Knowledge for the World Tour kicks off in San Francisco
More than 300 people gathered in San Francisco on
March 11 to help Johns Hopkins kick off the six-city
Knowledge for the World Tour. The "day of discovery"
offered Bay Area alumni and friends the chance to reconnect
with Hopkins through a program that highlighted the role
Johns Hopkins plays in bringing knowledge to the world.
The afternoon session consisted of three panel
discussions featuring prominent faculty and alumni. Topics
were chosen by the local volunteer committee and included
"Medical Horizons," "Countering the Nuclear Threat" and
"Mysteries of History." Guests were also treated to the
premiere of several short films highlighting the work of
Hopkins people around the world.
The tour continues through June, and the schedule for
the remaining events is March 25, Los Angeles; April 8,
Philadelphia; April 22, Chicago; May 6, New York City; and
June 10, Boston. Event information (panels, speakers,
accommodations) is available at
HopkinsOne gets closer to announcing new 'go-live'
The leadership of the
project has announced that they are nearly finished with an
intensive re-planning process for the new business software
Originally scheduled for July 1 of this year, the new
go-live date will be no earlier than January 2007.
Project staff have carefully reviewed every task in
the 9,000-line project plan and increased the amount of
practice time users will have in the new system prior to
"go live." In addition, there has been a careful
computation of the resources needed to complete the plan,
as well as some allowance of time for unexpected problems.
After completing final reviews of the plan, staff will get
input from Johns Hopkins leadership and key users and then
announce the new go-live date, likely in the next month.
Intel STS recognizes second high-schooler working in JHU
For the second year in a row, a high-school student
working in the laboratory of a Johns Hopkins engineering
professor has been a top-10 finalist in the prestigious
national Intel Science Talent Search.
Last week, the seventh-place spot went to Baltimore
Polytechnic Institute senior Myers "Abe" Davis, who worked
with Jonathan Cohen, a research professor in
Davis' project, which earned him a $20,000 scholarship, was
designed to produce more accurate physical simulations.
In 2005, Ryan Harrison, now a first-year Baltimore
Scholar at Johns Hopkins, took fifth place and received a
$25,000 scholarship for his project extending the
capabilities of Rosetta, an important computer program for
genomic scientists. The project came out of Harrison's
after-school research over two years in the lab of Jeffrey
Gray in Chemical and
Both Davis and Smith participated in the Ingenuity
Project, whose mission is to prepare highly capable and
motivated Baltimore City students to achieve at nationally
competitive levels in mathematics and science. One
elementary school, three middle schools and one high
school, Baltimore Polytechnic, serve as the project
New study hall in Vietnam to be dedicated to Linda
The Linda Trinh Memorial Study Hall is on the drawing
board as part of Lavang Boarding House, which will be built
in Saigon to accommodate 20 poor female college students.
The construction will take place under the auspices of the
nonprofit Vietnam Dream for Success, which provides
opportunities for poor students in Vietnam, according to
its founder and president, Sister Cecilia Nguyen, who is a
doctoral candidate at Catholic University in Washington,
Trinh, a Johns Hopkins senior who was murdered in
January 2005, was the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants. A
engineering major, she spent the summer before her
senior year in Vietnam observing public health issues
regarding breast cancer and volunteering at an AIDS hospice
in Ho Chi Minh City.
"What prompted VDS to want to dedicate the study hall
in memory of Linda Trinh is because of Linda's dedication
to her academic endeavors and her vision of helping the
world, including the poor in Vietnam. She will be a great
example and inspiration for our female college students,"
Sister Nguyen said.
A dinner to raise funds for the boarding house is
scheduled for Sunday, April 23, in Falls Church, Va. For
details, contact Sister Nguyen at 202-238-1696,
Community Day celebrates city's young music
The spotlight shines this week on Baltimore's young
music makers when Community Day 2006: Makin' Music takes
over Homewood's Shriver and Shaffer halls from 2 to 4:30
p.m. on Sunday, March 26.
The initiative — presented by
Concert Series and sponsored by Sylvan/Laureate, AEGON
Transamerica Foundation, Piper Rudnick and the Jim and
Patti Rouse Charitable Foundation — is designed to
make sure that children and their families know that there
are free and inexpensive resources available to help them
get involved with music or better their musical
Plans include performances by local groups, including
Peabody Prep, the Baltimore School for the Arts and the
Maryland Children's Chorus; an area with information about
activities for children; and hands-on musical activities,
including drum making, an instrument petting zoo and
dancing and face painting to music. For more information,
Center for Summer Learning holds national
Center for Summer
Learning will hold its annual National Conference in
Baltimore this week, when more than 400 educators from
across the country are registered to participate in
seminars and panel discussions.
The conference, set for March 22-24 at the Reniassance
Haborplace Hotel, will provide research and new teaching
techniques, highlighting successful, innovative summer
learning programs. Among the scheduled topics are creating
effective partnerships for program delivery; new methods
for teaching reading, art, math and science; evaluation
techniques; and program management. During a half-day
learning institute preceding the conference, the center
will introduce its new handbook, Making the Most of Summer:
A Handbook on Effective Summer Programming and Thematic
For more information, call 410-516-6228 or go to
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