UVA in the News
UVA in the News is a daily compilation of news about the University of Virginia and its faculty, staff, students and alumni. This page is updated by noon each weekday.
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The University of Virginia is taking its next steps to fight sexual assaults on and around its historic grounds. The first in a series of town hall meetings was held Monday afternoon. The work session focused on prevention efforts - bystander training, peer-education, and physical safety – as well as adding camera systems and security officers.
The foundation that supports the University of Virginia Curry School of Education has launched an $11 million initiative to identify and scale promising education innovations. The "Jefferson Education Accelerator" will offer mentoring, analysis, networking opportunities, access to financing and evaluation of products and services to companies in the education sector at the "growth" stage.
In this week’s UVa Today segment, Madeline Curott visited the Brody Jewish Center to discuss an exhibition by UVa alumna Anne Grant (CLAS '12). The exhibition is the result of her ongoing Jewish Studies project called Shmattes.
Legal experts tore apart both the state and federal sentencing structures at a symposium Friday at the University of Virginia School of Law. At The Future of Sentencing symposium, hosted by the student-run Virginia Journal of Criminal Law, keynote speaker U.S. Judge for the Southern District of New York, Jed Rakoff, argued that federal judges need to have more leeway when imposing sentences, as opposed to always sticking to mandatory minimums or within strict sentencing guidelines.
College-age developers, designers, and entrepreneurs from across Virginia and other parts of the country came together for 24 hours to Hack UVa and put their innovative creations to the test. "We want to bring the spirit of innovation that spirit of building something for the sake of building something," said Wil Thomason, a member of the Hack UVa executive board.
The enduring appeal of stories will be at the heart of the 21st annual Virginia Festival of the Book. The festival, which is set for March 18-22, will include everything from children’s author Megan McDonald’s “Stink” series to a football-themed literary huddle to a passel of historians, environmental scientists, local chefs and first-time novelists.
Soon you'll be able to view some of Shakespeare's best-known early works at the University of Virginia. UVa was selected to host Shakespeare's priceless "First Folio," which contains 18 plays published by his friends seven years after his death. They include: "As You Like It," "Julius Caesar," "Macbeth," "The Tempest" and "Twelfth Night."
The University of Virginia is hoping to achieve a level of “zero waste” at Saturday’s men’s basketball game against Virginia Tech. As part of RecycleMania, a competition that calls on more than 350 colleges and universities nationwide to reduce waste and boost recycling and composting efforts, staffers from UVa Dining, the Athletics Department and the Office for Sustainability have teamed up to compost or recycle waste generated at the game.
A Tennessean-led fight for access to public records is drawing support from national press freedom and First Amendment advocacy groups. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Tennessee Association of Broadcasters, Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression and the University of Virginia School of Law First Amendment Clinic have filed briefs in the case, which is soon expected to go before the Tennessee Supreme Court.
Jerome McGann believes that Poe has been underrated as a poet. McGann teaches at the University of Virginia, where Poe briefly studied, and his appeal is not to the mob, the reading public, or the circus performers, the practitioners of verse. His jury is the clergy, not the laity, the imperial souls for whom reading is a “textual event.” It is as difficult a brief as defending Bob Dylan as a novelist, or John Lennon as a nice person.
There are many advantages to staying in-state when it comes to getting your education. Not only will you save money on transportation to and from home, many public colleges offer generous discounts to students in their own state. The University of Virginia is a large public university ranked 2nd out of 41 colleges in Virginia. The school is fairly selective, only accepting about 30% of the students that apply. The excellent tuition discount makes the university a great buy for in-state students. Those students who are expecting financial aid pay an average of $10,700 per year. Most students graduate in 4.1 years so that brings the total cost of the degree to about $43,900.
Colleges and careers were not created equal, so you should be pragmatic enough to consider the salary potential of different majors and the costs of individual schools. The research firm PayScale has gathered data on graduates from more than 900 colleges and estimates the financial returns of different degrees and schools. For instance, the average degree from the University of Virginia offers an annual return over 20 years (calculated as earnings minus the cost of college versus the earnings of average high school graduate) of 17.6 percent; Shaw University offers -10.6 percent.
A political discussion with an international guest speaker was held at the University of Virginia Thursday. The Austrian ambassador to the United States kicked off a day of discussions at the home of political analyst Larry Sabato. Dr. Peter Manz spoke about the U.S. and Austria working together on real-world challenges.
The University of Virginia is launching an accelerator program based out of offices in D.C. and Charlottesville, the school announced last week. The program is kicking off with $11 million in initial funding from the Curry School of Education Foundation (mostly derived from alumni donations) and a beginning balance from USA Funds, a nonprofit that guarantees student loans.
The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington has selected the sites for its most ambitious exhibition ever: a traveling tour of First Folios that will stop in every state, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
Here in Washington, Gallaudet University earned the honor of displaying the Folger’s traveling First Folio, one of the most valuable printed books in the world. In Maryland, the book will stop at St. John’s College in Annapolis. And Virginians can see the First Folio at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.