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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University July 6, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 39
In Brief


JHH tops 'U.S. News' honor roll for 14th year in a row

For the 14th consecutive year, The Johns Hopkins Hospital has topped U.S. News & World Report's rankings of American hospitals.

This year's annual guide reports results of a survey of a hospital's reputation in 17 medical specialties among a national sample of doctors, along with analysis of objective indicators such as death rates, technology, nurse staffing, service mix and discharge planning.

Hopkins again ranked in the top 10 in 16 of the 17 specialty categories listed. JHH ranked No. 1 in gynecology, otolaryngology and urology; No. 2 in geriatrics, kidney disease, neurology/neurosurgery, ophthalmology and rheumatology; No. 3 in cancer, digestive disorders, hormonal disorders, pediatrics, psychiatry and respiratory disorders; No. 4 in heart/heart surgery and orthopedics; and No. 13 in rehabilitation.

For a complete list of all rankings, go to or


HBO's 'Something the Lord Made' to be screened July 7

HBO Films' Something the Lord Made, which chronicles the lives of two Johns Hopkins medical pioneers, will be screened on Wednesday, July 7, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. in Hurd Hall, on the East Baltimore campus. The 90-minute film stars Alan Rickman and Mos Def as surgeon Albert Blalock and his assistant, Vivien Thomas, who developed "blue baby" cardiac surgery.


WSE closes ITV classrooms; video production arm continues

After 20 years of operation, the Instructional Television Facility in Homewood's Maryland Hall is closing, the School of Engineering has announced. The ITV classrooms will no longer be used, although the video production arm of ITV continues in a new form: Digital Video Services. To reach Digital Video Services, contact Deirdre Hammer at 410-516-5322 or


Summer blood donors to be entered in drawing for cruise

To offset the summer blood shortage, the American Red Cross is asking all eligible blood donors at Johns Hopkins to give blood at one of the university's upcoming drives. All participants--including those who are deferred from donating--will be entered in a drawing for a four-day vacation for two on Carnival Cruise Lines.

Homewood's blood drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 13 and 14, in the Glass Pavilion. Eastern's is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Terrace Level near E-wing. To make an appointment online, go to

Eligibility information is also listed on the site. Staff members interested in volunteering at the drive should call Sandy Cobb at 410-516-0360.


Harry B. Leopold photos of Baltimore on display at MSEL

First as a photographer for the Sun papers and later as a free-lance lensman, Harry B. Leopold turned his camera on the people and places of Baltimore. Collected by his granddaughter Kristin Leopold, his early- to mid-20th-century images have been brought together in an exhibition titled Baltimore at Work and at Play: Through the Lens of Harry B. Leopold, which will be on display through Sept. 30 at Homewood's Eisenhower Library. An opening reception will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, on M-Level.


Evergreen House presents studio visit, sculpture and Shakespeare

A Summer Evening at Evergreen, which begins at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, will offer guests the chance to see the work of Evergreen's latest artist in residence, photographer Mehmet Dogu; have a rare nighttime look at Sculpture at Evergreen and picnic in the meadow while watching a dress rehearsal of Shakespeare's The Tempest.

During his two-month summer residency, Dogu is working in the Maroger Studio, the former painting studio of Alice Warder Garrett, who lived at Evergreen. The evening will allow the public an opportunity to view the historic studio and Dogu's work in progress.

The museum's current exhibition of 10 site-specific works, Sculpture at Evergreen, will also be on view. "The exhibition is wonderful to see in the evening," says Evergreen curator Jackie O'Regan. "Two of the pieces, Laure Drogoul's 15-foot-long devil's head, The Root (blue eyed), and Lisa Hein and Bob Seng's Float, are lit from within and really come alive at dusk."

Guests also are invited to picnic while watching the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival's dress rehearsal of The Tempest, which will begin about 7 p.m.


Fund-raiser set for Johns Hopkins AIDS Service pharmacy fund

The third annual fund-raiser for the Michael Del Bianco Fund, a pharmacy fund for the Johns Hopkins AIDS Service, will be held Saturday, July 17, at Melba's, 3126 Greenmount Ave. The fund assists patients directly by helping with the costs of prescription medications.

The event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Light fare will be provided, as well as a cash bar. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information, contact Lillian Vickers, 410-955-7394; Kelly Lowensen, 410-614-5458; or Mike Paradise, 443-287-4779.



The area code for the Integrated Arts Summer Camp was incorrect in Notices on June 21. The correct phone number is 410-467-0497.


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