The Johns Hopkins Gazette: March 12, 2001
March 12, 2001
VOL. 30, NO. 25



Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

School of Medicine tops NIH list of earners of research dollars

The National Institutes of Health annual summary of grants to medical schools has, for the ninth year in a row, ranked the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine chief among earners of federal research dollars in the United States. The rankings, covering fiscal year 2000, showed that Hopkins earned $301 million in grants, an 18 percent increase over 1999's $255.3 million.

Hopkins ranked second among the nation's top medical schools in training grants, with $12.6 million earned in that category.

Downtown Center dedication ceremony to be held today

The new Downtown Center of the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education will be dedicated shortly after sundown on March 12. President William R. Brody will officiate at the ceremony, during which all the lights in the glass-walled building at Charles and Fayette streets will be fully illuminated.

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley and university trustee Donald Shepard, president and CEO of Aegon Corp., are scheduled to speak at the ceremony. Brody will honor former SPSBE Dean Stanley C. Gabor and present the first Leadership Award of the university's Allan L. Berman Real Estate Institute to Baltimore attorney and university trustee emeritus Peter G. Angelos.

The event is by invitation only.

The 35,000-square-foot center is the headquarters of SPSBE's Graduate Division of Business and Management.

Cancer Society's Daffodil Days come to Hopkins

The American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days will be held on March 15 and 16. Bunches of cut daffodils will be sold for $6 and potted minidaffodil bulbs will be sold for $8.50. Donations, all of which benefit the American Cancer Society, can be made at the following Johns Hopkins locations.

School of Public Health: outside the East Wing Auditorium, noon to 1:30 p.m. Peabody: dining hall, noon to 2 p.m. MSE Library: Q-Level, noon to 2 p.m. Levering Hall: entranceway across from Garland, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Gilman Hall: post office lobby, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Garland: call Hank Potter, 410-516-8108, to order. Wyman Park: ground level outside cafeteria, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bayview: FSK Pavilion by the entrance to the cafeteria, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. White Marsh: Physicians Billing Service, 8013 Corporate Dr., suite D reception area, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hopkins ranks fifth on Peace Corps' annual volunteer list

With 19 volunteers, Johns Hopkins tied for fifth place in the Peace Corps' annual list of small colleges and universities--those with less than 5,000 undergraduate students--with the largest number of Peace Corps volunteers currently serving overseas. Dartmouth and Whitman colleges have the same number. Middlebury College ranks No. 1 with 32 alumni currently serving.

Established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, the Peace Corps has sent more than 161,000 trained volunteers to 134 countries.

Brazilian Guitar Quartet to perform at Homewood

The Office of Special Events will present a concert by the Brazilian Guitar Quartet at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, in Shriver Hall, Homewood campus.

The quartet features 1998 Grammy nominee Paul Galbraith, Tadeu Do Amaral and the brothers Edelton and Everton Gloeden. Known in their native Brazil as "The Dream Team," the critically acclaimed guitarists meld American jazz, French impressionism and African rhythmic impulses in a repertoire ranging from Bach to Villa-Lobos.

The event is co-sponsored by the Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust.

Advance tickets are $17; $14 for JHU staff with ID and senior citizens; $11 for fulltime students with ID. Tickets at the door are $2 additional. Group discounts are available. For details, call 410-516-7157.

APL's OTT wraps up its first year of technology transfer

In its first full year of operation, FY 2000, APL's Office of Technology Transfer worked closely with the Office of Patent Counsel as it received 143 invention disclosures, filed 108 patent applications and helped staff members receive 12 patents for their inventions.

During the year, the OTT negotiated 12 licensing agreements for use of ALP technology, received nearly $4 million in licensing and related R&D income and spun off four commercial companies in Maryland to develop and market products based on Lab technology.

APL wins award for MESA Program

For its Maryland MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) program, APL has won the 2001 Pre-College Program of the Year Award from the National Society of Black Engineers.

The award recognizes excellence among African-American technical professionals; corporate, government and academic leaders; and university and precollege students.

Maryland MESA is modeled on a California-based program. APL started the program in two Baltimore schools in 1976 and today oversees its operation in 110 schools throughout the state. Maryland MESA prepares women and ethnic minority students to enter college to study mathematics, engineering and related technical fields. The program includes academic tutorials, counseling, field trips, incentive awards, development of communication skills, science fairs, engineering projects, math competitions and computer training.