Topic: Science

Subtopics:   Astronomy and Cosmology Biology Engineering Environment Geology Neuroscience Physics Psychology Sociology
A Volunteer’s Perspective

A Volunteer’s Perspective

Farming Arugula in the Republic of Georgia

Excerpts taken from C. Bruce Williams’ personal diary:

Tskaltubo City, Republic of Georgia September 2009

My host’s name is Zurab Janelidze. He...

November 18, 2009

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

Art and Science

Art and Science

We who work and live within Mr. Jefferson’s University sometimes overlook the energy our founder devoted to other pursuits in his spare time. Among his many avocations,...

Winter 2009

Supersized Ring

Supersized Ring

Astronomers recently found the largest planetary ring in the solar system swirling around Saturn.

Winter 2009

Burning Question

Burning Question

Early farmers changed the weather

Our ancestors may have begun warming the planet 8,000 years ago.

Winter 2009

R&D in Brief

R&D in Brief

Less stress for medical students, tests for toddlers and the power of popularity among teens.

Fall 2009

A Wink Is as Good as a Nod

A Wink Is as Good as a Nod

Head movements trump gender in conversation

Watch a video that shows how researchers change perceived gender with video conferencing software.

Fall 2009

Adorable Secret to Success

Adorable Secret to Success

Exposure to cuteness increases fine motor skills

Imagine a calico kitten playing with a ball of string. Are you picturing it? Good, now you are—by a small but measurable margin—better prepared to...

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

Academic Notes

Academic Notes

Brain Drain?

A new study indicates that some cognitive skills peak at the age of 22, then begin a slow decline a few years later. Timothy Salthouse, a UVA professor...

Summer 2009

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Debating Change

It was with great regret that I read of plans to “preserve” Mr. Jefferson’s original intentions for Pavilion X (“This Old Academical...

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

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Highlights

From Bosnia, With Love

From Bosnia, With Love

A stint in Sarajevo inspired Katie Gar Ward (Col ’08) to do something for the country's many street dogs.

Pardon Our French

Pardon Our French

Founder’s Day, Paris 1919, the great party after the Great War, where they sang the “The Good Old Song” in what passed for French.