The Johns Hopkins Gazette: October 22, 2001
October 22, 2001
VOL. 31, NO. 8


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Baltimore campuses respond to citywide anthrax alerts

Baltimore City authorities announced on Oct. 17 that there had been an unsubstantiated threat of a release of anthrax in Baltimore early that afternoon.

Though there had been no indication of any threat against Johns Hopkins, as a precaution the university shut down air-handling systems at all Baltimore campuses during the time period covered by the reported threat. All students, faculty and staff were alerted to the situation in a broadcast e-mail.

During the week, the university issued advisories on mail handling and posted other matters relating to the terrorist attacks on a specially designated Web site. The Attack on America site is accessible from the home page.

APL plans educational series for staff on terrorism

The Applied Physics Laboratory has begun a series of educational seminars on terrorism to help staff better understand terrorists' objectives, motives and the broad range of possible future actions they may take.

The first seminar, "Change and Continuity in Terrorism," was held on Oct. 19 at the Kossiakoff Center.

'Evenings in the Library' events offer rare chance to view books

The recent opening of Kings, Hummingbirds and Monsters: Artist's Books at Evergreen drew about 500 book- and art-lovers to the historic house museum for a first glimpse at 20 new artist-created works inspired by rare books from the Garrett Library.

Beginning Tues., Oct. 23, a five-part event called "Evenings in the Library" will offer an opportunity to examine closely the rare books and contemporary works, which will be on display through February 2002. The other evening events will be Nov. 13 and 27 and Jan. 8 and 29.

The exhibition is the second in a Collectors Series that celebrates specific collections amassed by the Garrett family who lived at Evergreen House from 1878 to 1952. The 30,000 books in the Evergreen library belonged to T. Harrison Garrett and his son John Work Garrett.

Each evening, rare-book librarians Cynthia Requardt and Amy Kimball will show the books selected by four of the exhibiting artists. Among the volumes are a 15th-century geometry book by Euclid, a 16th-century atlas by Ortelius, 17th-century works by Palladio, an 18th-century travelogue by a little-known Dutch cartographer; 19th-century works by Audubon and a 20th-century work by Edith Wharton. This viewing will be followed by a tour of the exhibition and a careful investigation of the four artists' new books.

The cost is $8 for Evergreen members and $10 for nonmembers. Reservations are necessary because space is limited to 50 people each evening. For information, call 410-516-0341 or go to

Town meeting at SAIS to look at Americans and globalization

SAIS, the League of Women Voters Education Fund and the National Policy Association will co-host a town hall meeting, "Are Americans at Home in the Global Village?" on Thursday, Oct. 25.

The conference, free and open to the public, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the Kenney Auditorium of SAIS's Nitze Building.

Susan Dentzer, health correspondent for PBS's The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, will moderate the discussion about globalization's effects on everyday life and how citizens can shape globalization. This meeting will highlight some of the perspectives not always heard in the current globalization debate, among them public health, income inequality, immigration, cultural understanding and the future of today's children.

Panelists include Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Center on the People and the Press; William Spriggs, director of the National Urban League's Institute of Opportunity and Equality; Cheryl Peterson, director of the American Nurses Association's International Nursing Center; Frank Sharry, executive director of the National Immigration Forum; and Susan Aaronson, senior fellow for International Programs at the National Policy Association. The event is part of a joint LWVEF/NPA project on educating the public on globalization.

Business of Medicine Program bestows 1st best teacher award

The first "Best of Hopkins" Business of Medicine Faculty Award--a student-nominated honor--is now in the hands of Richard (Chip) Davis.

The award was recently presented to him by Douglas Hough, director of the business/medical programs in the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education.

Davis has taught Leadership and Organizational Behavior in Medical Settings since 1997. Currently senior director of JHHS Operations Integration, Davis earned his doctorate in philosophy from Hopkins and a master's in education from Harvard.

"Chip was the most motivational teacher I have ever had (and that includes 13 years post-secondary education!)," one student wrote in urging that Davis be the first recipient of this award, which will be given annually to recognize excellence in teaching.

Along with an engraved plaque, Davis received one of the personalized Hopkins MBA lab coats now given to business of medicine students who go on to get an MBA.