Offering rural health care and health information. Tackling early childhood education needs. Improving police-community relations. Addressing the 2008 financial crisis.

University of Virginia faculty members engage in these and other endeavors in their public service work. UVA’s Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost created a new awards program to commend faculty for the contributions their public service makes to student learning, the advancement of scholarship and creative activity, and the University’s own public mission.

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From stages in London and North Carolina to a community health center in South Africa, three University of Virginia students will work with their muses, thanks to grants from the University Award for Projects in the Arts program.

Payton Moledor will study classical acting in the fall at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art; Heidi Waldenmaier will attend the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina this summer; and Samuel Wilson will report on tuberculosis outside Cape Town, also this summer.

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There’s both gravity and grace in Sidney St. Clair’s voice as he talks about the lives he’s lived.

As a wannabe weatherman. As a Midwestern radio personality. As a recreational pilot who toggles between right-side-up jaunts in a small, single-engine plane and the daring swoops, loops and rolls of a stuntman.

While the variety of his experiences belies his age (he’s just 24), as the Bland native prepares to graduate from the University of Virginia for a second time, he calls himself lucky to have found his ultimate calling: nursing.

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Hamilton Lombard isn’t a Civil War buff, but like many people, he’s heard the story of Wilmer McLean, who just couldn’t escape the war.

In 1861, McLean’s farm near Manassas was involved in the First Battle of Bull Run.

Looking to flee the fighting, McLean and his family moved to Appomattox – and wound up being right in the heart of it once again. In 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant – in McLean’s house.

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Christina Kim was born in the United States to parents who immigrated from South Korea, but neither English nor Korean is her first language. As a child, the first language Kim learned was American Sign Language, or ASL.

Though Kim has typical hearing and speech, her parents are deaf. Kim is a “CODA” – a  child of deaf adults – and that identity has shaped her life. The soon-to-graduate University of Virginia biomedical engineering student has sought opportunities during her four years on Grounds to make life its best for the deaf community and for other CODAs.

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Almost 70% of babies who died from sleep-related suffocation between 2011 and 2014 did so because of soft bedding, a new study reveals. The finding underscores physicians’ urgent message to new parents that babies should sleep only in cribs or bassinets free of blankets, toys and other potential hazards.

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The University of Virginia announced today that Pamela F. Cipriano has been appointed interim dean of the School of Nursing. Currently a member of the school’s research faculty, she served two terms as the president of the American Nurses Association from 2014 until December 2018, representing the interests of the nation’s 4 million registered nurses. She assumes her position on Aug. 1. 

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Adele, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, Frank Sinatra, Celine Dion and countless others have something in common beside the fact they’ve made a few bucks making music.

All have experienced vocal problems at one time or another due to the overuse of their voice.

However, they are by far not the only ones suffering, according to Dr. James Daniero, an otolaryngologist at the University of Virginia Health System.

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A new discovery about dangerous Clostridium difficile diarrhea has identified a new way that the bacteria – and possibly others like it – cause severe disease. “C. diff” is the most common hospital-acquired infection; the Centers for Disease Control estimate it results in 453,000 cases per year, with 29,300 associated deaths.

The new finding from the University of Virginia School of Medicine explains why certain patients are highly susceptible to C. diff infections, provides doctors with a way to predict disease severity and points to a new way to treat the often-deadly condition.

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There comes a point at which Waitman Wade Beorn, a Holocaust and genocide studies historian, reaches the end of his rope with misuse of history.

It’s at that point that Beorn takes to Twitter – and the lesson begins.

Beorn, a lecturer in the University of Virginia’s Corcoran Department of History, is among a growing number of historians who have turned to Twitter as a tool for truth-telling at a time when history is being distorted, often for political purposes, at an alarming rate. 

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The Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia has announced the 2019 winners of its annual faculty awards. Five UVA faculty members were recognized April 11 at an awards ceremony for their exceptional teaching and received awards totaling $25,000.

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For the third consecutive year, a team from the University of Virginia School of Engineering has won the Atlantic Coast Conference’s top prize for undergraduate entrepreneurs, the ACC InVenture Prize.

UVA’s team, Minimally Invasive Spinal Technology, or MIST, took first place for its innovative technologies to improve treatment for childhood scoliosis, pitched to a panel of judges during Wednesday’s televised competition in Raleigh, North Carolina. Viewers also chose MIST for the People’s Choice Award.

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Six teams of University of Virginia students, pitching business ventures as varied as cybersecurity services and a beach basketball game, will vie for the $50,000 Pike Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Beginning at 5 p.m. Monday in Newcomb Hall Theater, students will pitch their proposals to a panel of business leaders and investors, as well as a live audience. While the judges determine the winner of the $50,000 grand prize, audience members will cast votes to award a “people’s choice” prize of $10,000.

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University of Virginia men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett has one more award to add to a growing trophy case – capped, of course, by the national title his team brought home from Minneapolis this month.

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The Executive Committee of the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors voted Friday to roll back a 2.9% in-state undergraduate tuition increase approved in December and maintain the current rate for the coming academic year.  

The decision reflects the board’s commitment to affordability and is made possible by the Virginia General Assembly’s allocation of additional funds to support higher education in 2019-20.

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The much-anticipated “Mueller report” dropped Thursday. Named for Robert Mueller, the University of Virginia School of Law alumnus who conducted the investigation, the report offered good and bad news for President Donald Trump, according to Law professor Stephen Braga, an expert in white-collar crime.

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One of the University of Virginia’s highest-profile alumni entrepreneurs returned to Grounds Wednesday to share stories of venture creation, funding new startups and balancing life as a busy dad.

Speaking to a packed house at the Darden School of Business as part of The New York Times-sponsored “Get With The Times” event, Reddit co-founder and Initialized Capital managing partner Alexis Ohanian expressed delight at the large, enthusiastic audience.

“This is exciting. Y’all came out for this!” Ohanian said. “You must have really had nothing else to do tonight.”

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What happens when researchers from across the University of Virginia come together and collaborate? The answer, according to the Office of the Vice President for Research, is anything and everything.

The Research Collaboration Corner, a flexible workspace for groups to connect and work together on interdisciplinary projects, became available for reservations in February. An open house will be held Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. for anyone interested in touring the space and learning more.

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Millions of fans just began watching the eighth and final season of the megahit HBO series “Game of Thrones” to see who will emerge from the long winter as the ruler of Westeros.

The show has not only captured the attention of viewers – HBO said more than 17 million watched Sunday’s season premiere – but also the attention of University of Virginia English professor Lisa Woolfork, who began teaching a summer course on it five years ago and will offer it again this summer, likely for the last time.

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From telehealth networks to start-up incubators, state parks to downtown revitalization, the University of Virginia and UVA’s College at Wise are finding new ways to engage in university-based economic development in Southwest Virginia.

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