Five Thirty-Eight

Throughout his tenure, Trump has tried to limit U.S. spending on Chinese technology. “I think this was a proxy for larger international political issues the Trump administration has with China and an opportunity for the Trump administration to flex,” said Christopher Ali, a UVA media studies professor. “But these are serious and important questions regarding the ownership of apps and communication platforms. Is this a conversation we need to have? Perhaps. But this can’t be a conversation only about TikTok.”

USA Today

“Republicans came out of the general election attacking Democrats on policing and socialism and a variety of issues and they saw that they were able to draw blood,” said Kyle Kondik, managing editor of the nonpartisan Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the UVA Center for Politics, which has rated both Georgia Senate races as toss ups. “Given how Republicans made gains in the House and have been able to hold the Senate for now, it makes sense that they would stick to the same playbook.” 

Planet Ark

The seagrass project, led by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and The Nature Conservancy, was started as an experiment and has now been running for over 20 years. In that time, researchers and volunteers spread more than 70 million eelgrass seeds over the seabed, hoping the seeds would take hold and birth new life into the area. The project is now widely regarded as the most successful of its kind worldwide, with new seagrass beds having grown to cover 3,612 hectares of seabed.

Literary Hub

(By Francesca Fiorani, art history professor, excerpted from her new book, “The Shadow Drawing: How Science Taught Leonardo How to Paint”) We know why the candle was on Leonardo da Vinci’s desk – to bring light into the darkness. But why a ball and a small screen, perhaps made of thick paper, or of simple wood? … Why this obsession with shadows? Because of some new invention or experiment he was considering? No. His goal was a different one: to learn how to paint.

NJ Spotlight News

Should the court allow Trump to use immigration status in determining what population counts will be used in apportionment, New Jersey is one of only two states that could lose one of its current House seats, according to an analysis by the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

Catholic Citizens (Ill.)

“One thing I think he brings to the conversation is a model for the diverse ways that Catholics live out our values in public life,” said Flores, an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia.


Multiple academic studies have found companies with more diverse boards get greater return on investment in research and development. Professor Yo-Jud Cheng at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business pointed out that boards also hire CEOs. “Having a more diverse board might lead to having a broader network that allows an organization to have a more diverse candidate pool,” Cheng said.


A 1992 study by James Ryan, now president of the University of Virginia, found that federal courts of appeals heard 97 free exercise of religion cases applying the “compelling interest” test between 1980 and 1990, and they rejected 85 of these cases

Eat This, Not That!

A study out of the University of Virginia found that seasonal depression may be linked to a genetic mutation in the eye that makes seasonal affective disorder patients less sensitive to light.

WOSU Public Radio (Columbus, Ohio)

Kyle Kondik, an Ohioan and the managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a closely watched political newsletter published by UVA’s Center for Politics, recently wrote a lengthy article for the Crystal Ball which he called a very early look at 2022 U.S. Senate races. Kondik lists three 2022 races as “potentially competitive,” including Democrat Michael Bennett of Colorado, Republican Marco Rubio of Florida and Portman, from Kondik’s home state. He includes this proviso: Overall, these are Senate races where we give a solid edge to the incumbent party to start.

CBS 19 News (Charlottesville)

The testing event will be first-come, first-served, and all for free. “It goes without saying that cost and access to health care should not be a barrier during these times to get such a critical resource,” said Ben Allen, the executive director of the University of Virginia Equity Center. On Dec. 5 and 6, the Blue Ridge Health District and the UVA Health System are teaming up to put on a massive COVID-19 testing event that prioritizes school and university staff.

Medical Laboratory Observer

University of Virginia Cancer Center researchers believe they have identified a gene responsible for the spread of so-called “triple-negative” breast cancer to other parts of the body – a process called metastasis – and developed a potential way to stop it, according to a press release from the university.

Charlottesville Daily Progress

UVA Health officials are in a similar plan-now, revise-later mode. “There has been a lot of discussion at the federal level about how to distribute it to the population and we know there will be a point where supplies are simply outstripped by the demand, especially early in the distribution process,” said Dr. Costi Sifri, director of hospital epidemiology at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

C-Ville Weekly

In a video posted online Nov. 19, UVA President Jim Ryan said the University had accomplished “what many said couldn’t be done,” and showed the world “what being a great and good university looks like.” Since August, the University has identified just under 1,300 COVID-19 infections among students, faculty and staff. Those cases resulted in zero deaths and zero hospitalizations, reports university spokesman Brian Coy.

BBC World Service

University of Virginia sociology professor Brad Wilcox warns against jumping to conclusions about a universal spike. “Data that we have from four out of five states reporting divorce in real time - Arizona, Florida, Missouri, Rhode Island and Oregon - indicate that divorce has fallen,” he says. “No doubt, some of this decline can be attributed to the fact that some couples had difficulty getting divorces amidst the lockdowns.”

Charlottesville Daily Progress

The day Sue Donovan, the conservator for special collections at the University of Virginia, watched Albemarle County unearth its Confederate time capsule from beneath the ‘Johnny Reb’ statue in Court Square, she knew the contents would be damaged. “But I wasn’t prepared for the extent of the damage to the paper-based items,” she said.

CBS 19 News (Charlottesville)

Thousands of free self-administered COVID-19 tests will be available this weekend in the Albemarle High School parking lot. Priority will be given to employees of Albemarle County Public Schools, Charlottesville City Schools and the University of Virginia. Pre-registration is required and participants must arrive in a vehicle to receive a test.

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot

(Editorial) Instead of taking the field against the Florida State Seminoles on Saturday in Tallahassee, football players from the University of Virginia spent the evening lounging poolside when the game was postponed after the Cavaliers had traveled to Florida. Chalk it up to another weird moment in a year of coronavirus, but don’t overlook the dunderheaded policies that landed both teams, as well as their families and fans, in this situation and the very real costs resulting from it.

Kellogg Insight (Northwestern University)

Mezzanotti examined the real economic impacts of angel-investor tax credits in collaboration with a team that included Ting Xu, an assistant professor of business administration at the University of Virginia. The researchers’ findings cast some doubts about the success of these programs – at least according to the broader economic goals touted by political leaders.

WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

As students go back to school and people return to work, the UVA Health System is gearing up for a potential surge in coronavirus cases.