Nov. 9-15, 2001
Vol. 31, Issue 36
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Law School encourages public service
U.Va. hub for biotechnology
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Law School encourages public service
Virginia to benefit from loan forgiveness program

School of Law
Ian Bradshaw
Law School Dean John C. Jeffries Jr. said he hopes the new programs will foster the University’s reputation as “a leader in the world of public service law.”

By Charlotte Crystal

Law students interested in public service will be better able to pursue that cause, thanks to two new programs at the School of Law: the new Powell Fellowship and a revamped loan forgiveness program.

Many students enter the Law School with a public service career in mind, but for various reasons — not the least of which is the high cost of paying back student loans — decide that taking a low-paying job after graduation isn’t an option, said Law School Dean John C. Jeffries Jr.

“U.Va. is known as a good place to train for Wall Street law, but it’s not as well known as a center of public interest law and public service, a field in which we have an excellent national reputation,” Jeffries said. “We feel that we should encourage people who want to devote themselves to public service, knowing they will forgo considerable remuneration to do so.”

Jeffries organized the Powell Fellowship in collaboration with the children of the late Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, friends of the Powell family and Law School alumni. Beginning next spring, the fellowship will be available to a graduating third-year student who has taken a job in the public sector, or a former student currently serving a judicial clerkship. The fellowship, the first one of which will be offered each year, will provide a one-year stipend of $35,000 plus health benefits, with the expectation of renewal for a second year.

The second initiative, the Virginia Loan Forgiveness Program, actually replaces two older ones — the Public Service Loan Assistance Program, a loan deferral program for graduates working in public service; and the Virginia Career Option Assistance Program, a loan forgiveness program for graduates practicing law in one of Virginia’s 20 poorest counties. Full story.

U.Va. hub for biotechnology

By Charlotte Crystal

Construction of a new $4.4 million research building, the Emerging Technology Center is nearing completion at the University of Virginia Research Park at North Fork as managers wrap up agreements to establish new research facilities for two biotech firms and create laboratory space for U.Va. researchers.

“The Emerging Technology Center provides an exciting new opportunity for technology transfer between U.Va. researchers and industry,” said Robert E. Burnett, professor of chemistry and director of university-industry research relations. “In addition to offering flexible laboratory space that will help attract and house new research enterprises, the University will benefit by an increase in student internships and new employment opportunities for graduate students, local professionals and faculty spouses.”

Research park officials have signed agreements with two new tenants this fall.

Biotage Inc., a subsidiary of Dyax Corp., a biopharmaceutical company based in Cambridge, Mass., has acquired 7.1 acres for $750,000 on the North Fork site to build a 50,000-square-foot facility. The two-story building will house the company’s worldwide headquarters, along with research and development operations and some product assembly and test functions. The company makes systems and consumable products that purify drugs during the pharmaceutical discovery and clinical trial process.

Also, MDS Proteomics Inc., a subsidiary of MDS Inc., Canada’s largest health and life sciences company, has signed a five-year lease for 15,000 square feet of space in the research park’s new Emerging Technology Center.

MDS Proteomics focuses on changing the drug discovery process by combining biology, mass spectrometry and high-throughput supercomputing to identify and select superior drug targets. The North Fork facility complements other MDS Proteomics’ research operations in Toronto, Boston and Odense, Denmark. Full story.


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