— U.Va. News Daily
by Tom Cogill
and Olivie Zunz don their medals.
and Christine Zunz honored for their work
Jean-David Levitte, French ambassador to the United States, presented
the Chevalier of the Ordre National du Mérite to Olivier
Zunz, U.Va. Commonwealth Professor of History, and his wife, Christine
M. Zunz, director of the University’s French House, at a
Dec. 15 ceremony in the Dome Room of the Rotunda. Olivier Zunz,
who was very pleased with the award, said they received the medals
for their work in cementing Franco-American academic relations.
About 125 people attended the ceremony.
invites faculty to join $3 billion campaign
As U.Va. nears its next capital campaign, its top development
official urged faculty members to become partners in the $3 billion
effort. “The time is now,” Robert D. Sweeney, senior
vice president for development and public affairs, told the Faculty
Senate. “The choice is extraordinarily clear: We create
this new model, or we move from being arguably the top public
university in the nation to some point
in the next decade where we will be an important Southeastern
public institution.” (Dec. 8)
Medical Reserve Corps formed
One of the many ways that the University intends to reach out
to the community is through the Medical Reserve Corps, a joint
student-faculty project designed to strengthen local communities’
public health initiatives and emergency response capabilities.
Formed by U.Va.’s psychiatric medicine department and the
School of Medicine, the project has received a three-year federal
grant for $49,744 per year. (Dec. 23)
Surgeons perform one of first robotic procedures
Robotic technology is taking cancer surgery into a new dimension.
Surgeons here recently performed a cystoprostatectomy —
removal of the bladder and prostate gland — during a laparoscopic
procedure using U.Va.’s new da Vinci robotic surgical system.
Patients who undergo robotic surgery lose 10 percent of the blood
they would lose in conventional surgery and enjoy shorter recovery
times, doctors say. (Dec. 10)
Health System reaches out to uninsured patients
Illness can strike anyone at any time. For many Virginians, health
insurance is unaffordable, and they are not financially able to
pay for necessary medical treatment. It is those patients who
can seek assistance through U.Va.’s Indigent Care Program.
In 2002, 27,000 indigent patients were treated at U.Va., with
the state and federal government contributing $42.6 million of
the $53.7 million cost. The remaining $11.1 million was paid by
U.Va. (Dec. 12)