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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 5, 2007 | Vol. 37 No. 10
In Brief


Gilman Tunnel to close in February as renovation project begins

Beginning in February, and for the duration of the Gilman renovation project on the Homewood campus, the Gilman Tunnel will be closed to campus traffic. The contractor will be beginning excavation of the building's new basement at that time and will be utilizing the tunnel passageway to transport equipment and materials in and out of the building.

Bowman Drive, to the west of Gilman, will be kept open during the renovation project. However, construction activities will require intermittent closures from time to time to facilitate deliveries and execution of the work. The construction manager has been asked to provide seven-day advance notice of those closures to the campus community.

The tunnel is scheduled to reopen in June 2010.


Jordanian ambassador to U.S., Al-Hussein, to speak at SAIS

Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein, ambassador of Jordan to the United States, will give the next talk of the W.P. Carey Global Leader Lecture Series at SAIS at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Al-Hussein's topic is "Peace and Justice: Is There Hope for a Happy Marriage?"

The event will be held in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP to 202-663-5636 or

The W. P. Carey Global Leader Lecture Series was established to bring the best examples of public and private sector leadership to SAIS, where these executives can share their perspectives on leadership and success in the international arena with students and faculty.


SoM Postdoctoral Benefits Seminar scheduled for Nov. 13

The School of Medicine's Postdoc Association has announced its slate of speakers for a Postdoctoral Benefits Seminar scheduled for next week. The event is open to all SoM fellows, who will be able to ask questions about tuition remission, health and insurance benefits, parking/transportation and other topics of interest.

Levi Watkins, associate dean for postdoctoral programs and professor of cardiac surgery, will open the seminar, and the following speakers will brief the audience on the benefits rendered by their respective offices: Darnell Williams and Wilma Lucas, University Health Services; Mary Foy, Registrar's Office; Donna L. Vogel, Professional Development Office; Neil Marshall, Parking/Transportation; John Lorch, International Office; Cheryll Glab, Alumni Association; and Michelle Carlstrom, Faculty and Staff Assistance Program.

The event will be from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Tilghman Auditorium. Lunch will be provided.


Novelist Porochista Khakpour, poet Steve Scafidi to read

Novelist Porochista Khakpour and poet Steve Scafidi will present a joint reading hosted by the Writing Seminars at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, in 101 Remsen Hall on the Homewood campus.

Khakpour, who earned her master's degree from the Writing Seminars in 2003, was born in Tehran, Iran, raised in the Los Angeles area and attended Sarah Lawrence College. Her writing has appeared in the Chicago Reader, The Village Voice,, Paper, Nylon and, among others. Of her debut novel, Sons and Other Flammable Objects, released by Grove Press in September, The New York Times said, "Punchy conversation, vivid detail, sharp humor - biting humor and acute cultural observations - Khakpour brings her characters vividly to life."

Steve Scafidi was raised in Virginia and earned his master of fine arts degree at Arizona State University. His first book of poems, Sparks From a Nine-Pound Hammer, was nominated for the 2001 National Book Award and the 2002 Pulitzer Prize and won the Fifth Annual Larry Levis Reading Prize. His second book, For Love of Common Words, was published in 2006.


Newest 'Miracle' neckties take to runway for Hopkins Children's

Designed by patients at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, the Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Miracle Collection has been tying together pediatric research, patient care and fashion for 12 years, with profits going to the center.

To introduce the 2007 collection, the boys and girls who designed the ties will join local celebrities for a fashion show at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Shops at Kenilworth in Towson.

Thanks to the imaginative young designers, the collection runs the gamut from seasonal candy canes and Santa Clauses to tropical palm trees, patriotic flags and charming puppies playing ball. All ties are $59.50.


SAIS to host foreign policy forum featuring Sen. Joseph Lieberman

The School of Advanced International Studies will hold a forum titled "The Politics of National Security," at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8.

Hosted by the SAIS Center on Politics and Foreign Relations, the Financial Times and the Johns Hopkins University Center for the Study of American Government, the forum will feature Joseph Lieberman, Independent Democratic senator from Connecticut; Chrystia Freeland, U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times; and Robert Guttman, CPFR director.

The session will be held in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP to CPFR at or 202-587-3237.


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