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Alumna Lands Book, Movie Deal for Untold Story of NASA Mathematicians

Posted: September 2, 2016, 12:00am

A still shot from the upcoming movie “Hidden Figures”, which is based on Shetterly’s book and features a star-studded cast.When she graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce in 1991, Margot Lee Shetterly went to work on Wall Street with little idea that she would later write a book and see her characters grace the silver screen.Twenty-five years later, Shetterly’s new book, “Hidden Figures,” tells the true story of a cadre of African-American women whose work as NASA mathematicians helped launch John Glenn into orbit and put America ahead in the space race. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)

hen she graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce in 1991, Margot Lee Shetterly went to work on Wall Street with little idea that she would later write a book and see her characters grace the silver screen.

Twenty-five years later, Shetterly’s new book, “Hidden Figures,” debuts Tuesday, telling the true story of a cadre of African-American women whose work as NASA mathematicians helped launch John Glenn into orbit and put America ahead in the space race.

2020 Vision: A Look at the Class of 2020 and the Many Perspectives They Bring to Grounds

Posted: August 24, 2016, 12:00am

The number of first-year students from ethnic and racial minority groups has increased from 26.5 percent to 31.9 percent in last five years with more than 1,175 members of the Class of 2020 self-identifying as minorities. Within the new class, there was also an increase in the number of students who self-identified as African-American, Asian or Hispanic over the previous year. (READ MORE

Source: UVA Today (Katie McNally)

Patriarchy and the Plow

Posted: August 23, 2016, 12:00am

UVA sociologist Rae Blumberg’s studies of women’s roles and economic development have taken her to 47 countries.UVA sociologist Rae Blumberg's research digs into gender inequality, economic development, and armed conflict in the Middle East and North Africa while showing the benefits of women's labor participation in Southeast Asia. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

Alumni Join Forces to Fight for Diversity, from Silicon Valley to the Beltway

Posted: August 17, 2016, 12:00am

For a decade, University of Virginia alumna Tina Paikeday has been fighting for diversity and inclusion among the historically whitewashed tech companies of Silicon Valley. Fellow alumnus Mauricio Velásquez has been doing the same in the marbled halls of the federal government, working with clients including the U.S. Supreme Court, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Postal Service. After meeting as alumni trustees of UVA’s IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) Fund, Paikeday and Velásquez decided to merge their teams this summer, creating a coast-to-coast alliance committed to more vibrant, diverse workplaces.(READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)

Immeasurable Experience: Minority Students Rave about Science Research

Posted: August 10, 2016, 12:00am

Astronomy faculty member Nitya Kallivayalil, standing, shows a slide about galaxies made by Colleen Smith-Patikas, a Spelman College undergraduate engineering-physics dual-degree major seated at table's center. About 20 minority students from colleges and universities participated this summer in an unprecedented collaboration between UVA programs that include the Leadership Alliance, the Virginia-North Carolina Alliance and an astronomy professor’s grant. The coordinators pooled resources to provide a spectrum of experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields for under-represented undergraduates, from hands-on work in a laboratory to presenting at a national conference in Connecticut. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley), Photo by Dan Addison

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