Based on population statistics, every locality has a unique identity that tells a story about its past, present and future demographic change. It’s just not always so easy to see on a spreadsheet.

That’s what makes Kathryn Crespin’s work so helpful.

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Identity is too much with us late and soon, figuring prominently in clashes over diversity, multiculturalism, political correctness, offensive speech, “deplorable” voters and arrogant elites. It is an irony – perhaps even a tragic one – that the only way out of the identity trap is through it. How we negotiate that irony is one of the distinctive challenges of our modern condition.

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Most students can’t help but smile when they recall their time in University of Virginia’s summer orientation program, when, fresh out of high school, they had no idea what to expect.

This summer, a new feature of the program called “I am UVA” – which entails a group of five orientation leaders going on stage in Old Cabell Hall and sharing their UVA experiences – drew rave reviews.

To see some of those aforementioned smiles, check out this video.

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The University of Virginia is No. 1 among public colleges and universities in Princeton Review’s annual return-on-investment rankings, “Top 50 Colleges That Pay You Back.”

The return-on-investment listing is among the rankings and categories that Princeton Review compiles in the 2019 edition of “The Best 384 Colleges,” which was released earlier this month.

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James E. Ryan is ready to run his race as the University of Virginia’s ninth president, and that’s not just a metaphor.

As part of his inauguration celebration this October, Ryan will host – and, with his wife Katie, participate in – a “Community Bridges” 5K fundraiser moving through Charlottesville on Oct. 20 at 9 a.m. All proceeds will go directly to the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, which supports more than 250 nonprofit organizations in Charlottesville.

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For the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report magazine has ranked the University of Virginia Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in Virginia. The publication’s 2018-19 “Best Hospitals” guide also recognizes nine UVA specialties for adults among the best in the U.S.

Five specialties are in the top 50 nationally: ear, nose & throat (18th); urology (30th); cancer (40th); nephrology (42nd); and cardiology and heart surgery (44th).

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Preparations are well underway for the inauguration of the University of Virginia’s ninth president, James E. Ryan, in October.

Ryan, who took office on Aug. 1, will be formally inaugurated on Oct 19. A series of public events on Oct. 19 and 20 will bring together UVA students, faculty, alumni, staff, the Charlottesville community and the general public to celebrate the start of a new chapter in the University’s history.

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The University of Virginia’s student-athletes have long given ’Hoos plenty of reasons to come together, whether on Grounds or around the world.

There is the pride that comes with winning a national championship (or 25 of them). There is the joy of a buzzer-beating 3-pointer (thanks, De’Andre Hunter) and the thrill of watching ’Hoos succeed in the NFL, the NBA, the World Cup, Major League Baseball, and so much more.

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University of Virginia President James E. Ryan delivered the following address as prepared during “The Hope That Summons Us: A Morning of Reflection and Renewal” in Old Cabell Hall on Saturday morning.

 

It is an honor to be here with all of you today, which is the one-year anniversary of the march on UVA and Charlottesville and, much less importantly, the 11th day of my presidency.

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Academic societies’ most prestigious honors are typically reserved for researchers at the ends of their careers, as a way to recognize a lifetime of groundbreaking work.

The Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers is no exception. One of just 16 medals that the 400,000-member professional organization presents each year, it singles out an individual who has made outstanding contributions to material and device science.

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A flier tacked to a Cabell Hall bulletin board over a quarter-century ago changed everything for Bill Hofheimer.

The flier was for a “Career in Sports” seminar that featured a panel discussion with former University of Virginia Senior Associate Athletic Director Wood Selig, then-Richmond Braves General Manager Bruce Baldwin and NFL player agent Joe Sroba, who used to represent former UVA football player Barry Word.

Hofheimer attended.

A few stutter steps, a juke and a break to the outside later, and the UVA second-year student had carved out a future career path.

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Saturday’s University of Virginia event, “The Hope that Summons Us: A Morning of Reflection and Renewal,” has attracted large interest and all 650 tickets have been distributed. But organizers are encouraging people to view the online livestream of the program, which comes one year to the day after white supremacists staged violent protests at UVA and in downtown Charlottesville.

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University of Virginia officials leading the safety and security preparations for this weekend have kept members of the University community updated in preceding weeks, and encouraged them to support one another during the emotionally charged weekend.

A number of safety and preparedness measures have been put into place in advance of the one-year anniversary of last August’s violence.  

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The University of Virginia is developing a new statewide, multi-site “Biocomplexity Initiative” that seeks to employ the principles of interdisciplinary team science to integrate such diverse disciplines as molecular science and public policy analysis in order to solve complex and multidimensional problems in medicine and society.

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Three recent University of Virginia graduates will continue their studies this fall in the United Kingdom with Rotary Global Grants of $40,000.

Kevin Cao of Fairfax, who in May earned a master’s degree in commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce and a bachelor’s degree in global development studies from the College of Arts & Sciences, will pursue a master’s degree in comparative and international education at the University of Oxford.

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As he drove toward the Brooklyn Bridge last New Year’s Eve on his way to see New York City for the first time, Mahmoud Elnaggar was filled with excitement. The University of Virginia student had spent most of his life in Egypt and was now going to be getting a taste of the Big Apple.

But it was a sour first bite.

To Elnaggar’s surprise, there was a whopping $18 toll just to cross the bridge. “I was like, ‘Oh my God!’” Elnaggar said.

Elnaggar’s navigation app never gave him any idea that it would be that expensive.

A few minutes later, Elnaggar hit another toll.

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