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The Year at a Glance


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IBM partners with the U.Va. Bay Game team to build Bay Game/Analytics, a second virtual simulation of pollution's effects on the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The massive computer power of the IBM-sponsored World Community Grid will run the new simulation.

The Board of Visitors approves a $22.9 million plan to renovate and repair the Rotunda. The work will include repairing the roof over the Dome Room and restoring the capitals on the Rotunda columns.

The Tayloe Murphy Center announces the five winners of its inaugural Resilience Awards. These are Virginia businesses that have demonstrated economic growth, job creation, and community leadership though located in economically challenged communities.

The Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy hires its first five tenure-track faculty members from outside the University. Four of the five arrived on Grounds ahead of the fall semester, and three begin teaching their first U.Va. classes.


Dean of the College Meredith Woo with benefactors John Nau and David Gibson attend the South Lawn dedicationAfter ten years in the making, the South Lawn is formally dedicated. Several hundred people—including Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and former Governor George F. Allen—attend the festivities, along with benefactors David E. Gibson (College '62, Law '65) and John L. Nau III (College '68).

Students practice sustainability where they live. Residents of the McCormick Road residence halls reduce their electric consumption 19 percent during October, as part of a first-year dorm energy challenge.

The Health System implements an electronic medical record system for more than 140 outpatient clinics across central Virginia. Inpatient areas will begin using the system in March.

In its 2011 editions, the Princeton Review lists the School of Law as having the No. 1 quality of life for students, No. 2 for "Best Classroom Experience," No. 4 for "Professors Rock (Legally Speaking)," No. 5 for "Toughest to Get Into," and No. 7 for "Best Career Prospects." The Darden School of Business is top-ranked for "Best Professors," second for "Best Campus Facilities," and fifth for "Best Campus Environment."

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Bestselling author and sustainability expert Jeremy Rifkin speaks at the Car of the Future symposium

The Virginia Film Festival shatters records for attendance and sales as filmgoers line up to see 132 films and events, including an opening-night sneak preview of Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan and a conversation with Oscar-winning film artist Peter Bogdanovich at a screening of The Last Picture Show.

The McIntire School of Business hosts a conference, "The Facebook Effect and the Power of Pull: How Social Media Is Reshaping Our World" to examine this powerful new force in communication.

The Family Weekend symposium "The Car of the Future/The Future of the Car," brings experts from around the world and faculty from across the Grounds to focus on the next wave of auto design and technology and discuss how next-generation electric or hydrogen cars can support a postcarbon Third Industrial Revolution.

The University celebrates International Education Week with scholarly, cultural, and education abroad events highlighting U.Va.'s global reach since making international activities a priority in its 2020 plan nine years ago. A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States.

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Youth-Nex, U.Va.'s new research center to promote effective youth development, awards five grants to faculty to study topics that range from reducing childhood obesity in Charlottesville to teaching Russian literature to jailed youth. The awards are the first in an annual series of grants sponsored by the Curry School of Education-based research center.

After fifteen months of intense work, a new suite of software tools for faculty needs is released. The Science, Humanities, and the Arts Network of Technological Initiatives (SHANTI) version 1.0 includes tools for website creation, blogging, and managing audio, video, and photos.

Passengers on Delta Airlines will arrive at their destinations remarkably well informed, thanks to in-flight rebroadcasts of Miller Center programming. The rebroadcasts feature government officials, scholars, historians, and journalists speaking on public policy and political issues.

As part of its commitment to translational research, the University joins a biomedical development partnership with BioPontis Alliance, an organization that seeks to improve the flow of scientific discoveries into real-world medicine. This partnership gives U.Va. access to partners with financial resources, management and scientific expertise, and industry connections.

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Donna Brazile & Amiri Baraka

The University presents two weeks of events in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Events include presentations by King biographer Clayborne Carson and political strategist Donna Brazile, a poetry reading by Amiri Baraka, and a showing of the film Freedom Riders, introduced by history professor Julian Bond and Larry Sabato, the Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs.

Nearly 800 undergraduates participate in January Term 2011; the nine overseas programs enrolled 175 of the total. Classes included courses such as "History, Technology and Sustainable Agriculture," "The Politics of Food," "An Irish Sense of Place: Literature, Language, Music and the Arts," and "The Dark Side of the 20th Century: Between Auschwitz and the Gulag."

Astronomers publish their discovery of a supermassive black hole in the center of a tiny low-mass galaxy. Their findings suggest that the formation of such large black holes may precede the growth of galaxies. Astronomy doctoral student Amy Reines, research associate Gregory Sivakoff, astronomy professor Kelsey Johnson, and National Radio Astronomy Observatory astronomer Crystal Brogan collaborated on the project.

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Moore's Seated Woman joins Alexander Calder's Tripes as the second example of a modern masterpiece displayed prominently on the grounds

The University dedicates the $74 million Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center, named for the late Virginia state senator. Her sister, Katie Couric, journalist and special news correspondent, speaks at the ceremony.

The University of Virginia is ranked No. 1 for the third year in a row among "best value" public colleges and universities, according to the Princeton Review and USA Today. Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine ranks U.Va. No. 3 for the fifth time in six years.

The Board of Visitors approves a plan assessing $3,000 in differential tuition for students in the McIntire School of Commerce. Revenue generated by the tuition will help maintain and enhance McIntire's position as a global leader in business education. McIntire currently ranks second overall among the nation's best undergraduate business programs, according to the annual Bloomberg BusinessWeek rankings.

Henry Moore's bronze sculpture, Seated Woman, on loan from the Henry Moore Foundation in England, is placed on the new terrace in front of the University of Virginia Art Museum, marking the entrance to the new John and Betsy Casteen Arts Grounds.

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MARCH 2011

Dino Dialal

Indonesia's ambassador to the United States, Dino Patti Djalal, talks about Indonesia's transformation during the last three centuries. His speech is part of the Ambassadors' Speakers Forum sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for International Programs. All third-year McIntire students attend the talk, which kicks off a McIntire School core course "Entry Strategies in Emerging Markets." Students create a business entry strategy for Indonesia, Turkey, Brazil, or India as part of the course.

A ten-year U.Va.-led study of urban slum children in Bangladesh results in a groundbreaking discovery of how a hormone (leptin) that prevents obesity also protects against a life-threatening diarrheal infection caused by the parasite Entamoeba histolytica. The findings appear in the March issue of The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

U.Va. employees contribute more than $910,000 to the 2010 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign, the highest total of any state agency and easily surpassing their $725,000 goal. By the campaign's end, sixty-four departments report 100 percent participation.

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APRIL 2011

The sustainability pledge encourages students and employees to make daily decisions that help the environment

President Teresa A. Sullivan announces the renovation of New Cabell Hall, thanks to the state's allocation of $64.5 million. The building will house the language, literature, and culture departments of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. The renovation will replace the building's systems and interior finishes and add meeting rooms and lounge spaces.

The three recipients of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals—Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Cynthia Kinser, environmental designer Maya Lin, and philanthropist Peter G. Peterson—are honored at a Founder's Day luncheon in the Dome Room.

President Sullivan names Dr. Marcus Martin as vice president and chief officer for diversity and equity. Dr. Martin, a former chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the U.Va. Health System, has served as interim vice president since July 2009.

Earth Week includes activities such as the Green Grounds' Green Career Fair, a Ragged Mountain hike, and a session of the U.Va. Bay Game with six other regional institutions participating. Earth Week also highlights sustainability efforts such as the creation of an interdisciplinary Global Sustainability Minor; the launch of Sustainability Partners, a volunteer network of employees who promote environmentally friendly workplace practices; and the initiation of the sustainability pledge, which reached the goal of 1,000 pledge takers by Earth Day.

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MAY 2011

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award Recipients, Valerie H. Gregory, Ethan Hell, and Ishraga Eltahir

A gift from Evelyn McGee Colbert (College '85) and her husband, comedian Stephen T. Colbert, helps to recruit sixteen incoming first-year students as the first beneficiaries of a new College Arts Scholars program. College Arts Scholars will have special access to the best arts resources at the University and funding for arts-intensive summer projects.

The School of Architecture launches the Center for Design and Health to pursue cross-disciplinary research to advance the design and planning of patient-centered facilities and healthy neighborhoods, towns, and cities.

Carol Wood

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards recognizing excellence of character and humanitarian service are presented to Ishraga Eltahir (College '11), Ethan Heil (Engineering '11), and Valerie H. Gregory, associate dean and director of outreach in the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

The Women's Center selects Carol S. Wood, associate vice president for public affairs, to receive the Elizabeth Zintl Leadership Award. The award honors the high degree of professionalism, creativity, and commitment that characterizes the winner's contribution to the University.

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JUNE 2011

The University creates Information Technology Services, combining the two groups that had provided technology infrastructure and support on Grounds. A unified organization will establish U.Va. as a resource for computationally intense scholarship and make information technology a strategic asset throughout the University.

Advocates for women's and children's rights in Afghanistan arrive at the Center for Politics to participate in the U.S.-Afghanistan Professional Partnership Program, part of the center's international outreach program, Global Perspectives on Democracy, launched in 2009.

Nursing professors Marianne Baernholdt and Cathy Campbell, with students Caitlin Carr and Sarah Borchelt, travel to South Africa with a Center for International Studies grant for their project, "Palliative Care Partnerships in South Africa: Research and Education." In South Africa, which has the highest number of HIV/AIDS infections in the world, they research palliative-care needs, develop care assessment tools, and train health care providers and community workers. Ms. Carr (College '11), a fifth-year master's degree student at the Batten School, is the first recipient of the Stephanie Jean-Charles Fellowship, named for the Batten student who died in the 2009 Haiti earthquake. The fellowship supports her independent research in South Africa. Sarah Borchelt (Nursing '11) received a Rodriguez Nursing Student Research and Leadership Fund award and Susan McDonald Nursing Student Research Award to fund her research.

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JULY 2011

Governor Robert McDonnell appoints five new members to the Board of Visitors: Allison Cryor DiNardo (College '82, Darden '88) of Alexandria; Dr. Stephen P. Long of Richmond; George Keith Martin (College '75) of Hanover; John L. Nau III (College '68) of Houston; and Tim Robertson (College '77) of Virginia Beach. Helen E. Dragas of Virginia Beach will begin her term as the University's rector, and Mark J. Kington of Alexandria will become vice rector. Governor McDonnell also appoints Dr. Edward M. Miller of Baltimore in an ex-officio capacity. Jonathan Overdevest, a sixth-year M.D./Ph.D. candidate, serves as the board's student member.

The University receives a $2,445,000 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission to help transform industry in Southside Virginia utilizing housing designs created within the Architecture School. U.Va. is the lead partner on the grant to design and manufacture affordable and energy-efficient housing systems and disaster recovery structures, the results of design and research by faculty and students in the award-winning ecoMOD and Initiative reCOVER programs.

Michael Strine begins serving as the University's new executive vice president and chief operating officer, succeeding Leonard Sandridge. Mr. Strine comes to U.Va. from the Johns Hopkins University, where he was vice president for finance, chief financial officer, and treasurer.

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A rare earthquake makes waves on the first day of classes (A map of the Charlottesvile earthquake)

John D. Simon, Duke University's vice provost for academic affairs and a respected scientist, is named executive vice president and provost, effective September 1.

Richard and Leslie Gilliam of southwest Virginia pledge $8.3 million to the University of Virginia's College at Wise for a new health and wellness center and renovations to the Fred B. Greear Gymnasium to house the Healthy Appalachia Institute. Mr. Gilliam is a 1974 graduate of U.Va.-Wise. Their gift, the largest in the history of the school, will provide both an addition to its fitness center and the renovation of 5,833 square feet of the Greear Gymnasium.

On an unforgettable first day of classes, a 5.8-magnitude earthquake centered near Mineral, between Charlottesville and Richmond, shakes central Virginia. No major damage is reported by Monticello, Montpelier, or the University of Virginia.

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Hunter Smith Band Building

Among public universities in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings, the University of Virginia ties for No. 2 with UCLA, behind the University of California, Berkeley. This marks the eighth consecutive year that U.Va. has been second. The University remains ranked at No. 25 among all universities, public or private.

The Hunter Smith Band Building, made possible by longtime benefactor Hunter Smith, is dedicated. The building serves the Cavalier Marching Band, as well as its subsets, the basketball band, Olympic sports ensemble, wind ensemble, and concert band. Mrs. Smith, with her late husband, Carl W. Smith, also gave $1.5 million in 2003 to help start the marching band program. The $12.7 million facility contains three levels of rehearsal halls, practice rooms, instrument and uniform storage, and offices.

The University promotes its new "Three Plus One" (3+1) accelerated degree option to allow students to complete bachelor's and master's degrees in four years. The program's expansion is made in response to Governor Robert McDonnell's Higher Education Opportunity Act, passed in spring 2011, which calls for 100,000 more degrees to be awarded over the next fifteen years.

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