November 2015

  • Quite simply, Germany’s Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science is one of the most productive and innovative organizations devoted to fundamental research in the world. Eighty-three Max Planck Institutes conduct basic research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences and the humanities, focusing on the most difficult scientific and societal challenges.

  • A U.S. president’s first year in office can be tough. For President Kennedy, it was the invasion of the Bay of Pigs; for President Clinton, it was a Black Hawk down in Mogadishu. When President Reagan was shot in the chest, the White House scrambled frantically to determine who was in charge. The president’s first year is often heated and intense—and a crucible for any new presidential administration.

  • This summer, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences $3.47 million to launch a major humanities initiative dedicated to the study of the Global South. The College will match the grant, making the initial five-year investment to launch the initiative about $7 million.

  • In his own way, through the stories he often told friends and members of the University community—and through his paperweight collection—Randolph Pillow kept the University with him always, throughout his life. His gifts will continue as important parts of UVA’s history.

  • Wellford Tabor (Col ’90) came to the University of Virginia from Memphis, Tennessee, in 1986. “Going to UVA was a big adventure,” Tabor said. “It was a long way from home.”

  • As a successful entrepreneur in the Silicon Valley technology industry, Lane Bess is a hard-charging risk-taker who makes things happen. But when doctors diagnosed him in 2011 with large granular lymphocyte (LGL) leukemia—a rare and incurable blood cancer—he felt a sense of helplessness with regard to his future.