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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University May 21, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 35
In Brief


Busch-Vishniac named provost of Canada's McMaster University

Ilene Busch-Vishniac, a professor of mechanical engineering who served as dean of the Whiting School from 1998 to 2003, has been named provost and vice president, academic, of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The appointment, which begins Aug. 1, was announced last week by McMaster President Peter George.

"I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Busch-Vishniac to this very important role," George said. "In our international search, we discovered a respected and dynamic leader who not only brings to McMaster an extensive range of academic, administrative and research experience but also a progressive approach that will continue to advance us nationally and internationally."

Ethan Vishniac, Busch-Vishniac's husband and an astrophysicist at Johns Hopkins, will join McMaster's Department of Physics and Astronomy.


Krimigis named fellow of Institute of Aeronautics, Astronautics

Stamatios "Tom" Krimigis, head emeritus of the Space Department at the Applied Physics Laboratory, has been named a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

He is among 30 individuals bestowed with this distinction by AIAA for "notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences or technology in aeronautics or astronautics." Krimigis was specifically recognized for his seminal scientific, managerial and technical contributions to space science over four decades, including work on the Voyager, Cassini, MESSENGER and New Horizons missions.

Krimigis headed the Lab's Space Department from 1991 to 2004, directing the activities of about 600 scientists, engineers and other technical and supporting staff.


Hopkins 4K for Cancer cyclists head out on 4,000-mile journey

Twenty Johns Hopkins students from across the divisions and seven friends from other schools will kick off the sixth annual fund-raising cross-country bicycle journey known as Hopkins 4K for Cancer on Saturday, May 26, on the steps of Homewood's Shriver Hall.

After a ceremony featuring speakers including Jean G. Ford, director of community programs and community-based research at the Kimmel Cancer Center, the cyclists will head to the Inner Harbor to ceremoniously dip their bikes' back tires in the water at approximately 9 a.m. before embarking on their 4,000-mile coast-to-coast trip. The journey is scheduled to end on July 29 at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Upon their arrival on the West Coast, the students will dip their front tires in the water.

This year's fund-raising effort already has netted more than $92,000 for the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge, a residence for out-of-town cancer patients seeking treatment at Baltimore hospitals.

To learn more about the Johns Hopkins group and its mission, and to follow its journey, go to


APL to dedicate Alabama field office; facility supports MDA

The Applied Physics Laboratory will officially dedicate its field office in Huntsville, Ala., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23. The 3,200-square-foot facility, located at 150 West Park Loop, supports an array of air and missile defense-related work for the Missile Defense Agency. Richard Roca, APL director; Lt. Gen. Henry "Trey" Obering III, Missile Defense Agency director; and Loretta Spencer, mayor of Huntsville, will give welcoming remarks.

APL works closely with the Missile Defense Agency on a wide variety of programs, including those within the agency's Ground-based Midcourse Defense, THAAD (Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense), Combined Test Force, Targets and Countermeasures, Sensors and Ballistic Missile Defense Systems Engineering directorates, now located in Huntsville.

Additionally, APL serves as technical direction agent for the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense program and is a principal technical adviser for MDA's Sensors Directorate.


Lineup announced for summer outdoor movies at Homewood

Six family-friendly movies will be screened on Friday nights this summer on the Keyser Quadrangle of the Homewood campus.

Hopkins Summer Outdoor Films premieres June 22 with It Happened One Night. Other films in the series, presented by the Office of Summer and Intersession Programs, are O Brother Where Art Thou?, June 29; Cars, July 6; The World's Fastest Indian, July 13; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, July 20; and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, July27. Each show will be preceded by a live performance.

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Live music (or, for Harry Potter, magic) begins at 7:30 p.m. Hot dogs, burgers, nachos, candy and drinks will be sold. (No alcoholic beverages permitted.) Movies will start at dark, around 8:30 p.m. Shriver Hall Auditorium is the rain location.


Next 'Gazette' is last before biweekly summer schedule

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