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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University June 26, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 38
In Brief


DLC reports on current status of Diversity Climate Survey

The Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council said last week that it had received more than 8,000 responses to the first JHU Institution Diversity Climate Survey. Four versions had been tailored to the School of Medicine, the Applied Physics Laboratory, other university divisions and Johns Hopkins Health System employees.

An analysis of the data has now been distributed to deans and directors, who will categorize strengths, weaknesses, gaps, etc., and identify significant issues to address to improve the workplace climate for employees in their divisions. As part of the annual diversity plan, they will be asked to pinpoint three to five of these issues and offer a specific plan for each.

The DLC Survey Committee will then conduct an assessment of the data and forward universitywide recommendations to President Brody. The results and recommendations from the committee will be provided to the university community at a future date.


Johns Hopkins picnic will be held on July 14; tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Johns Hopkins picnic, scheduled for 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 14, on the grounds of Johns Hopkins at Eastern. Free parking is available, as is shuttle service from other campuses. The event is open to all JHU affiliates and their families.

July 7 is the deadline for purchasing tickets, which are being sold in advance only and are $2 for adults and children 4 and up (free for children age 3 and under). For a list of ticket sellers, go to

and click on the link for the Johns Hopkins picnic. Hopkins identification is required to purchase tickets.

Tickets can be purchased through the mail only from the Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs; orders must be received by June 30. For any other information, go to the picnic Web site or call 410-516-6060.


Talent Development High Schools conference set for July

The fifth biennial Talent Development High Schools National Conference will bring educators together in Baltimore for three days of training, inspiration, practical ideas and social activities. The conference, "Talent Development High Schools: Building on Lessons Learned," will be held July 13 to 15 at the Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore Hotel. Registration is open until July 12.

Martin Haberman, professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and an expert on curriculum and instruction, will be the keynote speaker, topping off the conference with a Saturday morning presentation. In his latest book, Star Teachers of Children in Poverty, Haberman explores theories and practices that support effective teaching in schools that serve students who are at the greatest risk for academic failure and dropping out.

The programs will focus on three topic areas: Restructuring the American High School, Improving Student Achievement and Understanding Our Students. Back by popular demand are two categories of sessions, Voices from the Field and Living Classroom, during which teachers and administrators share their experiences and best practices.

The conference will be preceded on July 12 by a daylong National Leadership Institute for principals, assistant principals, academy leaders and teacher team leaders.

More information on the program and online registration are available at

Additional questions can be directed to Reggie Anthony at 410-516-3962, or at


Community health nurse to lead JHU's Lillian D. Wald Center

The School of Nursing has appointed Helen Scannell Thomas, a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and part-time clinical instructor at the school, to serve as director of the Lillian D. Wald Community Nursing Center.

In that post, Thomas will lead faculty and staff efforts to address health disparities by delivering free and reduced cost services to uninsured and underinsured families in the East Baltimore community. In addition, the center, as an educational arm of the School of Nursing, provides a unique learning environment for students to acquire skills essential to effective community health nursing practice among urban populations.

Thomas brings extensive clinical experience in a variety of ambulatory pediatric settings to the center and, through 11 years with the Comprehensive School Based Health Center Program of the Baltimore City Health Department, a working knowledge of the community and its health needs. She is also a court-appointed special advocate for Voices for Children in Howard County and an active member of the health and prison ministries at her parish in Columbia.


Exhibit of William Wilmer's rare books extended through July 30

The exhibition of A Perfect Vision: The Rare Book Collection of William Holland Wilmer, which opened in April in the George Peabody Library Exhibition Gallery, has been extended. Originally scheduled to close at the end of June, it will now be on view through July 30.

A pre-eminent physician and founder of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins, Wilmer was also a passionate bibliophile who amassed an exceptional collection during the 1920s and 1930s. Bequeathed to the university upon Wilmer's death in 1936, the book collection contains works tracing the medical and scientific discoveries that ultimately led to the understanding of vision and the modern era of the treatment and prevention of eye diseases.

The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

To read about the collection, go to


Ambassador of Azerbaijan to give farewell talk at SAIS

At a forum hosted by the SAIS Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, Hafiz Pashayev, ambassador of Azerbaijan to the United States, will deliver his farewell address, having served since 1993 as the country's first ambassador to the United States. The third-longest-serving ambassador in Washington, he has amassed a broad range of impressions of both the evolving role of Azerbaijan and the Caucasus in world diplomacy and of the peculiarities of the American political process as it affects this region.

Steven Mann, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia Affairs, will deliver a brief response to the ambassador's remarks.

The forum, "A Farewell Address From the Ambassador of Azerbaijan," will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, in the Kenney Auditorium of SAIS' Nitze Building. Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP to the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at 202-663-7721 or


Nightingala 2006 benefits community health program

Nightingala 2006, an evening of folk, country and bluegrass music performed by former John Denver Band members and colleagues on June 17, raised more than $300,000 to benefit the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing community health centers and free nursing care programs in East Baltimore.

The money raised will be used to provide services such as immunizations, health screenings, physical exams, preventive measures, parenting and nutrition classes, referrals, geriatric services, obesity-awareness programs and after-school programs.

Prior to the concert, held in Peabody's Friedberg Concert Hall, guests gathered for a reception and silent auction.


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