Roanoke Times

What if we built a new university in Southwest Virginia, with renewable energy as one of its core areas of study? Or greatly expanded the University of Virginia’s College at Wise?

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

Seated in a conference room at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Robert C. Vaughn, the organization’s outgoing president, is surrounded by books. It’s a suitable backdrop for the former UVA professor and founder of the organization he’s set to leave at the end of June.

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Washington Post


(By Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer, a lecturer at UVA’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy) My community recently witnessed an appalling nighttime demonstration by white nationalist Richard Spencer and his followers, complete with torches held aloft, in a frightening image that went around the world. They came to protest the recent decision by our City Council to remove and sell our statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. I find their ideology and their methods repellent.

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Vocativ

But, as The Consumer Product Safety Commission notes, baby boxes aren’t subject to “any mandatory safety standards.” The AAP has come out to say that “there is insufficient data on the role cardboard boxes play in reducing infant mortality,” and that Finland itself has never collected data on whether these boxes influenced its reduction in infant mortality. Rachel Y.

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Education Week (subscription) (blog)

Daniel Willingham has long been interested in how learning and memory work. But about 15 years ago, the UVA professor of psychology decided to move beyond the study of cognition and do something few others in his field had done: focus on what the research means for classrooms.

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Business Insider

Though Sessions was then just a federal prosecutor for the Southern District of Alabama, he wrote to his boss, Attorney General William French Smith, in September 1982 to urge a radical approach to cracking down on crime.

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The Atlantic

Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California, Irvine, School of Law, said he suspects that political pressures and ambitions deter California attorneys general from exercising their authority more frequently. UVA law professor Rachel Harmon suggested state funding might also present a barrier. “I don’t think mirroring the federal statute, section 14141, is likely to be the most successful state reform effort,” Harmon said, referring to the order granted by Clinton’s 1994 crime bill.

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Coastal Illustrated

Nicholas Jan Willem Noltes, University of Virginia, global commerce: “… The importance of working hard to achieve my dreams, and I plan on applying this to my future career so that I’ll know I’m doing everything I can to reach my full potential.”

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Deadline

Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Top of the Lake”) is teaming with BBC America and Annapurna Television to develop a limited series adaptation of period drama “Fever,” based on UVA alumna Mary Beth Keane’s novel about “Typhoid Mary.”

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Associated Press

Virginia captured its third straight NCAA men's tennis championship Tuesday, while Stanford's bid for back-to-back women's titles was denied by Florida. With the finals at the University of Georgia delayed by rainy weather, Virginia romped to another championship on the indoor courts with a 4-2 victory over Atlantic Coast Conference rival North Carolina.

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

Andres Pedroso has been named the Cavaliers’ director of tennis and head men’s tennis coach, the school announced Wednesday, one day after UVA won its third consecutive national championship and fourth overall.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch

A powerful new state committee has committed $20 million to help build an advanced medical research center in Northern Virginia that will include scientists from UVA and George Mason University, but it is holding back up to $8 million to hire researchers until Virginia Commonwealth University and other institutions decide whether to join the initiative.

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The Atlantic

From Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who captured only eight hours of conversation on tape, to Nixon, who vacuumed up roughly 3,400 hours of recorded material, the history of presidential taping, analyzed and published by scholars at the UVA’s Miller Center, provides an extraordinary window into the workings of the White House during some of the most consequential periods in American history.

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Forbes

Given his eclectic interests as a UVA undergrad, Tim Estes thought it would be useful to have an online system that would recommend events on the busy campus based on a user's networks and activities. Student Council declined to fund his proposal, but Estes discovered his intellectual passion: using math to discover meaning and connections in language.

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AL.com

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday his intent to nominate a Birmingham attorney to be general counsel at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. J. Paul Compton is a partner with the law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, where he serves as the chairman of the finance committee. He received a law degree from the UVA School of Law.

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U.S. News & World Report

Political scientist Larry Sabato, a baby boomer who was deeply affected by JFK's assassination as a 10-year-old, told me, "He is frozen in time at age 46. ...There are only a few moments in anybody's life that everybody remembers, and that was one of them." Kennedy was more than a martyr who was killed in his prime.

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

When Virginia clinched its third straight national tennis championship Tuesday night, Brian Boland knew exactly how to celebrate his final title. Boland, who will step down to take over men’s tennis for the United States Tennis Association, bolted toward the stands in search of someone special. “I was looking for my wife, Becky,” Boland said. “I had to go find her.” It was a brief but poignant celebration as the Cavaliers ended their 34-1 season in dramatic fashion with a 4-2 win over North Carolina.

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WVTF Public Radio/Radio IQ (Roanoke)

Nearly 6 million children under the age of 18 have food allergies – one in 13, or roughly two in every classroom. That’s why UVA has developed a special training program for teachers. It’s being tested in and around Charlottesville and could soon be offered nationwide. 

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Modern Mom

A UVA study has shown that if a young teen can argue effectively with his or her parents they are more likely to resist peer pressure to use drugs or alcohol later in adolescence.

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WVTF Public Radio/Radio IQ (Roanoke)

Joseph McGill, founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, started his project in 2010 with a simple idea: grab a sleeping bag and travel the country, sleeping where slaves slept. In October, McGill plans to spend the night at the University of Virginia while partaking in a three-day symposium on the effects of slavery.

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