When celebrated conductor Michael Tilson Thomas halted his
orchestra's rehearsal in Miami to welcome recent Peabody
Conservatory alumnus Daniel Ratchev to the podium, a shower
of applause rang out in Baltimore.
Chaos theory at play? Not quite. The
conductor and his young protege were actually the guests of
honor in a live, fully interactive Webcast that put Peabody
students and Thomas' New World Symphony, two groups
separated by a thousand miles, virtually in the same
The event, held last month, brought
Peabody professor Gustav Meier's conducting class to
Homewood to use the new Hodson Hall's distance learning
room, a state-of-the-art space that can beam the world to
Johns Hopkins in the blink of an eye, using new audio,
video and Internet2 technology.
VP Smith to retire in June
Audrey Smith, the university's vice president for human
resources for the past seven years, has announced she will
retire at the end of the fiscal year, ending a career in
higher education administration that spans four
Smith said she has been considering
retirement "for quite a while" so as to pursue other
interests precluded by her Hopkins responsibilities. The
vice president said she wants to travel, spend more time
with her family and engage in public service. She is
announcing her June 30, 2003, departure now, she said, to
allow time for a search and a smooth transition.
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