Summit looks at future of math and science education in
The future of math and science education in America
was the hot topic discussed by more than 100 Baltimore and
Washington area pre-kindergarten-through-12th-grade
teachers, policy-makers and researchers who gathered on the
Homewood campus late last month for the third annual Johns
Hopkins Education Summit.
Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Council on K-12
Education and the
Center for Social Organization of Schools, the daylong
event focused on generating ideas to boost the country's
math and science curricula, which aren't as rigorous as
those in other developed nations.
In his opening remarks,
President William R. Brody challenged the group to
brainstorm ideas and reiterated the university's commitment
to the cause. He asked the group to recall the 1960s "space
race," the catalyst for that generation's mathematicians
"We had exquisite science and math education in this
country post-Sputnik," Brody said. "We need to reignite
that spark. Careers in math and science might not be the
most lucrative, but they can be the most rewarding."
The sessions featured interactive panel discussions
using Hodson Hall Auditorium's remote-controlled polling
feature, allowing attendees to weigh in with their opinions
on how best to tackle the issues as 21st-century educators.
Teacher recruitment and support ranked high among the many
suggestions from the crowd.
Applied Physics Laboratory names Inventions of the
A device that will allow an amputee to control a
prosthetic device with his brain, a mask that can detect an
infectious disease before it spreads, a system that can
predict the occurrence of dust storms and a next-generation
micro-sensor that can help satellites perform multiple
measurements have been named APL's Inventions of the Year.
The annual awards event, held May 24 on the
APL campus, showcased
technologies submitted in 2005 that were developed by APL
Top inventions were selected by an independent panel
of 25 representatives from industry and patent law, based
on their benefit to society, improvement over existing
technology and commercial potential.
Wayne Swann, APL director of technology transfer, and
Steve Fritz, of the Maryland Technology Development Corp.,
presented plaques and cash awards to teams in the
categories of Physical Sciences (the prosthetic device,
developed by Protagoras Cutchis; and protein-detector mask,
Joany Jackman and Nathan Boggs); Information Science (dust
storm forecaster, Benjamin Barnum, Nathaniel Winstead and
Raymond Sterner); and Innovative Contributions to Space
(sensing detector, Kim Strohbehn and Mark Martin).
'Transatlantic' magazine focuses on new sources of
In its just-released issue, Transatlantic: Europe,
America & the World, published by the Center for
Transatlantic Relations at SAIS, focuses on "Discovering
New Energy Sources." Among the highlights:
The magazine takes a detailed look
at the energy policies — or the lack of comprehensive
energy policies — in the European Union countries and
the United States.
Joe Fitchett, Paris-based
political correspondent for the International Herald
Tribune, finds a conspicuous energy gap in Europe.
S. Frederick Starr, chairman of
the SAIS Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, says that with
the Caspian Sea pipeline, "the grounds for productive
EU-U.S. collaboration in the area of Caspian energy are
stronger than ever."
Sanim Vakil, assistant professor
of Middle East studies at SAIS, explores the "nuclear
brinkmanship" going on with Iran and the EU3 and the United
Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack speaks out
on the advantages of ethanol in meeting the growing energy
needs of the United States.
Editor in chief Robert Guttman
looks ahead to the 2008 presidential contest to see which
of the potential candidates has a coherent foreign
For more about the articles in this issue or for
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Memorial service to be held June 23 for Catherine A.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 23,
for Catherine A. Neill, professor emerita of
pediatrics at the School of Medicine. Neill died Feb.
23 in her native England at the age of 84. The service will
be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in Hurd Hall, East Baltimore
campus. A reception will follow in the Houck Lobby of the
Neill was a student and first assistant of Helen
Taussig, the trailblazing cardiologist who in the 1950s led
Hopkins' "blue baby" team, which pioneered an open-heart
surgery technique to repair congenital heart defects in
infants. The technique led the groundwork for modern-day
Following Taussig's retirement in 1963, Neill became
an interim director of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology
at the School of Medicine.
She retired in 1993 after five decades at Johns
Hopkins but remained actively involved in the hospital.
Pursuing her lifelong interest in the history of medicine,
Neill volunteered at the JHMI's
Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives until a month
before her death.
A complete obituary is available on the Children's
Center's Web site at
Temporary changes in 'Gazette' deliveries over
Because vehicle access to the Homewood campus will be
limited to a specific hour each day during the summer due
to construction on the Decker Quadrangle, delivery times
for The Gazette will be adjusted in many Baltimore
All papers will, however, be delivered on their
publication date; due to the biweekly summer schedule, they
will appear on June 12 and 26, July 10 and 24, and Aug. 7
Anyone with a delivery problem is asked to contact
Alicia Campbell at 443-287-9899 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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