Sept. 23 - Oct. 7, 2005
Vol. 35, Issue 16
Back Issues
Harvey first VP & chief officer for diversity & equity
Casteen, Board's diversiity commitrtee condemn acts of prejudice

Rainey to lead $3 billion campaign

Darden: 50 years of developing business leaders
Letter to editor

Faculty senate statement on intolerance
Notable: Accomplishments of faculty & staff

Two professors plan to watch their former student rocket into space
Beta bridge art project counters intolerance
Belanger wins MacArthur fellowship
Advisers coach student-athletes to compete in the classroom
University buses to run on biodiesel fuel
Student's vegetable-oil-powered car makes it from Virginia to Alaska and back
Rheuban receives Zintl Award
The price of education


News briefs

On behalf of all U.Va. faculty, the Faculty Senate unites with President John T. Casteen III, the Board of Visitors, students, individual faculty members and staff who have spoken in strong support of diversity and tolerance at this University.

We condemn any and all incidents of intolerance, including those that offended our community recently. We decry the hurtful words and actions directed against our students, and we offer those students our compassionate support. We deeply value the sense of trust that is the strength of our academic society and seize this moment to invite every individual to commit to it.

The senate is eager to continue its collaboration in building at this University a better, more inclusive environment for learning. Discrimination ... has no place among us. We urge faculty to join students and others in wearing black ribbons this week to demonstrate our commitment to fostering an environment that is characterized by mutual respect, tolerance and deep regard for the worth and rights of each and every person.
(Adopted by the senate’s Executive Council on Sept. 19, with the full senate’s ratification upcoming.)

Accomplishments of faculty & staff

  • Nataly Gattegno and Jason Johnson, assistant professors in the School of Architecture, have been awarded a second-prize award in the ideas competition for the design of the Seoul Performing Arts Center.
  • The Endocrine Society presented the 2005 Distinguished Physician Award to Dr. Robert M. Carey, David A. Harrison III Distinguished Professor of Medicine.
  • Architecture professor Phoebe Crisman won the 2005 Virginia Design Medal from Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas.

Fairfax County public school system enjoys a reputation as one of the best school systems in the country by almost any standard. What sets it apart from most others, says Daniel L. Duke, a U.Va. education professor who specializes in organizational change and school design, is not its size or resources, but its success in dealing with the many challenges it has faced over the past 50 years.

In his new book, “Education Empire: The Evolution of an Excellent Suburban School System,” Duke examines the task of running a school system and how Fairfax does it. Its attributes include openness to innovation and change and a commitment to balance competing interests. Having a stable organizational culture with excellence and improvement as central elements gives a context for changes.

Duke uses the success and improvement in students’ academic achievement to argue that the Fairfax County Public Schools system is the best in the country. According to 2003 rankings by Newsweek, Fairfax high schools sit in the top 4 percent of all U.S. high schools in the number of students taking Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams.

Over 50 years, the Fairfax system has weathered enrollment increases and decreases, responded to the political winds of accountability and high-stakes testing and worked on meeting the educational needs of a diverse student population. It attends to just about every stage of learning — preschool programs, adult learning and an English as a Second Language program.

Duke has published 25 books on timely education topics.

Economists John Knapp and Bill Shobe, of U.Va.’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, will conduct a study on the economic impact of the University. The study will contain estimates of student, faculty and staff spending, including local taxes they pay. The work will utilize an economic model to trace the ripple effects of spending.

As part of the study, in early October, they will survey a random sample of 2,000 students and 1,500 faculty and staff who live in the Charlottesville Metropolitan Statistical Area, composed of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene and Nelson. The Center for Survey Research, a unit of the Cooper Center, will distribute the questionnaire by U.S. mail and e-mail. Responses will be confidential and results will be aggregated with no individual responses reported. The study also will rely on U.Va. administrative data, local tax records and interviews with University, local and state officials.

The study will focus on the University’s local economic impact, but also broader issues such as the University’s development of human capital in the Commonwealth and stimulation of economic development.

“Cooperation of the people surveyed is vital for the success of the project,” said Knapp, project co-director. “When a similar study was done in 1990, we got high response rates of 62 percent for students and 65 percent for faculty and staff. I hope we can do even better this time.”

The impact study is scheduled for completion in March 2006.


The School of Law will host “Environmental Letters/Environmental Law,” a cross-disciplinary conference organized to explore the impact of humanities on environmental law and policy, on Oct. 6 and 7.
Panels on ethics, criticism, history and law will include leading writers and scholars from a variety of disciplines, exploring how tools from the humanities illuminate environmental policy and its implementation, what lessons they suggest, and where future studies might lead.

The keynote address will be delivered by William Cronon, Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin.

The program opens on Oct. 6 with registration at 9 a.m., introductions at 9:40 a.m., and a panel on ethics at 10 a.m. After the lunch break, a panel on criticism will occur at 1:45 p.m. William Cronon will deliver the conference lecture at 4:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 7, opens with a panel on history at 8:45 a.m., a panel on law at 10:45 a.m. and adjourns after lunch.

All sessions will be held in Caplin Pavilion and are open to the public. Panel sessions will include ample time for audience members to interact with faculty, students and panelists. The conference is sponsored by the Law School’s Environmental Law Program and Program in Law & Humanities, the Brown College Visiting Environmental Writers Series, the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Policy, the Piedmont Environmental Council and the Southern Environmental Law Center.

For more information, see /home2002/html/news/2005_fall/envletters_ conf.htm.

University Human Resources has launched a Web-based newsletter, HR Around Grounds. The bi-monthly publication provides information, resources and tips of interest to classified staff and faculty and includes a special section for managers.  

The publication will provide employees and managers with information on hiring, evaluations, open enrollment, W-2s, education benefits and rewards and recognitions. 

The inaugural issue includes stories on how to fine-tune your investment mix and on the state increasing the limit for the Reward & Recognition Policy for Classified Staff. Recognition leave of up to five work days may be awarded to a nonwage employee in a calendar year, and the amount an employee can receive in a fiscal year has been increased from $1,000 to $2,000. According to the policy, “an employee may receive the maximum monetary and/or nonmonetary award and the maximum recognition leave award.”

Employees can subscribe to the newsletter via e-mail by visiting The newsletter also is online at http://www.hrs. virginia. edu/news.

UHR will sponsor a workshop on “Cultivating Happiness at Work,” with Lori Nicolayson, on Oct. 5, from 9 – 11 a.m. in Room 223 at 918 Emmet Street. “Everyone wishes to be happy, but sometimes we lose sight of what creates happiness … in the workplace,” said Emily L. Bardeen, director of faculty and staff career services. “In this class, participants will … learn new strategies for enhancing career happiness.”

The free workshop is open to all employees — faculty, staff, wage and temp. Participants must pre-register by calling 243-5998.

Making Headlines
U.Va faculty and staff in articles cited in Headlines@U.Va.:

  • Dr. David R. Diduch, associate professor of orthopedic surgery,
    “Yeltsin Breaks Leg at Italian Resort,” The Associated Press, Sept. 7.
  • Gregory Fairchild, assistant professor at the Darden School,
    “After Searching for Food And Shelter, Now Comes Job Hunt,” USA Today, Sept. 7.
  • Risa L. Goluboff and Richard C. Schragger, law professors,
    “Commentary: The Real World / Why Judicial Philosophies Matter,”
    Slate, Sept. 7.
  • Robert Louis Wilken, religious studies
    professor, “The Church’s Way Of Speaking,” First Things, August/September.
  • Robert Spekman, Darden School professor, Quoted Sept. 2 in a WVIR-TV report on a proposed gas boycott.
  • John C. Knight, computer science
    professor, “The Exterminators / A Small British Firm Shows That Software Bugs Aren’t Inevitable,” The Spectrum Online, Sept. 2.
  • Jonathan Haidt, psychology professor, “In City Without Rules, Is Looting Ever Ok?” The Associated Press, Sept. 2.
  • Peter Sheras, Curry School of Education professor, “Commentary: Civility Relies On Civilization,” The Charlottesville Daily Progress, Sept. 2.
  • Robert F. Bruner, dean of the Darden School, “Secrets of the M&A Masters / Revealing the Paths to a Successful Deal” CFO Magazine, Sept. 1.
  • Leonard Schoppa, politics professor, “Bush Welcomes Koizumi Victory, Expects Continued Cooperation,” Kyodo News, Sept. 12.



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