Lee Rubin, professor of French, recently lectured on translation
theory at Oxford University, where he was informed of his election
to the editorial board of the British Society for 17th-Century
The Points of Light Foundation chose the Madison House Migrant
Aid Program as the "Daily Point of Light" for Jan.
27. The recognition is made to an individual, organization or
business that makes significant contributions toward solving
serious social problems. The migrant aid program was established
in 1973 by U.Va. students and provides tutoring to adults and
homework assistance to their children.
Judith Shatin, chair of the department of music and director
of the Virginia Center for Computer Music, recently had her
composition "View from Mt. Nebo" performed by the
Mannes Trio in New York. A whole concert of her music will be
performed Feb. 6 by the Da Capo Chamber Players as part of a
series at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y. Shatin's
"Ockeghem Variations," commissioned by the Dutch group
Hexagon, will premier March 20 at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam,
The Netherlands. "Houdini, Memories of a Conjurer,"
a chamber music/theater piece conceived by Shatin and her stepson,
Itamar Kubovy, was premiered in January at the Portsmouth (N.H.)
Music Hall, and later presented at the Kravis Center of Palm
The sixth volume of The Correspondence of William James, edited
by Ignas K. Skrupskelis and Elizabeth M. Berkeley, was selected
by the Modern Language Association to receive the fifth annual
Morton N. Cohen Award for a Distinguished Edition of Letters.
The award was presented recently at the Association's annual
convention in Chicago. The publication of the William James
Correspondence, initiated in the spring of 1988, is being conducted
at Alderman Library under the general editorship of John J.
McDermott of Texas A&M University. To date, seven of the projected
12 volumes have been published by the University Press of Virginia.
Gerald P. Fogarty, S.J., William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Religious
Studies and History and an expert on Vatican diplomacy, has
been appointed to a six-member commission that will re-examine
the Vatican's actions during World War II. In response to criticism
of Pope Pius XII's failure to speak out publicly against the
Holocaust during the war, Pope Paul VI, elected in 1963, directed
four Jesuit scholars to prepare and release documents relating
to the Vatican's actions during World War II. Eleven volumes
were published between 1965 and 1981. However, a perceived lack
of objectivity -- the Jesuits were thought to have been too
close to Pius XII -- and the failure to provide Jewish scholars
with access to the Vatican archives have prompted continued
skepticism, Fogarty said. In an effort to promote better relations
with the world Jewish community, the Vatican and an international
group of Jewish leaders appointed an International Catholic-Jewish
Historical Commission -- made up of three Catholic and three
Jewish scholars -- to study the published documents and determine
whether any major gaps in the historic record exist.
engineering professor Joanne Bechta Dugan was recently elected
a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
for contributions to dependability analysis of fault tolerant
computer systems. She also received the 1999 IEEE Reliability
Society's Annual Reliability Society Award.
Professor Michael Reed was recently elected a Fellow of the
Institute of Physics and elected to the level of senior member
engineering professor and chair James H. Aylor was recently
named the first recipient of the Louis T. Rader Professorship
in Electrical Engineering.
The Housing Division recently gave out its annual awards. Kay
Varner, assistant director for accommodations, was named Employee
of the Year. Reginald J. Toms, operations/maintenance, received
the Director's Award. Jurine Hensley, operations/housekeeping,
special projects lead worker, was honored with a Divisional