NBC News

The six-story-tall statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, a state-owned memorial that Gov. Ralph Northam has committed to taking down, is stuck in court, thanks to an injunction over a deed the state signed when it took on the statue. “The issue in the Richmond Lee case is what we call private law, which is that there’s a property claim being made here that promises were made by the state to private property owners over 100 years ago,” said Richard Schragger, a professor of law at the University of Virginia.

Washington Post

(Commentary by Melody Barnes, co-director of UVA’s Democracy Initiative) I live on Richmond’s Monument Avenue, but Monument Avenue wasn’t meant for me. My own experience carries the imprint both of white supremacy and the efforts to overcome it.


While Washington Nationals reliever (and UVA alumnus) Sean Doolittle might not be a household name outside of the nation’s capital, the MLB pitcher has a pretty solid résumé. He’s spent eight seasons in the big leagues, appeared in two All-Star games, and won a World Series title. He’s also made a bit of a name for himself on social media. 

ABC News

Larry Sabato, director of UVA’s Center for Politics, told Reuters that Kanye would win no more than a few percentage points. “He’s got a long way to go even to convince us that he’s serious,” said Sabato.

Becker’s Hospital Review

Hospitals are also exploring ways robotics can be used to directly fight the novel coronavirus, such as the University of Virginia’s decontamination robot that uses 3-D imaging and ultraviolet light to kill COVID-19 pathogens.

HR News

Gabrielle Adams, assistant professor of public policy and psychology and director of executive education at the University of Virginia, comments: “Knowing colleagues, feeling seen, and being able to find and identify people in an organization is critical. It contributes to a greater sense of belonging and elevates a team from simply completing set tasks to being motivated to support their whole organization in achieving its goals.

The Crime Report

According to  Brandon Garrett of the University of Virginia School of Law, conservative estimates show that death row convictions only get it right 95.9% of the time. The other 4.1% await an unjust execution.


(Commentary by Charles Barzun, Horace W. Goldsmith Research Professor of Law) It is not often that the Supreme Court ratifies an entirely new form of judicial argument. But that may be what happened this past term. Historical arguments about the social and political origins of legislation used to be, except in rare cases, treated as irrelevant to their constitutional validity.

USA Today

(Commentary by Guian McKee, associate professor of presidential studies at UVA’s Miller Center of Public Affairs) In just a few months, the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted deeply troubling failures of American democracy. Among the most revealing is the pandemic’s demonstration that debates about the future of the U.S. health care system have been tragically narrow in their focus on health insurance coverage alone. 

Charlottesville Daily Progress

(Letter to the editor from Drs. Anne M. Mills and Akriti Gupta of UVA Health) This is only the most recent in series of restrictions that have made it harder for foreign-born physicians to work in America. Although these rulings attempt to exempt health care providers, in practice this has not been the case, and UVA physicians are seeing their careers derailed and families torn apart.

Richmond Times Dispatch

(Commentary by Ken White, associate dean at the School of Nursing, and Tim Short, a palliative care physician at UVA Health) COVID-19 has changed our work, making it less of a specialty and more of a desperately required competency. We have seen our fellow clinicians unsteadied by the end-of-life care they feel underprepared or unprepared to give during this pandemic. But these days, we all are palliative care providers, ready or not.

Greater Greater Washington

Walkability is so important that the future of Tysons may depend on whether people can safely and easily get around on foot. But how do you know if an area is walkable? Andrew Mondschein, a professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental planning in UVA’s School of Architecture, may have some answers. He has been teaching there for six years, and has been studying walkability in Tysons for about as long.

New Geography

Having been stuck in lockdown for months, many of us have been reminded that, at the end, what really matters is family. We may only now being released from enforced contact with our closest relations, and even our roommates, and often painful separations from those who live farther away. “When society is facing a tremendous challenge or there’s a big uptick in suffering, people orient themselves in a less self-centered way and in a more family-centric way,” suggests Brad Wilcox, a professor of sociology and director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia.

WINA AM 1070 (Charlottesville)

The University of Virginia was able to welcome some of its returning football players to the Grounds on Sunday. These Wahoos are opting to participate in a voluntary workout period.


Hubble’s infrared eyes spotted the glowing, hot dust. It is seen in yellow and red. ALMA shows the clouds of molecular gas in purple, according to the researchers. What is more, these stars have different masses. And the dense molecular gas still has some mass, indicating that it needs to collapse inwards to form stellar bodies. “Overall, the process may take at least a million years to complete,” said Yu Cheng of the University of Virginia, lead author of two papers published in The Astrophysical Journal.

Washington Post

“What Disney has to do is figure out how to make itself matter, how to get in front of audiences in very different ways than it has in the past,” said Carmen Higginbotham, a UVA professor who is one of the country’s leading experts on Disney and popular culture. 

Roanoke Times

Paul Barringer, who served as Tech’s president from 1907 to 1913, wrote a 1900 speech called “The American Negro: His Past and Future,” in which he argued that “savage” Black Americans had been improved by slavery. He advocated for political disenfranchisement and the prohibition of Black people from becoming teachers or pursuing higher education. Last year, the University of Virginia, where Barringer served as chairman of the faculty from 1896 to 1903, removed his name from the wing of its hospital.

Washington Post

The number of visitors in 2019 from January to September leaped by 237,000 – a 45% increase, according to the Ghana Tourism Authority. Most came from the United States. Officials are building on that upswing with a 10-year program, launched in June, to entice people to keep their talents (and money) in Ghana. After the country declared independence from Britain in 1957, the first prime minister, Kwame Nkrumah, received a series of American civil rights leaders.


(Commentary by Kimberly Whitler, assistant professor at UVA’s Darden School of Business) The consumer (and business) impacting potential of augmented reality is significant, making it one of the hottest topics for business leaders. Among enthusiasts, AR is a promising new technology that can help improve both the way business operates as well as how the consumer experiences products and services. For many, however, it is still a concept that hasn’t become a reality.


Throughout Western history, one of the most stubborn obstacles to scientific progress was the intimidating authority of the Church over scientists and other scholars. Jefferson was a strong advocate for separating not only church from state, but for protecting scholars from censorship by religious authorities. One of his great accomplishments was the founding of the University of Virginia, which he pointedly designed to be centered around the library, at a time when other universities were centered around churches.