The Johns Hopkins Gazette: November 5, 2001
November 5, 2001
VOL. 31, NO. 10


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Hopkins Day Care Center to have grand opening

On Nov. 9, from noon to 1:30 p.m., the new Johns Hopkins Day Care Center will host a grand opening ceremony featuring remarks by Edward D. Miller, CEO and dean of JHM; Ronald R. Peterson, president of JHHS and executive vice president of JHM; and Roger Brown, co-founder and president of Bright Horizons Family Solutions, which operates the center. Also scheduled is a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the center, which welcomed its first children Sept. 4.

An open house from 2 to 6:30 p.m. will include entertainment by the Blue Sky Theatre troupe and Kinderman.

With 13 classrooms, a crafts room, office space, a conference room and kitchen occupying the first and second floors of the Church Home Professional Building on Broadway, the center can accommodate 156 children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. The outdoor playground features age-specific areas.

According to Miller, development of the center reflects Hopkins' commitment to becoming one of the nation's best places to work. "For some time, we have wanted to establish a first-rate day care center for our employees' children," Miller says. "With the availability of the Church Hospital property, circumstances now permit us to realize this goal."

Posters celebrate history of 'Hopkins Medical News'

In honor of the 25th anniversary of Johns Hopkins Medicine's flagship publication, Hopkins Medical News, three display posters are now on view in the main lobby of the Ross Building in East Baltimore.

Designed by Max Boam, director of creative services, the posters show the first issue of Hopkins Medical News--it was a newsletter in 1976, started by Dean Richard Ross; a blowup of the covers of the several School of Medicine publications throughout its 110-year history; and finally a huge reproduction of the fall 2001 25th anniversary cover of Hopkins Medical News.

Exhibit on Titanic, shipbuilding legend, is at Peabody Library

On April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic Ocean. Despite her double-hull construction and series of watertight compartments, the luxurious passenger liner, deemed "unsinkable" by the popular press, sank in only two hours and 40 minutes, taking 1,522 lives with her.

With the 1985 discovery of the Titanic in two pieces on the ocean floor, new theories abounded as to how exactly the ship failed. Tests performed in the early 1990s suggested steel "as brittle as glass" at ice-cold temperatures. However, in l998, the emphasis shifted to the role of the wrought iron rivets. Could the rivets have "popped" under the force of the collision, resulting in opened seams along the starboard side?

Actual rivets used in early-20th-century shipbuilding, as well as other objects, historic photos and books that capture the excitement of the Titanic's construction and provide a look at the era's shipbuilding industry, are now on display at the George Peabody Library. Highlights include photographs of the shipyard where the Titanic was built, an account of the disaster by a survivor and illustrated newspapers that contain some of the first accounts to reach the public.

The exhibit will run through Jan. 2, 2002, and is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday. For more information, call 410-659-8179.

SAIS to hold discussion on the future of Europe

The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies will hold a forum, "Rethinking Europe's Future," at 5:30 p.m. today, Nov. 5, based on a new book of the same name by David Calleo, director of the European Studies Program at SAIS.

This is the inaugural event of the SAIS Faculty Book Series.

Following Calleo's introductory remarks, there will be a panel discussion about the book, published by Princeton University Press, and European affairs. Participants will be Charles Kupchan, director of European Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and associate professor at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service; Michael Mandelbaum, director of the SAIS American Foreign Policy Program; and Warren Zimmerman, former U.S. ambassador to Yugoslavia and author of Origins of a Catastrophe: Yugoslavia and Its Destroyers.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Kenney Auditorium of the Nitze Building. For more information, contact Felisa Neuringer at 202-663-5626 or

Implications of Human Genome Project to be discussed

Ada Hamosh, associate professor of epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and of pediatrics at the School of Medicine, will talk about "The Implications of the Human Genome Project" at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Homewood's Shriver Hall.

Hamosh will consider what the completion of the project means in terms of one's health and the future well-being of humankind.

One of the country's leading authorities on genome research, Hamosh received her M.P.H. in epidemiology from Hopkins and her M.D. from Georgetown University. She is chair of the Maryland State Advisory Council for Hereditary and Congenital Disorders.

This event is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by the university's Office of Special Events. Admission is free.