Africa Consortium to broaden
health, humanities projects
By Fariss Samarrai
members of the new education and research consortium between U.Va.
and four universities in southern Africa met with faculty and
administrators from across Grounds Sept. 20 to begin developing
new multidisciplinary projects with consortium partners.
consortium, called SAVANA Southern Africa-Virginia Networks
and Associations was launched in late July in Mozambique
as a culmination of more than 25 years of U.Va. environmental
science research in that region. Members now want to extend the
scope of their activities beyond environmental research to include
health, the humanities and public policy research and education.
of several schools and administrative offices attended the meeting,
including medicine, law, nursing, business, architecture, education
and the Office
of the Dean of Students.
are seeking cross-disciplinary partnerships here at the University
and with our colleagues in southern Africa, said Hank Shugart,
a professor of environmental
sciences at U.Va. and director of the Global Environmental
consortium projects include studies of the regional effects of
climate change in southern Africa, studies of nutrients and energy
transfer, and using science to inform public policy.
members plan to form a center to bring together faculty and students
from several areas for work in southern Africa, and they hope
to organize three to five new projects to kick-start the center.
Workshop here Oct. 7-11s
consortium members will host a science-to-policy workshop at
U.Va. Oct. 7-11 at a location to be announced. More than 100
people are expected to attend, including about 40 faculty, students
and deans from universities in southern Africa.
will present findings from SAFARI 2000, a huge international
study, conducted two years ago, of the atmosphere over southern
Africa. They plan to synthesize the findings and improve their
understanding of the social implications of the science.