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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Inside Pavilion IV on the University of Virginia’s historic Lawn on Thursday afternoon, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe candidly discussed civic engagement, democracy, business and economic opportunities and a range of political issues with a group of 25 government, nonprofit and business leaders from the Middle East and North Africa.

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Among the many historic artifacts and stories on display when the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opens this weekend, visitors will be treated to exhibits celebrating 400 years of African-American music, many of them carefully researched and curated by University of Virginia Ph.D. student Steven Lewis.

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The University of Virginia’s iconic Rotunda, designed by UVA founder Thomas Jefferson and closed for two years while undergoing renovation, will be open for visitors on Saturday and Sunday.

On both days, the building will be open for community members to tour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with student ambassadors available to answer questions.

“We want to have a low-key open house for people who want to sneak a peak before we open for business as usual on Monday,” said Sheri Winston, the interim Rotunda manager.

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When she received the invitation to participate in a professional development workshop at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, UVA women’s lacrosse coach Julie Myers hesitated before registering.

The workshop would pull her away from her McCue Center office for about nine hours on the second day of fall classes at the University, and her schedule already was full.

“My first thought was, ‘Really? This is a really, really hard time,’” Myers said. “And then I realized every day is potentially a hard time for somebody.”

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If you’re wondering why you decided your last impulse purchase was a good idea, Derick Davis might have an answer for you.

Davis, beginning his first year as an assistant professor in the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, teaches and researches consumer behavior, and particularly the psychology behind pricing and advertising. Why do consumers make certain choices? How might seemingly innocuous things – like word choice or word order – change their minds?

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Sometimes a day’s efforts make a lasting impression – especially when hundreds of University of Virginia employees got together on Wednesday, the annual United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring, and showed what volunteering around the community can accomplish.

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Students know they will need many resources for a successful career search, ranging from a strong résumé and letters of recommendation to a support network of career counselors, mentors and peers.

One critical resource they might not realize they are missing? Time to reflect.

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How do university-bound students in Ivory Coast view higher education in the United States?

For some, their first impression comes from the Grounds at the University of Virginia.

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University of Virginia School of Medicine researcher Christopher Stroupe has his eye on six little molecules that could be the key to new treatments for both Ebola and cancer.

The molecules, which act together as a single unit known as HOPS, are essential for Ebola to infect cells and for cancer cells to grow and survive. As such, they represent a shared weakness – a weakness Stroupe is seeking to exploit.

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