Approaching Culture with a Business Mind: Reflections from the Darden Worldwide Course to Russia

Darden School

Lydia Hackert (Class of 2018) participated in the January 2018 Darden Worldwide Course to Russia, which took students to Moscow and St. Petersburg, focusing on adapting products, services and businesses to an emerging market. Lydia, who worked for the U.S. Department of State before coming to Darden, shared her reflections on the course and how it fits into her overall MBA experience.

In the Room Where it Happens

Global Affairs

For Pete Souza, the awe of photographing the president never quite wore off. As the chief White House photographer for former President Barack Obama and a White House photographer for former President Ronald Reagan, Souza had a front-row seat to some of the most consequential moments in American history and unparalleled behind-the-scenes access to the American president.

Miller Center Scholars Analyze Trump's First Year

Global Affairs

The University of Virginia’s Miller Center has spent more than two years analyzing how American presidents have performed during their first year in office. On Thursday, scholars focused that analysis on President Donald Trump.The Miller Center’s First Year Project, launched in October 2015, provides historical context and analysis of the challenges facing current and previous administrations, based upon research from numerous scholars and the center’s own remarkable archives.

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The world’s first fully painted feature film – co-produced by 1991 University of Virginia alumnus Sean Bobbitt – has just been nominated for an Academy Award. “Loving Vincent” is the product of more than six years of painstaking work. The thick brush strokes of a cadre of skilled artists created 65,000 film frames in Vincent Van Gogh’s signature swirling impasto style.

Paying it Forward, With Interest: One Act of Kindness Leads Student to Help Thousands

School of Commerce

University of Virginia student Wei Lin, who grew up in Centreville, remembers as a child going with his mother to the local library, where she could get help with the family taxes through the national Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Lin, now a fourth-year student in the McIntire School of Commerce, remembered the patience and diligence of the volunteer working through his family’s documents and wanted to pay it forward. 

From Mumbai to Charlottesville to New York, Gayatri Kulkarni (Class of 2018) Reflects on Career Transitions and Travels

Darden School

Gayatri Kulkarni, a computer engineering student from Mumbai, India, worked in the technology side of JP Morgan in India when she found herself increasingly interested in finance. In her search for business schools, Gayatri was impressed by Darden’s focus on the case method and glad to see the variety of international opportunities offered by Darden.

Q&A: Trauma Surgeon Brings Message From Syrian War Zone

Global Affairs

The United Nations has called the Syrian civil war “the biggest humanitarian and refugee crisis of our time.” As a trauma surgeon in Syria from 2012 to 2016, Dr. Mahmoud Hariri was right in the middle of it. UVA Today had the chance to speak with Hariri, who recently completed a research fellowship at Harvard University and is giving talks at UVA this week.

UVA Darden Students Advise a Startup a World Away

Darden School

Stewart Gray and Mathew Reiss have never been to Macedonia and knew little of its culture and business climate before a Peace Corps volunteer reached out, looking for MBA students interested in advising entrepreneurs there. A few short monthater, Gray and Reiss have helped a promising Macedonian entrepreneur take her venture closer to reality.

UVA Astronomers Play a Starring Role at National Astronomical Meeting

University at Large

From extrasolar planets to colossal stars to an infrared light mystery, University of Virginia astronomers presented their research at this month’s annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society in National Harbor, Maryland, and recently in leading journals. Also, an incoming UVA astronomer, Ilse Cleeves, earned an award for her promising research.

Exchange Students Arrive on Darden Grounds for Spring Semester

Darden School

Please join the Center for Global Initiatives in welcoming new exchange students to Darden grounds! During the spring 2018 semester, Darden is hosting five students from five different schools: IESE in Spain, the Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands, the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, the Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden, and the Indian School of Business in India.

To Russia With Love: UVA Research Team Creates One-of-a-Kind Database

School of Medicine

With the U.S. State Department seeking its assistance, the pressure was on a team of University of Virginia researchers to complete a one-of-a-kind project that could help save lives — and potentially improve relations between the U.S. and Russia.

UVA Tops Admission Application Record for Third Straight Year

University at Large

For the third straight year, a record number of applicants – including the most-ever minority and first-generation college students – have applied for admission to the University of Virginia. Unofficial totals as of Thursday morning showed there were 37,188 applicants, an increase of 1 percent above last year’s record pool.

What's New for Kevin Everson, UVA's Prolific - and Engaging - Film Professor

College of Arts and Sciences

Many University of Virginia students are drawn to art professor Kevin Everson’s classes by his sterling reputation among filmmakers. Everson, who has been at UVA for 17 years, has created eight feature-length films and more than 120 shorts. His work has headlined museums and festivals at the pinnacle of the art world, from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Tate Modern in London to film festivals in Sundance, Toronto, Berlin and more.

Q&A: UVA Media Studies Professor Discusses Unrest in Iran

University at Large

With a stunted economy leading to a rebellion against Islamic leadership, the last two weeks have been among the most tumultuous times in Iran since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. On Monday, UA Today sat down with University of Virginia assistant professor of media studies Emily Blout for her insights on the recent upheaval in the country.

The View From Near-Earth Orbit: UVA Scientist Helps Set Satellites' Priorities

University at Large

Over the past two years, University of Virginia environmental scientist Scott Doney served on a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine panel that on Friday released a report making recommendations for what satellite Earth observations should be made during the next decade by NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United States Geological Survey.

Narrowing the Health Care Gap For Latinos, One Visit at a Time

University at Large

Dr. Max Luna, a native of Guatemala and an associate professor of medicine at the University of Virginia, saw a need – and filled it.The Charlottesville area’s Latino community was in need of affordable, sustained health care. Thus was born the Latino Health Initiative, a program that pairs the two in a mutually beneficial relationship.

To Russia With Love: UVA Research Team Creates One-Of-A-Kind Database

Global Affairs

After combing through more than 8,000 scientific articles, the team – led by Dr. Scott Heysell, an associate professor of medicine for infectious diseases and international health – has put the finishing touches on what they believe is the only geo-located database of HIV research conducted in Russia and former Soviet Union countries.

From Half a World Away, Engineering Student Tackles Housing Problem in Armenia

School of Engineering

Leon Yacoubian is a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia, but he’s already putting his education to use on the other side of the planet. An ethnic Armenian majoring in civil and environmental engineering, Yacoubian and some of his fellow students are seeking to develop housing for Armenians still suffering from a 1988 earthquake.

UVA Architecture Alumnus Invited to Participate in Bi-City Biennale

Architecture School

The Bi-City Biennale (UABB) based in Shenzhen and Hong Kong has invited Fuhou Zhang (M Arch '17) to exhibit under the theme of Cities, Grow in Difference. His exhibited work was originally designed for the 2017 Schindler Global Award, for which it was selected as one of 12 finalists. The project explores the integration of infrastructure with architecture and landscape designs in a systematic and creative way. 

NAFTA 2.0: A Primer on Tense Negotiations Between U.S., Canada and Mexico

Global Affairs

Even as the political spotlight has turned away and the holiday season has provided a distraction, negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement have continued, with far-reaching consequences for all three countries evolved.