The Johns Hopkins Gazette: June 23, 2003
June 23, 2003
VOL. 32, NO. 38


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Charles Street opens; shuttles resume Penn Station stop

With the city's official June 27 reopening of Charles Street between Penn Station and Lafayette Street, the Homewood-JHMI shuttles have resumed using the Charles Street-Penn Station stop. The actual pick-up and drop-off point is the MTA bus stop, which is located 50 feet south of the right turn from Charles Street into Penn Station.

The JHMI northbound stop at the International House (Henderson House), which was used during the reconstruction of Charles Street, has been discontinued.

For shuttle schedules, go to

Microscope Facility to hold open house on June 25

The Johns Hopkins Microscope Facility, available to researchers throughout the university, will offer demonstrations and tours during an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25.

The facility, which occupies 2,000 square feet of newly renovated space in the Physiology Building in the Basic Sciences Complex in East Baltimore, contains five electron microscopes, two confocal microscopes, two digital fluorescence microscopes, several computer workstations for image processing and a comprehensive preparation laboratory.

The purpose of the facility is to assist investigators with research requiring light and electron microscopy and electronic imaging, and its goal is to enhance the scope of research capability at Johns Hopkins, assure quality microscopy for presentations and publications, and provide state-of-the- art biomedical imaging services. Staff members provide services for specimen preparation for electron microscopy and train users who wish to use any of the microscopes on their own. For more information, contact Doug Murphy at 4110-955-4536 or

Member parking fees increase at Homewood, Eastern campuses

Beginning July 1, the start of the university's 2004 fiscal year, members of the Homewood and Eastern campus parking program will see an increase in parking fees. At Homewood, gated staff parking permits are now $30 a month; faculty permits are $55. At Eastern, rates are $30 for the nongated staff parking permits and $55 for faculty permits.

Ancient Egyptian artifacts on display at MSE Library

The ancient Egyptians' preoccupation with the path into the afterlife is the focus of a new exhibit housed in the Milton S. Eisenhower Library on the Homewood campus. The Journey: Life and Death in Ancient Egypt features artifacts, photographs and ancient texts from the university's archaeological collection.

The exhibit is intended to offer a glimpse into how and why Egyptians made preparations for the journey into the afterlife. Artifacts on display include bronze figurines, faience shabtis and alabaster vessels.

Open during regular library hours, the exhibit is located in the Special Collections Department on the A-Level and will run through September.

Ralph Nader's nationwide tour stops at JHU on June 26

Ralph Nader's "People Have the Power" tour, a blend of activism and entertainment, will touch down at Johns Hopkins on Thursday, June 26. Baltimore is the 15th stop on Nader's nationwide tour, which seeks to address issues ranging from postwar Iraq and civil liberties to the environment and education. The high-profile crusader and social critic will be joined at the rallylike event by U.S. Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), Baltimore City Councilman Rev. Kwame Abayomi and local performers and community leaders.

The event, sponsored by JHU's Student Labor Action Committee, will be held at Shriver Auditorium, Homewood campus. Tickets are $15 at the door and $10 in advance. The live music and community speaker portion of the rally begins at 5:30 p.m.; the main program kicks off at 7 p.m. For tickets, call 410-467-3070.

Minority interns at APL boost Mercury space mission

APL's MESSENGER mission is getting a boost this summer from the talents of 14 undergraduate college students in MU-SPIN (the Minority-University SPace Interdisciplinary Network), a program designed to train NASA's next generation of minority scientists and engineers.

The student interns, from schools across the country, are developing their technical skills by working with experts in spacecraft integration and testing, mission design, mission operations, mechanical support and Web site management.

MESSENGER, a NASA Discovery mission to orbit the planet Mercury, is scheduled to launch next spring. MU-SPIN is a MESSENGER Education and Public Outreach team partner. For more information on the mission, go to

SAIS forum to preview U.S.-EU summit meeting

The School of Advanced International Studies will hold a forum, "The State of Transatlantic Relations: A Preview of the U.S.-EU Summit" at 5 p.m. today, June 23.

Hosted by the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS and Women in International Security, the event will occur just before the meeting between the United States and the European Union to be held on June 25 in Washington. The forum will feature Bill Drozdiak, executive director of the German Marshall Fund's Transatlantic Center in Brussels and former chief Europe correspondent for The Washington Post; Patrick Jarreau, Washington bureau chief of Le Monde; Constanze Stelzenmuller, politics editor of Die Zeit; and Esther Brimmer, deputy director of the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations.

The forum will be held in Room 500 of the JHU Bernstein-Offit Building, located at 1717 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. Non-SAIS affiliates should reserve a place by e-mailing or calling 202-663-5730.

Evergreen House names artist-in-residence for 2003

Micki Watanabe, a sculptor who lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y., will be the 2003 artist-in-residence at Evergreen House. The rare books and the Dutch marquetry furniture in the museum's collection will be points of departure for her creations, which will be collected in Libraries as Reference/Libraries as Object, the anticipated title of her 2004 exhibit.

Each year, Evergreen selects an emerging or mid-career artist from outside of Maryland to spend June and July gathering inspiration from Evergreen's collections and gardens. The residency provides housing, a stipend and the use of former Evergreen resident Alice Warder Garrett's studio, now located on the grounds of Loyola College. The art produced during the residency forms the basis of a solo exhibition at the museum.

The program was conceived in 2001 in emulation of Garrett's patronage of the artists of her day, who included Leon Bakst, Henry Varnum Poor, Gari Melchers, Jacques Maroger and George Grosz.

Watanabe teaches at the Parsons School of Design and the Pratt Institute, and her work has been shown in galleries and museums around the world. She has received numerous awards and grants including an Aim Program Grant in 2002 at the Bronx Museum and the Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2001.

Bayview internal medicine residency program receives grant

Bayview Medical Center's internal medicine residency program has been awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with Partnerships for Quality Education.

This grant, awarded to 19 of the nation's top internal medical residency programs, will be instrumental in helping physicians at Bayview pilot an innovative method for teaching about systems and practice improvement.

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has mandated that residency programs demonstrate the proficiency of their trainees in six core competencies. The two new competencies that this grant addresses are Practice-Based Learning and Improvement and Systems-Based Practice.


A story in the June 9 Gazette about JHU's first associate provost for animal research and resources incorrectly identified the name of the accrediting organization in this field. AAALAC stands for Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International. The story also referred to a March 2003 "inspection" by the organization. The AAALAC conducts site visits at the invitation of an institution and not inspections.