small window on the false plywood facade in front of the Rotunda
provides a glimpse at the ongoing work behind, where workers
are replacing the flagstone deck and installing a new wheelchair
ramp from the below-ground breezeway to the Lawn level. This
year's work is scheduled to be completed early next month, but
the entire deck replacement is expected to continue during the
next three summers.
of Medicine receives largest gift in its history
Mellon estate gives $20 million for prostate cancer
School of Medicine has received its largest gift ever, and the fourth-largest
to the University, from the estate of the late Paul Mellon, a noted
philanthropist. The $20 million gift will establish the Mellon Prostate
Cancer Research Institute, which will pioneer an interdisciplinary
approach to research on prostate cancer.
who died in February 1999 at his home in Upperville at the age of
91, was motivated by his gratitude for the care he received from
Dr. Jay Gillenwater, a U.Va. professor and former chair of the urology
department, as well as by the strength of U.Va.'s prostate cancer
program, estate executors said.
most recent gift will help fuel an all-out assault on prostate cancer,"
said Dr. Robert M. Carey, dean of the School of Medicine. "We
are deeply grateful for Mr. Mellon's generosity and inspired by
his commitment to eradicate the most frequently occurring cancer
in men." Full story.
provost to step down
President and Provost Peter W. Low announced Sept. 8 that he will
step down as the University's chief academic officer at the end
of June to return to teaching law.
regarded legal scholar who has been a member of the faculty since
1964, Low has served as provost since 1994, overseeing academic
and related programs in all of U.Va.'s schools except Medicine and
his term, the University has added numerous innovative courses,
launched an array of interdisciplinary efforts and teaching initiatives,
enjoyed a continued national reputation for the quality of its faculty,
acquired new support for the arts, developed programs for adult
learners, and established others that have put U.Va. on the leading
edge of the digital revolution in education. Full