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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Several times a month, fourth-year student Zihan Chen can be found soaring thousands of feet above the University of Virginia’s Grounds and the Blue Ridge Mountains in a plane rented from the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport.

“Flying is always challenging, fascinating and inspiring,” said Chen, who earned his private pilot license last year. “I experience a lot by looking with a different perspective and discovering at full speed.”

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In 2013, the pioneering research of James Galloway, University of Virginia’s Sidman Poole Professor of Environmental Sciences, and then-graduate student Allison Leach led UVA’s Board of Visitors to approve a plan to reduce the emissions of reactive nitrogen from campus activities 25 percent by 2025.

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A classroom of wide-eyed fifth-graders huddled around their teacher’s desk to look at a print of John Trumbull’s “Declaration of Independence,” a well-known painting that depicts the document’s authors presenting a draft to Congress.

“Tell me what you see in this picture. What is unique or different about it?” the teacher asked.

“Well, everyone’s white,” one student pointed out.

“Yes,” the teacher responded.

And saying nothing else, she moved on.

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