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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 17, 2003 | Vol. 33 No. 12
In Brief


NYSE interim chairman, CEO John Reed to speak at SAIS

John Reed, interim chairman and CEO of the New York Stock Exchange, will speak at SAIS at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Nitze Building. Reed, the former chairman and CEO of Citicorp, will speak about "Governance and International Financial Markets: Public Responses to Corporate Scandal" at this lecture hosted by the SAIS Center for International Business and Public Policy. Non-SAIS affiliates must RSVP to 202-663-5648 or


Collegiate press group gives 'News-Letter' its highest honor

The News-Letter, published by Homewood undergraduates, received a 2003 Pacemaker award on Nov. 8 from the Associated Collegiate Press at the group's convention in Dallas.

Judges from The Dallas Morning News selected this year's winners on the basis of coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics. There were 23 newspapers selected from 195 entries. Since 1927, the Pacemaker has been the highest honor ACP gives to its members.

The award honors work produced in the 2002-2003 academic year, when The News-Letter was led by editors in chief Jeremiah Crim and Mike Spector, members of the class of 2003 and credited with leading the charge to improve the content of the student paper. This year's editors in chief are seniors Ron Demeter and Teresa Matejovsky. Writing Seminars senior lecturer Tristan Davies and William Smedick, assistant to the dean of student life, are The News-Letter's advisers.


U.S. space program explored in lecture by JHU Press author

Author Howard E. McCurdy will examine NASA's triumphs and tragedies in his lecture "Faster, Better, Cheaper: Low-Cost Innovation in the U.S. Space Program," at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Homewood's Shriver Hall.

Based on his JHU Press book by the same name, McCurdy's lecture will recount the efforts by NASA to save money and improve mission frequency and performance through 16 missions in the 1990s. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.

McCurdy is chair of the Public Administration Department at American University. An expert on space policy, he also wrote Inside NASA, which won the 1994 Henry Adams Prize in recognition of an outstanding publication on the federal government's history, and Space and the American Imagination.

This event 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.


Community activist Gary Grant to give CLF presentation

The Center for a Livable Future on Monday, Nov. 24, will present "Organizing for Justice: Working for a Livable Future" with Gary R. Grant, executive director for 22 years of Concerned Citizens of Tillery, N.C., and recipient of the CLF Individual Award for Leadership in Environmental Stewardship.

Raised on a family farm in the New Deal community of Tillery, Grant has devoted his life to redressing environmental injustice, improving rural life and the future for African-American farmers, and stewarding the environment. A progressive community activist, he also is the founding president of the national Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association and the director of the National Land Loss Fund.

The event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the School of Public Health's Anna Baetjer Room. Registration is required; e-mail or call 410-502-7578.


Blogs and Internet: Impacting the 2004 presidential campaign

Web logs or "blogs" and the Internet are sparking discussion in the presidential campaign as candidates such as Howard Dean use them to generate popular support and to raise money.

The topic will be explored in a symposium titled "The Internet and Political Campaigns — What Impact Will It Have in 2004?" on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the university's Bernstein-Offit Building in Washington, D.C.

The event, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is sponsored by the Communications and Government Programs of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences' Advanced Academic Programs.

Panelists are Michael B. Cornfield, research director of the Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet at George Washington University; R. Rebecca Donatelli, president of Campaign Solutions, who was lead Internet consultant to the McCain for President campaign in 2000; Laura Quinn, managing partner at QRS Newmedia and former deputy chief of staff to Al Gore; and Harrison "Lee" Rainie, director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project and an expert at the use of the Internet in American society and culture.

The discussion will be moderated by Alexis Rice, a fellow in the Center for the Study of American Government at the Johns Hopkins Washington Center and the creator of


No 'Gazette' Thanksgiving week; next issue will be December 1

The Gazette will not be published next week because of the Thanksgiving holiday. The next issue of the newspaper will appear on Monday, Dec. 1. The calendar in today's issue covers events from Monday, Nov. 17, through Monday, Dec. 1. To check for late additions, see the JHU online calendar at


Rappole, expert on birds of mid-Atlantic, to lecture today

Evergreen House will host a luncheon lecture, "Birds of the Mid-Atlantic Region and Where to Find Them," by noted ornithologist John H. Rappole from noon to 2 p.m. today, Nov. 17, in the historic property's Carriage House.

Rappole will talk about the various species of birds living throughout the range of habitats of the mid-Atlantic region, and his book, Birds of the Mid-Atlantic Region and Where to Find Them, will be available from the Evergreen Museum Shop for purchase and signing.

The cost of the lunch and lecture is $20 and is co-sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Press. Call Joann Willats at 410-516-0341 to make reservations.


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