Headlines @ U.Va.
Mapping the brain
The brain is our most complex and inscrutable organ, but it is
on the verge of giving up some of its innermost secrets.
next two decades will be the golden age of neuroscience,
declares Jonathan Moreno, director of U.Va.s Center for
Biomedical Ethics. Were on the threshold of the kind
of rapid growth of information in neuroscience that was true of
genetics 15 years ago.
spoke in a fascinating article in Reason magazine examining the
implications of drugs and treatments that may cure Alzheimers
disease or smooth out the wrinkles in a prickly personality.
Reason, Feb. 2003
Brits fear U.S. power more than Husseins regime
Even when hes not on the Universitys Grounds, former
Arts & Sciences dean Melvyn P. Leffler is making news.
recent Washington Post report detailed anti-American sentiment
in Great Britain, where Leffler is teaching at Oxford this year.
Leffler recounted a story of an evening spent at the home of a
colleague, arguing over Iraq.
I was stunned to realize that people here seem more fearful
of American power than they are of the oppressiveness and hideousness
of Saddam Husseins regime, Leffler said.
Washington Post, Jan. 26
A recent series of articles in the Miami Herald examined the modern
history of Iraq and its prospects in a post-Saddam era.
The state itself was artificially assembled in the days after
World War II, its borders containing a diverse population with
often competing interests.
Politics professor emeritus R. K. Ramazani predicts that diversity
could lead to chaos should Saddam be ousted.
The only thing that unites the Iraqi opposition is being
opposed to Saddam Hussein. Once Saddam is out of the picture,
theyll be at each others throats, he said.
Miami Herald, Feb. 7
passes new covenant marriage bill
The state House of Delegates recently passed a bill that would
create a new kind of marriage.
seeking to enter a cov-enant marriage would sign a
declaration of intent and undergo at least eight hours of counseling.
Should they later seek to divorce, they would have to undergo
additional counseling and sit through a longer waiting period
for no-fault divorce.
similar measure in Louisiana has resulted in a lower divorce rate,
says U.Va. sociology professor Steven Nock, and also has an economic
current arrangement of no-fault divorce leaves many women and
children abandoned and poor, he said. One in three
divorces result in a woman and children in poverty.
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, Feb. 5