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Newswise: Nigerian Grad Student Focuses on Groundwater Research
Released: 13-Apr-2015 3:05 PM EDT
Nigerian Grad Student Focuses on Groundwater Research
University of Virginia

Life experiences have guided the direction of U.Va. chemical engineering student Joanna Adadevoh’s career as she works to find new ways to purify polluted water.

Released: 24-Mar-2015 2:05 PM EDT
Hormone Level Predicts How the Brain Processes Social Information
University of Virginia

People with higher levels of oxytocin have greater activity in regions of the brain that support social cognition, a U.Va. psychology study indicates.

Released: 24-Mar-2015 12:05 PM EDT
IQ of Children in Better-Educated Households is Higher, Study Indicates
University of Virginia

A study comparing the IQs of male siblings in which one member was reared by biological parents and the other by adoptive parents found that the children adopted by parents with more education had higher IQs.

Released: 9-Mar-2015 1:05 PM EDT
Exclusive $4 Million Partnership with Max Planck Society Targets Energy Research
University of Virginia

The Max Planck Society – the world’s foremost non-academic research institution – selected the University of Virginia as its only U.S. partner, touting the quality of the University’s faculty in the energy research field.

Released: 25-Feb-2015 8:00 AM EST
Rising Star: Astronomer Wins Prestigious Early-Career Sloan Research Fellowship
University of Virginia

Computer simulation expert Shane Davis is a new Sloan Research Fellow, a $50,000 award that has launched other scientists on a trajectory toward the world’s most prestigious prizes in their fields.

Newswise: A Sense of Taste: Psychology Professor Examines the Taste System
Released: 19-Feb-2015 11:00 AM EST
A Sense of Taste: Psychology Professor Examines the Taste System
University of Virginia

University of Virginia psychology professor David Hill operates one of the few labs in the world to study the development of taste.

9-Feb-2015 11:00 AM EST
U.Va. Team Finds Molecular Tag That Explains Differences in Brain’s Response to Anger, Fear
University of Virginia

U.Va. researchers have identified the relationship between a biomarker and activity in parts of the brain responsible for processing emotional responses.

Newswise: U.Va. Physicists Engage in Neutrino Research With Fermilab
Released: 6-Feb-2015 10:00 AM EST
U.Va. Physicists Engage in Neutrino Research With Fermilab
University of Virginia

Physicists at the University of Virginia are engaged in a series of neutrino experiments, called NOvA, now under way at Fermilab to help answer how and why matter came about.

Released: 22-Jan-2015 10:00 AM EST
American Liberals and Conservatives Think as if From Different Cultures
University of Virginia

A new study has found that American conservatives think more like Asians, and liberals are the extreme Westerners in thought styles.

Newswise: U.Va. Cell Biologist to Lead Microsoft Founder’s $100 Million Cell Science Institute
Released: 17-Dec-2014 4:00 PM EST
U.Va. Cell Biologist to Lead Microsoft Founder’s $100 Million Cell Science Institute
University of Virginia

U.Va. professor and administrator Rick Horwitz, will lead a new Cell Science Institute created by Microsoft founder Paul Allen.

Newswise: Whites of Their Eyes: Study Finds Infants Respond to Social Cues From Sclera
Released: 27-Oct-2014 3:00 PM EDT
Whites of Their Eyes: Study Finds Infants Respond to Social Cues From Sclera
University of Virginia

Infants at 7 months old are able to unconsciously pick up on eye cues, based on the size of the whites of a person’s eyes – a vital foundation for the development of social interactive skills, a new U.Va. psychology study shows.

Released: 16-Oct-2014 3:00 PM EDT
New U.Va. Study Upends Current Theories of How Mitochondria Began
University of Virginia

Parasitic bacteria were the first cousins of the mitochondria that power cells in animals and plants – and first acted as energy parasites in those cells before becoming beneficial, according to a new University of Virginia study.

Released: 2-Oct-2014 11:00 AM EDT
U.Va. Experts on Hong Kong Protests Can Comment on U.S.-China Relations, Role of Language, Culture, Social Media, Technology
University of Virginia

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters have occupied downtown Hong Kong since Sept. 28, calling for the local chief executive’s resignation. The University of Virginia has several experts who can comment on different aspects of the situation.

Newswise: New Study Lists Top Psychologists of Modern Era
Released: 26-Sep-2014 8:00 AM EDT
New Study Lists Top Psychologists of Modern Era
University of Virginia

A U.Va. study ranks the top 200 psychologists from recent decades.

Newswise: U.Va.’s New $2.4M Computing Cluster to Enhance, Facilitate Big Data Research
Released: 23-Sep-2014 8:00 AM EDT
U.Va.’s New $2.4M Computing Cluster to Enhance, Facilitate Big Data Research
University of Virginia

Its name is Rivanna, and it’s the University of Virginia’s new $2.4 million Cray computing cluster, a high-performance machine – really a combination of linked high-power computers (hence, “cluster”) – designed to greatly enhance and establish computationally intensive and data-intensive research at the University.

Released: 8-Sep-2014 8:00 AM EDT
Global Food Trade May Not Meet All Future Demand, U.Va. Study Indicates
University of Virginia

A new University of Virginia study, published online in the American Geophysical Union journal, Earth’s Future, examines global food security and the patterns of food trade that – until this analysis – have been minimally studied.

Newswise: U.Va. Facility Added to New Nationwide Ecological Observatory Network
Released: 27-Aug-2014 4:00 PM EDT
U.Va. Facility Added to New Nationwide Ecological Observatory Network
University of Virginia

A 105-foot research tower has been built at the University of Virginia's Mountain Lake Biological Station as part of a $430 million National Science Foundation ecological observatory that will monitor conditions from the Arctic to the tropics.

Newswise: Study: Bigger Weddings, Fewer Partners, Less ‘Sliding’ Linked to Better Marriages
Released: 19-Aug-2014 8:00 AM EDT
Study: Bigger Weddings, Fewer Partners, Less ‘Sliding’ Linked to Better Marriages
University of Virginia

The more people who attend your wedding and the fewer relationships you had prior to marriage, the more likely you are to report a high-quality marriage.

Released: 8-Aug-2014 9:40 AM EDT
U.Va. Professor Invited to Present to UN on Mental Health of Youth
University of Virginia

Catherine Bradshaw, professor of education and associate dean at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, will present a report addressing mental health problems in youth to the United Nations on Aug. 12 as part of the U.N.’s annual International Youth Day observance.

Released: 24-Jul-2014 11:00 AM EDT
A Third of U.S. Low-Wage Workers Are Only Earners in Household
University of Virginia

Among all employees nationally, 56 percent are hourly workers, and 32 percent of these, or more than 21 million, earn less than $10.10 per hour, according to University of Virginia researchers in the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service’s Demographics Research Group.

Released: 9-Jul-2014 8:00 AM EDT
Tenure Reform Increases Voluntary Attrition of Less Effective Teachers in NYC
University of Virginia

A new study of New York City public schools shows that recent reforms have dramatically reduced the portion of teachers approved for tenure as many relatively ineffective teachers whose probationary periods were extended voluntarily left their teaching positions.

1-Jul-2014 10:00 AM EDT
Doing Something is Better Than Doing Nothing for Most People, Study Shows
University of Virginia

People are focused on the external world and don’t enjoy spending much time alone thinking, according to a new study led by University of Virginia psychologist Timothy Wilson and published in the journal Science.

Released: 17-Jun-2014 10:45 AM EDT
Four at U.Va. Awarded Funds to Advance Research, Economic Growth in State
University of Virginia

From cancer and diabetes research to automata computing and thermal coatings for jet engines, U.Va. researchers have garnered more than half-a-million dollars in new funding from the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund.

Released: 10-Jun-2014 11:00 AM EDT
Law & Order for Juveniles: U.Va. Study Urges Altering Police Interrogations
University of Virginia

Confrontational and deceptive interrogation techniques are inappropriate for the developing adolescent mind, according to Todd Warner’s psychology study at U.Va.

Released: 3-Jun-2014 3:00 PM EDT
New Data Science Master’s Program Approved at University of Virginia
University of Virginia

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia has approved a new Master of Science in Data Science program at the University of Virginia, offered through the University’s Data Science Institute.

Released: 15-May-2014 1:00 PM EDT
Engineering Graduate Uses Big Data to Seek Insights to Bicycle Travel Flow
University of Virginia

Bicycling enthusiast and civil and environmental engineer Alec Gosse studies traffic data to seek infrastructure compatible with bicycles.

Newswise: ‘Rice Theory’ Explains North-South China Cultural Differences
7-May-2014 1:00 PM EDT
‘Rice Theory’ Explains North-South China Cultural Differences
University of Virginia

A new cultural psychology study has found that psychological differences between the people of northern and southern China mirror the differences between community-oriented East Asia and the more individualistic Western world – and the differences seem to have come about because southern China has grown rice for thousands of years, whereas the north has grown wheat.

Released: 29-Apr-2014 10:00 AM EDT
Newly Identified ‘Universal’ Property of Metamagnets May Lead to Everyday Uses
University of Virginia

The refrigerator of 2024 may be cooled not by chemical refrigerants, but by magnetism, thanks to the work of a U.Va.-led team of physicists and materials scientists.

Newswise: Promising U.Va. Youth Development Researchers Win Major Research Support
Released: 22-Apr-2014 4:00 PM EDT
Promising U.Va. Youth Development Researchers Win Major Research Support
University of Virginia

Noelle Hurd studies the mentoring relationships of economically disadvantaged African-American adolescents, while Joanna Lee Williams is probing diverse middle-school peer groups. Both were named Grant Foundation Scholars.

Released: 18-Apr-2014 6:00 AM EDT
Three U.Va. Researchers Win Hartwell Awards to Improve Children’s Health
University of Virginia

The Hartwell Foundation has awarded three University of Virginia biomedical researchers with $100,000 each for three years.

Newswise: University of Virginia Astronomer Trinh Thuan Awarded French Legion of Honor
Released: 17-Apr-2014 10:00 AM EDT
University of Virginia Astronomer Trinh Thuan Awarded French Legion of Honor
University of Virginia

France’s ambassador to the U.S. presented that nation’s highest decoration to University of Virginia astronomer and author Trinh Thuan, citing his “exemplary personal commitment to the promotion of scientific culture and the transatlantic collaboration in the field of astrophysics.”

Released: 16-Apr-2014 9:20 AM EDT
U.Va. Students Pursue the Pleasures of Multilingualism
University of Virginia

Growing up in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nishat Jabin’s first language was Bengali. But one of her great pleasures was watching English-language cartoons. She ranks “Tom and Jerry,” “Hey Arnold!” and “Scooby-Doo” among her childhood favorites.

Released: 14-Apr-2014 8:00 AM EDT
Tipsheet: On Shakespeare’s 450th, U.Va. Faculty, Students Offer Views on the Bard
University of Virginia

William Shakespeare is such a studied and celebrated writer that it might seem there could be nothing more to examine about his work. But scholars are still hard at it as Shakespeare’s 450th birthday approaches on April 23.

Newswise: U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus to Speak at U.Va. Final Exercises
Released: 11-Apr-2014 3:00 PM EDT
U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus to Speak at U.Va. Final Exercises
University of Virginia

Ray Mabus, the U.S. Secretary of the Navy, will deliver the commencement address at the University of Virginia’s 185th Final Exercises on May 18. The former governor of Mississippi and ambassador to Saudi Arabia will speak on the Lawn following the traditional academic procession.

Released: 18-Mar-2014 10:00 AM EDT
Two with U.Va. Ties Among Three Finalists for Prestigious History Book Prize
University of Virginia

A University of Virginia history professor and his colleague, who arrives on Grounds this month, are among the three finalists for one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious literary awards, the $50,000 George Washington Book Prize, which recognizes the year’s best new books on early American history.

Released: 28-Feb-2014 11:00 AM EST
Racial Bias in Pain Perception Appears Among Children as Young as 7
University of Virginia

A new University of Virginia psychology study has found that a sample of mostly white American children – as young as 7, and particularly by age 10 – report that black children feel less pain than white children.

Released: 20-Feb-2014 1:00 PM EST
Tip Sheet: University of Virginia Professor Can Comment on Ukraine Unrest; Reporters Invited to Feb. 21 Discussion on Topic
University of Virginia

Hours after a truce was declared between Ukrainian government forces and opposition protesters on Wednesday, fighting broke out once again this morning in the streets around Kiev’s Independence Square. According to the latest news reports, at least 50 people have been killed and hundreds injured since the protests ignited Tuesday, the result of opposition lawmakers failing to push through constitutional changes that would have limited Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s powers.

Released: 19-Feb-2014 11:00 AM EST
‘Disabling Normalcy’ Symposium at U.Va. to Explore Issues Related to Disabilities
University of Virginia

The field of disability studies aims to challenge attitudes about what is considered “normal” and increase public awareness about how society treats, portrays and accommodates the wide range of people with disabilities – which the United Nations estimates at 15 percent of the world’s population, or 1 billion people, making them the world’s largest minority group. The University of Virginia will host several prominent scholars at its first-ever symposium devoted to disability studies on Feb. 28.

Released: 4-Feb-2014 8:00 AM EST
U.Va. Student Finds Hispanic Women Opt for Labor Pain Relief Less Often Than Others
University of Virginia

Since the 1970s, the frequency and use of pain relief during childbirth – and most especially the use of epidural analgesia during labor – has increased dramatically. Reports on epidural rates range from 47 percent to as high as 76 percent of vaginal births, while between 39 percent and 56 percent of women use narcotic analgesics – including drugs like Fentanyl – via IV for managing labor and delivery pain. Only about 14 percent of women, the literature reveals, use no pharmacologic method to relieve childbirth pain.

Released: 3-Feb-2014 11:00 AM EST
U.Va. Announces $4 Million Challenge Grant from Alumnus John Griffin to Support Financial Aid
University of Virginia

he University of Virginia today announced a $4 million challenge grant from alumnus John Griffin for the establishment of a new scholarship program to benefit incoming undergraduate students with exceptional promise and significant financial need. The grant is conditional upon a match from other donors, with the goal of raising a total of $8 million.

Released: 31-Jan-2014 3:00 PM EST
New Endowment to Advance Work of U.Va. Data Science Institute
University of Virginia

The University of Virginia today announced the commitment of a $10 million gift that establishes an endowment to support its new Data Science Institute. The institute advances the University’s aspiration to meet growing national needs in the complex and rapidly expanding field of data analytics, storage, security and ethics.

Released: 29-Jan-2014 8:00 AM EST
Researchers Find that Kindergarten Is the New First Grade
University of Virginia

Kindergarten classrooms nationwide have changed dramatically since the late 1990s and nearly all of these changes are in the direction of a heightened focus on academics, particularly literacy, according to researchers from EdPolicyWorks, the center on education policy and workforce competitiveness at the University of Virginia.

Released: 27-Jan-2014 8:00 AM EST
A Storied Cape: U.Va. President Donates Mother’s Nursing Cape to School of Nursing
University of Virginia

She was a caped crusader of a different sort. Mary Elizabeth Finnegan, born on a farm in Bradford, Ill. in 1916, was just 25 years old when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. She enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps shortly afterward, and began a whirlwind of travel, service and nursing “under live fire” in the European theater in World War II.

Newswise: Skin Sells: Online Shoppers Favor White Sellers in Classified Ads, Study Finds
Released: 25-Nov-2013 10:00 AM EST
Skin Sells: Online Shoppers Favor White Sellers in Classified Ads, Study Finds
University of Virginia

Online classified ad shoppers respond less often and offer lower prices when a seller is black rather than white, finds a newly published study based on an elegant field experiment.

Released: 18-Nov-2013 6:00 AM EST
U.Va. Creates World’s First Research Center for Automata Computing With Support from Micron Technology Inc.
University of Virginia

Research at a new computing center at the University of Virginia focused on new automata technology could lead to solutions to “big data” challenges in areas including health care, privacy, security and international trade.

Released: 22-Oct-2013 1:00 PM EDT
U.Va. Women’s Center Receives $3 Million Gift from Alumna
University of Virginia

The University of Virginia’s Women’s Center has received a $3 million gift to support its programs from 1951 alumna Maxine Platzer Lynn – the largest donation in the center’s 25-year history.

Released: 15-Oct-2013 8:00 AM EDT
To Meet Societal Needs and Student Demand, U.Va. Creates Kinesiology Department
University of Virginia

The Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia is elevating its kinesiology program to department status.

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