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Uplink homes in on technology

The role of technology in supporting the missions of higher education will be the focus of a live, interactive national panel discussion available on the River Campus through a satellite downlink from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the Gowen Room of Wilson Commons.

"Technology-Driven Planning: Principles to Practice in Higher Education" has been organized by PBS and the Society For College and University Planning.

The downlink is sponsored by ITS.

The event is free and open to the public.

Contact David Lewis, director of UTD, for more information, at x5-8235, or visit the Web site

Lee reads poetry March 15

Author and poet Li-Young Lee will give a reading at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the Interfaith Chapel. This event is part of the 39th season of the Hyam Plutzik Memorial Poetry Series and is presented in conjunction with the Donald R. Clark Enrichment Program in the Humanities.

Lee has published two books of poems and a prose memoir. His most recent collection of poetry, The City in Which I Love You, was the Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets. His first publication, Rose, received New York University's Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award.

Lee's other honors include grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts. He has also received a Writer's Award from the Whiting Foundation and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

As part of his visit, Lee will participate in a student roundtable discussion. For more information, contact the Department of English at x5-4092.

'Badvertising' examined

A former advertising executive will provide an insider's view of the industry when she presents "Badvertising: Advertising's Distorted Image of Women" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in the Gowen Room of Wilson Commons.

The program is presented by Rachel Gaunt, an 18-year veteran of the advertising industry, who worked in London and San Francisco at such major agencies as Young & Rubicam and Saatchi & Saatchi. Her clients included Procter & Gamble, Colgate Palmolive, Gallo Wine, and Hewlett Packard.

Disenchanted with mainstream advertising agencies, Gaunt opened her own firm in 1994 dedicated to producing socially responsible ads. A year later, Gaunt joined the Just Think Foundation, which educates youth to think critically about words and images in the media.

Gaunt received her bachelor's degree in English and American film from Exeter University in England. Gaunt also devotes her time to the Marin Aids project and is on the boards of the Just Think Foundation and Girls to Women, a nonprofit that educates youth about the media.

Her appearance is sponsored by the Women's Caucus and is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Wilson Commons Information Desk, x5-5911.

Orchestra concert set for March 17

The University Symphony Orchestra will give a performance at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 17, in Strong Auditorium on the River Campus.

David Harman, professor of music and director of orchestral activities at the College, will conduct the orchestra in works that include Dvorak's Carnival Overture and Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements.

The concert will also feature solos by sophomore flautist Elizabeth Greer and freshman pianist David Lee. Greer, who will perform Kennan's Night Soliloquy for Flute and Orchestra, and Lee, who will be playing Mendelssohn's Concert No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, Movement 3, are this year's winners of the annual Concerto Competition.

The concert is free and open to the public. Contact the College Music Department at x5-2828 at least five days in advance to request any special accommodations.

Research participants needed

Psoriasis--The Department of Dermatology is seeking research subjects with limited psoriasis involving less than 10 percent of skin surface. Subjects must be willing to use a topical medication as instructed with weekly evaluations for up to 16 weeks. Payment provided for study participation. For further information call x3-4420 or

Quitting smoking--Researchers at the University and ViaHealth are seeking area residents to participate in the Smokers' Health Study, which is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. Enrollees will receive resources to help them stop smoking. Participants will be compensated for parking and lab tests. For more information, call the Smokers' Health Study at (716) 922-7670.

Polycystic ovary syndrome--Women ages 18-40 who are overweight with irregular periods due to polycystic ovary syndrome are needed for a research study evaluating lifestyle changes and the use of medications in women with the condition. $300 compensation. For more information, contact the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, x5-4149.

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