The Johns Hopkins Gazette: January 4, 1999

January 4, 1999
VOL. 28, NO. 16

Gift to aid entrepreneurship programs
Divisions showcase their technology
Rockin' docs and their one-and-only hearts club band
JHMCIS gets ready to attack Y2K bug
AT&T and JHU team to raise bar on math achievement
In Brief
Employment Opportunities
Classified Advertisements
Weekly Notices
Weekly Calendar
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Remembering Mr. Hopkins
It was a quiet, spare and simple moment, a timeout from holiday frenzy. It took place at a quiet, spare and simple place, an austere family plot among the elaborate hilltop monuments at Green Mount Cemetery.
   It was an altogether fitting tribute to a quiet, spare and simple, yet tremendously influential, man: Johns Hopkins.
   On Dec. 24, several dozen deans, vice presidents, faculty and trustees--joined by Sen. Paul Sarbanes, D-Md., and Mayor Kurt Schmoke, among others--gathered at Green Mount to pay respects to Hopkins, the Baltimore merchant who died on Christmas Eve 125 years earlier. His will left $7 million to establish the university and hospital that now bear his name. It was the nation's largest philanthropic bequest to that time. Full story...

Examining welfare reform and families
How will the far-reaching changes in the nation's welfare laws affect children and families in poor urban neighborhoods? When parents leave the welfare rolls, will they find steady work? Will their families face increased hardship? Will their children benefit or suffer?
   These are the questions to be addressed in a four-year, $19 million study of 3,000 families in Boston, Chicago and San Antonio by re-searchers at Johns Hopkins and several other universities. The study, which was officially announced Dec. 15, begins just as many states will be removing families from the welfare rolls when their two-year time limits expire in January 1999.
    Andrew Cherlin, the Benjamin H. Griswold III Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Sociology, will coordinate the project. Cherlin has written widely about the changing American family and children's well-being. He will be joined on the project by Robert Moffitt, a professor in the Department of Economics and one of the leading experts on the economic effects of welfare. Both professors have joint appointments in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Public Health. Full story...

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