FBI taps President Brody for national security higher ed
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III has asked President William R. Brody and 15
other presidents and chancellors of prominent U.S.
universities to sit on a newly created National Security
Higher Education Advisory Board.
"As we do our work," Mueller said, "we wish to be
sensitive to university concerns about international
students, visas, technology export policy and the special
culture of colleges and universities. We also want to
foster exchanges between academia and the FBI in order to
develop curricula which will aid in attracting the best
and brightest students to careers in the law enforcement
and intelligence communities."
According to the FBI, the board will provide advice
on the culture of higher education, including the
traditions of openness, academic freedom and international
collaboration, and it will seek to establish lines of
communication on national priorities pertaining to
terrorism, counterintelligence and homeland security. It
also will assist in the development of research, degree
programs, course work, internships, opportunities for
graduates and consulting opportunities for faculty
relating to national security.
The board will convene collectively at least three
times a year, while individual presidents will often be
invited to meetings of relevant working groups.
Congressional Black Caucus honors JHU seminar participants
Baltimore City public school administrators who
participated in Johns Hopkins' Principal Seminar on
Data-Based Decision-Making were honored Sept. 23 in
Washington, D.C., at the Congressional Black Caucus
Braintrust Symposium, part of the 35th CBC legislative
conference. The 21 recipients of the annual ET3 TEC
Championship Leadership Award include district
administrators, principals, assistant principals and other
The award from the Education Technology Think Tank
derives its name from Technology to Empower Community and
honors individuals who demonstrate inspiring leadership,
exemplary service to the nation's underserved youth and
excellence in the fields of community, educational and
According to Linda Tsantis of SPSBE's Department of
Teacher Development and Leadership, which conducted the
seminar in July, "This award provides an excellent
opportunity to recognize the achievements of these leaders
who are advancing the use of technology for educational
decision-making to raise student achievement."
Rep. Major R. Owens (D-N.Y.), chair of the CBC
Braintrust, said, "Each of the recipients of this year's
TEC award has provided a key for young people to unlock
the power of their imaginations, heighten their
educational aspirations and foster lifelong civic
Grasmicks give second gift of $1 million to JH Heart
Lou Grasmick, founder and CEO of Louis J. Grasmick
Lumber Co., and his wife, Nancy Grasmick, Maryland state
superintendent of schools, have made their second $1
million gift within two years to the
Johns Hopkins Heart Institute.
"When you find something you really believe in, you
want to do everything in your power to help it succeed,"
said Lou Grasmick. "The more involved we become with Johns
Hopkins, the more impressed we become. This heart center
continues to make strides in research and patient care
that will give hope to people with heart disease, people
who may not have had hope in the past. If our gifts can
assist with this effort, then we are happy to provide
The Grasmicks have been faithful supporters of
cardiovascular services at Johns Hopkins Medicine for many
years. Last year, Lou Grasmick agreed to chair the capital
campaign for the Johns Hopkins Heart Institute. He has
served on the Cardiovascular Advisory Council, as chair of
the Dana and Albert "Cubby" Broccoli Center for Aortic
Diseases and as president of the Johns Hopkins Cardiac
Foreign minister Abdullah of Afghanistan to speak at
Abdullah Abdullah, foreign minister of Afghanistan,
is scheduled to speak at the School of Advanced
International Studies at 12:30 p.m. today.
His lecture topic will be "Afghanistan's Political
Future: Challenges That Lie Ahead." Abdullah's Washington,
D.C., visit comes a week after Afghanistan's historic
parliamentary and local council elections.
Admittance to the lecture, hosted by the South Asia
Studies Program, is by invitation only. However, audio of
Abdullah's talk will be available on the SAIS Web site,
following the event.
Baltimore Free University holds registration, 'meet the
Baltimore Free University, the noncredit course
program run for the community by the Village Learning
Place and the Johns Hopkins Center for Social Concern,
will hold a "meet the instructor" and registration event
for the fall semester from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday,
Oct. 1, at the VLP, 2521 St. Paul St.
Courses are free with payment of a $10 registration
fee per course.
Offerings run the gamut from recreational (Ballroom
Dance Lessons, Beer History and Appreciation) to practical
(Garden Lecture by Master Gardeners, Websites for Small
Businesses, the No Baloney Guide to Buying Real Estate) to
intellectual (A Jazz Study from Congo Square to Carnegie
Hall, A Discussion on the Separation of Church and State).
Registration for a package of six Financial Literacy
Workshops is $40.
For more information, call the VLP at
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