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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University December 11, 2006 | Vol. 36 No. 14
In Brief


School of Nursing to offer graduate option in midwifery

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing has a new graduate offering that will prepare students for leadership roles as nurse-midwives in hospitals, clinics, birthing centers, health departments, private practices and other health-care settings. The program combines the school's enhanced clinical nurse specialist option with the master of science in nurse midwifery program at Shenandoah University. Upon completing the 51 credits, students will receive an MS in nursing from Johns Hopkins and a certificate in midwifery from Shenandoah.

The faculty members at Johns Hopkins who will advise and mentor students in the program are women's health experts Phyllis Sharps and Betty Jordan and certified nurse midwives Nancy Woods and Ellen Ray. The school plans to recruit five students to begin the program in fall 2007. For more information, go to rams or call Admissions and Student Services at 410-955-7548.


Prime minister of Georgia, Zurab Nogaideli, to speak at SAIS

Zurab Nogaideli, the prime minister of Georgia, will this week give a talk at SAIS titled "Three Years After the Rose Revolution: Democratic Reform and Regional Challenges." The forum is hosted by the SAIS Central Asia-Caucasus Institute.

The event will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates must RSVP to the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at 202-663-7721 or


Nauticos president is new chair of EPP advisory council

David Jourdan, president of Nauticos, has been appointed chair of the Johns Hopkins Engineering Programs for Professionals advisory council, which brings together leaders from engineering companies, technology organizations, the government and higher education institutions to chart the course for future development of EPP and its programs.

Jourdan is a charter member of the council as well as a graduate of EPP's Applied Physics program. He earned a BS in engineering physics from the Naval Academy in 1976 and served a tour of duty on the USS Kamehameha before joining the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. At APL, Jourdan worked in the Navy Ocean Engineering Program for six years, becoming an expert in the analysis and use of large undersea environmental data sets.

In the mid-1980s, he and two other APL scientists launched Meridian Sciences, later renamed Nauticos Corp., to focus on deep ocean exploration. Nauticos teams found the World War II Japanese submarine Kaga and the Israeli submarine Dakar; did undersea work for a Discovery Channel special on the Titanic; and have joined other experts in the search for Amelia Earhart's lost Lockheed Electra aircraft. Jourdan sold Nauticos Corp. to Oceaneering International in 2003 but continues to develop ocean projects as president of Nauticos and of the nonprofit SeaWord Foundation, which he established to support science and educational programs in ocean exploration.


Senior named JHU Football's 10th Academic All-American

Senior wide receiver Evan Earnest has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Football First Team. Earnest is the fourth football player in school history to earn First Team Academic All-America honors, and his selection marks the 10th national Academic All-American for the Johns Hopkins football program.

A mechanical engineering major with a 3.74 cumulative GPA, Earnest is a member of Pi Tau Sigma, the mechanical engineering honorary society and has completed an internship with Whitman, Requart and Associates.


Heartfest set for Jan. 27; John Astin returns as celebrity host

Heartfest, an annual fund-raiser for the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Preventive Cardiology Center, will be held from 7:30 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Jan. 27, at Martin's West. Reprising his role as celebrity host will be visiting professor John Astin, well-known for his comedic role as Gomez in The Addams Family on television and his dramatic stage portrayal of Edgar Allan Poe.

The event's medical honorees will be Johns Hopkins cardiologists Stephen Achuff, the David J. Carver Emeritus Professor of Medicine, and Lawrence S.C. Griffith, a professor of medicine. Tribute will be given to community honorees Irene and Abe Pollin. The Pollins, supporters of the Ciccarone Center and preventive cardiology throughout the country, are owners of the Wizards basketball team. In addition, Irene Pollin is founder of Sister to Sister: Everyone has a Heart Foundation.

The evening will feature heart-healthy gourmet dining prepared by Baltimore's top chefs and caterers, wine tasting by the Wine Merchant and dancing to the sounds of Stevie V. & the Heart Attackers, a band whose members are medical professionals. Tickets are $100; call 410-560-2230.


Deadlines are today, Dec. 11, for last 'Gazette' issue of semester

Because of the upcoming midyear vacation, The Gazette will not be published the weeks of Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Next week's calendar will include events scheduled from Monday, Dec. 18, through Monday, Jan. 8. The deadline for that issue's calendar submissions and classified ads is noon today, Dec. 11.


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