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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University December 18, 2006 | Vol. 36 No. 15
In Brief


Annual Dec. 24 event will honor founder of university, hospital

More than 13 decades later, grateful admirers still visit the grave of the man who made Johns Hopkins possible. The annual observance in honor of Baltimore businessman and philanthropist Johns Hopkins will take place in Green Mount Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 24, the 133rd anniversary of his death. All faculty, staff and students are invited.

Mr. Hopkins left $7 million in his will to establish a university and hospital in Baltimore that revolutionized higher education and health care and evolved into the worldwide Johns Hopkins Institutions we know today.

The brief, informal Christmas Eve ceremony, led by university Vice President and Secretary Emeritus Ross Jones, will include remembrances and a wreath laying.

To reach the gravesite, enter at the cemetery's main gate along Greenmount Avenue (about five blocks south of North Avenue), drive straight up the hill and park near the crest. For more information, contact

To read Mr. Hopkins' obituary from the Dec. 25, 1873, edition of The Baltimore Sun, go to


Composition by Theofanidis of Peabody nominated for Grammy

Christopher Theofanidis, a member of the Peabody composition faculty, has been nominated for a Grammy award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition for his piece The Here and Now. The category is for a contemporary classical composition composed within the last 25 years and released for the first time during the eligibility year.

The Here and Now was written for the Atlanta Symphony and Chorus and recorded in October 2005 for TELARC. The piece is based on works of 13th-century poet Rumi and is 35 minutes in length. Elaine Martone, producer of the album on which the piece appears, was nominated for a Grammy as Classical Producer of the Year.

The winners will be announced Feb. 11.


Student book collectors have chance to win cash prizes

The Student Book Collecting Contest, begun in 1993 by the Friends of the Johns Hopkins University Libraries, was designed to recognize the love of books and the delight in shaping a thoughtful and focused book collection. To enter — and perhaps take home a $1,000, $500 or $250 prize — students submit an essay about their collection, a bibliography of their titles and a wish list for what they'd like to add.

Last year's undergraduate winner, senior Kevin Clark, was majoring in philosophy in the Krieger School and composition at Peabody; his entry was "A Composer's Library, Volumes of Inspiration." Graduate winner J. Michael Collaco, a postdoctoral fellow at JHH enrolled in SPSBE's Medical Management MBA program, submitted "Indian Railways."

For contest information and an entry form, go to bookcollectcontest.html. The deadline for entries is Feb. 16.


Bookstore holds neighborhood opening, raises funds for GHCC

Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins made its presence as part of the community official on Dec. 9 with the Barnes & Noble Open House for Literacy, a benefit for the Greater Homewood Community Corp.'s Adult Literacy Program. The six-hour daytime event was sponsored by the bookstore, which opened this fall in Johns Hopkins' new Charles Commons complex in Charles Village, in cooperation with the university, JHU Press and Barnes & Noble College.

JHU Press authors were on hand to sign books, local merchants contributed door prizes, and the Blue Jays' men's and women's lacrosse coaches donated two signed lacrosse sticks for a silent auction.

Todd Elliott, director of the GHCC Adult Literacy and ESOL Program, said that the event not only brought in financial support — a $2,000 donation from Barnes & Noble and another $225 for the lacrosse sticks — but helped raise awareness about the organization and recruit much-needed volunteers.


Johns Hopkins receives $5 mill gift to aid children with cancer

The Division of Pediatric Oncology at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center has announced a $5 million gift from the Children's Cancer Foundation, which will be used to create a state-of-the-art facility in the new Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital, scheduled for completion in 2009.

The new unit, which is expected to have more than 1,000 admissions each year, will include spacious patient rooms with sleeping accommodations for parents, high-tech toys and video games, play rooms, a family room and staff teaching and conference facilities.

The foundation has been a longtime supporter of pediatric oncology at Johns Hopkins, providing more than $13 million to support research, treatment and building facilities over the past 25 years.


This issue of 'Gazette' is last for semester; next will be Jan. 8

This is the last Gazette for the semester; the next issue will appear on Jan. 8. The deadline for calendar and classifieds submissions for that issue is noon on Tuesday, Jan. 2. This issue's calendar carries listings for events, scheduled as of press time, through Jan. 8; for updates, go to the universitywide calendar at


Jerlyn Allen to be installed as Nutting Endowed Chair and Professor at SoN

School of Nursing Dean Martha N. Hill will honor Jerilyn Allen as the M. Adelaide Nutting Endowed Chair and Professor at an installation ceremony on Monday, Jan. 8. Hill said that this endowed professorship recognizes extraordinary teaching, research and clinical practice, and is critical to the school's mission of creating leaders for nursing's future.

The event will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Room 202 with a reception following in the Carpenter Room. For more information, call Mfonobong Umana at 443-287-6719.



Due to an editing error, President Brody's Dec. 11 column titled "A civil tongue" incorrectly attributed the quote from Pier Massimo Forni to his book Choosing Civility. Forni's quote about respect for others does not appear in the book.


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