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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 31, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 28
In Brief


'U.S. News' releases annual graduate school rankings

The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine once again holds the No. 2 spot in the category of medical schools/research in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings of the country's best graduate schools. Rounding out the top five for 2008 are Harvard at 1; Washington University in St. Louis, 3; University of Pennsylvania, 4; and University of California, San Francisco, 5. In medical schools/primary care, JHU is tied at 26.

In medical specialties, the Johns Hopkins rankings are geriatrics, 1; internal, 2; AIDS, 2; drug/alcohol abuse, 3; pediatrics, 4; and women's health, tied at 5.

Most health fields, including public health and nursing, were not freshly ranked this year. The "Best Graduate Schools" issue will include those areas' most recent rankings. (In 2007, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health was No. 1 and the School of Nursing, No. 4.)

In engineering, Johns Hopkins weighed in at 27 and was ranked No. 1 in biomedical/bioengineering and No. 6 in environmental/environmental health.

In its first year as a stand-alone division, the School of Education was ranked No. 20, up from a tie at 32 in 2006 (the last time JHU was included in the rankings).

JHU was tied at 32 in public affairs.

For complete listings and methodology, go to


Gangs in Maryland schools focus of School of Ed conference

The JHU School of Education is sponsoring a conference called "Perspectives on Gangs in Maryland Schools" from 5 to 7 p.m. today, March 31, at the Education Building, Homewood campus.

A panel presentation by leading educators and public health and safety experts will examine both the scope of the gang problem and possible remedies. Speakers include representatives of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Maryland Association of School Police; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; and Baltimore City Public School System.

Moderators from the School of Education are Mariale Hardiman, assistant dean for urban partnerships, and Larry Harmel, of the Public Safety Leadership program. Harmel is also executive director of the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association.

Hardiman, who was a principal in Baltimore City before joining Johns Hopkins in 2005, said, "The issue of gangs in schools touches many teachers and principals in Baltimore City. This conference will bring together a variety of experts who can analyze the problem from different angles and present practical suggestions for school personnel."

For more information, contact Betsy Emery at 410-516-9736 or


Deadlines approach for Staff Recognition, Retirement events

Johns Hopkins University staff who are being recognized at events in June for milestone anniversaries have until Friday, April 4, to order service awards.

Retiring staff will be feted at the Staff Recognition and Retirement dinner on June 3, which also will honor staff with 20 or more years on the job, in five-year increments. Invitations will be sent in April to the dinner, the last one at which President Brody will speak and present awards.

Retiring staff who would like to be honored at the dinner must notify the Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs by April 15 of plans to retire. Retiring staff with 25 or more years will also receive instructions for ordering awards. For more information, go to: or contact Sondra Ponzi of FSRP at or call 410-516-0338.


Jays finish second in NCAA Men's Swim Championships

Sophomore John Thomas won the 200 Back on March 22, the final day of the 2008 NCAA Division III Men's Swimming Championships in Oxford, Ohio, helping propel Johns Hopkins to a second-place finish with 330 points. It was the Blue Jays' best finish since 2003, when they also placed second, and their ninth straight top-10 finish. In all, Johns Hopkins broke nine school records during the three-day championships, and the team's coach, George Kennedy, was honored as Coach of the Year.

The championship win — for the 29th consecutive year — went to the Kenyon College Lords, who racked up 635 points.


Global warming is subject of lunchtime discussion forums

Three informal lunchtime gatherings have been planned by the Johns Hopkins Sustainability Initiative for students, faculty, staff and community members to come together in an open forum to discuss global warming and climate change.

The topics for the events, to be held from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Levering's Arellano Theater on the Homewood campus, are "Global Warming Basics," April 2; "What Must Happen to Make a Difference?" April 16; and a forum with the President's Task Force on Climate Change, April 30.



In last week's article about tuition, the undergraduate population at the Homewood schools was incorrect. There are currently 4,600 full-time undergraduates in the schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering. In the same story, the 5.8 percent increase reported for the School of Nursing applied to graduate programs only.


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