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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University August 7, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 41
In Brief


Seki-Takakazu Prize in math on display in the Eisenhower Library

The prestigious Mathematical Society of Japan's award to the Hopkins-based Japan-U.S. Mathematics Institute, known as JAMI, is on display in the Eisenhower Library on the Homewood campus.

Named for a 17th-century Japanese mathematical prodigy, the Seki-Takakazu Prize was awarded at a ceremony in Tokyo on March 27. The prize, established in 1995, honors people and organizations that have supported and encouraged the development of mathematics in Japan over a long period. JAMI is the third recipient in its 11-year history.

On display are the gold medal, a bronze statue of the legendary figure, a volume of Seki Takakazu's collected works, and scrolls and photographs from the awards ceremony.

The prize will be displayed in Special Collections on A-Level through Sept. 30 and may be viewed from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, with hours extended until 8 p.m. on Thursday.


Bank branch at Homewood moves to Charles Street building

One door closes, another opens. With building renovation on the horizon, the M&T Bank branch that served the Homewood campus moved out of Gilman Hall on Friday, July 7, and on Monday, July 10, welcomed customers to its new branch on the ground floor of the university's Homewood Apartments building at 3003 N. Charles St.

The new full-service branch features the debut of M&T Bank's first check-cashing ATM in the Baltimore/Washington market. The machine, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, has the capability to optically scan checks and produce a digital image on the screen. M&T customers can then choose to cash the check to the penny or deposit the item to their account. Customers can also check balances, withdraw cash or transfer money between accounts.

A customer service center in the bank will handle all noncash transactions. The branch's hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.


'Taste of Monument' celebrates finish of redevelopment project

On Saturday, Aug. 19, the Monument Street Merchants Association, along with Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Baltimore Development Corp., will host the Taste of Monument Community Festival and Gospel Choir Showcase.

The event, set for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., will highlight the completion of a three-and-a-half-year redevelopment of the 2200 block of Monument Street, near the university's East Baltimore campus, that stimulated more than $1 million of improvements in the business district and the creation of 51 new businesses and 116 new jobs.

The highlights of the event will include the Gospel Choir Showcase, with 15 participating groups, and several children's activities, including a performance by Kinderman, host of the Kinderman Show.


Hopkins 4K for cancer cyclists end journey in San Francisco

Twenty-seven college students who pedaled their racing bikes on a coast-to-coast fund-raising journey known as Hopkins 4K for Cancer crossed the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on July 30, concluding their 4,000-mile trek to unite communities across the country in the fight against cancer.

The students, primarily from Johns Hopkins, spent the summer cycling across the United States to raise money for the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge, a residence for out-of-town cancer patients and their families seeking outpatient treatment at Baltimore hospitals.

Hosted by local residents along the way, the students participated in many community service projects. The group raised $85,000 this year, bringing its five-year total of gifts to the American Cancer Society to more than $295,000.

The cyclists began their journey in Baltimore on May 28.


Recent Peabody graduate heads to Miss America Pageant

Elizabeth Horton, a native of High Point, N.C., took home her diploma from the Peabody Institute in May and in June picked up a crown as the new Miss North Carolina.

The 21-year-old, who studied vocal performance and music education, performed Love Is Where You Find It for the North Carolina final.

For the first time, the Miss America Pageant will produce programming that follows the contestants on their quest for the title. Filming for those segments begins in September. The final competition airs in January.


Employer registration deadline for Student Job Fair is Aug. 18

Last year's Student Job Fair at Homewood drew nearly 1,000 students looking for part-time work in offices and labs during the school year, and its organizers expect even larger attendance this year as the event will run in tandem with the Student Activities Fair.

Friday, Aug. 18, is the deadline for university departments to reserve one of the spots, which are free and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The fair, which will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, in the O'Connor Recreation Center, provides an excellent opportunity for faculty and staff to meet, interview and hire qualified students.

To register, go to and click on "Student Job Fair." Questions can be directed to D. Lynn O'Neil at or Ruth Scally at


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