The Johns Hopkins Gazette: March 13, 2000
March 13, 2000
VOL. 29, NO. 27


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

SLAC update

As of press time on Friday, members of the Student-Labor Action Committee remained in Garland Hall, where they have been since launching their protest against the university and health system Feb. 28.

Latest developments and background on the issues involved are available on-line at

Say it with daffodils--and help fight cancer, too

One of the first signs of spring on the university's campuses is the masses of daffodils that appear for the annual fund-raiser of the American Cancer Society. This year's Daffodil Days are Thursday and Friday, March 16 and 17. Give daffodils to your friends, neighbors, employees or yourself to celebrate the season and the lives your donation will help save. Bunches of cut daffodils will be sold for $5, and potted mini-daffodil bulbs for $8.50. The flowers of hope will be available at the following locations:

School of Public Health; noon-1:30 p.m., outside East Wing Auditorium

MSE Library; noon-2 p.m., Q-Level

Garland Hall; call Hank Potter, ext. 8108, to order

Levering Union; 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; entrance facing Garland

Gilman Hall; 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., post office lobby

Peabody Institute; noon-1 p.m., cafeteria

Wyman Park Building; 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., ground level

Materials Science presents first Grad Research Symposium

The Whiting School's Department of Materials Science and Engineering will present its first Graduate Research Symposium, on Friday, March 17, featuring graduate student talks, a poster session and a keynote address by a leading industrial engineer.

The event, which is free and open to the entire Hopkins community, begins at 9 a.m. in the Garrett Room at the MSE Library, Homewood campus. Department chair Peter Searson will provide an introduction, followed by opening remarks by Marc Donohue, the Whiting School's associate dean for research. At 9:20 p.m., Alan Taub, manager of the Vehicle Crash Safety Department at Ford Motor Co., will deliver the keynote address, "Materials Research and Engineering in an Automotive Company."

Graduate students will discuss their materials science research from 10:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. and from 2:10 to 3:10 p.m. Between 3:10 and 4:20 p.m., participants will move to the Glass Pavilion in Levering Union for a poster session and closing remarks. Afterward, tours of labs in Maryland, Krieger and Latrobe halls will be offered.

Professor testifies about SOM-Dunbar teaching program

On Feb. 29, James E.K. Hildreth, professor and associate dean of Graduate Student Affairs at the School of Medicine, appeared before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Basic Research, at a hearing focused on the National Science Foundation's FY2001 budget for its Education and Human Resources Directorate.

The subcommittee heard testimony from the director of NSF's Education and Human Resources Directorate and asked Hildreth to join the panel to discuss the agency's K-12 programs, in particular the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine-Dunbar High School NSF GK-12 Teaching Fellows Program.

The program between Hopkins and Dunbar High School, funded by a grant from NSF awarded as of Sept. 1, 1999, supports graduate students as teaching fellows in K-12 settings. The program matches School of Medicine doctoral students with mentor teachers in the biotechnology track at Dunbar High School for a teaching apprenticeship spanning one academic year. The overall goal of the program is to transform science and biotechnology classrooms at Dunbar into "communities of learners."

The National Science Foundation will invest more than $100 million this year on math and science education activities, with the primary focus on the K-12 level.

SAIS launches a redesigned, news-oriented website

The School of Advanced International Studies launched its newly designed website, on Feb. 15.

Prominent new features of the site, still a work in progressm include a homepage containing regularly updated news items and photos, a robust column of links to other SAIS pages and pronounced links to the SAIS-affiliated JHU Bologna Center and The Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies. There are also boxes interspersed throughout the site titled "The Voices of SAIS," which contain testimonials and photos of students.

SAIS webmaster Robert Wright, who designed and built the site, said the new look and design is intended to improve navigability, spotlight news and events, be more aesthetically pleasing and provide a greater flexibility as the site continues to grow.

"It was difficult to find things on the old site, and it didn't allow us to display any type of dramatic content on the homepage," Wright said. "We wanted the new website to draw a person in and make him want to explore it more."

Wright said that to date roughly 80 percent of the main subsidiary pages have been redesigned. For comments or suggestions concerning the new website, contact Wright at


An article about the university acquiring a building at 1717 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., in Washington, D.C., (Feb. 28, page 1) stated that the location is near space rented by the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education. That space is the university's Washington Center, located at 1625 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., which houses programs of the School of Public Health and SPSBE and is administered by the Provost's Office.