Department: first person

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.

Winter 2016

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?

Winter 2016

Questions Before Answers

Questions Before Answers

For inspiration, a novelist starts with what she doesn’t know

When asked how she comes up with story ideas, author Kim Brooks to points to a lesson learned from one of her UVA professors about asking questions.

Fall 2016

The Hidden Landscape

The Hidden Landscape

UVA’s vice provost on slavery at Jefferson’s University

Vice provost Maurie McInnis (Col ’88) reflects on the University’s complicated racial history and its implications for the present.

Summer 2016

The Pause

The Pause

A UVA trauma care nurse honors the lives of his patients

A UVA trauma nurse discusses the origins and importance of “The Pause,” a ritual practice that honors both a patient’s life and medical workers’ efforts to save it.

Spring 2016

The Best Investment

The Best Investment

The Affordable Excellence model is a good start for helping students in need

Alumnus and current graduate student Brendan Maupin Wynn discusses the importance of offering financial aid to students in need.

Winter 2015

Look Closer

Look Closer

To truly understand the gender wage gap, we need a holistic understanding of the data

Annie Rorem (Batten ’13) conducts research on education and labor force participation with a particular interest in gender.

Fall 2015

Stories Evil Tells

Stories Evil Tells

By using imagination to justify the Holocaust, the Nazis behaved as humans often have

Professor Alon Confino offers his thoughts on how humans use stories to explain our history and justify our motivations for doing things—the good things and especially the bad ones.

Summer 2015

The Case for Compassionate Policing

The Case for Compassionate Policing

UVA law professor argues for greater understanding between police officers and citizens

UVA law professor Josh Bowers advocates for a shift in the ways police officers see people and people see police officers. We are all human, he says, and entitled to dignified treatment.

Spring 2015

The Roar of the Lioness

The Roar of the Lioness

Iranian poet Simin Behbahani knew her voice was her strongest weapon against oppression

Professor Farzaneh Milani shares her thoughts on the work of Iranian poet Simin Behbahani and the power of poetry.

Winter 2014

The Wake of Watergate

The Wake of Watergate

How the lessons of Nixon’s resignation 40 years ago should matter this November

Gerry Warburg shares lessons learned from Nixon's registration in 1974, including how voter participation can inspire bipartisan action.

Fall 2014

Withholding Judgment

Withholding Judgment

Ethical questions about sex and Alzheimer's disease

Religious studies professor John Portmann ponders a difficult question.

Summer 2014

Snow Day

Snow Day

Student recalls February storm in words and pictures

Mina Pirasteh (Col ’15) documented a snow day on Grounds.

Spring 2014

Hollywood Dreams

Hollywood Dreams

After graduation, Jon Macht (Col '82) packed everything he owned in his car and headed for Hollywood.

Winter 2013

What I've Learned

What I've Learned

A UVA housekeeping supervisor reflects on 37 years on the job

UVA housekeeping supervisor reflects on 37 years on the job.

Summer 2013

The Quality of Souls

The Quality of Souls

A mother works to find a cure for her son’s syndrome

Alumna Audrey Davidow Lapidus writes about how a rare genetic syndrome has shaped her son's life as well as her own.

Spring 2013

Dark Skies, Bright Kids

Dark Skies, Bright Kids

Helping young students reach for the stars

Professor Kelsey Johnson helps kids reach for the stars, and find their own inner scientist.

Winter 2012

The Dilemma of U.S.-Iran Relations

The Dilemma of U.S.-Iran Relations

Reflections on a life's work

Iran is my birth land; UVA, my intellectual home for 60 years. Here, I've tried to advance understanding of Iran's foreign policy.

Fall 2012

What's the Rush?

What's the Rush?

Pressure for success raises questions about pace of life

Pressure for success raises questions about the pace of life

Summer 2012

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Highlights

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.

’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.