Sex Matters11/28/09 - On November 28, 2009, Dr. Anita Clayton
held a candid discussion about the similarities and differences between women and men in how they embrace their personal sexuality, including expectations and self-image. Clayton is the author of Satisfaction: Women, Sex, and the Quest for Intimacy.
Whatever Happened to Thrift? Why Americans Don't Save and What to Do About It11/14/09 - It is no secret that Americans save very little, but why? What can be done about it? Wilcox, a professor at U.Va.'s Darden School of Business, will describe how the "savings crisis" adversely influences personal lifestyles over the long term, and how it can undermine our national wealth and standard of living. Wilcox will highlight practical strategies to spend less and save more, and he will explain how reinventing thrift can make America a more prosperous nation.
Frankenstein and Dracula: Separated at Birth—and Not Dead Yet 10/31/09 - Who are Frankenstein and Dracula and why do we love to fear them? Stephen Arata, Professor of English, and Susan Tyler Hitchcock, former U.Va. faculty and nonfiction author, teamed on up Halloween to tell Frankenstein and Dracula’s long, strange and intertwined life stories.
More than the Score: Sabato's Crystal Ball 10/10/09 - On October 10, 2009, Professor Larry Sabato brought his political prowess and knowledge to a full house at Alumni Hall to once again peer into his famed Crystal Ball. In 2008, Sabato's Center for Politics correctly predicted over 95% of the Senate and House races and came within one electoral vote of the actual result of the Presidential contest!
More than the Score: Beyond Oil, Coal and Natural Gas: Opportunities and Challenges for Renewable Fuels and Chemicals9/12/09 - The finite availability of fossil fuels has prompted a hunt for alternative resources to power us into the future. On September 12, 2009, Chemical Engineering Professor Robert Davis updated alumni on some of the current ideas and challenges related to the use of renewable biomass as a replacement for oil, coal and natural gas.
Alzheimer’s Disease: Current Challenges and Hope for the Future6/6/09 - School of Medicine Dean Steven DeKosky, M.D., presents an informative talk about the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease on the brain, its growing impact on our families and communities, and the progress being made in Alzheimer’s research at U.Va. and beyond. Dr. DeKosky is an internationally recognized leader in the field of Alzheimer’s disease research.
Creating a Healthy Work Environment6/6/09 - What can alumni who are leaders of organizations do to create healthy work environments? The hallmarks of a healthy work environment include skilled communication, true collaboration, and meaningful recognition. Dorrie Fontaine, Dean
of the School of Nursing, explores what a universal healthy work environment can be and how best to achieve it in the challenging workplaces of today.
Giving Toddlers a Learning Head Start6/6/09 - Dr. Jason Downer, senior research scientist at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, describes the long-term benefits
of high-quality pre-kindergarten education. He demonstrates how an investment in pre-kindergarten education can result in higher
lifetime wages, lower rates of disability assistance, and many more self-reliant, contributing members of our community.
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