Inventing a new role
His name may not ring a bell, but every time a phone rings,
the technology that James E. West helped develop is likely
to get a workout. During a distinguished private-industry
career spanning more than 40 years, West co-invented the
reliable yet inexpensive electret microphone used in most
telephones, tape recorders and other important devices.
But after he retired from Bell Labs in
2001, West decided he wasn't quite ready to hang up his
tools. "One thing was clear: I'd had a great life in
research. It wasn't broken, so why fix it?" he says. "So I
set up interviews with 10 universities, and Johns Hopkins
came out on top."
Next JHM off-campus moves
The search is over. Johns Hopkins Medicine has selected two
prominent city locations to serve as new off-site office
space for several administrative departments currently
located on the East Baltimore campus.
The plan is to relocate 220 personnel by
early fall into the newly built Bond Street Wharf, located
at Bond and Thames streets in Fells Point, and One Charles
Center, which sits at 100 N. Charles St. in the heart of
Baltimore's downtown area.
In total, Hopkins will occupy roughly
50,000 square feet of space, 35,000 of which will be at
Bond Street Wharf.
New life for rare books at George Peabody
The George Peabody Library, home to more than 300,000 books
that date as far back as the 15th century, has received a
$325,000 Save America's Treasures grant to improve the
library's ability to preserve its rich and unique research
The money will be spent to upgrade and
modernize the heating and air conditioning system in the
historic library, which opened in 1878. Though its striking
atrium-style reading room ranks among the most beautiful
library spaces in the world, the building's 61-foot-high
ceiling and skylight pose significant preservation
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