University of Virginia students arose Tuesday to warm weather, sunny skies and the first day of the academic year.

The bustle across Grounds began in the early hours, as students found their way to 8 a.m. classes. For many, it was the very first time they would be stepping foot inside a college classroom.

First-year student Maggie Trundle, a Charlottesville native, was excited to be heading to her microeconomics class with Ken Elzinga, the popular and beloved Robert C. Taylor Professor of Economics.

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In 2013, University of Virginia researcher Michael McConnell published research that would forever change how scientists study brain cells.

McConnell and a team of nationwide collaborators discovered a genetic “mosaic” in the brain’s neurons, proving that brain cells are not exact replicas of each other, and that each individual neuron contains a slightly different genetic makeup.

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Over the weekend, more than 3,800 students in the University of Virginia’s new first-year class converged on Grounds, meeting new roommates, hauling mini-fridges and plastic bins and gradually settling into their new home.

These new ’Hoos come from around the commonwealth and around the world, representing 47 U.S. states and 73 countries. Over the coming months, they will begin to make this community their own as they meet new friends, pursue new subjects and get involved with clubs, sports teams and other student groups.

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Several hundred students at the University of Virginia gave an impassioned, full-throated rejection of racism and hatred Monday evening, several days after white supremacists marched on the Lawn and sowed chaos in deadly demonstrations in Charlottesville.

Called together by the school’s Black Student Alliance, the crowd, assembled at McIntire Amphitheater, grew as the program progressed.

Alliance President Wes Gobar was the first of several who addressed the audience at 9 p.m.

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Nearly 100 University of Virginia professors and graduate teaching instructors met Aug. 14 near the statue of Homer to share ideas about how to discuss with their students the divisive issues of white supremacy and racism brought to the fore during violent demonstrations on Grounds and in Charlottesville a few days earlier.

The gathering was arranged when a group of instructors overseeing the College of Arts & Sciences’ civic and community engagement classes decided to broaden their small training session into an open meeting for their colleagues.

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The last time a total solar eclipse was visible in the continental United States it was 1979, and it was a much less exciting event for the University of Virginia. Charlottesville was far outside the path of totality for that eclipse – the line across the Earth’s surface where the moon fully blocks the sun.

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For Philip Bourne, a leading data science researcher and the new director of the University of Virginia’s Data Science Institute, mining today’s massive data sets for truth and wisdom – and then sharing that insight with others – is an abiding passion.

Bourne came to the University in May from the National Institutes of Health, where he led a major program to coordinate analysis of biomedical research and make it publicly available to international researchers.

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Leaving for college is a transformational experience in a young person’s life. One night, a student is home with family, in familiar surroundings. The next, they are part of a new community, living in a new place, often on their own for the first time.

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Monday will bring a rare, must-see event: The moon will momentarily block the sun from our view. Don’t be in the dark about how to experience a solar eclipse safely.

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President Teresa A. Sullivan sent the following message to the University on Friday morning. 

 

Dear Members of the University Community:

I write today to announce that I have charged a working group of deans and other University community members to lead our efforts in assessing the University’s response to the events of last weekend. I have asked Dean of the School of Law Risa Goluboff to chair the working group.  

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The University of Virginia is unveiling new programming for incoming students, with a raft of free offerings designed to make a safe, fun welcome to the University.

Formerly known simply as fall orientation, “Wahoo Welcome” coincides with move-in weekend, Aug. 18 and 19, when members of the Class of 2021, transfer and graduate students arrive in droves to residence halls and other living quarters around Grounds.

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Student leaders went into action Friday night as soon as they found out white supremacists were marching on the University of Virginia’s Lawn. The students have been planning ways for the student body to publicly reject racism and hatred, assert ownership of the University and begin healing.

Student Council President Sarah Kenny said the action was immediate.

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Adding another reason for doctors to avoid the overuse of antibiotics, new research shows that a reduction in the variety of microbes in the gut interferes with the immune system’s ability to fight off disease.

Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have found that antibiotic use made neutrophils, a type of immune cell, less effective in fighting infections and weakened the intestinal barrier against invading bugs.

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On Monday, the moon will eclipse the sun, sending a moving daylong shadow trail across the continental United States, from the Pacific Northwest to the coast of South Carolina. This will be the first total eclipse of the sun in the contiguous U.S. since 1979.

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Each fall, the University of Virginia welcomes a fresh set of bright young minds who will uphold the school’s mission to better the commonwealth and the world. UVA’s Class of 2021 is well-suited to meet this challenge. This year’s entering class is one of the most diverse and talented yet, bringing a wave of new innovators into the constant convergence of ideas on Grounds.

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To help bring together a community shaken by violent white supremacist gatherings on Grounds and in Charlottesville last weekend, Virginia Athletics used social media this week to let the world know where the coaches and student-athletes stand, launching a social campaign that has now stretched far beyond the field.

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Virginia state trooper Lt. H. Jay Cullen, who died Saturday in a helicopter crash while providing law-enforcement support during the violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, was a graduate of a University of Virginia leadership program for state and local police and sheriff’s offices.

On Tuesday, some who shared time with Cullen at the National Criminal Justice Command College recalled his gentle personality, professionalism and sense of humor. 

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