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Archive for 2004

Math and the Mona Lisa
December 25th, 2004 - (1 Comments)

Was Leonardo da Vinci aware that, in painting the Mona Lisa, he was using a mathematical formula commonly referred to as the “divine proportion?” Artist and physics professor Bulent Atalay (University of Mary Washington) top left suggests da Vinci consciously integrated many principles of math and science into his art, making the Mona Lisa a product of a […]

Rhythms of the Heart
December 18th, 2004 - (0 Comments)

Over two million Americans suffer from an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation and many of them are not even aware of it. Atrial fibrillation can decrease the heart’s pumping ability by 40-percent. Dr. Mike Mangrum (University of Virginia) says a new surgical procedure called catheter ablation offers the closest thing to a cure; patients can resume […]

Can U Rite?
December 11th, 2004 - (0 Comments)

The new version of the SAT coming out in Spring 2005 has a writing component. For the first time, students will be asked to compose an essay that colleges will use to evaluate their writing skills. In the world of high-stakes testing, writing professor Carl Whithaus (ODU) is concerned that this new part of the SAT […]

Strangers to Ourselves
December 4th, 2004 - (0 Comments)

It turns out that old cliché is true… Money can’t buy happiness. Social psychologist Timothy Wilson (University of Virginia) says studies show a person with close friends and a loving family is generally happier than someone who has won a million dollar lottery ticket. He says lottery winnings bring a temporary happiness while the pleasure of […]

Talking to Children about S-E-X
November 27th, 2004 - (0 Comments)

Although the rate of teen pregnancy is declining nationwide, the rate of sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, is exploding. Peer health educator Mary Sullivan (University of Virginia) offers some practical tips to help parents talk to their kids about s-e-x. Also featured: A study conducted by David Branch and Shaye Arluk (Old Dominion University) shows an alarming number of obese children […]

Writing Braveheart
November 20th, 2004 - (0 Comments)

The College of William & Mary figures in the newest novel by the author of Braveheart. In his latest book, Love & Honor, Virginia native Randall Wallace takes us to a W&M circa 1774 and discusses the art of historical fiction, working with Mel Gibson, and writing screenplays (Pearl Harbor, We Were Soldiers) for Hollywood. Also featured: Sharon Rowley of Christopher Newport University is […]

An Imperfect God
November 13th, 2004 - (0 Comments)

Early biographers of the nation’s first president left out the part where a young George Washington raffled off slave children to prevent his family’s financial collapse. But Washington began to see the moral evil of slavery during the Revolutionary War, and he set all of his slaves free in his will. Henry Wiencek’s recent book An Imperfect God traces […]

Hollywood’s Civil War
November 6th, 2004 - (0 Comments)

After watching more than 90 Hollywood movies depicting the Civil War, history professor Brian Wills (University of Virginia-Wise) can discuss the good and the bad, and the ugly films that never should have been made. Ironically, he considers Birth of a Nation one of the very best as well as one of the very worst depictions of […]

The ABC’s and Adoption
October 30th, 2004 - (0 Comments)

Adoption is no longer hush-hush…celebrities like Mia Farrow and politicians like German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder have helped make inter-country adoption just another way to build a family. But what happens when these children get to school and later start dating? Education professors, Ruth Lyn Meese (Longwood University) and Elizabeth Dore (Radford University) have explored that question from a […]

What Good Are Elections?
October 23rd, 2004 - (0 Comments)

With presidential politics heating up, Fred Damon (University of Virginia) takes a cool look at elections through the trained eye of an anthropologist—as an American ritual, deeply embedded in the culture and history of the United States. He argues, therefore, that it is not a practice that would necessarily work in other countries. Also featured: Bob Holsworth (Virginia […]