The Johns Hopkins Gazette: March 18, 2002
March 18, 2002
VOL. 31, NO. 26


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

MSEL hosts conference on building digital communities

More than 300 librarians, museum curators, archivists, researchers, educators and computer professionals from the United States and abroad will be on the Homewood campus this week for a conference co-sponsored by Johns Hopkins and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Titled WebWise 2002: Building Digital Communities, the two-day conference will focus on key issues for creating, managing and maintaining digital information, from databases of images to digital collections of oral histories to an online searchable herbarium.

Sayheed Choudhury, director of the Digital Knowledge Center at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, is co-director of the conference and will lead a panel discussion focused on the question, Who are members of the digital community, and what do they need from each other?

Representatives from institutions as diverse as the Museum of Modern Art, the National Archives, the National Science Foundation, UCLA, Cornell University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are scheduled to attend the conference, which begins on Thursday, March 21. International representation includes participants from Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and organizations such as the World Bank.

Four-legged visitors to explore Homewood campus on Sunday

The Homewood campus will be going to the dogs this weekend, when hundreds of pets and their owners are expected to participate in the Maryland SPCA's seventh annual walk-a-thon, March for the Animals.

Activities will include a 1.5-mile walk, a celebrity pet lookalike contest, smart pet tricks, opportunities to have pets photographed or micro-chipped and a demonstration by the Baltimore City Police Canine Unit.

Registration for the event, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, will be in the Garland Field parking lot, off San Martin Drive.

For more information, call 410-243-7692 or go to

Hopkins joins other universities in upcoming Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society's annual Relay for Life event is coming up in April, and this year the Johns Hopkins team will be taking its "show" on the road. For the first time in the greater Baltimore metropolitan area, there will be a University Relay for Life, in which Hopkins will join forces with Towson University, Loyola College, College of Notre Dame, Villa Julie and others.

According to the event's planners, the combined effort will allow the participating institutions to cut costs so that more of the money raised will go directly to battling and finding a cure for cancer. Expected to participate are medical staff, educators, students, friends and families.

The overnight event will take place from Friday, April 26, to Saturday, April 27, at Towson University.

"We are the first Relay event in the Baltimore area, and our combined goal with Towson is $115,000," said Eden Stotsky-Blum, one of the Hopkins organizers. "Let's set the bar high for the other relays in the area and make our relay one of the best in the country."

To register a team, call Stotsky-Blum at 410-955-4852, Amanda Crow at 443-997-3932, Sharon Young at 410-516-7227 or Melissa Leffler at 410-955-0053.

APL prepares for construction of multipurpose building

APL broke ground on March 8 for a major new facility, to be known as Building 17. Construction of the six-story, 230,000-square-foot multipurpose laboratory and office building will start in May, with completion scheduled for January 2004.

The concrete-framed structure was designed by RTKL, and Turner Construction will serve as the construction manager.

APL, Tactical Tomahawk get ready for first flight test

The Tactical Tomahawk Cruise Missile program is conducting a functional ground test at NSWC-Indian Head, Md., in preparation for the missile's first flight test in April. An upgrade to the current Tomahawk missile used by the Navy, Tactical Tomahawk will provide military units with a more flexible and responsive weapon that can be used against a wider range of targets.

As strike controller during the risk-reduction ground tests, a team from the Applied Physics Laboratory will exchange messages with the missile via satellite using APL-developed software that will monitor the missile's flight to its simulated target and allow it to be redirected in flight--one of this missile's unique capabilities.

APL has played a major role in the missile's guidance and control, navigation and communications systems as technical direction agent for the Tomahawk program.