(Commentary) The burnout shows in the shrinking corps of nurses as many exit the profession or find other specialties within medicine, as Ashley did. “We have a lot of nurses that are leaving the bedside to go to other areas because of the stress of seeing patients die of COVID day after day after day,” said Mesha, a nurse at the UVA Medical Center. “And with this current surge of (the) delta (variant), the patients are younger, and they’re getting sicker faster, and it takes a toll on you,” she said.
Qian Xuhong, ECNU’s president, shared the teaching practices of the university in his keynote speech and said ECNU aims to cultivate innovative educators who seek to complement Chinese and Western pedagogies. “To reach this goal, we have cooperated with over 300 global universities, including the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States, to offer 56 dual-degree training programs and nearly 300 student exchange projects,” he said.
(Commentary) The key to Haugen’s revelations, according to UVA media studies professor Siva Vaidhyanathan, is that “top Facebook leaders knew that, internally, all their data and studies supported what critics like me have been saying for more than a decade: The problems that Facebook amplifies are not easy — or even possible — to fix as long as the company continues to run on its founding principles, that maximizing users, growth and engagement are paramount and supersede all other values.”
In effect, Ciattarelli and other GOP office seekers don’t get past Go in the GOP electorate without trumpeting some level of hostility toward mandates. “They have become part of the mandatory signoff for Republican candidates,’’ said Larry Sabato, a UVA political scientist. “They have to be for all the usual things that Republicans identify with, but they’ve added opposition to mandates. And that can sell in a red state. It sure doesn’t sell in a blue state.”
UVA Health announced its efforts to help the incoming Afghan refugees by offering them clinics by appointment, as well as providing resources for long-term care.
Nearly 18 months after Virginia’s first recorded case of COVID-19 – a period that’s seen the virus surge and retreat four different times – new infections are once again on the decline. Many researchers are cautiously optimistic that we’re leaving behind the latest wave. That doesn’t mean we’ve beaten the virus. “We still have a very high case rate, like most of the states in the country,” said Bryan Lewis, a computational epidemiologist with UVA’s Biocomplexity Institute.
(By Daniel W. Sunshine, Ph.D. candidate in history) For three decades before the Civil War, Eastern Virginia’s leaders resisted calls for democratic reform from the Western portion of the state (modern day West Virginia). Antebellum Virginia was one of the least democratic states in the Union. Of course, no state was a true democracy in the early 19th century, as all women and men of color were denied citizenship. But even under this more limited conception, Virginia’s government proved demonstrably more oligarchic than other states.
According to Siddhartha Angadi, an assistant professor of education in UVA’s Department of Kinesiology, plenty of research demonstrates how exercise transforms fat. “Exercise makes your fat fit, if that makes sense. And it’s kind of cool,” he says. “Data and investigations that show that when you exercise, you beige the white fat, so it starts to look more like brown. It’s not white-brown, but it’s not white-white. And so, it fits somewhere in the middle. But that’s what gives it its beneficial metabolic properties.”
The diagnosis was clear: UVA Health’s emergency department was seeing 60,000 patients a year, a figure 50% higher than its intended capacity. Tasked with devising a solution was longtime collaborator Perkins&Will, and its 440,000-square-foot expansion—the largest in the modern history of UVA’s medical system and the winner of the IIDA competition’s health care category—would add 180 much-needed beds to the Charlottesville campus.
During the 2020-21 academic year, 118 EMBA students at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business took virtual study trips to Finland, Estonia, India, Japan and Argentina. It was not the same as the global immersion courses that Darden professors Marc and Shizuka Modica have led to Japan for several years. However, they say that the virtual tours added something new: making traditional Japanese meals; or trying out local customs with their families. “People got really involved with it emotionally and intellectually,” Shizuka Modica says.
A UVA Medical Center clinic saw nearly three dozen patients on Saturday in a daylong event that provided initial visits to many of the refugees and special visa holders who arrived in Central Virginia this summer. The event helped get the new arrivals, mostly from Afghanistan, into regular family medical care at the International Family Medicine Clinic at UVA Health ahead of the anticipated arrival of as many as 250 more.
A recent study from the University of Virginia found that among states that formerly belonged to the Confederacy, a higher number of lynchings occurred in counties with a higher number of Confederate memorials.
(Commentary; subscription may be required) Larry Sabato, head of UVA’s Center for Politics, says what Democrats do in Washington during the final weeks of the race could swing momentum. It could swing to McAuliffe if President Joe Biden advances his legislation and popularity, or it could have the opposite effect if stalemate continues. “Do the Democrats in D.C. get their act together at last and pass the infrastructure bill and the Build Back Better bill at whatever funding level?” Sabato wonders.
After FAFSA rates declined last year, a lower college enrollment followed this year. Undergraduate enrollment at Virginia colleges and universities is slightly below the 2020 level and down 2% from 2019. Not all colleges saw their enrollments drop this year. Some of the state’s most prestigious universities — UVA, the College of William & Mary and Virginia Tech — received record numbers of applications.
Virginia authors Chip Jones, Brian Castleberry and Annie Kim were the big winners in the 24th annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards announced Saturday night. Hosted by Adriana Trigiani, the awards were held virtually this year, for the second year in a row, due to the pandemic. Kim won the poetry award for her collection “Eros, Unbroken.” She was born in Seoul and lives in Charlottesville, where she works as an assistant dean at the University of Virginia School of Law.
The book I ended up reading to figure this out was “Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate” by William F. Ruddiman, professor emeritus at the University of Virginia. In this book, Ruddiman explores a variety of scientific evidence, including data from ice cores, ocean sediments, and astronomical information. Then, he compares this to evidence of human activities to see how much impact we’ve had over the last 10,000 years.
A University of Virginia tradition lives on as Pancakes for Parkinson’s returned in person on the lawn Saturday morning. This is the 18th year of the event at UVA. It is completely free and all donation based. People walked over to the Lawn, enjoyed some pancakes before the football game, while supporting the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Two new living memorials have been placed on the University of Virginia’s Grounds. According to a release, officials planted a Morton elm in front of Pavilion X to honor President Emerita Teresa Sullivan. A black gum tree was also recently planted in the Spies Garden at the UVA School of Law for former Law School Dean John Jeffries.
There has been some backlash to Good’s move to discourage masks, with Larry Sabato, director of the UVA Center for Politics, calling the remark “outrageous.” “Outrageous: GOP Congressman Bob Good urges high school students to rebel against required mask wearing, and wants cameras in every classroom to record for parents everything teachers say. Blasts all colleges except Christian ones,” he tweeted.
Today we’ll be delving into a different aspect of the German invasion of Luxembourg: namely, through the eyes of an American diplomat who did his absolute best to protect the Grand Duchy from the Nazis. George Platt Waller was born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1889. An upper-class Southerner, he studied at the University of Virginia, before deciding to become a diplomat.