Digest -- U.Va. Top News Daily
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Sharing Views at Minority Recruiting Program
As families arrived for Fall Fling on a frosty Oct. 29 morning, the student gospel choir, Black Voices, opened the program with several stirring songs. While being serenaded outside Newcomb Hall, visitors signed in for the minority recruiting program and grabbed hot coffee or tea and muffins before heading inside.
“A year ago, I was in the same position you are in,” said first-year U.Va. student Adom Getachew, a Jefferson Scholar, addressing a group of high school students and their parents visiting the University.
She was among dozens of undergraduates who participated in Fall Fling, the University’s annual open house for prospective African Americans. The Admissions Outreach Office coordinates the program, as well as another one for Hispanic and Latino high school students, called Fall Blast, which was held on Oct. 28. (Nov. 9)
Researchers ID Carb That Lowers Blood Sugar Levels
Findings by U.Va. researchers could lead to new drugs to treat type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease. Research shows that, when injected into diabetic rats, a naturally occuring carbohydrate isolated from the liver lowers blood sugar levels. The compound is believed to act as a messenger inside cells to switch on enzymes that regulate blood sugar, taking glucose from the bloodstream into the liver and muscles where it is stored. Their findings appear in the Oct. 4 issue of the journal Biochemistry. (Oct. 31)
Reward Increased for the Arrest and Conviction of Serial Rapist
The U.Va. Alumni Association’s parents’ program has added $30,000 to the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the serial rapist who is believed to have committed at least seven sexual assaults in the metropolitan area of Charlottesville over the past eight years. Some of the victims were University students. In addition, an anonymous alumni parent has given $5,000 to the Charlottesville Police Foundation’s Serial Rapist Reward fund. These two contributions more than double the current reward, bringing it to $55,000. (Oct. 27)