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Editor’s note: This is another installment in an occasional series profiling members of a generational wave of new faculty members at the University of Virginia.

Luca Cian, who joined the faculty of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business as a marketing professor last year, grew up in Cortina d’Ampezzo, an Italian ski town near Venice where university graduates, let alone two-time Ph.Ds., were a rarity.

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Citizens living in the Chesapeake Bay watershed who want to live and eat healthy while helping the health of the bay now have a handy online tool with which to better understand how individual lifestyle decisions cascade into the environment. A newly released “Bay Footprint” calculator – which focuses on nitrogen pollution – helps citizens to see how diet and other choices affect the bay’s health, and how changed behaviors can improve the bay.

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The University of Virginia had the distinction of receiving the most grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities of any university in the endowment’s July funding cycle. Of the $1,745,414 granted to UVA programs, $324,554 went to Neatline, an innovative digital humanities software created by the Scholars’ Lab.

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As her teammates and coaches congratulated her Sunday night at Klöckner Stadium, University of Virginia soccer standout Morgan Stearns couldn’t help wondering what all the fuss was about.

After leaving the locker room, Stearns turned to assistant coach Kerry Dziczkaniec, who works with the Cavaliers’ goalkeepers.

“We’re walking out,” Dziczkaniec recalled, “and she goes, ‘Kerry, I don’t get it. I get it, but what about the rest of the fourth-years? It’s partly their record too, isn’t it?’

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There’s a new brewery in town, led by a team of University of Virginia alumni and employees.

Random Row Brewing Co. is set to open later this month on Preston Avenue, adding another destination to a craft beer scene enjoying a surge similar to the renaissance that earned Virginia wine national acclaim.

Random Row is the first commercial venture for head brewer Kevin McElroy, who has spent years home-brewing beer between shifts at the UVA Health System, where he works as a clinical perfusionist operating machinery that circulates patients’ blood during open-heart surgery.

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On Tuesday mornings on the third floor of the University of Virginia Medical Center, Ken White, professor and associate dean of strategic partnerships and innovation at UVA’s School of Nursing, meets with a team of health care professionals to receive patient reports.

Throughout the day, White will encounter patients with life-limiting conditions and will work with them and their families with one goal in mind: decreasing suffering by determining how best to improve their quality of life.

Such is the mission of White’s specialty, palliative care.

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Growing up on a farm in a socialist country – the former Yugoslavia – has given University of Virginia sociologist Josipa Roksa an unusual perspective on higher education in the U.S. She has dedicated her career to researching and improving college student success in her adopted country, where she was surprised that “the gap between ‘the haves’ and ‘the have-nots’ seemed hidden in plain sight,” she said.

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A study published Thursday in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine offers the most in-depth assessment yet of the safety and effectiveness of a high-tech alternative to brain surgery to treat the uncontrollable shaking caused by the most common movement disorder. And the news is very good.

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Affordability, value and debt dominate the higher education conversation today. And for good reason.

Obtaining a college degree remains one of the best investments in America. Studies consistently show that those with college degrees earn as much as $1 million more over the course of a career compared with those with only a high school diploma.

But at what cost?

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Members of the University of Virginia’s entering first-year class are arriving at a pivotal moment for the University and the nation.

In their four years on Grounds, the Class of 2020 will take the first courses held in the newly renovated Rotunda, witness a historic presidential election and celebrate UVA’s bicentennial.

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Though organisms have drastically evolved since climbing out of the primordial soup, one scientific fact has remained the same for epochs: cells are the most basic structural units of all living things.

One researcher in the University of Virginia School of Medicine has dedicated much of his time to the study of one type of cell in particular: renin cells.

“Renin cells are part of a defense system established more than 400 million years ago,” Dr. Ariel Gomez, a professor of pediatrics at UVA, said. “They appeared in nature around that time in bony fish.”

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A professor who played a formative role in the University of Virginia’s landscape architecture program also left his mark on some of the United States’ greatest national treasures, including the White House, the Washington Monument and Yellowstone National Park.

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What could be more appropriate than to teach religion and politics in the University of Virginia’s Rotunda, a building designed by the author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom?

UVA founder Thomas Jefferson’s iconic Rotunda returned to classroom duty Tuesday, the first day of the new academic year, after being closed for two years for renovations. A central aim of the work was to return student activity to the Rotunda, and part of that is opening instructional space in the Lower West Oval Room and two classrooms in the southeast wing of the building.

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Listening to University of Virginia sociologist Rae Blumberg is like taking a whirlwind trip in space and time – traveling through dozens of countries from present-day to thousands of years ago. Her interests in women’s roles and economic development have taken her to 47 countries, including a risky visit to Afghanistan in 2011 where she said taxi drivers probably saved her life more than once.

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Editor’s note: As the University of Virginia welcomes a wave of new faculty members as part of a generational change, UVA Today is embarking upon an occasional series introducing them to the community.

Aditya Bamzai, who recently argued high-profile national security cases for the U.S. Department of Justice in the federal courts of appeals, has joined the University of Virginia School of Law faculty as an associate professor of law.

In addition to national security law, his expertise and interests include administrative law, federal courts and civil procedure.

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Robert Kelly has a time machine.

Kelly, AT&T Professor of Engineering in the University of Virginia’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is able to launch pieces of metal into the future, accelerating their aging through corrosion, the degradation of materials.

He did this recently for Rolls-Royce, subjecting small, curved, ceramic-coated jet engine compressor blades to an aggressive salt spray test that accelerates the damage processes they would face in an airplane turbine.

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BARCELONA, Spain — On a cloudless afternoon off the Spanish coast, University of Virginia men’s basketball players showed they can shine in the water, too. One after another, from the catamaran carrying the UVA traveling party, they jumped or dove into the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.

Several Cavaliers are novice swimmers, but they were not allowed to miss out on the fun. They put on life vests, and their teammates provided assistance in the water as needed. Aboard the boat, assistant coach Brad Soderberg smiled as he watched the proceedings.

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UVA Today recently featured a new University of Virginia partner study about the massive lack of in-home health care for elderly American patients. The news touched off a lot of media interest and we heard from two 2014 UVA alums who are tackling the problem head-on in Malaysia.

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