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MEDIA ADVISORY – Breaking Ground: Malone Hall to House New Research Institutes at Johns Hopkins

May 21, 2012
Media Contact: Phil Sneiderman
Office: (443) 287-9960; Cell: (410) 299-7462

WHEN: 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, on The Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St.

WHERE: The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at the future location of Malone Hall, on the south end of the campus between Mason and Hackerman halls. (See campus map.)

WHAT: The university’s Whiting School of Engineering will break ground for Malone Hall, a state-of-the-art, 69,000-square-foot research center named in honor of John C. Malone, a pioneer in the communications and media industries. Malone, who earned master’s and doctoral degrees at Johns Hopkins and who is now chairman of Liberty Media Corp. and Liberty Global Inc., provided a $30 million gift that made the building possible. During the ceremony, computer scientist Russell H. Taylor, a leader in the field of medical robotics, will also be installed as the inaugural John C. Malone Professor. Malone will take part in the groundbreaking and offer remarks during Taylor’s installation.

WHO: Johns Hopkins University leaders, trustees, faculty, students and guests are expected to attend the ceremony.

WHY: Malone Hall, scheduled to open in the summer of 2014, will be a significant addition to the Homewood campus, serving as a model for 21st-century collaborative research. It will house three innovative research centers. The Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute, devoted to the understanding of how materials behave under intense impact, will occupy nearly one-third of the building. Malone Hall will also be the Homewood base for the Johns Hopkins Individualized Health Initiative, uniting research across the schools of Engineering, Medicine, Nursing and Public Health in order to target the best, most effective treatments for patients. Also located in Malone Hall will be The Systems Institute, which will coordinate specific goal-oriented challenges, such as health care reform and childhood obesity, using a systems engineering approach. Additionally, the Department of Computer Science, a core partner in all three efforts, will reside in Malone Hall.

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