Each year, the #UVAPhotoContest captures the most picturesque locations on the University of Virginia’s Grounds through photos posted on Instagram. This spring, contestants were asked to showcase life on Grounds through images that included at least one person or animal.

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It’s that time of year again. Couches are placed on sidewalks and perfectly good appliances are thrown into the trash. This annual ritual is part of the mass exodus that occurs across the nation as college students move out of apartments and student housing.

The University of Virginia offers another option, one that benefits the local community: Chuck It for Charity.

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In a year where it seems like every aspect of American politics is being watched and analyzed on the world stage, University of Virginia doctoral candidate Michael Poznansky is interested in the powerful political plays that are hidden beneath the surface.

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This year’s award-winning teachers at the University of Virginia show the enormous impact a passionate teacher can have on students’ lives.

Scores of students, faculty peers department chairs and deans contributed glowing testimonials about 13 professors, plus a medical resident and five graduate teaching assistants, who were chosen for a range of teaching awards sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. The teachers were to be honored at a banquet Wednesday.

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Midway through her Peace Corps service, Julia Shafer’s family visited her in Antanifotsy, Madagascar. Shafer’s students and fellow teachers welcomed them with performances of traditional dances from all over the island, and Shafer, a year after arriving as a rare foreigner in Antanifotsy, realized she felt at home in both worlds.

“It was a really cool experience, to share my family from home with my family here in Madagascar,” said Shafer, a 2012 University of Virginia graduate.

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Fourth-year student Artem Demchenko has spent much of his time at the University of Virginia volunteering in local public housing communities, helping residents create gardens similar to those he remembers from his home in Ukraine.

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The missions keep getting higher, longer, farther and faster, as Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Christopher Goyne inspires his University of Virginia students to keep pushing the outer edges of the envelope.

Goyne teaches a spacecraft design course that has, during recent years, led to student-designed and -built projects reaching out to the edges of space.

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“Who are you without your job, your title and your salary?”

The question reverberated in Bronco Mendenhall’s mind. Among the youngest head coaches at the highest level of college football, he was fresh off of leading the 2007 Brigham Young University football team to its second conference championship in his three years in charge. It was an accomplishment that felt oddly unfulfilling – so much so that he considered resigning even as he hoisted the championship trophy on the field after the game.

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The crowd at the Take it Away deli on the Corner was typically busy during a recent lunch hour, with dozens of University of Virginia students ordering, picking out their drinks and grabbing bags of chips to go with their sandwiches. In addition to the baskets of barbeque and sour-cream-and onion-flavored snacks, customers have a healthy new option to add some crunch to their lunch: cashews.

Harvested from cashew trees more than 10,000 miles away in Bali, the nuts come in mouth-watering flavors like sesame ginger, sea salt and garlic pepper.

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This summer, pairs of University of Virginia student researchers will receive funding to examine local mentoring programs, women’s health and ion channels in immune cells, among other projects.

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University of Virginia undergraduate student Jill Ferguson has been named a Truman Scholar and will receive $30,000 toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in professional development to help prepare her for a career in public service leadership.

Ferguson, a third-year materials science and engineering and nanotechnology major, with an engineering business minor, said the award will assist her in her graduate research on solar photovoltaic cells.

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As a first-year student, Joseph Marchese-Schmitt lost his way on Grounds and wandered into Old Cabell Hall to ask a group of students for directions. Unbeknownst to Marchese-Schmitt, he was walking into a now 145-year-old tradition that would define his next four years: the University of Virginia’s Glee Club.

“They gave me directions and asked me if I wanted to audition,” Marchese-Schmitt said. “They were very convincing, and it was the happiest mistake of my whole time here at UVA.”

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Linking everything from the boardroom to the classroom to the boiler room, the University of Virginia has unveiled a comprehensive Sustainability Plan, encompassing specific short- and long-term goals.

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As summer approaches, the end of the presidential primary season is finally in sight and speculation on potential vice presidential candidates is heating up. Political strategists have already been working for months to analyze every advantage that possible running mates could bring to the table, but two University of Virginia researchers argue that there is a sizable advantage they may be overlooking.

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The American Academy of Arts and Sciences on Wednesday announced the election of 213 new members this year, including three faculty members from the University of Virginia: School of Law professor and psychologist John Monahan; Jahan Ramazani, Professor of English; and Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Alan Taylor.

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University of Virginia chemist Rebecca Pompano is looking for ways to turn children’s immune systems against pediatric cancers. Neuroscientist John Lukens is investigating links between gastrointestinal inflammation, dysfunctional immune responses and the development of autism.

Both have recently been named recipients of 2015 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Awards to benefit children of the United States. Each will receive $100,000 per year in direct research support from The Hartwell Foundation for three years.

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The Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment, a major survey of the stars in our home galaxy led by University of Virginia astronomers, has now played a key role in a totally unexpected way – by shedding new light on faint objects known as brown dwarfs.

These curious objects are too small to be stars, but too large to fit the common definition of planets. The existence of such objects was theoretically predicted by emeritus UVA faculty member Shiv Kumar in 1962, but they were not proven to exist until 1995.

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“This experience is exactly the sort of thing I came here hoping to find,” University of Virginia graduate student Chris Knapp said about UVA’s Kapnick Foundation Distinguished Writer-in-Residence program.

Knapp, a first-year graduate fiction writer in UVA’s renowned Creative Writing Program, housed in the English department, was referring to the visit of writer Caryl “Caz” Phillips, who is meeting with students and giving talks during his two-week residency.

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The Cattaraugus Reservation in western New York and the University of Virginia are in many ways worlds apart, and not only because of the 400-plus miles that separate them. Less than 1 percent of UVA’s student body is Native American.

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