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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University August 22, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 42
In Brief


In new �U.S. News� rankings, JHU moves up to tie at No. 13

Johns Hopkins moves up a spot this year�to a tie at No. 13�in the just released �U.S. News & World Report�s rankings of the nation�s best universities. Most recent rankings were ties for 14th in 2004 and 2003, 15th in 2002 and 16th in 2001.

The No. 1 spot for 2006 went to Harvard and Princeton, followed by Yale at No. 3 and Penn at No. 4. Duke and Stanford tied at No. 5.

In the rankings for best undergraduate engineering programs whose highest degree is a Ph.D., Hopkins was tied for 14th, down from a tie at 13 for the past two years.

In specialty rankings, Johns Hopkins again landed the No. 1 spot in biomedical engineering, followed by Duke, UC San Diego, Georgia Tech and MIT.

In an unranked category called �Programs to look for,� the magazine cited JHU�as it did in both 2004 and 2005�under �Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects.� In �Great Schools/Great Prices,� JHU is ranked 16th among national universities. It also is tied at the 16th spot in a section on �Economic Diversity.�

For a complete list of the magazine�s 2006 rankings, go to


Theatre Hopkins will host 'moving sale' on Aug. 27

Theatre Hopkins will sell theatrical costumes, props and memorabilia from more than 60 years� worth of productions at its �moving sale� from noon to 4 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 27. The event will take place in the SDS Room in the Mattin Center�s F. Ross Jones Building on the Homewood campus. The Mattin Center is located next to the Merrick Barn, the theater company�s home since 1942.

The Merrick Barn is now the permanent home for undergraduate theater courses and The Johns Hopkins University Theatre.

Though it doesn�t yet have a permanent place to call home, the show will go on for Theatre Hopkins, which is kicking off its 2005�2006 season with Rosalie Calvert, The Mistress of Riversdale, featuring Cherie Weinert, on Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Maryland Historical Society. In addition to other off-campus productions, shows are slated at Homewood House in May and the Mattin Center�s Swirnow Theater in June.

Founded in 1921, Theatre Hopkins amassed in the Merrick Barn more than six decades� worth of costumes and props as well as some larger stage pieces and furnishings, some of which must now be sold. The highlight of the sale is a collection of exquisitely handmade vintage dresses. Proceeds of the sale will help Theatre Hopkins offset the cost of storing the set pieces and props it is keeping.

The sale is open to the public; no dealers, please. Purchases may be made in cash or by check only. For more information, call 410- 516-7159.


Johns Hopkins Bayview earns award from 'CIO' Magazine

Johns Hopkins Bayview last week was recognized by a leading publication for chief information officers. In its Aug. 15 issue, C IO magazine honored 100 organizations and executives with its annual CIO 100 award, given this year to those who �have dared to take on risk for the chance of reward in an extremely conservative business climate,� according to Abbie Lundberg, CIO editor in chief.

The award program, whose focus changes annually to reflect current business trends, recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology.

Bayview Medical Center used leading practice methods to implement its Meditech project, an integrated system that covers a broad scope of services ranging from admitting, patient billing and medical records to pharmacy, radiology and laboratory results. It also allows doctors to enter orders electronically.


Student chapter launched for aerospace industry society

A student chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is being formed at Johns Hopkins for the fall semester. AIAA is the largest professional society in the aerospace industry, and membership provides undergraduate and graduate students with numerous professional, financial and scholarly opportunities.

This initiative was approved in July by Andrew Douglas, associate dean of the Whiting School of Engineering, and Gregory S. Chirikjian, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Joseph Katz, William F. Ward Sr. Distinguished Professor at the Whiting School, will serve as the first faculty adviser.

Johns Hopkins AIAA student members will be able to attend AIAA-sponsored lectures held on Hopkins campuses and at other local institutions such as NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the U.S. Naval Academy; present their own research at regional or national conferences; participate in AIAA Foundation�sponsored national design competitions; and compete for undergraduate scholarships and graduate research awards.

Dues are $20 a year. However, to promote participation in this new branch, AIAA is offering free memberships for the first 15 students who will be actively involved. For more information, e-mail Xiaofeng Liu at [email protected].


'Gazette' returns to weekly schedule with next edition

This is the last biweekly summer edition of The Gazette. We return to our weekly publishing schedule after Labor Day, on Tuesday, Sept. 6, with the first issue of the 2005-2006 academic year.


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