Abel Liu, co-founder of UVA Mutual Aid and the newly elected president of the University of Virginia’s Student Council, can now add being a Truman Scholar to his list of achievements.

University President Jim Ryan surprised Liu with the news last week.

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On Tuesday, the University of Virginia announced that its Miller Center for Public Affairs will serve as a base for a COVID Commission Planning Group, led by UVA professor Philip Zelikow, the former executive director of the 9/11 Commission.

The planning group hopes to prepare the way for a potential National COVID Commission set up to help America and the world learn from this pandemic and safeguard against future threats.

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Hajjar Baban’s experience as an immigrant to America exists in all aspects of her work, she says, from “the words that I may obsess over to images that become motifs.”

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Dictionary.com recently added hundreds of new words to its catalog, many of them capturing the zeitgeist of 2020, the year COVID-19 overtook the United States. One of those new words is “doomscrolling”: the act of consuming large quantities of negative online news in a sitting.

As you might imagine, mental health experts say doomscrolling is not good for you. UVA Today reached out to Bethany Teachman, a University of Virginia professor of psychology and an expert in managing anxiety, who leads the Program for Anxiety, Cognition and Treatment Lab.

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Last September, the Board of Visitors approved several changes to UVA’s historic landscape, including a recommendation to contextualize the statue of Thomas Jefferson on the north side of the Rotunda.

On Tuesday, the University took another step forward in the effort to provide additional historical context to the Jefferson statue and other statues and memorials on Grounds when it voted to establish a working group to develop digital historical contextualization for them.

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In a meeting Tuesday afternoon, the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors voted to approve a proposal from the administration to hold base undergraduate tuition at its current rate for the 2021-22 academic year.

UVA President Jim Ryan had submitted the proposal, which was crafted in concert with student groups and took into account feedback from students and families, consultation with the Board of Visitors and thorough deliberation. 

Tuition and fees are set by the board.

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This week, federal health agencies paused the administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control investigate reports of a rare disorder involving blood clots after vaccination.

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The COVID-19 pandemic ranks as a singular mass trauma suffered by humanity during the last hundred years. Millions have already died. Tens of millions have fallen ill. Billions have suffered.

But now, as the availability of protective vaccines rapidly expands, daily death tolls decline and devastated economies start to rebound, there’s a growing risk that hard-won lessons from the last year will be lost amid the natural urge to put the crisis behind us and return to our pre-pandemic lives.

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Through her work as a clinical psychologist 15 years ago, Micah Mazurek first became interested in understanding the role of technology in the lives of teens and adults on the autism spectrum.

At the time, online gaming was growing in popularity, and many of the teens she worked with were especially drawn to this media. 

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In many ways, the University of Virginia Democracy Initiative’s Memory Project is a continuation of conversations that have been happening for years at UVA, in Charlottesville and beyond – conversations about how we remember history and how memory shapes and reshapes our public spaces.

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The brutal killing of George Floyd on a Minneapolis street on May 25, 2020, compelled a tsunami of grief and rage, igniting demonstrations around the world.

For University of Virginia students Milania Harris and Zahra Alisa, though, it also birthed a movement for nurses at a school and university still coming to grips with its history of exploitation, bigotry and inequality.

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We are all pretty familiar with how our bodies sense what is going on in the outside world – what we see, hear, touch, taste or smell.

But exactly how do our brains sense and react to what is going on internally – pain, or hunger, or the simple need to breathe?

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In March, 108 groups of University of Virginia faculty members, consisting of three members per team, applied for funding with their new interdisciplinary research ideas to 3Cavaliers 2.0, a seed-funding initiative sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of the Provost.

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Nearly all educational leaders begin their career as classroom teachers. With years of training and practice under their belts, teachers making the leap to education leader – think principals, division-level administrators, and even superintendents – are faced with an ever-expanding array of challenges that span across classrooms and school divisions.

But they also find themselves working within a larger policy context, at both the state and federal levels. Keeping current with new legislation and guidance requires ongoing professional learning.

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The official dedication ceremony for the University of Virginia’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers will be streamed online at 11 a.m. Saturday. Several other events will take place Friday and Saturday related to the memorial and celebrating descendants of the enslaved people who built and maintained the University in its early years.

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With the sweep of a pen late last month, Gov. Ralph Northam signed new legislation that abolished the death penalty in Virginia.

“There is no place for the death penalty in this state, in the South or in this country,” Northam proclaimed after touring the former execution chamber at the Greenville Correctional Center.

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The University of Virginia Board of Visitors will next week take up tuition and fees for the 2021-22 academic year, including a proposal from the administration to hold base undergraduate tuition at its current rate. 

UVA President Jim Ryan said the proposal was the result of meetings with student groups, feedback from students and families, consultation with the Board of Visitors, and thorough deliberation.  

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Former University of Virginia basketball star Kyle Guy still speaks with Cavalier head coach Tony Bennett at least a couple times every month, depending on their respective schedules.

But recently they chatted twice within a three-day span. They had a special reason.

The pair’s first conversation, which occurred Saturday, marked the two-year anniversary of UVA’s Final Four victory over Auburn University. The second came on Monday, the two-year mark of the Hoos’ win over Texas Tech University in the national championship game.

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Mary Dixon was 8 years old when her grandmother, Mary Walton, had a stroke and moved in with the family. The elder woman first relied on a cane, then leg braces, then a walker, but ultimately became bedridden and required total care from Dixon’s mother, Betty Walton, her daughter-in-law.

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Writers are often reminded to “omit needless words.” Designers are told “less is more.” Savvy leaders are increasingly learning to “remove barriers.” And everyone has, at one time or another, been chided to “keep it simple, stupid.” 

Why do so many fields develop these subtractive reminders? According to an interdisciplinary quartet of current and former University of Virginia researchers, the reminders may be attempts to fight people’s natural inclination to add. Left to their own devices, people often fail to consider subtracting. 

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