Groundbreaking ceremony set for Charles Commons
University officials and students this week will mark
the official start of construction at the future site of
Charles Commons, a mixed-use complex that will include
housing for 618 undergraduates, a student dining facility
and a Barnes & Noble bookstore. The groundbreaking, to
which everyone is invited, will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday,
Oct. 15, on 33rd Street between Charles and St. Paul
Speakers will include President William R. Brody;
Paula Burger, dean for undergraduate education and vice
provost for academic affairs; Susan Boswell, dean of
student life; and architect Chris Harvey of Design
The project, being developed by a Struever Bros.
Eccles & Rouse-led team called the Collegetown Development
Alliance, is scheduled for completion by summer 2006.
SOM alum awarded Nobel Prize for work on olfactory
Richard Axel, a 1971 graduate of the Johns Hopkins
School of Medicine, on Oct. 4 was awarded the Nobel
Prize in Physiology or Medicine, becoming the 31st person
associated with the university to win a Nobel. Axel,
University Professor at Columbia and an HHMI investigator,
shares the award with Linda Buck for their discoveries of
odorant receptors and the organization of the olfactory
Popular TV show gives thumbs-up to work of Children's
The Johns Hopkins
Center recently received some prime-time attention
during the season premiere of the WB's Gilmore Girls when
Luke, one of the show's main characters, gave out his new
cell phone number, 860-294-1986.
Curious viewers who call the live number--unlike the
fake 555 numbers traditionally used in TV shows--are
treated to an effusive message recorded by Scott Patterson,
who plays Luke, encouraging donations for a new building at
"the best children's hospital, at Johns Hopkins, one of the
top hospitals in the country." The building, Patterson
tells listeners, will replace the current 40-year-old
building with a state-of-the-art facility. Those who wish
to donate are asked to call 410-516-4545. He also supplies
the center's mailing address and Web site, taking extra
care to emphasize the often-omitted "s" in Johns.
Secretary of State Powell to give keynote at SAIS 60th
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell will give the
keynote address at SAIS' 60th anniversary gala on
Wednesday, Oct. 13. Powell also will receive from President William R. Brody the
Johns Hopkins University President's Medal, an honor
extended to individuals who have achieved unusual
This event is not open to the public. However,
Powell's speech can be heard in a live Webcast available on
the school's Web site,
www.sais-jhu.edu, at approximately 6:30 p.m. For future
access, the audio and video of the speech will be archived
on the site.
'World of Beauty' to be explored by experts at MICA
Most people would agree that the dry dictionary
definition of "beauty" does not begin to describe the
actual sensation felt when they encounter something truly
In a unique event being held this week for the general
public, experts from the visual arts, music and science
will explore the concept of beauty in different
The event brings together for the first time four
Baltimore institutions: Maryland Institute College of Art,
Space Telescope Science
Peabody Conservatory of Music and WYPR. Presentations
will be made by Timothy Druckrey of MICA, Mark Katz of
Peabody and Mario Livio of the Space Telescope; Marc
Steiner of WYPR will moderate.
The event will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on
Thursday, Oct. 14, at MICA's new Brown Center.
SAIS to discuss foreign policy challenges for next U.S.
As part of its 60th anniversary celebration,
SAIS will host an
academic convocation, Foreign Policy Challenges for the
Next U.S. Administration, on Wednesday, Oct. 13. The forum,
which is by invitation only, will include two discussions
featuring SAIS faculty as panelists.
Addressing "Pressing Foreign Policy Issues" will be
Eliot Cohen, director of the Merrill Center for Strategic
Studies, whose topic is "Defense Posture Post-Iraq"; Isaiah
Frank, William L. Clayton Professor of International
Economics, on "International Economy"; Francis Fukuyama
(moderator), Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International
Political Economy, on "Nation Building"; and Ruth Wedgwood,
director of the International Law and Organization Program,
on "Human Rights and International Law."
"Regional Hot Spots" will feature Sunil Khilnani,
director of the South Asia Studies Program; David M.
Lampton (moderator), director of the China Studies Program
and dean of faculty; Camille Pecastaing, assistant
professor of Middle East studies; and Riordan Roett,
director of Western Hemisphere Studies.
Audio and video will be available online the following
New URL for Charles Commons Webcam
The URL for the Charles Commons construction Webcam is
The former IP address, 126.96.36.199, is no longer in
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