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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 3, 2008 | Vol. 38 No. 10
In Brief


News on the U.S. presidential transition for the JH community

When the presidential election is decided, the focus will shift to the transition — the 77 days between Election Day and Inauguration Day when the president-elect must marshal the personnel and policy resources needed to govern.

To help the Johns Hopkins community navigate this busy transition period, the Office of Government, Community and Public Affairs has created an informational Web site at:

The site, which will go live on Wednesday, Nov. 5, will provide frequently updated news and information on the transition, including policy recommendations, administration positions and transition advisers.


Hopkins Children's to unveil latest Miracle Tie Collection

The Johns Hopkins Children's Center will celebrate the 13th anniversary of the Jos. A. Bank, Clothiers' Miracle Tie Collection with a fashion show featuring the pediatric patients who designed the popular neckties escorted by local celebrities.

This year, for the first time, the event will be held on the East Baltimore campus. It will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, in Turner Auditorium.

Miracle Collection is a line of men's neckwear that ties together pediatric research, patient care and fashion to raise funds for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Patients were asked to draw one of their favorite things, ranging this year from cats and dogs to boats and sports gear.

The ties, $59.50 each, are available at Jos. A. Bank, Clothiers stores and online at


C. Fraser Smith to discuss 'Jim Crow: Civil Rights in Maryland'

Baltimore Sun columnist and WYPR senior news analyst C. Fraser Smith will discuss and sign copies of his latest book, Here Lies Jim Crow: Civil Rights in Maryland, this week at Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins. The event takes place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6.

Though he lived throughout much of the South — and even worked his way into parts of the North for a time — Jim Crow was conceived and buried in Maryland. From Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney's infamous decision in the Dred Scott case to Thurgood Marshall's eloquent and effective work on Brown v. Board of Education, the battle for black equality is very much the story of Free State women and men.

Smith's account includes the grand themes and the state's major players in the movement — Frederick Douglass, Harriett Tubman, Thurgood Marshall and Lillie May Jackson, among others — and also tells the story of the struggle via several of Maryland's important but relatively unknown men and women — such as Gloria Richardson, John Prentiss Poe, William L. "Little Willie" Adams, and Walter Sondheim — who prepared Jim Crow's grave and waited for the nation to deliver the body.


Homewood language faculty's initiative honored by community

The Greater Homewood Community Corp. last week honored the Johns Hopkins Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures for its vision and work in bringing language instruction to students at the Guilford Elementary-Middle School.

The pilot program, which began in January 2008, featured full-time faculty from Johns Hopkins teaching French and Spanish to 11- to 13-year-olds at a school that previously had no foreign language component. Those involved were Ivette Gonzalez, coordinator of intermediate Spanish; Claude Guillemard, director of the French language program; and Loreto Sanchez-Serrano, director of the Spanish language program and a specialist in computer-assisted language learning.

The project, funded by the Krieger School's Dean's Office until long-term support can be put in place, has shifted its focus for the 2008-2009 academic year to the primary grades, starting with 15 fourth-graders. Rosario Ramos, a new faculty member, has joined Guillemard and Sanchez-Serrano, and undergraduate volunteers engage with second- and third-graders to lay the foundation for the fourth-grade curriculum.

The goal is for all students in grades 4 through 8 at Guilford Elementary-Middle School to eventually be studying foreign language.

The GHCC's annual dinner, held Oct. 28 at Loyola College in Maryland, recognized the recipients of individual, community, and business and institutional partner awards, along with the Greater Homewood volunteer of the year.


Screening of new James Bond film to benefit Broccoli Center

The Dana and Albert "Cubby" Broccoli Center for Aortic Diseases in the JHM Division of Cardiac Surgery will be the beneficiary of a gala preview of the latest James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Reservations are due by Friday, Nov. 7, for the champagne reception and screening scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Landmark Theatres in Harbor East. Tickets are $100 general admission, $250 for two general admission tickets and a $50 coupon for area restaurants and $1,000 for two gold tickets that include an exclusive pre-screening reception at 6 p.m.

To reserve seats, contact the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute at 410-516-6668 or For more information, go to

The film opens nationwide Nov. 14.


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