JHU President's Medal presented to APL's Alexander
Alexander Kossiakoff, chief scientist and a former
director of APL, has
received the distinguished JHU President's Medal. He is the
first person from APL to receive the award.
President William Brody
recently presented Kossiakoff with the medal, recognizing
Kossiakoff for "extraordinary contributions to APL,
beginning with his guided missile development work in the
1940s, through his tenure as laboratory director (1969-80)
and continuing today in his role as APL's chief scientist
and as a university leader in engineering education."
First bestowed in 1978, the medal is an honor extended
by JHU to individuals who have achieved unusual
distinction. It has been awarded to heads of state, members
of the U.S. Congress, a Supreme Court associate justice,
diplomats, literary figures, academics and corporate chief
executives. The only other recipient in 2004 was Secretary
of State Colin Powell, who received the award at SAIS' 60th
Kossiakoff joined APL in 1946. After his tenure as
director, he became chief scientist in 1980. He also chairs
the Whiting School of Engineering's graduate programs in
systems engineering and technical management. He received
his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the California
Institute of Technology and his doctorate in chemistry from
Medicare/Medicaid administrator to give Special Dean's
Mark McClellan, administrator of the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services, will deliver the
School of Medicine's Special Dean's Lecture at 5 p.m.
today, Dec. 13, in Hurd Hall, East Baltimore campus. As
administrator of CMS, McClellan is responsible for the
Medicare program and works in partnership with the states
to administer Medicaid and the state Children's Health
CMS also oversees health insurance portability
standards, HIPAA and quality standards in health care
facilities. McClellan formerly served as FDA commissioner
and as a member of the President's Council of Economic
Advisors, where he advised on domestic economic issues and
was the senior White House policy director on health
issues. He is on leave from Stanford University.
JHU study shows United States lags in philanthropic
As Americans open their pocketbooks to charities this
holiday season, a Johns Hopkins study shows that the United
States lags behind other countries in terms of private
philanthropy, at least when the value of volunteer work is
The United States ranks only seventh in the world in
its level of private philanthropy as a percent of gross
domestic product, according to a study from the Center for Civil Society Studies at the
university's Institute for Policy
Excluding giving to religion, for which data are
unavailable for other countries, American giving accounted
for only 2.5 percent of GDP, compared to the Netherlands at
4.5 percent and Sweden at 4.4 percent. Other countries with
giving rates higher than the United States' included
Norway, France and the United Kingdom. These figures
include both financial donations and volunteer work, which
was valued at the average wage of a community worker.
The data were generated by a team of researchers
around the world led by Johns Hopkins professor Lester
Salamon as part of the Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit
Sector Project. Study results appear in the new book
Global Civil Society: Dimensions of the Nonprofit
Sector, Volume Two.
SAIS research professor and alumna share prestigious
Scholars Francis Deng of
SAIS and Roberta
Cohen, an alumna of the school, are co-winners of the
prestigious 2005 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award
for Ideas Improving World Order.
Deng is a research professor at SAIS and former
special representative of the U.N. secretary-general.
Cohen, who received her master's from SAIS in 1963, is a
senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who specializes
in humanitarian and human rights issues.
Cohen and Deng developed guidelines for a protection
and aid system for people who are displaced within their
home nations. Their ideas, judges said, have helped shape
an ongoing effort to assist victims of the Darfur crisis in
An estimated 25 million people in 40 countries have
been forced to leave their homes in recent years by civil
war, ethnic strife and human rights violations. Although
the United Nations provides food, medicine and shelter to
refugees who cross national borders, internally displaced
people rarely receive such assistance.
Deng and Cohen described their ideas in a series of
articles, lectures and statements between 1999 and 2003
that followed publication of their two 1998 books,
Masses in Flight: The Global Crisis of Internal
Displacement and The Forsaken People: Case Studies
of the Internally Displaced. The pair, winner of the
15th Grawemeyer world order prize, was selected from among
37 nominations from 10 countries.
Deadlines are today for last 'Gazette' issue of the
Because of the upcoming midyear vacation, The Gazette
will not be published the weeks of Dec. 27 or Jan. 3. The
paper's Dec. 20 calendar will include events scheduled from
Monday, Dec. 20, through Monday, Jan. 10. The deadline for
that issue's calendar submissions and classified ads is at
noon today, Dec. 13.
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