Where Are They Now? Catching Up with UVA Engineering Alumnae

Posted: October 10, 2016, 12:00am

From the highway systems that we travel on daily to the cell phones we use to reach nearly anyone, anytime, anywhere, many of the luxuries that we enjoy today have been designed by the hands – and brains – of engineers. Though both men and women are responsible for these concepts and developments, historically, engineering has been a male-dominated field. When it comes to training and producing female engineers, however, a Washington Post analysis says the University of Virginia is outpacing its peers. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Kaylyn Christopher)

Medical School Earns Diversity Recognition for Fourth Straight Year; Keisha John Wins Diversity Role Model Award

Posted: October 7, 2016, 12:00am

For the fourth straight year, the University of Virginia School of Medicine has received the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. For creating new programs designed to increase minority student interest in research and scholarship, Keisha A. John, director of diversity programs in UVA’s Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, has been named a National Role Model by Minority Access Inc. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Dan Heuchert)

"A Dangerous Woman": UVA Artist Calls Attention to Plight of Afghan Women

Posted: October 4, 2016, 12:00am

Zuhal Feraidon (Photo by Dan Addison, University Communications)University of Virginia graduate art student Zuhal Feraidon, who was born in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, is using her art to change perceptions of Afghan women at home and abroad. “What I am trying to achieve is empathy,” said Feraidon, who is an Aunspaugh Fifth-Year Fellow in UVA’s McIntire Department of Art. “I want people to connect with my subjects. Art allows you to feel, and that is something that I want to access.” This mission recently earned Feraidon a rather unusual accolade; the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities named her a “Dangerous Woman.” The institute’s Dangerous Women project invites female artists, poets, writers and activists to write essays reflecting on what it means to be a “dangerous woman,” speaking out against injustice or oppression. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)

Grad Student Helped Build Soundtrack for New African American Museum

Posted: September 22, 2016, 12:00am

Steven Lewis, a doctoral student in the music department’s Critical and Comparative Studies program, helped bring the history of African-American music to life in the Smithsonian Institute’s newest museum. (Photo by Dan Addison, University Communications)Among the many historic artifacts and stories on display when the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opens this weekend, visitors will be treated to exhibits celebrating 400 years of African-American music, many of them carefully researched and curated by University of Virginia Ph.D. student Steven Lewis. Lewis, who studies jazz and secular African-American music in the McIntire Department of Music as an Edgar Shannon Jefferson Fellow, joined the museum as an intern last summer and was hired as a research assistant to Dwandalyn Reece, the curator for music and performing arts. He has spent much of the past year doing research and editorial work for the “Musical Crossroads” exhibit, housed on the fourth floor of the new museum. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)

Summit Looks at Legacies of Slavery and Freedom Related to Today's Challenges

Posted: September 18, 2016, 12:00am

Photo of reconstructed slave quarters on Mulberry Row.As the mists rose off of Mulberry Row at Monticello on a mild September morning, the choir of the Union Run Baptist Church brought the crowd of nearly 2,000 to its feet. They gathered not only to hear the music, but also to hear some of the best minds in the nation on the history of America’s founding, the roles of slavery and civil rights, and where the country stands today, share expert scholarship, heartfelt thoughts and activism. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation hosted the public event, “Memory, Mourning, Mobilization: Legacies of Slavery and Freedom in America” at Monticello, the founder’s mountaintop home, on Saturday. The meeting featured commentaries from a dozen participants, including historians, descendants of those enslaved at Monticello, cultural leaders and activists engaged in several far-ranging conversations on the history of slavery and its meaning in today’s conversations on race, freedom and equality. (READ MORE

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)