------------------------------------------------------------ Newsbriefs ------------------------------------------------------------ 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 undergraduate.
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