University continues ADP/UDP Lecture Series

BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 28, 2005 – Building on a tradition begun last spring, several of Virginia Tech's University Distinguished Professors (UDPs) and Alumni Distinguished Professors (ADPs), the elite of the university's faculty, will give half-hour lectures this fall as the university's "Focus on Distinguished Faculty" program continues.

Each lecture will be given from 12:30 to 1 p.m. at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center on various dates beginning Nov. 29. The lectures, sponsored by the Office of the Provost, are free and open to the public and Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students.

"University Distinguished Professors and Alumni Distinguished Professors represent our finest teachers and researchers, and I am delighted they will continue to share their knowledge, expertise, and insights with the university and local community by way of these lectures," said Provost Mark McNamee.

The fall schedule and presentations are as follows:

Tuesday, Nov. 29 (Solitude Room): Ezra “Bud” Brown, ADP of Mathematics, "Chocolate Key Cryptography: A Delicious Way to Send Secret Messages"

Wednesday, Nov. 30 (Smithfield Room): Thomas H. Ollendick, UDP of Psychology, “ Fears, Phobias, Rituals, and Traumas: A Lifetime Journey”

Tuesday, Dec. 6 (Solitude Room): Nikki Giovanni, UDP of English, “Quilting the Black-eyed Pea (We’re Going to Mars)”

The rank of University Distinguished Professor is bestowed by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors on no more than one percent of members of the faculty whose scholarly attainments have attracted national and/or international recognition.

The rank of Alumni Distinguished Professor is bestowed by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors, with the generous support of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, to recognize faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to the instructional program of the university over time and who have touched the lives of generations of Virginia Tech alumni.