September A&S Online

Rethinking the War on Cancer
Chemistry professor aims to make cancer manageable.

Confronting a Crisis
Politics professor receives grant to address major health-policy issues facing the U.S.

Not Joking Around
Anthropology students look for greater meaning in common jokes.

High Drama
Students test their problem-solving and collaboration skills in drama class.

Did You Know?

U.Va. has attracted its most diverse entering class ever: 443 Asian Pacific-Americans (up from 374 last year); 303 African-Americans (up from 280); 203 Hispanics (up from 125); 212 foreign nationals (up from 189); and 27 Native Americans (up from seven).


Of Special Note

  • Read Dean Meredith Woo’s latest blog entry, a welcome message to parents of incoming students.
  • History professor Julian Bond received the highest honor given by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Spingarn Medal, at its annual convention.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove has received the 2009 Capri Prize for her widely praised new book, Sonata Mulattica.
  • Commonwealth Professor of Spanish David T. Gies—vice president of the International Association of Hispanists, the world’s largest organization of Spanish and Latin American scholars—has been named to the prize committee of this year’s Premio Cervantes, the Hispanic equivalent of the Nobel Prize in Literature. The deliberations and announcement will take place in November, with an awards presentation planned for April 2010.