Headlines @ U.Va.
PLAYING IT SAFE WITH TEEN DRIVERS
Daniel Cox, a professor of psychiatric medicine and the director
of U.Va.s Behavioral Medicine Center, has more than an academic
interest in the question of the driving skills of teens with attention
deficit-hyperactivity disorder. He is also the father of two teen-age
sons with ADHD. He recently discussed his research and his personal
experience in a Washington Post article. His No. 1 rule: Take
your medicine, or you cant take the car.
Washington Post, Dec. 10
SHAME SLOWED LOTT REACTION
The storm over Sen. Trent Lotts remarks took some time to
develop, mostly because there is no unified American memory on
the civil rights era, history professor Julian Bond, national
chairman of the NAACP, told the New York Times. Different
Americans reacted differently to Lotts remarks, he
said. Black Americans were angry. White Americans were ashamed.
And sometimes, shame makes you push the memory away. As a nation
were not comfortable with this memory.
New York Times, Dec. 15
IT WARM HERE, OR IS IT ME?
Is human activity warming the climate, or is the recent spate
of record temperatures merely the product of a natural cycle?
Environmental sciences professor Michael Mann thinks the evidence
is piling up on the side of man-made effects. It seems obvious
just to the lay person that if were getting these record
breakers almost every year something unusual is going on that
doesnt just result from a random rolling of the dice.
Scripps Howard News Service, Dec. 16
PEEK AT EARLY DECISION
Early-decision admission programs have come under fire all over
the country, with charges that they favor elite, mainly white
students and fill slots that may otherwise have gone to more qualified
applicants in the spring. Dean of Admission John Blackburn allowed
the Washington Post an inside look at the early-decision process,
while expressing reservations about the proceedings. I dont
think a public university should be giving an advantage to students
who can apply early, he said, vowing to review U.Va.s
Washington Post, Dec. 16
ATTACK PUBLIC PROCESS
Bioethicists pulled no punches in denouncing a religious sects
claims to have cloned two humans. The claims as yet uncorroborated
short-circuit the deliberate process with which the scientific
and public policy communities have been approaching the issue
of human cloning. This is the worst thing that could happen,
said Jonathan Moreno, director of U.Va.s Center for Bio-Medical
Ethics. Theyve transgressed many of the basic rules
of human experimentation.
Richmond Times-Dispatch, Dec. 28