Winning the primary outright – and avoiding a runoff – could give a boost to the Democratic nominee, although some political insiders argue that facing voters multiple times can help keep candidates sharp and keep the electorate engaged. “The runoff dynamic in Georgia maybe adds another extra step that the Democrats have to be very careful about planning for,” said J. Miles Coleman, associate editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a nonpartisan newsletter from the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
Dr. Taison Bell is both an infectious-disease and a critical-care physician at UVA – exactly the sort of doctor one wants when contending with a hyper-contagious virus that sends people to the ICU. He said that, as a black man, he’s been disturbed but not surprised by both the most recent examples of police brutality and the disproportionate coronavirus death toll among African-Americans. Watching the current protests, Bell has wanted to join them; at the same time, he has worried about how they may worsen the pandemic.
In the United States, the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), which is the major law for health data regulation, applies only to medical providers, health insurers and their business associations. Its definition of “personal health information” covers only the data held by these entities. This definition is turning out to be inadequate for the era of the Internet of Bodies. Tech companies are now also offering health-related products and services, and gathering data.
Two UVA researchers are working on a project to help people who have suffered large amounts of tissue loss. The researchers are a biomedical engineer and a mechanical engineer, and they are creating a custom-designed tissue incubation system, or bioreactor, to automate the growth of muscle stem cells into tissue patches that can be implanted.
An online program will be launched for high school students to develop successful leaders through unique case studies, social enterprise Aspire Impact said. The program, which will be offered online this year, is in academic partnership with UVA’s Darden School of Business.
Last week, we spoke with Molly O'Dell of the Roanoke-Allegheny Health District about the numbers, and she pointed out numbers about COVID-19 cases and deaths don't always match the same datasets recorded at the state level. But the data discrepancy goes further than that and, one expert says, with serious consequences.
(Subscription required) The coronavirus has parked multitudes on their sofas, where many have gone half-mad reading rants from advanced-studies graduates of the University of Twitter. Matthew Crawford’s “Why We Drive” is the perfect antidote. Mr. Crawford, a senior fellow at UVA and the author of “Shop Class as Soulcraft” (2009) and other works of social philosophy, has written a thoughtful, entertaining and substantive work about the joys of driving – and about the attempts by various scolds to relegate that joy, and similar expressions of independence, to the junkyard of history.
“What tales or myths about America do we cling to in the face of social upheaval? I think that’s what we’re struggling with here,” says Shilpa Davé, a UVA media studies scholar who teaches about representations of race and gender in media and popular culture. “Who gets to pursue these ideals? That’s what’s in contention,” she says.
Republicans are having a harder time gaining traction in Michigan, one of their few chances to go on offense in a state with a Democrat-held seat up for election. Recent polls show Biden leading Trump in Michigan. “We think the presidential and Senate races there are probably going to be tied pretty closely together,” said political analyst Kyle Kondik of UVA’s Center for Politics.
Large public universities and elite private colleges will also undoubtedly suffer financial hardship from the pandemic – James Ryan, president of the University of Virginia (which has a nearly $10 billion endowment) says the university will have to “tighten our belts, just like other organizations and universities across the country” – but those schools aren’t currently in danger of closing forever. COVID-19 may come and go, but the uncertainty plaguing students at small colleges across the country is here to stay.
A new partnership aims to solve problems for both rural businesses and college students who lost their summer internships due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Central Virginia Small Business Development Center and the UVA Career Center launched the Propel Management Consulting Program.
University of Virginia students who lost their summer internships due to COVID-19 are now helping area businesses transition online in the wake of the pandemic. The Central Virginia Small Business Development Center is teaming up with UVA for the Propel Management Consulting Program. The projects will target Fluvanna, Louisa, Orange and Greene counties.
Doctors and researchers who study the link between race and health also worry the seemingly relentless onslaught of brutal news is having a secondary effect: dialing up already-persistent stress levels within African Americans, making them even more vulnerable to illness and disease. Agreed, says Dr. Gail Christopher, executive director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity. She points to a study of women with Arab names in California following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when many in the Arab-American community were harassed.
A UVA law professor said the law is written quite broadly. “And while it does not specifically denote the closing of businesses, it does certainly give the governor wide discretion to do what needs to be done in the face of an emergency,” said professor Rich Schragger. As for Dillon’s claim that the governor’s order infringes on a person’s right to assemble under the First Amendment, Schragger doesn’t agree. The right has to be connected with the exercise of speech, he said. “It protects a right of collective protest, not a right to eat in a restaurant or operate a restaurant,” he said.
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George F. Will joins UVA law professor Saikrishna Prakash for a conversation on Prakash’s new book, “The Living Presidency: An Originalist Argument Against Its Ever-Expanding Powers.”
Researchers project that coronavirus closures could lead to much greater learning loss in reading than usually occurs during the traditional “summer slide.” But with the stress and trauma that many students are experiencing during the shutdowns, it’s possible that the effects could be even greater, said Emily Solari, a professor of reading education at UVA’s Curry School of Education and Human Development.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has named the district as a target the party wants to pick off. But in an email, John Miles Coleman, associate editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball at UVA, warned that flipping the seat might not be easy. His organization rates the seat “Likely Republican,” and he noted that in 2018, Fitzpatrick was reelected even as Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Democratic Sen. Bob Casey carried the district by double digits. “That type of crossover vote is impressive,” Coleman said.
The University of Michigan is America's top-rated public college, based on national rankings issued by American City Business Journals. The University of North Carolina and the University of California-Berkeley are the runners-up in the 2020 academic standings, with the University of Virginia and the University of California-Los Angeles rounding out the top five.
It has been over a week since George Floyd, an African American man, died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes, sparking a wave of protests across the country against institutional racism. For Dr. Ebony Hilton, a physician at UVA Health, the issue highlights what she calls the threat of the two pandemics: COVID-19 and police brutality.