The Johns Hopkins Gazette: November 27, 2000
November 27, 2000
VOL. 30, NO. 12



Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

NEAR asteroid flyover movie available on the Web

Showing you don't need lasers and light sabers to make a great space flick, the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission team has released the first movie from NEAR Shoemaker's Oct. 26 low-altitude flyover of the asteroid Eros. The satellite on that occasion was lowered to about 3 miles from Eros' surface, the closest any spacecraft has ever come to a planetary body without landing on it.

The 90-second movie is available in animated GIF, QuickTime and MPEG formats. To view the movie, and for NEAR's latest images, go to

Documentary films with local flavor to be shown at JHU

Two short documentary films produced by Hopkins' own Lillian Bowers will be screened at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 5, in the Garrett Room of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library.

Bowers, a library assistant in the Cataloging Department at MSEL, was executive producer and co-director of Not a Lady Among Us!, a film completed this year that chronicles the history of the Women's Industrial Exchange on Charles Street. Also to be shown is Little Castles, Bowers' award-winning 1998 documentary on Baltimore's famous facade material, Formstone.

Not a Lady Among Us!, co-directed by Matt Pittroff and produced by the TruckStop Motion Picture Company, premiered Nov. 2 at the Senator Theatre. The two films, each of them less than 30 minutes in length, were co-produced by the Formstone Foundation.

The event is free and open to the university community. Donations will be accepted at the screening for Children in Common, a Russian orphanage for disabled children that Bowers supports.

Professor/author to talk on 'Selecting the Right College'

Thomas A. LaVeist, associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, will present "Selecting the Right College: The First Steps to Success," a lecture to be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 29 in the Multipurpose Room of Homewood's AMR1.

LaVeist, also an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, is the author of a new book titled The DayStar Guide to Colleges for African American Students: What You Need to Know to Choose the Right College, a Kaplan Student Guide that is currently an bestseller.

The free lecture, tailored for high school students and their parents, is sponsored by the university's Black Faculty and Staff Association. The one-hour talk will be followed by a book sale and signing.

For more information, contact Lori Hackett at 410-955-3540.