The Johns Hopkins Gazette: June 19, 2000
June 19, 2000
VOL. 29, NO. 39


In Brief

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Sonneborn named interim director of Audits, Management Services

Marguerite W. Sonneborn, executive assistant in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, will serve as interim director of the Office of Audits and Management Services.

Sonneborn will coordinate the work of the office with its three program managers, Barry White, who oversees information systems audits; Sharon Schreter, who manages health care audits; and Bob Walters, who is responsible for operational audits.

Sonneborn has been in the senior vice president's office for nine years and previously spent five years in Audits and Management Services. She also has filled several different roles in the School of Medicine in her Johns Hopkins career.

She holds a master's degree in administrative science from Johns Hopkins and is a certified internal auditor.

"I am pleased that we have in Meg Sonneborn a seasoned and experienced administrator who can step into the interim leadership role in the internal audit office," senior vice president James T. McGill said. "I have come to respect Meg and her broad-based skills and knowledge of Hopkins. She will serve admirably in the role she is assuming."

Two new members added to JHM Board of Trustees

Voted in as new Johns Hopkins Medicine Board of Trustees members are Sherry F. Bellamy and B. Francis Saul.

Bellamy, president and CEO of Bell Atlantic-Maryland Inc., oversees all local telephone operations in Maryland. She began her career with the company as an attorney in 1991. In addition to her trustee position, Bellamy serves as a director of the Kennedy Krieger Institute and other groups.

Chairman and president of B.F. Saul Company of Bethesda, Saul is also chairman of B.F. Saul Real Estate Trust; chairman, CEO and founder of Chevy Chase Bank, FSB; and chairman, CEO and trustee of Saul Centers Inc.

APL staff member wins big on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'

Chris Barker, a member of the senior professional staff at the Applied Physics Laboratory, made it to the hot seat on the popular ABC quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and came away $250,000 richer.

Barker sweated out 13 levels of questions posed by host Regis Philbin and used the "phone-a-friend" lifeline to help earn his final correct answer. Two friends on his list were APL co-workers Steve Greif and Doug Manning, but Barker opted to call his former college roommate to help him identify what the Beaufort Scale measures. (The answer: wind velocity.) His $500,000 question was: "Which French leader said, 'How can you govern a country that has 246 kinds of cheese?'--Pompidou, de Gaulle, Chirac or Mitterrand?" Out of lifelines, Barker, who works in the Business and Information Services Department, decided not to risk dropping down to the $32,000 level and chose instead to walk away a quarter-millionaire. The correct answer was de Gaulle.

Barker and his wife are discussing using the windfall to buy a new home and put money aside for the education of their sons.

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Annual Hopkins picnic moved to meadow at Evergreen House

The 14th annual Hopkins picnic has been scheduled for Friday, July 14, on the meadow at Evergreen House, located at 4545 N. Charles St. The usual date and Homewood campus location of the picnic were ruled out this year because of the Great Excavations project. The picnic will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m., and attendees are welcome to tour the grounds, which contain the Sculpture at Evergreen show.

Ticket information is being distributed to employees; it is also available on the picnic Web site at

For more information, contact Judy Peregoff at or 410-516-6060.

APL to host its first annual Invention of the Year Awards

The Applied Physics Laboratory's Office of Technology Transfer will host its first annual Invention of the Year Awards Ceremony on June 27 to honor 126 researchers and name the Lab's top inventions for 1999. The ceremony, to be held at the Kossiakoff Center, will begin at 4:30 p.m.

More than 100 inventions have been disclosed since the inception of the office in July 1999, more than doubling APL's average annual rate. An independent panel of judges will select the top three developments based on their creativity, novelty and potential to benefit society. Winners will be awarded with an Invention of the Year plaque and cash prize.

Dedicated U lot shuttle service suspended due to lack of use

Dedicated shuttle service from Homewood's U lot to campus has been suspended for lack of riders. The service was established in early May in conjunction with the start of Clark Hall construction. That project, located on what was previously a JHU parking lot, resulted in more members of the paid parking system using U lot. Nearly all of those parkers, however, have been content to walk rather than ride the shuttle.

Signs have been posted at U lot informing parkers that they may use the call box at the gate for a ride from the security escort shuttle. The dedicated shuttle service could be reinstated in the fall or winter, depending on feedback from parkers when the new school year and cold weather begin.