Warner to speak at graduation
John Warner, a 27-year veteran of the U.S.
Senate, will deliver the University’s Commencement Address
May 16 on the Lawn. A 1953 graduate of the U.Va. School of Law,
Warner will speak at 10 a.m. during Final Exercises before more
than 30,000 anticipated students and guests.
Warner, a Virginia Republican, was elected to his fifth Senate
in 2002. In 1956, he was appointed an assistant U.S. attorney,
and from 1960 to 1969, he was in private law practice, specializing
securities and corporate cases.
1944, Warner voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was released
from active duty in July 1946, and earned a bachelor’s degree
basic engineering from Washington and Lee University in 1949.
He completed his law degree at U.Va. in 1953 after a second tour
of active military duty in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Atiim Kiambu (Tiki) Barber, a professional football player and
a 1997 graduate of U.Va.’s Commerce School, will address
the Class of 2004 at Valediction Exercises May 15 on the Lawn.
Garber elected to NAE
Nicholas J. Garber, professor and chairman of the University’s
civil engineering department, was among 76 new members elected
Feb. 13 to the National Academy of Engineering, which cited his
research and teaching contributions.
On the Engineering School faculty since 1980, Garber is a fellow
of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of the
Institute of Transportation Engineers. In 2002, he received awards
from the Engineering School and the civil engineering department.
A member of the Center for Transportation Studies, he has worked
with particular emphasis on intelligent transportation systems,
speed management on high-speed roads, work zones and large truck
growth of insulin-producing cells
Researchers want to find out if it’s possible to “turn
on” cells of the body to produce insulin, potentially helping
millions of diabetics worldwide. Dr. Raghu Mirmira, assistant
professor in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, received
a five-year, $912,000 grant from the American Diabetes Association
to investigate how insulin-producing cells form. Research shows
that all forms of diabetes result from the impaired ability of
pancreatic beta cells to produce enough insulin.
Update Windows protection
All Windows users should protect themselves against security holes
by running Windows Update at windows update.microsoft.com and
installing all critical updates, unless your local computing support
person has told you this is being handled centrally. ITC now offers
a free service that provides participating workstations with automated
Microsoft critical updates; see www.itc.virginia.edu/microsys/patchmanagement.html
and check with your support person to see if this is in place
in your area, except for systems handled by Health System Computing
Services. To join, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hospital sets up cyber cafEs
Take a break at a cyber café — a computer station
— in the cafeterias of the University Hospital or in the
Magnolia Room in the old hospital, called the West Complex. Set
up for Medical Center employees, the 12 computer stations allow
users to check e-mail, work on training at a NetLearning Web site
or find out about classes and other Health System news. Other
cyber cafes are in the eighth-floor staff lounge, the seventh-floor
central playroom, nutrition room G602, environmental services
room G517, the third-floor central dayroom, and rooms 4814, 5505
group oversees student elections
The official campaign period for student elections began Feb.
19 with a new twist – a new group called the University
Board of Elections is conducting the elections process for Student
Council, the Honor Committee, the University Judiciary Committee,
class councils and other student organizations.
After controversies arose during last year’s election for
Student Council president, the student body approved formation
of the University Board of Elections in a November referenda.
An autonomous body consisting of 11 students, the UBE has established
new rules, a Web site and an automated voting system designed
by ITC. Fourth-year student Brian Cook is chairing the UBE.
Voting runs March 2-4.
Three new managers join Art Museum
Claire Holman Thompson has returned to the U.Va. Art Museum to
be director of development. Thompson, who held this position in
1999, earned her bachelor’s degree from Scripps College,
and her master’s degrees from U.Va.
Andrea Douglas is curator of collections and exhibitions, filling
a position vacated by the retirement of Suzanne Foley. Douglas
received her bachelors’ degree from Mount Holyoke College,
a master’s degree from SUNY, Binghamton, and master’s
and Ph.D. degrees in art history from U.Va. Douglas is also serving
as curator of the special exhibition, “Carrie Mae Weems:
The Jefferson Suite”, which opens March 24. She also teaches
in the Art Department.
Jena Leake is the new director of Summer Arts @ the Museum, replacing
Jennifer Van Winkle. Leake, who has a master’s degree from
Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., was curator of education
for Gallery Stratford, Ontario; a youth arts teacher for ArtReach
in Charlottesville; and an expressive arts therapist in Charlottesville
Awards and achievements of U.Va. faculty and staff
• Robert S. Harris, dean of the Darden Graduate School of
Business Administration, will chair the Graduate Business Foundation’s
Deans Advisory Panel through 2005. The panel provides strategic
guidance to the foundation as it serves its primary stakeholders,
student government leaders at 50 of the world’s top graduate
• With a grant from the National Headache Foundation, Dr.
Anne Mounsey, co-director of the Family Medicine Clerkship at
the School of Medicine, will run a pilot program with a new curriculum
for medical students on how to treat severe headaches. Data shows
that this disease, which can be significantly debilitating, continues
to be under-diagnosed and under-treated.
• Jeanette Lancaster, dean of the School of Nursing, received
the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Government
Affairs 2003 Grassroots Star Award.
• Dr. David Bruns, a professor in the School of Medicine’s
Department of Pathology, is the new president-elect of the Academy
of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists. He will take
the helm in June.
Give blood; supplies low
supplies are critically low in Charlottesville, in Virginia and
around the country. The Medical Center’s Clinical Laboratories
and Transfusion Service encourages everyone who is eligible to
become a regular blood donor.
Virginia Blood Services supplies blood products for local hospitals.
People do not have to wait for an organized blood drive; the Health
System has a donor room of its own available for donors throughout
the year. To make an appointment to donate or to find out when
and where a blood drive is, call (800) 989-4438.
Donation centers are located at the U.Va. Donor Center in suite
1206, Hospital West Complex, or at 2401 Hydraulic Road.
say no’ policy
The U.S. Department of Education requires that every institution
of higher education distribute its alcohol and other drug policy
annually, in writing, to every student and employee. The following
is a summary of the University’s alcohol and drug policy:
The University does not condone the illegal or otherwise irresponsible
use of alcohol and other drugs. No employee — including
full-time, part-time, wage and student workers — will report
to work while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
It is the responsibility of every member of the U.Va. community
to know the risks associated with substance use and abuse. This
responsibility obligates students and employees to know relevant
University policies and federal, state and local laws and to conduct
themselves in accordance with these laws and policies.
Information concerning substance use and abuse, plus treatment
and educational programming can be found in the Student Record
or online at www.virginia.edu/registrar/records/ugradrec//chapter5/chapter5-2.htm#alcohol.
Advanced training offered
Employees now have access to more than 1,300 Web-based computer
and professional development courses through a pilot program the
Human Resources Division of Training is offering in partnership
with ITC. NETg is supporting the program through a customized
“U.Va. NETgLearning” Web site.
As a complement to instructor-led classroom training, this capability
is expected to significantly increase the University’s ability
to support individual and group job performance and development
for staff, faculty and students at all levels.
For a one-time fee of $135 per person, University-affiliated employees
have access to NETgLearning for a year. Information about Netg
is available at www.hrs.virginia.edu/dot/netg/index.htm.
time for work/life balance
Learn to balance work and the rest of life by better understanding
yourself and others through the Faculty and Employee Assistance
Program’s Work/Life workshop.
From managing anger constructively to dealing with difficult people,
the program gives employees ways to improve communication in all
kinds of relationships.
A new, six-week session begins March 18, with weekly, one-hour
discussions starting at noon in Carruthers Hall conference room
E. Register by e-mail to dds4e@virginia.
Some workplace policies
During 2003, five policies were established through a recently
revamped process that improves efficiency. To access the information
online, visit www.virginia.edu/
• Web site advertising: Responds to the recent report by
the state Secretary of Technology on advertising and private sector
sponsorships on state Web sites. U.Va. Web pages must comply with
IRS regulations concerning tax-exempt status and advertising and
sponsorship. It was established to address the potential for conflict
of interest and to assure freedom from influence.
• Authorization of volunteers in the work place: For the
Commonwealth to provide legal defense and insurance protection
for our volunteers, there must be clear documentation of their
status as agents working
on behalf of U.Va.
• Determination of an award as a gift or sponsored project:
Establishes guidelines to determine if a revenue stream is a gift
or sponsored project in order to ensure that proposals are properly
submitted and awards are correctly processed.
• ID card policy: Provides guidelines for the issuance and
use of U.Va. identification cards and provides clarification on
who is eligible for one.
• Use of University aircraft: Sets guidelines for use of
the University’s airplane.
offers new teaching experience
The University Teaching Fellows Program aims to help successful
junior faculty members develop into exceptional teachers. Faculty
members may apply or be nominated by their department chairs.
Fellows receive a $7,000 research grant during the summer at the
end of their fellowship year to support them in developing one
or more new or existing undergraduate courses. The application
deadline is March 15.
“The University Teaching Fellows Program is uniquely valuable
junior faculty members wishing to improve their teaching experience
and balance their academic careers,” said one past recipient.
The program offers mentorship opportunities to explore innovative
and effective teaching technologies, strategies and course designs.
The program is meant to encourage interdisciplinary discussion
about a variety of teaching and professional issues, including
communicating with students and integrating teaching and research.
For details, see trc.virginia.edu/Programs/utfprogram.htm.
Fellowship for scholars of Jefferson
The International Center for Jefferson Studies at the Thomas Jefferson
Foundation/Monticello will be awarding a dissertation fellowship
of $12,000 for the academic year 2004-05. Dissertation fellows
must be nominated by their supervising professors; the deadline
is March 19.
If you or someone in your department knows an advanced graduate
student who sounds like an eligible candidate, forward a letter
of nomination, explaining the relevance and significance of the
project for your discipline and for Jefferson studies; the nominee’s
curriculum vitae; and a short dissertation prospectus of no more
than five pages to U.Va. history professor Peter Onuf, by e-mail
For information about the center, contact the director, Andrew
O’Shaughnessy, at 984-7500.
service law conference features Breyer
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will give the keynote
address at the fifth annual Conference on Public Service and the
Law, to be held Feb. 28 at the Law School. The symposium brings
attorneys and government officials together to survey the status
of legal issues relating to social justice. Breyer will deliver
the keynote address at 4:30 p.m. in Caplin Auditorium.
The conference features panel discussions on the reformation of
federal judicial appointments, the success of the “No Child
Left Behind” education program, abortion litigation, the
regulation of animals used in research, and how to balance privacy
interests and security concerns after Sept. 11. Workshops Feb.
27 will help law students find public service employment.
For information, visit www.student.virginia.edu/~law-conf/2004.
The University’s Blandy Experimental Farm has a range of
activities and special classes to get you ready for spring. From
pruning basics to beekeeping to dyeing Easter eggs, check out
the schedule at www.virginia.edu/blandy.
Most classes require reservations and fees. Blandy, a 700-acre
research facility, is located about 90 miles north of Charlottesville
• Helen Smith Holsinger, 82, of Charlottesville,
died Feb. 18. She was retired from the Department of Student Health,
where she had been a laboratory technician.
• Carolyn Marie Secor Duprey, 60, of Ruckersville,
died Feb. 15. Duprey was a fiscal technician at the School of
Engineering and Applied Science.
• Mary Randolph Berkeley, 93, of Charlottesville,
died Feb. 20. She was the administrative assistant to B.F.D. Runk,
former vice president of student affairs, and retired in 1973.