Awards and achievements
of faculty and staff
John T. Casteen III was among four American university
presidents invited to attend an Oct. 29 and 30 conference at Harvard
with seven counterparts from Chinese institutions. Casteen joined
the chief executives from UCLA, Duke, MIT and the Association
of American Universities to confer with the presidents of Peking,
Nanjing, Zhejiang, Tshinghua, Pudan, Shanghai and Xian Jiaotong
universities on issues of concern to educators in both countries.
The meeting was arranged and hosted by Harvard president Neil
L. Rudenstine after his own visit to China in 1998.
U.Va.'s North Fork Research Park has been recognized by
the Garden Club of Virginia for its efforts to preserve the natural
landscape, including its effort to transplant some 3,000 native
trees on the site. The University was presented the Elizabeth
Cabell Dugdale Award, given annually to organizations, foundations
or individuals who practice the principles of conservation, at
the 41st Annual Conservation Forum of the Garden Club of Virginia
Balian, Mary Muilenburg Stamp Professor of Orthopaedic Research
and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, was invited
to attend a workshop on Orthopaedic Gene Therapy held Nov. 11
through 14 in Tampa, Fla. The workshop, sponsored by the Association
of Bone and Joint Surgeons, took stock of the present state of
the art and made recommendations for future development of the
field. Balian presented a talk on the potential of genetically
modified marrow cells for treatment of defects and metastases
in bone and moderated a session on stem/progenitor cells.
English professor Rita Felski has been invited to take
up a senior research fellowship at the Institute for Human Sciences
in Vienna during the spring of 2000. The institute brings together
scholars and intellectuals from Eastern and Western Europe to
engage in debate about questions of theory, politics and policy.
The Society for Information Management named Commerce School faculty
member Barbara Haley Wixom a winner of the 1999 Paper Awards
Competition, which honors achievements of innovative professionals
and executives in information systems management and services.
H. Steeves, associate professor of nursing, was recently awarded
a Shannon Award by the National Institute of Nursing Research.
This two-year, $100,000 grant will enable Steeves and his colleagues
to create and pilot an intervention strategy to help family members
through the process of bereavement after the loss of a loved one.
The project is designed to test whether a group of bereaved people
receiving a narrative-based intervention will deal with bereavement
more completely than a group receiving normal care.
The Virginia Public Health Association recently selected Doris
F. Glick, associate professor of nursing, as the 1999 recipient
of its Annual Award for Excellence in Community Health Nursing
Education. This award is given to a nurse educator each year who
demonstrates outstanding leadership, commitment, support, dedication
and advocacy for community health nursing education in Virginia.
Sharon Utz, associate professor of nursing, was recently
initiated as a new member of the Virginia Circle of Omicron Delta
Kappa, a national leadership honor society. The Virginia Circle
includes student, faculty and alumni members and was founded in
Jeanette Lancaster, Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor of Nursing
and dean of the School of Nursing, recently received a Silver
Heart Award in recognition of her contributions to the work of
the American Heart Association. This award is given to an individual
for sustained involvement, with increasing responsibility and
consistent achievement, in the association.
Shelley Huffstutler, assistant professor of nursing, was
selected as one of 12 nurse practitioners to participate in the
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties' first faculty
mentoring program in community health. This program, sponsored
by a Helene Fuld Health Trust Grant, focuses on increasing the
community content throughout the curriculum of the enrollee's
nurse practitioner program.