Award-winning documentary to be shown on World AIDS Day
In recognition of World AIDS Day, the
School of Public
Health will host a viewing on Wednesday, Dec. 1, of HIV
Positive Voices, the Emmy Award-winning, 29-minute
documentary that examines the lives of four people living
and coping with HIV. The event will be held from 4 to 6
p.m. at the school's Feinstone Hall.
Jim Williams, associate director of the Johns Hopkins
Center for Communication
Programs, co-produced the film, which features
individuals who have become positive voices for AIDS
prevention, treatment and action. Following the film,
Williams will moderate a panel discussion. For more
information, call 410-955-6878.
Chair of Economic Advisors to give talk in MSE
N. Gregory Mankiw, chairman of the Council of Economic
Advisors, takes up the topic "Big Jobs, Little Jobs: The
Tugboat of the American Economy" at 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec.
6, in Homewood's Shriver Hall. His talk is part of the Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium, whose
title this year is Rebuilding America: Peace and Prosperity
at What Price?
Mankiw was appointed to his post by President Bush in
2003. He is on leave from Harvard, where he is a professor
of macroeconomics, microeconomics and statistics. He has
authored two seminal textbooks, Macroeconomics and
Principles of Economics, which have sold more than 1
million copies and have been translated into 17 languages.
He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of
Economic Research and is an adviser to the Federal Reserve
Bank of Boston and the Congressional Budget Office.
New SPH endowed professorship promotes quality of
The Bloomberg School
of Public Health has named Marie Diener-West as the
inaugural Helen Abbey and Margaret Merrell Professor in
Biostatistics Education, which was established to promote
the quality of statistical teaching and learning for public
health scientists and professionals.
The new endowed professorship is unique because it is
among the first to promote teaching rather than scientific
research. It honors the late professors Margaret Merrell
and Helen Abbey, both of whom were renowned as pioneers in
biostatistics and for their dedication as educators. Their
work helped establish the School of Public Health's
Biostatistics — created by Johns Hopkins in 1918
as the world's first department of its kind — as a
center of statistical learning for public health
professionals and scientists.
Diener-West will be officially installed during a
ceremony on Dec. 6 at the Bloomberg School.
O'Connor Recreation Center honored by sports-facility
The Homewood campus's
Ralph S. O'Connor
Recreation Center has received a 2004 Facilities of
Merit distinction from Athletic Business magazine. The
annual award, selected by a panel of sports-facility
architects and design consultants, recognizes facilities
that "set a higher industry standard of design and
functionality." The Johns Hopkins facility was one of 10
chosen from a field of 98 entries that included college
recreation centers, professional stadiums and arenas,
health and wellness centers, joint-venture facilities,
military recreation centers, municipal recreation projects
and high school athletic complexes.
The judges called the O'Connor Recreation Center a
"model example of renovation and addition to an existing
The 63,000-square-foot building, which opened in
January 2002, abuts the 40-year-old Newton H. White
Athletic Center. Clad in brick, glass and limestone, the
three-story building was said to seamlessly blend the old
with the new. One judge simply called it "a sophisticated
statement for a sophisticated campus." The architects were
Sasaki Associates of Watertown, Mass.
The university received its award plaque this month at
the Athletic Business Conference, held in Orlando, Fla.
Men's lacrosse team gets in the holiday spirit of
The Johns Hopkins men's
lacrosse team has begun a
holiday campaign for underprivileged children in the area.
Seth Tierney, the team's assistant coach, is spearheading
the effort that seeks to collect toys and money, which will
be used to purchase gifts.
The team has already received donations from the STX
lacrosse company and Lax World lacrosse store. Tierney and
the players plan to deliver the gifts personally, just
before the holidays. The team is currently working with
Ministries to identify agencies and homes in need.
To make a donation, contact Tierney at 410-516-7969 or
Checks can be made payable to Blue Jays Holiday Magic.
Nobel Prize-winning physicist to give lecture on
Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman is giving
a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at the
Baltimore Museum of Art. Lederman, who will be speaking to
city school students the next day, was invited to give his
talk by the educational outreach arm of the
Whiting School of
He will speak on "Particles and Galaxies: The Inner
Space/Outer Space Connection" and take questions afterward.
Lederman won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1988. For more
information, call 410-243-5006.
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers to hold
The Johns Hopkins student chapter of the Society of
Hispanic Professional Engineers will hold its first banquet
from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, in Homewood's
The event, which is expected to become annual, will
include a buffet dinner, award presentation and dance.
Admission is $5 for SHPE members, $8 for students who
do not belong to SHPE and $30 for faculty, staff and
For tickets and more information, contact Grace
Gonzalez, SHPE chapter president, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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