April 23-May 27, 2004
Vol. 34, Issue 8
Back Issues
IN THIS ISSUE
‘We want to see results!’
Board of Visitors calls for progress on diversity issues

NEWS BRIEFS
Graduation weekend approaches
Stay tuned for graduation edition
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Adams sees program review as an engine of progress
Senate to students: Reject lying and cheating in your midst
Headlines @ U.Va.
Faculty Actions
U.Va. digital history center reaches out to Virginia schools
It’s Personal: An aspiring group of teachers makes learning meaningful
Casteen: Budget stalemate won’t close University
Wise leadership
WHTJ marks Brown anniversary
Feast for the soul: Sufi devotional music of Pakistan
Talk to cover Health System’s master plan
Bowen urges ‘class-based affirmative action’
News Briefs

Graduation weekend approaches
The University’s 175th graduation ceremony will be held May 16,
beginning with the traditional procession from the Rotunda down the Lawn at 10 a.m. More than 30,000 students and guests are expected to attend.

John Warner, a 27-year veteran of the U.S.
Senate and a 1953 graduate of the U.Va. School of Law, will
deliver the commencement address.

Following the Lawn ceremony, the graduates will receive their diplomas
in separate ceremonies organized by each of U.Va.’s 10 schools at
various locations around Grounds.

At Valediction on May 15, Atiim Kiambu “Tiki” Barber, a 1997 graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce, will address the Class of 2004 on
the Lawn at 11 a.m. Selected by the class to be its Valediction speaker, Barber is a star running back for the National Football League’s New York Giants.

A live broadcast of Final Exercises will be shown at several indoor locations around Grounds: Newcomb Hall Theater (with closed captioning) and Ballroom, Ruffner Hall Auditorium (with closed caption), Gilmer Hall Auditorium, the Chemistry Auditorium and Zehmer Hall.
People are urged to park at University Hall and Scott Stadium and use the free bus service, beginning at 7 a.m. Parking also is available at Ivy/Emmet Parking Garage, the Central Parking Garage and the Medical Center garages.

Only in case of unsafe weather will the ceremonies be moved indoors.
For details, see the Web site at www.virginia.edu/majorevents/finals.

Stayed tuned for graduation edition
A special graduation edition of Inside UVA will be available May 14 and distributed on Grounds for the weekend. There will be no regular issue on May 7; the next one will be published May 28.

Grant will further diabetes-related research
Dr. Jerry Nadler, chief of the endocrinology and metabolism division at the U.Va. Health System, has been awarded a four-year, $1.3 million grant by the National Institutes of Health for research on a gene potentially involved in causing damage to the insulin-producing islet cells of the pancreas.

“We have discovered a very important pathway that could explain how certain kinds of damaging fats in the body can lead to loss of insulin-producing cells, resulting in diabetes,” Nadler said. “Our research could have important implications in terms of new ways to maintain normal insulin secretion and prevent Type 1 diabetes, also called juvenile diabetes, and the more common form of Type 2, or adult-onset diabetes.”

About 18 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Call for nominations: Zintl Leadership Award
The U.Va. Women’s Center is accepting nominations for the seventh
annual Elizabeth Zintl Leadership Award. Nominees must be women currently employed at U.Va. who display excellence in work that makes a direct impact on the core academic enterprise and who demonstrate an unusually high degree of service to U.Va.

The annual award carries a $1,000 prize, which the honoree may use for her professional or personal development. The deadline for nominations is May 7.

Past recipients include Patricia Werhane, Shirley Menaker, Marva Barnett, Claire Cronmiller, Louise Dudley, Dr. Sharon Hostler, Patricia Lampkin and Sylvia Terry.

The award was established in memory of Elizabeth Zintl, a writer and journalist who served as chief of staff in the president’s office until her death in 1997. For information, contact Tracey Crehan at 982-2361.

Students win Goldwater scholarships
Four U.Va. students are included among the 310 Goldwater Scholarship winners for 2004-2005. Brenda N. Goguen, Arsalan Tavakoli-Shiraji, Margaret E. Samra and Yogesh Surendranath were selected for the scholarships, which will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year for one or two years of
undergraduate education.

The Goldwater Scholars were chosen on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,113 mathematics, science and engineering students nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. U.Va. has had 40 Goldwater winners since 1989 and this is the fourth year that all four of U.Va.’s allowed nominees have been chosen. The winners are also Harrison Undergraduate Research Award recipients.

U.Va.’s charitable campaign awarded
At a statewide Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign ceremony in Richmond, U.Va. was recognized with a Gold Award for campaign success, a Special Award for a 28 percent participation rate and a Special Achievement Award for completing the “best campaign ever.” In addition, campaign administrator Dana Rivera and CVC chairwoman Ida Lee Wootten received six personal citations for excellence. U.Va. employees pledged $595,236 during the campaign, the most of any state agency.

It’s official: Goodwin Grounds
The Board of Visitors officially named the locale of the Darden School the William H. Goodwin Jr. Grounds. The University Names Committee proposed the naming several years ago, but Goodwin requested that it be postponed until he had completed his term as a board member. Goodwin, a 1966 Darden School alumnus, served on the board from 1996 to 2004.

More on buildings

During the Building and Grounds Committee meeting, the Board of Visitors approved the design of the Medical Center’s General Clinical Research Center Core Laboratory.

It also approved a revised $160 million budget for the South Lawn project, with $95.3 million coming from private gifts through the College Foundation, $61.1 million from a combination of state and University funds and $4.5 million from the Department of Parking and Transportation.

The board also approved the demolition of two buildings. Brugh House at 204 15th Street SW will be taken down to open space for the relocation of Varsity Hall, and Fayerweather Annex demolished as part of renovations to Fayerweather Hall. The studio arts facilities there will be moved to temporary buildings behind Ruffner Hall.

Other board business
• The portion of the University’s endowment overseen directly by the rector and Board of Visitors exceeded $2 billion for the first time, finishing the first quarter of 2004 at $2.013 billion. “This is a milestone, an important one,” said Leonard W. Sandridge, executive vice president and chief operating officer.

• Athletics Director Craig Littlepage said he expects to position U.Va. as a leader in the recruitment-reform movement occurring nationally, based on the University’s solid recruiting practices.

• To meet the increased demand for nurses in the state, U.Va.’s College at Wise has changed its two-year program, which allowed students to complete their nursing certification, to a four-year bachelor’s in nursing program for first-year students.

• The board established the Mastercard Professorship in Business Administration at the Darden School, bringing the total number of endowed chairs to 433.

Exceptional assistants seminar April 28
Administrative assistants working at U.Va. or other businesses and organizations in the area are invited to the Exceptional Assistants Network’s second annual professional development seminar, April 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Omni Charlottesville Hotel.
Speakers include Leonard W. Sandridge, U.Va. executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Marja Lee Freeman, a consultant and expert on career development training.

Presentations and break-out sessions will explore motivation, humor in
the workplace, stream-lining and emotional
intelligence.

The program, sponsored by the U.Va. Leadership Development Center, costs $50 for network members and $75 for non-members. For information, contact Holly Heilberg at hollyh@virginia.edu or 924-7227, or visit the Web site at www.virginia.edu/ldc.

Networking workshop May 5
As the school year winds down, the hiring season gears up, says Emily Bardeen, director of Faculty & Staff Career Services. A workshop, “Around Grounds: Networking to Develop Winning Jobs & Career Search Strategies,” May 5, focuses on networking and how to use it when conducting a job or career search. The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Human Resources department at 918 Emmet St., room 223. Call 243-5998 to register or go to www.hrs.virginia.edu/career for a complete listing of upcoming classes. 

Spring vendor fair May 26
Procurement Services and Diversity Procurement Programs will hold the Fifth Annual Spring Vendor Fair May 26 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be 58 vendors in the Newcomb Hall Ballroom and South Meeting Room to provide information about the goods and services they offer. The event is free and open to the public.

MAKING HEADLINES

U.Va. faculty and staff media quotes recently cited in Headlines@U.Va.:

Joseph Allen, psychology professor

• “In Tune With Teens: Keeping Close Tabs on Kids Can Be Integral to Their Success,” Gannett News Service, April 5
Bulent Atalay, adjunct professor of mathematics and archaeology
• “Books: Math and the Mona Lisa” (online chat), Washingtonpost.com, April 15

Louis Bloomfield, physics professor
• “New Software Detects Plagiarized Passages,” Associated Press, April 5
Daniel Bluestone, director, historic preservation program
• “Activists Use Web to Preserve Famous House,” CIO magazine, April 15

Julian Bond, history professor

• “Affirmative Action Has a Role, Bond Asserts: NAACP Official Marks Brown Anniversary By Defending Programs That Help Minorities,” Austin [Tex.] American-Statesman, April 10
William Brady Jr., vice-chair, department of emergency medicine
• “The Unkindest Cut: You've Just Been Stabbed. What Happens Next?” C'ville Weekly, April 13
David Breneman, dean, Curry School of Education
• “Princeton Moves to Halt Grade Inflation,” Associated Press, April 8
George Cohen, law professor
• “Jimmy Dean Known for Singing, Sausage and Tough Business Tactics,” Associated Press, April 2
Carroll Dale, athletic director, U.Va.’s College at Wise
• “Dale Is Citizen of Year,” Coalfield Progress, April 15
Sharon Davie, director, Women’s Center
“ UH Center Offers Women Place to Discuss Issues,” Houston Chronicle, April 7

Rita Dove, English professor

• “Akron-Born Dove Still Appreciates Creative Impulse,” Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 12
Robert Fatton Jr., chairman, politics department
• “A Dictator Dreams of Home: Jean-Claude Duvalier Is Pining for a Comeback. But the United States and Many Haitians Frown on That Idea,” Newsweek International, April 12
David S. Geldmacher, associate professor of neurology
• “Nominal Benefits Seen in Drugs for Alzheimer's Disease,” New York Times, April 7

A.E. Dick Howard, law professor

• “Education is Va. Lawmakers’ Sticking Point,” Washington Post, April 3
C. Bruce Greyson, professor of psychiatric medicine
• “Following a Bright Light to a Calmer Tomorrow,” New York Times, April 13

Ada Jacox, nursing professor

• “Beating a Killer: Cancer Was Once the End of the Line. Today, It Can Be Managed and Defeated,” U.S. News & World Report, April 5
John L. Knapp, research director, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
• “State Politics: Budget Tops Readers’ Agenda” (letter), Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 28
Christopher Kramer, director of cardiac MRI
• “MRIs Can Detect Blocked Arteries: May Replace Invasive Angiograms to Diagnose Problems,” HealthDay News, April 12
Jody S. Kraus, professor of law and philosophy
• “Joel Feinberg, 77, Influential Philosopher” (obituary), New York Times, April 5

Charles A. Kromkowski, lecturer in politics

• “How We Choose: The Myth and Reality of Declining Voter Turnout,” Associated Press, April 10
Paul A. Lombardo, director, Center for Biomedical Ethics
• “History Analysis Unearths Debate: Researchers Lack Ethical Guidelines for Testing of Long-Dead Notables,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 12
William H. Lucy, professor of suburban planning
• “New Growth Plans Face Old Realities: Loudoun Strategy Shifting Amid Boom,” Washington Post, April 10

Haruka Maeda, research scientist in physics, and Thomas Gallagher, physics professor

• “A Tiny Solar System After All,” Physical Review Focus, April 7
Charles Marsh, religious studies professor
• “Apocalyptic President?: How the Left's Fear of a Right-Wing Christian Conspiracy Gets George W. Bush — and Today's Evangelical Christians — All Wrong” (commentary), Boston Globe, April 4
Patrick Michaels, environmental sciences professor
• “Neglect Threatens Jersey's Trees: Community Giants Aging and Will Have to Be Replaced,” Newark [N.J.] Star-Ledger, April 11
Jonathan Moreno, professor of biomedical ethics
• “As Obesity Surgeries Soar, So Do Safety, Cost Concerns,” Washington Post, April 11
Robert M. O’Neil, law professor; director, Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression
• “Unmuzzled: Censors Steer Clear of O'Neil,” The Hook, April 7
Charlotte Patterson, professor of psychology
• “Valuing a Caring Family: Children of Gay Parents Say They Do Just Fine, and Studies Support Them,” Hartford [Conn.] Courant, April 13
William Quandt, professor of politics
“ Bush Needs ‘Vision’ Test, Speaker Says,” Cox News Service, April 16
William Ruddiman, professor emeritus of environmental sciences
• “Did We Start Warming 5,000 Years Ago?” Sacramento [Calif.] Bee, April 4

Larry J. Sabato, politics professor; director, Center for Politics

• “Bush Says Businesses Need ‘Certainty’ of Permanent Tax Cuts,” Bloomberg News, April 15
• “Daschle Outspends Challenger But Thune Keeps Pace,” Associated Press, April 15
• “Kerry Says He'd End Student Loan Subsidy to Pay for College Aid,” Bloomberg News, April 14
• “Burton Wants To Be Driving Political Force,” Roanoke Times, April 14
• “Reassuring the U.S. — How Long Will it Work?: Mounting Casualties Can Silence Tough Talk” (analysis), San Francisco Chronicle, April 14
• “Union Members Urge Kerry to Warm Up,” Associated Press, April 14
• “Analysts, Capehart Differ on Significance of Cash in GOP Primary,” Associated Press, April 14
• Fox News' “Special Report with Brit Hume,” April 13
• “Southern Gov.’s Skip Confederate Funeral,” Associated Press, April 13
• “Session Split on Extra Pay as Well / Some Lawmakers Forgo Va. Per Diem,” Washington Post, April 13
• “From Briefing, New Questions on 9/11: Release of Secret Document Infuses the Investigation with New Detail, and New Accusations of a Lack of White House Urgency,” Christian Science Monitor, April 12
• “The New Fat Cats: Meet the Fund-Raisers Who Are Finessing the Campaign-Finance Law — and Raising More Dough than Ever,” BusinessWeek, April 12
• “Senate Surprise: Democrats Pulling Ahead in Close Races,” Boston Globe, April 11
• “J. Burton's Sights Set on U.S. Senate / Although Jeff Burton Has No Background in Politics, He Says He Could Be a Viable Candidate in the Future,” Greensboro [N.C.] News & Record, April 11
• “A Wealth of Pride Behind Bond Rating: Va. Lawmakers' Desire to Keep AAA Isn't Based on Money,” Washington Post, April 11
• “Iraq War Costs W in Polls,” New York Daily News, April 10
• “Iraq in Chaos: Is `Coalition’ Unravelling as Rampant Violence Daunts Allies?,” The Independent [London], April 10
• “Big Toll on Prez in Polls,” New York Daily News, April 9
• “Rice Firm in Defense of Bush: Security Adviser Insists Intelligence Pointed to an Attack Overseas, Not in U.S.” (analysis), The San Francisco Chronicle, April 9
• “Newsview: Rice Seeks to Shift Blame,” Associated Press, April 8
• “Rice Not Expected to Drop 9/11 Bombshells: Adviser's Defense of White House May Sway Public's Opinion of Bush,” Houston Chronicle, April 8
• “Schaffer Questions Motives After Coors Tapped for Senate Race,” Associated Press, April 8
• “Clinton's Credibility Bounces Back: As Bush Looks Bad in Sept. 11 Hearings, His Predecessor's Stock Is Soaring” (commentary), Toronto Globe and Mail, April 8
• “If There's One Life Lesson That Can Be Learned From Baseball's George Steinbrenner, It's That Money Talks,” Roll Call, April 7
• “Political Issues High in Sept. 11 Panel,” Associated Press, April 6
• “Investigative Lull Ends for Bush / Inquiries Grow on Several Fronts Into White House Activities,” Newark [N.J.] Star-Ledger, April 6
• “Republican Liniger Rejects Run for U.S. Senate,” Associated Press, April 5
• “Second Session Shows More Seasoned Perdue,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 5
• “Clinton Casts Long Shadow: Ex-President Plays Big Role in Kerry's Race Against Bush,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 5
• “The Issue of Jobs: In Central Pennsylvania, a Good Economy May Not Be Enough for Bush,” U.S. News & World Report, April 5
• “Democrats Running Into Some Roadblocks in Their Convention City,” Associated Press, April 3
• “Higher Taxes Have Support: Nearly Two-Thirds in Poll Back an Increase, With or Without Cuts,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 3
• “Kerry Needs Pennsylvania If He Is to Unseat Bush,” Associated Press, April 3
• “NBC Nightly News,” April 2
Nathan Swami, research scientist in engineering
• “Nanomaterials Production Weaves Job Growth in Former Textile Town,” Small Times, April 13
M. Rick Turner, dean of African American Affairs
• MSNBC's "The Abrams Report," April 14
Anne Wolf, dietician
• “Weighing Down Business: As the Growing Obesity Epidemic Drives Up Health-Care Costs, Some Employers Are Paying to Help Workers Win the Battle of the Bulge,” New Orleans Times-Picayune, April 11
Philip Zelikow, history professor; director, Miller Center of Public Affairs
• “Rice Will Face Ex-Colleague at 9/11 Hearing: Panel Director Comes Under Scrutiny for Ties to Bush Adviser,” Washington Post, April 8
• “ A Sterling Commission” (commentary), Washington Post, April 5

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