About The Gazette Search Back Issues Contact Us    
The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 5, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 24
In Brief

Changes made to Homewood-JHMI shuttle schedule

The Homewood-JHMI Shuttle schedule has been fine-tuned, with changes going into effect today, March 5.

Greg Smith, manager of transportation and parking, said that two evening departures have been added — at 5:12 p.m. from the Interfaith Center at Homewood and 7:45 p.m. from JHMI — and that the midday service has been modified.

The new schedule is available on the buses and online at:


Charles Commons recognized by 'BBJ' development award

The Baltimore Business Journal recognized the Charles Village Projects — composed of JHU's Charles Commons residence hall and Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse's East Side and West Side developments — as the second-place winner in the 2007 Residential Development category at its Heavy Hitters in Real Estate gathering, held Feb. 22. The award honors the successful creation of a mixed-use development with a college-town feel.

The top spot went to Albemarle Square, a mixed-income neighborhood that replaced the run-down Flag House Courts public housing complex in historic Jonestown.


Nominations sought for new commission on equity, civility

The newly formed Johns Hopkins University Commission on Equity, Civility and Respect is soliciting nominations for committee members.

On Dec. 12, 2006, President William R. Brody appointed Charlene Hayes, vice president for human resources, and Myron L. Weisfeldt, the William Osler Professor and director of the Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine, as co-chairs of the commission, charged to lead representative members of the university community through the development of an action plan that realizes the recently adopted "Principles for Ensuring Equity, Civility and Respect for All."

The plan, recommended for adoption by the University Committee on the Status of Women, addresses gender, ethnic and racial diversity issues.

As part of its charge, the commission will help implement the Vision 2020 report recommendations and advise senior leadership on general equity issues. The Vision 2020 recommendations, announced in early November, aim to resolve current gender-based career obstacles for female faculty, staff and students at Johns Hopkins.

The commission will meet biweekly and is accountable to the president. It is expected to finish its work by the end of the current academic year.

Nominations, including a short biography and brief description of the candidate's reasons for wishing to serve on the committee, should be submitted to Hayes at N-617 Wyman Park Building, Homewood. Envelopes should be marked "Commission on Equity, Civility and Respect Nominations." Self-nominations are encouraged from all levels of the university.

The deadline for receiving nominations is March 26.


Podcast of Historic Homewood ArtWalk is now available

A new podcast version of Historic Homewood ArtWalk — a popular walking tour introduced in October 2006 — will allow anyone to download the tour onto a personal MP3 player to learn more about the historic and artistic sites between Homewood House Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Strolling less than a quarter mile along the east side of the Homewood campus, listeners will learn about more than 200 years of history. A brochure with a map listing highlights is available at both museums. Stops on the walking tour include the BMA's Latrobe-designed spring house, the museum's Levi Sculpture Garden and Johns Hopkins' 200-year-old carriage house, now known as the Merrick Barn.

The podcast was made possible by Joan Freedman, director of the Digital Media Center. To download the tour, go to:

Free guided ArtWalks will be offered by Homewood staff and volunteers on Saturdays in March and April. The 45-minute tours depart Homewood Museum at 1 p.m. and the BMA at 2 p.m.


Leadership change announced for McKusick-Nathans Institute

School of Medicine Dean Edward D. Miller announced last week that Aravinda Chakravarti, director of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, is stepping down in order to devote more time to his research efforts and, in particular, to lead the new Center for Complex Disease Genomics within the institute.

David Valle will assume the directorship of the IGM. Valle leads the Center for Inherited Disease Research and the Predoctoral Training Program in Human Genetics.


Girl Scouts support Smile Train, visit McKusick-Nathans Institute

The Junior Girl Scout Troop of Ellicott City, Md., paid a visit on Tuesday to the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine to take a tour and donate money they had raised through cookie sales over the last two years to fund a cleft-repair surgery sponsored by the Smile Train.

Ethylin Wang Jabs, a member of the Smile Train medical advisory board and director of the Center for Craniofacial Development and Disorders at Johns Hopkins, accepted the funds on behalf of the Smile Train.

The troop raised $250 for the organization, which provides free cleft-related training for local doctors and medical professionals in developing countries and free cleft-repair surgery for millions of poor children.


IPS hosts event on vital role of public service

Mark Gearan, former Peace Corps director and White House deputy chief of staff, will speak this week about the vital role of government service to the nation and world, and the opportunities for young people to make a difference through public service.

The talk by Gearan, now president of Hobart & William Smith Colleges, is the second event in the Revitalizing Government Service discussion series, presented by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies.

The event will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, in the Eisenhower Room of the Johns Hopkins Club, Homewood campus. Refreshments will be served.


The Gazette | The Johns Hopkins University | Suite 540 | 901 S. Bond St. | Baltimore, MD 21231 | 443-287-9900 |