UVA in the News
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The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) was honored today at the Concordia Summit with the prestigious P3 Impact award for its CocoaLink mobile phone program in Ghana.
... Given by The University of Virginia Darden School of Business' Institute for Business in Society, Concordia, and the U.S. Department of State Secretary's Office of Global Partnerships, the P3 Impact Award was created to recognize and honor the examples of public-private partnerships (P3) that have had the greatest impact on improving communities and the world. The award recognizes the best practices and actionable insights in the public-private partnership arena, which includes any collaboration that features public, private, nonprofit, or non-governmental organizations and addresses societal problems.
Last week, it officially unveiled a $2.4 million computing cluster (a group of high-powered computers linked through a network) equal to about 4,800 individual central processing units.
Thomas Jefferson was a legend in his own time, and since then hundreds of books and articles have been written about him, so you might not expect to see more, but historian Jon Meacham, who was featured in Ken Burn’s documentary about the Roosevelts, is coming to Virginia to share a whole new view of Jefferson. ... in his book, Meacham describes Jefferson as a brilliant politician. ... While previous authors have glorified the sage of Monticello, Meacham paints a more realistic portrait. He says, for example, that Jefferson – who wrote All Men Are Created Equal but refused to free his slaves – was a hypocrite.
“Of course he was a hypocrite. I don’t know many people who aren’t. He was a human being. He was capable of great good, and he was capable of for us unimaginable moral compromises and depravity.”
But his political perspective would influence generations of politicians from John Adams to Ronald Reagan. Meacham will speak on October 3rd at UVA.
The University of Virginia is beefing up diversity efforts.
The endeavors go to hiring, as well as representation on key university boards and committees.
“The University of Virginia has done an excellent job in creating a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff, but we are committed to doing more,” said U.Va. Rector George Keith Martin, a Richmond lawyer who is leading the effort as head of the university’s board of visitors.
“Our students will compete in a global economy, and we will better equip them to do so if they have a more diverse experience at the university,” he added.
Mr. Martin is the first African-American elected rector in the university’s 195-year history.
Other African-Americans have been selected or named to important and influential positions at the Charlottesville university in recent weeks.
... HRSA GIVES $3 MILLION TO RURAL TELEMEDICINE PROGRAMS: The Health Resources and Services Administration Friday announced a series of grants [http://1.usa.gov/YEDP5n] awarded to support rural health care, including nearly $3 million for various telemedicine programs. Six organizations[http://1.usa.gov/1CzZniQ] received $2.4 million to expand tele-emergency networks in remote emergency departments and to study its effectiveness. Two providers will split $650,000 to assist the implementation of telehealth programs in rural areas. The University of Virginia received $725,000 for each of the programs. The series of grants were part of a $22.1 million HRSA program devoted to rural health.
Officials say a swell of interest from student leaders across the country has produced two new chapters of Help Save the Next Girl.
University of Virginia and Blacksburg High School are the newest chapters to organize awareness under Help Save the Next Girl's banner.
In a released statement, Jane Lillian Vance, faculty advisor for Help Save the Next Girl's first campus chapter, at Virginia Tech said, "I have been contacted from concerned students in Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina. Hannah Graham's case has stirred a national conversation."
... University of Virginia Peer Mentor and Honor Committee Representative, Landon Wilkins, is leading the charge to establish the new chapter of Help Save the Next Girl on Hannah's own campus, University of Virginia.
... Moss is in a small group of students and faculty members who organized a recent public meeting on synthetic biology at UVa's OpenGrounds building. Their goal is to help the public understand the importance of this field.
The University of Virginia Investment Management Co.’s private equity portfolio notched 35.3% returns in the fiscal year ended June 30, lifted by 61.8% gains from venture capital.
Third-year College student Carly Buckholz and third-year Engineering student Michael Buhl are bringing back Corks and Curls, the University's yearbook, ...
For the past two decades, the University of Virginia in Charlottesville has had the highest graduation rates for Black students of any public university in the United States. But the Office of African American Affairs at the university aims to not only graduate Black students at the University of Virginia but to boost the academic success of these students to a level where they will be able to compete for the best jobs and for places in the highest-ranked graduate schools. ... The efforts are paying off. Recent research shows that the percentage of Black students at the University of Virginia who have a grade point average of at least 3.0 increased from 37.4 percent in 2009 to 51.9 percent in 2014. In 2007, 17.3 percent of Black students graduated with high honors. In 2012, more than 30 percent of the Black students graduated with high honors.
After the man charged with abducting Hannah Graham was brought into custody on Wednesday, authorities remain optimistic about finding the missing University of Virginia student.
"We're going to continue to very aggressively search, particularly the wooded and rural areas around the city, in an effort to try to find Hannah,'' Timothy Longo, the police chief in Charlottesville, Virginia, told Hoda Kotb on TODAY Thursday. "We're hopeful that we will find Hannah and return her to her parents. We're going to continue to have that hope, until such time that we have evidence to the contrary."
Brad Wilcox, a proponent of marriage and director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, said that if the report’s findings hold up, they imply that a seismic shift may be underway in how Americans live, love and raise children. “The report does suggest that we are continuing to travel down the road to a less-married America,” he said. “But I’m particularly worried about working class and poor Americans who feel that a decent marriage is out of reach for them.”
... It is early in the annual reporting season (peers with large, diversified endowment portfolios including Yale, Princeton, and Stanford have yet to publish results), but the results to date are indicative of what kind of year investors had. Among higher-education institutions, the following reported these rates of returns during the fiscal year, and the resulting values of their endowments:
- MIT: 19.2 percent, $12.4 billion
- Dartmouth: 19.2 percent, $4.5 billion
- Duke: 20.1 percent, $7.0 billion
- University of Pennsylvania: 17.5 percent, $9.6 billion
- University of Virginia: 19.0 percent, $6.9 billion. (The University of Virginia Investment Management Company, which has a very strong long-term record and excellent, detailed financial reporting, highlighted exceptional results in private-equity assets, with a 35.3 percent rate of return, and natural-resources investments, up 27.1 percent, buoyed by energy assets.)
Tuesday afternoon, University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan issued a statement about the Hannah Graham case, thanking search volunteers and calling for more tips. The statement also addresses about how UVA is working to keep its students safe.
In the statement, Sullivan says UVA police have increased patrols and expanded hours of operations and the number of vans for its SafeRide program.
Sullivan says in the statement "these steps are a beginning, and we will continue to gather information and examine how we can make our university community as safe as possible."