The Johns Hopkins Gazette: September 21, 1998
September 21, 1998
VOL. 28, NO. 4


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Secret Service agents take to the classroom

Twelve members of the U.S. Secret Service are sharpening their leadership skills this month through the Johns Hopkins Police Executive Leadership Program in a special three-credit graduate course prepared just for the agents.

The course was designed to accommodate the varied and busy schedules of the agents, who work in different branches of the Secret Service, and who crammed a semester's worth of class time into one full week. The agents attended class at Hopkins the week of Aug. 31 to Sept. 4.

"It was done in one week by design," said Sheldon Greenberg, director of PELP, which is part of the School of Continuing Studies. "For them, this was not a simple commute."

Although they were at Hopkins for just one week, the agents spent weeks preparing for the course by completing a reading list created by Pete Petersen, professor of management. And they are now working on a paper that is due at the end of September, said Petersen, the lead instructor for the course.

While at Hopkins, the agents were in class for five full days. In addition to the lectures by Petersen, they heard lectures on ethics and the legal environment of law enforcement, and they took a final exam.

"They really got a workout," said Petersen, who chuckled at his memory of the three-bluebook final. "Here you had these guys--they're tough guys, the Clint Eastwood type--and there they are with the blue books, and that didn't stop them at all. They just plowed right in. And their answers were superb."
--Glenn Small

JHMI takes top awards for medical publications

The JHMI publications team has won four awards from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

An Award of Excellence in the electronic communications category went to Patrick Gilbert for The Case of the Medical Misunderstanding, the video he wrote about private eye Harry Hush to promote patient confidentiality. Judges congratulated Hopkins "on going way outside the box" to impart clear instructions on how to avoid a breach of confidentiality.

Mary Ellen Miller received the Award of Excellence in the Robert G. Fenley general writing category for her article "Bringing Back Nicholas," the story of a pediatric cardiology patient, which one judge called a "wonderful telling of a compelling tale."

Change, which won a special Award of Distinction in the field of internal audience communications, was cited for its "compelling writing." Edith Nichols is editor and Patrick Gilbert managing editor.

The top honor in the internal audience category, the Award of Excellence, went to Dome, which is co-edited by Mary Ann Ayd and Mary Ellen Miller.