The Johns Hopkins Gazette: February 19, 2001

February 19, 2001
VOL. 30, NO. 22

Civil society is topic of all-JHU colloquium
Foreign Affairs Symposium begins this week
Undergraduate program to begin at Villa Spelman in Florence
Success For All is closing achievement gap in Texas schools
Community HIV urine testing program proves powerfully effective
Philosopher Philip Kitcher is Thalheimer lecturer
Isolated Barbados population helps SOM researchers zero in on asthma
AICGS report: A crucial moment in U.S. relations with Germany
East Baltimore program receives NABCO grant for breast cancer
Job Opportunities
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Hopkins in the new millennium
Daniel Coit Gilman had an almost crystal ball-like vision of the university he was asked to steer 125 years ago. In his inaugural address, he talked of the not-yet-formed School of Medicine, "whose remedial and preventive agencies will extend to thousands who may never come within its walls," and of Hopkins facilities and agencies housed in Washington.
   As current university president William R. Brody contemplates Hopkins' future, he says no such prophetic details are coming to him in his sleep. Brody says he is sure of one thing, however: Just as it always has, the university will continue to evolve by the catalyst of "knowledge discovery." Full story...

Touchdown caps NEAR mission
At just after 3 p.m. on Feb. 12, the NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft cruised to the surface of asteroid Eros at a gentle 4 mph, finally coming to rest after its 2-billion-mile journey. Cheers and congratulations filled the Mission Operations Center at the Applied Physics Laboratory--which built the spacecraft and manages the mission for NASA--when NEAR mission director Robert Farquhar announced, "I'm happy to say the spacecraft is safely on the surface of Eros."
   Not only safe but also operational. NASA announced Feb. 14, NEAR's scheduled end date, that it would extend the mission for up to 10 days to gather data from the spacecraft's gamma-ray spectrometer, a scientific instrument that could provide unprecedented information about the asteroid's surface and subsurface composition. Late last week, mission operators at APL commanded the instrument to begin collecting and recording data. Full story...

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