The Johns Hopkins Gazette: October 9, 2000

October 9, 2000
VOL. 30, NO. 6

Alternative medicine center gets funding
JHMI looks north for future expansion
Gun violence in America
Hopkins to license consumer health content
Materials Science Center receives new NSF funding
Job Opportunities
Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

JHU team finds ancient tomb
An ancient, untouched tomb of what may be royalty from one of the world's first city-dwelling civilizations has been discovered in Syria, containing human and animal remains, gold and silver treasures and unbroken artifacts that had not been disturbed for about 4,300 years.
   The tomb was discovered by a team of archaeologists from Johns Hopkins, working during the summer in Umm el-Marra, what is believed to be the site of ancient Tuba, one of Syria's first cities.
   "This is one of the earliest urban civilizations in the world," said Glenn Schwartz, leader of the team and professor of Near Eastern studies in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. "Until recently, historians and archaeologists have been primarily aware of Mesopotamia as one of the very first urban societies, with the first examples of writing; and of the Egyptian civilization, which appears about the same time as Mesopotamia or a bit later. Full story...

Tuning up language skills
Mick Jagger, although a cultural icon, is not someone you would expect to be the focal point of an English class. The lyrical gems "I can't get no satisfaction" and "If you start me up, I'll never stop" are prose even he would likely admit fall short of Wordsworth and Shakespeare. Yet down in a basement of the University Baptist Church, just across North Charles Street from the Homewood campus, pop and rock tunes by the likes of the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Shawn Colvin are proving to be a handy medium for transplanted foreign adults trying to learn the nuances and idiosyncracies of the American vernacular.
    Spinning the tracks are two Hopkins undergraduates, Allegra Heinrichs and Philip Waddell, friends who are volunteering their time to tutor adults in the English for Speakers of Other Languages program. ESOL, begun in 1996, is run by the United Way- affiliated Greater Homewood Community Corporation and offers one-on-one tutoring sessions and classroom instruction for foreign-born adults seeking to improve their English at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Full story...

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