While You Were Away While many members of the Hopkins community took leave of the Baltimore area during the summer, the university did not rest. So, here is a brief summary of some of the activities that kept busy those who stayed behind. June ---------- The 12th Children s Miracle Network Telethon aired on June 4, raising more than $2.1 million for the Johns Hopkins Children s Center. On June 7, the departments of Surgery and Pediatrics celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first Blalock-Taussig shunt--more commonly known as the blue baby operation--and the men and women who made it possible, among them Hopkins chief surgeon Alfred Blalock, pediatric cardiologist Helen Taussig and lab technician Vivien Thomas. On June 10, a farewell banquet--attended by more than 700 former players, colleagues, friends and family--was held to honor Bob Scott, alum, former coach and longtime athletic director, who retired June 30 after 41 years with Hopkins athletics. As coach of the Blue Jays men's lacrosse team from 1955 to 1974, Scott won seven national championships, including the NCAA in his final year. At the American Astronomical Society meeting in Pittsburgh on June 12, astrophysicist Arthur Davidsen announced the discovery of the first definitive detection of primordial helium, the cosmic soup from which everything in the universe was created in the first three minutes after the birth of the cosmos. The findings confirm a critical prediction of the Big Bang theory--that helium should have been widespread in the early universe, long before the gas condensed to form the first stars. In late June, trustees of The Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins Health System approved a new governance structure for the hospital, which retains separate leadership and corporate structures for the health system and the School of Medicine but organizes them to integrate the medical enterprises in a more systematic way. Also in late June, it was announced that WJHU-FM, the university's radio station and Baltimore's only National Public Radio affiliate, was switching its weekday, daytime programming format from classical music to an all-news and information format. July ---------- David Kingsbury--director of the Welch Medical Library and associate dean for information sciences--became the university s first chief information officer. Kingsbury, who reports directly to the president, will plan, guide and oversee the integration of all principal categories of information at Hopkins, including library resources, multimedia instruction tools, telecommunications and distance learning. Nearly 1,200 cyclists completed the 300-mile Cycle Across Maryland bicycle race by pedaling onto the Homewood campus on July 29. August ---------- The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation pledged $20 million to the hospital to support construction of the new comprehensive cancer center on the East Baltimore campus. The gift brought the total of gifts and pledges to $382 million of the $900 million Hopkins fundraising initiative announced in October. In mid-month, Audrey Smith was named the university's new vice president for human resources. Smith, who currently holds a similar position at Princeton University, joins Johns Hopkins University on Nov. 1. Edgar Roulhac, who has served as interim vice president since the departure of Jimmy Jones in November 1994, will return to his permanent position as vice provost for academic affairs.
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