Emergency Web site
The FBI informed federal officials this week that al-Qaida is
looking at colleges and other locations that are considered poorly
defended as possible targets for terrorist attacks. U.Va.s
Emergency/Critical Incident Web site serves as a source for news,
warnings, emergency telephone numbers and facts about being prepared
in the event of a disaster, including a terrorist attack: www.virginia.edu/emergency/
estimates show Fairfax over 1m mark
The total number of Virginia residents is growing steadily in
the first decade of the 21st century, and for the first time in
the states history, the population of a single locality
Fairfax County may be more than 1 million. New annual
estimates from the Universitys Weldon Cooper Center for
Public Service show Fairfax County at 1,006,300, more than twice
the 428,400 population of the states second-largest locality,
the city of Virginia Beach.
of the states growth is spreading from Northern Virginia
west along the Interstate 66 corridor and south along both U.S.
29 and Interstate 95. Loudoun County, growing at 21.3 percent
between 2000 and 2002, is the states fastest-growing locality.
Growth is also occurring in the Interstate 64 corridor between
Charlottesville and Richmond, said Julia H. Martin, director of
Southside, Southwest Virginia, the western Shenandoah Valley and
the Northern Neck in the east all are losing population.
on team proposing World Trade center design
Architecture professor William Morrish is on the international
Think team that is one of two finalists for a design
proposal for rebuilding the World Trade Center site. The proposal
for a World Cultural Center incorporates cultural and educational
centers in two steel lattice towers and includes plans for four
memorials at various levels and parks and commercial development
at the edges of the site.
Morrish will speak informally about the Think proposal April 7
(time and place to be announced).
Center gets new COO
Margaret M. Van Bree has been appointed chief operations officer
for the Medical Center, effective this month. Van Bree, who has
more than 15 years experience in hospital administration
at academic medical centers, will be responsible for overseeing
Medical Center operations.
joining U.Va., Van Bree served as senior vice president and chief
operating officer at Fairview-University Medical Center and Childrens
Hospital in Minneapolis from 1999 to 2002. She has held management
and academic leadership positions at Tulane University Hospital
and Clinic, Columbia Lakeside Hospital, University of Cincinnati
Hospital and West Virginia University Hospital. She received her
Ph.D. in public health from Tulane.
for a few good faculty leaders
A committee has been formed to conduct a nationwide search for
vice president of research and graduate studies, which Dr. Ariel
Gomez currently holds on an interim basis.
Brautigan, director of the Center for Cell Signaling and a microbiology
professor, is chairman of the committee. Other members are: Anita
Jones, professor of engineering; Dr. Arthur Tim Garson,
vice president and dean of the School of Medicine; Milton Brown,
assistant professor of chemistry; Karen Van Lengen, dean of the
School of Architecture; George Hornberger, associate dean for
the sciences in the College; Richard Miksad, dean of the School
of Engineering and Applied Science; Tom Skalak, professor and
chairman of biomedical engineering; Robert Sweeney, senior vice
president for development and public affairs; and Yoke San Reynolds,
vice president for finance.
from U.Va. and outside institutions are encouraged to apply. U.Va.
faculty may also submit nominations. Send names of possible candidates
to Frank DiGiacomo at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lea Moore email@example.com.
The process is expected to be completed this spring. For details,
position for an assistant dean of students is also open, to begin
July 1. This assistant dean will have special responsibility for
providing support to and advocacy on behalf of Asian-American
and Asian-Pacific-American students and student organizations.
The job includes identifying students needs and implementing
programs and services. An important component will be helping
lead efforts in building diversity, including possibly teaching
in the area of Asian-American studies.
should include a letter of interest specifically addressing the
position, a current resume and the names and contact information
of three professional references. Send materials to: Assistant
Dean Search Committee, Office of the Dean of Students/ Orientation
and New Student Programs, P.O. Box 400181.
College also offers two opportunities for U.Va. faculty to make
an impact on undergraduates experience, with positions beginning
in August. Applications are due by Feb. 28.
of studies: advises and oversees student governance and assists
in all Brown College programs. The position is half-time, with
a contract for up to three years. The director will maintain an
affiliation with a home department or program.
Resident faculty fellow: takes part in the Brown College community,
including frequent common meals and participating in or helping
lead cultural and social programs. Housing provides an apartment
in the residential college, with rent partially subsidized.
details, contact Carl Trindle, principal of Brown College, at
P. O. Box 610 Newcomb Station, Brown College.
developing software for medical records
Medical software must ensure the privacy of patients medical
records while providing health professionals with access. Its
a tough job thats about to get tougher. In April, a new
federal law will take effect that seeks to tighten the security
of medical records, said Alf Weaver, U.Va. professor of computer
There are myriad challenges in designing the system. It must be
flexible enough, for example, to cope with growing numbers of
patients, physicians and communication devices, as well as outside
specialists, pharmacists and insurance companies.
to a $250,000 grant from Microsoft Corp., Weaver and a team of
researchers will work over the next two years on the software,
which they plan to demonstrate in the U.Va. Health System in November
2004. The design will allow the software to be shared with other
institutions for testing, improvement and expansion, Weaver said.
Web site wins award
CardioVillage, the cardiovascular medical education Web site founded
and run by U.Va. cardiologists at the Health System, won its third
national award in the last year, the 2002 Medicine on the Net
Web Excellence Award.
in 1999, CardioVillage offers Web-based continuing medical education
for cardiologists and other healthcare professionals. The site
was recognized for its extensive information that is balanced,
accurate, well-organized and credible. The site enables physicians,
nurses and students to customize content to meet their individual
needs. Case presentations, tutorials and courses include interactive
imagery and self-assessments that enrich and reinforce learning.
site, found online at www.cardiovillage.com, won an honorable
mention for outstanding content by a hospital or health system.
The award was sponsored by COR Health LLC, an international publishing
all actors and an ace in-line skater
The Heritage Repertory Theatre has set the lineup for its 30th
summer of entertainment, and auditions are scheduled for Feb.
include the award-winning plays, How to Succeed in Business
Without Really Trying, Crimes of the Heart,
The Last Night of Ballyhoo and the musical gala, Return
to the Forbidden Planet.
the Helms Theatre, HRT will stage the play, Fully Committed.
are available in all shows. For Return to the Forbidden
Planet, HRT is looking for singers and dancers who can also
play musical instruments, and one man who is an ace in-line skater.
with engineering at open house
Who knew that JELL-O was the stuff of science? The colorful dessert
will help demonstrate protein diffusion in gels, a process used
by the pharmaceutical industry to purify drugs.The demonstration
is one of many planned for the annual open house at the Universitys
School of Engineering and Applied Science.
event, which is free and open to the public, is especially suited
to middle-school and high-school students interested in science
and technology. The open house will be held at the Engineering
School Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student-led tours will be
held throughout the day. Free parking will be available in the
lot behind the engineering school.
registration is requested, but visitors may also register that
day in the lobby of Thornton Hall. Online registration is available
on the Web at http://www.seas.virginia.edu/openhouse.
Several U.Va. employees and departments were recognized for their
volunteer service in this years Combined Virginia Campaign.
The vice president for development and public affairs: With a
98 percent participation rate, the unit won the Jean Holiday Award
for greatest participation per vice presidential area.
For largest average gift per vice presidential area: The Office
of the President won the Hovey Dabney Award.
The Wahoowa Award, for greatest increase in participation: The
award went to the School of Nursing, up 23 percent from a year
The Campaign Spirit Award was given to the offices of the vice
president for management and budget and the vice president for
David Cattell-Gordon, director of community relations for the
Cancer Center, received the Heart and Soul Award.
Individual spirit awards went to Cleva Maggio, Medical Center;
Leanna Marshall, Patient Financial Services; Tina Jones, School
of Medicine; Cathy Dean, Engineering School; Susan Levine, Darden
School; Celestia Hollen, Arts & Sciences; Joyce Chewning,
Facilities Management; Peggy Smith, Development; John Gress, Plastic
Surgery; Bill Fornadel and Susan Fogler, Continuing and Professional
Studies; and Dana Rivera, Community Relations.
U.Va. Volunteer Service Award for the United Ways Laurence
E. Richardson Day of Caring, given for the greatest
participation per vice presidential area, went to the vice president
for management and budget group, spearheaded by Facilities Management.
The Medical Center won the U.Va. Volunteer Spirit Award, and individual
spirit awards were given to Chris Willis of Facilities Management
and Gloria Smith of the Medical Center.
to discuss consumer culture
Sometimes it seems like everything is for sale, doesnt it?
Perhaps it is. U.Va.s Institute for Advanced Studies in
Culture is sponsoring a spring speakers series titled The
Commodification of Everything to consider whether this extreme
marketplace philosophy will lead society to good ends or strip
away many of its highest values. The program will shed light on
the forces that are driving society to transform almost everything
from education to religion into objects for sale.
All discussions, open to the public, will be at 3:30 p.m. in Minor
first two events are:
13. Juliet Schor, Boston College. From Cool to Commodified:
Targeting the American Child.
27. George Ritzer, University of Maryland. The McDonaldization
or call 924-7705.
David St. John here as Rea Visiting Writer
David St. John, award-winning poet and professor of English at
the University of Southern California, will present a reading
and a talk as this semesters Rea Visiting Writer in poetry.
John, whose newest book, Prism, was published last
year, will read from his work at 8 p.m. Feb. 25 in the U.Va. Bookstore.
His talk on the craft of poetry will be at 4 p.m. Feb. 27 in the
Newcomb Hall Commonwealth Room. During the week, hell also
meet with students in the creative writing program. For details,