Emily Riff’s journey to the University of Virginia School of Law, from which she will graduate May 22 as a member of the Class of 2016, began on Capitol Hill.

Riff worked as a staff member for Rep. Nita Lowey of New York, and then as a legislative aide to Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota. It was while working on education policy for Franken, she said, that she realized she wanted – needed – to know more.

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Teachers who regularly use stress-reducing strategies increase their abilities to cope with the demands of the career and are positioned to do a better job educating students, according to results from a program administered by the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education.

Teachers in New York City public schools who participated in “Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education,” or CARE, a mindfulness professional development program, not only felt an improvement in their own well-being, they also improved the quality of their classroom.

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A former tennis champ-turned-budding business leader has received the University of Virginia’s Sky Alland Scholarship.

Michelle Fabiola “Faby” Chaillo, a third-year commerce major from Mexico City and Falls Church, will receive full tuition and fees for her fourth year at the University as well as a $10,000 stipend for living expenses.

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At first glance, dance and engineering would appear to be vastly different pursuits. But somehow, Aqura Russell found a way to be heavily involved with both at the University of Virginia.

The Newport News native began dancing at the age of 8 and is trained in both ballet and modern dance. Before she arrived on Grounds, Russell planned to major in chemistry.

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Frankenstein, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The world’s most famous tales of things that go bump in the night can all trace their heritage to a distinct 65-year period when the British public became enraptured with the horrid. The English Gothic novel dominated popular fiction from 1765 to 1830 and spawned an endless tradition of dark storytelling and over-the-top parodies around the globe.

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How regularly do women with disabilities receive pelvic exams and Pap tests? Primary care related to their sexual and reproductive health? And how often do they experience unintended pregnancies in a country where roughly half of all pregnancies are unplanned?

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Each year, the #UVAPhotoContest captures the most picturesque locations on the University of Virginia’s Grounds through photos posted on Instagram. This spring, contestants were asked to showcase life on Grounds through images that included at least one person or animal.

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It’s that time of year again. Couches are placed on sidewalks and perfectly good appliances are thrown into the trash. This annual ritual is part of the mass exodus that occurs across the nation as college students move out of apartments and student housing.

The University of Virginia offers another option, one that benefits the local community: Chuck It for Charity.

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In a year where it seems like every aspect of American politics is being watched and analyzed on the world stage, University of Virginia doctoral candidate Michael Poznansky is interested in the powerful political plays that are hidden beneath the surface.

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This year’s award-winning teachers at the University of Virginia show the enormous impact a passionate teacher can have on students’ lives.

Scores of students, faculty peers department chairs and deans contributed glowing testimonials about 13 professors, plus a medical resident and five graduate teaching assistants, who were chosen for a range of teaching awards sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. The teachers were to be honored at a banquet Wednesday.

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Midway through her Peace Corps service, Julia Shafer’s family visited her in Antanifotsy, Madagascar. Shafer’s students and fellow teachers welcomed them with performances of traditional dances from all over the island, and Shafer, a year after arriving as a rare foreigner in Antanifotsy, realized she felt at home in both worlds.

“It was a really cool experience, to share my family from home with my family here in Madagascar,” said Shafer, a 2012 University of Virginia graduate.

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Fourth-year student Artem Demchenko has spent much of his time at the University of Virginia volunteering in local public housing communities, helping residents create gardens similar to those he remembers from his home in Ukraine.

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The missions keep getting higher, longer, farther and faster, as Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Christopher Goyne inspires his University of Virginia students to keep pushing the outer edges of the envelope.

Goyne teaches a spacecraft design course that has, during recent years, led to student-designed and -built projects reaching out to the edges of space.

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“Who are you without your job, your title and your salary?”

The question reverberated in Bronco Mendenhall’s mind. Among the youngest head coaches at the highest level of college football, he was fresh off of leading the 2007 Brigham Young University football team to its second conference championship in his three years in charge. It was an accomplishment that felt oddly unfulfilling – so much so that he considered resigning even as he hoisted the championship trophy on the field after the game.

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The crowd at the Take it Away deli on the Corner was typically busy during a recent lunch hour, with dozens of University of Virginia students ordering, picking out their drinks and grabbing bags of chips to go with their sandwiches. In addition to the baskets of barbeque and sour-cream-and onion-flavored snacks, customers have a healthy new option to add some crunch to their lunch: cashews.

Harvested from cashew trees more than 10,000 miles away in Bali, the nuts come in mouth-watering flavors like sesame ginger, sea salt and garlic pepper.

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This summer, pairs of University of Virginia student researchers will receive funding to examine local mentoring programs, women’s health and ion channels in immune cells, among other projects.

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University of Virginia undergraduate student Jill Ferguson has been named a Truman Scholar and will receive $30,000 toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in professional development to help prepare her for a career in public service leadership.

Ferguson, a third-year materials science and engineering and nanotechnology major, with an engineering business minor, said the award will assist her in her graduate research on solar photovoltaic cells.

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As a first-year student, Joseph Marchese-Schmitt lost his way on Grounds and wandered into Old Cabell Hall to ask a group of students for directions. Unbeknownst to Marchese-Schmitt, he was walking into a now 145-year-old tradition that would define his next four years: the University of Virginia’s Glee Club.

“They gave me directions and asked me if I wanted to audition,” Marchese-Schmitt said. “They were very convincing, and it was the happiest mistake of my whole time here at UVA.”

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Linking everything from the boardroom to the classroom to the boiler room, the University of Virginia has unveiled a comprehensive Sustainability Plan, encompassing specific short- and long-term goals.

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