the girl, meets Josefina
Valerie Tripp (right), one of the two women authors who write
all of the "American Girl" books, which accompany
the American Girl doll collection, signs a hat and a copy of
Josefina. Tripp autographs the book, about the 9-year-old
American Girl whose "heart and hopes are as big as the
New Mexico sky," for 9-year-old Josephine Blount. She and
her mother, Colette (second from left), attended the March 22
"Children and Families Evening" in Culbreth Theatre,
which included a panel discussion with Tripp, Caldecott Prize-winning
illustrator David Wisniewski and storyteller Tololwa Mollel.
For more on the sixth annual Virginia Festival of the Book,
see Virginia Festival of the Book.
Gilmore appoints three
retiring 10-term member of the U.S. Congress, a prominent Virginia
lawyer and the founder of a Connecticut investment banking firm
are Gov. James Gilmore's new appointments to the University's governing
board, announced earlier this week.
named to the 16-member Board of Visitors were:
7th District U.S. Rep. Thomas J. Bliley Jr. (R-Richmond), who
recently announced that he would not run for re-election in November.
A 1952 graduate of Georgetown University, he will be the board's
only non-U.Va. alumnus.
F. Rainey Jr., chair of the Richmond-based Hunton & Williams law
firm and immediate past president of the U.Va. Alumni Association.
A "double 'Hoo² with a 1962 bachelor's and 1967 law degree,
he recently served on Gilmore's blue-ribbon task force on higher
education and is a trustee of the U.Va. Law School Foundation.
Glazer, founder of C.L. Glazer Co. Inc., an investment management
and institutional brokerage firm based in Greenwich, Conn. A member
of the Republican National Committee, Glazer served on the executive
committee of the Virginia Student Aid Foundation and on the capital
campaign's athletic gifts and national leadership councils. At
U.Va., he played football for three seasons and earned a commerce
degree in 1965. He was a classmate of two current board members,
Benjamin P.A. Warthen and William G. Crutchfield Jr., and of University
President John T. Casteen III.
addition, William H. Goodwin Jr. was re-appointed for a second four-year
term. Goodwin, from Richmond, chairs CAA Industries, a holding company.
studies gene's role in prostate cancer
gene that could be key to controlling prostate cancer development
and growth is being studied at the U.Va. Health System. Jin-Tang
Dong, assistant professor of pathology, biochemistry and molecular
genetics, has received $1.35 million from the National Cancer Institute
to identify the gene and determine its role over the next five years.
cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in men in the United States,
according to the American Cancer Society. Most prostate cancer,
however, is latent and does not become a problem during a manıs
lifetime. A major challenge for urologists is how to distinguish
the prostate cancers that are benign and can be left without treatment
from those that are life-threatening and need immediate treatment.