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Engaged Teaching and Research

In addition to the University's hundreds of outreach programs, university faculty and students incorporate service into their classes and scholarship. Faculty and students partner with community organizations to develop research grants or service learning projects that respond to public needs. Publicly engaged teaching and research lies at the heart of the country's top public research institutions.

View these stories below to see a snapshot of UVa's academic engagement with local, state, national, and international communities..

ecoMOD4 House in Charlottesville Dedicated; ecoREMOD is Kicked Off December 14, 2009 | UVAToday A crowd of more than 100 well-wishers braved the cold Saturday afternoon for a ribbon-cutting marking the fourth ecoMOD4 project. The house, located at 104 Elliott Ave., is a collaboration between the ecoMOD project at the University of Virginia, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville and the City of Charlottesville.

Engineering ecoMOD4 to Move to Its Site Soon; Remodeling Project Takes Shape
September 02, 2009 | Architecture
After a busy summer of construction in the old hangar at the University of Virginia-owned Milton Airfield, the four modules of ecoMOD4 will be hauled by tractor-trailer later this month, lifted by crane onto the prepared foundation, and assembled on its permanent Elliott Avenue site.

U.Va. Students Build a Floating Environmental Classroom
July 13, 2009 | Architecture
About 10 University of Virginia students, along with a handful of alumni, two faculty members and consultants, put in another 16-hour workday Thursday at a Norfolk shipyard. Their mission: to prepare a floating classroom, dubbed the "Learning Barge," for its September launch date.

Grants Awarded for Courses That Connect University with Community
July 10, 2009 | UVAToday
University of Virginia faculty members have received 11 grants to develop courses that will bring U.Va. closer to its surrounding community. Faculty members will use their 2009 Academic Community Engagement grants to create new courses or revise existing ones to incorporate community service or a community-based research project.

16 Student Projects Receive Funding in Inaugural Year of Jefferson Public Citizens Program
June 4, 2009 |UVaToday
Sustainable affordable housing. The use of a sensory resource guide in the care of dementia patients. A GED class for the homeless. These are a sampling of the 16 student group projects the University of Virginia is funding as part of its newly launched Jefferson Public Citizens program, which grew out of Commission for the Future of the University.

UVA Students Help Renovate School
March 14, 2009 | WVIR-TV 29
UVA Students Help Renovate School A Charlottesville elementary school got a mini-makeover Saturday, thanks to a community service group of students from the University of Virginia.

U.Va. Students Opt for Community Service During Spring Break
February 25, 2009 | UVAToday
Spring break can be more than a day at the beach.

Helping Middle School Girls Find Their Way
January 26, 2009 | Explorations
After 10 years of fine-tuning and refinement, the Young Women's Leadership Program has emerged as a national model for helping young girls develop the skills they need to navigate their middle school years successfully. Read more...

Students Study City SRO Sites / Nonprofit Plans to Built Homeless Facility by 2011
December 16, 2008 | C-Ville Weekly
... the nine seniors in Betsy Roettger’s community design studio put together plans that will help a nonprofit build housing for Charlottesville’s homeless. ... The class narrowed the list from 10 sites to four, and then each student picked a site and designed a 60-unit facility to fit the space. ...

UVa Green Team Takes on Lynchburg
November 19, 2008 | Lynchburg News Advance
Preserving a sliver of land along every major waterway in the city is one recommendation a group of University of Virginia students taking stock of Lynchburg’s environmental as-sets may include in their final proposal.

New Partnership Enlists U.Va. Students to Support Local Alzheimer's Patients November 19, 2008 — University of Virginia students in the Curry School of Education's Communication Disorders program are now making house calls to six people in the community with memory loss, thanks to a $9,000 Academic Community Engagement grant provided by U.Va.'s Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

University Researches Cost-Efficient Social Services
November 17, 2008 | Cavalier Daily
University economics professors and students are collaborating with the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County in an effort to make social services more cost-efficient and effective.

U.Va. Researchers Put Close Watch on At-Risk Youth — and Local Budgets
November 13, 2008 | UVAToday
Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville spend millions of dollars each year on social service programs to help area youth considered "at risk" for a variety of reasons, from failing at school, to behavioral and emotional issues, to parental neglect or involvement by the courts.

UVa Students Out to Solve World Health Problems
November 7, 2008 | WCAV-TV 19
Some students at UVa are looking beyond the boundaries of Charlottesville trying to make a global impact.

UVa Group Aims to Review Death Penalty Cases
November 1, 2008 | Charlottesville Daily Progress
Earlier in his studies at the University of Virginia School of Law, third-year law student James Cass spent a summer reading court opinions in cases that were later exonerated because of DNA evidence.

UVa Students Prepare for Habitat for Humanity
September 13, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
A team of UVa Architecture and Engineering students will be partnering up with Habitat for Humanity in the spring to build a sustainable house. In the mean time, the students had a practice run where they built a shelter, with a budget of ten dollars, and had to sleep in it all night.

U.Va. Architecture School Students Help Community Envision a Sustainable South Bronx
July 17, 2008 | UVAToday
New York City's South Bronx neighborhood is poised to become a model for urban sustainable development on a large scale, and a group of University of Virginia Architecture School graduate students have helped citizens and community leaders there visualize their dreams.

E&Y Your Master Plan Students Volunteer at Innisfree, Habitat for Humanity
Participants in the Ernst & Young Your Master Plan program know all about hard work. Not only are they all full-time employees of Ernst & Young, which sponsors the two-year program at the McIntire School of Commerce, they’re also students earning an M.S. in Accounting from the School.

Cooper Center Studies Profile of Foreign-Born Virginians
Recognizing the importance of the foreign-born to Virginia, U.Va.'s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service released a study of all of Virginia's foreign-born residents, noting that new arrivals account for one-quarter of the commonwealth's population growth since 2000.

Two UVA Students Dig Up Nelson County History
July 02, 2008 | Nelson County Times (VA)
Two University of Virginia students are calling Nelson County home this summer. Courtney Proffitt, 21, of Covington and Abigail Haymes, 22, of Chatham, are working with the Oakland Museum, the Nelson County Historical Society, the Millenium Group and the Nelson Heritage Center to gather information on events that have shaped Nelson County’s past.

From Sea to Shinning Seed
June 11, 2008 | Eastern Shore Post
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) ... along with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) ... have been actively harvesting eelgrass behind Wreck Island off Oyster. ...Karen McGlathery, [associate] professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia, acts as project leader for a group of UVA students who stay during the summer and work closely with TNC and VIMS. ... [See page 8 of PDF]

Course Seeks Sustainable Solution to Food Shortage Crisis
Tanya Denckla Cobb's spring course, "Healthy Communities, Healthy Food Systems: Global-Local Connections," led students in a novel endeavor to figure out where Charlottesville's food comes from, be it local or from thousands of miles away.

University Students Construct Homes, Build Teamwork
June 08, 2008 | Charlottesville Daily Progress
Amid sauna-like heat, three dozen University of Virginia students spent Wednesday afternoon hanging Sheetrock, hammering nails and attaching vinyl siding. The 37 students ... are all top elected leaders of UVa’s undergraduate student body. They were helping construct 10 Habitat for Humanity homes on Paton Street and Valley Road Extended to practice teamwork and get a taste of community service. ...The students’ sweaty afternoon of construction was part of the university’s “Leadership 2008” training program, also known as L2K8.

Real-Life Archaeologists
May 22, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
... The movies bring drama and excitement to the field of archaeology, but a group of field school archaeologists from James Madison University and the University of Virginia say there's more to what you see in the movies.

Degree-Earners’ Next Stop: Clinic in Guatemalan Valley
Daily Progress, May 18, 2008
Hanging in a corner of Megan Dunning’s room on the Lawn at the University of Virginia is a framed photograph of young Guatemalan children learning how to sneeze into their sleeves.

University of Virginia Architecture Students Share Visions for New College Institute in Martinsville
April 15, 2008 | UVAToday
Fourth-year architecture students from the University of Virginia experienced the power of architecture to bring community together and saw the ability of education to be an economic development tool in a fall studio design class.

Gov. Kaine to Attend ecoMOD3 Ribbon Cutting on Monday
Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine will be on hand Monday to celebrate the completion of U.Va.'s ecoMOD3 project. Kaine, along with various university, state and city officials, will cut the ribbon at the event, which begins at 10:15 a.m.

Engineering takes the stage / UVa students turn knowledge into special-effects craft
December 04, 2007 | Charlottesville Daily Progress
In the short comedy “Three Magic Purple Balloons,” a magical orb vanishes, a telephone rings on cue and a levitating veil changes color from silver to red. The original play, written and directed and performed by University of Virginia drama students, is part of a series of 10 one-act plays being performed at the university. Each of the plays features special effects designed and built by first-year engineering students.

ecoMOD3 Expands Modular, Sustainable, Affordable Housing Research
UVa Today, August 21, 2007
Some University of Virginia students cheered and clapped as a crane lifted the prefabricated modules into place at their new home in the Castle Hill-Fifeville neighborhood in Charlottesville.

Hi-Tech Homes Preserve Past
WCAV Charlottesville News Plex, August 15, 2007
Using nails, drills, and levies, UVa students worked together to assemble three modular units they have spent years designing.

UVA Students' Work Assesses Mental Health Resources
Daily Progress, May 14, 2007
A group of University of Virginia students has contributed an entire school year analyzing a local initiative aimed at improving mental health services and how it relates to the criminal justice system.

Students Take Alternative Spring Break
UVa Today, April 3, 2007
Some U.Va. students went to tropical climates for spring break, but instead of lounging on the beach, they spent their week helping people.

Innovation Through Collaboration: New Ways of Thinking and Learning
UVA TopNews
Innovation is a complex phenomenon where talented and motivated people exploit the opportunity to act on their ideas and dreams.

Historic Significance: Local Residents Try to Protect Their Neighborhood
Daily Progress, November 20, 2006
Two local residents - one from Albemarle County, the other from Charlottesville - are banding together to preserve the neighborhood they both inhabit.

Public Viewing of the EcoMod3 Design Project on Dec. 8
UVa Today, December 7, 2006
The ecoMOD project at the University of Virginia is holding a one-day public viewing of the ecoMOD3 prototypical house design -- the SEAM house it -- on 4th Street, SW in the Fifeville neighborhood of Charlottesville.

Crossing Over: Teacher's Students from CHS and UVa Learn from Each Other
Daily Progress, October 23, 2006
Charlottesville High School senior Miko Jones walked into a classroom at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education last year and asked himself: “What am I doing here?”

Curry's Pianta Gets $10M for National Preschool Study
Inside UVa Online, August 25, 2006
The Curry School of Education has been awarded $10 million from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to determine if a new method for training preschool teachers results in their students, especially disadvantaged children, learning language and literacy skills better.

U.Va. Engineering Student Helps Make America 'Really Ready'
Top News, August 22, 2006
What would you do in the event of an emergency?

Gautier Gets a Solar Habitat Home
WLOX-TV Mississippi, August 14, 2006
Architecture student Joy Wang is installing new windows today at a home in Gautier.

Center for Digital History Partners in $1 Million Grant for Teaching American History
Top News, August 14, 2006
The evolution and growth of democracy in America has deep roots in Virginia.

History Teachers Get Boost for Study
Daily Progress, August 7, 2006
History teachers in five local school divisions will get a chance to “live and breathe” the story of Virginia’s role in American history, thanks to the University of Virginia’s Virginia Center for Digital History and a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Cuban Trade: U.Va. Fund Helps Bring Art to Country
University of Virginia Magazine, August 7, 2006
When Jill Hartz, director of the U.Va. Art Museum, and a group of museum members first visited Havana in January 2002, they found a thriving art scene.

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