What Will It Really Take to Bring Peace to the Korean Peninsula?

Global Affairs

North Korea poses one of the world's trickiest diplomatic puzzles, and focusing solely on denuclearization won't solve it, according to a State Department veteran and University of Virginia faculty member who recently visited the Korean peninsula. History professor and former State Department official Philip Zelikow was in South Korea last week to participate in discussions with government officials, diplomats and scholars about ongoing negotiations between North and South Korea and the United States.

Miguel Gomez Ramirez (Class of 2019) Shares Leadership Lessons from Normandy

Darden School

Miguel Gomez Ramirez, originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, is a rising second year student at Darden.  He is spending his summer in the San Francisco Bay Area interning with Walmart E-commerce in Product Management. Before starting his degree at Darden, Miguel earned his Bachelor’s degree at Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and worked in management consulting and ecommerce strategy. Miguel took a few minutes to share his thoughts on the Darden Worldwide Course to Normandy this May.

Exploring Emerging Technologies in Germany: Reflections from Aniket Patil (Class of 2019)

Darden School

After graduating from UC Berkeley, Aniket Patil worked at a Silicon Valley startup and with Deloitte where he helped develop services related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He is deeply interested in how business interacts with new technology and public policy. At Darden, he is the Vice President of Technology for the Consulting Club, Chief of Staff for the Business and Public Policy Club, and a Tri-Sector Leadership Fellow.

Global Infectious Diseases Institute Funds First Wave of Projects

Center for Global Health

The University of Virginia’s Global Infectious Diseases Institute has funded seven projects designed to tackle challenging problems in infectious diseases worldwide. Collaborative teams drawn from diverse academic disciplines are researching ways to stop drug-resistant pathogens (the so-called “superbugs”), to control and treat Zika virus infections and to reduce tuberculosis rates among HIV-infected patients in sub-Saharan Africa.

Every Heartbeat Matters: From the Dominican Republic to UVA, and Back Again

School of Medicine

Eliany Mejia-Lopez was 20 years old and completing her final year of medical school in the Dominican Republic when she met a team of visiting doctors from the University of Virginia who made her think differently about the things she wanted to accomplish in medicine. The team was on a humanitarian mission, screening for cardiovascular disease in underserved populations. Mejia-Lopez decided then and there that she wanted to come to the United States for her residency – and, if at all possible, do it at UVA.

Here's One Way to Get to Mars, According to This UVA Student and NASA Intern

University at Large

For most students, planning a mission to Mars is not on the list of possible answers to that classic question. However, that is exactly what University of Virginia student Lucia Tian did. Tian, who took a year off from classes to complete two semester-long internships and a summer internship with NASA, spent part of her summer finalizing designs for an artificial gravity spacecraft that could ferry humans between Earth and Mars. 

UVA Law Faculty Explore Court Ruling on Trump's Travel Ban

Global Affairs

One of the U.S. Supreme Court’s most awaited decisions this term affirmed President Donald Trump’s power to ban travelers to the United States from five majority-Muslim countries. On Tuesday, the court ruled 5-4 in Trump v. Hawaiithat the president has wide latitude on national security and immigration matters. The initial ban, implemented in January 2017 through the president’s executive order, caused an uproar among lawyers and others concerned about civil rights and religious liberty.

Purpose Travels Well

Darden School

At Darden, purpose travels well. Check out clips from the spring 2018 Darden Worldwide Courses to Spain, Israel, U.K., South Africa, Normandy, China, Argentina, Sweden, Japan, Uganda and Germany!

This Cross-Continental Friendship is Changing the World

Global Affairs

It was the fall of 2013, and University of Virginia alumna and Peace Corps volunteer Elizabeth Dettke had been in Zaza, Rwanda about eight months when local schoolteacher Christine Nyirahabimana approached her with an idea. Nyirahabimana, who grew up in the rural community about two hours southeast of Kigali, wanted to start a bakery to employ local single mothers with HIV, and she wanted Dettke to join her.

UVA Law Alumnus Elected International Court of Justice Judge


Yuji Iwasawa of Japan, who in 1997 earned a Doctor of Juridical Science degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, was elected Friday by the United Nations to serve as a judge on the International Court of Justice, the U.N.’s principal judicial body. The United States and 41 other national groups nominated the University of Tokyo law professor. Elected to fill a seat vacated by resignation, he will complete the term through 2021.

Cybersecurity Goes to Summer Camp

University at Large

The GenCyber Cyberwars Camp, hosted by UVA Engineering’s Department of Computer Science and sponsored by the GenCyber Program, a campaign to improve cybersecurity education funded by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, wrapped up Friday. This is the first year UVA has hosted a camp, in which high school teachers spend a week on Grounds for intensive training in how to teach cybersecurity. Organizers provide follow-up support during the year.

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

Curry School

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

University at Large

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

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


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.