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Dec. 3-16, 2004
Vol. 34, Issue 21
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Charting charter: Most Medical Center employees fare well under codified autonomy
With 45, U.Va. boasts most Rhodes Scholars among nation's public universities
Help reshape U.Va.'s sexual assault policy
Headines @ U.Va.
Dr. Farhat Moazam, a restless spirit
Teenagers of same-sex parents
Program helps teachers master the classroom
Booth's 'how to make it as a woman'
New library a treasure for all
Designing a community dream together
Evaluating the past helps plan a better future

Davis replacing petroleum with carbohydrates

Art spurs talks on race relations
Holiday art auction Dec. 4
Let there be lights
Learn to juggle, learn to lead


Headlines @ U.Va.

The University Judiciary Committee’s policies on sexual assault at U.Va. will be changing. After a successful legal challenge brought against Georgetown University by Kate Dieringer, a student sexual
assault victim, U.Va. administrators have said they will consult with
attorneys to ensure they are complying with the Georgetown decision until a new confidentiality policy can be written in the spring. In July, the Department of Education ruled that Georgetown violated the rights of sexual assault victims by forcing them to sign disclosure agreements to learn the outcomes of their judicial hearings. Georgetown had argued unsuccessfully that under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act the outcomes of sexual assault cases were part of the academic records of students and therefore could not be released to the public. (The Hoya, Nov. 9)

By 2006, administrators at Darden hope to launch an executive MBA program for aspiring executives who would have difficulty leaving their jobs. Darden has offered a master’s degree for almost 50 years, but has never moved ahead with plans to reach out to working executives who want to receive their MBA. Darden’s decision comes after monitoring student and corporate demands for executive MBA programs for the past decade. In April, Darden officials formed a committee to study the prospect of having its own program. After receiving favorable responses from companies that have sent managers to Dar-den’s executive education courses and its existing MBA program, the committee decided to move ahead with plans. (Virginian-Pilot, Nov. 12)

Jurors have convicted Andrew R. Alston, a former University student, of voluntary manslaughter in the 2003 slaying of local firefighter Walter Sisk and recommended that he serve a three-year prison term. Formal sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 16. The prosecution and defense did not disagree substantially on the events that led to Sisk’s death: a night of drinking and arguing led to the deadly confrontation. (Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov. 12)

University students are using state-of-the-art technology to learn about biochemistry. Charles Grisham, a biochemistry professor, is part of an experiment that provides Hewlett Packard tablet PCs to the 100 students in his class. Initial evidence shows that they are learning the subject better and more quickly with the technology; so far, students’ scores are about 10 points higher than last year. Providing the students with tablet PCs enables them to see Microsoft PowerPoint slides at their desks and type or handwrite notes that are saved electronically, and Grisham’s lectures are recorded and students can view them on the tablets at any time. (Federal Computer Week, Nov. 22)

Making Headlines

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

John D. Arras, philosophy professor,

  • “'A Minefield of Error and Judgment',” Financial Times [London], Nov. 17.

Brandt Allen, dean, executive education at Darden

  • “Do As I Do,” CFO Magazine, Nov. 16.

John Allen, psychology professor 

  • “Five Rules To Keep Parents, Teen Tuned,” Des Moines [Iowa] Register, Nov. 12.

Julie Bargmann, associate professor and director, landscape program in the School of Architecture,

  • “Talking Trash With Julie Bargmann,” Architecture Magazine, October 2004.

Ellen Bass, engineering assistant professor

  • “Repeal of Gay Union Ban Urged,” Daily Progress, Nov. 16.

Julian Bond, history professor

  • “Non-Profits' Political Trap,” [Ind.] Journal-Gazette, Nov. 7.

David W. Breneman, dean, Curry School of Education

  • “It's Lucrative at the Top,” Chronicle Of Higher Education, Nov. 19.

Theodore Caplow, sociology professor

  • “Why Do You Always Get a Present You Don't Want?” Irish Independent, Nov. 16.

James W. Ceaser, politics professor and Daniel Disalvo, politics graduate student,

  • “Commentary: For Dems: Worse than it Looks,” Weekly Standard, Nov. 9.

Fabio Cominelli, gastroenterology professor

  • “Drug May Relieve Crohn's, Other Disorders,” Associated Press, Nov. 10.

Selena Cozart, assistant professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, and Lynn Woodson, director of communications for Health System Development

  • “Leadership Students Refine Their Talents,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, N ov. 12.

Rita Dove, creative writing professor 

  • “American Smooth ': That is what it Sounds like when Rita Dove Flies,” Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Nov. 6.

Mark Edmundson, English professor 

  • “Book Review: Why Read, Indeed?” San Angelo [Texas] Standard-Times, Nov. 16.
  • “Inside The Beltway,” (Commentary), Washington Times, Nov. 12.

Robert E. Emery, psychology professor and director, Center for Children, Families, and the Law

  • “Breaking Up ... Without Breaking Kids' Hearts,” The Hook, Nov. 15.

Paul Freedman, associate professor of politics 

  • “Commentary: Terrorism, Not Values, Drove Bush's Re-Election,” Slate, Nov. 5.

Gary Gallagher, history professor  

  • “Post-Novello Luminaries Keep Coming,” Charlotte [N.C.] Observer, Nov. 7.

Paul Gross, professor emeritus of biology

  • “Evolution Foes See Opening to Press Fight in Schools,” Boston Globe, Nov. 16.

Jennifer Harvey, radiology professor

  • “Genetics May Aid Victims Of Breast Cancer; VCU Researcher Hopes the Field Can Point To A Patient's Best Therapy,” RedNova, Nov. 9.

John C. Herr, professor of cell biology and director, Center for Research in Contraceptive and Reproductive Health

  • “A Contraceptive for Men,” (Commentary) Philippine Daily Inquirer, Nov. 19.
  • “Study Gives Male Contraceptive a Shot,” USA Today, Nov. 12.

Peter Jackson, interim associate director for communications, Center for Politics

  • “Four Gil-More Years?” Augusta Free Press, Nov. 18.

Arthur Kirsch, english professor

  • “Book Review: Making of the Bard,” Washington Post, Nov. 7.

Paul J. Lombardo, director, law and medicine program,, Center for Biomedical Ethics

  • “Playing God,” Ventura County [Calif.] Reporter, Nov. 5.

David Martin, law professor

  • “States and Citizens are Slowly Drifting Apart,” (Commentary)Financial Times, Nov. 17.

William F. May, religious studies lecturer 

  • “Bush's Win Won't End Stem-Cell Debate,” Kansas City Star, Nov. 6.

Elizabeth McGarvey, psychiatric medicine associate professor

  • “Study Finds Obesity Among New York City Children,” Reuters News, Nov. 15.

Patrick Michaels, environmental sciences professor

  • “A Canary In The Coal Mine,” The Economist, Nov. 13.

Farzaneh Milani, director, Studies in Women and Gender program

  • “Silencing Modern Scheharazade,” (Commentary) Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 16.

Jonathan D. Moreno, Kornfeld professor and director, Center for Biomedical Ethics

  • “X Prize Offers Big Bucks for Big Science,” San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 15.
  • “Army 'Whitecoats' Recall Unique Service to Country -- and to Science,” [Portland] Oregonian, Nov. 14.
  • “Dangerous Testing Went Beyond Vets,” Detroit Free Press, Nov. 12.
  • “Medical Plan Gives Catholics an Option,” Chicago Tribune, Nov. 8.
  • “Book Review: A Different Kind Of Friendly Fire?” Washington Post, Nov. 7.

David M O'Brien, politics professor

  • “Bush has a Chance to Remake High Court,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 6.

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

  • “Illegal Trafficking in Arms, Drugs, and International Scholarship,” Chronicle Of Higher Education, Nov. 12.

William B. Quandt, politics professor and Middle East expert

  • “'Chance For Life' In Mideast Peace Talks,” Washington Times, Nov. 12.
  • “Senior Analyst Sees 4 More Years of Same,” [Beirut, Lebanon] Daily Star, Nov. 6.

R. K. Ramazani,  politics professor emeritus

  • “Arafat's Death Spurs Mixed Reactions,” Daily Progress, Nov. 12.

Mark Robbins, director, Lung Transplant Program at the Medical Center

  • “Marathon Binds Two From Organ Program,” Associated Press, Nov. 13.

Peter Rodriguez, Darden School professor

  • “Despite Smaller Loans, SBA Breaks Records,” Inc. Magazine, Nov. 2004.

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

  • “Agriculture Interests Express Mixed Emotions about Nelson as Possible AG Secretary,” Associated Press, Nov. 18.
  • “Analysis: Last Days of Front-Loaded Primaries?” Bakersfield Californian, Nov. 18.
  • “Will The New AG Stand Up To The White House?” Legal Times,  Nov. 16.
  • “Cabinet Posts Come with Little Public Recognition,” (Commentary)
  • By Joan Lowy Of Scripps Howard News Service / Tuesday, Nov. 16.
  • “Meet The New Boss - Not Like Old Boss,” New York Post, Nov. 17.
  • “How Lines of the Culture War have been Redrawn,” Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 15.
  • “Mississippi Senator Poised to Chair Appropriations Committee,” Columbus [Miss.] Ledger-Enquirer, Nov. 14.
  • “Nevada Likely to Benefit from Reid's Promotion,” Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nov. 14.
  • “Nelson's Seat Next on GOP Target List,” Sarasota [Fla.] Herald-Tribune, Nov. 12.
  • “Experts Predict Limited Impact,” Lynchburg News & Advance, Nov. 12.
  • “Pageantry Planned for Bush Inauguration,” Associated Press, Nov. 12.
  • “Defeated Kerry Refuses to go Quietly,” Guardian [London], Nov. 10.
  • “`Liberal' Label Likely to Isolate Bay State Pols, Weaken Clout,” Boston Herald, Nov. 9.
  • “Experts See Uphill Battle if Sen. Clinton Runs in '08,” [Little Rock] Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Nov. 9.
  • “Matter of Life, Not Death,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, Nov. 8.
  • “GOP's Gains Hinder Black Democrats,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Nov. 8.
  • “Sen. Bill Nelson a Marked Man Heading Toward the 2006 Election,” Knight Ridder Tribune News Service, Nov. 8.
  • “Bush Agenda May Face Hurdles,” Boston Globe, Nov. 7.
  • “Oops! Too Many People Actually Voted,” Stockton [Calif.] Record, Nov. 7.
  • “Election Confirms America Leans Moderate to Conservative,” Provo [Utah] Daily Herald, Nov. 7.
  • “Election Shows Slow Geopolitical Shifts in Northern Virginia,” Associated Press, Nov. 7.
  • “Rural Voters Rose Up and Chose Bush,” Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov. 7.
  • “Commentary: Endorsements - Are They Helpful?” Seattle Post, Nov. 7.
  • “Mass. Liberal Tag Doomed Kerry Bid,” Springfield [Mass.] Union-News, Nov. 6.
  • “Analysis: Richardson's Star Not Dimmed,” United Press International, Nov. 6.
  • “Bush's Agenda Jampacked, But Is It Doable? Columbus [Ohio] Dispatch, Nov. 5.

James D. Savage, politics professor and assistant vice president for research and federal relations 

  • “Letter To The Editor: Budgetary Data of EU States Are Not 'In A Mess',” [London] Financial Times, Nov. 8.

David Slawson, family medicine professor

  • “While Some Officials Advocate Awareness of a Diabetes Test, Many Doctors are Skeptical.” ABC News, Nov. 18.

Matt Smyth, communications director, Center for Politics 

  • “Kaine vs. Kilgore ... Who Has the Upper Hand?” Augusta Free Press, Nov. 8.

Christopher Tilghman, creative writing

  • “Writing Home,” Baltimore Sun, Nov. 8.

Karen Van Lengen, dean, School Of Architecture

  • “Architect Viñoly's New GSB Designed with Eye to Detail,” [University Of] Chicago Maroon, Nov. 9.

J. H. Verkerke, law professor and director, Program for Employment and Labor Law Studies

  • “Fired Flight Attendant Finds Blogs Can Backfire,” New York Times, Nov. 16.

Richard Guy Wilson, architectural history professor 

  • “Unique Elements,” Metro Pulse [Knoxville, Tenn.], Nov. 4

Philip D. Zelikow, history professor and director, Miller Center of Public Affairs

  • “Negotiators See New Hope For Intelligence Bill,” New York Times, Nov. 8.



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