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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University May 1, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 32
In Brief


Middle East scholar Fouad Ajami of SAIS to receive Bradley Prize

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation will award one of four 2006 Bradley Prizes to honor outstanding achievement to Fouad Ajami of Johns Hopkins. Ajami, the Majid Khadduri Professor and director of Middle East Studies at SAIS, and the other recipients will receive the awards during a ceremony on May 25 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Each award carries a stipend of $250,000.

"Professor Fouad Ajami is being recognized for achievements that are consistent with the mission statement of the foundation, including the promotion of liberal democracy, equality and democratic capitalism," said Michael W. Grebe, president and chief executive officer of the Bradley Foundation. "Professor Ajami is one of the leading thinkers in his field and enjoys worldwide respect."

Ajami is a contributing editor to U.S. News & World Report; a consultant on Middle Eastern affairs for CBS News; a member of the editorial board of Foreign Affairs; and the author of numerous books, including The Dream Palace of the Arabs and The Arab Predicament. In 1982, he was awarded the MacArthur Prize Fellowship for his work on Middle Eastern politics and culture.


New trial date set for accused killer of student Linda Trinh

The trial of Donta Allen, arrested two months after the January 2005 murder of student Linda Trinh, was scheduled to have begun on April 25. On that day, however, the city's State's Attorney's Office requested a postponement because the prosecutor for the case had not finished another trial. The new trial is set for Sept. 6.


Marshall L. Salant to speak at Engineering Convocation May 8

The Whiting School of Engineering Convocation Ceremony and Harriet Shriver Rogers Lecture will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 8, in Hodson Hall Auditorium on the Homewood campus. Marshall L. Salant, managing director at Morgan Stanley in New York, will give a talk titled "From Engineering to Business in Three Easy Steps."

Salant graduated from the Whiting School in 1980 with a degree in mathematical sciences and received an MBA from Harvard in 1984. He has been a member of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Council executive committee and the Second Decade Society and is currently a member of the Whiting School's National Advisory Council. To provide Hopkins undergraduates real-life experiences, Salant established the Salant Student Investment Program, which provides students real money to invest in the stock market. Monies earned through investing are directed toward undergraduate scholarships.

The endowed lectureship was established in 1991 by William H.B. Howard in honor of his mother, Harriet Shriver Rogers, whose support made it possible for him to matriculate at Johns Hopkins following his military service.


African-American Book Festival to be held at Homewood Saturday

The Black Faculty and Staff Association will sponsor the second annual African-American Book Festival, Telling Our Stories ... Our Way, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, in the Levering Student Union on the Homewood campus.

The festival was created as an opportunity for local authors and a local audience to interact at a family-oriented event, and community groups and organizations have been invited to participate. Twenty-five authors whose works range from nonfiction titles on personal finance, history and inspirational stories, to mysteries, romance, poetry and children's fiction and nonfiction will be featured.

Authors will read and discuss their works in individual sessions throughout the day and will be available for book signing. For a list of authors, go to


Save the date: Johns Hopkins Picnic will be on Friday, July 14

The date has been set and preparations are under way for the annual Johns Hopkins Picnic, scheduled for 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 14, on the grounds of Hopkins at Eastern. Details will follow in campus publications and via e-mail. Volunteers are needed to help get everything ready and run the event; to pitch in, e-mail Matt Smith at


Diversity Leadership Council is seeking membership nominations

The Johns Hopkins Institutions Diversity Leadership Council, established by President William R. Brody in 1997, is in the process of identifying new faculty, staff and students to serve on the council.

The DLC serves as advisory to the president and senior leadership on diversity issues in both the university and health system. Membership, which is for one or two years with a time commitment of four to six hours per month, requires a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and the ability to communicate across and about differences.

Nominations, including a short biography and brief description of the candidate's reasons for wishing to serve on the council, may be submitted to dlcnomination@jhu .edu or to DLC Nomination, 130 Garland Hall, Homewood campus. Self-nominations are encouraged from all levels of the university and health system. The deadline for receiving nominations is Wednesday, May 24.

More information on the DLC is available at


Swim teams hit the water for 20-mile benefit swim-a-long

The men's and women's swim teams will dive in together at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, for a 20-mile swim-a-long to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society — and everyone is invited to join them.

Participants may form their own relay teams to divvy up the laps in the Ralph S. O'Connor Recreation Center pool, or stay on land and sponsor existing teams instead. For information, contact George Kennedy, head coach, at 410-516-7484 or


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