Navigating the research
If you ask Benjamin Silverman--a junior majoring in biology
and history of science, medicine and technology--the first
few weeksof his fall research project couldn't have gone
any worse. Right off the bat he had to modify his
experiment, then he discovered that a factor he'd overlooked
was affecting critical tests, and if that wasn't bad enough,
the initial results he was getting were, in his opinion,
much less than desirable.
"I was very frustrated in the beginning.
This project has been full of setbacks," says Silverman, one
of this year's recipients of a Provost's Undergraduate
Research Award. "But it has been quite a learning
Since 1993, about 40 students each year
have been awarded up to $2,500 to propose and conduct
original research, some results of which have been published
in professional journals. The awards, begun by then provost
Joseph Cooper and funded through a donation from the Hodson
Trust, are an important part of the university's commitment
to research. In fact, about 80 percent of the university's
undergraduates engage in some form of independent research
during their four years here, most alongside top researchers
in their fields.
Brody looks at the university of the
While the university continues to expand physically,
President William R. Brody sees a future Johns Hopkins with
a more indistinct shape and form.
In his 125th Anniversary Address, Brody
said forces including globalization, economics and the
information revolution will increasingly blur campus and
discipline boundaries and alter the makeup of faculty.
Brody delivered his PowerPoint-aided
address--titled "The Quantum Physics Model of the
University: The University Without Walls"--last Tuesday
before a crowd of administration, staff, faculty and
students gathered in Homewood's Shriver Hall.
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