magic of science
lecturer Robert Watkins, left, shows children how a siphon
works during a demonstration that was part of U.Va.'s Science
Day programs Sept. 30. At right, third-year undergraduate
Matthew Schiffler makes dry ice during the chemistry department's
"Magic Show." The biology, mathematics, environmental
sciences and astronomy departments also participated in the
well-attended fair, for children of all ages. Science Day
was sponsored by U.Va.'s Center for Science, Mathematics and
Engineering Education and by Virginia National Bank.
U.Va. forwards 2001
budget request list to Richmond
2000-02 biennial budget took effect just three months ago, and the
2001 session of the Virginia General Assembly does not convene until
January. But state agencies are now submitting their priority lists
for budget changes they would like to see.
Board of Visitors met by telephone Oct. 2 to approve the University's
budget amendment requests, which were subsequently forwarded to
Richmond. Among the top priorities were a proposal to allow the
Medical Center to keep $4.4 million in interest, generated mainly
by patient revenue, rather than turn it over to the state treasury;
and $4 million in support for the Integrated Systems Project.
requests fall into two general categories: those to be supported
from state coffers, or the "general fund"; and "non-general
fund" projects, paid for through other revenue streams. Many
capital projects, to be funded through anticipated revenue or by
donors, fall under the non-general fund heading, but the University
still must receive state approval for the expenditures.
we have a pretty good track record there," said Nancy Rivers,
director of the Office of State Governmental Relations. Full
wins NSF grant for nanoscale materials research
U.Va. Engineering School has won a $5 million grant from the National
Science Foundation to establish a new Center for Nanoscopic Design.
It is one of four new NSF-funded Materials Research Science and
Engineering centers nationwide that will explore innovative materials
and further the integration of research and education in the field
of materials science.
pleased and gratified at this vote of confidence by the NSF,"
said Richard W. Miksad, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied
Science. "Only 20 or so of these grants are in effect at any
given time, and we were selected to receive one in vigorous competition
with the nation's top research universities."
grant will strengthen U.Va.'s position at the forefront of materials
research in areas ranging from novel electronic devices to fabrication
of materials at the atomic level. It also will serve as an educational
resource for both high school and university students, said Robert
Hull, principal investigator and professor of materials science
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