Science & Technology
4:06 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Some Thinking on Brain "Mapping"

Recently President Barack Obama announced a decade-long, $100-million  project to map the human brain.

At Washington & Lee University, Professor Tyler Lorig, chair of the Neuroscience program, offered mixed reactions.

Lorig says while he welcomes the attention to the new announcement—he knows the money won’t go nearly as far as the public might expect. He's  also concerned about misconceptions which stem from the language describing the project as “mapping”.

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A Photography Project & Exhibit
7:42 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Virginia Tech Helps Japan Document a Tragedy

Japan Tsunami Photography Exhibit

In the wake of great tragedy, great beauty has been known to emerge.

A photography project by people living in temporary housing in a Japanese coastal town devastated by the Tsunami two years ago, offers a record of rebuilding and recovery for the photographers.

The exhibit is called, “We Are All Photographers," a title echoing the phrase, “We are all Hokies”  heard around the world after the Virginia Tech tragedy.

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Health & Medicine
4:55 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

F.R.E.E. Foundation Equips Patients

Rhonda McAleer, George McAleer, and Sonja Schaible
Credit photo by Beverly Amsler

Some patients leave the hospital with walker or wheelchair in tow, ready to begin their rehabilitation at home.  But for others, it’s not so easy.  Maybe they don’t have insurance or their insurance might not pay for the medical equipment they need to continue to improve. That’s where a program which started in Roanoke steps in. 

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Quinnipiac University Poll
4:29 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Governor McDonnell's Job Approval Rating

A new Quinnipiac poll gauges where Virginia voters stand on Governor Bob McDonnell in light of the relationship between McDonnell and Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, who paid for wedding catering for the Governor’s daughter. 

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Aerial Dancing at W&L
11:59 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Arts in the Air

Washington & Lee University

Students across the country are celebrating graduation in a variety ways – but none quite like a troupe of dancers at Washington & Lee here in Virginia.  They’ll be dancing on air – literally, with a performance 40 feet above the ground. 

They dangle from ropes far above the theater floor, swinging and spinning, turning flips or hanging upside down, tapping their toes on the wall and flapping their arms as if to fly.  Aerial dancing is an art form pioneered in the 70s and taught at just one university in the nation. 

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Preservation Virginia's Annual List
11:36 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Virginia's Endangered Places

Compton- Bateman house in better days.

Preservation Virginia’s 2013 list of endangered places ranges from 12 acres of old growth hardwoods to century-old schools built for Africa American students.

The Wytheville birthplace of former First Lady Edith Bolling Wilson needs repairs and financial support. A Page County school that housed government offices for nearly eighty years may be knocked down and replaced with a parking lot. A graveyard and archeological site in Danville may become an industrial site.

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WVTF and RADIO IQ Honored for Investigative Reporting, Continuous Coverage and In-Depth Series:

WVTF and RADIO IQ have won a top national award for investigative reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists.  Our Charlottesville Bureau Chief Sandy Hausman will accept the honor on June 21 at the National Press Club in Washington.

Our winning entry was one of 1,700 received by SPJ from newspapers, broadcasters, networks and websites.  Hausman’s report -- Naming the Fralin -- explored the questionable way in which a member of the board of visitors secured naming rights to the University of Virginia’s art museum.

Former Chef to the Governor
11:01 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Date Set in Chef's Embezzlement Case

Todd Schneider

A Richmond judge has set a trial date for the felony embezzlement case of former Executive Mansion chef Todd Schneider, who is accused of stealing food from the residence. 

Schneider also catered the wedding of Governor McDonnell’s daughter, and his descriptions of the relationships between Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, the McDonnell family, and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli have prompted new investigations but no new charges. 

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10:39 am
Wed May 15, 2013

VT President Will Step Down

Virginia Tech President Charles Steger
Credit Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech President Charles Steger will step down from the post he has held since 2000, once his successor begins work sometime next fall. 

A search will begin immediately.

Steger has spent his entire career at the school, from undergrad to graduate degrees, becoming Dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at age 33.

Under his tenure, Virginia Tech added forty major new buildings; among them, the soon to open Center for the Arts. 

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