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Feb. 17-19, 2006
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U.Va. Researchers Successfully Test New Procedure That Uses Tiny Bubbles to ‘See’ 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 University of Virginia 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. Full story.

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National Symposium on Women and Politics Kicks Off on Monday at U.Va.
The University of Virginia’s Center for Politics will kick off its 2006 National Symposium on Women and Politics on Monday with “Women and The Presidency: 8 for ’08.” The bipartisan discussion
will involve some of the country’s top political authorities on the challenges facing women as presidential candidates and America’s willingness to elect a female president in 2008 and beyond. This event, free and open to the public, is cosponsored by the White House Project and the U.Va. Women’s Center. Contact Holly Hatcher at 243-3539.

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U.Va. Drama Department Play, ‘Truth and Beauty,’ Examines American Consumerism and Culture

How does mass media influence American culture? Can markets
and marketing be trusted? These
questions and many others are the focus of “Truth and Beauty,” a
multimedia exploration by Ping Chong that continues the Department of Drama’s 2005-2006
season. The play features an ensemble cast of graduate and undergraduate actors performing a variety of sketches. Director Richard Warner describes the play as “a combination of The Daily Show and Saturday Night Live. [It] mocks and challenges topics such as globalization, corporate corruption, gun violence, freedom of speech and terrorism.” Performances will be in the Culbreth Theatre Feb. 17-18 and 22-25 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (60+) and $8 for students; full-time U.Va. students can use their ART$ Dollars to purchase tickets. For information, call 924-3376 or visit

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Washington Post Correction — 01/12/2006
Associated Press Correction — 12/02/2005
U.Va. Cancer Center Receives $5 Million Gift
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   Reading by Rising Young African Writers
Fri., 4 p.m., U.Va. Bookstore • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Helon Habila • Sponored by the Virginia Quarterly Review • Information: 924-3124.

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