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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 24, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 31
In Brief


Policy on Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act online

In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the university each year informs students of their rights under this act, as well as relevant university policy. Among the issues addressed are inspection and review of educational records, and the disclosure of personally identifiable information.

The revised policy is now online at


NTSB spokesperson to discuss safety and security after 9/11

Ellen Engleman Conners, former chairwoman and current board member of the National Transportation Safety Board, will talk this week on "Safety and Security: Striking a Balance in the Post 9/11 World." The event, which will take place at 7 p.m. (reception at 6 p.m.) on Wednesday, April 26, in the Bloomberg Auditorium on the Homewood campus, is sponsored by the William M. and Katherine B. Ginder Lecture Fund, which brings speakers to SPSBE twice each year to discuss timely and stimulating economic issues affecting the region and the nation.

The official spokesperson for the NTSB, Conners was on site for investigations into the Baltimore water taxi and Staten Island Ferry accidents. She is the recipient of the U.S. Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest non-life-saving medal awarded, and also co-founder of Vitamin Angel Alliance, which provides international medical relief for women and children.

To RSVP, e-mail or call 410-312-2880.


Project Prevent health fair offers free medical tests to uninsured

The fifth annual Project Prevent health fair will bring free medical testing and other health-related services to the Love Center at the Agape Fellowship AME Church, 4650 Reisterstown Rd. in Baltimore, from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 29.

Sponsored by Project Prevent, a Johns Hopkins undergraduate student group, the fair is designed to provide preventive medical services to Baltimore City's uninsured population. Visitors will have access to confidential tests for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, prostate cancer screening and immunizations, all administered by health care providers. Information about breast cancer treatment programs, lead poisoning and medical discount cards will be available as well.

This year's event brings together participants from more than 30 organizations, including the JHU Counseling Center, the Johns Hopkins Nurses Association and the Johns Hopkins Breast Center, the Baltimore City Health Department, Mercy Medical Center, Maryland Pediatric Immunology, Sheppard Pratt Health System, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, the American Red Cross and CHAMP, the Church Community Health Awareness and Monitoring Program.

Johns Hopkins student groups providing entertainment are Masti, a co-ed Bollywood hip-hop fusion dance group; Vivaz, a Caribbean cultural performance company; Capoiera, a martial arts group; and the Johns Hopkins University Gospel Choir.


Dennis Ross wraps up 2006 Foreign Affairs Symposium

Dennis Ross, Middle East special envoy under presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton from 1988 to 2000, will give the final lecture of this year's Foreign Affairs Symposium. He will discuss "A Struggle for Peace: The Future of Israel and the Palestinian People" at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, in Levering's Glass Pavilion, Homewood campus.

Ross is currently counselor and Ziegler Distinguished Fellow of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. A foreign affairs analyst for the Fox News Channel, he is also a frequent commentator in The Washington Post, The Financial Times and U.S. News and World Report.


Army parachuters set to drop in on Homecoming game

This weekend's Homecoming lacrosse game against Towson will get off to a flying start, thanks to the Johns Hopkins ROTC unit, which organized the game's opening ceremony. The U.S. Army parachute team, the Golden Knights, is scheduled to make a 12,500-foot drop onto Homewood Field to present the game ball. The face-off begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29.


SPSBE Real Estate Department honors developer James W. Todd

In recognition of his professional and civic accomplishments, James W. Todd has been honored as the 2006 recipient of The Johns Hopkins University's Real Estate Leadership Award.

Todd, who is a retired member of the advisory board of the university's Edward St. John Real Estate Department, has had a distinguished career in planned development, including residential, retail, office, recreational and mixed-use communities.

"His commitment to serving his community is inspiring as he is a role model for us and the students in our program," said Michael Anikeeff, chair of the department, which is part of SPSBE's Graduate Division of Business and Management.

As president of the Peterson Companies, one of the largest private development companies in the Washington, D.C., region, Todd is responsible for more than 60 investment properties and development projects in the Virginia and Maryland suburbs. Previously president of Gulf Reston and Mobil Land Development Corp., he received an Urban Land Institute Award of Excellence for the development of Reston, Va.


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