The Johns Hopkins Gazette: March 17, 2003

March 17, 2003
VOL. 32, NO. 26

Future virtual observatory aces first test
Potential blood test for colon cancer risk
Iran hostage to be first speaker in Foreign Affairs Symposium
John Astin, students to perform in Sweet's 'Bluff' at Theatre Hopkins
Public Health informs officials, workers about threats posed by 'dirty bombs'
Francophone Cinema Fest Begins Today
Job Opportunities
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Stepping into the museum world
Minus his trademark moustache and scowl, the portrait of a smiling, bangs-a-blazing, teenage Edgar Allan Poe left several of the Johns Hopkins undergraduates gathered in the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Maryland Room feeling duped. King of the macabre? More like the boy next door.
   "That doesn't look anything like him," one student said.
   "He's too happy looking," another chimed in.
   Kristen Romano, the Enoch Pratt's special collections librarian, agreed with the assessment but assured the students the picture was authentic, as were the two dozen or so other objects from the library's extensive Poe holdings (some of which belong to the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore) that she was displaying this recent morning: items such as a lock of the author's hair, first-edition Poe works, a fragment of his coffin and numerous prints. Full story...

Unlocking wind's role in energizing ocean waves
Scientists at Johns Hopkins and the University of California, Irvine have finally been able to field-test theories about how wind transfers energy to ocean waves, a topic of debate since the 19th century that had previously proved impossible to settle experimentally.
   The new results may help lead the way to the resolution of a long-standing problem in scientists' understanding of how energy and momentum are exchanged between the atmosphere and the oceans. Full story...

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