Pulitzer-prize winning author Marilynne Robinson is well-known for her fiction, but she also has written extensively on the topic of faith and religion in public life. She will give a series of public lectures at the University of Virginia on “Our Public Conversation: How America Talks About Itself.”

The three lectures, scheduled for Feb. 23, 24 and 25 in Nau Hall 101, will be presented as part of the University’s historic Page-Barbour Lectures series. Robinson will give each talk at 5 p.m., to be followed by a reception.

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In a surprising new discovery about potentially deadly salmonella, researchers have determined that the foodborne bacteria has a most unexpected way of telling where it is in the body: It uses its food as its GPS.

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Do Barbie’s “normal” new looks matter?

Seemingly since her introduction in 1959, the doll has been at the center of a cultural tug-of-war, with some arguing that the thin dolls with unnatural proportions, blonde hair and tiny feet reinforce a harmfully unattainable female ideal, and others seeing it as merely a harmless toy.

With an eye to modernizing and perhaps an ear toward the criticism, Mattel recently unveiled a new set of Barbies, featuring a variety of body shapes, skin tones, eye colors and hairstyles, that will be released over the coming months.

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Thomas Jefferson had John Adams, Hector had Achilles, and Jerry had Newman. For its own legendary rivalry, the University of Virginia has Virginia Tech.

While UVA’s athletic matchups with Virginia Tech are hardly the schools’ only game-time grudge matches, assistant professor of public policy and psychology Benjamin Converse says that the UVA-Tech matchup is unique in the type of psychological response it triggers.

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Two recent reports show that the U.S. economy is not growing at a healthy rate, despite a low unemployment rate and increases in wages. Coming amid uncertainty in global markets, these reports have fueled speculation about long-term stagnation, or even another recession.

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“Thanks, but no thanks.”

That’s how Mario Wilson, an assistant track and field coach at the University of Virginia, typically would have responded to an email such as the one he received in the spring of 2014 from Cameron Collins, then a freshman at Hampden-Sydney College.

But Wilson was intrigued, as was Bryan Fetzer, Virginia’s director of track & field/cross country by Collins’ message. Not every day did they come across a Division III basketball player who wanted to become a Division I decathlete.

“It’s not normal,” Fetzer said, laughing.

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Despite having earned his law degree at Mr. Jefferson’s University, the new mayor of Charlottesville is a Madison man all the way.

Mike Signer, a 2004 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, was chosen in January by his fellow members of the Charlottesville City Council to preside over the city in which his law school alma mater is nestled – just two months after he was elected to the council.

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This fall, the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce will welcome the first students into an innovative new M.S. in Global Commerce Program.

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At the behest of the Food and Drug Administration, a committee – including University of Virginia professor James Childress – has spent more than a year studying ethical questions surrounding so-called “three-parent babies,” created by replacing the intended mother’s defective mitochondrial DNA in an oocyte (egg) or zygote (fertilized egg) with mitochondrial DNA from a second woman.

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Bronco Mendenhall arrived at the McCue Center around 5:50 a.m. Wednesday, eager to start work on what would be a long, rewarding and festive day for the University of Virginia football program.

By 4:30 p.m., UVA had received national letters of intent from 20 high-school seniors. They joined a recruiting class that also includes the four players who enrolled at the University last month: tight end Christian Baumgardner, kicker Holland Corbett, tailback Tre Harbison and linebacker Matt Terrell.

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Future teachers who received multimedia instruction about how to use a specific teaching strategy outperformed peers who read the same information in texts, according to a study from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education.

The study was published in December in the journal Exceptional Children.

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Area charities will again benefit from the generous spirit of University of Virginia employees. The 2015 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign concluded at the end of the year within a breath of $1 million donated, and netted a record-breaking number of online gifts.

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The search is on for a new chief research officer at the University of Virginia. The position, previously known as the vice president for research, has been redefined as the vice provost for research and will report to Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas C. Katsouleas.

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Startup companies often pride themselves on being atypical, so it is fitting that the University of Virginia’s first Startup Career Fair was not your typical career fair.

For two hours on Tuesday evening, students gathered at Newcomb Hall to meet with more than 30 startups eager for their talent. There were résumés and handshakes, but there was also a DJ, food from local small businesses like Grit Coffee, Campus Cookies and Caribe Juice, and even some colorful lighting.

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The University of Virginia Darden School of Business announced Wednesday that the school’s renowned MBA for Executives (EMBA) and Global MBA for Executives (GEMBA) will soon be available at a new location in the Washington, D.C. area.

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Three University of Virginia faculty members have been named among the top 25 education scholars influencing public policy, and a half-dozen others made the 200-person list of the most influential education scholars in the country.

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David Sickmen performs nearly 200 shows a year with Hackensaw Boys, a bluegrass/rock band that was formed in Charlottesville. He’s been singing since the age of 18, but after making a career out of music, time began to take its toll on his vocal cords.

He made his way to the University of Virginia Health System, where he met Dr. James Daniero, an otolaryngologist and the head of the Voice and Swallowing Clinic.

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The University of Virginia has moved up two spots to No. 14 in the Princeton Review’s 2016 list of the top-50 schools that give the highest return on the cost of tuition.

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U.S. Army Lt. Col. Frank Rosenblatt said he always found military justice – with its uniforms and traditions carried over from 18th-century England – exciting because it offered the drama of real-world events played out in a courtroom.

That drama was kicked up a notch when the 2006 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law was assigned to defend Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl against charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

“It’s been an interesting and complex case,” Rosenblatt said. “The level of animosity toward Sgt. Bergdahl has been extraordinary.”

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As part of a new partnership stretching across the Atlantic, students and faculty from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business are partnering with Ugandan companies and teaming up with a young business school in Mbarara, Uganda.

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