Class of 2018: Globetrotting Local Student Did Anything But Stay Home For School

University at Large

Would the children get a free, nutritious lunch? Did their school have running water? These are the kinds of issues Althea Pickering, who will become a “double ’Hoo” on May 20 when she receives her master’s degree in public policy from the University of Virginia, encountered when doing research in Kathmandu in March.

Q&A: Gaining a Bird's Eye View of the Greening of the Arctic

University at Large

University of Virginia terrestrial ecologist Howie Epstein has won a $607,000 NASA grant to use Earth-observing satellite data to assess how vegetation diversity is changing in the Arctic tundra. Epstein, a professor of environmental sciences, has for much of his career conducted research, both on the ground and via satellite, on tundra regions – cold, extreme northern latitude areas where windswept plains are treeless, but a variety of low-lying, clustering plants have adapted to the environment.

Take a Journey Through Pompeii with Photography Professor William Wylie

University at Large

Each time University of Virginia photography professor William Wylie returns to Pompeii, he finds something new to awe, humble or inspire him. For Wylie, a trip to the ill-fated Roman city is a journey through time. It reflects not only the catastrophic volcanic eruption in 79 AD that destroyed the Roman city and killed about 2,000 of its inhabitants, but also the archeologists and artists who have slowly pieced the remains of the city together, and the tourists – 2.5 million of them each year – who witness the devastation afresh each day.

Alex Koes (Class of 2018) Shares Takeaways from the Global Topics Course to Patagonia

Darden School

Alex Koes, Class of 2018, went to Patagonia along with eleven of his classmates to study leadership with the National Outdoor Leadership School, otherwise known as NOLS. He reflects on his experiences and lessons that he learned from his trip.

Class of 2018: Stargazing Student Stars in Astrophysics, Heading to Grad School

University at Large

University of Virginia student Bridget Andersen traveled 8,000 miles to South Africa last summer specifically to see something that she ultimately didn’t get to see – the winking of a star. Andersen, who will graduate this month with a double-major in astronomy-physics and computer science, was a lead observer in a team of astronomers in South Africa who spent a week seeking to determine the precise trajectory of a tiny mass of rock and ice in the far reaches of our solar system beyond Pluto, in a region called the Kuiper Belt.

Imagining an Icon

University at Large

University of Virginia art and architecture professor Sanda Iliescu still keeps the small American flag that her mother waved when welcoming President Richard Nixon to Romania in 1969. Now, more than 40 years later, that same small American flag sits on a table in Campbell Hall, carefully protected in a Ziploc bag as Iliescu and her students work on creating their own larger version.

Class of 2018: From Med-Evac to Medical Doc, Patrick Marvil Has Seen a Lot

School of Medicine

Patrick Marvil, who will graduate May 20 from the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, flew medical missions in Iraq and Afghanistan as a U.S. Marine helicopter pilot before coming to UVA. Sitting at picnic tables outside of the UVA Medical Center’s cafeteria, Marvil recently discussed his time in the Marine Corps, sailing (partially) around the world and how he decided to become a doctor.

Q&A: Denuclearization in North Korea? Todd Sechser Isn't Holding His Breath

Global Affairs

On Friday morning, Americans awoke to the news that North and South Korea have promised to officially end the Korean War and denuclearize the Korean Peninsula by the end of the year. We asked Todd Sechser, an associate professor in the University of Virginia’s Department of Politics and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, to break down the big announcement from the two countries, which have been locked in a tense armistice since fighting concluded in 1953.

A True Renaissance Man

University at Large

Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Patrick Oliphant, who began his editorial career as a copy boy in his native Adelaide, Australia at age 18, is lauded as one of today’s most influential political cartoonists. In the span of his more-than-60-year career, he has drawn more than 10,000 cartoons, which were syndicated to newspapers around the U.S. as well as abroad. Many of these – along with a variety of other original media – will now live at the University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

Isao Sekiguchi (MBA '04) Encourages Learning and Leading in Global Careers

Darden School

Isao Sekiguchi is the regional vice president for Nissan’s Africa, Middle East and India region. His primary responsibility is to create and implement a strategy for the region to achieve mid-long term growth, as well as to explore opportunities to co-work with alliance partners (Renault and Mitsubishi Motors) in the region.

Meg Greenhalgh (CLass of 2018) Elaborates on Darden Worldwide Course Experiences

Darden School

Meg Greenhalgh came to Darden in fall 2016 to further develop her entrepreneurial and business skills. As a Darden student, Meg has participated in a number of the global academic programs offered through the school, including a Global Client Course to Argentina in her first year at Darden and a Global Immersion Course to Cuba in her second year. Meg took a few minutes to share about her global experiences with these Darden Worldwide Courses.

Darden Celebrates Holi, the "Festival of Colors"

Darden School

Holi, also known as the “festival of colors”, is an Indian and Nepali spring festival celebrated all across the Indian subcontinent. It signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many, a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. It is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest. This year, the Darden South Asia Society (DSAS) celebrated Holi on Sunday, 22 April. 

Sen. Tim Kaine Discusses Congressional War Powers at UVA

Global Affairs

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia spoke with University of Virginia students Friday afternoon about the president’s power to authorize military action and his own concern about potential overreach. During Friday’s discussion, Kaine joined School of Law professor John Jeffries and Miller Center Executive Director Bill Antholis to examine the role that universities can play in such ongoing policy debates, with the Miller Center’s bipartisan National War Powers Commission as an example.

Class of 2018: Three Years in Honduras Led Christina Cabrera to Her Mission

University at Large

When Christina Cabrera transferred into the University of Virginia as a third-year student in 2015, she was asked if she wanted to sign onto the student meal plan. Not quite. Cabrera was a 23-year-old “non-traditional” student who was planning to commute to her classes from home. The biomedical engineer’s quest for “meaningful work” led to a summer internship and eventually a career in helping bring new medicines to market.

Stewart Gray (Class of 2018) Shares Reflections from the Darden Global Immersion Course to Israel

Darden School

Stewart Gray (Class of 2018) came to Darden after working for five years as a product analyst at Liberty Mutual Insurance in Boston, having previously completed his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College. He recently participated in Darden's course to Israel focused innovation and technology with Professor Yael Grushka-Cockayne. The following is a reflection on the experience in his own words

Global Health Award Winners' Projects Address Water, Environmental Issues

Center for Global Health

From studying attitudes toward malaria in South Africa to promoting water filtration in South Africa and Guatemala, 57 University of Virginia students will use Center for Global Health scholarships this summer to address public health problems with local partners around the globe. The UVA Center for Global Health’s University Scholar Awards, evaluated and awarded by an interdisciplinary committee, fund projects up to $5,000 for an individual and $15,000 for a group.

UVA Students Making a Healthy Impact, From the Great Plains of Peru

Center for Global Health

The University of Virginia’s Center for Global Health University Scholars work on a variety of projects, from bison grazing in South Dakota to cancer care in Peru. The scholarships are awarded each year by the Center for Global Health, supporting mentored global health research experiences in underserved communities and, as a byproduct, facilitating the development of leaders for global health. 

Two College Faculty Win Guggenheim Fellowships

College of Arts and Sciences

On April 4, two Arts & Sciences faculty members—Anna Brickhouse, professor of English, and Thomas Klubock, professor of history—were awarded Guggenheim Fellowships by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. 

Innovating and Starting Up a Learning Venture in Israel

McIntire School

Israel has been called the “startup nation” with good reason: Innovation and entrepreneurship drive the economy, shape policy, and fuel development throughout the tiny, arid land. As home to the world’s highest number of startups per capita, Israel offers an unmatched business education experience and a fitting destination for McIntire’s Global Commerce Immersion (GCI) program. 

Students and Alumni Unite in London Darden Worldwide Course

Darden School

Thirty-six second year students recently traveled to the United Kingdom for the Global Topics Course on Global Capital Markets led by finance professor Yiorgos Allayannis. The course, held 26-30 March, was the second that professor Allayannis has led in London with the support of Darden’s Center for Global Initiatives.