Five University of Virginia faculty members recently received 2020-21 Public Service Awards for their dedication to work that enhances student experiences and communities nearby and across the world. All found ways to make adjustments during the pandemic, some of which they’re choosing to continue along with resuming in-person activities soon.

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Two University of Virginia alumni who set out to change society have received a boost, by being admitted to graduate programs at Stanford University as Knight-Hennessy Scholars.

Jill Ferguson of Huddleston, who graduated from UVA in 2017 with a degree in material science, will pursue a Ph.D. in environment and resources at the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program at the Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences. Aditya Narayan of Fairfax, a 2018 chemistry and biology graduate, will pursue a medical degree at the Stanford School of Medicine.

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Even though University of Virginia’s China Office Director Justin O’Jack had never before played table tennis, he knew that this invitation to a ping-pong match could not be missed. The match was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the United States table tennis team’s visit to China in April 1971.

The tour, which came to be known as “ping-pong diplomacy” by the American press, was seen as an important step toward thawing relations between China and the United States.

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The University of Virginia launched the “Hoos Building Bridges” Awards in 2019, building on a vision President Jim Ryan outlined in his first Opening Convocation address – a University community of people who, when in doubt, “build a bridge.”

The “Hoos Building Bridges” Awards celebrate cross-disciplinary partnerships and projects among UVA employees, and honor recipients for their leadership, collegiality and effort in establishing strong relationships that help get things done across Grounds.  

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Vibrant flowers, honey, a notorious buzzing sound – bees are commonly associated with these simple things, despite playing a much more significant role in our ecosystem. Emily Spindler and Kelsey Schoenemann, graduate students in the University of Virginia’s environmental science department, have been thinking about bees for years.   

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New research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine reveals why sleep can put people with epilepsy at increased risk of sudden death.

Both sleep and seizures work together to slow the heart rate, the researchers found. Seizures also disrupt the body’s natural regulation of sleep-related changes. Together, in some instances, this can prove deadly, causing sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, or SUDEP. 

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In 2018, industry and academic researchers revealed a potentially devastating hardware flaw that made computers and other devices worldwide vulnerable to attack.

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Among Peggy Shupnik’s greatest gifts are her abilities to collaborate with and mentor others, according to those who nominated her for the University of Virginia’s pandemic-delayed 2020 Elizabeth Zintl Leadership Award.

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When you’re solving a challenging math problem, you know your brain is working hard. But what, exactly, is going on in there? Despite decades of research into math teaching and learning, there is still much to learn about how specific brain functions are tied to math skills.

A new University of Virginia study aims to unlock that knowledge. Funded by a $3 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, the five-year study will examine brain data of elementary-age students to explore how memory systems support math learning.

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Shortly after getting married five years ago, University of Virginia alumna Megan Eddings realized she couldn’t stand the smell of her husband one second longer.

Well, the odor coming from the workout shirts he was wearing, that is.

Eddings’ husband, Kyle, liked to wear the performance T-shirts made of material like Nike’s “Dri-FIT.” Made of polyester, it has a moisture-wicking quality that keeps the material from clinging to skin.

But there’s just one problem with these types of shirts, according to Eddings.

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Dr. Leonard S. Schleifer started Regeneron in his New York City apartment in 1988, eight years after earning his Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Virginia, where he also attended medical school.

More than 30 years later, the company was one of the first pharmaceutical companies to develop an effective antibody treatment for COVID-19, an antibody cocktail called REGEN-COV.

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One course could change your entire life. That’s exactly what happened to University of Virginia alumnus Jason George, who plays Dr. Ben Warren on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and its spin-off, “Station 19.”

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Aldo Barriente will continue his studies in the Mayan language as the University of Virginia’s seventh Beinecke Scholar.

The Lithia Springs, Georgia, native, a third-year linguistics and computer science major at the University of Virginia, is part of the Multepal Project at UVA, which works to encode and digitize texts related to Mesoamerica, such as the Popol Wuj, sometimes referred to as the Maya K’iche’ Book of Creation.

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An increasing number of Virginians searching for leeks are being poisoned when they instead mistakenly gathered the highly poisonous false hellebore. To help Virginians avoid accidental poisonings, an updated, expanded book to help residents identify and avoid poisonous plants found in Virginia is now available as a free download.

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Editor’s note: Raymond Scheppach, a professor of public policy in the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, originally wrote this piece for The Conversation. Scheppach is the former executive director of the National Governor’s Association, serving from 1983 to 2011, and specializes in studying the role of states in the formulation and implementation of public policy. 

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UVA Health reached a major milestone in its efforts to vaccinate Central Virginia against COVID-19, administering its 100,000th vaccine dose Thursday afternoon. More than 42,800 people have been fully vaccinated through UVA Health.

“Reaching the 100,000-vaccine mark is an incredible achievement, and I want to thank our partners in the community and at the Blue Ridge Health District for helping us serve all of the people in our community and the region,” said Dr. K. Craig Kent, UVA’s executive vice president for health affairs and chief executive officer for UVA Health.

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More than a year into the fight against COVID-19, there has been progress. But just how much progress? How much work is left to be done, and what have been some lessons learned from the ordeal?

On Wednesday night, University of Virginia alumnus Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, and health care expert Vivian Riefberg, recently appointed the David C. Walentas Jefferson Scholars Foundation Professor at the Darden School of Business, engaged in a question-and-answer session.

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University of Virginia men’s tennis co-captain Spencer Bozsik will receive the prestigious T. Rodney Crowley Scholarship this fall.

Awarded to an accomplished student who demonstrates leadership, sportsmanship, character and integrity, the Crowley Scholarship provides the equivalent of full in-state tuition for the recipient’s undergraduate fourth year.

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Three scoring systems used in hospital intensive care units to predict risk of death overestimate it for Hispanic and African Americans, a new study finds. This could potentially affect the care patients receive when resources are scarce, as has occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Even at a time of deep political polarization, bipartisan cooperation might be happening more often than we think.

That was one takeaway from a “Democracy Dialogues” discussion Thursday between Senators Tim Kaine of Virginia and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, presented by UVA’s Institute of Democracy and co-sponsored by the College’s Democracy Initiative and the Miller Center.

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