Jan. 20 - Feb. 2, 2006
Vol. 36, Issue 1
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IN THIS ISSUE
Two win Mitchells
Journal touts U.Va.'s black student graduation rate

U.Va. becomes home port for Semester at Sea program

NEWS BRIEFS
Kiplinger's ranks U.Va. third among best values in public colleges
Creative writing professors will read on Jan. 26
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Digest
Don't think twice, it's all right
Welcoming a new director
Faulders to lead Alumni Association
The University's 2005 year in review
Not-so-random encounters
'Preserving Our Past, Capturing Our Future'

Nobel Prize-Winning physiologist Ferid Murad to speak on Jan. 25

New way to North Grounds
Last ball in U-Hall

 

News briefs

KIPLINGER'S RANKS U.VA. THIRD AMONG BEST VALUES IN PUBLIC COLLEGES
U.Va. ranks third among the top 100 values in public colleges, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. The survey is described by the magazine’s editors as a list of “schools where students can receive a stellar education without graduating with a mountain of debt.”

The survey uses data from more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities and combines such academic quality measurements as test scores and graduation rates with cost and financial aid data.

In addition to its overall rating of No. 3, U.Va. ranks second in the cost to in-state students once financial aid is applied. This reflects the impact of the University’s AccessUVa program, which guarantees to meet 100 percent of demonstrated need for all admitted undergraduate students.

U.Va. also has the highest four-year (83 percent) and six-year (92 percent) graduation rates of all the schools in the rankings.

Other Virginia public universities that made Kiplinger’s Top 100 include the College of William & Mary (fourth), James Madison University (17th), Virginia Tech (20th) and the University of Mary Washington (22nd).

Topping the “Best Values” list is the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

CREATIVE WRITING PROFESSORS WILL READ ON JAN. 26
When: Thursday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Auditorium of the Harrison Institute/ Small Special Collections Library

U.Va.’s own distinguished creative writing professors, Sydney Blair and Christopher Tilghman will be reading from their works. Blair received the Virginia Prize for Fiction in 1991 for her novel “Buffalo,” just re-released as part of the Voices of the South Series of Louisiana State University Press. Tilghman is the author of two novels, “Roads of the Heart” (2004) and “Mason’s Retreat” and two short story collections. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Whiting Writer’s Award. The reading is free.

TEACHING RESOURCE CENTER DIVERSITY WORKSHOP
When: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Where: Newcomb Hall South Meeting Room

Milton Adams, vice provost for academic affairs, will moderate this focus group meeting to share ideas and questions about how faculty and graduate TAs can maximize the advantages of the growing diversity among U.Va. students. All who teach at U.Va. are invited to the session, “Making the Most of Diversity,” for any part of the time that their schedule allows. Registration: http://trc.virginia.edu/Workshops/2006/Diversity_2006.htm.

PEACE CORPS IS CALLING ALL WHO SERVED
The Peace Corps celebrates its 45th anniversary in March 2006. On March 15, the University will host a day-long series of events to honor this milestone. If you served in the Peace Corps, contact Suzanne Louis at sl@virginia.edu or 924-7980 to add your name to the event invitees or to become involved with the local Returned Peace Corps Volunteer group.

NEW "VIRGINIA DEMOGRAPHICS" WEB SITE IN EASY-TO-USE FORMAT
The new “Virginia demoGraphics,” Web site is packed with colorful, easy-to-read tables, graphs and maps which gracefully present all sorts of data. You can find trends and figures on Virginia’s population—breakdowns of age, race, sex, household type, income levels, unemployment, life expectancy, population growth and more, by state, region or locality.

The first article on Virginia demoGraphics focuses on Virginia’s older population, but plans call for a new article at least once every two months, so the site will grow to become a more and more valuable reference tool. Visitors may download pages and use them for re-publication, provided proper attribution is used.

Virginia demoGraphics is a product of the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service and is being developed and written by senior demographer Julia Martin, Ph.D. Check out this valuable new tool at www.coopercenter.org/demographics.

WOMEN'S CENTER TO HOST SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL MEETING
The University of Virginia Women’s Center will host the Southeastern Women’s Center Regional Meeting on Jan. 26-27 to discuss the top issues these centers, and the women they serve, face on college campuses. The meeting, being held at U.Va. for the first time, will provide opportunities for women’s center staff members from Virginia, North Carolina and Texas to establish connections with each other, reflect on their successes and challenges and explore ideas for growth.

The meeting will conclude with a tour of the U.Va. Women’s Center during its open house from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27. That event is open to the public.

NOMINATIONS DUE FEB. 1 FOR 2007 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNA AWARD
The Women’s Center is seeking nominations for the 2007 Distinguished Alumna award. This award is given annually to a female graduate of the University in recognition of her contributions to positive change at a high level. Past award winners include NASA astronaut Kathryn Thornton; Elaine Jones, director of the NAACP Education and Legal Defense Fund; Janet Napolitano, governor of Arizona; and three-time Olympic gold medal winner Dawn Staley, former professional basketball player and head basketball coach for Temple University.

Letters of nomination are due by Feb. 1 to Dawn Anderson (dla3y@virginia.edu). Repeat nominations are welcome as there are so many outstanding candidates that an alumna may be nominated several times before being selected. Questions? Call 982-2361.

APPLICATIONS DUE FEB. 3 FOR FACULTY DISSERTATION-YEAR FELLOWSHIPS
The five (possibly six) 2006-2007 Faculty Dissertation-Year Fellowships, unlike most dissertation-year fellowships, reward graduate students for excellence in research and teaching. Applicants must be deemed by their departments to be doing important research pointing toward a productive scholarly career. They must also have established a strong record in the classroom, indicating their high promise as teachers.

Each fellowship of approximately $25,000 will provide funding for the final year of doctoral work; this amount includes tuition, fees, health insurance and stipend. Applications must be received by Friday, Feb. 3. Full details and application at http://www.virginia.edu/facultysenate/dissyr200607appl.html. For questions about the application process, contact Elizabeth A. Meyer, eam2n@virginia.edu.

SYMPHONY CONCERT PART OF NATIOWIDE ORCHESTRA COLLABORATION
Renowned Flutist Alan Cox to Perform
When: Saturday, Feb. 4, 8:00 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 5, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Old Cabell Hall

The Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra’s “Resounding Spirits” concert will feature the Virginia premiere of renowned composer Joan Tower’s new work “Made in America.” Tower’s composition was co-commissioned by 65 orchestras, including at least one in each of the 50 United States, the largest consoritium commission ever planned by American orchestras, giving ensembles in smaller communities the capacity to premiere a new work by an established American composer of national repute.

“Made in America” is one of four works to be performed. Also featured is Principal Flutist Alan Cox performing Bach’s Concerto in D minor. Cox’s distinguished career includes terms as principal flute of the American Sinfonietta and solo piccolo of the Metropolitan Opera.

Tickets range from $11-$25 and can be purchased at the Cabell Hall Box Office (924-3984) weekdays from Noon to 5 p.m.

VOLKAN UP FOR NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
Dr. Vamik Volkan, retired professor emeritus of psychiatry, has been nominated for the second year in a row for the Nobel Peace Prize, mainly for the work he did as the former director of U.Va.’s Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction. For his 2006 Nobel prize nomination, letters of support came from 20 countries. Volkan’s notoriety continues to grow as his study of re-grief therapy was cited in Joan Didion’s grief memoir “The Year of Magical Thinking” that recently won the National Book Award in Nonfiction.

MAKING HEADLINES
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.

To subscribe to the free e-mail service visit
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To view Headlines@U.VA. online visit http://www.virginia.edu/topnews/releases/headlines.html

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

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

  • Glenn A. Gaesser, professor of exercise physiology, “A Better Body in 64 Payments,” The New York Times, Jan. 12.
  • Jonathan Haidt, associate professor of psychology, “Unhappiness Has Risen in the Past Decade,” USA Today, Jan 8.
    “Negative Moods Are Highly Infectious, But You Can Protect Yourself,” Knight Ridder Newspapers, Jan. 4.
  • E. Mavis Hetherington, emeritus professor of psychology, “The ‘Familymoon’ / Now That Most Remarriages Involve Kids, Travel Companies and Experts Say It’s Time to Face Facts. Bring Them Along. You Can Have Wine and Roses Any Time,” Newsweek, Jan. 9.
  • Patrick Michaels, research professor in environmental sciences, was featured on “Born in the ‘50s: Beliefs, Now and Then,” on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Jan. 10.
  • Steven Nock, professor of sociology, “Commentary: Male Pride and Female Prejudice,” and “The Second Time Around, Marriage with Jewels,” both in The New York Times, Jan. 3 and Dec. 22.
  • Debbie Ryan, head women’s basketball coach, was the subject of “Virginia’s Ryan Determined, Defiant in Long Shadow of Cancer,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, Dec. 26.
  • Robert F. Turner, Law School professor and co-founder of the Center for National Security Law, was interviewed on Fox News on Dec. 28, was a guest on Boston NPR’s “On Point” to discuss “Presidential Power or Abuse” on Dec. 20 and authored a commentary, “FISA vs. the Constitution / Congress Can’t Usurp the President’s Power to Spy on America’s Enemies,” The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 28.
  • Daniel T. Willingham, psychology professor, “Self-Discipline May Beat Smarts as Key to Success,” Washington Post, Jan. 17.


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