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UVA Public Service and Outreach News from 2008

SEEDing Change: McIntire Students Offer Consulting Services to Socially Responsible Organizations Around the World
December 30, 2008 | UVAToday
What happens after three students from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce spend a few weeks Tanzania and Ecuador? Read more...

U.Va. Humanities Project Among Three to Benefit from Access to Federal Supercomputer Facilities
December 23, 2008 | UVAToday
A research project at the University of Virginia that aims to reconstruct ancient artifacts and architecture with the help of supercomputers is one of three beneficiaries of a new partnership between the U. S. Department of Energy and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Read more...

U.Va. Students and Employees Bring Holiday Spirit to the Community December 15, 2008 | UVAToday
When Christmas season rolls around, members of the University of Virginia community are eager to ensure happy holidays for many families in the greater community. Read more...

U.Va. Law Student Wins Prestigious Public-Service Fellowship
December 18, 2008 | UVAToday
University of Virginia third-year law student Rebecca Vallas was recently named to the 2009 list of Skadden Fellows, the most prestigious public service fellowship for recent law school graduates. 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. ...

Conference Considers How to Combat Climate Change Without Direct Taxation
December 12, 2008 | UVAToday
The best way to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, nearly all economists agree, is to impose some sort of carbon tax that will force the market to determine the cheapest and most efficient ways to reduce carbon dioxide levels.

Obama to Hear Panel on Changes to War Powers Act
December 12, 2008 | UVAToday
Obama met with James A. Baker III and Warren Christopher, leaders of a Miller Center commission that proposed the War Powers Consultation Act of 2009, which would replace the problematic War Powers Act of 1973

Survey: Americans Don’t Want Taxes Used on Global Warming
December 12, 2008 | Charlottesville Daily Progress
While a majority of Americans believe the Earth is warming, there is little support among the public to use tax money to address the issue, a new survey suggests. Results of the survey were released Thursday as a two-day National Conference on Climate Governance began at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs. The survey is an expansion of one released in October that focused on Virginians’ attitudes about climate change.

UVa Launches Heart Clinic
December 09, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
The UVa Health System launched a new healthcare delivery system Tuesday. The program is being run through the medical center's heart clinic or the Club Red Clinic. Doctors say that they realized that there is a need for gender specific cardiovascular care, which is why UVa decided to launch a women's heart clinic.

A New Way to Explore Blandy
December 10, 2008 | Winchester Star (VA)
The new gravel road winds like a snake, taking visitors farther afield into the Blandy Experimental Farm and State Arboretum of Virginia. It meanders past meadows and research projects, through untamed and overgrown land, past groves of maples, beeches, and elms. The approximately three-mile road, named Wilkins Lane Loop Drive, opened to the public Tuesday at the University of Virginia’s 700-plus-acre property near Boyce.

Virginians Must Begin to Think Creatively About Huge Transportation Needs, Analyst Says
December 5, 2008 | UVATODAY
No subject has been more contentious in Virginia in recent years than transportation.

U.Va. and Community Launch Collaborative Science & Art Project
December 8, 2008 | UVAToday
The University of Virginia, in conjunction with a group of regional artists, on Thursday will launch a new Science & Art Project, an initiative to promote experimental alliances between artists, scientists and visionaries for the expansion of new ideas and creative work.

How Should Government Handle Climate Change?
Dec. 3, 2008 — The Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia will host the National Conference on Climate Governance on Thursday, Dec. 11 and Friday, Dec. 12, in Charlottesville, Va.

Time Magazine Names Virginia Quarterly Review Cover One of Year's 10 Best December 8, 2008 — Time magazine today chose the cover of The Virginia Quarterly's fall issue as one of their "Top 10 Magazine Covers of 2008."

How a Summer Internship Helped Me Find My Calling
December 3, 2008 |UVAToday
Before last summer, I always dreaded the question, "What are you going to do with a double-major in African-American and African Studies and anthropology?"

Patents Pay
December 01, 2008 | WVTF Public Radio (Roanoke, VA)
The U.Va. Patent Foundation helps bring research to market, like Kevin Lynch and Timothy Macdonald's work on a drug blocking the growth of new blood vessels on tumors

Conference to Introduce Sixth-Grade Girls to Careers in Science and Math ...
November 30, 2008 | Kingsport Times News (TN)
The STEM Conference is a partnership between the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center... and other regional firms, which will be joined by women from the engineering schools at Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia...

Center for Politics Post-election Conference Dissects Why Obama Won November 25, 2008 | UVAToday
The 2008 presidential campaign led to the election of the nation's first black president and included two female candidates for the highest offices in the land.

UVa Center for Politics' American Democracy Conference
November 21, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
"I think this is a crucial part of the political process, just getting a bunch of brilliant people in the same room and talking about issues," said Dan Keyserling from the UVa Center for Politics. A room filled with political pundits, national journalists, as well as Democratic and Republican party leaders, discussing their post election thoughts at the universities 10th annual American Democracy Conference.

UVA Will Host American Democracy Conference
November 19, 2008 | WINA 1070 AM
The University of Virginia Center for Politics is preparing for its tenth annual American Democracy Conference. That event will take place Friday at Alumni Hall.

‘Holiday with the Hoos’ will be Dec. 5 at the Jack
November 20, 2008 | DailyProgress.com
The University of Virginia Cavalier Marching Band and UVa Wind Ensemble will team up for “Holiday with the Hoos,” an evening of music starting 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at John Paul Jones Arena.

Klezmer's All in the Family
November 20, 2008 |DailyProgress.com
The University of Virginia Klezmer Ensemble will present a concert with trumpeter and vocalist Susan Hoffman Watts at 8 p.m. Sunday in Cabell Hall Auditorium.

Surplus Property Sales Move from Auction House to Cyberspace
November 21, 2008 | UVAToday
After decades of live auctions, the University of Virginia is now selling much of its surplus property online.

7th Grade Career Expo
November 17, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
Two thousand seventh graders in our area are one step closer to figuring out what they want to be when they grow up. The kids spent Monday at the University of Virginia, where they had the opportunity to meet with representatives from more than 30 area companies. The event is set up each year by UVa, along with various school representatives.

Annual Artisans' Bazaar to be Held Nov. 20-22
November 17, 2008 | UVAToday
The annual Artisans' Bazaar at the University of Virginia will be held Thursday (noon to 7 p.m.), Friday (10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) in the Newcomb Hall Ballroom.

'BackStory' History Public Radio Show Wins National Award
November 17, 2008 | UVAToday
"BackStory with the American History Guys," a radio call-in and interview program featuring three historians with University of Virginia connections, isn't quite six months old, but already is receiving national airtime and now a national award.

U.Va. Inventors Present Research Breakthroughs at Mid-Atlantic Innovation Showcase
November 17, 200 | UVAToday
Seven teams of University of Virginia inventors presented their research discoveries at Friday's 2008 Mid-Atlantic Innovation Showcase in McLean, Va. Co-hosted by the U.Va. Patent Foundation, the showcase attracted an audience of nearly 350 representatives from Washington, D.C.-area technology companies, investors and other guests.

Buford Students Spend a "Day in the Life" of a UVA Student
November 14, 2008 | WCAV-TV 19
A group of middle school students from Buford experience a day in the life of a college student at the University of Virginia.

People Will Say We’re in Love with Show
November 13, 2008 | DailyProgress.com
“Oklahoma!’’ took the “comedy’’ out of musical comedy, but it put a whole lot more back into the genre.

Collaboration With Google Earth Puts U.Va.'s 'Rome Reborn' on the Internet
November 12, 2008 | UVAToday
"Rome Reborn," the digital re-creation of ancient Rome unveiled last year by the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, is now available to all, thanks to Google and a host of other collaborators.


University of Virginia Hosts Science Career Symposium
November 11, 2008 | UVAToday
About 120 middle and high school students from as far away as Hampton Roads and Prince George County gave Saturday's Science Career Symposium at Clark Hall rave reviews.

Kluge-Ruhe Museum Director-Curator Spreads Australia's 'Love Magic' November 10, 2008 | UVAToday
Margo Smith was doing anthropological fieldwork in the Northern Territory of Australia when she first felt the magic.

Hidden Hurt
November 09, 2008 | Washington Post Magazine
Cites U.Va. contributions to the Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps in Southwest Virginia, and U.Va.-Wise study of "nerves" in the region
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Inaugural Assembly for the Arts Will be Held Sunday
November 5, 2008 | UVAToday
Internationally renowned dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones arrives at U.Va. Sunday for a weeklong collaborative workshop and residency to research his new work celebrating the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth. The week's events kick off with the inaugural Assembly for the Arts, "Opening the Door to Creativity," at 8 p.m.

When There's Nothing Left to Do but Wait
November 2, 2008 | Washingtonpost.com
Soon it'll all be over but the voting. What goes through the candidates' minds in the final anxious days and hours of an election?

Trick-or-treaters Fill the UVa Lawn
October 31, 2008 | WCAV-TV 19
Ghouls, goblins, witches and maybe even a few Hannah Montana's were wandering the lawn today.

Report: Status Quo in Higher Education Threatens America's Global Competitiveness
October 29, 2008 | UVAToday
A new report from U.Va.'s Miller Center offers recommendations for those with a stake in higher education governance on how to improve the American higher education system.

High-School Students Gripped by Election Fever
October 31, 2008 | rlando Sentinel /
Center for Politics' Youth Leadership Initiative holds online mock election for 19,600 Florida youngsters at nearly 900 schools.

Fonda and Spacek Open Va. Film Festival with Movie Shot in Richmond
October 30, 2008 | inRich.com
The Virginia Film Festival, in its 21st year, always has been about Virginia, but until now it had never had a film with so many Virginia connections as its opening-night screening.

Report: Status Quo in Higher Education Threatens America's Global Competitiveness
October 29, 2008 | UVAToday
America is no longer among the top 10 most educated countries in the world, and it is one of only two nations in which young adults are less well-educated than middle-aged adults, according to a new report from the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.

Trick-or-Treaters Get Some New Treats This Halloween
October 15, 2008 | UVAToday
Trick-or-treaters on the University of Virginia Lawn this year will get the usual candy corn, Sweet Tarts and M&Ms, but not-so-typical allergy-free candy and free-trade chocolate might also make it into their bags.

Poll: Virginians Believe 'Solid Evidence' Of Global Warming
October 22, 2008 | UVAToday
Three out of four Virginians believe there is "solid evidence" of global warming over the past 40 years, according to the first survey of Virginians attitudes toward climate change, presented Tuesday at the University of Virginia's Miller Center for Public Affairs.

What Do Virginians Think About Climate Change?
October 20, 2008 | UVAToday
The University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs will unveil the results of the Report of the Virginia Climate Change Survey – a poll measuring Virginians' views about climate change and government's role in dealing with it – in a panel discussion on Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Is 'Post-Partisanship' Possible?
October 20, 2008 | UVAToday
U.Va.'s Miller Center will host a special panel, "Now What? Can the New President Rise Above Partisan Polarization to Govern Effectively?" on Friday. Politics professor Sid Milkis will moderate.

The Geopolitics of Energy: Is Blood Thicker Than Oil?
October 20, 2008 | UVAToday
Michael Klare, an international authority on the geopolitics of energy, will discuss his book, "Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America’s Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum," Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. at the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs.

Annual Writer's Eye Competition Now Under Way
October 10, 2008 | UVAToday
U.Va.'s Art Museum is holding its 22nd annual Writer's Eye program, a literary competition based on 20 artworks selected from the museum's permanent collection and visiting exhibitions.

Be Present for UVa’s ‘Day of Absence’
October 16, 2008 | Charlottesville Daily Progress
A one-act satire opening Thursday in the University of Virginia’s Helms Theatre asks what would happen if townspeople awoke one morning to find that all the black residents had disappeared.

Sorenson Institute Helps Restore Civility
October 15, 2008 | WVTF Public Radio (Roanoke, VA)
At the height of a presidential campaign that has, once again, drawn stark lines between Democrats and Rpublicans, a Virginia organization is showing the way to restore civility to government. WVTF's Sandy Hausman reports on how the Sorenson Institute in Charlottesville gets political people to stop name-calling and start talking with one another.

ecoMOD Project Is Finalist for World Habitat Award
U.Va.'s ecoMOD project has been named one of 12 finalists in the 2009 World Habitat Award program. The awards are given annually to projects that provide practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems.

Poet Chris Mann to Give Reading Thursday at U.Va.
Poet Chris Mann, a South African whose works are infused with that country's rich diversity, will give a presentation at 5 p.m. Thursday in Bryan Hall. The event is sponsored by U.Va.'s Creative Writing Program.

Breast Cancer Prevention Program
October 10, 2008 | WVIR NBC-29
The University of Virginia Cancer Center contains one of the only programs in the region geared towards breast cancer prevention. It has been up and running for about a year and a half and doctors say it has already made a huge difference in patient’s lives.

UVa Conference Discusses Obstacles of Aging and Voting
October 10, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
... Friday the issue was on everyone's radar at a University of Virginia conference, the university releasing a study to show just how different registration policies are across the state for the elderly in long term care. Many of whom have developed disabilities, but still have the capacity to vote.

Woodson Institute's Influence Transcends U.Va.
October 10, 2008 | UVAToday
The mission of U.Va.'s Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies is to not only enhance the teaching of African and African-American studies at U.Va., but also to establish a research center that would make important contributions to scholarship. And the cornerstone of that effort is the institute's fellowship program.

VFF to Welcome Actors Sissy Spacek and Troy Garity
October 7, 2008 | UVAToday
The Virginia Film Festival, built around the theme of "Aliens!," will welcome special guests Sissy Spacek and Troy Garity for its opening night screening of the film "Lake City" on Oct. 30.

Teen Culture Conference to Tackle Key Issues
October 08, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
Staff at the UVa Teen Health Center are gearing up for their biennial Teen Culture Conference, an opportunity to tackle some of the major issues facing teens today. They say they're hoping to open some eyes on statistics, like the fact that one in three girls will find herself in an abusive relationship.

Conference to Explore Voting in Long-Term Care Facilities
October 2, 2008 | UVAToday
U.Va.'s Institute on Aging will host a conference on Friday at the Law School that focuses on the problems and issues of voting by seniors in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in Virginia.

Election 2008: Online Student Voting Site Reviews
September 29, 2008 | Inside the School
...The YLI, a service of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, has an easy-to-use student voting site and will overwhelm you with the amount and quality of its teaching materials. ...

Charlottesville Church Hosts Tutoring
October 07, 2008 | WVIR NBC-29
... Zion Union Baptist Church is just one of the sites of the Day in the Life Program at the University of Virginia that pairs students from intermediate school through high school with students from the university. There's tutoring, mentoring, and plenty of relationship building.

UVa Increasing Health Literacy
October 08, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
When you leave your doctors appointment do you really understand your diagnosis? Do you have the information you need? October is health literacy awareness month and the University of Virginia Medical Center is reaching out to the community to help people better understand their health care.

Forum Focuses on Investment Strategies in Turbulent Times
With all eyes on the nation's troubled economy, more than 1,000 alumni, students and friends turned out for the McIntire School's Fall Forum, "Investment Strategies in Turbulent Times."

Engineering Students Build Water-Purification System
With the aid of a Davis Projects for Peace award, fourth-year U.Va. chemical engineering students Ana Jemec and Eric L. Harshfield spent their summer building a water purification system in South Africa.

Aging Conference Set for Oct. 10
October 03, 2008 | Charlottesville Daily Progress
The University of Virginia’s Institute on Aging is hosting a conference on Oct. 10 to focus on voting among seniors living in long-term care facilities. The day is intended to address how people with cognitive and physical impairments can participate in elections without being defrauded or exploited.

Debate on Health Care Proposals Set for Tomorrow
Senior medical advisers to the McCain and Obama campaigns will debate their candidates' health care proposals tomorrow at 6 p.m. in U.Va.'s Rotunda Dome Room. The event is free and open to the public.

At Miller Center, Reporter Tells of Ttime in Iraq
September 30, 2008 | Charlottesville Daily Progress
CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier and a film crew were visiting a Baghdad neighborhood on May 29, 2006, to cover an assignment about U.S. soldiers working with Iraqi security forces. “It was a neighborhood that was supposed to be so safe, but we ended up walking into an ambush,” Dozier recalled Monday at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.

UVA Group Raising Cancer Awareness
September 28, 2008 | WVIR NBC-29
... Hoos for a Cure is getting ready for the annual Light the Night Walk, a fundraising event for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. ... The walk starts at the Charlottesville Pavillion on the evening of October 16. ...

UVA Fraternity Hosts Charity Event for Kids
September 27, 2008 | WVIR NBC-29
A University of Virginia fraternity hosted a charity trapshooting tournament Saturday in Charlottesville to help raise money for the UVA Children's Hospital. ... Fraternity members say they raised about $2,500...

Panel Discusses Religion and Politics
September 23, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
A panel of experts met Monday night to discuss how religion has influenced politics. ...The forum was sponsored by the University of Virginia Center for Politics. It was part of the center's 2008 National Symposium Series on Race, Religion, and Gender.

A forum on the HPV vaccine is held at UVA
September 24, 2008 | WINA 1070 AM
A forum on the HPV vaccine was held Tuesday night at McLeod Hall at the UVA Nursing School. The HPV vaccine has been shown to prevent cervical cancer. ... Speakers at the forum included Dr. Mark Stoler of UVA, Dr. Jennifer Young of UVA and Holly Edwards of Charlottesville City Council. [Includes audio]

University Reports to Community on Sustainability Efforts
Sustainability efforts at U.Va. were highlighted at a community briefing on Sept. 23 in the Newcomb Hall Ballroom. About 200 local residents and members of the University community attended the session, which included several presenters who explained what their departments were doing toward making the University sustainable.

Alien Invasion
September 26, 2008 | Charlottesville Daily Progress
The schedule’s set for stunning. When the 21st-annual Virginia Film Festival opens Oct. 30 with its “Aliens!” theme, Charlottesville will be the landing zone for films and discussions about immigrants, exiles, extraterrestrials and outsiders of all kinds.

Center for Survey Research Celebrates 20 Years
September 22, 2008 | UVAToday
U.Va.'s Center for Survey Research got its start on Sept. 7, 1988, working on a shoestring budget out of a cramped space in New Cabell Hall, with Thomas Guterbock serving as the founding director.

Panel Discusses Religion and Politics
September 23, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
A panel of experts met Monday night to discuss how religion has influenced politics. ...The forum was sponsored by the University of Virginia Center for Politics. It was part of the center's 2008 National Symposium Series on Race, Religion, and Gender.

UVA Shares Sustainability Secrets
September 23, 2008 | WVIR NBC-29
The University of Virginia is sharing sustainability secrets with the community. In recent years, UVA has focused more on cutting back and working towards a better tomorrow.

U.Va. Community Briefing to be Held Today
September 22, 2008 | UVAToday
The University of Virginia will hold a community briefing, "Building on Jefferson's Legacy," at noon today in the Newcomb Hall Ballroom. Several speakers will discuss sustainability and major construction projects at U.Va.

U.Va. to Host Inaugural 'Women in Leadership' Conference
September 5, 2008 | UVAToday
A "Women in Leadership" conference at U.Va. Sept. 26–27 will feature a keynote speech by Sheila C. Johnson, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television, and a discussion of "Women in Politics" by a bipartisan panel of U.Va. alumnae.

Miller Center Forum: The Panama Canal Treaties and The Rise of the Right
September 20, 2008 | Charlottesville Podcasting Network

New Film Prompts Youth to Ponder Constitutional Reform
More than 200 local middle and high school students, joined by 138 eighth-graders from Martinsville, Va., attended the Sept. 17 Constitution Day screening of a new PBS documentary, "Questioning the Constitution." The new film, produced by local PBS stations in partnership with U.Va.'s Center for Politics, draws heavily from the issues raised in center director Larry Sabato's latest book.

Inaugural Jefferson Fellows Forum to be Held Sept. 27
Students at U.Va. will launch a new forum this fall: the Jefferson Fellows Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue. The inaugural forum, "The Art of Science & the Science of Art," is set for Sept. 27 at U.Va.'s Miller Center.

Health Summit in Charlottesville
September 17, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
...Wednesday at the University of Virginia, Governor Tim Kaine and a group of people from around the world, talked about the need for new approaches to tackle the issue of obesity. Dr. Arthur Garson Jr., former dean of the UVa Medical School, says, "obesity is about to cause the United States to have a lower life expectancy for the first time since the Civil War."

Curry Announces New Research Lectureship Series
Tomorrow, U.Va.'s Curry School launches the Curry Education Research Lectureship Series. The free lectures will be given on selected Fridays throughout the academic year, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Ruffner Hall Auditorium.

Active Aging Discussed at ACAC
September 16, 2008 | WVIR NBC-29
The ACAC Fitness Center and the University of Virginia Institute on Aging hosted a panel discussion Tuesday afternoon to explain the latest research on aging and exercise.

'Remarkable Trees' Have Roots in Region
September 15, 2008 | Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star
With 12 billion trees in Virginia to choose from, Nancy Ross Hugo, Jeff Kirwan and Robert Llewellyn had to pick just 120 that they considered the most remarkable in the state. ... The result is "Remarkable Trees of Virginia," a 216-page book of narrative and photographs published in August by the University of Virginia Press.

Miller Center for Politics Will Host A Discussion of Religion and Politics
September 15, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
The UVa Center for Politics will host a discussion on religion in American politics on Monday, September 22, 2008, from 5:15 - 6:30 p.m.

Center for Politics Co-Sponsors New PBS Documentary
"Questioning the Constitution," a new one-hour documentary produced by the Community Idea Stations in partnership with U.Va.'s Center for Politics, looks at the development of the Constitution, how it has been interpreted over the years and the arguments for and against constitutional reform.

Face to Face with Bin Laden
September 12, 2008 | Charlottesville Daily Progress
Osama bin Laden remains at large seven years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — and the United States is “incredibly unlikely” to capture or kill the al-Qaida mastermind anytime soon. That was the assessment of Peter Bergen, a CNN terrorism analyst who interviewed bin Laden in 1997, in a speech Friday morning at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.

Va. coal counties to get free diabetes treatment
September 12, 2008 | Associated Press
A team from the University of Virginia will hold a series of free clinics for residents of Virginia's coal-producing counties with diabetes and other endocrine disorders.

James Madison Scholar to Appear on TV's 'History Detectives'
Identifying the recipient of a letter written by James Monroe in the early 1800s is the focus of the Sept. 15 episode of the PBS show "History Detectives" — and the investigation was aided by Mary Hackett, associate editor of the Papers of James Madison project at the University of Virginia.

The Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, Civil Rights Activist, to Speak at U.Va. Sept. 16
The Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, civil rights activist and pastor of the nationally renowned Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City, will speak on "Integrity and Leadership" Sept. 16 in the Newcomb Hall Art Gallery as part of the Explorations in Black Leadership series.

JFK memories: Sorensen lived long enough to tell
September 11, 2008 | The Hook
... [Ted Sorensen, advisor and speechwriter for John F. Kennedy], speaking to invited guests of the UVA center named for his late benefactor brother, alternated between defending "his president like a Rottweiler refusing to let go of a pant leg," as the Washington Post recently put it, and prompting guffaws...

11th Annual Art Show Brings Discarded Books to Life
The U.Va. Law School Library's 11th annual art show, "State Papers," which officially opened Sept. 4, features an array of artwork focused on bringing discarded books from the library back to life.

U.Va. to Host Conference on Urdu Sept. 12-14
Scholars from around the world will convene at U.Va. Sept. 12-14 to discuss various aspects of Urdu, the fourth most common language in the world. Urdu critic Shamsur Rahman Faruqi will give the keynote address.

Archeological Treasures from Historic Farm Given to U.Va.
The Flowerdew Hundred Foundation, set up to administer research and access to a historic Virginia farm on the James River, is giving a significant collection to the University of Virginia. The Flowerdew Hundred Collection offers a rich archeological archive of Virginia history, from prehistoric times through the Civil War era.

World Leaders Visit UVA for Summit
September 07, 2008 | WVIR NBC-29
A two-day global economic summit is drawing financial leaders from throughout the world to the University of Virginia. UVA’s Miller Center is bringing in former finance ministers from around the world to make recommendations for how the markets of the future should handle the credit crunch and respond to major changes in emerging economies.

Panel to Discuss Lessons from El Salvador for Current Times
August 27, 2008 | UVAToday
In a world where conflict and violence are all too commonplace, the women of El Salvador have much to teach others. The U.Va. Women's Center will present a panel discussion, "We Have to Dream While Awake: Courage and Change in El Salvador," on Sept. 9, in conjunction with the exhibit of the same name. [Features slide show]

Community Emergency Site Launches: Serves Charlottesville, Albemarle, and UVA
September 04, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
... The thought process behind this new site is for it to act as a portal with links to direct students, faculty, and citizens to information on how to prepare for any disaster situation.

Making, Displaying Art is Focus of Studio Art Building
September 4, 2008 | UVAToday
For the first time ever, all studio art programs at the University of Virginia are together in one building. Ruffin Hall, a new state-of-the-art, three-story, 42,000-square-foot facility, is home to drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, new media and film, installation and performance art. A formal dedication is scheduled for Oct. 2. [Features slide show]

U.Va. Library Acquires the Papers of Poet Anne Spencer
Fall 2008 | Virginia Online Magazine
A 40-year effort by U.Va. to acquire the papers of Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer finally met with success in June. With her family's blessing, the late poet's literary life on paper was boxed up at her home in Lynchburg, Va., and delivered to the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

Shakespeare, 'Oklahoma!' Headline Drama Dept. Season
August 29, 2008 | UVAToday
The U.Va. Drama Department's 2008-09 season will feature six shows that provide fascinating windows into relationships ranging from romantic to family to sociological and beyond.

Virginia Film Festival Starts Series With Special Broadcast
August 28, 2008 | UVAToday
The Virginia Film Festival is kicking off its Aliens! themed event this with a special 70th Anniversary rebroadcast of Orson Welles’ classic radio play "The War of the Worlds" along with a screening of the 1953 film.

UVa Holds Reception for Two Exhibitions
August 29, 2008 | Charlottesville Daily Progress
To celebrate the start of the academic year, the University of Virginia Art Museum will have its Final Friday reception from 5:30 to 7:30 this evening.

Virginia Film Society Kicks Off Fall Season With a "Flash"
August 29, 2008 | UVAToday
The Virginia Film Society, the year-round program of the Virginia Film Festival, begins its fall season with a special screening of "Flash of Genius." The screening, to be held Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at Vinegar Hill Theatre, will include a live teleconference interview with director and U.Va. alumnus Marc Abraham.

Long Running Pinkie Puppets Program Spreads Cheer
August 26, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
For nearly 50 years the Pinkie Puppet Program has helped sick children cope with the stress of their hospital visits. ... Each year the seniors make anywhere from 400 to 500 pinkie puppets for children at the UVA Medical Center. The Pinkie Puppet Program operates in partnership with the UVA Hospital Auxiliary.

Cooper Center Releases Dept. of Corrections Report
August 14, 2008 | UVAToday
A new study that's just been released by U.Va.'s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service reports that Virginia's Department of Corrections will have an adequate supply of correctional officer candidates in the coming years.

World Economic Leaders to Gather at U.Va.
August 14, 2008 | UVAToday
World financial leaders will convene at U.Va.'s Miller Center during a global summit Sept. 7-9 to address fast-changing global market developments and the most pressing economic questions of our time.

U.Va. Strengthens Relationship with Tibetan Culture
Fall 2008 | Virginia Online Magazine
The people and culture of Tibet have been a part of the U.Va. community for decades, and a new center provides a fresh link to an area of growing international focus. The new U.Va. Tibet Center blends traditional Tibetan and Buddhist studies with contemporary research in public policy, law, teaching and research, making U.Va. a global focal point for Tibetan studies.

Laderman Exhibit Opens Aug. 15
July 31, 2008 | UVAToday
"Gabriel Laderman: Unconventional Realist" opens at the U.Va. Art Museum on Aug. 15. Born in Brooklyn in 1929, Gabriel Laderman is considered a founding father of post-modern figurative art. In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum will offer two events in September.

UVA Offers Life Support Class
August 08, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
...Friday, the University of Virginia offered a training class for one type of common situation. UVA offered an advanced cardiac life support class for clinicians and practitioners.

UVA Medical Center Opens New Hospitality House
August 05, 2008 | WVIR NBC-29
Some patients of the University of Virginia Medical Center and their families have a new place to call home. The hospital's patient and guest services unveiled its new hospitality house at a grand opening ceremony Tuesday.

Engineering Youth Camps Inspire Future Scientists
August 01, 2008 | UVA Today
A growing concern among U.S. educators, policymakers and business leaders is that K-12 students' diminishing interest and performance in science, technology, engineering and math — the so-called "STEM" fields — could lead to a shortfall of the  skilled, tech-savvy workers needed for the United States to remain a world leader in science and innovation. Recent summer camps held at the U.Va. School of Engineering and Applied Science are addressing this concern.

New Series for Earthquake Victims Launches Aug. 1
Students and staff from the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education, together with the University's Chinese Students and Scholars Society and the International Studies Office, are initiating a series of concerts and dramatic and dance performances throughout the next two months to raise funds for the areas hit by the devastating earthquake that hit China in May.

Health Care Road Show Visits Wise County / Gates to the Three-Day Clinic opened Early Friday Morning
July 25, 2008 | Roanoke Times
...The RAM clinic in Wise County is supported largely by volunteers from the University of Virginia Health System, an arm of UVa that also donated 1.5 tons of supplies, ranging from blankets to glucometers.

UVa Opens Dialysis Center in Altavista
July 27, 2008 | Lynchburg News and Advance
...UVa Altavista Dialysis is the newest of nine UVa centers, said Yvonne McHorney, administrator for UVa for renal services and ambulatory care.

African-American Cultural Arts Festival Brings Community Together
July 26, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
...Health volunteers from UVA also attended the African-American Cultural Arts Festival, offering free sports physicals, and health screenings.

Helping Youth Focus on their Financial Futures
July 24, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
... With the conclusion of a successful six week program at Charlottesville High School a volunteer group of students from the University of Virginia chose to hold a 4 day intensive seminar for teens called Financial Literacy for Youth.

Summer Arts @ the Museum's Corey Johnson Lives Art
For the past six years, 15-year-old Corey Johnson has participated in the U.Va. Art Museum's "Summer Arts @ the Museum" program. This summer, he had the opportunity to enjoy the community of artists from the teaching perspective.

'The Light in the Piazza' Brings Heritage Season to a Close
July 18, 2008 | UVAToday
The Tony Award-winning musical, "The Light in the Piazza," will close out the Heritage Theatre Festival's 2008 season, with the first performance taking the stage tomorrow night. "'The Light in the Piazza' is a beautiful offbeat love story with all the elements of the classics of musical theatre, plus a unique twist that takes it, and the audience, to fascinating places.

Students Get Crash Course in Science at UVa Camp
July 18, 2008 | Daily Progress
Former astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris asked more than 50 middle school students and their parents on Friday to use their imaginations as he described what it was like to walk in space.

Health System Preparing For Ninth Annual RAM Clinic
July 17, 2008 | UVAToday
A record 200 doctors, nurses, medical and nursing students, lab technicians, pharmacists, social workers and general volunteers from U.Va. will travel to the Kentucky-Virginia Fairgrounds to work at the ninth annual Remote Area Medical Clinic in Wise, Va. from July 25 to 27.

Community Garden Takes Root at Blandy Farm
July 22, 2008 | The Winchester Star
Although the green garden plot at Blandy Experimental Farm is small, the idea behind it is powerful in an era of ever-rising food prices.

Summer Nature Camps at Blandy
July 17, 2008 | TV3 Winchester
The Blandy Experimental Farm in Clarke County has been hosting some youth programs, tailored toward environmental education.

UVa Camp Encourages Young Engineers
July 16, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
... A group of 25 middle school students from across the Charlottesville area are taking part in the 2nd annual Systems Robotics Design Camp at the University of Virginia this week. ... The camp costs $300, but [engineering professor Reid] Bailey says close to 40% of the kids are recipients of need-based scholarships.

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.

Rural Area Medical Clinic To Provide Free Medical Care
July 14, 2008 | Bristol Herald Courier (TN)
WISE, Va. – Hundreds of volunteer medical professionals are preparing to break records again this summer with the ninth annual Rural Area Medical Clinic from July 25 to 27. The clinic will provide a wide range of free medical care to those in need. Last year’s clinic set national records with 2,506 patients receiving 8,401 procedures, according to a news release from the University of Virginia Health System, and clinic organizers expect to break those records this year.

UVa-Wise Plans To Build Large Event Center
July 11, 2008 | Bristol Herald Courier (TN)
The coalfield region will see a boost to its economy with construction of a $30 million convocation and recreation center at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, college and local officials announced Thursday. With seating for as many as 4,000 people, the center will serve both the college and the surrounding community by hosting sporting events, concerts, meetings, conventions and other events.

Heritage Theatre Festival Presents 'Forever Plaid'
They're back! The Plaids, that is ... Heritage Theatre Festival is celebrating the return of one of the most popular shows in its long history with the beloved musical comedy "Forever Plaid," opening July 16 in Helms Theatre. The Festival will conclude its summer season with the Tony Award-winning musical "The Light in the Piazza" from July 23 through Aug. 2.

University's Art Museum Extends Exhibit on 'Speed'
The U.Va. Art Museum will extend its special exhibition, "Speed," through Aug. 3. Drawn from the collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, "Speed" explores artists' use of "motion" in their work.

Council OKs Quality Study
July 08, 2008 | Charlottesville Daily Progress
The Charlottesville City Council gave city staff the go-ahead to conduct a quality of services and efficiency study for the city, which would broadly review all the city’s departments in a four- to six-month timeline. Councilors decided to allow the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia to manage the study, using many former city and government officials to evaluate the city’s current efficiency and productivity.

New George Washington Papers Have Local Twist
Volume 18 of The Papers of George Washington's "Revolutionary War Series," released recently by the University of Virginia Press, highlight the role Charlottesville played in the movement of some 4,000 British and German prisoners who were captured at the Battle of Saratoga.

Miller Center Uploads Presidents to YouTube
July 02, 2008 | The Hook
As an extension of their presidential recordings program, the Miller Center has put video of 88 speeches by Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton on YouTube.

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The Story Behind The Declaration On Display
Need something to do before the fireworks start? Come see the document that started a revolution at the exhibit "Declaring Independence: Creating and Recreating America's Document," open on July 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library. It will also be open on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. but closed Sunday.

Grass Restoration Success Story Growing on Eastern Shore
June 29, 2008 | Newport News Daily Press
... VIMS researcher and international seagrass expert Bob Orth uses that phrase [--"the largest seagrass restoration in the world"--] to describe his work, with a band of scientists, environmentalists and everyday volunteers, on the seaside of Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Book and Exhibit Shed Light on Architect Louis Sullivan
Jeffrey Plank, the University's associate vice president for research and graduate studies, highlights the important contributions of Chicago architect Louis Sullivan and photographer Aaron Siskind, in a new book and summer exhibition.

Darden Shares Grant for Food-System Research
U.Va.'s Darden School of Business and the School of Architecture's Department of Urban and Environmental Planning have received a grant from Saunders Hall at the Darden School, the Jefferson Area Board for Aging and the U.Va. Institute on Aging to fund student research this summer.

Summer Math Academy Helps Students Master Algebra
U.Va.'s Office for Diversity and Equity has teamed up with the Charlottesville Public Schools to expand their intensive, two-week Summer Math Academy. Now in its second week, the program is preparing 28 rising eighth-graders and 17 rising ninth-graders to enroll in algebra when school resumes in the fall.

U.Va. Scientists Conduct Research on Eastern Shore
With major support from the National Science Foundation and other granting agencies and from private donations, University of Virginia environmental scientists are conducting long-term ecological research and public outreach on Virginia's Eastern Shore, including working to restore seagrass to the coastal bays. [Features video]

Acute Care Site, Cidery Gain OK to Move Ahead
June 25, 2008 | Charlottesville Daily Progress
... The University of Virginia Health System received permission Tuesday evening to move forward with plans for a new 50-bed hospital on Ivy Road that would care for long-term patients.

Papers of Lowell Weicker Given to U.Va. Library
In a new U.Va. research project, Law School alumnus Lowell P. Weicker is working with the U.Va. Library to make available more than 1,000 boxes of his political papers, including files on the Watergate hearings and the creation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Mentor Program Developing Leadership
June 21, 2008 | WVIR NBC-29
... The [U.Va. Women's Center] program is called the Men's Leadership Project, and it's designed to help women by helping men. It pairs fifth grade boys with undergraduate men from UVA for a yearlong mentoring program. ...Mentors and kids meet every week for most of the school year to discuss all kinds of school issues, from respect to bullying and domestic violence.

Scientists Working to Restore Seagrass to Eastern Shore Bays
The seagrasses that once flourished in the seaside bays of Virginia's Eastern Shore were essentially wiped out after a hurricane in 1933. Today, U.Va. environmental scientist Karen McGlathery is working on a project to restore these essential submerged grasses to the seaside bays of Virginia. She is working with a team of scientists led by Bob Orth of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. [Includes audio slide show]

Presidential Speechwriters Speak for Themselves
June 19, 2008 | The Hook
After years of working in the background, the Washington wordsmiths who crafted presidential addresses will emerge from the shadows later this week. White House speechwriters from Nixon through Clinton administrations will gather at a symposium hosted by the Miller Center of Public Affairs on Friday and Saturday.

Hear What Students Have Been Learning at UVa Summer Chamber Music Festival
June 19, 2008 | Charlottesville Daily Progress
The University of Virginia Summer Chamber Music Festival will present two performances, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, to show people what participants have been learning. ... The performers have spent five days in an intense chamber music workshop. They come from middle school, high school, college and adult amateur ranks.

John Toole: Itinerant Painter' Opens at U.Va. Art Museum
"John Toole: Itinerant Painter," which opens Saturday and runs through Aug. 9 at the U.Va. Art Museum, offers a glimpse into 19th-century, middle-class Virginia life. A gallery talk about Toole’s work will be held on June 28 at 2 p.m. in the museum.

Heritage Theatre Festival Kicks Off Season on Thursday
After a one-year absence, the Heritage Theatre Festival kicks off its 32nd season on Thursday at the Culbreth Theatre with "City of Angels," the six-time Tony Award-winning musical. Meanwhile, on the Helms Theatre stage, the one-person show "I Am My Own Wife" debuts today, featuring British actor Malcolm Tulip performing more than 30 roles.

Women's Health Conference at UVA's Alumni Hall
June 13, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
A women's health conference in Charlottesville was held on Friday at the University of Virginia Alumni Hall.

A Home at Blandy / Family Enjoys Life at an Exclusive Address
June 14, 2008 | Winchester (VA) Star
... As the buildings superintendent for the University of Virginia’s Blandy Experimental Farm and The State Arboretum of Virginia off U.S. 50, [Dennis] Heflin has lived on the grounds for 22 years.

Weldon Cooper Center to Host Dialogue on Development Rights
June 15, 2008 | Charlottesville Daily Progress
The Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia is scheduled to host a “stakeholders’ dialogue” to discuss a plan outlined two years ago by an Albemarle County supervisor. Supervisor David L. Slutzky pitched a “transfer of development rights” plan that he has said would help preserve the county’s rural areas.

A Pill to Cure Alcoholism?
June 13, 2008 | U.S. News & World Report
People struggling with alcohol addiction got some promising news this week: A team led by researchers at the University of Virginia Health System reported that the drug topiramate can lead to a reduction in heavy drinking. ... "Alcoholism is a treatable disease," says lead author Bankole Johnson, chairman of psychiatry and neurobehavioral sciences at Virginia.

U.Va. Job Fair Set for June 18 at Downtown Omni
U.Va. will host "U.Va. WORKS: An Employment Information and Resource Fair" on June 18, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Omni Hotel. The event will provide information about the wide array of faculty, staff and temporary employment opportunities available at U.Va.

New Initiative to Improve Stroke Care in Rural Areas
Dr. Nina Solenski, a neurologist in the Primary Stroke Center at U.Va.'s Health System, is the project officer for the newly launched Virginia Acute Stroke Telehealth Network initiative. VAST is testing the effectiveness of the Remote Presence Robotic System, or RP-7, in helping experts, like Solenski, assess stroke patients without being on-site with them.

Health Tip: Getting Calcium If You're Lactose Intolerant
June 11, 2008 | Washington Post / HealthDay News
... While it's best to check with your doctor, here are some calcium-rich foods that are probably safe for the lactose-intolerant, provided by the University of Virginia Health System: Leafy green vegetables such as broccoli and kale. ...

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.

5 Lessons for Picking a Running Mate
June 11, 2008 | USA Today
... For the perspective of insiders, USA TODAY interviewed former presidential and vice presidential candidates — Mondale, Kemp and Geraldine Ferraro — and strategists who helped run presidential campaigns for Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, Al Gore and John Kerry. The presidential recordings and oral history archives at the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs also were tapped. [Includes audio]

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection Receives Gift
Longtime University of Virginia donor and businessman John Kluge and his wife, Tussi, have donated 16 Aboriginal paintings -- early western desert pieces -- from their private collection to the University's Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.

4-Day Scorcher Hottest Since 1895
June 11, 2008 | Charlottesville Daily Progress
The University of Virginia’s McCormick Observatory on Tuesday recorded a high temperature of 97 degrees for the fourth consecutive day — the hottest four-day period this early in the year since 1895. “The occurrence of such high temperatures so early in the year is relatively unusual,” said Jerry Stenger, research coordinator with UVa’s Office of Climatology. “For all intents and purposes, it’s a heat wave.”

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.

Health Tip: Prevent Mold in the Home
June 09, 2008 | Washington Post / HealthDay News
Mold is a tiny fungus that can grow inside the home and cause allergies and other health problems. The University of Virginia Health System offers these suggestions to help keep mold out of your home: ...

Heritage Repertory Theatre Announces Name Change
The University's organization, formerly known as Heritage Repertory Theatre, will now be known as "Heritage Theatre Festival." The new season kicks off with the beloved musical "City of Angels" on June 19 in the Culbreth Theatre.

The Miller Center Will Host a Conference on Higher Education
June 03, 2008 | WINA 1070 AM
The University of Virginia's Miller Center will host a conference next Monday that will deal with the topic "Examining the National Purposes of American Higher Education: A Leadership Approach to Policy Reform." ...

Guides Help Students Pick College Path
June 03, 2008 | Martinsville Bulletin (VA)
For three years, the University of Virginia College Guide Program has been helping local students pursue higher education.

Children's Hospital Telethon to Air May 31 and June 1
The 24th annual U.Va. Children's Hospital Telethon will air on WVIR NBC 29 beginning May 31, from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., and resuming June 1, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The broadcast will raise funds to benefit U.Va.'s youngest patients and will feature miraculous stories of courage from children and families who have beaten the odds.

From Monster to Marketable
May 27, 2008 | Charlottesville Daily Progress
... Currently on display in the University of Virginia’s Rotunda is an ambitious exhibit that traces the novel from its first modest press run of 500 copies to what it represents today.

The Library in the New Age
June 12, 2008 | New York Review of Books
... [Google Book Search] will open up possibilities for research involving vast quantities of data, which could never be mastered without digitization.

U.Va. Patent Foundation Celebrates 75 University Inventors
The University of Virginia Patent Foundation earlier this week awarded George Rodeheaver its annual Edlich-Henderson Inventor of the Year Award and celebrated University inventors who received U.S. patents and copyrights.

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.

Free Engineering Course Being Offered at Institute
May 21, 2008 | Danville Register and Bee
High school juniors, seniors and adults interested in continuing their education can apply for a free engineering course being offered at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research.

University of Virginia Demographers Improve Census Preparation
May 7, 2008 | UVAToday
More Virginians may be counted in the next United States Census thanks to research conducted by demographers at the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

Journal about Culture Looks Toward the Future
While most academic and literary journals don't last more than four or five years, The Hedgehog Review, an interdisciplinary journal published by U.Va.'s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, has reached its 10th year and its editors show no signs of slowing down.

UVA Health System Offers Help to Expecting Parents
May 06, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
...Last year the University of Virginia Health System offered a program called, Oh Baby! The program attracted so many pregnant couples; some had to be turned away. Moved to a bigger facility, this year the program will accommodate dozens of local expectants. ... Obstetricians, pediatricians and family medical physicians will be on hand, providing a more interactive and entertaining format to give vital information to future parents.

PBS documentary examines UVa’s Sorensen Institute
May 03, 2008 | Charlottesville Daily Progress
The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia will be the focus of a new public television documentary set to air at the end of May. ...In the documentary, the institute is held up as a national model for returning civility to America’s increasingly bitter political landscape.

At UVa, show-and-tell becomes ‘public art’
April 30, 2008 | Charlottesville Daily Progress
...University of Virginia students, professors and community members brought [various objects] to a massive session of “show and tell” on Tuesday in front of the UVa Art Museum.

Virginia Quarterly Wins National Award
May 02, 2008 | Richmond Times-Dispatch
The Virginia Quarterly Review won one of 25 National Magazine Awards announced Thursday in New York.

A Documentary on the Sorensen Institute Will Air Later This Month
May 02, 2008 | WINA 1070 AM
The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership will be featured in a documentary to be shown on public television later this month.

Frankenstein Exhibit on Display in Rotunda Dome Room
Frankenstein comes alive in a new exhibition in the Rotunda Dome Room called "The Monster Among Us: 'Frankenstein' from Mary Shelley to Mel Brooks." The exhibition, free and open to the public, will remain through the end of October.

Heart Screening for Kids with ADHD at UVA Children's Hospital
April 25, 2008 | WVIR NBC-29
The University of Virginia Children's Hospital will offer heart screening for children with ADHD starting next week.

U.Va. African Music and Dance Ensemble Performs
April 24, 2008 | UVa Today
U.Va.'s African Music and Dance Ensemble recently performed with guest artist and master drummer Midawo Gideon Foli Alorwoyie. He is a high priest of the traditional Yewe religion, born and raised in Anlo-Afiadenyigba in the Volta Region of Ghana, West Africa.

UVA Students Conduct "Glocal" Study
April 22, 2008 | WVIR NBC-29
...University of Virginia students have been working to figure out where our area's food system stands. Tuesday, they're revealing their results and want to hear from you.

U.Va. to Break Ground April 12 for New Cancer Center
U.Va.'s Health System will break ground for the new Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center, a $74 million, 150,000-square-foot outpatient facility that will be both technically advanced and designed for compassionate care. The late Virginia State Senator Emily Couric lost her own battle against pancreatic cancer in October 2001.

UVa To Host Celebration of Homeless Organization's Volunteers
April 09, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
UVa faculty, staff and students will be among the volunteers honored at a People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry reception at the John Paul Jones Arena, to be held Friday, April 11 from 6 to 8 p.m.

UVa and Southwestern Public Schools Win $1 Million Grant
April 08, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
A group of University of Virginia educators have been working with some school divisions in Southwest Virginia to secure funds so that children in that region can learn American history in the most engaging ways possible. awarded to Virginia.

University Singers Celebrate 50 Years of Making Music
University Singers is about making beautiful choral music. But it is much more than that.

Aliens Invade C-ville for the 2008 Virginia Film Festival
The 21st annual Virginia Film Festival, hosted by the University of Virginia, will explore the theme of "Aliens!" as more than 150 films and speakers address cinema's fearful and alluring images of immigrants, outsiders and extraterrestrials at venues throughout Charlottesville Oct. 30 through Nov. 2.

Judge talks of life on the bench
March 28, 2008 | Charlottesville Daily Progress
Speaking at a Virginia Festival of the Book event, Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III, author of “Serving Justice: A Supreme Court Clerk’s View,” said future justices should be picked for their decision-making abilities only.

Student Volunteers Build Bridges for Refuge Children
Bridging the Gap, a student-created program for refugee children resettled in the Charlottesville area by the International Rescue Committee, works to bring happiness to the children's lives while helping them acquire the tools essential for obtaining America's unmatched opportunities.

UVa Ready to Break Ground on New Cancer Center
March 30, 2008 | Charlottesville Daily Progress
...On April 12, the UVa Health System will break ground on the 150,000-square-foot Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center at the corner of Lee Street and Jefferson Park Avenue. ...The center will consolidate all elements in UVa’s cancer treatment arsenal, including: a clinical trials office that will offer patients the chance to try cutting-edge drugs; state-of-the-art imaging technology, allowing for real-time monitoring of a patient’s progress; and “futuristic” radiation-oncology treatment services, including emerging technology that can deliver precise doses of radiotherapy directly to a tumor.

U.Va. Library Acquires Papers of Julian Bond
Scholars and students can now find the personal papers of civil rights activist and U.Va. history professor Julian Bond at the University of Virginia Library. The collection holds 47,000 items, including photographs, recordings and drafts of more than 300 speeches and correspondence with influential civil rights activists.

Weldon Cooper Center Launches 'Stat Chat'
American veterans are the focus in the augural edition of the Weldon Cooper Center's new publication, "Stat Chat." Statistics show who they are, how they are doing, and how recent veterans compare to all veterans, said Qian Cai, director of the demographics and workforce section.

Book Festival Kicks Off Today; Activities Include 180 Events
March 26, 2008 | Charlottesville Daily Progress
...The festival features around 180 events at 86 venues throughout Charlottesville and the University of Virginia. The events will focus on all types of books, including history, mysteries, politics, sociology, self-help, food and wine, travel, religion, graphic novels, science fiction, entertainment and much more.

UVa Student Looks To Get Girls Interested In Computers
March 24, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
One UVa student decided to study elementary school girls at Red Hill Elementary School in Albemarle County to see what interested them on computers. Kathy Neesen said she wanted to find out since boys tend to be more interested in computers and video games. So taking fourth and fifth graders from the elementary school Kathy studied what types of games interested the girls.

Alternative Spring Break Helps Change Students' Perspectives
Participants in U.Va.'s chapter of Alternative Spring Break, an all-student volunteer organization, not only fulfilled its motto, "Change Your Perspective," but also changed others' lives. Over the University's March 1-9 spring break, U.Va. students changed their perspectives in Belize, Oregon, Peru, West Virginia and numerous other places, and in the process became citizens of the planet.

Vets get legal help pro bono
March 23, 2008 | Charlottesville Daily Progress
A local pro bono project is representing two veterans in their disability claims and giving University of Virginia School of Law students experience in the process.

Career or Family? Yes. / Work-Life Gurus, Part-Time Opportunities Help Mothers Get Back on the Job
March 22, 2008 | Washington Post
... The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, for example, started a two-day reentry program in 2005 after a survey of alumnae revealed that as many as 35 percent of female graduates were not working full time, said Connie English, Darden's associate director for alumni career services.

Volunteer Program Helps Low-Income Taxpayers Cash in
Deborah Perl began helping low-income individuals with their taxes as a volunteer in high school. Now, the third-year Commerce student -- along with 20 U.Va. volunteers -- is continuing the cause by helping area low-income citizens through a group she established -- Creating Assets, Savings and Hope, or CASH -- in U.Va.'s volunteer center, Madison House.

Medical Center's Little Machine Offers Big Chance at Walking Again
March 19, 2008 | WVIR NBC-29
The University of Virginia Medical Center is the only hospital in Central Virginia that has a machine to cool you down from the inside out. For some patients, it can mean the difference between living and dying or walking and not walking.

Tobias Lear Diary Offers Front-Row View of History
March 12, 2008 | UVATODAY
Tobias Lear, secretary to George Washington, chronicled lives and events around him. One of Lear's diaries, recently received by U.Va.'s  Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, offers a firsthand glimpse of Washington's last days.

UVA 5K Benefits Camp Holiday Trails
March 15, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
Hundreds of people woke up early Saturday morning to run a 5K race at the University of Virginia to benefit Camp Holiday Trails. For 25 years the UVA School of Medicine has organized the 5K race, and this year the event raised over $2,000 for Camp Holiday Trails, a year-round camp in Charlottesville that helps children with special medical needs go to summer camp.
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Show seeks drama, fun in history
March 16, 2008 | Charlottesville Daily Progress
A new Charlottesville-based call-in radio show is aiming to be the “Car Talk” for lovers of American history. “Backstory … With the American History Guys” is set to debut on public radio stations throughout Virginia in early May and intends to go national by the fall.

Students Tackle Katrina’s Damage During Spring Break
March 11, 2008 | C-Ville Weekly
...The nonprofit Building Goodness Foundation shipped eight of Thomas Jefferson’s intellectual spawn 950 miles to Pearlington, Mississippi, where they helped to build a town community center for a week. ... A short distance away, to the west and south of Lake Pontchartrain, eight more UVA students toiled away in Brechtel Memorial Park.

Authors Discuss Healthcare Woes at UVA
March 10, 2008 | WVIR NBC-29
The healthcare crisis was the topic of discussion at the University of Virginia's Miller Center Monday. Co-authors of the book "Health Care Half Truths" talked to an overflow audience about ways to change the system.

U.Va. Authors Fill the Pages as Book Festival Participants
March 6, 2008 | UVAToday
Dozens of U.Va. faculty and alumni are among the approximately 365 authors scheduled to participate in the 14th annual Virginia Festival of the Book, to be held on Grounds and at other locations around Charlottesville March 26-30.

'Learning Barge' Earns U.Va. Professor a Major Award
March 6, 2008 | UVAToday
Phoebe Crisman, associate professor of architecture at the University of Virginia, has been selected as a 2008 recipient of the American Institute of Architects Education Honor Award for her work on the "Learning Barge," a floating ecological classroom to be launched on Virginia's polluted Elizabeth River.

Parents Often Miss Low Blood Sugar in Diabetic K
March 07, 2008 | Reuters Health
Children with type 1 diabetes have a difficult time recognizing warning signs that their blood sugar has fallen to dangerously low levels, and their parents do even worse, a new study demonstrates.

U.Va. Surpasses Itself So Far in 'RecycleMania' Competition
U.Va., one of more than 375 schools competing in the National Recycling Coalition's "RecycleMania" contest, which measures how much each participating school recycles between Jan. 27 and April 5, is well ahead of last year's pace as the competition nears the halfway point.

Alternative Spring Break Gaining Popularity
This year, about 650 University of Virginia students are spending seven to 10 days not at the beach but in almost 60 worksites doing community service in the United States, Central and South America and Africa as part of the Alternative Spring Break program.

Education Professors Create Guide for Teachers
Based on their experiences with U.Va.'s School Turnaround Specialist Program, which trains elementary, middle and high school principals from around the country on how to improve low-performing schools, Curry School professors Daniel Duke and Pamela Tucker have co-written a book, "Teachers' Guide to School Turnaround," with the aim of extending those lessons to teachers.

U.Va. Professor Lends a Hand to Middle School Math Team
Irina Mitrea found her lifelong passion for mathematics when she participated in math competitions in middle school. Now a math professor at the University of Virginia, she hopes to spark a similar passion for a new generation as the volunteer coach for Sutherland Middle School's "MathCounts" competition team.

University of Virginia Receives President's Honor Roll Award for Service February 20, 2008 – A federal program has named the University of Virginia to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll With Distinction for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth.

Winners of Writer's Eye Competition Announced
The U.Va. Art Museum has announced the winners of this year's "Writer's Eye" competition. Students in grades 3 through 12, University students and adults were invited to submit original prose and poetry compositions inspired by a range of works.

Computer Science Day at UVa
February 23, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
...The Department of Computer Science held its 4th annual Computer Science Day. The goal of the event was to encourage high school and college students to engage in the field through hands-on demonstrations.

U.Va. expands doctoring by TV / Telemedicine used at 60 sites, including a clinic in Grayson
February 21, 2008 | Richmond Times-Dispatch
U.Va.'s telemedicine service is expanding at a brisk pace with the newest addition -- a clinic in Grayson County -- added this week. "It's going faster than I thought it would," said Eugene Sullivan, director of the University of Virginia's Office of Telemedicine. "We're expanding both in the number of telemedicine sites and in the number of patient encounters. It continues to keep ramping up."

Exhibit Shows Early 20th-Century Lives of Virginian Indians
“Family Portraits: Virginian Indians at the Turn of the 20th Century,” a photographic exhibit organized by Sweet Briar College with support from the Virginia Indian Heritage Program, will open at U.Va.'s Kaleidoscope Center for Cultural Fluency on Friday.

Reversing the Obesity Trend in Children
February 14, 2008 | WVIR NBC-29
Childhood obesity has quadrupled in the past 30 years and the trend is no different in Charlottesville. ... Now, the UVA Children's Hospital Fitness Clinic is working to slow the problem and change trends in families lifestyles. The clinic has served over 1,100 children since opening in 2003. They have six-month programs designed to change exercise and eating habits for an entire family.

U.Va. to Host Sustainability and Health Workshop
The University of Virginia's Sustainability and Health Symposium will be held on Grounds Feb. 21-22 to explore linkages between sustainability and community health in Charlottesville. The event is free and open to the public; registration is required.

Student Volunteers Build Bridges for Refuge Children
A stint of coaching and mentoring some refugee boys inspired U.Va. alumnus Clay Broga to create "Bridging the Gap," a Madison House student volunteer program for refugee children resettled in the Charlottesville area by the International Rescue Committee that is building bridges into American life for families adopting a new home and country.

Mike Farrell and Walter Mosley Headline This Year's Festival of the Book
February 13, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
All you book lovers get ready The Festival of the Book is right around the corner.

Ex-professor's gift puts U.Va. on the map / Rare, historic maps show N. America from 1500 to 1700
February 10, 2008 | Richmond Times-Dispatch
...Seymour I. Schwartz, distinguished alumni professor in the University of Rochester's Department of Surgery, recently pledged his collection of rare and historic maps to the U.Va. library. ..."There's a lot of firsts and mosts in this collection." said Mercy Quintos, the U.Va. library's exhibits coordinator.

U.Va. expands health services / Western Va. areas will soon have telemedicine access, thanks to a grant
February 09, 2008 | Richmond Times-Dispatch
...Using a $63,537 grant from the Verizon Foundation, the University of Virginia Health System is expanding its telemedicine services to more than 11,000 patients served by the Blue Ridge Medical Center in Nelson County, Stone Mountain Health Services in Dickenson County and Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems in Grayson County.

Myth and Memory: Maurie McInnis Mines Material Culture
"Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art," created by Maurie McInnis, associate professor of American art and material culture, focuses on themes of race, slavery and the plantation from the 19th century to today.

UVA Unveils Cancer Center Plans to the Public
February 01, 2008 | WCAV CBS-19
Friday night was a special night at the UVA women's basketball game. Both UVA coach Debbie Ryan and N.C. State coach Kay Yow have survived cancer. Thats why UVA Health System chose that game as the first general public presentation of the drawings for the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center.

Woodson Institute Lecture Series Kicks Off Tomorrow
January 28, 2008 | UVAToday
Residential fellows at U.Va.'s Carter G. Woodson Institute for Afro-American and African Studies will present their research in three separate talks this spring, with the first one beginning tomorrow.

U.Va.'s Cooper Center Releases Population Study
January 28, 2008 | UVAToday
Virginia's population reached 7.7 million on July 1, 2007, increasing by more than 633,000 since the 2000 federal census, according to a new study by U.Va.'s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.
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Library's Exhibition of Extremely Rare Maps Opens Today
January 25, 2008 | UVAToday
A collection of rare maps being given to the University by Dr. Seymour I. Schwartz goes on display today at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. Among them are the first map to show the Pacific Ocean.

U.Va. Vies for Top Prize in 'Recyclemania' Contest
January 24, 2008 | UVAToday
The University of Virginia is one of 375 schools in the running for the  'Gorilla Prize' in the National Recycling Coalition's 10-week "Recyclemania" contest, which kicks off next week.

New Art Exhibit Examines the Impact of Plantation Imagery
January 4, 2008 | UVAToday
A groundbreaking exhibit opening today at the University of Virginia Art Museum, "Landscape of Slavery," examines depictions of plantations, plantation views and related slave imagery in the context of the history of landscape painting in America.

Sorensen Institute to honor Sen. Warner
January 16, 2008 | Charlottesville (Va.) Daily Progress
The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership will honor U.S. Sen. John W. Warner, R-Alexandria, at its annual Spring Gala in April. ... The Sorensen Institute is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization, affiliated with the University of Virginia.

Cooper Center Releases Study on Cemeteries
January 15, 2008 | UVAToday
A study by the University's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service has recommended the establishment of a new veterans' cemetery for Virginia in Nelson County.

U.Va.'s Green Efforts Lead to Environmental Award
January 11, 2008 | UVAToday
The University of Virginia has been honored by Businesses for the Bay, a coalition of businesses, industries, government facilities and other organizations that are committed to implementing pollution prevention within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Lawmakers among first to peek at new state online encyclopedia
January 09, 2008 | Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
Middle school teachers will get to “test drive” the online Encyclopedia Virginia this summer, but the general public may not see it until 2009. ... The encyclopedia is a massive project of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Four employees in Charlottesville are laboring to create the online reference, with most articles written by experts at colleges and universities. It follows a nationwide trend in online state encyclopedias, which counters the massive popularity of Wikipedia, the general online encyclopedia that is not always reliable or authoritative.

Kluge-Ruhe Collection Features New Exhibit Next Week
The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection reopens Jan. 15 with a special exhibit, "Our Way: Contemporary Aboriginal Art from Lockhart River."

Medical Center Volunteers Honored for 100 Years of Service
January 10, 2008 | WVIR-NBC-29
UVA Medical Center volunteers were recognized Thursday. Members of the hospital auxiliary acted out the roles they've played over the 100 years of service.

Life-saving therapy during birth / EXIT procedure at UVa helps infant enter world
January 11, 2008 | Charlottesville (Va.) Daily Progress
On Thursday night, Melissa Herndon got permission to hold her baby for the first time. Herndon, 21, previously had to be content with just touching Mario Alando Nicholas while he lay in his tiny bed at the University of Virginia Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit. ... In the middle of being born on Tuesday morning, Mario took part in the medical center’s first ex utero intrapartum therapy, or EXIT. ... Dr. Christian A. Chisholm, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, said the EXIT procedure might also have been the first performed in the region.

Sorensen Institute Accepts 'Emerging Leaders'
January 10, 2008 | UVA Today
Thirty-five emerging leaders from across the state will study the public policy issues facing Virginia in the Sorensen Institute's Political Leaders Program.

Fellowship Launches Public Service Career for Cumber
January 09, 2008 | UVA Today
This past September marked the end of a two-year Powell Fellowship for Anishah Cumber. She reflects on her experience helping South Asian immigrant women.

VQR Announces Annual Writing Awards
Honoring the best writing to appear in its pages in the past year, the Virginia Quarterly Review has announced the winners of its 2007 writing prizes in poetry, short fiction and nonfiction.

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