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Homeland Security

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has selected the University to lead a Center of Excellence. Headed by the Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR), the Center—DHS’ fifth—will investigate issues related to emergency preparedness and response. Supported by a three-year, $15 million grant, the Center will be led by CEPAR director Gabe Kelen, professor of emergency medicine, and Lynn Goldman, professor of Environmental Health Sciences.

Although six JHU entities (the Schools of Medicine, Public Health and Engineering, SAIS, SPSBE and APL) will participate, the Center’s scope will be truly national. Four universities in Florida, the University of Alabama, Morgan State, University of Buffalo and the American Red Cross are among major partners; 10 other university-based affiliates will participate.

MLK Keynote

Acclaimed actor James Earl Jones will be the featured speaker at the 24th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration on Jan. 13. Jones’ countless roles on stage, film and television have garnered two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe and an Emmy.

Bottom Line

The JHM board of trustees has approved an updated budget and schedule for the new clinical buildings. The budget, $535 million in October 2004, now is $725 million. Occupancy, originally projected for fall 2008, now is planned for spring 2009. For the most part, the revised budget reflects the escalating costs of health care construction. Additional medical equipment and 73,000 more square feet of space (for a grand total of 1.5 million) also have contributed to the increase. “The budget was just too tight to properly execute the project,” explained Sally MacConnell, VP of facilities. Because of inherent risks, such as those involving the still-escalating costs of materials, keeping the project on budget and on schedule, she said, “will be a fight every day.”



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