Feb. 22-28, 2002
Vol. 32, Issue 7
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Deborah Johnson
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By Charlotte Crystal and Josephine Pipkin

Deborah Johnson is a leading voice in a small but growing chorus of philosophers who are adapting traditional theoretical tools to cultivate the new field of computer ethics.

Johnson joined U.Va.’s School of Engineering and Applied Science last fall as the Anne Shirley Carter Olsson Professor of Applied Ethics. She is the first person to hold the chair, established in 1996 with an anchor grant by the Elis Olsson Memorial Foundation, which has also endowed ethics professorships at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and the School of Medicine.

Along with her colleagues in the Engineering School’s Division of Technology, Culture and Communication (TCC), Johnson urges engineering students to ponder the human side of technology. Full story.

No layoffs, employees assured

By Matt Kelly

University officials tried Tuesday to explain an unfolding state budget picture.

In meetings at Newcomb Hall and Facilities Management, Colette Sheehy, vice president for management and budget, relayed the most recent state budget information coming from Richmond and its impact on the University. She stressed that the information is preliminary.

The House of Delegates and State Senate have each issued their own budget plans. On Thursday, the House and Senate are scheduled to approve their versions of the budget, which then go to a conference committee of six senior lawmakers charged with crafting a compromise budget by March 9. The final package then goes to Gov. Mark Warner, beginning the clock on a 30-day response period during which he has the authority to veto line items from the spending plan. Full story.

New office champions undergrad research

By Matt Kelly

The University is expanding the College Fellowship Office in Garrett Hall to encompass undergraduate research.

The office, to be managed by Nicole Hurd, will act as a clearinghouse for information about undergraduate research opportunities, both at the University and around the country. Aside from promoting research opportunities, it will also support students in their research, work with them on grant proposals and showcase their work. Hurd, who has been working part time, will now become a full-time employee. Full story.

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