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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University May 14, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 34
In Brief


Nancy Craig elected fellow of Academy of Arts and Sciences

Nancy L. Craig, professor of molecular biology and genetics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Craig studies the molecular mechanism by which mobile genetic fragments known as transposable elements move. These discrete segments of DNA can jump between many different sites within a genome. They are present in virtually all organisms and contribute to both genome structure and function.

She has authored more than 50 papers and several book chapters and books. Craig joined Johns Hopkins in 1991 from the University of California at San Francisco.

As reported in the May 7 Gazette, Michael Williams, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor and chair of the Philosophy Department in the Krieger School, was also elected.

Membership in the American Academy honors individuals who have made prominent contributions to society and to their disciplines, which include mathematics, physics, biological sciences, social sciences, public affairs, business, humanities and the arts. The academy's broad-based membership gives it a unique capacity to conduct a wide range of interdisciplinary studies and public policy research.


Eileen Soskin to speak at spring luncheon about arts initiative

All faculty and staff are invited to hear Eileen Soskin, associate vice provost for the arts, talk about the university initiative to increase the visibility and impact of the arts when she speaks at an upcoming luncheon for Johns Hopkins retirees. The event is scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, in the Eisenhower Room of the Johns Hopkins Club, Homewood campus.

In addition to talking about the work of the newly convened Arts Coordinating Council, Soskin, whose primary role is that of associate dean for academic affairs for the Peabody Conservatory, will preview events and programs on the horizon.

The cost of attendance at the buffet lunch is $17.50 per person (or $20 with a sundae). For more information, contact John Black in the Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs at or 410-516-0138. Reservations must be made by May 23 by sending a check, payable to JHU Spring Retiree Luncheon, to FSRP, 631N Wyman Park Building, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218-2693.


SAIS to host foreign policy forum featuring Gen. Wesley Clark

SAIS will hold a forum, Legitimacy: First Task for America's Security, at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16. Hosted by the SAIS Center on Politics and Foreign Relations, the Financial Times and the Johns Hopkins University Center for the Study of American Government, the forum will feature Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, who will give the keynote remarks; Ed Luce, Washington bureau chief of the Financial Times, and Robert Guttman, director of the Center on Politics and Foreign Relations.

The session will be held in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP to or 202-587-3237.


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