The Johns Hopkins Gazette: December 14, 1998

Dec. 14, 1998
VOL. 28, NO. 15

Lessons from the battlefield
Hopkins Square at Homewood gets perking this week
A field of dreams for career changers
Greedy for greens
Applications available for Provost's Undergraduate Research Awards
APL-managed missions selected as NASA Discovery Program candidates
Managed care cuts number of claims, surgery among workers
Gingerbread Cathedral at Children's Center
In Brief
For the Record: Cheers
For the Record: Milestones
Employment Opportunities
Classified Advertisements
Weekly Notices
Weekly Calendar
Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Dr. Kruger's silver solution
You're preparing for a party or a family gathering. You've invited the guests and planned the menu. You take out your finest utensils and serving pieces--then let out a loud groan. The silver is badly tarnished. It's time to tackle one of the holiday season's least popular traditions: cleaning and polishing the silver.
   Many people just reach for a commercial product and start rubbing. But Jerome Kruger, a professor of materials science and engineering in the Whiting School of Engineering, says a simple home recipe using baking soda, water and aluminum foil can remove stubborn stains from silver with minimal muscle power. He says this method is particularly helpful in pulling tarnish from narrow grooves and intricate patterns--places that are hard to reach with traditional cleaning methods.
   Kruger is an internationally respected expert on corrosion, and tarnish--like its cousin, rust--is a product of the corrosion process. In fact, the term is derived from a Latin word for "gnawing," the same root that produced "rodent." Full story...

Strategies for revitalizing Baltimore
Baltimore City could benefit from several revitalization strategies if policymakers are wise in selecting the best of several approaches, and if the city makes efforts to improve its data on neighborhoods, a group of students in the Master of Arts in Policy Studies program concluded.
   The students presented their findings last week to a standing-room-only audience of politicians, planners, community activists and researchers, after a 13-week intensive study of Baltimore and how the city might benefit from five urban revitalization strategies that have generated considerable attention over the last decade.
   The presentation, attended by City Council members and city planners, has become an annual feature for first-year students in the Institute for Policy Studies' Master of Arts in Policy Studies program, said Sandra J. Newman, interim director of IPS. Newman assigned the students the Baltimore project as part of a core course, Introduction to Policy Analysis. Full story...

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