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Montgomery County Campus 2013 Year in Review

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Growth on Campus

The National Cancer Institute opened NCI Shady Grove next door to the Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus buildings. Employees started arriving in late December 2012, two years after the September 2010 groundbreaking ceremony. The move was completed in Spring 2013. Approximately 2,400 NCI employees work at NCI Shady Grove. Coinciding with the arrival of the NCI employees, six new retail shops opened along the parking garage: Shady Grove Cleaners, Freshii, Subway, West Wing Café & Bakery, Blue Fin and Natural Market.

Meanwhile, 11 new companies decided to locate their businesses on campus. These entrepreneurs and researchers focus on health care research and information technology.

New Academic Opportunities
Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus continues to offer courses from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences; Carey Business School; School of Education; and Whiting School of Engineering. Among the new offerings in 2013 were the Introduction to Lab Research class and the Health Science Intensive program. The Lab Research class, offered in the summer, was targeted toward area high school students and undergraduate students visiting Johns Hopkins from other universities. The idea behind the Health Science Intensive program is to give students the opportunity to enroll in rigorous courses in the life sciences to prove their aptitude to study medicine. Approximately 40 percent of the students enrolled in the program had been rejected from medical school when they first applied. The hope is that after completing HSI, they will be more attractive medical school candidates.

K-12 Outreach
Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus continued its K-12 outreach. In January, nine students won prizes for their original art and photography work in an art exhibit called “Conundrum.” In April, the campus hosted approximately 600 Montgomery County Public Schools fourth-graders for a lesson in the chemistry of bread baking and the art of giving to the community. In October, nearly 600 seventh graders from Gaithersburg and Loiederman middle schools spent a day on the campus participating in the 5th annual Frontiers in Science & Medicine Day. Frontiers is a collaborative effort among organizations in the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center to make science come alive to students who may be just beginning to think about what they want to be when they grow up.

Leadership Accolades, Changes
In February, Campus Executive Director Elaine Amir was named to The Daily Record’s 2013 list of Maryland’s Top 100 Women. In June, the campus, under Amir’s leadership, won the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce’s Visionary Award. In September, after 17 years of service to the campus, Amir retired. The following month, Leslie Ford Weber was named interim executive director of the campus.

Campus Hosts
The Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus had a busy 2013 playing host to dozens of organizations holding meetings, symposia, workshops and other events. Several elected officials visited the campus as well, holding events for constituents or meeting with campus leadership. Among the visitors: U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin; U.S. Representative Chris VanHollen; U.S. Representative John Delaney; State Sen. Jennie Forehand; County Executive Ike Leggett; members of the Montgomery County Council; and Gaithersburg City Council. The campus hosted a Health IT series and a Global Trade Forum series with the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. In October, the campus welcomed high school students for a symposium called Leaders on the Fast Track, or LOFT. Attendees learned about careers in science, technology, education and math.

Through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, several prominent journalists visited campus, including Eleanor Clift, Bernard Kalb, Marvin Kalb and Ted Koppel. Former Lt. Gov. Michael Steele spoke about his experiences as chairman of the Republican National Committee to Osher students.

A three-judge panel of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled in November that the university’s proposed development of the former Belward Farm in Montgomery County is in full compliance with the university’s agreement with its former owners and is not limited “in terms of scale or density or ownership structure.” The court issued a unanimous opinion affirming the November 2012 ruling of a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge.