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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 28, 2005 | Vol. 35 No. 12
In Brief


JHU Press to hold Holiday Book Sale at Homewood House

New and recent JHU Press volumes will be piled high and ready for signing by their authors at the Press' first Holiday Book Sale and Signing, which will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at Homewood House.

JHU staff, students and alumni, Friends of the Libraries and Friends of the Historic Houses will receive a 25 percent discount on purchases. Refreshments and admission to the historic house, which will be decorated for the holidays, are free. During sale hours, a shuttle service will run from the Stony Run visitors parking lot to the house.

Fifteen authors will be on hand during the sale, which will also feature a display of recent Press books written or edited by members of the Johns Hopkins faculty.


First Lighting of the Quads to be held tonight at Homewood

Homewood's Student Council will kick off the holiday season with the Lighting of the Quads, a new event scheduled for 9 to 9:45 p.m. today, Nov. 28.

The upper and lower quads, plus those in front of Levering and the freshman residences, will be dark and then illuminated at once to signal the start of the holiday season. Plans include music, hot chocolate and other refreshments, which will be served in the breezeway between the upper and lower quads.


CSOS program receives support for NYC school initiative

Johns Hopkins' Talent Development High Schools program has received $464,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support planning for the development of small learning communities in four large high schools in New York City.

Created by education researchers at the Center for Social Organization of Schools, the Talent Development model is one of five national programs chosen to receive $18.8 million from the foundation to support and expand secondary school initiatives in New York City.

This is the second grant the Talent Development High Schools program has received from the Gates Foundation this month. It is also funding a four-year $3 million grant to bring the CSOS program to two high schools in Los Angeles.


Johns Hopkins physics articles are among world's most cited

Five of the top eight physics and astrophysics articles most cited in 2004 were authored by researchers from Johns Hopkins' Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy, according to the SPIRES database of Stanford University.

Of the cited articles by Johns Hopkins faculty, Charles L. Bennett's papers that pinpointed the age of the universe ranked first and second, and those of Raman Sundrum, a physicist whose work opened new dimensions in space and time, ranked third and sixth. An article by astrophysicist Adam Riess ranked eighth. Riess and collaborators discovered the mysterious dark energy that is pushing the universe apart.

The SPIRES database offers researchers worldwide a compendium of papers on physics and astrophysics, and tracks citations.


Theatre Hopkins production to be staged at Gilman School

Theatre Hopkins' 84th season continues with The Mistress of Riversdale at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4, at Centennial Hall on the campus of the Gilman School, 5407 Roland Ave.

Cherie Weinert performs this one-woman dramatization of the life of Rosalie Stier Calvert, a wealthy Belgian and wife of George Calvert, at their plantation near Washington, D.C., during the first two decades of the 19th century. Suzanne Pratt, director of Theatre Hopkins, wrote the script, which she adapted from Rosalie Calvert's original letters. They were published by Margaret Law Callcott in the book Mistress of Riversdale: The Plantation Letters of Rosalie Stier Calvert, 1795-1821.

The text is drawn from letters that Calvert, the mother of nine, sent to her family in Antwerp over her 20 years at Riversdale. The correspondence includes her ardent views on Presidents Washington, Jefferson and Monroe as well as Napoleon and Col. Aaron Burr.

Flutist Kateri Chambers, a senior at Johns Hopkins, will introduce the play with a recital of music of the period. Tickets are $10 and may be reserved by calling Theatre Hopkins at 410-516-7159 or e-mailing


School of Nursing hosts International Bazaar today

The School of Nursing's International Health Organization is holding an International Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Nov. 28. The wares come from Guatemala, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Mali, Nepal and elsewhere and include hand-knit caps, textiles, stationery, toys, jewelry, leather bags and other handmade items. Five percent of the proceeds will benefit the Jean Lenox Foundation to provide full scholarships for nursing students in Zambia.


Blue Jays' 2005 championship LAX season chronicled in book

Making its debut in time for the holiday season is Undefeated: Johns Hopkins Men's Lacrosse in the 2005 Season (JHU Press; $24.95). The 216-page volume was written by John Jiloty, editor in chief of Inside Lacrosse, and features 155 color photographs by Jay VanRensselaer of Homewood Imaging and Photographic Services. Books ordered by Dec. 1 for Dec. 23 guaranteed delivery receive a 25 percent discount.

For details, go to undefeated.html.


Nicholas Burns, undersecretary of state, to speak at SAIS

R. Nicholas Burns, undersecretary of state for political affairs, will speak on "U.S. Policy Toward Iran" at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the School of Advanced International Studies.

Burns, a 1980 SAIS graduate, is the State Department's third-ranking official and oversees U.S. policy in each region of world. He previously has served as U.S. ambassador to NATO and Greece and as State Department spokesman.

The event will be held in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP to or 202-663-5648.


'The Lantern' to be performed by Johns Hopkins University Theatre

On Nov. 13 the Johns Hopkins University Theatre performed Gabriel Marcel's The Lantern, followed by a discussion led by Richard Macksey and James Harris, as the annual Ralph Harper Event. The event was so well received by the audience that it will be repeated this weekend.

The one-act play, part of the repertoire of the Comedie Francaise, will be performed by John Astin and members of the theater group at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Merrick Barn, Homewood campus. The discussion follows.

Admission is $8; $4 for students. For tickets, e-mail or call 410-516-5153.


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