March 10-23, 2000
Vol. 30, Issue 9
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Artist-in-residence explores exile and inter-relatedness
Researchers seek objective way to diagnose attention disorder
New plan gets attention of employees
Law School dedicates bust of alumnus Robert F. Kennedy
Funding the University's future

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Biological Timing Center turns on high schoolers' interest in research
NSF looking to fund new centers
Hetherington's groundbreaking work shows how families cope with divorce
Faculty Actions - from the Feb. Board of Visitors meeting
U.Va.-Wise professor wins Outstanding Faculty Award
Hot Links - Mountain Lake Biological Station
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Keen observer Bogdan Achimescu (right), artist-in-residence at U.Va. this semester, shows art students his work called "Shelter," a long scroll on which he recorded observations of people while traveling.

Artist-in-residence explores exile and inter-relatedness

By Jane Ford

Mobility and searching are continuing themes in the work of Bogdan Achimescu, artist-in-residence at the McIntire Department of Art. Achimescu is spending the spring semester teaching drawing and advanced print-making. In addition to artistic technique, he will explore with the students issues that face artists today such as finding "alternative galleries" to exhibit their work. Achimescu's latest, "New Drawings and Prints," will be on display through March 31 at Fayerweather Gallery. Full story.

Researchers seek objective way to diagnose attention disorder

By Cathy Seigerman

A new study conducted at the U.Va. Health System and Sweet Briar College is the first in the United States to measure physical brain changes that could confirm a child's having attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), one of the most common behavioral problems in children.

"Unlike diabetes or hypertension, there is currently no way to measure ADHD objectively," said Dr. Daniel Cox, director of U. Va.'s Behavioral Medicine Center and principal investigator of the study.

Doctors currently rely on subjective observations to diagnose ADHD, he said. "As a result, medications for ADHD, such as Ritalin, may be overprescribed for children who do not actually have the condition." Full story.

New plan gets attention of employees

By Rebecca Arrington

More than 70 University employees crammed into a fourth-floor room in Newcomb Hall March 2 for a press conference of the Labor Action Group. Members of the group outlined their concerns with the reform of the classified compensation plan, now up for a vote by the General Assembly. The employee advocacy group wants the plan, which has been in the works since 1998, to be postponed for at least one year so that classified employees can become better informed about it and have more of a say in it.

U.Va.'s Chief Human Resource Officer Tom Gausvik, who didn't attend the press conference, said in a later interview that he expects the plan currently before the General Assembly to be approved. He said that the Governor's 1998 Workforce Survey, completed by 45,598 of the state's 63,000 employees, was an "important tool" in developing the revised plan and noted that 30,000 hours had been spent in the last two years on the design of this plan. Full story.

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