SALARY INCREASES APPROVED
The final version of the state’s 2005-2006 budget was approved April 6 at the General Assembly’s veto session. Included in the final budget are salary increases for employees for the next year.
Effective Nov. 5, classified employees rated at least “contributor” in their annual evaluations will receive a 3 percent increase, plus an additional $50 more per year of service for those with five or more years of service.
Full-time teaching and research faculty will receive increases averaging 5 percent.
Administrative and professional faculty, part-time teaching and research faculty and graduate teaching assistants will get increases averaging 4 percent.
TWO AT U.VA. WIN GUGGENHEIMS
Results of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation's 81st annual competition have been announced and two U.Va. faculty members, Mark Edmundson and William Wylie, are among this year’s winners.
Edmundson is the National Endowment for the Humanities Daniels
Family Distinguished Teaching Professor of English. Wylie is assistant professor of art.The full list of this year’s 186 fellows is online at www.gf.org.
INSIDE UVA. SCHEDULE
During the spring flurry of events, it’s hard to believe the school year is wrapping up, but in a couple of months, it will be summer.
Inside UVA’s publication schedule for the next several months follows:
- May 6
- May 20 (graduation issue)
- June 3
- June 17
- July 1
- July 15
- July 29
- August (no issues)
- Sept. 2 (Back to School)
RISING ABOVE COGNITIVE ERRORS
For search and review committees:
Examples from JoAnn Moody’s monograph of cognitive errors to become aware of and avoid.
Raising the bar: Demanding more from a candidate because the person belongs to a group thought less competent. “Don’t we need more writing samples from Latoya? I know we asked for only three. … I just want to make sure she’s really qualified.”
Showing elitism: Giving extra or less weight to applicants because of their alma mater or other factors, such as regional background. “I always associate that kind of accent with illiteracy.”
Being loyal to the clan: Wanting to “clone” a beloved colleague who is retiring or has died. Also using a “good fit-bad fit” rationale. “He’s just too different from the rest of us.”
Harboring provincialism and nepotism: Only trusting letters of recommendation written by people a search member knows. “I’m uneasy because I’ve never met this reference” or “We’ve never hired anyone with a doctorate from that place, have we?”
Making assumptions and myths: Search members fall back on them when uncomfortable with a candidate’s differences, undermining consideration of the person’s qualifications. “Well, no minority would want to live here” or “I don’t think there are very many qualified women for this post.”
Creating a self-fulfilling prophesy: Unknowingly setting up the interview for a preferred applicant to succeed and slighting an alternate so he or she doesn’t do as well — for example, having one candidate meet the senior faculty in a department and having a secretary call another candidate to come visit.
Judging character over context: Blaming the candidate’s personal characteristics for extenuating circumstances. “Walter didn’t seem very lively after my 4 p.m. seminar. I don’t think we want a low-energy person joining our team.”
HOSPITAL TRAFFIC CHANGES
Employees, patients and community members should make note of traffic changes at the Medical Center. As of March 21, access to Hospital Drive from JPA was blocked to vehicle traffic. Hospital Drive is only accessible from University Avenue, and will be converted to a two-way street. Parking is limited to parallel parking spots and the new parking lot near the intersection of Hospital Drive and University Avenue.
Patients are encouraged to use the patient parking garage on Lee Street where their parking will be validated inside the hospital. Hospital Drive will be closed until completion of the McIntire School project, scheduled for February 2008.
NOTABLE AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS BY FACULTY & STAFF
- Jill Hartz, U.Va. Art Museum director, has received an Excellence in Peer Review Service Award from the American Association of Museums.
- Two U.Va. faculty members have won Virginia Social Science Association awards. Ann Lane, history professor, received a 2005 VSSA award in honor of her career and commitment to teaching. Robert Vaughan, president of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, received the VSSA’s Public Service Award.
- William A. Wulf, computer science professor and president of the
National Academy of Engineering, has received the 2005 Ralph Coats Roe Medal. The award was given by the American Society of Mechanical Engineering.
U.VA. NAMED FITNESS HOT SPOT
MSNBC recently named “America’s 25 Hot Schools.” U.Va. was named “Hottest for Fitness,” thanks to the four recreation centers, which
together make up 300,000 square feet of pools, running tracks, weight rooms, and classrooms for yoga and kickboxing. U.Va. also maintains a 23-acre park for outdoor field sports and jogging.
SHARE YOUR CANCER STORY
Your story about fighting cancer — any type — is important. If you would like to share your story with others, submit it to associate professor of
drama Kate Burke, a 21-year survivor of breast cancer. Actors Fighting Cancer Celebrate Life! will present “Time to Tell Our Stories!” at the Charlottesville/Albemarle Relay for Life. The event will be held at Monticello High School June 4-5, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Submissions might consist of a single name with birth and death dates, an anecdote, a funny story, a spiritual awakening, a moment of reconciliation or forgiveness, a letter, a poem or a song. Writing style or skill is not as important as the story. Anonymous and signed submissions are welcome.
You can submit via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; via regular mail to Kate Burke, University of Virginia, Department of Drama, P.O. Box 400128, Charlottesville, VA 22904. You can write your story or record it on a cassette or CD. Direct questions to Burke at 243-8957.
NICHOLS WINS OAH GRANT
Christopher McKnight Nichols, a graduate student in history, was selected by the Organization of American Historians to receive one of three OAH/Immigration and Ethnic History Society John Higham Travel Grants for graduate students, to be used toward costs of attending the OAH/IEHS annual meeting. “Towards a ‘Trans-National America’: Randolph Bourne on Internationalism, Isolation, War and the Risks of Integrating Intellectuals into the State, 1914-1918,” which will be presented at the 2005 OAH Annual Meeting in San Jose, Calif., offers insights into Bourne’s concept
of transnational American citizenship. The meeting was held March 31-
BOAR’S HEAD TENNIS FACILITIES TO EXPAND
The U.Va. Foundation and the University have grabbed their racquets — and $7.5 million — and are hitting the courts at Boar’s Head. Officials from the group have announced plans for a tennis center expansion that will enhance the Boar’s Head Sports Club reputation in the tennis world. Boar’s Head, owned and operated by the U.Va. Foundation, already is a staple on Tennis Magazine’s annual “Top 50 Tennis Resorts” rankings. It currently features three indoor courts and three courts located under a temporary bubble. The expansion plans call for three courts in a new, air-conditioned facility and six additional courts in a separate facility, bringing the total number of indoor courts to 12. It also will feature the addition of seating for up to 1,000, allowing more tennis fans than ever
before to come out and support the University’s outstanding tennis
programs which play there.
DIFFERENT VOICES, COMMON THREADS
With diversity on the minds of many at U.Va., and in the wake of two high-profile racial incidents during the 2002-2003 academic year, a collaborative group of students, faculty and staff from the Office of the Dean of Students came together to create a program for new students. “Different Voices, Common Threads,” has been presented during Fall Orientation for the past two years, and has won the 2005 Voice of Inclusion Award from the American College Personnel Association 2005. It begins with a slide show describing the history of the University. In the second portion, members of the U.Va. community share personal testimonies of their experiences with stereotyping and discrimination. Afterwards,students take part in small-group facilitated discussions by their residence hall adviser. For more information, contact Anat H. Levtov at email@example.com.
CALLING ALL GREEN THUMBS
Here’s your chance to help make Grounds even more beautiful. On April 22 (which also happens to be Earth Day), members of the Arboretum & Landscape Committee are planning the Student Planting Project. The idea is to collaboratively marshal resources and volunteers for a one-day landscaping project meant to beautify the pedestrian walk beside Thornton Hall, along Engineer’s Way from McCormick Road to Scott Stadium. The Student Planting Project will involve up to 50 student volunteers, members of the A & L committee, and volunteers from the Architecture School, the Engineering School, Student Council and several other student groups with an interest in “green affairs” at the University. More volunteers are still needed. For more information on how to get
involved, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
TAKE A HIKE — TO WORK
On May 6, think about filling up a different tank on your way to work — your oxygen tank. Clean Commute Day is a national event, and the Charlottesville region is joining in. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., commuters are encouraged to stop by the Barrack’s Road Shopping Center and gather information about healthy alternatives to driving alone. Representatives from Charlottesville Transit Service (CTS), JAUNT, RideShare, University Transit Service (UTS) and Greene County Transit will be available at the Commuter Information booth. Refreshments will be provided along with demonstrations, giveaways and live entertainment. Participants will be eligible for registration in the random prize drawing for a bed-and-breakfast weekend getaway.
EARTH DAY ON APRIL 22
Earth Day is coming and Facilities Management wants everyone in the University community to get involved. On April 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of Thornton Hall, a variety of events are planned, including the following:
- Two chances to win a solar-powered charger for your cell phone by either taking an exam to demonstrate your knowledge about energy or suggesting an original energy project for U.Va.
- A solar car and other solar energy displays.
- An energy booth where you can learn to conserve energy, save money and improve the environment.
- Two examples of hybrid technology — a new Honda Civic and a Toyota Prius — and information about renewable biodiesel.
- Virginia Department of Environmental Quality experts, who will show how to prevent pollution at the source.
- A Recycle U.Va! booth where you can learn how to keep your education dollars out of the landfill.
For more information about Earth Day, or if you would like to participate, contact John Paul Crumpler, energy programs manager, at 243-5277.
VOLUNTEER TREE-PLANTINGS ALONG CITY STREAMS
Charlottesville City Parks is partnering with the Rivanna Conservation Society during Earth Weekend to plant as many as 100 small trees in riparian buffers along city streams. Potential sites and the watershed impacts are the following: Quarry and Jordan Parks/Moore's Creek; Meadowcreek, Greenbrier Linear, Greenleaf and McIntire Parks/Meadowcreek; Pen and Riverview Parks/Rivanna River. The groups need volunteers to help plant during Earth Weekend, April 22-24. RSVP by April 18 to Susan Pleiss, volunteer coordinator for City Parks, at pleiss@
charlottesville.org or 970-3585.
U.Va. faculty and staff media quotes recently cited in Headlines@U.Va.:
Malcolm Bell, art history professor
- “Ancient Treasures for Sale,” Reason, April 1.
Benjamin K. Bennett, German professor
- “Where Are The Drama Critics?” Chronicle Of Higher Education, April 4.
Julian Bond, history professor
- “Bond Urges Equality for All,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 4.
- “Civil Unrest: NAACP Chair Julian Bond Speaks Out for Gay Rights,” Cville Weekly, March 30.
Richard C. Collins, recently retired architecture professor
- “Retired Professor Joins House Race,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, April 5.
Michael Dake, professor and chairman, Department of Radiology
- “Study Will Test New Use for Drug-Coated Stents,” Dow Jones Newswires, March 29.
Gerald Fogarty, religious studies professor
- “Crises Come and Go but the Papacy Endures Through All,” Irish Independent [[Dublin], April 5.
- “Pope Changed World Without Armies,” USA Today, April 4.
- “Clerics Laud Pontiff's Legacy,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 3.
- “American Leaders Sought out John Paul Ii,” Associated Press, April 3.
- “Trailblazing Pope Will be Hard to Emulate, Many Say,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 3.
- “'A Pastor To The World',” New Orleans Times-Picayune, April 3.
- “Roman Catholic Church No Stranger to Ailing Popes,” Reuters, April 2.
- “Catholics' Eyes Fall On Conclave / Some Say Catholicism's Spread May End Trend; Others Don't Foresee it,” Dallas Morning News, April 2.
R. Edward Freeman, Darden professor and director, Olsson Center for Applied Ethics
- “Microsoft Funding Of Security Report Decried,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 25.
Glenn Gaesser, exercise physiology professor
- “Myth Buster, Shape, April 1.
Gary W. Gallagher, history professor
Reviewed “The Sword Of Lincoln: The Army Of The Potomac,” by Jeffrey D. Wert, for March 27’s Washington Post. Gallagher’s article was headlined,
- “Book Review: The Right Stuff,” Washington Post, March 27.
Paul Gaston, history professor emeritus
- “Civil Disobedient: Gaston's History Lesson,” The Hook, March 31.
David Geldmacher, neurology professor
- “Future Drugs Might Prevent Alzheimer's,” Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, March 28.
Fern Hauck, epidemiology professor
- “Roanoke Had Highest Infant Mortality Rate in Virginia in 2003,” Associated Press, March 28.
Alexander Horniman, Darden professor
- “Column: Loyalty Should be a Busier Two-Way Street,” Orlando [Fla.] Sentinel, April 3.
John Knapp, economist, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
- “Plans of Kaine and Kilgore Lead Some Officials to Fret,” Roanoke Times, March 28.
Edward Lengel, associate editor, The Papers of George Washington
- “Miscalculations,” Journal Of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Spring 2005.
Craig K. Littlepage, athletics director
- “Faces In A Mostly White, Male Crowd,” Chronicle Of Higher Education, April 4.
William McDonough, former Architecture School dean and lecturer, Darden
- “Commentary: Replanting The Environmental Garden,” Portland [Ore.] Oregonian, March 27.
Patrick Michaels, environmental sciences professor
- “Report Says Rising Temps Hurt Salmon,” Associated Press, March 29.
- Was quoted March 27 on CNN’s “Melting Point.” He discussed global warming.
John Norton Moore, law professor and director, Center for Oceans Law and Policy
- “Oil Firms See Hope for Future in Treaty,” Atlanta Journal–Constitution, March 27.
Jonathan Moreno, director Center for Biomedical Ethics
- “Schiavo New Symbol of Culture War?” Jacksonville Times-Union, March 31.
Steven Nock, sociology professor
- “The Emperor's New Woes,” Psychology Today, April 1.
Robert M. O'Neil, law professor and director, Thomas Jefferson Center for The Protection of Free Expression
- “Churchill Wars Continue,” Inside Higher Ed, March 28.
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
- “School Choice is Often Private,” St. Petersburg [Fla.] Times, April 6.
- “Fur — And Hair — Flying at Iowa Statehouse,” Associated Press (Iowa), April 6.
- “Hopefuls Have it Out Peacefully,” Hampton Roads Daily Press, April 6.
- “Richardson Planning A Visit To N.H.,” Albuquerque [N.M.] Journal, April 5.
- “Kaine Takes Religion on Election Trail,” Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, April 2.
- “The Quote Machines,” American Journalism Review, March 31.
- “Politicians Might Feel Repercussions,” USA Today, March 31.
- “Delay: Hell to Pay for Judges,” New York Daily News, March 31.
- “Political Reaction: Delay Blames Judicial System, Promises New Legislation,” San Francisco Chronicle, March 31.
- “Schiavo Case Could Have Lasting Effects,” Dallas Morning News, March 31.
- “Republican Leader Warns Judges: You Will Answer for This,” Toronto Star, March 31.
- “With Schiavo Dead, Bush Emphasizes 'Culture Of Life',” New York Sun, March 31.
- “Bush: Schiavo Case Will Not be Fodder for '06 Elections,” Tallahassee [Fla.] Democrat, March 31.
- “Schiavo Case Could Have Political Impact in US,” Voice Of America, March 30.
- “Santorum's Profile High in Schiavo Case,” Philadelphia Inquirer, March 30.
- “Sudden Silence On Schiavo,” Toronto Star, March 30.
- Was a Guest March 29 Night on CNN;s “Newsnight With Aaron Brown.” He discussed the political dimensions of the Terri Schiavo case.
- “In Va. Governor's Race, Spotlight on Taxes Again,” Washington Post, March 27.
- “For Congress, a Quiet Retreat From Schiavo,” Baltimore Sun, March 27.
- “Clinton's Move to the Middle,” Newsday, March 27.
- “News Analysis: Schiavo Case Tests Priorities of GOP,” Washington Post, March 26.
- “Commentary: Schiavo Furor Leaves Rips in GOP 'Big Tent',” St. Petersburg [Fla.] Times, March 26.
- “Potts Hires Ad Creator for Campaign,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 25.
- “Bush Brothers Tried to Tag-Team the System,” New York Daily News, March 25.
Timothy Salthouse, psychology professor and director, Institute on Aging
- “Where Age and Power Go Together: Washington Accepts Elderly Leaders,” Washington Post, March 29.
Peter Sheras, education professor
- “Professor Won't Run For Va. House,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, March 29.
William W. Sihler, Darden professor
- “End of Tax Season is a Chance for Small Businesses to Start Fresh With Their Finances,” Associated Press, March 30.
Matt Smyth, communications director, Center for Politics
- “Spoiler Corner,” Augusta Free Press, March 30.
Eric Turkheimer, psychology professor
- “Improved Formula: In England, Girls are Closing Gap with Boys in Math,” Wall Street Journal, March 30.
M. Rick Turner, African-American affairs dean
- “Race Issue Surfaces at Meeting,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, March 31.
- “Report Sparks Race Discussion,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, March 27.
Robert Louis Wilken, religious studies professor
- “From Jesus To Christ: How Did A Jewish Prophet Come to be Seen as the Christian Savior? The Epic Story of the Empty Tomb, the Early Battles and the Making of a Great Faith,” Newsweek, March 28.
William H. Wood, director, Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership
- “Column: Political Notebook: Governor Tweaks Laws and a Retiree,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, April 43.
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