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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University June 7, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 37
In Brief


Isaiah Bowman bio takes top prize from 'L.A. Times'

A biography of Isaiah Bowman, president of Johns Hopkins from 1935 to 1948, has received The Los Angeles Times book award for biography. American Empire, Roosevelt's Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization was written by Neil Smith, who received his doctorate from DOGEE; he is currently professor of geography at the City University of New York.

Bowman, a distinguished geographer and originally a physiographer, participated in the exploration of the Andes, directed preparation of the first modern map of Latin America and was an adviser to presidents in negotiations preceding the Treaty of Versailles and in development of plans for the United Nations.


Seven Blue Jays receive All-American lacrosse honors

The Blue Jays' hopes for a national lacrosse championship were crushed in the semifinals, but on May 31, seven Johns Hopkins players learned they had received All-American honors.

Kyle Harrison was named to the First Team; Kyle Barrie, Conor Ford, Kevin Boland and Tom Garvey to the Second; and Matt Rewkowski to the Third. Corey Harned received honorable mention.

Harrison's selection as a First Team All-American raises JHU's national-best total to 172 all-time First Team All-Americans.


Elaine Amir elected chair of Committee for Montgomery

Elaine Amir, director of JHU's Montgomery County Campus, was elected incoming chair of the Committee for Montgomery, a coalition of 40 leaders representing a broad scope of Montgomery County business, labor, education, civic and community-based organizations. Committee members maintain an active representation in Annapolis during the legislative session regarding issues critical to the quality of life in Montgomery County.

High on the legislative agenda for the coming session, Amir said, are issues in education, transportation and fiscal responsibility, since these issues were not resolved this year.

Amir's career has focused on education, economic development and work force development. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins in 1997, she directed large-scale employment training programs for women in the construction trades and technology. She has also owned a private business in occupational testing and assessment, and served as dean of business, industry and government services at Montgomery College. Currently Amir oversees the rapid expansion of the Johns Hopkins campus in Rockville, whose mission is to co-locate teaching, research and business in close proximity to one another on a university campus.


Building industry mentor program honors Johns Hopkins VP

Sally MacConnell, vice president for facilities at JHH, has been honored by the Baltimore Chapter of the ACE Mentor Program for her instrumental work in promoting and advancing the program. Founded in 1991, the Ace Mentor Program is a partnership of architectural, contracting and engineering firms, professional organizations, universities and high schools that seek to educate, motivate and provide opportunities for local youth to pursue careers in the building industry. Today, the national program includes approximately 4,000 students in more than 60 cities.

Each year, the Baltimore chapter selects one individual from academia, owner and the construction industry categories to recognize during its scholarship breakfast program. MacConnell was recognized in the owner category.


Evergreen presents 'Evening of Remarkable Performance'

In conjunction with the current exhibition Sculpture at Evergreen, Evergreen House is hosting a series of public programs, beginning with "A Delightful Evening of Remarkable Performance" by Laure Drogoul on Friday, June 18. The event will be held at 8 p.m. in the historic house's Bakst Theatre. Tickets are $5 a person.

The cabaret-style event will feature soprano Kristen Toedtman; a video by Fred Van Dyk; vocalist and cellist Audrey Chen; and a performance by Drogoul titled "Two Devices and a Method for a Head." Drogoul, a visual artist who also works with video and performance, is director of Baltimore's l4Karat Cabaret, a performance space.

She is also one of the 10 artists participating in Sculpture at Evergreen, which will remain on view through Sept. 26. Her work in the outdoor exhibition is The Root (blue-eyed), a 15-foot-tall head of a horned devil that rests on the lawn in front of Evergreen's portico. Constructed primarily of wood and fabric, the head is illuminated from within at night, and in its eye sockets are video screens, projecting a pair of blue eyes. Drogoul's piece and Float, the work of sculptor Lisa Hein and Bob Seng, will be illuminated for attendees on the evening of June 18.


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