Department: features

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

A collection of University esoterica

Do you know which popular soft drink is named for a UVA alumnus? Or how about the top-secret military experiments conducted in the shadow of the Rotunda?

Winter 2009

Lunar Lunacy

Lunar Lunacy

Phil Plait battles ‘bad science’

Phil Plait (Grad ’90, ’94) has a simple lesson plan. Known Webwide as “The Bad Astronomer,” he wants to stop bad science, especially the spread of misinformation about all things celestial.

Winter 2009

Space Odyssey

Space Odyssey

Alumni who have “the right stuff”

Beginning in the 1960s and continuing through the most recent shuttle flight, UVA alumni have journeyed beyond the earth's bounds to work—and walk—in space.

Winter 2009

In the Land of the Midnight Sun

In the Land of the Midnight Sun

A poet returns to Alaska

The destruction of Eagle, Alaska, hardly made headlines. Yet, 3,000 miles away in Virginia, Ted Genoways was devastated.

Fall 2009

Targeting Addiction

Targeting Addiction

One man’s quest on the path of discovery

Addiction is a disease that affects millions. Dr. Bankole Johnson is developing a pharmaceutical treatment for it.

Fall 2009

Portrait of a Confessed Slowpoke

Portrait of a Confessed Slowpoke

Nothing’s safe from the sharp pencil of cartoonist Jen Sorensen

How does a comic writer come up with jokes? Jen Sorensen, author of the cartoon Slowpoke, reveals the secrets of humor.

Fall 2009

Scripting History

Scripting History

Culture wars challenge historical museums

How do sites like Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello—even UVA—strike a balance between entertaining tourists and educating them? Anthropology professor Richard Handler and other scholars weigh in.

Winter 2006

You Don't Say!

You Don't Say!

A collection of quotations from some of the University’s most celebrated figures, compiled by Fred R. Shapiro, author of The Yale Book of Quotations.

Which well-known Mark Twain quote can be traced to Thomas Jefferson? What Tina Fey joke is often mistakenly attributed to a candidate for vice president?

Summer 2009

Dolley Madison Goes Digital

Dolley Madison Goes Digital

New version of former first lady's papers fuels scholarship

Dolley Madison was famous for being the ultimate hostess, and now a project headed by Holly Shulman uses the tools of the digital age to open new windows onto the life and times of the former first lady.

Summer 2009

Making Movies

Making Movies

Alumni are making movies, short films, television shows and documentaries, from coast to coast.

Emerging talents in the entertainment industry reveal the grit and creativity behind the glamour.

Summer 2009

In Pursuit of Happiness

In Pursuit of Happiness

Psychologists explore everyone's favorite emotion

How would you reply if a psychologist asked how satisfied you were with your life? A trio of UVA professors delve into what makes us happy.

Spring 2009

Into the Wild

Into the Wild

The call of the wild beckons in many ways

A passion for the outdoors inspires the lives of many alumni. Some explore it, some guide others through it, some teach about it and others work to protect it.

Spring 2009

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Highlights

Making the Scene

Making the Scene

Lear deBessonet (Col ’02) and Jon Provan (Col ’09) are proving themselves in New York theater

Singular Sensation

Singular Sensation

Alumnus brought his Broadway talents to Charlottesville to direct and choreograph A Chorus Line.

Water for the World

Water for the World

A new tablet, developed by UVA engineers, could hold the answer to clean water for millions.