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New Marshall Scholars

Porter Nenon, Attiya Latif, and Jack ChellmanPhoto CreditDan AddisonThree College scholars—all with ties to UVA’s political and social thought (PST) program—have earned Marshall Scholarships, paying their way for graduate study in the United Kingdom.

Porter Nenon (PST ’16) will pursue a master’s degree in humanitarianism and conflict response at the University of Manchester.

Attiya Latif (PST ’18) will pursue a master’s degree in women’s studies at the University of Oxford and a master’s degree in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Jack Chellman (English, PST ’18) will pursue a master’s degree in media, power and public affairs at Royal Holloway, University of London, and a master’s degree in ideology and discourse analysis from the University of Essex.

New Academic Department

Deborah McDowellPhoto CreditDan AddisonIn October 2017, the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies achieved departmental status after state approval. “Since its inception [in 1981], the institute has promoted interdisciplinary research and interpretation of the African and African-American experience,” said Deborah McDowell, Alice Griffin Professor of Literary Studies and director of the institute. The new status will give the program more autonomy to determine its destiny, McDowell said, allowing faculty members to set their own priorities and curricula.

Fighting Malaria

Jennifer Güler in her labPhoto CreditDan Addison“Many people in the developed world believe that the malaria problem has been largely solved, but millions of people are infected and get sick each year,” said UVA biologist Jennifer Güler. In her lab, she investigates the malaria parasite’s ability to evolve drug resistance and searches for ways to overcome it. She and her colleagues published a paper recently on their latest findings in the journal BMC Genomics.

First-years go global

Shanghai, ChinaPhoto CreditTomas SeredaThe College is expanding its study abroad options with the launch of the UVA Shanghai First program in fall 2018. Twenty first-year students will study at Fudan University in Shanghai, taking two Engagements courses as part of the College’s new undergraduate curriculum, as well as classes taught by Fudan faculty in English. Mark Thomas, a UVA professor of history and economics, will lead the program. The UVA London First program that debuted last semester will continue as well, with 24 first-year students starting their UVA careers at Regent’s University London this fall.

New Curriculum Speakers Dazzle

Danielle AllenPhoto CreditStacey EvansIn February, Danielle Allen, a Harvard professor of ethics, spoke about democracy and education at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville to the nearly 600 students enrolled in the College’s new undergraduate curriculum pilot. Allen, whose award-winning book Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality was the common reading assignment for all students in the new curriculum, was the third speaker in the College’s Engagements Lecture Series. Last semester’s speakers were artist Mark Dion and alumna Margot Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.

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