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March 3 - 16, 2006
Vol. 36, Issue 4
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Arras and Fuentes win SCHEV award
Kaine to speak at finals

U.Va. tapped for innovative bioengineering partnership

Semester at Sea: Gies selected as U.Va.'s first academic dean
What wives want: Study finds commitment to marriage, emotional engagement key to wives' happiness
Darden's India program
Passing the baton: French now assists international community with immigration affairs
Last ball in U-Hall
Loncke's research helps people overcome speech problems
Poet Giovanni headlines Hues Conference
Acclaimed authors to discuss suffering

D'earth, Free Bridge Quintet jazz up orchestra

Geraldine Ferraro to speak
Ted Kennedy Keynote Speaker
Peace Corps to honor U.Va., volunteers March 15
'Edge of Empire' wins Duff Cooper Prize


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Ambassador Obiozor
Photo by Dan Addison
George A. Obiozor, ambassador of Nigeria

Nigerian Ambassador’s Talk Kicks Off Lecture Series
Historically, the relationship between the United States and Nigeria has “been one of uneasy friendship,” but current relations are “more cordial and fruitful” than at any time since the late 1990s, said George A. Obiozor, ambassador from the Federal Republic of Nigeria, during the inaugural speech for U.Va.’s new Ambassador Lecture Series. Obiozor’s talk on Feb. 22 focused on peacekeeping efforts in Africa, the war on terrorism, drug and human trafficking, and trade and oil production. Sponsored by U.Va.’s Diplomat Scholar Program, the Ambassador Lecture Series features international diplomats speaking to students and others in the U.Va. community about key political, economic, cultural and technological issues of global interest. (Feb. 24)

Researchers Use Tiny Bubbles to Setect ‘Crohn’s Disease
Inflammatory bowel disease, also known as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, affects about 600,000 Americans each year. Until now, there has been no one single test to diagnose the often painful and debilitating disease. Doctors at the Health System have successfully tested in animals a new, non-invasive technique that uses tiny microbubbles to detect the disease early. The outside lipid shell of these microbubbles is coated with antibodies to specific molecules that are over- expressed during intestinal inflammation. The tiny bubbles, which attach themselves to these molecules, can be seen through ultrasound, allowing doctors to evaluate the severity and extent of inflammation in the intestine. (Feb. 17)


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