diversity center invites participation
A new diversity center is scheduled to open in Newcomb Hall in
February. The center is intended to be a place where the University
community can learn about, examine and come to appreciate diversity
in all its forms. To build community spirit around the center,
the planning committee invites faculty, staff and students to
submit ideas for a name for the new center as well as share their
paintings or drawings, sculpture, photography, poetry, prose,
drama and short films. Both performance and visual art will be
featured in the new space. To learn more and to submit ideas,
see www.virginia.edu/newcombhall or e-mail email@example.com.
Legislative forum will be Jan. 9
The University’s Office of State Governmental Relations
will host its annual community forum Jan. 9 at noon in the Newcomb
Hall Ballroom. Local legislators Sen. Creigh Deeds, Del. Mitch
Van Yahres, Del. Rob B. Bell III and Del. R. Steven Landes, plus
University President John T. Casteen III, will share viewpoints
about the issues facing the 2004 General Assembly, including those
that impact the future of higher education, the Health System
and other state and local community matters. Time will be reserved
for questions from the audience. Contact Brian Prescott at 924-3349
if you have questions.
• Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov. 27 and 28
New Year’s Holiday
Dec. 31-Jan. 1
The last edition of Inside UVA this semester will be delivered
Dec. 5. The deadline for that issue is Nov. 25. The newsletter
will resume its regular schedule with the Jan. 16 issue.
doctors and cardiac care make the list
The U.Va. Health System’s cardiology and heart surgery program
has been selected as one of the nation’s 100 best, according
to “100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success
Study for 2003” by Solucient.
In addition, 46 U.Va. doctors are listed in the 2003 edition of
“America’s Top Doctors.” More than 250,000 physicians
were surveyed and asked to nominate the top people in their specialties
and in related fields. Extensive research of the nominees resulted
in a highly selective list of the nation’s top specialists.
Laws to head surgeons’ group
Dr. Edward R. Laws, professor of neurosurgery, internal medicine
and pediatrics at the Health System, has been elected by the American
College of Surgeons to be president-elect of the association,
founded in 1913 to improve the care of surgical patients. He takes
office as president in October 2004. Laws will be the third U.Va.
physician to head the ACS, following in the footsteps of Dr. R.
Scott Jones and Dr. William H. Muller Jr.
Darden appoints head of NoVa initiative
John May, founder of New Vantage Group, has been appointed director
of Darden’s Northern Virginia Initiative, effective Jan.
1. The part-time faculty appointment broadens his existing association
with the Darden School. An Arlington native, May currently serves
as a Batten Fellow, lecturing, conducting research and consulting
on angel investing at Darden and the Law School. His new role
encompasses responsibility for Northern Virginia activities throughout
“John’s background and experience in Northern Virginia
over the last two decades will be a great advantage as we pursue
educational programs … and other ways to help broaden Darden’s
reach and influence in the area,” said Robert Harris, dean
of the Darden School.
awarded for safety
The University Police Department was recognized for its traffic
safety activities with a third-place award from the International
Association of Chiefs of Police, and a second-place award from
the Virginia chapter. The Chief’s Challenge awards, as they
are called, are given to departments for their work in traffic
enforcement, specifically occupant protection, impaired driving
and speed enforcement.
The U.Va. police provide education about safe seat-belt usage,
including instruction on how to buckle children in their safety
seats properly, as well as about accident reduction and the dangers
Nursing faculty recognized
The School of Nursing’s Alumni Association presented several
awards during the Family Weekend celebration Nov. 1. Richard Steeves,
an associate professor who has been at U.Va. since 1992, received
the Distinguished Professor Award for his teaching and research
bereavement. Associate Professor Shelley Huffstutler, director
of the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program, received the Excellence
in Teaching Award. The first Faculty Leadership Award went to
associate professor Suzanne Burns, who is described as the cornerstone
of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program.
Employee assistance on the Web
The Faculty and Employee Assistance Program has updated its Web
site to provide more information about its comprehensive services.
Among the features are self-assessment tools for conditions such
as anxiety and depression, eldercare services available to employees
taking care of a parent, guidelines for supervisors in managing
their employees and FEAP newsletters. There are also links to
online resources. See http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/.
books needed in Baghdad
A medical unit in Baghdad is in need of emergency training manuals
and medical books. The unit needs these books to train new medics
and to use for reference. The following list has been requested,
but any book on emergency care with photographic illustration
would be welcome. Contact MaryEllen Wooten at Mew7@rlc.net or
call (434) 295-7944.
• “Taber’s Cyclopedia Medical Dictionary,”
by Donald Venes
•“The American Red Cross First Aid and Safety Handbook,”
by K. Handal
•“Merck Manual Diagnosis and Therapy,” by Mark
•“Atlas of Human Anatomy,” 3rd edition, by Frank
H. Netter, John T. Hansen
•“Tactical Emergency Care: Military and Operational
Out of Hospital Medicine”
•“Davis Drug Guide,” 8th edition
•“EMT-Basic Transparencies,” 1st edition
•“Army Special Forces Medical Handbook”
•“Physicians Desk Reference,” 2004 or any edition
• Gray’s “Anatomy”
Need a teaching refresher?
Mark your calendars, teaching faculty: As you think ahead to the
spring semester, don’t forget about the Teaching Resource
Center’s annual Teaching Workshop, to be held Jan. 12 in
Ruffner Hall. See the program and pre-register online at trc.virginia.edu/Workshops/JTW04.htm.
Questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student housing expands option
For students who want to live on Grounds next year, the process
includes one major change over previous years. First-year students
will now be able to apply for on-Grounds housing earlier than
in the past. Previously, the later deadline often caused first-years
to feel pressured to secure off-Grounds housing. Complete details
about the options and upcoming deadlines are on the Housing Division’s
Web site at www.virginia.edu
expands education programs
Blandy Experimental Farm, a research station for environmental
sciences located near Winchester, will enhance its educational
programs thanks to a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library
In the first part of the two-year project, Curry faculty and students
will evaluate Blandy’s current programs and identify needed
A team of K-12 teachers will participate in the evaluation process
to help ensure that school programs fit seamlessly with classroom
teaching. The grant will enable Blandy to provide new programs
and materials to schools. A new online registration form will
be developed to make scheduling more efficient.
Blandy, home of the State Arboretum of Virginia, serves approximately
5,000 students in grades K-12. Its programs focus on the natural
world and are designed to meet Virginia’s Standards of Learning.
No ads allowed
The University Policy Committee recently approved a new advertising
policy for Web sites within the virginia.edu domain. It disallows
advertising at any level but allows some recognition of corporate
sponsorships. The state’s Secretary of Technology office
is working on a similar policy to comply with IRS regulations
concerning tax-exempt status. The policy is posted at www.virginia.edu/uva
More kudos for CardioVillage
CardioVillage, a cardiovascular medical education Web site launched
and sponsored by the U.Va. School of Medicine, has won its fourth
national award. CardioVillage received the 2003 eHealthcare Award
from eHealthcare Strategy and Trends in the category of Best Healthcare
Content for Physicians and Clinicians. An independent panel of
experts selected the site, found online at www.cardiovillage.com,
surveyed on violence
The Sexual Assault Education Office is conducting a survey of
students regarding sexual assault and domestic violence. The survey,
sent to a randomly selected group of U.Va. students over 18, including
female and male undergraduate and graduate students, questions
recipients about their attitudes, understanding and experiences
of the topics. To be completed by mid-December, the survey’s
findings will be released next semester.
“We hope it will help improve the University’s responses
education more effectively,” said Claire Kaplan, director
of the Sexual
Assault Education Office in the U.Va. Women’s Center. Several
groups on Grounds are supporting the project, including the U.Va.
police department, the Vice President for Student Affairs office
and Student Council.
McCurdy awarded for book
Charles W. McCurdy’s book, “The Anti-Rent Era in New
York Law and Politics, 1839-1865,” has been selected to
receive the Order of the Coif Triennial Book Award from the Association
of American Law Schools. McCurdy has a joint appointment in the
history department, where he serves as chairman, and in the School
of Law. The award, which McCurdy shares with Edward Purcell of
New York University, recognizes works published during the designated
three-year period that show creative talent of the highest order.
McCurdy’s book was published by the University of North
Carolina Press in 2001.
Registrar has new Web site
The Registrar’s office is not just for students. Faculty
and staff will find quick access on its new Web site, at www.virginia.edu/
registrar, to resources on course catalogs, grading, advising
students, classroom reservation, transcripts and other academic
that exhibit to go
An innovative new educational outreach program at the University
Art Museum will help area youngsters gain insight into the culture
and life of 17th-century Japan. The “Museum to Go”
program makes available for loan boxes of artifacts relating to
Japanese culture depicted in the museum’s exhibition, “The
Moon Has No Home: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Collection,”
which opens Nov. 22 and runs through March 7.
The artifact boxes, which are replicas of steamer trunks, will
include items depicted in the prints, such as puppets, eating
and tea ceremony utensils, clothing and instruments.
Terry Kita, a Washington-based elementary school teacher and wife
of the exhibition’s co-curator, Sandy Kita, created three
artifact boxes and accompanying educational materials for the
For details, call Jane Anne Young, director of education, at 924-7142.
• Leroy Martin, 61, died Nov. 10. He was a retired U.Va.
• Dana Ross Clyman, 51, died Nov. 11. He was an associate
professor at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.
• U.Va. alumnus Charles L. Brown died Nov. 12 at 82. He
was campaign vice chairman and chairman of the National Leadership
Gifts Council in the University’s most recent fund-raising
campaign. Brown also served on the Board of Visitors in the 1980s.
He graduated in 1943 with a bachelor’s of science in electrical
engineering and went on to become chairman and CEO of AT&T.
• Dr. James Walter Stone, 79, of Charlottesville, died Nov.
15. A 1953 U.Va. Medical School graduate, Stone had a private
pediatrics practice in Lynchburg until 1975 when he returned to
Charlottesville. Stone worked in the Department of Student Health
and the McCue Center until his retirement in 1993.
of Love ceremony set for Dec. 14
The annual “Lights of Love” tree lighting ceremony
will be held Dec. 14 at 2:30 p.m. in the University Hospital’s
main lobby. A light can be dedicated in memory of a loved one
or to recognize doctors, nurses or anyone who has offered help
and made someone’s life a little better. Individuals can
dedicate a light for the holiday tree by donating as little as
U.Va. athletic director Craig Littlepage will be the master of
ceremonies, the Brownsville Elementary School Chorus will perform
seasonal music and Santa will be on hand.
Each year the U.Va. Hospital Auxiliary, which sponsors the Lights
of Love program, selects a beneficiary within the Medical Center.
This year’s recipient will be the Children’s Medical
Center’s otolaryngology department. The funds will provide
loaner hearing aids and assistive listening devices to young patients.
For information, call the Volunteer Services and Auxiliary Office
Don’t forget Health Plan changes
The open enrollment period for employees to make changes to their
health plans ends Dec. 12. Employees must choose one of the new
programs, Direct Access or Point of Service, or they will be switched
automatically to the Direct Access program.
More information is available online at: www.hrs.virginia.edu/
openenroll.html. The benefits office has a few more
information sessions to explain details and answer questions:
Nov. 24, 9 a.m.
Newcomb Hall Commonwealth Room
Nov. 25, 3 p.m.
Facilities Management, Lunch/Break Room
Dec. 2, 4 p.m.
Medical Center Camp Heart Auditorium
Dec. 11, 10 a.m.
Newcomb Hall Commonwealth Room