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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 26, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 23
In Brief


SAIS hosts Black History event with former Nigerian minister

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance and economy and of foreign affairs for Nigeria, will be the featured speaker at a Black History Month celebration hosted by the SAIS African Diaspora Association on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Okonjo-Iweala, currently a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution, will give a talk titled "Fighting Corruption in Nigeria: Progress and Challenges."

From June to August 2006, she served as Nigeria's foreign affairs minister, overseeing the country's acclaimed Presidential Economic Team responsible for implementing President Obasanjo's sweeping economic and social reform agenda. From July 2003 to June 2006, Okonjo-Iweala was finance minister, managing the finances of Africa's largest country. Previously, she was vice president and corporate secretary of the World Bank Group, where she worked as a development economist for more than 20 years.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP to or 202-663-5636.


Homewood students can make their voices heard in the library

The Sheridan Libraries are looking for undergraduate and graduate students from the Homewood schools to serve on the new Libraries' Student Advisory Council. This council will meet periodically during the academic year to advise the dean of libraries and JHU's Library Advisory Council on new and existing policies and services. Students should send a statement of interest to


Children's Center Radiothon to begin four-day run on Thursday

Patients, families and staff of the Children's Center will take to the air this week for a live broadcast of Radiothon 2007, set for March 1 through 4 from the Hope Forest Lobby. Hosted by the MIX 106.5 morning show team, including DJs Jojo and Reagan, the benefit kicks off at 5 a.m. on Thursday, with a celebrity guest scheduled to be on hand at 10:30 a.m. The four-day broadcast will continue live in the afternoons from the Mall in Columbia. In the last 17 years, the MIX 106.5 Radiothon has raised more than $9.5 million for the Children's Center.


CCP-supported films win two medals at New York Festivals

A documentary and a TV drama produced with support from the Center for Communication Programs at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health won medals at the recent 2007 New York Festivals.

The Zambia documentary Road to Hope took a Silver World Medal in film and video, and the Pakistan TV show Kaisey Kahoon won a Bronze World Medal in TV programming and promotion. The New York Festivals have recognized the best work in international TV and film productions for nearly 50 years.


Institute for Hopkins Nursing to offer nurse practitioner CE

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners has named the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing an approved provider for nurse practitioner continuing education. JoAnn Coleman, coordinator for the new Pancreatic Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic at Johns Hopkins, will serve as the IJHN Nurse Practitioner Program planner.

AANP, the accrediting organization, is the largest, oldest and only full-service organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties. Johns Hopkins offers five graduate programs preparing nurses as NPs: three in primary care (adult, pediatric or family), acute/critical care and a combined MSN/MPH program preparing NPs with a public health focus.


Women's Leadership Award nominations due by Friday

This is the last week to submit nominations for the JHU Women's Network's annual Women's Leadership Award. One honoree from each chapter — APL, Bayview, Homewood, JHMI and SAIS — will be selected for the award, which will be presented at the 20th annual Spring Luncheon, to be held May 11 at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

Anyone may nominate a current woman member of the faculty, staff or student body. To see the criteria and make a nomination, go to Nominations must be received by Friday, March 2.


SAIS sets workshop for reporters covering homeland security

The International Reporting Project of SAIS will conduct a special, one-time workshop in Washington, D.C., for journalists from around the country who cover homeland security issues. The workshop will be held May 21 to 23 and will provide 15 journalists with airfare and hotel accommodations to attend the program, called "Covering Homeland Security: Does the System Work to Stop Terror?"

The unique workshop will provide exclusive meetings with top officials from agencies such as the CIA, FBI and Homeland Security; members of Congress and their staff; scholars; private experts; and journalists who regularly cover intelligence and homeland security issues.

Support for the workshop comes from the McCormick Tribune Foundation, which sponsors Specialized Reporting Institutes designed to provide journalists with practical reporting training.

Applicants must regularly report on issues such as homeland security, military affairs defense issues, transportation, criminal justice or law enforcement. Details are online at:


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