Feb. 25- March 17, 2005
Vol. 35, Issue 4
Back Issues
Researchers harness electrons
Sweeney: U.Va. creating 'new model'
Seeing higher ed in a global context
School turns five
Professors earn 'Downing' time at Cambridge
Sitler: Think about the watershed
Bookmark March 16 through 20
"American journeys: from Columbus to Kerouac"
Inside UVA schedule changes for March
Buildings are being shuffled to make room for Commerce School return to the Lawn


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Learn to think like a doctor
Have you ever wondered why things taste a certain way, or how your body knows how to smile? You’re not alone. More than 1,000 people in Charlottesville and the surrounding communities have enrolled in U.Va.’s Mini-Med School Program, which is sponsored by the School of Medicine. The program allows citizens with an interest in medicine and health to learn from the school’s best instructors. The course, which runs weekly from March 24 – May 5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., is free and available to all, but seats are filled by lottery. Apply online at http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/minimed/minimed form.cfm. The deadline for applications is Feb. 27. (Feb. 14)

Pre-Brown leaders should be remembered, Klarman says
In 1954, the Supreme Court’s desegregation decision changed
societal norms. However, as the Civil Rights era recedes into history, younger Americans especially fail to appreciate the courage of black leaders who challenged segregated society. On Feb. 2, law professor Michael Klarman, author of “From Jim Crow to Civil Rights, The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality,” spoke on this issue at a talk sponsored by the Black Law Students Association to kick off the Law School’s observation of Black History Month. A better appreciation of history would increase public support for affirmative action policies and other attempts to remedy the legacies of racial oppression, he said. (Feb. 8)

Scientists lead the way in diabetes research and patient care
Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in America. The condition is often implicated in mortality due to heart disease or stroke and, everywhere, it is rapidly increasing. The University’s Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism is home to some of the most promising diabetes researchers in the world, and a vigorous research effort is under way. During the past few years, Division Chief Dr. Jerry Nadler has recruited several outstanding physician scientists to join the University’s research and clinical care team. “New evidence shows that one in three Americans born in 2000 will develop diabetes,” said Dr. Julie Louise Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Together we must do more to stop this growing epidemic.” (Feb. 7)


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