Housing markets expert Richard Green to speak at JHU Oct.
Leading housing economist Richard Green will be at
Johns Hopkins this week to give a talk titled "Housing
Markets Hot, Housing Markets Cold: What Housing Cycles Mean
for Baltimore and Other Cities." The event, sponsored by
the Institute for Policy Studies, will be held at 4:30 p.m.
on Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Eisenhower Room of the Johns
Hopkins Club on the Homewood campus.
Green is the Oliver T. Carr Chair of Real Estate
Finance at the George Washington University School of
Business and Management and co-author of A Primer on U.S.
Housing Markets and Housing Policy. His work is often cited
in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The
Christian Science Monitor and Slate. He has served on a
number of commissions in Wisconsin and has been an adviser
to governmental agencies, including the Federal Reserve
Bank of Chicago and the New York City Housing Authority.
Seating is limited, so RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to
APL-built Pluto-bound spacecraft begins launch
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft arrived Sept. 24 at the
Kennedy Space Center, Fla., for final preparations and
testing for the probe's decade-long journey. It will be the
first spacecraft to visit Pluto and its moon, Charon.
New Horizons, designed and built at APL, arrived
aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo plane and is scheduled
to launch on a Lockheed Martin Atlas V rocket in January.
Carrying seven scientific instruments, the compact,
nearly 1,000-pound probe will fly by Pluto and Charon as
early as summer 2015. Its mission is to characterize the
global geology and geomorphology of the bodies, map their
surface compositions, record temperatures and examine
Pluto's complex atmosphere. Flybys of ancient rocky objects
farther out in the solar system may be undertaken during an
APL will operate the spacecraft for NASA's Science
Mission Directorate. For information on the mission, go to
Institutionwide DLC Diversity Conference set for Nov.
The second annual Johns Hopkins Institutions Diversity
Leadership Council Diversity Conference will be held
Tuesday, Nov. 1, on the Homewood campus. The half-day event
will open with a keynote address by Valerie Petit-Wilson,
executive director of the Leadership Alliance, and Provost
Steven Knapp will be the luncheon speaker.
The conference, designed for faculty, staff and
administrators institutionwide, will feature workshops
examining critical issues related to excellence, diversity,
inclusion, equity and cultural awareness in higher
education. University leaders encourage supervisors to be
supportive of employees who wish to attend, and advise
support staff to seek approval to attend the conference
prior to registering.
There is no registration fee, but the deadline to
register is Oct. 24. For more information and to register
online, go to
Boxfest event to raise funds for JHU Habitat for Humanity
A corrugated campground will spring up on the Homewood
campus Oct. 7 when undergraduates forgo a night in their
residence halls to increase awareness of homelessness in
America. In exchange for a night under the stars in
oversized boxes (think refrigerator boxes), students will
collect pledges from sponsors to benefit JHU Habitat for
Humanity. The group organizes weekly trips to Sandtown in
West Baltimore, where students help build houses for
low-income families. The idea is not only to raise money
but also to gain a better appreciation for the lives of
Visitors to Boxfest will find the students on the
Keyser Quadrangle and the Beach.
JHU extends Mayor's Book Drive for schools through Oct.
The Mayor's Book Drive for Baltimore's Children
— a program to collect books for the city's public
schools — has been extended through Oct. 7. Used and
new books may be dropped off in specially designated boxes
in the following Johns Hopkins locations: Garland Hall,
main lobby; O'Connor Recreation Center, near security desk;
Levering, main lobby; Olin, main lobby; Wyman Park
Building, main lobby, near pay phones; Interfaith Center,
basement; Mattin Center, near Silk Road Express; and 901 S.
Bond St., lobby.
Kate Michelman of NARAL Pro-Choice America to
Kate Michelman, who headed NARAL Pro-Choice America
for 18 years, will join the 2005 MSE Symposium's ongoing
dialogue on American mass media when she speaks about
"Building Grassroots Campaigns" on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at
Homewood. Her talk begins at 8 p.m. in Shriver Hall
Auditorium and will be followed by a reception in the
Called one of America's 200 Women Legends by Vanity
Fair, Michelman first honed her organizing skills in the
civil rights movement. NARAL, which she joined in 1985, has
been described by Fortune as "one of the top 10 advocacy
groups in America."
Schools, families share tips for strong
The National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns
Hopkins has posted its tips for involving families and
communities more fully in their schools online at
suggestion box features 86 "best practices" from schools in
21 states and Canada.
The collection, also published in book format,
includes hosting a student and family "book buffet" where
each menu item relates to a book the students have read; a
"welcome wagon" run by third-graders who pull a red wagon
full of school supplies for new students and information
for their families; and an "Oops — Turn Me Off"
Family Science Night, where a school cafeteria is
transformed into an interactive science lab focused on ways
to conserve energy.
The collection is organized according to the NNPS
goal-oriented partnership program structure, which links
family and community involvement to academic and
nonacademic goals for students as well as to the school
goal of fostering a positive climate of partnerships.
JHH named consumer choice winner for 10th straight
For the 10th straight year, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
has received the Consumer Choice Award for the Baltimore
region from the National Research Corp. Hopkins was one of
only a few hospitals nationwide to earn top-choice status
in a multimarket region, according to NRC, a firm
specializing in health care performance measurement.
Each year, NRC honors those hospitals whose consumers
rate as having the best quality and image, based on its
survey of more than 200,000 households in 80 markets in the
contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia.
Lynn O'Neill of the Student Employee and Payroll
Office was among the Homewood Student Affairs staff members
recently nominated for that division's Above and Beyond the
Call Employee Recognition Award. Her name was inadvertently
omitted from the story that ran in the Sept. 26
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