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June 13, 2006
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Dr. Christopher Kramer  
U.Va. Doctors Step Back in Time, Use Old Technology to Develop New Test to Diagnose Leg Artery Disease

PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE, where the arteries that supply blood to the legs are blocked by atherosclerotic plaque, affects between 8 and 12 million Americans. And those numbers are expected to rise in the coming decades as the population ages. Using a technique developed in the 1970’s called MR spectroscopy, the predecessor to modern MR imaging, doctors at the University of Virginia Health System, including cardiologist Dr. Christopher Kramer (left), have devised a new test to diagnose and follow peripheral arterial disease. Full story.

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U.Va. and Community to Explore Next Steps Toward a Sustainable Food System

Is our community food system sustainable? Is it secure? Can we establish more opportunities for fresh, healthy, locally grown food? These were among the questions explored by faculty experts and students in the University of Virginia’s Department of Urban and Environmental Planning who spent the spring semester assessing Charlottesville’s regional food system. A second meeting of interested community members, students and professors at U.Va. will explore best-practices to support local farming and begin laying the groundwork for the development of a Regional Community Food Plan. The meeting will be held on Thursday at the Gordon Avenue Library from noon to 2 p.m. Full story.

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The Cerenkov Blue: When the University Went Nuclear

In 1960, the University of Virginia was on the forefront of the emerging field of nuclear energy. With an initial power level of 1 million watts, U.Va. boasted the third-most powerful research reactor in the nation. At full power, the reactor (above) emitted a brilliant blue glow, caused by high-energy electrons as they shot out from the reactor’s core faster than the speed of light and slowed in the surrounding pool, known as the Cerenkov effect — after the Russian scientist who was finally able to explain it. But its early promise for a bright future was dimmed in the wake of the Three Mile Island accident in 1979 and extinguished after the Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine in 1986. On July 1, 1998, after a 38-year run, U.Va.’s nuclear reactor closed its doors. Full story.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch Letter to the Editor — 5/24/2006
Washington Post Correction — 01/12/2006
U.Va. Celebrates 177th Final Exercises, May 20-21
U.Va. Unveils Schematic Design for South Lawn Project
U.Va. Leads Public Universities with Highest African-American Graduation Rate for 12th Straight Year
Web Calendar   Community Briefing: Building the University of Tomorrow
7 p.m., Newcomb Hall Ballroom • Speakers: David J. Neuman and Richard A. Kovatch, U.Va. • Sponsored by U.Va.’s Office of Community Relations • Free and open to the public.

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Lindsay Hayward Plans to Transfer

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Three Cavaliers Named to ACC Academic Team

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Erin Crawford Earns All-American Honors at NCAA Championships

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