College of Arts and Sciences
The World War I-era sheet music housed in the University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collection Library should feel old, by most measures. It was composed more than 100 years ago for a massive war fought not with nuclear power or cyberweapons, but in the trenches, with bullets, bombs and millions of men. It was heard not through earbuds or stereo speakers, but in parlor music concerts and over the radio, a new technology that was only just beginning to make its way into American homes.
Architecture Department Chair and Professor Felipe Correa presents a complex analysis of the growth of São Paulo, Brazil in his recent publication, São Paulo: A Graphic Biography (University of Texas Press and Romano Guerra Editora). The publication was featured in an article by Giacomo Pirazzoli for Abitare magazine.
College of Arts and Sciences
Pope Francis convenes the world’s bishops at the Vatican this week for an unprecedented meeting to discuss sexual abuse, turning a bright spotlight on the Catholic Church and on broader questions and complexities associated with organized religion. University of Virginia students in courses like religious studies professor John Portmann’s “Cultural Catholicism” tackle these kinds of questions every day.
Ha Jiming, an economist and former vice chairman and chief investment strategist at Goldman Sachs in China, recently spoke to students at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business about the economic consequences of ongoing trade disputes between the United States and China.
Zhana Edmonds (Class of 2019) recently participated in Darden’s inaugural student-led trek to West Africa. Zhana, center in above photo in front of Ghana’s Independence Arch in Accra, shared her reflections from the trip.
Batten Professor Bala Mulloth thrives in different cultures. “I was born and raised in Mumbai, studied in New York City, then worked in Budapest, Hungary, and for the past four years, I have lived in Charlottesville,” said the professor of Social Entrepreneurship.
Some of Phung Huynh’s fondest childhood memories involve peeling shrimp, chopping meat, washing vegetables and cooking rice. The reason she looks back so fondly on those activities is because she did them with her mother, Nu Ly. “She always loved to cook,” Huynh said, “and really enjoyed it when other people enjoyed her food.” Huynh’s mother had learned from her own mother in Vietnam. One of Huynh’s mother’s dreams had been for her daughter to open her own restaurant.
University at Large
Thomas Platts-Mills, now head of the University of Virginia’s Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and known around the world for several groundbreaking allergy discoveries, made good on those promises to himself, studying at Oxford’s Balliol College like his father, receiving his medical training at St. Thomas’ Hospital Medical School in London and earning his Ph.D. from London University.
Tanvi Bindal (left middle in first row in above photo) participated in Darden’s exchange program in fall 2018. Tanvi, who is from and has lived in ten culturally distinct states in India, is a second year MBA student studying general management at ESADE in Spain. Prior to pursuing her MBA, she worked in India as a software engineer at Accenture and as a business analyst at eClerx serving clients in the U.S. market.
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The University of Virginia and the National Geographic Society will partner to present National Geographic On Campus, a two-day science and storytelling event open to undergraduate and graduate students at UVA. The event takes place March 1-2 on Grounds.
Selam Kairu lives in Nairobi, Kenya, but she credits a lot of her business’s growth to lessons learned from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, approximately 7,600 miles away. Since beginning online studies with Darden, Kairu and her husband Ken, who jointly started an insurance agency, have increased sales, automated their insurance claims process, transformed their marketing strategy and developed a strategic plan to guide their company for years to come.
Coca-Cola VP on the Evolution Communications, Leadership Skills of the Future, Super Bowl in Coke's Back Yard
Joanna Price’s global career at The Coca-Cola Co. began in Australia and has included stints in Hong Kong, Shanghai and now Atlanta, where she serves as vice president of global communications. During a recent visit to the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Price addressed Professor June West's and lecturer (and former Coca-Cola executive) Steve Soltis' “Leadership Communication During Times of Disruption and Transformation” class.
Sailors on ships like the USS Alamo spent days and weeks in the territorial waters of Vietnam, where they could have been exposed to the toxic herbicide Agent Orange — linked with various health conditions including Parkinson’s disease and cancer. Until recently, they were not eligible for the same health benefits as soldiers who served on the ground or patrolled inland rivers, and who later developed health problems associated with Agent Orange.
Dr. Xue Feng, Research Assistant Professor of BME and CTO of local BME start-up Springbok Analytics, was one of two first place finishers in the BraTS 2018 Challenge. The goal of the competition was to identify the best machine learning algorithms for brain tumor segmentation, progression assessment, and overall survival prediction. Feng finished first in the survival prediction task, winning a cash prize and an invitation to speak on the topic this fall in Grenada, Spain.
In its “Global MBA Ranking 2019,” the London-based publication Financial Times named the University of Virginia Darden School of Business the No. 1 MBA program in the world for both general management and corporate social responsibility.
For most of October, University of Virginia alumnus Stephen Hiltner trekked through the wilds of England and Scotland, with camera, laptop and even spare firewood in tow. Hiltner, who graduated in 2007 with degrees in biochemistry and English, is a reporter and photographer for The New York Times’ “Surfacing” column, which tasks him and two other journalists with traveling the world to explore cultures that fascinate them.
On February 23, the third annual NASPPA-Batten Student Simulation Competition will take place, bringing together a record 585 graduate students from around the globe to tackle policy issues associated with forced migration through computer-based simulated gameplay. A partnership between the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), this year’s competition will connect students from 137 universities and 27 different countries at 11 global host sites.
School of Engineering
Shakira Hobbs can generate energy and fertilizer from food waste, and she’s using that ability to benefit a rural community in Belize. Hobbs, a research associate in the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment at the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering, built a mechanical digester – “think of it as a mechanical stomach to break down organic material in an oxygen-free environment,” she said – to convert organic waste to fuel and fertilizer, all part of a research project in Sittee River, Stann Creek District, Belize.
From Expectation to Appreciation: Andrew Manuel (Class of 2019) Reflects on Global Immersion Course to Dubai & Bahrain
Andrew Manuel (Class of 2019, far left) recently participated in “Honoring the Traditions of the Past While Confronting the Challenges of the Future,” the new Darden Worldwide Course to Dubai and Bahrain, led by Professors June West and Yiorgos Allayannis.
Just a year ago, Danielle Collins was playing in a WTA Oracle Challenger Series tournament in Newport Beach, having been eliminated in the third qualifying round of the Australian Open. Now, after a meteoric rise, the 25-year-old has a chance to become the first-ever Cavalier to play in a Grand Slam final. Tennis players often turn professional before they hit their 20s, but after high school, Collins decided to attend the University of Florida, playing tennis under four-time national champion coach Roland Thornqvist.