University of Virginia President Jim Ryan, who was officially inaugurated Friday, has formed a Strategic Planning Committee to solicit input and generate ideas for a new strategic plan for the University’s future. 

The president and University leadership will submit a draft strategic plan to the Board of Visitors in June. If approved, that plan will be operational for a minimum of five years and outline a vision for the University over 10 to 15 years.

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Electricity began flowing last month from the UVA Hollyfield Solar facility, an innovative partnership between the University of Virginia, the Darden School of Business and Dominion Energy.

Under the agreement reached last year, the University and Darden are purchasing the entire output of electricity produced at the 160-acre solar facility in King William County – about a 90-minute drive from the Rotunda – for the next 25 years.

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A new antibiotic being developed at the University of Virginia School of Medicine appears ideal for battling periodontal disease, the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, according to dental researchers at 

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Transgender characters on television shows, in movies and in other mainstream media have never been more prevalent. But how do people in the transgender community feel about these characters, who are attempting to portray them?

Well-represented? Empowered? More vulnerable? Better understood? Indifferent?

These are questions that University of Virginia assistant media studies professor André Cavalcante addressed in his recent book, “Struggling for Ordinary: Media and Transgender Belonging in Everyday Life.”

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One by one, 10 members of the University of Virginia community stepped up to a microphone on a dimly-lit stage Saturday afternoon to share deeply personal narratives at a special community storytelling event focused on building bridges, a theme of Jim Ryan’s presidency.

Coming a day after the pomp and circumstance of his swearing-in as UVA’s ninth president, “Double Take: Stories That Make You Think Twice,” filled seats in Old Cabell Hall.

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A sampling of top University of Virginia researchers showcased their work and discussed the merging of teaching with research, and citizenship and democracy, during a “Profiles in Discovery” event held in the Rotunda’s Dome Room, part of Friday’s inaugural celebrations for President Jim Ryan.

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University of Virginia President Jim Ryan delivered the following address (as prepared) during his inauguration on the Lawn Friday.

Welcome to all of you – Governor Northam, family, friends, colleagues and distinguished guests. I am deeply touched that you are all here, though I confess that this is all slightly surreal and a tad overwhelming. Given the gowns and the pageantry, the gathering of basically everyone I have ever known, and the wildly unrealistic things being said about me, I have to say it feels a little like a cross between a wedding and a funeral.

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University of Virginia head football coach Bronco Mendenhall and his wife Holly have made a $500,000 pledge to support construction of the University’s new football operations center as part of the athletics department’s master plan project.

“Holly and I are excited to be a part of the process that transforms Virginia football,” Bronco Mendenhall said. “We love developing young people through football, and the new football operations center will provide our young men a home where they can develop into exceptional football players, students and leaders.”

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On a bright autumn afternoon in Cleveland more than 50 years ago, 6-year-old Kevin Gaines waited for a rally at his neighborhood playground to see a visitor he already knew was important: a minister named Martin Luther King Jr.

Alas, hearing the civil rights icon was not to happen that day for Gaines. King’s arrival was delayed so long that at sunset, the boy decided to head home and not be late for dinner.

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On Friday afternoon, Jim Ryan will be officially sworn in as president of the University of Virginia, taking up a mantle that only eight others have worn before him.

Barring severe weather, the ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. on the Lawn, site of so many momentous occasions in the University’s history. The rain site is John Paul Jones Arena; at both locations, admission is free and open to the public.

Here’s what to expect during the historic event.

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The experiment was deceptively simple: Place a photograph of a person’s eyes behind the donation box at a children’s museum and see if contributions increased.

They did, and now charities all over the world may have a new tool to raise money.

University of Virginia psychology Ph.D candidate Caroline Kelsey is the lead author of the new study, just published in the journal Human Nature. She said the findings support the idea that people tend to act according to pro-social norms when they sense that they are being watched – even if the eyes doing the watching are not real.

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A new innovation in cancer research will enable scientists to understand the complex causes of the disease with unprecedented speed and sophistication. This will accelerate the development of new and better treatments, and it will help researchers find ways around roadblocks that now stand in their path.

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Strengthening the University’s relationship with the City of Charlottesville, County of Albemarle and the surrounding region is the goal of a new working group established by University of Virginia President Jim Ryan.

The group will determine the highest-priority issues for consideration, which might include wages, housing, education, health care and other matters.

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NBA star Malcolm Brogdon and philanthropist Martha Karsh will serve as co-chairs for “Honor the Future: The Campaign for the Future of the University of Virginia,” UVA announced this week.

The $5 billion campaign will position the University to thrive into its third century through a commitment to UVA’s founding ideals: truth, citizenship and the power of knowledge. Gifts from the University’s many generous supporters during the campaign are expected to bolster strategic objectives in every school, department and sector, and further improve UVA’s unparalleled student experience.

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It’s that time of year again! The University of Virginia is holding its hugely popular Trick-or-Treating on the Lawn on Oct. 31, and there are some exciting, spooky changes in store this year.

Each year, thousands of local children and their parents flock to the center of the University for this free, time-honored community event.

UVA Today reached out to the Lawn’s head resident, Joan Lee, to hear about plans for this year’s event and get some of her top tips for parents who want to bring their children for some ghoulish fun.

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Daniel Autry stopped going to many of his University of Virginia classes. All he wanted to do was sleep; it seemed like the only remedy for the “traffic jam” taking place in his brain.

The congestion started in high school when he began experiencing symptoms of what he would later learn was social anxiety. Now, as he tried to acclimate to college – time-management challenges, new social circles, unexpected happenings on Grounds and around Charlottesville – it snowballed into something he couldn’t get a handle on.

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