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Dec. 16 - Jan. 19, 2006
Vol. 35, Issue 22
Back Issues
Governor proposes major spending on research at Virginia colleges
Ivy Foundation gives $45 million to medicine

Hilton new VP and CIO

Longtime supporter Carl Smith dies
Casteen, Grossman report to senate
Women's roles & rights
Apprentice Program helps women seeking nontraditional employment
Hooville all aglow
Students share holiday spirit
Bridging cultural differences
U.Va. heart procedures give Puerto Rico charter captain new life
U.Va. to play Minnesota in Music City Bowl/tickets still available

Financial aid wokshop for employees

In case of snow ...
Joan in Wonderland


News briefs


When: Wed., Dec. 21, at noon
Where: Newcomb Hall Ballroom

At the University’s annual legislative forum, legislators from the Central Virginia region will each take a few minutes to share their viewpoints about the issues facing the 2006 General Assembly, including those that impact the future of higher education, the health system, and other state and local community issues. Time will be reserved for questions and comments at the public forum. U.Va. President John T. Casteen III will host the forum, scheduled to occur after the governor has released his budget and before the legislators return to Richmond for the General Assembly in January.

The recent pay raises for classified salaried employees (3 percent increase for all contributors or above, and $50 per year of service for those here five years or more) became effective on Nov. 25, and will first appear in paychecks on Dec. 16 or Dec. 30, depending on one’s pay cycle.


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  • Tues., Dec. 27
  • Fri., Dec. 30
  • Mon., Jan. 2

Faculty Awards & Achievements

  • Dr. Valentina Brashers, associate professor of nursing and clinical assistant professor of medicine, received the Nicholas Andrew Cummings Award from the National Academies of Practice (where she serves as VP for Interdisciplinary Care). The award is given for “outstanding or extraordinary contributions to the interprofessional health care field.”
  • University Medical Center nurse Annette Silver, RN, was named 2005 Best Nurse Leader by Advance for Nurses Magazine. Silver received first place in the region of Maryland, D.C. and Virginia based on evaluation in a number of areas, including her interpersonal skills, ability to make a difference in patient outcome and overall contribution to work environment.
  • Dr. Vamik Volkan, retired professor emeritus of psychiatry and former medical director of the Hospital, recently won a 2005-2006 Fulbright Scholar grant. In 2006 he will be the Fulbright/Sigmund-Freud-Privatstiftung Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis in Vienna.
  • Henry Abraham, emeritus professor of government and foreign affairs; Russell Riley, associate professor and research fellow at the Miller Center and director of the Clinton Presidential History Project; David Shreve, associate professor and LBJ scholar at the Miller Center; and Larry Sabato, politics professor and director of U.Va.’s Center for Politics, participated in the 11th Presidential Conference at the Hofstra University Cultural Center on “William Jefferson Clinton: The ‘New Democrat’ From Hope.” Other attendees were former President Clinton and several members of his cabinet and staff including Chief of Staff Leon E. Panetta; Secretary of Defense William Perry; Attorney General Janet Reno; and Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin.

PopMatters, an online magazine of pop culture and criticism with over a million monthly readers, included The Virginia Quarterly Review in its 2005 Holiday Gift Guide, noting, “If reading is like breathing, then a subscription to The Virginia Quarterly Review…is an influx of fresh air. The VQR is an indispensable literary goldmine, having in the past published such illustrious writers as HL Mencken, Bertrand Russell, Thomas Wolfe, Joyce Carol Oates and Robert Frost. This year’s fall issue contained a play from Tony Kushner and art from Art Spiegelman for starters.” Web site: www.popmatters.com.

The TTI Fellows Program will support up to four instructional fellowships in 2006-2007 for well-defined projects that make innovative and effective use of technology for undergraduate teaching and that show promise for spreading these advances to other faculty members. Project budgets should not exceed $20,000. For more info., visit http://nmc.itc. virginia.edu/TTI or e-mail Elizabeth DeBow (ed8n@virginia.edu).


The team of Mark Buenavista and Eric Craig and the team of Daniel Norman and Carter Williams won the two first prizes ($2,000), and Duckjune Park and Edward P. Singer won the two second prizes ($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. Inside UVA reported the winners in the Nov. 18 issue and left out winners Buenavista and Craig.

Weekday mornings the Headlines@U.VA. e-mail service compiles citations of faculty and staff in the news, and other news of interest to the University community. Headlines@ U.VA. is e-mailed to subscribers and posted online daily by 10 a.m.

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Headlines@U.VA. is produced by News Services, and a selection of the citings over the past two weeks are listed below.

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

  • Richard J. Bonnie, law professor and chairman of a National Research Council committee that studied underage drinking, “Ads Chide Parents on Youth Alcohol Use/Message Is: Teens Drink to Get Drunk,” Boston Globe, Dec. 11
  • David Breneman, dean of the Curry School of Education, “Is UMass Pricing Out Kids Like Joe Drury?” Boston Globe, Dec. 11
  • Economics professor Amalia R. Miller’s research was the subject of “The Price Of Motherhood/Ready To Have a Baby? You’ll Earn 10 Percent More If You Wait a Year,” Slate.com, Dec. 9
  • Dr. Don Detmer, professor of national and global health information infrastructures, “The Computer Will See You Now - Brain Scan,” The Economist, Dec. 10
  • Paul Gross, University Professor emeritus of biology, “New Study Gives Alabama ‘F’ In Science, Cites Evolution Stance,” Associated Press, Dec. 7
  • William Morrish, professor of architecture, “Gulf Planning Roils Residents,” New York Times, Dec. 8
  • John Blackburn, dean of admissions, “Many Colleges Ignore New SAT Writing Test/Essay May Not Predict Academic Success, Critics Say,” Wall Street Journal, Dec. 7
  • Robert Pianta, education and psychology professor, “Why School Achievement Isn’t Reaching The Poor,” Boston Globe, Nov. 30
  • The research of Dennis Profitt, psychology professor, and graduate student Jessica Witt, was discussed in “The Grapefruit League,” New York Times, Nov. 29


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