Communications of the ACM

(Commentary co-written by Deborah G. Johnson, Olsson Professor Emeritus of Applied Ethics, Department of Engineering and Society) Synthetic media technologies are rapidly advancing, making it easier to generate nonveridical media that look and sound increasingly realistic. So-called "deepfakes" (owing to their reliance on deep learning) often present a person saying or doing something they have not said or done. What can be done to mitigate these harms?

CBS 19 News (Charlottesville)

The temporary restrictions that were set in place at UVA 10 days ago due to an increase in COVID-19 cases are now being eased.

Charlottesville Daily Progress

After essentially locking down Grounds for 10 days, UVA will allow students to gather in groups of six or less and will relax other restrictions.

NBC "Today"

Soon after psychologist James Coan suffered a “widowmaker” heart attack at the age of 49, he was lying on a hospital table in cardiogenic shock with a 50-50 chance of survival. “While I was there, apparently dying, one of the things that happened was a nurse held my hand,” Coan said. “It sort of burned in my memory as an extremely gentle and humane thing to have done.” Coan, a UVA psychology professor, now teaches a course called “Why we hold hands.”

WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

After having a tight restriction on visitors following the surge of COVID-19 cases over the holidays, the UVA Medical Center is now adjusting its policy. Starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday, UVA Medical Center will once again allow one visitor per patient. The easing of restrictions comes as the coronavirus outlook in Central Virginia improves.

WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

After having a tight restriction on visitors following the surge of COVID-19 cases over the holidays, the UVA Medical Center is now adjusting its policy. Starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday, UVA Medical Center will once again allow one visitor per patient. The easing of restrictions comes as the coronavirus outlook in Central Virginia improves.

Piedmont Lifestyle

We sat down with Dr. Adam Winick, a UVA associate professor of vascular and interventional radiology and interventional radiologist at UVA Radiology Vein and Vascular Care Gainesville, and asked him to shed some light on interventional radiology, medicine’s best-kept secret.

The Hill

Others, including UVA Center for Politics founder and Director Larry Sabato, connected the statue to the book of Exodus. In the Old Testament story, the Golden Calf was worshipped by the Israelites in the absence of Moses as he went up to Mount Sinai. In the Bible, God punished those who worshipped the golden structure instead of him, destroying the calf and killing about 3,000 people.

NBC News

In 2007, [UVA alumna] Deanna Van Buren visited a historic African American church in Oakland, California, for a birthday program honoring Martin Luther King Jr. An architect, Van Buren listened with rapt attention as the renowned activist Angela Davis, and her sister, attorney Fania Davis, spoke about restorative justice.

The Independent (U.K.)

Some comedians like to make themselves the butt of every joke; others more regularly take society to task. For almost 25 years, comedy titan Tina Fey has done both; no one and nothing is safe from her dry, sardonic wit, least of all herself. After all, as the famously self-deprecating Fey noted in a 2013 visit to her alma mater, the University of Virginia, “Only the truth is funny.”

Christianity Today

(Commentary) UVA law professor Douglas Laycock spoke about this unbalanced impact of the Equality Act as well: “It protects the rights of one side, but attempts to destroy the rights of the other side,” he said. “We ought to protect the liberty of both sides to live their own lives by their own identities and their own values.”

National Review

UVA law professor Douglas Laycock said the Equality Act “goes very far to stamp out religious exemptions.” Laycock, a longtime supporter of gay marriage and proponent of enacting a federal gay-rights law, said, “This is not a good-faith attempt to reconcile competing interests. It is an attempt by one side to grab all the disputed territory and to crush the other side.”

Washington Post

(Commentary) Wrote author Siva Vaidhyanathan, who supervises the Virginia Quarterly Review, a UVA literary journal: “Some white people just can’t stand the idea that they should be respectful and refrain from using one, single six-letter word in their adult lives.”

Times West Virginian (Farmington, W.Va.)

WVU sociology professor Jim Nolan agreed with James Madison, the primary author of the Second Amendment, that citizens should have a right to bear arms. But, this right is not without limits and should not extend to college campuses. Nolan said Madison believed this because it was recorded in the October 1824 minutes of a meeting of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors, of which he and Thomas Jefferson were members. At this meeting the board resolved that “No student shall, within the precincts of the University … keep or use weapons or arms of any kind …”

Reader’s Digest

In addition to being the first woman to graduate from UVA’s engineering program, Kitty O’Brien Joyner also became NASA’s first female engineer in 1939. During her 32-year career, she specialized in the mechanics of wind tunnels, including testing new aircraft designs prior to being used in flight. 

Charlottesville Daily Progress

(Editorial) preliminary results from a new study from UVA’s Biocomplexity Institute suggest that vaccinating possible super-spreaders is the most efficient and effective way to control COVID. These super-spreaders are “those individuals with the greatest number social contacts and ‘social proximity time’ with others,” the University reports.

Quartz

Telecoms have the power to throttle internet service in one state and not another, according to the state’s regulations. But just because it’s technically possible, doesn’t mean it’s not a big headache. “State law compliance is a cost of doing business and they do it all the time,” UVA law professor Thomas Nachbar wrote by email. “The problem, though, is that, in order to make these rules effective, many of them would reach beyond the state.”

The Am-Pol Eagle

NASA’s acting chief Steve Jurczyk, 55, personally received congratulations from President Joe Biden an hour after the Perseverance rover successfully landed on the Red Planet. “His first words were ‘Congratulations, man,’ and I knew it was him,” Jurczyk said. “He talked about how proud he was of what we had accomplished.” Jurczyk earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UVA in electronic engineering and began his NASA career in 1988.

CBS 19 News (Charlottesville)

The number of daily new COVID-19 cases at UVA has fallen drastically from records set just a week ago. The UVA COVID Tracker says there were 26 new cases reported on Wednesday, with all but two of those cases being among students.

WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

A UVA infectious disease doctor says there are still misconceptions surrounding how the COVID-19 vaccines work because the science is not yet settled, but recent data suggests these medicines can be the key to ending the pandemic.