The Johns Hopkins Gazette: May 5, 2003
May 5, 2003
VOL. 32, NO. 33


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Johns Hopkins ranks first in NIH grants for 2002

Johns Hopkins remains in first place among National Institutes of Health awards to both institutions and medical schools, according to the NIH ranking table released May 1.

JHU was first among all awardees, with total awards amounting to $510,005,326 for the 2002 federal fiscal year. This was $91.4 million more than second place University of Pennsylvania. Details can be found at rnk02all1to100.htm.

The School of Medicine awards amounted to $382,006,714, $34.3 million more than second place Penn. For details, go to

How do young audiences access news? SAIS to host forum

With polls showing that young Americans are tuning out international news or shunning traditional sources of information in favor of new sources such as online sites and cable TV, the "old media" is looking at what it can do to regain audiences, and independent video journalists are wondering if they can compete with networks to cover war and stories off the beaten track.

Next week, SAIS will host a two-day Pew International Journalism Program exploring what the news media can do to engage young audiences. Students are encouraged to attend and voice their opinions.

The event will take place on May 15 and 16 in SAIS' Nitze Building. Panel discussions, interactive breakout sessions moderated by senior producers and editors, and a showcase of video and photojournalism created by young people are scheduled.

Participants will include Lowell Bergman, contributor to The New York Times and New York Times Television; Tom Bettag, ABC News' Nightline; Matt Catapano, MTV; Elizabeth Hightower, Outside magazine; Steve Inskeep, NPR's Weekend Edition; Sharon Tiller, PBS's FRONTLINE/World; and Joan Walsh,

All sessions are open to the public, but advance registration is required. To register, call 202-663-7726 or e-mail Deadline is May 12.

One-woman performance by Knower at Theatre Hopkins

Theatre Hopkins will present Rosemary Knower in her one-woman performance, The Lusty Month of May, for three days this weekend in the Merrick Barn on the Homewood campus. Knower's script is poetry and prose presenting aspects of love by authors such as Benjamin Franklin, W.B.Yeats, e.e. cummings, William Shakespeare and Edna St. Vincent Millay, along with love letters written by Napoleon, Zelda Fitzgerald and Teddy Roosevelt.

Knower recently appeared as Boo Levy in The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Big Mamma in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Gary Gilmore's Aunt Ida in Shot in the Heart for HBO.

Sponsored by Theatre Hopkins, the performances will be presented at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10, and at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, May 11. A donation of $10 is suggested. Tickets may be reserved by calling Theatre Hopkins at 410-516-7159 or by sending e-mail to

President's Commendation in Arts awarded to Jill Rafson

Jill Rafson of New City, N.Y., has been awarded the President's Commendation for Achievement in the Arts, an award given each year to a graduating senior whose achievements exemplify the arts and service on campus.

Rafson submitted video segments of the plays she has directed for student-run Witness Theater; the script for a one-act play she wrote for Witness Theater; and reviews of her performances. In addition, the Writing Seminars major is one of five students who helped develop the new Homewood Arts Programs Certificate, through which the university recognizes extracurricular participation in the arts. Rafson is one of 20 seniors in the inaugural group of recipients.

"She has been involved in theater in just about every imaginable capacity during her four years at Hopkins," said Julie Morgan, assistant to university President William R. Brody and chair of the selection committee. "She really seemed to embody what the President's Commendation is about in terms of service. Excellence is a factor, but the key thing is using one's art to serve the Homewood campus community."

APL to honor 204 inventors, announce year's top inventions

APL will honor 204 inventors and announce its top inventions for 2002 at its fourth annual Invention of the Year ceremony, to be held for invited guests from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, in the Kossiakoff Center.

APL inventors registered 123 invention disclosures with the Lab's Office of Technology Transfer last year in areas ranging from biomedical monitoring to quantum computing. An independent, outside review panel will select winning inventions in physical sciences, information sciences and life sciences, based on their potential benefit to society, improvement over existing technology and commercial potential.


Two staff members photographed at Spring Fair were incorrectly identified in the April 28 issue. Leslie Wiggins was shown with Audrey Minter. Janet Lamberti was mistakenly identified as Jeannie Pugh.