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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 18, 2006 | Vol. 36 No. 3
In Brief


Student-community event is set for Sunday in Charles Village

JHU will host this week the second annual student-community gathering to help improve neighborhood relations and otherwise enhance the Charles Village community.

The informal Meet Your Neighbors Get-together will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, on the Beach (inclement weather location: SS. Philip and James Church basement, 2801 N. Charles St.) and is open to all students and residents of the neighborhoods surrounding JHU's Homewood campus.

All faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to attend, along with their families, regardless of where they live.

The event, hosted by senior administrators, is intended to help foster positive relations and thereby reduce the potential for student-neighbor tensions while concurrently providing opportunities to improve the community. Light refreshments and entertainment will be provided.


Federal Credit Union branch slated for Mount Washington

The Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union will be opening a branch on the Mount Washington campus in October. This new branch will be located on the ground floor of McAuley Hall, just inside the main entrance.

Staff will be able to open accounts, process and disburse loans, add services and answer questions. While the branch will not have teller stations or cash, there will be an automatic teller machine outside the entrance for deposit and withdrawal purposes.

For more branch details as they develop, go to


SAIS hosts national security briefing with Sen. John Kerry

SAIS will host a briefing, "National Security: A View From the Senate," on Thursday, Sept. 28. The 8:30 a.m. forum, which is open only to invited guests, is hosted by the newly launched SAIS Center on Politics and Foreign Relations and the Financial Times.

John Kerry, Democratic senator from Massachusetts, will give the keynote remarks. Other participants are Chrystia Freeland, U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times, and Robert Guttman, director of CPFR.

The briefing is the inaugural event of the Center on Politics and Foreign Relations, a new research center at SAIS directed by Guttman, a fellow at SAIS's Foreign Policy Institute. CPFR's overall goal is to debate, discuss and analyze the role domestic politics plays in a country's foreign policy.

In partnership with the Financial Times, CPFR plans to host a series of breakfast briefings featuring all the potential U.S. presidential candidates; it also will publish "Political Profiles" newsletters about the potential candidates, highlighting their views of important foreign policy issues of the day. The center also will hold conferences on topics such as the upcoming U.S. midterm elections' impact on foreign policy, the Middle East after the recent conflict in Lebanon, and domestic politics and foreign policy in Iran.


A look at the transformation of America's daily newspapers

Changes in the media industry — including chain ownership and Wall Street pressures — are transforming daily newspapers in America. What, if anything, can or should be done about that? Will newspapers survive? Can the Internet replace daily newspapers, either journalistically or commercially? How will the need for balanced, consistent coverage of local issues be met in Baltimore and elsewhere?

On Thursday, Sept. 21, the Institute for Policy Studies will address these questions in a Press and Public Policy Seminar titled The Transformation of America's Daily Newspapers. The event, scheduled for 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Clipper Room of Homewood's Shriver Hall, will feature panelists Michael Hill, a reporter for The Baltimore Sun; Thomas Kunkel, dean of the University of Maryland Merrill School of Journalism; and Howard Weaver, vice president of news for the McClatchy Company. Sheilah Kast, host of WYPR's Maryland Morning, will moderate.


Family of urologist Robert Jeffs establishes memorial fund

The family of Robert Jeffs has established a fund in his name to support pediatric urology research at the Brady Urological Institute.

Jeffs, who died Aug. 28 at the age of 82, founded the Division of Pediatric Urology at the Brady Urological Institute in 1975 and headed it for 20 years.

Checks, made payable to Johns Hopkins University, should be sent to Brady Urological Institute, Johns Hopkins Medicine, One Charles Center, 100 N. Charles St., Suite 400, Baltimore, MD 21201. Indicate in the check's memo section that the gift is in honor of Dr. Robert Jeffs.


Personal productivity expert David Allen to speak at SoM

Well-known life management and personal productivity guru David Allen will present his theories in workflow to the School of Medicine at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, in the CRB auditorium. The event, hosted by the Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association, is intended to expose trainees, faculty and staff to concepts addressing the balance of professional and personal time in the information age.

David Allen was named by CNN Money as one of the top 50 People Who Matter. He is the author of the best-selling book Getting Things Done and consultant to many of the world's leading companies, including AIG, Astra Zenica, BMW, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Massachusetts General Hospital, Norvatis and Qualcomm.


Book launch for former SAIS journalist-in-residence

SAIS will host a book launch event this week for Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, an assistant managing editor at The Washington Post and a former journalist-in-residence at the SAIS International Reporting Project.

Chandrasekaran, who spent 18 months as the Post's Baghdad bureau chief, will discuss his experiences as chronicled in his book published by Knopf this month.

The event will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP to the International Reporting Project at or 202-663-7726.


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