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Columbian President Santos, UVA’s McDowell, Pianta To Address Graduates

Published April 3, 2017 in News

Juan Manuel Santos, a Nobel Laureate and president of Colombia, will address UVA students during Valedictory Exercises. Deborah E. McDowell, director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, and Robert C. Pianta, dean of the Curry School of Education, will speak at Final Exercises.

Student Start-up Reduces Toxic Threat of Pesticides

Published April 3, 2017 in News

On Friday, student-led start-up Agrospheres won the prestigious ACC InVenture Prize for its novel product that safely degrades toxic pesticides in a matter of hours.

Meet Associate Professor Kwame Edwin Otu

Published March 31, 2017 in Faculty

As a pre-doctoral fellow in the Carter G. Woodson Institute last academic year, Kwame Otu coordinated the African Studies Colloquium Series at the University of Virginia.

The Evolution of Modern Rituals: 4 Hallmarks of Today’s Rituals

Published March 28, 2017 in News

Religious studies professor Vanessa Ochs explains why we depend on rituals and how they have evolved to include more women, welcome the LGBTQ community and accommodate those who declare themselves “spiritual but not religious.” 

UVA Innovator of the Year Teaches the Civic Duties of Science

Published March 26, 2017 in News

Although he’s earned many titles and honors for his advancements in molecular research, Brooks Pate sees himself first as a citizen-scientist. The University of Virginia’s William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Chemistry is committed to conducting basic research for the public good.

Meet Associate Professor Jessica Andruss

Published March 24, 2017 in Faculty

Studying medieval Jewish and Islamic intellectual history, Jessica Andruss focuses on Jewish literature and biblical exegesis written in Arabic, and their connections to both rabbinic and Islamic thought. Her research encompasses the linguistic, literary, historical, and religious dimensions of cultural exchange between Judaism and Islam in the Middle Ages.

Tom Tom Founders Festival Featuring A&S Faculty

Published March 24, 2017 in News

Arts & Sciences faculty will be lending their creative talents to next month’s Tom Tom Founders Festival. The College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences is a Signature Event Partner for the seventh annual festival, which begins Monday, April 10 and runs through April 16. The Tom Tom Founders Festival celebrates the work of artists and innovators and is scheduled to feature more than 60 bands, 200 speakers and 400 community organizations in a variety of outdoor spaces, theaters, galleries and concert venues.

UVA Astronomy Instrument Lab Provides Sophisticated Tools for Understanding the Universe

Published March 24, 2017 in News

Astronomy department chair Michael Skrutskie has established his department as a leader in instrument design and deployment, enabling headline-grabbing discoveries in astronomy. 

The Class of 2017’s Graduation Gowns Will Feature One Very Special Addition

Published March 23, 2017 in News

Students selected a special mark commemorating UVA’s upcoming bicentennial that will decorate graduation gowns this year as the University prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary.

Q&A: As He Heads to UVA, 7 Questions for ‘Breaking Bad’ Star Bryan Cranston

Published March 23, 2017 in News

The actor, director, producer and writer will take the stage on Sunday at John Paul Jones Arena for the annual UVA President’s Speaker Series for the Arts, discussing his career and the impact of the arts.


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