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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 9, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 29
In Brief


Homewood campus hosts open houses for admitted students

The first of three Spring Welcome Open House programs for admitted students will be held this Wednesday, April 11. Sessions are also scheduled for Tuesday, April 17, and Tuesday, April 24.

John Latting, director of Undergraduate Admissions, said, "These visit opportunities provide potential members of the class of 2011 with a great chance to meet faculty members, sample student life and make the all-important decision of whether Johns Hopkins is the right place to spend their college years."

Open House will bring a lot of visitors to the Homewood campus. "The Admissions Office hopes the whole Johns Hopkins community will make these students and families feel welcome," Latting said, noting that participants will be sporting special black, gold and red canvas tote bags. "Remember, Spot a bag ... make a friend!" he said, using the slogan coined for the bags.


Johns Hopkins Film Fest returns this week to Homewood campus

Independent and student filmmakers will present their documentaries, features and short films during the Johns Hopkins Film Festival, which will run from April 12 to 15 on the Homewood campus.

The student-run festival, launched in 1998, begins with a screening of Drawing Restraint 9, directed by Matthew Barney, at 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, in Shriver Hall Auditorium. Admission to Drawing Restraint 9 and other screenings is $5 per show, $10 for a day pass, $20 for a festival pass and free for JHU students, faculty and employees with valid Hopkins ID.

For a complete list of screenings, go to:


Children's Center doctor receives biomedical research awards

Pediatric intensive-care specialist Kenneth Brady of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center has received the Hartwell Foundation's award for biomedical research, which recognizes cutting-edge work in the field of biomedicine with high potential for direct clinical benefit to children. The award provides $100,000 in funding for three years. Only 10 medical institutions in the country with solid track records of collaboration between academic research and biomedical engineering were invited to nominate their faculty for the award.

Brady, an assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care and Anesthesiology, received the award for his work on a monitor that tracks blood flow changes in the brains of children with serious brain injuries. The monitor, currently in the testing phase, would allow doctors to spot and prevent changes in blood flow that can cause life-threatening strokes and bleeding in the brain.

"At a time when federal funding is tight, this award gives us a chance to do research that is off the beaten path," Brady said. "Our project is ambitious and unconventional, but the payoff could be huge--improved survival, independence and outcomes for the most vulnerable children in the hospital."


Loud explosions, bright lights and more: Physics Fair is back

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is hosting its fourth Physics Fair from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, coinciding with Spring Fair on the Homewood campus. All events are in the Bloomberg Center. Intended to bring physics to the community in a fun, accessible way, the fair will feature competitions, a physics-themed scavenger hunt and demonstrations by JHU physicists and students. In the lineup:

  • Professor Extraordinaire Show, 2 to 2:30 p.m. Peter Armitage and his assistants will give a demonstration based on the legacy of Henry Rowland, JHU's first physics professor, complete with fantastic optical displays, explosions and bright lights.
  • Elementary/Middle School Science Bowl, 2:45 to 3:15 p.m. Teams of students in grades five through eight will compete to answer general science-related questions in a quiz show format.
  • Physics Challenge, 12:30 p.m. An individual competition for students eighth grade and below with bookstore gift certificates as prizes. For high schoolers, the questions in the 30-minute multiple-choice written test are similar to those on the SAT. The elementary/middle school challenge will cover general science.
  • High School Physics Bowl, 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. Teams of students compete in a contest with questions focusing on physics.
  • Hopkins Construction Project Contest, 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. Individual participants and teams of up to four people of all ages will have 30 minutes to build the tallest possible structure using materials provided.
  • Weather permitting, the Maryland Space Grant Consortium Observatory will be open for tours. Visitors also are invited to tour several research laboratories and to enjoy some liquid nitrogen ice cream.

For details, go the Physics and Astronomy Web site at:


Stephen Dixon retirement reading planned for April 11

Stephen Dixon will be honored for his 26 years of teaching in the Writing Seminars at a retirement reading at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, in Mudd Auditorium, Homewood campus.

Dixon is the author of more than two dozen books of fiction, among them 30: Pieces of a Novel, Gould, The Stories of Stephen Dixon, Interstate and Frog. Interstate and Frog were both finalists for the National Book Award. Frog was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.

More than 500 stories by Dixon have appeared in Harper's, Esquire, The Paris Review, TriQuarterly and Boulevard, as well as in O. Henry Prize Stories and Best American Stories. A film, J'ai Tue Clemence Accra, was made of his novel Too Late. His latest novel is End of I.


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