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  • Diplomatic Wahoos

    Jan 05, 2016

    UVA has supplied ambassadors since the earliest days of the republic and “currently, more Foreign Service officers are alumni of the University than of any other university,” including Derek Mitchell (Foreign Affairs '86), U.S. ambassador to Burma, and Kevin Whitaker (History '79), U.S. ambassador to Colombia.

  • Professors in the Pulpit

    Jan 05, 2016

    Vanessa Ochs, Heather Warren and Michael Suarez are among UVA faculty members who balance academic responsibilities with leadership roles in religious congregations.

  • Why Parents Can't Resist Buying Their Children the Hottest Gifts

    Dec 17, 2015

    Most parents resist the idea of capitulating to their children’s “I wants.” The reason they give in, UVA sociologist Allison Pugh says, goes much deeper than slick marketing.

  • Olivier Zunz's Research Inspires Smithsonian Exhibit

    Dec 17, 2015

    Olivier Zunz’s book, “Philanthropy in America,” provided important background for the exhibit’s curators, and Zunz took part in a panel discussion alongside Warren Buffett and David Rockefeller Jr.

  • Seeing Stars

    Dec 14, 2015

    A&S Astronomers are designing and building a $6 million observatory instrument that will reveal stars 25,000 light years and more away.

  • Q&A: Why Millennials Are Leaving Religion But Embracing Spirituality

    Dec 14, 2015

    Associate Professor of Religious Studies Matthew Hedstrom explains why millennials are leaving church but still believe in God -- and how consumer capitalism is driving the shift.

  • Media Studies Alumna Shares New Success After Surviving 'Shark Tank'

    Dec 14, 2015

    Desirée Davis Stolar (Interdisciplinary-Media Studies '07) shares what’s happened with her company, Unshrinkit, after its success on ABC’s “Shark Tank” and the surprising twist to the investment deal she struck with Mark Cuban.

  • IHGC Introduces First Class of Mellon Fellows

    Dec 04, 2015

    The Mellon Humanities Fellows Program is part of a broad multi-year Global South research initiative funded through a partnership between the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

  • Grant Supporting Collaborations Between Scientists and Philosophers Awarded to Eric Turkheimer

    Dec 03, 2015

    A research initiative by Psychology Professor Eric Turkheimer linking behavior genetics and philosophy has received a $5 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

  • Smithsonian Launches Exhibition Inspired by Olivier Zunz’s book

    Dec 03, 2015

    The exhibition, "The Power of Giving - Philanthropy's Impact on American Life," was inspired in large part by Professor Zunz's 2012 book, "Philanthropy in America: A History." He was joined at the Smithsonian by legendary philanthropists David Rockefeller, Jr. and Warren Buffett. David Rubenstein was the moderator of the panel discussion: "Real and Permanent Good - Examining a Century of American Philanthropy."

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