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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 17, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 30
In Brief

Maryland's competitive edge is subject of April 26 conference

In recent months, Johns Hopkins and President William R. Brody have been at the forefront of a national effort to gather consensus on the steps necessary to maintain U.S. competitiveness in the world economy, including support for basic research, in an increasingly technology-driven world.

Next week, the issue will be examined close to home, when Johns Hopkins co-sponsors a conference focusing on the state's readiness.

"Protecting Maryland's Competitive Edge" will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, at the University of Maryland, College Park. Basic research, emerging technologies, and math and science education are just a few of the topics on the agenda, which will be addressed in six concurrent panel discussions. Provost Steven Knapp will moderate the panel on Higher Education--Recruitment and Retention of the Best and Brightest Students, Scientists and Engineers; and Vice Provost for Research Ted Poehler is a panelist on Commitment to Long-term Research.

For more information and to register for the conference, go to


Brody, Miller issue statement on Klinger Advanced Aesthetics

President William R. Brody and Edward D. Miller, dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, last week issued a statement to provide the Johns Hopkins community and others with background on and recent developments in the relationship between JHM and Klinger Advanced Aesthetics. The statement can be found at Klinger.html.


35th annual Spring Fair opens Friday on Homewood campus

It's all fun and games when Spring Fair takes over the Homewood campus for its three-day run, April 21 to 23. The 35th annual student-run event — featuring food and crafts vendors, carnival rides and inflatable games, live entertainment and a children's section — is open from noon to 7 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Free parking and shuttle service are available at Johns Hopkins at Eastern. The show goes on, rain or shine. For more details, go to or call 410-516-7692.


Free Health Fair set for Saturday in Waverly neighborhood

The Community Care Initiative, started 11 years ago by medical students from Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland, takes its Health Fair to the streets of Waverly this week.

Free health screenings and information on a range of topics from heart disease, sexual health and asthma to health resources in Baltimore City will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 (rain date, April 29), on 32nd Street between Barclay and Abell.

The JHU health professions schools and the Alumni Association are among the sponsors.


Bassist/composer Reid to perform with Peabody jazz students

Jazz bassist and composer Rufus Reid will be performing as a guest artist for two nights this week as part of the series Peabody Explores ... The Art of Improvisation. Reid will perform original music and arrangements with Peabody jazz bassists and small student groups at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, and with the Peabody Jazz orchestra, under the direction of faculty artist Michael Formanek, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21. Both events take place in East Hall.

A prolific bassist whose name appears on countless hard bop, bebop, swing and even some pop sessions, Reid has played with such jazz notables as Buddy Montgomery, Sonny Stitt, James Moody, Milt Jackson, Curtis Fuller, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Dorham, Dexter Gordon, Nancy Wilson and Eddie Harris.

Tickets are $18, $10 seniors, $8 students with ID and are available through the Peabody Box Office at 410-659-8100, ext. 2.


Foreign Affairs Symposium looks at Turkey's role in the EU

"Remaking Europe: Turkey's role in the EU" is the title of a discussion scheduled for this week as part of the Foreign Affairs Symposium on the Homewood campus. Panelists are Erik Jones, professor of European studies at the SAIS Bologna Center; Sabri Sayari, professor of international studies at Sabanci University in Turkey; and Sylvie Goulard, professor of European studies at Sciences Po in Paris.

The event begins at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, in Levering's Glass Pavilion.


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