Johns Hopkins Gazette | April 27, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 27, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 32
In Brief


'U.S. News' releases annual graduate school rankings

The latest U.S. News & World Report graduate school rankings, released on Thursday, find the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine again holding the No. 2 spot among research-oriented medical schools. Harvard takes the top place, with the University of Pennsylvania, Washington University in St. Louis and the University of California, San Francisco rounding out the top five. In specialties, Johns Hopkins ranks first in geriatrics and internal medicine, second in AIDS and fourth in drug/alcohol abuse, pediatrics and women's health.

Other programs ranked this year are education (Johns Hopkins is tied at 7, up from 20 in 2008, its first year as a stand-alone school) and Engineering (tied at 25). Ranked specialties are biomedical engineering (Johns Hopkins is No. 1), economics (tied at 25), English (tied at 13), history (tied at 9), psychology (tied at 23) and sociology (tied at 25). Not ranked are public health, nursing, health care management, the sciences and public affairs.

For complete listings and methodology, go to


New classroom technology to be showcased at MSE Library

Winners of the 2009 Technology Fellows competition will demonstrate their innovations from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, on Q-Level of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at Homewood. All 12 of the winning faculty-student teams will be available for a hands-on demonstration of how they used their $5,000 mini-grant to enhance undergraduate instruction.

Projects cover a wide range of disciplines from both the Krieger and Whiting schools. All faculty who attend will receive a free 1GB mini-flash drive, and students will receive gift certificates for Cafe Q.

Now in its ninth year, the Technology Fellows program was created by the Sheridan Libraries' Center for Educational Resources to assist Johns Hopkins faculty in the development of digital course resources. Funded by the Office of the President and the Smart Family Foundation, the program awards $5,000 grants to faculty-student teams for projects that integrate technology into instructional programs. CER technology experts and librarians collaborate with the faculty-student teams on projects that encourage active learning, facilitate access to course materials and enhance pedagogy.

For more information, contact Cheryl Wagner at or 410-516-7181, or go to the CER site at


SAIS to host annual one-day energy policy conference

The SAIS Global Energy and Environment Initiative and the National Capital Area Chapter of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics will this week co-sponsor a one-day conference called "New Energy Dynamics: Recession and Beyond." The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, April 27, at SAIS.

Jason Grumet, executive director of the National Commission on Energy Policy, will give the keynote address, which is titled "The Obama Administration's Energy and Carbon Reduction Priorities in Recession 2009," at 9 a.m.

For a conference agenda and listing of speakers, go to: The conference will be held in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium.

Admission to the conference by non-SAIS affiliates requires registration; the fee is $150 for USAEE members and $170 for nonmembers. To register, contact or 202-663-5786.


Volunteers needed to rebuild Stadium Place Playground

Built in 2005 with more than 5,000 volunteers, the Stadium Place Playground — located north of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Family Center YMCA and across the street from Johns Hopkins@Eastern — was destroyed last fall by arson.

The Y of Central Maryland and Friends of Our Playground have joined together to raise the playground from the ashes, and Johns Hopkins is lending a hand. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and retirees will join community members for the rebuilding effort, which runs from Tuesday, May 5, through Sunday, May 10, with shifts starting at 8 a.m. and ending at dusk.

No skills are necessary to volunteer, and there will be jobs for everyone. Some of the jobs will include shoveling, cutting materials, passing out tools and building. Meals will be provided for all volunteers. For more information or to register to volunteer, go to: or contact Jeff Pratt in the Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs at 410-516-6060 or Michelle Carlstrom in the Office of WorkLife & Engagement at

Those who want to help but have limited time can help the Y through the Send a Child to Camp program. One in four children who attend a Y camp can go only because of the generosity of others. To offer support, or for more information, go to: send-a-child-to-camp.php.


This week's goal: Raise the blood count in two-day drive on Homewood campus

Join other Johns Hopkins staff, faculty and students in donating blood at the next Homewood campus drive, scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 28 and 29, in the Glass Pavilion, Levering Hall.

Register online at: or contact John Black in the Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs.

Participants will receive T-shirts, gifts and coupons for discounts at local businesses.


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