Axel Heilberg's vanished
Once upon a time, Axel Heilberg Island was a very strange
place. Located in the Arctic Circle north of Canada, a full
eight-ninths of the way from the equator to the North Pole,
the uninhabited Canadian island is far enough north to make
Iceland look like a great spot for a winter getaway, and
today there's not much to it beyond miles of rocks, ice, a
few mosses and many fossils.
The fossils tell of a different era,
though, an odd time about 45 million years ago when Axel
Heilberg, still as close to the North Pole as it is now, was
covered in a forest of redwoodlike trees known as
APL: Sixty years in war and
The romanticized start-up story goes something like this: A
couple of whiz kids toil away on some revolutionary
electronic gizmo in the back of a dusty old garage.
Following the eureka moment, a patent is secured and, wham,
the next Apple is born.
The genesis of the university's Applied
Physics Laboratory shares a lot in common with this story:
It, too, had the whiz kids, the electronic gizmos and the
eureka moment. It just stayed in the garage for 12
The Lab this month marks a milestone
birthday, celebrating with the slogan "60 Years of Service
to the Nation." What began as a temporary wartime
facility--housed in a renovated used-car garage in Silver
Spring, Md.--has become one of the most prominent research
and development institutions in the world.
New Meeting Management Services helps JHU
faculty, staff make plans
Early last fall, Sayeed Choudhury was charged with
coordinating a three-day conference that would attract
nearly 300 people from all over the world to Johns Hopkins.
No small task. As director of the MSE Library's Digital
Knowledge Center, not only did he have to create the content
of the program, he had to sweat all the small stuff, too:
accommodations, food, meeting space, equipment needs,
parking. Put simply, his to-do list swelled to epic
"I was in a bit of a panic," Choudhury
Fortunately, he discovered that help was
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