Lesson of the hour
by Andrew Shurtleff
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
By Fariss Samarrai
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.
researcher is a student who passes on discoveries to others,
he said. We need to invest in both. These are not separate
the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia released a report
that faulted the Commonwealths 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.
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.
Medical Center realigning work force
170 positions cut; no layoffs anticipated
By Matt Kelly
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.
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.
the Medical Centers 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