March 8-21, 2002
Vol. 32, Issue 9
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Team finds more effective treatment for lung cancer
Former University rector appointed to governors panel
Senators OK plan
Researchers studying the complex process of tissue growth
Music faculty reach out to area students

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At the Virginia Festival of the Book
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Team finds more effective treatment for lung cancer

Dr. David R. Jones

Photo by Jackson Smith
Dr. David R. Jones

By Catherine Wolz

It may eventually be possible to make chemotherapy treatment for non-small cell lung cancer more effective and less toxic, according to results of a study conducted by U.Va. cancer researchers and published in the current Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

A research team, led by Dr. David R. Jones, assistant professor of surgery and a member of the Cancer Center’s thoracic oncology program, identified a way of inhibiting a protein, called nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-kB), which chemotherapy activates in lung tumors. Activation of this protein helps make the lung cancers resistant to chemotherapy. Jones’s research team discovered that inhibiting NF-kB enhances the ability of chemotherapy to kill lung cancer cells by activating the tumor cell’s mitochondria and “death enzymes,” called caspases. Full story.

Former University rector appointed to governor’s panel

By Matt Kelly

Gov. Mark Warner, in an effort to remove politics from the college board selection process, has named a seven-member panel to recommend higher education appointments.

Warner’s panel, which has a one-year term, will recommend candidates for about 18 higher education boards across the state. Warner will select his nominees from these recommendations.

Previous governors have made appointments to college boards generally in consultation with the Secretary of the Commonwealth. This is the first time there has been a separate appointments panel. Full story.

Senators OK plan

Casteen to Faculty Senate:
• U.Va. likely to launch its next capital campaign of between $3 billion and $5 billion within 18 months

• No layoffs planned

• There may be some form of salary increases in next two-year budget

• There will be no non-voting faculty member on the Board of Visitors

By Matt Kelly

The Faculty Senate last Thursday debated and approved the principles of a new administrative procedure governing “for cause” suspensions or terminations of academic faculty members.

A preliminary draft was developed by the General Counsel’s office, in conjunction with a Faculty Senate committee, to advise the provost. It calls for faculty members to receive written notification of administrative charges against them and an opportunity to meet with an administrator to discuss the charges. The provost would make the ultimate decision with the advice of a peer review panel. Full story.



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