May 30-June 12, 2003
Vol. 33, Issue 12
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Soggy day, bright future
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Soggy day, bright future
Arts & Sciences graduate Joshua Abraham says hello to friends amidst a sea of umbrellas as constant rain fell over the graduation ceremony on May 18.
Photo by Andrew Shurtleff
Arts & Sciences graduate Joshua Abraham says hello to friends amidst a sea of umbrellas as constant rain fell over the graduation ceremony on May 18.

Staff Report

On a day soured by leaden clouds and chilling rain, members of the University’s Class of 2003 hooted, hollered and hugged each other to spread their own cheer over Final Exercises on May 18.

Thousands of family members, friends and relatives huddled on the Lawn — with many more watching from remote sites around Grounds — to celebrate degrees earned by more than 5,600 graduates. Full story.

Forging the path to regenerative medicine

Symposium kicks off institute

By Fariss Samarrai

Imagine growing healthy new tissue to replace diseased or damaged parts of your body.

Sound futuristic?

Maybe, but the science for such a scenario was being presented at the inaugural symposium of U.Va.’s new Morphogenesis and Regenerative Medicine Institute last week, which brought together some of the top researchers in the field — including a Nobel laureate. The event was kick-started by the announcement of a $3 million Ivy Foundation gift to endow four new chairs at the institute. Full story.

Ivy Foundation helps endow four professorships

By Bill Sublette

With a $3 million gift from the Charlottesville-based Ivy Foundation and matching support from other sources, the University will establish four new endowed professorships for its emerging programs in morphogenesis and regenerative medicine.

The gift was announced May 19 at the opening of an international symposium hosted by the University’s new Morphogenesis and Regenerative Medicine Institute. The institute’s work holds tremendous promise for remedying birth defects, controlling cancers and healing wounds. It may even lead to
the ability to produce replacement tissues and organs for transplantation.
The $3 million gift from the Ivy Foundation will create two professorships in the Department of Pediatrics to attract faculty whose research focuses on morphogenesis and regenerative medicine. Full story.



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