For Ali Barta, who last month earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Virginia’s Batten School of Leadership and an MBA from the Darden School of Business, establishing her nascent business is about much more than just the standard challenge of developing and marketing a strong product.

Barta’s commitment to the success of her herbal products company, Nuna Med, is deeply personal. Her first product, called Urinary Tract SupporTea, treats her own chronic urinary tract infections, caused by a workplace accident in April 2014 that nearly killed her.

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You likely know about The Stonewall Inn, home of the 1969 riots that marked a key turning point in the modern fight for gay rights in the United States.

However, you might not know about the hundreds of other places in New York City that have played an important role in LGBTQ history, from one of America’s oldest gay bars, Julius,’ to grim sites like the street corner where Julio Rivera was murdered in a 1990 hate crime that sparked the first Queens Pride Parade.

Uncovering and recognizing those sites is the biggest and most rewarding part of Amanda Davis’s job.

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A job at Goldman Sachs in New York seemed like the logical choice for Daniel Autry, who, after four years of living in Charlottesville, was ready to live in a bigger city and begin paying off student debt.

But Autry’s entrepreneurial spirit – and desire to make a difference in the world – tugged at him.

As a student at the University of Virginia, Autry had explored several exciting new ideas, including one involving an app that could potentially improve people’s mental health.

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They are a rarity for the University of Virginia School of Law: judges who are husband and wife.

Judge Raymond Jackson, a 1973 alumnus, sits on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, he was the first African-American federal judge to serve in South Hampton Roads.

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Scott Tingle is back from space, and he has some amazing stories to tell.

The NASA astronaut, who completed the Executive Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business in 2015, recently returned from a six-month mission to the International Space Station, where he joined astronauts around the world in executing more than 200 science, operations and maintenance projects onboard.

It was Tingle’s first space flight – the culmination of years of training for the decorated U.S. Navy pilot – and he was thrilled with the experience.

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A new ranking of master’s degrees in elementary education lists the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education as offering one of the top three such degrees in the nation.

The ranking from College Choice, an online educational ranking site, takes into account “academic reputation rankings, program tuition rates, early career earnings of graduates, and student satisfaction,” according to the announcement.

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Work will soon begin on the installation of two permanent wheelchair ramps that will, for the first time, enable students, faculty, staff and visitors with mobility issues to traverse the length of the Lawn.

The Lawn Accessibility Project was recently advanced by the Board of Visitors, allowing for work to begin in early July on the ramps, which will be installed on the western side of the Lawn adjacent to Pavilions V and IX.

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By the time the NBA draft arrives on Thursday night, Devon Hall will have auditioned for nearly two-thirds of the league’s 30 teams.

After his third or fourth workout, Hall reminded himself to enjoy the process, however exhausting it might be, “because where else would I want to be right now in my life?” the former University of Virginia guard said.

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Historians, political theorists, literary and media scholars and other humanities scholars from around the world gathered last week at the University of Virginia for a conference examining how big data and the new frontiers of new media technology introduced by Facebook, Google and other global companies have shaped and penetrated our daily lives.

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University of Virginia alumna and former Board of Visitors member Glynn Key received many honors during her lifetime, from being elected chair of the Honor Committee as an undergraduate to being revealed as a member of the Seven Society upon her death in 2014.

Now, the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee – Key’s hometown – has added another accolade to that list with a street named in her honor.

Several members of the UVA community reacted to the news on Monday, remembering the late Key’s decades of leadership at the University.

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New research from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education has found that reviewing classroom video with coaches can help teachers significantly reduce preschoolers’ challenging behaviors in the classroom – behaviors that place young children at risk for academic difficulties down the road.

Although behavioral problems such as impulsivity and disruptiveness are not uncommon in preschool classrooms, teachers often lack the support and resources to manage these challenging behaviors effectively.

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The University of Virginia will preserve a cistern that was part of the original firefighting plan for the Academical Village.

Archaeologists last summer excavated a shallow cistern underneath Lawn room 24 on the east side of the Lawn that was part of a water supply and storage system devised by Proctor Arthur S. Brockenbrough, who supervised construction of the Academical Village in the early 19th century.

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In the early 19th century, American factory workers often labored for 12-hour shifts, six days a week, and weaver Cynthia Gleason was having trouble sleeping. That is, until Dr. Charles Poyen “mesmerized” the textile worker to sleep through the night and wake up at a specific time the next morning. No one could wake her until she woke up herself at 8 a.m.

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The University of Virginia is renowned for its Lawn and for its landscaping. The good news for fans of the trees, shrubs and flowers that distinguish UVA is that many of them can thrive in your personal grounds at home, too.

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It’s time to give these hard-working University of Virginia employees a standing ovation for their accomplishments and commitment to UVA. This year’s winners of the Leonard W. Sandridge Outstanding Contribution Awards have moved mountains to make improvements and moved the people whose lives they have touched. They are creative problem-solvers, willing to take on “herculean” tasks, as one nominator said, with expertise, dedication and a smile. They make the lives of students, faculty, staff and patients not just easier in their spheres of influence, but better overall.

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday announced the appointment of Norfolk Commissioner of the Revenue C. Evans Poston Jr. to the University of Virginia Board of Visitors.

Northam also reappointed three board members: Rector Frank M. “Rusty” Conner III of Alexandria, Barbara J. Fried of Crozet and Dr. L.D. Britt of Suffolk.

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University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers have linked sensitivity to an allergen in red meat – a sensitivity spread by tick bites – with a buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries of the heart. This buildup may increase the risk of heart attacks and stroke.

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This spring, outdoor apparel company Patagonia issued a challenge to the nation’s graduate students: they wanted to become carbon-neutral by 2025, and they wanted the best student minds to help them get there.

The team from the University of Virginia rose above the rest with a plan that not only outlined a path to carbon neutrality, but also brought the company in line with one of the most ambitious goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change: limiting global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius this century.

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Each year, when homeward-bound University of Virginia graduates realize that the entire contents of their dorm rooms and apartments will not fit into a hatchback, “Hoos ReUse” comes to the rescue.

Hoos ReUse is a campaign that enables community-minded students to donate unwanted, “gently used” furniture, small household appliances and pots and pans, as well as canned and dried food and clothing, to local charities to benefit the community.

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