October 5, 2007
UVa's Board of Visitors are expected to approve three construction projects that would expand the school's research space.
It's the result of UVa's $126 million effort to attract world class scientists. The three year recruitment effort, known as the "star scientist initiative," has lured six top-tier researchers to Charlottesville
at a cost of $20 million.
Thursday President John Casteen told a board committee that he wants to shift focus from researchers to space.
Casteen called the policy of recruiting star scientists and then custom building lab space for them has proved a "disaster" and said the school is at risk of falling behind without scientific expansion.
UVa officials say the three new buildings being voted on Friday will incorporate high-tech tools.
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