The Johns Hopkins Gazette: June 25, 2001
June 25, 2001
VOL. 30, NO. 38


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Parking rate change at Homewood and Eastern

New parking rates will go into effect on July 1 for lots on the Homewood and Eastern campuses. The changes were necessary to cover the operating cost and parking tax increases that have occurred since the last rate adjustment in 1997, according to theuniversity's Office of Security, Parking and Transportation Services.

At Homewood, monthly rates are now $18 for staff parking and $32 for faculty permits. At Eastern, monthly rates are $18 for nongated staff parking and $32 for faculty permits.

For more information, the Parking Office may be reached at 410-516-7525 or

TV series 'Hopkins 24/7' is now available on DVD

Hopkins 24/7, ABC News' acclaimed documentary series shot entirely at the JHMI campus, was chosen by ABC News to be released as its first DVD package. The package features all six network episodes and additional content aired on ABC's Nightline and 20/20.

In the first of two Nightline segments, Ted Koppel talks with Hopkins physicians about HMOs and their effect on the quality of medical care. In the second, correspondent Cynthia McFadden speaks with Risa Moriarty, who was featured in the series, about her to decision to resign from The Johns Hopkins Hospital's surgical residency program. Also included is a 20/20 segment devoted to Michael Ain, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery at the School of Medicine, who also was featured in the series.

The three-disc DVD package, which costs $79.95, is being sold through the network's online store at

NIH working group calls for major facilities program

At the June 7 meeting of the advisory committee to the director of the National Institutes of Health, university president William R. Brody made a presentation on behalf of the NIH Working Group on Construction of Research Facilities, which he chairs. Finding that there is a large demand for additional new facilities, the group said that if NIH is to double, research facilities spending needs to grow substantially. The group's major recommendations include:

A commitment of $1 billion annually to NIH facilities grants (FY2001 funding for these grants is $75 million, although the authorized level is about three times that amount).

Establishment of a federal loan guarantee program to support construction and renovation of biomedical research facilities (for which NIH does not currently have legislative authority).

A modification of facilities and administration reimbursement policy to permit reimbursements for the cost of capital associated with investments in research facilities, regardless of the source of funds (e.g., debt or institutional funds). Current A-21 policy reimburses only interest on debt.

NIH acting director Ruth Kirschstein said the agency would assess and develop a decision process for the report and bring it back to the committee at its next meeting, which will be in December.

Blood donors needed July 10 and 11 at Homewood

With most students and many faculty members gone for summer vacation, the American Red Cross is making a special appeal to Homewood and Eastern staff members to donate blood on Tuesday, July 10, and Wednesday, July 11, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Levering's Glass Pavilion, Homewood. Students make up the majority of Hopkins donors, and a significant portion of all donors nationwide, making summer the most difficult time to meet blood needs.

To make an appointment, go to or call Caterina Provost-Smith at 410-516-0138. If you have questions about your eligibility, call the American Red Cross at 410-764-1010.

Marx Brothers exhibit opens at Eisenhower Library

Why a duck?" The answer to that and many other questions about the Marx Brothers and their classic movies is available in the exhibit The Marx Brothers: A Century of Laughter, on display through September at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, Homewood campus.

The books, phonograph records, sheet music, posters and other memorabilia related to the Marx Brothers and their movies were collected over many years by MSEL staff member Martha Christensen. In her accompanying commentary, Christensen explains how the five brothers--Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo and Gummo--went from vaudeville entertainers to pop culture icons.

The exhibit is on MSEL's main level and can be viewed during normal library hours.

Four lacrosse players earn All-America honors

Four members of the Blue Jays lacrosse team earned All-America honors this season. Senior defender Shawn Nadelen and senior midfielder Eric Wedin both garnered second team status, while senior defenseman Brandon Testa earned third team honors. Sophomore attackman Bobby Benson earned honorable mention.


In a story on Major League Lacrosse in the June 11 issue of The Gazette, the first and last names of a former Blue Jay and current Baltimore Bayhawks player were inadvertently reversed. He is Dudley Dixon.