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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University July 25, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 40
In Brief


JHU, a school that rocks? Yes, according to 'Rolling Stone' book

The first edition of Schools That Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide is heading to bookstores now, and right there on page 32 is Johns Hopkins University — according to the author, one of the 100 Best Music Programs! in one of the 50 Coolest College Towns!

Jenny Eliscu, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, compiled the lists based on academic criteria and the local music scene. A page is devoted to the offerings at Peabody and its joint programs with Arts and Sciences and Engineering, followed by meaty rundowns on Baltimore's venues, record stores, radio stations and miscellaneous events that feed the needs of "music geeks" and "aspiring music geeks."

Career advice, top 10 lists and capsule descriptions of music programs at other schools complete the 322-page paperback.


APL opens Norfolk office to support Joint Forces Command

A new field office for APL has opened in Norfolk to support the U.S. Joint Forces Command in its mission to better integrate the war fighting capabilities of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

Located near JFCOM headquarters, the field office — with five offices and a conference room that will accommodate 45 people — will strengthen communications between APL and JFCOM personnel working on common projects. The Laboratory's role has been to help the Command anticipate and address some of its greatest challenges, including evaluating technologies that could solve pressing military challenges and improve battlefield situational awareness.

APL operates more than a dozen field offices across the country to provide immediate and continual support for its military sponsors. The Norfolk office opened its doors in February, and a joint APL/JFCOM ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception were held on July 18.

Additional information about APL's field offices is available online at forcescommand.html.


First Baltimore Scholars, families get an intro to JHU

In preparation for their freshman year at Johns Hopkins, the first group of Baltimore Scholars and their parents were invited to gather on the Homewood campus July 14 to meet university President William R. Brody, administrators, faculty members, current undergraduates and, of course, each other before orientation begins for the 2005-2006 academic year.

The Baltimore Scholars program provides full-tuition scholarships to graduates of Baltimore City public schools accepted into the university's undergraduate programs. There are 21 Baltimore Scholars in the class of 2009.

After a light supper, parents were able to meet with representatives from Academic Advising, Residential Life and Financial Aid to ask questions and to be briefed on what to expect from Johns Hopkins as their children begin their university careers. At the same time, students met with current undergraduates to hear about the transition to college life and to discuss opportunities for involvement in leadership development or community service activities. Students then were able to talk with a panel of faculty members about courses, classes and careers.

Ten of the Baltimore Scholars are graduates of Baltimore City College, nine are graduates of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, one is a graduate of Baltimore School for the Arts, and one is a graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.


Hopkins' work force health initiative wins grant

The Andrew Family Charitable Foundation has awarded $150,000 to the Johns Hopkins Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine to fund an initiative aimed at reducing the incidence of illnesses and injuries in health care workers and patients.

The program will concentrate on measuring the impact of interventions, including the replacement of latex gloves and other materials that can trigger allergic reactions, and improved air filtration systems that reduce the physical, chemical and biologic risk to health care workers and patients. The grant also will fund a study on the effectiveness of various air-handling and water-purification systems that reduce the risk of employee exposure to airborne or waterborne communicable diseases.

Part of the grant will be used to help Hopkins provide outreach and training programs to small and mid-size hospitals lacking formal occupational health and safety programs.


Baltimore families take part in Summer Learning Day

More than 300 Baltimore students and their families participated in a special field trip to Patterson Park on July 14 to mark National Summer Learning Day, sponsored by the Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins and the Staples Foundation for Learning.

Summer Learning Day is designed to showcase the importance of high-quality summer learning opportunities in the lives of young people and their families. Each year, the center works with organizations across the country to highlight the critical role summer programs play in sending young people back to school ready to learn, supporting working families and keeping children safe and healthy.

Participants were from Teach Baltimore, KindergARTen Camp and the Pleasant View Gardens Boys & Girls Club summer enrichment programs at Medfield Heights, Govans, Dallas Nicholas, Brehms Lane, Holabird, Samuel F. B. Morse and Belmont elementary schools. The event featured a children's musician, dinosaur puppet show, science center, book nook, Port Discovery craft center and an outdoor games area.


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