March 31-April 6, 2000
Vol. 30, Issue 11
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Photo -- Author of "American Girl" books autographs copy
Gilmore appoits three to BOV
Researcher studies gene's role in prostate cancer
Music department gets approval for doctoral program
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Judge, U.S. senator to receive Jefferson awards

Arata shares experiences as Fulbright in India
Fulbright fellow catches C-ville fever
Virginia Festival of the Book
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Sabbatical fellowships offered
Hot Links - summer session
Link between diabetes and heart disease being studied
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Josephine, the girl, meets Josefina creator
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 to BOV

From staff reports

A 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.

Newly 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.

  • Gordon 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.

  • Charles 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.

In addition, William H. Goodwin Jr. was re-appointed for a second four-year term. Goodwin, from Richmond, chairs CAA Industries, a holding company. Full story.

Jin-Tang Dong
Jin-Tang Dong

Researcher studies gene's role in prostate cancer

By Catherine Seigerman

A 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.

Prostate 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. Full story.

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