University of Virginia School of Medicine
The University of Virginia School of Medicine is a medical school located in Charlottesville, United States. The tenth medical school to open in the United States, it has been part of the University of Virginia since the University's establishment in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson; the school's facilities are on the University of Virginia Grounds adjacent to the historic Academical Village, it shares a close association with the University of Virginia Health System. The School of Medicine confers Doctor of Doctor of Philosophy degrees. 60% of external grant funding for the University of Virginia is to the School of Medicine. In 2016, the School received over $131 million in grant funding and an additional $39 million in gifts; the UVA Health System's history can be traced to the original conception of the University of Virginia on August 1, 1818, whereupon Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, twenty one other men first complied a report for the Virginia State Legislature to determine a site, building plans, courses for study for the University of Virginia.
Acknowledging that clinical lectures and medical training was not available in Charlottesville at that time and his colleagues determined that The University should offer education in "the elements of medical science...with a history and explanation of all its successive theories from Hippocrates to the present day," as a way to train both prospective physicians, as well as those students with a more dilettante interest in medicine. At the first meeting of the university's Board of Visitors in 1819, a School of Medicine was authorized; the School of Medicine – the 10th medical school in the U. S. – opened in March 1825 with a single professor, Dr. Robley Dunglison. Dunglison had been recruited by Thomas Jefferson, had traveled from London to take up his new position. Just weeks before Dunglison and his wife arrived in the United States, Jefferson had written to Joseph C. Cabell that an anatomical theater would be "indispensable to the school of anatomy," and that "there cannot be a single dissection until a proper theater is prepared giving an advantageous view of the operation to those within, effectually excluding observation from without."
This structure, demolished in 1938, was one of the first of its kind in the entire United States and blueprinted by Jefferson himself, who pushed fervently for its construction up until the time of his death in 1825. The University of Virginia School of Medicine graduated its first four students in 1828, in 1832, became the first medical school in the United States to standardize the criteria for admission. More than 75 years UVA opened its first hospital in March 1901 with 25 beds and three operating rooms. Just as medical education has been a part of UVA since its founding, so too has medical literature – the 8,000 books purchased by Jefferson to create the University Library included 710 books on the medical sciences. UVA's medical literature moved to the UVA Medical School building in 1929, its current home was dedicated in April 1976. In 2016, UVA announced a partnership with Inova Fairfax to establish a satellite campus at the flagship Inova hospital in Northern Virginia; this agreement included the establishment of a personal genomics center and a collaboration between the cancer centers of the two entities.
1826 – Anatomical Hall designed and built by Jefferson. 1828 – First University degrees awarded to four medical graduates. 1892 – Medical course lengthened to two years. 1895 – Medical course extended to three years. 1898 – Medical course lengthened to four years. 1901 – Opening of the University of Virginia Hospital. Dr. Paul Barringer named superintendent. 1905 – Richard Henry Whitehead, M. D. LL. D. Dean of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine named first dean of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Whitehead reorganized the hospital to a teaching facility, he emphasized scholarship and basic science well in advance of the Flexner Report. 1924 First Woman Graduate, Lila Morse Bonner. 1929 – New medical school building opened. 1960 – West Complex expanded into new hospital, completed at a cost of $6.5 million. 1989 – University of Virginia Replacement Hospital was dedicated, at a cost of $230 million. 2014 – Medical school curriculum updated to system-based instruction, classroom program shortened to 1.5 years.
In 2019, U. S. News & World Report ranked the UVA School of Medicine 27th in the nation for research and 26th for primary care. UVA is one of just five schools in the mid-Atlantic region, including Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, to be included in the Top 30 in the research category; the School of Medicine is affiliated with the University of Virginia Health System. The UVA Hospital is a large tertiary care hospital with more than 500 beds, not including a 45-bed neonatal intensive care unit and 20-bed nursery; the Children's Hospital is served by the Newborn Emergency Transport System, which transports critically ill newborns and pediatrics from all over the surrounding area and states back to UVA. The hospital is a Level I trauma center and is accessible by ambulance as well as Pegasus, UVA Health System's air and ground transport service for critically ill and injured patients; as an academic medical center, patients at UVA are treated by physicians who are faculty members at the UVA School of Medicine.
The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library serves the School of Medicine and the Health System and is located within the Medical Center. In 2016 and 2017, UVA Hospital was named the number 1 hospital in Virginia. UVA utilizes a unique "Next
University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science
The University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science, established in 1836, is the oldest engineering school in the South and the fourth oldest in the United States. In 1836, the Board of Visitors made civil engineering a formal course of study at the University of Virginia; the board was responding to the needs of a nation embracing the Industrial Revolution. The U. S. required engineers to build machinery for its factories, bridges for its turnpikes and locks for its canals. The University created the course of study to prepare young people to take on these challenges. At the time, there were just three institutions of higher learning in the U. S. wholly devoted to engineering instruction. With its 1836 resolution, the University of Virginia became the first enduring engineering program established in the South and the first in the nation at a comprehensive university. A department of mechanical engineering was added in 1892. A master’s degree was first offered in 1948. Distance education offerings began in 1983 and the Center for Diversity in Engineering was launched in 1990.
In 2012, the Engineering School established the Department of Society. Along with providing many of the foundational courses in the School’s curriculum, E&S is responsible for the following programs for undergraduates: the undergraduate thesis, the engineering business minor, the Washington, D. C. Science and Technology Policy Internship, Rodman Scholars, international studies, online courses, hands-on activities such as the electric vehicle project. Recent additions to the Engineering School’s footprint include Wilsdorf Hall, Rice Hall and Lacy Hall. Wilsdorf Hall is dedicated to materials science research. Rice Hall, the center of information technology and home of the Department of Computer Science, opened in 2011; the Davis Commons in Rice Hall and the many student gathering places incorporated into the building’s design make it another gathering place for student study groups, organization meetings and team projects. Lacy Hall and the Ann Warrick Lacy Experiential Learning Center, opened in 2013 as a dedicated space for student experiential learning and is the home base of student projects like the Baja Racing and ChemE Car teams.
Among groups in SEAS, The Society of P. R. I. A philanthropic secret society within the Engineering School, has helped build community among students in SEAS during its time. Graduating fourth year students and faculty/staff have been recognized for exceptional dedication to the engineering and larger University communities, their symbol has been found along Engineer's Way. SEAS is one of 10 colleges at the University of Virginia; the school has 2,592 undergraduate and 590 on-Grounds graduate students. There are 150 tenured/tenure-track faculty in the school; the A. James Clark Scholars Program was established in 2018 as the result of a $15 million gift from the A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation in 2017. Clark Scholars are selected from underserved demographics for their academic excellence, track record of leadership, commitment to community service. With an emphasis on cultivating business acumen in high-achieving engineers, the program provides scholars an opportunity to take special courses through the McIntire School of Commerce.
Additional benefits for Clark Scholars include a semester of study abroad, priority registration, small section academic study, scholarships. The inaugural cohort of 16, led in the 2018-2019 school year by Stephanie Gernentz, Joshua Sahaya Arul, Rachel Zhang, entered in June 2018. Founded in 1979, the Rodman Scholars Program consists of the top 5-6 percent of each class of engineering students. There are many benefits for Rodman Scholars, which include living in the honors dorms first year, exclusive versions of common first-year courses, priority registration. While most are selected automatically by the admissions office, some may apply during their first semester. Rodmans are expected to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA throughout their entire academic career. Undergraduate students at the U. Va. Engineering School may minor in applied math, engineering business, the history of science and technology, materials science and engineering and technology policy and the environment, technology leaders and any variety of studies within the College of Arts & Sciences.
The School offers four online and collaborative programs: the Accelerated master's degree in Systems Engineering, the Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program, Engineers PRODUCED in Virginia and the MBA/ME Program. The School of Engineering & Applied Science at the University of Virginia The Rodman Scholars Program
Virginia Cavaliers football
The Virginia Cavaliers football team represents the University of Virginia in the sport of American football. The Cavaliers compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Established in 1888, playing local YMCA teams and other state teams without pads, the Virginia football program has evolved into a multimillion-dollar operation that plays in front of a crowd of 61,500 at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia. Starting in the early 1900s, the program has played an outsized role in the shaping of the modern game's ethics and eligibility rules. Former Virginia head coach George Welsh ranks second for most wins in ACC history behind Bobby Bowden of Florida State and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame; the current coach of the Cavaliers is Bronco Mendenhall, hired on December 4, 2015. Three traditional rivals—North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Maryland—have all played the Cavaliers more times than any other rival.
The game between Virginia and North Carolina is called the South's Oldest Rivalry and is the second-most played rivalry in major conference football after Wisconsin versus Minnesota. The Cavaliers compete for the Commonwealth Cup against in-state rival Virginia Tech. Both of these rivalries take place within the Coastal division of the ACC; when Maryland left the conference in 2014, the game was replaced with an official ACC rivalry game against the Louisville Cardinals. The story of football at UVA begins in the fall of 1886, when two graduate students at the University, former Yale student Charles Willcox, attending medical school at UVA, former Princeton student, Richard Reid Rogers who matriculated to the law school, introduced the sport at Mr. Jefferson's University. After seeing the success of Princeton and Yale during their undergraduate careers, these two men brought a wealth of knowledge about this burgeoning sport to an area of the country that had no college football teams: the South.
Students at UVA were playing pickup games of the kicking-style of football as early as 1870, some accounts claim that some industrious ones organized a game against Washington and Lee College in 1871, just two years after Rutgers and Princeton's historic first game in 1869. But no record has been found of the score of this contest. There is record of a game between Washington & Lee and VMI in 1873, the first such game in the south. In 1874, University students were introduced to the sport of rugby when they played to a scoreless tie against a team of Englishmen from Albemarle County. Eight years in November 1883, a football club was reorganized, a constitution drawn up, officers elected. 75 men competed against one another, but not against another collegiate club. The University Magazine describes how "pluck is cultivated by throttling one's competitor and violently throwing him to the ground."Finally, in the fall of 1887, Willcox and Reid, after garnering interest in their fellow students throughout the year, helped Virginia put its first organized team in the field.
But in these early days they had had no one to play. Pantops Academy, a boys' school founded just up the road from the UVA Grounds, agreed to a game on November 13, 1887. After playing to a scoreless tie, a rematch was scheduled for March 1888; the historic first touchdown was scored by quarterback Herbert Barry and the University won 26–0. The following season, on December 8, 1888, UVA would play their first intercollegiate game, a 26–0 loss to Johns Hopkins; the loss did not dampen their enthusiasm for the sport. Virginia returned the favor with a 58–0 drubbing of Hopkins the following season when they went 4–2, with a 180–4 margin in its victories and two close losses to an eight-win Lehigh team and Navy; the 1889, 1890, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897 teams all claim Southern championships. The 116–0 drubbing by Princeton in 1890 signaled football's arrival in the south; the South's Oldest Rivalry started in 1892. The 1897 team had a scoreless tie with Vanderbilt in a game billed as the championship of the South.
Serving as early as 1892, the school's first athletic director was William Lambeth, a medical professor at the university, one of the participants in the major rules committees that were enacted to make football a safer sport. The trend was not welcome in all corners, according to University historian Philip Alexander Bruce, who wrote disparagingly of the arrival of "professional athletes in disguise" from all over the country. School President Edwin Alderman, though a tireless proponent of college football, was alarmed to appoint an investigating committee in 1904, a strict athletic code was written in 1906. Between 1900 and 1915 Virginia saw coaches change 10 times and achieve 10 winning seasons with help from the likes of tackle John Loyd, fullback Bradley Walker, quarterback Robert Kent Gooch and the South's first consensus All-American in halfback Eugene N. "Buck" Mayer. The 1900, 1901, 1902, 1908, 1914, 1915 teams claim Southern championships. In 1900 the team gave the Sewanee Tigers its first loss since 1897.
The team's captain was tackle John Loyd. Virginia lost to Pop Warner's Carlisle Indians. Bradley Walker a Nashville attorney and prominent referee, once grabbed Hawley Pierce, Carlisle's biggest player, carried him ten yards with him dangling over his shoulder. Work began in 1901 on 21-acre Lambeth Field, propelling sports development at UVA. Along with Walker, the 1901 team featured several prominent players, including Christie Benet a United States Senator for South Carolina, Robert M. Coleman, Buck Harris, Ed Tutwiler, a transfer from Alabama and the son of Edward
University of Virginia School of Law
The University of Virginia School of Law was founded in Charlottesville in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson as one of the original subjects taught at his "academical village," the University of Virginia. Virginia Law is the fourth-oldest active law school in the United States and the second-oldest continuously operating law school; the law school offers the J. D. LL. M. and S. J. D. degrees in law and hosts visiting scholars, visiting researchers and a number of legal research centers. Virginia Law is perennially regarded as one of the 10 most prestigious law schools in the United States; as of 2019, U. S. News & World Report ranks Virginia Law as eighth in the nation. In 2011, US News ranked Virginia Law as sixth among major law firm recruiters. In the 2010 Super Lawyers Law School Rankings, Virginia Law ranks fourth in the nation. In the 2018 Above the Law rankings, Virginia Law ranked second in the nation. A 2013 Above the Law report notes that Virginia is second in the number of graduates leading the nation's top 100 firms.
A study published in the Journal of Legal Education ranked Virginia Law fourth in the number of partners in the National Law Journal's top 100 firms. Virginia Law places high in clerkships ranking behind only Harvard Law School and Yale Law School; the Princeton Review ranked Virginia Law as first in "Best Quality of Life" and "Best Professors" among the nation's law schools, second in "Best Classroom Experience," fifth in "Toughest to Get Into," and sixth in "Career Prospects." The 2016 QS World University Rankings for law school, places Virginia Law in the range of 51–100 worldwide and the 13th-best law school in U. S. Notable alumni include U. S. Supreme Court Justices James Clark McReynolds and Stanley Forman Reed, as well as numerous members of U. S. Congress and judges on federal courts throughout the United States; the Law School has 19,984 alumni in all 50 states, more than 60 foreign countries and several U. S. protectorates, the Law School's alumni giving rate of more than 50 percent for the past 11 years is among the highest of the nation's law schools.
Virginia Law completed an eight-year capital campaign, raising $173.9 million to enhance the student experience. Virginia Law is among the most selective law schools in the nation. For the class entering in the fall of 2018, 320 out of 5,646 J. D. applicants matriculated. The 25th and 75th LSAT percentiles for the 2018 entering class were 163 and 171 with a median of 169; the 25th and 75th undergraduate GPA percentiles were 3.59 and 3.97 with a median of 3.89. The Class of 2021 consists of students from 36 states and the District of Columbia and from 164 undergraduate institutions; the age range was 20 to 35. 56% of the class was male, 44% female, 26% identified themselves as people of color. 67% of the class had postgraduate experience. The total cost of attendance for first-year law students at Virginia Law for the 2018-2019 academic year is $80,156 for Virginia residents and $83,156 for nonresidents; the Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years, based on data from the 2018-2019 academic year, is $300,343 for residents.
Virginia Law receives no funding from the state. In 1995-1997, the Law School used donated funds to renovate and expand its buildings on the University's North Grounds to include the former facilities of the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration which built a new campus several hundred yards away; the Arthur J. Morris Law Library holds more than 820,000 volumes, including substantial collections of federal and international documents, manuscripts and online research databases; the Law School maintains an extensive roster of student organizations, including chapters of the Federalist Society, the American Constitution Society and the St. Thomas More Society; the Virginia Law Weekly, the Law School's student-run weekly newspaper, has been published since 1948. The paper has been cited in several court cases including the U. S. Supreme Court case Patterson v. New York. In addition to its news content, the VLW contains student-submitted content which includes humorous and creative pieces.
The Law Weekly has won the American Bar Association's previous three "Best Newspaper Awards," in 2006, 2007, 2008. Each spring over a hundred students write and perform in The Libel Show, a comedy and musical theatre production, first organized in 1904, its performers roast Law School professors, student stereotypes and life in Charlottesville throughout each of its three nightly showings. Professors sing their response to the students' jokes at the penultimate performance; the school hosts an annual softball tournament to raise money for ReadyKids, an organization that provides care and counseling for at-risk families in Central Virginia, the Public Interest Law Association, which provides public service internships for law students. 51 different law schools send teams to compete in co-rec brackets. In 2017, $25,000 were raised; the Law School is host to 10 academic journals, including the Virginia Law Review, one of the most cited law journals in the country: Virginia Journal of International Law, the oldest student edited international law journal in the country Virginia Environmental Law Journal Virginia Journal of Law & Technology Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law Virginia Law & Business Review Virginia Law Review Virginia S
Virginia Cavaliers men's basketball
The Virginia Cavaliers men's basketball program represents the University of Virginia in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Division I of the NCAA. The team is coached by Tony Bennett. Since 2006 the team has played at John Paul Jones Arena, an on-campus arena on the North Grounds of the university, in front of 14,593. A consistent winner in the early years of college basketball under the tutelage of Pop Lannigan, the Cavalier program lay dormant between 1930 and 1975 before Terry Holland arrived to win their first ACC Championship and earn their first NCAA Tournament appearance in his second year. UVA has since finished first in the ACC basketball standings nine times, third best all-time, they have won the ACC Tournament three times. Virginia won the 2019 NCAA Tournament Championship, has been to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament three times, won the last third-place game played at the event; the Cavaliers have been in the Top 5 of the AP Poll a total of 96 weeks in the past four decades, ranking the program 9th since 1980.
Never making the Top 5 from the first poll in 1949 until 1981, the program still ranks 16th all-time by this measure. The Wahoos, as they are unofficially known, began their history under the tutelage of a Welshman and American immigrant known best as "Pop", Henry Lannigan. Lannigan began the program in 1905 after training Olympic Games hopefuls in track and field and brought the basketball program into near-dominant form, he led the Cavaliers to a perfect record of 17–0 in 1914-15 and a Southern Conference title in its inaugeral season of 1921-22. After reaching prominence the team was invited to help the nationally known Kentucky Wildcats showcase their new Alumni Gymnasium. Virginia dominated Kentucky, 29–16. Inviting Kentucky back to Memorial Gymnasium in 1928, Virginia again won, 31–28. Lannigan's record of 254–95 held the Virginia record for best career winning percentage by a head coach until surpassed by a man, hired 104 years after he started the program. After Lannigan's sudden death in 1930 and with limited administration interest at the onset of the Great Depression, Virginia basketball did not maintain its momentum into the next several decades.
Buzzy Wilkinson scored 32.1 points per game in 1954-55 and is still the all-time ACC leader in scoring per game for both the single-season and career categories. He was selected by the Boston Celtics in the 1955 NBA Draft. Virginia teams of the era were not as great at defense and high scoring did not lead to many wins. Barry Parkhill was named ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year in 1971–72 and was drafted in the first round by the Portland Trail Blazers but the program had not regained its early standing. Terry Holland was hired from Davidson in 1975, with star Wally Walker surprised the ACC in just his second year as head coach when his sixth-seeded Virginia defeated AP No. 17 NC State, No. 9 Maryland and No. 4 North Carolina en route to winning the school's first ACC Championship. Played in Landover, Maryland, it was and fittingly the first ACC Tournament held outside of North Carolina. Athletic and seven-foot-four, Ralph Sampson was the most desired high school recruit in college basketball history when he chose to play with Jeff Lamp at Virginia over Kentucky in 1979.
He lived up to that hype would become one of the most dominant college players the game has known, winning three consecutive Naismith College Player of the Year awards to tie him with Bill Walton as the most awarded individual player in NCAA history. Virginia would attain its first AP Top 5 rankings and go to its first Final Four in Sampson's era, but would be stonewalled by Dean Smith and North Carolina both in that Final Four and in ACC Tournaments. Carolina notoriously held the ball in a four corners offense for most of the last seven minutes of the game, despite having UNC’s most celebrated NBA superstars Michael Jordan and James Worthy on the floor, to defeat Virginia in the 1982 ACC Tournament 47–45. Both the shot clock and three-point line were implemented into college basketball during the same decade in part to combat such shenanigans. In 1984, after Sampson was drafted first in the 1983 NBA Draft, Virginia made a Cinderella run back to the Final Four. There they lost 49–47, in overtime, to a Houston team led by the first pick of the 1984 NBA Draft, Hakeem Olajuwon, who joined Sampson to form the original Twin Towers of the NBA on the Houston Rockets.
John Crotty and Bryant Stith took the darkhorse 1988–89 team to the Elite Eight after defeating a No. 1 seed Oklahoma team which returned most of its lineup from the team that reached the 1988 NCAA Tournament Championship Game. After Holland retired, the Cavaliers were coached by Jeff Jones, Pete Gillen, Dave Leitao. Highlights of those teams include a Jones team headlined by Cory Alexander and Junior Burrough that reached the Elite Eight after a first-place finish in the ACC standings of 1995. There were no championship teams under Gillen, but his recruits Sean Singletary and J. R. Reynolds led the 2007 team to Virginia's next conference-topping finish in Leitao's second season. While there were flashes of brilliance under each of the three coaches, the program regained and expanded its national prominence under the one who followed them. Tony Bennett arrived in March 2009 and got to work in building ”a program that lasts." His 2013–14 team led by Joe Harris and Malcolm Brogdon brought Virginia its first ACC Tournament Championship in 38 years and its first Sweet Sixteen appearance in 19 years.
The 2014–15 squad, led by Justin Anderson and Brogdon, started 19–0 and was more dominant throughout the season as this team more than doubled up the scores of Georgia Tech and Wake Forest, only
University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences
The University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences is the largest of the University of Virginia's ten schools. Consisting of both a graduate and an undergraduate program, the College comprises the liberal arts and humanities section of the University. Edward Ayers was the dean of the College through July 1, 2007, when he was named the ninth President of the University of Richmond; the College offers more than 24 graduate programs. On July 1, 2014 Ian Baucom began his tenure as the Buckner W. Clay Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences after serving 17 years in Duke University’s Department of English. Dean Baucom was a professor of English and directed the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke; the College of Arts & Sciences, first named the "academic department" was authorized by the Board of Visitors in 1824 along with the School of Law and the School of Medicine. Classes first conferred in March 1825. Under the presidency of Edwin Alderman, the department was separated into the "College of Arts and Sciences" and the "Graduate School of Arts and Sciences", was expanded, including the founding of departments of music and fine arts.
In 1969, the Board of Visitors voted to lift all of the restrictions regarding the admission of women to the College. In September 1970 the first class of undergraduate women entered the College of Arts & Sciences at U. Va; the College enrolls approx. 12,000 students undergraduate and 5,000 graduate students in over 55 fields. For the class entering 2007, 18,048 students applied and 6,274 were offered admission with 3,260 accepting admittance into the College. 88% of the enrolling students ranked in the top 10th of their graduating classes. The Echols Scholars program was created in 1960 as an answer to the soaring numbers introduced by the GI Bill; the Faculty Senate decided to create a program that would provide "ambitious academic privileges to students". The program was designed to attract applicants deemed by the admissions committee to comprise the top academic echelon of the prospective incoming class; these privileges include living in an exclusive dorm first year, exemption from area requirements, an exclusive counseling program, an interdisciplinary major, others.
Echols Scholars are not selected through a separate admissions application process. For enrolled students not accepted with the Echols distinction, the school offers an additional first-year application program in which students enrolled in challenging classes are invited to apply. If accepted, they are allowed to join the Echols Scholars Program for the rest of their tenure at the University; the current Dean of the Echols Scholars Program is Dr. Sarah Cole. In addition to majors and minors being available in the above-listed fields of study, the College administers interdisciplinary degree programs in the following areas: There is a 5-year program, by arrangement with the Curry Education School, through which students who graduate the College with a BA degree may pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching degree at Curry with one additional year of graduate study. Several of the 45+ departments, along with their faculty, have been noted for important contributions to their fields. Numerous members of the Department of English, which includes the top-ranked Program in Creative Writing, have distinguished themselves nationally and internationally, most notably Pulitzer Prize for poetry recipient Rita Dove, on the faculty since 1989, who served as United States Poet Laureate from 1993 to 1995 and has garnered numerous honors, among them the 1996 National Humanities Medal, the 2009 Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, 24 honorary doctorates and the 2011 National Medal of Arts.
Dr. James Galloway, head of the Environmental Science department, received the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement Award on March 27, 2008; the History department's Virginia Center for Digital History was awarded a Digital Humanities start-up grant under the National Endowment for the Humanities' "We the People" program. Of the History Department is White Burkett Miller Professor of History Philip Zelikow, serving on President Obama's Intelligence Advisory Board James Landers, a professor in chemistry and microbiology, has been recognized with the 2008 Innovation Award from the Association for Laboratory Automation. Many more recognitions, from sources such as the National Science Foundation, are awarded to individual students for their academic and research achievements in their respective fields; the English graduate department was ranked #4 in the country according to the National Research Council rankings and #12 according to U. S. News and World Reports; the physics graduate department and the neuroscience graduate program were both ranked 14th and the history graduate department 19th.
The philosophy graduate program is ranked 37th out of a field of 50. The economics and psychology graduate departments were ranked 27th and 28th, respectively. Anheuser Busch Coastal Research Center Blandy Experimental Farm Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies Center for Biomathematical Technology Center for Biomedical Ethics Cente
The Virginia Cavaliers known as Wahoos or Hoos, are the athletic teams representing the University of Virginia, located in Charlottesville. They compete at the NCAA Division I level, in the Atlantic Coast Conference since 1953. UVA, referred to as Virginia by the national media, fields one of the top athletics programs in the nation and was awarded the Capital One Cup for finishing first nationwide in overall men's sports for 2015; the Cavaliers have placed among the Top 5 nationally. Virginia has won an ACC-best 19 NCAA national championships in men's sports; the program has added seven NCAA national titles in women's sports for a grand total of 26 NCAA titles, second in the ACC. Standout programs include men's soccer, men's lacrosse, men's tennis and men's basketball. Women's rowing has added two recent NCAA titles. In addition to the 26 official NCAA national titles, the Cavaliers have won six in indoor men's tennis, two USILA titles for men's lacrosse, one AIAW title in women's indoor track and field, for 34 total team national titles.
Former football coach George Welsh ranks second for most wins in ACC history. Going further back, UVA men's boxing was a leading collegiate program when boxing was a major national sport in the first half of the 20th century, completing four consecutive undefeated seasons between 1932 and 1936; the Cavalier mascot represents a mounted swordsman, there are crossed swords or sabres in the official logo. An unofficial moniker, the “Wahoos”, or “Hoos” for short, based on the university's rallying cry "Wah-hoo-wah!" is commonly used. Though only used by the student body, both terms—“Wahoos” and “Hoos”—have come into widespread usage with the local media as well; the school colors, adopted in 1888, are navy blue. The athletic teams had worn grey and cardinal red but those colors did not show up well on dirty football fields as the school was sporting its first team. A mass meeting of the student body was called, a star player showed up wearing a navy blue and orange scarf he had brought back from a University of Oxford summer rowing expedition.
The colors were chosen when another student pulled the scarf from the player's neck, waved it to the crowd and yelled: "How will this do?" When boxing was a major collegiate sport, Virginia's teams boxed in Memorial Gymnasium and went undefeated on a six-year run between 1932 and 1937, winning an unofficial national championship in 1938. On December 4, 1953, the University of Virginia joined the Atlantic Coast Conference as the league’s eighth member, its men's basketball team has seven times been part of the NCAA Elite Eight, three times advancing to the Final Four. The baseball team has appeared in the CWS four times; the football team has twice been honored as ACC Co-Champions. The soccer and lacrosse programs have both been tremendously successful; the men's soccer team has won four consecutively. The men's lacrosse team has won seven national titles, while the women have claimed three. Women's cross country won national titles in 1981 and 1982; the men's tennis team won the national championships in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017.
In 2015, Virginia was named the nation's top athletics program for NCAA men's sports by virtue of winning the Capital One Cup, awarded to Stanford University for women's sports. In 2019, the men's basketball team qualified for the NCAA final four tournament for the first time in 35 years; the Cavalier Song is the University of Virginia's fight song. The song was a result of a contest held in 1923 by the university; the Cavalier Song, with lyrics by Lawrence Haywood Lee, Jr. and music by Fulton Lewis, Jr. was selected as the winner. The second half of the song is played during sporting events; the Good Ole Song dates to 1893 and, is the de facto alma mater. It is set to the music of Auld Lang Syne and is sung after each victory in every sport, after each touchdown in football. John Paul Jones Arena opened in the Fall of 2006 and is the current venue for the men's and women's basketball teams; the previous facility, University Hall, was the smallest in the ACC until the addition of Miami to the conference.
At its recent height in the 1980s, the men's basketball team was better than perennial power Duke and second only to UNC in that decade's cumulative ACC standings. The 1990s and 2000s have seen a bit of a slide for the program to the middle of the pack in the conference, but the hiring of coach Dave Leitao along with the 2006 opening of John Paul Jones Arena led to a short return to prominence, with the 2006-2007 team winning a share of the ACC regular season title and making it to the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament; the new arena is one of the three largest on-campus facilities in the Atlantic Coast Conference, with the only bigger arenas belonging to universities with far greater student populations. Dave Leitao was fired following the 2008-2009 season, Tony Bennett, the head coach of the Washington State Cougars, was hired; the 2013–14 season saw the Cavaliers win their first 30-win seas