Johns Hopkins Gazette | May 11, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University May 11, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 34
In Brief


Daniels, Mancuso named to state's international biz board

Gov. Martin O'Malley announced last week that Johns Hopkins President Ron Daniels and Jhpiego President/CEO Leslie Mancuso would be among the 16 members of his Governor's International Advisory Council, created to guide the state's international business efforts.

The council comprises senior government and private-sector executives from industries such as bioscience, manufacturing, finance, advanced technology, education, agriculture and transportation, and nonprofit sectors, and will provide strategic direction to the governor and the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development on ways to enhance Maryland's global profile.


JHU co-sponsors this week's Baltimore Bike-to-Work Day

On Friday, May 15, Johns Hopkins joins the Baltimore Metropolitan Council as a first-time co-sponsor of Bike-to-Work Day, a regional celebration of bicycle commuting and all its direct and indirect benefits. JHU will host a rally point from 7 to 9 a.m. on the Homewood campus (the lawn south of Mason Hall), where participants can gather, stretch and enjoy light refreshments and the company of fellow riders. The first 1,200 registered participants will also receive a complimentary goodie bag.

University administrators say they chose to participate in the annual event because commuting by bike is a fun, inexpensive, clean and healthy way to get to and from work that benefits the individual, university and community. Arriving to work energized benefits both employer and employee, participants improve their well-being and save time by combining their workout and commute, and bike riding reduces the strain on both the environment and traffic infrastructure.

Registration for the event and bicycle safety information are available online at


Event to honor first Baltimore Scholars, graduating this month

Johns Hopkins will honor its inaugural class of Baltimore Scholars and their families with a reception on Thursday, May 14, a week before the 15 seniors from Baltimore will earn their undergraduate degrees from the university.

The graduating seniors attended Johns Hopkins tuition-free for the past four academic years, thanks to the Baltimore Scholars program, which provides full-tuition scholarships to graduates of Baltimore City public schools admitted into the university's undergraduate programs. To be eligible, the students must have lived with a custodial parent in Baltimore City for the last three years and must have been enrolled in a public high school in the city for 10th, 11th and 12th grades. More than 70 city high school graduates have enrolled at Johns Hopkins since the Baltimore Scholars program began with the start of the 2005-2006 academic year. Fifteen more will be freshmen this fall.

The reception, to be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Homewood's Mason Hall, will begin with a welcome from President Ronald J. Daniels, followed by remarks by William Conley, dean of enrollment and academic services; Nicholas Jones, dean of the Whiting School of Engineering; and Matthew Crenson, professor emeritus of political science in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and faculty director of the Baltimore Scholars program, who will present certificates to the students.


...And they're off! (but not moving very fast)

Since 1931, the third weekend in May has meant only one thing to denizens of the East Baltimore medical campus: the annual Turtle Derby, which benefits the Child Life Department at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and Perkins Day Care Center.

The Turtle Derby began as a prelude to Maryland's Preakness. The origin of the event is traced back to Benjamin Frisby, a hospital caretaker and doorman, who kept a small turtle pen outside the original hospital administration building. Soon, a racetrack was built and wagers were made as pediatric patients and staff cheered the turtles on.

Today, the event is organized by first-year medical students, with help from radiology students, the Child Life Department and Student Activities. The event also features entertainment provided by first-year medical students and radiology students.

Hospital staff and supporters can make a $10 "wager" to sponsor and name their turtle. The first place prize is $100, second place is $50 and third place is $25.

The race is on at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 15, in the Preclinical Teaching Building Courtyard.


SAIS Bologna students mount photo exhibit, offer online sales

As they prepare to leave Italy and head to Washington, D.C., for the next stage in their program, students at the SAIS Bologna Center have decided to share their experiences by staging in the Bologna Center library an exhibit of photographs they've taken.

In addition, they're offering the images for sale online in order to fund a scholarship for one of their Bologna Center classmates.

The 50 images, both black-and-white and color, are available in several sizes that fit standard frames from Ikea, and the orders will be filled by a photo lab in New York City, with worldwide shipping available. To see the works, go to:


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