April 25-May 8, 2003
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Smiths give $22 million for the arts
SARS, war cancel trips
General Faculty Council celebrates with forum
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Following the rules pays off
The Right Stuff -- U.Va. teachers honored for inspirational work
Graduate teaching assistants honored by Seven Society
Sundberg open house May 7
U21 plans first global education offering
Grad students pitch in
‘Foley’ to be performed and discussed
Important year-end dates
Learn about Muslim Americans
Re-Imagining Ireland

U.Va. News Daily


Kennedy, Rehnquist offer peek at Supreme Court
Proximity to Washington has its benefits. Earlier this month, U.Va. Law School’s Caplin Auditorium hosted appearances by U.S. Supreme Court justices on back-to-back days. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who received the Thomas Jefferson Medal in Law, chided Congress for playing politics with federal bench nominations. Chief Justice William Rehnquist delivered the Henry J. Abraham Distinguished Lecture, warning against justices taking on official duties outside the court. (Top News Daily, April 17)

Dean of Admission Jack Blackburn (right) greets prospective students and family members during Days on the Lawn.
Photo by Peggy Harrison
Dean of Admission Jack Blackburn (right) greets prospective students and family members during Days on the Lawn, a program that gives seniors accepted to U.Va. their first taste of college life.

U.Va. offers admission to 5,661 applicants
College-bound high school seniors formerly engaged in a springtime mailbox-watching ritual, awaiting the fat or thin envelopes that announced the results of their applications. These days, the ritual has changed: More and more are logging on to Web sites to learn their fate. At U.Va., where decisions were mailed — and posted online — March 28, the number of electronic applications more than doubled this year. (Top News Daily, April 10)

Laptops stolen
U.Va.’s community of trust took a hit recently when 14 laptops were reported stolen from Alderman Library. The laptops were available for loan to students doing research in the library. Their disappearance comes at a particularly bad time, as students are scrambling to complete end-of-semester projects. (Top News Daily, April 18-20)

Sky survey: Wealth of images and data
Space may be limitless, but astronomy professor Michael Skrutskie and his colleagues have defined a good portion of our celestial neighborhood. They announced recently that the most thorough, high-resolution survey of the entire sky is now available online. Much of the work of the Two-Micron All-Sky Survey was done at Skrutskie’s previous post, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. (Top News Daily, April 8)

The Crab Nebula, above, is “one of the most spectacular and intensively studied stars in the sky,” according to the online sky survey at: www.ipac.caltech.edu/2mass/
. This image is one of an atlas of about 5 million pictures from the online survey.



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