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Assuring the crowd not to worry because he had years of experience operating heavy equipment -- with his, and later his son's Tonka toys -- a beaming Jim Galloway, chair of environmental sciences, climbed onto a backhoe July 13 and broke ground for his department's addition to Clark Hall. Renovations will provide much-needed and long-awaited laboratory space, as well as improve the Science and Engineering Library.

Environmental sciences to expand its environment

By Rebecca Arrington and Fariss Samarrai

When James Galloway, chair of the U.Va. Department of Environmental Sciences, climbed aboard a backhoe July 13 and broke ground for the new addition to Clark Hall, it was a move closer to making a dream become reality.

The four-story, 45,000-square-foot addition will provide much-needed laboratory and computational space for the department and the Science and Engineering Library.

In remarks made shortly before revving up the earth-moving machine, Galloway thanked alumnus Paul Tudor Jones for his generosity. The new wing is being financed in part by a $10 million gift from the donor, who has long championed environmental causes. The gift also comes with the "Paul Tudor Jones Challenge," which requires the University to raise an additional $10 million for endowed professorships, scholarships, fellowships, field and laboratory equipment, and a general department endowment.

The state is providing additional money to renovate the existing portions of Clark Hall. Galloway also recognized Dave Smith, department co-chair, for his efforts over the past four years in championing the renovation project.

The first interdisciplinary department of its kind in the nation, environmental sciences was formed in 1969. It integrates several scientific disciplines, including ecology, hydrology and earth and atmospheric sciences. In addition to training future scientists, the department teaches undergraduate students the basics of environmental awareness -- strongly based in sound scientific principles -- to create informed citizens and future leaders. Full story.

Hospital's fiscal health may be illusory

By Dan Heuchert

If the U.Va. Medical Center were a patient, its chart might say, "Outwardly healthy, but exhibits a number of risk factors. Monitor closely."

That was the impression given July 14, when the University Board of Visitors' Health Affairs Committee met in Richmond.

Larry Fitzgerald, the U.Va. Health System's chief financial officer, told the committee that reaching a 4.2 percent operating margin for the fiscal year that ended June 30 looks probable. He estimates that puts U.Va. in the top 10 percent of academic medical centers nationwide. Full story.

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