The Johns Hopkins Gazette: February 11, 2002
February 11, 2002
VOL. 31, NO. 21


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Hopkins produces Md.'s highest number of licensed nurses

Hopkins has taken the lead in providing more new nurses than any other nursing school in the state of Maryland. Statistics released from the Maryland Board of Nursing show that in 2001, 165 students from the university's School of Nursing passed the NCLEX exam, giving them a formal license to practice nursing.

"The numbers reveal that Hopkins is producing more newly licensed nurses than any other program in the state," says Martha N. Hill, interim dean of the School of Nursing. "That is quite impressive, particularly as the nation struggles with a nursing shortage that has reached crisis proportions. Johns Hopkins is doing its part to alleviate this critical shortage."

Homewood groups debut cultural events hotline

Got a free evening and looking for something to fill it? Let your fingers do the walking, to the new Homewood campus cultural events hotline.

Dial one number--410-516-5473--for frequently updated information on lectures, tours, concerts, plays and exhibitions. A menu allows you to find information on the event you're looking for, or just look for something interesting.

Program sponsors who post information on the cultural events hotline include Homewood Student Art Programs, the Hopkins Symphony, the Office of Special Events, Homewood and Evergreen houses, Theatre Hopkins and the Shriver Hall Concert Series.

Villa Spelman informational meeting planned for Feb. 13

Undergraduates interested in spending a semester at Villa Spelman in Florence, Italy, should plan to attend an informational meeting at 5 p.m., Feb. 13, in 111 Mergenthaler. The meeting will include a slide show and discussion led by the first undergraduates to have completed their studies at Villa Spelman, the Charles S. Singleton Center for Italian Studies.

The 14-week Villa Spelman program is Johns Hopkins' first study-abroad program designed specifically for undergraduate students. Limited to 12 students per semester, the program is open to juniors and seniors, including second-semester seniors in good standing. For more information, call Carol McDaniel at 410-516-5133.

Blood drives scheduled at Homewood and East Baltimore

The American Red Cross is calling on Hopkins faculty, staff and students to give the gift of life by donating blood on Tuesday, Feb. 12, or Wednesday, Feb. 13, at one of two Hopkins blood drives. On both days, blood donations will be collected on the Homewood campus from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Levering Hall's Glass Pavilion, and in East Baltimore from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Turner Concourse.

At Hopkins drives in November and early December, donations were much lower than before Sept. 11, reflecting a nationwide trend. Because the Central Maryland region typically runs a blood deficit and has to import blood, and because the Hopkins drives are two of the region's largest, this drop in donations seriously challenges local hospitals.

Walk-in donors are welcome at both drives, but appointments are recommended. To make an appointment at Homewood, go to

or contact Caterina Provost-Smith at or 410-516-0138. To make an appointment for East Baltimore, call Wanda Cartwright at 410-614-3050.

Those who have never given blood, or who have not given recently, should check the Web site for current eligibility guidelines or call the Red Cross at 800-GIVE-LIFE.

Site-seers this year double their trips to 'Egypt Today'

More than 34,000 cyber hitchhikers tagged along last month with a group of Johns Hopkins grad students as they resumed their excavation of the Temple of Karnak in Luxor, Egypt.

This was the second year that the Near Eastern Studies Department's "Egypt Today" Web site followed the annual monthlong dig, and by mid-January, the visits had surpassed last year's total of 17,000 hits. The site, which remains online at features digital images and text highlighting each day's discoveries.

Conference at SAIS looks at governance of new technologies

The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and George Mason University are co-hosting a two-day conference, "International Governance of New Technologies," on Monday, Feb. 11, and Tuesday, Feb. 12. at SAIS.

The conference, which will look specifically at information technology and biotechnology, seeks to explore new forms of international governance in the face of rapid technological change.

Monday's topics include "Private Governance in Historical Perspective," "The Emergence of Common Law in B-to-C Commerce" and "Trade and Safety of Genetically Manipulated Organisms." The discussion on GMOs, to be held at 2 p.m., will be webcast live and can be accessed at

Tuesday's sessions are "ICANN Between Legitimacy and Effectiveness," "Regulation and Human Biotechnology" and "The Challenge of Democray." The 8:30 a.m. discussion on ICANN will be webcast live and can be accessed at

A complete agenda is available at

Evergreen Society announces spring courses for seniors

From Charles Dickens' England to landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions; from an infamous trio of Shakespearean kings to Italian opera divas; and from astronomy to current international relations, a varied and vivid selection of enrichment courses is being offered for seniors this spring by the university's Evergreen Society. The part-time Evergreen courses, which begin Feb. 26, also will delve into great books, French Impressionism and literature, classical music, poetry, Asian philosophy, the Japanese-American experience and more.

Classes meet in Baltimore, Columbia and Rockville. For information on membership in the Evergreen Society, contact its Baltimore/Columbia office at 410-309-9531 or its Montgomery County office at 301-294-7058.