The American Revolution was “a very unpleasant war,” according to Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor, a professor in the University of Virginia’s Corcoran Department of History.

Taylor’s latest book, “American Revolutions, A Continental History, 1750-1804,” published in September, examines a wider scope of the conflict.

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Stacks of unopened mail pile up on kitchen tables. Hundreds of unread emails clutter inboxes.

“These are delivery challenges,” said Ben Castleman, an assistant professor of education and public policy in the University of Virginia Curry School of Education. “We continue to send very important communications through channels that aren’t reaching people.”

Castleman’s research at UVA is aiming to alleviate that problem, particularly in the realm of education.  

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When Dr. Daniel “Trey” Lee was an undergraduate chemistry student at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, he gave fleeting thought to becoming a professional emergency medical technician after college. He was volunteering as an EMT and enjoyed “driving fast.”

Later, as a medical student at the University of Texas Medical School, he gave serious consideration to becoming an emergency room physician. He liked the fast pace of that environment.

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday night that “Loving” – a film shot entirely in the commonwealth and already generating Oscar buzz – will open the 2016 Virginia Film Festival on Nov. 3, just prior to its nationwide release Nov. 4.

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What is nature? We assume we know what it is – and it’s usually a place without humans.

The idea that nature is something separate from humans is a founding tenet of wilderness conservation, but the notion has proved detrimental to indigenous and tribal peoples, as well as to the environment in many areas around the globe – especially the Amazon rainforest.

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The infamous 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill is the worst offshore spill in United States history, having bled 134 million gallons of oil and gas into the Gulf of Mexico over 87 days. A new Hollywood feature film, opening Friday, tells the story of the devastating accident, which left 11 men dead and dozens injured.

But the devastation didn’t end with the sinking of the burning rig or the plugging of the gusher. It set into motion a crippling environmental crisis that continues to this day.

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Most days, University of Virginia Professor Emeritus Richard Crozier can be found painting in the passenger seat of his Volkswagen, a Masonite board propped in his lap to capture whatever local scene has caught his eye.

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The fall season signals many beginnings, one of them being the annual Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign, the employee charity-fundraising drive. Held in state agencies across Virginia, this year’s – the 18th edition – kicks off Monday.

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A unique new imaging method, called “polarized nuclear imaging” – combining powerful aspects of both magnetic resonance imaging and gamma-ray imaging and developed by physicists in the University of Virginia’s departments of Physics and Radiology ­­– has potential for new types of high-resolution medical diagnostics as well as industrial and physics research applications.

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The 29th Virginia Film Festival will again turn Charlottesville into a film lover’s paradise Nov. 3 through 6, delivering a lineup of more than 120 films. The festival will include appearances by legendary film icons and up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world and Virginia, in addition to screenings of some of the hottest new titles on the festival circuit, beloved classics and fascinating documentaries.

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Author Jane Alison, a University of Virginia English professor, has roamed among genres – writing a memoir about her transition from childhood into early adulthood, a novel about the 2,000-year-old poet Ovid, and a translation of his work. She continues pushing boundaries in her new book, “Nine Island,” which is described as a “non-fiction novel.”

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New research offers unprecedented insights into the causes of childhood diarrhea, the second-leading cause of death of children worldwide, and suggests that the role of pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and parasites has been vastly underestimated.

Until now, doctors have understood that a little more than half of childhood diarrhea cases worldwide were caused by pathogens. The new research revises that figure upward dramatically, to nearly 90 percent. The finding clarifies the cause of many unexplained diarrhea cases examined in seven countries.

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As the 2016 presidential election enters its final two-month sprint, the clock is also running down on voter registration deadlines. Virginians have just 20 days left to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election.

Whether they’re planning to register in Charlottesville or vote absentee in their hometowns, the University of Virginia’s Student Council wants to ensure that every eligible UVA student is able to make their voice heard in this election.

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John Scully and his students think about what comes out of the kitchen faucet.

Scully – who chairs the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, and co-directs, with Robert Kelly, UVA’s Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering – spent the summer working with undergraduate and graduate students exploring the water problems of Flint, Michigan in an effort to get some specific scientific answers.

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Get thee to the Grounds for Shakespeare’s sake and scurry over to the University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, you scullion, er, you sweet! For most of October, a rare copy of the first book publishing William Shakespeare’s plays will be on display, prompting all sorts of dramatic and dubious deeds.

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While he was busy earning Mid-Atlantic Region All-America honors on the soccer field at Lafayette College in the late 1990s, Leidy Klotz was also in the process of earning a civil engineering degree.

His use of that degree would temporarily be put on hold, though, as Klotz’s athletic talents earned him the opportunity to play professional soccer in the United Soccer League for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and the Harrisburg Heat.

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Robert J. Creeden has joined the University of Virginia’s Licensing & Ventures Group as its first managing director of the UVA Seed Fund and New Ventures.

The Licensing & Ventures Group’s mission is to maximize the impact of UVA’s innovation in research and technology via commercialization while providing high levels of customer service, value-added business development, new venture creation and a focus on driving quality transactions.

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On Wednesday, University of Virginia economist Edgar Olsen testified before a subcommittee of the United States Senate Appropriations Committee to share his strategies for improving the current system of low-income housing assistance.

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Kristin van Ogtrop, who served as the editor-in-chief of Real Simple magazine for 13 years before stepping down this month, finds herself in the same position as many of the women she addressed Friday at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business – on the cusp of a major career shift.

“I am in a place, not unlike a number of you in this room, where I do not really know what the future looks like and I am leaping into the unknown,” she told students gathered for Darden’s annual Graduate Women in Business Women’s Leadership Conference.

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University of Virginia psychology professor Robert Emery’s message to divorcing couples is simple; parents should be parents so that kids can be kids.

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