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Volume 123, No. 72 Distribution 10,000 Serving the University of Virginia community since 1890 The WEEKEND Cavalier Daily Dai EDITION Thursday, February 14, 2013 Professor faces criminal investigation University Engineering Prof. Paul Allaire is currently facing a criminal investigation after police subpoenaed more than a decade’s worth of banking transactions leading them to suspect misuse of up to $1 million in University funds. Allaire is not currently facing arrest and no charges have been filed. The Wade Professor of Engineering and Biomedical Engineering has served as director of the University’s Rotating Machinery and Controls Laboratory for more than 10 years. Police suspect he may have used his position and the equipment he had access to for personal benefit. Police subpoenaed Allaire’s bank statements in January during their investigation, noting they suspected possible financial discrepancies. Police met with Senior Auditor Thomas Gorski of the University’s Internal Audit Department last November to discuss concerning findings in Dr. Allaire’s past financial activity. From the information gathered during those meetings, it was revealed that Allaire “openly and knowingly ... used University equipment and software to complete the analysis and review he sold for personal gain,” according to a search warrant issued against him. Police noted emails that they said demonstrated NEWS IN BRIEF Allaire’s intent to “divert business away” from the University laboratory to his own personal consulting company. “Being the Director of the very entity that he was ‘undercutting,’ it is unreasonable to believe that Mr. Allaire was unaware of the wrong he was doing,” the warrant said. The warrant estimated the amount of money Allaire has gained in the past decade to be between $700,000 and $1 million. U n i v e r s i t y s p o ke s p e r s o n McGregor McCance said Allaire currently remains employed as a professor at the University, though as the investigation is ongoing, he could not comment on any future actions the University might take. Allaire released a statement through his attorney, Jones and Green, LLP, Wednesday, saying he “vehemently denies recent reporting that he may have diverted money from the University.” Allaire is confident he has violated no laws or state or University regulations, according to the statement. —compiled by Emily Hutt U.Va. supports logistics effort Gov. McDonnell announces Virginia universities, industries to form collaborative research group By Alia Sharif Cavalier Daily Staff Writer Jenna Truong | Cavalier Daily Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Tuesday the University of Virginia will join several other institutions and businesses to form a collaborative partnership dedicated to enhancing logistics efforts across the state. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced in a press release Tuesday that the University, along with other Virginia colleges and industries, will be part of a new collaborative logistics program aimed to improve business and industry through joint research projects and resource sharing. The program, titled the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems, will bring together the University, Longwood University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Professor earns sciences award By Kaelyn Quinn Anita Jones, University professor emerita of computer science, was selected earlier this week to receive the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s highest distinction for her work in her field. AAAS gives this award annually “to either a public servant, in recognition of sustained exceptional contributions to Please see Logistics, Page A3 University Computer Science Prof. Emeritus Anita Jones will receive the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s highest honor later this month for her scientific and educational achievements. University computer science educator Anita Jones to accept AAAS highest honor, $5,000 reward Cavalier Daily Senior Writer State University. It will also work closely with officials from the private and public sector to develop new research and facilitate largescale flows of human, technological and financial capital. “Virginia is home to some of the nation’s top institutions of higher education,” Virgina Deputy Press Secretary Paul Shanks said in an email. “Gov. McDonnell believes that this strategic collaboration will produce significant positive economic results across the Commonwealth.” CCALS is modeled after the advancing science, or to a scientist whose career has been distinguished both for scientific achievement and for other notable services to the scientific community,” according to the organization’s website. Computer Science Department Chair Kevin Skadron said he sees the award as “primarily a recognition of the huge breadth of [Jones’s] impact, Please see Jones, Page A3 Courtesy University of Virginia Memorial honors alumnus Friends, faculty design letter exhibit to pay tribute to former Architecture student By Julia Horowitz Cavalier Daily Senior Writer Dillon Harding| Cavalier Daily A display of hanging letters in the Architecture School created by friends and family honors the life of University alumnus Blair Phillips. C D Members of the University community are joining together to celebrate the life of alumnus Blair Phillips, a 2011 School of Architecture graduate who died Jan. 19 in a skiing accident, with the creation of a memorial celebrating his enthusiasm, talent and warmth. The exhibit, now on display in Campbell Hall at the School of Architecture, contains hanging letters from friends and family alongside a photo slideshow and a poster. “The letters are coming in daily, and I look forward to seeing how it expands over the next few weeks,” close friend and Architecture alumna Sara Harper said. Harper, along with four of Phillips’ classmates from the Architecture Class of 2011, helped design the memorial the weekend they learned about the accident. Phillips, 24, died on Jan. 19 in Vail, Colo., after an unexpected stroke which resulted from an earlier fall on the slopes. Architecture Professor Earl Mark, who both taught Blair in a seminar setting and acted as his academic advisor, said he sees the memorial as a worthy testament to a student he deeply respected. “It was lovingly put together by his close friends,” Mark said. “They really thought very carefully about how to make it reflect what they felt for [him.] There’s a modesty and simplicity [there] that really reflects Blair.” In addition to the memorial, those close to Phillips are working to create the Blair Phillips Memorial Fund, which will grant two scholarships a year. One will be awarded to an Architecture student, while the other will be given to a member of the Academical Village People, a University a cappella group. Phillips, who was extremely passionate about both architecture and music, served as AVP’s music director as a fourth-year student and was in charge of arranging all of the group’s Please see Memorial, Page A3 visit SIGN UP for the Cavalier Daily E-newsletter Please recycle this newspaper News Desk...................(434)326-3286 Ads Desk......................(434)326-3233 Editor-in-Chief.............(434)249-4744 Additional contact information may be found online at C M Y K Cyan Magenta Yellow Black Comics Opinion Life Sports Arts & Entertainment A2 A4 A6 B1 B3

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