Study: In the Southwestern Desert, Ancient People Bred Tropical Parrots

College of Arts and Sciences

Beginning in the 1890s and continuing into the 20th century, archaeologists discovered the skeletons of dozens of large tropical birds – scarlet macaws – in rooms of two ancient villages – Pueblo Bonito in the desert of northwestern New Mexico, and Mimbres in southwestern New Mexico. The birds are native to the tropical forests of Mexico’s Gulf coast and to Central America.

King Adjei-Frimpong (Class of 2019) Shares Lasting Impact of Japan Global Immersion Course

Darden School

King Adjei-Frimpong is a rising second-year student at Darden. Following graduation from UCLA, King worked for years in Northeastern Pennsylvania for the Commission on Economic Opportunity, a nonprofit organization that promotes self-sufficiency among low-income and vulnerable populations by confronting the causes of poverty. This past spring, he took the opportunity to participate in the Darden Worldwide Course to Japan on Innovation and Tradition. King had the following to share about his experience in Japan with the Darden Worldwide Course.

Batten's Lipscomb Helps Break Up Senegal's "Toilet Cartel"

Batten School

In Dakar, Senegal, people can’t just flush their poop away; most people rely on septic tanks that must be emptied. A giant vacuum truck—called a “toilet sucker”—can come to your house, remove the waste and take the sewage to a treatment center. Molly Lipscomb is an Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Batten. This project was done in collaboration with a team of other researchers from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and with Innovations for Poverty Action.

Pioneering - and Still Going: Engineering Professor Crucial to Broadband

School of Engineering

Academic societies’ most prestigious honors are typically reserved for researchers at the ends of their careers, as a way to recognize a lifetime of groundbreaking work. The Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers is no exception. One of just 16 medals that the 400,000-member professional organization presents each year, it singles out an individual who has made outstanding contributions to material and device science.

Saras Sarasvathy Leads Masterclass Session on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at 2018 India Innovation Forum

Darden School

The 4th annual India Innovation Forum was held on 21-22 July this year in Bengaluru. The India Innovation Forum (IIF) is a platform to engage in dialogue on innovation and aims to bring together individuals who are at the forefront of innovation across industries. The forum was attended by thought leaders from the education, technology, finance and manufacturing sectors to discuss and collaborate on innovation within and between sectors.

Chris Long: A Player on the World's Stage

University at Large

Each year, class trustees at the University of Virginia develop a list of potential keynote speakers for Valedictory Exercises. The 2017-18 academic year demanded something different. As the NFL preseason begins, take an in-depth look at two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long’s career off the field, where he is making an even bigger difference than he does on the gridiron. 

Three Recent UVA Grads Land $40,000 Rotary Scholarships to Study in the U.K.

Programs Abroad

Three recent University of Virginia graduates will continue their studies this fall in the United Kingdom with Rotary Global Grants of $40,000. Kevin Cao of Fairfax, who in May earned a master’s degree in commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce and a bachelor’s degree in global development studies from the College of Arts & Sciences, will pursue a master’s degree in comparative and international education at the University of Oxford.

Batten Professor and Others Argue that President Trump has Probably Increased Illegal Migration

Batten School

By ending ‘temporary protected status’ for half a million people, President Trump has probably increased illegal migration. The Department of Homeland Security annouced May 4 that it will end protected immigration status for 50,000 Hondurans living in the U.S. since 1999. This is what you need to know about TPS.

Road Trippin' May Get Easier, Thanks to These UVA Students

University at Large

Mahmoud Elnaggar and fellow UVA students Austin Angulo, Xiaoxiao Zhang and Wesley Daugherty won first place for creating FlexiRoute, a navigation app that they believe will help users avoid some of the pitfalls Elnaggar experienced on his fateful New York sojourn. Elnaggar said current navigation apps usually provide a fast route (which includes tolls) and a much slower route (which usually doesn’t), but nothing in between.

UVA Alums' New Snack Food Aims to Satisfy - and Enlighten - You


Recently two University of Virginia alumni were promoting their new snack food with free samples at the Rebecca’s Natural Food store in Barrack’s Road Shopping Center. Tsampa Tsnacks – the “t” is silent – might look similar to other “energy ball” snacks, but they are different in their main ingredient and the intention of their creators. Chenam Barshee and Sogyel Lhungay call their product “Tibetan fuel for the mind and body.”

The Fun Empire's Ryan Ho (McIntire '14) on Entrepreneurship, Importance of Team Building

McIntire School

Ryan Ho says he always had an entrepreneurial itch. Spurred on by the excitement of creating and growing his own business, he founded a fashion e-commerce website and an online tutoring platform after graduating high school. Though both attempts yielded unremarkable profits, the experiences were enough to stoke his interest to learn more and hone his skills—ultimately leading him to apply to McIntire.

Student Spotlight: Darden Student Began Career Among First Female Submariners

Darden School

In 2011, the U.S Navy announced that female sailors could serve on submarines, putting another crack in the military’s glass ceiling. Taylor Sheppard, then an undergraduate student at the University of Notre Dame and a Navy ROTC cadet, jumped on board. Immediately after graduation, the Maui, Hawaii native joined the ranks of female submariners, serving first as a nuclear engineer and then a weapons division officer.

The Troubling Side Effect of Smartphones

University at Large

For the last several years Kostadin Kushlev, a psychology research scientist at the University of Virginia, has been dissecting the effects of smartphones on society through rigorous research published in peer-reviewed journals. His findings are alarming. The devices create ADHD-like symptoms in users, diminish happiness in social settings, erode trust between strangers and harm connections between parents and their children.

Darden Alum Wraps Up Epic Motorcycle Journey Across 7 Continents


In July, Eric Bernath crossed what was to be the final border of his 100,000-mile trip around the world, riding his motorcycle into his home state of Michigan after an epic 65-country, 50-state road trip conducted on his Suzuki V-Strom 650 motorcycle. It’s a journey – conducted solo with little more than clothes, camping equipment and a camera, and exhaustively documented on Instagram (@twowheelsonejourney) – that took the 2008 graduate of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business from a May 2016 start in California across seven continents.

Human Rights Study Project Sets Sights on Nepal

School of Law

Students in the coming year’s Human Rights Study Project will venture to Nepal in January to conduct field research on human rights issues and produce original scholarship based on their work. The University of Virginia School of Law project, now on its 17th annual journey, has sponsored trips to Colombia, Myanmar and Zambia in recent years. Participating students, called Cowan Fellows, receive course credit for their work while learning about and sometimes proposing solutions to systemic issues facing a country or region.

Squash World to Descend on UVA's Courts at Boar's Head Sports Club

Virginia Sports

One of the most prestigious squash events in the world – one that has never come to the United States – is coming to the University of Virginia. Starting Sunday, UVA will be at the center of the squash universe when the Boar’s Head Sports Club’s McArthur Squash Center hosts the World Masters Squash Championships. This will be the first time that the Masters, which takes place every two years, will be played in the U.S. 

Expert: Without Cooperation, a Nuclear Weapons Program May Be Easy to Hide

Global Affairs

Questions remain about nuclear disarmament in North Korea and Iran, two countries that have been attempting to develop nuclear weapons. Just how easy is it to keep track of these programs? We asked an expert. Houston G. Wood is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of Virginia. Since 2009, he has directed the applied mathematics program in UVA’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, and since 2012 has directed the Rotating Machinery and Controls Laboratory.

Sister Act: UVA's Michelle and Tara Vittese Anchor U.S. in Field Hockey World Cup

Virginia Sports

Play begins Saturday at the Vitality Hockey Women’s Field Hockey World Cup in London, England. The championship, which is being referred to as the “biggest women’s sports event in U.K. history,” features the top 16 teams in the world, with a pair of University of Virginia field hockey alumnae suiting up for the American squad.

SUFE MBA Students Gain Leadership and Innovation Takeaways in Charlottesville and D.C.

Darden School

The Darden Center for Global Initiatives recently hosted MBA students and faculty from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE) for an International Partner Program. The cohort from SUFE – comprised of 30 MBA students and two faculty – attended lectures, participated in workshops, visited organizations and engaged in cultural activities in both Charlottesville and Washington, D.C. from 9-13 July.

Four Hoos to Represent U.S. in 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in August

Virginia Sports

Four members of the University of Virginia women’s soccer program will represent the United States this fall at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France, U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday. Laurel Ivory of Surfside, Fla., Zoe Morse of East Lansing, Mich., Alexa Spaanstra of Brighton, Mich. and Taryn Torres of Frisco, Texas were all selected to compete for the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team. The 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup begins on Monday, August 5, and runs through Friday, August 24.