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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University December 5, 2005 | Vol. 35 No. 13
In Brief


Secretary Rumsfeld to give major talk on Iraq today at SAIS

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld will be at SAIS today, Dec. 5, to deliver a major address, "The Future of Iraq." His talk, which begins at 9:30 a.m., is open only to the SAIS community and the media. Audio will be available on the SAIS Web site later in the day.


U.S. senators to hold a town meeting at School of Nursing on student loans

On Thursday, Dec. 8, U.S. senators Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Harry Reid (D-Nev), minority leader of the Senate, will hold a town hall meeting at the School of Nursing.

Called "Higher Education — America Can Do Better," the discussion will feature the senators and four nursing students exploring the need for federal student loans and the impact that cuts on those loans would make on their educational goals.

The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. in 202 School of Nursing and will be simulcast in the Alumni Auditorium, Room 140.


Writing Sems chairs McGarry and Smith to give reading Dec. 8

Jean McGarry, outgoing chair of the Writing Seminars, and Dave Smith, incoming chair, join forces this week for a reading of their work. McGarry has published six books of fiction, most recently Dream Date. Smith is the author of 20 books of poetry, fiction and criticism, most recently, Little Boats, Unsalvaged: Poems 1992-2004.

The reading, sponsored by the Writing Seminars, is at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, in Mudd Hall Auditorium, Homewood campus.


Carnegie Institution dedicates building on Homewood campus

Carnegie Institution of Washington last week dedicated its new $31.2 million research laboratory on Johns Hopkins' Homewood campus. Named in honor of Carnegie Institution president emerita and National Medal of Science winner Maxine F. Singer, the building houses Carnegie's Department of Embryology.

Singer, who came to Carnegie from the National Institutes of Health, served as the institution's eighth president.

Carnegie's connection to Johns Hopkins began with the university's first president, Daniel Coit Gilman, who after his retirement was recruited to head the newly created Carnegie Institution in 1902. In 1914, Carnegie's Department of Embryology was founded in affiliation with the Anatomy Department of Johns Hopkins' School of Medicine. Soon after World War II, the affiliation was broadened to include the university's Department of Biology.

Today, Johns Hopkins Biology graduate students conduct research in Carnegie labs, Hopkins and Carnegie faculty collaborate, and Carnegie scientists teach courses at the university.


School of Nursing colloquium to explore home-based interventions

Home-based intervention, an increasingly popular public health strategy for accessing traditionally "hard to reach" or otherwise vulnerable populations, is the focus of a School of Nursing program to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, in Room 10. Four keynote speakers will be followed by a panel of experts from the Johns Hopkins schools of Nursing, Public Health and Medicine.

The colloquium is sponsored by the School of Nursing's Center for Collaborative Research, the School of Public Health's Center for the Prevention of Violence and the Baltimore DC Research Center on Child Health Disparities. To register, contact Laura Neuberger at 410-502-1181 or


Heartfest 2006 will honor Astin, McKusick and Cowan couple

Heartfest, an annual benefit for the Johns Hopkins Preventive Cardiology Center, will in 2006 recognize four individuals.

The celebrity honoree is visiting professor John Astin, an actor, writer, producer and director, who is best known for his TV role as Gomez in The Addams Family and for his stage portrayal of Edgar Allan Poe. Victor McKusick, University Professor of Medical Genetics widely recognized as the father of medical genetics, is the medical honoree. Community honorees are longtime Johns Hopkins benefactors Joe and Ozzie Cowan. Joe Cowan was a Hall of Fame lacrosse player at JHU and is a member of the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame and the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

The event, which features heart-healthy dining, a wine tasting and music by Stevie V and the Heart Attackers, will be held from 7:30 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Martin's West. Tickets are $100. For information, call 410-560-2230.


SoM group looks at city's lack of minority males in medicine

The Johns Hopkins chapter of the Student National Medical Association is sponsoring the annual Regional Medical Education Conference for SNMA Region VI, which centers on the absenteeism of minority males in medicine. As a part of the conference, the chapter is hosting a teen summit to address the problem as it exists in Baltimore City--specifically the high school dropout rate for minority males.

The summit, titled "Dropped Out: Baltimore's Missed Education--Examining the Needs, Problems and Solutions as Voiced by Baltimore Teens, Educators and Community Leaders," will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, in the School of Nursing Alumni Auditorium. It will be an open mic discussion, followed by a keynote talk by pediatric neurosurgeon Benjamin Carson.

For more information, contact Paulette Grey at 410-464-8342 or or Errol Fields at 443-629-6250.


Registration for noncredit intersession courses is now open

Registration is now open for Intersession 2006 Personal Enrichment noncredit courses, which are designed for staff, faculty, students and the public. Among the offerings are classes in dance, music, massage, wine appreciation, and beer history and appreciation, as well as bus trips to Washington, D.C., and New York City. Brochures are available at the Levering Hall desk, Homewood campus, or online at Registration takes place in the Student Development and Programming Office, 100 Levering, through Dec. 29. For more information, call 410-516-8209.


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