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Record Turnout

Record Turnout

Reunions 2009 sets high-water marks

Reunion turnout eclipsed last year’s attendance by about 25 percent and was double the number of 2005.

Fall 2009

From DNA to the N.I.H.

From DNA to the N.I.H.

Geneticist to lead health efforts

Francis S. Collins to head multi-billion dollar research institute.

Fall 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

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

Playground Smack-down

Playground Smack-down

Chris Glasser wins 2009 four square world championship

When asked why he would pursue a sport like four square, Glasser is circumspect: “Why? Because it’s silly.”

July 14, 2009

Fighting Human Trafficking

Fighting Human Trafficking

Alumnae at the Polaris Project tackle modern slavery

When Andrea Austin learned about human trafficking, she refused to believe it. It seemed like something out of a far-fetched movie.

June 10, 2009

The World’s Hottest Nerd?

The World’s Hottest Nerd?

UVA neuroscientist becomes TV reality star

Colin Steers went from studying neurology to being cast as the “hot nerd” on this season’s Make Me a Supermodel.

June 10, 2009

Scaling Kilimanjaro

Scaling Kilimanjaro

An audio slideshow of Liz Freer's emotional journey to the top of Africa's tallest mountain

Audio Slideshow: Liz Freer (Col ’08) and her mother, Dr. Carol Freer (Grad ’86), climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise funds for breast cancer research.

June 10, 2009

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

New & Notable: The Thomas Jefferson Edition

New & Notable: The Thomas Jefferson Edition

Jefferson inspires these authors to rethink American culture and to untangle the facts from the mythology surrounding one of our nation’s most influential figures.

Summer 2009

Scenes from an Inauguration

Scenes from an Inauguration

Patient people, poetric address part of historic ceremony

On the morning of the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States, I woke up next to Abraham Lincoln...

Summer 2009

Black Alumni Weekend

Black Alumni Weekend

Event draws record crowd

More than 1,200 members of the University community—alumni, faculty, students and friends—gathered in April for Black Alumni Weekend, making it the largest turnout in the event’s history.

Summer 2009

The Need for Speed

The Need for Speed

John Sinders chases racing dreams in Dubai

John Sinders owns Khaleji Motorsport, which competes in the branch of auto racing that features cars like Porsche and Ferrari, and gets behind the wheel himself.

Summer 2009

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