The Johns Hopkins Gazette: September 18, 2000
September 18, 2000
VOL. 30, NO. 3


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

United Way kickoff event scheduled for Thursday

The cracking notes made by the Carrolton Brass Quintet will herald the university's kickoff of the 2000 United Way Campaign for Central Maryland. The event will take place at noon on Thursday, Sept. 21, in Shriver Hall, Homewood campus.

This year's campaign chairs have set a combined Hopkins goal of $1,822,500, a record figure.

The short ceremony will include a slide presentation of Hopkins volunteerism throughout the years and brief speeches by Jerry Schnydman, executive assistant to the president; Edgar Roulhac, vice provost for academic services and campaign chair for the university; and John "Drew" Langloh, vice president of the United Way of Central Maryland. Langloh, who has worked for 13 years in the United Way system, provides overall direction of fundraising activities for the organization.

Following the addresses, all who attend are invited to flow out into the newly landscaped lower quad to enjoy complimentary hot dogs, chips and soda.

Memorial service is planned for student Jamie Wiest

Jamie Wiest, a student who died suddenly this summer, will be remembered by the Hopkins community at a memorial service to be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Bunting Meyerhoff Interfaith and Community Service Center. Wiest, 21, was a rising senior majoring in biomedical engineering.

A memorial fund has been established in Wiest's name. Contributions can be sent to the Interfaith Center, 3509 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218.

Outpatient Center offers free prostate cancer screening

For the second consecutive year, Hopkins' Brady Urological Institute will mark Prostate Cancer Awareness Week by offering free screenings for men ages 50 to 75. Because of higher risk in their communities, African American or Hispanic men, or those with a family history of prostate cancer, can be screened from age 35.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death in men, and this year 180,000 men in the United States will learn they have the disease; 31,000 will die from it. Early detection has steadily lowered that death rate, but experts say it is still unnecessarily high.

Screening will be offered on Sept. 18 and 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Outpatient Center's fourth-floor urology clinic. The screening includes a brief history, rectal exam and PSA test. To make an appointment, call Irene Trueheart at 410-955-3293.

ABC changes schedule for last episodes of 'Hopkins 24/7'

ABC officials have apparently been so impressed with Hopkins: 24/7's positive reception that it has altered its air dates to even further boost audience ratings.

The last two episodes, originally scheduled to be aired on consecutive Wednesday evenings, Sept. 20 and 27, will now air Thursdays, Sept. 21 and 28, immediately following Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The one episode of 24/7 that ran after Millionaire in the first week got the largest number of viewers of any of the first three episodes.

Sloan Digital Sky Survey meeting held at Hopkins

Researchers participating in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a collaboration dedicated to assembling a comprehensive atlas of a quarter of the night sky, held a science collaboration meeting at Johns Hopkins Sept. 15 to 17.

Assistant professor of physics and astronomy Karl Glazebrook, one of five Hopkins faculty members involved in SDSS, organized the meeting. SDSS is led by the Department of Energy's Fermilab and includes scientists from several laboratories in the United States and Japan.

Project scientists began gathering data last fall from an observatory in New Mexico. At the meetings in Baltimore, they reported new results on topics including gravity lensing, high-red shift quasars and the shape of the Milky Way galaxy.

Peabody Library fair offers local authors, rare books and more

The George Peabody Library Antiquarian Book Fair, sponsored by the Friends of the Johns Hopkins University Libraries, will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, and Sunday, Sept. 24, in conjunction with the Baltimore Book Festival.

"The Book Guys," WBJC 91.5 FM's Allan Stypeck and Mike Cuthbert, will appear at the library on Saturday, Sept. 23, from noon to 2 p.m. to record two live shows for their nationally syndicated call-in radio program. During the hour prior to the session, books brought in by the audience will be reviewed and appraised in order to find materials for the show. The focus of the broadcast will be rare books on music history.

Throughout the weekend, the Antiquarian Book Fair also will host local authors including John Irwin, a professor in The Writing Seminars, and Frank Shivers, an instructor in SPSBE, as well as experts in book collecting and book preservation.

Rutland Avenue closed; JHMI shuttle stop has been moved

Effective Sept. 15, Rutland Avenue will be closed due to School of Medicine construction. As a result of this construction, the JHMI shuttle stop currently located at Rutland Avenue and Monument Street will be moved to the northwest corner of Wolfe and Monument streets, next to the 1830 Building.

For more information, contact the Transportation Office at 410-502-6880.

Latin American Studies Program presents evening of capoeira

The Program in Latin American Studies will present an evening of capoeira at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22, in the Glass Pavilion on the Homewood campus. Capoeira is an acrobatic Brazilian dance that blends martial arts and music into a spirited sequence that one author has likened to a jazz performance. The event, by the International Capoeira Angola Foundation, is free of charge.

Capoeira (pronounced capo-air-ah) has been featured in martial arts films such as Jean Claude van Damme's The Quest and Mortal Combat II. But this uniquely fluid dance originated as a clandestine form of physical and cultural resistance to oppression among Brazilian slaves during the 17th and 18th centuries. Slave-owners and government officials saw capoeira as such a serious threat to their authority, in fact, that they banned its practice until 1920.

Today, capoeira is a national sport in Brazil. In the typical performance, hypnotic traditional music is played as two capoeiristas begin their game: an improvisational series of cartwheels, handstands and spinning kicks. Nevertheless, the dance is also a combat. Although there is generally no contact from strikes, each player's goal is to maneuver the opponent into a defenseless position where he can be swept to the floor.

For more information on the performance, contact Corinne Schmidt at 301-919-4812.