Even before graduating from his Ph.D. program in August, Eric Chyn earned widespread acclaim for research that, according to its coverage in The New York Times, “could fundamentally reshape national housing policy.”

Chyn, who will start in January as an assistant professor in the University of Virginia’s Department of Economics, wanted to learn more about how living in public housing impacts a child’s income and employment over his or her lifetime.

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Better classroom instruction is one answer to reducing the racial discipline gap, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Virginia, Rutgers University and University of British Columbia.

The finding, reported in the current issue of School Psychology Review, has important implications for addressing one of the most alarming and persistent trends occurring in high school classrooms across the country – that African-American students are typically disciplined, suspended and expelled at much higher rates than adolescents from other racial backgrounds.

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University of Virginia chemistry department chair W. Dean Harman says his goal as a chemist, teacher and departmental leader is to “make a difference in people’s lives.”

That difference could be through the development of chemical compounds that ease the symptoms of disease. Or it could be by helping students realize their potential for making meaningful discoveries. Or it may be through administrative actions that help the Department of Chemistry excel.

For Harman, it is all of those things, and then some.

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On Dec. 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes tore through the silence of a clear Hawaii morning, raining bombs and bullets down on Pearl Harbor’s unsuspecting servicemen and bringing the United States into World War II.

Seventy-five years later, activists nationwide, including University of Virginia students and faculty members, are still working to research and memorialize the soldiers killed that day.

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As Iraqi forces battle to reclaim the city of Mosul from the Islamic State, refugee camps in northern Iraq are swelling with civilians fleeing the fight. These internally displaced people are joining crowds of Syrian refugees who have also taken up residence there. This blended community is one of many housing the now 65 million people who have been displaced by violent conflict around the world.

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The University of Virginia and Dominion Virginia Power on Tuesday inaugurated two rooftop-mounted solar arrays on Grounds with a ribbon-cutting ceremony before an audience of more than 100 people at Newcomb Hall.

The solar panel systems – one atop Ruffner Hall and the other at the University Bookstore – include 1,589 solar panels, approximately 3-by-5 feet each. Together these systems will produce 364 kilowatts of electricity at peak output, enough to power about 91 homes. The electricity will go directly into the local power grid. 

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Even as the University of Virginia Medical Center begins a nearly $400 million expansion to its emergency room and adds six stories of state-of-the-art private patient rooms, timeless lessons from a now-crumbling, largely shuttered 19th-century hospital just two hours to the north remain relevant.

So says UVA nursing doctoral student Elizabeth Hundt, who’s spent the last year studying the nation’s first federal psychiatric facility, constructed on a 185-acre farm overlooking the Potomac River near Washington, D.C., for her dissertation.

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About 40 local residents joined design consultants, University of Virginia representatives and students Friday night to consider ideas about what a memorial to the enslaved African-American workers who helped build and maintain the University might convey.

The idea of a memorial to UVA’s enslaved laborers has gained momentum and support over the past several years. It was built into the mission of the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University, which President Teresa A. Sullivan established three years ago.

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In the hyper-competitive era of non-stop news and information, being first with a breaking news story can be critical.

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When you think about religious teaching, you might not think about farming, debates on immigration or gun control, or conducting firsthand interviews with both civil rights leaders and notorious Klansmen.

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Damian Stinnie, a 24-year-old Charlottesville resident with lymphoma, couldn’t drive to work.

He was well enough physically, but his driver’s license had been suspended and his personal debts, which included more than $1,000 in traffic fines, mounted. The court didn’t have a repayment plan that he could afford. Then he became seriously ill, and he fell into homelessness.

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Not only were the Rotunda and the Academical Village lit up Thursday night during the University of Virginia’s 16th annual Lighting of the Lawn ceremony, but so were the faces of the thousands of students, faculty, staff and community members who gathered in the cold to observe the tradition.

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Tom Walls, a legal, legislative and political advocate, is the new executive director of the University of Virginia’s Thomas C. Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership, a program that trains Virginians in the skills of politics and public policy and promotes ethics and civility in public life.

Ray LaMura, chairman-elect of Sorensen’s Statewide Advisory Board and chair of the search committee that chose Walls, announced the appointment.

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“It’s all about the kids,” fourth-year University of Virginia student Morgan Gronbeck said Friday morning, as she surveyed a room full of boxes packed with all kinds of gifts and household items, from stuffed animals and soccer balls to cereal and canned vegetables.

A Madison House program director, she and other student volunteers work for the Holiday Sharing program year after year, she said, because of seeing those children’s faces light up as they see their gifts of bicycles, toys and more.

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Three University of Virginia undergraduates in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences are this year’s recipients of the Hannah Graham Memorial Award.

Nadjad Nikabou-Salifou and Golda Houndoh will conduct a collaborative, community-focused health impacts study in Lomé, Togo. Jessica Amick will conduct a research project on maternal mortality and morbidity in Rwanda. All second-year students, none has yet declared a major.

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Next fall, first-year students at the University of Virginia will have a unique opportunity: to spend their first semester studying abroad in one of the world’s most celebrated international cities.

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University of Virginia biologist George Bloom, cell biologist David Brautigan and physicist Brad Cox are 2016 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon association members by their peers.

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Hours and hours spent scrimmaging and practicing technical drills on Carr’s Hill Field throughout the fall semester paid off in a big way last month for the University of Virginia men’s club soccer team when its members found themselves on the brink of winning a national club soccer championship.

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Since its founding three years ago, one of the top goals of the University of Virginia’s Data Science Institute has been to help create opportunities for cross-Grounds collaboration in “big data” research.

Through a grant from the Jefferson Trust, the institute, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Research, has inspired graduate students in diverse disciplines to work together on big ideas involving real-world problems, and to attack those problems with data-driven solutions.

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An online program designed to help people overcome insomnia significantly improves both the amount and quality of sleep, a new University of Virginia study has found.

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