NBC News

As fall and winter roll around, colder weather in those states could also be driving people indoors in close proximity to one another. Dr. Bill Petri, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health at the University of Virginia, said indoor spaces are "more dangerous" and increase risk of airborne infection.


Sarah Kearney found her mission right out of high school. That summer, a wealthy family asked her to help launch a philanthropy focused on fighting climate change. She’d so impressed Arunas Chesonis, who made his fortune in telecommunications, during her internship at his company that he promised her the job once she graduated from UVA. Seventeen years later, Kearney has not only mastered the skills needed to run a charitable organization and a venture capital fund worth around $50 million, she’s pioneered a new way of financing clean technology startups and emerging technologies.

States Newsroom

“In all likelihood, Senate control may come down to Iowa and North Carolina,” said Kyle Kondik, an analyst at UVA’S Center for Politics.


Most laws that are subjected to such a test – lawyers refer to this rigorous level of constitutional analysis as “strict scrutiny” – are struck down. Yet, while the Court used three loaded words in Sherbert, the judiciary applied something much less rigorous than strict scrutiny in cases involving religious objectors. A 1992 study by James E. Ryan, now the president of the University of Virginia, found that federal courts of appeals heard 97 free exercise cases applying the “compelling interest” test between 1980 and 1990, and those courts rejected 85 of these cases.

The Guardian (U.K.)

A study by professors at UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce found that in a month when a conservative user visited Facebook more than usual, they read news that was about 30% more conservative than the online news they usually read. By contrast, when a typical conservative used Reddit more than usual, they read news that was about 50% more moderate than what they typically read. 

WVTF Public Radio/Radio IQ (Roanoke)

"These forests can be some of the only really clear signs we can see on the landscape of the salt water coming in," says Cora Johnston Baird, director of UVA’s Coastal Research Center. Baird helped design the collaborative “Ghosts of the Coast.” She says it’s part botany lesson, part field study, part revelation.

WWBT NBC 12 (Richmond)

Selena Johnson, a 20-year-old student studying computer science at the University of Virginia, is concerned with police violence, reproductive rights and climate change. “I want to see some sort of regulation on the big companies that are contributing to like 70% of the world’s pollution,” she said. 

Federal Baseball

The Athletic’s Britt Ghiroli reported on Thursday that the team plans to trim staff in scouting, baseball operations, and research and development. That doesn’t include Mike Cubbage, a long-time assistant to general manager Mike Rizzo. Cubbage, a former UVA standout, confirmed Thursday that he was retiring at the end of this month.


According to research published Wednesday in the journal Lighting Research & Technology, billboards, stadiums, and parking lots are all wasting tons of energy – amounting to $3 billion annually across the U.S. – on excessive, poorly-managed lighting. These lights block out the stars, contribute to climate change, and even throw migrating animals off of their course. “We waste tremendous resources on light that goes out into space and doesn’t do anyone any good,” UVA astronomer Kelsey Johnson, who didn’t work on the project, said.

Charlottesville Tomorrow

For Biden to understand why Unite the Right happened in Charlottesville goes beyond just the statues, UVA professor Jalane Schmidt said. She noted the connection between Charlottesville’s racist past, President Donald Trump’s rhetoric during his last campaign, and the growing rise of white supremacy and neo-Nazism from fringe into mainstream in recent years.

CBS News

According to J. Miles Coleman, associate editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball at UVA's Center for Politics, the 2016 election showed that accounting for education is now as important as race and gender for conducting an accurate poll. He said “the biggest lesson, especially in the Trump era, is educational attainment as a predictor of people's voting habits.” 

WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

UVA Sustainability Director Andrea Ruedy Trimble says the University is making its efforts in conjunction with Charlottesville and Albemarle County as part of their Climate Action Together partnership. The University made a goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and free of fossil fuels by 2050. 

WVTF Public Radio/Radio IQ (Roanoke)

With the pandemic putting an end to lots of human activities that bring us joy, plenty of people have contracted a case of the blues, but at the University of Virginia some students are hoping to help with a new service based on an old idea – the singing telegram. 


In one sense, it’s not surprising that Americans don’t know much about how hegemony shapes other countries’ politics and societies. As UVA political scientist Brantly Womack explains in his book, “Asymmetry and International Relations,” hegemonic powers like the United States have the privilege of treating their relations with weaker countries more or less as hobbies simply because there’s rarely much at stake for them.


Political analysts say they are more certain about polls this year because the public appears to be much more certain about their vote. "The polls are much more reminiscent of 2012, when there was an incumbent on the ballot and the electorate was much more decided," UVA political analyst Kyle Kondik said. "And since there are fewer undecided voters, Biden is more consistently hitting above 50% support. And to me, that is a higher-quality lead than Clinton's was because it suggests Biden has majority support."

Washington Post

Jalane Schmidt, an associate professor at the University of Virginia, said the Virginia Flaggers represent a fading ideology, even if they follow through with pledges to add flags elsewhere. “It’s like mushrooms. It’ll probably just pop up somewhere else. This is how they do it,” Schmidt said. “The thing is, what’s happening with this cultural change in Virginia – the former capital of the confederacy – is fewer and fewer people are on board with valorizing the Lost Cause.”

Rasmussen Reports

(Analysis by Kyle Kondik, political analyst at UVA’s Center for Politics and the managing editor of Sabato's Crystal Ball) Per Crystal Ball tradition, we are going to release our final ratings for the 2020 election on Monday. That includes picking all of the Toss-ups. Well, perhaps not quite all of them. Today we’re shifting both of Georgia’s Senate elections from Leans Republican to Toss-up.

WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

Breast Cancer Awareness Month isn’t over just yet, and one fitness studio in Charlottesville is trying to raise money for research and treatment through cycling. Zoom held its Tapbacks for Tatas fundraiser all day Thursday to raise money and awareness to benefit the University of Virginia’s mobile mammography unit.

ABA Journal

Douglas Laycock, a preeminent church-state scholar and UVA law professor, argues in an amicus brief for the Christian Legal Society and other groups that Smith should be overruled. “Free exercise without exemptions … fails to avert the historic evils that religious liberty is meant to avert: coercion of conscience, suffering for one’s faith, and social conflict,” Laycock wrote.

Washington Post

William Petri, a professor of infectious diseases at the UVA School of Medicine, said he is not traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, but is driving with his wife in early November to see a newborn granddaughter in Tampa. For Thanksgiving, Petri said he would be OK with his two children on the West Coast flying to visit him, as long as they wore masks and goggles on the flight.