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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University January 29, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 19
In Brief


Doctoral student Eun-Jung Rhee remembered by friends, colleagues

A memorial service was held Saturday at Homewood's Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith Center for Eun-Jung "E.J." Rhee, a graduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Rhee died Jan. 10 as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Dec. 28. She was traveling in Florida with her sister, a student at the University of Florida, and her mother, who also died in the accident.

Rhee had finished her classes and taken the general exam toward a doctorate in physics, specializing in theoretical particle physics under Professor David E. Kaplan. Rhee and David, along with another student, had written one major paper and started work on another that was to be a substantial part of her thesis.

An outstanding teacher as well as a promising scholar, Rhee in 2006 won the department's Rowland Prize for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching. As a memorial, the department has launched a fund-raising initiative to name a teaching award in Rhee's honor.

Donations to the E.J. Rhee Memorial Fund can be sent to Ms. Sara E. Rubin, Director of Development, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Wyman Park Building, Suite 500 West, Baltimore, MD 21218.


Pulitzer winner Walter Pincus of 'The Washington Post' to speak

On Feb. 15, legendary Washington Post journalist Walter Pincus will speak on "National Security and the Media" as part of the Institute for Policy Studies Press and Public Policy Seminar Series.

As The Post's national security correspondent, Pincus has covered the Watergate hearings, the fallout from the Aldrich Ames spy case and the Bush administration's handling of Iraq pre-war intelligence. He received a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2002.

The talk is scheduled for 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Levering Hall's Sherwood Room, Homewood campus. For more details, e-mail


SoN's Birth Companions program receives national recognition

The Birth Companions program of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing last week received national recognition for the advocacy, education and support services it provides to underserved pregnant women in the Baltimore area.

Birth Companions received $22,000 as one of five finalists for the 15th annual Monroe Trout Premier Cares Award, announced at a national health care conference of hospital and health care industry leaders in Phoenix.

Since 1999, the Birth Companions have provided free "doula" care to poor women in Baltimore and Prince George's County. Birth Companion student nurses receive specialized training in culturally sensitive care as well as in addressing diverse lifestyles, health needs and health care preferences among different ethnic populations.

Expectant mothers working with Birth Companions are less likely to have pre-term or low-birth-weight newborns compared to state and national indicators, and they benefit from improved health care for themselves and their infants.

The initiative was one of six programs, and the only one in nursing, to be recognized. The Cares Award is sponsored by the not-for-profit hospital alliance Premier and its member hospitals and honors exemplary efforts by not-for-profit organizations to improve access to health care for the underserved.

Premier receives 150 to 200 applications each year for the prestigious award. A panel of hospital professionals, other health experts and business industry leaders selects the winner and five additional finalists, which all receive grants for their health education and promotion efforts. This year's winner was the South Bay Asthma Advocacy Program of National City, Calif., which provides home-based intervention for families with asthmatic children.


Homewood House featured in 'Chronicle of Higher Education'

The university's Homewood House Museum and its current exhibition, "Feathers, Fins, and Fur: The Pet in Early Maryland," was featured in the Jan. 19 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, the nation's leading newspaper for academics. The back cover article, titled "At Home With History," describes how Homewood curator Catherine Rogers Arthur is working to make the museum and its collections an "academic resource for students" by offering an annual undergraduate course on material culture that culminates in a student-curated exhibition.

The course — part of the Krieger School's new interdisciplinary Museums and Society Program under the direction of Elizabeth Rodini, senior lecturer in the History of Art Department — was co-taught this year by Arthur and Stuart "Bill" Leslie, a professor in the Department of the History of Science and Technology. Also quoted in the story is History of Art senior Laura L. Carrihill.

The online version of the article includes an audio tour of Homewood House led by Arthur and is accessible from the museum's Web site at


Arts and Sciences, Engineering seek teaching award nominations

The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Whiting School of Engineering are soliciting nominations to recognize faculty and teaching assistants with Excellence in Teaching Awards.

The awards are sponsored by the Student Council, the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society and the Whiting School of Engineering.

Nominations will be reviewed and recipients selected by separate committees in the two schools. For more information, and to submit a nomination, go to The deadline is Monday, Feb. 12.


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