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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 6, 2008 | Vol. 38 No. 6
In Brief


Homewood-JHMI shuttle schedule changes effective today

To better serve riders, and to continue the purpose of connecting Johns Hopkins locations, a new schedule for the Homewood-JHMI shuttle goes into effect today, Oct. 6. The schedule can be found online at Among the changes:

Southbound expresses from the Interfaith Center have been eliminated because the time saving does not warrant scheduling dedicated express buses.

Northbound expresses from JHMI will now stop at 29th Street in addition to 33rd Street and the Interfaith Center.

Timed departures from Penn Station and Peabody have been eliminated, but the overall number of departures and service capacity have been increased by more than 10 percent.

Greg Smith, manager of transportation and parking, said that every effort was made to schedule buses every five, 10 or 15 minutes as demand patterns warrant; however, he said, he does expect many buses to be filled during peak times despite the increased service.

Smith said the shuttle service has witnessed 62 percent growth over the past three years. Fiscal year 2008 marked the second straight year of providing more than 1 million rides.


Homewood Security recognized by international police group

The International Association of Chiefs of Police, the world's oldest and largest nonprofit membership of police executives — with more than 20,000 members in 89 countries — has identified the JHU Campus Safety and Security Homewood Communications Center as the world's best in the category "Excellence in Law Enforcement Communications and Interoperability," medium size.

Campus Safety and Security will receive the organization's iXP Excellence in Technology Award at the group's annual conference, to be held in November in San Diego. iXP is a company that provides business and technology expertise to public safety and security organizations for emergency response problems.


Registration open for annual Diversity Conference, Oct. 29

On Wednesday, Oct. 29, the Diversity Leadership Council will host its fifth annual Diversity Conference, whose theme this year is Equity, Civility and Respect: Keys to Success. Provost Kristina Johnson will be the opening keynote speaker, and the event will culminate with a luncheon speech by Andres Alonso, CEO of the Baltimore City Public School System. The luncheon is limited to the first 400 people who register.

The conference is part of the DLC's effort to provide faculty and staff with an opportunity to acquire additional information to assist them in functioning more effectively in a multicultural, diverse and inclusive environment.

Registration is available online through Wednesday, Oct. 22, at: DiversityConference the user ID is dlc and the password, diversity.

The event will open with check-in at 8 a.m. and will officially begin at 8:45 a.m. in Shriver Hall Auditorium, followed by various workshops. The event will conclude at 2 p.m.


Nominations sought for MLK Jr. Community Service Awards

Outside of their normal workday, hundreds of Johns Hopkins affiliates find the energy, compassion and time to help others by lending a hand at a food bank, collecting clothing for needy families, repairing homes for the elderly and more.

The university is again looking for outstanding examples of faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees who are committed to making a difference through community service, and has issued a call for nominations for the 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Community Service. The deadline is Friday, Oct. 17.

The award recognizes individuals who demonstrate the spirit of volunteerism, citizenship and activism that characterized the life and legacy of King and will be presented to honorees at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Celebration in January.

Nominations may be submitted online at:

For information about past events and recipients, go to:

For more information, contact Jeff Pratt at or 410-516-0360.


Department of Labor honors JHHS with Opportunity Award

The Johns Hopkins Health System will receive a national equal opportunity employment award from the U.S. Department of Labor at an awards ceremony this month in Washington, D.C. It is the first time in the history of the Opportunity Award that a hospital will receive it.

The award honors the health system's equal opportunity employment efforts, especially those of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, which was recognized for successful implementation of programs that provide training to its staff to enhance their skills and prepare them for advancement within the organization.

Among the efforts designed to assist females, minorities and people with disabilities are the On-Site RN to BSN Program; Career Counseling; GROW Program, an internal recruitment campaign; Project R.E.A.C.H. (Resources and Education for the Advancement of Careers at Hopkins); Hispanic Geriatric Nursing Assistant Program; and Youth Mentoring Program.


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