In new 'U.S. News' rankings, JHU retains its spot at No.
For the second year in a row, Johns Hopkins claimed a
tie in the No. 14 spot in U.S. News & World Report's
rankings of the nation's best universities. Sharing the
honors are last year's partner, Cornell, and now Chicago.
The No. 1 spot for 2005 went to Harvard and Princeton,
followed by Yale at No. 3 and Penn at No. 4. Duke, MIT and
Stanford tied at No. 5.
In the rankings for best undergraduate engineering
programs whose highest degree is a Ph.D., Hopkins also
pulled a repeat, tying at No. 13 with Northwestern and
In specialty rankings, Johns Hopkins landed the No. 1
spot in biomedical engineering, followed by Duke;
University of California, San Diego; Case Western Reserve
Hopkins also was included in several unranked
categories. In "Programs to look for," the magazine cited
JHU under "undergraduate research/creative projects." In
"Great Schools/Great Prices," JHU ranked 11th among
For a complete list of the magazine's 2005 rankings,
Professor wins international prize for work on human
Paul Smolensky, professor and former chair of the
Department of Cognitive Science in the Krieger School, has
won the fifth annual David E. Rumelhart Prize, a
prestigious international award that recognizes individuals
or teams making significant contributions to the formal
analysis of human cognition.
The youngest scientist ever chosen for this honor,
Smolensky, 49, will receive the $100,000 prize and deliver
the award lecture at the 27th annual meeting of the
Cognitive Society in Stresa, Italy, in July 2005.
Smolensky and his collaborator, Alan Prince of Rutgers
University, are responsible for what many in the field
consider one of the most important developments in
linguistics since the 1950s: optimality theory, which
posits that all the world's 6,500 languages share a common
set of criteria that make certain expressions preferable.
For instance, syllables that begin with consonants are
preferred to those that don't, and sentences that begin
with a subject are preferred to those that do not.
The prize honors David Rumelhart, a Stanford
University professor until 1998, when he became disabled by
a severe form of early dementia called Pick's disease.
Student Job Fair to be held Sept. 3 on Homewood
Students will have the opportunity to meet and
interview with a host of campus and off-campus employers at
the Student Job Fair scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on
Friday, Sept. 3, in Homewood's O'Connor Recreation Center.
The event offers free popcorn, refreshments, sodas, a
prize wheel and lots of give-aways, including a grand
For more information, go to the Student Employment
Services Web site at
SAIS center publishes sports, travel issue of
Transatlantic: Europe, America & the World, published
by the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS, has just
released a special sports and travel summer issue titled
"Soccer or Football? Why Do Europeans and Americans View
Sports So Differently?"
Michael Mandelbaum, director of the SAIS American
Foreign Policy Program, is interviewed on his new book, The
Meaning of Sports, and discusses why Americans prefer
football, baseball and basketball to soccer. The issue also
analyzes why Europeans, Asians, Africans and Latin
Americans are crazy about soccer and why Americans are more
blasť about the world's sport.
In a look at the summer Olympics, the magazine
interviews the mayor of Athens, examines the security
provided by NATO and explores the ancient idea of an
Also in this issue:
Stephen Szabo, SAIS professor of
European studies, tells why Germany is looking for a new
role in the world and how this will dramatically affect its
future relations with the United States.
German foreign minister Joschka
Fischer speaks out on Europe's and America's roles in
transforming the broader Middle East.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen
Breyer presents his views on the proposed EU constitution
and tells how it would differ from the U.S. constitution.
Published bimonthly, this new publication seeks to
explore and explain issues confronting the United States
and Europe in an increasingly globalized world. For
information about subscribing to Transatlantic, contact
Robert J. Guttman, editor in chief, at 202-587-3235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Gazette' returns to weekly schedule as academic year
With this week's start of the 2004-2005 academic year,
The Gazette returns to its weekly schedule. The paper is
published on Mondays 42 times a year: weekly during the
fall and spring semesters, except Nov. 22, Dec. 20 and Dec.
27; and biweekly during the summer.
The deadline for calendar and classified submissions
is noon on the Monday preceding publication. To submit
information online, go to
An obituary of "Miss Mamie" Brown in the Aug. 16 issue
incorrectly stated the total number of Johns Hopkins
presidents and the number under whom she had worked. Brown,
thought to be the university's longest-serving employee,
served under nine of Johns Hopkins' 13 presidents,
beginning with Isaiah Bowman.
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