Tag: economics

Virginia Tech scientist digs into poison resistance in snakes

The rough-skinned newt is easily one of the most toxic animals on the planet, yet the common garter snake routinely eats it.


Virginia Tech undergraduate neuroscience degree to be offered next year

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia recently gave final approval for Virginia Tech’s new Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience.


VMI lacrosse announces incoming class for 2015 season

For a second-straight season, every incoming lacrosse player at VMI completed their first week on Post following Matriculation. The Keydet lacrosse team gained 17 members of the Class of 2015+3 in advance of head coach Brian Anken’s fifth season at the Institute.


NYU sociology professor to lecture about the nature of race

Ann Morning, associate professor of sociology at New York University, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on Monday, Sept. 22, at 4:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.


Two Bridgewater College students awarded Druna Scholarship

Two Bridgewater College students who achieved superior academic standards and good campus citizenship have been selected as recipients of the John W. and Lurene M. Durna Endowed Scholarship.


Will Hammer: End the Drug War

Ending the Drug War and legalizing marijuana would save us at least $15 billion per year at the Federal level and at least another $25 billion at the state and local level.


Bridgewater College to host Business Expo on Sept. 3

A business expo designed to help connect Bridgewater College students with local businesses and residents will be held Sept. 3 from 3-6 p.m. at the Funkhouser Center on the college campus.


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Bridgewater College welcomes 11 new faculty members

Bridgewater College welcomes 11 new full-time faculty members for the 2014-15 academic year.


Tourism to Shenandoah National Park creates $72.4 million in economic benefit

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1.14 million visitors to Shenandoah National Park in 2013 spent $72.4 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 889 jobs in the local area.


Paid leave: A fix for our imperfect marketplace

As a business person, there is one economics lesson I learn over and over again: The marketplace is essential but not perfect.


Chris Graham: The freakonomics behind UVA retaining Mike London

It was Adam Smith, the Wealth of Nations Adam Smith, who argued in 1776 that the daily operations of a firm are run by “principal clerks” who are essentially homogenous and interchangeable, whose “labour of inspection and direction may be either altogether or very nearly the same.” Which is another way of saying, when looking at UVA football in 2014, that the program is no better or worse off with Mike London as coach, somebody else as coach, or the proverbial empty chair, at least from an economics perspective.


Will Hammer confirmed for Sixth District ballot

Will Hammer was confirmed on the Sixth District congressional ballot by the Virginia State Board of Elections last week.


Stunner! Eric Cantor loses Republican primary, ousted from Congress

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., lost his battle with Randolph-Macon economics professor Dave Brat for re-nomination to the ballot in the Seventh Congressional District in Virginia Tuesday, a political stunner that sent shock waves down both sides of the aisle.


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Staunton native Lucinda Marshall Segneri returns home with five new books

Lucinda Marshall Segneri never seems to sit still, and she will be visiting her hometown to share five books that have been recently released (which encompass just three of her many interests).


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Dave Brat calls for investigation into hiring tied to Eric Cantor

Seventh District Republican congressional nomination candidate Dave Brat responded today to the breaking news that the Republican Party of Virginia has hired a political operative as executive director whose firm is apparently under contract with incumbent Congressman Eric Cantor.


Bridgewater College to honor five alums during Alumni Weekend

Five Bridgewater College alumni will be honored as part of the college’s annual Alumni Weekend celebration April 11 – 13.


Tourism to the Blue Ridge Parkway creates $902 million in economic benefit

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 15.2 million visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2012 spent $902 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 12,168 jobs in the local area.


Report: Tourism to Shenandoah National Park creates $76 million in economic benefit

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1.2 million visitors to park name in 2012 spent $76 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 945 jobs in the local area.


Longwood economist says socioeconomic factors predict SOL pass rates

Many of the most commonly cited remedies for improving educational test scores—shrinking class sizes, boosting teacher salaries or hiring teachers with advanced degrees—actually have little power to predict Standards of Learning (SOL) pass rates, says a Longwood University economist.


Cuccinelli, McAuliffe campaigns spar over economics, taxes

The Ken Cuccinelli for governor campaign released a new ad today claiming that Terry McAuliffe’s support for the bipartisan transportation plan passed by the General Assembly earlier this year will help force a tax increase.