Feb. 4-10, 2000
Vol. 30, Issue 4
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Students receive first-time Harrison research grants
Artificial heart pump funded
Author-nun decries capital punishment
Bookstore endowment surpasses $1 million
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Teams get to work on bringing new integrated systems to U.Va.

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Charting Diversity: Commitment, Honor, Challenge
See double? Artist shows stereoscopic photography
Memorial Gym celebrates 75th
WFPA seeks a few good women
Notable - awards and achievements of faculty and staff
Recipients of the 1999-2000 David A. Harrison III Awards for Undergraduate Research announced
Carey outlines Med. School goals: boost research, retool curriculum
Club seeks adviser
An APPLE for the mentor? Program takes peer approach to substance abuse education
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Memorial Gymnasium
Photo Courtesy Alderman Library Special Collections
Boxing 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, see Memorial Gym celebrates 75th.

Author-nun decries capital punishment

Sister Helen Prejean
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Sister Helen Prejean

By Dan Heuchert

The death penalty is a military solution to a social problem, says Si'šs foremost anti-death penalty activists.

"You 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?"

In 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 the poor.

Prejean later addressed a larger audience at the Charlottesville Performing Arts Center. Full story.

Students receive first-time Harrison research grants

By Fariss Samarrai

The 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.

The 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.

Artificial heart pump funded

By Charlotte Crystal

Heart 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.

Paul Allaire, a U.Va. professor of mechanical engineering, and his colleagues here and in Utah are working to develop such an artificial heart.

Allaire 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.


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