Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2001
Vol. 31, Issue 30
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Delegates get capital tour on building needs
Following the trails of cells: NIH awards $38 million for research
Medical Center submits corrective action plan
Neonatologist named 2001 Distinguished Alumna

Terrorist attacks generate employee stress

Resolved to unity
Credit Union branch temporarily moving
Tracking down Lewis and Clark artifacts
Jefferson lectures look toward bicentennial
U.Va. one of top 10 most wired
Hot Links -- Alumni Association crisis site
Delegates get capital tour on building needs
Museum shows folks folk art
Volunteers roll up their sleeves and open their hearts to help others

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Delegates get capital tour on building needs

Matt Kelly
Colette Sheehy (right), U.Va vice president for management and budget, explains some of the University’s capital needs to members of the House of Delegates Appropriations Committee outside New Cabell Hall on Sept. 18. See article.

Following the trails of cells: NIH awards $38 million for research

Rick Horwitz and Tom Parsons
Rebecca Arrington
Rick Horwitz (left) and Tom Parsons

By Fariss Samarrai

Cells move. Their movement helps embryos develop, fashioning organs and tissues. White blood cells chase bacteria and viruses, preventing people from getting sick. Cancer cells crawl, using the bloodstream to spread disease.

Cell movement is an essential process that underlies health and disease. Yet despite many years of intensive study, a good understanding of the mechanics of this important phenomenon has remained out of biologists’ grasp.

In an effort to “glue” together large groups of scientists across several disciplines from many universities, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), a component of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded a $38 million five-year grant to a U.Va.-led consortium of cell researchers. This is the largest NIH grant in the Medical School’s history, and among the biggest awards NIGMS has ever given. Their mission is to investigate cell migration, the process by which cells move from one location to another, such as during wound healing and the spread of cancer. The work will provide essential information that may eventually lead to new therapies for a wide variety of diseases, from cancer to arthritis.

“NIH is providing extraordinary support for highly innovative research in a very exciting and promising area of cell biology,” said Alan F. “Rick” Horwitz, U.Va. professor of cell biology, who is leading the newly organized, multi-institutional Cell Migration Consortium. Horwitz and J. Thomas Parsons, chair of the U.Va. department of microbiology, have assembled a multi-disciplinary team of 30 researchers from 10 institutions, including Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Scripps Research Institute and Johns Hopkins University. Full story.

U.Va. enacts new security measures at stadium

Staff Report

In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, U.Va. officials have announced new security procedures for home football games that will begin with the Cavaliers’ Sept. 29 game against Duke.

“We’re asking U.Va.’s football fans for their support in this matter as we work together to reasonably ensure the safety of everyone attending home games in Scott Stadium — including our students, faculty, alumni, staff and guests,” said Paul E. Norris Jr., U.Va. chief of police. “We are among the hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide that are instituting these necessary precautions.”

The University’s procedures, developed in consultation with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, include the following changes. Full story.


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