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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 18, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 30
In Brief


Diversity Leadership Council seeking membership nominations

The Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council, established by President William R. Brody in May 1997, is in the process of identifying new faculty, staff and students to serve on the council. The council serves as advisory to the president and senior leadership on diversity issues in both the university and health system.

The DLC meets once a month. Membership, which is for one or two years with a time commitment of four to six hours per month, requires a commitment to inclusion, and the ability to communicate across and about differences.

Nominations, including a short biography and brief description of the candidate's reasons for wishing to serve on the council, should be sent to or DLC Nominations, 130 Garland Hall, Homewood campus. Self-nominations are encouraged from all levels of the university. The deadline for receiving nominations is Friday, May 20.


Statewide Maryland MESA Day set for Friday at APL

Anyone searching for evidence of vision and promise among Maryland's young people need look no further than the Maryland Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement Program's statewide event, where more than 400 elementary, middle and high school students showcase their knowledge, imagination and skills to creatively approach challenging problems.

This Statewide MESA Day event, which brings together regional winners, will take place this year from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 22, at APL.

Maryland MESA students begin working with teachers in the fall to research and prepare for MESA Day activities, most of which require the students to provide a functioning model, a written report and an oral presentation of their design. This year's participants are demonstrating their technical abilities in activities such as mousetrap-powered vehicles that are evaluated on speed, distance, power and accuracy; windmills, gliders, theme park rides and egg drop containers that are evaluated on their strength and architectural design; and banners and communication events that are evaluated on their effectiveness and creativity.

Maryland MESA was established by APL in 1976 to support and develop the interests, skills and abilities of K-12 students in science, technology, engineering and math. The program now serves more than 100 schools and 2,000 students throughout the state. Through partnerships with APL, Morgan State University, the University of Maryland at College Park, public school systems and local businesses, Maryland MESA works to increase the number of engineers, scientists and mathematicians while serving as a driving force in encouraging and assisting minorities and females in achieving academic and professional success in these fields.


Sweet! CSC launches April 20 chocolate festival to raise money

The Center for Social Concern this week will launch what it plans to be an annual event — a chocolate festival to help volunteer groups raise money in order to better serve the community.

Dubbed 'The Chocolate Factory,' the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, in the Glass Pavilion on the Homewood campus.

The entrance fee of $5 allows access to five samples plus chocolate-themed activities like a chocolate art contest and a chopstick M&M contest. Chocolates will be available for sale from vendors all over Maryland.


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