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Student Spotlight: 4th Year Michael Giovinco Isn’t Just Clowning Around

Published February 28, 2017 in News

The son of two professional clowns, Giovinco was juggling and walking on stilts even as an elementary school student. He brought his love of circus to UVA and, four years later, helped create and stage a full circus show right here on Grounds.

Fellows Selected to Develop Indigenous Arts Courses

Published February 28, 2017 in News

The Mellon Indigenous Arts Initiative has awarded fellowships to three Arts & Sciences faculty members for the 2017-18 academic year as part of an effort to establish UVA as a research center of excellence for the study of the Indigenous arts.

Undergrads Research "Broken Windows" Policing, Relations Among Religions

Published February 27, 2017 in News

In the first of two parts, we review how two recipients of UVA’s Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards are breaking new ground with their scholarship, both at home and around the world.

Mathematics Faculty Member Selected for Sloan Fellowship

Published February 27, 2017 in News

Thomas Koberda, an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics, is one of 126 scientists and scholars in the United States and Canada who were selected this month to receive 2017 Sloan Research Fellowships.

UVA Alumna’s Students Receive Largest Ever Gift on Ellen Show

Published February 27, 2017 in News

1993 College graduate Cheryl Lundy Swift was standing with the entire senior class of the school where she is principal when Ellen DeGeneres made the surprise announcement.

UVA’s Dance Minors Have a Remarkable History of Student Advocacy

Published February 22, 2017 in News

Ten years ago, students fought hard to revive a dance program begun shortly after women were admitted to UVA. Today, the dance minor is thriving, attracting students from all corners of the University. 

From ‘Iron Man’ to ‘Star Wars,’ How Hollywood Cashes in on China’s Box Office

Published February 16, 2017 in News
China’s current import quota of 34 films per year is posing industry challenges for Hollywood. Media studies assistant professor Aynne Kokas has a new book that demystifies the business dealings.

Novelist Junot Díaz Draws Crowds at Kapnick Events

Published February 15, 2017 in News
The fourth Kapnick Distinguished Writer-in-Residence earned glowing reviews for his three weeks on Grounds, which included well-attended events and intimate, one-to-one talks with aspiring writers.

These Alumni Are Fighting for Peace, One Cup of Coffee at a Time

Published February 14, 2017 in News

Good Grounds Coffee Co., founded by alumni Huw Rees-Jones and Mary Lansden Brewbaker, helps former fighters and war widows in the Congo lay down their weapons and make a living by farming and selling coffee.

Women, Gender & Sexuality Becomes UVA’s Newest Academic Department

Published February 14, 2017 in News
In 2015, the Arts & Sciences faculty voted unanimously to support the program’s move for departmental status. This year, the approval of the interdisciplinary program as a University department marked the culmination of a nearly two-year process.


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