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Jan. 25, 2006
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Karen Parshall  
At the Intersection of Mathematics and History: New Book Traces Evolution of Famed Mathematician

LIFE FOR PRE-EMINENT British mathematician James Joseph Sylvester was not without obstacles. As a Jew in Victorian England — a period when Jews labored under a variety of civil disabilities — he was obliged to create his own opportunities. And that he did. Sylvester became the first professor of mathematics at Johns Hopkins University, founded the American Journal of Mathematics, and received the Copley Medal from the Royal Society of London, its highest award for scientific achievement. He even did a four-month stint as a professor at U.Va. Learn more about Sylvester’s intriguing legacy in a new book — scheduled to be published this year — written by U.Va. math professor Karen Parshall (left). Full story.


U.Va.’s Tilghman, Blair to Share Creative Flair With Readings from Works

U.Va.’s own distinguished creative writing professors, Sydney Blair and Christopher Tilghman, will be reading from their works tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Harrison Institute/ Small Special Collections Library. Blair received the Virginia Prize for Fiction in 1991 for her novel “Buffalo,” just re-released as part of the Voices of the South Series of Louisiana State University Press. Tilghman is the author of two novels, “Roads of the Heart” (2004) and “Mason’s Retreat” and two short story collections. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Whiting Writer’s Award. The reading is free and open to the public.

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Ferid MuradNobel laureate Dr. Ferid Murad (right), a groundbreaking physiologist who conducted some of his most important research during the 1970s at the University of Virginia, spoke about his research into nitric oxide Monday to a capacity audience in the Rotunda Dome Room. During the lecture he presented a video about his work, discussed the history of the Nobel Prize and the selection process, and talked about his research and life since winning the award. The free public lecture, part of a series of annual public lectures at U.Va. by Nobel science laureates, was sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. Full story.

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Washington Post Correction — 01/12/2006
Associated Press Correction — 12/02/2005
Ivy Foundation Gives $45 Million to Support Medical Research at U.Va.
U.Va. President John T. Casteen III Announces the Appointment of James L. Hilton as New Head of IT
Gov. Warner Announces Proposal for Major Spending on Research at Virginia Colleges
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