During their time at the University of Virginia, students forge many connections that will play an important role in their lives, from professors who become mentors to hallmates who become lifelong friends. Some students also meet their future spouse. In fact, at last count, 27,410 UVA alumni were married to fellow Wahoos.

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Mechanicsville native Nena Evans’ time at the University of Virginia has been shaped by a dedication to community. The fourth-year statistics major was inspired by the passion she saw when she first visited UVA, and she’s carried that drive with her ever since.

Evans, a long-time Madison House volunteer, now serves as the head program director for its English Speakers of Other Languages Program. She takes great pride in seeing students progress through the program and enjoys collaborating with other program leaders on initiatives around the Charlottesville area.

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Editor's note: This article was originally published Jan. 27, 2016.

The Lloyd Building in The Corner business district, which most recently housed the Student Bookstore, will be transformed to feature rehearsal and performance space under a new student-designed plan.

The University of Virginia is leasing the building, located at 1515 University Ave., to provide students with a recreational location near the Grounds that will include a possible lounge area, limited food service and meeting rooms, in addition to performance and rehearsal space.

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The term “perfect” is subjective, but in the world of music production, “perfect” pop songs are the ones that get the most airplay and many of the golden gramophone trophies to be awarded Monday night at the 58th Grammy Awards.

Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Adele are all making return runs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, up for top awards at “music’s biggest night.”

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While recording the second season of “Wicked Tuna: North vs. South,” a National Geographic Channel reality show, University of Virginia alumnus Capt. Britton Shackelford had to navigate some of the most treacherous water he’d ever dealt with during his quarter-century career in sport and commercial fishing.

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Scholars often lament the knowledge that might have been preserved if the great Library of Alexandria had been better protected against the ravages of time and marauding armies.

While the University of Virginia’s own scholarly record is markedly safer from ransacking Romans, by 2011, its digital collection faced a similar threat of steady extinction by way of technological obsolescence.

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New research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine has shown how our DNA determines our ability to fight off viruses, revealing that many genes work together to control immune cells, tissue inflammation – and even our body weight after infection.

The research could one day allow doctors to tweak immune cells to enhance their ability to destroy viruses, and it may also assist in the development of new vaccines, among other benefits.

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Inequality in American public education looms large in gifted education nationwide. While approximately 49 percent of public school students are minority students, they make up only about 40 percent of those in programs for gifted students.

Tonya R. Moon, a professor in the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, and colleagues Marcia A. Invernizzi, professor, and Catherine M. Brighton, associate dean and associate professor, are working to increase the number of underrepresented students in gifted programs.

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Pulitzer-prize winning author Marilynne Robinson is well-known for her fiction, but she also has written extensively on the topic of faith and religion in public life. She will give a series of public lectures at the University of Virginia on “Our Public Conversation: How America Talks About Itself.”

The three lectures, scheduled for Feb. 23, 24 and 25 in Nau Hall 101, will be presented as part of the University’s historic Page-Barbour Lectures series. Robinson will give each talk at 5 p.m., to be followed by a reception.

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In a surprising new discovery about potentially deadly salmonella, researchers have determined that the foodborne bacteria has a most unexpected way of telling where it is in the body: It uses its food as its GPS.

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Do Barbie’s “normal” new looks matter?

Seemingly since her introduction in 1959, the doll has been at the center of a cultural tug-of-war, with some arguing that the thin dolls with unnatural proportions, blonde hair and tiny feet reinforce a harmfully unattainable female ideal, and others seeing it as merely a harmless toy.

With an eye to modernizing and perhaps an ear toward the criticism, Mattel recently unveiled a new set of Barbies, featuring a variety of body shapes, skin tones, eye colors and hairstyles, that will be released over the coming months.

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Thomas Jefferson had John Adams, Hector had Achilles, and Jerry had Newman. For its own legendary rivalry, the University of Virginia has Virginia Tech.

While UVA’s athletic matchups with Virginia Tech are hardly the schools’ only game-time grudge matches, assistant professor of public policy and psychology Benjamin Converse says that the UVA-Tech matchup is unique in the type of psychological response it triggers.

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Two recent reports show that the U.S. economy is not growing at a healthy rate, despite a low unemployment rate and increases in wages. Coming amid uncertainty in global markets, these reports have fueled speculation about long-term stagnation, or even another recession.

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“Thanks, but no thanks.”

That’s how Mario Wilson, an assistant track and field coach at the University of Virginia, typically would have responded to an email such as the one he received in the spring of 2014 from Cameron Collins, then a freshman at Hampden-Sydney College.

But Wilson was intrigued, as was Bryan Fetzer, Virginia’s director of track & field/cross country by Collins’ message. Not every day did they come across a Division III basketball player who wanted to become a Division I decathlete.

“It’s not normal,” Fetzer said, laughing.

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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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