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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 2, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 20
In Brief


SAIS, 'Newsweek' to co-host forum on national security

SAIS and Newsweek will co-host a national security forum, "How Presidential Campaign Politics in 2004 Are Shaping the Global and Domestic Security Debate," at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

Participants include Bob Graham, D-Fla., chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from May 2001 to January 2003; Porter Goss, R-Fla., chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; Michael Isikoff, Newsweek investigative correspondent; Francis Fukuyama, SAIS dean of faculty and Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy; Daniel Klaidman, Newsweek Washington bureau chief; and Jessica Einhorn, dean of SAIS.

A reception at 4 p.m. will precede the event, which will take place in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium. Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Non-SAIS affiliates must R.S.V.P. to 202-663-5648 or


Roger Wilkins is speaker for MLK Jr. convocation at JHU

Roger Wilkins

Roger Wilkins will be the keynote speaker at Homewood's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation, which will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 9, in Levering's Glass Pavilion.

Wilkins, the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of History and American Culture at George Mason University, has written for both The New York Times and The Washington Post, where he shared in the paper's Pulitzer Prize honors in 1972 for its Watergate coverage. He is the author of A Man's Life: An Autobiography and Jefferson's Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism.

Wilkins also has been an active public servant, having served as assistant attorney general under Lyndon B. Johnson and as chair of the board of trustees of the Africa America Institute. He is an appointed member of the board of education in the District of Columbia, a member of the board of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and past chairman of the Pulitzer Prize Board.

Wilkins' lecture is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. He will be the first guest speaker for Black History Month, organized by the Black Student Union; for other events, see Calendar, this issue.


Lockheed Martin to support WSE fair for high-schoolers

The Whiting School of Engineering has announced that Lockheed Martin Corp. will sponsor its annual HeadsUP "What Is Engineering?" Fair. The fair, to be held on Friday, Feb. 6, is one of the only local venues at which high-school juniors and seniors interested in engineering and bioscience can research career opportunities and network with representatives from local engineering, bioscience and technology firms to learn how integral these disciplines are to our society.

JHU HeadsUP director Richard Scott applauded the company for making a grassroots commitment to nurturing the area's future workforce. "By joining forces with Johns Hopkins University and HeadsUP to promote this fair, Lockheed Martin is contributing to the education of our youth in a very approachable, hands-on way," Scott said. "What these students take away from this fair will have a direct impact on their academic and career choices."

During the fair, students will have the opportunity to learn more about what each participating company does, sign up for the HeadsUP seven-week summer engineering program and apply for summer internships.

The event will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus. For more information, go to or call 301-294-7170.


Heartfest 2004 raises $100,000 for preventive cardiology

Despite wintry conditions, approximately 1,500 guests gathered at Martin's West for Heartfest 2004, an evening of heart-healthy gourmet dining, dancing and consumer education to benefit The Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Preventive Cardiology Center. The event, which featured actress Valerie Harper and honored NIH director Elias Zerhouni and community advocate Lou Grasmick, raised $100,000.


JHU prof honored for turning around Ecuador's economy

In the late 1990s Ecuador's economy and its currency, the sucre, collapsed. At the end of 1998, the sucre traded at 6,825 per dollar, and by the first week in January the sucre-dollar rate soared to 28,000. Ecuador called in Hopkins currency doctor Steve H. Hanke, who became an adviser to the minister of finance. Hanke recommended replacing the sucre with the U.S. dollar, which Ecuador did on March 13, 2000. That switch turned around the collapsing economy overnight.

Hanke was in Quito last week to receive Ekos magazine's Outstanding Achievement Award for his "contributions in applied economics, currency reform and dollarization." He also was honored by the Universidad del Azuay in Cuenca, where he was named Professor Asociado.


New Digital Video Services available to all Hopkins entities

Beginning this week, the video production services from Instructional Television at Homewood have become a new unit called Digital Video Services. DVS is available to provide professional quality video and media production services to any entity within the Johns Hopkins Institutions. DVS can record seminars and lectures, and can provide video editing, digital video compression, tape duplication and videoconferencing. To contact DVS, call Deirdre Hammer at 410-516-5322.


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