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Batten associate professor Jay Shimshack testified at a House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing on the importance of environmental enforcement and compliance.
March 26, 2019
Of those seeking employment, 98 percent of graduates from Batten’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs have secured positions, demonstrating a high demand for policy leaders equipped with a Batten degree.
March 22, 2019
Virginia Beach native Sumedha Deskmukh holds a Bachelor in Economics (‘16) and a Master of Public Policy (’17) both from the University of Virginia. A former Jefferson Scholar and Echols Scholar, Deshmukh—in just a short amount of time—has combined her economics background with her passion for policymaking to create an interesting career. Beginning as an Associate Producer at Devex to working on Blockchain & DLT at the World Economic Forum, Deshmukh is already forging ahead in the world of policymaking.
March 21, 2019
The refugee crisis is not America’s crisis nor is it Europe’s crisis. It’s the refugee’s crisis. Unbelievable, huh? Films such as, "4.1 miles" and "From Damascus to Chicago," which screened at Garrett Hall on Thursday evening, Feb. 28 serve as a counter to viewing the current predicament as one giant statistic.
March 13, 2019
Thanks to a unique partnership between the Batten School and the University’s talent development team within UVA Human Resources, a new series of three director-level leadership development courses spearheaded by Batten Professor Gabrielle Adams will soon be available to University HR managers.
March 11, 2019
Renowned oceanographer and National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle is the 2019 recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership.
March 6, 2019
If we look back over the past five years, one significant change in the news and talk about town is that we are hearing much more about democracy. There is a great deal of concern as well as fundraising and spending and effort on and about democracy of late.
March 4, 2019
Batten's Center for Effective Lawmaking (CEL) announced the most effective lawmakers of the 115th Congress (2017-18). In addition to ranking the most effective members, the CEL for the first time ranked lawmakers with long-standing patterns of effectiveness as well as the most high-performing freshmen.
March 1, 2019
In E.M. Forester’s novel, A Room with a View, there's a sign with a quote that hangs outside of a character’s wardrobe. “Mistrust all enterprises that require new clothes.” The business world has traditionally been one such “enterprise.” But the days of shoulder pads and oversized blazers—as unforgettable as they were—appear to be drawing to a close. For Melina Flabiano (MPP ’13), this represents an opportunity to reimagine workwear for the modern-day professional woman.
Feb. 21, 2019
For Batten student Ben Stolz (MPP ’20), leadership can mean different things to different people, but the one unifying aspect is that leadership requires a certain level of passion.
Feb. 19, 2019
On the last day of fall classes, while other students prepared for the onslaught of exams, seven student teams from the Batten School traveled to the Pentagon to present their semester-long projects to officials from the Department of Defense (DoD). These 31 undergraduates were part of UVA’s inaugural Hacking for Defense (H4D) course, which provides students the opportunity to work on actual national security problems in close collaboration with DoD sponsors.
Feb. 18, 2019

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