UVA in the News
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From the time of Plato's "groves of academe," gardens have been linked to the contemplative and scholarly life as well. Thomas Jefferson described the University of Virginia as a set of buildings "arranged around an open square of grass and trees." The Pavilion Gardens provided both a place in which to study and a subject of study. Jefferson wrote that "such a plan would afford the quiet retirement so friendly to study."
A new company based out of the i.Lab at the University of Virginia is spreading a message of clean-energy to the Charlottesville community. DreamPower held a seminar for the local business community Monday. The company wants people to know that energy efficiency is not as complicated as it may seem.
The University of Virginia hosted a unique forum Friday for educators and legislators from around the state. Organizers say The 3rd Annual Teacher Day helps K-12 instructors better understand the political system they teach their students. The discussions specifically focused on how to increase voter turnout and improve school systems on the local level. About 40 educators from Virginia and Maryland learned about politics at UVA from the people who live and work in government every day. Groups of teachers from around Virginia and Maryland became students for a day, learning politics directly from policy makers.
On Friday, the University of Virginia Center for Politics and the League of Women Voters of Charlottesville hosted the third annual Youth Leadership Initiative Teacher Day.
Hanna Kivlighan could have been in the heart of Beijing for how little she understood was being said around her. Almost two weeks ago it was the first day of a 10-day Chinese immersion program at the University of Virginia, and the rising Robert E. Lee High School sophomore was surrounded by instructors speaking nothing but Chinese.
The University of Virginia School of Medicine and the U.S. Green Building Council both were awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to boost efforts to foster healthy places.
A new study finds that Americans’ conscious and unconscious biases against lesbian women and gay men are decreasing across all demographic groups. The new study shows an accelerating trend to rapid cultural changes in attitudes toward lesbian and gay people. “Many people have this gut feeling that our culture has changed,” said lead researcher Erin Westgate, a doctoral psychology student at the University of Virginia. “We wondered whether people’s attitudes were really changing, or if people today just feel more pressure to say they support lesbian and gay people.”
Charlottesville’s Annual Community Health Fair will be held this Saturday in Washington Park from 10 a.m until 2 p.m. The event will provide free health screenings and health information. The University of Virginia Health System, Martha Jefferson Hospital, and the Virginia Department of Health will all have staff and volunteers on hand to help the community.
A group of six people were honored Thursday when they graduated from the University of Virginia Apprenticeship Program. The graduates represent several trades, including plumbing, carpentry and electrical.
The U.S. Green Building Council and the University of Virginia School of Medicine announced that they have been awarded a three year, $1.2 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to advance their Green Health Partnership. This research initiative, led by Chris Pyke, Ph.D., and Dr. Matthew Trowbridge directly addresses longstanding gaps in the availability of practical tools to promote healthy places.
The University of Virginia has chosen its next architect. Alice J. Raucher has been working as a projects planner and chairwoman of a design team for Yale University.
As features editor for Zimbabwe’s largest daily paper, The Herald, in the capital city of Harare, Roselyne Sachiti doesn’t shy away from tough stories, even if they place her in danger. The 33-year-old journalist has gone undercover to investigate the smuggling of clothes into her country, an episode that found her temporarily locked in a room in a smuggler’s house. She’s snuck across Zimbabwe’s border to report on the dangers facing women on such journeys, spotting evidence of violence and sexual assault along the way. This summer, Sachiti is in Charlottesville, one of 25 young leaders from African nations who were selected from a pool of thousands of applicants for the Mandela Washington Fellowship through the Presidential Precinct, a nonprofit consortium of the University of Virginia, William & Mary and the three presidential homes, Monticello, Montpelier and Ash Lawn-Highland.
Private conversations last December between University of Virginia students and U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine led to the Senate passing legislation Thursday that would spur high schools to teach students how to deal with sexual harassment or violence.
The University of Virginia has hired Alice J. Raucher as its new architect. Raucher — who currently heads the Design Steering Team for Yale University’s Office of Facilities, Planning, Construction and Renovation — is expected to start at UVa in September. She will replace current architect David J. Neuman, who announced last year he would leave his post to start a private practice in San Francisco. Neuman held his position for 11 years.