March 18- 31, 2005
Vol. 35, Issue 5
Back Issues
Employees flock to educational benefits fair
Governor taps three new members, re-appoints Farrell

Casteen to give State of U.Va. address on March 22
Block named to institute of medicine committee

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'


News briefs

University President John T. Casteen III will deliver his annual State of the University remarks on March 22 at noon in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium.
During his talk, the president will discuss student affairs, academic matters, diversity, capital projects, University restructuring, the capital campaign and other topics of interest to faculty and staff. His remarks also will be available on the president’s home page ( within a few days of the event.

Vice President and Provost Gene Block has been appointed to a
National Academies’ Institute of Medicine committee to study sleep medicine and research. In addition to Block’s administrative duties at U.Va., he is a professor of biology and director of the Center for Biological Timing. The IMC’s role is to identify the public health significance of sleep, sleep loss and sleep disorders; the factors for improving interdisciplinary research and education in the area of sleep and sleep medicine; and strategies for developing increased support for this research in academic health centers.

The recent report on the Faculty Senate, in the Feb. 25 issue of Inside UVA, should have stated that the Academic Affairs Committee had decided against surveying the faculty members about their perspectives on the
Honor System and that the student run Honor Committee could decide if it wanted to conduct such a survey.

A nanometer is a billionth of a meter — or nearly 100,000 times thinner than the width of a single human hair. At U.Va., experts in the Materials
Research Science and Engineering Center stand out in this “tiny” field.
They partnered with Paladin Pictures Inc. to create a movie called, “The Nano Revolution.” The film has won The Communicator Awards’ Award of Distinction, which is an international competition that aims to honor excellence in visual communications, recognizing media productions that exceed industry standards. The film highlights such technological advancements as desktop computers the size of a wristwatch and clothing that changes color at voice-command. As MRSEC director and U.Va. professor Robert Hull explains in the video, “Nanotechnology is the field of designing and engineering structures at close to the atomic-scale. The range of possibilities this enables … is almost limitless.” The seven-minute project, filmed entirely on location at U.Va., aims to introduce people to the field of nanotechnology as well as specific research conducted at MRSEC. To view the film, visit

The University has adopted new procedures for handling cases of sexual assault among students. Since November, students, faculty and administrators have been collaborating on changes to strengthen the procedures. In addition to the revised procedures, This spring, Patricia M. Lampkin, vice president for student affairs, plans to appoint an advisory committee on sexual assault, consisting of faculty, staff and students. The new procedures and related information are available at

Margaret “Peggy” A. Shupnik, professor of medicine and physiology at U.Va., received the 2005 Sharon L. Hostler Women in Medicine Award on March 4 at a ceremony in Richmond. The award honors a faculty member from each of the state’s three medical schools who has demonstrated excellence in leadership, scholarship and mentoring and exerted influence in fostering a better institutional environment for women and diversity.
Shupnik’s research efforts focus on estrogen action and hormones in the neuroendocrine system and in breast cancer, and she has received national awards for research in this area. She has mentored more than 50 students and post-docs in various capacities, as well as many young faculty members. “This is a prestigious award,” said Dearing Johns, cardiologist and chair of the committee on women in the School of Medicine. “She is most deserving of this honor, and we are fortunate to have women as outstanding and as talented as Dr. Shupnik at the University of Virginia.” In previous years, the award was called the Women’s Leadership Award or Women in Medicine Award, but was renamed in 2002 to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of Dr. Sharon L. Hostler, U.Va.’s senior associate dean for faculty development.

Deadline: March 25.
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards Committee seeks nominations for a man and a woman from the 2005 graduating class and a member of the larger U.Va. community who exhibit Sullivan’s ideals of heart, mind and conduct in their excellence of character and service to humanity. Submit letters of nomination to the committee, c/o Residence Life Office, Dabney House, P.O. Box 400320 by March 25 or e-mail Angela M. Davis at

Hundreds of University employees participated in two large-scale volunteer efforts, resulting in record-breaking results, U.Va. officials announced March 8 at a “Celebration of Community Spirit” event in Newcomb Hall Ballroom. The luncheon recognized many of the 867 employees who led volunteer efforts associated with the 2004 United Way Laurance E. Richardson Day of Caring and the 2004 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign. Through the efforts of these volunteers, 3,487 U.Va. employees, approximately one in four, contributed a total of $636,759 to the CVC Campaign. During the Day of Caring, 645 employees completed 81 volunteer projects. The number of participants in the community service day increased by 70 percent over the 379 volunteers who participated the previous year.

On Feb. 25, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced the appointment of Philip Zelikow, director of the University’s Miller Center of Public Affairs and White Burkett Miller Professor of History, as counselor of the U.S. Department of State. Though the federal position has been vacant since 2001, the office of the counselor is not new; it has been part of the State Department’s organization since 1909. As a principal officer of the department, Zelikow will serve as a senior advisor on major problems of foreign policy identified by the secretary of state. He will undertake special assignments as directed by the secretary, including international consultations and negotiations. Also, pursuant to Rice’s guidance, he may make independent decisions and initiate actions on matters that otherwise might require the secretary’s time and attention. U.Va. President John T. Casteen III will name a search committee to find Zelikow’s replacement.

Mool Gupta

Dr. Mool G. Gupta
The University and the National Institute of Aerospace have announced the selection of Dr. Mool G. Gupta as Langley Professor in Quantum/Molecular Materials Design for Sensors. Gupta is the fifth of six Langley Professors to be appointed by each of the six founding member universities of NIA. He will be the principal U.Va. faculty member resident at NIA, with an appointment in the Charles L. Brown Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

Nancy Cable

Nancy J. Cable
Nancy J. Cable, Ph.D., will join the University faculty as associate dean for development of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Virginia Engineering Foundation vice president for development at the end of the month. Before joining U.Va.’s faculty, Cable was the vice president and dean of admission and financial aid at Davidson College in North Carolina.

Environmental scientists William F. Ruddiman and Michael Mann are featured prominently in the March issue of the popular science magazine Scientific American. Ruddiman authors a piece, based on his research, on the centuries-long effects of agriculture on global climate. Mann’s research is the subject of an article about the altering effects of 20th century
industry on the global climate. The magazine is available at newsstands and the articles can be accessed at

Laura A. Liswood, a senior adviser at Goldman Sachs, is well-known for co-founding The White House Project, an organization dedicated to getting a woman elected U.S. president. Liswood also co-founded the Council of Women World Leaders, which provides a forum for the group to contribute to and shape important international issues. She will talk about these topics, as well as issues women face in the corporate workplace, April 1 at 2 p.m. in Clark Hall Auditorium.


  • Dr. J. Thomas Hulvey, 69, of Staunton, Va., died March 7. He was an orthopaedic surgery professor at the Medical Center, as well as a Medical School graduate and former member of the Board of Visitors.
  • Rita Vivian Hebert, 83, of Charlottesville, died March 1. She worked as the head librarian at the Judge Advocate General School for more than 20 years, and retired from the Law Library at U.Va., where she was working part-time upon her retirement.
  • Mary Ann Shea of Charlottesville passed away Feb. 27. She was a recipient of the 25-year award for volunteer work from the Medical Center.
  • Patricia Ann Tate of Charlottesville, died Feb. 26. She had retired from the Observatory Hill Dining Hall at U.Va.
  • Piet C. Gugelot, professor emeritus of physics and research
    professor, died Feb. 1.
  • Anthony Dale Conley, 44, of Afton, Va., died March 5. Conley was a fire protection supervisor at U.Va.

Awards & Achievements By Faculty & Staff

  • Linda Watson, associate dean and director of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, has received two Medical Library Association honors: the President’s Award for her work during 2004 on scholarly communication issues and election as a 2005 MLA Fellow.
  • Edward L. Ayers, Hugh P. Kelly Professor of History and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, won the American Historical Association’s 2004 Albert J. Beveridge Award for his book, “In the Presence of Mine Enemies: War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863.” The prize is awarded annually for the best English-language book on American history from 1492 to the present.
  • Stephen Thornton, physics professor, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society. The APS fellowship program recognizes members who have advanced knowledge through original research and publication, or made significant contributions in the application of physics to science and technology.
  • James Davidson Hunter, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in November 2004 and sworn in on Feb. 27 to serve on the National Council on the Humanities, an advisory board of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He will serve a six-year term.
  • Jenny Strauss Clay, classics professor, is president-elect of the American Philological Association, which is the chief professional association of classical scholars in North America.
  • George Garrett, Henry Hoyns Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing and now adjunct professor, was awarded the 2005 Cleanth Brooks Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Southern Letters by the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

Making Headlines

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

John A. “Jack” Blackburn, dean of admission

  • “It's Bigger — Is It Better?” U.S. News & World Report, March 7.
  • “All Sides Filling in Dots on New Sat: Questions Still Surround Timed Essay,” USA Today, Feb. 23.

Emily Blanchard, economics professor

  • “Counting Costs,” Daily Progress, Feb. 28.

Louis Bloomfield, physics professor

  • “I Just Want to Change the Channel ...,” St. Petersburg [Fla.] Times, Feb. 28.

Julian Bond, history professor

  • “Civil Rights March Still Going Strong,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, March 7.

Richard J. Bonnie, director, Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy

  • “Alcohol Wars Give 'Party Jitters' a Whole New Meaning,” New York Times, Feb. 20

David W. Breneman, dean, Curry School of Education

  • “Facing a Chasm in Higher Ed,” Boston Globe, March 4.
  • “Facing a Chasm in Higher Ed,” (Commentary) March 4.
  • “The $40,000 Bill,” Inside Higher Ed, March 3.
  • “Manchin Bill Reduces Oversight of Higher Education,” Associated Press, Feb. 27.
  • “Admissions Today: 6 Experts Speak Out,” Chronicle Of Higher Education, Feb. 25.

Rosa Brooks, law professor

  • Was a guest Feb. 18 on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor.” She discussed the American Civil Liberties Union’s report on military prisoner-abuse scandals.

Dorothy Brown, a visiting law professor

  • “Preparing for a New Tax Season,” Ebony Magazine, March 1.

Paul Cantor, English professor

  • “Watching 'Simpsons,' Religiously,” [Wilmington, Del.] News Journal, Feb. 19.

Philander Chase, director, Papers of George Washington Project

  • “Bye, George: On The Anniversary of his Birth, It's Worth Noting Modern Medicine Could Have Saved Our Nation's Foremost Founding Father From a Fatal Infection,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Feb. 22.
  • “George's Last is Burr's First: The President's Farewell Address has Been Delivered on the Senate Floor Every Year for the Past 109 Years,” Greensboro [N.C.] News & Record, Feb. 20.

Richard Collins, urban and environmental planning professor

  • “Slow-Growth Camp Blasts Court's Logic: Fight for Loudoun Home Limits Vowed,” Washington Post, March 5.

Dewey Cornell, Curry School professor, and director, Youth Violence Project

  • “First Lady Takes on Gang Violence: Laura Bush's Advocacy Welcomed, But Experts Believe More is Needed than Catchphrases Like 'Just Say No',” Media General News Service, March 6.

Sheila Crowe, internal medicine associate professor

  • “Got Milk But Can't Stomach It? What You Need to Know About Lactose Intolerance,”, March 9.

Robert Dolan and Robert Davis, environmental sciences professors

  • “Ranking Storms, Before and After,”  Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 28.

Mark Edmundson, English professor

  • “Book Review: Knowledge & Delight,” National Review, Feb. 28.

Gregory Fairchild, business administration assistant professor

  • “Choose Your Path: Ready To Start A Retail Business? Don't Get Stuck at the Fork in the Road — We've Mapped out 3 Different Retail Paths so you Can Choose the One That's Right for you,” Entrepreneur Magazine, March 2005.

Robin Felder, pathology professor

  • Was quoted in a National Public Radio “Morning Edition” report on sodium in the American diet, Feb. 25.

Gerald Fogarty, religious studies professor

  • “Roman Catholic Church No Stranger to Ailing Popes,” Reuters News Service, March 2.

R. Edward Freeman, Darden professor

  • “Irs Offers to Settle on Tax Shelter Schemes: Proposal Targets Companies, Officials Who Shielded $700 Million,” Baltimore Sun, Feb. 23.

Joan B. Fry, special assistant to the president

  • Wrote and recorded a commentary for WVTF National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” on March 4. The commentary focused on the pre-papacy career of Pope John Paul Ii.

Nicholas J. Garber, civil engineering professor

  • “Questions And Answers With ...,” Washington Post, Feb. 20.

Paul Gaston, retired history professor

  • “Decision Affected Schools,” Daily Progress, March 6.

Paul Gross, biology professor emeritus

  • “Strong Evidence for Evolution, None for Creationist Alternatives,” (Commentary) Baltimore Sun, Feb. 28.

Thomas L. Hafemeister, law professor and director, legal studies at Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy

  • “Hypnosis Evidence Contested in Va.: Testimony Tainted, Defense Argues,” Washington Post, March 3.

Jonathan Haidt, psychology professor

  • “Making Those Choices About Right and Wrong,” U.S. News & World Report, Feb. 28.

John Harrison, law professor

  • “Reporters' Phone Records are Protected, Court Rules: U.S. Attorney Can't Force N.Y. Times to Supply Documents,” Washington Post, Feb. 25.

Richard Herskowitz, artistic director, Virginia Film Festival; and Peter Ochs, Jewish studies professor

  • “Posthumous Recognition for 'Virginia Tonight': Cancelled News-Affairs Show Honored With Telly,” Augusta Free Press, March 7.

E.D. Hirsch, English professor emeritus

  • “Stride Academy Offers Specialized Curriculum,” St. Cloud [Minn.] Times, March 2.

Frederick P. Hitz, government professor

  • “Former CIA Agent to Present Lecture on Reform Realities,” Winchester Star, Feb. 25.

Alexander B. Horniman, Darden professor

  • “Martha's Halfway House: After Stewart is Released From Federal Prison She'll Serve her 5 Months of Home Confinement on her 153-Acre Upstate Bedford Farm,” Newsday, Feb. 27.

A.E. Dick Howard, law professor

  • was Quoted March 4 in a Voice of America Report on Judicial Activism.
  • “Federal Judge Robert R. Merhige Dies,” Washington Post, Feb. 20.
  • “Howell Could Learn A Lesson” (Commentary), Hampton Roads Daily Press, Feb. 20.

Bankole Johnson, chairman, psychiatric medicine department

  • “Promising Medications for Alcohol, Cocaine,” Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 21.

David Jones, chief of general thoracic surgery

  • “Former President Clinton Set for More Surgery: Fluid, Scar Tissue to be Removed From his Chest,” WebMD Medical News, March 9.

Kevin Lee, Harrison Foundation professor, neurological surgery professor and chair, Department of Neuroscience

  • “Personnel; Kevin Lee Named to Drug Development and Clinical Board of Pharmaceutical Company,” Biotech Business Week, Feb. 25.

Jeanne Liedtka, Darden professor and Rob Cross, McIntire School of Commerce professor

  • “A Practical Guide to Social Networks,” Harvard Business Review, March.

Ivan S. Login, neurology professor

  • “The Kindest Cut? Controversial New Migraine Treatment Promises Relief ... Via Plastic Surgery,” Washington Post, March 8.

Courtney Lyder and Catherine Ratliff, nursing professors

  • “The Diversity of Pressure Ulcers,” Community Nursing Spectrum, Feb. 28.

Patrick Michaels, environmental sciences professor and Virginia’s state climatologist

  • “Snow Jobs on Climate Change,” (Commentary) March 6.
  • “Perception vs. Reality: Wacky Weather Gives False Clues About Long-Term Trends,” (Commentary) Richmond Times-Dispatch, Feb. 27.

Farzaneh Milani, director, Studies in Women and Gender Program

  • “Lecture Held on Modern Women in Iraq,” [Virginia Tech] Collegiate Times, March 2.

Murray Milner, sociology professor emeritus

  • “Echo Boomers: Unlike Past Generations, These Young Adults Don't Want to Fit a Mold,” [Harrisburg, Pa.] Patriot-News, Feb. 20.

Robert O’Neil, law professor and director, Thomas Jefferson Center for Protection for Freedom of Expression

  • “Religion in the General Assembly,” (Commentary) Charlottesville Daily Progress, March 2.
  • “Source of Great Consternation,” Australian Financial Review, Feb. 25.

Steven Nock, sociology and psychology professor

  • “Covenant Marriages Aimed at Reducing Divorce Rates,” Denver Post, Feb. 28.

Eric Patashnik, politics professor

  • “In Partisan Haggling Over Private Accounts, Even the Middle Ground is Perilous,” New York Times, March 7.

David E. Peura, internal medicine professor

  • “Almost Lost in Fda Hearings, Naproxen Gets Thumbs-Up,” Healthday News, Feb. 28.

William Quandt, politics professor

  • “Change Rippling Through Middle East Follows Bush Push for Reforms,” Knight Ridder Newspapers, March 1.

Ruhi Ramazani, foreign affairs professor emeritus

  • “Bush Urges Iran to Set Aside Nuclear Weapons,” Dallas Morning News, Feb. 28.

Steven Rhoads, politics professor

  • “Enrollment Of Females Up in US,” [University Of Mississippi] Daily Mississippian, March 4.

Peter Rodriguez, business administration associate professor at the Darden School

  •  “State Your Case,” Entrepreneur Magazine, Feb. 25.

Alan D. Rogol, pediatrics professor

  • “Proposals to Combat Youth Obesity Target School Sales and Serving Sizes,” Newark. [N.J.] Star-Ledger, March 8.

William Ruddiman, environmental sciences professor

  • “Humans May Not be the Biggest Villains,” (Commentary) Pittsburgh Tribune Review, March 4.

George Rutherglen, law professor

  • “Federal Case Continues for Giles School Workers,” Roanoke Times, March 5.

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

  • “Political Hopeful Takes on Shell Case,” Roanoke Times, March 8.
  • “Gilmore Non-Profit Sets up Political Base; Donors Remain Hidden,” Associated Press, March 4.
  • “U.S. House Passes 9/11-Inspired Doomsday Bill,” Reuters News, March 3.
  • “Gates Will Fight Ouster: Deposed Chairman of State Dems to Challenge Dismissal of Seven Proxy Votes,” [Denver] Rocky Mountain News, March 8.
  • “If You're in my House, You'll do no Lobbying,” St. Petersburg [Fla.] Times, March 6.
  • “U.S. Representatives Approve 'Doomsday' Bill in Case of Catastrophe,” Winston-Salem [N.C.] Journal, March 5.
  • “Gilmore Forms Advocacy Group for Key Issues,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 4.
  • “Daniels Says Democrats 'Car-Bombed' Reforms,” Indianapolis Star, March 3.
  • “Bayh Working to Raise Political Profile,” Indianapolis Star, March 1.
  • “Assembly Favored Kilgore's Issues,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, Feb. 28.
  • “Va. Tax Turmoil to Resurface: Campaigns Will Laud, Fault 2004 Increases,” Washington Post, Feb. 28.
  • “It's Never Too Early to Run for President:  Republican Hopefuls try to Position Themselves as Party's Next Big Player,” Hearst Newspapers, Feb. 27.
  • “Pols & Politics: Prez Sox it to Hub Heroes,” Boston Herald, Feb. 27.
  • “ ‘Dominatrix’ Condi — Secretary of Fashion Makes Bold, Sexy Statement,” Boston Herald, Feb. 26.
  • “Session Without a Theme Found Fame in Moral Issues,” Associated Press, Feb. 26.
  • “Potts' Entry Stirs Up GOP,” Daily Progress, Feb. 26.
  • “Daniels' Buck Tradition With Tax Plan,” Associated Press, Feb. 23.
  • “Potts to Run for Va. Governor: GOP Maverick Plans an Independent Bid,” Washington Post, Feb. 25.
  • “Potts Prepares to Announce Campaign for Governor,” Winchester Star, Feb. 25.
  • “Ready or Not, Here Comes Campaign Season: Races From L.A. To N.Y. Offer Some Hope to Democrats,” NBC News, Feb. 25.
  • Appeared Monday on Msnbc's "Connected: Coast To Coast" with Ron Reagan discussing the recently released Bush tapes, and on Msnbc's “Scarborough Country,” talking About President's day and a new poll on former presidents' popularity, Feb. 23.
  • “GOP Dresses up Legislature in a Business Suit,” Atlanta Journal–Constitution, Feb. 20.

Joshua Scott, lecturer, Center for Politics

  • “Can Democrats topple the GOP Establishment?” Harrisonburg Daily News-Record, Feb. 26.

Matt Smyth, communications director, Center for Politics

  • “Virginia Politics Notebook,” Augusta Free Press, March 3.
  • “Virginia Politics News and Notes,” Augusta Free Press, Feb. 24.

Robert Spekman, Darden professor

  • “Manufacturing and Society: Defining Social Responsibility: It's Much More Than Good Works and Charities, Industryweek Magazine, March 1.
  • “Starbucks in the Str City,” Roanoke Times, Feb. 18.

Jerry Stenger, research coordinator, State Climatology Office

  • “Icy Roads Blamed for 2 Deaths,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, March 2.
  • “Central Virginia Braces for Snow, Possible Sleet,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, Feb. 24.
  • “Thick Snow Covers Area,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, Feb. 24.

Kathryn Thornton, engineering professor and associate dean

  • “NASA Funding Waning for Aeronautics Research,” Orlando Sentinel, Feb. 28.

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

  • “Help Parents be Involved,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, Feb. 24.

“Black Parents Urged to Take Education Role,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, Feb. 19.

Robert F. Turner, law professor

  • “Court: Ex-Spies Can't Sue CIA for Pledge Support,” Los Angeles Times, March 3.

Ronald B. Turner, pediatrics professor

  • “Shoppers Confused by Herbal Cold Remedies,” Associated Press, March 3.

Christopher Tilghamn, creative writing professor

  • “Hotseat: Mid-List Crisis: Tilghman's Rough Road to Success,” The Hook, March 3.

Janet I. Warren, psychiatric medicine professor and associate director, Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy

  • “Inmates Seek Words to Live by,” Hampton Roads Daily Press, March 7.

W. Bradford Wilcox, sociology professor

  • “As Demands on Workers Grow, Groups Push for Paid Family and Sick Leave,” New York Times, March 6.

G. Edward White, law professor

  • “For A's, Way to San Jose Paved with Uncertainty: Giants' Territorial Rights Big Obstacle,” San Jose [Calif.] Mercury News, Feb. 20.

Daniel Willingham, psychology professor

  • “To Tackle New SAT, Perhaps You Need a New Study Device,” Wall Street Journal, March 8.

Timothy Wilson, psychology professor

  • “Don't Think About it; Sleep on it Instead,” London Daily Telegraph, March 9.

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