USEM fellows chosen
the close ties between innovative research and teaching, two U.Va.
professors known for their dedication to both have been selected
to receive the University's first Storrs and Shaughnessy University-Seminars
Sabbatical Fellowships, President John T. Casteen III has announced.
two competitive fellowships, granting a semester's research leave
at full pay, are open to faculty members who have taught in the
University Seminars program, which features leading professors
in small, intensive classes designed to promote critical-thinking
skills for first-year students. The resulting research projects
are aimed at publishable works that will become the subject of
first two winners of the new fellowships, named for two University
alumni who have strongly supported the USEM program, are:
Farzaneh Milani, associate professor of Asian and Middle Eastern
Languages and Culture and of Women's Studies, who will work
on a book titled Remapping the Cultural Geography of Iran: Woman,
Mobility, and Space. She will receive the Storrs Fellowship,
named for Thomas I. Storrs of Charlotte, N.C.
Sarah Farrell, assistant professor of nursing, will work on
a research effort titled "Mental Health Technology Intervention
Project for Rural Under-served in Primary Care." She will
hold the Shaughnessy Fellowship, encouraging work on innovative
uses of new technologies and named for Dennis J. Shaughnessy
"The University Seminars program stresses intellectual challenges
and is a wonderful introduction to the excitement of scholarship
for first-year students," Casteen said. "These two outstanding
teachers, who have long demonstrated innovative ideas and have
been highly successful in the USEM program, exemplify what we
strive for in our educational process."
and Farrell were selected by a committee from a range of top applicants
who have taught at least one USEM.
new fellowship program recognizes the long-time dedication of
two U.Va. alumni. It was named in honor of Storrs by the Alumni
Board of Trustees at the time of his retirement from that board,
in gratitude for his extended service and, in particular, his
oversight of its endowment. Storrs, a 1940 graduate of the College
of Arts & Sciences, is chair emeritus of Bank of America.
He has also served on the boards of Arts & Sciences and the Darden
a 1969 graduate of the College who has been an active member of
the Baltimore alumni chapter, is managing director of Grotech
Capital Group, a private venture capital company. The fellowship
recognizes his continuing support of innovations within the curriculum,
especially those that incorporate new technologies in teaching