This week, the College Board announced changes to the way it administers its standardized tests to university applicants in the United States. The board is dropping the optional essay component of the SAT as well as its subject tests in such fields as chemistry, French and literature.

The board explained it was making the changes to streamline the test-taking process amid the coronavirus pandemic, which it said “accelerated a process already underway at the College Board to reduce and simplify demands on students.”

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The colons of African Americans and people of European descent age differently, new research reveals, helping explain racial disparities in colorectal cancer – the cancer that killed beloved “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman at only 43. 

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Even when the lights are low and the hallways quiet, save for the squeak of the night-shift nurses’ shoes, there’s something else keeping a watchful eye on patients with serious coronavirus infections at UVA Health.

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Brooke Lehmann felt apprehensive as she stepped into the classroom. It was empty except for a girl in a red sweater, who sat at one of the desks, smiling radiantly.

Several hours earlier, Lehmann had received the call. “They said she was suicidal, homicidal and actively psychotic,” Lehmann recalled. “And she was all of those things, but there was just something about her.”

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Speaking at his inauguration Wednesday, newly sworn-in President Joe Biden issued a call for healing and unity from the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

Biden, joined by new Vice President Kamala Harris, gazed out over a sea of flags representing the many thousands of Americans who could not celebrate his inauguration in person during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and acknowledged that the country faces many challenges. Even the steps where he was standing had been overrun by an insurrection exactly two weeks ago.

Unity, the new president said, is the path forward.

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As a child growing up in South Korea, Hyunglok Kim asked big questions about droughts and floods. Now he watches water from space.

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Two University of Virginia researchers have been named fellows by the National Academy of Inventors in honor of their pioneering and prolific work.

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Tobias Wessels worked in the travel space for several years – and that’s why what he learned last year about the industry was so stunning.

People whose flights had been cancelled were suing airline companies to get their money back.

“What an absurd situation, that your own customers sue you!” Wessels said.

A 2007 graduate of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, Wessels thought there had to be a better way.

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Sitting in his office at the University of Virginia School of Engineering in 2010, professor Barry Horowitz was studying a cybersecurity problem when the thought came to him.

On his own scale of big ideas, this new one was up there. Horowitz, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, has been known to have quite some innovations over his 50-year career, like the one that ended up as the basis for the international system that prevents commercial aircraft from colliding.

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Over the past century, global sea level has been rising at an increasingly rapid pace. That means the damage done by storm surges will be more severe, coastal erosion will accelerate and flooding will become more frequent and more expensive.

But one of the most troubling things about that trend is that current models for predicting future sea-level rise are missing critical pieces of information – key factors that could help us better prepare for effects of rising seas on our communities and our economy.

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University of Virginia Darden School of Business professor Anthony Palomba is an expert in media management, an interdisciplinary academic discipline that examines how audiences consume media and entertainment products and services, as well as how entertainment companies compete amid shifting consumer preferences.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, which has ushered in significant changes to both media consumption habits and the manner in which major entertainment companies promote and display their offerings, Palomba has had no shortage of new material to consider.

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The University of Virginia on Friday reaffirmed plans for the spring academic semester, while encouraging members of the University community to maintain the vigilance that helped make the fall semester a success.

UVA will begin in-person undergraduate instruction on Feb. 1, with some modifications to health and safety protocols. Residence hall move-in will proceed as planned, as will graduate and professional program instruction.

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The University of Virginia Chapel was swathed in scaffolding for the new year.

Facilities Management’s historic masons, specializing in historic preservation, have been working on repointing the chapel, replacing or restoring the mortar between the sandstone blocks in a combination of repair and regular maintenance.

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In the coming months and years, educators will grapple with how to most appropriately and effectively teach about recent events that illuminate the deep, troubling divisions in America and the history from which they emerged. As they engage with these events, many set against the backdrop of increasingly urgent calls for racial equity in America, teachers of all grade levels will need to elevate diverse perspectives and confront issues of race and injustice in age-appropriate ways.

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The University of Virginia has announced the appointment of Emily Springston as associate vice president, Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights.

Springston has served as Indiana University’s director of institutional equity and Title IX since 2018, and as the university Title IX coordinator since 2014. She will assume her position at UVA March 1.

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In the fall, when University of Virginia Provost Elizabeth Magill put out a call for special, “signature” January term courses, media studies professor Siva Vaidhyanathan and history professor Will Hitchcock knew instantly what they needed to do.

The professors had already been recording a new podcast called “Democracy in Danger,” and believed a J-Term course would be the perfect complement.

“We realized that the subject matter, coming right after the most wrenching U.S. election since 1876, would make a great course,” Vaidhyanathan said.

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On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time, charging him with inciting an insurrection after a group of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol one week earlier in a bid to stop lawmakers from certifying the 2020 presidential election.

Wednesday’s impeachment vote was historic by many standards; no president has ever been impeached twice in one term, or with only a few days remaining in office, and no president has ever faced such a grave charge.

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Back in October, with Gov. Ralph Northam in attendance, William Shobe presented to the Virginia Clean Energy Summit preliminary findings from modeling that detailed a possible technological pathway to carbon neutrality in the state by 2050.

Now, Shobe – a professor of public policy at the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy – has taken things several steps further.

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Good information is vital to good decision-making.

In dealing with COVID-19, University of Virginia officials understood they needed good information on the virus and how it was affecting students, faculty and staff on Grounds. In August, UVA launched a COVID Tracker that is updated daily with key public health data, including the number of coronavirus cases reported within the University community.

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One of the few traits universal to people across the world, regardless of age, gender, race, background, socioeconomic status and culture? Curiosity.

Curiosity is ubiquitous, which is one of the reasons that Jamie Jirout, assistant professor in the University of Virginia’s School of Education and Human Development, decided she wanted to study it.

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