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Oct. 7 -20, 2005
Vol. 35, Issue 17
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Marshall wins award for discovering link between ulcers and bacteria
Board discusses diversity, salaries, benefits and more

Faculty Senate focuses on diversity issues

Beattie wins $30,000 Rea Award for the short story
Hot topics subject of education conference
Letter to the editor
Digest
Headlines @ U.Va.
Harvey sees his role as catalyst and coordinator
Tundra getting greener & warmer
Gorman releases new study of gender bias in hiring
Fiddlin' Beethoven
Lampkin family becomes Lawnies --- again
New additions will address space needs and highlight faculty design excellence
The many sides of 'In/Justice'
Poet W.S. Merwin to read on Oct. 13
Hugo live concert
Campaign struts Health System's stuff

 

Headlines @ U.Va.

JUSTICE HELPS POLICE WITH FREE MAPPING SOFTWARE
Earlier this month, Justice Department officials handed out a free software program to police as part of a new crime prevention system. The CD-ROM allows regional law enforcement agencies to store crime-mapping data, pinpointing areas of past criminal activity and the locations of known domestic violence criminals, gangs and prostitution rings, in a repository for sharing with other jurisdictions. The system, called the Geospatial Repository for Analysis and Safety Planning (GRASP), would guide officers assigned to patrol roving perpetrators, such as the recent snipers and other serial offenders, by pinpointing optimal hiding locations and the spots of previous arrests. Also, GRASP would assist police in any disaster during which officers would have to direct evacuations. Weather patterns such as hurricanes affect evacuation routes. Global information systems (GIS) could be used to map out search-and-rescue efforts, logistics and recovery planning. Few local agencies have contributed to the repository so far, the system’s developers say. GRASP is a joint effort of the National Institute of Justice and U.Va.’s Systems and Information Engineering Department. (Federal Computer Week, Sept. 29)

FOREIGN BUYING BEHIND LOW U.S. RATES, PAPER FINDS
Researchers have found that foreign buying of U.S. Treasuries accounts significantly for lower long-term interest rates, which have fueled the mortgage market, and for other consumer borrowing that’s seemingly working against the Federal Reserve’s rate-hiking campaign. The prolonged bond-market rally in the face of a tightening Federal Reserve has defied most predictions and made the Fed’s job that much harder. The research was presented on the Federal Reserve’s Web site but is the independent work of U.Va. economists Francis E. Warnock and Veronica Cacdac Warnock. The researchers suggest that exclusive of all foreign demand, the 10-year Treasury yield, an interest-rate benchmark, would currently be around 150 basis points, or 1.5 percentage points, higher. (AFX Asia, Sept. 28)

CHILD CAR SEAT SAFETY PUSHED
The National Transportation Safety Board plans to call … for greater protection for kids in cars as part of a renewed effort to nudge states and safety advocates to clear hurdles that remain in making sure children are safer as passengers. Securing children, particularly those over age 4, in light vehicles still poses public awareness and engineering challenges. … [U.Va.] researchers involved in a comprehensive study of crashes involving kids are working to construct a test abdomen for a child-sized dummy to measure the risk of “seat belt syndrome.” “Abdominal organ injury is part of the constellation of injuries known as seat belt syndrome and, after head injury, abdominal injury is among the most common body regions injured in belted children in crashes,” said researchers with the Partners for Child Passenger Safety, who are working with Ford Motor Co., Takata Corp. and U.Va. on that project. (Detroit News, Sept. 20)

STUDY SAYS DOWNTOWN bristol MUSIC MUSEUM OFFERS $40 MILLION IMPACT
A new downtown music museum could generate more than $40
million in economic impact during its first five years of operation, a study by U.Va.’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service showed. The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance wants to establish a museum and music heritage center in a 24,000-square-foot building at 520 Cumberland St. The nonprofit, which now operates a small museum in the Bristol Mall, requested the study but paid nothing for it, said the alliance’s executive director, Bill Hartley. (Bristol Herald Courier, Sept. 22)


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