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Making an Impact
Outstanding faculty attract exceptional undergraduate and graduate students, and they help their departments recruit promising junior faculty who seek the opportunity to work with distinguished colleagues. Dell Upton, who joined us in 2002 as the David A. Harrison III Professor of Historical Archaeology and Architectural History, is just such an eminent scholar. Formerly on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, he is a leading thinker on American architecture and urbanism. His published works, which include Architecture in the United States, a volume in the Oxford History of Art series, have won such honors as the Society of Architectural Historians' Alice Davis Hitchcock Award and the American Studies Association's John Hope Franklin Award.


A number of faculty have put their scholarship to work in the public sphere. Jack L. Goldsmith III, professor of law, has returned to the University after serving as special counsel to the General Counsel of the Department of Defense and as a faculty member at the University of Chicago. An expert on national security law, he is teaching a course on legal issues surrounding terrorism. In another arena of public importance, Courtney H. Lyder, the new University of Virginia Medical Center Professor of Nursing, is examining the way we treat some of the most vulnerable among us. A former member of the Yale nursing faculty, he has been engaged in a multisite study of the quality of chronic wound care for the elderly. He is also conducting research on the safety of elderly Medicare beneficiaries in U.S. hospitals.
 
 
  Nursing Professor Courtney H. Lyder studies the safety of elderly patients.
   
New Discoveries, New Directions
The quantity and quality of cutting-edge research under way at the University continues to grow, as has the level of support our scholars and scientists attract from federal, corporate, and philanthropic sources. Funding for our sponsored research in 2002-2003 climbed to a new record of $277 million. A distinctive feature of our faculty is their willingness to break through the barriers that separate the disciplines to pursue innovations in education and scholarship. The University's ability to establish new areas of eminence will depend, in large measure, on the success of these multidisciplinary collaborations.

NanoQuest, the new Nanoscale and Quantum Engineering, Science, and Technology Institute, offers a case in point. A product of our Virginia 2020 planning, NanoQuest encompasses researchers in a wide range of disciplines who are exploring a world measured in nanometers, or billionths of a meter. Among them is Joseph "Pepe" Humphrey, the Nancy and Neal Wade Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, who combines his expertise in fluid mechanics and biology to study minute sensory systems in spiders, moths, and crayfish. These biological sensors offer models that would be invaluable to industry. In a far different nanoscopic realm, Haydn Wadley, the Edgar Starke Professor of Materials Science, is studying vapor-deposition techniques for controlling the way atoms are assembled in nanomagnetic devices. This work could lead to computers of extraordinary power.

 
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