The story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia has raised a lot of issues. One is what educators call, ‘a teachable moment.’
Katrina Powell is Director of Women's and Gender Studies at Virginia Tech and Associate Professor of English.
"We’ve been teaching these issues and talking about these issues with students for a long time. In fact, women’s and gender studies as a field was founded in part to try to raise awareness of these kinds of issues."
Virginia universities have invested at least one-billion-dollars in highly sophisticated, expensive equipment for research and development. Some allow entrepreneurs to have access to that equipment and school expertise for a fee.
A panel of lawmakers and experts is working to craft state policies to expand such opportunities in a way that benefits businesses, universities, and taxpayers.
Inventor and former Delegate Joe May co-chairs the panel. May says businesses may need hi-tech equipment that’s too costly to buy.
Public universities are bracing for more budget cuts as the state copes with a $2.4 billion shortfall, but one of those schools is already fighting for its life. Virginia State – one of two historically black universities in the Commonwealth – faces a $19 million shortfall. Students are demanding the president be fired, and Friday the board of visitors will meet to discuss that and other possible changes.