It’s not altogether uncommon for a local government to experience this type of instability, said Charles Hartgrove, the director of the Virginia Institute of Government at UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. And when it does, the first major issue a government will experience is an inability to execute long term plans. “When you’re looking at strategic planning in the organization, the long term goals that the elected body has set out, someone sitting in the chair as the chief administrative officer can carry out the vision for council,” Hartgrove said.
(By Nicholas Sargen, lecturer in the Darden School of Business) Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020, policymakers have had their hands full dealing with the fallout from global supply-chain shortages. More recently, they have confronted yet another challenge as global energy prices have surged to their highest levels in several years.
Kyle Kondik, election analyst at UVA’s Center for Politics, said the state’s gubernatorial race has a long history of breaking against whichever party controls the White House. “There’s a bit of a handicap for being the White House party candidate in this race,” he said. Pundits shouldn’t put too much focus on the Virginia race as a harbinger for next year, Kondik said.
Youngkin has visited the deep-red Valley to publicly meet voters more often than the Democratic nominee, Terry McAuliffe, but that is not surprising when a race is as close as this year’s, said J. Miles Coleman, of UVA Center for Politics. “Youngkin probably thinks, on a very basic mathematical level, he can get more votes out of the Valley,” Coleman said. “And in an election like this where it’s so close, where both sides feel like they maybe have their backs up against the wall, they’re going to turn out their base voters as much as they can.”
When now-retired University of Virginia geology professor Ernest H. Ern was looking for a place to spend his summers, he picked the rocky coast of Maine — not only for its natural beauty but, more importantly, for its geology.
Spillmann reached out to researchers at UVA’s Biocomplexity Institute, which developed a data dashboard for state and local health officials soon after Virginia reported its first cases. The reports include information on mobility, drawn from anonymized cell phone data collected by a company called SafeGraph, showing where and when Virginians were traveling to help understand the impact of safety restrictions.
A committee of scientific advisers to the Food and Drug Administration is meeting on Thursday and Friday to examine the available data on using additional doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to boost immunity. The panel includes Dr. Michael Nelson, a professor of medicine at UVA and president of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.
“It’s still close enough that it won’t take a large shift for Youngkin to pull off an upset, and that will have national implications,” says longtime Virginia politics watcher Larry Sabato, director of UVA’s Center for Politics. “The perception is that [Virginia] is bluer than it is – and that’s why a Youngkin upset would be devastating” for Democrats, he adds.
(By Piper Coes, a second-year student and research intern in the Eurasia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute) After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Belarus was the rare former Soviet state that remained strategically aligned with the Russian Federation. In 1999, Russia and Belarus reached an agreement to become a “union state,” which aimed to create a USSR-like federation with a similar government, currency, flag, and army. Over the past two decades, the union state has primarily aimed at economic integration, with efforts in the defense and intelligence sectors as well.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has announced the 2021 class of Packard Fellows for Science and Engineering. Twenty early-career scientists and engineers working in fields including astrophysics, evolutionary biology, engineering, geosciences, nanotechnology, neuroscience and physics will each receive $875,000 over five years to pursue their research. The awardees include UVA chemist Robert Gilliard.
(Video and transcript) UVA landscape architect Julie Bargmann, a woman who has made a career of turning toxic and industrial sites into usable, community spaces, has won the first prize of its kind in landscape architecture.
UVA’s women’s and men’s teams are both listed among the contender for the NCAA championship.
(Commentary) Every young American is entitled to a K-12 education. Mostly, we have Thomas Jefferson to thank for that. He championed his idea of tax-funded general education for all children of citizens. Nearly the entire world has since adopted his concept. Literacy, once reserved for aristocracy, makes social mobility and the middle class possible. … I wonder what Jefferson would say about how America has implemented his concept?
(By Stanley Stepanic, assistant professor of Slavic languages and literatures) The vampire is a common image in today’s pop culture, and one that takes many forms: from Alucard, the dashing spawn of Dracula in the PlayStation game “Castlevania: Symphony of the Night”; to Edward, the romantic, idealistic lover in the “Twilight” series. In many respects, the vampire of today is far removed from its roots in Eastern European folklore.
PVCC has received support from its bigger sibling, the University of Virginia, several times this year, including a $300,000 donation announced earlier this month to expand its nursing program to graduate 150 nurses a year and work in cooperation with the UVa Medical Center.
Bonumose, a food technology company, is investing $27.7 million in its expansion in Albemarle County, which will add 64 employees over the next three years. The company, which specializes in “healthy sugar,” is relocating from University of Virginia’s North Fork research park to a 50,000 square feet section of the former State Farm building on Pantops. Ed Rogers, Bonumose CEO and co-founder, said the company wants to make healthy sugar affordable for the global mass-market and to have a positive impact on public health. “Central Virginia is a beautiful place,” he said.
The Overseas Student Mission has been pairing international students with host families in Charlottesville for Thanksgiving since 1953. The organization runs the “Set an Extra Plate” initiative aimed at welcoming international students at the University of Virginia into Charlottesville homes for a Thanksgiving meal. The organization is still in need of dozens of families to open their doors for the holiday.
(Commentary) Once we notice the different ways nature can benefit us without our even knowing, it’s easier to understand why the subconscious may be drawn to it. If feeling connected to nature can reduce stress and increase happiness, then how can we expand on that to benefit our everyday lives? It reminds me of a professor at the University of Virginia, Tim Beatley, who introduced me to the concept of biophilia. He encourages students to look for ways to “bring the outdoors in.”
Researchers have discovered a ‘quantifiable connection’ between Confederate monuments and the prevalence of lynching. The study, conducted by a team at the University of Virginia, aimed to explore whether there was evidence to support claims that Confederate monuments were symbols of hate, by comparing the number of lynchings that have taken place in a given area with the prevalence of Confederate monuments in that same area.
Last summer, in the wake of the George Floyd murder, UVA’s Darden Graduate School of Business dean convened two groups to assess and confront the issues surrounding social justice and equity on the Darden campus. One was the Working Group on Race and Equity and the other was a high-level cabinet of Black alumni that could propose recommendations to leadership and oversee their execution. From the groups sprouted a number of initiatives focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.