Johns Hopkins University

Spring 2008
Vol. 5, No.2

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Editors’ Note

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With this issue of Arts and Sciences Magazine, we are pleased to introduce the Office of External Affairs, combining the school's fundraising and communications operations in a coordinated team. As part of this effort, Sylvia Eggleston Wehr, Arts and Sciences' associate dean for external affairs, joins the magazine staff, working closely with editor Angela Paik Schaeffer to shape and continually improve the magazine. We look forward to working together on the magazine and encourage you to contact us with your thoughts, questions, and ideas. Please send your correspondence—including letters to the editors—to aps@jhu.edu or to the mailing address at right. We hope to include a letters section in subsequent issues of the magazine.

This issue marks the debut of "View from the Quad," a thoughtful, timely column from James B. Knapp Dean Adam Falk. His current commentary addresses issues of financial aid and university endowments, about which you've undoubtedly heard a great deal lately.

You may notice some changes in the design of the magazine. These come thanks to art director Kathryn Vitarelli, who worked on the magazine years ago in her previous role with the Alumni Magazine Consortium at Johns Hopkins and now executes her vision as senior art director in the Office of External Affairs.

We hope you like the changes and find this issue's contents lively, engaging, informative, and relevant. We have shifted our production schedule by a few weeks to allow us to be timelier in our coverage, resulting in departments chock-full of news about faculty, students, and alumni. Our feature stories this time include a look at a phenomenal project involving a worldwide community of amateur astronomers, new research by faculty member Kellee Tsai about China's political and economic realities, and much more. Please write or send an e-mail to let us know what you think or to share an idea for a future story. Our best to you for a happy, healthy spring and summer.

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Sylvia Eggleston Wehr
Associate Dean for External Affairs

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Angela Paik Schaeffer
Editor