The Virginia Student Aid Foundation, which has long supported
student-athletes with scholarships, has been revamped and sports
a new name: Virginia Athletics Foundation. The organization has
expanded its role to include providing resources to fund the athletic
department's operations and future capital projects.
Our goal is to make the University of Virginia's athletics
program one of the most respected and successful programs in the
nation without compromising the University's academic tradition,
said Dirk Katstra, the foundations executive director of
named compliance officer
Ralph Traylor became the new compliance officer for the U.Va.
Medical Center Oct. 25. Previously the assistant director of the
Health Systems audit department, Traylor had served as interim
compliance director for more than a year. Reporting to Leonard
W. Sandridge, executive vice president and chief operating officer,
he will work primarily with the top administrators, faculty and
staff of the Medical Center and the Health System more
generally on specific compliance issues.
The responsibilities of the compliance officer are of critical
importance to the University and to the Medical Center,"
Fork welcomes new business
The Universitys Research Park at North Fork welcomed a new
resident this week with the opening of Biotage Inc., a leader
in small-molecule drug discovery purification systems and products
for the pharmaceutical industry. Previously located in two separate
Charlottesville facilities, the Biotage facility contains four
research and development laboratories, manufacturing operations
and management headquarters
for its worldwide operations.
Biotages product offerings and revenues have increased over
the past seven years, the number of employees has also increased
from 25 in 1994 to 143 currently.
a subsidiary of Dyax Corp., also has offices in Hertford, England;
Düsseldorf, Germany; Milan, Italy; and Tokyo, Japan.
not always best remedy
More than five million cases of ear infections, or otitis media,
are diagnosed every year. But now, a scholarly review of more
than 100 studies by U.Va. pediatrician Dr. J. Owen Hendley concludes
that antibiotics help only one in eight children with ear infections.
an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine last
month, Hendley found that ear infections cleared up in one week
in 81 percent of placebo recipients, as compared with 94 percent
of antibiotic recipients.
bacteria which cause ear infections learn quickly to be resistant
to antibiotics," he said.
review also found that giving children a flu shot can reduce the
likelihood of ear infection by 30 percent, but the benefit lasts
only during flu season, about six weeks of the year.
NEW GIFTS ON DISPLAY AT ART MUSEUM
A sculpture by 21st-century British artist Sean Henry and a painting
by 19th-century painter Thomas Moran are on view at the University
Art Museum. The works are recent gifts to the museum.
sculpture, Ben (Ideas Resolved), created in 2001,
was a gift from Ruth and Robert Cross. Ruth Cross is a Charlottesville
member of the museums advisory board.
second work, a gift from Californian Gil Michaels, is an early
painting by Moran titled On the Catawissa Creek.
University Art Museum is free and open to the public Tuesday through
Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. For details, call 924-3592, or visit http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum.
to speak at Valediction
U.Va. alumnus Dr. L.D. Britt was selected last week by the
Class of 2003 to give the valedictory address in May. After receiving
his medical training at Harvard, he has gone on to become a much-honored
teacher at Eastern Virginia Medical School. As president of the
Society of Black Academic Surgeons, he is leading a campaign to
promote surgical interest among minority medical students.
to lead AAU next year
U.Va. President John T. Casteen III was elected vice chairman
of the Association of American Universities at its annual fall
meeting last month. That means he will assume the AAU chairmanship
July 1, 2003, after Cornell President Hunter Rawlings serves as
chairman this year.
AAU, an organization of research universities, comprises 63 institutions,
almost evenly divided between public and private.
your calendar for legislative forum
U.Va.s Office of State Governmental Relations will host
a legislative forum Jan. 3 at noon in the Newcomb Hall Ballroom.
The panel will feature local legislators, state Sen. Creigh Deeds,
Del. Mitch Van Yahres, Del. Rob B. Bell III and Del. R. Steven
Landes, along with U.Va. President John T. Casteen III. They will
discuss issues facing the 2003 General Assembly, including those
that affect the future of higher education.
web sites offer scholarly religious e-journals
U.Va. is becoming the virtual home for three existing and two
planned electronic journals that are of interest to Jewish, Christian
and Islamic religious scholars.
There has been an explosion of activity in religious studies
in the past few years, especially in studies of the three Abrahamic
traditions: Jewish, Christian and Muslim, said Peter Ochs,
professor of modern Judaism, who is leading the effort.
Written for scholars, the e-journals dont require subscriptions,
but are available to anyone as a public service of the U.Va. Librarys
Electronic Text Center. The publications are: Journal of Textual
etext.lib.virginia.edu/journals/tr/), Journal of Scriptural
ssr/) and a journal of Jewish thought published in French
journals/ssr/French/vol1/). Two others that will be added
soon include a German-language journal on Jewish text traditions
and an e-journal in English for the Institute for Quranic Reasoning.
for humanities fellowships available
The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities offers
several fellowships each year through a competitive application
process, deadline for which is Jan. 30. The institute provides
fellows with consulting, technical support, applications programming
and networked publishing facilities. Full-time U.Va. faculty from
any part of the University are eligible to apply for resident
or associate fellowships. Applicants are recommended to discuss
their proposal with institute director John Unsworth before the
application deadline. Contact IATH for information and to receive
an application form or see http://www.
iath.virginia.edu. The selection committee will make its decisions
by Feb. 28. Fellowships begin July 1.
put to the test
Mindfulness techniques are part of a three-pronged, controlled
clinical study that Dr. Matt Goodman, co-director of the Mindfulness-Based
Stress Reduction Program, is leading to learn whether the techniques
of mindfulness versus massage versus neither could benefit patients
with chronic pain.
by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the study is the
first randomized trial anywhere to examine the value of mindfulness
techniques as opposed to the usual care, Goodman said.
techniques are also being offered in new graduate classes and
a fourth-year medical elective for those who want to continue
learning about stress-reduction techniques. They are taught as
a skill that clinicians may use to help encourage patients to
practice healthier behaviors.
mindful of stress
Do your reactions to stress make it better or worse? The Mindfulness-Based
Stress Reduction Program at U.Va. is offering a variety of classes
such as tai chi and yoga to help employees and others become more
relaxed and aware of stress and their choices about how to handle
mindfulness-based stress reduction and relaxation classes will
be held Jan. 20-March 10, March 31-May 19 and Sept. 22- Nov. 10,
for $325 per class (sliding scale is available). See the Web page
meditation session, free and open to the U.Va. community, is held
each Tuesday from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in the University Hospital
chapel near the lobby.
250th birthday to be marked Nov. 24
Maybe he gets mixed up with his brother, William Clark, the Virginia
explorer who teamed with Meriwether Lewis to journey across the
frontier to the Pacific, but George Rogers Clark was an explorer,
too, and a Revolutionary War hero. The statue on University Avenue
across from the east end of the Corner is dedicated George Rogers.
special program will commemorate his 250th birthday Sunday, Nov.
24, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the statue. Leonard Sadosky, a U.Va.
doctoral student, will speak about Clark's career. The program,
sponsored by the Sons of the American Revolution, will also feature
re-enactors and military units. The public is invited for refreshments
to Clark's birthplace on Route 20-North in Albemarle County afterward.
information, call Steven Braden at 296-3904.
New storm and steam pipes are being installed underground on Jefferson
Park Avenue near the Lane Road intersection, from La Maison Francaise
to the Health System Library and MR-5 plaza and across to the
old hospital. Deep pits have to be blasted in the asphalt to make
way for burying the pipes. The contractor has implemented a city
approved traffic plan that adjusts the JPA/Lane Road intersection
slightly. Separate left and right turns onto JPA from Lane Road
will be maintained. Traffic disruptions during the morning and
evening commutes will be avoided if at all possible, but some
minor delays may occur.
Redpath brings Celtic music to Charlottesville
Scottish folksinger Jean Redpath will join the Ensemble Galilei,
a band of five women who play Celtic tunes, early music and original
works Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the V. Earl Dickinson Building at
Piedmont Virginia Community College. The concert is co-sponsored
by the U.Va. Womens Center and PVCC. Tickets are $17, general;
$12, seniors; and $6, students. Call the Dickinson Box Office
Music marathon wraps up semester
WTJU, the Universitys noncommercial educa-
tional radio station, will air its annual Classical Music Marathon
Dec. 8-15. Tune in to 91.1 FM the week of final exams for a variety
of classical music any time of day or night. The radio station
receives only part of its financial support from U.Va. and holds
fund-raisers each year dedicated to four areas of music: jazz,
folk, rock and classical. See the Web site at http://wtju.radio.virginia.edu.
holiday cheer for CVC
For the past two years, Bonnie Bragg, manager of Student Financial
Services, has been a special assistant to Santa Claus and fund-raiser
for the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign. For a $5 donation,
Bragg will send a letter from Santa to your child or favorite
holiday project that benefits the CVC is Tara Poleskis Christmas,
Hanukkah and Kwanzaa cards. Poleski, who works in the Development
office, creates the cards in several brightly colored designs.
Each card costs $5 and can be personalized. Orders should be placed
by Dec. 5 with checks made payable to CVC. All proceeds will go
to CVC charities. Contact Poleski at 924-7325 or firstname.lastname@example.org
to order cards.
requests for Santa letters to Bragg at P.O. Box 400204 or bb6a@
virginia.edu, or leave a request in the Santa Letter
box in the U.Va. Bookstore. For details, call Bragg at 924-4242.
Workshop presents The Medium
The Opera Workshop will present a fall concert of Gian-Carlo Menottis
The Medium on Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall.
"The Medium" tells the tragic story of Madame Flora,
a false spiritualist who becomes the victim of the ghosts she
has invented. Louisa Panou-Takahashi of the U.Va. music department
will direct the opera. Tickets are $10 for general admittance,
$5 or 5ART$ for U.Va. students. Call or drop by the Old Cabell
Hall Box Office, 924-3984, for tickets. Due to the U.Va. home
football game that evening, some parking lots will be restricted.
Patrons are asked to park in the Newcomb Hall Parking Garage on
festival overflows with success
The 15th Virginia Film Festival, with this years theme of
Wet, provided popular programs playing to overflow
crowds and star-studded premieres complete with gushing fans.
Attendance for events Oct. 24-27 exceeded 11,800, a 25 percent
increase over the 2001 festival, with many events selling out.
by Artistic Director Richard Herskowitz, the Virginia Film Festival
explored water imagery through an eclectic mix of premieres, classic
films, performance artists and experimental work.
Saturday night, guests who attended the dance party at the Fringe
Festival could choose among joining a tour of the buildings
catacombs with acclaimed artist-provocateur Guillermo
Gomez-Peña; participating in a medieval marriage ceremony
officiated by legendary underground filmmaker George Kuchar; or
joining Nicolas Cage and Rob Zombie on the dance floor (or watching
them from the sidelines, alongside Cages new bride Lisa
Marie Presley) dancing to Zombies brand new recording of
Dr. Victoria Norwood, associate professor of clinical
nephrology and chief of pediatric nephrology at the Health System,
has been selected to participate in the eighth class of the Hedwig
van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program
Chengsan Sun, postdoctoral fellow at the School of Medicine,
has been named the recipient of a national research award from
the Epilepsy Foundation.
John C. Herr, director of the Center for Recombinant Gamete
Contraceptive Vaccinogens, has been awarded the 2002 University
of Iowa College of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award for Achievement.
Dr. Mark K. Robbins, associate professor of clinical internal
medicine and medical director of the lung transplantation program
at the Health System, has been appointed to represent Region 11
on the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/United Network
for Organ Sharing Organ Transplantation Committee.
Jonathan D. Moreno, director of the Center for Biomedical
Ethics, has been elected president of the American Society for
Bioethics and Humanities.
Bill Kehoe, O'Dell Professor of Commerce, was named to
the Virginia Aviation Board by Gov. Mark Warner. He will represent
Region 5, which includes the Charlottesville/Albemarle Airport.
Mary V. Hughes, University landscape architect, was reappointed
to the Governors Virginia Art and Architectural Review Board,
along with four others, by Warner.
Alice Handy, president of U.Va. Investment Management Co.,
was re-elected to the Board of Trustees of Thomas Jefferson Foundation,
which oversees Monticello.
Edith Falwell Ward, 80, of Charlottesville, died
Nov. 4. She retired from University Hospital in 1983 after 20
years of services as a nurse.
Elizabeth Conway Crawford, 53, of Waynesboro, died
Nov. 5. She was employed for more than 30 years at U.Va. and retired
as an executive secretary in the pulmonary division.
Shirley May Mundie Harrup, 62, of Charlottesville,
died Nov. 8. She retired after 30 years of service from Blue Ridge
Sanatorium as an attendant specialist.
Lois Swink Petcavage, 73, of Charlottesville died
Nov. 11. She served the health care industry for many years, most
recently in the outpatient oncology unit at the U.Va. Medical
Center from 1970 until 1989.
James Jasper Thompson Sr. of Albemarle died Nov.
11. He worked at the Medical Center for a number of years.