Brody, Snyder tapped for new NIH management review
President William R. Brody
and Solomon H. Snyder, Distinguished Service Professor of
Psychiatry, were nominated last week by National
Health Director Elias A. Zerhouni to serve as members of
the new Scientific Management Review
Board. The SMRB, which was authorized by the NIH Reform Act
of 2006 and signed into law by
President Bush in January 2007, will conduct ongoing
organizational reviews, issue reports and advise
the NIH on the use of its management authorities.
"The members represent the brightest, most
knowledgeable segment of medical research and
management experts," Zerhouni said in announcing his
selections for the 21-member panel, to be
headed by Norman R. Augustine, former chair of the
executive committee of Lockheed Martin Corp.
Honor for CTY's cogito.org, site for math and science
Cogito.org, a Web
site targeted to the world's brightest math and science
students ages 8-18,
has won a prestigious Parents' Choice Foundation Silver
Honor Award for Web sites geared to children
and young adults. Cogito, developed by the Center for Talented
Youth with support from the John
Templeton Foundation, gives exceptional students interested
in science and math a virtual place to
connect with professional scientists and other bright young
people like themselves. The selection
committee said it was impressed with the site's navigation
and the sheer volume of math and science
content. Launched in 2007, Cogito now has more than 3,700
members from all 50 states and 56 countries.
SoN reaches top spot with 39 returned Peace Corps
A continuing high enrollment of returned Peace Corps
volunteers has positioned Johns Hopkins'
Nursing at the top of the enrollment rankings for
colleges and universities that are Peace
Corps Fellows/USA partners.
In 2008-2009, 39 fellows are enrolled at the only
nursing school in the country with a
baccalaureate Peace Corps Fellows Program. The program
provides funding for students who are
returned volunteers and participate in the school's
Community Outreach Program, working in
community nursing practice with the guidance of senior
community health nursing faculty.
Since 1991, the school has graduated 347 RPCVs from
the baccalaureate program.
Double author signing set for tonight at Barnes & Noble
Two critically acclaimed Baltimore-based authors will
be sharing the spotlight at 7 p.m. tonight,
Sept. 15, at Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins, located in
Jessica Anya Blau and Michael Kimball will be reading
from, and signing copies of, their latest
novels, The Summer of Naked Swim Parties and Dear
Everybody, respectively. A graduate of the
University of California, Berkeley, Blau received her
master's degree from Johns Hopkins, where she
now teaches creative writing.
Kimball, who studied at Michigan State and New York
universities, is the author of three other
novels: The Way the Family Got Away, How Much of Us
There Was and Dear Everybody. He is a
founding editor of Taint Magazine.
Date changed for Will Ferrell appearance in MSE
The date for a talk by actor/comedian Will Ferrell as
part of the 2008 MSE Symposium,
originally scheduled for Nov. 4, has been changed to
Thursday, Nov. 6.
Unlike the other talks in the series, which are
public, this event is open only to Johns Hopkins
affiliates and season pass holders. It will begin at 8 p.m.
in Homewood's Shriver Hall Auditorium; the
doors open at 7:30 p.m.
The theme of the 2008 Symposium, which began last week
with a talk by Tucker Carlson of
MSNBC, is "A More Perfect Union: Partnership, Progress and
Prosperity in a Changing America." Other
scheduled speakers are basketball legend Kareem
Abdul-Jabbar, former CIA agent Valerie Plame
Wilson, actor/comedian David Alan Grier and Johns Hopkins
President William R. Brody, in what is
expected to be his final address to the university before
retiring Dec. 31. For more information, go to: www.jhu.edu/mse.
Help a stranger (or three) by donating blood Sept. 17 or
Just one unit of blood can save three lives. New and
returning blood donors are urged to "share
a pint with a stranger" at the upcoming Homewood campus
blood drive, scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to 6
p.m. (last donors at 5:45 p.m.) on Wednesday and Thursday,
Sept. 17 and 18, in the Glass Pavilion of
According to the Red Cross, fall drives are critical
for replenishing the region's available blood
supply, depleted over the summer. Types B-positive,
O-positive and O-negative are in especially short
supply at this time. September donors are eligible to win a
mid-week stay at Caesars Pocono Resorts.
Repeat donors also can sign up to become Fast Track donors,
to expedite future visits. Information
will be available at the drive.
For donor eligibility criteria, go to: www.my-redcross.org
or call 800-272-2048.
To schedule an appointment online, go to:
or contact John Black in the Office of Faculty, Staff and
Retiree Programs at
410-516-0138 to schedule or get information about the Fast
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