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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 29, 2008 | Vol. 38 No. 5
In Brief


SAIS receives European Center of Excellence Award

The Delegation of the European Commission in Washington, D.C., announced last week that Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies had received a European Center of Excellence Award, one of 11 given to universities throughout the United States.

The network of EU Centers of Excellence promotes the study of the European Union, its institutions and policies, and EU-U.S. relations through teaching programs, scholarly research and outreach activities in the recipients' local and regional communities.

SAIS was awarded close to 300,000 euros (about $442,000) to fund activities for a three-year period.


'Healthcare '08' nominated for cable program award

The series of discussions between President Brody and political and civic leaders, Healthcare '08: Search for Solutions, has been nominated for a CableFAX program award in the category of Best Public Affairs Show or Series. Winners will be announced at CableFAX: The Magazine's awards luncheon on Oct. 29 at the National Press Club in Washington.

Healthcare '08 was produced by Retirement Living TV, The Johns Hopkins University and the National Coalition on Health Care. Guests included Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; Elias Zerhouni, director of the National Institutes of Health; Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House; Bill Novelli, CEO of AARP; John Erickson, CEO of Erickson Retirement Communities; and Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City.

To view the episodes online, go to:


Jhpiego receives $40 million to save mothers' lives in Tanzania

The United States Agency for International Development in Tanzania has awarded Jhpiego $40 million over five years to implement the Mothers and Infants, Safe, Healthy, Alive Program. The project is designed to increase preventive care and treatment services for pregnant women and their newborns.

According to the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, nearly 600 of every 100,000 women who give birth in Tanzania die of pregnancy-related causes.

Jhpiego will collaborate with the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare on the project, whose aim is to reduce maternal mortality due to postpartum hemorrhage; newborn mortality due to infection; low birth weight, stillbirth and newborn mortality due to malaria and congenital syphilis; and the number of transmissions of HIV infections from mother to child.

The Jhpiego-led consortium consists of Save the Children, Constella Futures, IMA World Health and a local organization, T-MARC.


Arts Innovation Grants available for Homewood faculty, students

The Arts Innovation Grants Program has announced that grants are now available for Homewood faculty and students.

The initiative is designed to help faculty develop undergraduate interdisciplinary courses — across departments, divisions or institutions — that create new for-credit courses in the arts for Homewood students, and to help undergraduates create new co-curricular activities in the arts or significantly increase the impact of existing ones within the university and greater Baltimore communities.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, Oct. 17.

For more information, go to:


Newbery Award-winning author Laura Amy Schlitz to give talk

The Friends of the Johns Hopkins University Libraries will present a lecture and book signing by Laura Amy Schlitz, winner of the 2008 Newbery Award, on Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the Bakst Theatre at the Evergreen Museum & Library. A librarian at Baltimore's Park School and author of Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village, Schlitz will present the annual Paula U. Hamburger Friends Lecture.

In her award-winning book, Schlitz paints riveting portraits of 22 memorable medieval maidens, monks and millers' sons in a series of illustrated monologues set in an English village in 1225. Inspired by the Munich Nuremberg manuscript, an illuminated poem from 13th-century Germany, her witty, historically accurate and utterly human collection forms a bridge to the people and places of medieval England.

The book signing and reception begin at 5 p.m. and will be followed by a lecture at 6 p.m.


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