The Johns Hopkins Gazette: March 3, 2003

March 3, 2003
VOL. 32, NO. 24

Homewood applications reach new high
New Africana Studies Center in A&S to have threefold focus
ID required on Johns Hopkins shuttles
Planning a campus event? Here's how to spread the word
The nucleus: Not just a bag of chromosomes
Public Health surveys find chronic conditions a widespread concern
New from JHU Press
Scientists work to unravel gene expression in the brain
Classical music to meet digital artistry in HSO performance
Odyssey spring courses celebrate foreign cultures, far-off lands
Scientists unlock 3-D structure of key breast cancer receptor
Drug tested in Baltimore for HIV prevention
Pacemaker therapy halves heart-failure deaths and hospitalizations
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JHU weighs in on U. Michigan case
Joining 37 other higher education institutions, The Johns Hopkins University has filed an amicus brief exhorting the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the established precedent permitting colleges and universities to consider race among other factors used in their admissions practices to ensure educational diversity.
   "We are exercising our right to participate in a public debate about a matter that is very important to our mission as an institution of higher education," said Steven Knapp, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. "Johns Hopkins has always been willing to take a leadership position and stand on principle in matters that we regard as important, and this is such a case." Full story...

University to buy Mt. Washington campus
The Johns Hopkins University has signed a letter of intent to pursue the purchase of the 68-acre Mount Washington Corporate Campus from the St. Paul Cos.
   Johns Hopkins hopes to relocate administrative offices to the north Baltimore site to make room for expanded research, patient care and academic facilities at its other Baltimore campuses.
   "Johns Hopkins has added about 1,000 jobs in Maryland in each of the past three years," said William R. Brody, president of the university. "We expect to keep growing at nearly that pace as academic and clinical programs expand and our scientists win more federal research dollars. We're committed to keeping as many of those new jobs as we can in our home city of Baltimore; this acquisition of a spectacular property will help us do that." Full story...

A vice dean is named for undergrad ed
Paula Burger, a key member of Johns Hopkins' administration for the past 10 years, has been appointed to the new position of vice dean for undergraduate education for the two Homewood schools, effective in June.
   Burger is also vice provost for academic affairs and international programs and since April has served as acting vice provost for undergraduate education.
   In her new role, she will serve as point person for undergraduate academic matters in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and will lead the school's efforts to implement the final recommendations of theuniversity's Commission on Undergraduate Education, a committee she chaired. Full story...

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