'Virtual' center entices women into engineering
Workshops to begin in October
Armed with a computer lab, workshops and members of the academic community, the UA is building a new Virtual Development Center aimed at bringing more women into engineering.
"One of our major concerns is the attrition rate among freshmen women in engineering," said Ray Umashankar, director of the Virtual Development Center. "We will recruit women engineering students to participate in the VDC projects and award them scholarships."
The workshops will begin in October, even though the center is not scheduled to open until the start of next semester. The first of these will bring together people from the university, industry and the community to learn about technology over the Web, Umashankar said.
For its first project, the center will use software developed by University of Arizona Electrical and Computer Engineering professor, Ralph Martinez. This program connects urban hospitals with advanced radiology equipment to rural hospitals that lack these resources.
UAB loses $44,000 after movie location change
Movies to be shown less often this year due to lose
After losing $44,000 last year, the University Activities Board films committee will show movies less frequently while increasing the advertisements for the films they will show.
UAB has shown movies at the Social Sciences building, Room 100, since Gallagher Theatre was demolished as a part of the construction of a new Memorial Student Union last year.
Fewer people went to the movies when the showings were switched to the classroom building, causing the $44,000 debt, said Mindy Griffith, senior coordinator of campus activities.
Each second-run film UAB shows costs between $800 to $1,000, Griffith said.
Wednesday August 30, 2000
"If we are comparing it (Australia's record) with arbitrary arrests and executions and having your arms chopped off, the problems in Australia pale into insignificance."
-Daryl Williams, Australian Attorney General, on the United Nations criticism of the government's treatment of Aborigines
Today in History - Wednesday August 30, 2000
In 1963, the U.S. Defense Department announced that a direct communications link between Washington and Moscow was operational. The Teletype line from the Pentagon to the Kremlin was better known as the "Hot Line."
In 1918, after speaking at a factory in Moscow, Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin was shot by Fanya Kaplan, a member of the Social Revolutionary party. Lenin was only wounded, but the assassination attempt set off a wave of reprisals by the Bolsheviks against the Social Revolutionaries and other political opponents.
In 1945, just over two weeks after Japan announced its unconditional surrender in World War II, U.S. General Douglas MacArthur landed in Tokyo to inaugurate the Allied occupation of the country.
In 1983, U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Guion S. Bluford became the first black man to travel into space when the space shuttle Challenger lifted off on its third mission.
In 1966, the Beatles performed at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Calif. It was the group's last scheduled live appearance before they disbanded in 1970.
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