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Three Things to Know About the Fires Blazing Across the Amazon Rainforest

Daily Progress - workitcville - Sat, 08/24/2019 - 07:44
Deborah Lawrence, an environmental scientist at the University of Virginia, tells Time’s Mahita Gajanan that clearing forests shifts their dynamics. “There’s no trees to pump moisture into the atmosphere,” she explains. “Rainfall is going to either settle into the soil and stay there, or, if there’s a lot, run off into rivers and end up far away.”

Breast Cancer Patients with Depression, Anxiety, More Likely to Use Opioids

Daily Progress - workitcville - Sat, 08/24/2019 - 07:44
Elderly women with breast cancer who are also battling anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions are more likely to use opioids and die, according to a new study. In a press release from the University of Virginia, the researchers said their findings point to a need for better mental health care for patients with breast cancer. And that physicians should consider alternative pain management techniques such as physical therapy, massage and acupuncture. 

Urban Growth and Ivory Towers

Daily Progress - workitcville - Sat, 08/24/2019 - 07:44
As centers of research and innovation, universities are also well-equipped to help residents transition from declining industries to growing ones. A 2016 study by Brookings completed for the Wall Street Journal analyzed 16 geographic regions that suffered disproportionate manufacturing losses yet maintained strong overall job growth. Half were major university towns, including Springfield, Missouri (Missouri State); Athens, Georgia (University of Georgia); and Charlottesville, Virginia (University of Virginia). 

Move-in weekend at UVA

Daily Progress - workitcville - Sat, 08/24/2019 - 07:44
It’s “move-in weekend” at the University of Virginia. UVA leaders say you may want to avoid dorm areas and expect heavy traffic on Emmet Street south of Barracks Road especially.

Jefferson Area Regional Transit Partnership Adds UVA Representative as Voting Member

Daily Progress - workitcville - Sat, 08/24/2019 - 07:44
A regional transit partnership working to make transportation more efficient is adding UVA into the conversation.

Is the Evening Sky Doomed?

Daily Progress - workitcville - Sat, 08/24/2019 - 07:44
(Commentary by astronomy professor Kelsey Johnson) If you go outside on a cloudless night and look up in the sky, what do you see? If you are among the 80 percent of Americans living near urban areas, the answer is probably “not much.”

Stop Posting Your Child’s Tantrum on Instagram

Daily Progress - workitcville - Sat, 08/24/2019 - 07:44
(Commentary co-written by psychology professor Daniel Willingham) As psychologists and parents ourselves, we understand the urge to laugh when a child howls because he’s forbidden to eat the packing peanuts from the Amazon box, and we also understand the impulse to make these moments public. The problem is the mockery.

Rejecting a Sex Offender's Contributions

Daily Progress - workitcville - Fri, 08/23/2019 - 07:03
Siva Vaidhyanathan, UVA’s Robertson Professor in Media Studies, said via email that colleges and universities -- especially private ones -- have “become too reliant on the whims of millionaires and billionaires. Too often they set our agendas. Too often we pander to their interests and idiosyncrasies. And too often millionaires and billionaires are terrible people.” More generally, Vaidhyanathan said that every college and university should audit its donors –and include “morals clauses” in gift agreements.

'The Ultimate Unforced Error': Texas House Speaker Caught in Political Scandal

Daily Progress - workitcville - Fri, 08/23/2019 - 07:03
Dick Saslaw, who has been the Democratic leader in the Virginia Senate for more than 20 years, narrowly survived a primary challenge in June, taking 49 percent of the vote against a more progressive challenger. “Dick Saslaw was originally a moderate, and his district preferred it that way,” says Larry Sabato, who directs the UVA Center for Politics. “But now his district is much more liberal and maybe antiestablishment in the party primary.”

Researchers Are Closer to Understanding the Strange Meat Allergy Caused by Ticks

Daily Progress - workitcville - Fri, 08/23/2019 - 07:03
Scientists at the University of Virginia have seemingly come closer to unraveling the mystery behind a strange red meat allergy caused by certain tick bites. They report finding a way to trigger the allergy in lab mice—an important step for studying the condition. And with the help of animal experiments, they also claim to have identified important changes to the immune system that might be caused by these bites.

Editorial: Caring for our elders

Daily Progress - workitcville - Fri, 08/23/2019 - 07:03
July population projections from UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service show that by 2030, nearly 1 in 5 people in the commonwealth of Virginia will be age 65 or older. Visualizations from the Virginia Public Access Project, which draw upon the Cooper Center data, show some areas in the Richmond region already are close to that threshold.

ODU using $3 million gift for coastal resiliency institute

Daily Progress - workitcville - Fri, 08/23/2019 - 07:03
In other activity, the university joined a biomedical research consortium along with the University of Virginia, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Virginia Commonwealth University, Sentara and the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, according to the presentation. Broderick said that fits in with efforts for ODU to establish a school of public health.

Report: University of Michigan is the top public university in the country

Daily Progress - workitcville - Fri, 08/23/2019 - 07:03
In the report from Niche.com, UCLA ranked second, the University of Virginia ranked third, West Point ranked fourth and Georgia Tech rounded out the top five.

Back to School: Student Success and Innovation programs launch at HBCUs

Daily Progress - workitcville - Fri, 08/23/2019 - 07:03
North Carolina A&T, Prairie View A&M, Southern, and Virginia State universities are just four of the many colleges to launch new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) student success and innovation programs for the fall semester. One of nine public universities, Virginia State has announced it will be a part of Mitre Corporation’s University Innovation Exchange program. Other participating universities include Christopher Newport, William & Mary, George Mason, James Madison, Old Dominion, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Whoos In Town: Herman Moore

Daily Progress - workitcville - Fri, 08/23/2019 - 07:03
Any Wahoo worth his salt remembers the thrills that “Moore-to-Moore” brought to Charlottesville in a great 1989-90 run that saw Virginia rise to the top of the college football world. Quarterback Shawn Moore was on the throwing end, and Herman Moore was on the receiving end. 

The Solar System’s Loneliest Planets, Revisited

Daily Progress - workitcville - Fri, 08/23/2019 - 07:03
Voyager 2 continued onward – leaving Neptune in solitude, as it had left behind our solar system’s other ice giant, Uranus, after flying by it in 1986. “Our detailed knowledge of the ice giant systems is pretty much frozen at that time,” UVA planetary scientist Anne Verbiscer said. After 30 years, no space agency has returned to Neptune or Uranus, and the questions that Voyager 2 raised about each world remain mostly unanswered.

UVA sets “Paint the Town Orange” date

Daily Progress - workitcville - Fri, 08/23/2019 - 07:03
UVA has set the date for the annual “Paint the Town Orange” pep rally for Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Sprint Pavilion. The celebration starts at 8:30, and Hoos are encouraged to wear orange and blue.

Jones Day Parental Leave Bias Suit Likely to Reverberate

Daily Progress - workitcville - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 05:50
The reverse discrimination suit targeting Jones Day’s parental leave policy filed earlier this week should be an eye-opener to the rest of the legal industry, even as law firms continue to tout expanded benefits for both mothers and fathers. "It's crucially important to distinguish parental leave granted to allow parents to bond with and care for their new child from disability leave," UVA School of Law professor J.H. "Rip" Verkerke said in an email.

City sues to remove Confederate monument, citing free speech

Daily Progress - workitcville - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 05:50
The city of Norfolk is claiming in a lawsuit that its free speech rights are being violated because a state law won’t let it remove an 80-foot Confederate monument from its downtown. UVA law professor Richard C. Schragger said Norfolk’s lawsuit makes a relatively “novel legal claim that hasn’t been tested in federal court yet.”

The Memo: Polls flash warning signs for Trump

Daily Progress - workitcville - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 05:50
Recent national polls — most notably one from Fox News that incurred the president’s ire — have shown Trump slipping even among groups that have long been perceived as pillars of his support. Kyle Kondik of the UVA Center for Politics said this trend, which has also been seen in other polls, “suggests that even some people who like his job performance remain very conflicted about actually supporting him.”

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