August 13, 2001 |
Let's face it. We're all aging, and many of us are going to live long enough to spend our last years in nursing homes. We hope we'll be tended by compassionate caregivers who have only our best and individual interests at heart, but given the nightmarish stories we hear about some nursing homes, it's important to become familiar with an environment in which our parents, our spouses, our partners or ourselves eventually may live.
July 24, 2001 |
Government regulators told Johns Hopkins University on Monday that the school may resume medical research on humans, four days after the regulators halted such studies because of the death of a volunteer. Some studies will have to be reviewed first. The federal Office for Human Research Protection approved a plan reached with the university to correct deficiencies found after the June 2 death of a healthy 24-year-old during an asthma experiment.
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July 23, 2001 |
Arthur F. Davidsen, astrophysicist whose experiments aboard rockets and the space shuttle were fundamental in fathoming the structure of the universe, has died. He was 57. Davidsen, who made his Johns Hopkins University a world leader in the field of astronomy, died Thursday in Baltimore of complications from a lung disorder.
July 20, 2001 |
Johns Hopkins University of Baltimore, the nation's largest recipient of U.S. government medical research money, was ordered to cease all federally funded research on humans Thursday after the June 2 death of a volunteer in an asthma experiment. About 2,400 experiments are underway at the university, said Bill Hall, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He did not know the number of volunteers involved.
May 7, 2001 |
Johns Hopkins University announced that an anonymous donor pledged $100 million to the school--the latest in a remarkable series of nine-figure donations to U.S. colleges--to create an institute devoted to finding a new vaccine and treatment for malaria, which kills more than 1 million people every year. School officials had talked to the donor about the need for new classroom and laboratory space on their Baltimore campuses.
December 24, 2000 |
"Recent Terrains," a new collection of landscape photographs by Laurie Brown, opens with a dreamlike black and white panorama of a low hill above a dark, rutted plain. The sunstruck crown of the hill is crenelated with a curving wall of houses that seems both arrogant and defensive. Just below, the freshly landscaped slope descends like the fortification of a city ready for war. It would be a hard fight and hand-to-hand among the whirring sprinklers for an army to take this high ground.
August 15, 1999 |
There once was a mestiza who was treated cruelly by her fair-skinned husband. He abandoned her and his two children for another woman who was not so dark. Mad with grief, she drowned her children in a flooded arroyo and then herself. She became a ghost. Now she haunts dry creek beds and open ditches. The ghost of the woman lures careless children who are playing there in the rain, and she drowns them in the suddenly rising water.
November 9, 1997 |
According to his own account, the 18th century Venetian Giacomo Casanova was a man "of no importance." Cheat, charlatan, spy, ex-priest, quack doctor, indefatigable pursuer of women, constantly on the run from his last sexual indiscretion or the last debt on which he had defaulted, he made no contribution of any consequence to the revolutionary times through which he lived.
December 15, 1996 |
"Bartleby, the Scrivener," a story Herman Melville wrote when his popular reputation had already undergone serious erosion, begins with a disclaimer by the lawyer-narrator that could be prophetic for any potential Melville biographer: "I believe that no materials exist, for a full and satisfactory biography of this man. It is an irreparable loss to literature.
October 2, 1995 |
Entrepreneur Michael Bloomberg announced a $55-million donation to Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System. The gift, believed to be the largest private gift in the area, by the 1964 Johns Hopkins graduate is part of a $900-million capital campaign by the university and the health system. The campaign is headed by Bloomberg, 53, who will become chairman of the university's board of trustees in May.