Tag: education


Warner, Kaine praise $17.5 million in grants to expand access to preschool in Virginia

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) praised today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Education that Virginia will receive $17.5 million in funds under the Preschool Development Grants program to expand access to early childhood education.

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Hands-on learning to be part of ag education at State Fair

Students visiting the State Fair of Virginia as part of its Educational Exposition field trip program will have the opportunity to make a connection between wheat and bread, corn and cereal, cotton and jeans and much more.

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Uncle Sam’s new College Scorecard highlights UVA affordable excellence

Long before U.S. News & World Report began issuing its famed college rankings, aspiring college students and their families have been seeking ways to sort through thousands of post-secondary options.


EMU signs memorandum with Kosovo for teacher training

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) may soon be hosting a cohort of teachers from Kosovo in the master’s of education program.

Washington and Lee enrolls first-year class of 455

Some 455 first-year students will be among the student body when fall semester classes begin Sept. 10 at Washington and Lee University, and a record percentage of them will receive financial aid.

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Virginia Tech among the nation’s best universities in U.S. News rankings

Virginia Tech is among the nation’s best universities, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2016.”

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Shenandoah National Park welcomes fourth-grade students through Every Kid in a Park initiative

Shenandoah National Park invites all 4th-grade students to visit the Park for free as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program.

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Virginia Tech researchers to measure social networks’ influence on public attitudes

A team of scientists led by Virginia Tech researchers has received a $950,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study the ways that ideas and behaviors are spread through large social networks like Twitter.


Share agriculture resources with your favorite teacher, school

Parents, grandparents and others with an interest in education have the opportunity to gift agriculture-related resources to an educator or a local school through Virginia’s Agriculture in the Classroom Adopt-a-Teacher and Adopt-a-School programs.

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Initiative to imagine Virginia Tech in the year 2047

The long-range “visioning initiative,” first announced in May, kicks into high gear this week. Virginia Tech President Timothy D. Sands has appointed a broad-based steering committee of faculty to guide the effort to rethink the university of tomorrow.

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Welcome Hokies: A snapshot of the newest students at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is welcoming approximately 8,800 new Hokies this year — which includes 1,500 graduate students, more than 6,300 freshmen and 1,000 transfer students.

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Bridgewater College welcomes 12 new faculty members

Bridgewater College welcomes 12 new full-time faculty members for the 2015-16 academic year.


Governor McAuliffe announces across-the-board improvement on SOLs

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that student scores on the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests have improved significantly since last year.

Virginia Tech cancer biologists find a key that may unlock how tumors form and progress

An international team of scientists, led by a Virginia Tech researcher, determined that the number of chromosomes in a cell may be a key to understanding how cancer forms and progresses – a finding that could help inform new treatments.

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JMU to host cybersecurity boot camp for Virginia teachers

Twenty teachers from around Virginia will get hands-on instruction on cutting-edge cybersecurity education tools and methodsJuly 27-31 at James Madison University.

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Ken Plum: School funding in Virginia

The recent tension between the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the School Board over approval of the budget for the public schools left one big factor out of the equation for funding schools–the role of state government in financing public education in the Commonwealth.

Washington and Lee raises $542 mIllion in seven-year campaign

Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, concluded its seven-year campaign on June 30, raising $542.5 million, 8 percent more than the $500 million goal.


VCU researchers, international partners first to identify risk genes for clinical depression

For the first time in scientific history, researchers have identified specific genetic clues to the underlying etiology of clinical depression.

Virginia Tech researchers develop new way to assess healthy beverage intake

There may be a better way to think about daily drinking habits that impact health conditions such as obesity and diabetes, according to a new study by Virginia Tech researchers.

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International research team seeks more efficient biomass refinement processes

Researchers from across the world, including from Virginia Tech, plan to mimic the chemistry of the brown rot fungus to improve biorefining processes.


Money wasted? Waynesboro has spent $9 million in last 15 years on Waynesboro High School

The Waynesboro School Board is moving ahead with its plans to commit city taxpayers to $75 million for a new Waynesboro High School after hitting up those same taxpayers for nearly $9 million in improvements in 2002 and 2007.

Mellon Foundation grants Washington and Lee funds for digital humanities, study of histor

Washington and Lee University has received project grants totaling $950,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation — one to develop new methods of teaching the humanities using technology and another to study how the lessons of history help us interpret contemporary issues.

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Senate approves Warner proposals to strengthen school accountability, efficiency

The Senate has approved a proposal championed by U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) to help school districts better leverage limited resources by giving them access to important tools to help eliminate unnecessary administrative costs and allow more funding to go into the classroom.

Virginia Tech scientists work to help save the Amazon rainforest and its biodiversity

The Amazon Basin’s vast tropical rainforests, rivers, and soils are rich ecosystems vital to the basic functioning of the planet. They churn moisture into the atmosphere, sequester global carbon, regulate climate patterns, and house much of the world’s biodiversity.

After 44 years at EMU, former provost and current library director Beryl Brubaker heads into her second ‘retirement’

Beryl Brubaker knows what it’s like to retire – and to be called back to serve with her gifts once more. In 2008, Brubaker “retired” as provost. That year marked her 37th at Eastern Mennonite University.