Topic: Research

Elephant Speak

Elephant Speak

What the 2004 tsunami can tell us about animal communications

The Dec. 26, 2004, earthquake resulted in a human death toll of a quarter million people, but few animals perished. Drawing on his pioneering research about elephant behavior, Michael Garstang, an emeritus professor of environmental sciences at UVA, is on the hunt to find out why.

Winter 2008

The Power of Normal

The Power of Normal

UVA changing misperceptions, behavior with social norms campaign

All UVA students are heavy drinkers, right? Wrong. The National Social Norms Institute at UVA addresses common misperceptions.

Winter 2008

A Bug Before a Bang

A Bug Before a Bang

Glitch doesn't diminish proton collider's promise

Though the launch of the world’s most powerful particle accelerator was marked by a ding instead of a bang, the Large Hadron Collider still holds the promise of unlocking secrets about the essence of matter and insights into the Big Bang.

Winter 2008

A Balm for Burns

A Balm for Burns

Inventor receives award for gel

Burn victims suffer a unique agony. The pain of their injury is compounded by the rigorous cleansing required to ward off infection, a common and often fatal complication.

Fall 2008

R&D In Brief

R&D In Brief

Hillary Bart-Smith works on an autonomous undersea vehicle based on manta rays, Laura Galloway analyzes the maternal effect in plants and more.

Fall 2008

Tapping Into the Brain

Tapping Into the Brain

Device allows people to communicate with their minds

Cognitive science professor Dennis Proffitt works on a new device to help patients with paralysis communicate.

Fall 2008

Lost Flower Power

Lost Flower Power

Findings may explain current pollination crisis

A study by UVA researchers suggests that air pollution may be a cause for the decline in populations of pollinating insects, including bees.

Fall 2008

Post-Combat Care

Post-Combat Care

Plastic surgery procedure has new applications

UVA plastic surgeon Adam Katz finds new applications for a fat grafting procedure.

Fall 2008

Deep-Rooted Politics

Deep-Rooted Politics

Clues about what makes us red or blue

Research suggests that political affiliation may be the result of something deeper than conscious identification with an ideology.

Summer 2008

Hacked

Hacked

Student uncovers far-reaching security threat

A doctoral student in computer engineering finds security flaws in an RFID chip commonly used in subway passes.

Summer 2008

What Makes Snakes Scary?

What Makes Snakes Scary?

Fear seems innate

A study by University psychologists suggests that fear of certain animals may be innate in humans.

Summer 2008

Thirst for Knowledge

Thirst for Knowledge

Students' drinking water project wins award

When more than a billion people lack clean drinking water, the efforts of two UVA students might seem like a drop in the bucket.

Summer 2008

Overfertilized

Overfertilized

Professor's research tracks environmental threat

Galloway’s work earned him the 2008 Tyler Environmental Prize, which is administered by the University of Southern California and is considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in the fields of environmental science, energy and environmental health.

Summer 2008

The Hair Detective

The Hair Detective

For Professor Stephen Macko, a simple strand of hair can be surprisingly revealing

Through isotopic hair analysis, environmental sciences professor Stephen Macko can tell what his students ate for breakfast and what Oetzi the iceman enjoyed during an ancient repast.

Summer 2008

Sleepy, Dopey, Grumpy

Sleepy, Dopey, Grumpy

The problems of a culture short on shuteye

At UVA's Sleep Disorders Center, researchers chart the widely misunderstood territory where we spend a third of our lives.

Spring 2008

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread

Carbs not so bad after all

Glenn Gaeser's research suggests that a high-carbohydrate diet is not linked to weight gain.

Winter 2007

Blue, Orange and Green

Blue, Orange and Green

The growing environmental sensibility on Grounds

Though the pace of change might not suit everyone, UVA is moving toward a greener future on many fronts.

Winter 2007

Sex and the Female Mind

Sex and the Female Mind

Why are so many women dissatisfied?

Professor Anita Clayton (Med '82) explores the psychological dimension of women's discontentment with their sexual experiences.

Winter 2007

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