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Sandy Hausman

Charlottesville Bureau Chief

Sandy Hausman joined the Radio IQ team in 2008 after living and working in Chicago for 30 years. Since then, she's won numerous national and regional awards for her prolific coverage of the environment, criminal justice, research and happenings at the University of Virginia. Sandy is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Michigan. Contact Sandy at shausman@vt.edu.

  • Virginia is a haven for history lovers. From colonial times to the Civil War and the civil rights movement, this state is rich in people and places central to America’s story. In Charlottesville, the local historical society is offering a tour that tells tales through a unique group of men— the Black barbers of C'ville.
  • Hurricane Season begins June First, and emergency managers will be watching storms as they evolve. If forecasters think one will come ashore, officials will likely issue an evacuation order, but how much faith do people have in those orders? How far in advance should they be issued and by whom? Those are questions the University of Virginia hoped to answer by creating a database that uses tracking information from cell phones to analyze community response to hurricane warnings.
  • Virginia’s unusually warm spring has meant a bumper crop of caterpillars attacking oaks and other trees in Shenandoah National Park, prompting an aerial attack. For the first time since 2008, forest managers are spraying to prevent a massive loss of leaves.
  • The challenge in treating cancer is to kill tumors but spare healthy tissue, and a team of scientists at the University of Virginia may have stumbled on a new way to do that. Sandy Hausman reports their findings could help people with melanoma, breast, kidney, and ovarian cancers.
  • UVA’s Faculty Senate met Friday to question President Jim Ryan and to consider several resolutions involving the use of force on campus. The group did not assess blame but called for an investigation.
  • Earlier this week, UVA’s president and chief of police defended their decision to break up a campus protest over Gaza by calling-in state police. Thursday, a half dozen faculty members who were there disputed the official claims.
  • It might come as a surprise in the 21st century – after man has walked on the moon and sent rovers to Mars – that truck brakes actually fail. But on occasion they do. Engineers have designed special ramps at the base of steep hills so drivers can avoid the disastrous consequences of a runaway rig. This spring Virginia unveiled one-of-a-kind for the Commonwealth.
  • Something surprising is happening in Virginia prisons. A national non-profit is donating thousands of books for inmates and staff. Sandy Hausman reports on the Freedom Reads program, launched by a man who came of age behind bars in Virginia.
  • Faced with strong criticism on campus and in Charlottesville, the University of Virginia’s president hosted a town hall Tuesday. Jim Ryan and his police chief tried to explain why they called state police to break up a student-led protest against Israeli attacks on civilians in Gaza.
  • When UVA students first assembled to protest Israel’s conduct in Gaza they were informed that tents could not be erected on campus. They quickly complied by taking the tents down, but when the group gathered again Friday night it was raining and the tents were pitched again. By Saturday afternoon, police in riot gear were using pepper spray on protesters and making arrests.