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Humanities Scholars Examine Challenges Posed By Technology, Media

University at Large

Historians, political theorists, literary and media scholars and other humanities scholars from around the world gathered last week at the University of Virginia for a conference examining how big data and the new frontiers of new media technology introduced by Facebook, Google and other global companies have shaped and penetrated our daily lives. Hosted by the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences’ Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, the “Humanities Informatics” conference drew more than 220 international scholars to Grounds.

Q&A: Talking World Cup with UVA Men's Soccer Coach George Gelnovatch

Virginia Sports

When the 2018 World Cup begins Thursday in Russia, University of Virginia men’s soccer coach George Gelnovatch admits it will be a little strange not being able to cheer on the United States. In October, the U.S. – with former UVA coaching legend Bruce Arena at the helm – failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in more than 30 years after a loss to Trinidad and Tobago. Arena had been called on to rescue the squad after losses to Mexico and Costa Rica had the U.S. in last place in its qualifying pool.

Astronaut and Darden Alum Scott Tingle Reflects on Six Months in Space

Alumni

Astronaut Scott Tingle, who in 2015 completed the Executive Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, landed safely back on terra firma June 3 as his 168-day voyage on the International Space Station concluded with a parachute landing in the desert of Kazakhstan. The successful voyage represented the culmination of a lifelong dream and years of training for the Massachusetts native and decorated U.S. Navy pilot, who was selected as an astronaut in 2009 and completed the Darden program during his NASA training.

The Wooden 'Delorme Dome' Comes Home to Jefferson's Academical Village

University at Large

Near the end of the University of Virginia’s spring semester, Katie Watts had a choice between writing a final paper or undertaking 16 more hours of labor on the model of UVA’s original Rotunda dome that her class was completing. To her own surprise, Watts – who earned her master’s degree in architectural history from the University in May – chose the 16 hours of construction work.

UVA Board of Visitors Honors President Sullivan, Elects Her 'President Emerita'

University at Large

On Friday, the University of Virginia Board of Visitors passed a resolution honoring outgoing President Teresa A. Sullivan for her leadership at the University and officially electing her president emerita, effective Aug. 1. Sullivan, the University’s eighth president and the first woman to hold the office, will complete her term July 31. President-elect James E. Ryan, currently the dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will start his term as the University’s ninth president the next day.

Do Constitutional Rights Matter? Professor Read 700 Constitutions in Search of Answer

Law School

Constitutions are written to be the girders of civilized society. They enumerate what is allowed and what is not, all with the goal of constraining power and documenting a country’s values. But how do constitutions really affect society and keep governments in check? If anyone knows the answer to that question, it’s Mila Versteeg. The University of Virginia law professor has read about 700 national constitutions, from the United States’ seminal document to Thailand’s and everything in between.

Q&A: UVA Experts Share What They Will Watch for in Trump-Kim Summit

Global Affairs

During the prime-time hour in the United States Monday night, President Donald Trump will begin talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, marking the first time that a sitting U.S. president has met with the dictator’s regime. The historic summit, starting at 9 a.m. local time at the Capella Hotel in Singapore, comes after many months of negotiations and threats from both countries as the U.S. seeks to eliminate or limit North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.

Alumni Spotlight: Saudi Cable Company President Mohamed Ali Vaid Offers Seven Strategies for Fixing Underperforming Businesses

McIntire School

Mohamed Ali Vaid (McIntire ’99) has a proven history of turning things around. Before being promoted to company President, the former Vice President of the Saudi Cable Company helped the previously struggling firm to avoid closing its doors by controlling costs and scrapping its failing product segments and non-core assets while reducing its working capital cycle.

A Walk on The Lawn, 50 Years Later, Demonstrates the Power of Reunion

Alumni

Fifty years ago, the Final Exercises procession on the Lawn – perhaps the greatest rite of passage for University of Virginia students – was cancelled because of bad weather. On Saturday, as the Class of 1968 gathered on Grounds for its 50th reunion, bad weather again forced a cancellation of formal plans for members of the class to, at long last, walk the Lawn.

Words Cut Short: Remembering UVA Law Alumnus Robert F. Kennedy

University at Large

Robert F. Kennedy, a 1951 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, was mortally wounded June 5, 1968 – 50 years ago today. Better known as “Bobby,” Kennedy served as attorney general from 1961 to 1964, during a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement, and as a U.S. senator from 1965 to 1968, opposing American involvement in the Vietnam War (despite earlier support as part of the administration of his brother, President John F. Kennedy).

As World War II Raged, Patricia Earle Brought Quiet Change on the Home Front

McIntire School

As World War II drew to a bloody close just over 70 years ago, a young woman from Charlottesville transferred into the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce – the only woman in the school’s Class of 1946. Patricia Earle had never intended to go to the University. Though her father graduated from the School of Law, Earle never really believed UVA had a place for her. She mostly associated the University with the crowds of often-rowdy men who roamed through her town; besides, there were few openings for women there.

In Learning a Foreign Language, Being There Makes All the Difference

University at Large

Three University of Virginia scholars will spend the summer immersed in foreign cultures and languages, thanks to the Critical Language Scholarships from the U.S. Department of State. They are among approximately 550 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who received scholarships from the program. They will spend seven to 10 weeks this summer in intensive language institutes in one of 13 countries, studying languages the U.S. government has deemed "critical". 

Class of 2018: Personal Investments Yield Impactful Results for Future Private Equity Analyst

McIntire School

Ozair Ahmad (McIntire ’18) is deeply indebted to his UVA mentors for his McIntire experiences and the upcoming opportunities that stand to define his future. The Finance and Management concentrator credits his Finance professors for helping to cultivate his passion for investing and where it will take him. He also thanks his fellow members of the Alternative Investment Fund (AIF), of which he was CEO for the last academic year and managing director of its special situations group in the year previous.

Did You Spot the UVA Connections in Saturday's Royal Wedding?

Global Affairs

On Saturday morning, Britain’s Prince Harry wed American actress Meghan Markle in a royal wedding that captivated an audience of millions with its extraordinary blend of traditional ceremony and modern sensibility. Amid it all, a trained Wahoo eye could have spotted at least two University of Virginia connections: one in the crowd and one in the text of the sermon itself.

Around the World with DWCs: T. Hoang Le (MBA '18) on Four Global Experiences to Uganda, Cuba, Israel, and Ghana

Darden School

Recent graduate T. Hoang Le (MBA ’18) attended Darden as an international student from Vietnam. She moved to the U.S. when she was 16 and proceeded to attend Bryn Mawr College where she graduated with a degree in Mathematics in 2013. Before coming to Darden, T. helped companies in the technology, telecom, and media (TMT) space optimize their data science strategies. 

In Memoriam: John D. Bonvillian, Who Developed a Simplified Sign Language

University at Large

John Bonvillian, a pioneer in the field of augmentative and alternative communication who retired from the University of Virginia’s psychology department in 2015, died May 8 in Charlottesville. He joined the faculty in 1978 and also had an appointment in the interdisciplinary linguistics program. Bonvillian, 69, was a developmental psycholinguist who worked for years on developing a simplified sign language that non-speaking children with disabilities, including autism, could easily learn. 

Class of 2018: For Kids and Grownups Alike, Nursing Grad Emily Sun's an Advocate

Nursing School

If Emily Sun’s pockets are full of goodies to distract and delight small fry (from Paw Patrol and superhero stickers to “freezie spray” for a quick numbing before inserting IVs), her head is also a treasure trove of kidstuff. Lyrics to “Frozen” songs. Ana and Else references. Maybe even a ukulele song or two. But Sun, who on Sunday will receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Virginia, also knows that pediatric nursing has as much to do with parents as it does with youngsters.

Aly Yarris (Class of 2018) Compares Themes and Lessons from Three of Darden's Global Immersion Courses

Darden School

Before coming to Darden, Aly Yarris worked as a program manager at Stanford University where she designed educational leadership development programs for students. Aly earned a master degree’s in education at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 before deciding to pursue a business degree. Darden’s tight-knit community, emphasis in the classroom experience and close student-professor relationships were a few of the main drivers in her decision to attend Darden.

UVA Engineers Quadruple Performance of Their Water Purification Tablet

Global Affairs

A ceramic water purification tablet developed at the University of Virginia and used by tens of thousands of people in 40 countries is now four times better than before, thanks to recent innovations in its manufacturing process developed through research at UVA. Called MadiDrop+, the continuously reusable ceramic tablet – small enough to fit in the palm of your hand – disinfects water by slowly releasing safe pathogen-killing silver ions.

Class of 2018: Hands-On Learning Launches Joshua Jaspers

University at Large

Experiential learning – the practice of learning through hands-on experience – made all the difference for Joshua Jaspers, who will graduate Saturday from the University of Virginia. Several internships, his positions with Housing and Residence Life, and a recent international January-term course provided some key experiences and allowed him to practice different aspects of leadership and public service, he said. All of this contributed to his successes and helped him procure his upcoming job with a health care startup, Aledade.

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