Oct. 24-Nov. 6, 2003
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Duty in Iraq gives nurse new sense of mission
Time to debunk the adage that children should be seen, not heard
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Headlines @ U.Va.

Nursing School aims to deepen, diversify nursing pool

Grant to help U.Va. develop historical preservation plan
Meetings scheduled on U.Va. health plan changes
Honor System needs to be overhauled, Bloomfield tells Faculty Senate
Volunteering is Madison House passion
Board sends message with salary hikes
Lawmakers back higher education but can’t agree on how to pay for it
Tracking the railroad
Nov. 20 resource fair welcomes new faculty and staff
Writer Francine Prose comes to U.Va.
Teen grad students excel in academics

Headlines @ U.Va.

U.S., Vietnam finding common ground
International politics makes for strange bedfellows. Witness the U.S. and communist Vietnam, which are set to explore military cooperation in the coming months. The new ties are motivated by a desire to contain terrorism in Southeast Asia and to limit China’s regional influence. The efforts will also reinforce the nations’ growing trade relationship, notes Brantly Womack, an Asia expert in U.Va.’s politics department. “Thirty years after American troops pulled out of Vietnam, there is still a vein of hostility in American attitudes toward Vietnam, and the [Vietnamese] government will seize any opportunity to reduce that hostility and stabilize a peaceful relationship with the U.S.,” Womack said.
San Jose [Calif.] Mercury News, Oct. 3

Milani battles stereotypes
Ask an ignorant American what a Muslim person is like, and you’ll likely get a stereotyped image of a bearded Middle Eastern man in a flowing robe and head scarf screaming anti-American slogans, or of a veiled, submissive woman hiding in the shadows. Farzaneh Milani, professor of Middle Eastern languages and cultures, spends much of her time combating those images. She recently addressed audiences at U.Va.’s College at Wise, and noted that there are 1.2 billion Muslims worldwide — one in every five people. “In view of such a magnificent number — and the vast number of cultures — how can you talk about a typical Muslim man or woman? Such a person does not exist. An Islam uniform in its policies and goals has never existed,” she said.
Kingsport [Tenn.] Times-News, Oct. 3

Testing the limits
It was called Operation Whitecoat — a Cold War-era, U.S. biological warfare program for which 2,300 Seventh-day Adventist soldiers volunteered as test subjects rather than participating in combat duty, which violates their religious beliefs. The soldiers were deliberately exposed to a variety of exotic germs, then observed for their reaction. Jonathan D. Moreno, director of U.Va.’s Center for Bioethics, has written extensively about Whitecoat, and says such experimentation, once viewed unthinkable, is better understood in the post-Sept. 11 era. As an example, he pointed to recent moves to inoculate health-care workers against smallpox, despite the risk of severe or even fatal side-effects. “Before Sept. 11, people were aghast at the idea of exposing people deliberately to diseases,” he said. “Now there’s a lot more understanding.”
Baltimore Sun, Oct. 5

No trust in trusts
There is a movement nationwide to preserve unspoiled land by placing it in irrevocable trusts. Landowners receive tax breaks and “emotional satisfaction,” says Julia D. Mahoney, a U.Va. law professor. But she fears the long-term effects. “Future generations either will be stuck with the land preservation choices made by their forbears, which will almost certainly fail to reflect contemporary cultural values and advances in ecological science, or will have to expend resources to extinguish, or at the very least renegotiate” the trusts, she said.
New York Times, Oct. 12

Colleges rethink thinking
Some institutions of higher education are losing their focus on teaching intellectual skills in favor of an emphasis on job training, charges Margaret Miller, a Curry School professor who is director of the National Forum on College Level Learning. “Students and institutions are more and more focused on the vocational — at a high level, but vocational nonetheless,” she said. “But producing a group of non-reflective highly competent technicians is something we want to avoid if we want a functioning society.” Her group is urging universities to re-emphasize critical thinking skills in their curricula.
Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 14


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