Johns Hopkins Gazette | January 20, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University January 20, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 18
In Brief


Peabody clarinetist to perform at Obama inauguration

Peabody faculty member Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, will perform today, Jan. 20, at the 56th Presidential Inauguration ceremony.

He will appear alongside violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Gabriela Montero, playing musical selections arranged by composer John Williams.


Homewood admits biggest early decision class for fall 2009

A record-breaking 502 students were recently admitted under the early decision process for fall 2009, according to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The incoming freshmen were selected from 1,049 applicants, who made up the second-largest early decision pool behind last year's record 1,055 applicants.

The university's early decision admissions have increased steadily over the past decade. This year, officials said a strong applicant pool in a weak economy compelled them to select some additional students. By comparison, 439 students made up the 2008 early decision group.

The early decision group hails from 37 states, with New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania and California sending the largest numbers of students. The natural sciences netted 38 percent of the admits, followed by engineering (30 percent), social and behavioral sciences (17 percent) and the humanities (11 percent). The others are undecided.


Diversity Leadership Council seeks nominations for awards

The Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council is seeking nominations for its annual Diversity Recognition Awards, which recognize exceptional contributions of faculty, staff and students in advancing and celebrating diversity and inclusiveness at Johns Hopkins.

Faculty, staff and students from all divisions of the university and health system are eligible, with the exception of current council members. Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by any Johns Hopkins community member. (The nominee should be notified in advance.) The nomination package should include a description of the nominee's commitment to the advancement of diversity, inclusion and/or multiculturalism as demonstrated by specific efforts and accomplishments above and beyond their regular duties.

Nominations should be submitted electronically or in writing to the Diversity Leadership Council. The form is available at: and should be submitted with a supporting document (not to exceed two double-spaced pages) describing how the individual meets the criteria. It should also include specific examples of how the nominee's efforts and accomplishments convey an appreciation for diversity, inclusion and/or multiculturalism, and add to efforts to promote a more diverse, inclusive and supportive environment for all members of the Johns Hopkins community.

Nominations must be received by March 19. The Award Selection Panel, composed of DLC members, will review nominations and recommend award recipients to President Daniels. The award ceremony will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on May 6 in the Glass Pavilion on the Homewood campus.

Nominations may be submitted online at: or mailed to Diversity Recognition Awards, Office of Institutional Equity, The Johns Hopkins University, 130 Garland Hall, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218.


Bloomberg School launches hardware recycling program

On Jan. 26, the Bloomberg School of Public Health will launch its new hardware recycling program aimed at environmentally responsible disposal of retired electronic equipment such as computers and printers.

When disposed of improperly, electronic products potentially introduce hazardous or toxic e- waste into the environment and into the populations that dismantle them. The new program, to be operated primarily by Bell Industries, is a secure, closed-loop system with complete downstream audit ability and stringent health, safety and environmental policies.

Part of the school's initiative to adopt ecologically sustainable practices, the program represents a joint effort by the school's Environmental Stewardship Committee, Information Systems Office and Office of Financial Operations.


JHU water polo team ranked No. 1 in final Division III poll

The Johns Hopkins water polo team ended the season ranked No. 1 in the final Collegiate Water Polo Association Division III poll of the season. The Blue Jays posted a 17-17 record in 2008, winning its 11th Division III Eastern Championship, finishing as the runner-up at the ECAC, third at the Southern Championships and sixth at the Eastern Championships.

This marks the second time in program history that Hopkins has been ranked No. 1 in the final poll. The Blue Jays finished the 2005 season ranked No. 1 with a 24-6 record and going unbeaten against Division III competition. Hopkins lost just one game to a Division III team in 2008, an 11-8 loss at then No. 1 Redlands.

Hopkins was led this season by senior captains Josh Kratz and Alex Bond and senior goalie Chris Hutchens.


Advanced Academic Programs moves Homewood offices

The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences' Advanced Academic Programs has moved its Homewood-based faculty and staff offices from Suite G-1 to Suite S740 in the Wyman Park Building. The offices were operational as of Jan. 12.

The programs affected by the move are Advanced Biotechnology Studies, the Center for Liberal Arts (Master of Liberal Arts, Odyssey, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), Master of Arts in Writing and Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy.

For more information, go to or call 410-516-6749.


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