Jeanette Lancaster, Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor of Nursing
and Dean of the U.Va. School of Nursing, has been re-appointed
to the board of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
This is Lancasters second full-term appointment. An active
member of the AACN for 15 years, Lancaster has served on the bylaws
committee, the program committee and doctoral conference subcommittee.
Dr. W. Michael Scheld, professor of internal medicine and
clinical neurosurgery at the University Health System, has been
elected to a two-year term as one of 27 directors of the American
Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). He will also chair ABIMs
Subspecialty Board on Infectious Disease.
a one-year term as vice president of the Infectious Diseases Society
of America (IDSA) that began last October, Dr. Scheld will be
president-elect beginning October 2001 followed by a one-year
term as president of IDSA.
John C. Herr, professor of cell biology at the School of
Medicine, was awarded a Burroughs Wellcome Visiting Professorship
at the University of Guelph in Ontario. The visiting professorship
is one of three awarded annually by Burroughs Wellcome to Canadian
Thomas Skalak, professor of Biomedical Engineering in the
Engineering School and president of the Biomeidcal Engineering
Society, and Richard Price, Research Assistant Professor of Biomedical
Engineering, will receive the Gerrittsen Award from the Microcirculartory
Society Inc, for their article, The Role of Mechanical Stresses
in Microvascular Remodeling, published in the June 1996
issue of Microcirculation. The award is given to the authors of
articles that have received the most citations over a five-year
period. Price and Skalak were honored at the societys annual
banquet in Orlando, Fla., on March 31.
Deborah Verstegen, professor of Policy and Finance in the
Curry School of Education, has been re-elected to the Virginia
Executive Committee of the American Association of University
Professors at its March 24 meeting at Norfolk State University.
Verstegen, who is also associate faculty in the South Asian Studies
Center, works with AAUPs committee on promotion, tenure
and academic freedom.
The University has received a citation from the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency for its efforts at pollution control through
energy management. EPA secretary Christie Todd Whitman presented
an Energy Star Partner of the Year award to Robert P. Dillman,
chief facilities officer for Facilities Management at a
ceremony in Washington, D.C., on March 20. The University, which
has been an Energy Star Partner since 1995, was specifically credited
with using energy-efficient lighting. This award is one of the
highest offered by the EPA. U.Va. has been recognized with other
energy saving awards for each of the past six years.
Dr. Paul D. Mintz, associate chair and professor of pathology
as well as director of clinical laboratories and the blood bank
at the Health System, testified March 22 before the House Appropriations
Committees Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services
and Education on designating a public health service office to
collect national blood supply data. Mintz, who testified as a
board member of the American Association of Blood Banks, said
the data collection could predict and help prevent blood shortages.
Jann Lacoss, faculty consultant at the Teaching Resource
Center, gave the keynote address at the Fourth Annual Womens
Leadership Conference at Ferrum College on March 21. Her talk
focused on defining success, determining what is important in
each individuals life and giving examples of what ordinary
people have done to make a difference in the world. Lacoss is
also a lecturer in the Slavic Department. and was awarded one
of Ferrums distinguished alumni awards in 1999.
David T. Gies, Commonwealth Professor of Spanish, Italian
and Portuguese, will deliver the keynote address on modern Spanish
literature to the International Association of Hispanists meeting
in New York in July. The international organization, which meets
every three years, is being hosted this year at the Graduate Center
of the City University of New York. In previous years it has met
in Mexico City, Berlin, Bordeaux and Madrid. Gies paper,
which will be delivered in Spanish, is The Painted Word:
Rococo Eroticism in the Poetry of 18th-Century Spain.
will also speak on the The Future of Hispanism in the U.S.
and Canada at a two-day seminar on the future of teaching
Spanish at the Cervantes Institute in New York City in July. Gies
is one of 10 Hispanists from around the world invited to speak
by the Duke and Duchess of Soria Foundation. His presentation
will later be published.