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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 18, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 22
In Brief


New service to increase visibility of Johns Hopkins digital scholarship

The JHU Libraries have announced the creation of JScholarship, an open source technology system that makes digital collections, faculty research, conference papers, datasets and other intellectual assets of the university available through multiple user interfaces.

Access to JScholarship can be limited to the Johns Hopkins community, or made broadly available through search engines such as Google Scholar. The system also serves as an institutional repository, preserving the digital materials and providing permanent, unbreakable URLs for the content.

Scholarly material such as preprints, postprints, technical reports, images and datasets can be submitted to JScholarship in any digital form. Unpublished papers can also be submitted. Library staff can help authors determine their rights to deposit freely accessible copies of published papers.

The digital materials are organized within communities and collections, and can correspond to divisions, departments, labs, research centers or other groups. These entities can establish discrete collections to highlight particular aspects of their work.

Visit to learn more. No login is necessary to view most materials. For more information, contact David Reynolds at


SoM's Ben Carson receives Ford's Theatre's Lincoln Medal

Pediatric neurosurgeon Benjamin S. Carson was a recipient of the 2008 Ford's Theatre Lincoln Medal, presented by President and Mrs. Bush to Carson and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on Feb. 10 at a White House ceremony.

The medal is given annually to individuals who through their body of work, accomplishments or personal attributes exemplify the legacy and character embodied by President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln died after being shot at Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865.

Carson has been director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children's Center since 1984. He holds appointments in the departments of Neurosurgery, Oncology, Plastic Surgery and Pediatrics at the School of Medicine and is probably best known for his participation in the surgical separation of five sets of twins joined at the head.

Carson grew up in a single-parent, low-income household in Detroit and credits his mother and teachers with getting him on the path toward education when peer pressure and environment pulled him off course. Today, in addition to numerous academic papers and book chapters, he has authored four autobiographical books chronicling his childhood, work as a surgeon and philosophy for success in life.


Johns Hopkins car-sharing program now part of Zipcar

Not only have the vehicles in the Johns Hopkins car-sharing program at Homewood multiplied — the fleet is now up to 10 hybrids, from the original four — but they're sporting new decals, due to the recent merger of Flexcar and Zipcar.

Everyone who was enrolled in the Flexcar program now has the benefits of Zipcar, including the ability to reserve cars in more than 35 cities.

Flexcar participants should have already received a package explaining how to activate their new cards; anyone who hasn't should contact the Sustainability Office at To join the convenient, cost-effective program, go to .


Men's lacrosse coaches to field fan questions at ESPN Zone

The men's lacrosse coaches from the Baltimore area's top Division I programs, all of which competed in the 2007 NCAA tournament, will be at ESPN Zone in the Inner Harbor on Wednesday, Feb. 20, to preview the 2008 season and participate in a question-and-answer session with fans.

ESPNU lacrosse commentator Scott Garceau will host the Q&A, which will feature Dave Pietramala, head coach of the 2007 national champion Johns Hopkins Blue Jays; Towson's Tony Seaman; Loyola's Charley Toomey; and UMBC's Don Zimmerman.

The event, set for 12:30, will also give fans a chance to win ticket packages for the upcoming season.


Ambassador John Bolton to speak at Foreign Affairs Symposium

John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has been added to the lineup of speakers for the Foreign Affairs Symposium, which opened its 2008 season earlier this month. Bolton will speak at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Homewood's Shriver Hall.

The theme of the student-run symposium, now celebrating its 10th year, is A Decade of Discussion.


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