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Summer 2008 Table of Contents
Student leadership, always at the heart of U.Va.'s band, is helping guide the group to a new level.
We spoke with alumni in the military about their experiences. They range from infantrymen and aviators to doctors, engineers and chaplains.
Through isotopic hair analysis, environmental sciences professor Stephen Macko can tell what his students ate for breakfast and what Oetzi the iceman enjoyed during an ancient repast.
After a rocky first year in an Atlanta school, Groves decided to put her Harvard master's degree to work in the community that first helped her.
The prospect of asteroids smashing into Earth might seem highly unlikely, but for astronomers like U.Va. research scientist Greg Black, it’s a scenario to be taken seriously. A large asteroid could cause catastrophic damage; asteroids have hit the planet many times in the past and may have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs.
A cartoon that caused an uproar after its publication in the student newspaper last year was at the center of another wave of controversy this spring.
Lancaster will step down in August as dean of the U.Va. School of Nursing. She has held the position since 1989, making her the longest tenured dean on Grounds.
As part of the annual Springfest festivities at Nameless Field, students tested their gastronomic limits in the Gusburger Eat-Off. Fourth-year Chris Jenne of Virginia Beach successfully defended his 2007 title, holding...
Galloway’s work earned him the 2008 Tyler Environmental Prize, which is administered by the University of Southern California and is considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in the fields of environmental science, energy and environmental health.
Gustafson has used her skills in making a living as an investor to give back to the University, and for her contributions the U.Va. Women’s Center selected her for its 2008 Distinguished Alumna Award.
The author and editor of more than 150 books, founder of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament and subject of the 2006 documentary Wordplay, Shortz returned to Grounds on April 3 to deliver a lecture and challenge his audience with puzzles.
High Honors The University of Virginia bestowed its highest external honors—the annual Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals—during Founder’s Day celebrations in April. The medals recognize the achievements of...
Digital Collections at U.Va
BackStory, a weekly call-in radio show, features U.Va. historians Peter Onuf and Brian Balogh teamed with Ed Ayers, president of the University of Richmond and a former U.Va. historian and dean, as the "history guys," and their on-air patter might beg comparisons with Click and Clack of NPR’s Car Talk.
When more than a billion people lack clean drinking water, the efforts of two U.Va. students might seem like a drop in the bucket.
Fourth-year Somdev Devvarman, ranked No. 1 in the nation and the NCAA defending singles champion, led U.Va. to an undefeated regular season and the ACC Tournament title. The Cavaliers’ stellar...
"Orbiting the earth, as thrilling as it is, is not exploring space."
The third-year economics student won a 2008 Truman Scholarship, worth about $30,000, for his leadership potential and commitment to public service. With sufficient credits to receive his bachelor’s degree this spring, he plans to pursue a master’s degree in public policy this fall.
Adults and children alike seem to have an innate visual ability to detect snakes and spiders, according to research by...
A trio of hackers led by a University doctoral student in computer engineering has cracked the security code of a...
Where we fall on the political spectrum may be more than the result of rational thought. Political ideologies appear to...
Few things in sports rank up there with an undefeated season. Except, maybe, having hometown fans set an attendance record...
He became the fifth Cavalier to score 2,000 points (2,062), and he is the only player in ACC history to have 2,000 career points, 500 career assists, 400 career rebounds and 200 career steals.
It comes as little surprise that O’Leary would tackle an issue like Katrina relief with such energy. She played volleyball at U.Va. as a first- and second-year, then joined the softball team. She saw time as a pitcher early in her career before becoming a full-time outfielder.
Freed has to play the role of mentor and psychologist, and on occasion she has to trot out to the circle and talk to a Cavalier pitcher, even though she hated when coaches did that to her as a player.
Patrick Kerney has a job with a simple description—get the quarterback.
They have no coaches. They have little money. And they have no adequate University practice facilities. But the men’s and women’s squash teams at U.Va. have lots of spunk and talent, judging from national championships they brought home from a tournament at Harvard in February.
Cromer (Col ’02, Grad ’03) was an All-American at U.Va., and visions of standing on the winners’ podium at the Olympics bring a smile to her face.
Prum began playing professional paintball—where two teams play capture-the-flag by shooting at each other on a battlefield of inflated bunkers—his second year at U.Va. After graduating, he plans to move to San Diego to work for KEE Action Sports, one of his team’s sponsors.
The name may be different, but the mission remains the same.
And online opportunities and a new...
Identifying options and setting realistic goals should be a regular exercise for every professional, no matter where you are...
The center, located on two acres on Maury Avenue, is scheduled for completion by the beginning of the 2009 fall semester.
The International Media Wall displays news, sports and cultural programs from other countries on four screens in Alderman Library....
Just Enough Anxiety: The Hidden Driver of Business Success Robert H. Rosen (Col ’77) The Penguin Group We’re told...
Sparky’s Flaw is a classic story of a high school garage band made good, and is as homegrown as they come.
Since 2006, Mason has been using his skills with a camera to capture the spirit and color of Carnival in Cape Town.
A leading authority on the history of civil rights law, U.Va. law professor Michael J. Klarman won the 2005 Bancroft Prize for his book From Jim Crow to Civil Rights.
Who’s Buried Where?
Living just north of the University cemetery, on the other side of the creek, I...
College students have historically been dismissed as unreliable by pundits and political advisers. At the polls, their numbers tend to be disappointingly low. But these students are clearly not the fickle supporters that political strategists have assumed.
Nowhere has news of what was, by all accounts, one of the most anticipated transitions of power been received with more yawning than in Cuba itself.
After Faulkner arrived on Grounds, his "observations on ‘Virginia snobs’ caused somewhat of a sensation," wrote Virginius Dabney in Mr. Jefferson’s University. "He liked the state, he said, ‘because Virginians are all snobs and I like snobs.’"