Department: Features

Kathryn Thornton: Aiming for the Stars

Kathryn Thornton: Aiming for the Stars

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

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

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

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

Scripting History

Scripting History

Culture wars challenge historical museums

How do sites like Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello—even UVA—strike a balance between entertaining tourists and educating them? Anthropology professor Richard Handler and other scholars weigh in.

Winter 2006

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

Dolley Madison Goes Digital

Dolley Madison Goes Digital

New version of former first lady's papers fuels scholarship

Dolley Madison was famous for being the ultimate hostess, and now a project headed by Holly Shulman uses the tools of the digital age to open new windows onto the life and times of the former first lady.

Summer 2009

Making Movies

Making Movies

Alumni are making movies, short films, television shows and documentaries, from coast to coast.

Emerging talents in the entertainment industry reveal the grit and creativity behind the glamour.

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

Into the Wild

Into the Wild

The call of the wild beckons in many ways

A passion for the outdoors inspires the lives of many alumni. Some explore it, some guide others through it, some teach about it and others work to protect it.

Spring 2009

Shedding Light on a Shadowy Figure

Shedding Light on a Shadowy Figure

Though mystery lingers, library exhibit brings Poe's legacy into sharp focus

Who was Edgar Allan Poe? An upcoming exhibition explores the author’s life and dispels many of the lurid myths about the American man of letters educated at UVA.

Spring 2009

This Old Academical Village

This Old Academical Village

Preserving a national treasure

A comprehensive effort to preserve the University’s historical places is under way.

Spring 2009

Tough Season, Tougher Guy

Tough Season, Tougher Guy

Ryan Zimmerman does the work it takes to keep playing

Fans don’t see the long hours of practice that go into being a Major League Baseball star, but attitude and discipline proved crucial for Zimmerman (Col ’06) in facing adversity with the Washington Nationals this season.

Winter 2008

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Highlights

Beyond Blackface

Beyond Blackface

Recent political scandals prompted Corks & Curls to look for a new name. They also had us looking through our own back issues.

Match Madness

Match Madness

After years of hard work, medical students find their future in an envelope.