The Johns Hopkins Gazette: September 17, 2001
September 17, 2001
VOL. 31, NO. 3


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Red Cross requests donors to give blood at scheduled drives

Many Red Cross facilities are overwhelmed with the number of people who have wanted to donate blood since Sept. 11. Because the need will continue to be great in weeks to come--and because blood has a short shelf life and will need to be brought to victims by ground from places closest to Washington and New York--the Red Cross has asked the university community to donate blood at scheduled drives.

The next drive at Homewood will be Monday, Sept. 24, and Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Levering's Glass Pavilion. To minimize waiting, an appointment is recommended; call 410-516-6060 or go to

Other Hopkins entities will be having drives soon.

U.S. Rep. Constance Morella to speak at security seminar

The Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute will kick off its fall seminar series on Monday, Sept. 24, with an address by U.S. Rep. Constance A. Morella of the 8th District in Maryland. She will speak on "A Congressional Perspective on Information Security and Privacy."

The congresswoman's presentation will begin at noon in 101 Ross Jones Building, in the Mattin Center at Homewood. The event is free and open to the university community and others interested in the topic.

The hourlong program is part of a lecture series organized by the new institute. JHUISI was established last December to tackle the complex technological, legal, ethical and public policy challenges of keeping information private and computer systems secure in an increasingly electronic world.

The institute will conduct research and offer courses, drawing on experts from nearly every school and division in the university. It will work in partnership with industry and government agencies.

Best Dressed Sale, benefit for hospital, begins Thursday

Now in its 37th year, the Johns Hopkins Best Dressed Sale and Boutique is set for Sept. 20 to 23 at Evergreen Carriage House. This fund-raising event of the Women's Board of The Johns Hopkins Hospital each year draws thousands of shoppers in search of top-notch clothing and accessories at rock-bottom prices. Last year, more than $130,000 was raised for patient-care programs.

The sale features delicately used designer fashions, vintage clothing, elegant furs and evening wear, maternity clothes, sports coats, children's clothes, shoes and accessories for the entire family.

Shopping days begin earlier this year and include a super clearance day on Sunday. The hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thurs., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat. and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For details or directions, call 410-955-9341.

Peabody Library Antiquarian Book Fair is planned

The George Peabody Library Antiquarian Book Fair, sponsored by the Friends of the Johns Hopkins University Libraries, will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, and Sunday, Sept. 30, in conjunction with the Baltimore Book Festival. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days.

One of Baltimore's historic treasures, the Peabody Library provides an appropriate setting in which to talk with antiquarian book dealers, shop for rare and collectible editions and receive free appraisals.

"The Book Guys," Allan Stypek and Mike Cuthbert, will record two live shows on music history for their syndicated call-in radio program. During the hour prior to the recording session, which is from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, books brought in by the audience will be reviewed and appraised in order to find materials for the show.

The book fair also will host local authors, among them Jean McGarry, chair of the Writing Seminars, who will be joined in a discussion called "How I Wrote That Story" by faculty colleagues Stephen Dixon and Judith Grossman and Pushcart Prize-winner Richard Burgin. It takes place at noon on Saturday.

For a complete schedule, go to the Friends of the Libraries Web site at:

Harvest food for the hungry on Make a Difference Day

Since 1992, millions of Americans have joined together on the fourth Saturday of October, Make a Difference Day, by helping others within their community.

This year, on Oct. 27, Hopkins faculty, staff and students will team up other volunteers to help gather fresh fruits and vegetables at Garden Harvest, a nonprofit organic farm whose mission is to alleviate hunger and improve nutrition by supplying free produce to nearly 50 local emergency food agencies. To volunteer, call Judy Peregoff in the Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs at 410-516-6060, or write to

East Baltimore staff create computer lab at local church

The Trinity Baptist Church in East Baltimore now has a computer lab, thanks to the JHHS Community Services Department and the JHM Center for Information Services. JMCIS refurbished computers that were no longer being used at Hopkins, installed them at the church and designed an operating system that will be easy to maintain.

Children who attend Collington Square Elementary School across the street from the church will use the lab daily to learn basic computer skills and software applications.