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Winter 2016

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NASA’s Unseen Heroes

NASA’s Unseen Heroes

Margot Lee Shetterly discovered an important part of American space race history in her own childhood neighborhood.

Shoot to Thrill

Shoot to Thrill

UVA sports photographer Matt Riley shares some of his favorite photographed moments from the past decade.

The Jefferson Curating Society

The Jefferson Curating Society

In the end, the need to preserve the artifacts of UVA’s oldest student group was beyond debate.

National Treasure

National Treasure

UVA poet and National Book Award finalist Rita Dove shares stories of her family, writing career and teaching at UVA.

Hire Ed

Hire Ed

As up to 30 percent of UVA faculty prepare for retirement, the University prepares new hiring methods to fill the vacancies.

University Digest

UVA in the Rankings

UVA in the Rankings

See where UVA ranks among the top colleges and universities in the country, according to US News & World Report, Business Insider, Princeton Review and The Economist.

Spirit of ’76 Back on Grounds

Spirit of ’76 Back on Grounds

In September, Virginia paid homage to the 1976 basketball team as part of an All-Sports Reunion weekend, drawing more than 500 alumni athletes.

News Briefs

News Briefs

New bicentennial celebration chairs announced; professor honored by Washington Monthly; head of VFH retires; Distinguished Teaching Award honoree

New Housing, Health Center Set for Brandon Avenue

New Housing, Health Center Set for Brandon Avenue

One of the most centrally located streets around Grounds is getting a makeover that aims to benefit students for years to come.

Jury Awards $3M in Rolling Stone Suit

Jury Awards $3M in Rolling Stone Suit

A federal jury in Charlottesville awarded Associate Dean Nicole Eramo $3 million against Rolling Stone magazine for defamation.

Jordan Hall Renamed for Alumna Pinn

Jordan Hall Renamed for Alumna Pinn

Dr. Vivian Pinn was the only female and minority member in the UVA School of Medicine’s Class of 1967.

At a Crossroads

At a Crossroads

What had once been a cluster of small businesses on the outskirts of the University is set to become part of a corridor that beautifies and unifies Grounds.

Sports

JPJ Gets Upgrades for ACC Network

JPJ Gets Upgrades for ACC Network

UVA’s athletics department has been renovating and expanding its production facilities in John Paul Jones Arena in order to meet technical specifications for the new ACC Network.

#DreamJob

#DreamJob

When alumnus Brian Leung started tweeting about UVA baseball one night, he never could have guessed that it would lead him to his dream job.

Arts

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

Six new books from alumni and faculty, plus a look at the bestsellers at the UVA bookstore.

Breakout Artist

Breakout Artist

Lolita Foster, whose passion for theater began at the University, turns a walk-on role into a two-year gig with Netflix's popular show, "Orange is the New Black."

’Hoo You Gonna Call

’Hoo You Gonna Call

Alumnus and nuclear physicist James Maxwell was doing research at MIT when Columbia Pictures approached him about props for a new movie.

More Departments

Why UVA Is All They Ever Talk About

Why UVA Is All They Ever Talk About

Economics Professor Kenneth G. Elzinga reflects on the characteristic of UVA graduates who seem to keep talking about their University experiences even after entering the workplace.

Investing in UVA’s Third Century

Investing in UVA’s Third Century

President Teresa A. Sullivan articulates plans for the Universities third century, while preparing to celebrate the achievements of the past 200 years.

Our Solar System, Ourselves

Our Solar System, Ourselves

What exactly is "the Anthropology of Outer Space," and how does it help science students gain valuable perspective about their work?

From Helvetica to a Helluva Ride

From Helvetica to a Helluva Ride

How did CBS Executive Producer Mary Hager end up in political media, and why does she have UVA's former football coach to thank for her career path?

Person to Person

Person to Person

The Mead Money program encourages faculty to form strong bonds with students outside the classroom by paying for their lunch.

An immune system molecule makes you more social.  Wait, what?

An immune system molecule makes you more social.  Wait, what?

Current UVA Medical School research on mice may lead to a greater understanding of how immune cells affect the brain.

Pulp Fact

Pulp Fact

UVA student publications grapple with the same print vs. online issues that preoccupy the rest of the newspaper industry.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Readers share their thoughts on past issues, plus a farewell message from Alumni Association President C. Thomas Faulders III.