The Johns Hopkins Gazette: February 23, 1998
Feb. 23, 1998
VOL. 27, NO. 23


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

U.S. News releases grad school rankings for 1998

The U.S. News & World Report rankings of America's best graduate schools were released Feb. 20, and Johns Hopkins again is one of the top two out of the nation's 125 accredited medical schools. Hopkins had an overall score of 99, one point behind Harvard.

In addition, the School of Medicine ranked No. 2 in AIDS, geriatrics, internal medicine and pediatrics. Women's health and drugs/alcohol were also in the top 10.

In programs ranked by engineering school deans and senior faculty, Hopkins' biomedical engineering program again earned the top spot.

The School of Nursing registered the biggest change, jumping ahead eight places to tie for No. 6. In the top 10 were its programs for pediatric nurse practitioners, clinical specialists and adult nurse practitioners.

Other specialties ranked in the top 10 were health policy and management, nonprofit management, environmental engineering, 19th- and 20th-century American literature, history, U.S. Colonial history, biological sciences, American politics, African-American history and European history.

Blood drive finishes at 114.5 percent of goal

The first of four blood drives to be held this year at Homewood was a real success, exceeding the Red Cross' goal of 150 units by 14.5 percent.

Winner of the month's incentive giveaway for donors was David Sadowski Sr., Controller's Office-Student Loans. He and three others will have lunch delivered to their office by Sascha's catering.

The Red Cross will return to campus April 20 and 21. To make an appointment, call Peggy Jones at 410-516-8039.

Need a coffee break? Head to Cafe Q at the MSEL

If a colleague says, "Meet me in Cafe Q," head to the MSE Library. That's the moniker just chosen for the coffee bar that opened in February.

Ken Flower, associate director of MSEL, said that 236 different names were submitted by faculty, staff and students. A panel of 15 judges chose Cafe Q, which was submitted by Martha Christensen, a member of the library's Cataloging Department. Christensen won dinners for two at Holy Frijoles and Cafe Hon, an espresso maker and other gifts. The prizes were donated by the vendors, The Coffee Mill and Straight From Seattle Espresso.

Grantsmanship Workshop for grad, postdoc students

The second annual Grantsmanship Workshop for graduate and postdoctoral students at Homewood will be held March 25 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Arellano Theater of Levering Hall. The purpose of this workshop is to acquaint students with the resources available for seeking sponsored funding for research and to introduce them to methods and strategies for improving proposals.

The program is offered through the schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering and consists of contributions from the associate deans of research from the two schools as well as personnel from the Homewood Research Administration Office, the Homewood Office of Academic Advising and the Resource Services Office of the MSE Library.

The agenda will include plenary presentations and breakout sessions geared toward engineering, natural and physical sciences, humanities and social sciences.

To register contact Homewood Research Administration at 410-516-8668 or by e-mail at

AIDS question-and-answer Web site moves to Hopkins

The Johns Hopkins AIDS Service will inaugurate a new interactive Internet forum to provide expert opinions and answers to questions from HIV-infected patients, their families and friends. Users can find the site, called the Patient Forum, at, starting March 1, according to Joel Gallant, director of the AIDS outpatient clinic at Hopkins.

Gallant is bringing the Patient Forum to the Hopkins Web site from another site called The Body. There, it was called the Treatment Forum and was featured on MTV's "Cybercafe."

The new Hopkins Patient Forum site offers users answers to questions on treatment, epidemiology, basic science, prevention, alternative therapies and mental health issues.

Gallant also plans to develop an interactive consultative forum for physicians treating HIV infection and AIDS.

"Because of the enormous breadth of expertise at Hopkins in such a wide variety of HIV-related fields, Web users will get answers from those who are best qualified to answer them," says Gallant.
--Marc Kusinitz

Workshops planned for women's conference

Living and Learning" is the topic of the second annual Women's Forum Conference sponsored by the Homewood/Peabody Caucus of the JHU Women's Forum.

Scheduled for Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Levering Hall on the Homewood campus, the conference is open to faculty, staff and students.

Paula Burger, vice provost for academic affairs, will be the keynote speaker.

Options for morning workshops include "Domestic Violence and the Workplace," with Jacquelyn C. Campbell, professor of nursing; "BARNGA: A Simulation Game on Cultural Clashes," with Rose Gaskins of Multicultural Student Affairs; and "Financial Independence for Today's Woman," with financial adviser Diane Bark of Dean Witter.

Scheduled afternoon sessions are "Methods for Becoming a Master Mentor," with Lisa Heiser, director of Career Management Programs; "Take Charge: Strategies for Reclaiming Personal Power," with Deborah Foster and Ellen Walderman of the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program; and "Caught in the Middle: Sandwich Generation Women," with Kathy Beauchesne, director of WorkLife Programs.

The cost of the event is $10 and includes a continental breakfast and buffet lunch.

For a registration form, contact Ruth E. Bassford, chair of the Women's Forum Conference, at 410-516-7397 or Deadline is March 6.

Old eyeglasses are needed

Old eyeglasses are wanted by the Office of Community Relations and Volunteer Services, which is working with a local agency to help people in need to receive discounted prices on quality eyewear. Please bring them to the second floor of Levering Hall between March 1 and the end of May.