No contact from CONTOUR; space mission ends quietly
Final efforts to communicate with the APL-built Comet Nucleus Tour spacecraft ended quietly last month, effectively ending the Lab-managed NASA Discovery project.
Launched July 3, 2002, on a mission to study comets, CONTOUR fell silent after firing its onboard rocket motor on Aug. 15, 2002, during a critical maneuver to boost the spacecraft from a parking orbit around Earth. Ground-telescope images taken shortly afterward showed three objects near CONTOUR's expected path, indicating CONTOUR had apparently broken up near the end of the rocket burn.
A NASA-appointed panel is investigating potential causes of the mishap.
CCP to develop TV serial to improve health in Vietnam
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs has been awarded $940,000 by the Atlantic Philanthropies to develop a 26-episode serial drama for Vietnamese television.
The series will use the principles of entertainment-education to weave public health messages into an entertaining story line. The drama will promote preventive health issues such as home and traffic safety, HIV/AIDS, family planning, drug abuse, nutrition, immunization and sanitation.
Peabody debuts professional concert booking agency
The Peabody Institute has launched a professional concert booking agency for faculty, student and alumni artists. Called Peabody Presents, it will be headed by volunteer Bill Nerenberg, the former managing director of the Shriver Hall Concert Series. For most of his professional career, Nerenberg has worked in the nonprofit management field, performing market development and consulting for a wide variety of organizations.
Although many Peabody musicians already appear in prestigious concert series throughout the United States and around the globe, this new agency will offer increased outreach and support for their performing activities.
"We expect this support to be particularly valuable to young Peabody musicians just launching their careers," said Peabody Director Bob Sirota.
In addition to featuring individual artists, Peabody Presents will work toward securing professional out-of-town engagements for Peabody groups, ranging from the Peabody Symphony Orchestra to jazz ensembles. Such professional bookings will have great educational value for students in giving them experience of the "real world," Sirota said.
Peabody Presents also will seek to arrange for television, radio and satellite broadcasts of selected performances in Peabody's own concert halls.
JHMI Cultural Affairs Office sets 25th anniversary concert
The Office of Cultural Affairs at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions is celebrating 25 years of programming with a Silver Anniversary Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, in Turner Auditorium, East Baltimore campus.
Featuring the JHMI Choral Society and Orchestra with guest soloists Jonathan Carney and Richard Field, under the direction of Patricia Sparti, the program begins with The Emperor's New Clothes by Mihaly Virizlay, a Peabody Conservatory faculty member and principal cellist emeritus of the BSO.
Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, KV 364, will feature Carney, the newly appointed concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Field, the BSO's principal violist since 1978. Field also will be the soloist for the American premiere of Vaclav Nelhybel's Holocaust-inspired Concerto for Viola and Orchestra.
The 25th anniversary concert concludes with Schubert's Mass in G, which was performed by the JHMI Choral Society and Orchestra in their first season.