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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 28, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 27
In Brief


Open-access publishing to be discussed in upcoming forum

Open-access publishing will be the subject of a forum hosted by the JHU Libraries and University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library. Ownership and Access in Scholarly Publishing will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, at Maryland's School of Nursing Auditorium. The forum will be broadcast live to three JHU locations — Mountcastle Auditorium, East Baltimore, and, on the Homewood campus, to Bloomberg Auditorium and the Mattin Center's SDS Room; it also will be available on Webcast and will be archived.

With open access, authors retain copyright and control over their intellectual content, which is made readily available to other researchers for purposes of education and research at little or no cost. However, there are many questions surrounding its impact on scholarly publishing, research, and promotion and tenure.

The keynote addresses will be delivered by David Lipman, director of NIH's National Center for Biotechnology Information, and JHU's Chi V. Dang, vice dean of research and professor of medicine, oncology, pathology, and molecular biology and genetics at the School of Medicine. A discussion among panelists representing the scientific and publishing communities will follow. For information, go to or contact Alexa Mayo at 410-706-1316 or Teresa Knott at 410-706-3896.


Half-price tix for cultural events available to students, staff, faculty

To help students, faculty and staff take advantage of the city's stage shows, music and more, the Baltimore Collegetown Network, of which Johns Hopkins is a founding member, and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance have launched a Web site offering half-price tickets. A $10 entry fee to the Walters Art Museum's show called Stubbs and the Horse, for example, is slashed to $5; CenterStage's Permanent Collection by Thomas Gibbons is $15 rather than $30. Other participants include the BMA, Creative Alliance and the Maryland Historical Society. Offerings change each week. For details, go to:


Early bird discounts now available for Nurse Educator Academy

Nurses registering by April 15 for the June 6-9 Nurse Educator Academy will receive a 10 percent discount. The skill-based, intensive Johns Hopkins Nursing offering is a weeklong program in residence for nurses who want to become educators or to invigorate their teaching methods.

Faculty and content advisers are affiliated with the School of Nursing, SPSBE, JHH and JHPIEGO. All participants will have the opportunity to learn creative techniques and teaching methods, effective use of technology and assessment skills to evaluate learning needs and outcomes.

The academy is presented through the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing, the joint JHU School of Nursing and JHH Department of Nursing initiative formed to promote and support excellence and to foster communication and collaboration between nursing education and nursing practice. To learn more or to register, call 443-287-4745 or go to default.html.


SPCA holds 10th March for the Animals at Homewood

The Homewood campus is due for a little levity this weekend when hundreds of animal advocates and their four-legged friends will pay a visit to participate in a pet costume contest and a smart pet tricks competition, as well as take a 1.5-mile walk and see a demonstration by Baltimore City police canines.

The occasion is the Maryland SPCA's 10th annual March for the Animals walk-a-thon, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 3. For details, go to or call 410-235-8826, ext. 133.


Prince George's County and JHU prepare special ed teachers

For four years, Johns Hopkins and Prince George's County Public Schools have been tackling a national problem — the shortage of certified special education teachers in public schools — in their own backyard. When its final class graduates in August 2006, the Partnership for Beginning Special Educators will have produced 33 fully certified special education teachers, and the county's vacancy rate for special educators will be cut almost in half.

Although the federal funding that started the program won't be supporting any additional cohorts, the partnership program will continue. Participants in the two-year program pursue a master's degree leading to certification to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities. Upon completion, candidates are required to teach for four years in the county's public schools. Potential students are encouraged to find out more by calling 800-GO-TO-JHU or e-mailing


Two at SAIS nominated for best international affairs books

The Council on Foreign Relations has announced the six authors short-listed for the fourth annual Arthur Ross Book Award for the best book published in the last two years on international affairs. Among them are two from SAIS: Professor Francis Fukuyama for State-Building: Governance and World Order in the 21st Century (Cornell University Press) and James Mann, author in residence at the Foreign Policy Institute, for Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet (Viking Books). The award, which will be announced in early May, consists of a $25,00 first prize, $10,000 second prize and $5,000 honorable mention.


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