The Johns Hopkins Gazette: July 19, 1999

July 19, 1999
VOL. 28, NO. 40

Hodson Trust funds new facility
Downtown Center gets $1 million pledge
Documenting success: 'Career transcripts' track lifelong learning
In Brief
For the Record: Cheers
For the Record: Milestones
Employment Opportunities
Classified Ads
Weekly Notices
Weekly Calendar
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Introducing Hopkins ITS, version 1.0
In the world of computer technology, time doesn't just move rapidly, it shoots by like a rocket. New versions of software come out quicker than horror-movie sequels, and a few months from now today's most powerful and fastest computers will be considered middle-of-the-road. These tweaks and updates are intended to provide the user with an ever-expanding array of options, faster service and the latest in technological advances.
   Similarly, when Stephanie Reel assumed her position as the university's chief information officer on Jan. 1, she inherited an information system that, although completely functional, needed an update of its own. Reel says that meant a more flexible and streamlined computer network, synergy at the management levels, better customer service and the availability of state-of-the-art digital media for students, staff, faculty and patients.
   The result is Hopkins Information Technology Services, or Hopkins ITS, which combines the university's former Administrative Computing and Homewood Academic Computing departments. And, like a software or computer manufacturer, Reel's management team will keep Hopkins ITS forward-moving with the development of a strategic plan that will address the university's most pressing information technology needs for now and the future. Full story...

Historian examines 200 years of medicine in Maryland
The library at the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland's downtown Baltimore headquarters is said to be haunted by the ghost of a librarian named Marcia Noyes, who died in 1946. Noyes, as legend has it, roams the building's fourth-floor stacks, where the library's oldest books can be found, and, if it's very quiet, they say you can hear the phantom sounds of a card catalog shuffling.
   Jane Eliot Sewell, an adjunct faculty member at the School of Public Health who holds a doctorate in the history of medicine from the School of Medicine, says that despite being told that nobody ever goes up to those stacks, she thought it was worth the risk to get her hands on the aging volumes stored there. Full story...

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