O’BRIEN NAMED NEW SORENSEN INSTITUTE DIRECTOR
The University program that trains Virginians to become skilled in politics and public policy gains a new executive director on July 1. Sean T. O’Brien will succeed William H. Wood as executive director of the Thomas C. Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. Wood, the founding executive director of the 12-year-old organization, announced his retirement earlier this year. O’Brien has served as deputy director of the institute for the past three years. During Wood’s tenure, the Sorensen Institute graduated some 700 citizens from its five programs. Nine are currently serving in Virginia’s General Assembly, while nearly 80 have been elected to local offices throughout the commonwealth. Scores of others have become active in the political process. According to John P. Thomas, director of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service and the University’s Representative on the Sorensen Institute board, O’Brien was influential in the institute’s recent expansion, including the addition of two student leadership programs.
IT CHIEF SEARCH IS ON
A national search is under way for a new vice president and chief information officer to replace Robert E. Reynolds, who has held the post for seven years. The search committee includes: J. Milton Adams, vice provost for academic programs; Karin Wittenborg, University Librarian; Virginia H. Evans, assistant VP for integrated system development and support; Gertrude Fraser, vice provost for faculty advancement; John Hawley, astronomy professor; Alice Howard, special assistant to the VP and CIO; Worthy Martin, associate professor of computer science; and James Scott III, senior associate dean for finance and administration in the medical school and Jordan A. Levy, student in the College of Arts & Sciences. The committee, with the assistance of a search firm, will met at the end of April to develop a work plan and initiate the search.
JOINING FORCES FOR GOOD
U.Va.’s School of Law and Hunton & Williams LLP have established a partnership to provide free legal services to low-income Charlottesville residents. Volunteer lawyers and law students will work together to represent clients with legal problems in the areas of immigration and domestic relations. “We welcome this opportunity for our students to engage in important public service under the guidance of lawyers from a firm so highly respected as Hunton & Williams,” said Law School Dean John Jeffries. The office, located at the Legal Aid Justice Center, will open in July.
THOMAS TO LEAVE VCDH
William G. Thomas III, co-founder and director of the Virginia Center for Digital History at the University, is leaving his post at the end of June to become the John and Catherine Angle Chairman in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Thomas, an expert in U.S. history since 1865 and modern Virginia history, has been an associate professor in U.Va.’s Corcoran Department of History since 1996.
Crandall “Randy” Shifflett, project director of the VCDH’s Virtual Jamestown project and history professor at Virginia Tech, will serve as the interim director while a search takes place for a new director.
Thomas and Civil War historian and Arts & Sciences Dean Edward L. Ayers co-founded the center in 1998. “We have grown over the years,” Thomas said. “We had really only two, maybe three projects to start with, and have over the years developed six or seven more large ones. What has stayed the same, I hope and believe, is the energy and crea tivity of our graduate and undergraduate research assistants and how much that influences our work.”
LYNDON B. JOHNSON RECORDINGS RELEASED
The Miller Center of Public Affairs and W. W. Norton and Co. have released the first three volumes of comprehensive transcripts of the White House recordings made by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The volumes offer an opportunity to experience how Johnson made key decisions and exercised leadership in one of the most turbulent eras in U.S. history. The transcripts provide a glimpse into one of the most critical periods in Johnson’s presidency.
Directed by historian Timothy Naftali, the Miller Center’s Presidential Recording Program is a unique effort to transcribe, edit, annotate and publish the secret White House recordings of Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. From 1960 to 1973, these presidents recorded hundreds of their most significant meetings and telephone calls.
NORTH GROUNDS CONNECTOR RIVANNA TRAIL DETOUR
With the construction beginning on the North Grounds Connector, many employees have raised concerns about the construction interrupting the Rivanna Trail. According to Dick Laurance, project manager for the new arena, the Rivanna Trail detour has been coordinated with Diana Foster, president of the Trail Association. Multiple signs, notices, fences, e-mails and meetings have been organized in regard to the trail. There is an information Web site for the project at www.fm.virginia.edu/ arena. Choose North Grounds Connector to find a map of the trail detour, which will remain in place until June 2006. When the connector is finished, there will be a grade crossing at the intersection of the trail and the new road.
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS BY FACULTY AND STAFF
- Claire Cronmiller, Cavalier’s Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of biology, is the winner of the Society for College Science Teachers/ Kendall-Hunt Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award.
- Kandioura Dramé, associate French professor, was appointed associate editor of the Journal of African Literature Association on April 9.
- Mitchell Green, associate professor of philosophy, won the Contemplative Practice Award from the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, which is a $10,000 fellowship for the summer of 2005.
- Barry T. Hinton, cell biology professor, received the Robert Bennett Bean Award from the School of Medicine for excellence in teaching.
- Dell Hathaway Hymes, Commonwealth Professor of Anthropology and English, received an honorary Doctor of Human Letters degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
- Cheryl Krueger, professor of French literature and German linguistics, won a Teaching and Technology Initiative Grant for 2005-2006 for “The Language of Cinema: An Interactive Student Project and Archive.”
- Amy Ogden, assistant French professor, received a two-year fellowship from U.Va.’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities to construct Lives of the Saints: The Medieval French Hagiography Project.
- Dr. Michael F. Rein, internal medicine professor, received the Robley Dunglison Award from the School of Medicine for outstanding teaching efforts.
- Dr. Brendon M. Stiles, from the surgery department, received the James Ernest Kindred Award from the School of Medicine for displaying displaying enthusiasm while inspiring students.
ITC CHANGED HOME DIRECTORY LOGIN ON MAY 16
Since May 16, computer users who log into the U.Va. Home Directory Service have had to go about it a different way. The changes are as follows:
- Download a new version of the Home Directory login utility for Windows or Macs, which is available now on Software Central. You may download and begin
using it at any time: www.itc.virginia.edu/ desktop/central/display/ details.php3?installerID=162&nav=title (Windows XP/2000 version) www.itc.virginia.edu/desktop/central/display/details.php3?installerID=163&nav=title (Mac OS X version)
- Use your Eservices password to log into the Home Directory Service. If you’ve never used your Eservices account, or you can’t remember your Eservices password, get help now at www.web.virginia.edu/pswd/. Windows XP/2000 Users: When you start up the new Home Directory login utility, you will see that your login ID is filled in for you, and is now preceded by “Eservices.”
Macintosh Users (OS X only): When you use the new Home Directory login utility, you will notice that the choice of protocols is no longer available. All Home Directory connections are now made using SMB.
If you do not use one of the Operating Systems listed above (Windows XP or 2000, or Mac OS X); OR you cannot update your Home Directory login utility; OR you prefer to continue using your existing one, please see the additional information at www.itc.virginia. edu/ homedir/updateoptions.html.
This change is the final step in ITC’s effort to eliminate those instances where users have no choice but to send their passwords over the network in clear text in order to connect with an ITC service.
TRAFFIC CHANGES ON EMMET STREET
In case you haven’t noticed, there have been some traffic changes on Emmet St. According to Mark Fletcher, chairman of the University General Safety and Security Committee and director of Intramural Recreational Sports, the committee was “very involved in this whole discussion” and initiated the dialogue and review internally. They then worked in conjunction with the City of Charlottesville to attempt several things to make the stretch of road in front of Memorial Gym on Emmet Street safer. “Emmet Street is a city of Charlottesville street, so therefore they needed to support the proposed changes both philosophically and financially,” Fletcher said. The changes included the following:
- Review all crosswalk locations and place additional crosswalks where appropriate. Attempt to decrease the number to be able to place greater focus on those that
- Repave the road so that all markings could be changed.
- Create multiple turning lanes from the middle lane that headed North as opposed to the previous three-block long left-hand turn lane that was a major cause of concern at the corner of Emmet Street, Ivy Drive and University Ave.
- Add color to the crosswalk for better visibility particularly in the evening.
- Add mid-road signs focusing in on the pedestrian crosswalks, as opposed to signs on the side of the road.
“We have received numerous compliments related to this effort and are greatly appreciative of the cooperation of the City to make this a safer environment for both pedestrians and vehicles then it was previously,” Fletcher said. “We also have future plans to address some of the lighting issues along this stretch of road, and are currently working through the details of the plan.”
CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE? VOLUNTEER FOR A NATIONAL STUDY
Health researchers are seeking volunteers for a salt-sensitivity study that looks at the extent to which a high-salt diet affects individuals’ blood pressure. Volunteers may be men or women, African-American or Caucasian, ages 18-70, who are of normal weight or moderately overweight (Body Mass Index – 18 to 29.9) and generally in good health. All volunteers will receive a genetic screening (via a cheek swab and a blood test) for genes involved in salt-sensitivity and blood-pressure control and will receive their results. Volunteers accepted will be those found to possess a certain genetic pattern. They will receive the results of a series of health screening tests, including electrocardiograms (EKGs, which illustrate heart muscle activity), a chest X-ray, urine tests and blood chemistry tests, including results for cholesterol and lipids.
Volunteers will receive prepared meals for two weeks — one week a low-salt diet, the other week a high-salt diet. At the end of the two weeks, researchers will share the results of the tests with individual volunteers, giving volunteers an assessment of their sensitivity to salt and explaining how a high-salt diet affects their blood pressure.
This five-year, $10.2 million study, which began April 1, 2004, and is scheduled to end March 31, 2009, has been funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Robert M. Carey, professor of endocrinology and a former dean of the U.Va. Medical School, and Dr. Robin A. Felder, professor of pathology, are leading the research at U.Va., which is conducting the study jointly with Vanderbilt and Georgetown universities.
To volunteer for the study,, visit the project Web site, www.lower bloodpressure.org, or contact Dr. Cindy Schoeffer at 924-1634, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.Va. faculty and staff media quotes recently cited in Headlines@U.Va.:
Rajesh K. Aggarwal, finance professor
- “Gillette's James M. Kilts,” Boston Globe, May 16.
Rosa Brooks, law professor
- Was a guest May 24 on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor.”
Richard Brownlee, Darden professor
- Was a guest on Boston Public Radio stations WBUR’s Show, “On Point.” May 17.
Robert Bruner, Darden professor
- “Mergers Horror Ii: The Rhetoric,” Wall Street Journal, May 24.
W. Bernard Carlson, science, technology and society professor
- “The Amazing Rise of the Do-It-Yourself Economy,” Fortune, May 30.
Gregory Fairchild, assistant professor, Darden
- “Going Shopping? Visit A Dollar Store / Dollar General Had $7.6 Billion In Sales in 2004,” Grant County [Ind.] Chronicle-Tribune, May 11.
David Geldmacher, neurology professor
- “New Protocol: Worrisome Ailment In Medicine: Misleading Journal Articles,” Wall Street Journal, May 10.
Jeff Goldsmith, medical education associate professor
- “The Albatross Myth: Boomers Need Not Bankrupt US,” American Thinker, May 10.
Jonathan Haidt, psychology professor
- “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Truth About Morals,” [Hong Kong] South China Morning Post, May 21.
Bruce P. Hayden, environmental science professor
- “A Web Of Sensors, Taking Earth's Pulse,” New York Times, May 10.
Frederick Hayden, immunology professor
- “New Report Raises Fears Asian Flu More Virulent,” Canadian Press, May 20.
Alexander Horniman, Darden professor
- “Pistons Fans Who Switch Seats Could Land in Jail, Ordinance Says,” Associated Press, May 10.
A.E. Dick Howard, Law professor
- Featured in a Voice of America “This Day In History” Note, May 17.
Lynn Isabella, Darden professor
- “Global Outlook is the Key,” Financial Times, May 10.
Paul W. Kingston, sociology professor
- “Class in America: Shadowy Lines that Still Divide,” New York Times, May 15.
Dave Leitao, head men’s basketball coach
- “Sports Focus: Dave Leitao: A Moving Experience,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 24.
Paul Lombardo, associate professor, Center for Biomedical Ethics
- “Custard Customer Refuses to Let Finger Go,” Associated Press, May 9.
Patrick J. Michaels, environmental science professor
- “Not Dumb, After All,” (Commentary) Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 22.
- “Nix This Blix Concern,” (Commentary) Scripps Howard News Service, May 12.
Andrew Mink, director, Virginia Center For Digital History
- “Course Takes Students Outside to Learn by Doing,” Washington Post, May 22.
David M. O'Brien, politics professor
- “Fallout Unclear Over Senate Move to Curb Debate on Judges,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 18.
Robert M. O’Neil, law professor and director, Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression
- “Inspiration Comes From PVCC Speakers,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, May 14.
Roy Ogle, neurological surgery professor
- “South Koreans Create Customized Stem Cells,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 20.
Joseph Poon, physics professor, and Gary Shiflet, materials science professor
“Steel Dreams,” Fortune, May 16.
Larry J. Sabato, politics professor, director, Center for Politics
- “Filibuster Deal is Called a Blow to Frist's Ambitions,” San Francisco Chronicle, May 25.
- “Warner, Allen Perspectives Lead to Opposing Stances,” Washington Post,, May 25.
- “Democrats and Republicans Reach Temporary Truce on Bush's Judge Picks,” Agence France Presse, May 24.
- “Freshman Salazar Stands With His Seniors,” Denver Post, May 24.
- “Freshman Salazar Stands With His Seniors,” Denver Post, May 24.
- “National Issues May Dominate State Races,” Baltimore Sun, May 24.
- “Bush, Karzai Show United Front,” Houston Chronicle, May 23.
- “Drama On The Hill: Americans Shrug,” Christian Science Monitor, May 23.
- “Empire is Burning as Politicians Fight in the Sandbox, Some Say,” Chicago Sun-Times, May 23.
- “At 87, Byrd Facing Re-Election Battle of His Career — If He Runs,” Associated Press, May 23.
- “Showdown Looms Over Changing Filibuster Rule,” Louisville [Ky.] Courier-Journal, May 22.
- “Kerry States to Take Bigger Hit From BRAC Plan,” Media General News Service, May 22.
- “On The Hill: News From the Louisiana Delegation in the Nation's Capital,” New Orleans Times-Picayune, May 22.
- “U.S. Senate In Vicious Showdown Over Judges,” Toronto Star, May 21.
- “A Passion for Mixing Religion, Politics,” Houston Chronicle, May 20.
- “Vitter Blasts Landrieu on Senate Floor,” New Orleans Times-Picayune, May 20.
- “Governor's Star Power Not What it Once Was,” San Francisco Chronicle, May 20.
- “Taft At The Bottom Of Governor Approval Poll,” Cincinnati Post, May 13.
- “Taft Fares Worst in Rating of Governors,” Columbus [Ohio] Dispatch, May 12.
- “Pivotal Days for Frist and the GOP,” Christian Science Monitor, May 11.
Kevin Sauer, women’s rowing coach
- “After the Scholarships, a Deluge of Area Talent,” Washington Post, May 14.
Peter Sheras, psychology professor
- “Hotseat: Teen Beat: 'Annoying' is Not a Disorder,” The Hook, May 19.
Kent Sinclair, law professor
- “Judge's Pick for Prosecutor on the Job,” Roanoke Times, May 12.
Matt Smyth, communications director, Center for Politics
- “A Permanent Minority?” Augusta Free Press, May 18.
- “The Drive to Register: Fact or Fiction,” Augusta Free Press, May 16.
Ian Stevenson, psychiatry research professor
- “The Practical Linguist: Mustering up the Makings of a Language,” [Tokyo] Daily Yomiuri, May 12.
Christopher Tilghman, creative writing professor
- “Once Were Warriors,” (Book Review) Washington Post, May 15.
Sankaran Venkataraman, Darden School professor
- “Beach Venture-Capital Firm Treads Carefully,” Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, May 13.
Vamik Volkan, psychiatry professor emeritus
- “Beware When Tinpot Despots Wave the Flag,” (Commentary) Australian, May 17.
Janet I. Warren, associate director, Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy
- “What Have We Learned About Women Who Prey on Pupils?” Chicago Tribune, May 11.
Brad Wilcox, sociology assistant professor
- “Faith and Commerce Increasingly Intersecting,” Associated Press, May 22.
- “Doing Business on Faith,” Roanoke Times, May 17.
William A. Wulf, computer science professor and president, National Academy of Engineering
- Testified Thursday before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, May 13.
Charmaine Crouse Yoest, project director, Family, Gender and Tenure project
- “Column: Remember the Kremlin,” Washington Post, May 10.
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