April 1 - 14, 2005
Vol. 35, Issue 6
Back Issues
State of the University
Students invest their energies in volunteerism

Faculty senate discusses accreditation renewal
Letter to the editor

VORTEX joins the info superhighway
BOV discusses diversity and housing
New digital archive brings civil rights era to life
U.Va. Women's Center gives award
Curry School marks centennial
Parking rates on the rise
Another best-seller book festival
Edith Arbaugh reflects on the Lawn in exhibit
Humanitarian architect, judge to give Founder's Day talks
New faculty and staff are invited to resource fair April 19
Victor Hugo expert to speak April 15
Dogwood festival is coming up aces
Fan Mountain


News briefs

Reaffirmation of U.Va.’s accreditation topped the Faculty Senate’s agenda at its March 12 meeting. The entire University, except for the clinical
aspects of the Medical Center, is up for accreditation renewal from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The University must comply with 79 elements of accreditation. The process, which starts June 13 and ends December 2007, includes on and off-site peer review.

The senate also debated, but then withdrew, a resolution applauding U.Va. President John T. Casteen III for rejecting a football bowl-game invitation that interfered with the exam schedule at the end of the fall 2004 term.
One senator derided the proposal as “self-congratulatory,” praising the University for what should have been assumed in the first place. “Is it worthwhile to call attention to something that should be a given?” said Faculty Senate chairman Marcia D. Childress.

The senate also approved a 21-month executive MBA program for the Darden School for executives who have had at least 10 years of experience.

Kenneth Schwartz, chairman of the Academics Affairs Committee, said the senate will award six dissertation year fellowships at $20,000 a piece.

When I read in the last issue that Mr. [Pete] Gillen will be receiving a $2 million buyout, I almost had an attack of the vapors. The source of these funds was not mentioned, but I should like to point out that $2 million is enough to endow a senior faculty chair in perpetuity. And also almost sufficient to fund five years of an AIDS grant in the Medical School that was also recently announced. To put it mildly, the University's priorities seem to be skewed.
— Jenny Strauss Clay
Professor of Classics

“My heroes have always been cowboys, and they still are, it seems,” sings Willie Nelson. According to U.Va.’s Leadership Development Center, he’s on to something. The center’s program, “Horse Sense for Leaders,”
invites cubicle inhabitants to step outside the office for two days to learn about a common-sense approach to management. Attendees
observe a real-life relationship between a trainer and a horse during the program, scheduled for May 3 and 5 or June 9 and 10. The program is aimed at people who want to find ways to communicate effectively;
establish a shared understanding of goals and expectations; gain commitment and motivation; build trust and earn respect; and develop meaningful relationships with others. Louis Wood, the trainer who has run the program since 1999 to outstanding reviews, has fine-tuned the two-day experience so that office workers have a unique and relevant program. To register, contact Tara Telfair in the Leadership Development Center at 924-4457 or ttt2u@virginia.edu. The fee is $250 for U.Va. employees and $300 for non-U.Va. employees, and the first day is spent at Mountainview Ranch in Waynesboro.

Spring is here, but is your yard ready? The U.Va. Men’s Crew team is ready to help make yours the best on the block. On April 23, as part of its
annual Rent-a-Rower program, team members will be renting themselves out to community members who want help with various household chores, such as raking leaves, landscaping, clearing property or moving furniture. The cost is $120 per rower per day (plus lunch for the
rower). All money earned will support the Virginia Rowing Association — the formal name of the Men’s Crew team. To rent a rower, contact Tony Kilbridge at 982-5681 or aek3f@virginia.edu.

The University of Virginia Press’ Dolley Madison Digital Edition has been chosen for a special commendation by the Jefferson Prize Committee of the Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG). The commendation reads: “Judged to be an outstanding contribution to furthering history of and in the Federal Government on the basis of significance of subject matter, depth of research, innovative methodology, ease of use and quality of style.” Impressed by the possibilities of such online, digital documentary tools, the committee also said that it was their hope that the SHFG will create a new awards category to recognize such projects. The commendation was awarded at the society’s Annual Conference on March 17 in College Park, Md. Edited by Holly Shulman, a research professor in studies in women and gender at U.Va., the collection contains more than 700 letters, through June 1836, with some 2,000 additional letters to follow in periodic updates.

The Dolley Madison Digital Edition is the inaugural project of the University of Virginia Press’ collection of new digital scholarship, published under the name Rotunda. The Society for History in the Federal Government was founded in 1979 as a nonprofit professional organization to promote study and broad understanding of the history of the U.S. government and to serve as the voice of the federal historical community. The commendation bestowed on the Dolley Madison Digital Edition is one of only two documentary awards given — one biannually, and the other once every five years.

The University will host the second annual National Sustained Dialogue Campus Network conference on Grounds April 9 and 10. Up to 150 students from college campuses around the country will meet to discuss resources and support for current members of sustained dialogue groups and to train new moderators who are interested in starting these groups at their schools.

“Another goal is also to strengthen the intercollegiate network of schools and student leaders across the country who are working together to improve race relations and student climate in general,” said Priya Parker, a 2004 U.Va. alumna who now heads the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network for the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue, located in Washington. Parker and other students began Sustained Dialogue at U.Va. several years ago, making it the second university in the country to start such a program.

The International Institute for Sustained Dialogue is an organization founded to promote the process — called sustained dialogue — of building constructive relationships and resolving differences peacefully for transforming racial, ethnic and other deep-rooted conflicts in the United States and abroad. According to the institute’s Web site, “sustained dialogue is a critical instrument for engaging ‘whole human beings’ in deeply divided communities. This process for transforming conflictual relationships among citizens outside government can be a point of entry into the relationships among the groups with which they identify. … In short, sustained dialogue can create a microcosm of the relationships between whole groups and an experience in analyzing and changing relationships.”

Volunteers are needed for a “learning carnival” on April 15 being sponsored by U.Va.’s Jumpstart program, a national, nonprofit, early-education
organization that combats the rising trend of preschoolers in low-income communities entering school without the skills needed to succeed. The program operates 57 sites throughout the nation, each supervised by a highly skilled site manager. Jumpstart’s five regional offices support the work of each of the sites, and they ensure high quality implementation of the Jumpstart program. For the carnival, organizations may sponsor a learning station by providing a number of volunteers for a particular activity. Individuals are strongly encouraged to come as well. If you are interested, contact Brittany Brown at bab8a@ virginia.edu or call the Jumpstart office at 924-7920.

No two people communicate with other individuals exactly the same way. Finding out why this is true, and how it affects our daily lives at work is a topic that U.Va.’s Exceptional Assistants’ Network will tackle at its Third Annual Professional Development Conference, April 25 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Omni Hotel. U.Va. and non-U.Va. employees are invited to attend the event, which will feature keynote speaker Colette Sheehy, vice president for management and budget, and guest speaker Marja Lee Freeman, chief executive officer of M.L. Freeman Consulting, who will discuss the barriers to communicating effectively and show participants how to communicate like a top executive. Participants also will
select a breakout session to attend. For EAN members the price is $50, and $75 for nonmembers. To register online, visit www.virginia.edu/ldc/ eanconfregistration.html.

HIV/AIDS rates among women are climbing. Women made up nearly 50 percent of all HIV cases as of December 2003, with girls and young women at greatest risk of contracting the disease, according to a 2004 report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. To approach the issue of awareness with regard to the increasing crisis of women and AIDS,
Emmy-winning television producer and Oscar- nominated filmmaker Sharon Sopher will speak about her new film, “HIV Goddesses: Stories of Courage — Diary of a Filmmaker” in Newcomb Hall Theater on April 4 at 7 p.m. Sopher diagnosed herself with the disease in July 2000 after 27 doctors had misdiagnosed her during a five-year time period. While surfing the Internet, she determined she might test positive. After having her diagnosis confirmed, Sopher decided to be open about her disease and to take on the toughest assignment of her 30-year career: to tell the story of women living with AIDS in the United States and to make AIDS a women’s health issue. In 2001, Sopher launched a multimedia project called HIV Goddesses: A Women’s Wellness and Empowerment Project. The centerpiece of the project is her documentary, “HIV Goddesses: Stories of Courage,” which premiered in New York City last year. Other parts of the project include a black-and-white photo exhibit featuring American women living with AIDS and a bookmark with gender-based facts. As part of her research, Sopher attended an AIDS film festival in New York last May. Of the 100 films she watched, none were about women and AIDS in the United States. “What struck me was that every film about a woman was somewhere else,” she said. A group discussion will follow Sopher’s talk.

Time to roll out the red carpet. For the first time, the Virginia Quarterly Review has been nominated for the American Society of Magazine
Editors’ Annual National Magazine Awards, established in 1966 to honor magazines with consistently superior execution of stated editorial
objectives, innovative editorial techniques, noteworthy journalistic enterprise, and imagination and vigor in layout and design. Called the “Ellies,” these awards are dubbed the Oscars of the magazine industry. ASME announced the finalists — a list that includes The New Yorker, Newsweek, National Geographic and the Atlantic Monthly — on March 17.
VQR is nominated in two categories: fiction and general excellence (with a circulation of less than 100,000). The fiction category recognizes excellence in magazine fiction writing and the quality of a publication’s literary selections. The general excellence category honors writing, reporting, editing and design that successfully come together to command readers’ attention and fulfill the magazine’s editorial mission. VQR
is one of only 19 magazines nationwide to receive nominations in multiple categories.

The awards will be distributed at a luncheon on April 13 at the
Waldorf-Astoria in New York.

This nomination marks the second major recognition VQR has received in the past year under new editor Ted Genoways. VQR was honored in January with the Parnassus Award for Significant Editorial Achievement from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

Making Headlines

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

Rajesh K. Aggarwal, McIntire School professor

  • “Mass. Official Says P&G is Underpaying for Gillette,” Cincinnati Enquirer, March 23.
  • “Regulator Questions Price in P&G-Gillette Deal as Feds Seek More Records,” Associated Press, March 22.
  • “FTC Wants More Data on Gillette Deal,” Cincinnati Post, March 22.
  • “Regulator Says P&G Deal for Gillette Undervalued,” Reuters News Service, March 22.
  • “`Rush' On Gillette Sale: Galvin Suspicious, Cites $12b Discrepancy in Deal,” Boston Herald, March 22.

“Review Raises New Questions on Gillette Sale,” Boston Globe, March 22.

  • “'Rush' On Gillette Sale: Galvin Suspicious, Cites $12b,” Boston Herald, March 22.

Eugene Barrett, director, Diabetes Center and past president of the American Diabetes Association

  • “Inhaled Insulin for Diabetes,” WFMV-TV CBS 2 Greensboro, N.C., March 10.

John A. Blackburn, Dean of Admissions

  • “It's Bigger-Is It Better?” U.S. News & World Report, March 14.

Richard Bonnie, director, Institute for Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy

  • “Lawyers Doubt Competency of Slaying Suspect,” Hampton Roads Daily Press, March 25.
  • “Experts: Insanity Pleas Don't Often Work,” Quincy [Mass.] Patriot Ledger, March 12.
  • “Va. Pays Low Fees to Lawyers: D.C. Law Firm May Sue to Seek More Funding, Better Representation,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 12.

David W. Breneman, Curry School dean

  • “In Pataki's Time, Suny Runs More Like Private Universities,” New York Times, March 25.
  • “Student ‘Customers’ Demand Satisfaction,” Tacoma [Wash.] News Tribune, March 20.

Rosa Brooks, law professor

  • Was a Guest Wednesday on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor.” She discussed allegations of torture against the U.S. military.

Robert F. Bruner, business administration professor

  • “Merger Nerves Outbreak for Small Investors,” Chicago Tribune, March 20.

W. Bernard Carlson, science, technology and society associate professor in the engineering school

  • “Nikola Tesla: Inventor Of Dreams,” Scientific American, March.

James Ceaser, politics professor

  • “Mideast Future Hinges on Iraq, Analysts Say: Failure Could Quiet Democracy's Stirrings in Volatile Region,” Dallas Morning News, March 20.

Ming-Jer Chen, Darden professor

  • “China Expected to Tie U.S. and EU in Share Of GDP by 2020,” Industry Week Magazine, March 18.

George Cohen, law professor

  • “Class-Action Lawyers,” Wall Street Journal, March 24.

Dewey Cornell, psychologist, Curry School of Education and director, Youth Violence Project

  • “Schools Using Many Lessons of Columbine,” Christian Science Monitor, March 25.

Martha Derthick, politics professor

  • “Civic Elite Bet Social Security Loophole Loot,” New York Observer, March 21.

Michael Dooley, law professor

  • Was quoted March 23 in a Minnesota Public Radio “Marketplace” report on the proposed Sears-K-mart merger and its effect on sears authorized dealers.

George Edwards, former head wrestling coach and director of service at the Curry School

  • “Edwards Loyal to His Local Roots,” Shamokin [Pa.] News-Item, March 17.

Robert Fatton, chairman, politics department

  • “Haiti Police Absorbs Army and Stokes Rights Fears,” Reuters News, March 16.

Paul Freedman, politics professor

  • Was quoted March 23 in a National Public Radio “Day To Day” report on the political implications of the Terri Schiavo case.

R. Edward Freeman, business professor and director, Olsson Center for Applied Ethics

  • “Microsoft Funding of Security Report Decried,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 25.

Glenn A. Gaesser, exercise physiology professor

  • “Obesity May Stall Trend of Increasing Longevity,” Washington Post, March 17.

Paul M. Gaston, history professor emeritus

  • “When We Marched for Selma — And Freedom,” (Essay) The Hook, March 10.

Paul R. Gross, life sciences professor emeritus

  • “'Intelligent Design' Simply Short on Evidence,” Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 15.

Robert Harris, Darden School dean

  • “The Private Face of Public Schools,” Bized Magazine, March/April.

Frederick Hayden, epidemiology professor

  • “Antiviral Stockpile a Drop in Bucket,” Winnipeg [Man.] Free Press, March 23.

A.E. Dick Howard, law professor

  • “Starr, in New Role, Gives Hope to a Needy Death Row Inmate,” Washington Post, March 14.

John Knapp, research director, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service

  • “Economists: Property Tax Promises are ''Bad Policy'',” Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, March 23.

William A. Knaus, professor and chairman, Department of Health Evaluation Sciences

  • “Little Known About Starvation Death,” Washington Post, March 23.

William Lucy, architecture professor

  • “The More Affordable Suburbs,” Baltimore Sun, March 21.

Allen Lynch, director, Center for Russian and East European Studies

  • “Great Decisions: Russia Remains An Enigma, Even After the End of the Cold War,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 20.

Patrick Michaels, environmental sciences professor

  • “Report: Rivers May Get Too Hot for Fish,” Associated Press, March 25.

Farzaneh Milani, director, Studies in Women and Gender

  • “A Poet Who Pointed the Way to a New Iran,” Washington Post, March 15.

Margaret A. Miller, higher-education policy professor

  • “Moonlighting on Music Row,” Chronicle Of Higher Education, March 21.

Jonathan Moreno, director, Center for Biomedical Ethics

  • “Florida Right-To-Die Case in Judge's Hands,” Reuters News Service, March 21.
  • “US Congress May Focus on End of Life Issues,” Reuters News Service, March 21.

Timothy Naftali, historian and director, Miller Center's Presidential Recordings Program and Kremlin Decision-Making Project

  • “Nixon and Dixon,” Newsweek, March 23.
  •  “Director of Nixon Library Agrees to Make President's Political Tapes Public,” New York Times, March 18.

Peter Onuf, history professor

  • “Documenting Jefferson's Life is an Epic Task,” Wall Street Journal, March 15.

Eric Patashnick, politics professor

  • “Why Reform is Tough,” Christian Science Monitor, March 11.

Joann Pinkerton, obstetrics and gynecology associate professor

  • Was quoted March 23 in an BC News “World News Tonight” report on hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women.

Eric Powers, director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

  • Will receive the Central Virginia Chapter of the American Heart Association's William "Billy" Mitchell Award next month, according to an article that appeared in March 25’s Charlottesville Daily Progress.

Steven Rhoads, politics professor

  • “Week's End,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 14.

Daniel Rosensweig, interdisciplinary-studies professor

  • “2 Books Confront Baseball's History, Real and Imagined,” Chronicle Of Higher Education, March 18.

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

  • “Neither 'Starvation' Nor the Suffering it Connotes Applies to Schiavo, Doctors Say,” New York Times, March 25.
  • “Senate Democrats Saw Bill on Schiavo 'No-Win for Them',” Palm Beach Post, March 25.
  • “Ryan, Shaw Gain Notoriety for Social Security Crusades,” The Hil, March 23.
  • “Senate, House Democrats Differed in Handling of Schiavo Bill,” Cox News Service, March 23.
  • “Gilmore Sees Property Tax Debate as Repeat of 1997 Car Tax Fight,” Associated Press, March 22.
  • “Florida Right-To-Die Case Goes to Federal Courts,” Voice Of America, March 22.
  • “GOP Getting Ready for 'Nuclear Option' to Confirm Judges,” Investor's Business Daily, March 22.
  • “Why Schiavo is a Cause Célèbre,” Christian Science Monitor, March 21.
  • “Kaine Tax Plan Received With Caution,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 20.
  • “Kerry Seeking to Build Support for Democrats,” Boston Globe, March 20.
  • “Newsview: Schiavo Debate Renews Divide,” Associated Press, March 20.
  • “What Purple Mountains Can Teach Democrats,” Salt Lake Tribune, March 20.
  • “Kaine: Cut Property Assessments One-Fifth; State Would Pay Schools Tab,” Associated Press, March 17.
  • “Baseball's Toughest Steroid Test Yet is Today,” Newhouse News Service, March 17.
  • “Dashboard Program Lets People Monitor VDOT,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 17.
  • “Rice Fuels Rumours That It’s Condi v. Hillary in 2008,” Times London, March 13.
  • “Lawmakers From Rival Parties Team up in Probe of Steroids,” San Francisco Chronicle, March 16.
  • “In Kentucky, Bush's Social Security Sales Job Gets a Mixed Response,” Knight Ridder Newspapers, March 14.
  • “Clinton and Rice Head Early Runners in White House Race,” Agence France Presse, March 10.
  • “Bush Speech Tto Target Old, Young and Elected,” Birmingham [Ala.] News, March 9.
  • “Looking to Florida's Sunny Side,” Tallahassee [Fla.] Democrat, March 8.

Peter Sheras, psychology professor and Jeffrey Rossman, assistant history professor

  • “Toscano Announces His Bid for 57th Seat,” Daily Progress, March 10.

Stephen F. Smith, law professor

  • “Decision Rocked Judiciary, Renewed Debate on Drug War,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, March 20.

Matthew Smyth, director, communications for Center for Politics

  • “The Politics of Homeowner-Tax Relief,” Augusta Free Press, March 23.
  • “Inside the Fake Kaine Memo,” Augusta Free Press, March 17.

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

  • “Officer Cleared in Shooting,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 17.

Ronald Turner, pediatrics professor

  • “Not All Cold, Flu Aids See Review,” Associated Press, March 22.

Tihamer Von Ghyczy, Darden professor

  • “Campus Can-Do,” Smallbiz Magazine, Spring.

Lauren F. Winner, religion teacher

  • “...But Can Sex Talk Be The Bride Of Chastity?” New York Times, March 13.

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