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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 1, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 24
In Brief


Cardiology Training Program honored for diversity efforts

The Johns Hopkins Cardiology Training Program has been selected by the Association of Black Cardiologists to receive the organization's Commitment to Diversity Award, which is presented annually to a cardiology training program that has demonstrated a commitment to increasing the number of African-American cardiologists in the United States.

The award will be accepted on behalf of the division by James Weiss, the Michael J. Cudahy Professor of Cardiology and director of the Cardiology Fellowship and Training Program, at the organization's 17th Annual President's Awards Banquet, which will be held Saturday night in New Orleans.


Nominations being sought for Women's Leadership Award

The JHU Women's Network is accepting nominations for the fourth annual Women's Leadership Award, which will be presented on May 14 at the organization's 17th Annual Spring Luncheon.

Any Johns Hopkins employee may nominate a woman who has provided leadership to others at the university. One winner will be chosen from each of the Women's Network's chapters at the Applied Physics Laboratory, Bayview, Homewood and the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

Criteria for selection are motivation of women in their work and community; development of leadership skills in others; mentoring of others in their work; increasing employee knowledge of critical issues facing an office, division or department of the university; and strengthening the commitment of the faculty, staff and students to the university.

Nominations must be submitted by April 1 on the form located at For more information, contact Noelia Cantu at


School of Nursing to host open house for all programs

The School of Nursing will host an open house on Saturday, March 6, for students interested in undergraduate, master's, postmaster's, doctoral and certificate nursing programs. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. in the School of Nursing's Anne M. Pinkard Building.

Academic program seminars will cover traditional undergraduate, accelerated undergraduate, R.N. to B.S. undergraduate, the B.S. to M.S.N., the Hopkins Business of Nursing certificate program and graduate and doctoral programs.

Representatives from the faculty, student body, Admissions, Financial Aid, U.S. military, U.S. Peace Corps, U.S. Public Health Service and ROTC will be available to answer questions. Refreshments and tours of the school will be offered.

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


Charles Kimball to discuss 'When Religion Becomes Evil'

Renowned religious professor and Baptist minister Charles Kimball will give a lecture at 7 p.m. today, March 1, in the Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith and Community Service Center. Chair of the Department of Religion at Wake Forest University, Kimball will discuss "When Religion Becomes Evil," also the title of his 2002 book, which was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the top 15 books on religion for 2002.

Kimball is considered an expert analyst on issues related to the Middle East, Islam, Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations and the intersection of religion and politics in the United States. Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, some 200 TV and radio stations and major newspapers throughout the world have interviewed him. His articles have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe and other publications, and he is the author of three other books.

Kimball's lecture is part of Open Hands Open Hearts, a series of religious awareness events for students, faculty and staff on the Homewood campus (see Calendar listing, this issue). The program is produced under the auspices of Campus Ministries and is the result of a collaborative effort of the Interfaith Council, Campus Ministries and student representatives from a variety of Johns Hopkins faith organizations. For more information, contact Campus Ministries at 410-261-1880.


Mattin ArtMunch invites would-be songwriters to gather

Paul Iwancio, founder and president of the Baltimore Songwriters Association, will share ideas about the creative process in songwriting, how to perform constructive critiques and how to connect with the larger songwriter community at this week's Mattin ARTMunch, to be held from to noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, in 160 Mattin, Homewood campus.

Co-sponsored by Homewood Arts Programs, Homewood Art Workshops and the Digital Media Center, ARTMunches provide a refreshing look at the arts world in a comfortable, casual setting. Novice, professional and just plain curious are welcome to enjoy the presentations and discussions.

The events, held the first Thursday of the month, are open to the entire JHU community. Bring your lunch; coffee, tea and light refreshments will be provided. No reservations required. For more information, go to or call 410-516-3817.



A story last week about the School of Nursing's 20th anniversary identified Karen Haller as director of medical nursing at JHH. Her primary title is vice president for nursing and patient care services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is also associate dean for clinical affairs at the School of Nursing.


Odyssey offers conversations with leading mystery writers

Throughout the world, mystery novels have achieved popularity unparalleled by any other literary genre. This spring, best-selling authors will talk about their work in a lecture series called "Mystery Loves Company: Conversations with Leading Mystery Writers," offered by SPSBE's noncredit Odyssey program for adults.

Among the authors are mother-son team Caroline and Charles Todd, creators of the "Charles Todd" series; Donna Andrews, author of You've Got Murder, an Agatha Award-winning novel, and Elizabeth Peters, author of more than 25 mysteries.

Experts in the field of crime fiction, including local writers and journalists, will interview each writer, and attendees may ask questions and have books signed.

The series takes place on Tuesday evenings from March 23 through May 11 and costs $148. Kathy Harig of Mystery Loves Company Booksellers is coordinating the lectures. For more information, including a list of all Odyssey classes, call 410-516-4842 or go to


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