Feb. 17 - March 2, 2006
Vol. 36, Issue 3
Back Issues
IN THIS ISSUE
Globalization 'Flat' world reshapes higher education
Harvey calls for courage, justice

$5 million pledged to cancer research

Safety, South Lawn spark BOV discussion

NEWS BRIEFS
Is America ready to elect a woman president?
2006 University Holiday Schedule
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Digest
Faculty actions
Raising the bar
Turner tempers criticism with optimism in State of African-American Affairs address
Rasbury brings sound design to U.Va.
Johnston drives for excellence in constituent relations
U.Va. tests three new kiosks
Virginia Film Society kicks off spring season on Feb. 25

Jazz ensemble to perform with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel

'Truth and Beauty' Examines American consumerism and culture
'Chagas/A Hidden Affliction' to air on PBS
Cupid's helpers

 

 

News briefs

IS AMERICA READY TO ELECT A WOMAN PRESIDENT?
When: Feb. 20, 7 p.m. (6:30 p.m. Reception)
Where: Special Collections Library
“Women and The Presidency: 8 for ’08” is a bipartisan discussion with some of our country’s top political authorities on the challenges facing women as presidential candidates and America’s willingness to elect a female president in 2008 and beyond.

This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the U.Va. Center for Politics, the White House Project, and the U.Va. Women’s Center. Contact Holly Hatcher at 243-3539.

Or visit http://www.centerforpolitics.org/programs/nss/

2006 UNIVERSITY HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
The schedule is now available online at http://www.hrs.virginia.edu/ holiday.html

  • Friday, Mar. 10, 2006
    Spring Break Day
  • Monday, May 29
    Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, July 4
    Independence Day
  • Monday, Sept. 4
    Labor Day
  • Nov. 23-24
    Thanksgiving
  • Dec. 22-26
    Christmas
  • Dec. 29 - Jan. 1
    New Year’s

LEADERSHIP PROGRAM FOR ASSISTANTS
This leadership development program is designed to assist employees serving in administrative support or service roles. The program’s experiential learning exercises are geared toward real world issues facing employees in higher education, such as the art of persuasion, and understanding personality differences to foster enhanced working relationships.

The program comprises three full days are on Mar. 24, Mar. 31 and April 6, with a half day on May 11. Enrollment is open to full-time U.Va. employees serving in a support or service role for a minimum of 12 months, and to non-U.Va. employees if space is available. Program graduates enter the U.Va. Exceptional Assistants’ Network, which sponsors the program. For more information, contact Krista Weih in the Leadership Development Center at 924-0997 or klw5z@virginia.edu or see http://www.virginia.edu/ldc

PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS
Area highschoolers can get exposure to health care careers and useful job experience while providing valuable services to Medical Center departments in need of regular volunteer help during the summer months.

U.Va.’s Junior Volunteer program is looking for 72 students, from 14 to 17 years of age, to volunteer in 30 different areas throughout the Medical Center, including the gift shop, nursing stations, pharmacy, Kidney Center, and the Cancer Center. The program can boost self-esteem by challenging students to work independently in a friendly yet serious environment.

The program runs from June 19 to Aug. 11, and students are required to commit to at least six of the eight weeks. For more information, contact Maureen Oswald at 924-5251.

OFF THE SHELF
Recently published books by U.Va. faculty and staff

  • Jeffrey W. Legro, associate professor of politics, “Rethinking the World: Great Power Strategies and International Order” (Cornell University Press).
  • Larry J. Sabato, politics professor and director of the U.Va. Center for Politics, “Divided States of America: The Slash and Burn Politics of the 2004 Presidential Election” (Longman).
  • Rosalyn W. Berne, assistant professor of engineering, “Nanotalk: Conversations with Scientists and Engineers about Ethics, Meaning, and Belief in the Development of Nanotechnology” (Lawrence Erlbaum).
  • John L. Gittleman, associate professor of biology, co-editor for “Phylogeny and Conservation (Conservation Biology)” (Cambridge University Press).
  • David Glen Mick, Robert Hill Carter Professor in Marketing, “Inside Consumption: Consumer Motives, Goals and Desires” (Routledge).
    n Leah Renold, lecturer in history, “A Hindu Education : Early Years of the Banaras Hindu University” (Oxford University Press).
  • Jeffrey J. Rossman, associate professor of history, “Worker Resistance under Stalin : Class and Revolution on the Shop Floor” (Harvard University Press).
  • Robert Jackson, instructor of history, “Seeking the Region in American Literature and Culture: Modernity, Dissidence, Innovation” (Louisiana State University Press).
  • Jonathan Haidt, associate professor of psychology, “The Happiness Hypothesis” (Basic Books).
  • A. C. Spearing, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English, “Textual Subjectivity: The Encoding of Subjectivity in Medieval Narratives and Lyrics” (Oxford University Press).

Notable
Faculty Awards & Achievements

  • Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English, has been elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Former chancellors of the Academy have included W. H. Auden, Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop, among others. Dove’s play, “The Darker Face of the Earth,” had its New York City premiere on Feb. 4 at the American Theatre of Actors.
  • Cornelius O. Horgan, Wills Johnson Professor of civil engineering, has been awarded the 2005 A. C. Eringen medal by the Society of Engineering Science. The prize is awarded by the SES in recognition of “sustained outstanding achievements in Engineering Science.” The Eringen medal was first awarded in 1976 and previous recipients have included three Nobel laureates. Horgan’s recent research is on the mathematical and continuum mechanical modeling of rubber-like and biological materials. This work has numerous applications in engineering ranging from rubber vibration isolators for structures to modeling of soft biological tissues.
  • John R. Scully, professor of materials science and engineering and co-director of the Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering, was honored with the 2005 Francis LaQue Memorial Award by the ASTM International Committee G01 on Corrosion of Metals. ASTM creates voluntary technical standards that are used around the globe for product testing and research and development in over 100 diverse technical fields. The committee cited Scully “for his numerous contributions in the development of standards to address corrosion issues; in recognition of his high level of integrity, fairness, technical and leadership expertise; and for his
    outstanding achievements as an academician in the field of corrosion technology.”

AGING 101
When: Feb. 28 and Mar. 13, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Doubletree Hotel (next to Sam’s Club)

Aging 101 is a community lecture series for the general public describing U.Va. research related to aging. The first lecture (Feb. 28) covers “Brain Aging: What Makes Us Age in the First Place?” Drs. Gene Block and Barry Condron will discuss the neurobiological changes that occur with aging.
The second lecture addresses “Body Aging: Mechanics and Metabolism of Muscles.” Drs. Eugene Barrett and Casey Kerrigan will discuss how and why muscles and metabolism change with age.

Events and parking are free, but seating is limited. RSVP to uvaging@virginia.edu or 243-5695. Also see http://www.virginia.edu/aginginstitute.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR LOUISA PANOU-TAKAHASHI WELTY
When: Feb. 26, 3 p.m.
Where: University Baptist Church, 1223 West Main St.

Welty died on Jan. 16 after a nine-month struggle with pancreatic cancer. She had served as the opera director and a voice instructor at U.Va. for the past nine years. She founded and served as artistic director of Operafestival di Roma, an award-winning opera training program for young singers in Rome, Italy. The service will celebrate Welty’s unique life and gifts with music presented by her former students, colleagues and friends.

Following her wishes, an endowment fund for the Operafestival was created in her memory. To make a contribution, contact 984-4945 or operafest@aol.com.

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

  • Lillian Riemer Bevier, law professor, “Controversial Issues Will Set Tone for Alito’s Term,” Newsday, Feb. 1
  • Julian Bond, history professor, “Julian Bond: A Long Road to Freedom/ Retiring Professor Recalls Civil Rights Struggle,” Daily Progress, Feb. 12; “NAACP Head Skips King Funeral / Bond Tells Students His Absence Due to Church’s Anti-Gay Stands,” New York Blade, Feb. 10; “Freedom Writer / 24 Years After Embarking on His Epic of The King Era, Taylor Branch Arrives at the End,” Washington Post, Feb. 5
  • Zygmunt S. Derewenda, professor of molecular physiology and biological physics, “Protein Crystallization by Intelligent Design?” The Scientist, Feb. 1
  • Deborah Eisenberg, professor of creative writing, had her new collection of short stories reviewed in, “Enigma Machines” and “Sideswiped by Things Unexpected,” New York Times, Feb. 11, Feb. 7; “Freaks Like Us,” Washington Post, Feb. 5; “Finally, a Sept. 11 Story Without the Cliches,” Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 31
  • Robert Fatton Jr., professor of government and foreign affairs, “Preval Likely Will Win Haitian Election,” Associated Press, Feb. 10; “Going to Great Lengths to Vote in Haiti,” Los Angeles Times, Feb. 8; “Haiti Election Stirs Fear, Confusion, Some Hope,” Reuters, Feb. 5
  • Ross Isaacs, associate professor of nephrology, and Marcus Martin, professor of emergency medicine, “Temporary Band-Aid / New Orleans Health Care,” PBS “News Hour,” Feb. 8
  • Gertrude Fraser, professor of anthropology, “Legislators Consider Licensing to Bring Midwives Out in Open,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Feb. 6
  • Tim Wilson, professor of psychology, “The Gladwell Effect,” New York Times, Feb. 5

 


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