kaplan focuses her work on the efforts ordinary women have made to fight for social justice and human rights. As an activist and historian, Kaplan is particularly concerned with the gendered nature of social struggles. Through her work she has attempted to broaden theoretical interpretations of leadership and social action to highlight women's grassroots movements at the international level. Specifically, Kaplan's work is based on her extensive comparative studies of women's social movements in Europe, Africa, Latin America and the United States.

She was director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women from 1983 to 1991, and also has participated in international conferences such as the Fourth United Nation Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995.

The Feminist Scholars Series is sponsored in part by a grant from the Equal Opportunity Planning Committee, Women's Equity Fund. For information on this lecture or the Feminist Scholars Series, please contact the Women's Studies Program at (814) 863-4025.

Atomic physics talk
is meant for everyone

Carl Wieman, a leader in the field of ultra-low-temperature atomic physics, will give the 1997 E. W. Mueller Memorial Lectures in Physics on March 5 and 6, on the University Park campus.

Wieman's first lecture, which is intended for a general audience, is titled "The Chilling Story of an Atomic Identity Crisis: Bose Einstein Condensation at 1 Millionth of a Degree above Absolute Zero" and will take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in 112 Kern Building. His second talk, a physics colloquium, is titled "Bose-Einstein Condensation in an Ultracold Gas" and will take place at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in 101 Osmond Laboratory.

Professor Wieman recently made a landmark accomplishment by performing the first Bose-Einstein condensation of an atomic vapor, a transition that had been sought in many laboratory experiments for nearly two decades.

Weiman received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1977. After seven years at the University of Michigan, he moved to the University of Colorado, where he holds positions in both the Department of Physics and the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics. His research has led to many discoveries in atomic physics and these, in turn, have resulted in numerous honors, including membership in the National Academy of Sciences in 1994, the Einstein Medal for Laser Science in 1995 by the Society for Optics and Quantum Electronics, and the Fritz London Prize in Low Temperature Physics in 1996 by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.

The E. W. Mueller Memorial Lectures in Physics are sponsored by the Department of Physics and honor Erwin Mueller, who was a member of the department from 1952 until his death in 1977. He invented the field ion microscope at Penn State, which enabled him to be the first person to see individual atoms.

Diversity workshop to be
held at Nittany Lion Inn

The President's Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity (CORED) will sponsor a one-day workshop, "Diversity ... Beyond Awareness and Education," on Monday, March 31, at The Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.

Open to the entire University community, this workshop is designed to provide Penn State employees with an opportunity to share their ideas about multiculturalism and their experiences. In addition, there are sessions planned to provide new employees, particularly people of color, with resources for professional success. The commission is hoping to obtain fresh input on strategic directions for the future.

The tentative schedule includes sessions on affirmative action in the 21st century, career opportunities and networking, defining multiculturalism broadly, thriving in a majority environment, and the mentoring process. A representative from Corning Asahi Video Products Co. in State College will provide an industry viewpoint about diversity.

There is a registration fee of $20, which includes lunch and some resource materials. Registration deadline is March 21. For questions about the program, please contact Vicki Fong, CORED member and workshop coordinator, at (814) 865-9481 or at vyf1@psu.edu; for questions on registration, contact Shannon Hoover at (814) 863-8493 or at sqh7@psu.edu.

CORED was appointed in 1989 as a University-wide advisory body to the president on matters relating to cultural diversity throughout all Penn State locations in the Commonwealth, and to serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas within the University. For more information about the group, check the home page at http://www.psu.edu:80/staff/diversity/racial.html.

CORED also will sponsor a Best Practices in Diversity conference this September, along with the College of Education and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, the academic arm of the Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago.

For more information, visit the home page at http://www.cde.psu.edu/C&I/BestPracticesinDiversity/.

Communications systems, network
overview to be presented March 6

Moshen Kavehrad, professor of electrical engineering and director of the Center for Information and Communications Technology Research (CICTR), will present a public lecture at 2:45 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in 128 Sackett Building. The lecture, "Broadband Communications Systems & Networks; An Overview," will focus on the explosive growth in Internet applications which represents an increasing demand for multimedia interactive applications in future network architectures. An overview of hybrid networks and their infrastructures will be presented during the lecture, along with related research findings from the CICTR.

Kavehrad is the holder of the W. L. Weiss chair in information and communications technology at Penn State. He serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Wireless Information Networks, and has published nearly 200 papers.

Kavehrad received his Ph.D. in 1977 in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University and was a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Ottawa before joining the Penn State faculty in January of this year.

March 19 lecture at Berks campus
to mark Women's History Month

Just in time for Women's History Month, Penn State Berks, Berks-Lehigh Valley College hosts "Women and Race Relations in Early Pennsylvania" at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, in the Perkins Student Center Theatre.

Alison Duncan Hirsch, assistant professor of American studies and history at Penn State Harrisburg, Capital College, contends that the language of race relations historically has been male. From 18th-century abolitionists to the 20th-century civil rights movement, "brotherhood" has been the goal of those seeking racial equality.

Hirsch's talk looks at the role of women in the creation of American patterns in race relations by examining specific historic documents and incidents involving African American, Native American and European-American women interacting with each other and with men of different backgrounds. The event is free to the public.

Free high performance computing application seminars

The Institute for High Performance Computing Applications is offering a free seminar every week during spring semester on the University Park campus. The following seminars are for March. All seminars listed, unless otherwise noted, will be held in Room 215 Hammond Building from 3:35 to 4:25 p.m.

-- March 3: Jim Anderson, professor of chemistry at Penn State, will discuss "Quantum Monte Carlo;"

-- March 10: Spring break;

-- March 17: Iain Boyd, professor of aerospace engineering at Cornell University, will focus on "Parallel Implementation of a Monte Carlo Method for Nonequilibrium Gas Dynamics;"

-- March 24: George Karniadakis, professor of applied mathematics at Brown University, will talk about "Spectral/hp Element Methods for Parallel Computers;" and

-- March 31: D. Yung from IBM, Toronto, will discuss "High Performance Fortran and Java Compilers."

For a full listing of seminars planned, visit the institute's Web site at http://cac.psu.edu/~lnl/ihpca/spring597e97.html

Learn about drug targeting for cancer therapy

The annual Mylar Giri Lecture on the Penn State Hazleton campus featuring speaker Ned D. Heindel, Bunn Chair professor of chemistry at Lehigh University, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 3, in the Evelyn Graham Academic Building. Heindel will discuss "Drug Targeting for Cancer Therapy."

Heindel is also a visiting professor of nuclear medicine at Hahnemann University. He received his B.S. degree in chemistry and mathematics from Lebanon Valley College, and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Delaware. He was a Fellow in medicinal chemistry at Princeton University, and received honorary doctoral degrees from Lebanon Valley College and Albright College.

The Mylar Giri Lecture is presented annually in honor of the late Hazleton campus physics professor. The lecture is free to the public.

Examine welfare reform problems March 4

Sheldon H. Danziger, professor of social work and public policy at the University of Michigan, will present "What Went Wrong with Welfare Reform?" a seminar at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, in 406 Oswald Tower on the University Park campus.

Danziger is a nationally known scholar on poverty and welfare, and co-author of America Unequal (Harvard University Press, 1995). He will discuss how economic, public policy and family structure changes over the past two decades contributed to high rates of poverty and welfare dependency. In his talk, Danziger will argue that the welfare reform legislation of 1996 is flawed because it ignores the key findings from evaluations of welfare-to-work programs and from labor market research. Building on these key findings, he will suggest ways the welfare reform process could be improved. He also will discuss a welfare reform research agenda on major unresolved issues.

Please contact Laura Zimmerman at (814) 865-0486 or lzimmer@pop.psu.edu for additional information.

Psychology lecture planned for March 4

The Robert G. Bernreuter Lecture in School Psychology will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in Kern Auditorium on the University Park campus. George Albee will be the featured speaker.

Albee, who was honored in 1993 by the American Psychological Association with the Gold Medal Award for Life Contributions by a Psychologist to the Public Interest, also directed the Task Force on Manpower for President Eisenhower's Joint Commission on Mental Illness and Health, and the Task Panel on Prevention for President Carter's Commission on Mental Health. He and his colleagues have edited 17 volumes on primary prevention, based on annual conferences at the University of Vermont. Albee is a long-time advocate of a social-cultural model of mental disorders and finds causation in class exploitation, sexism and racism.

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New library wing
construction to begin in April

In April, the University Libraries -- specifically Pattee Library on the University Park campus -- will begin a two-year transformation process with the help of a backhoe and a wrecking ball. That's when ground will be broken for the start of phase one of the construction of the new Paterno Library at Pattee, a project that is expected to vastly improve the facility from a users' point of view and provide much-needed space.

In the works for years, the $26.5 million Paterno Library will add a new entrance from Curtin Road, a major five-story addition to the east, and a redesigned circulation space. The familiar glass facade of East Pattee (facing Weaver Building) will be removed to join the new addition and the facility will house the Special Collections Library, including Rare Books Room, University Archives/Penn State Room, Historical Collections and Labor Archives-- and that's just the first floor. The other floors will be home to the Social Sciences and Life Sciences libraries, to name a few.

Preparation for the upcoming addition and renovation to Pattee Library is set to begin the first week of March. During this time, fencing will be erected around the construction site, including the areas directly behind and to the east of Central and East Pattee (roughly bounded by Curtin Road, the Weaver Building and Mueller Lab).

Initially, this first phase of construction will have the following effects:

* Parking lots will be closed at this time, as well as several pedestrian sidewalks on the east side of Pattee. The pedestrian walkway that passes under the connector between Central and East Pattee will be closed.

* The existing handicapped and staff entrance in the rear of the building near Curtin Road will be closed. A new one will be installed at the front door of East Pattee, and the existing handicapped entrance in West Pattee will continue to be available. The handicapped parking spaces in the Yellow lot will be relocated near West Pattee.

* The drive-up book drop at the rear of Central Pattee (off Curtin Road) will be closed. Additional book drops will be set up outside of Pattee in the near future to allow patrons easy access for dropping off materials. Books can continue to be dropped at points in East and West Pattee, as well as the Mathematics, Engineering, Pollock, Physical Sciences, and Earth and Mineral Sciences libraries on campus.

* All other services will continue undisturbed until further construction takes place. No changes in library hours are planned.

Groundbreaking ceremony
is planned for April 25

To kick off the University Libraries' two-year construction project, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held on April 25. The creation of the Paterno Library and the renovation of Pattee will help to achieve better library space for users, collections, services and technology. It will be both a comfortable facility for students and scholars and a campus-wide center for the electronic flow of information.

For more information and updates on the Libraries' building project, check out the construction Web site at http://www.libraries.psu.edu/pubinfo/construction/. Send your questions and comments to macc@psulias.psu.edu.

In the coming months, Intercom will continue to update readers on the Paterno Library project, as well as other construction projects across the University. Watch for more information on road closings and changes brought on by construction.

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Open for business

The Bookstore and Continuing Education Center
at Mont Alto campus opened in January.

Mont Alto facility
to be dedicated April 10

A new 8,000-square-foot Bookstore and Continuing Education Center at the Penn State Mont Alto campus was opened in January, replacing an 85-year-old structure that was demolished last year.

On April 10, campus officials will dedicate the new $1.3 million facility, that was built to accommodate rising enrollment numbers, especially in continuing education. Over the last five years, Mont Alto's enrollment numbers have gone from 938 in 1991 to 1,205 in 1996.

The new Bookstore, partially funded by a grant from Barnes and Noble, will provide better access and space for all bookstore activities including the sale of Penn State clothing and memorabilia to the general public. The structure will also house student mailboxes and an automated teller machine and give students 24-hour access to this area. The old bookstore located in the General Studies Building will be renovated into a student computer lab and a new learning and technology center.

The Continuing Education Center will be home to two, state-of-the-art classrooms furnished in boardroom style. One of the classrooms will have the ability to be used as a mobile computer lab, complete with laptop computers. The Department of Continuing Education has moved their offices from their previous location in Conklin Hall to the new building.

"We desperately need this new facility. The classrooms will provide additional flexibility when scheduling classes, outreach programs and campus events," said William Curley, acting campus executive officer. "It will also allow us the opportunity to better serve all of our students."

The structure that was taken down to make way for the new building, Double Cottage, was constructed in 1911 by the Pennsylvania State Forest Academy to house faculty. One family resided on either side of the cottage, including at one time, the director of the campus. In 1929, when the Forest Academy became a Penn State campus, the Double Cottage became faculty offices, a dormitory, storage, a gymnasium, and men's and women's locker rooms. It served as locker rooms until 1993 when the Multipurpose Activity Center was opened.

The dedication ceremony is planned for Thursday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Laura Frome at (717) 749-6112.

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Campus master plan
is back on the agenda

A group of University administrators, faculty, students, staff, community leaders and consultants will take a giant step toward developing a new comprehensive master plan for the University Park campus during a kick-off presentation and discussion next week.

They will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 5, at The Penn State Scanticon Hotel and Conference Center.

The configuration of campus buildings, walkways, open spaces and utility systems have been guided by a master plan first developed in 1907 and periodically updated as new opportunities emerged. But much has changed since its last major update in 1987, and much more will need to be evaluated in order to guide the future development of the campus into the 21st century.

In 1994, the University began a master planning process review and in 1995 laid the groundwork for ways to proceed, including guidelines for selecting a campus planning consultant. Last September, Johnson, Johnson & Roy Inc. of Ann Arbor, Mich., was selected to develop the plan. Richard Rigterink, a partner in the firm, will be the senior planning consultant for the project and will give a presentation at the kick-off meeting.

Rigterink will talk about his firm's approach to master planning, suggest a framework for the planning process and look for input from master plan participants on how to involve the whole University community. The master planning process is expected to take about a year and a half.

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Row for shore

Unseasonably warm temperatures last week melted most of the accumulated snow and turned the intersection of North University Drive and Services Road on the University Park campus into a small lake.
Photo: Greg Grieco

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State College attorney,
honorary alumnus dies

Delbert J. McQuaide, Penn State's general counsel who helped guide and direct the University through virtually every major decision for the past 25 years, died Feb. 19 at the age of 60.

McQuaide, who just this month was named an Honorary Alumnus of Penn State -- the highest award given by the Alumni Association to a non-alumnus, was a valued confidante and adviser to Penn State presidents, trustees and administrators.

For more than a quarter of a century Penn State has turned to McQuaide, a prominent State College attorney, for advice on a wide range of issues. He has been involved in decisions relating to the development of The Bryce Jordan Center, several expansions of Beaver Stadium and the expansion of the Palmer Museum of Art, to name just a few; the governance of the University; changes in policies affecting students, contracts, personnel issues and many more. In addition, he is the author of the governance documents by which the University operates -- documents recognized as models nationwide.

A member of the law firm McQuaide Blasko Schwartz Fleming & Faulkner Inc., McQuaide earned his undergraduate degree from Juniata College and his law degree from New York University, where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1961 and the Pennsylvania Bar in 1964. He served on the boards of Quaker State Corp. and Mid-State Bank, and was past president of the Centre County Bar Association and chair of the board of trustees of Juniata College.

McQuaide is survived by his wife, Barbara R.; his daughter, Jennifer Lockett of Perkasie, Pa.; two sons: Mark A. of Bear, Del., and James T. of Pleasant Gap, Pa.; and four grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Delbert J. McQuaide Distinguished Lectureship in History fund at Juniata College, 1700 Moore St., Huntingdon, Pa. 16652, or to the State College Presbyterian Church.


Faculty/Staff Alerts

Learn more about LIAS

The University Libraries are offering the following series of seminars during March to help library users learn more about the growing number of databases accessible through the Library Information Access System (LIAS) and on CD-ROM. LIAS searching techniques that enable users to maximize their searching power also will be presented.

To register or learn more about the seminars and their content, send an e-mail to signup@psulias.psu.edu. If you have any additional questions, contact Doris Herr at (814) 863-0325. Information on the seminars also can be found by typing HELP WORKSHOP when using LIAS or on the Libraries' Web site at http//www.libraries.psu.edu/.

* Penn State Libraries Catalog in LIAS

Overview of The CAT in LIAS and hands-on practice: March 19, from 1-3 p.m. All sessions take place in Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library

* Beilstein CrossFire (the electronic version of the Beilstein Handbook of Organic Chemistry)

March 10, from 8 to 10 a.m., Room 5, Central Pattee Library

* Education databases

March 17, from 10 a.m. - noon, Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library

* Electronic Text in the Humanities

It is now possible in the humanities to use computer technology to search large bodies of primary source material for combinations of words or phrases. Participants will receive an overview of textual databases available: March 27, 10 a.m. - noon, Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library

* Literature databases

March 20, 10 a.m. - noon, Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library

* Maps and Spatial Data on the Web

This hands-on seminar provides an overview of cartographic and spatial data. March 6, 10 a.m. - noon, Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library

* Music (electronic resources)

March 4, 10 a.m. - noon, Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library

* NEXIS databases

(Note: LEXIS/NEXIS is available only for Penn State faculty, staff and students engaged in course-related research. Participants must present a valid Penn State ID at the seminar) to be held March 5, from 10 a.m. - noon, Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library

* Spanish and Latin American Resources

March 18, from 10 a.m. - noon in Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library

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News in Brief

Adult Children of Alcoholics

This support/discussion group will meet at University Park campus every Thursday in March from noon to 1 p.m. in the Harshbarger Room of the Eisenhower Chapel. No prior registration is required, and there is no cost.

All faculty, staff and students are welcome.

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