Courtesy Alderman Library Special Collections
matches, such as the one above, drew large crowds at Memorial
Gymnasium in the early to mid-1900s. The sport was dropped from
U.Va.'s intercollegiate sports in 1955. For more on what's taken
place in Mem Gym since it opened 75 years ago this past week,
Memorial Gym celebrates 75th.
decries capital punishment
death penalty is a military solution to a social problem, says Si'šs
foremost anti-death penalty activists.
target the enemy, you dehumanize the enemy, and you kill the enemy,"
she told an audience of approximately 200 in a Jan. 27 talk in the
Wilson Hall auditorium. "When we do that as a whole society,
what happens to us?"
an engaging and folksy manner, and with a honey-sweet Louisiana
drawl, Prejean described her journey from a self-described child
of privilege to Catholic nun to social activist and champion of
later addressed a larger audience at the Charlottesville Performing
Arts Center. Full story.
Students receive first-time
Harrison research grants
Faculty Senate awarded grants of up to $4,000 this week to 26 outstanding
undergraduate students and their faculty mentors for support of
innovative research projects in a variety of disciplines and schools.
The students received the Faculty Senate Harrison Undergraduate
Research Awards during a Feb. 2 ceremony in the Rotunda Dome Room.
research awards are funded by a $100,000 gift from alumnus David
A. Harrison III, a retired investment banker who has supported awards
over the past several years to recognize exceptional faculty teaching
and academic leadership. The Faculty Senate proposed this year to
use the money to recognize and fund outstanding undergraduate research.
This is the first time the Harrison Awards have provided grants
for this purpose. Full story.
heart pump funded
disease is America's top killer, claiming more than 400,000 lives
each year. The most severely affected patients could be saved by
new hearts, but only 3,000 or so heart transplants are performed
each year. That leaves a number of seriously ill patients -- estimates
range from 17,000 to 240,000 annually -- who could live long, productive
lives if reliable artificial hearts were available.
Allaire, a U.Va. professor of mechanical engineering, and his colleagues
here and in Utah are working to develop such an artificial heart.
and his associates have received a grant of nearly $4.2 million
from the National Institutes of Health to continue development of
an artificial heart pump. This new grant provides funding after
an earlier, $3 million research grant from InterMountain Health
Care, a not-for-profit corporation that runs a hospital system in
Utah, ended last month. Full story.