The Best of 2015

The Best of 2015

Virginia Magazine’s team of editors explores hundreds of story ideas each year. Only a small portion makes it into the magazine; even fewer made this list. Here's a collection of our favorite stories from 2015.

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1
Charlottesville A-to-Z

Charlottesville A-to-Z
A look at what makes UVA and its Charlottesville setting so special.

June

2
First Things First

First Things First
Who was the first known female Seven? Find out on this list of UVA “firsts.”

September

3
Peculiar Properties

Peculiar Properties
Tour of some of the mysterious, historic—and empty—properties owned by the University.

September

4
Old School Ads

Old School Ads
A visual history of advertising with history professor and BackStory co-host Brian Balogh.

August

5
Talking Virginia Hoops with Mark Titus

Mark Titus on UVA Hoops
The former Grantland writer Mark Titus shares his thoughts about the men’s basketball team.

December

6
McCormick Observatory Tour

McCormick Observatory Tour
Video: Take a tour of McCormick Observatory with astronomy professor Ed Murphy.

April

7
Inside the Ivy Stacks

Inside the Ivy Stacks
Video: Follow a book along its journey from the Ivy Stacks to you.

May

8
Human Computer

Human Computer
In the 1940s, Caroyl Beddow Gooch measured the stars at McCormick Observatory.

December

9
Growing Grounds

Growing Grounds
A look at how some of the buildings on Grounds—old and new—measure up to each other.

December

10
Ghost World

Ghost World
Six UVA academics interpret the supernatural—spirits, visions, the undead and more.

October

11
Hoos on the Bus

Hoos on the Bus
We hopped on a UVA UTS bus and asked passengers to share their stories.

November

12
The Many Faces of Cavman

The Many Faces of Cavman
A visual history of how UVA’s mascot has changed over time.

March

13
Spirit of '81

Spirit of ’81
A comparison of two of the finest Cavaliers basketball teams in program history.

March

14
Grounds as Playground

Grounds as Playground
Video: UVA Parkour enthusiasts flip over walkways, walls and rails all over Grounds.

June

15
The Pioneer

The Pioneer
Bernard Mayes broke down barriers for gay students and colleagues alike.

June

16
Ordinary Genius

Ordinary Genius
UVA’s youngest student—he’s studying engineering—discusses his life on Grounds.

March

17
The Modern Curator

The Modern Curator
Eleanor Gould documents Monticello’s biodiversity through Instagram.

December

18
Print Shop

3-D Medical Printing
UVA has two of the most precise bioprinters in the nation. What can they do?

December

19
‘Unknown No Longer’

‘Unknown No Longer’
Lauranett Lee has created a public database of enslaved Virginians who may otherwise be forgotten.

March

20
Capital Replacement

Capital Replacement
Here’s how 16 three-ton, intricately carved blocks of marble were swapped out.

March

21
The Case for Compassionate Policing

Compassionate Policing
A law professor advocates for a shift in the ways police officers and people see each other.

March

22
In the Name of God

In the Name of God
A UVA professor and a Nobel Peace Prize winner work to combat religion-based violence.

December

23
How to Save a Life

How to Save a Life
UVA’s Gordie Center supports students in recovery for addiction.

September

24
Love Among the Equations

Love Among the Equations
Two UVA economics professors find proof of love in their research.

February

25
Sadness Like Moonshine

Sadness Like Moonshine
Breece D'J Pancake’s “stories are just so damn good.”

March

26
Podcast People

Podcast People
UVA has deep connections to Serial and Invisibilia.

January