As all business is a worldwide endeavor, success requires a strong yet nuanced international perspective. To support the McIntire School of Commerce in its mission to maintain a leadership position in global business education and research, the School has created the McIntire Global Advisory Board (MGAB). Board members will impact current and future business leaders from around the world, and engage with scholars and researchers in business education on Grounds and abroad.
International Partner Program Highlights Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Charlottesville and D.C.
Nearly fifty Executive MBA students from Latin America visited Charlottesville and D.C. for an international partner program with Darden’s Center for Global Initiatives. The students, from PAD School of Management in Lima, Peru and INALDE Business School in Bogotá, Colombia, spent the week learning about entrepreneurship and innovation from a general management perspective through cases and classes led by the faculty team of Raul Chao, Tom Steenburgh, Bobby Parmar and Elena Loutskina.
School of Engineering
Laughter and worried sharp intakes of breath occasionally drowned out the subtle whirr of servo motors as teams of first-year University of Virginia engineering students enrolled in an introductory course remotely choreographed the movements of 2-foot-tall humanoid robots. The students directed the French-made NAO (pronounced “now”) robots – which feature stocky legs, narrow hips, high shoulders and hands with two fingers and a thumb – to dance, sometimes to music.
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The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation tapped University of Virginia climate change expert Deborah Lawrence to write about the crucial importance of forests, just ahead of the United Nations’ landmark report on the dire situation the Earth is facing due to rising temperatures.
School of Medicine
Children around the world are suffering from unnoticed infections that are stunting their growth and mental development, new research from an international coalition of scientists reveals. Up to 30 percent of children in low-resource countries suffer from stunted growth. Inadequate nutrition and diarrhea have long been blamed, but scientists have, until now, been unable to explain a large percentage of stunting cases.
As you step into Babylon Micro-Farms, a startup founded by University of Virginia alumnus Alexander Olesen, the first thing you notice are the sounds. Water gurgles. Fans whir. Motors hum. Next, you notice the space: an industrious, sawdust-swept studio, crowded with equipment, electrical cords and water tables. There is so much to take in you almost miss the trays of leafy plants.
A conservator in Colonial Williamsburg works to preserve paintings, weapons and many other artifacts from America’s earliest years. A young photographer who documents painstaking restorations at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. A consultant and veteran curator who, after a stint at the iconic Metropolitan Museum of Art, now helps other museums find their way.
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Sitting in the cab of a combine harvester on a soybean farm in Wells, Minnesota this summer, University of Virginia assistant media studies professor Christopher Ali was amazed as he looked down at the dashboard. Using GPS, the harvester could, in real time, map, monitor and record massive amounts of data – such as crop yield and soil moisture levels – which would let a farmer know exactly which rows required attention.
On Mondays, retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Paul Becker drives from his home in Alexandria to the University of Virginia. He holds office hours to meet with students, grabs an early dinner on the Corner, then teaches a course, Middle Eastern Policy Challenges and Opportunities, at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Becker, who served 30 years as a Naval Intelligence officer in peace, crisis and combat, is a recognized expert in national security affairs.
The digital opportunity in India is growing at a staggering pace. Driven by a confluence of factors, notably the rapid proliferation of smartphones — about 337 million, or more than the entire population of the United States, in India own one, according to the research firm eMarketer — the country is riding a wave of technology-enabled growth across a variety of sectors.
McIntire Professors Carola Schenone and Patrick Dennis Wins European Finance Association's Prize for Best Conference Paper
McIntire Finance Professors Patrick Dennis and Carola Schenone, with co-author Kristopher Gerardi from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, recently earned the prize for “Best Conference Paper” at the 2018 European Finance Association (EFA) Annual Meeting. The prestigious award recognizes their paper, "Common Ownership Does Not Have Anti-Competitive Effects in the Airline Industry", which refutes a recently popularized theory on institutional ownership of competing firms and its effect on individual investors.
Led by the Darden Center for Global Initiatives, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business announced it is expanding offerings of Darden Worldwide courses for the 2018–19 academic year to an all-time high of 19 faculty-led courses, rising to meet increasing demand from students for global learning opportunities. When the Darden Class of 2018 graduated in May, 79 percent of the class had participated in at least one global academic course during their Darden degree program.
UVA Darden, Concordia, US Department of State Office of Global Partnerships Announce the Kosmos Innovation Center as Winner of 2018 P3 Impact Award
The University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society, Concordia and the U.S. Department of State's Office of Global Partnerships is pleased to announce during the 2018 Concordia Summit in New York City the winner of the fifth annual P3 Impact Award: Kosmos Innovation Center.
McIntire Careers in Marketing Forum: Panelist Katherine Gruneisen (McIntire '16) of Anheuser-Busch InBev Delivers Expert Advice
From advertising and analytics, to sales and brand management, marketing positions these days come in many shapes and sizes. For students aspiring to work in the field, McIntire’s Careers in Marketing Forum helps to make sense of it all by providing essential information from those who have made marketing their lives. Experienced veterans and recent McIntire graduates-turned-professionals alike will bring their expertise to Rouss & Robertson Halls for Commerce Career Services’ 2018 edition of the two-day event Sept. 27 and 28.
Nancy Callahan (MBA ’84) is the global vice president of strategy and growth for SAP Digital Business Services, which is the services and support arm of German multinational SAP responsible for €15 billion in annual revenue. She spearheads the digital transformation of SAP DBS by evolving, communicating and executing global strategy. Callahan pursued an MBA at Darden because of the School’s emphasis on general management and ethics.
When Natalie Cucchiara began considering pursuing an MBA degree, she knew she could not be away from Washington, D.C. for long. Cucchiara is a senior coordinating producer on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” The Sunday morning public affairs program is the longest-running show in television history, with its first broadcast airing in 1947.
When NBA stars Jeremy Lin and recent Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Steve Nash and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban invest in your basketball app, you know you are onto something good. Or at least that is what University of Virginia alumnus Alex Wu is hoping. Wu is the chief marketing and strategy officer and founding team member of the Silicon Valley and Hong Kong-based startup NEX Team Inc.
Stephen D. Mull, a career U.S. diplomat who served as the lead implementer of the Iran nuclear deal, has been named the University of Virginia’s vice provost for global affairs. Not bad for a man whom, as a 24-year-old diplomatic neophyte, Poland accused of spying for the U.S.
Studying abroad in college is a transformative experience and the University of Virginia has literally hundreds of programs from which to choose. There are UVA-run destinations as well as others run by prestigious partner institutions around the globe. Many were on display during the recent Study Abroad Fair in the Newcomb Hall Ballroom, where experts described all of the fabulous locations at a student’s fingertips.
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How do government institutions remain functional, trustworthy and effective? And what happens when they don’t? How is social media changing our democracy? How is income inequality influencing the way we vote, act and live, and what can we do about it? These are just a few of the big questions that the University of Virginia’s newly announced Democracy Initiative will work to answer as it brings the full power of the University’s scholarship to bear on the most essential issues facing democracies around the world.