March 9-15, 2001
(no issue March 16 due to Spring Break)
Vol. 30, Issue 40

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Readying for lift-off -- photo
Matthews family gives $500,000
Human Genome Project leader will be graduation speaker
General Faculty Council holding elections online
Library honors Madison's contributions to U.Va.
WFPA seeking nominations

Students vote down three of four proposed Honor System reforms

Nondiscrimination policy
Undergraduate engineers launch real-world NASA project
In Memoriam
U.Va. tapped to study acute lung injury
Hot Links -- Jackson Davis Collection
Communications projects recognized
Notable -- awards and achievements of faculty and staff
Not just an 'everyday' experience -- photo
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Readying for lift-off
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Engineering student Jeff Dawson, team leader of UVa.'s infrared sensing experiment that will be used by NASA, completes the wiring for part of the payload that will gather atmospheric data See Undergraduate engineers launch real-world NASA project.

Matthews family gives $500,000

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The family of the late John W. Matthews, a former postdoctoral researcher at the University of Virginia and a groundbreaking materials researcher, has pledged $500,000 in his memory to the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Matthews, whose son is the rock music composer and performer Dave Matthews, was an IBM Corporation research scientist who had a long-term research affiliation with the Engineering School.

The gift will support the construction of a 1,000-square-foot laboratory in the planned materials science building, a research and teaching facility to be constructed in 2002. The building also will house conference rooms and faculty offices, and will connect the Materials Science and Chemical Engineering buildings.

Matthews' relationship with the University began in 1964 when he came to U.Va. as a postdoctoral researcher working with Doris Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf, University Professor of Applied Science. She was married to the late Heinz Wilsdorf, first chair of the Engineering School's department of materials science. Matthews had already distinguished himself by conducting promising research in epitaxy, an area that underlies much of modern computer technology. Fifteen years earlier, as a freshman at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, Matthews was the top student in the first class taught by Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf.

Matthews later guided William A. Jesser, now chair of the U.Va. Department of Materials Science, in his Ph.D. research on epitaxy, thereby establishing this important research area at the University. Matthews' many contributions are still fundamental to computer chip manufacture. Full story.

Dr. Francis Collins
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The letters superimposed across the face of Dr. Francis Collins, a U.Va. alumnus who heads the Human Genome Project, represent the base pairs from the gene that controls cystic fibrosis, one of his earlier discoveries.

Human Genome Project leader will be graduation speaker

By Robert Brickhouse

Dr. Francis S. Collins, the physician-geneticist who heads the international Human Genome Project, will be the commencement speaker at the University's Final Exercises on May 20.

A 1970 graduate of the University and director of the National Institutes of Health's National Human Genome Research Institute, Collins oversees the 13-year, publicly funded research effort to map and sequence all of the human DNA genetic code, a project that has been called the most important scientific undertaking of our era. Its aim is to help understand the basis of genetic diseases and gain insight into human evolution.

Raised on a small farm near Staunton and home-schooled until the sixth grade, Collins entered U.Va. at age 16 and received his undergraduate degree in chemistry.  He went on to take his Ph.D. in chemistry at Yale and then, sensing that a revolution was under way in molecular biology and genetics, enrolled in medical school at the University of North Carolina.

Working in medical genetics and identification of disease genes, he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1984. His ideas and approaches contributed to the development of powerful scientific tools for identifying genetic abnormalities. Full story.

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