The Johns Hopkins Gazette: May 27, 2003
May 27, 2003
VOL. 32, NO. 36


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

School of Nursing again ranks in top 10 of NIH funding

The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing continues to rank in the top 10 of National Institutes of Health funding awarded to schools of nursing.

In the recently released NIH rankings, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing placed ninth in fiscal year 2002, having received a total of 14 awards, including research grants, training grants and fellowships totaling more than $4 million.

For a complete list of rankings, go to

Geneticist John Gearhart to give Friends of Libraries lecture

Geneticist John Gearhart will give a lecture titled "Are Stem Cells in Your Future?" on Wednesday, May 28, at Evergreen Carriage House. Sponsored by the Friends of the Johns Hopkins Libraries, the event will begin at 5 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception, followed at 6 p.m. by the lecture.

Gearhart is the C. Michael Armstrong Professor of Medicine and a professor of gynecology, obstetrics, physiology and comparative medicine in the School of Medicine. In 1998, Gearhart published the landmark paper on the derivation of human embryonic stem cells from primordial germ cells. He has been a strong advocate for federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. His research with stem cells could lead to future benefits in drug development and the treatment of diseases such as Parkinson's, ALS, stroke, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

To reserve a place at the lecture, call 410-516-7943 or e-mail For more information, go to gearhart.html.

Diversity Leadership Council is seeking membership nominations

The Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council, formed by President William R. Brody in 1997, is in the process of identifying new members to replace outgoing faculty, staff and students on the council. The council serves to advise the president on diversity issues in both the university and health system.

Membership, which is for one or two years with a time commitment of four to six hours per month, requires previous experience in community activities, leadership capabilities, change management skills, a commitment to inclusion and the ability to communicate across and about differences.

Nominations, including a short biography and brief description of the candidate's reasons for wishing to serve on the council, should be marked "Diversity Leadership Council Nominations" and submitted to Ray Gillian at 130 Garland Hall, Homewood. Self-nominations are encouraged from all levels of the university. The deadline for receiving nominations is June 20.

More information on the DLC is available at

Thousands expected at this week's Charles Village Festival

Some 10,000 people are expected to be running, dancing and tasting their way through this weekend's Charles Village Festival, a two-day event that is one of Baltimore's most popular annual traditions. The weekend gives neighborhood residents and businesses the opportunity to celebrate urban living while raising funds for community projects and organizations.

A 5K race leads off the activities on Saturday, May 31; it begins at 8:30 a.m. at Howard and 29th streets and finishes at the Wyman Park Dell. (For fees and other details, go to The event, of which Johns Hopkins is a sponsor, officially opens at 10 a.m. with a parade that begins at St. Paul and 23rd streets. Other activities include Saturday's annual Charles Village Garden Walk--more than 30 gardens will be open this year--from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dancing in the Dell, 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday night; and live entertainment from 12:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, go to

'The Gazette' changes to biweekly schedule for summer

With this issue, The Gazette begins its biweekly schedule for summer; issues will be published on June 9, June 23, July 7, July 21, Aug. 4 and Aug. 18. Calendar items and classifieds should be submitted by noon on Monday one week before publication. The weekly schedule will resume on Sept. 2, the week during which the fall semester begins.


Barclay Knapp, president and chief executive officer of NTL Inc. and a university trustee, was the speaker for the Krieger School's master's diploma award ceremony, which was held May 22. The story about commencement ceremonies that ran in the May 19 Gazette incorrectly stated that the speaker would be Daniel Weiss, the James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School.

In the same issue, a story about Babak Nazer gave the incorrect total for graduating seniors. The university granted degrees to approximately 1,300 undergraduates in the schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering; the total number of degree candidates in all divisions was 5,205.