The Johns Hopkins Gazette: April 2, 2001
April 2, 2001
VOL. 30, NO. 28



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Peabody begins changeover to new phone system

The Peabody Institute recently began phasing in a new phone system, which includes a change of numbers. To reach someone at Peabody, dial 410-659-8100, which will give you a menu of options.

April 1 to 7 is Student Employee Appreciation Week

President Brody has proclaimed April 1 to 7 as Student Employee Appreciation Week in recognition of and with gratitude for the dedicated service provided by student employees throughout the university.

The Student Employment Office encourages all staff members to take this opportunity to thank and recognize their student workers. For ideas and suggestions of how to join in the celebration, visit the student employment Web site at

On Wednesday, April 4, an event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the MSEL's Garrett Room, Homewood campus, to recognize these students. Jerome Schnydman of the President's Office will present an award to the 2001 JHU Student Employee of the Year.

Op-ed writing seminar set for faculty, senior administrators

Writing an opinion piece for a daily newspaper can be an effective way to inform, persuade or otherwise enlighten the public, but only if the piece is actually printed.

On Wednesday, April 4, the Baltimore Sun's Opinion Page editor, Richard Gross, will conduct an hourlong session designed to show faculty and senior-level administrators how to craft the perfect op-ed piece to capture an editor's attention and clearly convey a message.

The workshop will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Arellano Theater, Levering Union, at Homewood.

Anyone with questions should contact Leslie Rice Masterman at 410-516-7800.

Computer scientist looks at technology, future of libraries

On Monday, April 2, the Sheridan Libraries will present a provocative look at technology and the future of libraries. William Y. Arms, professor of computer science at Cornell University, will discuss "The Future Library, a Computer Scientist's Perspective" at the annual Paula Hamburger Lecture.

During his career, Arms has been vice president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, vice president for computing services at Carnegie Mellon and vice provost for computing at Dartmouth. His research interests include Web information systems, digital libraries and electronic publishing.

He is currently involved in the development of a National Digital Library for education in science, mathematics, engineering and technology; nomadic computing environments; and an initiative with the Library of Congress to collect and preserve open-access materials from the Web. He is currently chairman of the Association for Computing Machinery and editor-in-chief of D-Lib Magazine, a Web-based journal covering innovation and research in digital libraries.

This free lecture begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Garrett Room of the Eisenhower Library on the Homewood campus. A reception will follow.

SAIS hosts international crisis simulation for high-schoolers

More than 80 District of Columbia public high school students participated in Crisis Simulation 2001, held Saturday at SAIS. This year's crisis simulation involved Colombia's internal conflict and how it affects the country's South American neighbors. Students from nine schools formed teams representing Colombia, neighboring countries and other involved participants.

SAIS graduate students acted as coaches for each delegation, meeting with the students several times in the weeks leading up to the event. Working with high school faculty sponsors, the coaches familiarized students with the crisis and the country they represented, in addition to teaching basic negotiation and conflict resolution skills.

The annual crisis simulation provides students knowledge about international affairs, public speaking skills and the confidence to negotiate conflict. The event is hosted by SAIS D.C. Student Outreach, the graduate school's community service group formed to educate students in D.C. public high schools about academic and career opportunities in international relations.

'Hoofing in America' takes stage for Wed. Noon Series

Tap Team Two will explore the development of tap dancing and demonstrate its communicative power in a performance titled "Hoofing in America," which will begin at noon on Wednesday, April 4, in Shriver Hall at Homewood.

This dance company focuses on the form of tap dance known as hoofing, a uniquely American form evolved from Irish clogging; African dance; hip hop; and street and social dances. Tap Team Two began in 1988 as a Young Audience Program and has developed into a full company now incorporated as a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving tap dance as an art form.

This performance is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by the Office of Special Events and is co-sponsored with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Office of Residential Life. Admission is free. For information, call 410-516-7157.

Homewood holds open houses for accepted students

A series of open house programs will bring accepted undergraduates to Homewood on April 10, 12, 18 and 19. During these days, they and their parents will be able to visit classes and attend forums discussing housing and other aspects of student life at Hopkins. There also will be an advising session and a Student Activities Expo each day.