Department: features

The Bore Hole: An Essay

The Bore Hole: An Essay

What is clean water worth?

When Kenda Mutongi (Grad ’93, ’96), a history professor at Williams College, returned to her village in Kenya to organize the digging of a well, she met unexpected resistance.

Winter 2007

The Wired Mind

The Wired Mind

Plugging into the heart of the brain

James Coan probes how the mind reacts to emotional situations, from holding hands to being homesick. Barry Condron blazes trails with computer images of fruit flies.

Winter 2007

Explaining the World

Explaining the World

Professor Lou Bloomfield demystifies the physics of everyday life

Lou Bloomfield, who teaches the popular introductory physics course "How Things Work," explains the science behind objects that students see every day.

Fall 2007

According to Custom

According to Custom

Student Traditions at Virginia

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.

Fall 2007

Murder, She Writes

Murder, She Writes

From New York crime fighter to New York Times best seller

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.

Fall 2007

Anatomy of a Mystery

Anatomy of a Mystery

The Jefferson-Hemings controversy in the post-DNA era

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.

Fall 2007

Sounding Off

Sounding Off

The Virginia Center for Computer Music is Making Noise

A small outfit with a big reputation, this UVA program dispels the notion that computer music is nothing but monotonous bleeps and bloops.

Summer 2007

Altered States

Altered States

Scientists analyze the near-death experience

For the past 30 years, UVA psychiatrist Bruce Greyson has tried to reach a scientific understanding of the phenomenon known as the near-death experience.

Summer 2007

Promises Kept

Promises Kept

Wounded Army veteran battles back

After two tours of combat and a suicide bomber's attack that left him badly injured, Dan Glanz is walking the Lawn this spring.

Summer 2007

The Accidental Altruist

The Accidental Altruist

Why Conor Grennan started an orphanage

He meant to take a year's vacation from his stressful job, but instead he found a new mission in the streets of Katmandu.

Summer 2007

Down on the Corner

Down on the Corner

A stroll through the University’s neighborhood

Always an integral part of life at the University, the Corner has been shaped by a colorful collection of characters and establishments.

Spring 2007

Putting Enemies on the Couch

Putting Enemies on the Couch

Vamik Volkan’s unofficial diplomacy

A professor emeritus of psychiatry at UVA, Vamik Volkan occupies a rare niche in his profession, examining global politics and ethnic conflict through the prism of psychoanalysis.

Spring 2007

Running on Respect

Running on Respect

UVA's Sorensen Institute wants to clean up politics

In an era in which mudslinging has become a science, UVA offers a voice in the wilderness, calling for civility.

Spring 2007

Know Your Lines

Know Your Lines

Getting into character

Go behind the scenes of the drama department's production of George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man, where students learn about collaboration and taking risks.

Spring 2007

Reflections of a Survivor

Reflections of a Survivor

Movie conjures warm—and wrenching—memories for Mary Jane Tolley

We Are Marshall, based on a 1960 plane crash that claimed the lives of Marshall University's football team, brings many emotions to the surface again for Mary Jane Tolley (Educ '66), whose husband, Rick Tolley (Educ '64), was the team's head football coach.

Winter 2006

The Experts

The Experts

Alumni tell us how it's done

From training dogs to picking stocks, UVA graduates share advice on a variety of topics.

Winter 2006

Into Africa

Into Africa

Lessons in cultural immersion

Seduced long ago by a lion's roar, environmental sciences professor Bob Swap introduces a new generation of students to a complex and changing Africa.

Winter 2006

Shades of Blue and Gray

Shades of Blue and Gray

The Civil War in art and film

Civil War scholar Gary Gallagher surveys the visual arts to show how attitudes toward the war continue to change.

Fall 2006

College Bound and Determined

College Bound and Determined

Finding balance in the admission process

UVA's admission deans clear away some of the misinformation and media hype that surround the process of getting into a selective university.

Fall 2006

After the Storm

After the Storm

Documenting the damage of hurricanes Katrina and Rita

After hurricanes ravaged an already fragile Gulf Coast, documentary filmmaker Christina Melton set out to tell the story from the viewpoint of those most affected.

Fall 2006

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Highlights

Infrequently Asked Questions

Infrequently Asked Questions

Even if you’re not physically strolling the Lawn, let this list of UVA fun facts bring you back, in multiple small ways, to life on Grounds.

Measured in Degrees

Measured in Degrees

UVA will confer another several thousand diplomas this spring. We’ve broken down past years’ academic degrees by disciplines. Take a look, and maybe a few clicks, at our interactive charts to explore the two-decade trends in subject-matter popularity.

Family Matters

Family Matters

Joanne Boyle, who served as the women's basketball head coach for seven years, retired after this season to finalize her daughter's adoption process, which could take years.

Bud Life

Bud Life

Along winding walkways and serpentine walls, our photo essay leads you down the gardens’ paths.