artist and scholar Agnes Denes brings the past, present and
future together, commemorating the millennium and the area's
rich heritage in the permanent art installation, "Poetry
Walk," near Brooks Hall. Covering about 520 feet bordering
on University Avenue, the project installation began April 24,
but was delayed by rain.
Bringing art to the
first glance the project near Brooks Hall may appear simple and
straightforward -- 20 granite stones of various types and sizes
laid flat into the ground. Upon closer inspection, however, these
stones should give passers-by pause. Carved into each one are excerpts
from the writings of Thomas Jefferson, poems by contemporary and
historical poets and writers of the area, and accounts from the
history of Virginia that resonate for the whole country.
written selections for "Poetry Walk," the name of the
permanent art installation, were researched by the artist, Agnes
Denes, and U.Va. students from various disciplines. "Their
task was to uncover important moments in our past and the essence
of the area's heritage,² said Denes, an American artist and scholar,
whose own manifesto -- "art in the service of humanity"
-- will be carved into one of the stones.
under "Poetry Walk" will be a time capsule to be opened
in the year 3000. Inside will be more than 400 student responses
to a questionnaire Denes prepared. The 28 questions relate to our
place in the universe from a physical, psychological and spiritual
perspective, she said. They include: What do you consider humanity's
most important achievement? Which do you think will prove more important
for humanity science or love? What would mean the greatest happiness
to you? How do you feel about death? Full story.
looking for causes of heart disease
American Heart Association, estimates that cardiovascular disease
is responsible for more than 40 percent of all deaths in the U.S.
One in five Americans suffers from high blood pressure, and coronary
artery disease is the single leading cause of death in America today.
at the U.Va. Health System received an $8 million, five-year grant
from the National Institutes of Health for a program to study how
blood vessels develop and how their contracting and relaxing activity
is regulated. The long-term aim of the research is to better understand
the causes of high blood pressure and coronary artery disease, which
could eventually lead to new treatments. Full
equity remains elusive at the University, panelists agree
the work of task forces, committees and the issuance of several
reports over the years, "gender equity is not yet a reality
at the University," according to the most recent report, which
was the focus of a well-attended panel discussion held April 24
in the Rotunda Dome Room.
administrative structures and academic curriculum still reflect
an educational tradition established for and by men," stated
the report, prepared by the 1999 Task Force on the Status of Women
and submitted to President John T. Casteen III in August. Full