The Johns Hopkins Gazette: September 16, 2002

September 16, 2002
VOL. 32, NO. 3

Sept. 11: A day of remembering
GroupWise upgrade provides more stability, enhancement of features
APL launches online initiative for sensors
APL launches online initiative for sensors
Chinese Seek Nonprofit Expertise
Homewood's O'Connor Recreation Center sets membership fees
SAIS prof Mandelbaum publishes book on post-Sept. 11 global politics
Heart disease gene linked to hereditary prostate cancer
Job Opportunities
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Hodson Hall opens its doors
When the Hodson Trust donated funds to the university for a new Homewood academic building, one of its stated goals was to create a space that treated students as professionals. Well, if Hodson Hall, which opened its doors this month, is a peek into the real word, students might get impatient waiting for graduation day.
   While students and faculty alike delighted in the new building's sleek and bright interior, it was the splashy, multimedia-friendly classrooms that had some literally spinning in their seats. Full story...

JHU scientists create first biologic pacemaker
Working with guinea pigs, Johns Hopkins scientists have created what is believed to be the first biologic pacemaker for the heart, paving the way for a genetically engineered alternative to implanted electronic pacemakers. The advance, reported in the Sept. 12 issue of Nature, uses gene therapy to convert a small fraction of guinea pigs' heart muscle cells into specialized "pacing" cells.
    "We now can envision a day when it will be possible to recreate an individual's pacemaker cells or develop hybrid pacemakers--part electronic and part biologic," says Eduardo Marban, Michel Mirowski Professor at Hopkins' Institute of Molecular Cardiology, adding that clinical applications are still a few years away. Full story...

New tack for MSE Symposium
Since 1967, the Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium has brought to the Homewood campus each year experts whose perspectives shed light on one national issue.
    To increase the symposium's wattage for its 35th year, the 2002 student co-chairs have invited speakers from several different fields to illuminate the new American identity.
    Dennis Boothe and Meera Popat hope the lineup for Changing Times: Who Are We? An Introspective Look at American Identity in the 21st Century will broaden the appeal of the already popular symposium. Full story...

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