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hese stories are difficult to hear. They come from UVA Health staff who cared for our community’s sickest COVID-19 patients – our parents, relatives, friends, neighbors. They did all they could to save lives, and for some, were there during their last hours.

Weary and emotionally scarred, these nurses and nurse assistants are forever changed, but hopeful. And like heroes on the battlefield, they come away with a profound sense of camaraderie.

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Editor’s Note: As workplaces reopen, many employers are grappling with whether to require employees to be vaccinated or to impose mask mandates. Some have faced resistance in the form of false claims that being asked to disclose one’s vaccination status is a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s Privacy Rule, or HIPAA.

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Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have overturned conventional wisdom on the workings of vital hormone receptors within cells, a finding that could boost drug development for diabetes and related metabolic disorders, cancer and other diseases.

The scientists in UVA’s Department of Pharmacology outline an entirely new paradigm to explain the activation of a type of hormone receptor, known as Type II receptors, found inside our cells’ nuclei. These receptors play important roles in our body’s use of cholesterol and glucose, among other critical processes.

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Researchers at the University of Virginia’s Biocomplexity Institute are founding partners of a national research institute that will develop artificial intelligence-driven solutions for some of agriculture’s biggest problems: labor, water, weather and climate change.

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With 9.8 seconds left in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Giannis Antetokounmpo made a free throw – his 50th point of the night – to give Milwaukee a 105-98 lead over Phoenix on July 20 at Fiserv Forum. The Bucks led the series 3-2, and the Suns were about to be extinguished.

On the Bucks’ bench, Mamadi Diakite flashed back to a spring night in Minneapolis some two years earlier.

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In April, shortly after Paige Madden had helped lead the University of Virginia women’s swimming team to its first NCAA championship, Cavalier head coach Todd DeSorbo was asked about his star’s chances at making the Olympics.

“Anything can happen, but I think she has as good a shot as anybody else,” DeSorbo said. “I can tell you this – she won’t have any regrets. She won’t be able to look back and say she could have worked any harder.”

On Wednesday night, all the labor paid off in a big way for the two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted, changed and redefined many things in our daily life, including our relationship to work.

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The success of current and former University of Virginia athletes at the Olympics in Tokyo this summer can be summed up best by a tweet from a football coach.

Matthew Edwards, who knows a thing or two about crunching numbers – he serves as UVA’s director of football analytics – had this gem:

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Building on each other’s strengths in delivering highly specialized patient care, Lynchburg-based Centra and UVA Health on Wednesday announced a strategic clinical affiliation to increase access to advanced health care and innovative treatments close to home, furthering their long-standing commitments to the local community.

Through this new affiliation, the two independent health systems will further their collaboration in these new areas:  

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American gymnast Simone Biles rocked the Olympic world this week with her announcement that she was withdrawing from two critical, gold-medal-potential events because of a mental health issue.

Biles’ move came on the heels of a similar announcement weeks earlier from Japanese-American tennis great Naomi Osaka, who withdrew from the French Open after her own mental health struggles.

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There probably aren’t too many second-graders who could tell you what an OB-GYN is, but KaTia Whindleton was well-versed at the time. Whindleton had her father, in part, to thank for that.

“My dad used to talk about how much he loved babies,” Whindleton said. “We would be in the store or something and he’d be like, ‘Oh my gosh – look at the baby over there!’”

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University of Virginia professor emerita Mildred Robinson of the School of Law has won an award for helping to improve equity in the UVA community – one that’s close to her heart.

On June 8, she received the Armstead Robinson Faculty Award, named for her late husband. The Black Faculty and Staff Employee Resource Group at UVA bestows the award to a faculty member who has contributed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and who has had a positive impact on the Black experience at the University.

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Incoming University of Virginia student Emma Weyant has been a huge fan of pop star Taylor Swift ever since Weyant was a young swimmer.

One of her prized possessions is a beach towel she purchased during one of Swift’s world tours.

Weyant has brought the towel – which is black and has “The 1989 World Tour” printed in florescent pink and blue – to every one of her swim meets for as long as she can remember.

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A knock on University of Virginia basketball coach Tony Bennett used to be that his defense-first, patient-offensive system supposedly couldn’t help players get to the run-and-gun NBA.

Much like the notion that the system wasn’t conducive to winning in March – or that it resulted in a “boring” style of play – it seems kind of laughable now, doesn’t it?

At the start of last season, eight UVA alumni appeared on NBA rosters, which tied for the sixth-highest total of 350 Division I basketball programs.

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These stories are difficult to hear. They come from UVA Health staff who cared for our community’s sickest COVID-19 patients – our parents, relatives, friends, neighbors. They did all they could to save lives, and for some, were there during their last hours.

Weary and emotionally scarred, these nurses and nurse assistants are forever changed, but hopeful. And like heroes on the battlefield, they come away with a profound sense of camaraderie.

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In a world where politics often is at the forefront of national conversation, it’s not surprising that many University of Virginia students are seeking career opportunities in this realm. 

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If you’ve been past the corner of Emmet Street and Ivy Road in recent weeks, you may have noticed some new activity.

That’s because the University of Virginia is beginning a phase of work designed to transform the area into a new gateway to the University and form deeper connections with the community.

Known as the Ivy Corridor, the four-block long piece of University property stretches from the Ivy-Emmet intersection westward to Copeley Road.

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University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers have discovered a previously unknown repair process in the brain that they hope could be harnessed and enhanced to treat seizure-related brain injuries.

Common seizure-preventing drugs do not work for approximately a third of epilepsy patients, so new and better treatments for such brain injuries are much needed. UVA’s discovery identifies a potential avenue, one inspired by the brain’s natural immune response.

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Editor’s Note: W. Bernard Carlson, professor of humanities and chair of the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia, wrote this piece for The Conversation. Carlson is a historian of technology who studies the careers of inventors and entrepreneurs to educate future engineering leaders. 

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