The Johns Hopkins Gazette: March 3, 2003
March 3, 2003
VOL. 32, NO. 24


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

College leaders urge legislators not to reduce funding further

On Feb. 27, university President William R. Brody joined counterparts from Maryland's public and private colleges, universities and community colleges to urge state legislators not to further reduce funding of higher education.

Speaking at a gathering of presidents at the State House in Annapolis, Brody said that private and public institutions have a unique relationship in Maryland, where they complement rather than compete with each other. Working together, he said, they have provided the state with tremendous economic returns.

"Maryland's future is an educated future," he said. "Our independent colleges and universities are a vital and irreplaceable part of that picture. Please don't cut them out."

Presidents from all three higher education segments--independents, publics and community colleges--said that colleges must do their fair share to close the state's budget deficit. They said they had accepted Gov. Robert Ehrlich's proposed 2004 budget, which cuts higher education more than other areas of state government. But further cuts, they said, will do tremendous harm to students, the institutions and the state.

Two architectural firms chosen for Charles Village Project

Two Baltimore architectural firms, Ayers Saint Gross and Design Collective, have been selected to design the university's Charles Village Project. Located on the north side of the block bounded by Charles, East 33rd and St. Paul streets, the mixed-use project will provide student housing, parking, a bookstore and other retail uses.

According to David McDonough, senior director of development oversight for Johns Hopkins Real Estate, Ayers Saint Gross will be responsible for the project's master plan and the buildings' facades; Design Collective will design the interiors of the student housing. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2004 and be completed by mid-2005.

School of Nursing to hold open house on Saturday

The School of Nursing will host an open house on Saturday, March 8, for students interested in undergraduate, master's, postmaster's, doctoral and certificate nursing programs. It begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Anne M. Pinkard Building.

Academic-program seminars will cover traditional undergraduate, accelerated undergraduate, the BS to MSN program and the Business of Nursing certificate program as well as master's, postmaster's and doctoral programs. Representatives from faculty, admissions, financial aid, student body, U.S. military, Peace Corps, U.S. Public Health Service and ROTC will be available. Refreshments and tours of the building will be offered.

For more information or to reserve a place, contact the Office of Admissions and Student Services at 410-955-7548.

'Bowling for Columbine' leads off Foreign Affairs Symposium

The 2003 Johns Hopkins Symposium on Foreign Affairs kicks off this week with two showings of the film Bowling for Columbine. Directed by Michael Moore, the film delves into why the United States leads the developed world in the number of firearms deaths and explores a culture of fear, bigotry and violence. The film will be shown for free at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, in Homewood's Shriver Hall. Speakers in the series are scheduled for later in the month.

'Fiesta de Mexico' to take the stage at noon on Wednesday

Los Quetzales Mexican Dance Ensemble will perform Fiesta de Mexico at noon on Wednesday, March 5, in Homewood's Shriver Hall.

Los Quetzales aims to preserve, research and promote Mexican folkloric traditions and culture through art, music and dance. On Wednesday, the dancers will demonstrate dance styles as they explain their historical origins and regional differences.

Laura Ortiz, the company's founder, is also artistic director and choreographer for Georgetown University's Ballet Folklorico Mexicana de Georgetown and works with the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives.

This performance is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by the university's Office of Special Events. For more information, call 410-516-7157.

Public Health to hold Marketplace Career Fair

The Public Health Marketplace Career Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2003, in the Bloomberg School of Public Health's gallery and mezzanine. Open to undergraduate and graduate students interested in public health careers, the fair is for fulltime, internship, consultancy and fellowship positions. The 30-plus employers attending the fair come from corporate, government and nonprofit sectors. Among those scheduled to attend are Family Health International, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Merck Pharmaceutical, Project Hope, MAMSI and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

The Career Fair is sponsored by the Bloomberg School of Public Health's Career Services Office, 410-955-3034. For more information, go to PH_Marketplace/index.html.

AAALAC site visit will be March 10 through 13

Four site visitors from the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International will visit Johns Hopkins March 10 to 13 to review its animal care program. "AAALAC accreditation is critical because it demonstrates commitment to humane animal care," says James Owiny, the university's training and regulatory administrator.

All animal use areas, including central animal facilities and investigator laboratories, will be visited. Each area should have a knowledgeable person available to answer questions about what takes place in the laboratory.

The Animal Care and Use Committee has disseminated material and hosted seminars to prepare for the site visit. Anyone requiring additional information should call 443-287-3742.

PURA presentations are rescheduled for April 1

The Provost's Office has announced that the presentations by recipients of 2002 summer and fall Provost's Undergraduate Research Awards, originally planned for April 17, have been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 1. The event, which is open to the entire Hopkins community, includes a poster session, awards ceremony and reception. It will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. in Homewood's Glass Pavilion.

Peabody at Homewood: Music at the Museum begins Friday

Homewood House Museum is presenting three Friday evening concerts at 5:45 p.m., March 7, April 4 and May 2, showcasing musicians from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Each Peabody at Homewood: Music at the Museum performance will be held in the reception hall of the museum.

On March 7, a trio of Peabody graduates will perform works for voice, harpsichord and viola da gamba. The performance by soprano Ah Matejicka, harpsichordist Joseph Gascho and Daniel Rippe on viola da gamba will include Handel's cantata La Lucrezia.

Violinist Sheng-Tsung Wang will perform on April 4. Wang received his bachelor's and master's degrees in music from Peabody, where he was the concertmaster for both the Peabody Concert and Symphony orchestras. He is a founding member of the Gemini Piano Trio. He will perform works for unaccompanied violin by J.S. Bach, Eugene Ysaye, John Harbison and Grazyna Bacewicz.

The Dorian Trio will perform a program of music by Telemann, Ibert and Villa Lobos on May 2. The trio members are flutist Anita Thesen, a Morgan State University faculty member who received her doctorate from Peabody; Lisa Vaupel, violin; and Gretchen Gettes, cello.

The museum will open at 5 p.m. prior to each concert. A wine and cheese reception will follow the one-hour programs. Tickets are $8 for museum members and JHU affiliates; $10 for the general public; free to museum members at the $50 level and above. Seating is limited and reservations are required; call 410-516-8639.

The 2003 Peabody at Homewood concert series is sponsored by Ross and Lynn Jones, Hugh and Joy McCormick and an anonymous friend of the museum.