Early decision application pool largest ever; 478
The Office of
Undergraduate Admissions sent early decision acceptance
letters and e-mails to a record-breaking 478 students last
week, choosing the first members of the class of 2010 from
the largest early decision applicant pool in the
Johns Hopkins admitted 99 more undergraduates through
early admission this year than it did last year. Despite
the increase, the university continues to be more
selective, with an admittance rate of just 48 percent this
year, compared with 52 percent last year and 56 percent the
Among the 478 students from 384 different high schools
in 12 different countries are five Baltimore Scholars.
Need-based grant aid totaling $3.5 million was offered to
151 students, including the five Baltimore Scholars and
seven Bloomberg scholars.
Two-thirds will attend the Krieger School and
one-third the Whiting School.
Johns Hopkins survey details philanthropic behavior,
Just who in the world is the most generous? Would it
be Americans, who lead the world in giving cash donations
to charities, as measured as a percentage of gross domestic
product? Or is it the good people of the Netherlands, who
give more of their time and money and thus lead the world
in overall philanthropic behavior?
The latest report on philanthropic behavior and giving
as a percentage of GDP will spur such questions. The report
is compiled by the Center for Civil Society Studies at the
Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies.
"There's a lot of mythology out there about charitable
giving around the world," said Lester Salamon, director of
the Center for Civil Society Studies.
"What's increasingly clear is that Americans are not the
only ones who give. And when gifts of time are added to
gifts of money, some other countries turn out to be every
bit as generous as Americans are."
The data were generated by a team of researchers
around the world led by Salamon as part of the Johns
Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project. To download a
chart with data on private philanthropy in more than 30
countries, go to
Libraries introduce JHsearch, geared to multiple
Hopkins libraries have launched JHsearch, a new service
that enables simultaneous searching across multiple
databases. Patrons may search QuickSets — pre-defined
sets of databases in the life sciences, engineering,
education, political science, art and more — or
create their own custom sets. Search results can be saved
in a "My Results" folder or to disk and can also be sent to
an e-mail address.
JHsearch currently includes about 85 of the JHU
Libraries' databases; more databases and features will be
added in the coming months, including personalization
options that will allow users to store and run search
queries at time intervals of their choice.
JHsearch is available to the Hopkins community from on
or off campus and may be accessed directly at
http://jhsearch.library.jhu.edu or from the Web sites
of any of the Johns Hopkins libraries.
MESSENGER engine burn puts spacecraft on track for
At 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 12 NASA's Mercury-bound MESSENGER
spacecraft successfully fired its large bipropellant
thruster for the first time since launch, completing the
first of several critical deep space maneuvers that will
help the spacecraft reach Mercury orbit.
The 524-second burn changed MESSENGER's velocity by
about 706 miles per hour, putting the solar-powered
spacecraft on track for a 1,951-mile altitude flyby of
Venus on Oct. 24, 2006.
"This is a major accomplishment for the mission," said
APL's Mark Holdridge, MESSENGER mission operations manager.
"That bi-prop engine is the last major component of the
spacecraft that we haven't used in space and one we'll need
at least five more times to orbit Mercury. The successful
performance of this main engine proves that the spacecraft
is up to the task."
Until Dec. 12, only 16 of the MESSENGER spacecraft's
17 thrusters had been used in five small trajectory
correction maneuvers. This latest maneuver, known as Deep
Space Maneuver 1, or DSM 1, is the first to rely solely on
the largest, most efficient thruster.
APL manages the mission for NASA, built MESSENGER and
operates the spacecraft. To follow it on its path, go to
Exhibition on handwritten word opens at Homewood
Homewood House Museum is presenting a new exhibition,
... as I write to you..., which opens on Thursday,
Jan. 5, and runs through March 31.
Curated by Catherine Rogers Arthur, this focus show
examines the significance of the handwritten word in
early-19th-century Baltimore, including the teaching of
handwriting, writing accouterments and examples of
correspondence and other written materials. A series of
related educational programs are offered throughout the
exhibition's run; for details, go to
This issue of 'Gazette' is last for semester; next will be
This is the last Gazette for the semester; the next
issue will appear on Jan. 9. The deadline for calendar and
classifieds submissions for that issue is noon on Tuesday,
Jan. 3. This issue's calendar carries listings for events,
scheduled as of press time, through Jan. 9; for updates, go
to the universitywide calendar at
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