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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University July 19, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 40
In Brief


Police holding 'person of interest' in killing of Christopher Elser

Baltimore City police said last week that they were holding a "person of interest" in the April 17 stabbing of student Christopher Elser, who died the next day. The 20-year-old junior was attacked while sleeping in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house on the southwest corner of St. Paul and 30th streets.

The person, who is in custody on unrelated charges, is believed to be the man seen in lengthy surveillance tapes taken that night in the Charles Village neighborhood. Detectives had released footage last month and subsequently received "about eight" tips on the subject's identity, according to The Baltimore Sun. There is a $50,000 reward being offered for information leading to the conviction of Elser's attacker.


'Something the Lord Made' receives nine Emmy nominations

Something the Lord Made — the HBO film chronicling the story of Johns Hopkins physician Alfred Blalock and his assistant Vivien Thomas, who together pioneered "blue baby" cardiac surgery — has received nine Emmy nominations. The announcement was made July 15.

In addition to its nod for outstanding made-for-television movie, the film garnered outstanding lead actor nominations for both Alan Rickman and Mos Def. Other nominations were for outstanding writing, directing, casting, cinematography, single-camera picture editing and single-camera sound mixing. The Emmy winners will be announced in September.


SPH signs agreement to access extensive health care data

Researchers at the Bloomberg School of Public Health have signed a multiyear agreement with PharMetrics Inc. to acquire data from the company's proprietary Anonymous Patient-Centric Database. The database, which includes health care information from more than 50 million Americans, is the largest and most complete of its kind. The information will help researchers enhance the Adjusted Clinical Groups Case-Mix System, which allows health care providers, insurers and health maintenance organizations to manage funds more efficiently and effectively.

Developed by the Bloomberg School, the ACG System is a computer-based program that assesses the health of people enrolled in a given health plan. The plans, in turn, use the ACG System to help predict the need for their future health care services.

Adjusted Clinical Groups are a series of mutually exclusive, health-status categories that are defined by morbidity, age and gender. Based on the premise that the level of resources necessary for delivering appropriate health care to a population is correlated to the illness burden of that population, they are used by more than 175 health care organizations worldwide.


Theatre Hopkins sets open call for actors and technicians

On Saturday, July 31, Theatre Hopkins will hold an open call for actors and technicians. Actors interested in auditioning should bring a resume, photograph and at least one prepared piece. Those interested in technical work should bring a resume and other pertinent materials.

Theatre Hopkins' 83rd season will include both classic and contemporary works. All performers and technical and production staff members receive monetary compensation. To schedule an individual appointment between 1 and 3 p.m., those interested should call 410-516-7159 between 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. weekdays after July 20.


SAIS selects International Reporting Project Fellows for fall

Eight U.S. journalists have been awarded International Reporting Project Fellowships at SAIS. The four-month fellowships, part of a program aimed at increasing the quality of international news in the U.S. media, begins Sept. 6.

The program began in 1998 as the Pew International Journalism Fellowships. Now renamed the IRP Fellowships, it combines 10 weeks of study in Washington, D.C., and five weeks of individual overseas reporting.

The fellows choose their own overseas project and offer the stories they produce to their news organizations or to other media.

The fellows for fall 2004, their affiliations at the time of selection and the countries on which they will focus are Kurt Achin, a freelancer producer in Hong Kong, Korea; Oscar Avila, a reporter for The Chicago Tribune, Bolivia; Julie Goodman, a reporter for The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., Lebanon; Sam Jaffe, a reporter for The Scientist in New York, Tanzania; Evan Ratliff, a freelance reporter in San Francisco, Bangladesh; Yoruba Richen, an associate producer with ABC News in New York, South Africa; Candace Rondeaux, a reporter for The St. Petersburg Times, Georgia; and Anita Srikameswaran, a reporter with The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Egypt. They were selected by distinguished journalists from newspapers, television and radio.


Summer Learning Day held in cities across the country

The Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins organized a Summer Learning Day on July 15, when schools, universities and summer camps across the country hosted events emphasizing the importance of summertime studies for primary and secondary school students.

Baltimore participants, who committed to enhancing the quality of academic enrichment available to young people over the summer months, included the Mayor's Office, Baltimore City Public Schools, Recreation and Parks, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Police Athletic League, Parks and People Foundation, YMCA of Central Maryland and faith-based and parent groups.


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