Johns Hopkins Gazette | March 23, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 23, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 27
In Brief


JH Institutions Directory updated online, replaces print

The 2009 Johns Hopkins Institutions Directory has been updated with the latest departmental listings and is now available online. To access the updated directory, log on to, click on the JHU Staff or JHMI Staff tab and click on the image for the Johns Hopkins Departmental Directory to launch the PDF.

Enhancements to the directory include expanded campus listings and the ability to conduct an online search.

In an effort to support "green" initiatives, the directory will no longer be printed for mass distribution. The online directory will enable semiannual updates to be posted. Departmental directory updates or corrections should be e-mailed to


JHU Press author to discuss working class in early Baltimore

The Johns Hopkins University Press and the Johns Hopkins Department of History pair up this week to sponsor a talk by Seth Rockman, author of Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery and Survival in Early Baltimore. In the book, Rockman, an assistant professor of history at Brown University, explores the diverse work force in post-Revolutionary Baltimore and how race, sex, nativity and legal status determined the economic opportunities and vulnerabilities of working families.

Books will be available for purchase at the event, which will be held on Tuesday, March 24, at Homewood Museum. A reception and signing begin at 3 p.m., Rockman's talk at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free for students and Johns Hopkins ID holders; $5 for JHU Museums members and Friends of the JHU Press; $10 for the general public. As seating is limited, reservations are required; call 410-516-5589.


Nursing offers new certificate, loan options for grad students

The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing is now offering a Nurse Educator Certificate Option for graduate students interested in becoming nursing faculty. According to school administrators, the NECO will prepare recipients to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex educational environment, work effectively with both traditional and nontraditional learners in clinical and classroom settings, and use a variety of emerging technologies for teaching and evaluation of learning.

The NECO is a 12-credit course sequence in nursing education and is designed for current or potential full- and part-time master's and doctoral degree students.

To help offset the cost, the Nurse Faculty Loan Program is offering financial assistance to those pursuing the NECO. The program provides a cancellation provision of up to 85 percent of the loan principal and interest, and the maximum amount of the loan (85 percent) may be canceled if the borrower serves as a full-time nurse faculty for four consecutive years following graduation.

Eligible applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and not be in default on a federal debt. Students pursuing post-master's certificate programs are not eligible.

For questions regarding the NECO, contact Mary O'Rourke, director of Admissions and Student Services, at 410-955-7548 or, or Anne Belcher, director of the Office of Teaching Excellence, at 410-955-1730 or Questions regarding the loan program may be directed to the Office of Student Financial Services at or 410-955-9840.


Ten field hockey players named to National Academic Squad

Ten Johns Hopkins field hockey players have been named to the 2008 National Academic Squad by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. Hopkins has put at least 10 players on the national academic team in each of the last three years.

In addition, Hopkins earned the team award for posting a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. This marks the fifth straight year that the Blue Jays have received the team award.

The NFHCA National Academic Squad recognizes those collegiate student-athletes who achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 through the first semester of the 2008-2009 academic year. Since 2001, Blue Jays have combined to earn All-Academic honors from the NFHCA 67 times.


Authors of Charles Village history book at Barnes & Noble

Charles Village is known now as a diverse and vibrant cultural hub of the city, but it wasn't always that way: It began as a series of country villas for the wealthy elite of Baltimore to escape the crush of downtown.

In A Brief History of Charles Village, published in February by the History Press, local authors Gregory J. Alexander and Paul K. Williams chart the evolution of this Baltimore community and its institutions while telling tales of some of its most colorful residents.

At 7 p.m. today, March 23, the authors will discuss and sign copies of the book at Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins.


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