The Johns Hopkins Gazette: February 4, 2002
February 4, 2002
VOL. 31, NO. 20


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

D.C. event caps publication of final Eisenhower papers

The university and the Library of Congress last week held a special event in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the publication by the Johns Hopkins University Press of the final volumes of The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower. The project began in 1963 and concluded in fall 2001 with the publication of volumes 18 to 21, titled Keeping the Peace.

The Jan. 28 event, hosted by Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska at the Library of Congress, drew more than 225 people, including many who served in the Eisenhower administration.

The program featured a panel discussion moderated by James H. Billington, librarian of Congress, and a keynote speech by presidential historian Michael R. Beschloss. Hopkins history professor Louis P. Galambos and Daun R. van Ee, co-editors of the project, also participated in the program.

The panel discussion featured Gen. Andrew Jackson Goodpaster, President Eisenhower's staff secretary and former supreme allied commander; CBS and NPR commentator Daniel Schorr; and Susan E. Eisenhower, granddaughter of the late president.

"They discussed from their own separate perspectives their understanding of and/or relationship with Dwight David Eisenhower, as soldier, statesman, president," said Elizabeth Hughes, an editor on the Eisenhower project for 28 years.

The program was recorded by C-SPAN and is scheduled to air on Presidents' Day, which is Monday, Feb. 18.

Nonprofit sector in India is subject of upcoming talk

The role of the nonprofit sector in India and its struggles with the Indian government will be the topic of a talk next Monday, Feb. 11, sponsored by the Institute for Policy Studies Center for Civil Society Studies. Guest lecturer Mark Sidel, an associate professor of law at the University of Iowa and an expert on philanthropy and law in Asia, will speak from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Wyman Building, Homewood campus.

This brown bag lunch event has limited space, so contact Joyce Moody at 410-516-7182 or to reserve a place.

Homewood's Wednesday Noon Series begins spring season

The Wednesday Noon Series returns to Homewood this week with a lecture by stem cell expert John D. Gearhart, the C. Michael Armstrong Professor in the School of Medicine. In his talk, "Stem Cell Research: The End of the Beginning," Gearhart will explain what stem cell research is, where it is heading and the potential applications to the treatment of disease. The talk takes place from noon to 1 p.m. in Shriver Hall.

Other events scheduled this month are "From Africa to America," a performance by the Stephanie Powell DanseEnsemble, Feb. 13; "The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower," an editors discussion moderated by Robert Brugger of JHU Press, Feb. 20; and "Ella Shields: The Woman Behind the Man," a dramatic performance by Harriet Lynn, artistic director of the Heritage Theatre Artists' Consortium, Feb. 27.

CONTOUR is shipped to Goddard for prelaunch testing

The spacecraft set to provide the closest look ever at a comet nucleus was shipped Jan. 29 from the Applied Physics Laboratory, where it was designed and built, to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., for its next round of prelaunch testing. CONTOUR, scheduled to launch July 1, spent its last 10 days at APL in a vibration test lab, where engineers checked the structural integrity of the eight-sided, 6-by-6-foot craft aboard a large shake table.

At Goddard the spacecraft will undergo spin tests, acoustic tests designed to simulate the noise-induced vibrations of launch and thermal vacuum tests that replicate the harsh conditions of deep space. In late April, CONTOUR will be transported to Kennedy Space Center/Cape Canaveral, Fla., and prepared for launch aboard a three-stage Boeing Delta II launch vehicle.

Nominations due for Student Employee of the Year Award

More than 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students perform a variety of duties in labs and offices at Homewood. If one of them works for you, you can show your appreciation by nominating him or her for the 2002 JHU Student Employee of the Year Award. The winning student will receive numerous prizes including a $500 savings bond and the chance to compete at the state, regional and national levels.

All nominees and their supervisors will be invited to the awards ceremony held in April during National Student Employment Week.

Nomination forms are available at

The deadline has been extended to Thursday, Feb. 7. For more information, contact D. Lynn O'Neil at or 410-516-5411.