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Other initiatives capitalize on the University's leadership in the use of technology to study the humanities. The Virginia Center for Digital History, a pioneer in providing primary source material via the Web, received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to publish an extensive archive of historical material collected by the rural Eastern Shore Public Library in Accomac. The collection, which includes historic maps, manuscripts, photographs, newspaper archives, promotional pamphlets, travelers' accounts, and other documents, reveals the ways the railroad changed the culture and environment of the Chesapeake Bay region, opening faraway markets for watermen and farmers and boosting a new industry: tourism. The material will be useful to everyone from elementary school students to professional historians. To view these and other VCDH projects online, visit

University faculty are shaping the underlying technology that makes such archives possible. Computer science professor David Luebke and his students are collaborating with partners at the University of North Carolina on a laser-range scanner capable of producing a three-dimensional image of a room that is accurate down to the square centimeter. They have used the scanner to create an image of Thomas Jefferson's library at Monticello that was part of "Jefferson's America and Napoleon's France," an exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art commemorating the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase. Each scan of Monticello is made up of 10 million data points, so their challenge was to develop software that can organize and display the information fast enough for an interactive display. More information on this work, which has received funding from the National Science Foundation, can be seen at
  Improving Schools and School Systems
Founded by one of the nation's early champions of general education, the University is engaged in a number of efforts to improve K-12 learning across the Commonwealth and across the country. In the Curry School of Education, professors Mary Landrum (Curry '86, Graduate Arts and Sciences '90) and Carolyn Callahan are heading a project that will help economically disadvantaged, minority, and rural gifted learners gain access to challenging academic programs. Called LOGgED On and armed with a new $1 million federal grant, the Curry project is developing not only advanced online courses for students, but also online professional training for local educators.

This past summer, the Curry School and the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration joined forces to help educational administrators gain the skills they need to manage complex organizations. In July, the Curry-Darden Partnership for Leaders in Education offered its first program to senior administrators from the Broward and Palm Beach County school districts in Florida. The program was made possible by the initiative and support of Mark Templeton (Darden '78), a Darden School Foundation trustee and chief executive officer of Fort Lauderdale-based Citrix Systems.

  Computer science professor David Luebke used technology he developed to re-create Thomas Jefferson's library at Monticello.
School systems present management challenges as daunting as those in the corporate world. The Palm Beach County school district, for example, is a $2.4 billion-a-year operation that comprises 156 schools, 28,530 employees, 161,000 students, a network of 44,000 computers, a fleet of 580 buses, and dining services that provide 121,000 meals a day. Curry and Darden recognize that the administrators who oversee these systems need advanced executive education on a par with programs offered to business leaders. The new partnership will fulfill this need.
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