Anxiety and depression can have devastating effects on people’s lives. In some cases, the mental disorders lead to isolation, poverty and poor physical health, things that often cascade to future generations.

A new program at the University of Virginia is aiming to shift the rigid, negative thoughts that come with mental disorders.

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Entrepreneurs and tech giants like Facebook, Apple and Google are increasingly turning their attention to education, lured by the possibility of an Airbnb-style disruption to the current system.

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History professor Andrew Kahrl tracks racial discrimination through the tax assessor’s office.

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A series of educational videos delivered by text or email successfully encouraged new mothers to use safe sleep practices for their babies, reducing the risk of sudden unexpected infant death, a new study has found. The research comes from the University of Virginia schools of Medicine and Nursing, the Yale University School of Medicine and the Boston University School of Medicine.

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What does Dean of Students Allen Groves listen to when he’s not busy helping University of Virginia students feel at home on Grounds?

Broadcasting Monday night on UVA’s student-run radio station, WXTJ, Groves shared his “greatest hits” playlist with fourth-year students and radio DJs Tyler Garling and Michael Crawford. Together they offered up a mix of old-school rock and soulful country tunes, ranging from David Bowie and The Eagles to Glen Campbell and the Zac Brown Band, which Groves loves to play while driving around Charlottesville in his 20-year-old convertible.

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Second-year University of Virginia student Jessica Harris wanted young thespians in her hometown of Palmyra, in rural Fluvanna County, to have more opportunities to perform.

“I have been involved in theater for a long time, but a lot of the programs I did involved significant fees or travel costs,” said Harris, an Echols Scholar. “There just were not a lot of performance opportunities in Fluvanna, especially for younger kids who could not do the high school theater program yet.”

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“I love learning and want to go into biology,” said Adeline Pratt, a rising junior at John Handley High School in Winchester. “My experience here has shown me how scientists work, and what it’s like to work in a lab.”

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A new project spearheaded by faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law aspires to improve the commonwealth’s criminal justice system through the collection and analysis of data.

The Virginia Criminal Justice Policy Reform Project will research – and encourage the adoption of – policies aimed at improving the fairness of criminal adjudication, preventing wrongful convictions, reducing recidivism, reducing costs, diverting low-risk offenders from jail or prison and easing societal re-entry for the formerly incarcerated.

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On the night before he was to compete at the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May 2016, Jeff Jernigan sat down at a table in a Tallahassee, Florida, hotel and took a final exam in astronautics.

It occurred to Jernigan, then a third-year student at the University of Virginia, that he was probably the only pole vaulter in the ACC taking on such an intellectual challenge that evening.

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Matt Shields’ path to becoming a teacher was not quite traditional.

A Virginia native, Shields attended the University of Virginia to earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering, in 1998 and 2001, respectively. But after working as an engineer, then a web developer, he realized his true calling: education.

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A section of the “Long Walk,” an historic pedestrian walkway running from the Rotunda to the Corner, is being unearthed and repaved.

The corridor dates from the founding of the University of Virginia, and is still in use. At various times, it has been a dirt pathway, a concrete thoroughfare and a brick walkway. Parts of all these versions are still there, stacked one on top of the other, workers recently discovered.

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The University of Virginia continues to expand its portfolio of carbon-free power-generation sources and achieve key sustainability targets with another partnership announced today with Dominion Energy.

Under a 25-year agreement, the University will purchase the entire output of a proposed 120-acre solar facility in Middlesex County. The solar facility, developed by Coronal Energy, will be constructed and owned by Dominion Energy. It will produce an estimated 15 megawatts of alternating current, or about 9 percent of the University’s electric demand.

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Nearly two years ago, the University of Virginia founded a public benefit company – “public benefit” being a key objective – to provide an affordable way for families in infrastructure-challenged countries to purify drinking water. Today that company, MadiDrop PBC – which uses an elegantly simple technology – has shipped more than 20,000 ceramic purification tablets to humanitarian organizations in several countries, primarily in Africa and Latin America.

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As Virginians embrace the height of summer with trips into the Blue Ridge Mountains and afternoons spent on trails, most know to check their skin for pesky hangers-on at the end of the day. Peak outdoors season also means peak tick season in this neck of woods.

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A new book penned by two University of Virginia law students details the history of the University’s Jefferson Literary and Debating Society, the oldest student organization on Grounds, of which Edgar Allan Poe and Woodrow Wilson were members.

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It’s like the Superman of viruses, astonishingly tough and able to survive in an environment that would dissolve flesh and bone. And now scientists have unlocked the secrets of its indestructibility, potentially allowing them to harness its remarkable properties to create super-durable materials and to better treat disease.

The discovery reveals something never before seen in the natural world. Potential uses include everything from pinpoint delivery of cancer drugs so they only attack tumors to building materials that could better withstand an earthquake’s tremors.

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As University of Virginia alumna Lindsay Hinz walked the streets of Brooklyn in a wedding dress, strangers congratulated her on her marriage and told her how beautiful her dress was.

They were right about one thing – it was a beautiful dress – but those kind strangers were missing a few key facts.

Hinz didn’t get married. And her dress? It was made entirely of toilet paper.

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As the University of Virginia’s bicentennial approaches, UVA Today is releasing a series of quizzes to help readers brush up on 200 years worth of Wahoo trivia. We began in April with a quiz on general UVA history; now we’re asking readers to show us what they know about some of the school’s alumni.

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