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“We wish to establish in the upper and healthier country, and more centrally for the state, a University on a plan so broad and liberal and modern, as to be worth patronizing with the public support.”
The University of Virginia was chartered by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1819 and is one of a select group of 62 American and Canadian universities chosen for membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. The University of Virginia is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, graduate, first professional, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Virginia.
Professional degree programs at the University of Virginia hold the following accreditations. The Master of Landscape Architecture is accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board. The Master of Architecture is accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board. The Urban and Environmental Planning degree program is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. The following Curry School of Education programs are accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council: Teacher Education, Administration and Supervision, and Reading. In addition, individual program specializations within the Curry School are accredited by such organizations as the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, and the American Psychological Association. The undergraduate and graduate programs in Business and in Accounting at the McIntire School of Commerce and the MBA program in the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association. The following Bachelor of Science degree programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science are accredited by American Board for Engineering and Technology : Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Systems Engineering. The School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Virginia State Board of Nursing. The M.D. degree in the School of Medicine is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (representing the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges). The Masters of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.
A member of the highly competitive Atlantic Coast Conference, Virginia fields twelve intercollegiate sports for men and thirteen for women.
Virginia Athletics 2011-12
Virginia had another successful year of athletic competition in 2011-12. Teams or individuals in twenty-two of Virginia’s twenty-five sports advanced to postseason competition in 2011-12 highlighted by the rowing team’s second NCAA Championship in three years. It’s the fourth NCAA Championship for the Virginia athletics program in the last three years. Other top finishes in NCAA postseason competition by U.Va. athletics teams in 2011-12 included a second place finish in the NCAA Tournament by the men’s tennis team and a fourth place finish at the NCAA Championships by the women’s golf team. The rowing team’s varsity eight crew won the NCAA Championship in that event and the women’s cross country team won the NCAA Southeast Regional title for the third time in the last four years. Men’s tennis player Mitchell Frank won the singles championship at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) All-American Tournament and National Indoor Tournament. Twenty of the program’s twenty-five sports were ranked nationally in the Top 25 during their respective seasons.
Virginia won four Atlantic Coast Conference Championships in 2011-12 and has now won fifty-one ACC Championships in the last ten years. U.Va. won ACC Championships in rowing (twelfth in thirteen years), men’s swimming and diving (fifth consecutive and thirteenth in fourteen years), women’s swimming and diving (fifth consecutive) and men’s tennis (sixth consecutive and eighth in the last nine years).
Three Virginia coaches earned ACC Coach of the Year Awards in 2011-12, including Mike London (football), Kevin Sauer (rowing), and Brian Boland (men’s tennis). Sauer was also named the National and South Region Coach of the Year by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association and London was honored as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Grant Teaff National Coach of the Year. In addition, Tony Bennett was named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association District III Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year and Jason Vigilante was named the Southeast Region Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. Men’s tennis associate coach Andres Pedroso was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Atlantic Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year, and women’s tennis assistant coach Troy Porco was named the ITA’s Atlantic Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year.
Women’s soccer player Morgan Brian was Soccer America’s Freshman of the Year and men’s tennis player Mitchell Frank was the ITA National Rookie of the Year. Football player Chase Minnifield received the Pop Warner National College Football Award as that organization’s Player of the Year, and men’s lacrosse player Steele Stanwick received the Jack Turnbull Award from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association as the top collegiate attackman in the nation.
Among the Virginia student-athletes earning some form of ACC Player of the Year honors in their respective sports in 2011-12 were Morgan Brian (women’s soccer, Freshman of the Year), Mitchell Frank (men’s tennis, Freshman of the Year), Jarmere Jenkins (men’s tennis, Player of the Year), Denny McCarthy (men’s golf, Freshman of the Year), Steele Stanwick (men’s lacrosse, Offensive Player of the Year). and Ellen Williamson (women’s swimming and diving, Freshman of the Year). The rowing team’s varsity eight crew of coxswain Sidney Thorsten, Keziah Beall, Martha Kuzzy, Kristine O’Brien, Sarah Cowburn, Fiona Schlesinger, Susanne Grainger, Hemingway Benton, and Carli Goldberg was the ACC Crew of the Year. The men’s track and field team’s Nick Vena was selected as the Most Valuable Field Performer during the ACC Outdoor Championships.
Virginia’s intercollegiate athletics teams won 64.7 percent of their contests in 2011-12. U.Va.’s teams compiled an overall record of 264-143-4.
Virginia’s Kelly Flynn (women’s swimming and diving), Rachel Jennings (field hockey), and Maggie Kistner (women’s soccer) received Weaver-James-Corrigan postgraduate scholarships from the ACC, and Lindsey Hardenbergh (women’s tennis) received a Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Award.
Virginia’s David Karasek (men’s swimming and diving) and Matt Snyder (wrestling) were named ACC Scholar-Athletes of the Year in their respective sports. Sarah Borchelt (rowing) was a Capital One First-Team Academic All-American as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), and Snyder was a third-team Academic All-America selection.
The University offers graduate and first-professional degrees through ten of its 11 schools. Of the 21,000 students enrolled at the University, over 6,500 are students in a graduate or first-professional (law and medicine) degree program. UVa offers 84 master’s degrees in 67 fields, 57 doctoral degrees in 55 fields, six education specialist degrees, and first-professional degrees in law and medicine. UVa is one of the top universities in the nation, ranked twenty-fifth overall - and second among public institutions - by U.S. News & World Report and with 38 fields, departments, or schools ranked in the top 25 for graduate study. In 2011, the University conferred more than 1,600 master’s degrees, 420 doctoral degrees, and more than 500 first-professional degrees.
The University places a high premium on collaborative, cross-border, and inter- and multi-disciplinary inquiry, scholarship, and research. Through centers, programs and initiatives like the nanoSTAR Institute, and OpenGrounds graduate students and faculty from across the institution are bringing their respective expertise to bear on the complex questions facing society.
The University recently demonstrated its ongoing commitment to graduate studies by announcing its intention to build an endowment for graduate education as part of its current capital campaign. In addition, numerous programs have been developed to support graduate student research and to encourage cross-disciplinary collaborations. Summer research fellowships for students in the Arts Humanities and Social Sciences provide up to $5,000 each for students conducting preliminary or exploratory dissertation research. Impactful, problem-based research in the sciences is fostered through fellowships for students conducting research in the areas of Sustainability and Energy. The University also supports students who have been successful in receiving federally funded grants by providing fellowship supplements to cover the entirety of their tuition and health insurance.
In 2005, the University’s board of visitors allocated resources to create Graduate Student Diversity Programs within the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR). This unit exists to enhance the diversity of the graduate student population, create a culture of support, and serve as a resource for administration, faculty, staff, and graduate students on matters of diversity. In addition, the office coordinates recruitment and retention efforts across the University’s ten graduate and first professional schools, supports graduate student organizations, and serves as a liaison between UVa and minority-serving institutions. In 2007, the University’s commitment to graduate student diversity was recognized when it received the Council of Graduate Schools/Peterson’s Award for Innovation in Promoting an Inclusive Graduate Community.
The University is also committed to the professional development of its graduate students. It seeks to assist graduate students with decision-making and planning for career pursuits within and beyond academe by providing advising services, workshops and other programs, and referrals to up-to-date electronic and print resources. Through the Teaching Resource Center, the University also supports Tomorrow’s Professor Today (TPT). Designed to facilitate the transition from student to academic professional, the TPT program focuses on improving preparedness in three key areas-teaching, professional development, and adjustment to a university career.
More detailed information about graduate studies at the University is available on-line from the Office of the Vice President for Research, www.virginia.edu/vpr/gradstudies, by e-mailing email@example.com, or by calling (434) 243-4014.
The University of Virginia, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, is a vigorous, modern institution, animated by the forward-looking spirit of its founder, Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson’s powerful convictions–the idea that the university exists to train young people for public service and the belief that the liberal arts constitute the foundation for any education–continue to inspire its students and faculty and guide the development of its programs.
Jefferson was a man of many talents, and he expressed them fully in founding the University of Virginia in 1819; he outlined the institution’s purpose, designed its buildings, supervised construction, and planned its curriculum. He also directed the recruitment of its initial faculty.
When classes began in 1825, with 68 students and a faculty of eight, the University of Virginia embodied dramatic new ideas in American higher education. In an era when colleges trained scholars for the clergy and academia, Jefferson dedicated his University to the education of citizens in practical affairs and public service. The innovative curriculum permitted the student a broader range of study than was available at other colleges and universities of the day, and Jefferson implemented novel ideas concerning student self-government and religious freedom.
Information Technology Services Facilities
Information Technology Services (ITS) (its.virginia.edu) provides a full range of central information technology services for most sections of the University, as well as the networking backbone services and telephone system for the entire University; ITS supports U.Va.’s instructional, research, and administrative activities by facilitating communication and transmission of information for all University departments.
ITS provides services to faculty, staff, and students including: access to the Internet and the U.Va. network; centralized email, calendaring, file storage, and other computing accounts; UVaCollab, the on-line course management and collaboration system; the UVa Hive, a virtualized software delivery system; general-purpose UNIX servers and high-performance computing clusters for support of computational research; and Web servers supporting user-published content. ITS also supports the Integrated System for Finance, Human Resources, and Student Information.
Collaboration spaces in many University buildings include features such as comfortable chairs, wireless/wired Internet access, multiple power outlets, and loaner computing accessories to enhance collaborations; one public computing lab located on Grounds offers access to specialized academic software packages that are not available virtually. For-fee printing around Grounds is provided by Printing and Copying Services. Wireless access is provided in the majority of student residence complexes, in the libraries, on the Lawn, and in most classrooms. Most student housing is also hardwired for Internet access.
Faculty, staff, and students may download software, most at no cost, including licensed, self-updating antivirus software, from its.virginia.edu/central. Undergraduate and graduate students may also purchase the latest version of the Microsoft Office® suite and Windows operating system at a substantial savings through U.Va.’s Campus Agreement with Microsoft (its.virginia.edu/software/mslicenses/).
The U.Va. Help Desk (434-924-HELP; its.virginia.edu/helpdesk/) is the primary source of technical computing support and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Additional information about services provided by ITS, along with training and documentation, may be found on ITSWeb (its.virginia.edu/services).
Public Service and Engagement
The University of Virginia’s mission extends beyond the lives of its students, faculty, and staff to the surrounding community, the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world. From professional development for elementary and secondary school teachers to leadership training for local governing bodies across Virginia, the University is committed to sharing its resources of expertise and scholarship in ways that improve the well-being of individuals and communities. OutreachVirginia ( www.virginia.edu/outreachvirginia), an interactive, searchable database and web site, provides extensive information on more than 480 University public service programs.
Through a bachelor’s degree program designed specifically for part-time, adult students in Central, Northern, and Eastern Virginia and educational seminars, short courses, and graduate degree programs offered through regional centers across the state, the University continues to expand access to higher education while maintaining its tradition of academic excellence. Telemedicine programs and screening clinics provide residents in rural areas of the Commonwealth with access to both basic and specialized health care. Mentoring and tutoring programs help local area youth to achieve more through educational opportunities. Programs in all of the schools reflect a similar dedication to enhancing the quality of public life in Virginia and beyond.
Students, faculty, and staff exemplify the institution’s commitment to service. In 2011-2012, over 3,300 students volunteered each week during the regular academic session, giving over 110,000 hours of their time, representing 2.2 million dollars of service. Over 1,000 UVa employees contributed hours of service through the 2011 United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring, a community-wide effort to foster volunteer service in Charlottesville and surrounding counties. In 2011, over 3,900 staff and faculty contributed more than $982,000 to the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign to support charitable organizations in the Commonwealth and around the world. For several years, the Corporation for National and Community Service named the University of Virginia to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Through the Jefferson Public Citizens program, over 80 students completed local or international academic public service projects spanning eight different countries.
Additional information about public service and outreach initiatives and community relations at the University of Virginia is available by contacting a member of the Community Engagement Network: http://www.virginia.edu/provost/public/cen.html.
U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks the University of Virginia as one of the nation’s top institutions. In the 13 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No.2. U.Va. remains tied for second among all public universities and is tied for 25th among all universities, both public and private. U.S. News also ranked the McIntire School of Commerce fifth nationally, up one from the previous year.
In the U.S. News graduate rankings for 2012, several U.Va. graduate schools and graduate programs are among the nation’s best. The School of Law led the University’s rankings at No. 10. The law school’s international law program ranked No. 9, and its tax law program ranked No. 9. The School of Medicine was ranked No. 22 for research and No. 20 in primary care. The Engineering School came in at No. 39, and its biomedical engineering program ranked No. 19.The Curry School of Education ranked No. 22, and had four programs highlighted: special education (No. 6), secondary education (No. 11), education policy (No. 11) and administration/supervision (No. 12).
In its 2011 rankings Business Week magazine ranked the McIntire School second among the nation’s best undergraduate business programs.
The Princeton Review and USA Today ranked the University first among public institutions in its January 2011 list of “Best Value Colleges” for the third year in a row. U.Va. retained its No. 3 ranking for the fifth time in six years in the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” list, published by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. For the past 16 years, U.Va. has led the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education’s annual rankings of African-American graduation rates.
Noted for its world-class research capabilities, the University of Virginia is engaged in a wide range of research in medicine, engineering, and the arts and sciences. Cutting-edge research and scholarship by the University’s outstanding faculty bring opportunities to learn about the latest advances in the classroom as well as the ability to become involved in research work in many fields.
Research is an integral part of the educational process at the University. Opportunities to participate in research are available for both graduates and undergraduates and may result in published papers for graduate and some undergraduate students.
Since 1946, students and faculty of the University of Virginia have benefited from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), a consortium of colleges and universities and a management and operating contractor for the United States Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, and faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines including business, earth sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry, and mathematics.
A distinct feature of the University’s research community is the extent to which it fosters interdisciplinary research. A number of research centers and institutes have been established in recent years to facilitate collaboration among faculty from different academic units who have common research interests and objectives. One outcome of this interdisciplinary emphasis has been the growth of dual academic programs leading to dual degrees.
Exciting research is undertaken jointly by faculty from both engineering and medicine in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Program in Engineering Physics. Other engineering faculty have research ties with faculty in environmental sciences, physics, and other fields. Faculty in medicine and biology work closely on a variety of research projects, as do those in physics and chemistry.
Research collaborations are common among non-scientists as well. Faculty from the schools of law and business have launched a center jointly with faculty in psychology. Professors in business and various humanities departments bring their separate viewpoints and research strategies to bear on common issues. Interdisciplinary research provides opportunities for shared use of facilities and for synergism in research efforts and augmented funding.
In fiscal year 2010-2011, research at the University was supported by over 1987 separate awards totaling over $338 million dollars from federal and state agencies, industry, and foundations. This represents an increase of over 31% from ten years ago, and reflects the University’s growing research stature and prominence.
The University demonstrates its commitment to research by providing internal financial funding in certain circumstances. The University provides funding for particularly meritorious research which might otherwise have brief funding interruptions, thus maintaining continuity in important, ongoing projects. Through the Bankard Foundation endowment, year-long research grants support research in political economy. Another program provides grants for faculty research in the humanities and social sciences.
The knowledge being disseminated and the technology being developed today at the University of Virginia will play a vital role in how we live in the future. More detailed information about research and funding at the University is available on-line from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, www.virginia.edu/vprgs.
The Honor System is one of the University’s oldest and most venerated traditions. Based on the fundamental assumption that anyone who enrolls at the University subscribes to a code of ethics forbidding lying, cheating, and stealing. The Honor System allows students the kind of personal freedom possible only in an environment where respect and trust are presumed. If a student violates the Honor Code, he or she cannot remain a member of the University community, and is not entitled to receive or hold a degree from the University of Virginia. For more than 160 years this system has been administered by students.
The University contributes to Charlottesville’s lively arts scene with a wide range of events sponsored by academic departments and student groups.
Music events include concerts by faculty and student groups and performances and master classes by visiting artists. John Paul Jones Arena has hosted performances by Dave Matthews Band, Kenny Chesney, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, Cirque du Soleil, Jimmy Buffett and many others in just four years of operation.
The Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds comprises the drama building, Ruffin Hall for studio art, and the Hunter Smith Building for the Cavalier Marching Band, as well as the Fralin Museum of Art.
The Fralin Museum of Art houses broad-ranging art collections that are supplemented by frequent visiting shows. The museum sponsors public talks and receptions and conducts an outreach program for K-12 students. Ruffin Hall, the studio art building, features student and faculty shows, and the art department sponsors public talks as well. The drama department presents productions year-round in the Culbreth and Helms theatres, including drama, musicals, small workshop productions and dance performances. Every fall, the Virginia Film Festival sponsors movie premieres and classics and discussions by actors, directors, producers and academics, all surrounding a theme that changes annually, and spring’s Virginia Festival of the Book features signings and talks by novelists, poets, writers of non-fiction and representatives of the publishing industry.
The Charlottesville Community
Each year, the area attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists who come to see the Grounds of the University, visit the homes of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe, tour local wineries, and hike through the Shenandoah National Park, just 20 miles west in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Charlottesville has long-standing traditions, including spring’s Dogwood Festival and New Year’s Eve’s First Night Virginia. Foxfield Races take place in the spring and fall, and every spring, runners in the Charlottesville Ten-Miler rush through town toward the finish line at University Hall.
A pedestrian mall downtown offers locally owned restaurants and shops, art galleries, movies and live theater, and a steady line-up of live music performance.in a historic section of the city. Fridays After Five is a series of free summer concerts at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion at the east end of the Downtown Mall, and nationally known groups also perform there. Saturdays April through November find crowds at the nearby City Market, where local fresh food and crafts are on sale.
In the Court Square area, lawyers and business people occupy offices in buildings dating back to the 1700s.
Charlottesville is located 120 miles from Washington, D.C., and seventy miles from Richmond. The Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO), a non-hub, commercial service airport, offers more than fifty daily non-stop flights to and from Charlotte, Philadelphia, New York/LaGuardia, Washington/Dulles, Atlanta, and Chicago. CHO is served by Delta Connection, United Express, American Eagle, and US Airways Express. Major highways convenient to the city include Interstate 64 and U.S. Route 29. Nationwide bus and railway service for passengers and freight is provided by Greyhound, AMTRAK, Norfolk Southern, and the CSX Corporation. The Charlottesville Area Transit service and the University Transit Service provide bus service on Grounds and around the city, free for University students, faculty, and staff. Visitors to the University are always welcome. On-street parking is limited, so visitors are encouraged to park at the paid hourly Central Grounds Parking Garage off Emmet Street.
Maps of the University are available for visitors online at www.virginia.edu/Map/.
The University relies on faculty for strong intellectual and creative leadership. The world looks to higher education, with its scholarship, research and innovation, for solutions to the complex issues society faces now and in the future. The research and discovery process, which is central to U.Va.’s educational initiatives, is guided by faculty whose common goal is to add to the store of knowledge and advance the research enterprise, for the benefit of all society.
In 2009–10, the University launched a number of institutes and centers to promote multidisciplinary research and education. The Center on Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness, a joint venture of the Batten and Curry schools, brings together faculty from education, public policy, sociology, economics and law. They will collaborate on research to increase the availability and quality of early childhood education, enhance teacher effectiveness and increase college attendance, particularly among low-income and underrepresented groups. The center director is James Wyckoff, professor of education at the Curry School and an economist noted for educational policy research.
The Asia Institute builds on the University’s substantial resources in Asian studies, which span language studies, the humanities, and the social sciences. The creation of the institute formalizes and unifies existing initiatives that include the activities of the Tibet, East and South Asia Centers, and the Asian Pacific American Studies program.
To develop a long-term plan for multidisciplinary research, the Office of the Vice President for Research has assembled V-RISE (Virginia-Research, Innovation, Science, Engineering). “The University’s long-term investment in the core sciences, in the arts and humanities, in engineering and in medicine and health, is a powerful force for creating positive societal change in Virginia and for the national and global economy,” said Thomas Skalak, vice president for research.
Faculty scholarship and research are shared beyond the University through publishing results in journals and databases, working on joint projects with colleagues at other institutions, serving on national policymaking bodies, forming collaborative partnerships with corporations and other organizations and participating in conferences on public and academic issues.
Martin Wu, assistant professor of biology, is one of the scientists who contributed to the genomic encyclopedia recently established by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute. Bacteria play a fundamental role in everything from human health to the biosphere, yet researchers have sequenced the genomes of just a tiny fraction of the 150 million species. Wu and his colleagues are contributing newly sequenced genomes to this database to create a more balanced catalog of the diversity of genomes present on the planet, which in turn will broaden the study of bacterial life.
Timothy Beatley, the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities in the School of Architecture, has written extensively on sustainability and green cities. He is now turning to film to introduce his ideas to a wider audience. Working with Boulder, Colorado–based filmmaker Chuck Davis, he produced a documentary called The Nature of Cities, which shows how the built environment and nature can work together to sustain and rejuvenate life.
Several faculty members serve on professional boards and policymaking bodies. In May 2010, President Obama appointed John D. Arras, the Porterfield Professor of Biomedical Ethics and professor of philosophy, to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Arras has published extensively on such topics as physician-assisted suicide, the ethical dilemmas raised by public health catastrophes, and the conduct of international drug trials.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius appointed School of Medicine Vice President and Dean Steven T. DeKosky, M.D., to the National Institutes of Health National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NACCAM). Dr. DeKosky led the 2000–08 Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory Study and studies the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
James Aylor, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Louis T. Rader Professor of Electrical Engineering, was appointed a director on the Engineering Deans Council of the American Society of Engineering Education. The council meets to assess and recommend policies affecting the overall administration of accredited engineering institutions.
Over the past five years, U.Va. researchers have reported the invention of 885 new technologies, 302 of which have been licensed to companies and institutions for further development. The University is now reaching out to other stakeholders to help drive this process of research and development. Construction began in Prince George County on Crosspointe, the largest Rolls-Royce manufacturing facility built from the ground up in the United States. Cross-pointe will house the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, a joint research center supported by the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, the Commonwealth of Virginia and Rolls-Royce. Engineering School research in coatings, corrosion and magnetic bearings will be applied to improve jet engine technology development at the facility.
In Bedford, Virginia, construction is under way on the new Center for Advanced Engineering Research (CAER), which will focus on nuclear energy research and distance education. The engineering school and other collaborators such as nuclear power company AREVA and Virginia Tech proposed the research agenda for the center and sponsored the Center for Safe and Secure Nuclear Energy, to be housed at CAER. The Virginia Tobacco Commission provided $7.6 million to build the facility.
The University hosted its second annual Venture Summit in March 2010, attracting venture capitalists who represent roughly $20 billion in capital. The summit highlighted the need for innovation in such areas as energy, water and mobile information technology. Faculty and students presented their start-up companies, networked and discussed research funding. This event showcases U.Va.’s position as a destination for technology-based ventures and connects investors with researchers who generate innovative ideas for new processes, products and technology.
The appointment of W. Mark Crowell as the first executive director of innovation partnerships underscores the University’s commitment to corporate, private and government partnerships. Crowell, former vice president for business development at the Scripps Research Institute, will build partnerships to enhance licensing, entrepreneurship and commercialization at U.Va.
Kevin Janes, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, received multiple honors this past year. He was one of 55 engineers and scientists to receive a 2009 National Institutes of Health New Innovator Award. And he received a Packard Fellowship, which allows promising professors to pursue science and engineering research early in their careers. Janes uses a systems approach to study the signaling processes within cells, research that could lead to new diagnostic techniques and improved treatments for a variety of cancers.
Assistant Professor Randy Jones, another faculty member at the beginning of his career, received a three-year Nurse Faculty Scholar award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Jones is devising a protocol to help patients with advanced-stage disease make better decisions about treatments that affect their quality of life.
Linda Columbus, assistant professor of chemistry, received a National Institutes of Health grant along with a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development award to support her study of the membrane proteins that serve as gatekeepers for cells.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science Kamin Whitehouse received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for a project that will make it easier for scientists and engineers to sense and manipulate the physical world with small wireless devices. This work will enable unprecedented data collection for environmental, agricultural and social sciences. The project’s outcome will be a new software paradigm called Macrolab that will enable hundreds or thousands of sensors and actuators to be programmed and deployed while requiring novice users to write only a few lines of code.
Karen Van Lengen, the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Architecture, was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. Van Lengen, who was the school’s dean from 1999 to 2009, is known for her research on sound, communication and the built environment.
Michael Menaker, Commonwealth Professor of Biology, was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He was cited for his pioneering work on the circadian rhythms that regulate the function of virtually all living things.
The University’s creative writing program has long been considered one of the best in the nation, ranking third among all full-residency programs by Poets & Writers magazine. Deborah Eisenberg, a short-story writer and English professor, was among the 24 creative individuals singled out to receive a 2009 MacArthur Fellowship, the so-called genius grant. The award will allow her to reserve more of her time for writing. Her latest collection of short stories is Twilight of the Superheroes.
Three faculty members were elected this year to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences—John C. Jeffries, Jr., David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law; Dean of the School of Law Paul G. Mahoney, David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law and the Arnold Leon Professor of Law; and Gerald L. Clore, Commonwealth Professor of Psychology.
David Grissmer and Andrew Mashburn, two research scientists at the Curry School, received a federal stimulus grant distributed by the National Institutes of Health to study the connection between fine motor skills and the development of mathematical skills.
The School of Law received a grant to study recent changes to state mental health law recommended by a commission formed after the 2007 Virginia Tech tragedy. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation directed the funds to a team led by Richard Bonnie, the Harrison Foundation Professor of Medicine and Law and the Hunton & Williams Professor of Law. The team’s findings will help improve the implementation and positive impact of the Health Care Decisions Act, and will be disseminated nationally.
In the Engineering School, Sudhanva Gurmuirthi, assistant professor of computer science, joined a multiuniversity team that won a $1 million Google Focused Research Award to conduct research on creating energy-efficient Internet data centers. Without improvements in efficiency, data centers in the United States are expected to consume more than 100 billion kilowatt hours annually in 2011.
The Honor System is one of the University’s oldest and most venerated traditions. Based on the fundamental assumption that anyone who enrolls at the University subscribes to a code of ethics forbidding lying, cheating, and stealing, the Honor System allows students the kind of personal freedom possible only in an environment where respect and trust are presumed. If a student violates the Honor Code, he or she cannot remain a member of the University community, and is not entitled to receive or hold a degree from the University of Virginia. For more than 160 years this system has been administered by students.
The University Grounds
Jefferson chose an undeveloped plot of land on the edge of Charlottesville on which to locate the University of Virginia. Jefferson was a skillful architect, a consummate builder, and an inveterate tinkerer. His belief in public service, his respect for the achievements of the past, and his sense of balance and proportion are expressed in the buildings he designed for his “academical village.”
This educational community was built around a rectangular, terraced green–the Lawn–flanked by two continuous rows of identical, one-story rooms. These rows are accented by large buildings, the Pavilions, each in a different style. Both the rooms and the Pavilions open onto a colonnaded walkway fronting the Lawn. Behind each of the two rows of buildings are public gardens delineated by serpentine brick walls and backed by yet another set of rooms. The Rotunda, a half-scale model of the Roman Pantheon, closes off one end of the Lawn, while the south end was originally left open to a vista of the mountains.
The genius of Jefferson’s design is that it integrates housing for students and faculty as well as classroom and library space into a single unit. Students lived on the Lawn and in the outer two rows of rooms, known as the Ranges. Faculty members lived in the Pavilions, while the Rotunda held the library and classroom space.
Although the University has grown since Jefferson’s time, the Lawn remains the intellectual and spiritual heart of the Academical Village and serves much of its original purpose. Students who have made special contributions to the University are awarded a Lawn room in their fourth year; senior faculty and their families live in the Pavilions, where classes are also held; and graduate students live in the Ranges. The Rotunda’s oval rooms and the Dome Room are used for meetings of the Board of Visitors, dinners, and other ceremonial occasions, as well as for student activities.
The special grace and character of Jefferson’s design are widely recognized. As Ada Louise Huxtable noted in The New York Times, the University “is probably the single most beautiful and effective architectural group of its kind in the country, or in the history of American building.”In 1976, the American Institute of Architects proclaimed “the proudest achievement in American architecture in the past 200 years”; in 1987, the Lawn was named to the prestigious World Heritage List.
The University of Virginia Library
The University of Virginia libraries play an integral role in the University’s ability to maintain its standing as a top-ranked public institution of higher education. Fourteen libraries and a sophisticated on-line environment (www.lib.virginia.edu) serve the University’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs and are also open to the public and to scholars worldwide. The Library provides access to a rich array of digital and physical scholarly materials that include over 16 million manuscripts and archives, over 5 million print and digital books, over 100,000 journals, and hundreds of thousands of non-text materials such as images, audio, video, datasets, etc. Alderman Library houses materials in the social sciences and humanities together with the library’s depository collections of state, federal, and international documents; and the Scholars’ Lab, a technology center for the digital humanities. The Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library and its satellites (Astronomy, Biology/Psychology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics) serve the research needs of the University’s scientific community. The University’s world-renowned collection of manuscripts and rare books is located in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, in the same building where public programs and exhibits are hosted by the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture. Clemons Library is a 1500 seat facility open 24 hours a day/5 days a week, and contains video resources and technology in the Robertson Media Center. Additional collections and services are available in the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library, the Music Library, and the Curry School of Education. The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, the Camp Library in the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, and the Arthur J. Morris Law Library serve the University’s professional schools.
In addition to rich collections and generous hours, the Library system has a knowledgeable staff that contributes daily to the academic endeavor, from building innovative programs for the digital humanities to answering a research question texted by a student (434-260-1882). Librarians with subject expertise are available to collaborate with faculty on their research and teach students how best to use and evaluate information. The Scholars’ Lab, Digital Media Lab, and Scientific Data Consulting group offer specialized expertise and tools for technology-intense scholarship. In addition to face-to-face services, the University Library is increasingly focused on virtual services that maximize the use of web-accessible content, and ensure the preservation of born-digital material. Virgo (www.lib.virginia.edu/search) can be used to search the Library’s collections as well as on-line article content. The research portal (www.lib.virginia.edu/research) connects scholars with research databases, subject guides, and on-line help and instruction. Libra (www.lib.virginia.edu) is the University’s institutional repository where faculty and students can deposit their theses, dissertations, and articles.
Donald Black, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Arts and Sciences
David W. Breneman, B.A., Ph.D., Education
Robert M. Carey, B.S., M.D., M.A.C.P., Medicine, Harrison Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Dean Emeritus of the School of Medicine
James F. Childress, Religious Studies, John Allen Hollingsworth Professor of Ethics
Mark W. Edmundson, B.A., Ph.D., Arts and Sciences
Robert E. Freeman, B.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, Elis and Signe Olsson Professor of Business Administration K. Ian Grandison, B.S., M.L.A., Architecture and Arts and Sciences
Donald F. Hunt, B.S., Ph.D., Arts and Sciences
David J. Prior, B.A./B.S. (?); M.S., Ph.D., Biology, Chancellor of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise
Larry J. Sabato, B.A., D.Phil., Arts and Sciences, Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs
Michael Suarez, B.A., M.A., M.S., Arts and Sciences
Elizabeth H. Turner, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Arts and Sciences
Sarah E. Turner, B.A., Ph.D., Education and Economics
Haydn N. G. Wadley, B.S., Ph.D., Engineering and Applied Science, Edgar A. Starke, Jr., Research Professor of Materials Science
William A. Wulf, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Engineering and Applied Science, American Telephone and Telegraph Company Professor of Engineering and Applied Science