When Gaurav Giri returned to his native country, Nepal, two summers ago to get married, he should have been walking on air. Instead, he was getting sick from it. Had the air in Nepal always been this difficult to breathe, or had it gotten worse since he had last been home? “You just couldn’t drive through the city with the windows down,” recalled Giri, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Virginia, who has lived in the United States since he was 14 and had last visited Nepal in 2011. “The air pollution was just too severe.”
As America turns its attention to the upcoming midterm elections, a new national poll from the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics shows that only about half of American adults surveyed believe U.S. elections are fair and open. The poll, which was conducted in partnership with research organization Ipsos, also comes on the heels of the indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers – issued Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team – for alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Like many around the world, Becky Sauerbrunn closely followed the action in this year’s FIFA Men’s World Cup, which concluded Sunday in Russia with France being awarded the trophy in a booming thunderstorm after a 4-2 victory over Croatia. Unlike most of us, however, Sauerbrunn is also preparing for her third straight FIFA Women’s World Cup appearance next year, when France hosts the tournament.
Autumn Swain had her heart set on going to Cornell University. She dreamed of enrolling in the Ivy League school in Ithaca, New York, where she had done a summer program as a high school student. Then she learned about an innovative new study-abroad program tailor-made for first-year students at the University of Virginia, in which incoming students spend their first semester studying in London before moving to Grounds for the spring semester. That sealed the deal; Swain enrolled at UVA and headed straight for the U.K.
The Class of 2018’s walk down the Lawn for Final Exercises in May marked the end of the academic year at the University of Virginia, and Grounds suddenly became a little quieter. But while many students left Charlottesville, they are still learning. Some secured internships, while others are traveling out of the country to gain new experiences while studying abroad. This summer, 400 UVA students are studying all over the globe, according to UVA’s International Studies Office.
Doing Business in Uncertain Environments: Salome Saliashvili (Class of 2019) Reflects on DWC to Argentina
Salome Saliashvili is a rising second year at Darden. She is spending her summer at Citi for an investment banking internship in the Power Group in New York City. She previously held finance roles in a tech startup and think tank in Washington D.C. Salome graduated with degrees in Finance and Spanish from University of Alabama in Huntsville. She is originally from Republic of Georgia and enjoys traveling there. This past May, Salome participated in the Darden Worldwide Course to Argentina.
North Korea poses one of the world's trickiest diplomatic puzzles, and focusing solely on denuclearization won't solve it, according to a State Department veteran and University of Virginia faculty member who recently visited the Korean peninsula. History professor and former State Department official Philip Zelikow was in South Korea last week to participate in discussions with government officials, diplomats and scholars about ongoing negotiations between North and South Korea and the United States.
Miguel Gomez Ramirez, originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, is a rising second year student at Darden. He is spending his summer in the San Francisco Bay Area interning with Walmart E-commerce in Product Management. Before starting his degree at Darden, Miguel earned his Bachelor’s degree at Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and worked in management consulting and ecommerce strategy. Miguel took a few minutes to share his thoughts on the Darden Worldwide Course to Normandy this May.
After graduating from UC Berkeley, Aniket Patil worked at a Silicon Valley startup and with Deloitte where he helped develop services related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He is deeply interested in how business interacts with new technology and public policy. At Darden, he is the Vice President of Technology for the Consulting Club, Chief of Staff for the Business and Public Policy Club, and a Tri-Sector Leadership Fellow.
Center for Global Health
The University of Virginia’s Global Infectious Diseases Institute has funded seven projects designed to tackle challenging problems in infectious diseases worldwide. Collaborative teams drawn from diverse academic disciplines are researching ways to stop drug-resistant pathogens (the so-called “superbugs”), to control and treat Zika virus infections and to reduce tuberculosis rates among HIV-infected patients in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Eliany Mejia-Lopez was 20 years old and completing her final year of medical school in the Dominican Republic when she met a team of visiting doctors from the University of Virginia who made her think differently about the things she wanted to accomplish in medicine. The team was on a humanitarian mission, screening for cardiovascular disease in underserved populations. Mejia-Lopez decided then and there that she wanted to come to the United States for her residency – and, if at all possible, do it at UVA.
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For most students, planning a mission to Mars is not on the list of possible answers to that classic question. However, that is exactly what University of Virginia student Lucia Tian did. Tian, who took a year off from classes to complete two semester-long internships and a summer internship with NASA, spent part of her summer finalizing designs for an artificial gravity spacecraft that could ferry humans between Earth and Mars.
One of the U.S. Supreme Court’s most awaited decisions this term affirmed President Donald Trump’s power to ban travelers to the United States from five majority-Muslim countries. On Tuesday, the court ruled 5-4 in Trump v. Hawaiithat the president has wide latitude on national security and immigration matters. The initial ban, implemented in January 2017 through the president’s executive order, caused an uproar among lawyers and others concerned about civil rights and religious liberty.
At Darden, purpose travels well. Check out clips from the spring 2018 Darden Worldwide Courses to Spain, Israel, U.K., South Africa, Normandy, China, Argentina, Sweden, Japan, Uganda and Germany!
It was the fall of 2013, and University of Virginia alumna and Peace Corps volunteer Elizabeth Dettke had been in Zaza, Rwanda about eight months when local schoolteacher Christine Nyirahabimana approached her with an idea. Nyirahabimana, who grew up in the rural community about two hours southeast of Kigali, wanted to start a bakery to employ local single mothers with HIV, and she wanted Dettke to join her.
Yuji Iwasawa of Japan, who in 1997 earned a Doctor of Juridical Science degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, was elected Friday by the United Nations to serve as a judge on the International Court of Justice, the U.N.’s principal judicial body. The United States and 41 other national groups nominated the University of Tokyo law professor. Elected to fill a seat vacated by resignation, he will complete the term through 2021.
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The GenCyber Cyberwars Camp, hosted by UVA Engineering’s Department of Computer Science and sponsored by the GenCyber Program, a campaign to improve cybersecurity education funded by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, wrapped up Friday. This is the first year UVA has hosted a camp, in which high school teachers spend a week on Grounds for intensive training in how to teach cybersecurity. Organizers provide follow-up support during the year.
Scott Tingle is back from space, and he has some amazing stories to tell. The NASA astronaut, who completed the Executive Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business in 2015, recently returned from a six-month mission to the International Space Station, where he joined astronauts around the world in executing more than 200 science, operations and maintenance projects onboard.
A new ranking of master’s degrees in elementary education lists the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education as offering one of the top three such degrees in the nation. The ranking from College Choice, an online educational ranking site, takes into account “academic reputation rankings, program tuition rates, early career earnings of graduates, and student satisfaction,” according to the announcement.
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Peter Chege grew up in a small village in Kenya without electricity, initially believing a nearby city was on fire because it was lit up at night. Now he is an electrician at the University of Virginia. Chege, a third-year apprentice electrician in UVA’s Facilities Management division, said he feels blessed by God for his passage from Kenya to UVA. Born outside Nyahururu, Kenya, in 1970, Chege was the oldest of 10 children, eight of whom lived into adulthood. He was raised in a grass hut, with one door, no windows and an open fireplace in the center.