In Case You Missed It: Our Top Summer Stories Revisted The following are brief summaries of just some of the major happenings covered in The Gazette during the summer. Knapp is dean of Arts and Sciences Steven Knapp, a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, was appointed as the university's 15th dean of Arts and Sciences in June. Dr. Knapp assumed his new duties Sept. 1. He succeeds Lloyd Armstrong, who served six years as dean before accepting the job of provost at USC last year. In his new role as dean, Dr. Knapp leads 250 or so faculty and 3,500 students engaged in studying everything from Greek myth to gene splicing to black holes. "The autonomy of the divisions, such as the School of Arts and Sciences, creates a lot of opportunities for the cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary work that I think will define the future of higher education," he said. "There's a lot that can be done in a place like Hopkins to help define the future." Dr. Knapp said his priorities as dean will be to ensure that Arts and Sciences maintains its hard-won financial stability, pursues a recent emphasis on improving student life, and continues efforts to diversify the faculty, student body and curriculum. Donaldson named new dean of Nursing Sue Karen Donaldson, former professor of nursing and physiology at the University of Minnesota, has been appointed dean of the School of Nursing. Dr. Donaldson assumed the deanship Sept. 1, succeeding Carol Gray, who led the school since it was founded in 1983. In her new role, Dr. Donaldson will head the 11-year-old school, which last year enrolled 422 students in bachelor's, master's, doctoral and postdoctoral programs. "The students, staff, faculty and leadership are truly [Hopkins'] strongest attraction," Dr. Donaldson said. "The collaborative spirit is refreshing and infectious." Dr. Donaldson was a professor in both the University of Minnesota's School of Nursing and its School of Medicine. At Hopkins she holds a joint appointment as professor in the Department of Physiology in the School of Medicine. Lindgren leads Development Robert R. Lindgren became vice president for development and alumni relations of The Johns Hopkins Institutions in July. The 40-year-old former vice president for development and alumni affairs at the University of Florida took over from Robert J. Haley, who retired after 15 years as chief development officer for the Hopkins institutions. Lindgren joins Hopkins at a pivotal moment in the institutions' history. A slowing of the growth in federal research dollars, coupled with an endowment widely considered too small to accommodate the university's and the hospital's historic commitment to excellence, has compelled both institutions to undertake an ambitious, multiyear joint fundraising campaign to raise hundreds of millions of dollars. "We're going to have to hit the ground running," said Lindgren of his move to Hopkins only months before the campaign's scheduled Oct. 1 public kickoff. "I suspect we'll get through that campaign launch and into the business of the first year very quickly." Pew gift funds networking at Homewood A $1.9 million grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts is being used for a high-speed data transmission network that will link the Homewood campus to a significantly upgraded information system at Eisenhower Library. The project will make the library's resources-- increasingly available in electronic form--more widely accessible to faculty and students. It will also make possible other research and teaching applications, including interactive databases and multimedia instruction. The campus networking portion of the project is expected to be substantially finished by sometime next summer. Health System, Medicine create formal alliance The leadership of the Johns Hopkins Health System and the School of Medicine in July integrated their functions, forming an alliance that operates under the title "Johns Hopkins Medicine." James A. Block, president and CEO of the health system and hospital, and Michael E. Johns, dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medicine of the university, issued a joint statement regarding the merger. "The board of the health system and the board of the university both approved 'Johns Hopkins Medicine' as a formal alliance to ensure that we function in a much more coordinated fashion than we have in the past," the statement said. "While maintaining our separate corporate structures, we have established joint policy, management and operational groups."
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