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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 4, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 28
In Brief


'U.S News' releases best grad school rankings for 2005

'U.S. News & World Report's 2005 "Best Graduate Schools" issue hits the newsstands today. Included this year are medicine and engineering, both annual categories, and some individual social sciences and humanities disciplines that had not been ranked since 2001. Other fields — nursing, public health, public affairs and others — are not re-ranked this year.

The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is back in the No. 2 spot (after Harvard) it held for 13 years running after slipping last year to 3. In specialties, JHU holds the No. 1 spot in internal medicine, geriatrics and drug/alcohol abuse (tied with Harvard), and is ranked 2 for AIDS and 3 for pediatrics.

In engineering, JHU is once more No. 1 in bioengineering/biomedical and is tied at 3 in environmental/environmental health, up from 5. In the overall ranking, JHU is tied at 26, down from 21.

In social sciences and humanities, JHU was ranked in economics, 24; English, tied at 8; history, tied at 9; political theory, tied at 8; psychology, tied at 22; behavioral neuroscience, tied at 7; and sociology, tied at 22.

For complete listings, including specialties in history, English and engineering, go to


Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences launches newsletter

The Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences has launched Basics, a printed newsletter on issues relevant to the basic science research community at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Basics currently appears as an insert in the first issue of the month of Change, a publication for faculty and senior staff at the medical school.

Deborah Rudacille, Marjorie Centofanti, Patrick Gilbert and Joanna Downer are the writers and editors involved in the project. The third issue will appear this month; the first two can be read online from a Hopkins computer at


SAIS dedicates sculpture; former national security adviser to speak

Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, who served as national security adviser to Presidents George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford, will give the Dag Hammarskjold Memorial Lecture at SAIS on Wednesday, April 6.

Scowcroft will speak about "The Future of the United Nations." Scowcroft, now president of the Scowcroft Group, recently served as a member of the United Nations High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change.

The lecture is part of a ceremony to dedicate Single Form, an 11-foot bronze sculpture by artist Barbara Hepworth that is a gift to SAIS from the Blaustein, Rosenberg and Thalheimer families. The original, 22-foot-tall version of the piece was unveiled in 1964 and stands in front of United Nations headquarters in New York. Jacob Blaustein, a former U.S. delegate to the U.N., commissioned Hepworth to create the sculpture as a memorial to his friend Dag Hammarskjold, the U.N. secretary-general from Sweden who was killed in a plane crash while on a mission in the Congo.

The event, which is not open to the public, will feature remarks by SAIS Dean Jessica P. Einhorn; Jan M. Eliasson, ambassador of Sweden to the United States; JHU President William R. Brody; and Barbara Blaustein Hirschhorn.


Nobelist Peter Agre to speak at Friends of JHU Libraries event

Peter Agre, professor of biological chemistry and of medicine and co-recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in chemistry, will reflect on his personal and professional journey when he speaks on Thursday, April 7, at an event sponsored by the Friends of the Johns Hopkins University Libraries. Agre, who was born and raised in Northfield, Minn., has titled his talk "From Lake Wobegon to Stockholm." His 6 p.m. lecture will be preceded at 5 p.m. with a reception, both at the Evergreen Carriage House. To attend, contact Stacie Spence at 410-516-7943 or


Holiday calendar for 2005-2006 has been posted online

The JHU holiday calendar for the remainder of 2005 and all of 2006 has been posted online. It can be viewed at calendars_notices_announcements/holiday_calendar/ index.cfm.


Harriet Lane Health Fair kicks off Waiting on Education project

Maryland families are invited to the Harriet Lane Clinic at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center today from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. to receive expert advice and literature on safety seats, healthy menu planning, dental care, general parenting skills and other areas of interest.

The Harriet Lane Health Fair — whose participants include Johns Hopkins' Children's Center, Children's Safety Center and School of Public Health; the Maryland Poison Center; and the Baltimore Health Department — also kicks off the new Waiting on Education project. Patients waiting to see health care providers in the Harriet Lane Clinic, adolescent clinic and pediatric emergency room will now be able to get a dose of useful health information by watching the video monitors.



In last week's story about J-Stream, a new video station run by students on the Homewood campus, the name of one group member was misspelled. Her correct name is Alex Obe.


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