The Johns Hopkins Gazette: October 12, 1998
Oct. 12, 1998
VOL. 28, NO. 7


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Changes announced for MSE Symposium

Two changes have been announced for upcoming lectures in the five-part 1998 MSE Symposium, "Who Are We? A Question of National Identity." Jerry Springer, talk show host and former mayor of Cincinnati, will now speak at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23. He had been scheduled for the previous evening. The talk by Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, which will be at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, has been moved from Bloomberg to Shriver Hall.

The final lecture, featuring Patrick Buchanan and James Carville, will take place at 8 p.m., Nov. 5, in Shriver Hall.

Pediatric neurovirology research center announced

The Johns Hopkins Children's Center dedicated on Oct. 9 the first pediatric research center designed to pinpoint links between severe mental illness and early childhood viral infections. Researchers in the new Stanley Division of Developmental Neurovirology plan to follow up on theories connecting viruses to schizophrenia and manic-depressive (or bipolar) disorder. Robert H. Yolken has been named the division's first professor and chairman.

The Stanley Center was established by a $2 million endowment from the Theodore and Vada Stanley Foundation, which donates an estimated $20 million annually for mental health research around the world. The foundation previously donated $7 million to Hopkins to support research and establish a laboratory in the Department of Pediatrics.

Live Near Your Work gets additional funding

Baltimore's Abell Foundation has awarded a $40,000 grant to the university and the health system to supplement its Live Near Your Work program.

With the new funding, an employee who purchases a house in certain defined sub-areas of the existing target locations will receive $2,000 additional dollars from the Abell Foundation, for a total grant of $5,000.

Interested employees should contact Sandy Jenkins at 410-516-6605.

Barth honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

John Barth, professor emeritus in The Writing Seminars, has received the 1998 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lannan Foundation. The honor carries with it a $100,000 prize, one of the largest given for literary achievement.

This is the 10th year that the Lannan Foundation, a private organization based in Santa Fe, has honored established and emerging writers of distinctive literary merit. Ten writers have been recognized in the categories of poetry, fiction and nonfiction.

Nominations sought for MLK Jr. service awards

At the seventh annual Martin Luther King Jr. event in mid-January, the university and hospital will honor faculty, staff and retired members of the Hopkins community who demonstrate the same spirit of volunteerism and citizenship that characterized the life of the slain civil rights leader.

The 1998 recipients, who will be selected by nomination review panels comprised of faculty and staff, will be recognized for the time and energy they have volunteered to benefit others during the calendar year. Each will receive a marble lucite pyramid, a recognition certificate and a paid day off; $200 will be donated to the nonprofit charity of his or her choice.

Anyone may nominate a candidate, and self-nominations are encouraged. For details, contact Judy Peregoff at 410-516-6060. Nominations must be received in the offices of the vice presidents for human resources at the university or the hospital no later than Nov. 13.

Smith becomes winningest men's soccer coach at JHU

It took overtime before the Blue Jays men's soccer team could defeat Centennial Conference rival Ursinus on Sept. 26, but the win was worth waiting for. The 5-4 triumph--the 79th for head coach Matt Smith- -made Smith the winningest coach in Hopkins men's soccer history. The old mark of 78 had been held by Robert Oliver since 1982.

In his five-plus seasons at the helm of the program, Smith has accumulated a 79-19-5 (.791) record, which at this point is also the best winning percentage in JHU history.

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