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Dr. Dan Theodorescu  
U.Va. Health System Researchers Develop Highly Accurate Test for Diagnosing Bladder Cancer

DIAGNOSING BLADDER CANCER was often difficult because the tests available weren’t precise or sensitive enough to pinpoint the disease. Dr. Dan Theodorescu (left) and his team from the University of Virginia Paul Mellon Prostate Cancer Institute have created a very specific test that not only correctly identified all samples of known cancer but also identified all samples from healthy subjects in a clinical study, all by using a urine sample from the patient. “We are working hard to get this technology or a variation of it in the clinical labs, where we will not only diagnose cancer noninvasively, but we also will determine how the cancer will behave and how best to treat it,” said Theodorescu. Full story.

U.Va. Health System/Photo: Dan Addison

Hihg-Profile Murder Case Substantiates the Need for Death Penalty Reform

In 1982, a young woman died after being attacked in her Culpeper home by a stranger. Before succumbing to her injuries, the woman had described her attacker as a bearded black man. Earl Washington Jr. was ultimately convicted in this high-profile case and sentenced to death. Despite his confession, it was post-conviction DNA that proved the innocence of the mildly retarded Washington. Wrongful convictions are an epidemic currently facing the legal system in America, Peter Neufeld said during a recent talk at the University of Virginia’s Law School. Neufeld is the co-director of the Innocence Project, a nonprofit organization that advocates for post-conviction DNA testing to exonerate the wrongfully convicted. Full story.

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Paul Meier: From U.Va. Training to the Ski Slpes of Torino

A master’s degree in athletic training from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education well conditioned Paul Meier (center) for the job of his dreams. Meier is a driving force behind the U.S. men’s alpine ski team competing in the winter Olympics, making sure that, as their athletic trainer, each skier is in champion condition when taking to the slopes. “Having the opportunity to work with some great athletes and coaches, ski every day, travel the world and practice athletic training is a dream come true,” said Meier. Full story.

U.Va. News Services/Photo courtesy of Paul Meier

Washington Post Correction — 01/12/2006
Associated Press Correction — 12/02/2005
Improving Social Justice on Campuses Automatically Improves Society, Says U.Va.’s Chief Diversity Officer
School of Nursing Gets $5 Million for Education Building
Web Calendar   Souls of Black Folk: A Research Program on African American Racial Identity
Fri., 3:30 p.m., Gilmer 190 • Speaker: Robert Sellers
Univ. of Michigan • Sponsored by U.Va.’s Department of Psychology.

Arts & Sciences Spotlights Changing America.

Julian Bond: Teaching — and Living — a Broader American Civil Rights Narrative

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Men’s Basketball: 
Terps Rally to Beat Cavaliers, 76-65

Swimming & Diving:
Virginia’s Lewis Named ACC Swimmer of the Week

Lambert Named to NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award Watch List

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