The Campus Chronicle
Vol. XVII, Issue 40
for the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts
August 9, 2002

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Grain & Chaff

Leading role

Mary Deane Sorcinelli, associate provost for Faculty Development and director of the Center For Teaching, chaired a review panel for Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement Programs (CCLI) at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. from July 15-18.

Go with the flow

The Division of Fluid Dynamics of the American Physics Society has chosen Jonathan Rothstein, assistant professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, to receive its Frenkiel Award for a paper he co-authored on polymeric fluids. The award is given in recognition of significant contributions to fluid mechanics that have been published in Physics of Fluids during the preceding year by young investigators. Rothstein, who will be presented the prize in November at the APS meeting in Dallas, is being cited for his paper on "Non-isothermal modification of purely elastic flow instabilities in torsional flows of polymeric fluids."


English professor Nick Bromell, who's teaching in Thessaloníki, Greece as a Fulbright Scholar, reflects on being an American in a new global culture in an essay published in the Chronicle of Higher Education (Aug. 2). ... A commentary on proposals to redevelop the World Trade Center site written by assistant professor of Art Max Page appeared in the Christian Science Monitor (July 30). Rather than spending billions of federal funds to create a downtown office park, Page proposes investing in schools and housing to "create the next generation of immigrant geniuses and entrepreneurs who have long fueled New York's economy."

Elizabeth Bertone

Elizabeth Bertone

More than curiosity to blame

Cats living with smokers are twice as likely to contract feline lymphoma, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology by assistant professor Elizabeth Bertone of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. Working with researchers at the Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine, Bertone found that cats exposed to second-hand smoke more than double their chance of acquiring the cancer that kills 75 percent of its victims within a year. The study, said Bertone, underscores the risk second-hand smoke poses to children, who like cats, also spend a great deal of time indoors. Both cats and children also ingest spoke particles orally, she said, as cats lick their fur and kids put things in their mouths.

Conference calls

Associate vice chancellor for Facilities and Campus Services Theodore J. Weidner was among the faculty members at a recent National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) two-day seminar on "Financial Planning in an Institutional Setting," held in Baltimore. Asserting that "Facilities must be managed as strategically as money including space, amount of maintenance, and the construction of new facilities," he presented material focusing on facilities as assets to attendees who represented institutions from around the world. Weidner also participated in a meeting of the Boston Consortium, a group of mostly private institutions in the Boston area. He presented material on the management and analysis of facilities as they return value to the institution and educational mission. "Different from many private institutions, public institutions typically have 10 or more times the value of their endowment in the value of facilities. As a result, careful measurement and management of those facilities is essential for the smooth functioning of the overall campus," said Weidner.

It may look like cow parsnip...

Since the Chronicle and scores of other media outlets announced the discovery of giant hogweed in Granville two weeks ago, the state Department of Food and Agriculture has been fielding calls faster than the operators after an episode of "America's Most Wanted." More than 150 possible sightings of giant hogweed, a plant that can cause blisters, burns and even blindness, have been logged, with the most notable discovery coming from Boston's Franklin Park Zoo, where two suspected patches of plants were destroyed. As a zoo spokeswoman said, "We thought it was cow parsnip, which is harmless."

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