Nov. 3-9, 2000
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Grounds serve as labs for class research

Grounds serve as labs for class research

One of Thomas Jefferson's ideas for the University was that the Academical Village serve as a laboratory for students. Buildings such as the Rotunda and pavilions exhibit different architectural elements, for example. Students continue to benefit from the proximity of Jefferson's classical structures and the availability of his plans and drawings for the University Grounds and other buildings.

This semester, two faculty members are taking their students outside to Central Grounds where they are conducting original fieldwork. They show how Jefferson's intention is being adapted and carried out today, truly enhancing the learning environment.

Hayden's students chart microclimates in pavilion gardens

By Nancy Hurrelbrinck

In gardens where the University's first students grew vegetables, environmental sciences majors taking a new class, "Climate of Engineered Landscapes," are studying how plantings create microclimates.

"Since it's a student research-oriented course, I'm using the Grounds," said Bruce Hayden, environmental sciences professor. "The Pavilion gardens are very specific landscapes, walled off from one another, each with a different design" -- and a slightly different climate. Full story.

New class in hands-on pursuit of University history

By Rebecca Arrington

Under a canopy of golden maple leaves, 19 U.Va. students bustled about the grounds of Monroe Hill last week. Sifting through the earth they'd carefully shoveled from six backyard pits, the students searched for artifacts to shed new light on the history of the site, which predates the University and doubles as their classroom this semester.

Shards of glass, ceramic fragments, nails, bones, post-holes, brick -- these are the gems historical archaeologists hope to find. And that's what students in Benjamin Ford's "Archaeology of Central Grounds" course are turning up. "It's what keeps you digging," said one of his students, who discovered brick paving in a shovel test pit to the side of the house. Full story.


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