Johns Hopkins Gazette | January 26, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University January 26, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 19
In Brief


Friends of Libraries celebrates new digital manuscripts library

The Friends of the Johns Hopkins Libraries will present a talk by faculty and curators who created the new Rose digital library from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the Walters Art Museum.

Le Roman de la Rose, a medieval poem on the art of love, was one of the most popular and influential literary texts in its day. More than 300 manuscript copies of the 13th-century poem written in Old French survive today, and a collaborative project among Johns Hopkins, the Walters Art Museum, the Bibliotheque nationale de France and many others is making them available in a virtual library.

Program speakers include Rose project co-directors Stephen Nichols, the James M. Beall Professor of French and Humanities at Johns Hopkins; Sayeed Choudhury, associate dean and Hodson Director of the Sheridan Libraries Digital Research and Curation Center at Johns Hopkins; Timothy L. Stinson, assistant professor, Department of English at North Carolina State University; and William Noel, curator of manuscripts and rare books at the Walters Art Museum.

The Friends program is presented in conjunction with Romance of the Rose: Visions of Love in Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts, an exhibit in the Walters Manuscripts Gallery that runs through April 19. Nine beautifully illuminated manuscripts from American libraries, museums and private collections — and interactive kiosks that provide access to the Rose Digital Library — are included in this joint exhibition of the Sheridan Libraries and the Walters Art Museum.

To attend the reception and program, contact Stacie Spence at or 410-516-7943.


New exhibit at MSE Library captures birth of the Blue Jay

Grauer's Blue Jay: A Hopkins Tradition, an exhibit of Blue Jay memorabilia from journalist, author and editorial cartoonist Neil A. Grauer, opens at the MSE Library on Wednesday, Jan. 28, and runs through May 25.

Since the 1920s, the mascot of The Johns Hopkins University has been the feisty Blue Jay — sporting black-and-blue plumage to match the school's athletic colors.

For more than 40 years, the most popular portrayal of that mascot has been the cartoon Blue Jay created in 1966 by Grauer during his student years as a cartoonist for the university's student newspaper, The Johns Hopkins News-Letter.

The exhibit is drawn from the Grauer Blue Jay Collection, a 1996 gift from Grauer to the Sheridan Libraries of more than 50 items. On display are his original sketch of the Blue Jay, drawn on the back of a 3x5 index card; numerous other original drawings; and lacrosse caps, T-shirts, posters, cups, an umbrella and a travel bag, all printed with the Blue Jay logo.

Several items from Grauer's personal collection are also exhibited, including a pair of Nike limited edition sneakers created for members of the 2007 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse championship team.

Grauer has drawn the Blue Jay for numerous JHU athletic teams, the Alumni Association and the Pep Band, and still draws the Blue Jay on request. A 1969 graduate of the School of Arts and Sciences, he is now a senior writer in the Editorial Services Division of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Office of Marketing and Communications.

The exhibit is located on M-Level of the Eisenhower Library and may be viewed whenever the library is open.


Md. Viral Hepatitis Task Force holds education day in capital

The Maryland Viral Hepatitis Task Force, a group including community-based advocates for people with viral hepatitis, will host a hepatitis C educational event for legislators, health care providers and community members from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Room 170 of the House of Delegates Office Building in Annapolis. Speakers will include David Thomas, professor in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and chief of Infectious Diseases at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Del. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam.

The task force will be offering hepatitis A, B and C testing in a mobile van provided by Sisters Together and Reaching in the immediate vicinity of the House of Delegates Office Building, and hepatitis A and B vaccinations administered by the Anne Arundel County Health Department will be available.

According to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, an estimated 100,000 Marylanders are infected with HCV. The majority of these people are asymptomatic and unaware that they are infected.


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