------------------------------------------------------------ Newsbriefs ------------------------------------------------------------ Accounts Payable office to add unit to solve customer problems The university-wide Accounts Payable Department will reorganize its division of responsibilities. On Nov. 15, the department will no longer be organized by vendor, but will divide coded invoices by divison. Accounts payable manager Maxine Given said one significant change will be the addition of a separate Customer Service Unit on Dec. 1. "This service will provide a place where staff can call to get prompt help with special needs, such as speeding up employee reimbursements for things like travel and entertainment expenses and cutting emergency checks," Given said. The new unit may be reached at 516-6688. Details of the changes will appear in next month's issue of the Administrative Bulletin. Alumnus could help university save millions with energy audit The annual cost of electricity on the Homewood campus is $5 million; another $1 million is spent on heating oil. Now with the aid of an environmental engineering alumnus and a student organization, the university may reap some significant energy savings. On Friday, Nov. 4, Peregrine "Pepper" White Jr., a 1979 graduate of Hopkins who owns LCI Energy, a Massachusetts-based consulting firm, will donate his services and train members of Students for Environmental Action on how to conduct an energy efficiency audit. Following the morning training session, groups of SEA members will visit 10 or more buildings on campus, identifying inefficient uses of energy and looking for ways to improve them. The audit sprang from a meeting White had in April with Charles ReVelle, professor of geography and environmental engineering, while on campus for his 15-year reunion. At about the same time, junior mechanical engineering major Eric Lee, president of Hopkins' SEA, was attending a Campus Earth Summit meeting at Yale University, where energy audits were discussed. "I wanted our club this year to do more to reduce energy consumption at Hopkins," Lee said. "Dr. ReVelle, who is our adviser, thought [White] might be able to help us. I wrote him a letter, and he agreed to donate a day of his time." Robert Schuerholz, executive director of facilities management for all Hopkins campuses, welcomes the opportunity to continue his commitment to energy conservation. "This audit will be a good way for students to learn, and provide some motivation for our operations staff," Schuerholz said. "If everybody responds to their suggestions, we could drop our utilities bill a couple of percent." Schuerholz said the Homewood campus has saved about $40 million since 1973, due to such energy conservation methods as installing heat recovery devices on boilers and utilizing a computerized energy management system to reduce consumption during peak hours. A $3.4 million chiller plant--which will make and melt ice for air conditioning use--being built at Homewood should save the university $400,000 annually in electricity use. Lee hopes ideas and suggestions culled from the audit will be similarly successful, both financially and in raising the environmental consciousness of students, faculty and staff. "This is exciting for me," Lee said. "We have been pleasantly surprised by the enthusiasm on campus." Robert L. Herbert to give Rosen Memorial Lecture Robert L. Herbert, chairman of the fine arts department at Mount Holyoke College, will deliver the annual Israel Rosen Memorial Lecture, which is cosponsored by the History of Art Department and the Baltimore Museum of Art. The talk will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Baltimore Museum of Art on Art Museum Drive. BMA admission is free to those who attend the Rosen Memorial Lecture. Dr. Herbert, who is a specialist in Barbizon, impressionist and neo-impressionist art, will speak on revealing parallels in the art and lives of Fernand L‚ger and El Lissitzky. Both artists rose to prominence after World War I, favoring geometric and architectural forms in painting. In the 1920s, they shared an interest in the machine aesthetic, and both engaged in art of public scale. The Israel Rosen lecture is named for the late Hopkins alumnus and Baltimore physician who was a major collector of modern art and art books. Over the years, Dr. Rosen donated many of his books to the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, including rare material on cubism, abstract expressionism, constructivism and futurism. About 1,400 titles comprise the Israel Rosen Collection housed in the library's Special Collections Department. For information, call the BMA at 396-7100. Public Health faculty strive to meet challenge of fair health cost payments One of the stumbling blocks in the health care reform effort is how to compensate fairly HMOs and managed care providers who typically receive the same third-party payment per patient whether the patient is being treated for a cold or diabetes. In an effort to bring more equity to this system, the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration has awarded the School of Hygiene and Public Health two contracts, totaling $1.7 million, to further develop state-of-the-art "risk-adjustment" systems. The federally funded study will be directed by Gerald Anderson, director of the Hopkins Center for Hospital Finance and Management, and Jonathan Weiner, associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Basing their work on two existing plans, they will develop a better way to balance inequities in the existing system without government intervention and regulation. "With or without national health care reform, an improved system for risk adjustment will be essential if specialized medical centers such as Hopkins hope to participate effectively in HMOs and other managed care networks," Dr. Weiner said.
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