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Going deep into the physics of football

Photos by Stephanie Gross

U.Va. physics professor Louis Bloomfield sets up and releases a football from his giant slingshot, called a 'funnelator.' The funnel is attached to the sling that holds the ball. The demonstration creates an amount of energy similar to that which a quarterback or kicker transfers to the football -- but without the spin. The experiment, which took place Aug. 2 on U.Va.'s practice field behind U. Hall, was being taped for The Learning Channel's upcoming program on the "Physics of Football."

Assisting Bloomfield with his experiment were incoming first-year players, Joe Holt, No. 77, and Andrew Hoffman, No. 60. Click on photo to see punter Mike Abrams, No. 19, and kicker David Greene, No. 15. James Brown (center), host of Fox's NFL pre-game show, hosts The Learning Channel program, to air in October.

The Cavaliers' first game in the expanded Scott Stadium is Sept. 2 against Brigham Young University.

Stephanie Gross
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Secrets of the cell discovered
Findings may shed light on new directions for cancer treatments

By Suzanne Morris

Researchers at the U.Va. Health System have gotten closer to understanding what makes cells grow and divide with two key discoveries about enzymes that alter histones. These findings, which may present new treatment targets for some cancers, are published in early August issues of Cell and Nature.

"DNA is the mission control of our cells, but how our genetic template knows what to do, how to replicate and divide faithfully to each daughter cell, has been a long-standing mystery. With these and other recent discoveries, we have begun to identify controllers for specific parts of the cell cycle," said C. David Allis, the Byrd Professor of Biochemistry at U.Va., who heads one of the research labs responsible for the Cell and Nature studies. "These findings put us closer to complete understanding of the cell cycle which will ultimately have enormous consequences for therapy and drug design, particularly for cancer." Full story.

$3.5 million gift earmarked for cancer research

By Staff Report

The Medical School Foundation has received a $3.5 million bequest for cancer research and education from Mrs. Florence Farrow of New York City. This is the largest gift from an individual earmarked for medical research at U.Va., and the Health Sciences Library's largest gift for its collections endowment. Full story.

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