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March 23, 2006
AMERICAN HISTORY, technology has played
a vital part in shaping and illustrating
a society’s values and beliefs, according
to W. Bernard Carlson (left), professor
of science, technology and society at the
University of Virginia’s School of
Engineering and Applied Science. Carlson
has co-authored a new, seven-volume “Technology
in World History,” designed to teach
students about the vital
interaction of technology, culture and
history by delving into
and their contributions to the world’s
technological knowledge through the ages.
News Services/Photo: Dan Addison
the highest public honor the University
of Virginia bestows on employees,
the Outstanding Contribution Awards
are given to staff
whose service, contributions and commitment
have far exceeded exemplary achievement.
Award winners receive $1,000 cash, an
engraved award and public recognition
at the annual Service Awards dinner,
to be held on June 14.
Three University selection committees will
choose up to 11 employees — five from the
Academic Division, five from
the Medical Center and one from U.Va.-Wise
— to receive the
award. Nominations are due are due by
March 31. Nomination forms and information
are available here.
March 16 and 17, the University of Virginia
hosted a national conference on the medical,
ethical and policy issues involved in human
embryonic stem cell research and living
donor transplantation. This was the first
conference to focus on the voluntary guidelines
for stem cell research that were issued
by the National Academy of Sciences last
year. While less controversial, living
donor transplantation also presents ethical
challenges. This conference brought together
leading scientists, ethicists and policy-makers
from top academic institutions and private
and public sector organizations and marked
an important phase in stem cell research
and donor transplantation. See
entire Faculty Opinion by R. Ariel Gomez
(above), U.Va. Vice President
for Research and Graduate Studies.
Picturing Nature, Understanding
Conservation: Hotspots Revisited
4 p.m., Charles L. Brown Science & Engineering
Library, Clark Hall • Speakers: Thomas Brooks,
Michael Hoffmann, John Lamoreux, & Piotr
Naskrecki • Sponsored by U.Va.’s Office of
the Vice President for Research & Graduate
U.Va. Library • Information: 924-7200.
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