Two win SCHEV teaching awards
U.Va. professors are among this years 10 winners of the
Commonwealths Outstanding Faculty Awards, the states
highest honor for faculty at its colleges and universities. Nursing
professor Barbara Brodie and education professor Daniel Hallahan
were recognized for their demonstrated excellence in teaching,
research and public service.
retired in December 2002 as the Madge M. Jones Professor of Nursing.
She is the Nursing Schools first winner of the SCHEV award,
but received many accolades during her 30-year tenure here.
who chairs the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special
Education in the Curry School, co-founded the Center for Minority
Research in Special Education and has been cited as one of the
most influential people in the field. He holds the Cavalier Distinguished
Teaching Professorship for 2002-04.
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia administers
the program, began in 1987.
employees shake the giving tree
feeling the effects of state budget cutbacks, U.Va. employees
have contributed more than a half-million dollars to help others.
To date, U.Va. employees have given $555,527 through the 2002
Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign, a statewide charity fund drive
held each fall. Tentative figures released by the Virginia CVC
Office in early January showed that U.Va. employees led the state
in giving, with contributions representing nearly 18 percent of
the $3,071,011 raised statewide. U.Va will receive a Commonwealth
of Virginia Campaign Gold Award, a recognition for agencies with
6,000 or more employees that achieve at least a 30 percent participation
rate, with an average gift of $125 or more.
to lead national 9/11 Commission
is a daunting mandate assess the facts and circumstances
of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and report back to the
nation by May 2004. The point man in meeting the challenge will
be U.Va. history professor Philip Zelikow, director of the Miller
Center of Public Affairs. Named the executive director of the
National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States,
Zelikow will lead the 9/11 Commission created late
last year by President George W. Bush and Congress. Zelikow will
be on leave from teaching during the assignment.
may pass retirement service credit in lean years
bill the General Assembly is considering has generated many questions,
according to Nancy Rivers, director of U.Va.s Office of
State Governmental Relations. It is Senate Bill 1191, which would
provide employees a years worth of service credit for each
year in which there is no increase in the base salaries of state
additional retirement service credit would be granted for fiscal
years 2002 and 2003, and for any year in the future when there
is no general salary increase.
Each eligible employee would receive service credit equal to the
number of months service that the employee had accrued in the
relevant fiscal year. Partial months service would be rounded
up to the nearest whole month.
faculty and some classified employees would not be eligible, because
they are covered under a different retirement plan.
for legislative updates.
used to detect blood-cell growth
many of our bodies functions, angiogenesis the growth
of new blood vessels is a double-edged sword. For an ailing
heart not receiving enough blood, angiogenesis can be a relief,
even a life-saver. But new blood vessels can also feed life-threatening
tumors. For researchers striving to learn more about controlling
angiogenesis, a U.Va. team is offering a new technique for detecting
the growth of microscopic blood vessels using ultrasound and tiny
injected into the body expand and contract in response to the
pressure changes in an ultrasound wave. One hundred thousand microbubbles
can fit on the head of a pin.
first hurdle for Dr. Jonathan Lindner, associate professor at
U.Va.s division of cardiovascular medicine, and his team
was to develop microbubbles that would stick to new blood vessels.
They found that echistatin, a protein derived from snake venom,
bound well to certain molecules that play a key role in angiogenesis.
The results, published in the Jan. 28 issue of the journal Circulation,
were a major step forward, said Lindner.
call for biomedical research grants
preliminary proposals for the new $800,000 grant competition,
supported by U.Va.s Funding Excellence in Science and Technology
Program and Carilion Biomedical Institute, are due Feb. 3 by 5
p.m. The program seeks proposals for biomedical research initiatives
that are likely to lead to inventions with commercial potential,
such as medical devices, therapies and software.
information and proposal forms, visit the Web at http://www.virginia.edu/researchandpublicservice/research/funding/CBI_UVA.html.
and AIDS Awareness for African Americans
is now the leading cause of death among African Americans between
ages 24 and 44 accounting for 49 percent of newly reported AIDS
cases in 2001. And the number is on the rise. To fight back with
information, the Ryan White Program at U.Va. will host National
Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Feb. 6. Free lunch, as well as
free HIV testing, will be offered from noon to 2 p.m. in the first-floor
classrooms A and B of the U.Va. Primary Care Center. For info.,
call Pamela Bickley at 982-1688.
wins award for work on Architecture School
Stenson, assistant professor of architecture, received a 2003
Faculty Design Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools
of Architecture for his design and building of the new Elmaleh
Gallery in Campbell Hall and a new entrance to Campbell. A U.Va.
alumnus, Stensons work includes commissions ranging from
furniture to residential renovations, with an emphasis on the
relationship between design and construction.
10 Deadline for Teaching Fellowship
The University Teaching Fellows Program provides funding for
promising junior faculty as they refine their teaching expertise
while pursuing strong research agendas. The fellowship includes
working through the Teaching Resource Center to find a mentor
interested in exploring effective and innovative teaching technologies,
strategies and course designs, and to participate in interdisciplinary
discussions about various teaching and professional issues. At
the end of the fellowship year, fellows receive a $7,000 summer
research grant to develop one or more new or existing undergraduate
courses. The deadline is March 10. For details, see http://trc.virginia.edu/Programs/utfprogram.htm.
on faculty retirement
The new faculty retirement incentive plan applies to general
faculty as well as teaching faculty. Human Resources will be sending
information in the next few days to all those who are eligible.
For information, see the Inside UVA article from the Jan. 17 issue
Human Resources also is scheduling information sessions around
Grounds in February. Check the Web site at http://www.hrs.virginia.edu/
for dates and times.
invited for Distinguished Alumna
successful model of leadership. An extraordinary achiever in her
field. A positive force for change. If you know of an outstanding
female graduate, you can nominate her for the Womens Center
2004 Distinguished Alumna Award. Nominations must be postmarked
by Feb. 14.
awards 2003 recipient is Darden graduate Lawton W. Fitt,
who recently left Goldman Sachs to become the first woman and
first American to head the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
should include a letter clearly describing the candidates
strengths and experience, one to three supporting letters, resume,
and any pertinent materials, such as newspaper articles or other
recognition. A candidate may be nominated by someone outside the
school or department from which she graduated, but must be seconded
in writing by someone from that school or department.
nominations to Virginia Moran, associate director, Womens
Center, P.O. Box 800588, University of Virginia, Charlottesville,
care advocated for chronically mentally ill
patients continue to be abandoned by society to homelessness or
jail, argues Dr. C. Knight Aldrich in the Winter 2003 issue of
the Virginia Quarterly Review. Aldrich, U.Va. Professor Emeritus
of Psychiatry and Family Medicine, makes an urgent plea for reform
in our societys care of the chronically mentally ill. He
calls for permanent federal funding of community mental health
centers. Most community centers struggle to provide good care
but have been forced by budget cuts to limit services, he notes.
the long run
a reformed system will more than pay for itself,
not in direct savings but in the reduction of the indirect costs
of mental illness, he concludes.
Neurosurgeon honored for distinguished service
John A. Jane, chairman of U.Va.s Department of Neurosurgery,
has won the 2003 Distinguished Service Award from the Society
of Neurological Surgeons. The award honors Janes contributions
to academic neurosurgery through the years, his leadership of
one of the nations premier neurosurgery training programs
and excellence in clinical practice. The award will be presented
at the societys annual meeting in mid-May in Cincinnati.
activities on the Web
The Universitys new Web site for international activities
features up-to-date information on international funding opportunities
for faculty and staff, initiatives such as Universitas 21 and
a variety of other topics. The address is http://www.virginia.edu/international/.
From that page, click on headings for areas of particular interest.
If youre wondering what to do with surplus office supplies,
U.Va.s recycling office makes them available to student
organizations, staff and faculty groups conveniently and free
of charge. The Reusable Office Supply Exchange collects the surplus
supplies from offices and students on Grounds and updates the
inventory twice each month. Donations can be dropped off at the
recycling office on Leake Drive Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to
5 p.m. The information can be accessed at http://recycle.virginia.edu
under ROSE Program. Requests for materials can be
made via e-mail, email@example.com, or by phone, 982-5050.
from Cupid seeks donations
That hot-pink sweater that you didnt really want for
Christmas or those pants that dont quite zip would be welcome
contributions to a community-wide, student-sponsored clothing
drive. Bring your unwanted clothing to the U.Va. Bookstore on
Feb. 6 from noon to 7 p.m. All donations will benefit the local
chapter of the Salvation Army. Clothes from Cupid is sponsored
by students from the Transfer Student Peer Advisor Program, the
Office of African-American Peer Advisor Program and the Peer Advising
Family Network. For information, e-mail Laurie Casteen, Office
of Orientation and New Student Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call 982-4540.
Carnival broadens horizons for library staffers
364 days a year, the University Librarys staff is focused
on running the library, whether providing customer service or
keeping on the cutting edge of new technology. But on that 365th
day, in early January, staffers can learn about gardening. Or
dulcimers. Or hardware. Or investing. Its all part of the
librarys Winter Carnival, an annual event designed
to engage library staff in non-library subjects.
year library staff chose among 19 presentations by area businesses
and enthusiasts, including experts from Snows Garden Center,
Crutchfield, Ragged Mountain Running Shop and Albemarle Veterinary
Weve seen increased participation every year,
said Suzanne Bombard, the librarys training coordinator.
to join in celebration of holistic health
students from schools and disciplines across Grounds for a Womens
Health Festival Feb. 10, noon to 9 p.m. in Newcomb Hall Ballroom,
and experience the integration of mental, physical, social, sexual
and spiritual health. Men are welcome to participate, too. For
details, see http://www.student.virginia.edu/~uvanow/WHF
policies for at-risk children helping?
new lecture series, sponsored by the Curry School, is bringing
education scholars to U.Va. to talk about how to help families
and children prevent and face the challenges that can lead to
higher rates of academic failure and serious health and psychological
Chase-Lansdale of Northwestern University gives the first talk
Jan. 31 on Mother Transitions from Welfare to Work and the
Well-Being of Preschoolers and Adolescents: Findings from the
Three-City Study, describing the impact of welfare reform
legislation passed during the Clinton administration.
Snow of the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
will speak Feb. 21 on Methods in Early Childhood Education:
Illustrations and Illusions.
are held at 10 a.m. in Ruffner Hall Auditorium 4C.
Career Week coming up Feb. 3
than 100 schools and 60 businesses will be on Grounds for this
years Career Week Feb. 3-7, sponsored by University Career
Services. Events include a job fair for college undergraduates
Feb. 3 in Newcomb Hall, an Education Expo for Curry School candidates
Feb. 6 and 7, and a job-search workshop for graduate students.
A range of organizations, from
banks and consumer product industries to Teach for America and
the Peace Corps, will have representatives on hand to answer questions
about jobs and summer internships.
companies are hiring fewer new employees, U.Va. students still
will come up on the short list, said Ladd Flock, who directs career
activities for Arts & Sciences.
career services also will join other schools in holding a job
fair in Washington for students interested in working for government
agencies or large non-profit organizations.
information, go to http://www.virginia.edu/career
and click on the link to Career Week.
Rita H.Doran, 63, of Charlottesville, died Jan. 15. A devoted
U.Va. sports fan, she worked in the Department of Internal Medicine
from 1988 until 1991. Doran was a former member of the U.Va. Womens
Jeffrey K. Hadden, longtime professor of sociology and religious
studies at the University and a nationally known authority on
religious trends, died at his home in Charlottesville Jan. 26
of pancreatic cancer. He was 66. A memorial service will be held
for him on Feb. 7 a 3 p.m. at University Chapel, followed by a
reception at the Colonnade Club.
prolific writer and researcher in various fields of sociology,
including urban studies, the family, civil rights, race relations
and, most notably, religious movements, Hadden published some
25 books and dozens of articles in professional journals. He was
probably best known for his studies of religious broadcasters
and the emergence of the Christian Right in America during the
1980s. He also received international attention for a Web site
he and his students developed on religious movements.