The Johns Hopkins Gazette: April 3, 2000
April 3, 2000
VOL. 29, NO. 30


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Hopkins, Aetna call it quits on joint InteliHealth venture

On March 29, Johns Hopkins and Aetna U.S. Healthcare announced the conclusion of their four-year-old joint venture in InteliHealth, which has served as the "gold standard" of consumer health information on the World Wide Web.

The end of the partnership came about because the business interests of the two entities shifted along with rapid changes in the world of online healthcare information. InteliHealth will continue to exist without Hopkins' participation, while Hopkins will pursue a new commercial online consumer health relationship.

As of March 31, the InteliHealth website no longer is branded "The Home of Johns Hopkins Health Information." However, Hopkins will continue to provide both content and review services to InteliHealth through July 31. Hopkins also will retain the copyright to--and the right to use in any new business--the millions of words its faculty have developed with InteliHealth.

Among its many achievements, InteliHealth was the winner of the 1999 Webby award for best health site on the Internet and recently was called by Newsweek "altogether the best health site on the Web."

Maryland house, garden tour highlights Hopkins homes

The 63rd annual Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage will feature the historic Roland Park neighborhood and three notable residences belonging to the university: Homewood House Museum, begun in 1801 by Charles Carroll Jr. and renowned for its architectural elegance; the 1858 Italianate gem Evergreen House, which housed Baltimore's only private theater; and Nichols House, built in 1958 for university President Milton S. Eisenhower.

The first property sold by the Roland Park Corp. in 1892 will also be among the 14 houses and their gardens open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, during the city segment of the statewide event, which takes place over several weeks.

Roland Park was designed in 1897 by Frederick Law Olmsted and envisioned as a community of "detached dwellings with sylvan surroundings yet supplied with a considerable share of urban convenience." Today, the neighborhood retains its original character and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage promotes the preservation and restoration of Maryland's significant and historic architectural treasures, with proceeds benefiting special preservation projects in each county. Proceeds from the 2000 Baltimore City tour will benefit Homewood House.

Tickets for the daylong event are $20 and may be purchased at any house on the tour. Lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Evergreen's Carriage House, 4545 N. Charles St., for $8.50 per person. For more information, call 410-516-5589.

Emmy winner to discuss bios during Library Week

In celebration of National Library Week, April 9 to 15, the university's Sheridan Libraries and the city's Enoch Pratt Free Library are sponsoring a discussion by David Grubin, Emmy award- winning producer, director, writer and cinematographer. Grubin will talk about "Other People's Stories: The Art of Biography" and show clips from his films at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, at the Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. The event is free and open to the public. To register, call the Pratt Library at 410-396-5494.

Nasdaq president to discuss the new economy

Alfred R. Berkeley III, president of the Nasdaq Stock Market and a trustee of the university, will discuss the Nasdaq's role in creating a new economy and new wealth during the nation's longest economic boom. This presentation of the Friends of Johns Hopkins Libraries will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, at the Carriage House at Evergreen.

After a career in finance at Alex. Brown & Sons, where his primary expertise involved large computer software and electronic commerce companies, Berkeley in 1996 was appointed president of the Nasdaq Stock Market. Today, the Nasdaq has a larger dollar volume and trades more shares per day than any other U.S. market.

A reception will follow the presentation. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the program and to make reservations, call 410-516-8327.

Transsexual activist to speak at DSAGA event

Transsexual activist Dana Rivers, who was dismissed from her teaching position for expressing her gender identity, will speak at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, in the Donovan Room of Gilman Hall, Homewood campus. The talk is part of "Out in Front: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness Days," sponsored by the JHU Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance.

Rivers became the center of a transsexual rights and freedom of speech controversy after she informed the California high school in which she taught that she would be gender-transitioning from male to female. Rivers, formerly known as David Warfield, had won several awards for her teaching and was well-liked by students. Students and school board members initially reacted with support to Rivers' announcement, but the school board retracted that support after a handful of parents complained that Rivers had explained her condition--gender dysphoria--to students. Rivers was barred from returning to the classroom.

While Rivers' job discrimination suit is pending, she has been in the national spotlight, appearing on 20/20, CNN, the Today Show and Oprah. The subject of Newsweek and USA Today articles, Rivers also was also named one of People magazine's "25 Most Intriguing People of 1999."