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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 5, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 29
In Brief


'U.S. News' releases rankings for graduate school programs

U.S. News & World Report on Friday released its annual Best Graduate School rankings for 2005. The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine claims the third spot this year behind Washington University in St. Louis, with which it was tied last year, while Harvard maintains its hold on the top spot. In ranked specialties, Hopkins landed at No. 1 in internal medicine, drug/alcohol abuse and geriatrics; No. 2 in AIDS and pediatrics; and No. 4 in women's health.

The School of Engineering moved up to 21 this year (from a tie at 22) and took the No. 1 spot in bioengineering/biomedical programs. In environmental/environmental health, it was tied for fifth.

In public affairs, Johns Hopkins tied for 28th overall, with a No. 3 ranking in health policy and management.

Disciplines not newly ranked by the magazine this year include public health, nursing, social sciences and humanities, the sciences and fine arts.

To see a complete list of 2005 rankings, including other specialties in which JHU was ranked, go to


Blue Jays baseball team ranked No. 1 in division for first time

The Johns Hopkins baseball team, as of Monday, March 29, was ranked No. 1 in the American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division III Poll. The Blue Jays reached the top spot for the first time in school history and is the only team at Johns Hopkins other than men's lacrosse to be ranked No. 1 in its sport.

As of press time, the team sported an 18-0 record. The 18 consecutive victories ties the school record, which has stood since 1989.

In the coaches' poll, Johns Hopkins received 233 points and three first-place votes. Emory ranked second with 230 points and three first-place votes and Carthage third with 213 points and one first-place vote.

The Blue Jays had three games scheduled over the past weekend, against Dickinson, Swarthmore and Elizabethtown. The next home game will be against Mary Washington at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 8.


Gordon Concerto Competition winner to perform at Shriver

Acclaimed violinist Igor Yuzefovich, winner of the 2003-2004 Yale Gordon Concerto Competition at the Peabody Institute, will perform compositions by Franck and Prokofiev at noon on Wednesday, April 7, in Homewood's Shriver Hall Auditorium.

Yuzefovich has performed at concert venues from Carnegie Hall to the Cairo Opera House and in Jordan as part of the Beethoven Violin Concert at King Hussein's birthday celebration.

Born in 1979 in Moscow, he began to study violin at age 5 and enrolled at the Moscow State Gnessin Music School for the Gifted and Talented. After his family moved to the United States in 1991, he studied at the Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and the Peabody Preparatory program in Baltimore before earning a bachelor's degree in music and a graduate performance diploma from the Peabody Conservatory. In addition to winning the Gordon Concerto Competition, Yuzefovich took first prize in the Arlington Symphony Competition, the Omega Psi Phi International Talent Hunt, the Fairfax Symphony Competition, the Wolf Trap Foundation Scholarship Competition and the Marbury Violin Competition at the Peabody Conservatory.

This performance is co-sponsored by the Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust and is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by the university's Office of Special Events. For more information, call 443-287-9900.


Road traffic safety expert to take part in WHO symposium

For the first time, the World Health Organization will devote its annual World Health Day, held each year on April 7, to road traffic safety. The event will focus on the magnitude of the problem road traffic injuries pose globally and promote successful ways to prevent these accidents.

Adnan Hyder, an international road traffic safety expert with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will participate in the international symposium, which will be held in Paris, and also will address a United Nations forum on April 15. In addition, he co-edited "World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention," which WHO will release at the symposium.

A member of the school's Center for Injury Research and Policy, Hyder will participate in a discussion on how governments and academic institutions can help reduce road traffic deaths and injuries.


SPH malaria conference draws researchers from 13 countries

More than 275 researchers from 13 countries attended the Second International Conference on Malaria Research held March 25 and 26 at the School of Public Health. Louis Miller, head of the Malaria Vaccine Development Branch at the NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, gave the keynote address. Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute at the School of Public Health, the conference included lectures on chloroquine resistance, promising new antimalarial agents and the use of geographic information systems. It concluded with a lecture by Nobel laureate Peter Agre, of the School of Medicine.


JHU Press Book Sale scheduled for this week in Glass Pavilion

The annual JHU Press Book sale will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7. All books are $2 a pound. Proceeds go to the Press' Staff Development Fund.


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