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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 14, 2005 | Vol. 35 No. 11
In Brief


LAX crab to make permanent home on Homewood campus

Three months after LAX crab — part of the Baltimore's Crabtown Project to raise funds for city schools — first alighted on the Homewood campus, good news has come to its many admirers.

The crab, which recognizes goalie Jason Schwartzman of Johns Hopkins' 2005 NCAA championship lacrosse team, has been purchased by the President's Office, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, Office of Greek Life, Office of Community Affairs and an alum for $30,000 as part of Johns Hopkins' ongoing commitment to investing in city schools.

At 11 a.m. today, Nov. 14, LAX Crab will be in the spotlight as city officials hold a press conference on the Homewood campus to promote the Nov. 19 auction of other artistically decorated crustaceans that adorned the city over the summer.

The Crabtown Project is a combination of public art and fund-raising/public awareness project of Baltimore's Believe in Our Schools campaign, which supports facility improvements. Funds are being raised through sponsorships, direct contributions and the auction.

Johns Hopkins also sponsored LAX Crab, which has been guarding the campus's north gate. Its permanent location has not been decided, but it will likely be indoors to protect the sculpture from the elements.


Nobel-winning economist Amartya Sen to speak at SAIS

Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize-winning economist and Lamont University Professor at Harvard, will speak this week at a three-part lecture series at the School of Advanced International Studies.

"The Foundations of Democracy" is Sen's topic for the event, part of the Bernard L. Schwartz Forum on Constructive Capitalism. Francis Fukuyama, the Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy and director of the SAIS International Development Program, will moderate the sessions.

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, Sen will discuss "Ideas: Past and Present"; on Wednesday, Nov. 16, "Practice: Functions and Assessment" and on Thursday, Nov. 17, "From the Local to the Global."

The talks will be held at 5:30 p.m. each evening in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates must RSVP to 202-663-5650 or


'Electro-acoustic clothing' performance planned for Nov. 21

A groundbreaker in acoustical performance pieces will put his musical clothes into action next week at an event sponsored by the Digital Media Center at Homewood.

Benoit Maubrey is the director of Die Audio Gruppe, a Berlin-based art group that builds and performs with electronic clothes that make sounds when they interact with their environment, thanks to light sensors and other electronic instruments built into the garments. Light, movement and other inputs are orchestrated into musical compositions on the spot. Maubrey and Die Audio Gruppe were the winners of the 2006 Franklin Furnace award for performance artists.

Maubrey will perform at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21, in 101 Mattin Center, where he will also explain the technology behind the art and allow participants to try out some of the sensors and clothing themselves.

For more information, call 410-516-3817 or go to


Chairman of Bertelsmann AG gets AICGS leadership award

Gunter Thielen, chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann AG, was honored last week with the 11th Annual Global Leadership Award by Johns Hopkins' American Institute for Contemporary German Studies.

The AICGS Global Leadership Award Dinner, held this year Nov. 10 at Cipriani 23rd Street in New York, singles out a leading German or American business figure who has demonstrated unique leadership in the international area, reinforcing the bonds between Germany/Europe and the United States.

Thielen's accomplishments at the helm of Bertelsmann, the worldwide media conglomerate that owns Random House and Sony BMG Music Entertainment among others, are widely recognized. In 2004 he was named one of Time magazine's Global Business Influentials.


Miracle Tie collection celebrates 10 years of supporting Hopkins

The 10th collection of Jos. A. Bank, Clothiers' Miracle Ties made its debut last week at a fashion show featuring the pediatric patients whose artwork inspired this year's neckties. The event was held at the retailer's store on Pratt Street.

The popular ties were created to tie together pediatric research, patient care and fashion to raise funds for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. The patients create the designs, and all profits go directly to the Children's Center.

In honor of the anniversary year, the patients were asked to draw one of their 10 favorite things. Among those selected were "Chesapeake Crab," "Gingerbread Man," "Penguins on Ice" and "Music Mania."

The ties, $49.50 each, are available at Jos. A. Bank, Clothiers stores and online at


No 'Gazette' Thanksgiving week; next issue will be Nov. 28

The Gazette will not be published next week because of the Thanksgiving holiday. The next issue of the paper will appear on Monday, Nov. 28. The calendar in today's issue covers events from Nov. 14 to 28. To check for late additions, see the JHU online calendar at


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