'Homewood House' to be honored by Md. Historical
The book Homewood House will receive the 2005
Heritage Book Award today from the Maryland Historical
Trust. Authors Catherine Arthur and Cindy Kelly will
receive the honor at a ceremony at the Star-Spangled Banner
Museum and Flag House in downtown Baltimore. The event
takes place in conjunction the state's annual Preservation
and Revitalization Conference.
Published in 2004 by the
Homewood House chronicles the construction and later
restoration of the Federal-style house that was bequeathed
to Johns Hopkins and now serves as a historic house
Alfred Sommer, dean of SPH, is awarded Helen Keller
Alfred Sommer, dean of the
Bloomberg School of Public
Health, is this year's recipient of the prestigious
Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research. Awarded annually by
the Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education, the
prize recognizes scientists whose research has made a
significant contribution to blindness prevention.
Sommer was the first to determine that vitamin A
deficiency, a common cause of blindness in the developing
world, also contributed to childhood mortality. His
groundbreaking discoveries led to the widespread use of
inexpensive vitamin A supplements that reduced childhood
mortality by 34 percent in the developing world and saved
the lives of millions of children worldwide.
UNICEF and WHO estimate that more than 1 million
children would die of infection or become blind each year
without vitamin A intervention programs that now operate in
more than 60 countries.
Sommer was presented with the prize May 2 at the
annual conference of the Association for Research in Vision
and Ophthalmology in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
'Palladian Baltimore' lecture series has been
Palladian Baltimore: Builders & Bibliophiles, a
lecture series co-sponsored by
Homewood House Museum and the Palladian Society of
America, will not be held due to the cancellation of the
Palladian Society's annual meeting. The talks were to be
held May 20 to 22 at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Anyone
with questions may call 410-516-5589.
Peter Olson, who was recently elected to the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences, is no longer chair of Earth and Planetary Sciences, as was
stated in an article appearing May 2. Olson, a professor,
was succeeded in that position by Lawrence Hardie.
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