Feb. 25- March 17, 2005
Vol. 35, Issue 4
Back Issues
Researchers harness electrons

Revised charter bill passes
Board oks five professorships

Sweeney: U.Va. creating 'new model'
Seeing higher ed in a global context
School turns five
Professors earn 'Downing' time at Cambridge
Sitler: Think about the watershed
Bookmark March 16 through 20
"American journeys: from Columbus to Kerouac"
Inside UVA schedule changes for March
Buildings are being shuffled to make room for Commerce School return to the Lawn


News briefs


On Feb. 22, the Senate passed House Bill 2866, legislation to give Virginia’s public colleges and universities greater control of their financial and administrative affairs, in a block vote of 40-0.

On Feb. 21, the House of Delegates passed Senate Bill 1327 by a vote of 76-22. The identical bills now go to the governor, who can still make amendments before signing.

The measures, both known as the Restructured Higher Education Financial and Administrative Operations Act, offer three levels of autonomy in which even the smallest colleges can qualify for freedom to manage salaries, purchasing and leasing.

The level of autonomy depends on a school’s financial strength and ability to manage day-to-day operations — with increasing autonomy granted in areas such as capital projects, procurement and personnel.

At the highest level, U.Va., Virginia Tech and the College of William & Mary — the three schools that initiated the legislation — would remain public universities, but gain the right to negotiate individual autonomy agreements.

Under both bills, schools will develop six-year academic and financial plans that outline tuition-and-fee estimates as well as enrollment


The Board of Visitors
approved five endowed professorships at its February meeting, bringing the total number to 442. Two of the professorships go to art history and music, thanks to the bequests of Eleanor and Vincent Shea. The Curry School of Education has a new Newton and Rita Meyers Professorship in Economics of Education, with a gift from Daniel M. Meyers, the school’s most generous benefactor, and matching funds from the Thomas A. Saunders Leadership Challenge. The board approved two chairs in medicine, the John C. Buchanan Distinguished Professorship in Internal Medicine and the Karen Jargowsky Professorship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is the professional organization foradvancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications and development. In addition to many professional development opportunities sponsored by CASE districts, the
organization also hosts awards competitions each year. This year, U.Va. boasts the following winners for District III in several categories:

  • Annual Reports II — U.Va. President’s Report, 2002—2003
    University Publications and Development
    Bill Sublette, Charity Boudouris, Bill Thompson, Charles Feigenoff, Stephen Kimata
  • Institutional Relations Project — U.Va.’s College at Wise 50th Anniversary Celebration — The Dream Lives on…
    AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: Development and
    College Relations
    Jane Meade-Dean, Valerie Lawson, Debra Wharton, J.A. Knight
  • Printed Publications — Arts and Sciences Annual Fall Solicitation
    AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: Arts & Sciences
    Arts & Sciences
    Cindy Ewing, Kennedy Kipps, Elizabeth Wilkerson, Nancy McIntyre, George Tisdale, Tim Priddy, Robert Meganck
  • Design for Print —
    Materials for the Opening of the Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture
    AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: Office of Publications and Development Communications
    Chris Cullinan, Emma Edmunds, Kari Evans, Heather Belle Rolfe
  • News and Feature Writing — The Doctor and the Favela: One U.Va Physician’s Fight Against the Disease of Poverty
    AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: Fariss Samarrai
  • Visual Design—Illustrations — Dead Presidents
    RECIPIENTS: College of Arts & Sciences
    Robert Meganck, Cindy Ewing
  • Tabloids and Newsletters — Envision Newsletter
    Development Communications and University Publications
    Mary Blair Zakaib, Bill Thompson, Julie Wheeler
  • Institutional Relations Project —
    SPECIAL MERIT AWARD: University Relations
    Carolyn S. Wood, William Sublette, Christian Steinmetz, Brooke Faulkner
  • World Wide Web Home Page Design and Implementation — U.Va. Home Page
    SPECIAL MERIT AWARD: Web Communications
    Nancy Tramontin
  • News and Feature Writing — Show and Tell: How the University Guide Service Found Its Voice
    SPECIAL MERIT AWARD: Maura K. Singleton
  • Institutional Publications — Map and Guide to the Grounds
    SPECIAL MERIT AWARD: University Publications and Development
    Emma Edmunds, Chris Cullinan, Nicholas Bartley
  • Annual Reports I — A Foundation for Future
    Eminence: Endowment Support for U.Va.
    SPECIAL MERIT AWARD: Charity Boudouris, Cathy Eberly, Ashley Spell, Diane Nelson
  • Annual Report I — U.Va. School of Nursing Annual Report and Honor Roll 2003-2004 — A Vote for Health
    SPECIAL MERIT AWARD: U.Va. School of Nursing Alumni & Development Office
    Karen J. Ratzlaff, David Black, Mary Beth Knight, Anca A. DiGiacomo, Richard Montoya

University students who have always wanted to save the world — or
visit Sweden — or are looking for an exciting summer excursion — now have a chance. U.Va. has been invited to send five undergraduate students to participate in a special two-week Universitas 21 summer seminar July 4-15, “Sustainable Development of Global Society,” hosted by Lund University.

U21 is an international network of leading research-intensive universities. Its purpose is to facilitate collaboration and cooperation among the member universities and to create entrepreneurial opportunities for them on a scale that they would be unable to achieve operating independently or through traditional bilateral alliances.

Established in 1997, U21 currently has 16 member universities in eight countries. Collectively, its members enroll about 500,000 students, employ around 40,000 academics and researchers, and have more than 2 million alumni. U.Va. will cover seminar-related costs, such as flights, lodging, curriculum fees and many meals, for five outstanding students who will form an interdisciplinary sustainable solutions team. Applicants must have completed at least two years of University study and have a good working knowledge of computers. Applications from all disciplines at the University, as well as from women and minorities are encouraged. Three credit hours are available from Lund University. To obtain an
application, e-mail Denise Karaoli at karaoli@virginia.edu.

Applications are due at Monroe Hall 210, by 5 p.m. on March 4. A selection committee will make their decisions by March 21.


  • Professor William R. Johnson, economics professor, began a one-year term as president of the Southern Economic Association in November at the association’s annual meeting in New Orleans.
  • Philip Geiger, studio art professor, opened his sixth show in New York on Feb. 17. His solo show of approximately 16 works, which runs until March 19, is the first one at the Tibor De Nagy Gallery on Fifth Avenue.
  • A design by W.G. Clark Associates, the Charlottesville architectural design firm founded by W.G. Clark, Edmund Shurman Campbell Professor of Architecture and alumnus, won first prize in the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston International Design Competition.
  • Andrew J. Rotherham, a doctoral candidate in politics and director of education policy at the Progressive Policy Institute, has been named by Gov. Mark R. Warner to the State Board of Education.


With the gas prices lately, even a short commute can empty the wallet. To remedy driving frustrations, the Health System has set up an online “Ride Board” where people can sign up to car pool to work. By entering your address and your destination, as well as your driving preference and
frequency, you can be included in the database with other participants in your area. All it takes is a search to find someone in your vicinity to contact and stop flying solo to and from work. Submitting an application on the Web site, www.healthsystem .virginia.edu/intranet/ride-board/, does not obligate you to drive or ride — you can participate when you would like. The process is simple, and can be completed in about five minutes. Accessing this site requires either your HS/CS or ITC managed login account (same as your e-mail account).

Making Headlines

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

Beverly C. Adams, assistant psychology professor and Mildred Robinson

Adams, law professor

  • “Read-In Fosters Black Heritage,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, Feb. 7.

David Breneman, Curry School dean

  • “Should Public Money Be Used For Private Schools?” Charlotte [N.C.] Observer, Feb. 14.
  • “W.Va. Colleges May Face Less Regulation,” Charleston [W.Va.] Daily Mail, Feb. 11.

Peter Brooks, English and law professor

  • “The Plain Meaning Of Torture?” Feb. 9.

Robert Bruner, Darden professor and director, Batten Institute

  • “The Rise and Fall of Carly Fiorina: Once the Most Powerful Woman in Corporate America, Hewlett-Packard's CEO Resigns,” [Newark, N.J.] Star-Ledger, Feb. 10.

Jeffrey Corwin, neuroscience professor

  • Feb. 13: National Public Radio “All Things Considered” Report On A New Advance In Treating Deafness In Animal Models.

Jeff R. Crandall, mechanical and aerospace engineering associate professor and director, Center for Applied Biomechanics

  • “Crossing the Road to Pedestrian Safety: Carmakers Consider Designs Less Deadly to Those on Foot,” Washington Post, Feb. 10.

Gregory Fairchild, business administration assistant professor at Darden

  • “Growth Awards Honor Inner City Businesses: Speaker, Executives Refute Stereotypes About Difficulties of Development,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 17.

Gary Gallagher, history professor

  • “Histrionics and History: Lincoln Library's High-Tech Exhibits Have Scholars Choosing Sides,” Washington Post, Feb. 15.

Nicholas Garber, civil engineering professor

  • “Safety Concerns Could Stop Red Light Cameras,” Washington Post, Feb. 18.

E.D. Hirsch, professor emeritus of education

  • “New Preschool Coming in 2006,” St. Petersburg [Fla.] Times, Feb. 8.

A.E. Dick Howard, law professor

  • “Va. Proposal Would Make Prayer A Right: Lawmaker Seeks to Amend Working Dating to Mason,” Washington Post, Feb. 17.
  • “Va. Hunter Drinking Limits Eyed,” Washington Post, Feb. 16.
  • “Senate Must Spare Jefferson's Legacy” (Editorial), Feb. 13.
  • “Politics, Morality Push Flood of Constitution Amendment Proposals,” Associated Press, Feb. 12.
  • Feb. 10: A Voice of American Historical Feature, he discussed the Supreme Court’s 1964 Ruling Iin Wesberry v. Sanders, which affirmed the “One Man, One Vote Principle in Drawing up Congressional Districts.”

Deborah G. Johnson, Olsson professor in the engineering school and chairwoman, Department of Science, Technology and Society

  • “Scientists Say They Often Censor Selves,” Associated Press, Feb. 10.

Karen Van Lengen, School of Architecture dean, and Lisa Reilly, department of architectural history chairwoman

  • “Views Of Vassar” (Book Review), Feb. 10.

Douglas Leslie, law professor

“NHL's Options Include Replacing its Own Players,”

 Atlanta Journal–Constitution, Feb. 18.

Craig Littlepage, athletics director

  • “The 50 Most Powerful Blacks In Sports,” Black Enterprise, March issue.

Michael Mann, environmental sciences professor

  • “Climate Change: EPA-Funded Study Links Sea-Level Rise To Future Flooding in Boston,” Greenwire, Feb. 17.
  • “Global Warring: In Climate Debate, The `Hockey Stick' Leads to a Face-Off,” Wall Street Journal, Feb. 14.
  • “Scientific Din Distorting Kyoto Message,” (Commentary), Toronto Star, Feb. 12.

David A. Martin, law professor

  • “Refugees' Tales Heard by Powerful Audience of One,” Los Angeles Times, Feb. 14.

Julia Martin, director, demographics and workforce section, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service

  • “Fluvanna Continues Rapid Growth,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, Feb. 7.

Patrick J. Michaels, environmental sciences professor

  • “Environmentalists Still Squabbling as Kyoto Protocol Takes Effect,” Cnsnews.Com, Feb. 16.

Timothy Naftali, history professor, Miller Center

  • Feb. 7: National Public Radio’s “Talk Of The Nation.” He Discussed the CIA’s Decision to Release More Documents on the Organization's Use of Agents Who Had Nazi Ties.

Steven L. Nock, sociology professor

  • “Trying to Strengthen an 'I Do' With A More Binding Legal Tie,” New York Times, Feb. 15.
  • “Couples Wedded to Lasting Covenant,” Denver Post, Feb. 6.

Robert O'Neill, director, Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression and a Professor of Law

  • Feb. 10: National Public Radio Talk Of The Nation Interview: “Bob ONeill Discusses the Nature of Academic Freedom”

Barbara Parker and Rick Steeves, professors of nursing

  • “Deadly Consequences,” Baltimore Sun, Feb. 18.

Eric Patashnik, politics professor

  • “Social Security: An Old Target Under New Fire,” Knight Ridder, Feb. 6.

Stephen Railton, English professor

  • “'Uncle Tom’ Today: From Slavery To Obscurity?” National Geographic News, Feb. 17.

Jeffrey J. Rossman, history assistant professor

  • “Letter To The Editor: Legislators Saw Charter Proposal Was a No-Win as Drafted,” Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, Feb. 13.

James Rubin, Darden School assistant professor

  • “Career Journal: M.B.A. Track,” Wall Street Journal, Feb. 8.

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

  • “Bush Combs Senate For Friendly Democrats: White House Lobbyists Estimate a Third of Opposition Will Provide Occasional Support,” Wall Street Journal, Feb. 16.
  • “Analysis: Dean, 2005's Ray Bliss,” United Press International, Feb. 14.
  • “In Change, Food-Tax Cut Draws Little Opposition,”  [Norfolk] Virginian-Pilot, Feb.13.
  • “Documentary Reflects Two Sides of Mayor Wilder,” (Commentary) Richmond Times-Dispatch, Feb. 15.
  • “U.S. Likely to See its Influence Reduced: New Government Will Have Own Voice on Policy, Experts Say,” San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 15.
  • “Legislating Morality in the Land of the Free” (Commentary), [Canada] National Post, Feb. 12.
  • “Undie Bill Made State the Butt of Jokes Worldwide,” Lynchburg News & Daily Advance, Feb. 12.
  • “Prospect of Dean as Leader Presents Democratic Puzzle,” Copley News Service, Feb. 11.
  • “Potts Considers Run for Governor: GOP Centrist Could Hurt Kilgore,” Washington Times, Feb. 10.
  • “GOP Field for Governor Grows by 1,” Hampton Roads Daily Press, Feb. 10.
  • “Bills Still Alive Reflect Conservative Influence at Legislative Midpoint,” Associated Press, Feb. 9.
  • “Frist Stop May Start Campaign,” Cincinnati Enquirer, Feb. 9.
  • “Delegation Unnerved By Social Security,” Tampa Tribune, Feb. 9.
  • “At Legislative Midpoint, Bills Alive to Cut Taxes, Restrict Gays,” Associated Press, Feb. 8.
  • “Bills Pass to Other Chambers Today,” Hampton Roads Daily Press, Feb. 8.
  • “Parsing Yet Another 'Crisis': Social Security,” Gannett News Service, Feb. 7.
  • “Edwards Speech Latest Sign of Politicians Testing 2008 Waters,” Cox News Service, Feb. 6.
  • “Your Average Mitch,” Indianapolis Star, Feb. 6.
  • “Democrats Struggling to Find Solidarity,” Houston Chronicle, Feb. 6.
  • Feb. 7: National Public Radio “Morning Edition” Report Profiling Virginia Gov. Mark Warner.
  • “ Moderate Bayh Looks For Shift,” (Commentary) Indianapolis Star, Feb. 6.
  • “For McGreevey, Slow Transition,” Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb.6.
  • “Caution Greets Bush's Pitch,” Kansas City Star, Feb.5.
  • “After Marriage Victory, Evolution an Issue for Some Clergy,” Associated Press, Feb. 6.
  • “Edwards Returns to UNC to Take Up Issues of Poverty, Work,” Associated Press, Feb.6.

Abdulaziz A. Sachedina, religious studies professor

  • “The Religious Face of Iraq: Shiite Leader Ali Sistani's Edicts Illuminate the Gap With the West,” Washington Post, Feb. 18.

Leonard W. Sandridge, executive vice president and chief operating officer

  • “Region’s Economic Outlook Analyzed,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, Feb. 11.

Matt Smyth, analyst, Center for Politics

  • “Parsing Gilmore: What's Next for the Former Governor?” Augusta Free Press, Feb. 17.
  • “Gilmore Endorses Kilgore for Governor,” Augusta Free Press, Feb. 11.

Steve Swanson, women’s soccer coach

  • “Dicicco Says He's Interested in Coaching U.S.,” New York Times, Feb. 18.

M. Rick Turner, Office of African-American Affairs dean

  • “Black Parents Involvement Sought: NAACP Head Targets City Schools,  Local Families,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, Feb. 17.
  • “City Schools Budget Revised,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, Feb. 16.

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

  • “Drowning in Cambodia,” (Commentary) New York Sun, Feb. 10.

Ronald Turner, pediatrics professor

  • “Many Flu Remedies Worth a Shot,” Scripps Howard News Service, Feb. 14.

Janet Warren, associate director, Institute for Law, Psychology and Public Policy

  • “Experts: More Than Meets the Eye in Crime Spree,” [Denver] Rocky Mountain News, Feb. 18.

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

  • “Rice Send Teams to Assess Iraq Transition,” Washington Post, Feb. 15.

    For a complete list of citations, see Inside UVA online. To receive Headlines@U.Va. daily via e-mail, a free service of U.Va. News Services, subscribe at www.virginia.edu/topnews/subscribe.html.



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