The Johns Hopkins Gazette: April 21, 2003
April 21, 2003
VOL. 32, NO. 31


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

O'Malley, other leaders meet at APL for disaster planning

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley and more than 100 key decision makers from the city's hospitals, public health organizations, state agencies and fire and police response teams met in APL's Warfare Analysis Laboratory recently to examine the ability of their emergency communications protocols and systems to handle a mass biomedical disaster.

As the disaster scenario--an outbreak of highly contagious pneumonic plague--progressed over a 24-hour timeline from first detection to confirmation, participants discussed whom they would call, and when.

CEPAR -- the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response -- and the Baltimore City Health Department sponsored the four-hour exercise, whose goal was to develop a Baltimore communications plan that will be effective, timely and adequate in dealing with such an event. APL serves as systems engineer in the development of CEPAR.

Caroline and Edward Wenk Jr. Lecture set for Tuesday

Ross Anderson, who leads the security group at the University of Cambridge's Computer Laboratory, will give this year's Carolyn and Edward Wenk Jr. Lecture in Technology and Public Policy.

Anderson, who also chairs the Foundation for Information Policy Research, Europe's premier information policy think-tank, will speak at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, in 110 Hodson Hall, Homewood campus. His topic is "Information Security and Public Policy." The lecture is sponsored by the Whiting School of Engineering, Information Security Institute and Department of Computer Science.

Student-run Project Prevent health fair targets West Balto.

On Saturday, April 19, the second annual Project Prevent health fair brought free medical testing and other health-related services to the Love Center at the Agape Fellowship AME Church on Reisterstown Rd.

Sponsored by Project Prevent, an undergraduate group, the health fair is designed to provide preventative medical services to Baltimore City's uninsured population. This year's participants included the JHU Counseling Center, the Johns Hopkins Nurses Association and the Johns Hopkins Breast Center. Fair visitors had access to free and confidential tests for HIV, diabetes, depression, blood pressure and lead poisoning; childhood immunizations; vision tests; and literature about breast cancer, children's health insurance, substance abuse and teen pregnancy prevention.

Other participants were the Baltimore City Health Department, Mercy Medical Center, Maryland Pediatric Immunology, Sheppard Pratt Health System, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, American Red Cross and CHAMP, the Church Community Health Awareness and Monitoring Program.

Baltimore Zoo curator to give Wednesday Noon talk

Steven Sarro, curator of birds and mammals at the Baltimore Zoo, will present "The Zoo through the Eyes of a Child" at noon on Wednesday, April 23, in Homewood's Shriver Hall.

Geared to adults and children in the fourth grade and above, Sarro's lecture and slide show featuring the zoo's residents will focus on the zoo's role in the community. Through face-to-face meetings with lions, giraffes and polar bears, Sarro said, the zoo teaches geography, biology and even sociology, instilling children with a life-long respect for the natural world. This lecture is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by the Office of Special Events.

Who is citing you? Seminar will teach faculty how to search

If you are interested in discovering who is citing your work or the work of others, you can learn how to use the Web of Science from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, in the Electronic Resource Center on M-level of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library.

Produced by the Institute for Scientific Information, the Web of Science includes Science Citation Index Expanded, which covers 5,700 journals; the Social Sciences Citation Index, with 1,800 journals; and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, covering more than 1,150 journals.

Topics covered in this session will include expanding a search, performing a cited reference search, saving searches and exporting and printing results.

The seminar will be presented by Don Sechler, a member of the ISI Customer Education & Support Department. To attend, contact Andrea Bartelstein at

SAIS faculty book series to look at U.S. trade policy

The next event of the SAIS Faculty Book Series will feature a discussion of United States Trade Policy: A Work in Progress, which was written by Charles Pearson, director of the International Economics Program, and recently published by Wiley.

The forum is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today, April 21, in the Rome Building.

Pearson's introductory remarks will be followed by a panel discussion about the book and U.S. trade policy. Panelists are Judith Dean, international economist at the Office of Economics Research Division of the U.S. International Trade Commission; Michael Mandelbaum, director of the SAIS American Foreign Policy Program; and Sherman Katz, William M. Scholl Chair in International Business at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.