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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 29, 2003 | Vol. 33 No. 5
In Brief

Peabody to celebrate the life of opera director John Lehmeyer

The Peabody Conservatory of Music will host "A Celebration of the Life of John Lehmeyer" at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, in Friedberg Concert Hall.

The celebrated opera director, who died May 26, was a longtime Peabody faculty member. In addition to his productions for the Peabody Opera Theatre, Lehmeyer directed numerous opera and theater productions for the Baltimore Opera Company, Washington Summer Opera, Center Stage, Theatre Hopkins and other companies.

The celebration will include musical performances, a video and remembrances by family, friends and colleagues. Participants include Roger Brunyate, director of the Peabody Opera Theatre; Michael Harrison, general director of the Baltimore Opera Company; and Tom Hall, music director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, who will conduct members of the BCAS, the Baltimore Opera Chorus and the Peabody Opera Chorus in Faure's Sanctus and In Paradisium. The members of the three choruses will also sing "Make Our Garden Grow" from Leonard Bernstein's Candide, conducted by Hajime Teri Murai, Peabody's Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Music Director.

For more information, call 410-659-8100, ext. 2, or go to


Best Dressed Sale opens Thursday at Evergreen

This is the week that many of Baltimore's fashion aficionados have been waiting for. The Best Dressed Sale and Boutique, an annual fundraiser of the Women's Board of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, opens on Thursday, Oct. 2, at Evergreen Carriage House.

Proceeds of the sale of gently used women's, men's and children's clothes benefit patient care at JHH.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday.


Carsons, Goldseker Foundation to be honored for philanthropy

Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery Ben Carson and his wife, Candy, will be honored as Outstanding Philanthropists of the Year at a National Philanthropy Day luncheon hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Maryland Chapter. The Carsons are co-founders of the Carson Scholars Fund, which supports students in Baltimore City public schools. To date, more than 800 Carson Scholars have been named and have received $1,000 awards invested for college.

The Goldseker Foundation of Maryland will be honored as 2003 Outstanding Foundation of the Year.

The event will be held on Nov. 5 at the Hyatt Inner Harbor, with a thousand guests expected. It is presented by Ketchum in partnership with the Baltimore Business Journal and the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.


New software helps states to manage Medicaid expenditures

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have developed new ACG-Medicaid computer software to help states manage Medicaid funds more efficiently and effectively. The ACG System, which stands for Adjusted Clinical Groups, is a risk assessment tool that enables health care providers, insurers and health maintenance organizations to describe or predict a population's past or future health care utilization and costs.

ACGs are widely used to set "risk adjusted" capitation payments for health plans and doctor groups to make sure the budget matches enrolled patient needs. ACG-Medicaid is a streamlined version of the original ACG-Case Mix software used since 1991. The new program will be offered, free of charge, to qualified state Medicaid programs.

The system is currently used in Maryland, Minnesota, Arkansas, Alabama, Oklahoma and other states to manage billions of state health care expenditures.


Wednesday Noon Series begins with Clio Award winners

A presentation of the 2003 gold and silver Clio Award- winning TV commercials will open the fall Wednesday Noon Series on Oct. 1. The Clio Awards were founded in 1959 to recognize creative excellence in advertising.

The Wednesday Noon Series is presented by the Office of Special Events on the Homewood campus. Programs are held on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in Shriver Hall.

Other upcoming events include "The Road Round Ireland," a dramatic performance by Irish actors Sam and Joan McCready, on Oct. 8; "The George W. Bush Presidency: An Early Assessment," a lecture by Fred I. Greenstein, author of the JHU Press book by the same name, Oct. 15; "The Best Things Come in Threes," a rhythmic musical performance by the Francis Poulenc Trio, Oct. 22; and "Celebrating the Chesapeake," a slide presentation and panel discussion about saving an endangered habitat, with JHU Press authors David W. Harp, Tom Horton, Marion Warren and Mame Warren. For more information, call the Office of Special Events at 410-516-7157.


Welch Library adds wireless access to JHU network, Internet

The Welch Library Advanced Information Technology staff have implemented a wireless environment on the East Baltimore campus that supports wireless access to the Johns Hopkins network and to the Internet. Welch's Wireless Support Service offers hardware and software installation with technical support after installation.

Welch facilities supported by the service are the second and third floors of the Welch Building, all book stacks areas, the Greenhouse, the OAC Lab, Meyer Library and the Nursing Information Resource Center. The network is compatible with the wireless networking throughout the JHMI campus, with the exception of the School of Public Health.

Library users who would like to request wireless service can fill out a form available at

An appointment for installation will be arranged following the submission of the request form. The cost is $95 for wireless cards and $50 for installation; the latter fee is waived for students.


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