Johns Hopkins Gazette | January 12, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University January 12, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 17
In Brief


Obama inauguration showings scheduled on various campuses

For faculty, staff and students who would like to watch the inauguration of President Obama at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 20, arrangements are being made for special viewings. As of press time, the following plans had been finalized.

At Homewood, a showing is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (subject to change, based on network coverage) in Shriver Hall, and live coverage will be streamed all day in Mason Hall Auditorium.

The Carey Business School will show the proceedings from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Downtown Center's Berman Auditorium.

The School of Nursing viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Pinkard Building's Alumni Auditorium, with overflow space in Room 217.

Inauguration coverage will be available at the School of Public Health throughout the day on the Wall of Wonder in the Monument Street gallery, Feinstone Hall and the Hampton House auditorium.

Beginning at 11:30 a.m., Johns Hopkins Medicine will show the events in Hurd Hall, Turner Auditorium and the Asthma and Allergy Center at Bayview.

Also beginning at 11:30 a.m., APL staff will be able to watch the swearing-in and inaugural address on monitors in the cafeterias. In addition, APL Web Video will offer the choice of CNN or FoxNews coverage streamed to individual computers.

SAIS will be closed for the day.


JHU team's Egyptian dig will be chronicled online this month

Krieger School Egyptologist Betsy Bryan is once again inviting the world to read an online diary of her team's progress as it resumes its excavation of the Sacred Lake at the Temple of the Goddess Mut in Luxor, Egypt.

Located at: the Web site Hopkins in Egypt Today aims to provide visitors with a behind-the-scenes view of life on an archaeological dig through photos and detailed captions. The Web site routinely receives thousands of hits each time it goes live, typically during January and June. Daily updates began late last week.

Bryan, the Alexander Badawy Professor of Egyptian Art and Archaeology in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, is joined this month by a team of graduate and undergraduate students, conservators and photographers.


'Kiplinger's' names best values in private colleges, universities

In the February issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance that hit newsstands last week, Johns Hopkins is ranked No. 18 in the list of the 50 Best Values in Private Universities. The publication also ranked 50 liberal arts colleges.

Those institutions, the editors said, "combine outstanding economic value with exceptional education."

"Families hit by the economic downturn may feel that private institutions are out of their financial reach, but they will be surprised by our findings," said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger's. "Most of the top-notch schools on the Kiplinger 100 offer generous financial aid packages. And, for those who earn too much to qualify for need-based aid, many of the colleges on our list offer hefty scholarships to a few outstanding students or smaller merit awards to a bigger pool."

Ranked No. 1 on the list was CalTech, followed by Yale and Princeton. The article and rankings are posted online at: values.


John Astin pays tribute to Poe in Baltimore celebration kickoff

In honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, Baltimore this week kicks off a yearlong celebration called Nevermore 2009. John Astin, director of the Theatre Arts and Studies Program at Johns Hopkins, who frequently portrays Poe, will salute the writer in an hourlong tribute on Jan. 17, 18 and 31 and Feb. 1 during the city-sponsored Edgar Allan Poe Bicentennial Birthday Celebration; other theatrical performances, music and toasts will be part of the events as well. Also planned for the year are lectures, wine tastings, art exhibitions and special tours.

Astin's performances this week will be at 7 p.m. Saturday and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, both at Westminster Hall. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, if available. For details, go to:


Name change for Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at Homewood is now named the Office of Multicultural Affairs. The change was made to reflect the office's commitment to expanding its role and supporting its mission "to cultivate an environment among students, staff, faculty and the Baltimore community at large where persons of all cultural backgrounds are understood and respected, and where civility, leadership and cultural heritage are highly regarded."

The name of its new facility will be the Multicultural Affairs Student Center. The center, to open Jan. 26 at 3003 N. Charles St., Suite 100, will house cultural student organizations and a cultural resource center/library, a conference room, a seminar room, a kitchenette/dining area and a student lounge.


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