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Workplace exposure standards open for public comment

Business NSW - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00
We are calling for comments on the recommended values for respirable crystalline silica and respirable coal dust.

Colleges Continue to Confront Blackface on Campus

Daily Progress - workitcville - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 02:32
Kirt von Daacke, an assistant dean and history professor at the University of Virginia, is reviewing student and alumni publications dating back to 1865 as co-chairman of a commission examining the university’s history during segregation. The commission was created last year. He said he has found a few instances from the 1970s and 1980s of students darkening their skin for Tahitian and Arabian Nights-themed parties in yearbooks but hasn’t completed his review of publications from more recent years.

Why yearbooks keep revealing skeletons in politicians' closets

Daily Progress - workitcville - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 02:32
“We’re going to see more of this – these pictures are probably lurking in people’s yearbooks everywhere,” Kirt von Daacke, a history professor at the University of Virginia who has been studying yearbooks, told the Washington Post. “No one stopped to think about what’s in them – and what story does that tell.”

Big Apple — big loser: Amazon jilts NYC for the sticks

Daily Progress - workitcville - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 02:32
It wasn’t just a bunch of Queens lawmakers who sent Amazon running for the hills Thursday. The Big Apple may see itself as the center of the universe, but political observers say Northern Virginia and Nashville had a lot more going for them when the online giant came a-knocking. “Privately, the [Virginia] governor kept the key legislators fully informed. You didn’t have leaks,” said Larry Sabato of UVA’s Center for Politics. “New York politics is just byzantine. There are so many more power centers there than there are in Virginia.”

Thomas Jefferson is the R. Kelly of the American Enlightenment

Daily Progress - workitcville - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 02:32
(Commentary by Lisa Woolfork, associate professor of English) dream hampton’s highly praised documentary series, “Surviving R. Kelly,” which recently debuted on Lifetime, has shone a spotlight on the popular singer as an alleged sexual predator and statutory rapist. The series on the accusations against Kelly – which he denies – has arrived at a peak moment for #MeToo, a movement started by an African-American woman but boosted (in both senses of the word: amplified and hijacked) by white celebrity culture.

Notes and notables: Guns and airplanes, musical journey and regional growth

Daily Progress - workitcville - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 02:32
According to new figures from UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, our commonwealth’s population has grown by about 6.5 percent in the past nine years – but our region’s population has only grown by 3.8 percent. That’s barely a trickle compared to the growth in Richmond (7.5 percent) and Northern Virginia (12.4) – the other metropolitan areas considered part of Virginia’s “big three” population centers.

Charlottesville, Albemarle, UVA Launch Joint Climate Action Initiative

Daily Progress - workitcville - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 02:32
Starting this month, the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County and the University of Virginia – building upon a history of commitments on sustainability and climate action – will be embarking on a collaborative community outreach effort as each entity begins to update their greenhouse gas reduction targets and develop climate action plans. The results of these efforts will serve to guide climate action in the Charlottesville area for the next 10 to 30 years. 

Potential Legal Battle Over Trump’s Tax Returns

Daily Progress - workitcville - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 02:32
(Podcast) Bloomberg’s June Grasso speaks with UVA law professor George Yin, who testified in front of the House Ways and Means Oversight Committee to advise its members on how a legal struggle might play out if Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin blocked the release of President Trump’s tax returns.

City, county, UVA seek input on climate efforts

Daily Progress - workitcville - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 02:32
Charlottesville, Albemarle County and UVA are requesting public comment and planning to hold public meetings as each institution updates their climate action plans. Each organization is coordinating their outreach efforts across sustainability offices.

The Green New Deal Is Impractical, But 'Practical' Solutions Haven't Worked Either

Daily Progress - workitcville - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 02:32
There’ve been efforts to build coalitions that cross political aisles and bridge ideological divides for at least two decades, said Cale Jaffe, a UVA environmental law professor. They’ve largely failed.

George Will: Limited government requires a limited president

Daily Progress - workitcville - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 01:55
(Commentary) Larry Alexander of the University of San Diego School of Law and Saikrishna Prakash of the University of Virginia School of Law have argued that a law cannot properly give to the president discretion to “make rules for the governance of society,” which is legislating. 

Area Priests Listed Among Clergy With Sexual Abuse Allegations

Daily Progress - workitcville - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 01:55
“This is a widespread phenomenon, a global phenomenon, and what has taken place in this city and in this diocese is really representative of a larger trend,” Nichole Flores, a religious studies professor at the University of Virginia, said. Flores says this type of abuse is not confined to the Catholic Church. 

Colleges Launch Yearbook Audits Amid Virginia Governor Scandal

Daily Progress - workitcville - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 01:55
Pouring through the University of Virginia’s old yearbooks, history professor Kirt von Daacke is uncovering countless examples of blackface and other mockery of minorities. 

UVA Expert Says Plenty of Physicians Harbor Racist Attitudes

Daily Progress - workitcville - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 01:55
Dr. Irene Mathieu, who chairs the Equity and Inclusion Committee at UVA’s Department of Pediatrics, talks about bias in physicians and patients. 

New Dominion Bookshop to host talk on ‘Substance of Fire: Gender and Race in the College Classroom’

Daily Progress - workitcville - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 01:55
New Dominion Bookshop in Charlottesville will host a book talk and signing with Claire Millikin and Blake Calhoun on Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. Millikin, who has taught at UVA since 2007 in art history and English, and Calhoun, an alum who works in the UVA Engineering School, will be discussing their book, “Substance of Fire: Gender and Race in the College Classroom.” This event is free to attend. 

Democrats Hope for a Nationalized Virginia Election This Fall

Daily Progress - workitcville - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 01:55
(By Kyle Kondik of UVA’s Center for Politics) Richmond chaos could threaten state legislative takeover, but big-picture trends still favor team blue. 

UVA researcher focusing on more effective seat belts

Daily Progress - workitcville - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 01:55
Hamed Joodaki, a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering at the UVA Center for Applied Biomechanics, is conducting research into a more effect seat belt for all. 

Antidepressant could be used to treat sepsis, UVA researchers discover

Daily Progress - workitcville - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 01:55
Alban Gaultier’s lab was studying the sigma-1 receptor, a protein within cells that influences inflammation. Gaultier’s team typically studies inflammation related to multiple sclerosis, but doctoral student Dorian Rosen thought existing drugs might be candidates to treat sepsis. 

OCD medication could also stop deadly sepsis, study suggests

Daily Progress - workitcville - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 01:55
An antidepressant drug used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder could save people from deadly sepsis, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine suggests. 

The Hard Core: Charlottesville punk’s ongoing legacy

Daily Progress - workitcville - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 01:55
While the Charlottesville scene has its own lore, the city also occupies an important point on global hardcore punk timeline: Back in 1981, WTJU DJ Aaron Margosis was the first person ever to play releases by seminal hardcore punk label Dischord Records over the air.
 

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