- U.Va.'s Certificate in Classroom Technology Applications program,
designed to enhance teachers' ability to use technology in the
classroom, has received national recognition from the Learning
Resources Network. Linda Linnartz, director of the Roanoke
Center for Continuing Education, received a plaque and recognition
from LERN at its national meeting in December in Washington.
Developed by U.Va.'s Continuing Education, the program was one
of 20 recognized for excellence in the field of lifelong learning.
Begun in the spring of 1997, it has served an estimated 10,000
teachers in kindergarten through 12th grade across Virginia.
O'Connell, the Samuel H. McCoy II Professor of Law, was
recently named as one of "The Lawyers of the Century"
in an article in The American Lawyer magazine. O'Connell was
cited, along with his co-author and former Harvard University
law professor Robert Keeton, for his research and writings in
the area of tort reform. "As academics, they invented no-fault
auto insurance," the magazine noted. Because there are
no lawyers, judges or juries involved, no-fault insurance has
been credited with both simplifying the insurance claims process
and relieving taxpayers and the court system from being bogged
down with auto insurance claims.
The Best Special Issue award from the Council of Editors of
Learned Journals was presented to New Literary History
for its issue on "Ecocriticism" (Summer 1999) at the
Modern Language Association/CELJ session in Chicago in December.
This is the sixth CELJ award New Literary History has received,
an honor unmatched by any other journal. The journal was founded
as part of the Sesquicentennial Celebration of U.Va. in 1969
and is published quarterly.
Barbara Parker, professor of nursing and director of
for Nursing Research, recently received the 2000 Distinguished
Researcher Award from the Southern Nursing Research Society.
The award recognizes the contributions of an individual whose
established program of research has enhanced the science and
practice of nursing in the Southern region of the United States.
Lori M. Kaufman, research associate in electrical engineering's
Center for Semicustom Integrated Systems, has been promoted
to senior member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers Inc. Senior member is the highest professional grade
for which application may be made and requires experience reflecting
After serving 18 years as the first and only director of Clemons
Library, James Self will become the full-time director
of the University Library's management information services,
a position he has been handling part-time for three years. He
will continue in both posts until a new Clemons director is
hired. A search committee has been formed to look nationally
for candidates. Contact Diane Walker at 924-4606 or email@example.com
President Clinton recently appointed Edward L. Ayers,
the Hugh P. Kelly Professor of History, to a six-year term on
the 26-member National Council on the Humanities, which serves
as an advisory board to the chair of the National Endowment
for the Humanities, making recommendations on policy and grants.
Ayers is currently a visiting scholar at Stanford University.
Economics professor Kenneth G. Elzinga recently participated
in a panel discussion on the breakup of Microsoft during a Washington
forum sponsored by the Progress & Freedom Foundation. The Feb.
25 forum, "Creating Competition in the Market for Operating
Systems: Remedy Options in the Microsoft Case," featured
four economics professors from around the nation and former
Federal Trade Commission chair James C. Miller III.
Edward Doyle Smith Jr., retired associate athletic media
relations director, has been named the 2000 recipient of the
Virginia Sports Information Directors Association Distinguished
Service Award. The award honors outstanding service to college
athletics in Virginia. Smith was cited for his overall work
at U.Va., and specifically for his contributions to the sport