Planet Ark

The seagrass project, led by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and The Nature Conservancy, was started as an experiment and has now been running for over 20 years. In that time, researchers and volunteers spread more than 70 million eelgrass seeds over the seabed, hoping the seeds would take hold and birth new life into the area. The project is now widely regarded as the most successful of its kind worldwide, with new seagrass beds having grown to cover 3,612 hectares of seabed.

Marketplace

Multiple academic studies have found companies with more diverse boards get greater return on investment in research and development. Professor Yo-Jud Cheng at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business pointed out that boards also hire CEOs. “Having a more diverse board might lead to having a broader network that allows an organization to have a more diverse candidate pool,” Cheng said.

Vox

A 1992 study by James Ryan, now president of the University of Virginia, found that federal courts of appeals heard 97 free exercise of religion cases applying the “compelling interest” test between 1980 and 1990, and they rejected 85 of these cases

Literary Hub

(By Francesca Fiorani, art history professor, excerpted from her new book, “The Shadow Drawing: How Science Taught Leonardo How to Paint”) We know why the candle was on Leonardo da Vinci’s desk – to bring light into the darkness. But why a ball and a small screen, perhaps made of thick paper, or of simple wood? … Why this obsession with shadows? Because of some new invention or experiment he was considering? No. His goal was a different one: to learn how to paint.

NJ Spotlight News

Should the court allow Trump to use immigration status in determining what population counts will be used in apportionment, New Jersey is one of only two states that could lose one of its current House seats, according to an analysis by the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

CBS 19 News (Charlottesville)

The testing event will be first-come, first-served, and all for free. “It goes without saying that cost and access to health care should not be a barrier during these times to get such a critical resource,” said Ben Allen, the executive director of the University of Virginia Equity Center. On Dec. 5 and 6, the Blue Ridge Health District and the UVA Health System are teaming up to put on a massive COVID-19 testing event that prioritizes school and university staff.

Charlottesville Daily Progress

UVA Health officials are in a similar plan-now, revise-later mode. “There has been a lot of discussion at the federal level about how to distribute it to the population and we know there will be a point where supplies are simply outstripped by the demand, especially early in the distribution process,” said Dr. Costi Sifri, director of hospital epidemiology at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

Datanami

There remain a lot of obstacles before an algorithm like PREEMPT could be deployed in the real world: predominantly, that PREEMPT lacks many of the socioeconomic factors that have played major roles in the spread of COVID-19 to date. “Social and economic determinants play a role in disease spread,” said Anil Vullikanti, a computer scientist at the University of Virginia Biocomplexity Institute who contributed to the research. “Algorithmic fairness is a big topic and something we all talk about.

Insider Higher Ed

(Commentary by Jennie S. Knight, vice provost for faculty development) At this time of racial reckoning, when many white Americans are waking up to the realities of racial injustice and inequities in the United States, faculty members are no exception.

Charlottesville Daily Progress

The day Sue Donovan, the conservator for special collections at the University of Virginia, watched Albemarle County unearth its Confederate time capsule from beneath the ‘Johnny Reb’ statue in Court Square, she knew the contents would be damaged. “But I wasn’t prepared for the extent of the damage to the paper-based items,” she said.

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot

(Editorial) Instead of taking the field against the Florida State Seminoles on Saturday in Tallahassee, football players from the University of Virginia spent the evening lounging poolside when the game was postponed after the Cavaliers had traveled to Florida. Chalk it up to another weird moment in a year of coronavirus, but don’t overlook the dunderheaded policies that landed both teams, as well as their families and fans, in this situation and the very real costs resulting from it.

Kellogg Insight (Northwestern University)

Mezzanotti examined the real economic impacts of angel-investor tax credits in collaboration with a team that included Ting Xu, an assistant professor of business administration at the University of Virginia. The researchers’ findings cast some doubts about the success of these programs – at least according to the broader economic goals touted by political leaders.

CBS 19 News (Charlottesville)

Thousands of free self-administered COVID-19 tests will be available this weekend in the Albemarle High School parking lot. Priority will be given to employees of Albemarle County Public Schools, Charlottesville City Schools and the University of Virginia. Pre-registration is required and participants must arrive in a vehicle to receive a test.

WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

As students go back to school and people return to work, the UVA Health System is gearing up for a potential surge in coronavirus cases.

WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be providing 1,000 free, self-administered COVID-19 tests this weekend. The department is partnering up with UVA Health and the Blue Ridge Health District to offer the tests between noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 5, and Sunday, Dec. 6. Tests will be available in the back parking lot at Albemarle High School on Hydraulic Road. You must arrive in a vehicle to receive a test. Pre-registration is required.

Charlottesville Daily Progress

(Editorial) The partnership center and its West Main headquarters ultimately are the product of UVA President Jim Ryan’s long-term goal of improving University-community relations and addressing real-life social and economic problems. Establishment of the Center for Community Partnerships is a major milestone in that effort. It is tangible evidence that the University is serious about local partnerships. 

Yahoo Sports

After being such a big piece in college at the University of Virginia and then earning some playing time in the early part of his NBA career, Justin Anderson found himself on the verge of being out of the league. He needed that time in the G League to give him that reset and get him back focused again.

The Hill

(Commentary co-written by law professor Deborah Hellman) With over 13 million coronavirus cases in the country and another surge on the way, overburdened health care systems could soon face difficult decisions about who has access to lifesaving care. 

Scientific American

(Commentary by Lucy Bassett, professor at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and co-director of the Humanitarian Collaborative) Over the past four years of the Trump administration, thousands of migrant children were separated from their parents, stuck in squalid tent camps on our southern border, and made victims of violence, trafficking and exploitation during their journey and in U.S. custody. These traumatic experiences inflicted grievous psychological damage that can have lifelong consequences. 

Richmond Times-Dispatch

“People wanted Trump out, but they didn’t want Democrats in control,” said Larry Sabato, director of UVA’s Center for Politics. “If that isn’t clear now, they just haven’t kept up with the election results. … This kind of compromise is probably the only thing that can get through,” Sabato said in an interview on Tuesday.