Bloomberg School of Public Health
Members Present: Drs. Steven Knapp, Robert Black, Robert Blum, Ron Brookmeyer, Marie Diener-West, William Eaton, Lynn Goldman, Diane Griffin, John Groopman, Martha Hill, Michael Klag, Thomas Louis, Ellen MacKenzie, Roger McMacken, Jonathan Samet, E. William Spannhake, and Scott Zeger; and Ms. Robin Fox, staff.
Members Absent: Drs. William Brody, Robert Blum, Ron Brookmeyer, David Holtgrave, Robert Lawrence, Edward Miller, and James Yager.
Guests: Dr. Sharon Krag; Prof. Stephen Teret; and Ms. Diane Glover.
Meeting Convened: Provost Steven Knapp convened the meeting at 3 p.m.
Approval of the Minutes: Minutes of the 907th Advisory Board meeting of April 27, 2006 were approved with one correction.
Remarks by the Provost
Provost Knapp announced the successful recruitment of Michael Eicher, new Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs. Mr. Eicher is now at UCLA and will join Johns Hopkins in September 2006. The search for the director of the Peabody Institute is now in its final stages. Dr. Knapp announced the death of Andrew Bozzelli, alumnus and member of the University and Medicine Boards.
Two new initiatives have been publicized in the past several days. The new Center for Global Health, a joint activity of the Schools of Public Health, Nursing and Medicine, is headed by Dr. Thomas Quinn. The Institute for Nanobiotechnology is a joint activity of the Schools of Engineering, Arts & Sciences, Medicine, and Public Health, principally through the Department of Environmental Health Sciences.
Dr. Knapp announced that Dr. Blum has agreed to act as interim director of the University Urban Health Institute starting on May 1. Dr. Blum will work with the UHI Executive Committee chaired by Dr. Yager. The search for a permanent director will begin shortly and is expected to focus on candidates internal to Hopkins. A principal goal of the next phase of the UHI is to increase integration of UHI activities with those of the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health. Dr. Knapp reported that the recent regional campaign trips to six cities were well- received and a number of new gifts have been obtained as a result.
Remarks by the Dean
Dean Klag reported that the Dean's Alumni Advisory Council met earlier in the day, and that the alumni are very supportive of the School's activities. The theme of the meeting was "Africa" and alumni presented a student with a scholarship. The draft Self Study in preparation for CEPH accreditation has been completed and is on the School website. Comments on the Self Study are welcome while it is being finalized over the next two months. Finally, Dr. Klag reminded the Advisory Board that the School's Convocation is on May 24, 2006 at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, where the largest graduating class ever will receive their diplomas and hoods.
Report of the Faculty Senate
Dr. Spannhake reported that the faculty quality of life survey has been circulated; thus far approximately 25 percent of faculty have responded. He will send a reminder to the faculty to complete the survey. At the Senate meeting on June 1, 2006, the Senate will meet with members of the Committee on Information Technology, the School's Office of Information Systems, and the University General Counsel's office to discuss the "active directory" and electronic document storage policies.
Revision of MHS PPM
Ms. Fox reported that the MHS PPM had been revised to be consistent with the School's and CEPH's distinctions between academic and professional MHS programs. The PPMs codify the distinctions and the separate requirements of the two types of MHS programs. The PPMs have been reviewed by the department academic coordinators and the Committee on Academic Standards. The Advisory Board voted to approve the new MHS PPMs that will replace the existing MHS PPM.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:25 p.m.
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