The Johns Hopkins Gazette: July 6, 1999
July 6, 1999
VOL. 28, NO. 39


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Hopkins will host mayoral candidates in upcoming forum

Major nonprofit organizations and educational institutions in Baltimore have banded together to sponsor a series of forums at which candidates for city offices can present their views. The first event, which is open to mayoral candidates of all parties, will be hosted by Johns Hopkins on July 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Shriver Hall, Homewood campus.

Other members of the sponsoring coalition are the League of Women Voters of Baltimore City, Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Citizens Planning and Housing Alliance, Morgan State University, Sojourner-Douglass College, Baltimore City Community College, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Associated Black Charities, NAACP-Baltimore Branch and the Baltimore Jewish Council.

Also planned are forums for city council president, comptroller and members of the city council. Closer to the time of the Sept. 14 primary, a debate will be scheduled for the mayoral candidates.

MacArthur 'genius grant' goes to Jill Banfield, Ph.D. '90

Jill Banfield, a mineralogist who received her doctorate in 1990 from Johns Hopkins, is one of 32 recipients of new MacArthur Fellowships. The awards, given by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, are often referred to as "genius grants" because the program celebrates and nurtures creativity. Recipients, who are nominated by invited nominators and selected by a committee of anonymous experts, receive five years of unrestricted support to use as they see fit. Banfield will receive $290,000. The foundation neither requires nor expects specific products or reports from MacArthur Fellows.

Banfield was educated at the Australian National University before coming to Hopkins where she was a Fulbright Scholar and received an Owen Fellowship. Now on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin, Banfield has contributed fundamental insights into the physical and chemical forces that shape the Earth's surface. Details can be found on the Web at 1999fellows/jillian_banfield.htm.

Michael K. Hooker, former dean at Hopkins, dies at 53

Michael K. Hooker, the chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a former dean at Hopkins, died June 29 of lymph system cancer. He was 53.

Hooker, who was born into a poor family in Richlands, Va., came to Hopkins from Harvard in 1975 as an assistant professor of philosophy; a few years later he was named dean of undergraduate and graduate studies. He left Hopkins in 1982, at age 36, to head Bennington College and later served as president of the University of Maryland and of the University of Massachusetts.

Hooker graduated from Chapel Hill in 1969 and in 1973 recieved his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

IPS announces winners of essay contest on citizenship

An economics major at Youngstown State University, a native of Vietnam, and an international relations major from Arkansas are the winners in the Institute for Policy Studies' second annual essay contest on citizenship. Some 139 students from 32 states entered the contest, writing on "The Meaning of Citizenship Today."

First prize and $2,000 went to Sara Marie LaLumia, a junior at Youngstown State, whose essay put citizenship in a historical context and discussed today's challenges to citizenship. Minh Doan, a native of Hanoi, Vietnam, and a junior at Berea College in Kentucky, took second place and received $1,500. Third place and $1,000 went to Angie Maxwell, a junior at the University of Arkansas.

To read the essays, go to

Fall courses for Evergreen Society run wide gamut

Exploring a broad array of topics ranging from Hollywood musicals to Greek mythology, current trends in the investment market, spiritual passages, women's studies, and the real William Shakespeare, the university's Evergreen Society will begin its fall schedule of part-time courses for seniors on Oct. 12 at locations in Baltimore, Columbia and Montgomery County.

For information on membership in the Evergreen Society, contact its Baltimore/Columbia office at 410-309-9531 or its Montgomery County office at 301-294-7058.

It's official: Continuing Studies now known by its new name

As of July 1, the former School of Continuing Studies is officially the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education.