Decked out in shorts, a palm tree-patterned shirt, sneakers
and brown socks, Michael McCaffery, director of the Biology
Department's Integrated Imaging Center, is addressing a
small group of incoming freshmen. McCaffery, who says he
"dressed up" for the occasion, is leading a tour of the
Integrated Imaging Center, located in the basement of Mudd
Hall. During his minilecture, McCaffery trots out terms and
phrases such as "genetic perturbations," "acylamide gels"
and "isolate the glomerulus."
At one point, he pauses, brings his hands
together and asks, "So, is any of this making sense?" He is
answered mostly in blinks and tight-lipped stares. The
students' looks say it all: The carefree days of sunscreen
and hammock naps have officially come to an end.
At Homewood, the class of 2005 has
arrived, and last week the university's welcome wagon was
out in full force to introduce the 1,005 freshmen enrolled
in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting
School of Engineering to their new home.
'Humane science' guides
When Hopkins officials accepted $1 million in 1981 to
establish a center dedicated to developing alternatives to
animal testing, none of them realized they were about to
transform a young professor of toxicology into a
That record-setting grant came to Hopkins
after a number of cosmetics companies were publicly
humiliated by animal rights activists for their use of
animals in painful product safety tests. Eager to find
alternative methods that would still ensure the safety of
their shampoos and cosmetics, a consortium of personal care
products companies approached the School of Public Health
for help. Their $1 million took Alan M. Goldberg out of the
laboratory and launched him on a mission: to promote humane
science. Like all "missionaries," Goldberg has made some
people uncomfortable along the way.
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