March 18- 31, 2005
Vol. 35, Issue 5
Back Issues
Employees flock to educational benefits fair
Governor taps three new members, re-appoints Farrell
Robbins wins Luce
Frischer puts reality into the humanities — virtually
Exploring ways to improve rural health
Students expected to wrestle with ethical development during undergrad years
Tai's study traces transition from student to scientist
Amalgam highlights graduate research
Payslips now only a click away
Museum acquires Hester Bateman silver
Office there to support survivors
Novelist of 'The Hours' to speak on March 22
Indian nations summit travels from Virginia Tech to U.Va. for new collaboration
Talujon percussion quartet to perform March 25
Embracing the 'Useful Sciences'


Digest -- U.Va. Top News Daily

TJ snowman
Chris Myers
Students created this sculpture of Jefferson following a recent snowfall.

Outstanding employee nominations due March 25
“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have,” said U.Va.’s founder Thomas Jefferson. And for up to 11 hard-working U.Va. employees — five from the academic division, five from the Health System and one from U.Va.’s College at Wise — good fortune looms on the horizon. The employees will be recognized for their exemplary service with Outstanding Contribution Awards, the highest honor U.Va. bestows on its staff annually. Nominations must be received by March 25 at 5 p.m. The winners will each receive $1,000, along with being honored at the annual awards banquet in June. (March 7)

Medical Center in top 100

U.Va. Medical Center is the only Virginia hospital to be ranked among the nation’s top 100 hospitals, according to Solucient’s 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success study. In addition, the Medical Center was one of only 15 major teaching hospitals to receive the award in 2004. This is the sixth year the Medical Center has received the honor. “I’m extremely proud of the ability of our faculty and staff to provide the best patient care. Their work continues to build the Medical Center’s reputation as one of the premier hospitals to turn to for medical care in the United States,” said R. Edward Howell, vice president and chief executive officer of the U.Va. Medical Center. The study appears in a special supplement to the Feb. 28 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine. (March 4-6)

At this fall’s Film Festival, ‘In/Justice’ will be served
This October in Charlottesville, a posse will attempt to lynch a cattle thief and a man of principle and reason will risk being beheaded by a religious court. See a theme here? It happens to be the subject of the 18th annual Virginia Film Festival: In/Justice. The festival, hosted by U.Va., will take place Oct. 27-30 at venues throughout Charlottesville and will screen more than 70 films and host more than 80 guest artists and speakers. The classic film selections of In/Justice will demonstrate how films both promote the rule of law and challenge its flawed practice — from “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence” to “The Thin Blue Line.” For more information about the film festival, visit its Web site at (March 1)

Buchanan grant bolsters heart research
Atrial fibrilation is the most common and potentially fatal type of irregular heartbeat that significantly affects the quality of life for more than 2.1 million Americans. In the early 1990s, U.Va. was among the first institutions to conduct groundbreaking research on a surgical cure for AF, known as ablation. Five years ago, U.Va. began performing this procedure in patients. The Health System stands to continue to advance treatments for AF with the help of a recently awarded $970,000 Buchanan grant. The grant is helping to create an Atrial Fibrillation Center that will consist of five doctors, a nurse practitioner, an outcomes database coordinator and an administrative assistant. The grant also has helped the University acquire a state-of-the-art cardiac mapping system. U.Va. has become one of the top 10 centers of excellence for the procedure, according to the manufacturer of the heart mapping technology, for its success rate and the number of procedures performed. (March 2)




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