July 12-25, 2002
Vol. 32, Issue 22
Back Issues
‘Lesson of the hour’
Research goals on track, despite roadblocks
Medical Center realigning work force
Iliescu’s art is metaphor for democracy
Great-granddaughter helps uncover mystery

Q&A -- Zelikow relishes Miller Center’s role

‘Ceiled’ up: Old photos found at Miller Center
Greece and Denmark are the destinations for the Human Resources’ annual employee travel programs
Drug combination knocks out colds
In Memoriam
Hot Links -- A&S Online
U.Va. Bookstore bringing Ethan Hawke to Grounds
Grainger’s year as Faculty Senate chair yields fruit in research, other key areas

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‘Lesson of the hour’

Frederick Douglass IV and wife B.J.

Photo by Andrew Shurtleff
Frederick Douglass IV (left), great-great-grandson of the19th-century abolitionist, orator, statesman and publisher, and his wife, B.J. (foreground), met with students in the Rotunda July 3. Through a dramatization, the couple brought to life Frederick Douglass and his wife, Anna, for the students, who are studying the role of activism throughout American history. The U.Va. Center for Politics, along with the Summer Enrichment and Upward Bound programs, sponsored the event.

Research goals on track, despite roadblocks

By Fariss Samarrai

If U.Va. is to advance to the highest ranks nationally in the coming decades, education and research must be viewed as two parts of the same process, says Ariel Gomez, interim vice president for research and public service.

“A researcher is a student who passes on discoveries to others,” he said. “We need to invest in both. These are not separate issues.”

Recently the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia released a report that faulted the Commonwealth’s emphasis on undergraduate education at the expense of graduate education and research. The report noted that Virginia universities are falling behind universities in states where more resources are put into research.

Presently only U.Va. and Virginia Tech are ranked among the top 100 universities nationally in research spending. With continuing budget cuts, space shortages and inadequate equipment, Virginia universities could fall further behind. This also could slow economic development. Full story.

Medical Center realigning work force

170 positions cut; no layoffs anticipated

By Matt Kelly

As part of an effort to save $28 million, the Medical Center budgeted for 170 fewer positions in fiscal year 2003, but in an effort to avoid layoffs, the hospital will work to reassign the affected employees.

Concerns about the jobs spurred the U.Va. Staff Union to hold a protest. Members believe employees have been excluded from the decision-making process, and they gathered at the Corner on June 26 to circulate petitions asking for a greater voice.

Under the Medical Center’s plan, realigned employees would be given priority in applying for other positions within the center. The job eliminations have been determined by comparing the center with 12 comparable medical facilities, according to William E. “Nick” Carter, chief operating officer of the Medical Center. Full story.


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