speaks at U.Va. law conference
Attorney General Janet Reno delivered the keynote address at
the April 1 Law School conference marking the 40th anniversary
of the Virginia Journal of International Law. The oldest student-edited
international law journal in the world, it is recognized as
one of the top scholarly publications in its field. Reno, responding
to a student's question, appealed to Americans not to politicize
the case of 6-year-old Cuban, Elian Gonzalez, and said that
the boy should be returned to his father in Cuba.
Faculty Senate to
continue research grants to students
with the student response to its new Undergraduate Research Awards
program, the Faculty Senate has decided to extend the program for
three years, Faculty Senate chair David Gies reported at the group's
meeting March 31.
also heard reports from three of the four chairs of the Virginia
2020 commissions, from President John T. Casteen III on General
Assembly activity and from the senate's academic affairs and research
and scholarship committees.
The number of Undergraduate Research Awards will be increased from
25 to 40, and the offices of the president and provost will contribute
funds to boost the pot up to $160,000 per year, Gies said. The awards
this year, supported by a gift from David A. Harrison III, ranged
from $1,880 to $3,000 each.
Biology professor Robert Grainger, who reported on activities of
the research and scholarship committee, said the students who received
the research awards this year were often eloquent in describing
the relationship between research and teaching. His committee is
preparing two position papers on the topic: one for an internal
audience, in which they look at the barriers to finding a balance
between the two areas, in terms of time, resources and incentives;
and the second directed toward the larger, outside community to
help people understand how research and teaching are vitally intertwined.
Maus and Ramazani receive Guggenheim fellowships
English professors have been chosen to receive prestigious Guggenheim
Fellowships this year, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
has announced. The awards, which provide a cash prize to allow recipients
time to further their work, are given for unusually distinguished
achievement and exceptional promise.
Katharine Maus, an authority on the English Renaissance, will use
her fellowship beginning next January to write a history of English
literature for the period 1603-1660, to be published in Oxford University
Press's English literary history series. Maus also has received
an American Council of Learned Societies Senior Fellowship to help
her pursue that project.
Jahan Ramazani, a scholar of modern poetry, will use his Guggenheim
Fellowship in the coming academic year to complete a book titled
The Hybrid Muse: Postcolonial Poetry in English, to be published
by the University of Chicago Press. He has also received a Virginia
Foundation for the Humanities Fellowship for the spring semester.