Jan. 14 -27, 2005
Vol. 35, Issue 1
Back Issues
Legislative study committee's review gives Charter initiative momentum

Weisner wins Mitchell prize
Looking forward to the holidays

One of U.Va.'s most influential women leaders dies
Two top Virginia education leaders expand Charter to include all of higher education
The Charter initiative
VCCS chancellor embraces Charter ideas
Lawmakers await final Charter proposal
Q & A
Faculty Senate oks position statement on Charter
Kent works to develop even safer automobile restraints
African-American Heritage Month 2005
Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Beloved Community"

"Mapping a Day in the Life" opens Feb. 1

Nobel Laureate to speak on aging
You're invited: The study abroad fair
Architecture students share study abroad experiences using Internet knowlege


News briefs

Markus A. Weisner, a fourth-year engineering student, has won a 2005-2006 George J. Mitchell Scholarship to live and study for a year in Ireland. He is one of 12 recipients this year to receive the prize, which recognizes outstanding young Americans who exhibit the highest standards of academic excellence, leadership and community service. This is the third consecutive year that a U.Va. student has won the award. Weisner, 24, will study for a master’s degree in fire safety
engineering at Trinity College in Dublin. He has been involved in fire fighting and fire safety issues for several years, as a volunteer with the Charlottesville Fire Department and the Nags Head, N.C., Fire Department, as well as a Disaster Action Team member for the Red Cross in Central Virginia. Weisner is founder and president of the Association of Student Firefighters at U.Va. and started a business, Fire Hardware LLC, to market fire-fighting equipment he has designed. Weisner also has won a 2004 Truman Scholarship, studied abroad at the Universitat Konstanz, conducted research in Germany for Daimler Chrysler company and interned for Sen. George F. Allen, R-Va. Weisner’s goals include working for the Homeland Security Department and possibly with the Secret Service Fire Department at the White House.

Returning from the holidays to a 31-day month is exhausting. The cure: think about your next vacation! The Human Resources Department has released the holiday schedule for 2005, with a day off just around the corner. This year’s breaks are as follows:

Jan. 17— Martin Luther King Day
March 11 — Spring Break Day
May 30 — Memorial Day
July 4 — Independence Day
Sept. 5 — Labor Day
Nov. 24 — Thanksgiving
Nov. 25 — Day after Thanksgiving
Dec. 23 — Christmas Eve (observed)
Dec. 26 — Christmas Day (observed)
Dec. 27 — Day After Christmas (observed)
Dec. 30 — New Year’s Eve Day (observed)
Jan. 2, 2006 — New Year’s Day (observed)

If the Governor grants any additional holiday time during the year, this
time will be applied to employee leave balances as compensatory time (float time) and must be used within 12 months from date awarded. For information about this year’s holidays, visit http://www.hrs.virginia.edu.

The search is on for a chief officer for diversity and equity. U.Va. is inviting nominations and applications for the position, which will report directly to the president and has Universitywide responsibility for matters involving diversity and equity. Greenwood & Associates Inc. is assisting U.Va. in the search, and initial screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. For fullest consideration, materials should be received by Jan. 31. For a complete job description and more information about the application process, visit www.virginia.edu/president/ jobcode.html.

The Virginia Quarterly Review, based at the University, was honored with the Parnassus Award for Significant Editorial Achievement, presented by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. CELJ presented awards at the annual CELJ meeting held Dec. 27 during the 2004 Modern Language Association Convention in Philadelphia. Jana L. Argersinger, vice president of CELJ, noted that “the Parnassus competition specifically looks for a single issue, published within the previous three years, that realizes the journal’s mission to an unusual degree and at the same time meets the highest standards of learned‚ editorial practice.” VQR’s award-winning spring 2004 issue was only the second produced under the editorship of Ted Genoways, who has undertaken major initiatives to
remake the magazine, founded at the University in 1925.

Employees who want assistance in learning how to access the new online payslips can do so via the Internet during the months of January, February and March. The demonstrations will show employees how to log in, view and print their payslips by using online training materials located on the Human Resources Web site at http://www.hrs.virginia.edu.

The Women’s Center is seeking nominations for the 2006 Distinguished Alumna award. The award celebrates a U.Va. female graduate who has demonstrated excellence, leadership and extraordinary commitment to her field, and who has used her talents as a positive force for change. A brief letter of nomination and resume is due by Feb. 1 to Virginia Moran, associate director, Women’s Center, P.O. Box 800588, Charlottesville, Va. 22908. Call 982-3946 or e-mail vmoran@virginia.edu for information.


In celebration of Black History month, the Kaleidoscope Center for Cultural Fluency is asking for visual and literary arts and computer and film shorts submissions from the University community. Selected works will be on display at the center’s February exhibition on the third floor of Newcomb Hall. The display, called “Strange Fruit,” will feature works created in response to the book of photographs “Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America.” The Kaleidoscope Center provides opportunities for the University community to learn about, examine and discuss differences and commonalities as a means of better understanding and appreciating each unique individual. Individuals interested in creating a piece for submission are invited to pick up a CD with excerpts from the book in the Office of Student Life, the Office of African-American Affairs or the Newcomb Hall Information Desk. All works must be submitted by Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. to the Office of Student Life. For more information, contact http://thescope@virginia.edu.

Twenty-three Jewish students ages 18 to 26 who have never traveled to
Israel will get the opportunity to make the trek this winter. The students will travel with Birthright Israel, a philanthropic initiative that provides
all-expense-paid educational trips for Jewish young adults. This year, a record number of U.Va. students will participate in the program. Twenty are associated with the University of Virginia Hillel, an organization that provides Jewish cultural, religious, social and community service opportunities for students. The group will travel to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Tsfat and the Golan Heights region of Israel. Those with interest in their journey can follow the trip by visiting http://www.uvahillel.org.

William W. Harmon, who was senior vice president in the U.Va. president’s office, has resigned to take a new job as president of Central College in the Houston Community College system.

In his latest position at U.Va., Harmon was responsible for special projects, including fund raising for the new sports arena, and recruitment and retention of minority faculty and students. Harmon served as vice president for student affairs until 2001, having come to U.Va. in 1994 from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was vice chancellor for student affairs.

"Bill Harmon made important contributions to University life during
his tenure, first as vice president for student affairs and most recently, as senior vice president," President John T. Casteen III said. "He has been a leading advocate for student interests, and his thoughtful consideration of difficult issues will have a lasting impact. We wish both Bill and Beverly much success in Houston."

Under Harmon’s tenure, a summer orientation program for new students was implemented; the student health center was renovated and expanded; and a multicultural residence hall, Mosaic House, was opened. Harmon also chaired the president’s task force on alcohol to advance awareness of issues related to alcohol use on Grounds and create positive social and cultural change, such as discouraging the fourth-year fifth. The task force reported a decline in incidents related to heavy drinking two-and-a-half years later.

His wife, Beverly P. Harmon, who is assistant dean for student affairs in U.Va.’s Law School, will stay in that post until the end of the academic year. The Harmons have one daughter, Hilary, who is an attorney in Houston.

Making Headlines

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

Henry Abraham, emeritus professor of government and foreign affairs

  • “Supreme Court; White House Calculus,” National Journal, Dec. 10.

Sara Algoe, psychology instructor

  • “Gratitude: It’s Good For You and There’s No Downside,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, Jan. 6.

Edward L. Ayers, Arts & Sciences dean

  • “Full Circle,” Tennessee Alumnus, Winter 2005.

Richard J. Bonnie, law professor and director, Institute for Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy

  • “Lawmakers Join to Combat Underage Drinking,” Hearst Newspaper, Dec. 26.

David W. Breneman, dean, Curry School of Education

  • “Pell Grant Recipients Find Tax Cuts Cut Two Ways,” [Norfolk] Virginian-Pilot, Dec. 28.

Peter Brooks, English professor

  • “For the Love of Thought,” Guardian [London], Dec. 30.

Daniel Cox, psychiatric medicine, professor associate professor of internal medicine and director, Behavioral Medicine Center

  • “Hyperglycemia Linked to Cognitive-Motor Slowing in Diabetics,” Reuters, Dec. 22.

Rob Cross, management professor at the School of Commerce

  • “Playing Well with Others,” Inc. Magazine, Jan. 2005.

Mark Edmundson, English professor and author of "Why Read”

  • “Book Review: 'Why Read?',” Palm Beach [Fla.] Post, Dec. 12.

Robert Emery, psychology professor

  • “Split Season,” New Orleans Times-Picayune, Dec. 13.

Glenn A Gaesser, exercise physiology professor

  • “Weekly Challenge: Plastic Surgery? Nah. Lift Weights,” [Boise] Idaho Statesman, Jan. 4.
  • “Fitness Doesn't Negate Risk of Fatness,” Washington Post, Dec. 23.

Matthew Gibson, associate director, Electronic Text Center

  • “Google Plans Giant Online Library Stack,” Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 15.

Dr. Jack M. Gwaltney Jr., internal medicine professor

  • “Q: I Go Out With Wet Hair. Does This Raise The Risk Of Getting A Cold?”  Boston Globe, Dec. 28.
  • “Cold Comfort: Cure Won't Be Soon,” CNN, Dec. 15.
  • “Warding off the Common Cold,” HealthdayNews for Rednova, Dec. 12.

Robin Hamill-Ruth, anesthesiology associate professor and director, Pain Management Center

  • “F.D.A. Urges Doctors to Limit their Prescriptions for a Pair of Popular Painkillers,” New York Times, Dec. 24.

Jill Hartz, director, Art Museum and  Rita Dove, English professor and the state’s Poet Laureate

  • “Local Artist Silverman Dead at 62,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, Dec. 21.

Frederick G. Hayden, internal medicine and pathology professor

  • “The Common Cold,” Washington Times, Dec. 16.

Sharon Hays, author, "The Cultural Contradiction Of Motherhood" and sociology professor

  • “Mommy Rebellion,” Chicago Tribune, Dec. 21.

Jonathan Haidt, psychology professor

  • “Social Studies: A Daily Miscellany of Information By Michael Kesterton,”  [Toronto] Globe And Mail, Dec. 21.

Christopher Holstege, a toxicologist at the Health System

  • “Hangover Cure: Shot Of Prevention,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, Dec. 28.

Alan Howard, director, American studies graduate program

  • “Garages Become Suburban Hotspots,” Knight Ridder, Dec. 27.
  • “In Suburbia, Garages Becoming the New Social Hotspot,” Wilkes-Barre [Pa.] Times Leader, Dec. 16.

James Davison Hunter, sociology and religious studies professor

“Bipolar Disorder,” Atlantic Monthly, Jan. 5.

Erika James, assistant professor of business administration

  • “Coke Bias Case Still a Warning,” Atlanta Journal–Constitution, Dec. 15.

Laura Justice, assistant professor in the Curry School was quoted Dec. 18 in a CNN report on the use of the eye gaze technology to measure young children’s eye movements when adults read books to them.

Christopher Kramer, radiology professor

  • “Scan-Do”  Macomb [Mich.] Daily, Dec. 14.

Ann Loper, Curry School professor

  • “Prison Will be World Apart for Ex-Teacher,” Detroit Free Press, Jan. 3.

Charles Marsh, religious studies professor

  • Book Review: “The Civil Rights Movement Must Water its Spiritual Roots,” Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 4.

Michael E. Mann, environmental sciences professor

  • “Sur Realclimate.Org, Des Spécialistes Traquent Impostures Et Erreurs Scientifiques,” Le Monde, Jan. 1.
  • “Muddy Studies,” Albuquerque [N..M.] Journal, Dec. 29.

Shannon McElearney, surgery resident at the Medical Center

  • “Mothers Who Share Breast Milk,” Wall Street Journal, Jan. 4.

Patrick J. Michaels, environmental sciences research professor and senior fellow, Cato Institute

  • “Most Businesses are Flexible About Absences due to Weather,” Chronicle-Tribune, Jan. 5.
  • “Is Global Warming Real?” Environmental Magazine, Dec. 17.

Jonathan Moreno, director, Center for Biomedical Ethics

  • “As California's Stem-Cell Gold Rush Begins, So Do Questions About What's to Come,” San Diego Union-Tribune, Dec. 16

Elizabeth Mumper, clinical pediatrics associate professor

  • “Study Sees Possible Autism-Vaccine Link,” United Press International, Dec. 14.
  • “Parents Hail Findings,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dec. 14.

Steven Nock, sociology and psychology professor

  • “Couple Tie Tighter Knots in 'Covenant' Marriage,” Chicago Tribune, Jan. 2.

Roy Ogle, cell biology associate professor

  • “Fat Tissue Stem Cells Used to Grow Bone,” Washington Times, Dec. 17.
  • “Stem Cells from Fat Used to Repair Skull, Doctors Report,” Associated Press, Dec. 17.

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

  • “Conservative Students, Liberal Profs,” Associated Press, Dec. 30.
  • “Conservative Students Sue Over Academic Freedom,” Associated Press, Dec. 22.

John Pepper, economics associate professor

  • Pepper was a guest Dec. 17 on WRVA radio in Richmond. He discussed his recent study on firearms and violence.
  • “Editorial: Gun-Control Debate Needs More Potent Data,” Roanoke Times, Dec. 20.

Charles Perdue, anthropology professor

  • “Marketing Project Has Been 'Life-Changing',” Richmond Times-Dispatch, Jan. 4.

William B. Quandt, politics professor

  • “1979: A Glimmer of Peace,” Scholastic Update, Dec. 13.

Steven E. Rhoads, politics professor

  • “The Turkish Letter,” (Commentary) Weekly Standard, Dec. 17.

Alan Rogol, pediatric endocrinologist

  • “Toxic Strength,” Newsweek, Dec. 20.

Kelly Rothwell, director of special events, Virginia Athletics Foundation

  • “Nampa Firm's Display a Hit.” [Nampa] Idaho Press-Tribune, Dec. 28.

George A. Rutherglen, law professor

  • “Lawyer Files GOP Ethics Complaint,” Daily Progress, Dec. 14.

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

  • “Internet Proves its Value for Fund-Raising,” Associated Press, Jan. 4.
  • “Newsview: 2004 Saw Big Shift in Politics,” Associated Press, Jan. 3.
  • “His City, Then and Now,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, Jan. 2.
  • “Mean Season of Statewide Politics Lurks after Genial Session,” Associated Press, Jan. 2.
  • “Bush Faces Challenges With New Republican Congress,” Reuters News, Jan. 1.
  • “Bush Sending Brother Jeb to Asia Seen as Savvy,” Palm Beach [Fla.] Post, Jan. 1.
  • “Bill Would End State's All-Or-Nothing Electoral College System,” Associated Press, Dec. 31.
  • Sabato was a Guest Dec. 28 on Fox News’ “The Big Story with John Gibson.”
  • “Kaine, Kilgore Talking Tough Ahead of Race,” Roanoke Times, Dec. 26.
  • “Private, Public Mix in Forensic Science,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, Dec. 26.
  • “Sebelius Effort on Health Care Could Raise National Profile,” Associated Press, Dec. 23.
  • “Controversy Gave Delay Larger Public Image in 2004,” Associated Press, Dec. 20.
  • “It Will All Come Out. Some of it Matters,” New York Times, Dec. 19.
  • “Warner Birthday Raises $2 Million,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, Dec. 16.
  • “Allen Picks Campaign Manager,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, Dec. 15.
  • “Miller Squeaks to Win in Norfolk Vote,” Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, Dec. 15.
  • “Forty Voters Want November Election Results Thrown Out,” Associated Press, Dec. 13.
  • “Turnout to be Key in Norfolk Vote Today,” Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, Dec. 13.
  • “The Snags in N.Y.C. Politics Going National,” Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 14.
  • “Despite Partisan Tensions, Rendell got Results in First Two Years,” Associated Press, Dec. 13.
  • “Skill, Knowledge Lift Lott from Political Scrapheap,” Jackson [Miss.] Clarion-Ledger, Dec. 13.
  • “Rudy Red-Faced Over Fallen Star,” New York Daily News, Dec. 12.
  • “ 2008 Could Be Bayh's Best Shot,” (Commentary) Indianapolis Star, Dec. 12.
  • “'Governor Wilder Is His Own Man',” Richmond Times-Dispatch, Dec. 12.
  • “Editorial: Week’s End,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, Dec. 11.
  • “After Congress, Frost Seeks New Role,” Houston Chronicle, Dec. 10.
  • “Cabinet Filling Up,” New York Post, Dec. 10.
  • “Zogby Defense: 'My Polling Was Very, Very Good',” CNSnews.com, Dec. 10.
  • “Kaine and Kilgore: Cain and Abel,” (Commentary), Richmond Times-Dispatch, Dec. 9.
  • “City Candidates Raised $1 Million,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, Dec. 9.
  • “Experts: Corruption is Rare but Opportunities Abound,” Associated Press, Dec. 9.

Abdulaziz Sachedina, religious studies professor

  • “Religious Resentment Feeds Flames in Iraq,” St. Petersburg [Fla.] Times, Dec. 21.

Peter Sheras, psychology professor

  • “Parents Assert Right to Listen in on Kids,” Seattle Times, Dec. 14.
  • “Bell Seeks Feedback on School Bullying,” Daily Progress, Dec. 14.

Robert Spekman, Darden School professor

  • “Sales Steady, But Not Great, in Roanoke,” Roanoke Times, Dec. 14.

Matt Smyth, interim communications director, Center for Politics

  • “Will the GOP Eavesdropping Scandal Have Legs Into '05?” Augusta Free Press, Dec. 10.

William Stejskal, coordinator, forensic evaluation services for the Forensic Psychiatry Clinic at the Institute Of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy

  • “Calmness Isn't Coldness,” Hampton Roads Daily Press, Dec. 14.

Jerry Stenger, research coordinator for the State Climatology Office

  • “Warm Snap Settles In,” Daily Progress, Jan. 4.

Steve Swanson, head women’s soccer coach

  • “Soccer Star Struggles through Addiction to Resume Career,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dec. 20.

Robert F. Turner, associate director, Center for National Security Law

  • “Legal Spy Thriller Heads to Supreme Court,” Baltimore Sun, Jan. 5.

Jeremy B. Tuttle, neuroscience professor

  • “Botox Curbs Painful Bladder Condition,” Reuters News Service, Dec. 10.

W. Bradford Wilcox sociology professor

  • “Social Science Confirms Harmful Effect of Contraception,” MichNews.com, Jan. 5.

Richard Guy Wilson, architectural history professor

  • “Spark Creativity With These Reads,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dec. 17.

Timothy Wilson, psychology professor

  • “I Resolve To: Save More, Cut Up My Credit Cards, Put More Money In My 401(K), Buy Low, Sell High, Make A Household Budget, Pay Down My Debt, Shop Smarter, Try And Try Again,” Money Magazine, Jan. 1.
  • “Happy Hour,” Psychology Today, Jan. 1.
  • “The Politics of Mortality,” Monitor in Psychology, Jan. 1.

William Wood, executive director, Sorenson Institute for Political Leadership

  • “Museum Director has Fun Teaching, Battling Poverty,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, Dec. 30.

Fred Wooten, neurology professor

  • “Body Talk: Why it Really is Different For Girls ... And Boys,” [London] Daily Mirror, Dec. 16.

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