April 28-May 4, 2000
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Bringing art to the surface
Researchers looking for causes of heart disease
Gender equity remains elusive at the University, panelists agree
Off the Shelf - recently published books by U.Va. faculty and staff
Onuf elucidates Jefferson's nation-making

All-University Outstanding Teaching Award winners

Q&A - Engineering Dean Richard Miksad
After Hours - On the roof or ground, Quillon takes chess to new heights
Faculty Actions from the April BOV meeting
In Memoriam
Hot Links - Cavalier Computers
ITC's Office Technology Conference to be held May 10
WFPA honors Sisson and Allen
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Stephanie Gross
American 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 surface

By Jane Ford

At 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.

The 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, said Denes, an American artist and scholar, whose own manifesto -- "art in the service of humanity" -- will be carved into one of the stones.

Buried 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.


Researchers looking for causes of heart disease

By Suzanne Morris

The 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.

Researchers 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 story.


Gender equity remains elusive at the University, panelists agree

By Dan Heuchert

Despite 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.

"Our 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 story.

 

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