Editor's Note

By ksascomm

Sylvia Eggleston Wehr

This issue of Arts & Sciences Magazine highlights an environment of transition, change, and innovation. New programs come into being, seniors graduate and take on new challenges, and academic offerings adapt to new technologies and priorities. Although these transitions can often test our mettle, they do propel us forward. We hope the following pages draw attention to several significant changes around Homewood campus as we continue to evolve and grow.

Our cover story shines a light on the many ways the Hopkins community is adapting to a “greener” world. With new environmentally oriented institutes, programs, and initiatives, the university is rising to the challenges of global environmental change and sustainability.

You’ll find similar themes of innovation woven throughout the rest of the issue as well, from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s national initiative to transform science education, to the newly announced Collaborative China Studies Center and Cordish Lacrosse Center, to an impressive number of seniors who will soon be Teach for America corps members at schools around the country.

Last, we have had a transition within our ranks: You may note that I am no longer pictured with my talented co-editor Angela Paik Schaeffer, who departed the Krieger School at the end of 2010 for a senior position in communications and marketing at Williams College. Angela will be sorely missed, but we wish her great success in her new role.

I am pleased to have worked with consulting editor Sue De Pasquale, art director Kathryn Vitarelli, and our team of gifted writers and reporters on this edition of our magazine. I am also happy to announce that Kate Pipkin has joined us as our new editor and director of communications and marketing. Kate, a Johns Hopkins alumna who at one time served as director of communications for the School of Nursing, will be a wonderful addition to our staff. We welcome her, and you, dear reader, to this issue of Arts & Sciences Magazine.

Sylvia Eggleston Wehr
Associate Dean for External Affairs