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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University January 16, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 17
In Brief


Killer of student Linda Trinh is sentenced to life in prison

Donta Maurice Allen, who pleaded guilty in November to the January 2005 killing of Johns Hopkins senior Linda Trinh, was sentenced last week to life in prison, a sentence he said he deserved.

During a speech in court, Allen apologized to Trinh's family and Johns Hopkins students, saying he realized he had taken the life of someone much better than he.

Trinh, a 21-year-old biomedical engineering major and former president of her sorority, was killed during a burglary attempt in her residence in the Charles Apartments. Allen told police that he had burglarized the apartment once before and did not expect Trinh to be home.

Allen, who is 28, worked in bars and restaurants near the Homewood campus and knew Trinh and many other students. He will be eligible for parole in about 11-and-a-half years.


APL space missions named to top-100 list by 'Popular Science'

The Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft and the twin STEREO solar-study probes launched into space in 2006 have more in common than having been designed and built by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory: Both have been named by Popular Science magazine to its list of the 100 best innovations of the year, 12 of which were in the Aviation & Space category. The two missions are featured in the December issue and on the Web at (click on "Best of What's New"). The magazine previously recognized APL's NEAR mission to asteroid Eros, naming it to its best innovations lists of 1996 and 2001.


Nurse plans Community Health Workers Program for Baltimore

Nursing faculty member Aisling McGuckin has been named an Open Society Institute Baltimore Community Fellow. The fellowship is one of eight given to residents to work for one year with underserved groups in Baltimore. McGuckin will use the nearly $50,000 in funding to establish a Community Health Workers Program for training leaders of the refugee community on methods to improve refugees' access to health-related services.


Evergreen names performance artist to 2007 residence post

The university's Evergreen House has selected mezzo-soprano performance artist Martha L. McDonald as its next "House Guest." She is the first performance-based artist in the highly acclaimed, seven-year-old artist-in-residence program.

McDonald has developed a unique performance form that blends operatic singing with original monologues, historic "lecture," humor, elaborate costumes and video to take a fresh look at gender and sexuality.

Throughout June and July, McDonald will enjoy access to the extraordinary and diverse collections of Evergreen and find inspiration in the lives of its former female residents, Alice Whitridge Garrett and Alice Warder Garrett, for the creation of new performance pieces.

The selection was made by Gerald Ross, director of exhibitions at the Maryland Institute College of Art.


James Yager named Schoenrich Professor in Preventive Medicine

James Yager, senior associate dean for academic affairs at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, has been named the Edyth H. Schoenrich Professor in Preventive Medicine.

"It is especially fitting that Dr. Yager receive this honor because he typifies Dr. Schoenrich's philosophy of building bridges to bring people and organizations together," said Michael J. Klag, dean of the Bloomberg School. "In his role as senior associate dean, he works selflessly to improve every aspect of our school. He integrates our many activities — whether education, research or practice — into a more cohesive whole."

Yager is a professor of toxicology in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Oncology at the School of Medicine. An expert on the mechanisms of estrogen carcinogenesis, he focuses on understanding genetic and environmental susceptibility factors related to breast cancer.

Schoenrich, a professor in Health Policy and Management, director of Part-time Professional Programs and associate chair of the MPH Program, joined the Hopkins faculty more than 50 years ago. Through her vision and determination, the Bloomberg School has developed one of the premier preventive medicine programs in the country.


JHU Women's Network is seeking leadership nominations

The Johns Hopkins University Women's Network is now accepting nominations for the seventh annual Women's Leadership Award, which will be presented at the 20th annual Spring Luncheon on May 11 at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

One honoree from each chapter — APL, Bayview, Homewood, JHMI and SAIS — will be selected by the nomination panel based on evidence of the following criteria: motivating others in their work and community; developing leadership skills in others; mentoring others in their work; increasing employee knowledge of critical issues facing an office, division or department of the university; and strengthening commitment of the faculty, staff and students to the university.

Anyone may nominate a member of the faculty, staff or student body who has provided leadership at JHU. To do so, download a form at Nominations must be received via e-mail by Friday, March 3.


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