Two years ago, as renovations of the University of Virginia’s historic Rotunda began, all tenants were forced to move out – including Thomas Jefferson.

Or at least Alexander Galt’s famous statue of the University’s founder, who originally designed the very building he was being evicted from.

On Tuesday, with the renovations nearing an end and the Rotunda’s reopening on the horizon, workers carefully moved Jefferson’s statue from its temporary home in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

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Mid-July at the University of Virginia can appear deceptively quiet. Thick, soupy heat and the occasional thunderstorm collude to keep people indoors, leaving the brick-paved walkways on Grounds nearly empty.

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News erupted July 15 that Turkey was in the midst of a coup. It failed in the end, and now the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in the midst of a major crackdown.

Tens of thousands of people, including judges, have been fired or arrested and deans of colleges and universities have been asked to resign. On Thursday, Erdogan placed the country under a three-month state of emergency that gives the government sweeping powers to squelch perceived threats to democracy.

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This summer, University of Virginia carpenters are recreating a Jeffersonian roof on top of an original Jeffersonian roof.

When Thomas Jefferson designed UVA’s Academical Village, he envisioned flat roofs over the student rooms.

“Jefferson liked flat roofs, so he designed a serrated roof covered with a deck,” said James D.W. Zehmer, historic preservation project manager with UVA’s Facilities Planning & Construction Department. “The water was supposed to run through the deck boards and into the valleys of the wood roofs.

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Positioned squarely along both the Monticello Wine Trail and Virginia’s Brew Ridge Trail, Charlottesville has become a favorite destination for beer and wine lovers alike. New barrelhouses and tasting rooms are popping up all the time.

But until now it was difficult for local companies to access some essential support services that brewers and winemakers need. A new company out of the University of Virginia’s i.Lab Incubator is filling that gap.

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Siva Vaidhyanathan is no stranger to the spotlight. The director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Media and Citizenship and Robertson Professor of Media Studies regularly shares his commentary on privacy and communications in the news, and has even had a cameo on “The Daily Show,” but watching an actor portray him on a New York stage this summer was a first.

“It was by far the weirdest moment of my scholarly career,” Vaidhyanathan said. “It was also flattering beyond belief.”

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In an election year that has captivated the world, the University of Virginia is in the thick of the action, offering nonpartisan analyses and important historical context for both major party conventions. UVA Today videographer Mitch Powers obtained media credentials to this week’s Republican National Convention and recorded a behind-the-scenes look at the University’s experts at work.

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An innovative program for following up with heart failure patients at the University of Virginia Health System has reduced costs for both patients and the hospital and improved patient outcomes, researchers have determined.

The program costs roughly the salary of two nurse practitioners, but reduces costs by about 75 percent per patient within the first 30 days of discharge from the hospital, the researchers found.

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Strolling the manicured gardens of Thomas Jefferson’s home this week, special education teacher Linda Hardee was already excited about sharing newly digitized versions of the Founding Father’s papers with her elementary school students in Huntsville, Alabama.

“Many of our students have gaps in their knowledge of early American history, which is such an important time period, and even more important during an election year,” Hardee said. “I’m excited to have a wealth of digital resources that will let them access primary sources.”

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Incoming-first year and transfer students have been flocking to Grounds in waves this summer to meet future classmates, schedule fall classes and get a taste of what it means to be part of the University of Virginia community.

Leading the way for the incoming students are upperclassmen who are serving up helpings of advice, insider tips and tales of personal experiences in hopes of making the transition to UVA just a little bit easier. Approximately 4,000 students attend one of nine orientation sessions in advance of fall semester, which begins Aug. 23.

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The University of Virginia ranks 40th among the world’s 25,000-plus degree-granting institutions of higher education, according to a Saudi Arabia-based organization.

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Local middle and high school students received hands-on experience in radio production this month at WTJU’s third annual Summer Radio Camp.

On the air since 1957, WTJU is the University of Virginia’s student- and community-run radio station. From its Lambeth Commons studios, the station plays classical, folk, jazz and rock, and covers community events such as live music concerts, cultural events and educational programs. Its signal covers all of Charlottesville, and through its completely student-run online outlet, WXTJ, reaches all corners of the world.

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On Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama announced her mobile messaging campaign designed to provide students with guidance about college, financial aid and loan repayment. At the helm of the campaign is University of Virginia Assistant Professor Ben Castleman.

The “Up Next” campaign is a part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative and her Better Make Room campaign, an effort to inspire students across the nation to pursue education after high school. This spring, the White House and the Better Make Room campaign asked Castleman to help lead the planning for Up Next.

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Editor’s note: This story first appeared in Virginia magazine.

Ah, the games of summer. Cavaliers have shined there. With the Olympics around the corner – Aug. 5 through 21 in Rio de Janeiro  – we tracked down some of the University of Virginia’s medalists for a bit of been-there-done-that advice for today’s hopefuls.

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Patients who walk into Dr. Jose Gurrola II’s otolaryngology clinic at the University of Virginia Health System are seeking relief from a wide range of nasal issues, from nosebleeds and chronic sinusitis to brain fluid leaks.

To assess the patients and determine the best course of action, Gurrola or a member of his team may perform an endoscopy – a procedure that involves taking a camera with a long scope on the end and inserting it into a patient’s nasal cavity.

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Those who have just finished their own college experiences are some of the best to guide slightly younger peers to higher education.

This idea undergirds the mission of the Virginia College Advising Corps, through which recent University of Virginia graduates – and, for the first time, graduates of UVA’s College at Wise – will spend the next year guiding high school students toward college.

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Public speaking experts and University of Virginia School of Law professors Robert Sayler and Molly Bishop Shadel recently re-launched their blog, “Tongue-Tied Applied,” to explore how rhetoric functions in the 2016 presidential campaign.

From national conventions and debates to campaign speeches, Sayler and Shadel will evaluate the campaign rhetoric and communication strategies of presumptive Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and presumptive Republican Party nominee Donald Trump.

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Lois A. Lovern, who worked at the University of Virginia through momentous changes on Grounds over 52 years beginning in 1958, died July 5 in Charlottesville at age 75. She assisted three UVA presidents before retiring in 2010.

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In 1988, a 6.8-magnitude earthquake devastated Gyumri, Armenia’s second-largest city, destroying more than 320 buildings there and reportedly killing at least 25,000 people in the region.

Nearly three decades later, an 11-person team of University of Virginia students and faculty is working to help rebuild and restore parts of the city’s still-affected residential areas.

Their work is largely due to the efforts of rising third-year engineering student Leon Yacoubian, who launched the “Tuff Armenia Project” in the fall of 2014.

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