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There's no denying it: $333,872,200, the amount raised during the Knowledge for the World campaign for the School of Arts and Sciences, is an impressive figure. A very big number.
Dollars raised through the eight-year campaign, which concluded Dec. 31, make a huge difference in the lives of so many people, supporting research, academics, student aid, and more. Whether it's the millions of people with Alzheimer's disease who could be helped by research taking place in one of the school's laboratories, or the thousands of hours one undergraduate can spend volunteering in the community (instead of at a part-time job) because of tuition support she receives, or the dozens of shared spaces in the campus' newest undergraduate residence where students can be part of the larger Johns Hopkins community...it all adds up to one amazing institution of higher learning.
But don't take our word for it. Do the math. Take a look at the accountings that follow (admittedly not all gathered using precise calculations), and you'll see just how far $334 million can go.
106,000,000: People worldwide projected to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease by 2050 whose treatment could be influenced by research being done in the lab of Michela Gallagher, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Her team has developed a rat model of aging that may provide important clues to the evolution of Alzheimer's disease, and is using gene transfer methods to better understand Alzheimer's disease pathology.
700: Collective years of neighborhood experience of the 13 East Baltimore residents aged 38 to 89 who were interviewed by 17 undergraduates taking The Power of Place: Race and Community in East Baltimore last fall. Another 17 took the class this spring. In this class, offered through the Center for Africana Studies, students explored the rich history of Baltimore's oldest black neighborhood and collected and analyzed oral histories from its residents. The histories will be made available through a website later this semester.
1,200: Hours that Hopkins sophomore Vanessa Armendariz has spent in volunteer work and extracurricular activities thanks to scholarships she receives from Hopkins. Her busy schedule includes serving as: vice president of recruiting and retention for the Multicultural Student Volunteers; publicity chair of La Organizacion Latina Estudiantil; a mentor to freshmen—through the Mentoring Assistance Peer Program—and to East Baltimore Latino youth; and a member of the Global Medical Brigades. "My life just can't be study, study, study. This helps balance me," says Armendariz, the first person in her family to attend college and the recipient of a Hugh L. Dryden Memorial Scholarship.
14,000,000: Estimated number of pages in the voluminous personal library of Humanities Professor Richard A. Macksey, who has bequeathed his collection of books to the Sheridan Libraries, ensuring that future generations of Hopkins students and faculty will be able to use them for years to come.
1,024: Number of gigabytes in one terabyte, the storage capacity needed in 2001 to hold the data from the Sloan digital Sky Survey (SDSS). "We couldn't even imagine then how we could go beyond a terabyte," recalls computer scientist and astrophysicist Alexander Szalay, whose Hopkins research team received funding from Intel for the project. "Today we have hundreds of terabytes of data in use daily," notes Szalay, the Alumni Centennial Professor in the Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy. The SDSS project, now complete, collected more than 40 terabytes of raw data, consisting of 5 color digital images of the Northern sky. More than 200 million objects have been identified on the images, their well-calibrated properties stored in a large, publicly accessible database—allowing future scientists to study everything from the large-scale structure of the universe to the relationship between dark and luminous matter. Szalay is now working on Pan-STARRS, the next generation astronomy survey beyond SDSS, with a database exceeding 80 terabytes by the end of this year.
21,750: Lines in some manuscripts of Roman de la Rose, the most influential work written in the old French vernacular,which is in the process of being digitized through an effort by the Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. By 2009, full digital surrogates of about 150 of these manuscripts will be available on the web, giving scholars all over the world previously unimagined access to the work known as the holy grail of medieval French texts. (Image courtesy of Milton S. Eisenhower Library.)
600,000: Number of long-term and native-born residents of Japan of Korean descent who are affected by the contradictions of Japan's citizenship and immigration policies, according to Erin Aeran Chung's forthcoming book, Immigration and Citizenship in Japan (Cambridge University Press, 2009). "Korean residents of Japan make up less than 1 percent of the entire population, and yet they have exercised considerable political clout specifically as foreign residents," says Chung, the Charles D. Miller Assistant Professor of East Asian Politics.
116: Papers published or in progress by the 3 core faculty members of the Center for Financial Economics, which was founded in 2007
1,000,000: Seconds of exposure it took to capture the image of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, the deepest view ever of the universe that shows some 10,000 galaxies. The image was included in the "Mapping the Cosmos" exhibit curated by Hopkins students in a course offered as part of the new Museums and Society minor. Now on display at the Howard Country Public Library, the exhibit of images taken by the Hubble telescope debuted at the Walters Art Museum last year. It is one of 7 exhibits curated by Hopkins students on view at Baltimore area museums in 2008 and the first collection of Hubble images exhibited in a major art museum. This year, 4 more student-curated exhibits are under way or planned. (Image of Carina Nebula, C 3372 courtesy of NASA, The Hubble Heritage Team.)
10: Pizzas consumed by the 50 students who attended the October kickoff of the new financial economics minor, which is aimed at preparing students to better understand the all-pervasive role that finance plays in the modern economy (See feature story).
9,000: Number of adolescents that sociologist Stefanie DeLuca will examine in research that looks at why families move and what effects moving can have on young adolescents, particularly those from disadvantaged families. Deluca was recently named a William T. Grant Scholar and plans to use her $350,000 award to conduct research in Alabama over the next five years, which she'll combine with findings from Baltimore and Chicago. She hopes that better understanding of how poor families make decisions about where to live and when to move will someday help policymakers design better housing policies.
2040: Year when the Arctic is projected to have its first ice free summer due to global warming, just one of the effects of worldwide climate change that Hopkins undergraduates will be examining as part of the new interdisciplinary major in Global Environmental Change and Sustainability, established in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.
15,000: Estimated mileage Woodrow Wilson fellow David Iaconangelo logged the last two summers traveling throughout the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Venezuela by plane, bus, and on foot for research examining baseball's impact on the cultural and political landscape of these countries. "This totally changed everything," says Iaconangelo. "I had never been out of the country before and then there was a period where I spent 17 weeks alone on the road by myself in just over a year. This had a tremendous impact on me."
10,805,400: Dollars of Johns Hopkins tuition that will be covered for the 69 Baltimore City public high school alumni who are enrolled as Baltimore Scholars. The Scholars receive full-tuition awards (See feature story).
110: Undergraduate scholarships created during the Knowledge for the World campaign, including the First Generation Scholarship, awarded to Jerome Axle Brown '09.
8,000: Objects in the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Collection that will become accessible to Hopkins students to learn from in new ways when the 1,675-square foot museum being built to house the collection is complete.
3,920: Pages of newspapers published from December 1863 to July 1864 that Jessica Ziparo combed through at the Washington, D.C., public library last summer for her graduate thesis on an 1864 scandal in the U.S. Treasury. "No one has ever written about the scandal in its entirety," says Ziparo, who is the Charles Albert Earp Fellow in History.
60: Number of weekly seminars in the Johns Hopkins Program in Humanistic Studies that PhD candidate Thomas Dechand has planned and taught with Richard A. Macksey since becoming the Macksey Fellow in the Humanities in 2006. Dechand, who specializes in 19th- and 20th-century American intellectual history, says he has gained "unbelievable" knowledge from Macksey '54, PhD '57, now in his sixth decade of teaching at Hopkins. "Professor Macksey is so gracious, so kind, and he knows so much," says Dechand. "He is really ideal for directing the program."
693,100: Miles logged by graduate students in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences between Baltimore and the Dry Valleys region of Antarctica. A handful of students have accompanied professor Bruce Marsh on each of his nine trips to Antarctica, working to better understand the deep underground systems that bring magma to the Earth's surface. His goal? "To train scholars who will fundamentally affect the course of science."
22: Graduate fellowships created during the Knowledge for the World campaign.
57: Pounds of baked ziti, lasagna, and other pasta prepared and eaten by students, faculty, and staff at "Charles Commons Connections"—the monthly dinners that have drawn more than 500 student cooks/diners/choppers/pot-washers since the event's start in 2007.
2,200: Hopkins students, faculty, and staff and community residents who have attended the 100-plus author signings and readings held at the Johns Hopkins Barnes and Noble bookstore on the first floor of Charles Commons since the store opened in Fall 2006.
570,000: Linear feet of new data cable laid for data and information technology in Gilman Hall,, bringing the building into the 21st century.
618: Beds in Charles Commons—the residential, dining, and retail complex that is Hopkins' first step toward guaranteeing campus housing for juniors and seniors who want it.
8: Students whom associate professor Amy Lynne Shelton encounters and knows by name when dashing home to Charles Commons on any given day. Shelton is the inaugural Charles Commons Faculty Fellow, living in the building with her husband and son.
280: Cubic yards of concrete poured in the newly dug sub-basement of Gilman Hall, some 16 feet underground. This is the home of a new mechanical room, which houses all of the building's heating and cooling machinery.
5: Decrease in number of stairwells in Gilman Hall (aimed at addressing the building's notoriously confusing floor plan). In the new Gilman, all five floors will be navigated in a continuous loop, vastly reducing one's chances of getting lost.
66,000: Square feet of departmental, classroom, and seminar space in the renovated Gilman Hall.
35: Shared spaces in Charles Commons where students can go to study, cook, talk, exercise, socialize, or just hang out.
32,337: Admissions visitors and prospective students who have been welcomed to the Homewood campus through Mason Hall, the university's new front door, since the 28,000-square-foot building opened in September 2007.■