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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 11, 2004 | Vol. 34 No. 7
In Brief


Groundbreaking ceremony set for Charles Commons complex

University officials and students this week will mark the official start of construction at the future site of Charles Commons, a mixed-use complex that will include housing for 618 undergraduates, a student dining facility and a Barnes & Noble bookstore. The groundbreaking, to which everyone is invited, will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15, on 33rd Street between Charles and St. Paul streets.

Speakers will include President William R. Brody; Paula Burger, dean for undergraduate education and vice provost for academic affairs; Susan Boswell, dean of student life; and architect Chris Harvey of Design Collective.

The project, being developed by a Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse-led team called the Collegetown Development Alliance, is scheduled for completion by summer 2006.


SOM alum awarded Nobel Prize for work on olfactory system

Richard Axel, a 1971 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, on Oct. 4 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, becoming the 31st person associated with the university to win a Nobel. Axel, University Professor at Columbia and an HHMI investigator, shares the award with Linda Buck for their discoveries of odorant receptors and the organization of the olfactory system.


Popular TV show gives thumbs-up to work of Children's Center

The Johns Hopkins Children's Center recently received some prime-time attention during the season premiere of the WB's Gilmore Girls when Luke, one of the show's main characters, gave out his new cell phone number, 860-294-1986.

Curious viewers who call the live number--unlike the fake 555 numbers traditionally used in TV shows--are treated to an effusive message recorded by Scott Patterson, who plays Luke, encouraging donations for a new building at "the best children's hospital, at Johns Hopkins, one of the top hospitals in the country." The building, Patterson tells listeners, will replace the current 40-year-old building with a state-of-the-art facility. Those who wish to donate are asked to call 410-516-4545. He also supplies the center's mailing address and Web site, taking extra care to emphasize the often-omitted "s" in Johns.


Secretary of State Powell to give keynote at SAIS 60th gala

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell will give the keynote address at SAIS' 60th anniversary gala on Wednesday, Oct. 13. Powell also will receive from President William R. Brody the Johns Hopkins University President's Medal, an honor extended to individuals who have achieved unusual distinction.

This event is not open to the public. However, Powell's speech can be heard in a live Webcast available on the school's Web site,, at approximately 6:30 p.m. For future access, the audio and video of the speech will be archived on the site.


'World of Beauty' to be explored by experts at MICA event

Most people would agree that the dry dictionary definition of "beauty" does not begin to describe the actual sensation felt when they encounter something truly beautiful.

In a unique event being held this week for the general public, experts from the visual arts, music and science will explore the concept of beauty in different disciplines.

The event brings together for the first time four Baltimore institutions: Maryland Institute College of Art, Space Telescope Science Institute, Peabody Conservatory of Music and WYPR. Presentations will be made by Timothy Druckrey of MICA, Mark Katz of Peabody and Mario Livio of the Space Telescope; Marc Steiner of WYPR will moderate.

The event will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14, at MICA's new Brown Center.


SAIS to discuss foreign policy challenges for next U.S. leaders

As part of its 60th anniversary celebration, SAIS will host an academic convocation, Foreign Policy Challenges for the Next U.S. Administration, on Wednesday, Oct. 13. The forum, which is by invitation only, will include two discussions featuring SAIS faculty as panelists.

Addressing "Pressing Foreign Policy Issues" will be Eliot Cohen, director of the Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, whose topic is "Defense Posture Post-Iraq"; Isaiah Frank, William L. Clayton Professor of International Economics, on "International Economy"; Francis Fukuyama (moderator), Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy, on "Nation Building"; and Ruth Wedgwood, director of the International Law and Organization Program, on "Human Rights and International Law."

"Regional Hot Spots" will feature Sunil Khilnani, director of the South Asia Studies Program; David M. Lampton (moderator), director of the China Studies Program and dean of faculty; Camille Pecastaing, assistant professor of Middle East studies; and Riordan Roett, director of Western Hemisphere Studies.

Audio and video will be available online the following morning at


New URL for Charles Commons Webcam

The URL for the Charles Commons construction Webcam is now

The former IP address,, is no longer in use.


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