May 9-15, 2003
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Centralized approach needed to recruit minority grad students
SARS drives professor from Beijing
Digest -- U.Va. news daily
Headlines @ U.Va.

Angela M. Davis: ‘This is my university’

Commerce headed back to the Lawn
Professor honored for research to combat pain
Architect, professor leaving unique legacies
See Jefferson’s library
Putting pedal to virtual metal
Trends drive federal hiring
Graduation 2003

Digest -- U.Va. News Daily

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Headlines @ U.Va.

Drug shows promise for treating diabetes
Researchers can induce Type I diabetes in 92 percent of mice by giving them low doses of a certain drug. But when a U.Va. research team also gave the mice a drug intended to be an infection-fighter for cancer patients, only 25 percent developed diabetes. The findings may offer hope to people at high risk for that disease.
(Top News Daily, April 30)

Archive chronicles railroad’s impact on the Eastern Shore
When the railroad reached the Eastern Shore in the late 19th century, it opened up new markets for the region’s watermen and new vacation destinations for tourists. In the early 21st century, an $85,000 grant to U.Va.’s Virginia Center for Digital History will improve access to historical information about the shore. (Top News Daily, May 2)

U.Va. police open Darden Substation
Until recently, U.Va. police officers patrolling North Grounds had to get in their cars and drive back to police headquarters to fill out their paperwork — not a long drive, but a hassle nonetheless. Now they have their own dedicated space at the Darden School, which Capt. Michael Coleman hopes will encourage them to spend more time on patrol and less time in transit. It should also come in handy when the planned Groundswalk and multipurpose arena add traffic to the area. (Top News Daily, April 30)

Law student testifies about Cuba’s dissident crackdown
A group of U.Va. law students recently banded together to journey to Cuba and investigate human rights conditions, especially with regard to free speech issues. Their exhaustive report led to one student’s appearance last month before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on International Relations, where he discussed Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s crackdown on dissidents, launched under cover of the U.S. preoccupation with Iraq.
(Top News Daily, April 29)

Speaker: Diversity requires understanding
If white males don’t value the new perspectives that a diverse community provides, affirmative action will never succeed, speaker Steve Birdine told an appreciative U.Va. audience April 28. The keys to getting along, he said, are valuing other viewpoints, agreeing to disagree without being disagreeable, and being more tolerant of mistakes made in ignorance.
(Top News Daily, April 30)

Center aims to lessen environmental conflict
For several years, U.Va.’s Institute for Environmental Negotiation has helped run the highly acclaimed Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute, a program designed to move people from conflict over environmental issues to collaboration. Now, that model is going regional, with the founding of the Southeast Natural Resources Institute. The institute, which will make its first offerings in the fall, will serve a region that includes 13 states and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. (Top News Daily, April 24)


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