Oct. 7 -20, 2005
Vol. 35, Issue 17
Back Issues
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

Police chief Norris heads back to Indiana
Investment options change

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


News briefs

Paul. E. Norris Jr., who has served as chief of the University Police Department since Aug. 1, 2001, has resigned his position, effective Oct. 25, to assume a similar post at the Indianapolis campus of Indiana University-Purdue University.

Norris has a long history with Indiana University; he began his law-enforcement career there in 1970 and, prior to coming to U.Va., he had served as chief of police of IU’s Bloomington campus.

During his four years with the U.Va. police department, Norris “has consistently emphasized the importance of professional development for all uniformed officers and staff,” said Leonard W. Sandridge, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “He has been steadfast in his advocacy for proper compensation for members of the department. Since Chief Norris’ arrival, he has encouraged individual officers to assume more responsibility for day-to-day decisions and operations in a way that has strengthened our department.”

A search will soon be under way for Norris’ replacement.


The headline of a story originally published by United Press International on Sept. 6 and excerpted in the Sept. 23 issue of Inside UVA was inaccurate. The headline should have stated “Stem cells from fat may one day be used for treatment.” Instead, it implied erroneously that such treatment was already in place.

Also in the same issue and section, a story on “Supportive first-grade teachers help students succeed, study finds,” published by Education Week on Sept. 15, didn’t name the U.Va. researcher conducting the study. It is Robert Pianta of the Curry School of Education.

The Cash Match Plan, the Medical Center Retirement Plan and the Faculty Retirement Plan have changed their investment options as of Oct. 1. (These changes do not affect 403(b) Tax-Deferred Savings Plans.) The Fidelity lineup dropped two funds and replaced them with two new funds. Employees who are Fidelity investors and who do not change out of eliminated plans by their next pay date (Oct. 14 or Oct. 31) will see their new contribution funds automatically shifted to a default investment. Investors can leave prior contribution balances in the eliminated funds. For more information, visit http://www.hrs.virginia.edu/emplmemos/retoptions.html or contact benefits@virginia. edu or 924-4392.


The National Radio Astronomy Observatory will hold an open house on Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 520 Edgemont Rd. There will be exhibits and activities including movies, storytelling, face painting, and making your own comet, constellation and sun dial. There will be a teacher’s table, refreshments and lectures, too.

Members of the astronomy department and NRAO will discuss “The Search For Unicorns and Extraterrestrial Civilizations” and “Black Holes.” For more information, call 296-0221 or e-mail openhouse@nrao.edu.

Approximately 75 mini-season men’s basketball tickets will be available through a lottery to full-time faculty and staff. Three different mini-season packages each include tickets to four or five games ($85 or $98) against a mix of conference and nonconference opponents, spread over the season from November to March. Request a package at the Athletic Ticket Office in Bryant Hall by Oct. 21. For more information, call 924-8821.


  • James F. Childress, Hollingsworth Professor of Ethics and director of the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life, is chairing the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Increasing the Rates of Organ Donation, which is expected to issue a report and recommendations in early 2006. He was also recently appointed by Governor Warner to the Commonwealth’s Special Advisory Committee on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits. At the last meeting of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, Childress received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in bioethics, particularly for his co-authored book, Principles of Biomedical Ethics, now in its fifth edition and translated into several languages.
  • The Miller Center’s National Commission on the Selection of Federal Judges was cited by Senator Jeff Sessions in his opening remarks recently at the confirmation hearings for Judge John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States. Many members of the U.Va. faculty contributed their expertise to the 1996 commission, especially David M. O’Brien and Daniel Meador.
  • Dr. John A. Jane, chairman of the neurological surgery department, received the Medal of Honor from the World Congress of Neurological Surgery at its conference in Morocco. The medal is the highest international award in neurosurgery and recognizes Dr. Jane for a lifetime of distinction in patient care, physician education and research.
  • Jeffrey Barth, Ph.D., has been chosen as the National Academy of Neuropsychology’s 2005 Distinguished Neuropsychologist.  The award is designed to honor individuals who have made major lifetime contributions to the field of clinical neuropsychology.

All staff, faculty and students may ride Charlottesville city buses for free during October by simply displaying a valid staff/faculty or student ID. This applies to all CTS routes throughout the day and night during this month-long trial program. To review schedules and routes to see if there is a specific route that would work for you, please visit http://www.charlottesville.org/transit. For other questions contact parking@virginia.edu. Save money on gas and ride CTS for free!


  • Robert F. Bruner, dean of the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, had his book, “Deals From Hell,” reviewed recently in the Wall Street Journal under the headline “If Only They Had Never Met.”
  • Religious studies professor Charles Marsh has had his recent book, “The Beloved Community: How Faith Shapes Social Justice, from the Civil Rights Movement to Today” (Basic Books, 2005) reviewed in Books & Culture, May/June 2005 (“The Revolution Begins in the Pews: Trotsky and St. Benedict”, by Eugene McCarraher); and in Christian Century, August 9, 2005 (“Unfinished Business”, by Chris Rice).
  • The sixth edition of Dr. Gerald L. Mandell’s book “Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases,” has received favorable reviews from the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal and the Journal of the AMA. The book, which he edited with Dr. John E Bennett of the National Institutes of Health and Dr. Raphael Dolin of the Harvard medical school, gathers the work of more than 400 authors.
  • Stephen D. Gladdis, director of U.Va.’s Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church, has had a short story , entitled “Silent Night” published in the summer 2005 issue of the literary journal Lynx Eye.

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

  • A.E. Dick Howard, law professor, “Roberts on Way to a Pinnacle of Power - A Lifetime to Shape How Americans Live,” The International Herald Tribune, Sept. 29.
  • Patrick J. Michaels, Environmental Sciences professor, discussed climate change and the severity of recent storms, on CNN's “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” Sept. 22.
  • Edgar O. Olsen, eco-nomics professor, “Housing the Displaced Is Rife with Delays,” the Washington Post, Sept. 23.
  • Robert Bruner, Darden School Dean, “Acquisitions Might Extend Winning Streak,” Bloomberg News, Sept. 25.
  • Robert Cross, assistant professor at the Mcintire School Of Commerce, “The Real Reasons You're Working So Hard ...” Dow Jones News Service, Sept. 25.
  • Robert Fatton Jr., professor of politics, “Hopes for Peace in Haiti Rest in Ballot Box,” The Miami Herald, Sept. 25
  • Kenneth G. Elzinga, economics professor, “Christian Academe vs. Christians In Academe,” Inside Higher Education, Sept. 30. A version of this essay was delivered as an address at Abilene Christian University's Centennial Celebration.
  • Steven Rhoads, politics professor, “Commentary: Should Women Still Change Their Last Names When They Wed?” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sept. 25.
  • Dr. Mary E. Jensen, director of Diagnostic Radiology, “Treating Spine Fractures / Hot Cement Used To Fill Spaces,” The Washington Times, Sept 27.

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