October 2005

Storm surge
U.Va. welcomes students displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Lawn party
Visitors get a U.Va.-style welcome.

Medicinal chemistry
Milton Brown’s lab synthesizes compounds that could someday manage pain or treat prostate cancer.

Fleeing ‘The O.C.’
Benjamin McKenzie (Foreign Affairs, Economics ’01) escapes typecasting.

Letter from a summer research trip to the Gulf of Mexico
U.Va. grad student Bill Gilhooly joined scientists from around the world to study the ocean floor and better understand the processes that cause earthquakes and form petroleum deposits.

Did You Know?

Of the 809 members of the College Class of 2005 who answered a survey about their plans, 26 percent were attending graduate, law, medical or veterinary school, and 33 percent were living in the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C., area.  Twenty were going into Teach for America, 15 into the military and 10 into the Peace Corps.


Of Special Note

Mark W. Edmundson, the Daniels Family NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor of Arts & Sciences and a member of the English department faculty, will speak at Fall Convocation on Oct. 21 at University Hall. Intermediate honors will be presented to the top 20 percent of students who earned at least 60 credits of course work at U.Va. during their first two years. A teacher for more than 25 years, Edmundson is the author of several books, including “Why Read?” and “Teacher: The One Who Made the Difference,” his two most recent books on education.

The Physics of Football

Just before last Saturday’s homecoming game against Duke, physics
professor Lou Bloomfield presented “The Physics of Football” to nearly 
200 alumni and friends of the University. You can listen to Bloomfield’s lecture online or download an audio file for your iPod or other MP3 player by selecting “September” and “2005” on the U.Va. podcast Web site.