The Architect’s Newspaper has selected the University of Virginia’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers as the Project of the Year in its 2020 Best of Design Awards, and also named it the best in the category of public and social impact. 

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people have avoided going to the dentist, fearing that they may get infected during care, or while sitting in the waiting room. At the beginning of the pandemic, many dental offices canceled routine appointments, bringing in patients only for emergency care and medically necessary treatments.

Patients are now returning, but visits are still down from pre-pandemic levels.

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Age is a well-known factor that influences the severity and fatality of COVID-19. In addition, male and female patients are known, at least anecdotally, to fare quite differently in the COVID-19 pandemic. Why might this be, and can these observations help guide potential new treatments? Does gender play a fundamental, causal role in disease severity? If so, is there an age-dependency to the gender parameter?

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Recent gifts from a prominent alumni couple to create three new endowed professorships will position the University of Virginia to attract and retain outstanding faculty in the Darden School of Business, School of Law and College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. All three gifts received matching funds through the Bicentennial Professors Fund, resulting in a total impact of $10 million for endowed chairs.

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Booker T. Washington, who emerged from slavery to become one of the leading African American intellectuals around the turn of the 20th century, had ties to Charlottesville that eventually led to a city park being named after him.

A new connection between Washington and this area will be forged virtually via the University of Virginia Press’ electronic imprint, Rotunda, which has acquired “The Booker T. Washington Papers” to create a digital edition.

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The past nine months have brought many changes to day-to-day life, including how we exercise. While the physical, mental and emotional benefits of physical fitness have been well-documented, finding the right options amidst a pandemic has sometimes proven challenging. With gyms and fitness centers closed entirely in the spring, and slowly reopening at reduced capacity throughout the summer and fall, many people have been reluctant to exercise in indoor spaces or in close proximity to others.

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In February, just as the U.S. was bracing for a new and unknown virus, University of Virginia student Roneil Jackson learned that his wife – an ER doctor – was diagnosed with breast cancer.

That meant that their family had an additional adjustment to make as schools were closing and society was undergoing dramatic changes in response to the pandemic.

“She was going through chemo, which made everything more difficult,” he said. “Our kids were at home and frustrated. Then you see that people are losing their jobs.”

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Forbes’ annual “30 Under 30” lists strive to highlight bright young minds in many different industries, from media and entertainment to science and health care.

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There are few moments in life as precious, as critical and as celebrated as a baby’s first breath. New research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine sheds light on the lifelong changes in breathing systems that occur precisely with that first breath – and may offer important insights into sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.

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There’s nothing worse than feeling helpless – and sadly that’s something Fanny Smedile, founder of the local non-profit Sin Barreras, has experienced frequently since the start of the pandemic.

Providing aid to members of the Latino community in Charlottesville who have been hit hard by COVID-19 is a daily struggle.

During the last nine months, Smedile has been inundated with requests for assistance.

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Editor’s note: Marc Selverstone wrote this piece as part of the University of Virginia Institute of Democracy’s efforts to provide context around the 2020 presidential election and transition. You can read more on the institute’s “From Election to Transition” website.

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Social media bios are often littered with trivial information, or can come across as self-indulgent or trying too hard to be clever. In many cases, they tell you everything and nothing about a person – all in the same breath.

That’s what makes Olivia Pavco-Giaccia’s so refreshing.

There are no humble brags about her time as a cellist in the Yale University Symphony Orchestra, or her time spent in the White House working under former Vice President, and now President-elect, Joe Biden, or her success in Hollywood as a producer and host.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is providing 1,000 free, self-administered COVID-19 tests each day this Saturday and Sunday, in partnership with UVA Health and the Blue Ridge Health District.

Pre-registration is required, and priority will be given to employees of Albemarle County Public Schools, Charlottesville City Schools and the University of Virginia. 

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science has named four University of Virginia professors among its 2020 class of fellows. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

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The 2020 presidential election again laid bare the divisions that separate people in the United States. While President-elect Joe Biden won 306 electoral votes to President Donald Trump’s 232, and more than 80 million popular votes, nearly 74 million Americans voted for Trump.

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Southwest Virginia is salamander central. Some 40 species in the Plethodontid family call the southern Appalachians home, making these ancient mountains a global hotspot for the lungless amphibians. These cryptic – or highly secretive – creatures play an important role in the local ecology, and in some areas, salamanders are the most abundant vertebrates in the forest.

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If you want to know why college – and all that comes with getting into it, and succeeding once there – is different for first-generation students, Sambriddi Pandey can explain the complications very well.

She knows from personal experience. Born in Kathmandu, Nepal, and raised in Northern Virginia, Pandey is a third-year student in the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, where she is planning to concentrate in finance and take courses in real estate in her final undergraduate semesters.

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University of Virginia Associate Vice President for Safety and Security and Chief of Police Tim Longo released the following statement in reaction to social media posts regarding a difficult encounter between University Police Department officers and a member of the Charlottesville community: 

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As COVID-19 cases spike again across the country, leaders at UVA Health have continued to plan and prepare for a possible surge, working through staffing plans, supplementing reserves of personal protective equipment and applying lessons learned from the pandemic so far.

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The University of Virginia announced this week a second round of funding for two institutional research programs: The President & Provost’s Fund for Institutionally Related Research, and 3Cavaliers. Together these funds will offer critical seed funding to University researchers.

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