Despite having earned his law degree at Mr. Jefferson’s University, the new mayor of Charlottesville is a Madison man all the way.

Mike Signer, a 2004 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, was chosen in January by his fellow members of the Charlottesville City Council to preside over the city in which his law school alma mater is nestled – just two months after he was elected to the council.

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This fall, the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce will welcome the first students into an innovative new M.S. in Global Commerce Program.

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At the behest of the Food and Drug Administration, a committee – including University of Virginia professor James Childress – has spent more than a year studying ethical questions surrounding so-called “three-parent babies,” created by replacing the intended mother’s defective mitochondrial DNA in an oocyte (egg) or zygote (fertilized egg) with mitochondrial DNA from a second woman.

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Bronco Mendenhall arrived at the McCue Center around 5:50 a.m. Wednesday, eager to start work on what would be a long, rewarding and festive day for the University of Virginia football program.

By 4:30 p.m., UVA had received national letters of intent from 20 high-school seniors. They joined a recruiting class that also includes the four players who enrolled at the University last month: tight end Christian Baumgardner, kicker Holland Corbett, tailback Tre Harbison and linebacker Matt Terrell.

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Future teachers who received multimedia instruction about how to use a specific teaching strategy outperformed peers who read the same information in texts, according to a study from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education.

The study was published in December in the journal Exceptional Children.

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Area charities will again benefit from the generous spirit of University of Virginia employees. The 2015 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign concluded at the end of the year within a breath of $1 million donated, and netted a record-breaking number of online gifts.

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The search is on for a new chief research officer at the University of Virginia. The position, previously known as the vice president for research, has been redefined as the vice provost for research and will report to Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas C. Katsouleas.

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Startup companies often pride themselves on being atypical, so it is fitting that the University of Virginia’s first Startup Career Fair was not your typical career fair.

For two hours on Tuesday evening, students gathered at Newcomb Hall to meet with more than 30 startups eager for their talent. There were résumés and handshakes, but there was also a DJ, food from local small businesses like Grit Coffee, Campus Cookies and Caribe Juice, and even some colorful lighting.

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The University of Virginia Darden School of Business announced Wednesday that the school’s renowned MBA for Executives (EMBA) and Global MBA for Executives (GEMBA) will soon be available at a new location in the Washington, D.C. area.

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Three University of Virginia faculty members have been named among the top 25 education scholars influencing public policy, and a half-dozen others made the 200-person list of the most influential education scholars in the country.

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David Sickmen performs nearly 200 shows a year with Hackensaw Boys, a bluegrass/rock band that was formed in Charlottesville. He’s been singing since the age of 18, but after making a career out of music, time began to take its toll on his vocal cords.

He made his way to the University of Virginia Health System, where he met Dr. James Daniero, an otolaryngologist and the head of the Voice and Swallowing Clinic.

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The University of Virginia has moved up two spots to No. 14 in the Princeton Review’s 2016 list of the top-50 schools that give the highest return on the cost of tuition.

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U.S. Army Lt. Col. Frank Rosenblatt said he always found military justice – with its uniforms and traditions carried over from 18th-century England – exciting because it offered the drama of real-world events played out in a courtroom.

That drama was kicked up a notch when the 2006 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law was assigned to defend Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl against charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

“It’s been an interesting and complex case,” Rosenblatt said. “The level of animosity toward Sgt. Bergdahl has been extraordinary.”

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As part of a new partnership stretching across the Atlantic, students and faculty from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business are partnering with Ugandan companies and teaming up with a young business school in Mbarara, Uganda.

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The University of Virginia’s hometown has long been a hub of innovation, but in the last five years Charlottesville has exploded with entrepreneurial growth. The National Venture Capital Association recently ranked Charlottesville as the fastest-growing venture capital ecosystem in the United States.

Between 2010 and 2015, venture funding in Charlottesville jumped from $250,000 to $27.7 million invested in local companies, the organization said.

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This semester, visitors to The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia can expect to see art featuring an important woman in Thomas Jefferson’s life, as well as a collection of prints by renowned sculptor Richard Serra, an exhibition of Navajo textiles, and an exploration of cross-cultural depictions of fish and fowl.

The exhibitions will include many new pieces loaned from museums across the country and drawn from The Fralin’s extensive collections.

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John K. Whitaker, Georgia Bankard Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Virginia, died Jan. 25 in Northern Virginia, just before his 83rd birthday.

Whitaker taught economics at UVA for more than three decades and chaired the Department of Economics from 1979 to 1982. In 1992, he was appointed the Georgia Bankard Professor of Economics, becoming a professor emeritus when he retired in 2003.

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As the 2016 presidential race heats up, many candidates are promising to bring radical change as the next president. Sidney Milkis, the White Burkett Miller Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, said the next occupant of the White House will have to face a set of challenges that has been uniquely shaped by the modern definition of the presidency.

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The World Health Organization on Monday declared a global public health emergency over the Zika virus, which it said is “spreading explosively” in South America. The announcement came after an emergency session in Geneva.

In addition, a second case of the virus has been reported in Virginia. Officials at the College of William & Mary said a student who visited Central America during winter break contracted the illness, but they do not believe this poses a health risk to anyone on campus.

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Can Charlottesville’s Preston Avenue, a commercial corridor scarred by contentious urban renewal policies, become a more attractive home for businesses and residents?

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