Department: Features

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

The Wired Mind

The Wired Mind

Plugging into the heart of the brain

James Coan probes how the mind reacts to emotional situations, from holding hands to being homesick. Barry Condron blazes trails with computer images of fruit flies.

Winter 2007

Explaining the World

Explaining the World

Professor Lou Bloomfield demystifies the physics of everyday life

Lou Bloomfield, who teaches the popular introductory physics course "How Things Work," explains the science behind objects that students see every day.

Fall 2007

According to Custom

According to Custom

Student Traditions at Virginia

As revered as the University's traditions are, some change with the times and others fade away entirely. Here's a look at just a few.

Fall 2007

Murder, She Writes

Murder, She Writes

From New York crime fighter to New York Times best seller

Linda Fairstein (Law ’72) earned the nickname "Hell on Heels" during her 25 years as chief prosecutor for Manhattan's Sex Crimes Unit. Having helped reform a judicial system myopic about violence towards women, she's turned her talents to crime fiction.

Fall 2007

Anatomy of a Mystery

Anatomy of a Mystery

The Jefferson-Hemings controversy in the post-DNA era

Following a DNA study in 1998, many scholars believe that Thomas Jefferson likely fathered children by slave Sally Hemings. For others, the genetic findings deepen the mystery.

Fall 2007

Sounding Off

Sounding Off

The Virginia Center for Computer Music is Making Noise

A small outfit with a big reputation, this UVA program dispels the notion that computer music is nothing but monotonous bleeps and bloops.

Summer 2007

Altered States

Altered States

Scientists analyze the near-death experience

For the past 30 years, UVA psychiatrist Bruce Greyson has tried to reach a scientific understanding of the phenomenon known as the near-death experience.

Summer 2007

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Highlights

A World of Color

A World of Color

Student’s coloring book puts inspirational and everyday women on the same pages.