As the final notes of Monday night’s dress rehearsal faded away, the group of University of Virginia students remained silent for just a moment, held under the spell of what they and their classmates had created.

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University of Virginia physicist Cass Sackett isn’t sure if there is a bonafide, true, genuine and official National Physics Day or not (who decides such things anyway?). But as far as the UVA physics department is concerned, there is one indeed, even if it’s an event of the department’s own invention.

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He visited chronically ill patients at home, met their families and even took them grocery shopping.

He taught newly released felons about the risks of smoking and the importance of good nutrition.

He treated Charlottesville’s uninsured at the student-run free clinic that he co-founded.

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Students in Gerald Warburg’s “Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century” course had an impressive finale to a semester filled with prominent speakers from across the United States government and both sides of the political spectrum.

Congressman Tom Garrett (R) of Virginia’s 5th District and Congressman Gerry Connolly (D) of Virginia’s 11th District joined the class Monday afternoon to discuss bipartisanship and what they believe are the greatest challenges in American policy.

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A new technique developed at the University of Virginia School of Medicine will let a single cancer research lab do the work of dozens, dramatically accelerating the search for new treatments and cures. And the technique will benefit not just cancer research but research into every disease driven by gene mutations, from cystic fibrosis to Alzheimer’s disease – ultimately enabling customized treatments for patients in a way never before possible.

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Jahvonta Mason has had a busy four years at the University of Virginia. He has a record of leadership in multiple student organizations, but what Mason prides himself on most is that his many involvements have left him “rich in friends from across the University.”

The St. Louis native and Lawn resident has chaired the Black Male Initiative, served as student member of UVA’s Bicentennial Commission, led diversity initiatives as a member of student council and worked as president of his fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi – just to name a few.

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Corporate executive and management expert Jenifer Andrasko, a former U.S. Navy pilot, mission commander and NATO officer, will be the University of Virginia Alumni Association’s next president and CEO, the organization’s Board of Managers announced.

The selection of Andrasko, 39, who received her MBA from UVA’s Darden School of Business in 2010, will be the first woman president of the Alumni Association, which will have its 179th anniversary July 4.

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Grammy Award-winning DJ and producer 9th Wonder put hip-hop front and center at the University of Virginia.

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“What makes you happy? What do you want to be when you grow up?” University of Virginia student volunteer Mahnoor Khurshid asked the children she tutors.

Then she took photos of them, with titles like “The Next Steve Jobs” and “The Next Picasso,” simple photos of young hands doing things: poised over a laptop or figuring math problems with pencil and paper.

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The first time David Dent flew on a plane was when he came to the University of Virginia from his hometown of Las Vegas for “Days on the Lawn,” an introduction to the University for newly accepted students.

When he arrived in Charlottesville, there was snow on the ground – the first he had seen. He admits that, at the time, he barely knew where Virginia was. But he got a good vibe on Grounds, even if everything was so different from where he came from, and realized immediately that he was excited to come to UVA.

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In the summer of 1814, Baltimore’s Peale Museum opened its doors as the first purpose-built museum in the United States, revealing wonders like the skeleton of a mastodon discovered by the founder’s father, Charles Willson Peale.

More than 200 years later, visitors to the same building are being treated to an entirely new – and fantastically fictional – set of wonders. Baltimore resident and University of Virginia alumna Lisi Stoessel and her cast and crew have created an immersive theater experience spanning all four floors of the historic building.

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From building a cosmic-ray telescope for student research projects to creating and crafting an online tour experience of Grounds for prospective high school applicants from around the world, the Jefferson Trust, an initiative of the University of Virginia Alumni Association, awarded 19 grants totaling $727,947 to University entities Friday on the steps of the Rotunda.

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Katya Gilbo has a passion for studying physics “to understand the forces and events surrounding and influencing our lives.” The Russia native will graduate from the University of Virginia next month with a bachelor’s degree in physics, which she says has empowered her to apply physics to clinical problems in medical imaging.

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The University of Virginia Board of Visitors today approved tuition rates for the 2017-18 academic year, adopting a 2.2 percent increase in tuition for in-state undergraduate students and 3.5 percent increase for out-of-state undergraduate students. The board also approved a 3 percent increase for in-state and out-of-state undergraduate students at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

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On what started as a quiet day of classes in 2016, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business hosted a rare collision of worlds – a meeting of MBA students and ABC’s “The Bachelorette.”

The surprise discussion between “Bachelorette” runner-up contestant Robby Hayes and student fans of the show was made possible by 1Degree, a new social media app founded by second-year Darden MBA candidates Maximillian Huc and Sam Boochever.

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The allure of the autonomous vehicle is seductive: a morning commute spent sipping coffee and checking e-mail while the car finds its own way to the office.

But whereas drivers of today might have had to worry about flat tires, engine trouble and reckless drivers, the owners of future wonder-cars might have to worry about a new threat: hacks into the computers that control their vehicles.

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After the surprise Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom and the upset election of President Donald Trump in the United States, people all over the world are closely watching the French presidential campaign for signs that another Western country is about to make a seismic shift.

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The Clinical Research Forum has named the University of Virginia Health System’s pioneering use of focused sound waves to treat essential tremor – the most common movement disorder – as one of the top 10 clinical research achievements of 2016.

The organization presented the award to UVA neurosurgeon Jeff Elias and University of Maryland neurologist Paul Fishman Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington.

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Pat Hogan, the University of Virginia’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, officially launched a new venture at UVA on Tuesday: directly powering University buildings with solar electricity.

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