Oct. 21 - Nov. 3, 2005
Vol. 35, Issue 18
Back Issues
Health premiums changing
Rainey: Campaign will be 'defining event' in taking U.Va. to top 10 to 15  

Cooper works to recriut minority vendors

Team, led by Dr. Dan Theodorescu, wins $6 million grant to study prostrate cancer
Research hopes to unlock secrets of high blood preasure

Gov. Warner to speak today
Fall convocation today

Rolling Stones rock the town
"One-stop' online system allows users to reserve spaces across Grounds for events
'Grandpa Dick' band's No. 1 fan
'Handling Serious Matters Musically'
'The Slaughter of the Innocents' Nov. 4
Despite adversity his art comes from happiness


News briefs

Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner will deliver the keynote address at the Class of 2007 Ring Ceremony, to be held on the Lawn today, at 5 p.m. (Rain site: University Hall.) U.Va.’s Ring Ceremony is an annual event held in conjunction with Fall Convocation and Family Weekend. Members of the Class of 2007 will receive their class rings, formalizing the custom of U.Va. students wearing their class rings beginning in their third year of study.

Today at 2 p.m. in University Hall, President John T. Casteen III will present intermediate honors to members of the Class of 2007 during Fall Convocation, a program that recognizes undergraduate students for their academic excellence and that pays tribute to the recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award, the University’s highest honor. Mark Edmundson, the Daniels Family NEH – Distinguished Teaching Professor, will deliver the Convocation address.

Michael A. Gibson, a 23-year U.Va. police veteran, was named to a one-year, interim appointment as chief of police on Oct. 13. For the past five years, he has been commander of operations and investigations. U.Va. will conduct a search for a police chief in the coming year.

Faculty Awards & Achievements

  • John P. Connell, a professor in the department of chemical engineering, was the only invited plenary speaker from North America at the XV Russian Conference on Chemical Thermodynamics in Moscow in June. A member of the International Advisory Board, he was a presenter at the 7th World Congress on Chemical Engineering in Glasgow in July. He also presented lectures in Denmark, Netherlands and St. Petersburg, Russia, on the same trip.

Hurricane Katrina Relief

The recent hurricanes have laid bare the unprecedented needs facing Americans, and Virginia state employees clamored for a way to help. In response, the Virginia State Employee Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund was established, separate from the annual Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC), to channel donations directly to hurricane victims.
This special hurricane fund was conducted until Sept. 16, and received $10,637 from U.Va. employees and more than $472,000 total. These donations will help provide medical aid, food, shelter and other needed


For the past 12 consecutive years U.Va. has led the state in CVC giving. Last year about 3,400 U.Va. employees gave more than $636,750, which was approximately 18 percent of the $3.5 million raised statewide in the campaign. As a result, on Oct. 13, U.Va.’s Community Relations office was given a first-of-its-kind award created in recognition of U.Va. leading the state year after year.


Employees can continue their tradition of generosity through the 2005 CVC, beginning on Nov. 1. The CVC is authorized each year by the governor of Virginia as a charitable-giving program for state employees. This year employees have their choice of more than 1,300 charities that advocate for almost every conceivable good cause, from heart disease to historic preservation. The charities are posted online at http://www.cvc.vipnet.org.

“With so many charities approved to participate in this year’s campaign, it is easy to find services, programs or causes that match employees’ interests,” said Ida Lee Wootten, chairwoman of U.Va.’s 2005 campaign.

For questions, contact the CVC office at 924-1400.

Look for regular installments of this column in the future to keep you abreast of the numerous building projects around Grounds.

  • The John Paul Jones Arena: The 15,000-seat, $129.8 million arena is on budget and on schedule, according to C. A. “Sack” Johannesmeyer, director of facilities planning and construction. The last high steel structural beam was placed on the roof in June after many workers had signed it. Once framed in, the interior work has continued steadily. A 900-car garage has been built and there will be 600 surface spaces. The entire site has been lowered by six feet as part of the integrated storm water management program, according to project director Richard B. “Dick” Laurance.

    The North Grounds Connector, a $4.1 million, half-mile highway linking the U.S. 250 Bypass with Massie Road, will be the new entrance to the arena and to North Grounds.
  • Fayerweather Hall: This $7.7 million historical renovation involves completely gutting the building to return it to a condition much more faithful to its original construction. Wooden beams and trusses, which have been covered for years, will once again be exposed and a long skylight along the roof ridge will be restored, providing natural light to the interior spaces. The 18,745 square foot renovation will house art history and is slated for completion February 2006.
  • The Hospital Expansion: The $89.6 million project includes a 126,000-square-foot addition finished in August and a 150,000-square-foot renovation of current Medical Center space slated for August 2006 completion. The project will increase the number of operating rooms from 19 to 26, create faculty offices, increase clinical lab space and expand the cardiology space. About $25 million of the cost is for new medical equipment.

A team of six electrical engineering graduate students from U.Va. won first place in Phase One of an annual contest sponsored by the semiconductor industry to improve the design of integrated computer circuits. The U.Va. team placed ahead of a team from Harvard University, which took second, and Michigan State University, which came in third. Thirty-nine teams from 27 universities entered the SRC/SIA SoC Design Challenge (www.src.org).

The goal of the contest is to encourage university faculty and students to create novel, low-power designs for highly integrated circuits, packing as much performance as possible onto circuit boards. The design areas that teams had to address for the contest included speed, image resolution, power consumption and power management. Teams all used the same materials supplied by the contest design kits.

The U.Va. team members are: Garrett S. Rose, Wei Huang, Yan Zhang, Adam Cabe, Zhenyu Qi and Wenqian Wu. All are graduate students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Associate Professor Mircea Stan led the team while professors John Lach, Kevin Skadron and Scott Acton provided additional technical advice.

The U.Va. System on Chip (SoC) entry won a cash prize of $7,000 for the electrical and computer engineering department. The U.Va. entry was based on “Speckle Reducing Anisotropic Diffusion,” a mathematical algorithm developed by Acton and others. It is used to process and clarify ultrasound images and can be used to develop portable, low-power ultrasound imaging devices. Phase One winners also have been invited to participate in Phase Two of the SoC Design Challenge, which involves submitting designs for manufacturing the chips designed in Phase One.

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

  • Malcolm Bell, art history professor, “Case of The Looted Relics,” Time magazine, Oct. 17.
  • Donald Black, professor of social sciences, “Want Social Condemnation With Your Justice? Tune In Judge Judy,” The New York Times, Oct. 9.
  • Jonathan Cannon, law professor, “Court Takes Up Landmark Wetlands Case,” The Associated Press, Oct. 11.
  • Bernard Frischer, director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, “Virtual Reality Revives Ancient Glory,” The Associated Press, Oct. 13.
  • Maya Jasanoff, assistant professor of history, had her book “Edge of Empire” reviewed in “‘Edge of Empire’: Skirmishes of Empire,” The New York Times, Oct. 9.
  • Dr. John Kattwinkel, professor of pediatrics and president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, was interviewed on NPR’s “All Things Considered” on Oct. 7, discussing the release of an academy-sponsored report on reducing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
  • Patrick J. Michaels, a climatologist, authored “The Global-Warming God/ Must It Now Be Appeased?” National Review, Oct. 10.
  • Merrill Peterson, professor emeritus of history and former dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, received the 2005 Literary Lifetime Achievement Award from the Library of Virginia. “Library of Va. Honors Writers,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, Oct. 16.
  • Dr. Alan D. Rogol, professor of pediatrics, “The Short of It,” New York Times Magazine, Oct. 16.
  • Colette Sheehy, vice president for management and budget, “At Public Universities, Warnings of Privatization,” New York Times, Oct. 16.

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