It's time to rec and
As prime holiday season approaches, the university is just
weeks away from unwrapping the latest addition to the
Homewood campus, the 63,000-square-foot student recreation
center. The three-story $14.3 million facility, intended for
the use of Homewood faculty and staff as well as students,
is scheduled to open on Jan. 7, 2002.
For Bill Harrington, recreational sports
director, the upcoming opening is a day he thought would
never come. As new equipment arrives daily, Harrington says,
the smile on his face grows wider.
"It's gangbusters in here," Harrington
says. "It's Bally's, with a college feel," he says,
referring to the well-known fitness operation.
APL team tapped for Pluto-Kuiper
NASA has selected a team led by the Applied Physics
Laboratory and Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio,
Texas, to develop the first mission to explore Pluto and the
Kuiper Belt region beyond the distant planet.
The New Horizons: Shedding Light on
Frontier Worlds mission team, headed by principal
investigator S. Alan Stern of SwRI, also includes Ball
Aerospace of Boulder, Colo., Stanford University, NASA
Goddard Space Flight Center and a variety of other
universities and research institutions. Thomas Coughlin is
the project manager at APL, which will anage the mission
for NASA and design, build and operate the New Horizons
spacecraft. SwRI will lead the science team and guide
development of the spacecraft's scientific instruments. Ball
Aerospace and NASA Goddard will help develop the payload.
Population loss doesn't always mean
Despite conventional wisdom, population loss does not always
mean urban decline, according to research by graduate
students from the Master of Arts in Policy Studies program
at the Institute for Policy Studies. In a recent study of 10
neighborhoods in the city of Baltimore, MAPS students show
that the city's dramatic population loss of 12 percent in
the last decade can obscure some positive and dynamic signs
of health in urban neighborhoods.
"We certainly saw evidence of a few
neighborhoods that were gaining population, as in Bolton
Hill, but we also saw examples of neighborhoods that were
losing population while doing quite well, such as Ashburton,
Canton and Locust Point," said MAPS student Amy Buck, who
concluded a resentation of the results given Dec. 4 in
Homewood's Levering Hall.
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