The Johns Hopkins Gazette: February 17, 2003
February 17, 2003
VOL. 32, NO. 22


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Three Hopkins seniors are recognized by 'USA Today'

Three seniors have one more prestigious line to add to their resumes. On Friday, they were named to USA Today's 2003 All-USA Academic Team. Recognized for their strong academics, leadership and activities, the Johns Hopkins students were selected from among nearly 500 undergraduates nationwide nominated by their schools.

Manish Gala, a biomedical engineering major with a 3.99 GPA, was named to the Second Team. He is the student body president, and his research on how sulindac sulfide reduces risk of colorectal cancer was published in Cancer Letters. He plans to be a physician.

Vinita Takiar, a biophysics and English major with a 3.76 GPA, also was named to the Second Team. She is a classical Indian vocalist and has done research on finding a way to view in real time how drugs work inside a cell. She, too, intends to pursue a medical career.

Daniel Redman, an international studies major with a 3.55 GPA, received honorable mention. A Woodrow Wilson Fellow, he has compiled a history of the Jewish community of Novograd-Volynsk, Ukraine, during the Holocaust and is currently conducting a Spiritual Leadership Project, for which he is interviewing prominent religious and spiritual leaders around the world. He plans to practice civil rights law.

Sixty students were selected for First and Second teams and honorable mention.

LAX tix available for faculty, staff; first time for students

Lacrosse season is just weeks away, and faculty and staff can pick up their two complimentary season's passes beginning on Monday, Feb. 24, by bringing their J-card to the Athletic Center's main office between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.

For the first time, students also must have tickets to attend games. J-cards must be shown to obtain the tickets, which can be picked up in the Athletic Center's main office beginning on Monday of game week, or on the building's front steps on game day.

For questions about tickets, call 410-516-7490. For the season schedule, go to

Maryland hoops are subject of author's noontime talk

Maryland Basketball: Tales from Cole Field House is the title of Sun sportswriter Paul McMullen's talk at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Homewood's Shriver Hall. As the University of Maryland team from College Park prepares for a game versus its rival, Duke, later in the day, McMullen will recall the colorful, exciting and sometimes tragic story of Maryland basketball during the Cole Field House era. Chronicling the history of the men's basketball program from 1995 to 2002, he will describe how teams led by All-American players Tom McMillen, Len Elmore, John Lucas, Albert King, Len Bias, Walt Williams, Joe Smith, Steve Francis and Juan Dixon earned their remarkable 485-151 record at Cole.

McMullen's Johns Hopkins University Press book shares the same title as the lecture and features a foreword by Len Elmore. The book will be available for sale and signing after the lecture.

In the book, McMullen covers the careers of coaches Bud Millikan, Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams and also follows the basketball program off the court, looking at everything from recruiting violations and the death of Len Bias to the postcollegiate success of the players and coaches.

The lecture is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by the Office of Special Events and is co-sponsored by the JHU Press. For more information, call 410-516-7157.

Black History Month cabaret, dinner theater set for Saturday

The Dunbar Baldwin Hughes Theatre Company will present its annual Black History Month cabaret and dinner theater, "Black Love, Black Strength, The Black Family," at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, in Levering's Arellano Theater, Homewood campus.

Transformed into a cabaret hall, the candlelit theater will host a variety of student performances, including dances choreographed by Vladimir Cadet, Danielle Naylor and Shenita Spencer; singers Kourtney Bennett, William Davis II and Ekemini Udofa; and actors performing Charles Fuller's one-act play Zooman and the Sign, directed by Rodney C. Burris. A catered dinner will be served during the performances. Tickets are $7 for JHU students; $10 for the public. For more information, call 410-235-0631.

2004 salary ranges approved, now available on Web

The 2004 salary ranges for staff have been approved and are now posted on the Human Resources Web site. To view them, go to

Any questions should be directed to divisional human resources offices.

Sen. Paul Sarbanes to talk on 'Crisis in Corporate America'

Paul Sarbanes, Maryland's longest-serving U.S. senator, will lead a discussion titled "The Crisis in Corporate America: The Legislative Response" at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24, in the Bloomberg Center, Homewood campus.

The event is presented by SPSBE's Graduate Division of Business and Management and Division of Undergraduate Studies. To reserve a place, call 410-516-4177 or e-mail

APL makes first U.S. use of new simulation tool

APL has made the first successful use in the United States of a new commercial standard for developing High Level Architecture federations, or combinations, of simulations. The new standard--IEEE 1516--will enable simulation teams everywhere to get results more quickly and with fewer errors.

In work supported by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, the Lab used IEEE 1516 tools to augment a cardiovascular simulation developed by MIT with a detailed model of the right and left ventricles developed by APL. Researchers were able to impose arrhythmia conditions on the heart and see the resulting effects on blood pressure and other cardiovascular measures.