Oct. 29-Nov. 11, 2004
Back Issues
Fall Convocation
U.Va. well-prepared for flu season
Zelikow hailed for work well done
Computer safety issue brought to forefront
Taking the pulse of the people
U.Va.’s expertise on the presidency and politics keeps public informed
Bringing the Asian-American experience to light
Faculty forming Sustained Dialogue group
New ‘J-term’ offers exciting course options

Support undergraduate research, Faculty Senate urged

Deeper space coming into focus
The adventure ends for writer and English professor Douglas Day
A ghost, a goblin and a cavalier?
Six heads on display
For poet Rita Dove, ‘poetry is about life’



News briefs

Aylor named interim dean of engineering
James H. Aylor, the Louis T. Rader Professor and associate dean of academic programs, has been named interim dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science for one year, following the retirement of Richard W. Miksad.

Aylor is a familiar face at the University, having served on the faculty of the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering since 1978, including serving as chairman for six years. He is an active
researcher in complex computer system design, including computer technology for healthy aging. Most notably, he helped develop the VHSIC Hardware Description Language.

He was instrumental in founding U.Va.’s Center for Semicustom Integrated Systems, which was one of the first Technology Development Centers of the Virginia Center for Innovative Technology. He served as president and fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Computer Society and as president of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association.

Briefings on charter nov. 9, 17

University President John T. Casteen III will lead a third round of employee briefings to explain the Commonwealth Charter Initiative and what it means to U.Va. and its employees. The two briefings will take place Nov. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. in the South Meeting Room of Newcomb Hall, and Nov. 17, from noon to 1 p.m., in the auditorium of the new Small Special Collections Library. The University has held four previous employee briefings around Grounds. Audio and videotapes of the earlier sessions are online at: http://www.virginia.edu/chartereduniversities. Tapes and CDs of the briefings also are available for checking out from University Relations (924-1400) or from the University Library.


The time of year that offers an opportunity for employees to give back to the lesortunate members of their communities has come again. The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign will kick off at U.Va. on Nov. 1. Authorized by the governor of Virginia, the campaign provides state employees with an easy, effective method for helping others.

This year, area volunteers will distribute pledge cards to employees throughout the University along with information on how to access an online or hardcopy directory listing of more than 1,200 participating charities. Nearly 1,100 nonprofit organizations participate in the CVC annually, including those engaged in medical research, animal welfare, environmental conservation, historic preservation, and health and human services.

For more information about helping support the CVC through volunteering or giving a charitable donation, call 924-3165 or e-mail


ContraVac of Ivy, a U.Va. start-up company, has received the Breakthrough Award at Virginia’s Small Business Research Commercialization Awards. The company’s products detect or block sperm, and are used in hospitals, infertility clinics, forensic labs and the home market. University cell biologist John C. Herr and urologist Stuart Howards formed ContraVac based on their research of novel proteins, which provide the basis of a new male contraceptive vaccine.


The results from the 2004 Health Promotion Alcohol Survey are in — and they are promising. The survey was administered to a random sample of 5,158 undergraduate students, with a response rate of 50 percent. According to the survey coordinator, the most important results are in terms of what students are experiencing as a result of their drinking, which is measured in terms of negative consequences. Upon examination of all U.Va. undergraduates, 10 of the 17 consequences declined in 2004 from the previous year. More than 12 percent reported fewer injuries as a negative consequence of their drinking since 2003, and driving under the influence decreased by 9 percent over last year and 26 percent since 2001. The survey is part of the social norms marketing campaign in the Office of Health Promotion to curb high-risk drinking.

Taking notes has never been so easy. On Oct. 19, Hewlett-Packard Co. joined U.Va.’s pilot program to bring digital content and learning applications to students in biochemistry, psychology and statistics classes. The collaboration, already consisting of Thomson Learning, U.Va. and Microsoft Corp. will partner with HP to deliver a product that enables students to experience a multimedia classroom setting by writing with a stylus directly onto the screen of an HP Tablet PC. Students can use the Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 note-taking program to annotate the professors’ lecture outlines or click on Thomson’s interactive solutions platform to access simulations, animations and exercises that facilitate understanding of the course material. The program was launched with the fall semester and will continue through the spring 2005 semester.

For employees and faculty who want to change their health care options for next year, open enrollment begins on Nov. 1. The University Human
Resources’ Benefits Division will hold an informational session about open enrollment on Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. at Carruthers Hall in ITC Conference Room A. Adjustments that can be made to benefits packages include changing health programs, adding or dropping a spouse or dependant, or changing a premium payroll deduction from pre-tax to post-tax or vice-versa. The enrollment period will run until Dec. 3 at 5 p.m., and the effective date of change will be Jan. 1, 2005. For more information, visit http://www.hrs.virginia.edu/OpenEnroll/healthplanqa.html.

U.Va. among eight schools chosen for minority scholarship program
U.Va. will be among eight universities that will receive scholarship money from Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC. The Winston-Salem law firm has created a program to provide $32,000 in scholarships each year to minority law school students. Each recipient of the Womble Carlyle Scholars Program scholarship will collect $4,000 per year. The winners will include second-year law students at the eight law schools throughout the Southeast. The recipients also are guaranteed a summer associate position with the firm, and will become eligible for a $4,000 third-year scholarship. The other schools whose students will share in the scholarship money are Emory University, Howard University, N.C. Central University, University of Georgia, UNC-Chapel Hill, University of South Carolina and Wake Forest University.The program will partner with the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund to distribute scholarships at Howard and N.C. Central.

Rent-a-rower for seasonal chores
If you’re not looking forward to doing those seasonal chores — raking leaves, cleaning gutters, splitting wood, etc. — the U.Va. men’s crew team is offering the muscles of more than 60 rowers as a fund-raising event. They’ll come to your house Oct. 31 or Nov. 20 for $120 per rower, if you can provide the tools and lunch. Call Tony Kilbridge at 982-5681 or send an e-mail to aek3f@virginia.edu. The Virginia Rowing Association is a chartered, independent club that depends on its own fund-raising efforts to purchase equipment and support its travel budget. For information visit the Web site http://www.virginiarowing.org/

Contemporary Thought Forum begins Nov. 4
The Faculty Senate-sponsored Forum for Contemporary Thought Speaker series will kick off on Nov. 4. The 2004-2005 series is on “Ethical Sources in a New Century,” and begins with a lecture from Robert Solomon, Quincy Lee Centennial Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin. His lecture, “Emotivism as Ethics” will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall 301. The following day, Kathleen Higgins, professor of philosophy at UT, will present her lecture “Music and Ethics” at 2 p.m. in Minor Hall 125.

More doctors added to Top Docs list
With the addition of three more doctors from U.Va.’s Health System, the list of America’s Top Doctors now includes 48 University physicians. Published annually by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., the book recognizes physicians who are considered among the best in their specialties in both patient care and research. This year’s additions were Dr. Paul Diamond, physical medicine and rehabilitation; Dr. Susanne Holroyd, geriatric psychiatry; and Dr. Cato Laurencin,
orthopaedic surgery.

Making Headlines

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

Richard J. Bonnie, professor of law

  • “Supreme Court Hears Juvenile Death Penalty Appeal Today,” Harrisonburg Daily News- Record, Oct. 13.
  • Carl Desportes Bowman, a sociology professor at Bridgewater College and director of survey research at U.Va.'s Pew Center On Religion And Democracy
  • “Commentary: For Most Americans, Patriotism Isn't In Question,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, Sept. 20.

David Breneman, dean of the Curry School Of Education

  • “Bush Vs. Kerry: Government's Role In Financing College Education / Pocketbook Issues In The Presidential Election,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 22.
  • “Opening The College Gates,” Yahoo! News, Oct. 18.
  • “Opening The College Gates  / Bush And Kerry Are Vying To Make Higher Ed More Affordable,” US News, Oct. 25.
  • “Grading The Higher-Education Report Card,” Chronicle Of Higher Education, Oct. 15.
  • “On Higher Education, Va. Gets Mixed Grades,” Washington Post, Oct. 14.

James Ceaser, professor of politics

  • “Back To Nature / We Shouldn't Forget About The Natural Basis Of National Security,” The National Review, Oct. 13.
  • Ceaser and Daniel DiSalvo, a graduate student, have their writings cited in the Washington Post
  • “Commentary: Liberals, Lawyers, And A Choice,” Washington Post, Oct. 15.

Anne Coughlin, law professor

  • “Cost To Try Burrow Likely Was 'Extensive' / Two Law Professors Say They Don't Think The Cost Of A Federal Prosecution Is A Sum That Is Typically Calculated,” Roanoke Times, Oct. 12.
  • Richard Demong, professor of bank management in the Mcintire School of Commerce
  • “Sub-Prime Loans May Be In Jeopardy,” [Arlington Heights, Ill.] Daily Herald, Sept. 21.

Robert Fatton Jr., politics professor

  • “Haiti: U.S. Lifts Arms Embargo To Regime As Violence Grows,” Inter Press Service, Sept. 20.
  • “US 2004 Elections Will Influence Haiti's Future,” Insight News, Oct. 18.

Tom Guterbock, director of U.Va.'s Center For Survey Research

  • “Survey: Top Marks For Albemarle,” Daily Progress, Oct. 11.
  •  “Kerry Wins Match-Up, But Still All To Play For,” South China Morning Post [Hong Kong], Oct. 15.

Frederick Hayden, an internal medicine professor

  • was a guest Sept. 20 on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition."
  • “Aiming To Avoid Flu? Try Squirt Of Vaccine,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, Oct. 8.

Walt Heinecke, Curry School professor

  • “School Board Takes Heat,” Daily Progress, Oct. 19.

E. Mavis Hetherington, professor emeritus of psychology

  • “Commentary: Taking A Big Step: Being A Stepparent,” New York Daily News, Oct. 17.

John Jane, professor and chair of neurology, was quoted in a news report

  • Christopher Reeve Dies at 52,” the report aired on WAFF-TV NBC 48 Huntsville (Al), Oct. 11.

Bankole Johnson, professor of psychiatric medicine

  • “Old Idea Offers New Hope For Alcoholics,” Chicago Sun-Times, Oct. 17.

Michael Klarman, law professor

  • “A Really Restrained Judiciary / Attacking Judicial Activism Isn't Just For Conservatives Anymore,” Boston Globe, Oct. 17.

John Knight, computer science professor

  • “Professor Blames Limited Training For High Level Of Software Failures,”
  • Computer Weekly, Oct. 19.

Craig Littlepage, director of athletics

  • “Will Replace Iowa's Bowlsby As Chair,” Espn.com, Oct. 19.

Michael Mann, an environmental sciences professor

  • “Epic Drought' May Aid Research,” Albuquerque [N.M.] Journal, Oct. 8.

William McDonough, former dean of the School of Architecture and a lecturer in the Darden School

  • “At Design Awards, The Extraordinary That Touches The Everyday,” Oct. 21.

Patrick Michaels, research professor of environmental sciences and state climatologist

  • “Hurricane Pat Michaels Offers Alternate Doomsday,” The Hook, Oct. 22.
  • “Twisters Leave Key Questions,” [Fredericksburg] Free Lance-Star, Oct. 12.

John Monahan, a law professor

  • “Untrue Confessions / Startling Research Strikes At The Core Of Criminal Prosecution. Eye Witnesses, Even Confessions, Turn Out To Be Unreliable,” Orange County [Calif.] Register, Oct. 10.

David Neuman, University architect

  • “Local Residents Seek Historical Distinction,” Daily Progress, Oct. 10.

Robert O'Neil, law professor; director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection Of Free Expression

  • “Commentary: Ham-Handed In Lynchburg,” Roanoke Times, Oct. 11.

William A. Petri Jr., Wade Hampton Frost epidemiology professor and chief of the division of infectious disease and international health

  • “APHA Executive Director To Chair New Institute of Medicine Committee in Reviewing Effectiveness Of Federal Quarantine Stations,” U.S. Newswire, Oct. 22.

Thomas Platts-Mills, chief of the division of allergy, asthma and clinical immunology

  • “Doctors Have Pieces, But Disease Still Puzzles,” Chicago Tribune, Oct. 8.

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

  • “Voters' Mood? Try Fury,” Philadelphia Daily News, Oct. 22.
  • “Dems Have Chance To Regain Senate Control,” KSHB-TV NBC 41 Kansas City (Mo.), Oct. 22.
  • “Parties Prepare For Close Election / Teams Make Plans To Handle Repeat Of 2000 Legal Battle,” Newsday For The Detroit News, Oct. 22.
  • “Lawyers To Pack In The Polls / Tension Surrounds Battleground States,” Newhouse News Service, Oct. 22.
  • “Disgruntled Elector May Undermine Voting,” Associated Press, Oct. 21.
  • “Jones, Boxer Fight To The Finish / Candidates In Senate Duel Say The Only Poll That Matters Is On Election Day,” Fresno [Calif.] Bee, Oct. 21.
  • “Bush, Kerry Spar Over Domestic Issues,” Voice Of America, Oct. 21.
  • “Can They Win Without Florida?” St. Petersburg [Fla.] Times, Sept. 20.
  • “Kerry Sticks It To Bush Over Flu Shots / Democratic Rival Attacks President's Health Care Program,” National Post [Canada], Sept. 20.
  • “Lunch With The First Ladies,” [London] Independent, Sept. 20.
  • “Ford: '04 Mired In Bitterness,” Denver Post, Sept. 20,
  • “As Kerry Needles Bush About Flu, Analysts Yawn,” Star-Ledger, Sept. 20.
  • “Poll: Kerry Up 48-46 In Ohio,” Dayton [Ohio] Daily News, Sept. 20.
  • “GOP Working To Rack Up Bush Votes In 'Safe' States,” Austin [Tex.] American-Statesman, Sept. 20.
  • “Commentary: The Facts On Florida  / Elections Systems Ready For November,” Washington Times, Sept.20.
  • “For Bush, Labeling's A Liberal Art / He Aims To Bring Votes To His Side By Painting Kerry As Too Left-Leaning,” Dallas Morning News, Sept. 20.
  • “Campaigns Trying Their Best To Brand Opponents,” Santa Fe New Mexican, Sept. 20.
  • “It's Perfectly Poised, But The Race For The White House Could End In Chaos / Fears Grow Over New Florida Vote Debacle,” The Times [London], Oct. 20.
  • “With $2 Gasoline Abraham Steers Shrewd Course,” New York Sun, Oct. 20.
  • “Dems Plan Lawyer Blitz At Polls / GOP Says Effort Is Fabrication,” Associated Press, Oct. 19.
  • “Analysis: White House Watch: Two Weeks Out, Too Close To Call,” Dow Jones Newswires, Oct. 20.
  • “Enigmatic Electoral College Offers Challenge To Contest's Handicappers,” Contra Costa [Calif.] Times, Oct. 18.
  • “Proper Precinct, ID Required” Denver Post, Oct. 19.
  • “War On Terror At Top Of Voter Issue Lists,” Fox News, Oct. 19.
  • “Bush Vows No Iraq Retreat,” Washington Times, Oct. 19
  • “In Hurricanes' Wake, Jeb Bush Is Seen As A Powerful Asset For His Brother,” New York Sun, Oct. 18.
  • “A Clean Count? / The Florida Voting Virus: It Couldn't Happen Again, Could It? Untested Technologies. Millions Of First-Time Voters. Terror Threats. Itchy Lawyers. Sure It Could. A Road Map To An Anxious Election Day,”
  • Newsweek, Oct. 18.
  • “Vote Clooney? / With A Little Help From Son George, Political Rookie Nick Clooney Makes A Run For Congress,” People Magazine, Oct. 18.
  • “States Up For Grabs Dwindling,” Newsday, Oct. 17.
  • “Time For A Campaign Reality Check,” Chicago Sun-Times, Oct. 17.
  • “Race Is Going Down To The Wire,” San Antonio [Tex.] Express-News, Oct. 17.
  • “Shades Of 2000: It's Down To The Wire / Debate Tactics Bring Out The Best And Worst In Presidential Contenders,” Gannett News Service, Oct. 17.
  • “Pundits Brace For Strange Twists In U.S. Election,” Reuters News, Oct. 17.
  • “Mississippi Ministers, Others Rally To Support Traditional Marriage,” Associated Press, Oct. 17.
  • “Commentary: Winner Of This Tight Race Might Not Be Known By Nov. 3,”
  • Columbus [Ohio] Dispatch, Oct. 17.
  • “Polls - A Snapshot Of American Politics - Show Race For President Too Close To Call,”
  • Voice Of America, Oct. 16.
  • “Record Turnout On Cards As Passions Rise,” The Times, Oct. 16.
  • “For Bush, Debates A Lost Opportunity,” San Antonio [Tex.] Express-News, Oct. 16.
  • “Bush, Kerry Begin Final Phase Of Campaign,” CBC News, Oct. 15.
  • “News Analysis: 'These Guys Are Incorrigible Fact-Twisters',” [Toronto] Globe And Mail, Oct. 15.
  • “Doyle Joins Rift Over Ballot Supply,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Oct. 15.
  • “Four 'Takeaways' From The Debates,” USA Today, Oct. 14.
  • “Illegal Voters Get Stern Warning / Davidson Vows To Pursue Fraud,” Denver Post, Oct. 14.
  • “Romero Goes For Round No. 2 Against Incumbent Wilson In House Race,” Associated Press, Oct. 14.
  • “If Elected: First 90 Days In The Senate,” Denver Post, Oct. 9.
  • “Election Might Be Full Of Problems / Punch-Card Ballots, Provisional Voting Biggest Issues In Ohio, Experts Say,” Columbus [Ohio] Dispatch, Oct. 10.
  • “Demint's Missteps Give Boost To Tenenbaum,” [Columbia, S.C.] State, Oct. 10.
  • “Bush, Kerry Hit The Campaign Trail After Debate Ends In Draw,” Agence France Presse , Oct. 9.
  • “Bush Pulls Even In Debate Sweepstakes,” Agence France Presse , Oct. 9.
  • “Bush May Have Stopped His Slide In The Standings,” San Antonio [Tex.] Express-News, Oct. 9.
  • “Too Close To Call Yet Polls Apart,” Australian Financial Review, Oct. 9.
  • “Bush Ability To Connect In Town Hall Faces Rare Unscripted Test,” Bloomberg News, Oct. 8.
  • “Bush, Kerry Absent From Southern States / Republican Lock On Region Taken For Granted,” Allen G. Breed Of The Associated Press, Oct. 8.
  • “Polls Offer Puzzling Look In Colorado Presidential Race,” Associated Press, Oct. 8.
  • “Campaign Fundraising: How Important?” Voice Of America, Oct. 8.
  • “Pressure In Second Debate On Bush; President Must Stop Kerry'sMomentum,” Columbus [Ohio] Dispatch, Oct. 8.
  • “Political Myths Have A Life Of Their Own,” Gannett News Service, Oct. 12.
  • “Maine Man's Ads Have Changed Course Of Campaigns,” Portland [Maine] Press Herald, Oct. 11.
  • “Final Debate May Be Key To Victory / 90-Minute Session On Domestic Policy In Arizona Tonight,” San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 13.
  • “Plan: Stay On The Attack / As Election Day Draws Near, Bush And Kerry Prepare To Come Out Swinging In Hopes Of Winning Key States,” Long Island Newsday, Oct. 13.
  • “Registration Indicates 'Huge Interest' In Election,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, Oct. 13.
  • “Analysts: 'Battleground States' Hold Key To Winning 2004 Presidential Election,” Voice Of America, Oct. 12.
  • “The NASCAR Voter That Never Was,” The Hill, Oct. 13.
  • “Voter Rolls Increased By 64,000-Plus During Deadline Weekend,” Associated Press, Oct. 12.
  • “Consumer Optimism Rises In Oct. After Sept. Decline,” Yahoo! Finance.Com, Oct. 13.
  • “Clinton Joins Fray As Endgame Nears After Final TV Debate,” The Guardian [London], Oct. 14.
  • “High Voter Turnout, But For Whom? / A Historic Peak In Voter Interest Has Both Parties Hoping. But Who Votes On Nov. 2 Is Anybody's Guess.” Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 14.
  • Sabato Is Quoted Today In A CBS News Marketwatch Article Headlined:
  • “Debate Sets Tone For Campaign's Final Stage / Analysis: StrategyThe Same, Topics Hit Home,” CBS.Marketwatch.Com, Oct. 14.
  • “Florida's All Over Dems Eye Election Lawsuits,” New York Post, Oct. 14.
  • “The Larry Sabato Show / Virginia's Best-Known Pundit Is Never On The Ballot But Always On The Campaign Trail,” Style Weekly, Oct. 13.
  • “Senate Attendance Not Really An Issue,” Los Angeles Daily News, Oct. 13.

Ethan Saliba, assistant athletic director and head trainer

  • “Vioxx: Arthritis Drug, College Athletes' 'Miracle Pill' / Its Recall Affects Many Who Play Contract Sports, And Who Have Been Helped Mightily In Recovering From Injuries,” Hampton Roads Daily Press, Oct. 20

Matthew Smyth, interim director of communications for U.Va.'s Center For Politics

  • “Are The Dems Giving Up On Virginia? / The Lights Aren't Out Yet, But Kerry Move Seems To Signal The End,” Augusta Free Press, Oct. 8.

Jerry Stenger, research coordinator in U.Va.'s State Climatology Office

  • “It Could've Been An Even Wetter Summer,” Hampton Roads Daily Press, Oct. 21.

Ken Stroupe, director of the youth leadership initiative at U.Va.’s Center For Politics

  • “Experts See High Turnout In U.S. Election,” Reuters News Service, Oct. 20.
  • “Politics,” Bergen County [N.J.] Record, Oct. 18.
  • “Groups Promote The Vote,” Bergen County [N.J.] Record,” Oct. 10.
  • “No Fat Ladies Singing Here / GOP, Dems Not Conceding Virginia Electoral Votes” Augusta Free Press, Oct. 12.

Kevin Sullivan, professor of computer science

  • “Almost One In Four Businesses Pirate Software,” Medill News Service, Oct. 15.

Ronald Turner, pediatrics professor

  • “Govt. Can't Listen To Guantanamo Meetings,” Associated Press, Oct. 21.
  • “Value Of Flu-Vaccine Alternatives Is Questioned / Options: The Shortage of Shots Has Driven More People to Herbal and Homeopathic Medicines, Though Scientists Look Askance At Them,” Baltimore Sun, Oct. 18.

Vamik Volkan, director emeritus of U.Va.'s Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction

  • “Close Encounters With The Other Side / Distressed By Polarized Politics, Some Americans Try A Kitchen- Table Approach To Discourse,” Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 18.

Philip D. Zelikow, who served as executive director of the commission and is director of the Miller Center of Public Affairs

  • “After Scrutiny Of 9/11, Scrutiny Of Panel's Staff,” International Herald Tribune, Oct. 19.
  • “Group Effort Turned A Potentially Dry Government Report Into A Best Seller,”
  • New York Sun, Oct. 16.
  • “Editorial: The 9/11 Commission Report: What A Concept!” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Oct. 18.
  • “Divided Nation Heads To Polls To Pick A President / Bush Favored To Win His Home State,” Austin [Tex.] American-Statesman, Oct. 17.
  • “9/11 Report Up For National Book Prize / The Government-Issued Bestseller, Written With The Public In Mind, Is A Nonfiction Finalist,” Los Angeles Times, Oct. 15.
  • “9/11 Report Up For National Book Prize / The Government-Issued Bestseller, Written With The Public In Mind, Is A Nonfiction Finalist,” Los Angeles Times, Oct. 15.




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