'Voyage and Discovery' Begins
Julie Freischlag leads off the
speaker series for Homewood undergraduates that includes
D.A. Henderson, Donald Coffey, Louis Kavoussi and Edward
PHOTO BY KEITH WELLER
Julie Freischlag, director of Dept. of Surgery, to discuss
By Glenn Small
The Voyage and
Discovery lecture series returns tomorrow night to the
Homewood campus as Julie A. Freischlag, the William Stewart
Halsted Professor and director of the
Department of Surgery at the School of Medicine and
surgeon in chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, talks about
the story behind the story of her medical career.
Freischlag, who joined Johns Hopkins in March 2003, is
the first woman and only the sixth person to serve in her
posts in the school's 111-year history.
Her talk, titled "Bloom Where You're Planted," will be
held at 7:30 p.m. in 110 Hodson Hall.
Freischlag is the first of five speakers scheduled for
this year's Voyage and Discovery series, a student-run
program with the aim of getting beyond the published papers
and breakthroughs of science and medicine to the personal
journey of scientific research and discovery.
"We want people to realize that there's more to
science and medicine than just doing your job," said Steve
McCartney, a senior biophysics major and one of five
co-chairs for the series. The others are Abeba Habtemariam,
a senior public health major; Deepthi Reddy, a senior
biophysics major; Angela Yin, a junior neuroscience major;
and Matt Schreckinger, a junior computer science major.
Other speakers include bioterrorism expert D.A.
Henderson, dean emeritus of the
School of Public
Health and University Distinguished Service Professor
in health policy and management, who speaks at 7:30 p.m. on
Tuesday, Feb. 24, in 110 Hodson Hall. Henderson is
well-known for having led the successful campaign to
eradicate smallpox in the 1970s and more recently for his
work on bioterror.
'Voyage and Discovery' co-chairs,
clockwise from left: Matt Schreckinger, Angela Yin, Deepthi
Reddy, Abeba Habtemariam and Steve McCartney.
PHOTO BY HPS/WILL KIRK
On March 2, Donald Coffey, the Catherine Iola and J.
Smith Michael Distinguished Professor of
Urology at the
School of Medicine and a world-renowned prostate cancer
researcher, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in 110 Hodson. On March
9, Louis Kavoussi, Patrick C. Walsh Professor of
Urology, vice chair of the
Urology and professor of urologic surgery at the School
of Medicine, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in 110 Hodson. The
final speaker is Edward Cornwell, associate professor and
head of adult trauma surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital,
who will speak on March 30 at 7:30 p.m. in 111
Mergenthaler. Cornwell was featured prominently a few years
ago in the ABC documentary Hopkins 24/7.
The students who organized this year's series returned
to some favorites, inviting back Henderson, Coffey and
Cornwell, who all had previously given well-attended talks
to audiences that largely comprise undergraduates
interested in careers in medicine or science.
Several of the co-chairs have had previous experience
on the series and said they were inspired by one of the
speakers, which made them want to help continue the
Along the way, they said, they've learned some
"You always have to be ready to deal with things you
don't expect," Hablemariam said.
For instance, last year's first speaker, pediatric
neurosurgeon Ben Carson, was running late for the
pre-speech dinner, and the student staff was nervous,
fearing he might not be able to make the event. Another
speaker last year didn't know about the dinner and went
directly to the lecture hall, which was empty. Later, as
the students were still nervously waiting for him to show
up to speak, they discovered he was already in the room.
'Voyage and Discovery'
All lectures take place at 7:30 p.m. on the Homewood
campus. Cornwell's talk will be in 111 Mergenthaler; all
others are in 110 Hodson. For additional information, go to
Feb. 17. Julie A. Freischlag, the William Stewart
Halsted Professor and director of the Department of Surgery
at the School of Medicine and surgeon in chief of The Johns
Hopkins Hospital: "Bloom Where You're Planted."
Feb. 24. D.A. Henderson, dean emeritus of the School
of Public Health and University Distinguished Service
Professor in health policy and management: Topic to be
March 2. Donald Coffey, the Cath-erine Iola and J.
Smith Michael Distinguished Professor of Urology and also
professor of oncology and of pharmacology and molecular
sciences at the School of Medicine and director of
Urology's research laboratories: Topic to be announced.
March 9. Louis Kavoussi, Patrick C. Walsh Professor
of Urology and vice chairman of the Department of Urology:
"Everything We Know Is Wrong."
March 30. Edward Cornwell, associate professor of
surgery at the School of Medicine and chief of adult trauma
surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital: Topic to be
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