Department: Features

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

Picture This

Picture This

The Virginia Magazine Photo Contest

The contest sought photographs that captured the spirit of the University. Pictures from alumni, faculty and students rolled in, and the judges have picked the best of the bunch.

Winter 2008

Deep Rooted

Deep Rooted

A look at the University’s shady side

What makes UVA such a special setting? The bricks and columns are nice, to be sure. But the trees around Grounds also deserve their due for the life, color and character they bring to the University.

Winter 2008

New World Views

New World Views

Map collection charts course of understanding

Did you know Virginia was once believec to be only a 10-day march from the Sea of China? An exhibit at the Special Collections Library shows how views of North America evolved as navigation, printing and cartography advanced.

Fall 2008

The University and the Civil War

The University and the Civil War

New book offers a fictional account grounded in fact

Nick Taylor’s debut novel, The Disagreement, is set at the University’s Medical School during the tumult of the Civil War.

Fall 2008

The Vanished Prince

The Vanished Prince

In the footsteps of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Howard Scherry’s life direction was determined early on, when as a student he encountered the words of the legendary aviator and author.

Fall 2008

The Tibetan Connection

The Tibetan Connection

The University's unique relationship with an ancient culture

The people and culture of Tibet have been a part of the UVA community for decades, and a new center provides a fresh link to an area of growing international focus.

Fall 2008

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

A look within the University’s operations

At an institution as large as UVA, it’s easy to forget that it consists of many individually moving parts. We profile a few of the 13,500 employees who keep the University humming every day.

Fall 2008

Soldiers' Stories

Soldiers’ Stories

Alumni talk about a life of combat

We spoke with alumni in the military about their experiences. They range from infantrymen and aviators to doctors, engineers and chaplains.

Summer 2008

A Sound for All Seasons

A Sound for All Seasons

Cavalier Band builds tradition from ground up

Student leadership, always at the heart of UVA's band, is helping guide the group to a new level.

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

The Continuing Education of Ms. Groves

The Continuing Education of Ms. Groves

Armed with new skills, Monica Groves (Col ’04) returns to scene of documentary

After a rocky first year in an Atlanta school, Groves decided to put her Harvard master's degree to work in the community that first helped her.

Summer 2008

Set in Stone

Set in Stone

The serenity of UVA's cemetery belies a colorful past

Among the headstones can be found stories of grave robbers, misadventure and celebrated University mascots.

Spring 2008

The Fast Track to...Where?

The Fast Track to…Where?

Professor raises questions as technology hurtles us forward

Rosalyn Berne (Col ’79, Grad ’99) looks at the rapid pace of change and asks researchers and students alike about the shape of the future.

Spring 2008

The Reporter

The Reporter

Brit Hume reflects on his life in the media

This veteran reporter weighs in on how American culture has changed, his days at the University and suggestions that FOX News has a right-wing agenda.

Spring 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

The Evolution of Honor

The Evolution of Honor

Enduring Principle, Changing Times

The 'community of trust' traces its origins to the first students, but the Honor System has taken some twists and turns over the years.

Spring 2008

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

The First Book

The First Book

We profile five emerging writers, all alumni of UVA’s creative writing program who are celebrating the recent publication of their first book.

UVA's creative writing program ranks in the top tier nationally. We profile five graduates of this esteemed program who are celebrating their publishing debuts.

Winter 2007

The Bore Hole: An Essay

The Bore Hole: An Essay

What is clean water worth?

When Kenda Mutongi (Grad ’93, ’96), a history professor at Williams College, returned to her village in Kenya to organize the digging of a well, she met unexpected resistance.

Winter 2007

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Highlights

Thinking Big

Thinking Big

The Class of 2020’s student leaders bring big ideas, diverse experiences.

Match Madness

Match Madness

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