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New & Noteworthy
July 2013

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W. Ralph Eubanks Named Editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review
UVA recently announced the appointment of W. Ralph Eubanks as editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review. As the editorial leader of the five-person staff, Eubanks will shape the content for the print and digital magazine, website and e-books and will provide creative direction to the organization. CONTINUE READING

NIH Backing for Peripheral Arterial Disease Research
A team of researchers in the School of Medicine will examine whether peripheral arterial disease, a common circulation problem, can be treated with an existing drug compound developed for another purpose.The work is being funded by the National Institutes of Health, which announced the award June 18. UVA is one of nine academic research groups that will share $12.7 million in NIH funding. CONTINUE READING

Study Analyzes Discrimination Black Adolescents Face in School
Nearly 60 years after the Supreme Court outlawed racial segregation in public schools, African-American adolescents of all socioeconomic backgrounds continue to face instances of racial discrimination in the classroom. A new study, co-authored by Noelle Hurd, Assistant Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, sheds light on that and points to the need for students of color to rely on personal and cultural assets to succeed academically. CONTINUE READING

The Art of Science
Robert Tai, Associate Professor in the Curry School of Education, has spent years studying when and why kids fall in love with science and Bruce Greyson, Professor of Psychiatric Medicine in the School of Medicine, is one of the first researchers to gather empirical data on near-death experiences using scientific methods. CONTINUE READING

Testing a Sexual Assault Kit Dye for All Skin Colors
After a rape, forensic nurses fully document sexual assault victims’ injuries by using a dye that causes lacerations and tears on the skin to “light up.” But the dye – a dark blue – doesn’t show on people of color, and that often means the perpetrators go free. A fluorescent dye may be the answer, posits researcher Kathryn Laughon, Associate Professor in the School of Nursing. CONTINUE READING

Cross this line... and I’m gonna do nothing!
Todd Sechser, an Assistant Professor in in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics, has undertaken careful quantitative studies of threat-making and found that following through on threats “seems to carry few reputation benefits; to the contrary, it seems to carry considerable reputation costs.” CONTINUE READING

Research Leads to Portable DNA Testing Device
More than 10 years of research and development have led to the introduction of a portable DNA analysis device that relies on technology developed by James P. Landers, Professor in the Department of Chemistry, and a team of University researchers in collaboration with Lockheed Martin. CONTINUE READING

First Study on Teachers’ Professional Development Program Aimed at Boosting Student Learning
Researchers in the Curry School of Education have been awarded a $3.5 million federal grant to test the effects of a training program for new elementary school teachers designed to increase student learning and teachers’ classroom management skills. CONTINUE READING

Innovation Historian Unravels Enigma of Nikola Tesla
W. Bernard Carlson, a historian of technology and innovation, sought to sort out the substance and show biz from the career of the turn-of-the-20th-century inventor. CONTINUE READING

Researchers identify promising target for treating glioblastoma
Researchers in the School of Medicine’s Cancer Center have identified a promising target for treating glioblastoma, one that appears to avoid many of the obstacles that typically frustrate efforts to develop effective treatments for this deadliest of cancers. CONTINUE READING

UVA, JMU Professors Receive Grant for Earth Science Teacher Education
Professors at the UVA and JMU will teach earth science courses to more than 100 middle and high school teachers in Virginia over the next 18 months. CONTINUE READING

Our Brains Are Built for Friendship
New research, led by Jim Coan, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and his colleagues, suggests that not only is empathy hardwired in our brains, but also that our brains process information about ourselves and our friends in a very similar way. CONTINUE READING



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