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One PhD Alum’s Contribution to the Hamilton Craze

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Doctoral students in English, Music, Psychology and Statistics partner with peers in Engineering to identify data-driven solutions to real-world problems.

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After completing his master’s in English literature, James Perla launched a podcast series that explores environmental and cultural conservation in the Amazon and is now working on a digital archive of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Greg Jackson and Thomas Pearce were each named among this year’s acclaimed “Five Under Thirty-Five” for their debut collections of short stories.

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A study led by clinical psychology PhD candidate Diana Dinescu detailing the effect of marriage on alcohol consumption has been published in the Journal of Family Psychology.

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Environmental Sciences PhD candidate Ariel Firebaugh studies the negative impact of light pollution on fireflies’ mojo at UVA’s Blandy Farm.

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New African American Museum

Music PhD candidate Steven Lewis assisted in curating a 400-year timeline of African-American musical expression, achievement and influence as a research assistant at the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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A team led by Astronomy PhD candidate Nicholas Troup has used a UVA-developed instrument to quadruple the number of known “brown dwarfs” in close proximity to stars – a blind spot in astronomical observation that has baffled theoreticians for years.

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Examining the incarceration of black women in the nation's capital during the Civil War has earned History student Tamika Richeson a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies. 

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In a year where it seems like every aspect of American politics is being watched and analyzed on the world stage, University of Virginia doctoral candidate Michael Poznansky is interested in the powerful political plays that are hidden beneath the surface.

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