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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 8, 2008 | Vol. 38 No. 2
In Brief


MSE Library begins 24/7 operating hours today

With the closure of the Hutzler Reading Room during the Gilman Hall renovation, the MSE Library will implement a 24/7 schedule during the academic year beginning today, Sept. 8.

Johns Hopkins faculty, students and staff must present a JHU photo ID to enter the building. In addition, anyone with an academic ID from an institution of higher education or an Eisenhower Library borrowing card may visit the library at any time upon presentation of his or her academic ID. The library is also open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., upon presentation of a photo ID.


Student-community block party planned for Saturday

The annual Johns Hopkins University-Community Block Party returns to Charles Village this week with a new name (Convergence), a new location (the 3200 block of St. Paul Street, in front of Village Lofts) and new activities (moon bouncing, sumo wrestling, carnival games).

The event, scheduled for 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, will provide an opportunity for students and community members to get together in an informal setting, learn about resources available to each other, check out displays by local businesses and enjoy some hot dogs, sno-cones, cotton candy and more. A free raffle drawing takes place every 15 minutes.


Diversity Leadership Council seeks proposals for conference

The Johns Hopkins Institutions Diversity Leadership Council is seeking proposals for presentations at the Fifth Annual Diversity Conference, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Homewood's Shriver Hall Auditorium.

More than 400 Johns Hopkins leaders, faculty and staff are expected at the event, which will examine critical questions related to diversity, cultural awareness, disability matters, inclusion and equity in postsecondary education.

This year's conference theme is "Equity, Civility and Respect: Keys to Success." The keynote speakers are Kristina Johnson, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, and Andres Alonso, chief executive officer of Baltimore City Public School System.

Possible topics include recruitment and retention of employees and students with disabilities, recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, race and gender relations, civility in the workplace, bridging the gender gap in higher education, the multigenerational workplace, religious diversity, gay/lesbian/ bisexual/transgender issues, cultural competence in health care, first amendment rights/civility, communication competence (English as a second language), conflict resolution, community relations and student leadership.

All proposals must be typed and submitted by Wednesday, Sept. 17. Packets must include a cover sheet (proposal title, date of submission, contact person, phone, e-mail, fax, mailing address), audio/visual requirements (indicate Windows or Mac operating system), session abstract (limited to 100 words), session summary (two-page maximum), biographical sketch (limited to 50 words) and photo of presenter (optional).

One copy of the proposal packet should be submitted by e-mail (Word, PDF or Rich Text Format) to, or by mail to Diversity Conference, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., 130 Garland Hall, Baltimore, MD 21218.

Questions may be directed to Patrese Frazier at 410-516-8075/TTY 410-516-6225 or e-mailed to For more on the Diversity Leadership Council, go to


SPH announces 'Connecting Health and Sustainability' series

A seminar series featuring several prominent experts on issues of sustainability will get under way at the Bloomberg School of Public Health beginning Thursday, Sept. 11. The series, Connecting Health and Sustainability, held over the course of eight weeks, will convene experts from fields including environmental justice, the food system, human rights/resource conflict, environmental economics, mass media and health communication to illustrate the connection between how we use and live on this planet and the resulting impact on public health and the environment.

The event is jointly sponsored by the Bloomberg School of Public Health's Department of Health, Behavior and Society, the Program on Global Sustainability and Health, and the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. All programs are from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

This week's opening seminar is "Sustainable South Bronx" by Annette Williams, director of the Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training Program, and will take place in Feinstone Hall (E2030).

For more information, go to the Center for a Livable Future Web site,



The Milestones feature in the Aug. 18 issue listed those employees who celebrated an anniversary with the university in August 2008, not in July 2008 as the article stated. The retirees listed, however, did retire in July. The names of those employees who celebrated an anniversary in July will run in the Sept. 15 issue.


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