Diverse Education

The Association of American Universities launched a PhD Education Initiative, which seeks to create a more student-centered culture for doctoral education, support diverse career paths and promote greater inclusion at its member institutions. Participating member campuses include UVA.

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

The UVA Medical Center announced Friday morning that it will adjust its financial aid guidelines in order to offer free and low-cost care to more patients.

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Bloomberg

Supreme Court justices as a whole are prolific, authoring hundreds of books on a wide range of topics, said UVA historian Barbara Perry. Early justices, though, tended to stay clear of personal memoirs, writing instead treatises on the law or Supreme Court practice, said Perry, who has written about the Supreme Court.

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ABC13 News

The University of Virginia Medical Center has updated its financial assistance policies to help low-income patients.

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WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

Dr. Ryan Smith, a urologist at UVA Medical Center, is raising concerns about the safety of tattoo ink. He says the inks often contain known cancer-causing agents and toxins, and the FDA doesn't currently regulate it.

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WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

The University of Virginia says it has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions of 25% compared to 2009 levels, beating their own timeline by six years.

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Washington Post

(Commentary co-written by Craig Volden, professor of public policy and politics) Congress is back from its August recess, and lawmakers face public demands for action on issues as varied as health care, infrastructure, gun safety and trade. 

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Financial Times

The debate was less fiery than the first two rounds, and did not appear to provide any of the kind of breakout moments that can change the dynamic of a political race. “There were some memorable moments, but mainly this debate was a snoozer,” UVA politics professor Larry Sabato said. “Nothing wrong with that, and better than vicious attacks that leave wounds.”

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Richmond Times-Dispatch

Virginia, the defending college basketball national champions, announced its conference schedule Thursday night, a night before the Cavaliers will raise their championship banner at John Paul Jones Arena.

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Bloomberg

The competition will bring together manufacturers, engineers and entrepreneurs amid heightened awareness of the risks of repetitive head trauma. “What we’ve heard is there are a number of far-reaching ideas on white boards that folks haven’t been able to prioritize due to current constraints,” said Jeff Crandall, chair of the NFL’s engineering committee and director of the UVA Center for Applied Biomechanics. “The challenge seems to be to find a way we can get them out into the marketplace.”

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Chronicle of Higher Education

(Subscription required) So why are flagships taking action now? Sarah Turner, a UVA economist who studies education policy, said the institutions are adjusting some of the pricing policies they adopted in the wake of the Great Recession.

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WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

A new support group at the UVA Medical Center will give stroke survivors the chance to share their personal experiences and struggles with those who know what they’re going through.

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Heavy.com

Brian Balogh, a historian at the University of Virginia, feels that it’s important to keep 9/11 from becoming a federal holiday for other reasons. Balogh theorizes that making it a federal holiday could risk losing meaning for many Americans over time. He points to other federal holidays like Memorial Day and Presidents Day; which, instead of their original intent, have become associated with barbecues and mattress sales.

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WTOP 103.5 FM (Washington)

Maya Ewart, now a junior at the University of Virginia, knew something was wrong when she turned 14. She was spending too much time in front of the mirror, tearing apart her appearance. “Meals became snacks. I think I played it off as, ‘Oh, you can have it. Oh, I’m not hungry’ … but gradually no meal was complete.” Ewart confided in a friend, who urged her to tell her parents. She took her friend’s advice.

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WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

The Virginia Institute of Autism, UVA and Children's Dentistry of Charlottesville are studying how to make trips to the dentist less stressful for people with autism and their families.

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Web MD

The relationship between menopause and increased pain levels is not well understood, says NAMS executive director Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of midlife health at the University of Virginia Health System. "Estrogen and other hormones have complex interactions with pain sensitivity," she says. "But whether you're developing a chronic pain condition for the first time or having flares of a pre-existing condition, these changing hormone levels affect both the symptoms of chronic pain and how you experience it."

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WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

The UVA Medical Center is getting ready to open its expanded emergency room and construction crews are working around the clock to finish the project with about a month to go. On Monday, representatives of the Emergency Department gave the media a tour of the facility. 

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WVTF Public Radio/Radio IQ (Roanoke)

The U.S. Postal Service honored a Muslim-American Army Officer Monday, naming a post office in his hometown – Charlottesville – after him. U.S. Senator Tim Kaine praised Captain Khan but criticized his commander in chief for failing to support and protect the military. Captain Humayun Khan was killed when he stopped a vehicle headed for a U.S. base in Iraq. It exploded, killing him and its passengers.  His father, Khizr Khan, expressed pride in the decisions his son made during a short but noble life. “The first decision he made was to come to the University of Virginia," he recalled.

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

The University of Virginia announced Tuesday that the CEO of the UVA Medical Center, Pamela Sutton-Wallace, will leave in November to take a position at a hospital in New York City.

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Vox

A growing number of schools have started to look into reparations and restitution for descendants of the enslaved. But most of these schools have stopped short of supporting actual funds to provide compensation, instead launching studies to better understand how they profited or otherwise benefitted from the use of enslaved labor. These efforts have led to initiatives like Universities Studying Slavery, a University of Virginia-led consortium of roughly 50 schools that examines the history and legacy of slavery and its continued impacts in the present. 

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