Members of the state House Appropriations Committee recently visited with University of Virginia students and faculty during an Eastern Shore tour that included a stop to learn about the Virginia Coast Reserve Long Term Ecological Research program.

The program, part of UVA’s Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center, provides opportunities for research on the marshes, coastal bays and barrier islands of the Virginia coast, and supports K-12 education activities throughout the state.

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On Wednesday, University of Virginia alumnus Dominic Inglot will step onto Wimbledon’s famous grass courts hoping to build on what has already been a milestone year for the London-born tennis pro.

As part of Great Britain’s 2015 Davis Cup team – which also included current world No. 2 player Andy Murray – Inglot helped Great Britain win the world championship for the first time since 1936. This summer, he hopes to represent his country in the Olympics, pending final team selections on June 30.

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Editor’s Note: President Juan Manuel Santos appeared at the University of Virginia in 2013 and offered details of his government’s negotiations with Colombia’s largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

Colombia and the country’s main rebel group have now reached a historic peace agreement, ending more than 50 years of hostilities that killed approximately 220,000 people.

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Colleges and universities can help drive social change in the fight against gender-based violence, according to Nancy Deutsch, an associate professor in the University of Virginia Curry School of Education.

That’s why last week on Grounds, Deutsch led the first National Leadership Institute on the issue, drawing representatives from schools around the country. The action-oriented program was designed to help universities identify strategies for preventing and responding to gender-based violence on their campuses.

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In the 40 years between the Roaring ‘20s and the Swinging ‘60s, Charlottesville and the University of Virginia hosted many seminal moments during a transformative period for the nation.

As part of its wide-ranging preservation mission, the UVA Library serves as a guardian of local history and culture. To that end, the library recently completed the second phase of a four-year joint project with the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library to digitize past editions of The Daily Progress.

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On a recent, unseasonably cool day in Charlottesville, a group of students huddled over square, shallow dig sites on the floor of a section of sun-dappled forest at Monticello, searching for clues to previous lives.

Under the tutelage of Fraser Neiman, Monticello’s director of archaeology, 11 students are spending six weeks in the University of Virginia’s Summer Archaeological Field School at Thomas Jefferson’s home.

Neiman said two-thousand acres of Monticello provide “our archaeological sand box.”

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First came at-home pregnancy tests. Today, there are mail-in tests for HIV, genetics and paternity – even sexually transmitted diseases, diabetes and thyroid dysfunction can be screened from the privacy of one’s home.

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The 2016-17 “Best Children’s Hospital” guide from U.S. News & World Report highlights four nationally ranked specialties at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital.

The four ranked specialties are:

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The University of Virginia will seek to reduce the electricity it draws from the power grid for one hour on Thursday, as a drill to reduce stress on the electrical grid.

From 2 to 3 p.m., the University will reduce electricity use by turning off unnecessary equipment during what the Office for Sustainability calls “UVA Saves Hour.”

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The Smithsonian Institution is collaborating with the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education to allow middle school students to reconstruct key inventions that shaped the world, using 3D printing and other fabrication technologies.  

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From working in a factory gluing together rubber tubes to staying with Romanian water polo players when he visited their country, Michael Sears spent several years between college and graduate school taking the time to reflect on where his life had brought him so far. Going through the University of Virginia’s top-notch Creative Writing Program gave him the opportunity and confidence to find insight and draw upon his experiences for his fiction.

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Two University of Virginia graduate students can focus on their dissertations, thanks to Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships.

Annie Galvin, in the Department of English, and Natasha L. Mikles, in the Department of Religious Studies, both doctoral candidates, are two of 20 national recipients of the fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

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The latest supercomputers and large-scale observatories like the Large Hadron Collider have the power to support unprecedented breakthroughs in astrophysics, genomics, climate science and scores of other fields.

They can fulfill their potential, however, only if the networks that connect them to scientists and researchers around the world are equally robust, able to move enormous quantities of data precisely, reliably and at extremely high speeds.

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University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers have identified promising drugs that could lead to the first antidote for radiation exposure that might result from a dirty bomb terror attack or a nuclear accident such as Chernobyl.

Some of the compounds, including the drug rapamycin, have previously been shown to extend life in organisms such as worms and flies, though it’s unknown if they would have the same benefit in humans. UVA’s research suggests that these compounds, or similar drugs, might counter the deadly effects of ionizing radiation.

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Four University of Virginia scholars will spend the summer focusing on the Lawn, conducting three separate research projects involving the Academical Village.

Their research is being funded by the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment Fund of the Academical Village, which awards summer grants supporting students who conduct research projects that increase public understanding of the original precinct of the University designed by Thomas Jefferson.

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When contemplating the mechanics of blood flow through stiff arteries, consider the flooring metaphor.

When a rubber ball is dropped on a hardwood floor, it bounces back quickly – unlike when it’s bounced on a soft surface like carpet, which absorbs much of the bounce. In the same way, blood flows faster when it moves along stiff arteries – a circumstance that, while on the surface sounds like it might be efficient for circulation, is actually a negative consequence for organs like the heart and kidneys, which become bombarded by the overwhelming rush and pressure of blood.

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Companies like Netflix aren’t just interested in the $8 subscription fee that you fork over to access your favorite shows. They want to turn that relationship into a lifelong commitment.

Netflix and other major companies are increasingly scrutinizing “Consumer Lifetime Value” – the total value a consumer will provide a firm from when they sign up to when they stop using a product or service. The metric has become more important in the digital age, as subscription services like Netflix or Spotify have proliferated.

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Raymond Shaw graduated from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education in 1971 and was a high school biology teacher by trade, but history was his driving passion. After discovering an old Confederate bayonet on his farm in Albemarle County, Shaw became fascinated by Virginia’s Civil War history and spent much of his free time hunting for relics from that era.

Following Shaw’s recent death, his family decided to donate some of his finds – relics from the Skirmish at Rio Hill – to UVA’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

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It’s easy to affirm the value of diversity on the University of Virginia’s Grounds. The hard work is doing diversity – working effectively to incorporate diverse perspectives into the University’s missions of research, teaching and service.

It is toward that end that UVA’s Black Faculty/Staff Employee Research Group instituted two awards in 2015 to honor one faculty member and one staff member who “actively and enthusiastically seek to bring greater diversity to the University community.”

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