The Johns Hopkins Gazette: September 8, 1998
September 8, 1998
VOL. 27, NO. 42


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

'Remote teller' joins new credit union facility in East Baltimore

When the Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union opens its new branch at 2027 E. Monument St. on Sept. 14, members will make their transactions using state-of-the-art technology: Tellers, who are in another room, will interact with customers via closed circuit TV; pneumatic tubes will handle transactions.

Banks and credit unions in other states are using this system, but the Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union is the first Maryland financial institution to deploy the technology.

According to Michael J. Mesta, president and CEO, the credit union chose the system for several reasons. "The remote teller system allows us to offer more teller lines so we can serve members more efficiently; the system provides a level of security not available in traditional teller windows; and [it] is cost efficient," he said.

Largest incoming class of grad students arrives at SOM

One hundred eighteen graduate students are entering the 13 graduate programs based at the School of Medicine. According to Kellie Cummings, president of the JHUSOM Graduate School Association, this is the largest incoming class of graduate students in the school's history.

Whiting School of Engineering adds two to faculty

The School of Engineering has added two assistant professors. Justin Hanes, who joins the Chemical Engineering Department, focuses his research on biomaterials synthesis, targeted delivery of complex molecules and tissue engineering. He received a doctorate from MIT.

Mo Li, who received a doctorate from Caltech, joins the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His research uses computational simulations to examine the mechanisms of materials properties at the atomic level, to explain and predict the behavior and to seek new applications for materials.

Homewood Security arrests thief at Garland Hall

Responding to a Sept. 1 call from employees in Garland Hall, security officers at Homewood searched the building and arrested a man who had allegedly stolen stamps and money from offices on the second floor.

The arrestee, who is believed to be responsible for similar thefts in Garland Hall, apparently gained access to the locked building either through an unreported faulty door or by being admitted by an employee. Northern District Police responded, processed the scene and transported the arrestee to central booking.

President Brody sets 1998-99 open office hours

President William R. Brody plans to hold office hours for students on 25 afternoons during the 1998-99 academic year; students may sign up for 15-minute appointments by calling 410-516-8068 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.