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Nov. 18- Dec. 1, 2005
Vol. 35, Issue 20
Back Issues
Engineering gift will advance IT
Good teachers: Testing won't determine them, Pianta says

Twenty Sorensen grads elected

Bruner named Darden dean

Open enrollment ends Dec. 2
CVC campaign ends Dec. 1

Duren celebrates centenary
The past and future of public health
What's in the stars for McCormick Observatory?
Exploring space
Modern-day Galileos ponder Saturn's magnetosphere
'When you get a chance to help, help'
'In/Justice' a festival blockbuster
Fifth annual lighting of the Lawn
'Destination: West Main' Exhibit
Organic music


News briefs

You will remain in the health program that you chose last year, either the High Premium or the Low Premium, unless you complete a Program Election Form and UHR receives it by 5 p.m. on Dec. 2.
UHR is at 914 Emmet Street (drop box outside), Box 400127. Phone: 924-4392. Fax: 924-4486.

You must complete a form to add or drop a spouse or dependent from the Health Plan, or sign up for a Flexible Spending Account for 2006. All forms are available at www.hrs.virginia.edu/openenroll.html.

Continue U.Va.’s tradition of leading the state in CVC giving by making your pledge before the 2005 campaign ends on Dec. 1. For information, www.cvc. vipnet.org or 924-1400.

Dana Gioia, distinguished poet and chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, will speak on Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. The talk is free and open to the public.

Gioia’s 1991 essay “Can Poetry Matter?” launched an international debate on the importance of poetry in contemporary intellectual life. His 2004 book “Disappearing Ink: Poetry at the End of Print Culture” explores the impact of new technologies and oral poetry.


When: Saturday, Dec. 3, Starts 5:30 p.m.
Where: U.Va. Art Museum

The Art Museum’s 10th annual auction raises funds to support the Museum’s educational programs for area youth, especially the SummerArts Program. UVA staff can buy a ticket to the auction for $45 ($55 for non-members). Bid on wonderful art objects, or just enjoy the great music and delicious food and drink. Tickets and information, 243-8874.


When: Thursday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.
Where: U.Va. Bookstore

Writer Allan Gurganus, who has been called “the worthy heir to Faulkner and Welty,” will read from his work on Dec. 1. His story collection “White People” was a Pen-Faulkner finalist and was awarded the LA Times Book Prize. His short fiction has been published in the Best American Stories and The Norton Anthology of American Literature.

The Virginia Quarterly Review, a national literary & current affairs journal published at the University of Virginia, recently received two awards from Folio:, the leading magazine for magazine management—a 1st Place Ozzie Award for Best Redesign and a 2nd Place Eddie award for editorial excellence

Daniel Norman and Carter Williams won first prize ($2,000), and Duckjune Park and Edward P. Singer won second prize ($500), at the “New American Front Door” design competition in Richmond, which challenged Virginia students to envision residential front door entry areas in light of accessibility and visitability challenges facing people with disabilities.

The Board of Visitors’ Buildings and Grounds Committee approved the site and design guidelines for the expansion of the south chiller plant at its meeting on Nov. 7. The addition will bolster an existing chiller plant near Medical Research Building 4.

The $14 million plant will provide an additional 6,000 tons of chilled water to the Medical Center for air conditioning in new projects such as the Clinical Cancer Center, the Medical Education building, the nursing school building, the hospital bed expansion project and future hospital expansion.
The proposed building will be two story, set into the existing grade, with rooftop cooling towers. The chillers will be on the ground floor, with ancillary equipment on the second floor. The site, currently a parking lot, will be screened from other Medical Center facilities as well as the adjacent Fifeville neighborhood.

In an update on the South Lawn project, University Architect David J. Neuman told the committee the conceptual designs should be ready before the winter break and would be presented to the board in the spring.

The South Lawn project includes new buildings that would be constructed in what is now the B-1 parking lot and a terrace spanning Jefferson Park Avenue that would link the two areas. The most favorable option currently calls for the terrace to be raised higher than it had been in previous plans, so the street would not have to be lowered, reducing costs and construction time. Some utilities may be run underneath JPA and others may run underneath the terrace.

The $105 million project is slated to start in 2007 and be completed in 2010.

Faculty Awards & Achievements

  • Rita Dove, professor of creative writing, was in Bangkok, Thailand, on Oct. 12, to deliver the keynote address for the South East Asia Write Awards, following in the footsteps of authors like James Michener, Gore Vidal, Paul Theroux, Norman Mailer, Sir Peter Ustinov, Lord Jeffrey Archer and Frederick Forsyth. In late August, Dove was honored at the Struga International Poetry Festival in Macedonia as one of the seven “Pleiades” poets for the 2005 festival. A number of her poems were translated into Macedonian and published in a book that is sent to public and university libraries across the country.
  • Claire Cronmiller, associate professor of biology and the Cavaliers’ Distinguished Teaching Professor, won the 2005-2006 Society for College Science Teachers/Kendall-Hunt Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award. Her teaching innovations include the use of “skits” as demonstrations and self-authored songs on topics such as mapping genetic loci and complementation.
  • Edward Lengel, associate professor of history and associate editor of the Washington Papers, spoke on Sept. 23 about “Washington as General” at Mount Vernon as part of a three-day seminar, titled “Coming to Terms with Washington,” hosted by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
  • Dr. Ziti Zuo, associate professor of anesthesiology, neuroscience and neurological surgery, has been selected as the American Society of Anesthesiology’s Presidential Scholar Award for distinction as a physician scientist.
  • William A. Wulf, AT&T Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been elected a foreign fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
  • Michelle King, from the Biology Department, and Isaac G. Onyango, from the Department of Neuroscience and Neurology, received 2005-2006 Alzheimer’s Research Awards.
  • Dr. Neal Kassell, professor and co-chair of neurosurgery, has been selected to be on the editorial boards of the journals Neurosurgery and Stroke.
  • Dr. Paul A. Levine, chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, has been named editor of the Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, the specialty’s most widely read and referenced journal.
  • Dr. Vamik Volkan, professor emeritus of psychiatry and founder of  UVa’s Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction, received an Honorary Doctorate in June from the University of Kuopio in Finland.
  • Dr. Spencer B. Gay, professor of radiology and director of the Radiology Residency Program, became president of the Association of Program Directors in Radiology in May.
  • Dr. David A. Peura, professor of medicine and associate chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, became president of the American Gastroenterological Association in May.
  • Janet I. Warren, DSW, professor in the Department of Psychiatric Medicine, has been named a research committee advisor for the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime at the FBI.
  • Dr. Edward Kantor, assistant professor of psychiatric medicine, has been appointed to head a national work group of the Medical Reserve Corps, Office of the Surgeon General.

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

  • Dewey Cornell, education professor, “Conference Tackles School Bullying,” Associated Press, Nov. 8
  • Education professor Dan Duke’s book, “Education Empire,” was reviewed in “Class Struggle,” Washington Post, Nov. 8
  • Robert Emery, professor of psychology, “Poll Says Even Quiet Divorces Affect Children’s Paths,” New York Times, Nov. 5
  • Michael Garstang, professor of environmental sciences, “What Animals Know in Disaster / Researchers Ask if They Give Early Warnings,” Washington Times, Nov. 10
  • Dr. Jack Gwaltney, professor emeritus of internal medicine, “How Long Are You Contagious When You Have a Cold?” Boston Globe, Nov. 7.
  • Dr. Frederick G. Hayden, professor of medicine and internal diseases, “Bird Flu’s Deadliness Explained by New Research,” Fox News, Nov. 10
  • E.D. Hirsch Jr., professor emeritus of education and humanities, “Commentary: The Mayor’s Next Chance on Education,” New York Sun, Nov. 11
  • James Davison Hunter, sociology professor, “A Sociologist and a Theologian See Significant Moral Decline in America,” Associated Press, Nov. 11
  • Erika Hayes James, professor of business, “What Women MBA’s Want: Role Models,” Business Week, Oct. 30
  • Barry W. Johnson, professor of electrical and computer engineering, “Start Up,” Washington Post, Nov. 14
  • Jeh-Ping Liu, professor of neuroscience, “Scientists Crack Code for Motor Neuron Wiring,” Science Daily, Nov. 5
  • Jonathan Moreno, bio-ethicist, “The Experiment,” New Yorker, Nov. 7
  • Edgar Olsen, professor of economics, “Lack of Section 8 Vouchers for Storm Evacuees Highlights Rift over Housing Program,” New York Times, Nov. 8
  • Ida Lee Wootten, director of community relations, “Students Teaching Students / UVA Volunteers Act as Mentors,” Daily Progress, Nov. 13

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