A UVA professor is doing his part to try to help parents explain the importance of hand-washing to children. As an engineering professor at UVA, Keith Williams is trying to use his knowledge to teach necessary information in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In 1775, Scottish watchmaker Alexander Cummings received a patent for a flush toilet with an all-important innovation: an S-bend in the drainage pipe,” said Dr. W. Bernard Carlson, professor in UVA’s Department of Engineering and Society.
Over the past week, Twitter users have been relying on Venmo to fundraise for unforeseen circumstances caused by COVID-19, reaffirming the cross-platform economy that exists between the two social media platforms, according to academic Lana Swartz.
Even though national shortages are affecting healthcare workers nationwide, especially those on the front lines in emergency services, Eric Swenson, public relations officer at University of Virginia Health System says: "At this time, our medical personnel do have the supplies they need."
UVA Health is preparing for a wider spread of COVID-19 by making sure patients and essential health care workers are protected. As a first step, there are strict rules about the number of visitors allowed for patients. Anyone receiving end-of-life care can have two designated visitors. Pediatric patients and anyone in labor is allowed just one designated visitor. All visitors have to be screened before entering the hospital.
A third-year computer science and mathematics double major student at the University of Virginia, Soukarya Ghosh has developed an application ‘TrackCorona‘ to track how far and wide across the world the virus has spread.
Health experts around the world are offering advice to help deal with the undesirable effects of quarantines on mental health. Psychologist Claudia W. Allen is among them. She directs the behavioral science department at the UVA School of Medicine. She leads the Family Stress Clinic there as well.
Across the country, there are few programs and policies that center on the wellbeing of teachers. One notable exception, Dr. Patricia Jennings and the University of Virginia have been offering a lifeline to stressed teachers since 2007 with the Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education program that has far-reaching implications, including around equitable treatment of children.
UVA’s Miller Center of Public Affairs is making some changes to its presentations due to the coronavirus. According to a release, the center will now host online-only webinars, which will have its panelists and audiences connecting digitally.
(Commentary by Laurie Archbald-Pannone, associate professor of medicine and geriatrics) Along with the risk of coronavirus infection comes the risk of social isolation. How should older people balance these competing recommendations? During a time of social distancing, here are four ways for elders to stay socially connected.
The pandemic is forcing the human species – and our brains – to do the opposite of what we’ve learned to do over millennia in order to survive. UVA neuroscientist James Coan compared the way the brain functions in times of stress to that of a salamander. “A salamander wants a cool, dark, wet place in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s adapted to the environment. It knows where to find food there. If a salamander walks out from under the rock into the sun on a hot dry day, it will have a stress response – and want to get back under the rock,” Coan said.
University of Virginia officials on Monday lifted parking restrictions at parking meters and lots on Grounds in hopes of improving employee access to workplaces. Restrictions are still in place at the UVA Health parking garages, Scott Stadium, Fontaine Research Park, McCormick Road and the Lawn alleyways.
Analysts said it’s too soon to determine whether Hogan’s increased visibility will pay political dividends down the road. None suggested that he was using the exposure to boost his brand. UVA political science professor Larry Sabato said it’s unlikely there will ever be a lane within the national GOP for someone like Hogan. Others cautioned that the future is impossible to predict.
Stanford also had one of the highest Writing scores: 4.9. Yale SOM likewise reported a 4.9, but both schools were eclipsed by UVA’s Darden School of Business, which reported a 5.0.
If your fear stems from societal norms and expectations, becoming aware of those pressures is key. In fact, a 2005 study conducted at the University of Virginia found that people who increased their awareness of potential stigmatization of singles also took steps to validate their sense of self-worth and overall happiness.
In addition to the donations for the new building, the Conways have given a total of $20 million since 2013 to back scholarships at the nursing school. They’ve also given the University of Virginia’s nursing school a total of $35 million, including a $20 million pledge in January, and at least $17.2 million to the University of Maryland School of Nursing.
Brenda Tracy is a survivor of sexual assault and has become one of the most influential advocates against sexual violence, especially in the world of collegiate athletics. She spends significant time speaking with collegiate programs across the country, and she’s visited UVA twice in the past year and a half. During her most recent visit to Grounds, Tracy met with first-year men’s and women’s athletes as well as the football team. On the visit, Tracy began to regain her sense of purpose and feel fulfilled in her job.
As the Charlottesville area saw another case of coronavirus, the UVA Medical Center prohibited visitors to inpatient units starting at 10 p.m. Sunday and increased its restrictions on visitors to outpatient facilities.
They’re concerned that black communities and other underserved groups might be disproportionately missing out on getting tested for COVID-19, in the absence of data breaking down who’s been tested so far by race and ethnicity. “We know in the U.S. that there are great discrepancies in not only the diagnosis, but the treatment that African Americans and other minorities are afforded. So I want to make sure that in this pandemic, that black and brown people are treated in the same way and that these tests are made available in the same pattern as for white people,” said Dr.
The UVA Medical Center made drastic changes to its visitor policy beginning Sunday. Visitors to inpatient units are not permitted at UVA Medical Center. There are also new limitations on visitors to outpatient areas including patients at the end of life, mothers in labor and pediatric patients.