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Yvonne Farrell and Shelley Mcnamara, Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal In Architecture

Architecture School

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara are the directors of Grafton Architects, established in 1978. They have taught and lectured widely throughout Europe and in the United States. To mark the occasion of their receiving the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture, the UVA School of Architecture will host a public talk by Farrell and McNamara on April 13 at 3 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 153.

Ester Barbuto (MBA '17) Shares Rich Global Experiences in China, the Philippines, Russia, and South Africa

Darden School

Since arriving at Darden, Ester worked towards achieving the goals she set for herself, including getting more global exposure in the business arena. Through Darden Worldwide Courses (DWC), she experienced business cultures around the world firsthand, hearing directly from business leaders and visiting their companies.

Global Consulting Project Team Visits Client in Hong Kong

Darden School

In December, Darden Global Consulting Project teams visited their clients around the world. Four students on the JMATEK, Ltd. team, all Class of 2017, conducted their visit to Hong Kong. Due to the project’s nature, the students were able to deliver their suggestions to the client in person, as well as learn more about the company itself.

Manuel Bailo Esteve's Garden House 0.86_Z Wins Award

Architecture School

Associate professor Manuel Bailo Esteve and Rosa Rull Bertran of BAILORULL ADD+ received the award for the best single family house of the Barcelona 7a Mostra Arquitectura del Vallès for Garden House 0.86_Z. The project has been featured in the Vallès Catalan Architects Association of Barcelona and now extends into the Barcelona metropolitan region through an exhibition.

'Big Data' Traces Language Origins

University at Large

University of Virginia linguistic anthropologist Mark A. Sicoli and colleagues are applying the latest technology to an ancient mystery: how and when early humans inhabited the New World. Their new research, which uses “big data” techniques to analyze more than 100 linguistic features, suggests complex patterns of contact and migration among the early peoples who first settled the Americas.

Darden Student Shares Summer Internship in Jordan Experience

Darden School

Diandian (Selina) Yi, currently a second year residential MBA student at Darden, is originally from Shenzhen, China. She received her BBA from the City University of Hong Kong in 2011 and previously worked in risk management consulting at Ernst & Young in China. Since beginning her MBA program, Selina Yi has embraced the various global experiences that Darden has to offer and she shares about her experiences. 

These Alumni Are Fighting For Peace, One Cup Of Coffee At A Time

Alumni

Huw Rees-Jones and Mary Lansden Brewbaker, University of Virginia alumni,  started a business, Good Grounds Coffee Co., which sells coffee produced by former fighters and war widows in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Their coffee is now being sold in several specialty coffee shops in the United States (including Mudhouse Coffee Roasters in Charlottesville) even as the couple continues to seek new partnerships with investors and nonprofits.

From 'Iron Man' to 'Star Wars,' How Hollywood Cashes In On China's Box Office

University at Large

In 1999, Aynne Kokas was an undergraduate student living in a film studio in Beijing that housed not only the studio, but a film academy and student dorms. Now an assistant professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, Kokas has written a new book, “Hollywood Made in China,” an examination of that growing relationship and what it means for media in both countries.

Novelist Junot DÍaz Draws SRO Crowd To Conclude Popular Residency

University at Large

The University of Virginia’s Creative Writing Program concluded its series of three public events featuring Kapnick Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Junot Díaz with a Feb. 7 lecture by the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. During his three-week stay on Grounds as the fourth Kapnick Distinguished Writer-in-Residence, Díaz also offered master classes to students in the Department of English’s Creative Writing Program.

Scholar Showcase: David Peña (Class of 2017)

Darden School

David Gabriel Peña, currently a second year residential MBA student at Darden, is originally from Barranquilla, Colombia. While at Darden, David has gotten involved with several career and affinity clubs including the Private Equity Club where he was elected Vice President of Careers, the Latin American Student Association and the Darden Racquet Association. David shares his reflections on his time here thus far. 

Linda Long (Class of 2017) Sheds Light on Darden Worldwide Courses

Darden School

After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Beijing, China, Ling (Linda) Long worked as an Associate and Senior Associate at PwC and wanted to pursue her MBA degree in the U.S. Linda attended a few Darden alumni and admissions events in Beijing, where she felt extremely welcomed at Darden alumni receptions and reflected on the process of adjusting her learning style to get the most from the case-method at Darden.

Reflections from Cuba

Darden School

Alice Cassin (Class of 2017) participated in the January 2017 Darden Worldwide Course to Cuba which focused on Cuba’s economy in a state of transition. Alice shared some reflections and key learnings from the course. 

UVA Holds Immigration Town Hall In Wake Of Trump Travel Ban

University at Large

Members of the international community at the University of Virginia attended a special town hall Tuesday evening to get answers on how President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban and other administrative actions will affect them. Organized by the International Studies Office, the University invited immigration attorney Mark Rhoads to present to students, scholars, faculty and staff in Gibson Hall.

India Captivates Darden Students in 2017 Worldwide Course

Darden School

In January 2017, Darden first year and second year students travelled to Bangalore and New Delhi on the Darden Worldwide Course to India, which focused on the topics of data science, technology, and entrepreneurship. 

Q&A: 6 Questions For The Fralin Museum Of Art's New Director

University at Large

Matthew McLendon’s curatorial career has taken him all over the world, from studies in Florence, Italy and a stint working at London’s famed Tate Britain Museum, to his recent six-year tenure at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida. Now, he is bringing his talents and experience to Charlottesville as the director and chief curator of The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, where he started Jan. 9.

Introspective Magazine Designer Spotlight: Thomas Woltz

Architecture School

Thomas Woltz, the 49 year old principal of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW), spends appoximately 200 days a year traveling the globe to check on the firm's ongoing commissions and commuting between its two headquarters and has just returned from four days in the dry tropical forest of Panama. 

A-School Students Win First Prize in International Design Competition

Architecture School

Shannon Ruhl's (MArch '17) and Donna Ryu's (MArch '16) project "Inflato Border," tied for first place among 152 entries in the international design competition "Building the Border Wall." In response to the growing controversy and political interest in the Mexico-U.S. border, the competition's challenge was "to bring bold humanitarian solutions, creativity and innovation to bear on alternative ideas of a border wall". 

Trump Takes On Middle East's Gordian Knot

University at Large

John Owen, Taylor Professor of Politics, specializes in the study of international relations. A faculty fellow at UVA’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. As a recipient of a Humboldt Research Award, he spent the 2015-16 academic year in Germany, researching how transnational ideological and cultural similarities and differences affect, and are affected by, international relations. Owen is asked to discuss the U.S. relations in the Middle East with a focus on a new administration taking over. 

UVA President, Provost Address Immigration Issues

University at Large

The UVA President, Teresa Sullivan, addresses the recent executive order issued by the White House which prohibits people from seven countries from entering the United States. Resources are available for students, scholars, and all those affected by the executive order. 

Brazil Research Collaboration Award Winners

University at Large

The Office of the Vice President for Research, in conjunction with UVA Global are very pleased to announce the following awards offered through SPRINT, a joint mobility program supporting the development of new research collaborations with Brazilian partners in the state of São Paulo.  

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