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Marine veteran Kim Johnson will become a 2018 graduate of Batten, adding to a list of accomplishments that includes 20 years of military service, including duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. She is a retired E-8 Master Sergeant. (photo by Dan Addison, University Communications)
April 17, 2018
Today, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) and the University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy announced the winners of the 2018 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition—the largest-ever student simulation competition in higher education.
April 16, 2018
"Any (agricultural) system...will require genetic diversity. The best I can do right now is try to conserve that diversity.” — Morgan Carrington “Cary” Fowler Jr., known as the “father” of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. (Photo by Dan Addison, University Communications)
April 16, 2018
On Friday, the University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello will present the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals as part of a series of events commemorating Jefferson’s birthday, known at UVA as Founder’s Day. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership is sponsored by the Batten School. Dr. Cary Fowler, the 2018 Citizen Leadership medalist, will speak to Batten School students during a private luncheon on Thursday, April 12 at 12:00 p.m.
April 10, 2018
"When an apology keeps being issued over and over and a transgression keeps being repeated, the apology comes to have less meaning and less impact." — Batten's Gabrielle Adams
April 10, 2018
Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind person to climb Mount Everest and the Seven Summits, gave an inspiring talk about overcoming barriers to Batten students and others in the Dome Rome of the University of Virginia’s Rotunda. Weihenmayer was Batten's Class of 2018 spring speaker.
April 6, 2018
Batten's Adam Leive found that Olympic track and field silver medalists lived longer than the top finishers: almost a year and a half longer, on average. (photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, from Agência Brasil Fotografias.)
March 29, 2018
Led by Batten's Center for Leadership Simulation and Gaming, 550 public policy students from 159 universities in 27 countries participated in dealing with a global flu pandemic exercise. (Photo by Dan Addison, University Communications)
March 26, 2018
Scott Beale will discuss "The Role of Leadership in Changing the World" at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 in the Great Hall. Scott and his team have grown Atlas Corps to involve more than 600 social change leaders from 88 countries.
March 21, 2018
“The environment is all about clean water, clean air, clean land, and healthy communities. You have the responsibility to write public policy that ensures that and does not deviate.” — Lilia Abron
March 15, 2018
"The main takeaway is that broadening access to naloxone leads to an increase in opioid abuse." — Jennifer Doleac. (photo of naloxone kit courtesy of WikiMedia)
March 14, 2018
On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, the University of Virginia Center for Effective Lawmaking (CEL), College Republicans at UVA, and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy will co-host the U.S. Senate Republican Primary Debate in the Great Hall of Garrett Hall at 6:30 p.m. EDT.
March 14, 2018

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