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Early Detection for Pancreatic Cancer
June 16th, 2012 - (2 Comments)

In the 1970s, only three percent of patients with pancreatic cancer survived for five years. Today, it still has one of the highest fatality rates in the United States. Todd Bauer and Kimberly Kelley (University of Virginia) are working to develop human cell models and possibly begin clinical trials that would allow earlier detection of the cancer, which […]

Strike
January 14th, 2012 - (0 Comments)

In 1951 a group of African American students at Robert R. Moton High School in Prince Edward County, Virginia, organized a strike to protest the substandard school facilities provided for black students. The walkout, led by 16 year old Barbara Johns, is one of the great stories in the struggle for Civil Rights—a story of courage […]

Strike
January 15th, 2011 - (0 Comments)

In 1951 a group of African American students at Robert R. Moton High School in Prince Edward County, Virginia, organized a strike to protest the substandard school facilities provided for black students. The walkout, led by 16 year old Barbara Johns, is one of the great stories in the struggle for Civil Rights—a story of courage […]

Poetry in a Recession
December 25th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

Poetry has long been used to celebrate love and family, but it has also always documented the dark times in human life.  Bob Hicok (Virginia Tech) worked for twenty years in the automotive industry.  His poems explore the lives of family and friends coping with economic devastation in Michigan.  Also: Many scholars have believed that […]

Seeing the Bigger Picture
November 27th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

In the late 19th century, the art of creating visual effects for film began with frame by frame animations of moving pictures.  Now, effects-men like Matt Wallin (Virginia Commonwealth University) are creating life-like icons in movies like King Kong, Jurassic Park 2, and Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace.  Wallin tells us about his visual […]

The 100-Mile Thanksgiving
November 20th, 2010 - (2 Comments)

With Good Reason invites you to a traditional Thanksgiving meal, but nearly everything on the table is grown, made, or brewed, within 100 miles of Charlottesville, Virginia.  The dinner host, Tim Beatley (University of Virginia),  introduced the 100-mile Thanksgiving idea to his students after reading The 100-mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating.  About 95 […]

Whitman at War
October 16th, 2010 - (1 Comments)

In 1862, poet Walt Whitman went to Fredericksburg, Virginia, searching for his brother George who had been wounded in a Civil War battle. Whitman was so moved by the carnage he found that he worked as a nurse for the rest of the war.   Mara Scanlon and Brady Earnhart (University of Mary Washington) say […]

New Brains, Old Brains
August 21st, 2010 - (0 Comments)

Holding a student’s attention for longer than five seconds is no easy task.  Despite an innate curiosity, children often find classrooms downright boring.  But why?   Daniel Willingham (University of Virginia), a cognitive scientist, believes the trick to keeping young brains engaged in school is to find the perfect level of challenge – not too […]

Brain Painting and Music of the Mind
July 24th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

You know what it’s like to have a song stuck in your head. But what if your brain was constantly making music of its own without your knowledge? “Brainwave Chick” Paras Kaul (George Mason University) has found a way to tap into the natural melodies of her mind, convert them to digital sound, and make […]

Arab Defamation in Film
July 10th, 2010 - (4 Comments)

Author and media critic Jack Shaheen has watched over 1,000 films from the last century to see how Middle Eastern characters fare.  Not so well.  More often than not, the silver screen resorts to demeaning Arab stereotypes.  Hanadi Al-Samman (University of Virginia) studies contemporary Arabic literature and culture and joins the conversation.  Also featured:  Iraq […]