Expert Anita Jones To Speak
At U.Va.'S Fall
26, 2000 -- Anita K. Jones, former director of the
Pentagon's multibillion-dollar research program and University Professor
of Computer Science, will deliver the University of Virginia's annual
Fall Convocation address on Oct. 13. Fall Convocation will be held
at 2 p.m. on the Lawn.
the faculty in 1988, Jones forged a top-notch computer science research
program while serving as department chair for five years.
recently was named by Gov. James S. Gilmore to the state-wide Virginia
Research and Technology Commission, designed to attract federal
and industry research dollars to Virginia. For the past year she
has led the work of U.Va.'s Science and Technology Planning Commission,
a subcommittee of Virginia 2020, that will provide a blueprint for
future growth at the University.
interrupted her academic career to become the Department of Defense's
director of science and technology program from 1993 to 1997. In
that position she had oversight responsibility for the entire science
and technology program of the U.S. Department of Defense (about
$35 billion annually). She is the first computer scientist (and
the first woman) to hold that prestigious position. She has always
been concerned with the health of science and engineering research
in the United States, and at the Department of Defense she made
vast improvements in the national infrastructure necessary to perform
has devoted 15 years of combined service on the Air Force Science
Advisory Board and the Defense Science Board, the latter being the
most senior of the external advisory bodies to the U.S. Department
of Defense. She is a member of the National
of Engineering Sciences and author or co-author of 37 scientific
papers and the editor of two books.
one of the first female Ph.D.'s in the nation in computer science,
received her doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University. She received
her B.A. from Rice University and earned a masters of arts from
the University of Texas-Austin.
2 p.m. Lawn ceremony, which officially opens Family Weekend, will
honor undergraduate students for their academic excellence. Students
will be awarded Intermediate Honors in acknowledgement that they've
earned grade-point averages of 3.4 or higher during their first
two years at U.Va.
Thomas Jefferson Award, given annually to a member of the University
community who exemplifies in character and achievements the ideals
of U.Va.'s founder, also will be presented.
Weekend at U.Va. also includes the University Forum, a public address
by President John T. Casteen III on the state of the University,
followed by a question and answer session. The forum will take place
Saturday, Oct. 14, on the South Lawn from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
the event of rain, convocation will take place in University Hall.
Rain site for the forum is Old Cabell Hall.
Katherine Jackson, (804) 924-3629