Johns Hopkins Gazette | February 2, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 2, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 20
In Brief


Complimentary lacrosse tickets now available for faculty, staff

Tickets for the Blue Jays 2009 men's lacrosse season are now available for faculty and staff. Students may pick them up beginning on Monday, Feb. 16.

To receive two complimentary season passes, faculty and staff members should bring a valid university ID to the main office in the Homewood campus's Athletic Center between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. (7 p.m. on Feb. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12), Monday through Friday. Each faculty/staff member is responsible for picking up his or her own tickets, meaning only one set of tickets will be given out per person.

All full-time students get free admission and must present a valid university ID to pick up their ticket prior to each game. Tickets will be available in the Athletic Center's main office beginning the Monday before each home game, or on game day in the Athletic Center lobby, starting an hour and a half prior to face-off.

Gates to Homewood Field will open 90 minutes before game time.


RPI President Shirley Jackson talks on global energy security

Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and former chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, will speak at SAIS at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5.

Jackson, who also serves as a vice chairman of the Council on Competitiveness, will discuss "From Rhetoric to Reality: U.S. and Global Energy Security" at this forum hosted by SAIS's Global Energy and Environment Initiative.

Jackson has long called for the development of a comprehensive energy security road map. She is engaged in energy security and climate change policy from an array of vantage points: as president of Rensselaer; as co-chair of the Council on Competitiveness' Energy Security, Innovation and Sustainability initiative; as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations' climate change task force; and as a member of the board of a global transportation company (FedEx), an oil company (Marathon Oil), a utility company (PSEG) and the NYSE Euronext.

The event will be held in Room 500 of the Bernstein-Offit Building. Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP to or 202-663-5786.


Applications now available to students for 2009 PURAs

Last year, one winner of a Provost's Undergraduate Research Award used his funding to travel to China, where he observed the teaching methods of a renowned classical guitar instructor. Another made a documentary film exploring how his generation of Johns Hopkins students understands and defines diversity.

This year, another group of undergraduates in the schools of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Nursing; the Carey Business School; and the Peabody Conservatory will have the opportunity to conduct original research, guided by a faculty sponsor, through the PURA program. The maximum amount of the awards is $2,500, which can be used to defray costs associated with the project, such as expendable supplies and related travel. The research is conducted in the summer or fall, with the option of receiving academic credit, and any freshman, sophomore or junior is eligible to apply.

Students from all disciplines are encouraged to submit proposals; sponsors must be full-time faculty but can be from any division of the university. Applications are available online at:

All parts of the application must be completed and submitted electronically to the Provost's Office. Summer proposals are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 6, and fall proposals by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 27. For more information, go to the Web site, e-mail or call 410-516-8770.


Portraits pair well-known Baltimoreans, favorite spaces

A photographic tour based on the recently published book Spirit of Place: Baltimore's Favorite Spaces opens on Thursday, Feb. 5, and continues through Sunday, March 1, at Homewood Museum on the Homewood campus.

A collaboration between journalist Sarah Achenbach and photographer Bill McAllen, the book (Charm City Publishing, 2008) features black-and-white photographs of local celebrities and civic leaders with their favorite buildings and captures how Baltimore's architecture, neighborhoods and public places and spaces resonate in lives and memories.

Among the subjects are cake baker Duff Goldman at the Washington Monument, writer David Simon at Pabst Castle and antiques expert Michael Flanigan at the McKim Free School.

Museum admission is free for JHU staff, faculty and students, and for teachers with school ID; $6 adults; $5 seniors; and $3 students and children six and older.


Hopkins nurses to celebrate anniversaries, share stories

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the School of Nursing as a division of the university and the 120th anniversary of nursing education at Johns Hopkins, Hopkins nurses throughout the world are being invited to share stories about their colleagues and themselves. Submissions are welcomed in all formats, including audio and video, through the online submissions form: or by e-mail to


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