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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 15, 2004 | Vol. 34 No. 12
In Brief


Friends of Libraries hosts book discussion, signing with Weiss

The Friends of the Johns Hopkins University Libraries will present a lecture by Dan Weiss, James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, called "France and the Holy Land: Cultural Exchange in the Age of the Crusades," on Thursday, Nov. 18, at Evergreen House.

An expert on the art of the Middle Ages, Weiss has published four books and numerous articles focusing on Romanesque, gothic and crusader art, as well as the interaction of Byzantine culture with the medieval West.

Weiss will be signing copies of his recently published book, France and the Holy Land: Frankish Culture at the End of the Crusades (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004) during a reception from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Far East Room. The lecture will be at 6 p.m. in the Bakst Theater. To attend, contact Richard Longway at 410-516-8992 or


NATO ambassador Nicholas Burns to speak on Thursday at SAIS

Nicholas Burns, U.S. permanent representative to the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, will speak at SAIS at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18.

His lecture topic will be "Rebuilding the Transatlantic Relationship and NATO's Future in Iraq and Afghanistan." Eliot Cohen, Robert E. Osgood Professor and director of the Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at SAIS, will moderate the session.

Burns, a SAIS graduate, heads the combined State and Defense departments' U.S. mission to NATO. He also has served as U.S. ambassador to Greece and State Department spokesman.

The event will be held in room 500 of the Bernstein-Offit Building. Non-SAIS affiliates should R.S.V.P. to 202-663-5730 or


Johns Hopkins medical facility in Singapore to relocate

The Johns Hopkins-National University Hospital International Medical Centre in Singapore, currently located at the National University Hospital, will be relocated to Tan Tock Seng Hospital in order to facilitate the growth of JH-NUH IMC. The relocation of the new facility, called the Johns Hopkins Singapore International Medical Centre, is expected to be completed in early 2005.

JH-NUH IMC opened in October 2000 as a private medical center to bring advanced oncology service to Singapore and to support the republic's drive to become a major regional medical hub. Since its inception, it has experienced almost 30 percent annual growth in patient load, primarily due to the rise in the number of foreign patients, who comprise nearly 80 percent of overall patient activity. These patients come from Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and elsewhere.

At the new location, the Johns Hopkins Singapore International Medical Center will be licensed and operated as a separate private health care facility.

The team of Johns Hopkins-trained oncologists and nurses at JH-NUH IMC provides high-quality health care to patients battling cancer in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Physicians from Johns Hopkins and NHG also collaborate on research to advance medical care and to train future leaders in medicine.


Handmade Ravens quilt to be auctioned for United Way

Ray Lewis, Todd Heap and Jonathan Ogden are among the 31 Baltimore Ravens (plus Coach Brian Billick) who have done their part by autographing a handmade quilt with the team logo. Now you can do your part by bidding on it as part of Johns Hopkins' 2004 United Way.

The entire winning amount will be donated to United Way of Central Maryland, whose many programs and agencies provide critical health and human services in this region. To learn more about the quilt, go to

Deadline for bidding is 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 6.


Former Japanese Prime Minister Nakasone to speak Nov. 19

Yasuhiro Nakasone, former prime minister of Japan, will visit SAIS this week to give a talk titled "Postwar Japanese Politics and Current Affairs." The event is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium. He will speak in Japanese, and simultaneous translation will be provided.

Nakasone served as Japan's prime minister from 1982 to 1987. Since his resignation as a member of the House of Representatives in 2003, he has been chairman of the Institute for International Policy Studies and the honorary president of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum.

Non-SAIS affiliates should R.S.V.P to the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at SAIS at 202-663-5815 or


No 'Gazette' Thanksgiving week; next issue will be Nov. 29

The Gazette will not be published next week because of the Thanksgiving holiday. The next issue of the newspaper will appear on Monday, Nov. 29. The calendar in today's issue covers events from Monday, Nov. 15, through Monday, Nov. 29. To check for late additions, see the JHU online calendar at


Baltimore Talent Development High School celebrates its first term

Local officials, city school administrators, researchers from the Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins and students of the Baltimore Talent Development High School will gather to celebrate the school's opening year with a party on Thursday, Nov. 18.

One of Baltimore's two new innovation high schools, BTDHS is a citywide, nonselective high school located at 1500 Harlem Ave. in a building that also houses Harlem Park Middle School. The school opened on Sept. 7 with about 150 ninth-graders and will add a grade each year until it reaches its capacity of 600 students in grades 9 to 12.

The school encourages the individual talents of each student, nurturing academic development in small classes with high expectations, extra instructional support where needed and strong interpersonal relationships among students, faculty and staff. BTDHS is also building into its program opportunities for community involvement, daily arts courses and a focus on college and career expectations.



A story in the Nov. 8 issue about a professorship endowed by the descendants of Johns Hopkins incorrectly stated that their ancestor's bequest began the university and hospital more than 175 years ago. As the institutions opened in 1876, the story should have said more than 125 years ago.


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