deep into the physics of football
by Stephanie Gross
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
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.
Cavaliers' first game in the expanded Scott Stadium is Sept.
2 against Brigham Young University.
Secrets of the cell
Findings may shed light on new directions for
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."
million gift earmarked for cancer research
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