U.Va. sends 912 applicants the fat envelope
winter mailbox watch has ended for 2,410 early-decision applicants
to the University, with 912 of them having received the fat
envelope containing an acceptance letter and admissions
materials. The rest will have to wait until the springs
regular admissions cycle.
the mailbox ritual is fast becoming outmoded: about 55 percent
applied online and were able to access their decisions as soon
as they were mailed out.
Of the offers made for the 2003-04 year, 717 went to Virginia
residents and 195 to out-of-state applicants. Early decision students
constitute about 30 percent of those accepted to attend U.Va.,
Dean of Admission John A. Blackburn said.
scientists discover key contributor to heart attacks
Scientists at the U.Va. School of Medicine have uncovered
a key contributor to arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries
often the main cause of heart attacks. Platelets activated
in the blood, long thought a symptom of arteriosclerosis, in fact
are major contributors to it, they report in a study published
in the Dec. 16 online issue of the journal Nature Medicine.
These platelets are time bombs in the blood, said
Dr. Klaus Ley, director of the Cardiovascular Research Center
and professor of biomedical engineering, molecular physiology
and biological physics at U.Va. The hope now is that we
can develop anti-platelet drugs to limit activation, which would
be a beneficial, effective preventive measure against heart attack.
These important observations could translate into improved therapies
for limiting this extremely prevalent disease.
teams up with business schools in new program
of Americas best law and business schools
are separated by mere yards on U.Va.s North Grounds, so
its natural for them to collaborate. Last fall marked the
first time in which the Law School has offered the Virginia Program
in Law and Business, which draws upon the talents of both the
Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and the McIntire
School of Commerce to give prospective lawyers a firm grasp of
to the growing demand for business-savvy lawyers in corporate
America, the Law School launched the Virginia Program in Law and
Business, a wide-ranging curricular innovation that will educate
students in the fundamentals of business analysis. As Dean John
Jeffries explains, the lawyer who is unable to think quantitatively,
who cannot unpack and understand risk and valuation, cannot serve
the business client effectively.
Academic Associate Dean Paul Mahoney: We will offer students
the additional analytical and conceptual training typical of an
MBA program, including quantitative analysis, accounting, and
programs in Danville get local support
The Danville area will continue to benefit from U.Va.s involvement,
thanks to nearly $70,000 in new awards from a local charity. The
E. Stuart James Grant Charitable Trust gave $47,500 to the Thomas
C. Sorenson Institute for Political leadership to continue its
program in political and civic leadership, and another grant of
$22,000 to the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American
Studies to establish a new oral history project. The oral history
project will concentrate on how black and white Danville residents
understood citizenship and community from 1945 to 1975. Emma Edmunds,
a U.Va. writer and longtime journalist who is a native of the
area, is the research coordinator for the project.
Presidents Office also is receiving a $45,000 unrestricted
Hospital stays in top 100 group
For the fourth consecutive year, Solucient has named the U.Va.
Medical Center as one of the top 100 U.S. hospitals of 2002
an honor conferred upon only one other hospital in Virginia.
annual study recognizes national performance benchmarks across
four critical areas: quality of care, operational efficiency,
financial performance and adaptation to the environment.
the studys other findings: Winning hospitals treat more
and sicker patients than non-winning hospitals, maintaining higher
patient-case mix than peer hospitals. The top hospitals provided
more successful outcomes, helping patients survive life-threatening
illness 10 percent more often than their peers.
hospitals employ fewer staff but offer nearly $2,000 more per
employee in annual salary and benefits than do peer hospitals.
A recent related Solucient study indicated that benchmark hospitals
tend to maintain higher ratios of registered nurses to inpatient
profit margins for winning hospitals are twice that of their peers.
again a Wise man
You can take the man out of Wise, but you cant take the
Wise out of the man. Jim Knight, who served as chancellor of U.Va.s
College at Wise from 1988 until 1992, is returning to the school
as vice chancellor for development and community relations beginning
stints in Wise, Knight has served successfully as associate vice
president for Health System development at U.Va.
sees action at three film festivals
Kevin Everson, assistant professor in the McIntire Department
of Art, captures glimpses of working-class black culture in his
short documentary films. Several will be shown at three film festivals
that open this month.
a film about loss and Michelangelo, will be screened in the short
film line-up at the Sundance Film Festival. This is the third
time Eversons work has been shown there.
Stories, the program for shorts at the International Film
Festival Rotterdam, will feature a collection of 15 Everson films.
Studio Museum in Harlem will show three films: Sportello
Quattro, which Everson made while a 2001-02 Fellow at the
American Academy in Rome, highlights issues of immigration, work
and community among people of color in contemporary Rome; 72
focuses on a teenage taxi driver who has to multi-task to keep
his job; and Fumble is an interpretation of a poem
by Vincent Katz.
gets NEH grant
Cynthia Wall, associate professor of English, is the sole U.Va.
winner of a $40,000 research fellowship from the National Endowment
for the Humanities. Last month, the NEH announced a total of $14.5
million in grants to support scholarly research, college curriculum-development
programs, museum and library humanities programs, and public-television
and -radio programs. Wall, whose research project is on Poetics
of Space, Prose of Things, is one of five Virginia scholars
Walls publications are a 1998 book, The Literary and
Cultural Spaces of Restoration London, and an article on
The Rhetoric of Description of 18th-Century Genres and Cultures.
center handles emergencies and more in new locale
The Blue Ridge Poison Center, affiliated with the U.Va. Health
System, has a new home with state-of-the-art equipment and more
space to help the staff better serve its region. The center recently
expanded by starting a medical toxicology fellowship and the Center
for Clinical Toxicology, which offers help with complex toxicological
problems, including chemical terrorism. Founded in 1997, the Blue
Ridge Poison Center is part of the Virginia Poison Center Network.
The center serves 62 counties, plus the city of Virginia Beach,
with information about poison prevention and advice in poison
24-hour nationwide hotline is 1-800-222-1222.
Museum seeks docents
The University Art Museum is seeking members of the community
to become volunteer docents. Applications are being accepted now
for the new class, which begins Jan. 29. Docents lead tours for
thousands of schoolchildren, university students and adults each
year and are an integral part of the museums education program.
Topics covered in the docent-training program include learning
theories and art history, as well as tour themes and techniques.
Call 924-7458 to apply and set up an interview.
site with a heart
The Childrens Heart Center has put its heart on the Web.
With support from the Cove Point Foundation, the center features
a new Web site of educational materials and information on every
known congenital heart defect. By clicking on the appropriate
area of the heart, physicians, clinical professionals and other
visitors to the site can access a list of conditions affecting
that particular area. See www.pted.org.
is nothing like it out there for patient education in congenital
heart disease. It even includes animations and surgeries,
said Dr. Allen Everett, pediatric cardiologist at the U.Va. Health
Cove Point Foundation lends financial support to programs addressing
childrens educational and health-related issues.
art receptions change
The University Art Museum is switching its spring 2003 receptions
from the first Friday of the month to the fourth Friday and will
follow this schedule in the fall.
Fourth Fridays receptions, held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., are a benefit
of museum membership; the cost is $3 for non-members, but you
can join at the door.
next event on Jan. 24 highlights the exhibits opening this month,
Treasures from an Unknown Realm: Shunzhi Porcelain
and Honoring the Legacy of Lewis and Clark: Native American
Art and the American West, both on display until March 2.
New acquisitions: Collage boxes by Joseph Cornell
Political Humor: A Tribute to Herblock
of African Art: Selections from the Collection
Ireland: Irish Art Today
museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. For details,
call 924-3592 or visit the Web site at http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum/.
women in international arena
The Womens Center is holding a series of talks in 2003 on
Women in the International Arena, focusing on the
Virginia 2020 initiative in international activities. U.Va. alumnae
and other guests will examine how women are transforming traditional
power structures through work in legal, judicial and international
areas. The first two speakers are Diane Johnston, a news consultant
for Radio Free Asia, on An Americans Journey in Asia
Jan. 30, and Azizah al-Hibri, a law professor at the University
of Richmond, on Gender and Marriage in Islam Feb.
the Inside UVA calendar for details or visit http://womenscenter.virginia.edu.
creates faculty fellowships
The School of Engineering and Applied Science initiated the Faculty
Fellows Program this year to recognize exceptional achievements
of rising young faculty in the school. Those appointed as Faculty
Fellows have proven their sustaining value through the tenure
process and are involved in new educational and research initiatives,
often in collaboration with colleagues in other disciplines.
In many cases, these scholars are leading the creative breakthroughs
that will define the future directions of their disciplines and
their careers, said Dean Richard W. Miksad.
Fellows receive a $2,000 discretionary stipend and may use Faculty
Fellow as part of their title. They keep their appointment
for a fixed term or until they are promoted to full professor,
whichever comes first.
first recipients are Scott T. Acton, electrical and computer engineering;
Erik J. Fernandez, chemical engineering; Andrew C. Hillier, chemical
engineering; Michael B. Lawrence, biomedical engineering; Jorg
Liebeherr, computer science; Kathryn A. Neeley, technology, culture
and communication; Pamela M. Norris, mechanical and aerospace
engineering; Kevin J. Sullivan, computer science; and Giovanni
Zangari, materials science and engineering.
Marion Roberts, art history professor. Dugdale and
Hollar: History Illustrated. University of Delaware Press.
evaluation of illustrations in Dugdales most important publications,
The Antiquities of Warwickshire, the Monasticon
Anglicanum,and The History of St. Pauls Cathedral
Barnett, associate professor of history, editor. Rethinking
Early Modern India. Delhi: Manohar.
Findlen, Stanford Univ., Micelle M. Fontaine, Univ. of Arkansas,
and Duane J. Osheim, U.Va. history professor. Beyond
Florence: The Contours of Medieval and Early Modern Italy.
Stanford Univ. Press.
R. Feldman, English professor. Victorian Modernism:
Pragmatism and the Varieties of Aesthetic Experience. Cambridge
Hays, associate professor of sociology. Flat Broke,
With Children: Women in the Age of Welfare Reform. Oxford
Kovacs, classics professor. Euripides: Bacchae, Iphigenia
at Aulis, Rhesus. Loeb Classical Library. Harvard University
M. Dickey, assistant professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures,
and Bogdan Rakic, Indiana University, translators. How to
Quiet a Vampire by Borislav Pekic. Northwestern University
published in Serbian in 1977, this novel is a study of terror
and intellect in the tradition of Joseph Heller and George Steiner.
Kumar, sociology professor. The Making of English National
Identity. Cambridge University Press.
Shape of Change: Studies on La Fontaine and Early Modern Literature,
a book of essays in honor of Professor of French Emeritus David
L. Rubin and drawing on his work, was recently published by
Rodopi (Amsterdam and New York). The book is based on an international
roundtable at the University of Kentucky on Rubins research
and its influence.
Champ Clark, 79, of Ruckersville, who was appointed
in 1996 by Gov. George Allen to the U.Va. Board of Visitors and
served a four-year term, died Dec. 21. He was also a lecturer
Hazel Turner, 58, of Charlottesville, died Dec. 22. For
more than 30 years she was a nursing assistant in the department
of urology and later the department of family practice.
H. Gordon Larew, 80, who retired in 1992 as professor of
civil engineering after 36 years, died in Charlottesville on Dec.
Harry Channing Ward, 74, of Charlottesville, died Dec. 29.
He retired from Facilities Management.
Ida Louise Jackson Lawson died Dec. 28 in Waynesboro. She
retired from U.Va. in 1999 after 20 years of service.
Ruth Ann Elizabeth Anderson, 50, of Charlottesville, died
Dec. 28. She was employed at the department of nutrition services
at the Health System.
Gwendolyn Harlow, 77, of Charlottesville, died Jan. 6.
She worked in housing from 1970 until 1987.
Carol Quinlivan Napier, 47, of Charlottesville, died Jan.
8. She worked in Human Resources from July 1988 until October
Charles A. Vandersee, 64, died Jan. 2 at his home in Charlottesville.
Vandersee was an associate professor of English and had been dean
of the undergraduate Echols Scholars Program from 1973 to 1997,
enriching the lives of thousands of students. He is credited with
building the program.
coming to U.Va. in 1964, Vandersee was a Danforth and Woodrow
Wilson Fellow at the University of California at Los Angeles,
where he completed his masters and doctors degrees
1973, he edited a modern edition of John Hays 1884 novel
The Bread-Winners. In that same year, he was honored
by the local chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for the best work of faculty
scholarship at U.Va.
for his extensive writings on Henry Adams, Vandersee was associate
editor of the six volumes of The Letters of Henry Adams, 18581892
A prolific writer, Vandersees poems have been published
in dozens of journals.
memorial service for Vandersee will be held at 1 p.m., Jan. 25.
at St. Marks Lutheran Church, Alderman Road.