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Now that President Obama has announced plans to normalize relations with Cuba, some people are planning a trip, and students from the University of Virginia could be among the first to visit since the White House announcement.  A look at  what they’ll be doing and why. 

Even before the administration said it would end a trade embargo on Cuba, 26 students from the Darden School of Business were packing their bags for a week of sun and research.  They leave from Miami early next year on board a charter flight.

VA's First Lady Lends a Hand to End Child Hunger

Dec 17, 2014
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A new coalition involving Virginia's First Lady is already seeing results in the effort to reduce childhood hunger across the state. 

Organizers with the group Share Our Strength say their “No Kid Hungry” campaign is getting unprecedented attention from First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe. 

Josh Wachs, chief strategy officer with Share Our Strength, says that attention is already feeding some of the one sixth of Virginia's kids who sometimes don't get enough to eat. Wachs says the McAuliffes understand it's not a lack of food, but a lack of outreach and access.

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The story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia has raised a lot of issues.  One is what educators call, ‘a teachable moment.’ 

Katrina Powell is Director of Women's and Gender Studies at Virginia Tech and Associate Professor of English.

"We’ve been teaching these issues and talking about these issues with students for a long time. In fact, women’s and gender studies as a field was founded in part to try to raise awareness of these kinds of issues."

Pricey Equipment in VA's Higher Ed Classrooms

Dec 1, 2014

Virginia universities have invested at least one-billion-dollars in highly sophisticated, expensive equipment for research and development.  Some allow entrepreneurs to have access to that equipment and school expertise for a fee.

A panel of lawmakers and experts is working to craft state policies to expand such opportunities in a way that benefits businesses, universities, and taxpayers.

Inventor and former Delegate Joe May co-chairs the panel. May says businesses may need hi-tech equipment that’s too costly to buy.

Educators Meet to Revise History

Dec 1, 2014
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This week and into January, the State Board of Education is holding a series of public hearings on revisions to the History and Social Science Standards of Learning.

Board President Christian Braunlich says the standards are updated every seven years, and he hopes the public will take a look at the proposed revisions.

The public hearings will be held at the following locations:

December 2 — Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Carl and Hunter Smith Education Center, 931
Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville

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