Department: digital exclusives

The History of Calendars

The History of Calendars

How astronomy, religion and ego led to what hangs on our walls today

The Gregorian calendar seems steady and unchangeable, right? Well, it took us a long time to get here. And it’s not even done changing.

February 10, 2016

Smooth Operation

Smooth Operation

UTS by the Numbers

A by-the-numbers look at what it takes to keep the fleet running.

November 16, 2015

Hoos on the Bus

Hoos on the Bus

Every rider has a story

Each year, UTS provides more than 3 million rides to the University community. We hopped on a bus and asked seven passengers to share their stories.

November 12, 2015

Beyond the Bus

Beyond the Bus

Ways of getting around Grounds, from the 19th century through the 21st

From streetcars to UTS to the UBike program, a look at on-Grounds transportation past, present and future.

November 12, 2015

Ghost World

Ghost World

A Look at the Supernatural Through the Lens of Six Disciplines

How UVA academics interpret the supernatural—spirits, visions, the undead and more—in their respective fields.

October 8, 2015

You Deserve a Break Today!

You Deserve a Break Today!

Explore 20th-century advertising with BackStory’s Brian Balogh

Take a look into the past, with commentary on select ads provided by UVA history professor and BackStory co-host Brian Balogh.

August 14, 2015

Brain Freeze

Brain Freeze

A UVA neurologist explains why ice cream can make us (literally) scream

What exactly is brain freeze and how can we avoid it? A UVA neurologist explains why ice cream can make us (literally) scream.

June 30, 2015

Make It Like Monticello

Make It Like Monticello

See a food historian make Jefferson's simple recipe for vanilla ice cream

Here's how to make a modern version of the vanilla ice cream Jefferson had served at Monticello

June 24, 2015

The Straight Scoop

The Straight Scoop

Busting the myth that Thomas Jefferson brought ice cream to the United States

Thomas Jefferson didn’t bring ice cream to the United States, but he was the first American known to write down the recipe.

June 24, 2015

Follow That Book!

Follow That Book!

Tracking the journey of a book across Grounds

How does a book get from the Ivy Stacks to you? Follow a book along its journey.

May 14, 2015

Guilty Pleasure Reads

Guilty Pleasure Reads

What UVA's literary set takes to the beach

Recommended beach reads from UVA's literati.

May 12, 2015

Raising Readers

Raising Readers

Three things you can do to raise kids who read

Three things you can do to raise kids who read.

May 12, 2015

Space Mountain

Space Mountain

A Tour of McCormick Observatory

UVA astronomy professor Ed Murphy gives a tour of McCormick Observatory, its history and its current purpose.

April 15, 2015

Secrets of the Spring Skies

Secrets of the Spring Skies

Ancient cultures relied on spring constellations to help them survive

In many cultures, from the Navajo to the Australian aborigines to the Aztec, stars not only represented glittering mythological stories, they also signaled the appropriate time to sow and to harvest, to celebrate or hunt.

April 13, 2015

Galactic Bones

Galactic Bones

A UVA undergraduate’s research is helping to reveal the Milky Way’s “skeleton.”

Catherine Zucker (Col '15) conducts research that is helping to reveal the Milky Way’s “skeleton.”

April 13, 2015

The Shocking Truth

The Shocking Truth

A UVA study finds people would rather be shocked than be alone with their thoughts

UVA psychology professor Timothy D. Wilson conducted a study that found that people would rather be shocked than be alone with their thoughts.

February 24, 2015

Love Among the Equations

Love Among the Equations

Two UVA economics professors find proof of love (or, quantifiable evidence of caring) in their research.

February 20, 2015

Monticello Redux

Monticello Redux

An 100-year-old Jefferson aficionado builds a Monticello replica in Connecticut

A centenarian in Somers, Connecticut, has built a replica of Monticello next to his own estate.

February 19, 2015

The Doctor Will Hear You Now

The Doctor Will Hear You Now

Alumnus Kenneth Warren teaches digital storytelling to physicians

Kenneth Warren (Educ ’04, ’11) teaches digital storytelling to doctors who wish to become more reflective and think more creatively.

January 20, 2015

Telling Stories, Digitally

Telling Stories, Digitally

Bethany Nowviskie, director of digital research & scholarship at the UVA library and director of the Scholars' Lab, discusses digital storytelling and what the online age has meant for the humanities.

January 19, 2015

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Highlights

Business, Anyone?

Business, Anyone?

“Maximizing Leadership Potential in Sports and Business,” a unique seminar for second-year M.B.A. students, is co-taught by a Darden dean and a men’s tennis coach.

Sensors & Sensibility

Sensors & Sensibility

At what point do wearable health sensors dehumanize patients? Learn about the abilities and limitations of these advanced detection methods through the eyes of science and sociology.

Jenifer Andrasko named UVA Alumni Association CEO

Jenifer Andrasko named UVA Alumni Association CEO

Corporate executive and management expert Jenifer Andrasko, a former U.S. Navy pilot, mission commander and NATO officer, will be the University of Virginia Alumni Association’s next president and CEO.

’Hoo Are You?

’Hoo Are You?

The University of Virginia has more than 230,000 living alumni. Take a look at how alumni demographics have changed over the past six decades, as well as where alumni live and what they do professionally.