May 28-June 10, 2004
Vol. 34, Issue 10
Back Issues
Finals Weekend 2004

Beattie Elected to Academy

Miksad to leave deanship
Wadley named 2004 inventor of the year
Headlines @ U.Va.
General Assembly roundup
Smackdown your vote
College strikes a high-tech deal with Microsoft and Thomson Learning
A Childhood Dream Come True
A Day in the Life
University’s busiest gym to debut new addition
The Ultimate Guide to Getting the Career You Want
Ring CMC telethon phones for 20th year
Museum having 30th birthday party
News briefs

Beattie elected to academy
Novelist Ann Beattie, Edgar Allan Poe Professor of Creative Writing, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is among 202 newly chosen leaders in scholarship, business, the arts and public affairs.

Beattie, considered one of the nation’s most important fiction writers, has received critical acclaim for her depiction of the generation of Americans who grew up in the 1960s. Among her seven novels and seven short story collections are “The Doctor’s House” (2002), “Perfect Recall” (2000) and “My Life, Starring Dara Falcon” (1997).

Election to the academy is one of the highest honors in the United States. Founded in 1780, it currently has 4,000 American Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members.

Garson to lead insurance commission
Lt. Governor Tim Kaine announced May 20 that he is forming a com-mission to seek ways the state government can help small businesses offer affordable health insurance to their employees. The first person Kaine appointed is Dr. Tim Garson, U.Va.’s vice president and dean of the Medical School.

The Lt. Governor’s Commission on Small Business Health Care Costs will include members representing business, labor, medicine, insurance companies, the legal profession and state and local government.
Lampkin outstanding mentor Patricia M. Lampkin, vice president for student affairs, has received the American College Personnel Association’s award for Outstanding Mentor to Graduate Students. The award recognizes exceptional efforts to provide guidance and support to graduate students in higher education or in a student affairs-related graduate program. Several of Lampkin’s current and former students nominated her for the award.

Miller gets Guggenheim
Joseph C. Miller, the T. Cary Johnson Jr. Professor of History, is among 185 scholars from the United States and Canada chosen from more than 3,200 applicants to receive 2004 Guggenheim fellowships. A past president of the American Historical Association, Miller will use his fellowship to pursue research on the history of slavery, a practice he says can be found almost everywhere in the world at some point in time, from the Middle East and Africa to the West Indies and most of the Americas.

IATH selects new fellows for 2004
The University’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities has awarded its 2004-2006 fellowship to assistant professor of art history Francesca Fiorani, for her proposed project, “Leonardo Da Vinci and his Treatise on Painting.” With the resources provided through the IATH fellowship, including IATH staff, space and computers, Fiorani will create a thematic collection of digital materials derived from the various editions of Leonardo’s “Treatise.” From the mid-16th to the late 18th centuries, these editions were the primary source for Da Vinci’s artistic theories. One of Fiorani’s challenges will be to design information structures to allow access to the complex interrelationships between text, image and artistic process that are required by Da Vinci’s exposition of his theories.

IATH also has awarded an associate fellowship to Amy Ogden, assistant professor of French, for her proposed “Lives of the Saints: The Medieval French Hagiography Project.” Ogden’s project will build an electronic collection of textual and material information about saints’ narratives in Old French and the manuscripts that preserve them.

Employee awards and achievements

• Dr. John A. Jane, chairman of Neurological Surgery since 1969, has been awarded the highest honor granted by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the 2004 Harvey Cushing Medal. His clinical interests and research have focused on the treatment of head injuries, spine disorders and pediatrics. He was honored for his years of leadership and dedication to the field.

• Maj. Fritz Pfeiffer, assistant professor of naval science, has been named the No. 1 ROTC instructor in the country. Nominated by Capt. John Warnecke, Pfeiffer was honored for his top performance of primary duties, including teaching and being the operations officer and adviser to Navy ROTC students. The Naval Education Training Command reviews nominations in the annual nationwide competition for the Col. Leo A. Codd Memorial Award, sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association.

• University Publications and Development Communications won six District III Awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. They received four special merit awards, including awards for improvement of the newsletters, Envision and Arts Advance, and two awards of excellence for projects reaching out to alumni.

• Virginia’s Alumni News magazine received a CASE special merit award, and associate editor Maura Singleton won two special merit awards in feature writing.

• Web Communication Services won a special merit award for overall Web site design and implementation and an award of excellence for its online U.Va. trivia game. See

• The Arts & Sciences Communications team won a CASE Grand Award in Electronic Newsletters and Tabloids for its Web site, A&S Online, and a Grand Award for the graphic design of its print publication,

Detecting lung cancer earlier
A multidisciplinary team of doctors at the Health System, led by thoracic surgeon Dr. Thomas Daniel, has developed a medical “geiger counter” to locate pre-cancerous or cancerous lesions in the lungs. After using the radioactive technique, doctors can then remove them by video surgery.

The findings could be important in detecting lung cancer at an early stage, leading to longer survival for patients, especially long-term smokers.

Lung cancer is the most common and deadliest form of cancer, leading to an estimated 157,200 deaths in the United States in 2003, according to the American Cancer Society.

Art book shows off museum
The University Art Museum has published a new collections catalogue, “The Museum: Conditions & Spaces — Selections from the University of Virginia Art Museum,” featuring 123 works representing the breadth and strength of the museum’s holdings. The book is suggested as a companion piece to art history professor David Summers’ “Real Spaces: World Art History and the Rise of Western Modernism.”

In Memoriam
• Ernest E. Spears Jr., 64, of Charlottesville, died April 4. He retired from the University as a housekeeper.

• Albert F. Burnley, 77, of Charlottesville, died April 9. Burnley had been employed in the Facilities Management department.

• Dr. John Thornton Dunn, 71, of Charlottesville, died April 9. Dunn served on the Medical School faculty from 1966 until he retired last year.

• Ernest Lee Michie, 67, of Charlottesville, died April 11. He was a retired supervisor of the Housekeeping and Transportation departments of the Medical Center, with over 30 years of service.

• Robert White Page, 73, of Earlysville, passed away April 12. He retired from U.Va. Printing Services in 1999.

Davie’s “Who Done It” on stage
Sharon Davie, director of the Women’s
Center, had her short piece of fiction, “Who Done It,” accepted for a dramatic production at Ki Theatre, a regional theater in Little Washington, Va. Adapted to a short play by Patty Hardee and Betsy Toth, it will be performed in a
series called “The Stories Run Through Us” June 19 and 20. Tickets, $12, for the 8 p.m. performances, may be ordered at (540) 675-1616.

Summer Nature Camp
The Virginia Museum of Natural History at U.Va. offers a summer day camp program where children entering first through sixth grades can explore the natural world. Themes range from “Be ‘Shore’ to Have a Great Summer” to “Entomologists in Action! Insects.” In each weeklong session, the instructor focuses on a different topic of nat-
ural history interest in a context of informal learning with hands-on activities and nature crafts.

Sessions, beginning June 28 until Aug. 2, will take place Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-noon. Download camp brochure and registration information at or call 982-4605.

Make collage this summer
Summer Collage, a multidisciplinary arts academy for rising fourth- through 12th-grade youth at the University Art Museum, gives students the opportunity to work with artists and performers and explore connections between art and everyday life through projects in the visual, performing and expressive arts.

Sessions will be held Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., July 5-16, July 9-30 and Aug. 2-13. From Aug. 15 to Aug. 22, the museum will exhibit students’ work, with a reception Aug. 15 at 2 p.m.

Early registration deadline is June 1. Contact Jena Leake at 243-5534 or, or visit the Web site at

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

Brandt Allen, associate dean for executive education, Darden School
• “A Steely Nerve Becomes a School's Essential Weapon: The Downturn: A Series of Blows Has Hit Demand and the Industry Now Needs to Plan for Feast as Well as Famine,” Financial Times [London], May 17

John A. Blackburn, dean of admission
• “First Test for College-Bound: Choosing an SAT,” Washington Post, April 20

Vincent Blasi, law professor
• “Columbia Considers Limits on Political Expression at University,” New York Sun, April 19

Louis Bloomfield, physics professor
• Bloomfield, appeared May 12 On ABC’s "Good Morning America." He discussed the dangers of "superheating" water in microwave ovens.

Daniel Bluestone, architecture professor
• “The Bungalow / Its Place in History Is Official,” Chicago Tribune, April 28

Julian Bond, history professor
• “Oliver W. Hill Sr. Recognized at Brown v. Board of Education Commemorative Gala,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 19
• “Gay Rights Parallels on Civil Rights Anniversary,” Newport News Daily Press, May 17
• “Work On, Rights Leader Says,” Dayton [Ohio] Daily News, May 12
• “Prince Edward's Defiance Resonates: Julian Bond Tells Longwood Grads That Past Sacrifices Benefit Them,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 9
• “For Black Ministers, Political Tone Shifts: Black Political Leaders in Boston Reflect on Worries About A Changing Relationship With Clergy In The U.S.,” Christian Science Monitor, May 4
Richard Bonnie, director, U.Va. Institute For Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy
• “U.S. Moves Toward Banning Executions for Juveniles,” Reuters News , April 16

David Breneman, dean Curry School Of Education
• “Princeton Approves Grade-Rationing Plan,” Associated Press, April 26
Glen Bull, professor of instructional technology, Curry School of Education
• “For Many Kids, Technology Seems Elementary,” Associated Press, May 21

James W. Ceaser, politics professor
• “O, My America” (book review), The Weekly Standard, May 3
John T. Casteen III, president
• “News Analysis: Why Alumni at U.S. Varsities Cough Up Donations Readily,” Straits Times (Singapore), April 19

Richard DeMong, finance professor
• “Foreclosure Expert Says Retreat in N.J. Shows Depth of Problem Lending,” National Mortgage News,” May 3

Bella M. DePaulo, psychology professor
• “Let's Be Honest: We All Lie. Can We Stop? Should We? Are All Lies Bad?,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 25
• “Singular Mistreatment: Unmarried Professors Are Outsiders in the Ozzie and Harriet World of Academe,” Chronicle of Higher Education, April 21

Rita Dove, English professor
• “Let's Talk: Noted Poet To Discuss Work With Her Readers,” Winston-Salem [N.C.] Journal, May 18

Barry Farr, epidemiologist, U.Va. Medical Center
• “Unnecessary Illness: Four Steps to Save Patients' Lives,” Ivanhoe Newswire, May 12

Russ Federman, director, U.Va. Student Health Counseling Center
• “Up Against the Ivy Wall in 2004 / Summary: Campus Counseling Centers Help Kids Cope,” Psychology Today, May 13

Glenn Gaesser, exercise physiology professor
• Gaesser was quoted May 18 on NBC's "Today" show and May 17 on NBC’ "Nightly News." He discussed low-carbohydrate diets.
• “The Big Fat Con Story: Size Really Doesn't Matter. You Can Be Just as Healthy if You're Fat as You Can if You're Slender. And Don't Let the Obesity 'Experts' Persuade You Otherwise” (commentary), The Guardian [London], April 24

Nancy Gansneder, internship program director
• “Firms Offer Interns 'Foot In The Door,'” Washington Times, April 26
Arthur "Tim" Garson Jr., vice president and dean of the Medical School
• “We Can Do Better” (commentary), Wall Street Journal, May 12
Charles Gross, medical professor
• “Tonsil Surgery Safe in Kids With Bleeding Problems,” Reuters, April 29

Richard Handler, anthropology professor
• “Putting Life Back Into Living History: It Takes More Than a Static Village to Raise Interest. It Takes a Hands-On Approach,” USA Today, April 16
Christopher Holstege, toxicologist, director, Blue Ridge Poison Control Center
• “Violations Cause Drug Clinic Sale,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, May 7

A.E. Dick Howard, law professor
• “Asking Neighbor for Half of Cost Unreasonable?: Law Supports Request to Build Division Fence to Keep Animals Out,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 25

James Davison Hunter, sociology professor
• “Abortion's Opponents Claim the Middle Ground,” New York Times, April 25

Michael J. Klarman, law professor
• Klarman was quoted May 17 on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" and “Talk of the Nation” programs. He discussed the 50th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision.
• “Better Late Than Never” (commentary), New York Times, May 17
• “Brown vs. Board of Education: 50 Years Later: 1954 Ruling Seen as Model of Judicial Activism / Landmark Segregation and Gay Nuptial Cases Have Similarities,” San Francisco Chronicle, May 17
• “A Mortal Wound to Heart of Jim Crow” (commentary), Houston Chronicle, May 16
• Klarman was quoted May 10 in a Voice Of America report on the 50th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision.
• “It Could Have Gone the Other Way: At the Time, the Justices Had Doubts That Brown Was Rightly Decided” (commentary), The Nation, May 3

John Knapp, research director, U.Va. Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
• “Education Gap: After 45 Years, a School Lockout Still Reverberates / Fighting Integration, County in Virginia Shut System; Impact of Five Lost Years / Ronald Ward's Faded Dreams,” Wall Street Journal, May 17
• “Virginia Holds On To Rating For Now,” Lynchburg News & Advance, May 5

Charles A. Kromkowski, politics professor
• “The Myth and Reality of Low Voter Turnout,” Associated Press, May 4
Paul A. Lombardo, associate professor of biomedical ethics
• “How the `Master' Race Was Chosen,” Illawarra Mercury (Wollongong, Australia), April 26
• “The Seduction of Science to Perfect an Imperfect Race,” Washington Post, April 22
• “Holocaust Museum Shows 'Master Race' Effort,” Associated Press, April 21
• “Holocaust Museum Traces Nazi Science: Exhibit Also Shows Ties to the Eugenics Movement in Virginia and America,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 17

William Lucy, planning professor
• “Leave The Car Home And Use Your Legs” (commentary), Noorfolk Virginian-Pilot, May 10

Steven Majewski, astronomy professor
• “Alien Galaxies Entering the Milky Way, Says Noted U.Va. Astronomer,” MyWiseCounty.Com, April 28

Michael Mann, environmental sciences professor
• “Earth Last: James Inhofe Proves ‘Flat Earth’ Doesn't Refer to Oklahoma,” American Prospect, May 7

David Martin, law professor
• “No Asylum for Immigrant With Criminal Record, Court Says,” Associated Press, April 16

Patrick J. Michaels, environmental sciences professor
• “Industrial Plantations By Paper Mills / Felling `Exhausted' Trees No Eco-Sin” (commentary), Business Line (The Hindu), May 4

John Norton Moore, law professor
• “U.S. Barred Legal Review of Detentions, Lawyer Says,” New York Times, May 19

Jonathan Moreno, director, U.Va. Center for Biomedical Ethics
• “3 Local Hospitals Weigh Pope's Words on Feeding Tubes,” Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, May 4
• “The Burden of Immortality: Slowing the Aging Process Gives Birth to Ethical, Sociological Questions,” San Francisco Chronicle, April 25
William Morrish, architecture professor
• “Envision The Mississippi River Of The Future” (commentary), St. Paul [Minn.] Pioneer Press, May 2

Timothy J. Naftali, history professor
• “Documents Show U.S. Relationship With Nazis During Cold War,” New York Times, May 14
• “Book Details U.S. Protection Of Former Nazi Officials,” Washington Post, May 14

Jon Oliver, senior associate athletic director
• “Oliver: Strong Academics A Must: Bulls AD Finalist Second to Interview,” Tampa [Fla.] Tribune, May 4

Robert M. O'Neill, law professor, director, Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression
• “Fight to Unmuzzle Speech Still Alive” (commentary), Capital Times & Wisconsin State Journal, May 5

Robert Pianta, education professor
• “State Adding Student Test This Fall for Kindergarten,” Columbus [Ohio] Dispatch, May 3

Steven E. Rhoads, politics professor
• “TV Soft-Pedals Reality of Casual Sex / For Women, the Stakes Are Higher” (commentary Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Services, May 9
William Ruddiman, environmental sciences professor
• “Climate Change: Boom Or Bust For Biodiversity?,” Reuters, May 20

Larry J. Sabato, politics professor; director, U.Va. Center For Politics
• Sabato was quoted May 19 in a National Public Radio "Morning Edition" report on the vice presidential prospects of Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.).
• “For These Vets, Senate Abuse Probe Is Personal,” Christian Science Monitor, May 18
• “Congress Stiffens on War Funds: Lawmakers Uneasy Over Abuse Scandal Make Bipartisan Push for Financial Oversight,” San Francisco Chronicle, May 15
• “Everybody Wants Honesty, But That Can Mean Different Things,” Associated Press, May 15
• “Kerry Backs Quota-Buyout Plan, FDA Regulation: 'We Have to Get it Done,' He Says at Campaign Stop in Kentucky,” Winston-Salem [N.C.] Journal, May 13
• “Impact of Presidential Campaign on W.Va. Gov Race Uncertain,” Associated Press, May 12
• “Manchin, Warner Prepare for Showdown by Talking of ‘Change,’” Associated Press, May 12
• “Lawmaker's Aim to Protect NASCAR Tax Break,” Associated Press, May 11
• “Change of Mind or Character Flaw? It May All Be Style,” St. Petersburg [Fla.] Times, May 10
• “GOP Success Breeds Internal Divisions,” Fort Worth [Texas] Star-Telegram, May 9
• “Some See Kerry-Bayh Ticket: His Track Record Makes Senator a Good Choice as a Running Mate, Experts Say,” Indianapolis Star, May 9
Sabato Was Quoted Sunday In A Toronto Star Article Headlined:
• “Loyal ... to a Fault: A Topical Question in Washington: What Do You Have to Do to Get Fired From the Bush White House?,” Toronto Star, May 9
• “Virginia Session Served As A Tutorial,” Washington Post, May 8
• “The W.Va. Poll Suggests Presidential Race Already Run: W.Va. Respondents Say They've Largely Made Their Choices,” Charleston [W.Va.] Gazette, May 7
• “Gas Prices Fuel Little Election Flak,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 7
• “Gerrymandering Incumbent Dream” (commentary), Baton Rouge [La.] Advocate, May 5
• “Bush Visit to Staunchly GOP County Guarantees a Buoyant Response,” Associated Press, May 4
• “Edwards Backed for No. 2 Spot on Ticket: Supporters Urging Kerry to Pick Him for Vice President,” Winston-Salem [N.C.] Journal, May 2
• “Foes Hope to Wash Bush Away With Tsunami of Cash,” Columbus [Ohio] Dispatch, May 2
• “You Can Cry Fowl Without Drawing One” (commentary), Austin [Tex.] American-Statesman, April 30
• “Chesapeake Candidate Breaks $100,000 Mark,” Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, April 30
• “Specter Squeaks By: Moderate, Pro-Israel Pennsylvania Senator Holds Off Conservative Challenger in Primary,” Jewish Week, April 30
• “As Speculation Persists, Richardson Maintains He Wouldn't Take VP Job,” Associated Press, April 29
• “Planked: Sabato Skewers At Shad Fest,” The Hook, April 29
• “Specter Dodges a Bullet — And So Does Bush: Pennsylvania Incumbent's Primary Win Leaves Wounds But Bolsters GOP Hopes of Holding Senate,” Christian Science Monitor, April 29
• “Kerry Seeks to Show Workers He Feels Their Pain,” Reuters, April 28
• “Bush TV Ad Woos Mainers, Slams Kerry on Aegis Votes,” Portland [Maine] Press Herald, April 27
• “The Term-Limit Movement of the '90s Stalls: At Least 16 States Consider Ways to Repeal the Caps on Lawmakers' Tenures as States Worry About Experience Gap,” Christian Science Monitor, April 27
• “Virginians Seek to Expand Wilderness Protection,” Washington Times, April 26
• Sabato was a guest April 26 on National Public Radio’s "Morning Edition." He discussed Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.
• “Searching Out the Truth of an 'Unbelievable' Story,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 25
• “How We Choose: Big Dollars Fuel — and Shape — the Political Game,” Associated Press, April 24
• “Political Notebook: Dishing Up a Paddling at Shad Planking” (commentary), Daily Progress, April 25
• “Heinz Kerry Delays Filing 2003 Tax Forms,” Boston Globe, April 23
Sabato Was Quoted Thursday In A Petersburg Progress-Index Article Headlined:
• “A Man With a Reputation to Consider: Is Colin Powell Putting History Before His Duty?,” National Post, April 23
• “Laughing at Politics With a Side of Shad,” Petersburg Progress-Index, April 22
• “Wary of E-Voting, Some Professors Sound The Alarm,” Chronicle of Higher Education, April 21
• “Dick Cheney Gives Speech at Fund-Raiser for Triplett,” Roanoke Times, April 20
• Sabato was a guest April 19 on Minnesota Public Radio’s “Marketplace Morning Report.” He discussed the impact of Spain's decision to withdraw its troops from Iraq.
• “Insiders: Will Portrait of Wilkins Be Blushing?,” Washington Times, April 19
• “In Politics, Too Much Money Is Never Enough,” New York Times, April 18
• “Bush's Week Shows the Power of Incumbency,” Associated Press, April 18
• “DeLay: 9/11 Panel Is Playing Politics: Role of Democrat on Commission Being Questioned,” Houston Chronicle, April 17
• “Politics Floods the Bookshelves: Anti-Bush Writers Strike First on the Literary Battleground,” Detroit Free Press, April 6
Abdulaziz Sachedina, religious studies professor
• “Muslims Say Photos Send Image Of Power,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 7
Peter Sheras, psychology professor, Curry School of Education
• “Experts Say Assigning Blame for Crash Part of Grief: The Victims of Sunday's Tragic Accident Will Be Laid to Rest Today, as the Investigation Into the Wreck Continues,” Portland [Maine] Press Herald, May 14
Lisa Russ Spaar, English & creative writing professor
• “Sleepless at Menopause / Hot Flashes Aside, it’s Quite Common,” Knight Ridder Newspapers, May 9
J. Anderson Thomson Jr., psychiatrist, Student Health
• “Has the Romance Gone? Was it the Drug?,” New York Times, May 4
Patricia Trimmer, researcher, U.Va. Center for the Study of Neurodegenerative Diseases,
• “Researchers Find Enzyme, Alzheimer's Link,” Augusta [Ga.] Chronicle, April 16
M. Rick Turner, dean of African American Affairs
• “Va. Black Leaders Question DNA Dragnet,” Associated Press, May 3
Robert F. Turner, associate director, U.Va. Center for National Security Law
• “Courts-Martial Differ From Civilian Trials,” Newhouse News Service, May 12
• Turner was a guest April 20 on National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation.” He discussed the Supreme Court arguments in the case involving the legal status of detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
W. Bradford Wilcox, sociology professor
• “Nearer My God to Thee: Their Distinctive Faith Aside, Evangelicals Are Acting More and More Like the Rest of Us,” U.S. News & World Report, May 3
William H. Wood, executive director, U.Va. Sorensen Institute Of Political Leadership
• “Warner's Expertise in Military Gets Attention of Democrat Kerry,” Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, May 14
• “Was Tax-Rise Bloc a Fluke? / Some Hope Assembly Coalition Will Tackle Some New Challenges,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 9
Timothy Wu, law professor
• “Web TV Is Changing The Way Programming Is Watched And Sold,” Wall Street Journal, May 10

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