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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University June 11, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 37
In Brief


'The Heidi Chronicles' opens June 15 at Theatre Hopkins

Theatre Hopkins will close its 2007 season with The Heidi Chronicles, opening on Fri., June 15, in the Mattin Center's Swirnow Theater on the Homewood campus.

Wendy Wasserstein's 1989 Pulitzer Prize winner follows young Heidi Holland from her formative years through her career as an art historian as America evolves from the tumultuous 1960s and '70s through the egocentric 1980s. The cast is led by Lisa Hodsoll in the title role and includes Phillip Gallagher, Vicki Margolis and Patrick Martyn.

The production will run three weekends, through Sunday, July 1. Curtain time for Friday and Saturday performances is 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15; $5 student rush tickets are available at curtain time, if space allows. For reservations or information, contact Theatre Hopkins at 410-516-7159 or


John Kerry to give address at national security symposium

The SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations and the American Security Project will hold an invitation-only national security symposium on Thursday, June 14, featuring a keynote address by Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts about challenges facing the country. Former Sen. Gary Hart of Colorado, ASP board chairman, will give remarks preceding panel discussions. The symposium's title is Shaping a Sensible Strategy to Ensure America's National Security: A Conversation About Values, Issues and Solutions.


Economist Horst Siebert of SAIS Bologna wins Hayek Prize

Horst Siebert, Heinz Nixdorf Professor in European Integration and Economic Policy at SAIS' Bologna Center, has been awarded the Hayek Prize for excellence in journalism, specifically for writing about economics for the public. Former German President Roman Herzog presented the award to Siebert in Freiburg, Germany. The current president of Germany, Horst Kohler, gave the keynote address at the event.

Kenneth H. Keller, director of the Bologna Center, said, "The Hayek Prize was awarded to Siebert for his decades of cogent analysis of economic phenomena and policy, and his strong positions in favor of increased economic freedom and competition, all made understandable and accessible to the public through his clear and prolific writings."

The prize is sponsored by the Friedrich August von Hayek Society, which promotes the Nobel Prize-winning economist's theories on liberal democracy and free-market capitalism. Prizes are awarded every two years to individuals "who have distinguished themselves through exemplary and extraordinary achievements in the establishment, strengthening or promotion of a liberal economic and social order in Germany, in Europe or in other parts of the world."

At the Bologna Center, Siebert has held the AGIP Chair in Economics and the Steven Muller Chair in German Studies. An internationally noted economist who writes for diverse newspapers on contemporary economic policies and issues, Siebert is also president emeritus of the Kiel Institute for World Economics and a member of the Group of Economic Policy Analysis of the European Commission that advises the organization's president, Jose Manuel Barroso.


JHHSC, JHH announce tuition assistance for Hopkins nurses

Employees of the Johns Hopkins Health System Corp. and Johns Hopkins Hospital now will receive up to $15,000 tuition assistance per academic year to attend the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. The increased assistance is available after 60 days of employment to all full-time employees and to part-time employees who work at least 20 hours per week.

Pamela Paulk, JHHSC/JHH vice president for human resources, said the increase was made in response to a "commitment to training and retaining a high-quality nursing staff." Previously, the tuition benefit was set at a maximum of $10,000 per academic year. Employees who accept the tuition assistance will agree to work for JHHSC/JHH for a specified period of time.

SoN Dean Martha N. Hill said she applauds the increase, noting that the school will work closely with prospective students to "open doors to the excellence of a Johns Hopkins Nursing education and to help them build and enhance their careers--the most exciting in health care today."

In addition to the baccalaureate program, graduate options include community/public health programs, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, combined degrees such as the master of science in nursing and master of business administration and others described at

For more information regarding the tuition benefit, contact Armentia Berryman at 410- 614-3042 or refer to the Tuition Assistance Policy, HR332, at


Researcher to study the effects of OCD therapy in 4- to 7-year-olds

Johns Hopkins Children's Center psychologist Golda Ginsburg is one of eight scientists nationally to receive a 2007 research award from the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation. Ginsburg, who directs the Anxiety Clinic and Research Program in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, will study the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy with parental participation for the treatment of OCD symptoms in 4- to 7-year-olds. Children younger than 7 are typically excluded from research, meaning that scientific data is largely lacking for this group.

"We are thrilled that we'll be able to study a population of children with what can be a devastating psychiatric condition that has been largely overlooked," Ginsburg said. "Our study will include parents in the therapy sessions because we are hoping to identify and limit the ways in which parents might inadvertently be maintaining OCD behaviors in their children."


JHU Picnic, Six Flags, Ironbirds tickets among FSRP offerings

Employees can kick off a summer of fun at discounted prices, courtesy of the Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs, with the annual university picnic scheduled from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 22, on the grounds of Johns Hopkins at Eastern. The admission price of $2 for ages 4 and up (free for 3 and under) includes food, refreshments and games for the kids. Free parking and shuttle service will be available.

Other summer FSRP events include the annual Six Flags Day, July 14; a new Johns Hopkins Night at Ripken Stadium, July 17; and Hopkins Night at Camden Yards, Sept. 29. Discount coupons and online ticket offers are available for Anheuser-Busch theme parks, the B&O Railroad Museum, Caesar's Pocono Resorts, Hershey Park, Kings Dominion, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Six Flags in Maryland and Universal Studios theme parks.

For a list of picnic ticket sellers, sale policies and details and rates on the events and promotions above, go to and click on "Promotional Offers" or the link for each event, or call FSRP at 410-516-6060.


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