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“There’s definitely pent-up demand” as people retire from and leave state government in general,” Sara Redding Wilson, the state’s human resources director, said. But “the governor’s got a big push toward getting more people educated so we have a talented workforce in Virginia,” Wilson added, noting that the University of Virginia is the largest agency in the state.
Intuitive Surgical, famous for its da Vinci robotic surgery system, just awarded 5 U.S. medical centers a one-year grant to advance training of robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery using virtual reality. The winning institutions are The University of Rochester Medical Center, University of Virginia School of Medicine, University of Nevada School of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Miami, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. More than 50 institutions applied for the grant.
Science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, will be brought to life this week at the University of Virginia.
Sunday afternoon, rising ninth and tenth graders from all over the Commonwealth checked in at UVa for Building Leaders for Advanced Science and Technology, or simply BLAST, camp.
The editor-in-chief, Julia Horowitz, the managing board of the paper and the Cavalier Daily Alumni Association sent a letter to alumni and other supports warning that the 125-year-old newspaper’s survival might be at stake unless they could quickly raise a lot of cash. Within 14 hours, she said, they had gotten pledges to cover the $55,000 debt.
Also participating were non-governmental organizations such as Project Hope, Operation Smile, Latter Day Saints Charities, the University of California San Diego, the University of Virginia, the University of Hawaii, Project Handclasp and World Vets.
Although W&M charges the highest tuition and mandatory fees, the University of Virginia registered the highest percentage increase.
Incoming U.Va. freshmen will pay $14,468, an 11.3 percent increase, because of a $1,000 step charge added to the base tuition that returning students will pay. The rate for returning students is $13,468, a 3.6 percent increase.
Tom Katsouleas, named provost, the University of Virginia. Katsouleas, formerly the Vinik Dean of Engineering at Duke University’s School of Engineering, will start at U.Va. on Aug. 17.
The University of Virginia’s McIntire Department of Music is getting ready to welcome a new music chair in the upcoming school year. Matthew Burtner is excited to take the position, and he spoke with the Newsplex about some of the events the department will be holding in the coming months.
Company CEO and founder Keith Arledge said Fans4Ever is a relatively new venture that grew out of his 16 years of experience working in the cemetery sector. “We are the first company we know of that is focused on assisting universities with this kind of project,” Arledge said. “Given how many universities are moving in this direction … we thought it would help if they are working cemetery professionals.” Some of the universities “moving in this direction,” Arledge said, include the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech, Notre Dame in Indiana and Chapman University in California.
Albemarle County’s top prosecutor and the University of Virginia’s president are getting behind the group Help Save the Next Girl and its efforts to prevent sexual violence. After an especially trying year in Charlottesville with the disappearance and murder of UVA student Hannah Graham, HSNTG is sharing its message of preventing violence. The nonprofit set up a stand at the Albemarle County Fair Saturday, and members wore pins in honor of Graham.
Taking an inventory of the damage caused by last November’s Rolling Stone story “A Rape on Campus” requires some doing. The uncorroborated and since-retracted tale of a University of Virginia undergraduate named Jackie suffering through a gang rape at a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house in 2012 hurt the school’s students, who were depicted as callous and status-conscious; the school’s administrators, who were depicted as bumbling and unserious; the Phi Kappa Psi house, which was depicted as a den of horrors; the Charlottesville police, who spent untold resources retracing the story and finding no evidence to back up its claims; and the wider U.Va. community, which sustained a loss of reputation in the mess. Now the fellow who oversaw the disaster — Rolling Stone Managing Editor Will Dana — is leaving the magazine.
Making up a story, if it’s about a designated villain, is hip in certain quarters but it’s never cool, as Rolling Stone magazine is learning in the sordid wake of its account of a gang rape at a fraternity house at the University of Virginia. It was a gang rape that by all recent accounts never happened. The magazine retracted the story, but the damage was done. Now law suits are accumulating, the editor who presided over the story at the magazine walked the plank this week, and there’s talk that the White House may have been involved in advancing the story. The U.S. Department of Education has declined to answer Freedom of Information requests for telephone logs and other information that might show to what degree, if any, the White House orchestrated the rape story at a time when it was pushing hard to expand the role of the federal government in combating sexual violence on college campuses.
The University of Virginia’s ambassador program is gearing up for the return of students next month. We put the $1.6 million per year plan under the microscope to find out if it’s really keeping people at UVA safer.
Two months after a University of Virginia dean filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine, three UVa graduates who are members the fraternity profiled in a discredited and retracted story about a gang rape in their chapter house have filed a lawsuit against the publication, its publisher and the writer of the article.
The University of Virginia is making an effort to increase the number of minority students interested in graduate education. Several undergraduates from colleges and universities on the East Coast and in Puerto Rico are involved in the Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative (LAMI) at UVA. The eight-week long program aims to help minority undergraduates learn more about graduate studies.