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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 21, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 26
In Brief


Former SAIS dean nominated by Bush to head World Bank

Paul Wolfowitz, dean of SAIS from 1994 to 2001, when President Bush tapped him as deputy defense secretary, has been nominated by Bush to head the World Bank.

Comprised of 184 member countries, the development bank strives to fight poverty and improve the living standards of people in the developing world through loans, policy advice, technical assistance and knowledge-sharing services. Traditionally, its head is selected by the United States. Among the bank's 10,000 staff members are 195 SAIS graduates.

Wolfowitz has also served in the State Department, as director of the policy planning staff, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs and ambassador to Indonesia.


WSE project lands national honor for JHU Baltimore Scholar

An early decision member of this fall's freshman class is a top winner in the 2005 Intel Science Talent Search. Ryan Harrison, now a senior at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, took fifth place and received a $25,000 scholarship for his project extending the capabilities of Rosetta, an important computer program for genomic scientists.

The project came out of Harrison's after-school research over the past two years in the lab of Jeffrey Gray in the Whiting School's Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department.

In September, Harrison will be part of the first class in the university's Baltimore Scholars Program, which provides Johns Hopkins tuition to qualified graduates of Baltimore public schools.


Thousands of volunteers sought to build community playground

An acre at Stadium Place, just across the street from Johns Hopkins@Eastern, is about to become Baltimore's most fantastic playground. With the help of community volunteers, the 17,000-square-foot playground — designed by Waverly-area kids — will come alive with swings, castles, bridges and towers, 70 percent of which will be handicapped accessible. The intergenerational project includes spots where seniors living in the complex can relax with the children.

Build dates are April 7-10 and 13-17, and April 8, 9 and 10 (Friday through Sunday) have been designated special Johns Hopkins days. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to join the thousands of neighbors who will be building this enormous playground.

Skilled and unskilled volunteers are needed. Shifts run 8 a.m. to noon, 12:30 to 5 p.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m. To sign up for one or many, contact Stacy Cofield in the Office of Government, Community and Public Affairs at 443-287-9900 or


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