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Agre Departs

Nobel laureate Peter Agre is leaving Johns Hopkins for Duke University Medical Center, where he will be vice chancellor of science and technology. The news did not take students and postdocs in the Agre lab entirely by surprise. “He’d had so many offers, particularly after the prize,” says Trish Ward, senior lab tech.

Since winning the 2003 Nobel Prize in chemistry, Agre has defended human rights and scientific freedom and will likely do more of the same as the new chairman of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Human Rights.

After 28 years here as student, fellow and faculty, Agre says Hopkins, and Baltimore, will always have a special place in his heart. Last year, he had 105 speaking engagements all over the world. That did not deter him, though, from imparting his enthusiasm for science to hundreds of schoolchildren and teachers right here in Baltimore.

EBDI Developer

East Baltimore Development Inc. has chosen Forest City-New East Baltimore Partnership to develop the first phase of the 80-acre mixed-use community that will rise just to the north of the medical campus. Forest City, which has a history of transforming unused city spaces into large urban developments, envisions residences, businesses, shops and restaurants all clustered around green space. A new life sciences center with offices and labs will be leased by Johns Hopkins. The developer’s catch phrase for the project? “Science meets life in the city.”

It’s a Wrap

JHM raised $1,350,500 for the 2004 United Way of Central Maryland campaign, topping its financial goal of $1,145,100, 18 percent better than goal. Participation, however, was 21 percent, short of the hoped-for 52 percent. “To raise over $1.3 million for the United Way is more than we could ever have expected,” says Patty Brown, JHHC president and, with Marty Abeloff, campaign co-chair. Brown predicts participation will improve. “The more folks learn about the United Way in upcoming campaigns, the more they will participate.”





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