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Just as some experts are sounding the alarm about the potential for hacking into the connected car, transportation officials in Virginia say self-driving cars soon will be cruising along more than 70 miles of northern Virginia highways. The two security companies, which are working with the University of Virginia and the Pentagon, have run tests showing it is possible to hack into and disrupt a multi-sensor system. The companies also are working on a system to counter cyber attacks.
Governor McAuliffe has made four new appointments to the University of Virginia Board of Visitors. One of those is Whit Clement of Richmond, a partner in the Hunton & Williams law firm. Clement ran for attorney general after several terms in the House of Delegates from the Danville area. He also served as Secretary of Transportation on the cabinet of former governor Mark Warner.
The Sexual Assault Advocacy Fund was launched by a University of Virginia alum in response to the now discredited Rolling Stone article about an alleged rape culture at UVa. It is now expanding its reach to help more victims of sexual assaults.
Investing money for colleges and universities is a huge responsibility usually reserved for the most experienced financial advisors. The University of Virginia is trying something different. They are allowing students to help decide how $10 million of their money is used in the market. The student-run Darden Capital Management Club makes all investing decisions for five funds with assets totaling more than $10 million.
Hackers pose a real danger to self-driving vehicles, US experts have warned. Technologies like sensors, cameras, radar and the computer software that interprets the data could end up leave vehicles vulnerable to hacker strikes, according to US security firms Mission Secure Inc and Perrone Robotics Inc. According to these experts, hackers penetrate the system through wireless connections. The two security companies, working with the University of Virginia and the Pentagon, have run tests that have shown they believe it is possible to hack into and disrupt the multi-sensor system of self driving cars too.
A May 2015 conference brought together experts and participants from across the U.S. to discuss the role of academic engagement in public and political discourse. In an opening discussion between the presidents of the University of Michigan, University of Virginia, Dartmouth College and Arizona State University, it was clear that, while there was general agreement on the importance of academic engagement, individual institutions had markedly different challenges and approaches to its practice. University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan spiced up the conversation by pointing out that many state legislatures not only fail to see the value of our research; some don’t think we should be doing research at all.
The University of Virginia Morven Summer Institute (MSI) is partnering with Whole Foods to help students pay for spots in the summer program. MSI allows UVA students to put their classroom knowledge to the test. Students participate in a 10-day interdisciplinary summer program, studying fields like sustainability, design, food systems and ecology.
Google has proven once again that it is the king of online marketing with paid search marketing campaigns. Their latest innovation is called “Call-Only Campaigns”, a new type of ad which focus solely on mobile users. According to a study conducted in the United States by a group of marketers led by scientists from the University of Virginia, over 70% of mobile users call a company directly from search results, while around 29% call it after finding a phone number on the website.
A state task force released a list of 21 recommendations Thursday aimed at combating sexual assault on college campuses, a set of policy proposals Gov. Terry McAuliffe said would help make Virginia a “national leader” on the issue. McAuliffe established the task force in August, but it took on added urgency due to the subsequent slaying of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham and publication of a sensational article in Rolling Stone about an alleged gang-rape at UVa.
Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) announced a new state plan to combat campus sexual assault Thursday, an approach that includes proposals to improve prevention education, track the extent of sexual violence, minimize barriers to reporting incidents and coordinate response from colleges and law enforcement. The task force, which Herring chaired, includes students, law enforcement officials and higher education leaders. Among them were Angel Cabrera, president of George Mason University; Allen Groves, dean of students at the University of Virginia; and Christopher Ndiritu, student body president at Old Dominion University.
Once again, California's Silicon Valley is confirming its status as a mecca of high-tech entrepreneurship and wealth creation. But it is not a model for job creation and inclusive growth that policymakers and entrepreneurs elsewhere can emulate - at least not without making some fundamental adjustments. The University of Virginia's Miller Centre recently created a commission to identify strategies to support the creation of middle-class jobs through entrepreneurship. The ideas proposed in the commission's report include providing training and mentors for prospective entrepreneurs and startups, creating "ecosystems" of supporting infrastructure, and reducing regulatory barriers.
The governor’s task force on college campus sexual assault will release its recommendations Thursday, which Gov. Terry McAuliffe said will include suggestions for legislation and executive actions designed to further protect students. Lawmakers addressed the issue during this year’s General Assembly session following a series of incidents on college campuses and in response to a now-discredited Rolling Stone magazine story detailing an alleged gang rape of a University of Virginia student.
It's part of the lab's Incubator Program that teaches people how to turn a business idea into an actual business. The iLab is part of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.
Students with the University of Virginia and Charlottesville entrepreneurs are building new businesses from the ground up over the next 10 weeks. Twenty-three groups are participating in the university's i.Lab Incubator Summer Accelerator, which gives them $5,000 to develop their business ventures over the next few months. The groups made their 1-minute pitches on Wednesday, the first day of the session.
In an interview with The Washington Post last week, U-Va. president Teresa Sullivan spoke about the challenging series of events on campus during the past school year, including sophomore Hannah Graham’s death, the since-debunked Rolling Stone story about rape at U-Va., and the bloody arrest of a black student leader at the hands of state alcohol enforcement officers. Though the elite public university had almost nothing to do with any of the three events, its campus was thrust into the national spotlight for reasons other than the successes of its students in academia and beyond.