When the U.S. military entered Iraq and Afghanistan in the early 2000s, it used primarily light tactical vehicles such as Humvees and other armored personnel carriers to protect troops from ballistic threats while moving on the ground. However, insurgents soon subjected these vehicles and their occupants to a new type of threat: blasts from buried land mines and improvised explosive devices, or IEDs.more >
University of Virginia Health System researchers have opened a national clinical trial examining a non-surgical treatment for lower urinary tract symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate.more >
Youth movements to address global climate change can wield great power. One group is suing the U.S. government for not doing enough to ensure a safe planet for future generations; another cohort is on the ground in Paris, pressing the countries of the world to do the same.
Among the latter are University of Virginia second-year student Laura Cross and Class of 2015 alumna Dyanna Jaye. Both are members of SustainUS, an organization that has been involved in the environmental movement for more than a decade.more >
What do business executives and stand-up comedians have in common? A lot, according to Cady Garey, a University of Virginia drama professor who is using improv techniques to prepare McIntire School of Commerce students to respond quickly and effectively during tense ethical situations.more >
On Thursday, the University of Virginia’s Cavalier Marching Band brought its signature high-energy style to the streets of New York City, marching in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Braving the cold, the 330-plus members of the Cavalier Marching Band were up early Thanksgiving morning, excitement running high as they waited to play their part in an iconic Thanksgiving tradition that was expected to attract 3.5 million live spectators and a staggering 50 million television viewers.more >
Themed “How the Grinch Stole Wahoowa,” the 2015 Lighting of the Lawn at the University of Virginia is designed to bring the University and the local community together to celebrate the event’s 15th anniversary.
Scheduled for Dec. 3, the event will feature musical and dance performances starting at 7 p.m., following opening remarks by Allen W. Groves, UVA associate vice president and University dean of students. The evening will culminate in lighting the holiday lights around the Academical Village.more >
University of Virginia students, faculty and staff members will get an opportunity to weigh in on a series of diversity and inclusion initiatives under consideration within UVA’s largest school.
The College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences is sponsoring a Dec. 1 forum to discuss progress and invite feedback from the University community on a series of proposals that faculty leaders began crafting this spring with the encouragement of Arts & Sciences Dean Ian Baucom.more >
Editor’s note: Charlie Tyson, a member of the University of Virginia’s Class of 2014, is attending the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship. He contributed this reflection, just as current fourth-year student Russell Bogue was selected Sunday to follow in his footsteps.
Most mornings upon waking I pull on my sneakers – they call them “trainers” here – and head to the river.more >
Over the past week, the University of Virginia’s Cavalier Marching Band has been making final preparations for Thursday’s annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, a performance that will cap off more than a year of preparation.
The week’s rehearsals mixed parade preparation with practice for the band’s halftime performances during last Saturday’s football game against Duke – featuring a special military tribute – and this Saturday’s rivalry showdown against Virginia Tech.more >
That Sushi Vegetable Combo comes out with an overall rating of four stars on sustainability.
UVA students have tried out a new way to encourage people to think about the impact of their eating habits – not on their waistlines, but on the Earth’s well-being.more >
Russell Bogue, a fourth-year honors politics student who also is studying Mandarin Chinese, is the University of Virginia’s 51st Rhodes Scholar.
The Rhodes Trust announced Sunday that Bogue, 22, of Guilford, Connecticut, was one of 32 scholars chosen this year. The scholarships, valued at between $50,000 to $175,000, fully fund two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England.more >
The University of Virginia announced today that Risa L. Goluboff has been selected as the 12th dean of the School of Law. The appointment is effective July 1.more >
For the first time in 120 years, intricately carved Carrara marble capitals are again visible on the University of Virginia’s Rotunda.
Today, workers removed the plastic from the capitals atop the columns on the building’s south portico, revealing them for the first time since they were installed in February. Construction crews with Whiting-Turner, the contractor executing the Rotunda renovation, then began dismantling the scaffolding in front of the south portico.more >
A new study is predicting the Persian Gulf may become too hot for human survival by the century’s end, and a University of Virginia climate change expert said temperatures will rise to dangerous levels unless dramatic action is taken.
The study, conducted by experts at Loyola Marymount University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and published in the journal Nature Climate Change, said the Arab region could experience deadly heat waves capable of killing people.more >
Jason Williamson is a firm believer that University of Virginia students need not wait until after graduation to run their own businesses. In fact, he wants to give them the money they need to get started – as long as they use it for a charitable cause.
Each year, the assistant professor in UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce splits students in his “Project Management” course into small groups and gives each group $500 of seed money. Over the semester, their job is to generate enough profit to return the seed money to Williamson and donate the rest to a charity of their choice.more >
A discovery about how the body deals with the cholesterol contained within its dying cells has suggested an exciting new approach to control people’s cholesterol levels – and thus their risk of developing heart disease.more >
Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams died in August 2014 of suicide. His death was not due to substance abuse or suicidal tendencies, as some had speculated in the media. Williams’ wife, Susan, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” this month that her husband slowly lost his mind because of a neurological disease, later discovered in an autopsy to be Lewy body dementia.more >
Food and fellowship with a local flavor is the intention of the annual “100-mile Thanksgiving” potluck dinner for the members of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning in the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture.
More than 100 people are anticipated at the Westminster Presbyterian Church on Rugby Road for tonight’s meal, with participants bringing dishes made with ingredients that came from within 100 miles of Charlottesville.more >
After meeting with University of Virginia Army ROTC personnel more than 50 years ago, a Mississippi man has left his entire estate to the program, bequeathing around $410,000 for scholarships. Deward Houston Luttrell Jr. of Iuka, Mississippi, a welder by profession, had been a U.S. Army military policeman stationed in the Pentagon in the early 1960s when he came in contact with the UVA ROTC program.more >
Top national economists, gathered recently at the University of Virginia to discuss the impact of national and international economic policy, focused on two key themes as possibilities for preventing another recession: redirecting federal attention toward margin rates, instead of just interest rates; and regulating shadow banking.more >