June 21-July 12, 2002
Vol. 32, Issue 21
Back Issues
Consortium with African universities moves forward
U.Va. offers to share traffic costs
Job talk -- myths and realities
To the point -- with David Evans
Students create Rotunda mosaic

U.Va., World Wildlife Fund sign agreement

In Memoriam
Notable -- awards and achievements of faculty and staff
Dante Germino dies in train accident
Season tickets available
Employees: How to get back to school
After Hours -- Gayle Noble
Study discovers effects of exercise in women on HRT

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Consortium with African universities moves forward
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Photo by Andrew Shurtleff
Peter Omara-Ojunga, University of Venda (standing), makes remarks at last month’s conference to plan a consortium with African universities. Other participants are (from left): Hank Shugart, U.Va.; Francisco Vieira, University of Eduardo Mondlane; Sisai Mpuchane, University of Botswana; Luis Nongxa, University of the Witwatersrand; and Jeffrey Plank, U.Va.

By Fariss Samarrai

W hen environmental scientist Mike Garstang began studying the atmosphere
over southern Africa more than 30 years ago, he knew he was dealing with a complex and dynamic system with global implications. He had no idea that his work would lead, over the next quarter century, to a new climate of cooperation, with several U.Va. faculty members conducting numerous research and education projects with colleagues at four African universities.

Late last month, U.Va. officials held a three-day meeting and workshop with faculty and administrators from the University of Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique, the University of Botswana and the universities of Venda and the Witwatersrand in South Africa. The five universities are forming a consortium to address environmental, health and education concerns throughout southern Africa.

“Built initially on personal relationships, we are developing new and innovative education projects in southern Africa,” said Hank Shugart, W.W. Corcoran Professor of Environmental Sciences and director of U.Va.’s Global Environmental Change Program. “We are coordinating our work at a new level and hope this is a first step in intensive African interaction in education, research and training.”

Peter Omara-Ojunga, dean of the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Venda, said, “This consortium is an opportunity to consolidate the environmental research activities of universities in Africa with U.Va.”

He and officials from the other African universities joined representatives from the U.S. Department of State, the World Wildlife Fund, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the National Research Council, the United Nations and other federal agencies and international conservation organizations at Pavilion VII May 29 to discuss the consortium. Full story.

U.Va. offers to share traffic costs

By Matt Kelly

The University has offered to share the costs of synchronizing traffic lights at seven intersections and extend an existing traffic lane on Ivy Road as part of its proposed Emmet Street parking garage project.

In two separate letters sent June 14 to Charlottesville Mayor J. Blake Caravati, Leonard Sandridge, U.Va.’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, suggested synchronizing traffic signals at seven intersections. Sandridge offered to pay for signals at four of the intersections, at $25,000 each, plus install a $25,000 transponder to connect them. This would leave the city to install signals at three intersections, at a cost of $75,000.

The intersections Sandridge suggested synchronizing are Ivy Road/Emmet Street, Ivy Road/Copeley Road/Alderman Road, Ivy Road at St. Anne’s-Belfield and Old Ivy Road, Rugby Road/McCormick Road/University Avenue, Emmet Street/Massie Road, Emmet Street/Arlington Boulevard and Emmet Street/entrance to Barracks Road Shopping Center.

A recent traffic study of the area indicated that synchronized traffic lights would reduce delays at the Ivy-Emmet intersection, which are a major concern for garage critics living in the adjacent Lewis Mountain neighborhood. They fear that delays there would increase traffic on their residential streets. Full story.


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