What It's Like to Ride a 'Lightning Bolt' Home from Space, According to a 'Hoo Who Did It

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.

Accolades: Curry School's Master's Degree Rated No. 3 in the Nation

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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.

Powered by Life: UVA Electrician Apprentice Recalls Childhood With No Electricity

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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. 

Humanities Scholars Examine Challenges Posed By Technology, Media

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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.

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In My Room: Artists Paint the Interior 1950-Now

Come to The Fralin Museum of Art from May 18, 2018 to September 30, 2018 to see landscape painting. Landscape painting was first seen in the Minoan frescoes of Crete around 1500 B.C. and artists continue to paint indoor spaces throughout the 20th century for various reasons. Click here to learn more about the exhibit.