March 31 - April 13, 2006
Vol. 36, Issue 6
Back Issues
U.Va.leads nation's publics with highest graduation rate for African-Americans
Nursing gets $1.132 million

President's report released
Free CTS bus rides in April

Peace Corps celebrates 45 years of service
U.Va.'s link to the East
How has technology changed history?
Teaching, it's a simple game
'Building Goodness' in Mississippi
Shatin makes musical sense of Jabberwocky
'Luminosity' sheds light on family's sordid past

VQR beats 'The Yankees'



News briefs

The President’s Report provides a summary of the major events and stories of the previous fiscal year along with detailed financial reports. This year’s 74-page report, covering July 2004 through June 2005, has just been published and is now available online at Selected works of art by members of the studio art faculty introduce each section of the publication.

All staff, faculty and students may ride Charlottesville city buses for free during April by simply displaying a valid staff/faculty or student ID. This applies to all CTS routes throughout the day and night during this month-long trial program. To review schedules and routes to see if there is a specific route that would work for you, visit For other questions contact

When: Tuesday, April 18, 2-4:30 p.m.
Where: Newcomb Hall Theater and Ballroom

All employees are invited to attend the Fair. Pending approval from your supervisor, attendance is considered work time. A special invitation will be extended to faculty and staff hired between Oct. 1 and Feb. 28.   
The fair begins in the theater with a a short welcome talk by Leonard Sandridge, executive vice president and COO, followed by screening of a new employee orientation video. In the ballroom approximately 40 exhibitors will be on hand to provide information about services and benefits including life and health benefits. Refreshments will be served. Attendees are encouraged to take a UTS bus, carpool or walk since nearby parking is limited. Contact is Tonia Duncan-Rivers (UHR) at 924-4320 or tdd3v@

When: April 20, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Vinegar Hill Theatre, 220 W. Market St.

Peter L. Rodriguez, associate professor of business administration at Darden, will discuss “The New World Economy: Development Challenges in the 21st Century.” What does the rapid growth in China and India, outsourcing, and immigration mean for the U.S. and Western Europe? Professor Rodriguez offers his insights as part of the Engaging the Mind lecture series, which creates opportunities for people throughout Virginia to engage with U.Va.’s top scholars and teachers in a public forum.


Two students, Eliah R. Shamir and My-Linh T. Nguyen, have been named Goldwater Scholars for 2006. The one- and two-year scholarships will cover the cost of tuition and other fees up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. The federally-endowed scholarship aims to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. It is the premier undergraduate award of its kind.

A total of 323 Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,081 math, science and engineering students nominated by college faculties nationwide. Recent Goldwater Scholars have gone on to win 63 Rhodes Scholarships, 80 Marshall Awards, and numerous other awards.

Nguyen is a third-year biochemistry major who plans to pursue a medical degree and conduct basic science and clinical research with an emphasis on molecular approaches to cancer therapy. She also wants to teach at a university hospital. Shamir, a second-year biomedical engineering major, will seek a medical degree and wants to work in immunology, conducting clinical and biomedical research in an academic research setting with a focus on discovering new ways to improve global health and to mentor rising medical scientists. Timothy M. Reichart and Rachel C. Klet won honorable mentions.

The graduate program in the history of art and architecture is seeking papers that explore societal responses to catastrophes such as natural disaster, invasion or economic collapse. Examples of possible themes include the redevelopment of Rome after the fire of 64 AD. A one page abstract is due by May 1 and the symposium will be held Sept. 22-23. Contact Jennifer Reut at

When and where:
April 2, 1 p.m., film broadcast on WHTJ PBS (channel 41, cable 7)
April 3, 7 p.m., public speech at Darden School, Classroom 50

Award-winning author and neurologist David Shenk, will host a panel discussion about his book, “The Forgetting - Alzheimer’s: A Portrait of an Epidemic” the day after PBS will air a renowned two-hour documentary based on the book. The PBS documentary, “The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer’s,” first aired in January 2004.

Next, members of the Alzheimer’s Association will join Shenk for a speech that is free and open to the public. Shenk is a national best-selling author of four books and a contributor to National Geographic, Harper’s, The New Yorker, Wired and National Public Radio. His book garnered First Prize in the British Medical Association’s Popular Medical Book Awards. He has advised the President’s Council on Bioethics regarding dementia-related issues, and he speaks frequently about the history, biology and social urgency associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

You must register for the event by contacting Sara Watson, with the Institute on Aging, at 243-5695 or

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies’ newsletter, “Columns,” recently won a silver award in the Marketing and Publications Awards competition, sponsored by the University of Continuing Education Association (UCEA). Elaine Melton, graphic designer, and Jennifer Newell, director of development, were recognized for their contributions to the newsletter. The award will be presented next month in San Diego.


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

  • John Blackburn, dean of admission, “College Board Acknowledges More SAT Scoring Errors,” Washington Post, March 24, “College Board Takes Heat for Debacle in SAT Scoring /Discovery of More Errors in Marking Tests Shakes Confidence in the System,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 24.
  • Daniel Bluestone, associate professor of architectural history, “Working Class / Modest Bungalows Get a New Life With a New Generation of Owners,” Chicago Tribune, March 24.
  • E.D. Hirsch Jr., professor emeritus of education and English, “House Votes Monday on Bill for Model Curriculum,” Honolulu Advertiser, March 18.
  • David Martin, professor of law, “Analyst Provides Primer on Immigration Reform,” NPR’s “All Things Considered,” March 27.
    n Steven Rhoads, professor of politics, “Should Gender Differences Be Taken More Seriously,” on “CBN Newswatch,” March 24.
  • Farzaneh Milani, director of Studies in Women and Gender, “Iran Today: The Power of Words,” Vermont Public Radio, March 17.
  • Gregory Townsend, associate professor of internal medicine, “New Front Developing in War on Killer Bugs/Drug Tested Against Toughest Bacteria,” Boston Globe, March 27.
  • Mary Lee Vance, Professor of Internal Medicine and Neurosurgery, “Selling the Promise of Youth,” Business Week, March 20.
  • Munsey Wheby, senior associate dean and professor of internal medicine, “Embarrassing Conditions/Managing Embarrassing Symptoms — Burping, Intestinal Gas, and the Growling Stomach — May Be as Simple as Changing Your Diet,” WebMD, updated March 9.


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