UVA in the News
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In 1989, German graffiti artist Dennis Kaun painted a mural on four panels of the Berlin Wall. The mural, titled “Kings of Freedom,” depicted two kings – one blindfolded and painted in gray, representing communist East Germany, and the other painted in bright red and yellow, representing capitalist West Germany. Just days later, the wall came down, allowing East German citizens to cross over in to West Germany for the first time in more than 28 years. Next month, students and local residents will get the chance to see the wall on Grounds at the University of Virginia.
It's one thing to get a college education and quite another to get a job with that degree. Now, the University of Virginia is trying to better connect students with the real world that will be waiting for them once they've graduated.
Tobacco Free Community Coalition partner organizations, such as the University of Virginia, already have started making changes within their own organizations that could impact thousands of employees. UVa began distributing a non-tobacco-use reward of $120 annually ($10 per month) to employees who live in tobacco-free households, along with offering free cessation classes for all students, employees and their spouses.
The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act, which took effect Friday, holds institutions of higher education responsible for the prevention of sexual violence, not just responding to it after assaults occur. The response comes as a growing number of female victims are accusing their institutions of mishandling sexual assault cases. University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan, whose institution recently held a national conference on sexual misconduct, discusses the issue.
Where can you find big live beetles to pet, stars to explore even in the daylight and more weird, wild, freaky, fascinating things than you can imagine? At the Ruckersville Elementary PTA’s third annual Science Day this Saturday, March 8. The free event is from 1 to 4 p.m. at Ruckersville Elementary School. “Compared to what we have done for the last two years, we are really blowing up the number of activities we are offering,” says Dr. Anthony Remijan, who has been the driving force behind getting students and faculty from the University of Virginia to make the trip up U.S. 29 for a day of exciting kids and adults about math and science.
A federal judge has dismissed the Federal Aviation Administration's only fine against a commercial drone user on the grounds that the small drone was no different than a model aircraft, a decision that appears to undermine the agency's power to keep a burgeoning civilian drone industry out of the skies. The FAA levied the fine against aerial photographer Raphael Pirker for flying the small drone near the University of Virginia to make a commercial video in October 2011.
The University of Virginia will share the results of a student housing study with Charlottesville City Council Wednesday night. The university hired consultants to survey 2,500 students about the need for residence halls and off-grounds apartments.
Dee Elementary School in Ogden School District has been the lowest-performing school in the state for years, but in 2010 the district was given a multi-million-dollar improvement grant to help failing schools, like Dee, succeed. “Our students wanted to learn so badly they just didn’t know how to be successful,” said Sondra Jolovich-Motes, who is the principal at Dee Elementary School. With the funds, Motes was sent to a special leadership program at the University of Virginia. She came back with training and began research on the school’s teachers and students.
The Virginia Department of Education announced Wednesday that it plans to grant more than $2.1 million to 10 partnerships statewide between school divisions, colleges and universities to help enhance content knowledge and hone classroom skills of teachers in science, technology, engineering and math – a program also known as STEM. Culpeper County Public Schools will partner with the University of Virginia, the Virginia School University Partnership and Jefferson Lab via a $227,069 grant for the course “Developing Grades 6-12 Science Teacher Leaders’ Understanding of Elecricity, Magnetism and Light via Modeling and Inquiry.”
The University of Virginia would have to pay an additional $5 million annually to the state retirement system under budget proposals being discussed in the General Assembly. The Senate and the House of Delegates have passed separate state budget plans. Both plans would increase the university's contribution to the Virginia Retirement System from about 8.7 percent to about 12.3 percent. That would cost the university another $5 million per year. Much of that funding would have to come from tuition increases, said Colette Sheehy, the university's vice president for management and budgets.