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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 22, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 27
In Brief


Iraqi ambassador-designate Al-Rahim speaks today at SAIS

Rend Al-Rahim, ambassador-designate of Iraq to the United States, will speak at SAIS at noon today, Monday, March 22. A native of Iraq, Al-Rahim was selected by the Iraqi Governing Council in November 2003 to be Iraq's representative in Washington. She is a founder of the Iraq Foundation and has been its executive director since 1991. The lecture will be held in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates who want to attend must contact the Public Affairs Office at or 202-663-5648. Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.


CER's Timeline Creator software takes top place in competition

The Center for Educational Resources at Johns Hopkins has won first place in the Higher Education Academic Computing category for Macromedia's Fall 2003 Innovation Award Program. CRE's winning entry was Timeline Creator, a software program it developed to allow students and faculty to easily create historic timelines.

Macromedia, one of the largest producers of Internet multimedia development software, honors innovative projects that incorporate technology into academic computing with the use of its software.

Timeline Creator allows anyone to create interactive timelines that can be published to the Web or displayed from a computer screen. Up to six simultaneous timelines can be displayed, and images and text can be included in events. To check out the software, go to

The CER works with faculty to help incorporate technology and innovative teaching strategies. Student programmers Roy Hodgman, Greg Jastrab and Arun Nagarajan developed Timeline Creator with the help of Mike Reese, assistant director of CER and project manager on the timeline project.


School of Public Health hosts two events for admitted applicants

The School of Public Health will be hosting admitted applicants during two visitor days, the first of which is Friday, March 26. About 120 students are expected for the event, which provides them with the opportunity to learn more about the graduate degree program to which they have been admitted.

James Yager, senior associate dean for academic affairs, will begin the morning session, which will be followed by a comprehensive overview of student services. Campus tours will be available as well. Following a luncheon and a panel presentation by current students, the visitors will spend the afternoon with faculty members to learn more about the specific programs.

The second visitor day is scheduled for Friday, April 16. For more information about the program, call the Admissions Office at 410-614-5056 or go to www.jhsph/edu/admissions/visit/visitordays.html.


A first concert for the Greater Homewood Children's Chorus

Katrina Bell McDonald, associate professor of sociology, will be taking on a different role this weekend when she directs the Greater Homewood Children's Chorus in its first spring concert.

The chorus, begun in the fall as a ministry of the University Baptist Church, located across Charles Street from the Homewood campus, was founded as an opportunity for area children to learn and perform inspirational choral music from a variety of faith-based traditions while they broaden their cultural and religious understanding of one another. It is open to 7-to-15-year-olds of all religious and social backgrounds who live or go to school in the neighborhoods of North Baltimore.

The concert, which is at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 28, at the University Baptist Church, will feature original works and arrangements by and with David Griffiths, a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory.


'Hands Across the Water' event looks at international nursing

The annual Johns Hopkins Nurses' Alumni Association education program, postponed from the fall, will take place from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23, at the School of Nursing. With a theme of international nursing, the conference is titled "Hands Across the Water: Nurses' Stories."

In addition to speakers from Johns Hopkins on various topics, Linda Tarr-Whelan, former ambassador to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, will talk on nurses and international health policy. The program will conclude with the Doris Armstrong Luncheon Forum featuring Nancy McKelvey, chief nurse at the Ameican Red Cross national headquarters, speaking about Red Cross nurses.

The conference is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Nurses' Alumni Association, the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing and the School of Nursing. The cost is $85 for the full program, $75 for SON alumni, $25 for students; and $25 for the Doris Armstrong Forum and luncheon only. For information, contact Melinda Rose at or 410-955-4285.


Deadline is Friday for Diversity Leadership Council awards

The deadline for nominations for Diversity Recognition Awards given annually by the Diversity Leadership Council is Friday, March 26.

These awards recognize exceptional contributions of faculty, staff and students in advancing and celebrating diversity and inclusiveness at Johns Hopkins. Nominations are welcome from all divisions of the university and health system, although current members of the DLC are not eligible. President William R. Brody will present the awards at a reception on May 11.

For more information and the nomination form, go to:


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