Warner pledges resources, money
by Stephanie Gross
education in Virginia can and must remain the envy of other
states, but it will not without renewed commitment.
Mark R. Warner
By Lee Graves
Mark R. Warner might have been preaching to the choir last week
in outlining his Education for a Lifetime proposal to
educators, students and elected officials in Newcomb Hall, but his
message was far from complacent.
a national study done two decades ago titled A Nation at Risk,
Warner said, Twenty years later, while progress has been made,
we are still at risk. And the urgency of eliminating that risk is
greater than it has ever been before.
visit to U.Va. Sept. 5 was the final stop in a three-day effort
to launch a plan designed to revise, reform and re-invigorate education
in Virginia. Much of the six-point proposal deals with K-12 education,
and he acknowledged that many
of the specifics are yet to come. Full
Casteen: Focus on student experience
rare opportunity to make real change
By Carol Wood
before Spring Break, an assault on a candidate for Student Council
president was reported to University Police. That incident set off
a chain of events that on Sept. 5 led to the first meeting of the
Presidents Commission on Diversity and Equity.
John T. Casteen III delivered his charge to commission members,
a diverse group of students, staff, faculty and community members,
advising them neither to fear controversy nor to compromise
a single inch when it comes to equity and fairness for every
member of the student body at the University. He asked the group
to assess the quality of the student experience in all its aspects.
Ovarian cancer, ADHD projects among
By Fariss Samarrai
U.Va. research projects have been awarded grants this year through
the Funding Excellence in Science and Technology program, sponsored
by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies.
years winners include a proposal to develop a drug discovery
center at the University; a project studying possible therapies
for ovarian cancer; a psycho-physiological procedure for assessing
attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders; and a project that is
looking at ways to use synthetic biomaterials for eventual therapies
for an assortment of medical conditions.
FEST awards, a program now in its third year, are part of the Virginia
2020 Science and Technology Planning Commission plan. The awards
provide a source of seed money for innovative and promising research.
President John T. Casteen III established the program as part of
the 2020 initiative. Full story.