For the third consecutive year, a team from the University of Virginia School of Engineering has won the Atlantic Coast Conference’s top prize for undergraduate entrepreneurs, the ACC InVenture Prize.

UVA’s team, Minimally Invasive Spinal Technology, or MIST, took first place for its innovative technologies to improve treatment for childhood scoliosis, pitched to a panel of judges during Wednesday’s televised competition in Raleigh, North Carolina. Viewers also chose MIST for the People’s Choice Award.

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Six teams of University of Virginia students, pitching business ventures as varied as cybersecurity services and a beach basketball game, will vie for the $50,000 Pike Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Beginning at 5 p.m. Monday in Newcomb Hall Theater, students will pitch their proposals to a panel of business leaders and investors, as well as a live audience. While the judges determine the winner of the $50,000 grand prize, audience members will cast votes to award a “people’s choice” prize of $10,000.

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University of Virginia men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett has one more award to add to a growing trophy case – capped, of course, by the national title his team brought home from Minneapolis this month.

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The Executive Committee of the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors voted Friday to roll back a 2.9% in-state undergraduate tuition increase approved in December and maintain the current rate for the coming academic year.  

The decision reflects the board’s commitment to affordability and is made possible by the Virginia General Assembly’s allocation of additional funds to support higher education in 2019-20.

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The much-anticipated “Mueller report” dropped Thursday. Named for Robert Mueller, the University of Virginia School of Law alumnus who conducted the investigation, the report offered good and bad news for President Donald Trump, according to Law professor Stephen Braga, an expert in white-collar crime.

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One of the University of Virginia’s highest-profile alumni entrepreneurs returned to Grounds Wednesday to share stories of venture creation, funding new startups and balancing life as a busy dad.

Speaking to a packed house at the Darden School of Business as part of The New York Times-sponsored “Get With The Times” event, Reddit co-founder and Initialized Capital managing partner Alexis Ohanian expressed delight at the large, enthusiastic audience.

“This is exciting. Y’all came out for this!” Ohanian said. “You must have really had nothing else to do tonight.”

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What happens when researchers from across the University of Virginia come together and collaborate? The answer, according to the Office of the Vice President for Research, is anything and everything.

The Research Collaboration Corner, a flexible workspace for groups to connect and work together on interdisciplinary projects, became available for reservations in February. An open house will be held Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. for anyone interested in touring the space and learning more.

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Millions of fans just began watching the eighth and final season of the megahit HBO series “Game of Thrones” to see who will emerge from the long winter as the ruler of Westeros.

The show has not only captured the attention of viewers – HBO said more than 17 million watched Sunday’s season premiere – but also the attention of University of Virginia English professor Lisa Woolfork, who began teaching a summer course on it five years ago and will offer it again this summer, likely for the last time.

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From telehealth networks to start-up incubators, state parks to downtown revitalization, the University of Virginia and UVA’s College at Wise are finding new ways to engage in university-based economic development in Southwest Virginia.

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Tuesday is the 555th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. To celebrate, a University of Virginia student group, Shakespeare on the Lawn, will present a dramatic reading of “Much Ado About Nothing” that evening at 7 p.m. at New Dominion Bookshop on the Downtown Mall.

Jakob Cansler, a second-year student and the group’s publicity chair and scenic designer, said the comedy revolves around a central question: If love is a game, who are the winners? A staged reading, he said, allows the audience to “warm up to Shakespeare.”

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The University of Virginia’s 2019 Hannah Graham Memorial Awards will support two distinct projects that aim to advance women’s health in Rwanda.  

Brooke Adams, a third-year student majoring in global public health with a music minor, and Sonja Kapadia, a second-year student also majoring in global public health with a French minor, will participate in a study to investigate early recognition and management of critically ill obstetric patients in district hospitals in Rwanda in order to reduce maternal mortality. 

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This summer, pairs of University of Virginia student researchers will study the social networks of the forked fungus beetle, the influence of propaganda on non-governmental organizations, and how people interpret the impact of their own conversations.

They will be backed by 15 “Double Hoo” research awards, which fund pairings of undergraduate and graduate students who collaborate on research projects. Each project is awarded up to $6,000 toward research expenses, plus $500 to compensate a faculty mentor.

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University of Virginia President Jim Ryan has been elected to the illustrious American Academy of Arts and Sciences, alongside former First Lady Michelle Obama and author Jonathan Franzen, among others.

The academy announced the members of the 239th class Wednesday morning.

Ryan joins honorees from academia, business, government and public affairs. He was elected to the social sciences law category.

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Nearly every current University of Virginia female student-athlete – in all, some 320 players across 13 varsity sports – gathered on a basketball practice court inside John Paul Jones Arena on Monday night to hear from four former Hoos as espnW’s “Campus Conversation” series came to UVA for the first time.

The panel, featuring former UVA athletes Kim Hatchett (track and field), Michelle Cusimano Vachris (field hockey and lacrosse), Lauren Morrissey (lacrosse) and Kaili Torres (soccer), focused their talk on the transition that takes place after you leave UVA.

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On Monday, the world watched in shock and sadness as Notre Dame Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece at the physical and symbolic heart of Paris, burned.

The 800-year-old structure, built in the 12th and 13th centuries, was significantly damaged by what officials believe was an accidental fire started amid restoration work. The destruction was not total, however.

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On Wednesday, Alexis Ohanian will be back at the University of Virginia, where, in 2005, he and classmate Steve Huffman registered Reddit.com in Alderman Library.

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When Kiara Rogers stepped foot on the University of Virginia’s Grounds four years ago, she knew she wanted to pursue a pre-law track so that someday she could give a greater voice to other women and to the causes that she believed in.

Today, that’s still pretty much what the Midlothian native wants to do.

“However,” Rogers said, “the twists and turns of my journey can only be characterized by intellectual exploration and curiosity.”

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Two University of Virginia student researchers are seeking a better way to convert methane, the main component of natural gas and a byproduct of oil drilling, into methanol, a liquid that can be used directly as a fuel or as an alternative to petroleum as a feedstock for the chemical and fuel industries.

Methane is an abundant, low-cost natural resource. For most industrial applications, it must be converted to syngas, a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen, which can then be used to manufacture products such as ammonia, gasoline and methanol.

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It was a big weekend at UVA. On Saturday, the same day the University celebrated the national champion men’s basketball team, hundreds of volunteers organized a day of service.

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One of Virginia’s best-known spring pollinators, the blue orchard mason bee, has become difficult to find in recent years, and two University of Virginia students are trying to understand why – and how two species of Japanese mason bees might be encroaching on its territories.

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