The Johns Hopkins Gazette: January 7, 2002

January 7, 2002
VOL. 31, NO. 16

MLK Jr. Awards recognize seven for community service
Droplets in salt crystals confirm ocean changes
Hopkins 'adopts' record number of families this holiday season
Franco Rasetti, a patent-holder on atomic reactor, dies
Hopkins launches grants program to decrease lab animal pain, distress
Pew Fellowships announced at SAIS
International Civic Education Project locates its U.S. office at SAIS
Keck Foundation gives $1.8 million for biomedical research and training
Job Opportunities
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Coretta King to lead MLK Jr. Tribute
Reprising a role she accepted nearly two decades ago, Coretta Scott King returns to Hopkins this week to serve as keynote speaker for the 2002 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration. The event, celebrating its 20th anniversary, will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, at Turner Auditorium and Concourse on the East Baltimore campus and broadcast to several other university and health system locations.
   Levi Watkins, founder of the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration and chair of its committee, says that inviting back a past speaker breaks an unwritten rule of sorts. Yet, due to the hallmark occasion and the events of Sept. 11, Watkins says he felt this year's speaker had to be of the highest caliber. Full story...

Center to study urban toxic waste
Abandoned factories and contaminated soil can stall efforts to revive blighted urban neighborhoods. That's because city officials, developers and nearby residents often share common concerns: Is it safe to rebuild here? Will workers and residents become ill from toxic materials that escape into the air and water supplies?
   A new research center, led by engineers and scientists at Johns Hopkins, plans to address these fears by creating tools to gauge risks associated with hazardous waste sites and by developing ways to clean up harmful pollutants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently approved a five-year $5.2 million grant to launch this Center for Hazardous Substances in Urban Environments, based at Hopkins. Full story...

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