Johns Hopkins Gazette: October 3, 1994


Professor Hanke tapped for economic expertise

Steven H. Hanke, professor of applied economics, has been
named principal economic adviser to President Nursultan
Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan.
    Dr. Hanke, who was the architect of the successful
currency reforms in Estonia in 1992 and in Lithuania  earlier
this year, has already begun designing  a currency reform to
rescue Kazakhstan's sagging currency, the tenge.

Edith Wharton is subject of lecture at Evergreen House

Author Eleanor Dwight will give an illustrated lecture titled
"Architecture as Symbol: Its Importance in Edith Wharton's
Life and Work" on Friday, Oct. 7, at 11 a.m. at Evergreen
House, 4545 North Charles St.
    Wharton, best known for such novels as The Age of
Innocence and House of Mirth, often used imagery of buildings
and gardens to illuminate her characters. She also wrote The
Decoration of House with Ogden Codman in 1897 and Italian
Villas and Their Gardens in 1904.
    Wharton was a longtime friend of Ambassador John Work
Garrett and his wife, Alice Warder Garrett, who cultivated
the arts abroad and at Evergreen. The Evergreen House will
commemorate that friendship with an exhibit of more than 50
letters written by Wharton to the Garretts from 1906 through
1934. The Wharton first editions from the John Work Garrett
Rare Book Library will also be displayed. On the day of the
lecture, Evergreen will serve an ambassadorial lunch similar
to one the Garretts served Wharton in Europe in 1932.
     Dr. Dwight teaches literature at the New School for
Social Research in New York. Her book, Edith Wharton: An
Extraordinary Life, has received favorable reviews in The New
York Times and The Washington Post.
     Tickets for the lecture and exhibit are $10  general
admission, $8 Evergreen members, and an additional $25 for
the limited seating lunch. Reservations are required. 
     For more information call 516-0341.

Newly tenured Engineering professors to speak 

The Whiting School of Engineering will present three newly
tenured engineering professors in the Inaugural Professorial
Lectures series.
    Joseph Katz, professor of mechanical engineering, will
discuss "Using Holography and Other Techniques to Study
Bubbles, Flows, Plankton and Turbulence" Tuesday, Oct. 4, at
3 p.m. in the Arellano Theater in Levering Hall on the
Homewood campus.
    Dr. Katz studies wakes, cavitation, flows within pumps
and turbomachines, multiface flows and problems related to
applied hydrodynamics. He uses optical measurement techniques
such as holography, particle displacement velocimetry and
digital image processing in his research. He will discuss
inherent challenges in his research and how he and his
research group have devised successful techniques to examine
complex flows. A reception in the Glass Pavilion will follow
the discussion. 
    J. Hugh Ellis will speak Nov. 15; Erica J. Schoenberger,
Feb. 28. Both are members of the Department of Geography and
Environmental Engineering.

Memorial fund honors former neuroscientist  

The family of Hopkins psychology professor David Olton, who
died Feb. 1, has donated $4,000 to a fund for undergraduate
education in the Psychology Department.
    The David Olton Memorial Fund was established shortly
after Dr. Olton's death. The prominent neuroscientist died of
pancreatic cancer at the age of 51.
    He headed the Psychology Department's behavioral biology
program, in which he advised scores of undergraduate students
each year.
    Family members presented the check to Psychology
Department faculty last month. A portion of the fund will be
used for an annual prize for undergraduate research. Family
members said Dr. Olton's decision to pursue a career in
psychology was influenced by recognition he received as an

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