Bioterrorism puts Center in
The term public health has a certain irony for those working
in the field, according to Alfred Sommer. Oftentimes, the
less the public knows about what they're doing, the
As compared to medical colleagues who are
lauded for the discovery of a miracle cure or a life-saving
procedure, Sommer says, those in public health are not often
"What we do is not very sexy," says
Sommer, the dean of the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
"When we are successful, nothing happens."
Before Sept. 11, the Bloomberg School's
Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies existed in relative
obscurity for the nation at large. Yet, in a time when it's
difficult to go 10 minutes without hearing the words anthrax
and bioterrorism, it's clear the center and its principals'
days of anonymity are over.
Meet the mediator
Kevin McDonald says his new office needs "plant life."
Nothing fancy, he says, just a few small touches to add some
warmth and color. The addition of plants would be a fitting
gesture for the university's compliance and conflict
resolution coordinator, a newly created position that
McDonald filled on Sept. 14. For someone striving to create
a more inclusive and healthier work environment, he says, a
little warmth can go a long way.
Bridge-building Event Puts Pasta, and
Students, to the Test
The annual Spaghetti Bridge Contest, which requires
engineering students to focus their skills on a popular
cooking ingredient, will be staged this year at a new
location. Students will pit their pasta creations against
one another on Sunday, Nov. 11, in the Glass Pavilion at
The Johns Hopkins University
3003 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218