Digest U.Va. News Daily
by Peggy Harrison
students (left-right) Amanda Penabad, Meghan Moore and Diane
Cole help with a landscape project at Venable Elementary School
on Sept. 6, efforts that were part of U.Va.'s SERVE program.
First-year students SERVE community
Instead of sleeping in on a Saturday morning, more than 100 first-year
students got up Sept. 6 and devoted the morning to community service.
SERVE, a one-day program organized by students with help from
the Office of Orientation and New Student Programs, introduces
first-years to the range of community service opportunities in
the Charlottesville area. SERVE volunteers went to local schools,
libraries and nonprofits, and they ended the day with a cookout
and community service fair on Newcomb plaza. (Sept. 11)
network accelerates research
The details are inscrutable to most observers, but the significance
of the National LambdaRail project is clear: The highest-speed
computing network will allow member institutions including
the University of Virginia to enhance their competitiveness
in the global research environment. Plans for the network, and
a statewide partnership to bring a regional node to Northern Virginia,
were announced Sept. 16.
War Web site expands offerings
History buffs can now indulge themselves with thousands of new
original documents on life during the Civil War for the men and
women of Augusta County, Va., and Franklin County, Pa. The Virginia
Center for Digital History has released a new version of its award-winning
Web site, The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the
American Civil War.
of Medicine part of Middle Atlantic Biodefense Research Initiative
U.Va.s School of Medicine is one of the participants in
the Middle Atlantic Regional Centers of Excellence for Biodefense
and Emerging Infectious Diseases. One focus: developing vaccines
against anthrax and smallpox and emerging infectious diseases
such as the West Nile virus. U.Va. researchers will receive a
substantial amount of funding for research of anthrax, tularemia,
cryptosporidia and the pox virus.