Charlottesville Daily Progress

Imagine an $850,000 piece of equipment, one so special that it’s one of only two of its kind in the entire world. Then imagine a guy, who not only has a degree in exercise physiology, but two more in nutrition and biochemistry, operating that machine.

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Washington Post

Lawmakers and senior Democratic aides said that they do not expect a boycott of the State of the Union speech, nothing like the more than 60 who refused to attend the inauguration. Because every lawmaker gets to invite one guest to sit in the gallery above, many Democrats are planning to use that ticket as a form of protest. Pascrell is bringing George K. Yin, a UVA law professor who has argued that Congress has the power to compel Trump to release his tax returns.

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Charlottesville Tomorrow

Tom Tom Founders Festival, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering diverse entrepreneurship in small cities, today announced the launch of the first-ever Virginia Policy Entrepreneurship Retreat this April 13-14 in Charlottesville. The retreat will be co-hosted by Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia and Babson College, and will be led by Jim Cheng, former Virginia secretary of commerce, and John Kluge, co-founder of the Alight Fund and adviser to SE@UVA.

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BBC News

From his lab at the UVA’s Center for Open Science, immunologist Dr. Tim Errington runs The Reproducibility Project, which attempted to repeat the findings reported in five landmark cancer studies. "The idea here is to take a bunch of experiments and to try and do the exact same thing to see if we can get the same results."

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ScienceAlert

Archaeologists say they've figured out who ruled the ancient Chaco civilization in New Mexico, thought to be the most influential culture in the American Southwest more than 1,200 years ago. "For the first time, we're saying that one kinship group controlled Pueblo Bonito for more than 300 years," says team member Steve Plog of the University of Virginia.

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TIME

The Republican Governors Association raised more than $60.7 million compared with the Democratic Governors Association’s $39 million in 2016, according to the groups.  “The RGA is formidable, and I do think that the money they have been able to pump into these governorships over the years explains why they have so many Republican governors,” said Kyle Kondik, political analyst at UVA’s Center for Politics. “In close races, the extra bit of money makes all the difference.”

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Reuters

The poll, conducted between Feb. 16 and Feb. 20, shows how President Trump has shifted opinions within the party of Ronald Reagan, where national security has been a top issue since the Cold War, said Larry Sabato, director of UVA’s Center for Politics. "Republicans have now put a higher priority on their partisan identification and support for their current leader than principles they have had for many decades," Sabato said. "We live in such a polarized era."

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WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

The University of Virginia is hosting a yearlong series on diversity, helping students, faculty, and staff members understand what it means to be diverse.

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

Melur K. “Ram” Ramasubramanian will take over as vice president of research at the University of Virginia in August. Ramasubramanian is currently department chairman of mechanical engineering at Clemson University and director for the Engineering Research Centers program at the National Science Foundation.

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Charlottesville Newsplex

A UVA researcher has discovered that two common asthma drugs may help prevent a serious form of pneumonia. The research shows that the early administration of the asthma drugs Accolate and Singulair could keep the flu virus from spreading deep into the lungs and causing influenza pneumonia, a serious complication that is rare but can be deadly.

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Community Idea Stations

UVA researchers have discovered two asthma and allergy drugs that may offer a way to prevent a form of pneumonia that is extremely dangerous and sometimes fatal.

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Richmond Free Press

The Virginia General Assembly is poised to hand Hampton University a major victory in its bid to boost the use of its seven-year-old, $225 million cancer treatment center that uses proton beam radiation therapy to help eradicate the disease in its patients. That could potentially boost the number of patients receiving treatment at the center from around 60 people a day to more than 100 a day and make it easier to finance development of another proton beam treatment center that INOVA and the University of Virginia are planning in Northern Virginia.

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The Economist

How America was originally colonized is a topic of perennial interest at the AAAS. … The meeting heard from Mark Sicoli, a linguist at the University of Virginia, a different model of linguistic evolution brings the common ancestor of Native-American tongues forward.

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Rasmussen Reports

(Commentary by Geoffrey Skelley and Kyle Kondik of UVA’s Center for Politics) Republicans retain a big redistricting advantage as 2020 census looms, but Democrats have opportunities to chip away at that power.

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Reuters

Rank-and-file Republicans are more concerned about leaks to the media of conversations between Trump advisers and the Russian government than they are about the conversations themselves, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released Wednesday. The poll shows how President Trump has shifted opinions within the party of Ronald Reagan, where national security has been a top issue since the Cold War, said Larry Sabato, director of UVA’s Center for Politics.

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Popular Science

“The DNA evidence shows that this unique family retained control of the pueblo for as many as 350 years,” says Stephen Plog, an archaeologist at the University of Virginia who worked on the study. Previously, researchers didn’t think that such a hierarchical society existed so early in Chaco Canyon.

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GreenBiz

There are countless strong examples of how business schools are teaching their students to be ethical. One is the Giving Voice to Values curriculum based at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. 

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Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

Students at the University of Virginia School of Law and the Charlottesville Legal Aid Justice Center have formed the Civil Rights Litigation Pro Bono Clinic.

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation – known for providing generous awards to incoming UVA students – is helping the University with a major faculty hiring push. The foundation has awarded its first endowed professorship to Jianhua “J.C.” Cang, a renowned neurology researcher.

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Charlottesville Newsplex

Grant Kersey is getting to see UVA men's basketball from a new perspective this season. After graduating from Albemarle High School last spring, where as a senior he was part of the boys basketball team that made the school's first run to the state semifinals, he is a first-year manager with the UVA men's basketball program.

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