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Dec. 3-16, 2004
Vol. 34, Issue 21
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Charting charter: Most Medical Center employees fare well under codified autonomy
With 45, U.Va. boasts most Rhodes Scholars among nation's public universities
Help reshape U.Va.'s sexual assault policy
Dr. Farhat Moazam, a restless spirit
Teenagers of same-sex parents
Program helps teachers master the classroom
Booth's 'how to make it as a woman'
New library a treasure for all
Designing a community dream together
Evaluating the past helps plan a better future

Davis replacing petroleum with carbohydrates

Art spurs talks on race relations
Holiday art auction Dec. 4
Let there be lights
Learn to juggle, learn to lead


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Hospital open house showcases new operating rooms
The Medical Center is getting some new rooms, and officials are showing them off. Fourteen new, state-of-the-art operating rooms are opening at the Medical Center, and on Nov. 10 employees, media and the public received tours of the facility. The opening marked the midway point of a four-year expansion effort that will significantly increase surgical
capabilities and keep the University in the forefront of advanced surgical technologies. The operating rooms are located in the facility’s new wing, and have 13,000 square feet of floor space full of cutting-edge technology. Features include a new air-handling system called Laminar Airflow that creates a germ-free air barrier around the patient, and “Smart OR” technology, in which booms provide surgeons with easier use of endoscopic equipment and flat panel screens to view images from radiology, digital video recordings and telemedicine proceedings. (Nov. 16)

Health System marks 15th anniversary of Gamma Knife
Talk about cutting edge. When the Health System installed the first Gamma Knife neurosurgical instrument in 1989, it was only the second in the United States and the fifth in the world. Now, 15 years later, U.Va. neurosurgeons have used the tool to treat nearly 5,000 patients from around the nation for a variety of brain diseases without making a single large incision in the skull. The “blades” of the knife are actually beams of radiation programmed to target a lesion in the brain. “Patients know that when they come to U.Va. to have this type of surgery, they’re getting the best possible chance of a cure,” said Dr. Neal F. Kassell, professor of neurosurgery and one of U.Va.’s three Gamma Knife experts. (Nov. 22)

National Advisory Council on Historic Preservation honors communities

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John L. Nau III (left), chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and a U.Va. alumnus, leads the council’s fall meeting, which was held in the Rotunda on Nov. 18.

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation — a Bush administration initiative that promotes the preservation, enhancement and productive use of the nation’s historic resources — held its final business meeting on Nov. 18 in the Rotunda Dome Room. During the meeting, the group paid tribute to Virginia’s seven “Preserve America Communities”; presented the Chairman’s Award for Federal Achievement in Historic Preservation to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Park Service; and emphasized future efforts to expand and improve the Preserve America initiative. (Nov. 23)


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