The World Health Organization is considering declaring a newly identified coronavirus a global threat. This comes as the death toll from the current outbreak in China has risen to 17, with nearly 500 people infected with the respiratory illness.

The disease first appeared in Wuhan, China, in late December and authorities are now shutting down outbound transportation in the area, just as billions prepare to travel for the massive annual Spring Festival holiday season.

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Researchers have successfully treated age-related macular degeneration in mice after finding an unexpected link between the two main forms of the blinding eye disease, the leading cause of vision loss in people 60 and older.

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Amid the holiday rush, it was easy to miss the news. Late last month, StreakingTheLawn.com announced the latest recipient of its annual charitable gift: the “Thursday’s Heroes” program that has become an integral part of the University of Virginia football program.

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Curtis Monk’s heart stopped for the first time in 1971, as he was playing basketball at University of Virginia’s Memorial Gymnasium.

About two years ago, his family’s collective heart nearly stopped when he announced he was personally guaranteeing $300,000 to make a documentary film on the UVA’s 2015 national championship baseball team.

“When I came home and said, ‘I’ve guaranteed the $300,000 and decided to move forward,’ the reception was not like, ‘Great decision!’” Monk said. “It was more like, ‘With what?’”

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Riding high – but not that high – the International Space Station will pass over and within sight of Central Virginians on Wednesday from 6:35 to 6:40 p.m. (It will do so again Thursday night, but the weather is likelier to be cloudy, so Wednesday is the night to get your view.) The space station will be 260 miles above Earth, traveling from southwest to northeast.

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Kirsten Theobald walked into the General Assembly on Thursday with a powerful story to share.

As a second-year master’s student studying school counseling in the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Human Development, Theobald is in the midst of an internship at a local high school. Recently, administrators grew concerned when a student was absent from school for a few weeks. 

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Literacy is a problem in our nation’s schools. A big one.

Reading performance has remained virtually stagnant for decades, with nearly two-thirds of the country’s fourth- and eighth-grade students reading below levels deemed “proficient” on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Why is this happening?

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After a career that has spanned decades and witnessed a millennium of change at the University of Virginia, Patricia M. Lampkin announced this month that she plans to conclude her tenure as Chief Student Affairs Officer.

In all, Lampkin has spent some 40 years in higher education at UVA, including the last 18 as vice president. Although she targets August for her official retirement, Lampkin assured President Jim Ryan that she would continue in the leadership role until her successor is in place.

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More than 1,150 acres of land situated near the historic homes of three presidents in Albemarle County will be permanently protected by a conservation easement placed by the University of Virginia Foundation, UVA President Jim Ryan announced today.

The rural property adjacent to the historic Morven Farm was acquired by the foundation in 2001 as part of a gift by the late John W. Kluge.

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On her frequent trips back to the University of Virginia, Jennifer Langton follows a time-honored routine. She stays at the Oakhurst Inn, close to Grounds. In the mornings, she walks over to the Lawn, where she sits on the Rotunda steps and reflects on her journey.

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Competing in the pole vault without a pole is, well, obviously not possible.

That’s the situation Brazilian pole vaulter Juliana Campos found herself in last July at the 2019 Summer Universiade in Napoli, Italy, after her poles were lost on their way to the competition site.

Some of Campos’ competitors may have thought to themselves, “Not my problem.”

But not Bridget Guy. Without hesitation, the former University of Virginia pole vault star offered Campos her poles so that she could compete.

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On Wednesday, the Virginia General Assembly ratified the Equal Rights Amendment, nearly 100 years after it was introduced to the United States Congress in 1923.

Virginia became the 38th state to pass the measure, which states that “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

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What are parents to do when their children don’t show much interest or become easily frustrated by math?

In the second of a two-part series, Robert Berry – the University of Virginia’s Samuel Braley Gray Professor of Education – answers the question. [Read the first part here.]

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University of Virginia President Jim Ryan and Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Kevin G. McDonald today announced the University’s adoption of an initiative known as “Inclusive Excellence,” a model that will advance the critical role that diversity and inclusion play in UVA’s ability to reach its highest aspirations as a public institution.

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People with autism spectrum disorders have a lot to offer in the workplace, especially if employers can learn to make the right accommodations. 

That conviction is part of what drives Britney Huff, who finished her coursework in December in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies and will walk the Lawn in May as a University of Virginia graduate.

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For the first time at the U.S. Supreme Court this past term, a majority of the clerks were women. But in 1983, it was a different picture. Only six of the 32 clerks were women; three of those six were University of Virginia School of Law alumnae.

Class of 1982 alumnae Kerri Martin Bartlett, Cammie Robinson Hauptfuhrer and Elizabeth G. Taylor became good friends during law school and worked together on the Virginia Law Review. And in 1983, all three women journeyed to Washington to serve as Supreme Court clerks. Before that term, only two alumnae had clerked for the court.

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Robert Berry disagrees with the notion that – similar to drinking milk – kids either love or hate math.

The University of Virginia’s Samuel Braley Gray Professor of Education believes children enter the world as “emergent mathematicians, naturally curious, and trying to make sense of their world using mathematical thinking.”

The problem, according to Berry, is maintaining that curiosity, rather than suppressing it. He studies how teachers can foster such curiosity, as well as the national policy shifts and equity issues that impact how children are taught.

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The title of Siva Vaidhyanathan’s January term media studies course, “Journalism in NYC,” is about as succinct as you can get – and that’s the whole point.

Students who enroll in the course know they aren’t going to be able to visit the Statue of Liberty or catch a Knicks game when they hit the Big Apple. Rather, they are going to be thrown right into the hottest media cauldron in the world.

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Poets & Quants has named Lalin Anik of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business as its “MBA Professor of the Year.”

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The University of Virginia Curry School of Education and Human Development’s online master’s programs have been ranked No. 3 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, up six spots from the previous year.

The rankings measure student and faculty engagement, services and technologies, faculty credentials, student excellence and expert opinion.

“Our continued rise in the rankings is a reflection of the high level of innovation by our faculty and the many ways our online offerings engage students in meaningful learning,” Curry School Dean Robert C. Pianta said.

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