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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University January 23, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 18
In Brief


Homewood-JHMI Shuttle changes to go into effect today, Jan. 23

With ridership on the Homewood-JHMI Shuttle connecting the Homewood, Peabody and East Baltimore campuses steadily increasing, and with input from thousands of riders who responded to a survey in November, JHU Parking and Transportation Services has revised the shuttle schedule. The changes go into effect today, Jan. 23.

To provide better and more efficient service, departures have been increased in both the morning and afternoon/evening, and departure times have been modified on some existing runs.

The new schedule can be found online at homewood_jhmi_jan06.pdf and


Men's 2005 champion lacrosse team honored in Annapolis

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., the House of Delegates and the State Senate honored the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team in Annapolis last week with proclamations in recognition of their 2005 NCAA National Championship. After the proclamations, a legislative luncheon was held in their honor in the Miller Senate Office Building.


Avian flu symposium set for next week at School of Public Health

A symposium titled "Avian Flu: The Pandemic Threat and the Global Strategy" has been planned for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, at the School of Public Health.

The event will bring together experts on every facet of avian flu in order to educate the wider community about what is known and not known about the alarming disease.

Scheduled speakers are Patrick Leahy, acting director, U.S. Geological Survey; Georges Benjamin, executive director, American Public Health Association; Josh Sharfstein, Baltimore City health commissioner; and Michelle Gourdine, deputy secretary for public health services, and Jean Taylor, epidemiologist, both of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Faculty members Ruth Karron, Don Burke, Trish Perl, Ellen Silbergold and James Hodge Jr. will present current research and identify gaps in knowledge that must be filled, as well as discuss the possibility of a pandemic. To register, go to


Homewood Biology Symposium planned for this Wednesday

The Krieger School's Department of Biology will hold its third annual Homewood Biology Symposium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Mudd Hall Auditorium.

This year's topic is "Mining the Biology-Physics Interface" and is aimed at "sparking an exchange of ideas between scientists in multiple departments, in hopes that the ensuing interactions will help researchers overcome 'specialization' barriers and develop language that will enable them to communicate and collaborate more effectively," said Evangelos Moudrianakis, the event's organizer and a professor in the Department of Biology.

Allen Shearn, chair of the Department of Biology, will open the symposium. Among those making presentations are Moudrianakis; Mario Amzel, Gregory Bowman and Bertrand Garcia-Moreno, Biophysics; Chia-ling Chien and Daniel Reich, Physics; Joel Tolman, Chemistry; and Tza-Huei Wang, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering.

The department established the symposium in an effort to cultivate a more collegial atmosphere between faculty members from various divisions within the university. For more details, call 410-516-7330 or e-mail


JHU inks deal with ESPNU to broadcast lacrosse games

ESPNU and Johns Hopkins have reached a multiyear agreement (through 2009) that calls for the 24-hour college sports network to provide national exclusive, multimedia coverage of all Blue Jay regular-season men's lacrosse home games and select women's home games. The deal also contains distribution rights for other Johns Hopkins athletic events, as well as original programming across numerous ESPN platforms.

In addition to its season-long home game coverage, ESPNU will televise two away games in 2006, including a rematch of the 2005 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship when Johns Hopkins goes head-to-head with Duke on April 8. The other road contest will feature the Blue Jays at Loyola on May 6. A minimum of nine JHU men's lacrosse games will air nationally in 2006.

Several games will be ESPNU original telecasts, while the others will co-exist with WMAR-TV, the Baltimore ABC affiliate.

Burke Magnus, vice president and general manager of ESPNU, said, "After only nine months since our launch, and as we prepare for our second spring season, ESPNU is already the unrivaled leader in lacrosse coverage. Having the top college program in Johns Hopkins under the ESPNU banner takes our commitment of the sport to a whole new level."


SAIS to host forum with William Kristol and Bernard-Henri Lévy

The School of Advanced International Studies will host a discussion with William Kristol and Bernard-Henri Lévy on the topic of "American Vertigo" at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Kristol is editor of The Weekly Standard and one of the nation's leading political analysts and commentators. Lévy is a renowned French philosopher and best-selling author.

The event will be held in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP to or 202-663-5650.


U.N. special envoy for HIV/AIDS Stephen Lewis in Africa to speak

Listed by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005, Stephen Lewis, the U.N. special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, will talk at the School of Public Health this week about his position on HIV and public health in Africa.

The event is scheduled for noon to 1:20 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, in the Beckton Dickinson room.

Lewis currently sits on the World Health Organization's Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, with former tenures as special adviser on Africa to the U.N. secretary-general and as deputy director of UNICEF. He is a senior adviser to the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia. His new book, Race Against Time, will be available for sale ($15.95) and signing.


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