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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University January 8, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 16
In Brief


H.L. Mencken exhibit extended through Feb. 11

The exhibition of Yet Another One! H.L. Mencken, which opened in September at the George Peabody Library Exhibition Gallery, has been extended. Originally scheduled to close Jan. 7, it now may be viewed through Feb. 11.

An intriguing new view of writer and journalist H.L. Mencken is offered in this exhibition through the personal and often humorous inscriptions in books, pamphlets and other gifts that the Sage of Baltimore gave to friends and family. Featured are a number of books inscribed to his colleague Paul Patterson, editor of The Sun, with which Mencken was associated as a columnist and editor for more than 40 years. Also on display are letters never before exhibited, photographs and printed ephemera. The name of the exhibition is an inscription the prolific writer often used in books.

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


International Reporting Project Fellows selected at SAIS

Seven U.S. journalists, including the third recipient of the NPR-Bucksbaum International Fellowship, have been awarded International Reporting Project Fellowships at SAIS for the spring 2007 program, which combines nine weeks of study in Washington and five weeks of individual overseas reporting. The fellowships, which are aimed at encouraging coverage of international issues by the U.S. news media, begin this month at SAIS.

The journalists will focus on stories in Afghanistan, China, Lebanon, Liberia, Mexico, Senegal and South Africa.

Shereen Meraji, a radio journalist from Los Angeles, will receive an additional six weeks of training with National Public Radio as the NPR-Bucksbaum International Fellow. During her training, she will focus on production, editorial and on-air skills and will produce a project for one of NPR's newsmagazines.

Two of the spring fellows are focusing on international health issues, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Nikole Killion, an anchor/reporter with WJLA NewsChannel 8 in Arlington, Va., will report on South Africa, and Jessica Reaves, a reporter with The Chicago Tribune will cover Senegal.

Since 1998, 145 journalists have been selected as IRP Fellows and have reported from more than 75 countries.


University Style Guide for written communication updated

The Jan. 1 introduction of the Carey Business School and the School of Education has led to updates in the University Style Guide, which is an online resource with suggestions for proper reference to the university and its units in written communication.

The updated version of the guide is online here.

A shortened version of that URL is Any questions about the University Style Guide can be directed to [email protected].


Donations wanted for upcoming Professional Clothing Drive

With many people having received new clothes for the holidays, the Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs is encouraging employees to donate their gently used or new business clothing to the JHU Professional Clothing Drive, which helps formerly homeless men and women successfully re-enter the workforce.

The clothing should be brought to the appropriate site by Wednesday, Jan. 17, for pickup the following day. For guidelines, drop-off locations and contacts go to or contact Matt Smith at [email protected] or 410-516-0345.


Just-published issue of 'SAISPHERE' focuses on China

In the recently published 2006 issue of SAIS's annual magazine, SAISPHERE, members of the SAIS faculty and other scholars explore the theme "China Rising." The authors examine the critical issues related to China's rapidly growing influence and the challenges and opportunities this presents to the United States and the global community.

Among the articles are "China: Outward Bound But Inner-Directed," by David M. Lampton; "China in Africa," by Peter Lewis; "Korea: Living in the Dragon's Shadow," by Don Oberdorfer; "Russia's China Problem," by Bruce Parrott; "Looking to Latin America," by Riordan Roett; and "The Dragon Stalks the Middle East," by Sanam Vakil.

An online version of this issue is available at: saisphere/winter06/.

For a printed copy, contact Felisa Neuringer Klubes at [email protected] or 202-663-5626.


Original sketch added to lineup for upcoming Heartfest evening

A sketch written especially for the evening has been added to the menu for Heartfest, the annual event benefiting the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Preventive Cardiology Center. "Trials of the Heart" was penned by actor-director John Astin, founder of the Theatre Arts and Studies program at Johns Hopkins, and his youngest son, actor Mackenzie Astin. Geppi Entertainment Museum, the event's title sponsor, will provide historical props and equipment to transform the Heartfest bandstand into an old-time radio set, where the Astins and student members of the Johns Hopkins University Theatre will put some of the leading causes of heart disease on trial.

Heartfest, an evening of heart-healthy food, fun, education and dancing, will take place from 7:30 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Jan. 27, at Martin's West. Tickets are $100; For information, call 410-560-2230.


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