RU News Briefs

January 29, 2003

Rolonda Watts will be the keynote lecturer on Tuesday, February 4 at 7 p.m., during RU's celebration of Black History month. Watts, a recipient of an NAACP Image Award, began her career as a news reporter for NBC and ABC affiliates in New York, and has since expanded her career to include film and syndicated television.

RU's Emergency Response Plan is online. You can get the comprehensive overview at, but most people will want to bookmark the more succinct guide at To obtain a copy of the Emergency Response Guide in a booklet that you can keep by your phone please call the Safety Office at ext. 7790.

During fall semester RU hosted the Chesapeake Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers. The meeting attracted nearly 50 participants from colleges and high schools throughout Virginia, Maryland, the DC area and Delaware. Workshops were run in partnership with personnel from NASA. The Friday night guest speaker was Wayne Winston, the Direct Readout Coordinator from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Environmental Satellite Data Information Service office.

Professor Walter Jaronski made a presentation, as did student Dan Blake. Blake's presentation, "The Importance of Satellite Imagery in the Classroom," focused on using this imagery in K-12 classrooms as well as college classes. Blake also spoke about RU's current work and future plans involving our own satellite imagery equipment. Blake won the regional meeting's "Best Student Paper Prize" for his talk.

Director of New Student Programs Mike Dunn won an outstanding service award from the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition offices housed at the University of South Carolina. Dunn was one of 10 winners chosen from a national pool of 120 nominees.

RU students are researching answers to the question "How Do We Build a Sustainable Future for Appalachian Communities?" The research is being made possible through a $3,000 grant by the Appalachian Regional Commission and channeled through East Tennessee State University. Representatives from the class will travel to Richmond, Kentucky, in March and present their findings at the Appalachian Studies Association's national convention.

Graduate music therapy student Hye-Kyung Park recently lost all of her possessions, including her computer containing her thesis research, in an apartment fire.

Monetary donations are being collected by the music department to help her replace living essentials.

Please send contributions to: Music Department
P.O. Box 6968
Radford, VA 24142

You may also drop them by Room 126 in Powell Hall.

Make checks payable to Hye-Kyung Park.

Thank you for your support.

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*** Psychology professor Hilary Lips has become chair of the Department of Psychology, replacing long-time chair Alastair Harris, recently retired. Lips will continue to direct the Center for Gender Studies but will step down as director of the women's studies program, which English professor Moira Baker will now direct.

*** Professor and former chair of criminal justice Mary Atwell's first book, Equal Protection of the Law? Gender and Justice in the United States, was published recently by Peter Lang. Atwell takes a historical approach to examining the topic, which, like the topic of race and justice, can be difficult for students. The historical approach helps, she says, because "if students see the evolution of attitudes the subject is more accessible and not as threatening, and they are more willing to talk." Atwell's next project is a book about popular culture's influence on attitudes toward the death penalty.

*** Robert Small, recently retired educational studies professor and former dean of the College of Education and Human Development, wrote a recently published teacher's guide for a Penguin Putnam Signet edition of William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. Small had previously written the teacher's guide for Signet's edition of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

*** Geology professor Bill Anderson was invited by the Department of Environmental Sciences at UVA to present research he published concerning aquifer recharge on barrier islands, using Hatteras Island as a case study. Aquifers are underground water sources, usually fresh water, and frequently an important source of water for communities.

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