The Johns Hopkins Gazette: August 20, 2001
August 20, 2001
VOL. 30, NO. 42


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

OHRP approves temporary IRBs for re-review of protocols

On Aug. 9, Provost Steven Knapp informed the university community that the Office for Human Research Protections had approved Hopkins' request to add temporary IRBs to help expedite the re-review of protocols involving human subjects. By the end of that week, six IRBs rather than three were at work. OHRP also has approved the forms being used for the re-review process. "With these steps behind us," he said in a broadcast e-mail, "the re-reviews should now proceed more quickly."

JHUpdate brings electronic university news to grads

The first issue of the university's new monthly e-mail newsletter for graduates has been delivered to the electronic "in" boxes of more 21,000 alumni.

JHUpdate, a collaborative effort of the Office of Alumni Relations and the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, offers brief summaries of news from around the university, with links to more detailed information on the World Wide Web.

The newsletter also provides Alumni Association news, and each month will point out interesting or useful Web sites or other cyber-resources around Johns Hopkins.

The first issue was e-mailed Aug. 9 to all alumni for whom the university has an e-mail address. A tide of positive responses came back almost immediately. One graduate wrote, "I love the format. This is just what we have needed and I'm very pleased to finally see it hit the streets."

The first issue of JHUpdate is available on-line at

Faculty, staff and students are welcome to subscribe. To sign up, send a blank e-mail to [email protected] with the subject line: subscribe jhupdate. Your subscription will be approved before the next monthly JHUpdate mailing.

Teen ensemble to present show at JHMI on domestic violence

For the fifth consecutive year, the Historic East Baltimore Community Coalition is sponsoring an ensemble of local teen actors in a presentation dealing with the physical and emotional turmoil of domestic violence. This year the performance is titled Domestic Violence: Shadows of Fear and is written as well as performed by the teens.

There will be five free performances in Turner Auditorium on the JHMI campus. They will be Thursday, Aug. 23, noon to 1:30 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 24, 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Sept. 26, noon to 1:30 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m.; and Friday, Sept. 28, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Sponsors of the event are HEBCAC, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Center for Disease Control, Department of Juvenile Justice, National Congress for Community Economic Development and Baltimore Community Foundation.

O's seats available for ALS fund-raiser celebrating Ripken

Cal Ripken Jr. fans have the opportunity to celebrate his retirement while supporting a cause that bears his name. The Baltimore Orioles have donated all 50 seats in their Camden Yards skybox for the Aug. 31 and Sept. 12 games to raise money for the Johns Hopkins ALS Cal Ripken Jr./Lou Gehrig Fund. The fund supports research of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease because it claimed the life of the former Yankee great.

The cost of each seat is $500, which includes food and beverages, a commemorative gift bag, a chance to watch batting practice, a tour of Camden Yards and special parking. In addition, raffle tickets for $10 each are being sold for a cash prize of up to $25,000.

All proceeds will benefit the Johns Hopkins ALS Cal Ripken Jr./Lou Gehrig Fund, which was established on Sept. 5, 1995, by generous donations from the Baltimore Orioles, spearheaded by CEO and chairman of the board Peter Angelos, to commemorate Ripken's achievement of breaking Gehrig's record of 2,130 games.

For more information, call Lora Clawson or Virginia Hoffman at 410-955-8511.

Check Homewood construction projects on your computer

As the Homewood campus gears up for the new academic year, some construction projects are wrapping up and others are moving into full gear. Now you can check out two of them without wearing a hard hat or getting your shoes dusty.

Last week, the paving crew hammered in the last granite cobble in the area surrounding "the beach"--from the gate at 34th and Charles, up past the library and back down past Homewood House to Charles. Installation of an irrigation system and other work is on track, and crews expect to begin installing sod no later than Aug. 27. The area should be complete by the time freshmen arrive the following weekend. To see the summer's weekly picture updates, go to

With Merryman Hall gone, Hodson Hall is about to rise in its place. To be a virtual sidewalk superintendent, tune into the webcast at

The view is from the Gilman Hall clock tower, peeking over Levering Hall. Clark Hall is in the background.

'The Gazette' will return to weekly schedule with next issue

This is the last of the biweekly issues published by The Gazette during the summer. The weekly schedule will resume on Sept. 4, in the first week of the 2001-2002 academic year. Calendar submissions for events scheduled from Sept. 4 to Sept. 10 should be received by The Gazette by noon on Monday, Aug. 27.