Oct. 10-23, 2003
Vol. 33, Issue 18
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Milky Way a galactic cannibal
Pease drumming up interest in band
Board targets funding for pay, research
IATH symposium eyes past and future
New York couple funds expansion of Architecture School

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‘In the Presence’ offers new look at Civil War
Music graduate students reach out to peers
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Board opens housing discussion
New health plan offers options

Faculty Actions from the October BOV meeting

U.Va. endowment performance second in nation
Werhane to receive Women’s Center Zintl Award
Board approves moving Varsity Hall
International scholars to discuss religion, justice and violence
Civil Rights leader Dorothy Height to Speak Oct. 10
From reading to painting, volunteers reach out during Day of Caring

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Milky Way a galactic cannibal
Study shows galaxy is growing, gobbling up neighboring star system

By Fariss Samarrai

Chicken Little was right. The sky is falling. Thousands of stars stripped from the nearby Sagittarius dwarf galaxy are streaming through our vicinity of the Milky Way galaxy, according to a new view of the local universe constructed by a team of astronomers from the University of Virginia and the University of Massachusetts.

Using volumes of data from the Two-Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS), a major project to survey the sky in infrared light led by the University of Massachusetts, the astronomers are answering questions that have baffled scientists for decades and proving that our own Milky Way is consuming one of its neighbors in a dramatic display of ongoing galactic cannibalism.

The study, to be published in the Dec. 20 issue of the Astrophysical Journal, is the first to map the full extent of the Sagittarius galaxy and show in visually vivid detail how its debris wraps around and passes through our Milky Way. Sagittarius is 10,000 times smaller in mass than the Milky Way, so it is getting stretched out, torn apart and gobbled up by the bigger Milky Way. Full story.

Pease drumming up interest in band

William Pease By Jane Ford

William Pease has a game plan for U.Va.’s new marching band, but coming up with the plays will be up to the students.

During a visit to Grounds in late September, Pease told more than 50 students that he is looking to them and others to take leadership roles.

Students will be involved in all areas: deciding when practices are held; acting as section leaders, color guard captains and drum majors; designing drills; selecting and composing music; helping select instruments; setting up a Web site; writing the rule book; and helping decide what the uniforms will look like. Full story.

Board targets funding for pay, research

By Carol Wood

Following a difficult three years laden with hefty state budget cuts and no state salary increases, the University’s Board of Visitors delivered some good news Saturday morning during its policy discussion on compensation and research issues.

First came approval of $3.5 million (which includes benefits) for targeted faculty and classified staff salary adjustments, to be effective Nov. 25. These are in addition to the 2.25 percent increase already authorized by the state.

Second was approval to invest $60 million for research, including $40 million, in concept, for the first phase of a creative initiative meant to bolster the University’s status as a top-ranked research institution, and $20 million toward construction of MR-6, the planned medical research facility that already had been earmarked to receive state bond referendum funds of $24.2 million. Full story.



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