But the general reception toward ugly, racist humor is changing, sure enough. “There’s been a raising of consciousness about what we laugh at,” says Shilpa Davé, assistant professor of media studies at the University of Virginia and author of “Indian Accents: Brown Voice and Racial Performance in American Television and Film.” “Humor reveals something about institutionalized inequality and prejudice and discrimination – racism, sexism, and classism – that’s ingrained in our culture.”
Christopher Deppmann, a UVA biologist who was not involved in the work, said he believed it had “profound implications” for how scientists think about stem cell biology, stress biology and potentially the aging process. “Like any good study, it opens up at least as many questions as it answers, but it may represent an important steppingstone toward rationalizing and developing pharmaceutical fountains of youth,” he said.
UVA researchers found an unexpected link between two main forms of macular degeneration that they think have the potential to better treat both forms.
On Wednesday, UVA’s Center for Politics hosted the American Democracy Conference. The event honored the centennial of women getting the right to vote.
Yet the amendment has strong critics, including some conservatives who have long argued that it would provide a new constitutionally guaranteed right to abortion access. And ERA skeptics span the political spectrum: Kim Forde-Mazrui, a UVA law professor and constitutional law scholar who calls himself “a liberal supporter of women’s equality,” argues that the amendment would do nothing and even potentially be harmful.
Shayla Clark and Christopher Deppmann, researchers from UVA’s graduate neuroscience program, who were not involved in the study, said it was interesting to consider what possible evolutionary advantage might be conferred by stress-induced graying. “Because grey hair is most often linked to age, it could be associated with experience, leadership and trust,” they wrote.
The 21st annual American Democracy Conference at UVA’s Center for Politics hosted prominent women in politics from across the political spectrum on Wednesday. They tackled topics like the politics of division and the Trump administration, as well as looking forward to the 2020 election.
While it’s a smaller environmental danger than carbon, scientists say fertilizer is an underrated and growing threat – one that’s more complicated to solve. UVA environmental scientist James Galloway said, “You need to have that nitrogen to grow the food, and the more people there are and the higher they’re eating up the food chain, the more nitrogen you need.”
Professor John C. Harrison of the UVA School of Law has submitted an interesting amicus brief in Seila Law LLC v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the blockbuster case before the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the CFPB.
(Video) The number of reported flu cases is starting to drop, but experts at the University of Virginia's Biocomplexity Institute warn that flu season is far from over.
A legal fight between East Lansing and a mid-Michigan orchard owner who says the city barred him from its farmers market over his stance on same-sex marriage sets up what one legal expert called a unique case pitting religious liberties against a community's laws aimed at inclusivity for LGBTQ people. The plaintiff "simply expressed his opinion," said Douglas Laycock, a constitutional law professor at the University of Virginia. "And the city isn't enforcing anyone's right to be served; it is depriving him of a different and totally unrelated benefit.
"Interestingly, Pennsylvania is the only state that currently has an exactly split (U.S.) House delegation by party," noted Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics. "The split is a good illustration of how divided Pennsylvania is," he said of the 9-9 partisan split.
Harris is part of Hoops2O Hoops, aka “The Water Boys,” founded by professional athletes many of whose roots go back to the University of Virginia, Harris’ alma mater. Malcolm Brogdon, the Pacers’ point guard, initiated the program along with former NFL defensive end Chris Long, a two-time Super Bowl champ.
A not insignificant number of "Bernie Bros" can be obnoxious sexist bullies online, but they are not representative of the majority of his supporters. But Robert Wheel wrote in a thorough data-driven study for UVA’s Center for Politics that the reason the toxic Bernie Bro online phenomenon was "so prominent is that men in their 20s spend the most time online and, I speak as a former man in his 20s, are the most strident people online." He implored Clinton diehards to understand "the election was not your Twitter mentions."
Charlottesville-based SaaS security platform provider SafeGuard Cyber has hired Thomas A. Dukes Jr. as its senior vice president for information security and corporate affairs, the company announced Tuesday. In his new role, he will manage data security and work with product and operations teams on quality and security standards. He will also continue his roles as a U.S. Air Force Reserve brigadier general and adjunct professor of cyber law and policy at the University of Virginia.
According to the University of Virginia Center of Politics, 88% of Virginia adults support universal background checks.
A proposed tax on digital advertising revenues in Maryland could run into significant legal barriers. Even if Maryland lawmakers pass the bill, it could be challenged on constitutional and legal grounds, said Ruth Mason, a professor of law and taxation at the UVA School of Law.
Jonathan Kipnis, the director of the Center for Brain Immunology and Glia and chairman of the department of neuroscience at the University of Virginia, was curious as to whether the body’s immune system might somehow be in dialogue with the brain, and microglia, in ways that could influence neurological and psychiatric conditions.
Famous writer, poet and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe was born on Jan. 19, 1809 into a Scots-Irish family in Boston, Massachusetts to David Poe Jr and Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe. He was taken in by John Allan, a successful tobacco merchant, after being abandoned by his father and losing his mother to tuberculosis. Poe registered at the University of Virginia in 1826, but dropped out after a year after being estranged from his foster father due to his gambling debts and registered with the U.S. Military Academy.
On this first day of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, a nonpartisan group out of the University of Virginia is weighing in. On Tuesday, the Senate got to work setting rules for the proceedings. The Miller Center’s CEO and president, Bill Antholis, is studying the ways this impeachment process is similar and different from those of former presidents Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, and Andrew Johnson.