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Nov. 4- 18, 2005
Vol. 35, Issue 19
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IN THIS ISSUE
Pay raises
ROTC: Molding military leaders

Warner: Idealism, not cynicism

Gibbs wins Thomas Jefferson Award
Edmundson: Failure is good
Moreno elected to Institute of Medicine
Letter to the editor
Green, Hamlin and Hudson elected AAAS Fellows
Digest
Headlines @ U.Va.
Rainey: Campaign will be 'defining event'
Peterson wins Lifetime Achievement Award
Researchers building terahertz spectrum device to study biological molecules
Students construct first ecoMOD house
Better voting machines
Scurry is new interim chief human resource officer
Algorithms with an edge
Math, 'Queen of the Sciences'
Fall drama festival
Street children in Kenya find homes
Wahoo space tourist Gregory Olsen to speak
Creative circle

 

Headlines @ U.Va.

DISTANCE TO CARE FACILITY AFFECTS MASTECTOMY RATES
The further a woman with breast cancer lives from a radiation therapy facility, the less likely she is to have breast-conserving therapy, a new study shows. Since 1990, Dr. Anneke T. Schroen of U.Va., and her team note, breast conservation therapy has been considered the gold standard for women with early-stage breast cancer. This type of therapy involves removing the tumor surgically along with any cancer-containing lymph nodes, followed by radiation treatment. In mastectomy, a more debilitating and disfiguring surgery that is not always necessary, the entire breast as well as some surrounding tissue is removed. While breast conservation therapy is being used more frequently in the U.S. as a whole, Schroen and her colleagues write in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, rates are lower in portions of the southern U.S. But the reason for this regional variation is unclear. The team conducted the current study to investigate whether access to care, as measured by distance from the nearest radiation therapy facility, might affect breast cancer therapy.Virginia offers an excellent opportunity for evaluating access to treatment and quality of care, the researchers note, given that it encompasses both urban and rural areas and poor and wealthy populations. (Reuters, Oct. 27)

NOTICE OF LICENSE TERMINATIONS FOR U.VA.’S RESEARCH
AND LOW INTENSITY EDUCATIONAL REACTOR

[...] The NRC has terminated the license of the decommissioned UVAR, in the reactor facility on the U.Va. campus, and has released the site for unrestricted use. The licensee requested termination of the license in a letter to NRC dated June 18, 2004. The UVAR was a 2-MW-thermal, light-water-moderated, -cooled, and -reflected reactor fueled with plate-type fuel. It was licensed and first operated in June 1960. The reactor was permanently shut down on June 30, 1998. ... The NRC has also terminated the license of the decommissioned CAVALIER, which was in the same reactor facility on the U.Va. campus, and has released the site for unrestricted use. (Federal Register, Oct. 27)

VIRGINIA RECYCLING ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZES 10 OUTSTANDING PROGRAMS
Each year the Virginia Recycling Association (VRA) recognizes the best waste reduction and recycling programs in the state at an annual awards ceremony. Nominations are sought from the public and private sectors, business, industry, schools, government and non-profit agencies, civic or volunteer organizations and individuals. Awards were presented Sept. 27 in Charlottesville, Va., during the VRA’s annual conference. The 2005 award categories and recipients [include]: Outstanding College or University Program: (Tie) James Madison University, Harrisonburg; U.Va., Charlottesville. (U.S. Newswire, Oct. 21)

JAMES D. HUNTER NAMED WINNER OF $25,000 PRIZE
What place does the words “morality” and “ethics” have in our society today? One man knows. Belmont Abbey College’s Bradley Institute for the Study of Christian Culture honored James Davison Hunter, a U.Va. professor of religion, culture and social theory, for his work and research on the topic during the Bradley Institute’s annual Weaver/Ingersoll Symposium on Oct. 21-22, at Belmont Abbey College. (PR Web, Oct. 20)


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