JHU faculty's physics articles among world's most cited in
Six of the top nine most-cited physics and
astrophysics articles of 2005 were authored by researchers
now in the Henry A.
Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns
Hopkins, according to the SPIRES database of Stanford
Of the cited articles, Charles L. Bennett's papers
— which pinpointed the age and composition of the
universe — ranked first and second. Those of Adam
Riess, who headed up the team that discovered the
mysterious dark energy that is driving objects in the
universe apart, ranked fifth and eighth. Two articles by
Raman Sundrum, a physicist whose work opened new dimensions
in space and time, ranked seventh and ninth.
"These rankings reflect the exciting science being
done at the interface of physics and astronomy, and the
leading role of Johns Hopkins scientists in that effort,"
said Jonathan Bagger, chair of the department in the
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.
Bennett came to Johns Hopkins in 2005 from his
previous position as a senior scientist for experimental
cosmology at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and Riess
joined the faculty on Jan. 1, 2006, from the Space
Telescope Science Institute. Sundrum arrived in 2000 from a
postdoctoral position at Stanford University.
The SPIRES database offers researchers worldwide a
compendium of papers on physics and astrophysics, and
tracks citations of those papers by other scientific
articles. Citation totals are considered an indication of
the influence of a scientist's work on others in his or her
Ticket sales announced for first Lacrosse Face-Off
Tickets for the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Classic
featuring Johns Hopkins-Princeton and Syracuse-Virginia
men's lacrosse games on March 3 at M&T Bank Stadium are now
on sale. Seating has been allocated for each team in
designated areas near the assigned team benches.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Baltimore
Ravens or Ticketmaster or by submitting an application
available online. For details, including how to order
tickets for seats in the Johns Hopkins section (beginning
Dec. 11), go to
The tournament is presented by the Inside Lacrosse
media company, which last week released its preseason
rankings. Virginia tops the list, followed by Johns
Hopkins, Syracuse and Princeton.
First cohort of Chinese doctoral nursing students finishes
The School of
Nursing this week will host a program and reception
featuring the first of three cohorts of students enrolled
in the first doctoral program in nursing in China. This
program was launched in 2004 through the collaboration of
the nursing schools at Peking Union Medical College in
Beijing and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. The first five
students will present their dissertation proposals from 4
to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, in the school's Alumni
Auditorium. A reception will follow in the Carpenter
Fifteen graduates are planned from the PUMC-JHU
doctoral program partnership, which is funded by the China
Medical Board. The program's goal is to increase China's
number of doctorally prepared nurse leaders for careers in
higher education, research and health care administration,
and to develop a nationally recognized doctoral-level model
for nursing education for China and the country's health
Students in this first cohort, who completed their
required course work at PUMC, have been at Johns Hopkins
since July taking additional courses and working with
faculty co-advisers on their dissertation proposals and
related publications. They will return to PUMC this month
to conduct their research.
Student-built robots get ready to show off their artistic
Students in Allison Okamura's mechatronics class will
put their semester's learning to the test on Friday, Dec.
8, when the robotic devices they designed and built go
head-to-head in an art-creating competition.
Each ArtBot is a self-contained mobile device that
uses two different sensors and actuators to move over the
surface of a canvas as it produces a rudimentary work of
art. The audience will vote for their favorite by placing
one or more dot stickers on the sheet of paper at each
ArtBot station. The robot with the most dots will win the
People's Choice Award.
The public show takes place from noon to 1 p.m. in the
Second Decade Society Room of the Mattin Center's F. Ross
Jones Building, Homewood campus.
Official judging — by Dave Bakker of
Workshops, Joe Reinsel of the UMBC Visual Art
Department and Joan Freedman, director of JHU's
Center — will take place between 11:30 a.m. and
noon. Awards will be announced around 12:45 p.m.
Friday's event will be the second ArtBot competition
organized by Okamura, an associate professor of
engineering, in collaboration with the Digital Media
Center staff. The first took place in 2004.
Sen. Chuck Hagel to give lecture on international affairs
Chuck Hagel, Republican U.S. senator from Nebraska,
will give the annual Rostov Lecture on International
Affairs at SAIS on Thursday, Dec. 7. Hagel, a member of the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will give a talk titled
"The Role of the Senate in U.S. Foreign Policy."
The event will be held at 5 p.m. in the Nitze
Building's Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates should
SAISevents@jhu.edu or 202-663-5636.
Madeira, JHU Press authors on hand at Homewood
Wendy Brody, wife of President William R. Brody, will
host a Madeira Tasting and Holiday Book Signing with
JHU Press authors
House from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7. A selection
of books from the Press will be on sale at a 25 percent
discount in the museum shop, and the authors will be
available to sign them.
Scheduled to appear are Catherine Rogers Arthur, Cindy
Kelly, Robert J. Brugger, Robert Keith, Jacques Kelly, Paul
R. McHugh, Michael Olesker, Gil Sandler, Frank Shivers,
Fraser Smith, Ted Patterson and Kim Weaver.
A special display will feature Press books published
in 2006 that were written or edited by members of the
university community, and many of these authors will be
present as well. In addition, the Homewood Museum Shop will
offer for sale a variety of other holiday gifts, including
works by featured artists who will be on hand. Several
kinds of Madeira, the drink specially favored by Charles
Carroll Jr., the original owner of Homewood House, will be
served in the wine cellar. Admission is free to Homewood
House, which will be decorated for the holidays.
Members of the Johns Hopkins community also receive a
25 percent discount on all books purchased directly from
the Press; to take advantage of this benefit during the
holiday season, call 800-537-5487 or go to
www.press.jhu.edu/books and use the code WJH when
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