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


Trial postponed for accused killer of undergraduate Linda Trinh

The trial for Donta Allen, the accused killer of undergraduate Linda Trinh, has been postponed from Jan. 17 to April 25.

Trinh, a 21-year-old biomedical engineering major and former president of her sorority, was found dead on Jan. 23, 2005, in her residence in the Charles Apartments, a privately owned building across Charles Street from the Homewood campus.

Allen, a non-Hopkins affiliate described by Baltimore City police as a "close friend" of one of Trinh's sorority sisters, was arrested on March 23. He was 27 at the time of his arrest. The charge is first-degree murder.


NASA Television to cover live New Horizons spacecraft launch

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, bound for the planet Pluto, is scheduled for launch today, Jan. 17.

The first space probe to visit Pluto, New Horizons was built at Johns Hopkins' Applied Physics Laboratory, which also is managing the mission for NASA.

NASA Television, which is available on many cable and satellite television systems, will provide live coverage of the launch and of pre- and post-launch news conferences.

Among those from APL scheduled to present at Sunday's pre-launch briefing were Dave Kusnierkiewicz, the mission systems engineer; Hal Weaver, New Horizons project scientist; Andrew Cheng, principal investigator for the mission's LORRI instrument; and Ralph McNutt Jr., principal investigator for the PEPSSI instrument.

Coverage of the launch is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and conclude about one hour after liftoff from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Launch time is targeted for 1:24 p.m. Should the liftoff be postponed, the next available time is from 1:16 to 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday. The launch window remains open through Feb. 14.

A post-launch news conference will also be carried live. It is expected to begin about two hours after launch, or as soon thereafter as data on spacecraft status is available.

APL's New Horizons Web site is located at


Next pickup for Professional Clothing Drive will be Jan. 26

Just after the holidays, when many people have received clothing as gifts, is anticipated to be a good time for Hopkins affiliates to donate new or gently used professional clothing to others through the JHU Professional Clothing Drive. Apparel is donated to area shelters to help formerly homeless men and women get back into the work force.

For site and coordinator information, go to or contact Matt Smith at 410-516-0345 or Donors should call the appropriate contact to verify drop-off arrangements, and be sure to deliver clothing in advance of the Jan. 26 pickup date.

Men's and women's clothing must be bagged separately to facilitate delivery.


Center for Talented Youth alums net top academic honors

Alumni of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth program were among the winners of the most prestigious academic awards given in 2005. Among those who had participated in the enrichment program for gifted and talented children were:

Six out of 32 American recipients of the 2006 Rhodes Scholarship, announced in November.

Three of the top 10 finishers in the March 2005 Intel Science Talent Search, including the winner of its first-place $100,000 scholarship.

Two of the winners in the 2005-2006 Siemens Westinghouse Competition, announced in November.

"We're enormously proud of these CTY alumni and their achievements," said Lea Ybarra, executive director of CTY. "They illustrate why it's so important to identify academic talent early, then develop the abilities of students of great promise to help them reach the highest levels of accomplishment."


Six lacrosse players named to Preseason All-America Team

The Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team had six players named to the 2006 Inside Lacrosse/Faceoff Yearbook Preseason All-America Team, it was recently announced. Sophomore midfielder Paul Rabil, junior attackman Jake Byrne, senior defenseman Matt Pinto and junior goalie Jesse Schwartzman were all named to the second team, while senior midfielder Greg Peyser and sophomore attackman Kevin Huntley garnered third team honors.

Rabil, Byrne, Pinto and Schwartzman are coming off seasons in which they earned STX/USILA All-America status.


Theatre Hopkins presents reading of Carroll family letters

Wrapped up under the title "Your Affectionate Father," letters from the Carroll family, who built Homewood House, will be presented in two dramatic readings by Theatre Hopkins.

The performances will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Homewood House Museum.

The letters illuminate the relationship between Charles Carroll Jr.; his wife, Harriet Chew Carroll; and his father, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, and tell the story of Homewood's construction. The program is offered in conjunction with the focus exhibition " I write to you..., currently on display in the historic house. Following the readings, Madeira and tea will be served in the wine cellar.

Tickets are $25 non-members; $20 members and JHU staff and faculty. Pre-registration is required; call 410-516-5589.


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