Jan. 19-25, 2001
Vol. 31, Issue 2
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Nursing's legacy - photo
Engineering gets $15 million for materials science research
Myriad U.Va. programs reach others in the state
U.Va. student awarded Marshall scholarship
New monitoring system helps high-risk newborns

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School of Nursing celebrates 100 years
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Nursing's legacy

Alice Leathers was one of the three women in the first nursing class who graduated in 1903. For 100 years, the University of Virginia has been training nurses like these students from around 1960 through diploma and baccalaureate programs. Master's, doctoral and nurse practitioner programs are also offered. The School of Nursing is celebrating its centennial this year. For a look at its history, see School of Nursing celebrates 100 years.
Photos from Mr. Jefferson's Nurses, courtesy of the Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry

Engineering gets $15 million for materials science research

Staff Report

The School of Engineering and Applied Science has received a gift of $15 million, the largest ever received in the school's history. Alumnus Gregory H. Olsen, president and CEO of Sensors Unlimited Inc., a fiber optics firm based in Princeton, N.J., pledged the gift, which will complement a significant effort under way to expand engineering research activities at U.Va., particularly in the area of new materials.

"We are especially grateful to Greg Olsen for his most generous gift to the Engineering School," said University President John T. Casteen III. "It comes at a critical time as the University accelerates efforts to strengthen the areas of science and technology. Greg's interest and understanding of what is needed to move the school forward will be key to Engineering's ability to achieve excellence in materials science."

The gift will assure the construction of a new $14 million building that will greatly expand the department's research and teaching space and also will provide new conference rooms and faculty offices, among other facilities. The Engineering School will recommend to the University's Board of Visitors that the building be named Wilsdorf Hall in honor of the late Heinz Wilsdorf, first chair of the department, and his wife, Doris Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf, University Professor of Applied Science. The new structure, due to begin construction in 2002, will connect the University's Materials Science and Chemical Engineering buildings. Full story.

Myriad U.Va. programs reach others in the state

By Ida Lee Wootten

The University is making a difference in the lives of about one million people every year with more than 400 public service and outreach programs statewide, according to preliminary figures gathered by Laura Hawthorne, coordinator of public service.

Descriptions of such programs have been posted on the "Outreach Virginia" Web site (http://www.virginia.edu/outreachvirginia). The site is one of the first tangible results of the Virginia 2020 Public Service Planning Commission.

"No matter how well you think you know the University, expect to be surprised when you visit Outreach Virginia for the first time and see how much U.Va. is doing to make life better in this community and throughout the state," Hawthorne said. Full story.


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