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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 6, 2003 | Vol. 33 No. 6
In Brief


Half-day seminar on animal research set for October 7

A half-day symposium will address "Enhancing Humane Science: Improving Animal Research" from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Oct. 7 in the School of Nursing, room 202.

Scheduled participants are Ted Poehler, vice provost for research; Edward Miller, dean of the medical faculty; Chris Newcomer, associate provost for animal research and resources; Martin Pomper, associate professor of radiology; Alan Goldberg, director of the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing; Nancy Ator, chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee; and James Owiny, training and regulatory administrator for the IACUC.

Faculty and staff are especially encouraged to attend. For information, contact Candace Eff at or 410-955-3273.


'All Politics Is Local,' new symposium, begins Tuesday

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, a new student-run symposium called All Politics Is Local will host a panel discussion on the death penalty with prominent speakers on both sides of the issue, including Joseph Cassilly, Harford County state's attorney, and Joseph Curran, Maryland attorney general.

Curran has been described as moderately opposed to the death penalty, and Cassilly has been a strong supporter of the state's capital punishment law.

The panel will also feature Baltimore Sun columnist Gregory Kane and Stephanie Gibson, an associate professor at the University of Baltimore and a member of the group Maryland Citizens Against State Executions. The discussion will be moderated by Jennifer Culbert, an assistant professor of political science at Johns Hopkins.

The event, which is the first in a series, will take place at 8 p.m. in the Glass Pavilion on the Homewood campus. For more information, contact Brendan Costigan, co-founder and chair of the symposium, at 551-427-6738.


Pizza Party planned for WSE faculty, staff and students

The Whiting School of Engineering will host its annual Pizza Party from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8, in Homewood's Glass Pavilion. All WSE faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. Free food tickets--for pizza, soda and desserts--are required and can be picked up in room 120 of the New Engineering Building. For more information, contact Kathie Rumbley at or call 410-516-2323.


FDA commissioner to speak at Montgomery County Campus

Mark B. McClellan, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will discuss the strategic plan for improving the process for developing new medical technology when he speaks in the Ginder Distinguished Lecture Series on Wednesday, Oct. 8. His talk is titled "A 21st Century FDA: Protecting and Advancing America's Health."

The lecture is hosted by SPSBE's Graduate Division of Business and Management and inaugurates the new MS/MBA Biotechnology dual degree program, a collaboration with the Advanced Academic Programs in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

The lecture will take place at 6:30 p.m. in room 127 of the Central Building on the Montgomery County Campus. A reception will follow. To reserve a place, e-mail or call 410-516-4177.


SPSBE introduces Connect, revised noncredit program

The School of Professional Studies this semester begins Connect, a newly revised noncredit information technology, career and professional development program geared to busy adult professionals. Connect offers an array of courses for individuals with no technology background and for those who want to broaden their skills in such areas as security and programming.

Classes are also offered in applications, database, networking, presentation/graphics, spreadsheets, Web design and development and word processing, as well as career skills and development. Courses meet in the Downtown Center, Washington, D.C., Center, Homewood campus and the Montgomery County Campus.

Full-time faculty, staff and eligible dependents may enroll in most noncredit courses under the terms of the Hopkins Tuition Remission Program.

For the fall semester offerings, go to


Wednesday Noon Series takes journey through Ireland

Irish performers Sam and Joan McCready will lead a virtual tour of the Emerald Isle during The Road Round Ireland at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 8, in Homewood's Shriver Hall. The McCreadys will take the audience on an entertaining journey, describing the sites and characters through the eyes and ears of poets, writers and musicians.

An actor, teacher, director and writer, Sam McCready has been professor of theater at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County since 1984 and was artistic director of UMBC's summer touring program, Shakespeare on Wheels, from 1984 to 1994. Joan McCready was born in Belfast and spent many years in Ireland as a teacher, actress and director. In 1985, she moved to Baltimore, where she teaches humanities and communications at the Park School.

This performance is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by the university's Office of Special Events and is co-sponsored with Theatre Hopkins. For more information, call the Office of Special Events at 410-516-7157.


Applications due for D.C. undergraduate fellowships

The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences now offers an Undergraduate Fellowship in the Humanities that gives exceptional sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to spend the spring semester in Washington, D.C. Fellows will earn 15 credits as they explore the cultural richness of the district, engage in intellectual discourse with peers, learn from leaders in the humanities and gain valuable career experience.

Applications are due by Oct. 10. Along with the application, students need to submit a faculty recommendation, a one-page statement of interest in the humanities and a transcript.

For an application, call the Office of Advanced Academic Programs at 800-847-3330, go to: or visit the AAP office in G1 Wyman Park Building, Homewood campus.


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