According to Custom
As revered as the University's traditions are, some change with the times and others fade away entirely. Here's a look at just a few.
Murder, She Writes
Linda Fairstein (Law ’72) earned the nickname "Hell on Heels" during her 25 years as chief prosecutor for Manhattan's Sex Crimes Unit. Having helped reform a judicial system myopic about violence towards women, she's turned her talents to crime fiction.
Anatomy of a Mystery
Following a DNA study in 1998, many scholars believe that Thomas Jefferson likely fathered children by slave Sally Hemings. For others, the genetic findings deepen the mystery.
Explaining the World
Lou Bloomfield, who teaches the popular introductory physics course "How Things Work," explains the science behind objects that students see every day.
Help for a Degraded River
Engineering and architecture students collaborate to design the Learning Barge, a floating classroom meant to teach schoolchildren in Hampton Roads about ecology on the Elizabeth River.
Getting Out of a Jam
Worsening traffic on Virginia roads demands high-tech solutions. The Smart Travel Lab uses advanced computer models to develop them.
Research by professor John L. Knapp breaks down the University's sources of funding and its influence on the Charlottesville economy.