Coretta King to lead MLK Jr.
Reprising a role she accepted nearly two decades ago,
Coretta Scott King returns to Hopkins this week to serve as
keynote speaker for the 2002 Martin Luther King Jr.
Commemoration. The event, celebrating its 20th anniversary,
will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, at
Turner Auditorium and Concourse on the East Baltimore campus
and broadcast to several other university and health system
Levi Watkins, founder of the Martin Luther
King Jr. Commemoration and chair of its committee, says that
inviting back a past speaker breaks an unwritten rule of
sorts. Yet, due to the hallmark occasion and the events of
Sept. 11, Watkins says he felt this year's speaker had to be
of the highest caliber.
Center to study urban toxic
Abandoned factories and contaminated soil can stall efforts
to revive blighted urban neighborhoods. That's because city
officials, developers and nearby residents often share
common concerns: Is it safe to rebuild here? Will workers
and residents become ill from toxic materials that escape
into the air and water supplies?
A new research center, led by engineers
and scientists at Johns Hopkins, plans to address these
fears by creating tools to gauge risks associated with
hazardous waste sites and by developing ways to clean up
harmful pollutants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
recently approved a five-year $5.2 million grant to launch
this Center for Hazardous Substances in Urban Environments,
based at Hopkins.
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