The most pressing concern for Seraphine Hacimana and a group of women in her Rwandan village was ending the sexual exploitation of disabled women who could not easily collect clean water near their home on their own. When they solved that problem with the help of Global Grassroots, a non-profit organization that University of Virginia alumna Gretchen Steidle created 12 years ago, it had a ripple effect that has helped with several other important community issues and spread to more villages in the area.

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The Center for Open Science, headed by University of Virginia psychology professor Brian Nosek, has published the first results of its Reproducibility Project on cancer biology.

Printed in the journal eLife, the aim of the work is to assess the reproducibility of published, high-impact cancer biology studies in an open and transparent fashion, part of Nosek’s larger effort to replicate research findings across many fields of academia.

The journal published assessments of five, pre-clinical studies in the project. More than 20 others will be released in the coming months.

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From George Washington’s presidential fashion concerns to piles of dead pigeons along Richard Nixon’s parade route, American inaugurations have undergone a strange and fascinating evolution.

Starting with the presidency of Jimmy Carter, the University of Virginia’s Miller Center has compiled the most extensive oral history of the American presidency, interviewing key administration officials who witnessed it up close. Among the many hours of recordings from the Presidential Oral History program are firsthand accounts of inaugurations past.

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Dean Strang stood before a panel of federal appellate judges who had in front of them what appeared to be a documented confession from a teenager who was accused of killing her two young cousins. But did she really do it? There were extenuating circumstances that called into question whether her statement was truthful and voluntary.

He knew he was taking a risk, but he told the judges her story.

“I thought that I had to take the dry and make it wet – to make it human and real; to try to make it powerful,” he said.

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As health officials across the U.S. look for ways to combat an opioid addiction crisis, University of Virginia researchers believe their findings highlight one way to address the problem.

A study of more than 100,000 surgical cases at the UVA Health System found patients’ pain scores improved even as doctors gave fewer opioids.

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Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the nation’s 45th president on Friday amid allegations that the Russians sought to influence election by hacking e-mails from an operative of the Democratic Party.

Trump’s expressed admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his public rejection of intelligence reports implicating the Russians in the election hacking, among other events, have raised questions about Trump’s future stance toward Russia –­­­ even from Trump’s fellow Republicans.

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As the University of Virginia’s first clinical nurse leader master’s program celebrates its 10th year, a second transformative gift from Washington, D.C. philanthropists Joanne and Bill Conway will continue to diversify the program’s student body through scholarship support while also fortifying its administrative and teaching base.

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The University of Virginia Board of Visitors today announced the authorization of the “Cornerstone Grant,” an initiative providing significant cost-of-attendance relief to qualifying middle-income, full-time Virginia undergraduate students.

The board also approved plans to increase undergraduate enrollment by up to 100 Virginians in the coming academic year.

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The Affordable Care Act helped make recommended cancer screening more affordable and accessible for millions of Americans, according to new University of Virginia research.

A study published in the journal Health Affairs and authored by Aaron Yao, an assistant professor in UVA’s Department of Public Health Sciences, and Brett Lissenden, a graduate student in UVA’s economics Ph.D. program, focused on how the sweeping health care law – commonly referred to as Obamacare – affected early cancer diagnoses, particularly for colorectal and breast cancer. 

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“Art has a way of confronting us, of reminding us, of engaging us, in what it means to be human,” author Junot Díaz has written, “and what it means to be human is to be flawed, is to be contradictory, is to be often weak, and yet despite all of these what we would consider drawbacks, that we’re also quite beautiful.”

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Editor’s note: This is another installment in an occasional series profiling members of a generational wave of new faculty members at the University of Virginia.

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On any given day, Amanda Panarese and Liz Sprouse might Skype with an alumnus planning a career switch, review personal statement drafts with graduate school applicants or film a webinar coaching baby boomers who are starting their own businesses.

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A new year has dawned, a new president is about to take office and many Americans are wondering how 2017 could affect their bottom line.

Predictions abound for the stock market, the housing market, trade and more. The upcoming presidential inauguration brings its own set of question marks, as Wall Street financiers and politicos anticipate changes from President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress.

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The identification by a research team that included University of Virginia religious studies professor Benjamin Ray of the execution site of 19 suspected witches more than three centuries ago has been named one of the top 10 archaeological discoveries of 2016 by Archaeology magazine.

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The University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science’s online graduate engineering program has been named one of the 15 best in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 rankings of online higher education programs, released Tuesday.

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For media and entertainment, 2017 is bringing with it exciting new opportunities for growth as well as challenges.

We asked three key players in those industries – all graduates of the University of Virginia School of Law – what they are anticipating in the New Year.

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Philip E. Bourne, a leading “big data” researcher and administrator at the National Institutes of Health, has been named the Stephenson Chair of Data Science and director of the University of Virginia’s Data Science Institute. He also will serve as a professor of biomedical engineering.

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On Tuesday, the University of Virginia’s Miller Center released the eighth volume in its far-reaching First Year Project, an ongoing initiative to provide nonpartisan, history-based insight into major issues facing the next president during his first year in office.

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Selfies taken at the most flattering angles and enhanced with just the right filters abound on the Instagram accounts of everyone from the Kardashians to President Obama to the students who roam the University of Virginia’s Grounds.

UVA English professor Lisa Spaar said this kind of visual portraiture isn’t a new phenomenon, though. In fact, it dates back thousands of years.

“Portraiture has been around since antiquity,” Spaar said. But portraiture’s place in society has continually evolved throughout history, Spaar added, particularly the art of self-portraiture.

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The 115th United States Congress came into session last week, taking the reins of a country still sharply divided along partisan lines after a contentious presidential election. As they take their seats, new members of Congress in particular face an uphill slope when pushing through legislation that is most important to them.

Craig Volden, a University of Virginia professor of public policy and politics, recently returned from a retreat for new members of Congress, where he advised them on strategies for becoming effective lawmakers.

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