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Link Lab: A Visionary Laboratory

Written by Kamin Whitehouse, Link Lab Director and Commonwealth Associate Professor of Computer Science, School of Engineering and Applied Science   Society’s biggest grand challenges today — energy, health, transportation, and environment — can only be addressed when scientists and engineers from different disciplines work together. However, interdisciplinary research and training is harder to do […]

GLIA: Not Just Brain Glue!

Written by Sarah Kucenas, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, Cell Biology and Neuroscience and Director of the Department of Biology Distinguished Majors Program, University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences   The nervous system is the single most important organ system in the human body. It controls our ability to move, […]

Climate Change on the Antarctic Peninsula

  Written by Scott Doney, Joe D. and Helen J. Kington Professor in Environmental Change, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences   When I tell people that I study the Antarctic Ocean, they likely envision intrepid scientists trekking off to explore towering glaciers, vistas covered with sea-ice and icebergs, […]

Selfies Now & Then

  Happy National Selfie Day! We are republishing a blog by Lisa Spaar, University of Virginia Horace W Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Professor of Creative Writing. See other J-Term blogs here and post your favorite UVA selfie to our Facebook page to celebrate!   One of the most rewarding settings in which I teach my course […]

Patrick Henry: The Trumpet of the Revolution

Written by John A. Ragosta, faculty director of the Summer Jefferson Symposium offered by UVA’s Lifetime Learning, authored Patrick Henry: Proclaiming a Revolution (Routledge Press, 2016) and is the lecturer for the Coursera online course Patrick Henry: Forgotten Founder, co-sponsored by the Lifetime Learning and the Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation.   Patrick Henry “certainly gave […]

Tau Speed Bumps Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease

  Written by George S. Bloom, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Cell Biology and Neuroscience and Director of the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience, University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences   Alzheimer’s disease (AD) attacks neurons (nerve cells) in the brain, and sometime in early 2013 it became the most expensive disease […]

Travel Ban Brief: Remember So as Not to Repeat

  Written by Kathleen Flake, Richard Lyman Bushman Professor of Mormon Studies in the Department of Religious Studies, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences     Recently, when various anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim impulses coalesced in the President’s travel ban and were challenged in court, a friend asked if I would participate in filing […]

Solar Power and Sustainability at UVA

Written by Andrea Trimble, UVA Sustainability Director In pursuit of an ambitious UVA Sustainability Plan to reduce the University’s environmental footprint and to provide associated educational opportunities, UVA is advancing the evaluation and installation of renewable energy both on and off Grounds.  UVA’s five-year Sustainability Plan compiles new ideas, as well as feedback generated over […]

Food Allergy Research: Asking the Tough Questions

Written by Alice Hoyt, MD, UVA Allergy and Clinical Immunology Fellow Food allergy is a strange disease. Foods are meant to nourish man, so why in the past 20 years has there been an increase in food allergies? That is the question I’m most commonly asked, and parents of children with food allergies often ask […]

Filling in the Blanks in the History Books

  Written by: Abby Palko, Director of the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at UVA   Here at the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, we celebrate International Women’s Month, which grew out of International Women’s Day. Because International Women’s Day always falls during Spring Break, we feel it’s important to offer programming throughout the month […]