Washington Post

What is holding up the stork? The theories range from the personal to the political. One dourly amusing possibility blames screens: Researchers such as UVA sociologist Brad Wilcox have hypothesized that those of baby-making age are having “too much Netflix, not enough chill.” Young adults may be displacing in-person activities – including forming relationships, getting married and, yes, having sex – with time on computers, phones and tablets. 

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Curbed

Trend forecasters rightfully focus on the housing needs of millennials when predicting the future of the U.S. real estate market. But the rising senior population, sometimes referred to as a “silver tsunami,” suggests baby boomers shouldn’t be written out of the story just yet. “Between 2010 and 2040, we predict the nation’s 65-plus population will grow by roughly 90 percent,” UVA demographics researcher Hamilton Lombard said. “In some areas of the country, most of the population growth will come from retirees.”

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Bloomberg

“The pitch there is more about representation of under-represented people. That might be also a part of the emergence of women candidates on the Democratic side,” said Kyle Kondik, an election analyst with Sabato’s Crystal Ball at UVA. “As the country is becoming more diverse, the Democrats are becoming more reliant on nonwhite voters and women and it shows up in who’s running.”

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Inside Higher Ed

Though a growing number of universities are lining up to work with Facebook, Siva Vaidhyanathan, UVA professor of media studies and author of “Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy,” said that universities should think carefully before collaborating with the company in developing technologies. “We know that Facebook depends on user data to make its products work and work well,” he said. “We have seen that Facebook’s accumulation of data is a serious problem. One that legislators are finally taking seriously.

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The Atlantic

Researchers compiled a list of characteristics and behaviors that many shooters shared and concluded, “there was no single profile of these kids that would be scientifically reliable,” UVA psychologist Dewey Cornell said. “People say, ‘Well, these kids are victims of bullying, these kids are paranoid, these kids play violent video games, these kids are narcissistic.’ And many of the kids who have committed school shootings have those traits. But so do a million other kids.”

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The Hill

The Supreme Court’s decision Monday allowing employers to keep employees from joining together in wage and hour disputes could have a dramatic and lasting impact on the American workforce. UVA law professor Daniel Ortiz, who represented one of the employees in a trio of cases the court consolidated, called Monday’s ruling a loss, but one he hopes Congress can correct in the not-too-distant future.

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(Anderson, Ind.) Herald Bulletin

Though teens are missing out on a paycheck when industries eliminate entry-level jobs, they’re also losing valuable work experience. In a study, UVA economist Christopher Ruhm and a colleague found that teenagers who held part-time jobs realized annual earnings that were roughly 7 percent higher compared to their fellow classmates who didn’t work as they grew.

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Digital Trends

A recent UVA study suggests that moving can be associated with “shallower or lower-quality social relationships.” Add to that the notion that people start losing friends at 25, an age at which many young people are still finding new homes, and it becomes easy to see that the idea of making friends can be a rather daunting one.

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Technology Networks

Dr. Dan Gioeli of the UVA Cancer Center, working with local biotech company HemoShear Therapeutics, is creating 3-D models that mimic the microenvironment of pancreatic and non-small-cell lung cancers. The model aims to replicate the complex nature and behavior of a real tumor by incorporating different cell types that are found within them, such as vascular endothelial cells that are exposed to the tremendous shearing forces of blood flow.

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Norfolk Virginian-Pilot

(By Jeff Bergner, visiting professor at UVA’s Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy) First, some good news. You are all very talented. You have the intellectual ability to succeed at pretty much whatever you choose to do. Now, some harder news. You are all good rule followers. By following the rules, you did well in high school and were accepted at UVA. When you leave here, however, you will leave all these rules behind.

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USA Today

What’s the Center for Effective Lawmaking? The center Trump cited is a nonpartisan effort directed by two political scientists – Craig Volden of UVA and Alan E. Wiseman of Vanderbilt University. The duo wanted to come up with a way of measuring the success of members of Congress in passing legislation.

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Policy Options

When we started preparing for the symposium, my students, mostly women, were worried that they knew nothing about AI governance – a reminder that the rhetoric of advanced technology excludes many people from important political discussions. Siva Vaidhyanathan, director of UVA’s Center for Media and Citizenship, cautions that presumptions like these, about who interacts with technologies and who can claim expertise, mean that “we forge policies and design systems and devices that match those presumptions.”

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WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

As UVA’s Final Exercises wrapped up, Charlottesville and Albemarle County vendors were feeling a positive impact from the surge of visitors that graduation brought to town.

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Charlottesville Newsplex

Students graduating in this year's class from UVA are getting their degrees after a rocky four years. From the disappearance and death of Hannah Graham, to the recent white nationalist violence from last summer, students faced a different challenge year after year. President Teresa Sullivan called this year's class 'resilient.'

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

Teresa Sullivan strode to a podium at Old Cabell Hall, looked down at her notes and then beamed at her final crop of University of Virginia graduates. On Saturday, she focused not on her accomplishments as UVA’s first female president, but instead on the difficulties the University has faced the last four years and the students’ resilience in these challenging times.

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Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

(Commentary by alumna Khalilah L. Brown-Dean) UVA graduates are very particular about language and tradition. We have Grounds rather than a campus. We refer to students by their status (e.g. first-years, fourth-years) rather than the titles of freshman and senior. Notable alums like Dawn Staley, Katie Couric, Leland Melvin and Chris Long shared the time-honored tradition of hanging out on the Lawn, never the quad.

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Charlottesville Daily Progress
The Real Deal

From 2000 to 2017, net migration to counties classified as retirement destinations increased 169 percent in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee, compared to 67 percent nationwide, according to UVA demographer Hamilton Lombard. The U.S. Department of Agriculture classifies a county as a retirement destination if net migration caused its 60-and-older population to grow at least 15 percent in a decade.

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Roanoke Times

(Commentary by Bob Gibson of UVA’s Cooper Center for Public Service) I bet you think the U.S. Supreme Court opened up some interesting possibilities, either dire or opportunistic, when the high court ruled May 14 that states are free to legalize sports gambling.

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

When you’ve flown war-zone helicopter medevac missions and spent more than a year sailing the ocean, you’re pretty much equipped to handle most of life’s stress.

That includes starting medical school at the age of 36, less than two weeks after your first child’s birth. “I wouldn’t say it was easy because it hasn’t been easy,” said Dr. Patrick Marvil, who graduates Sunday from UVA’s School of Medicine.

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