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As Valentine’s Day draws near, love will be celebrated in countless different ways, looked at from all points of view and shared amongst family, friends, significant others, adults, elderly and children alike. Everyone looks at love in their own way, and scientists are no different. They, too, have their own, technical definitions of love, defined in their field’s terms. It can be seen as a reaction in the brain, the positive to negative attraction of particles or stemming from the social interactions between two people. Within an institution such as the University, these nuanced definitions are everywhere.
Last year, iLab was able to launch 23 startups, such as Art for the Heart, DataClassroom and Minimally Invasive Spinal Technology. Founded in 2000, iLab is an initiative supported by the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation that provides financial and legal advice, as well as a workspace to support to young entrepreneurs within and beyond the Charlottesville community.
Founded in the spring of 2016, Animal Justice Advocates at the University has been working towards ending violence against animals throughout the Charlottesville community. Some of their current initiatives include prevention of animal use in experiments, dissections and entertainment and the creation of the Student Choice Policy, which allows students to opt-out of dissections. AJA’s End Dissection Initiative received support from Student Council’s Representative Body this past fall.
Established in 2001, the Undergraduate Research Network is connected with the University’s multiple research communities. URN provides resources to allow students to explore and get involved in various disciplines of research.
After conducting 20 years of research, doctors at the University have begun testing a lung transplant drug on humans. Surgery professors and certified thoracic surgeons Christine Lau and Irving Kron, lead researchers of the study, recently initiated phase one, or a “safety trial,” to determine the safest drug dosage to administer to patients during surgery. The investigated drug, called regadenoson, is expected to increase success rates of lung transplants.
Since last September, the University Police Department has partnered with Social Sentinel, a social media scanning company, in order to identify potential threats to public safety. But some members of the University community are raising concerns about the scanning activities.
An open data initiative is seeking to better understand how visitors to the Charlottesville Downtown Mall are using wireless internet.
The University’s Health System Board met Wednesday to evaluate the system’s progress on corporate healthcare goals and discuss new strategies to improve both employee and patient wellbeing.