Joe Riley saw a need and filled it.

A 2012 University of Virginia graduate and now a captain in the United States Army, Riley saw the problems that arose from soldiers’ need for housing. He and his wife Rachel have moved seven times together since they married, a life Riley describes as “bouncing around all the time.”

While stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, Riley was deployed to Afghanistan with a Ranger unit.

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Editor’s note: Arthur Weltman, a professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology in the University of Virginia’s School of Education and Human Development, wrote this piece for The Conversation.

 

Most of us have heard that too much sitting is bad for you. Studies show sitting increases the risk for cardiovascular disease and mortality, Type 2 diabetes and cancer.

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When Alan Batson joined the University of Virginia faculty in 1958, he came with a vision for a future powered by computers. He led a two-year study of computing at UVA, and oversaw the purchase of the University’s first computer in 1960.

Batson, a professor emeritus of computer science at the School of Engineering who is remembered by colleagues and former students as the father of computing at UVA, died Aug. 29 at the age of 87.

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As the son of a child psychiatrist, mental health was always a very open topic of discussion around the dinner table for University of Virginia student Daniel Shapiro.

If Shapiro was feeling stress or anxiety about something, his parents would sometimes let him stay home from school for “mental health” days.

Shapiro, though, soon realized many of his peers weren’t as fortunate.

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Some insects have favorite flowers. The tobacco hawkmoth, for instance, a large insect with the amazing flying maneuverability of a hummingbird, prefers tobacco flowers.

Plants use the unique aromas of their flowers to attract pollinating insects – such as the hawk moth. It’s a symbiotic relationship, developed over millions of years of co-evolution between plant and animal – the animal gets food from pollen and nectar, and the plant gets an essential reproduction assist.

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It’s easy to forget, given Noah Taylor’s rise to prominence later in the year, that Matt Gahm came out of training camp last summer as a starting linebacker for the University of Virginia football team.

“Matt was so consistent, he just couldn’t be beat out,” co-defensive coordinator Kelly Poppinga said this week.

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This summer, thousands of companies published statements recommitting to fighting racism and promoting equity in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, and amid ongoing Black Lives Matter protests and a pandemic that is disproportionately affecting minority communities.

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Returning to “normal” – whatever that looks like – has become part of the vernacular as people around the world eagerly anticipate the end of the pandemic.

But could our “new normal” of juggling work and school from home become a permanent way of life?

Hamilton Lombard, a researcher at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia, says his research indicates that the homeschooling (for K-12 children) and telecommuting that has become so prevalent since March might be here to stay.

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The University of Virginia Darden School of Business and the Charlottesville-based Focused Ultrasound Foundation have partnered on an innovative new fellowship program offering young professionals both a dynamic career start in a cutting-edge therapeutic technology company and guaranteed admission to the Darden full-time MBA program.

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In their latest collaboration with VPM, Virginia’s home for public media, the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics has produced a three-part documentary series, “Dismantling Democracy,” airing on PBS and, soon, on Amazon Prime.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues its hold on the world, researchers are racing at “warp speed” to develop safe and effective vaccines. Several Phase III clinical trials are underway, and tens of thousands of study participants have received candidate vaccines.

 

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Valerie Gregory remembers when a letter circulated in the Office of Admission that people thought was cute – a 13-year-old girl from out of state wrote that it was her dream to go to the University of Virginia. Gregory, the admissions director of outreach, decided to take her seriously and respond.

“Hold onto this dream and work hard at school,” she wrote. She asked her daughter, who was about the same age, if she would write to the girl, too. That girl did become a Wahoo and eventually a successful lawyer, and she still keeps in touch with Gregory today.

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The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted nearly every facet of higher education during the past six months, and the University of Virginia has been no exception.

On Friday, the Board of Visitors heard details about the pandemic’s impact and UVA’s ongoing response, and also revised the University’s current operating budget downward by nearly $90 million compared to the budget originally adopted last spring.

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On Friday, the University of Virginia Board of Visitors approved five recommendations from UVA’s Racial Equity Task Force regarding changes to UVA’s historic landscape.

Those approved changes include:

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The University of Virginia Board of Visitors on Friday endorsed several goals articulated by UVA’s Racial Equity Task Force and requested that UVA leadership develop a plan for funding, implementing and measuring progress toward those goals.

The goals include:

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In its 2021 report, U.S. News ranks the University of Virginia the fourth-best public school in the United States. UVA also moved up two spots in the overall rankings, to No. 26.

UVA posts the top graduation rate of any public university in the country at 95%. The average first-year retention rate at UVA is 97%. Combined, these findings put the University tenth among all schools ranked nationally by graduation rate.

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The University of Virginia’s School of Nursing today announced a $5 million gift from The Pew Charitable Trusts to create the Rebecca W. Rimel Dean’s Chair.

The position honors Rimel, a 1973 graduate of the school, who recently stepped down as president and CEO of The Pew Charitable Trusts after a 36-year career. The gift is among the largest ever to the School of Nursing and will combine with matching funds from the University to create an endowed deanship that will attract and support exceptional leaders to the School of Nursing for years to come, UVA President Jim Ryan said.

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There’s nothing like listening to a thought-provoking podcast, especially during the times we’re living in today.

It is with this in mind that UVA Today has identified over a half-dozen from the University of Virginia community that offer a little something for everyone.

From a podcast centered on navigating white spaces as a woman of color, to one centered on democracy, to one geared toward helping improve listeners’ mental health, here are seven new podcasts worth checking out.

“This is Viral”

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