There has long been an assumption that children's entertainment must feature light and innocent themes with uncomplicated storylines in order for them to be able to "handle" the content. However, there's a risk this type of programming may negatively affect children's development. A University of Virginia study led by Angeline Lillard showed that children who watched "fast-paced, fantastical" shows may become educationally handicapped.

U.S. Masters Swimming

(Commentary by Jim Miller, a family practice and sports medicine physician and associate clinical professor) Is improvement in performance and conditioning possible after you turn 60? YES! What are the keys to this seemingly daunting task? This answer is complex.

The New York Times

Researchers have developed a model that uses social-media and search data to forecast outbreaks of COVID-19 well before they occur. “We know that no single data stream is useful in isolation,” UVA computer scientist Madhav Marathe said. “The contribution of this new paper is that they have a good, wide variety of streams.”

The New York Times

Kyle Kondik, of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, said that he expected a good number of Republican candidates to enter the 2024 race for president without a dominant front-runner, and that Mr. Hogan’s record of criticizing Mr. Trump could make for a challenging path in a crowded primary race.

CBS 19 News (Charlottesville)

More than a dozen new interactive chalkboard murals will be painted by a local artist at UVA Health’s Department of Inpatient Psychiatry.

Washington Post

The announcement also seemed to satisfy what the University of Virginia’s Carmenita Higginbotham, who teaches and studies Disney, told The Washington Post just last week was required of the company. “What Disney has to do is figure out how to make itself matter, how to get in front of audiences in very different ways than it has in the past,” she said. “Because the previous rules … of just riding safely down the middle of American society” no longer work.

CBS 4 (Denver)

Multiple anesthesiologists are questioning the amount of Ketamine, a widely employed sedative, used on Elijah McClain just before he stopped breathing last August, with one doctor saying it was, “Too much, twice too much.” Ketamine, which is used in association with anesthesia, is commonly used by first responders on individuals exhibiting excited delirium symptoms. But Dr. Ebony Jade Hilton, a UVA anesthesiologist, said the 500 mg dose used on McClain was far too much.

Open Access Government

Researchers explored the results of no lockdown in Sweden, with analysis on how other measures helped the country have less initial deaths.

“The Takeaway” WNYC Public Radio

This summer, communities across the country are putting in place measures to restrict beach and pool access amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But this isn’t exactly a new phenomenon. Places of public recreation, including pools and beaches, have long been flashpoints of race and class conflict. We spoke to Andrew Kahrl, professor of history and African American Studies at the University of Virginia and author of “Free the Beaches: The Story of Ned Coll and the Battle for America’s Most Exclusive Shoreline.”

Morning Consult

Voters who dislike both presidential candidates this year tend to be younger, more liberal than in 2016. Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball at UVA’s Center for Politics, said, “It makes some sense that these kinds of voters would prefer change to the status quo, and Biden is the change candidate in this race.”


The new analysis from researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden and the UVA School of Medicine confirms this simplistic storyline, but also finds both silver linings and a potentially darker explanation for the pandemic’s death toll in the country.


While Washington Nationals reliever (and UVA alumnus) Sean Doolittle might not be a household name outside of the nation’s capital, the MLB pitcher has a pretty solid résumé. He’s spent eight seasons in the big leagues, appeared in two All-Star games, and won a World Series title. He’s also made a bit of a name for himself on social media. 

Washington Post

(Commentary by Melody Barnes, co-director of UVA’s Democracy Initiative) I live on Richmond’s Monument Avenue, but Monument Avenue wasn’t meant for me. My own experience carries the imprint both of white supremacy and the efforts to overcome it.

WVTF Public Radio/Radio IQ (Roanoke)

As universities considered thousands of applications, many found standardized testing helpful according to Greg Roberts, dean of undergraduate admissions at UVA. “It can be a useful tool to help us distinguish between students who come from so many different high schools with so many different grading scales and grade inflation,” he explains.

ABC News

Larry Sabato, director of UVA’s Center for Politics, told Reuters that Kanye would win no more than a few percentage points. “He’s got a long way to go even to convince us that he’s serious,” said Sabato.

CBS News

Emergency room doctor Leigh-Ann Webb, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Virginia, said fair and efficient health care has always been a problem for Black people in the U.S. "Our system in America is not built to serve everyone equally, and the health care system is not immune to that," she told CBS News. 

Charlottesville Daily Progress

According to UVA’s current reopening plan, students should have the option to stay home and participate remotely, defer admission or take a gap year. Larger classes will remain online, and the university has said that faculty with health concerns also will be able to keep classes online.

Becker’s Hospital Review

Hospitals are also exploring ways robotics can be used to directly fight the novel coronavirus, such as the University of Virginia’s decontamination robot that uses 3-D imaging and ultraviolet light to kill COVID-19 pathogens.

The New York Times

The Broadway star died from the coronavirus, despite being just 41 and in apparent good health. Cases like his, experts said, are growing. “A young person who has no real medical comorbidities, but gets super sick and ends up on multiple support machines” is a clinical portrait that doctors are now seeing “a lot,” said Dr. Taison Bell, a physician specializing in infectious disease and pulmonary and critical care at UVA Health.

WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

Doctors from the University of Virginia says people’s actions can have a profound effect on the spread of the coronavirus, that is even if the government does not call for tighter restrictions or lock downs.