Nov. 21-Dec. 4, 2003
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Stanford’s Neuman appointed University Architect
New garage eases parking crunch
Children’s fitness clinic opens at U.Va.
Wafers used to treat recurring pituitary tumors

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Volcanic eruptions may trigger El Niño
U.Va. not complaining about Isabel’s impact
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The Good Doctor
Hear, hear
When language skills fail
‘The Moon Has No Home’
Artisans’ Bazaar Back For Another Season

Headlines @ U.Va.

Artist to patron: Do not touch
The federal Visual Artists Rights Act protects artwork from destruction at the hands of its owners. But does that include the setting for that art? That’s the question at issue in a dispute between artist David Phillips and Fidelity Investments. Phillips designed and built a sculpture garden for a Fidelity office building in coastal Massachusetts. Fidelity later proposed to move a sculpture and alter a pathway; Phillips objected, claiming that the sculpture and the setting were all part of his design. U.Va. law professor Thomas Nachbar predicts that a Phillips victory would cause a chilling effect on public art. “If you contract with someone to put a sculpture in your garden, that would effectively give control of your garden to the artist.”
Newsweek, Nov. 3

A tale of two Salems
Salem, Mass., makes a big deal of its association with the famous witch trials of 1692 — especially around Halloween, when the hoopla spurs tourism. But many are unaware that the central events really took place about five miles down the road. “It was the town now known as Danvers, once known as Salem Village, that was ground zero for the events of 1692,” says U.Va. religious studies professor Benjamin Ray, who has produced a Salem Witch Trials Web site. While Salem Town embraces the legacy, Danvers apparently takes a more dignified, historical-preservation approach. Ray’s site, which features historical records of the trials, is accepted as part of the effort, he says. “By and large, we’ve gotten incredible cooperation. Most people do know that a fire or flood could happen in their archive, and we need to back up these irreplaceable documents.”
Wired News, Nov. 4

Different strokes for different folks
Anyone who has ever set foot in a classroom when a teacher is addressing the whole class can tell that all of the students inside are rarely on the same page. While some may be learning, a few others may be hopelessly lost, while still others are bored. U.Va. education professor Carol Ann Tomlinson is credited with popularizing an approach to teaching called “differentiated instruction,” a method of teaching students of different abilities in a single classroom. It is all the rage in education circles these days, but critics argue that such an approach asks too much of teachers. Tomlinson is sympathetic, but maintains that differentiation is the only reasonable approach. “A student who fits our templates may be well served by school,” she said. “These days, too many students don’t fit those templates.”
New York Times, Nov. 9

Iraq gets unlikely aid
Earlier this year, a group of 17 former American POWs who were tortured after being captured in the 1991 Gulf War won a nearly $1 billion judgment against the former Iraqi government, to be deducted from assets frozen in this country. Imagine their shock when the U.S. government successfully challenged the verdict, arguing that the assets were needed to help rebuild Iraq. “This was a major human rights decision,” said the plaintiffs’ attorney, John Norton Moore, director of U.Va.’s Center for National Security Law. “It never occurred to me in my wildest dreams that I would then see our government coming in on the side of Saddam Hussein and his regime to absolve them of responsibility for the brutal torture of Americans.” Appeals are pending.
New York Times, Nov. 10


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