Winter 2006

Winter 2006
Reflections of a Survivor

Reflections of a Survivor

Movie conjures warm—and wrenching—memories for Mary Jane Tolley

We Are Marshall, based on a 1960 plane crash that claimed the lives of Marshall University's football team, brings many emotions to the surface again for Mary Jane Tolley (Educ '66), whose husband, Rick Tolley (Educ '64), was the team's head football coach.

Into Africa

Into Africa

Lessons in cultural immersion

Seduced long ago by a lion's roar, environmental sciences professor Bob Swap introduces a new generation of students to a complex and changing Africa.

The Experts

The Experts

Alumni tell us how it's done

From training dogs to picking stocks, UVA graduates share advice on a variety of topics.

Scripting History

Scripting History

Culture wars challenge historical museums

How do sites like Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello—even UVA—strike a balance between entertaining tourists and educating them? Anthropology professor Richard Handler and other scholars weigh in.

University Digest

Taking it to the Streets

Taking it to the Streets

An undergraduate looks for causes of high participation in European democracy and points to better candidates as a possible solution to low turnout in domestic elections.

Early No More

Early No More

The University ends its early-decision program on the basis of evidence that the program is in conflict with efforts to make a UVA education accessible to low-income students.

Ready or Not

Ready or Not

Emily Hesaltine addresses flaws in the Department of Homeland Security's emergency preparedness website with a site of her own.

Tempest in an Ink Well

Tempest in an Ink Well

Comics in the 'Cavalier Daily' lead to a national controversy and questions about free speech.

Open to Anomalies

Open to Anomalies

The Society for Scientific Exploration provides a forum for discussion of theories that mainstream scientific journals refuse to touch—from dowsing to UFOs.

Lessons in Democracy

Lessons in Democracy

The International Youth Democracy Summit gives students the opportunity to engage with the American tradition of democracy.

Sports

Heartfelt Gesture

Heartfelt Gesture

A UVA grad and professional lacrosse player turns a losing season into a chance to do good.

Arts

More Departments

Almost All Air

Almost All Air

UVA scientists led by Professor Pamela M. Norris research aerogels, solids that are 98 percent air.

Naming Evil

Naming Evil

Professor Jennifer Geddes analyzes the use of the word "evil" in a forthcoming book.

Snap Judgments

Snap Judgments

The Implicit Association Test, developed by a team including UVA psychology professor Brian Nosek, shows the influence of unconscious attitudes on behavior.

Tight Quarters

Tight Quarters

A brief look at rules and regulations concerning student life in 1847.

Dorm Chic

Dorm Chic

Current students talk about the money and effort involved in making a dorm room a personalized space.