The Johns Hopkins Gazette: February 18, 2002
February 18, 2002
VOL. 31, NO. 22


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Two are elected to National Academy of Engineering

Murray Sachs, the Bessie Darling Massey Professor of Biomedical Engineering and director of the Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Institute, and G. Gordon “Reds” Wolman, the B. Howell Professor of Geography and International Affairs in DOGEE, have been chosen for induction into the National Academy of Engineering.

Election to the academy is one of the highest professional distinctions that can be accorded an engineer. Membership honors those who have made “important contributions to engineering theory and practice” and those who have demonstrated “unusual accomplishment in the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology.”

In the academy¹s announcement of its 74 new members, Sachs was cited for his contributions to the understanding of the neural encoding and signal processing of complex sounds, and for leadership in bioengineering education. Wolman was recognized for outstanding contributions in fluvial processes, water resources management and policy and environmental education.

Established in 1964, the organization is one of four National Academies that were established by Congress to provide the government with independent advice on matters of science, technology and medicine.

Wolman is also a member of the National Academy of Science, one of the few people to be members of both prestigious groups.

The induction will take place Oct. 6 at the academy in Washington, D.C.

Faculty and students invited to create technology for instruction

One team built a Web site that shows animations of chemical reactions, another produced a site that provides an online test for musical notation, and another created a database of images and an online peer-review capability to enable students to critique one another¹s work for an art history course.

These were all projects funded in 2001 by the Technology Fellows Program, a competitive grant program open to all students and faculty in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering and the Peabody Conservatory.

Grant applications for 2002 are currently being accepted. Awards of $5,000 are given to help faculty-student teams develop projects that integrate technology into instruction. The deadline for submitting proposals is March 15.

To get a better idea of how the program works, learn what projects have already been done and meet possible student or faculty collaborators, come to an informal meeting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Garrett Room of the MSE Library at Homewood.

Students with computer skills and those with limited technical experience are encouraged to apply. Those not technically skilled should be able to demonstrate that they understand how digital technologies could be employed to create effective projects and should be willing to acquire the necessary skills.

For more information and to apply, go to:

Scientific symposium on human nutrition honors Dean Sommer

A daylong symposium, hosted on Feb. 15 by the Bloomberg School of Public Health and sponsored by Mead Johnson Nutritionals, explored the complex roles nutrition and micronutrients play in global public health and the health of children worldwide.

Titled “Feast and Famine: Nutritional Conundrums,” the symposium honored Alfred Sommer, dean of the school, as the recipient of the 21st annual Bristol-Myers Squibb/Mead Johnson Award for Distinguished Achievement in Nutrition Research for his contributions to the understanding of the origin, magnitude and control of vitamin A deficiency, which is associated with blindness and child mortality. The award carries a $50,000 cash prize and a silver medallion.

The day also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Bloomberg School’s Center for Human Nutrition, which was established to integrate and expand the multidisciplinary work that Johns Hopkins has pioneered in the field of human nutrition.

JHU Habitat for Humanity to hold ‘Habijam’ fundraiser

JHU Habitat for Humanity, the student chapter of the international organization that builds and rehabilitates housing for the needy, will hold a benefit concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, in Shriver Hall, Homewood ampus.

“Habijam” will feature the Allnighters, the Mental Notes, the Gospel Choir, VIBE, JHU Modern Dance, the JHU Jazz Band and the Entertainers Club. A reception will follow.

Admission is $5 for students and $8 for the general public; all proceeds will go to Sandtown Habitat for Humanity. Tickets will be sold at the door and are also available in advance by calling 410-516-3554.

Students in JHU Habitat for Humanity work with Sandtown Habitat for Humanity every Saturday and raise funds for the costs of acquiring and renovating vacant houses. This group has partially sponsored the renovation of three vacant houses and is currently working on its fourth, a longtime vacant house on North Carey St.

JHU Habitat for Humanity¹s work is supported by Kinsley Construction, Riparius Construction, Interlock Paving, the JHU Office of Community Relations and Volunteer Services and the JHU Student Activities Commission.