The Johns Hopkins Gazette: April 5, 1999
Apr. 5, 1999
VOL. 28, NO. 29


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Houck will become the Phipps Building in July

On July 1, the Houck Building on the East Baltimore campus will officially become the Phipps Building. The change of name was recently voted upon by the trustees to recognize the contributions made by Henry Phipps, for whom the building was originally named.

"Sometimes, there's a reason to return to the past," said Edward K. Dunn Jr., chairman of the board of the hospital, health system and Johns Hopkins Medicine, in a recent letter to colleagues.

"In 1985, trustees of The Johns Hopkins Hospital voted to change the name of the Phipps Psychiatric Clinic Building to the Houck Building," he continued. "The Henry Phipps Psychiatric Service had moved to the new Adolf Meyer Building in 1982, and the trustees thought the name change would reduce confusion. They also wanted to honor Dr. Frank M. Houck, who served the hospital as assistant superintendent from 1927 until 1942 and left a generous trust for maintaining the hospital's facilities.

"In hindsight, it's clear that without a connection to a physical structure, the Phipps name lost the visibility due to it at Hopkins," Dunn wrote. "In 1912, Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Phipps' contribution made possible the nation's first inpatient facility for the mentally ill constructed as part of an acute care hospital. The Phipps link to Johns Hopkins--and to medical history--should not be lost."

The lobby and garden, where ceremonial events occur, will continue to be known as the Houck Lobby and Houck Garden. The Henry Phipps Psychiatric Service will continue to operate in the Meyer Building.

University celebrates Student Employment

Beginning today the university celebrates National Student Employment Appreciation Week, which will include an open house, prize drawings and contests sponsored by the Office of Student Employment and Payroll Services.

More than 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students in the schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering are currently employed at Hopkins and by the surrounding communities.

The name of the 1999 JHU Student Employee of the year, selected by a committee, will be announced Wednesday. Candidates are judged on reliability, quality of work, initiative, disposition and contribution to employer.

McDermott to read from her National Book Award winner

On Sunday, April 25, the Friends of the Johns Hopkins Libraries will host Alice McDermott as she reads and discusses her award-winning novel, Charming Billy. The program will begin at 1 p.m. in the Schafler Auditorium of the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy at Homewood.

In November, McDermott, a visiting professor in The Writing Seminars, walked away with the National Book Award for fiction for her fourth novel, Charming Billy, a story of love, loss and redemption for an Irish Catholic man and his family living in Queens, N.Y.

McDermott has written three other novels, all acclaimed, A Bigamist's Daughter (1982); That Night (1987), which was nominated for a Pulitzer and for the National Book award; and At Weddings and Wakes (1992), which made her a Pulitzer finalist for the second time.

A reception and book signing will follow the discussion. The event is open to the public.

Healing among Lakota Indians subject of talk at Public Health

Marvin Clifford Sr., a member of the Oglala Band of the Lakota Peoples, known as the Sioux, will speak today, April 5, about "'Walakota'--Traditional Philosophies of Helping and Healing among Lakota Indians." The event, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Anna Baetjer Room of the School of Public Health in East Baltimore, is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian and Alaskan Native Health and the Johns Hopkins International Society.

Clifford, who resides on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, lives by the traditional philosophies, beliefs and spiritual practices of his ancestors. An educator and consultant on Lakota culture, he will share the notion of health and wellness from a Lakota perspective, attitudes toward helping and healing, and the role of spirituality in the process of providing service to others.

SAIS to host forum on U.S.-China relations

The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies will host a forum, "The State of U.S.-China Relations," on Wednesday, April 7, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Sponsored by the Foreign Policy Institute, the event will feature panelists Zbigniew Brzezinski, professor of American foreign policy and former national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, and David Lampton, professor and director of China Studies.

The forum, free and open to the public, will be held in Kenney Auditorium located in the Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington.

Wilmer opens vision center at Green Spring

The Wilmer Eye Institute will open a new vision center, offering eyeglasses and contact lenses, at Johns Hopkins at Green Spring Station in Lutherville, Md., today. Eye exams are available through the Wilmer Eye Institute's Green Spring Station office, which is at 10755 Falls Rd.

Wilmer plans to open a vision center at Bayview in May and one at Hopkins' White Marsh location in spring 2000.