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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University December 15, 2003 | Vol. 33 No. 15
In Brief


'The Gazette' will resume weekly publication on Jan. 5

Due to the upcoming holidays, The Gazette will not be published on Dec. 22 or Dec. 29. The weekly schedule will resume on Jan. 5, 2004.

News breaking during those two weeks will be posted online by the Office of Communications and Public Affairs at, which can be accessed through the Johns Hopkins home page,


Graveside visit will mark 130th anniversary of Hopkins' death

On Dec. 24, the 130th anniversary of the death of Johns Hopkins, a group of appreciative university and hospital employees, members of the Hopkins family and admirers of the benefactor whose institutions bear his name will gather at his gravesite to lay a wreath and express their gratitude for his generosity. The remembrance will take place at 10:30 a.m. at Green Mount Cemetery, 1501 Greenmount Ave., and all are welcome to attend.


Agre presented his Nobel Prize in Stockholm, Sweden

On the 107th anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel, the 10 newest Nobel laureates, including one of Hopkins' own, gathered in Stockholm, Sweden, to receive their gold medals, diplomas and a generous heaping of praise.

At the lavish affair, Peter Agre, a professor of biological chemistry at the School of Medicine, received from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf his half of the 2003 Nobel Prize in chemistry. (The prize was shared with Roderick MacKinnon of Rockefeller University.) The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences recognized Agre for his laboratory's 1991 discovery of the long-sought "channels" that regulate and facilitate water molecule transport through cell membranes, a process essential to all living organisms.


Neurosurgeon cum actor Ben Carson plays charitable role

Hundreds gathered at Baltimore's iconic Senator Theatre on Dec. 8 to help premier the Farrelly brothers' comedy, Stuck on You, an off-the-wall tale of conjoined twins played by Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear. The Baltimore premiere came at the behest of School of Medicine professor and renowned neurosurgeon Benjamin Carson, who consulted on the film and has a cameo appearance playing himself.

Proceeds from the event went to Carson's charities, the BEN Fund and Carson Scholars Fund. Established in 2002, the Benevolent Endowment Network Fund aims to ease the financial hardship of families whose children have serious and special medical conditions and are in need of neurosurgery.

The event raised roughly $400,000. At the charity auction, one individual bid $40,000 for a part in the Farrelly brothers' next film, The Three Stooges. So taken by the generous bid, the Farrelly brothers, who were both in attendance, auctioned off another role that too sold for $40,000.


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