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.
to expand its environment
Rebecca Arrington and Fariss Samarrai
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.
four-story, 45,000-square-foot addition will provide much-needed
laboratory and computational space for the department and the Science
and Engineering Library.
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.
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
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
fiscal health may be illusory
the U.Va. Medical Center were a patient, its chart might say, "Outwardly
healthy, but exhibits a number of risk factors. Monitor closely."
was the impression given July 14, when the University Board of Visitors'
Health Affairs Committee met in Richmond.
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.