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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 27, 2006 | Vol. 36 No. 12
In Brief


East Baltimore community forum on pandemic flu planned

Johns Hopkins flu experts will host a community education forum from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, to discuss how people can best protect themselves and their families from infection during a flu pandemic.

The event will be held at the East Baltimore Development Inc. Resource Center, 1731 Chase St., and will follow a free flu vaccination clinic sponsored by the Baltimore City Health Department from 2 to 4 p.m.

Certified infection control specialist Pat Rosenbaum, a nurse epidemiologist at JHH, will lead the discussion, offering practical tips on how to reduce the risks of flu infection and prevent it from spreading should a family member get sick. Rosenbaum will also describe Johns Hopkins' plans to help safeguard the community, hospital staff and patients in the event of a worldwide outbreak. A question-and-answer session will follow her remarks.

Rosenbaum, who has spearheaded many successful efforts to increase infection control among health care workers, helped launch Johns Hopkins' 2003 "Please cover your sneeze" campaign, which was successful in improving staff compliance with infection control procedures.


Richard Posner to speak about intelligence and counterterrorism

Richard A. Posner, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, will speak today, Nov. 27, about "The Role of Intelligence in Counterterrorism" at the SAIS Intelligence Forum, hosted by the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies.

Posner, author of Preventing Surprise Attacks: Intelligence Reform in the Wake of 9/11, is an expert on the economic, organizational and legal challenges of intelligence reform.

John McLaughlin, Merrill Center senior fellow and former acting director of the CIA, will moderate the discussion.

The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP to 202-663-5831 or


Free program will introduce middle school girls to engineering

Middle school girls from throughout the Baltimore region will get a chance to learn about engineering careers, design a team project and meet with college engineering majors during a program to be held on Saturday, Dec. 2, on Johns Hopkins' Homewood campus. They'll even receive a T-shirt.

The event, called "Ready Set Design!" is free, but students who wish to attend must submit a registration form, signed by a parent or guardian, by Thursday, Nov. 30. The registration form and additional information can be accessed online at

The program, which is open to girls in grades 6 through 8, will be held in the Glass Pavilion in Levering Hall. Girls may register for one of two sessions: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 2 to 5 p.m.

During each session, the girls will learn about the role of engineers, then will be divided into groups to work on design projects. Participants also will get a chance to meet Johns Hopkins engineering students and local engineering professionals.

The program is being organized by the JHU student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Financial support has been provided by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the JHU Alumni Association and the National Science Foundation.


Historic house museum shops offering holiday discounts

The university's two historic house museums, Homewood and Evergreen, are offering faculty, staff and students a 10 percent discount on all gift items, publications and other merchandise in their shops during the month of December. A Johns Hopkins ID is required.

Both houses are open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.


JHU Press and Daedalus host holiday book signing, breakfast

The Johns Hopkins University Press and Daedalus Books & Music are hosting a free Holiday Book Signing and Breakfast with the Authors this weekend. JHU Press authors, and other local and national writers, will be available to chat about the creative process and sign their books from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the store's Belvedere Square location.

The authors' books range from fiction to football, poetry to politics, local history to children's literature. Participating writers include Gil Sandler, Bryan MacKay, Michael Olesker, Frank Shivers, Bert and Anthea Smith, Kathy Alexander, Robert Keith, Ted Patterson, Jacques Kelly and Robert J. Brugger, all from the JHU Press; Elizabeth Spires and Madison Smartt Bell, from Goucher College; and children's book authors Jonathon Scott Fuqua, Jane Leslie Conly, Mary Claire Helldorfer and Colby Rodowsky.


Peabody's Ray Sprenkle to give public lecture on Brahms

Ray Sprenkle, a Peabody faculty member and noted composer, historian and lecturer, next week will give the first of his three free lectures that are part of the Shriver Hall Concert Series' 2006-2007 season.

On Monday, Dec. 4, he will explore the world of Brahms, followed on April 23 by Chopin and on April 30 by Shostakovich.

All lectures are at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Steven Muller Building.


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