The Johns Hopkins Gazette: October 18, 1999
October 18, 1999
VOL. 29, NO. 8


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Public Health receives two of CDC awards to universities

As part of its new strategy to strengthen and expand the nation's public health research programs at universities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today grants of $12.5 million to fund 50 research projects at academic health centers, research centers and university-affiliated programs across the country. The funding is part of CDC's Prevention Research Initiative, an effort to link the talents and skills of university-based scientists with the resources of health departments, community-based programs and national organizations.

The School of Public Health will receive funding for two projects: "Computer-Tailored Education for Child Safety" and "Managed Care and Child Safety." Ellen J. MacKenzie, professor, Health Policy and Management, is principal investigator for both.

Brody, others urge federal support of university research

President William R. Brody joined nearly 100 university presidents, professors and students from around the country who recently traveled to Washington to urge support for the federal government's continued investment in university-based scientific and engineering research. The event, Science: Invest in the Future, was organized by the Science Coalition, an alliance of more than 400 organizations, institutions and individuals dedicated to sustaining the federal government's historic commitment to U.S. leadership in basic science.

Participating in the events with Brody were two doctoral students, Katrice Lippa and Kuenley Chiu, who visited the offices of each Maryland congressional member to talk about their studies and to urge support for basic research. Accompanying their students were A. Lynn Roberts, of the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, and Adam F. Falk, of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Brody was a panelist on the Senate science and technology forum, which presented awards to senators Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) and Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) for their leadership in research as a driving force in America's economic growth and discovery. He also was invited along with the presidents of Harvard and the University of Maryland System to a Democratic Leadership Conference discussion on technology. Among the Democratic leaders in attendance were senators Sarbanes of Maryland, Harkin of Ohio, Kerry of Massachusetts and Reid of Nevada.

Former SAIS professor wins Nobel Prize in economics

Robert H. Mundell, the AGIP chair in International Economics at the Bologna Center of SAIS in 1997-98, is the recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in economics. This brings to 28 the number of Hopkins-associated Nobel winners.

Mundell held his first teaching appointment, from 1959 to 1961, at the Bologna Center, where he developed his analysis of monetary and fiscal policy, called stabilization policy, in open economies. These papers, published in the early 1960s, were reprinted in his book International Economics (1963), which the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences cited as seminal work that led to the distinguished prize.

Mundell is among SAIS's professors who, in collaboration with the Bologna Center, are organizing an international monetary conference early next year. The title of the conference is "The Euro, the Dollar and the Future of the International Monetary System"; it will take place at the Bologna Center March 24- 25, 2000.