Charlottesville Daily Progress

The UVA Medical Center has had some of the highest known costs so far, as it has helped to administer more than 25,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses at the Seminole Square vaccine clinic and a total of more than 40,000 doses across the region when including other vaccination sites. 

MSN News

Leidy Klotz and his 3-year-old son, Ezra, were building a bridge out of Legos when they ran into a little engineering trouble: One support tower was taller than the other, making it difficult to build a span in between. Klotz turned around to grab a block to add to the shorter tower, but his son took a different approach: He pulled a block out of the taller tower. He subtracted. A clever solution, and a pretty simple one, too. So why hadn’t Klotz — Klotz, of all people — thought of it?

Forbes

(By Kimberly A. Whittier, assistant professor at the Darden School of Business) To generate insight from the people who observe career mistakes and successes, I am writing a series with advice from executive recruiters. In this article, I sought insight on the mistakes execs make that can cause them to get fired.

Fintech Zoom

Quantum computing uses its “spooky” principles to tackle problems that are too complex for traditional computing. While traditional computers represent every operation in binary digits, or bits (zeros and ones), qubits (quantum bits) offer an infinitely faster method since they have no fixed state. Tech giants like Microsoft and Alphabet have been racing to build useful quantum computers, but IBM just signed a partnership that could vault it to the top of the pack in the health care space. To understand why it is such a leap forward, it’s helpful to find a clear-cut comparison.

CBS 19 News (Charlottesville)

On Friday, there was a moment of silence at UVA for the completion of a nearly two-year project, the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers. Deteasa Brown Gathers, a Memorial to Enslaved Laborers Community Engagement Committee member, said she feels, "gratitude. Resilience. Resilience of the ancestors. Resilience of the descendants.” Also on Friday, the final addition to the memorial, a stream of water, was revealed.

Associated Press

A memorial to enslaved workers who built the University of Virginia was officially dedicated Saturday, a year after the COVID-19 pandemic canceled its official unveiling.

Washington Post

The Rotunda is the centerpiece of the University of Virginia’s idyllic campus, a building designed by Thomas Jefferson, who modeled it after the Pantheon in Rome, as he sought to build a school that embraced rigorous intellectualism and egalitarianism. But in a grotesque contradiction, enslaved laborers brought that vision to life. The Rotunda now has a brick-and-mortar counterpoint, a memorial where visitors can honor the lives of the 4,000 enslaved people whose forced labor built the stately campus. 

Charlottesville Daily Progress

If we don’t prepare for the next pandemic, we may not be as lucky as we were with COVID-19, a team of international researchers led by a University of Virginia professor says.

WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

On Saturday, UVA held a virtual dedication for its Memorial to Enslaved Laborers, reflecting on the names and titles of those who built the university eternalized in its stone.

Charlottesville Daily Progress

Seeing her great-great-great-uncle Peyton Skipwith’s name carved into the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia fills Carole Malone’s heart “with pride and sadness.” “Peyton, along with 4,000 to 5,000 known and unknown patriots and citizens, toiled at UVA under unspeakable horrors and oppression to carve out a life of dignity and hope for their families and descendants,” she said. With virtual and in-person recognition, a long-planned memorial to enslaved people who built and worked at the university was officially dedicated Saturday.

Virginia Mercury

COVID-19 variants are contributing to a growing number of cases. By the end of March, the state had identified more than 100 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant — also known as the UK variant — and 25 cases of B.1.351, a variant first discovered in South Africa. There’s a significant lag in identifying those strains, so real numbers are likely far higher, according to Bryan Lewis, a computational epidemiologist at UVA’s Biocomplexity Institute.

US News & World Report

Left to their own demographic devices, Sun Belt states “are on the Virginia path” toward Democratic dominance, says UVA political science professor Larry Sabato. “I think Republicans in those states are doing what Republicans didn’t do (in Virginia) – they’re trying to correct for that,” Sabato says.

CBS 19 News (Charlottesville)

Despite Johnson and Johnson's roll outs expecting to decline 85% next week, UVA Health officials say there will still be enough vaccines to go around for those who want one. 

Science News

“Any new galaxy is good,” says Trinh Thuan, an astronomer at the University of Virginia who helped find the previous champion four years ago. “We’re counting the number of [very oxygen-poor galaxies] in the palm of our hand.” The new galaxy’s oxygen-to-hydrogen ratio is 83 percent that of the previous record holder, J0811+4730, which is 620 million light-years away in the constellation Lynx.

Northern Virginia Daily (Strasburg)

Overall, virus cases continue to plateau around Virginia, UVA’s COVID-19 Model reported in its Friday update. The Lord Fairfax district is still one of 13 health districts reflecting a slow growth of cases while most of Virginia reports a plateau or a decline in the growth trajectory of new cases. Only the Mount Rogers Health District in southwestern Virginia is showing a new surge in cases.

The Science Times

A new UVA study explains how brains miss out on opportunities because humans are inclined to adding instead of removing something when solving a problem. Humans almost always add some elements solution whether it helps or not.

Reason

(Commentary) President Biden issued a list of the members of his planned Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States. This is the judicial reform commission he promised to create during the presidential campaign. this is a genuinely bipartisan and cross-ideological group. In addition to Will and Keith, there are several other conservative or libertarian members, including … Caleb Nelson (UVA). 

Richmond Times-Dispatch

In a report Friday, researchers at UVA’s Biocomplexity Institute, which monitors COVID-19 trends, said that while the circulating variants are a concern, “vaccine hesitancy is the largest long-term risk to containing the impact of the pandemic.”

Education Cannot Wait

H.E. Rangina Hamidi is the first female Minister of Education of Afghanistan in the last 30 years. Minister Hamidi was born in Kandahar, Afghanistan, fled with her family to Pakistan in 1981 during the Soviet Occupation and eventually immigrated to the United States. She attended high school in the United States and received her B.A. degree with a double major in religion and gender studies at the University of Virginia.

WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

Starting April 19, students at the University of Virginia will be receiving an email UVA Health to sign up for a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. “Student workers should have received invitations this week, and then all UVA students will receive invitations next week,” UVA Health Chief Executive Officer Wendy Horton said.