awards and achievements of faculty
President John T. Casteen III received the first Distinguished
Leadership Award given by the Commission on Colleges of the
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the regional accrediting
commission for degree-granting institutions.
Casteen was presented with the award in December during the
association's annual meeting in Atlanta. The award recognizes
"visionary leadership and outstanding involvement in and
support of the activities of the Commission on Colleges."
It is the highest public recognition given by the commission
and is reserved for "those exhibiting extraordinarily distinctive
and effective leadership," according to the commission.
Casteen has also joined the board of directors of Central
Virginia Educatioaanl Telecommunications Corporation, the parent
company of WHTJ-TV 41 Charlottesville and WCVE-TV 23 Richmond.
Rita Dove and Fred Viebahn shared the $500 John
Frederick Nims Memorial Prize for their several translations
in Poetry magazine's special German issue, October-November
1998. The prize is awarded for the first time this year and
permanently endowed through a fund established by Bonnie Larkin
Nims, trustees of the Modern Poetry Association and friends
of the late poet, translator and editor of Poetry.
Jeffrey S. Young, assistant professor of surgery and
emergency medicine, was recently appointed by Gov. Jim Gilmore
to the State Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board.
Gaunt, assistant professor of music and an ethnomusicologist,
received a $30,000 National Endowment for the Humanities research
fellowship grant. Her research on how identity is expressed
in black culture focuses on the role of African-American musical
games in the socialization of black girls, particularly through
the games of hand clapping, cheers and double dutch jump-roping,
and looking at the role of women to understand culture as a
The School of Nursing Alumni Association recently announced
the names of the Spring 2000 Innovative Teaching Award recipients.
These awards are given to support projects or course development
activities that promote excellent, innovative an
Moyer Childress, assistant professor of nursing, received
an award to develop and implement a clinical/service/leadership
component of her Clinical & Interactive Skills I course. Instructors
in Nursing Emily Drake and Mary Gibson will use
their award to foster their use of end-of-shift nursing reports
as a clinical teaching tool.
was also recently appointed coordinator of the Jefferson
Chapter of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and
Daniel L. Duke, professor and director of the Thomas
Jefferson Center for Educational Design, addressed the Virginia
Legislative Commission (House and Senate) on the infrastructure
needed in planning the rebuilding of Virginia's public schools
The U.Va. Library, nationally recognized as being at
the forefront of providing digital collections and services,
was recently invited to join the Digital Library Federation.
The federation is a consortium of select research institutions
with a common goal to create, maintain, expand and preserve
a distributed collection of digital materials accessible to
scholars and to the public.
Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture recently recognized
Reuben Rainey for his long-term accomplishments and the
excellence and creativity he has brought to the teaching of
landscape architecture with its 1999 Award of Distinction. The
award was presented at a combined national conference of the
American Society of Landscape Architects and CELA celebrating
the 100th anniversary of the profession in September.
Former astronaut Kathryn Thornton, an engineering professor
at U.Va., has been tapped by NASA to join the Mars Program Independent
Assessment Team. The group will review NASA's approach to robotic
exploration of Mars and other deep-space projects in the wake
of the recent loss of the Mars Polar Lander mission. The team
will report their findings to NASA administrator Daniel S. Goldin
by mid-March 2000.
The Center for Governmental Studies received a $1 million
grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the center's
Youth Leadership Initiative, an innovative program aimed at
reviving young people's interest in the political process. Recent
approval of the grant by Congress and a previous $500,000, two-year
grant from the Virginia General Assembly will help the program
reach students thorughout Virginia and the nation.