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New public meeting date set for landfill remediation project
The public meeting on the scope of study for the hydrogeologic investigation, postponed from February 25 because of a snowstorm, has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 11, from 7-10 p.m. at the Mansfield Middle School Auditorium, 205 Spring Hill Road, Mansfield. The meeting will include a presentation on the revised scope of study, a public comment session, and a review of action items and future events. Copies of the scope of study are available at University Communications, the Mansfield Public Library, the Mansfield Town Manager's Office, or the Hartford office of the Department of Environmental Protection.

Research excellence awards competition announced
Nominations are sought for the 1999 Chancellor's Research Excellence Awards recognizing excellence in research at the Storrs and regional campuses. Faculty members at all stages in their careers, from senior researchers to young investigators, are eligible for the awards, but at least one of the four awarded each year will be reserved for a faculty member who is within 10 years of having received the highest degree in his or her field. The award will be accompanied by a stipend of $2,500 each to be used in support of the awardee's program of research. The deadline for nominations is Monday, March 15.

Nominations must include a letter of nomination by a colleague or group of colleagues at the University, describing the contributions to research the nominee has made; a description of the nominee's work; letters of support from University faculty, students, alumni and community or business leaders; evidence of the significance of the research; complete curriculum vitae. Submit one copy of the nomination package to Doug Bradway, Coordinator of Research Services, Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education, U-1133. Vice Provost Robert Smith will make recommendations for a peer review committee.

Nominations sought for new teaching assistant awards
The Institute for Teaching and Learning is calling for nominations for its new awards for outstanding teaching assistants. The awards were established this year to recognize teaching assistants who demonstrate excellence in the classroom or laboratory. The value of each award will be $500. Criteria for the awards include evidence that the teaching assistant demonstrates effective instructional skills, possesses excellent interpersonal skills, provides practical feedback and contributes to the development of the instructional program.

Evidence may include a statement of teaching philosophy, letters of reference and other commentary from students and faculty, indication of attendance at teaching workshops and programs, evidence of growth, development and innovation in teaching and learning activities, evidence of concern for students in the creation of excellent learning materials and support activities, and teaching ratings. Nominations and supporting documentation should be sent to Outstanding TA Awards, The Institute for Teaching and Leaning, DRM Building, 348 Mansfield Road, U-2142, by Friday, March 26. The awards will be presented at a dinner on April 19.

Health Center researcher seeks adult children of alcoholics
A researcher at the UConn Health Center is looking for healthy males, between the ages of 18 and 30, who are children of an alcoholic father (current or past), to participate in a study of hormone responses to intravenous medication. Participation requires four visits, totaling 10 hours, during a two-week period. Compensation of $250 will be given upon completion of the study. To participate in the study, please call Corey at (860) 679-7583.

Graduate Student Senate calls for panelists on diversity
The Graduate Student Senate Committee on Equity and Diversity is calling for panelists for a panel discussion on April 10 titled "Bringing Equity and Diversity into the 21st Century." The committee seeks faculty and graduate students who would like to share their experiences and knowledge with the University community regarding issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability. The panel is intended to provide a forum for faculty and graduate students to educate, inform and respond to the current community environment, promote future diversification of the University community, and foster dialogue between faculty and graduate students. To participate, please contact Cherie Ann Turpin, chair, GSS Committee on Diversity and Equity, at (860) 486-3762 (Mondays and Wednesdays 12:30-2 p.m.) or at