The Johns Hopkins Gazette: January 3, 2000
January 3, 2000
VOL. 29, NO. 16


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Montgomery County facility holds tours for staff, faculty

Just in time for the new millennium, the university's Montgomery County campus now has room to grow. The campus's new 49,000-square-foot Academic and Research Building will be unveiled to staff and faculty on Jan. 10 and 11. Tours of the facility will be held at 2, 3, 5 and 6 p.m. on both days.

The additional space was needed to accommodate a growing enrollment and to meet the skill needs of local businesses. Currently more than 8,300 students are enrolled in part-time graduate programs, representing four university divisions: Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Professional Studies in Business and Education, and Public Health.

The $8 million facility contains 15 "smart" classrooms, which are wired for wide area and local network connections, and can seat up to 30 students.

"Instructors will have full Internet access and video conferencing ability," said Lawrence Fallon, information technology administrator of the Montgomery County Center. "They will be able to bring guest lecturers into the classroom from anywhere in the world that has compressed video capability."

In addition, the structure houses five computer labs, a 100-person seminar room, a new campus bookstore and a coffee house.

Classes in the new building will begin later this month, and administration hopes to have the bookstore opened in time for returning students. The coffee house will open at an undetermined later date.

The official dedication of the building will take place on May 19.

JHM and Lucent to develop global network for telemedicine

Johns Hopkins Medicine and Lucent Technologies have announced an agreement to promote worldwide telemedicine applications through the use of information technology.

Under the agreement, Lucent and Johns Hopkins International L.L.C.--formed earlier this year to advance the international objectives of JHM--will jointly design a secure, high-speed network to support Hopkins' growing telemedicine applications and to manage incoming and outgoing information. The network also is expected to make it easier for patients around the world to access Hopkins physicians and facilities.

Hopkins will develop international offerings in the areas of health care consulting, patient services, education and training, while Lucent will provide hardware, software and the networking expertise required to support these services.

"Crucial to our view of a global health care enterprise is a communications network that unites our distant centers and home base," said Edward D. Miller, CEO of JHM and dean of the School of Medicine. "Lucent's technology permits real-time interactive communications that not only help provide better health care at the local level but also enhance the continuing education and training of physicians throughout the world. And, with a Johns Hopkins Global Patient Access Program, when patients need specialized medical services not available locally, they will have a much easier time coming to Hopkins."

Charges against Hopkins goalie dropped by city prosecutors

Citing insufficient evidence to proceed with their case, Baltimore city prosecutors on Dec. 14 dropped rape charges against Brian Carcaterra, a Hopkins All-America lacrosse goalie.

Carcaterra was arrested Sept. 20, 1999, and charged with second-degree rape and second-degree assault for an incident involving a female student at that student's off-campus apartment.

Carcaterra did not participate in the lacrosse team's limited fall practice. He will now return to the team.