The Johns Hopkins Gazette: January 24, 2000
January 24, 2000
VOL. 29, NO. 19


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Brody's views of 21st-century university can be heard on Web

Global competition, speed, information overload and aggressive distance-learning companies are some of the challenges a traditional research university faces today and in the coming years, according to President William R. Brody.

Brody recently addressed these issues and more in his discussion of "The Quantum Physics Model of the University in the New Millennium," the Colloquium 2000 Inaugural Lecture at the Applied Physics Laboratory.

The lecture can be heard in its entirety by visiting the Web at An audio version is also linked to that page.

The classical model of the university, Brody says, is a lot like the classical physics model of the atom, with faculty tightly bound to the core of the university like electrons around a nucleus. But the 21st-century model of the university, Brody says, will look more like the quantum physics model of the atom--a cloudlike array of campuses, faculty and resources shared across fuzzy borders.

In his talk, Brody looks at what this means for universities in general and for Johns Hopkins in particular.

Second Minority Pre-Health Conference set for February

Breaking Down Barriers: Healthcare in the New Millennium" is the topic of the university's second annual Minority Pre-Health Professions Conference, to be held Friday night, Feb. 25, and all day Saturday, Feb. 26. The Office of Academic Advising in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences is sponsor of the event, whose purpose is to equip participants with knowledge of how to overcome barriers that may keep them from attaining their career goals.

This two-day conference will introduce college students to a wide variety of career opportunities, including those in medicine, dentistry, public health, nursing, veterinary medicine and other health professions. The event has been designed for aspiring students to learn about the duties and responsibilities of health professionals as well as the means by which they might prepare to enter into the study of a particular discipline.

Tentative workshop topics include Women in Medicine, Public Health, Extracurricular Options, High School Preparation, Admissions/Financial Aid and Medical Specialties. Keynote speaker for the luncheon on Saturday, Feb. 26, is Benjamin Carson, associate professor of neurosurgery in the School of Medicine and director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The registration fee of $10 will admit attendees to all lectures, panels, workshops, the Saturday luncheon and the health professions fair.

For more information, call the Office of Academic Advising at 410-516-8216.

Division of Sports Medicine signs on with BayRunners

Chalk up a first for the staff of the Division of Sports Medicine: The School of Medicine team has signed on for its first stint as physicians for a professional team--Baltimore's BayRunners, one of eight teams in the new minor league International Basketball League.

Sports Medicine will provide all medical care for the basketball team, conducting physicals, taking care of injuries and dispatching an orthopedic surgeon to the 32 games scheduled in the Baltimore Arena.

In return, the BayRunners will send players and the team's sea creature mascot to health fairs and on in-patient visits to the hospital and children's center, which, along with Sports Medicine, are team sponsors.

Tickets for Hopkins employees will be available on a two-for-one basis. Details for obtaining tickets will be announced soon.

APL launches one of world's largest solar telescopes

On Jan. 10, APL launched from McMurdo Station, Antarctica, its Flare Genesis telescope to study solar phenomena. The $18 million instrument is one of the largest solar telescopes in the world.

Carried 23 miles above the Antarctica continent by a NASA balloon, Flare Genesis will circle the South Pole, capturing the sharpest images ever of sunspots and magnetically active regions on the sun surface, now at their peak activity.

The flight, which is supported by the National Science Foundation and NASA, can be followed on the Web at:

Veteran naval expert to talk on U.S. intelligence today

Richard Haver, a veteran of three decades with Naval Intelligence, will give an Alpha Sigma Lamba Honors Lecture, sponsored by the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education.

Between 1968 and 1998, Haver held such top posts as first civilian deputy director of Naval Intelligence and first assistant to the secretary of defense for intelligence policy. He also was head of government assessment of the damage done by Aldrich Ames, the CIA official turned Soviet spy.

His lecture, "From Spies to Satellites: U.S. Intelligence Today," is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, in Shaffer Hall, Homewood campus. Admission is free; a reception follows.