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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 11, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 21
In Brief


'Scouting: A Centennial History Symposium' at Johns Hopkins

Historians and scholars from the United Kingdom, Israel, Canada, Belgium, Sweden and Spain will gather on Johns Hopkins' Homewood campus this week to convene the first-ever symposium celebrating 100 years of scouting around the world and exploring in depth scouting's impact on world youth and culture.

Ron Walters, professor of history in the Krieger School, will give the welcome address, and John R. Gillis, professor emeritus at Rutgers and author of Youth and History and A World of Their Own Making: Myth, Ritual and the Quest for Family Values, will give the keynote speech. Other academics will discuss scouting in the context of the historical developments of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Scouting: A Centennial History Symposium, set for Feb. 15 and 16 in Charles Commons, is not affiliated with any international or national scout or guide organization.


Annual daffodil days set; bears must be ordered by Feb. 18

A purchase of fresh daffodils — and perhaps a teddy bear — during the annual JHU Daffodil Day flower sales on March 13 and 14 will support the American Cancer Society's prevention, treatment and advocacy efforts.

A special Boyd's Bear and a bunch of daffodils can be brought for a donation of $25; orders must be placed by Monday, Feb. 18. To order, send a check or money order payable to JH Daffodils to Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs, 631-N Wyman Park Building, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218 or by campus mail to FSRP, 631-N Wyman Park, Homewood campus, attention Sondra Ponzi. To see a picture of the bear, Bea R. Hope; sale sites at 14 locations across JHU; and other information, go to e-mail or call 410-516-0338.


Theatre Hopkins opens its 2008 season with 'Spinning Into Butter'

Theatre Hopkins will open its 2008 season on Friday, Feb. 22, with Rebecca Gilman's Spinning Into Butter at the Mattin Center's Swirnow Theater, Homewood campus.

Set in a small liberal arts college in Vermont, Gilman's drama focuses on Sarah Daniels, a young dean of students who is forced to deal with a series of racist notes reported by one of the college's few African-American students.

The production will run at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays through March 2. Tickets are $15; $5 student rush tickets at curtain time if space allows. For reservations or information, contact Theatre Hopkins at 410-516-7159 or


Deadline extended for student videos on Hopkins Engineering

When students in Engineering and Arts and Sciences were asked to create short videos to promote Hopkins Engineering, the organizers got what they hoped for in the competition: entries using numerous genres focusing on the four themes — It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, A Day in the Life, A New Discovery and How It Works. More than $1,200 in cash prizes were offered, and the departments of Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science hopped on board with additional cash prizes for videos about their departments.

Now, because more students still want to create videos, the deadline has been extended to March 25. The contest is open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students in the two schools. For more information about the competition, go to


Valentine's Day blood drive at Homewood offers gifts for all

This Valentine's Day, blood donors can give a gift for up to three people they will never meet by participating in the drive on Thursday, Valentine's Day, and Friday, Feb. 15, in Homewood's Glass Pavilion. Appointments are taken between 7:30 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.; walk-ins are welcome.

Participants will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt and candy hearts and be entered in a prize raffle sponsored by the JHU Red Cross Corps.

Donors who have given three or more times in the past year are also eligible for fast track appointments. For fast track and other drive information, or to schedule an appointment, contact John Black of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs at or 410-516-0138.

To schedule an appointment online, go to For donor eligibility criteria, go to or call 800-272-2048.

The drive commemorates Charles Drew, the African-American physician and head of the first Red Cross blood bank who invented modern blood transfusion technology.

As part of that commemoration, faculty, staff and students can help meet the need for more diversity in the available bone marrow donor pool by registering to become marrow donors. To find out more, visit the registration table at the drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 14 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 15. A blood donation is not necessary to register. Go to for more details.



In a Feb. 4 story about the addition of three new vice provosts, the list of other vice provosts inadvertently omitted Winston Tabb, vice provost for the arts.


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