Feb. 3 - 16, 2006
Vol. 36, Issue 2
Back Issues
Faculty recruitment, diversity initiatives, South Lawn project top BOV agenda
Bhangra night

Nursing gets largest gift ever

R&D prospects

Architedture grad program ranked No. 3
Student wins national contest

Senate focus may shift
Athletics gives $25,000 to graduate student research and $25,000 to marching band
Hands-on J-Term class
Urban designer lends expertise to national initiative on New Orleans
New LGBT coordinator keeps the door open for U.Va. community, whether gay, straight or questioning
Artists share 'green' visions
U.Va. launches Society of University Families

Wayward Christian soldiers

Study correlates perceived ball size with batting average
Walter Ridley speaker series
Pinkett to discuss black intellectual entrepreneurship
Women's Center Events
Poet Carol Muske-Dukes Stars at two events on Feb. 15
Feb. 6 forum marks release of Reagan Oral History Project
Suite Jane



News briefs

“Real-world” preparedness was key factor

The School of Architecture has climbed five places to No. 3 among all graduate programs in the country in the seventh annual America’s Best Architecture Schools conducted by the Design Futures Council, a global network of design professionals. The survey ranked U.Va.’s graduate program behind only Harvard and the University of Cincinnati.
The same survey put U.Va. at No. 5 among Best Graduate Landscape Architecture Schools for 2005-2006.

The rankings are based on a survey of the nation’s leading employers in the fields of engineering, design and architecture. Respondents were asked to reflect on graduates that they have hired during the past five years and to consider “how prepared for real-world practice” those graduates have been and then to indicate from which schools those best-prepared hires had graduated.

“This new ranking is, of course, great news for us especially as it represents the opinions of successful professionals who obviously value the excellent training that our students receive at U.Va.,” said Karen Van Lengen, dean and Edward E. Elson Professor of Architecture.


Third-year political and social thought major Mark Thyrring won a “silver” prize of $800 for his 30-second video on computer security awareness. The video, “Wasteland,” produced by Thyrring and Eric Marth of the College of William & Mary, was one of 62 videos from 17 universities that were entered in the contest held by EDUCAUSE/ Internet2 Computer and Network Security Task Force and the National Cyber Security Alliance. The contest was part of a national campaign to raise awareness of and increase computer security at colleges and universities. Submissions were developed by college students for college students and will be utilized in campus security awareness campaigns and efforts.

The winning videos are featured on the EDUCAUSE Web site at http://www.educause.edu/SecurityVideoContest

Deadline March 1
The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) strives to explore and expand the potential of information technology as a tool for humanities research. The Fellowship Program is open to U.Va. faculty to support two distinct areas of research: (1) the development of tools, scholay resources, or scholarly projects utilizing digital technology for analysis, investigation, modeling or other research activities; and (2) the study of the nature, ethics, history, or future of digital technology as applied to some aspect of the humanities. Fellows are provided with half-time teaching release, office space, training, computer programming, budget resources, research assistants and more. Regarding eligibility, IATH interprets “humanities” very broadly. Discussing proposals before the deadline is encouraged; contact Regina Carlson at 982-4570. Guidelines and more at http://www.iath.virginia. edu/guidelines.html.

Recently published books by U.Va. faculty and staff

  • Mary V. Hughes, University Landscape Architect, co-editor and contributor for “Design With Culture: Claiming America’s Landscape Heritage” (University Press of Virginia).
  • Margaret E. Mohrmann, associate professor of religious studies, pediatrics and medical education, “Attending Children: A Doctor’s Education” (Georgetown University Press).
  • Sydney Blair, associate professor of creative writing, “Buffalo (Voices of the South)” (Louisiana State University Press).
  • Johanna Drucker, Robertson Professor of Media Studies, “Sweet Dreams : Contemporary Art and Complicity” (University Of Chicago Press).
  • Daniel L. Duke, professor of educational leadership and director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for Educational Design and Planning, “Education Empire: The Evolution of an Excellent Suburban School System” (State University of New York Press).
  • William F. Ruddiman, professor emeritus of environmental sciences, “Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum : How Humans Took Control of Climate” (Princeton University Press).
  • A. John Simmons, Commonwealth Professor of Philosophy and professor of law, “Is There a Duty to Obey the Law? (For and Against)” (Cambridge University Press).
  • John D. Lyons, Commonwealth Professor of French, “Before Imagination: Embodied Thought From Montaigne To Rousseau” (Stanford University Press).
  • John F. Hawley, professor of astronomy, and Katherine A. Holcomb, ITC research computing support consultant, “Foundations of Modern Cosmology, Second Edition” (Oxford University Press).

Faculty, staff and student employees who were paid wages in 2005 can now access their W-2 forms online. Printed copies of W-2 forms were also mailed to employees on Jan. 25. The online form can be found under the self-service section of your personal “Payslip” Web page. Login begins at http://www.virginia. edu/ integratedsystem/launchoracle.html. The online W-2 may be printed and used as a hard copy for tax forms. Reprints of W-2s from the past three years are also available. For assistance, call 243-7550. Questions about payroll? Contact payroll@virginia. edu or 924-4350.

While ITC will continue to support Mulberry, development for the product has stopped and it is no longer available for purchase. ITC is considering how to replace this e-mail program and is still seeking comments on questions such as: What do you really like about the e-mail program you use? What do you think of U.Va.’s WebMail? What would make it more useful? To share your views, please e-mail Robin Ruggaber, ITC Network Systems, at rsl6m@virginia.edu.

This summer, craftsmen will repair deteriorated mortar on the stone exterior walls of the University Chapel bell tower. Necessary roof and ventilation repairs to the tower will be done at the same time. A wooden safety fence is currently being erected to protect pedestrians. The chapel was designed by Baltimore architect Charles E. Cassell in 1883. To preserve the character and historic integrity of this building, a highly skilled historic preservation masonry contractor will replicate the color, texture and appearance of the original pointing mortar.

A record number of U.Va. employees contributed a record amount of money to help others through the 2005 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign. To date, U.Va. employees have donated more than $688,000 — a $40,000 increase over the 2004 campaign total. More than 3,600 employees contributed to charities in the areas of health and human services, animal welfare and environmental causes.

Held each fall, the CVC is a workplace-giving program that allows state employees to give to charities of their choice. Statewide, employees also gave a record amount — $4.4 million, a substantial increase over the $3.5 million donated in the 2004 campaign.

Throughout the University, there was strong support for the campaign. For example, 69 departments had 100 percent participation, 50 departments had 75 percent participation or greater and 148 departments had 50 percent participation or more.

To recognize outstanding contributions, awards were presented Jan. 26 to vice presidential units that experienced increases in participation and/or giving in the 2005 campaign. The Jean Holliday Award, named for a long-time employee and volunteer in the Engineering School, was given to the Development and Public Affairs division for the highest participation in a vice presidential unit. The Hovey Dabney Award, named for a former rector and long-time University supporter, was given to the School of Medicine for the highest average gift. The Wah-Hoo-Wah Award went to Student Affairs for the greatest increase in participation from the previous campaign. In addition, the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer’s division and Student Affairs each received Campaign Spirit Awards for increases this year.

The Medical Center and the School of Medicine were given special recognition for their extraordinary team spirit during the campaign. Their activities included a kick-off pep rally, fundraising events and outreach to donors.

“U.Va. employees’ outpouring of generosity is amazing. Their efforts will help those in need throughout the community,” said CVC Administrator Bruce Vlk of Community Relations, which implements the campaign each year. He noted that more than 300 U.Va. employees volunteered to promote and deliver campaign materials.

Once every semester Madison House recognizes its volunteers who have volunteered 50 hours of service or more throughout their time at U.Va. A Feb. 1 awards reception recognized 392 such students. Among them, 37 students volunteered 300 or more hours of service, 110 students had volunteered for 100 hours or more, and 245 students did 50 hours or more. Altogether these 392 students did more than 39,000 hours of volunteer service.

Qian Cai, an expert in population studies, is the new director of the Demographics and Workforce section at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. The Demographics and Workforce section produces definitive research and analysis of important population, employment and demographic issues essential for state and local leaders.

The native of China whose name is pronounced “chien tsai” was previously the manager of the Population Estimates Program at Portland State University in Oregon.

Faculty Awards and Achievements

  • Matthew Neurock, professor of chemistry and chemical engineering, received the 2005 Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis from the North American Catalysis Society. Catalysis involves the use of substances to modify or increase the rate of chemical reactions. Neurock’s theoretical studies have shed light on the roles of surface structure, surface coverage and alloying on catalytic performance.
  • Deborah G. Johnson, the Anne Shirley Carter Olsson Professor of Applied Ethics and chair of the Science, Technology and Society department, was awarded the APA Barwise Prize in recognition of her significant and sustained contributions to areas relevant to philosophy and computing. The prize is given by the American Philosophical Association, through its Committee on Philosophy and Computers. Areas of interest to the award committee include the use of computers in the teaching of philosophy, the use of computers as research tools in philosophy, the philosophical aspects of artificial intelligence and computer ethics.
  • Charmaine Crouse Yoest, director of the Family, Gender, Tenure Project at U.Va., has been named one of the 12 Evangelical Women of 2005 by the 500,000-member Concerned Women for America.
    n Julie Bargmann, associate professor of landscape architecture, was one of 25 visionaries and innovators profiled in the December issue of Outside magazine in the article “2005 All-Stars/The Believers/Julie Bargmann: Landscape Survivor.”
  • Zahrl Schoeny, associate professor of administrative technologies, received the 2005 VETAC Leadership Award from the Virginia Educational Technology Advisory Committee, which advises the Virginia Board of Education on educational technology.


When: Sat., Feb. 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Albemarle High School

At “Super Saturday” you can fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on-line while financial aid counselors stand by to answer any questions or give advice, one-on-one. Students of all ages are welcome, regardless of what college they plan to attend. Parents are encouraged to join their children, and the event is free. Even if college is three years away for some students, it’s not too early to learn about financial aid. There will be presentations on “The Basics of Financial Aid” at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Questions? Contact robinwhite@virginia.edu or call 924-6759.

The new “Just Report It” Web site provides a central tool for members of the University community to report bias complaints. The site includes U.Va.’s definition of “bias complaint” as well as information on what to expect in response from the University when such a complaint is reported, how to preserve evidence, and what resources and support are available. In recent months, a few of our students were the targets of bias because of their race, sexual orientation or other personal characteristics. The new system will enable U.Va. to track such incidents when they occur and develop strategies for addressing them. In addition, a bias review and advisory subcommittee will be appointed annually by the vice president and chief officer for diversity and equity. Remember: “just report it” if you, a friend or an acquaintance becomes the target of bias. Speed and accuracy are critical in the process, and the revised system offers tools designed to facilitate action.

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

  • David W. Breneman, dean of the Curry School of Education, “New York Moves to Limit Colleges That Seek Profit,” New York Times, Jan. 21
  • James A. Coan, assistant professor of psychology, “Holding Loved One’s Hand Can Calm Jittery Neurons,” New York Times, Jan. 31
    n Brian Nosek, assistant professor of psychology, “Study Ties Political Leanings to Hidden Biases,” Washington Post, Jan. 29
  • Kevin Jerome Everson, filmmaker and assistant professor of studio art, “Experimental Films Inspire With Their Innovation,” Associated Press, Jan. 26
  • James Galloway, environmental science professor and chairman of the International Nitrogen Initiative, “Something in the Air,” New Scientist, Jan. 21
  • Steve Kell, robotics lab specialist at the Medical Automation Research Center, “Smart Gadgets for Seniors,” Business Week, Jan. 30
  • Stephen Knott, associate professor and director of the Ronald Reagan Oral History Project at the Miller Center, was a guest on “Oral History Recalls the Reagan White House,” on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” Jan. 24
  • Jonathan Moreno, professor of biomedical ethics and co-chair of a National Academies committee, “Egg Donation and Human Embryonic Stem-Cell Research,” New England Journal of Medicine, Jan. 26
  • Douglas S. Paige, supervisor of the Medical Center pharmacy, “Front Line: Seniors, Pharmacists Grapple with Medicare Drug Plan,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, Jan. 23
  • Robert F. Turner, law professor, “Bush Presses On in Legal Defense for Wiretapping,” New York Times, Jan. 28, and was a guest on“Domestic Surveillance, Pro and Con,” on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” Jan. 24





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