March 3 - 16, 2006
Vol. 36, Issue 4
Back Issues
Arras and Fuentes win SCHEV award
Kaine to speak at finals

U.Va. tapped for innovative bioengineering partnership

Semester at Sea: Gies selected as U.Va.'s first academic dean

Dave Matthews Band to open new John Paul Jones Arena
Volunteers needed for Charlottesville 10-miler

What wives want: Study finds commitment to marriage, emotional engagement key to wives' happiness
Darden's India program
Passing the baton: French now assists international community with immigration affairs
Last ball in U-Hall
Loncke's research helps people overcome speech problems
Poet Giovanni headlines Hues Conference
Acclaimed authors to discuss suffering

D'earth, Free Bridge Quintet jazz up orchestra

Geraldine Ferraro to speak
Ted Kennedy Keynote Speaker
Peace Corps to honor U.Va., volunteers March 15
'Edge of Empire' wins Duff Cooper Prize



News briefs

The Dave Matthews Band will perform as the grand opening event for the 16,000-seat facility, appearing on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24. This will be the first concert in Charlottesville for hometown favorite, Dave Matthews Band, since their appearance at Scott Stadium in April 2001. Tickets for these events will be available for purchase in the next several months.

Other events already scheduled for the JPJ Arena include World Wrestling Entertainment’s “Monday Night Raw,” (Aug. 14), which will be telecast live on the USA Network; five performances of Disney on Ice (Oct. 18- 22) and of Ringling Brothers Circus (Dec. 6-10); and shows by the Harlem Globetrotters and Sesame Street Live (spring 2007). 

To receive notices about upcoming events and when tickets go on sale, sign up for “Keeping Up with the Joneses” e-mail alerts by visiting A complete schedule of coming attractions also can be found at this Web site.

The Charlottesville 10-Miler run-for-charity event is a major fund-raiser for Madison House, and Madison House is seeking voluteers to help on race day, April 1 (no fooling), from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Up to 300 volunteers are needed to ensure the safety of runners by stopping traffic as necessary and guiding runners to stay on course.

To volunteer, please contact Mark Thayden at Madison House at 977-7051.

A symposium on “Buying and Selling Organs” will be held here March 23-25. The public forum was organized by two U.Va. scholars who are leaders in the field of medical ethics: James Childress and Loren Lomansky.
Childress is a professor of ethics and of medical education and director of the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life. He also served on the presidentially appointed National Bioethics Advisory Commission.

Lomansky is professor and director of the Political Philosophy, Policy and Law Program. He won the 1991 Matchette Prize for his book “Persons, Rights, and the Moral Community.”

Seven other U.Va. faculty will participate, from the fields of law, bioethics, sociology and transplantation. Distinguished guests include Mark J. Cherry, author of “Kidney for Sale by Owner: Human Organs, Transplantation, and the Market” and James Stacy Taylor, author of “Stakes and Kidneys: Why Markets in Human Body Parts are Morally Imperative.”

For more information, contact

U.Va.’s alumni magazine has a new name, new look, new content, new Web site and more than 140,000 new destinations.

The spring issue of the University of Virginia Magazine (formerly the University of Virginia Alumni News) rolled off the presses this week. Simultaneously, a new Web edition ( went live, providing all of the magazine’s content online for the first time, plus a few additional items.

The magazine’s look also received a sprucing-up, while the content includes several new sections, including research and discovery, faculty profiles, “first-person” essays, University history and elements of student life.

It’s all part of an effort to bring the University to a wider readership, said editor Robert Viccellio. “We believe the new name best reflects the magazine’s role as the only publication on Grounds dedicated to covering the entire University and all of its alumni,” he noted in the forthcoming issue.

The magazine, published by the U.Va. Alumni Association, will now be mailed to all living alumni, plus faculty, current students and their parents. The expansion more than triples the total circulation, from nearly 60,000 to more than 200,000.

The University of Virginia Alumni News made its debut in March 1913 to supplement the now-defunct Alumni Bulletin, which first appeared in 1901. Through the years, the Alumni News has remained editorially independent of the University’s administration.

“Through it all, the magazine’s central purpose remains constant: To keep alumni, parents and friends in touch with each other and well informed about the University, and to explore the contributions that U.Va. and its alumni make to the larger world,” Viccellio wrote.

March 22-26
This year’s Virginia Festival of the Book is packed with big-name authors and engaging discussions. Headline events include a benefit concert of words and music featuring legendary folk musician John McCutcheon and Barbara Kingsolver, a widely praised author who draws on her background as a journalist, science writer and human rights activist. (Tickets required; call 979-1333). U.Va. faculty writers, including Rita Dove and Gregory Orr, will read and lead discussions, as will up-and-coming U.Va. talents like recent College graduate Sandra Beasley, who was included in “Best New Poets 2005.” Local luminary Barbara Ehrenreich will lead a discussion on “Women, Family and Work”; mystery writers will converse on “Murder and Mayhem”; and Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novelist Art Speigelmen will speak on “Comix 101.”

These samples just scratch the surface of a slate that includes almost 225 events over five days. The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, sponsor of the festival, has a comprehensive Web site at, listing each day’s schedule and highlighting authors and activities. All events are free and open to the public, except for three headline events which require tickets.

The Virginia Quarterly Review has won the Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement in a robust contest for journals that have recently undergone dramatic and significant improvements for the period from 2003 to 2005.


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

  • Carolyn Callahan, director of the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, “‘Gifted’ Label Takes a Vacation in Diversity Quest,” Washington Post, Feb. 22
  • Rob Cross, assistant professor of commerce, “The Office Chart That Really Counts/Mapping Informal Relationships at a Company is Revealing — And Useful,” Business Week, Feb. 20
  • Gregory B. Fairchild, assistant professor of business administration, “From Running the Show to Joining the Team/Companies Can Be Confounding to Those Who Were Self-Employed,” Washington Post, Feb. 19
  • Steve Gladis, retiring director of U.Va.’s Northern Virginia Center for 10 years, “In Brief / Head of U-Va. Center Prepares to Leave Job,” Washington Post, Feb. 15
  • Jonathan Haidt, professor of psychology, “Pursuing Happiness / Two Scholars Explore the Fragility of Contentment,” New Yorker, Feb. 27
  • Margaret Miller, director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education, “Faculty Clout Helps Oust Summers/Harvard’s President Will Resign This Year, Ending an Era Marked by Struggle with Faculty,” Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 23; “Summers Faces Second No-Confidence Vote at Harvard in Less Than a Year,” Financial Times, Feb. 21
  • Steven Nock, director of the Marriage Matters Project, and Bradford Wilcox, assistant professor of sociology, “The Happiest Wives,” New York Times, Feb. 28
  • Alan Rogol, pediatric endocrinologist, “Hormone Cheats Risk It All for Gold / Sidebar: Everybody’s Doing It,” New Scientist, Feb. 11
  • Debbie Ryan, head women’s basketball coach, “Coach Survives Cancer,” CBS Evening News, Feb. 11
  • Robert H. Tai, assistant professor of science education, “Good Scores on AP Science Exams are Not Good Predictors of Success in College Science, Study Finds,” Chronicle of Higher Education online, Feb. 21; “Advanced Yes, Placement No,” Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 20
  • Andy Thomson, staff psychiatrist for Student Health, “Antidepressants May Blunt Feelings of Romance,” Wall Street Journal, Feb. 14
  • Timothy D. Wilson, professor of psychology, “The Unconscious Mind: A Great Decision Maker,” New York Times, Feb. 21





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