The Johns Hopkins Gazette: May 1, 2000
May 1, 2000
VOL. 29, NO. 34


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Security escort vans have extended hours at Homewood

From May 2 to 11, the security escort vans at Homewood will have extended hours.

Located between the MSE Library and Remsen Hall, the Study Safe Escort Vans will run from 3 to 7 a.m. and will transport students between the Hut, MSEL, Krieger Hall and other study points and residence halls. For more information, call 410-516-8700.

Leon Madansky memorial service will take place May 5

Hopkins faculty, staff and students will gather at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 5, in Schafler Auditorium to remember the brilliance and generosity of Leon Madansky, former Physics and Astronomy chairman and Alonzo Decker Science and Engineering Professor emeritus. Madansky died suddenly on March 18 while vacationing in London.

Speakers at the event, which will be followed by a reception, will include Madansky's daughter, Deborah Madansky; his son, Charles Madansky; current Physics and Astronomy chairman Paul Feldman; and other friends and colleagues.

Madansky, who was 77, came to Hopkins in 1948 and from 1965 to 1968 was chair of the department, then known as the Department of Physics. He played an instrumental role in the hiring of many of the department's leading faculty.

All persons interested in attending the reception are asked to R.S.V.P. by May 1 to Pam Carmen in Physics and Astronomy at 410-516-7346 or Schafler Auditorium is located in the Bloomberg Center.

Humanities Center mourns secretary Nancy Tierney

A memorial service for Nancy Tierney, who for nearly seven years was "the heart and soul" of the Humanities Center, has been scheduled for 4 p.m. on Friday, May 5, in the Carriage House at Evergreen, 4545 N. Charles St. Tierney, the Humanities Center department secretary, was 45.

Tierney suffered a brain hemorrhage over Easter weekend and was pronounced dead on Tuesday, April 25.

Neil Hertz, director of the Humanities Center, said faculty and students already feel her loss. She was the kind of person, Hertz said, who became a friend to every graduate and undergraduate student who entered the department, who would show up at the airport to greet new foreign graduate students and who became a touchstone to countless graduate students over the years.

"We miss her," he said. "She meant a great deal to this department; she kept our office a genuine place. The Humanities Center is an interdisciplinary program, so our graduate students have no core curriculum or seminars, and the students, like the faculty, tend to go off into their different areas of interest. So for the last several years, the only real center of the Humanities Center has been Nancy Tierney."

Tierney had worked as an administrative assistant on the Homewood campus since 1988. She became secretary of the Humanities Center in January 1994.

Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer to speak at SAIS

Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will speak at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at noon on Tuesday, May 2. Hoyer's lecture topic will be "Permanent Normal Trade Relations for China: A 21st-Century Opportunity."

Elected to Congress in 1981, Hoyer is a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee as well as the ranking member of the House Administration Committee and the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. He also is the co-chairman of the House Democratic Steering Committee.

The event, which is open to the public, will be in the Kenney Auditorium of the Nitze Building in Washington, D.C. Members of the public who want to attend should make a reservation by calling 202-663-5644 or email to

Biophysics inaugurates lecture series honoring Spike Carlson

The Thomas C. Jenkins Department of Biophysics in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences has established the Francis D. Carlson Lectureship to honor the former professor and chairman of the department who died in 1999.

The inaugural lecture, scheduled for 4 p.m. today, May 1, in Mudd Lecture Hall, will be given by Steven Black, a professor at Stanford. His topic is "Single Molecule Probes of Biological Function."

Hopkins nominees receive Champion of Science awards

Congresswoman Connie Morella (R-Md.) and Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) received the Science Coalition's Champion of Science award at a recent ceremony on Capitol Hill. Both were nominated by Johns Hopkins, one of the original members of the coalition, an alliance of more than 400 organizations, institutions and individuals dedicated to sustaining the federal government's historic commitment to U.S. leadership in basic science.

Tom Etten, executive director for government relations at Hopkins, presented the awards at a luncheon attended by more than 70 representatives from scientific corporations, and public and private research universities.

The Champion of Science award was created in 1999 to honor members of Congress who have demonstrated strong support for federal funding of basic research.