The Johns Hopkins Gazette: June 7, 1999
June 7, 1999
VOL. 28, NO. 37


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Whiting School names associate dean for academic affairs

Andrew S. Douglas, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, will become the Whiting School's new associate dean for academic affairs. Ilene Busch-Vishniac, dean of the school, announced the appointment, which is effective July 1.

"Professor Douglas is dedicated to providing faculty, students and administrators with the optimal academic environment within which to pursue the highest quality teaching, learning, mentoring and research," the dean said.

In his new post, Douglas will be responsible for undergraduate and graduate academic programs, student advising and the development of new educational programs. He will succeed Tim Barbari, who is leaving Hopkins to become chair of the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Douglas earned bachelor and master of science degrees in civil engineering at the University of Cape Town in 1975 and 1977. At Brown University, he received a master of science degree in solid mechanics in 1979, followed by a doctorate in the same discipline in 1982. He spent two years as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Rice University before joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 1983. He attained the rank of professor of mechanical engineering in 1993 and became chair of the department in 1997.

His research focuses primarily on the mechanics of compliant materials. Since 1989, he has held a joint appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

JHU Diversity Leadership Council is seeking nominations

The JHU Diversity Leadership Council, formed by President William R. Brody in May 1997, is in the process of identifying new members to replace outgoing faculty, staff and students on the council.

The group has focused its attention this academic year on evaluating access issues for persons with disabilities; alternative processes for conflict resolution; dialogues with affinity groups and the Academic Issues Subcommittee of the Provost's Committee on the Status of Women on recruitment and retention of women faculty; and hosting public events to promote dialogue on affirmative action and immigration as part of the Hewlett Foundation Grant for Pluralism and Unity. Recommendations on these issues will be in the council's second annual report, due this summer.

The DLC meets once a month and is accountable to the president. Membership, which is for one to two years with a time commitment of four to six hours per month, requires previous experience in community activities, leadership capabilities, change management skills, a commitment to inclusion and the ability to communicate across--and about--differences.

Nominations, including a short biography and brief description of the candidate's reasons for wishing to serve on the council, should be submitted to Ed Roulhac at 208D Garland Hall or to Cecy Kuruvilla at 600 Wyman Park Building, both at Homewood; envelopes should be marked "Diversity Council Nomination." Self-nominations are encouraged from all levels of the university. The deadline for receiving nominations is June 25.

More information on the Diversity Leadership Council is available on the Web at

New online ordering system for research products

The JHU CORE Store is launching, an online ordering system for research products, with an educational event scheduled for Monday, June 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Turner Concourse, JHMI campus.

The session will include an informational seminar at 11:30 a.m. in Tilghman Auditorium, hands-on demonstrations to learn the quickest and easiest way to order, vendor exhibits, food and giveaways. For more information, call Kimberly Brown at 410-614-5976.

Homewood House seeks those with champagne tastes

An Evening of Traditional Beverages--an annual fund-raising event for Homewood House Museum--will have plenty of sparkle this year as Patrick Harney of Bacchus Ltd. takes a look at champagne. Harney, who has traveled extensively to the Champagne region in France and has acted as a wine judge in various blind tastings, will explore the unusual beginnings of champagne and its viticultural process.

Veuve Clicquot and Merrill Lynch of Towson are the event's sponsors; Spike and Charlie's restaurant will provide light fare to accompany the champagne. An Evening of Traditional Beverages will be held on the back lawn of the museum, which is located on the Homewood campus, on Thursday, June 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Admission is $10 for members of the museum and $12 for non-members. For more information and reservations, call 410-516-5589.

'The Gazette' begins biweekly publishing schedule for summer Beginning with this issue and continuing throughout the summer, The Gazette will be published every other Monday. The regular weekly schedule will resume on Aug. 30.

The calendar will carry listings for two weeks. Listings must be received by noon on Monday one week prior to publication. The deadline for the June 21 issue is June 14.