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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 27, 2008 | Vol. 38 No. 9
In Brief


University releases new policy on credit card marketing

In accordance with a new Maryland law that requires colleges and universities to have a policy regarding credit card marketing, Johns Hopkins has formulated the following policy, which has been approved by Provost Kristina Johnson:

"The university prohibits any credit card issuer from marketing credit cards on campus. For purpose of this policy, credit card marketing activity includes any activity designed to encourage students to apply for a credit card, including but not limited to placing a display or poster together with credit card applications on campus, and/or offering free merchandise or incentives to students to market credit cards. This policy does not apply to 1) advertisements in newspapers, magazines or other similar publications and 2) marketing activities within the physical location of branches of the Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union or other banks that may occupy space on campus."


Libraries present lecture on the latest in open access to research

John Willinsky, author of The Access Principle, will this week discuss newly emerging scholarly publishing practices and the potential for this body of knowledge to become more of a public resource for learning and deliberation. The talk will take place on Thursday, Oct. 30, in Homewood's Mason Hall.

Sponsored by the JHU Libraries' Scholarly Communications Group, the event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a book signing and reception, followed at 6:30 p.m. by the lecture, "The New Intellectual Properties of the Library." The Scholarly Communications Group is a joint initiative of the Sheridan and Welch libraries and is dedicated to fostering open access to quality information in support of learning, scholarship, research and patient care.

Willinsky is a professor in the School of Education at Stanford University and director of the Public Knowledge Project at Stanford. He has published extensively on open access to research and scholarship.

For more information, contact Lorrie Green at 410-516-8328 or For more about the Scholarly Communications Group, go to


JHU program is 'building a biotech bridge to China'

Graduate students and instructors from Peking University recently visited the JHU Master of Science in Bioscience Regulatory Affairs program to broaden their understanding of bioscience product development, quality assurance and international regulatory affairs.

Lynn Johnson Langer, associate chair of the Johns Hopkins program, said that the goal of the visit was to address China's manufacture of biopharmaceuticals for export to the U.S. and the approval requirements of the Food and Drug Administration. "As we strengthen this relationship with Peking University, we will effectively be building a biotech bridge to China that creates greater understanding of international regulation and product development in a global marketplace," she said.

The visitors, who attended two lectures at the Montgomery County Campus, are part of PKU's International Pharmaceutical Engineering Management Program. The relationship between the two schools began when Langer traveled to China in 2006 to discuss mutually beneficial education opportunities.

Langer has lectured in China about Johns Hopkins' part-time online graduate programs in biotechnology, and two lecturers from PKU have spoken at Johns Hopkins. Representatives from the two universities are now discussing opportunities for joint online lectures, utilizing a virtual classroom.


Details announced for Butterball Turkey, Adopt-a-Family programs

The Johns Hopkins community is being asked to show some compassion for those less fortunate by participating this season in one or both of the holiday assistance efforts sponsored by the Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs: the Vernon Rice Memorial Butterball Turkey and Adopt-a-Family programs.

Now in its 15th year, the Vernon Rice Memorial Butterball Turkey Program, named in honor of the Johns Hopkins staff member who started the program, provides Butterball turkey gift certificates to families in need. FSRP forwards the funds collected to St. Anthony of Padua Church in West Baltimore, which distributes certificates to pre-identified households.

To participate, send a check or money order in $15 increments, payable to JHU Butterball, to the Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs, 631N Wyman Park Building, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218.

Checks received by Nov. 14 will be given to families for Thanksgiving, and those received after that date but before Dec. 15 will be used for December holidays. All contributions must be received by Dec. 15.

The Adopt-a-Family/Adopt-an-Agency Program helps provide families and individuals with gifts, clothing and food that they might not otherwise be able to afford. Johns Hopkins faculty, staff or departments adopt a pre-identified family or social service agency and collect gifts to match specific needs.

Donors are asked to complete an online request form, available, along with other program information, at

Contact FSRP at 410-516-6060 with questions about either program or go to: and click on Community Service.


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