and achievements of faculty and staff
V. Hughes, University Landscape Architect, was recently appointed
by Gov. Jim Gilmore to the Art and Architectural Review Board,
which reviews the acquisition of artwork and the design of buildings
and structures for the Commonwealth and advises the governor.
The Biophysical Society recently announced the First Class of
Fellows, consisting of 39 distinguished society members honored
for their excellence in science and contributions to the expansion
of the field of biophysics. Four out of the 39 are from U.Va.
They are: Rodney L. Biltonen, professor of biochemistry
and pharmacology; Andrew P. Somlyo, Charles Slaughter Professsor
and chair of Molecular Physiology and Biology; Avril V. Somlyo,
professor of pathology; and Thomas E. Thompson, professor
emeritus of biochemistry.
Former undergraduate Cornelius (Neil) Bynum has been appointed
interim assistant dean and director of the Luther P. Jackson Cultural
Center of the Office of African-American Affairs.
Valerie Hazelton Gregory was recently appointed assistant
dean of admission and coordinator of minority recruitment. She
was formerly an elementary school teacher and principal.
President John T. Casteen III was recently elected to the
Student Loan Marketing Association's (SMLA) board of directors.
Dr. Paul Mintz, associate chair and professor of pathology,
professor of internal medicine and director of the Clinical Laboratories
and Blood Bank, has been appointed to the newly formed Medicare
Coverage Advisory Committee of the Health Care Financing Administration.
This committee will make specific recommendations on national
coverage decisions to ensure Medicare beneficiaries have access
to the latest clinical treatments.
James McBride, director of the Office of Career Planning
and Placement, was awarded the A. Isabel Gordon Distinguished
Service Award from the Virginia Association of Colleges and Employers.
This award is the highest given by the organization.
Alton L. Taylor, Curry School of Education professor and
director of the University's summer session, recently received
three awards acknowledging his contributions and volunteerism.
He received the Raven Faculty Award, the highest honor bestowed
by The Raven Society; the Arthur F. Stocker Jr. Faculty Award,
given annually by the U.Va. chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, a
national leadership honorary society for which Taylor serves as
faculty secretary; and the U.Va. Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa's
Distinguished Kappan Award for 1999, for "being an outstanding
educator who embodies the highest ethical and professional ideals."
The U.Va. Office of Development was recently selected as
the recipient of CASE's 1999 Circle of Excellence in Educational
Fund-Raising Award, for the third year in a row.
School of Nursing's Alumni Association recently announced the
winners of the 1999 Innovative Teaching Awards given to support
projects or course development activities that promote excellent,
innovative and cost-effective teaching methods. They are: Deborah
Conway, assistant professor of nursing; Dawn Rigney,
assistant professor of nursing; Arlene Keeling, associate
professor of nursing and director of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Program; and Shelley Huffstutler, assistant professor of
Barbie Selby, documents librarian at the Arthur J. Morris
Law Library, recently won the Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders
Award from The Government Documents Round Table of the American
Library Association for her many years of work in Government Information
librarianship. The award recognizes documents librarians who have
made significant contributions to the field of state, international,
local or federal documents.
Sarah P. Farrell, assistant professor of nursing, and Donna
Markey have been selected as Fellows in the Helene Fuld Health
Fund Program: Leadership in Nursing Education (LINE). The LINE
program's mission is to enhance the leadership skills of both
nurse educators and nursing students at the baccalaureate level.
Both will attend a week-long training session in San Francisco
Charles Dunkl, professor of mathematics, participated in
organizing the International Workshop on Special Functions: Asymptotics,
Harmonic Analysis and Mathematical Physics, held in June at City
University in Hong Kong. Dunkl also presented a plenary lecture
at the Second Workshop on Orthogonal Polynomials in Ballenstedt,
Germany, sponsored by the Institute of Biomathematics and Biometry
of GSF, the German National Research Center for Environment and
Health. He was elected by the SIAM Activity Group on Orthogonal
Polynomials and Special Functions as secretary for the term January
Irena Lasiecka, professor of mathematics, delivered 10
lectures on "Mathematical Control Theory of Coupled Systems
of Partial Differential Equations" at the NSF-CBMS Conference
organized at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in August.