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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 13, 2004 | Vol. 34 No. 3
In Brief


JHU Recycling Program to collect used computer equipment

The Johns Hopkins University Recycling Program has been selected as a recipient of one of 20 $10,000 Dell Recycling Grant awards to be used to conduct a computer collection event this fall. The JHU Recycling Program was chosen from a competitive group of almost 175 applicants throughout the country, including state and local governments, higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations.

Johns Hopkins will use the award to organize, promote and stage a computer equipment collection event on Nov. 13 at a location near the Homewood campus. The monitors, CPUs, printers, scanners and other equipment collected either will be recycled or, if they're of acceptable quality, donated to local organizations, such as schools.


Baltimore Free University to hold registration this weekend

Registration for fall semester adult education courses offered by the Baltimore Free University will be held during two "meet the instructors" brunches from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, and Sunday, Sept. 19, on the Homewood campus.

The Baltimore Free University features courses in personal enrichment, social issues and practical trades for a nominal registration fee of $10 per course.

The sessions will provide an opportunity for enrollees to learn more about the informal non-degree-granting program and to meet the instructors, many of whom live in the community or are doctoral candidates, professors and students at Johns Hopkins or alumni of the university.

The semester's 19 courses include a history of the modern Olympics, pulse biofeedback instruction, an exploration of jazz, courses on socialism and the environment, public speaking, debt management and real estate. The number of class sessions varies from onetime workshops to courses that meet once a week for several weeks.

Classes begin in early October and end in mid-December; actual start and end dates vary by course. The registration sessions will be held in Levering's Little Theatre.

For more information, call 410-516-4777 or go to:


SAIS and 'Newsweek' to co-host forum on future of Iraq

The Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and Newsweek will co-host a forum, "The Future of Iraq: Beyond the United States Occupation," at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14. (A reception will precede the event at 5 p.m.)

Forum participants include Eliot Cohen, Robert E. Osgood Professor and director of the Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at SAIS; Francis Fukuyama, Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy at SAIS; Michael Hirsh, Newsweek senior editor; Bruce Hoffman, director of the RAND Corp. Washington office who also served as senior adviser on counterterrorism to the Office of National Security Affairs of the Coalition Authority in Iraq during spring 2004; Dan Senor, former chief spokesman for the Coalition Authority in Iraq and senior adviser to Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III; Richard Wolffe (moderator), Newsweek diplomatic and Washington correspondent; and Jessica Einhorn (introductory remarks), dean of SAIS.

The event will be held in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates must reserve a place by e-mailing or calling 202-663-5648.


JHU to host event recognizing outstanding Maryland students

The Maryland Higher Education Commission will sponsor its annual Distinguished Scholar Recognition Day Ceremony from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus. More than 1,000 students and parents are expected to attend.

The afternoon will feature an art exhibition, showcase of the performing arts and a recognition ceremony. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and JHU visiting professor John Astin are scheduled to speak.

The Distinguished Scholar program is a $4.2 million grants program that provides 350 new scholarships each year plus continuing awards to students who maintain an annual 3.0 GPA in college. The scholarship can be used for any college-related expense at any degree-granting institution in Maryland. The award is $3,000 a year.


Exhibition and panel discussion celebrate book collecting

Collector's Obsessions: A Treasury of Books, opening this week at the George Peabody Library, explores the art of book collecting and features selections from private collectors in the Baltimore and Hopkins communities. It also includes works from Baltimore's venerable book club, Baltimore Bibliophiles, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. This exhibit runs from Friday, Sept. 17, through Sunday, Jan. 2, and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

An opening reception will be held on Monday, Sept. 20, at 5 p.m. and will be followed at 6 p.m. by a panel discussion on book collecting, moderated by Winston Tabb, dean of university libraries. Panelists include Jonathan Pevsner, Betty Sweren, Ronald Geesey and Tom Beck, president of the Baltimore Bibliophiles, all of whom have works featured in the exhibit.

The reception is sponsored by the Friends of the Johns Hopkins Libraries. RSVP to Stacie Spence at or 410-516-7943.


Johns Hopkins Medicine names three new members to board

Recently elected to the board of Johns Hopkins Medicine are James T. Drescher Jr., founder and CEO of Skye Hospitality, a firm that develops, owns and manages hotels in the mid-Atlantic region; Arthur B. Modell, former Baltimore Ravens owner; and Mayo A. Shattuck III, president and CEO of Constellation Energy Group.


Homewood blood drive set for Sept. 22-24; hours extended

To help replenish area blood supplies that have dropped to critically low levels over the summer, the Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive starting Monday, Sept. 20, and running through Wednesday, Sept. 22, in Levering Hall on the Homewood campus.

To cut down on waiting times, this drive is scheduled to run a half-day longer than previous ones. Hours are 1 to 6 p.m. on Monday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Three student groups — Circle K, Red Cross Corps and Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity are recruiting student volunteers to run the drive, and retired staff members will also be on hand to help with registration. For more information, call John Black at 410-516-6060.


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