Nobelist Agre shares experience with educators,
Since he returned from Sweden with his 2003 Nobel
Prize in chemistry, Peter Agre has been taking his passion
for science on the road.
Last month, as part of SPSBE's Professional
Development Day, he met at Dunbar High School with city
science teachers, and this week he'll present a lecture to
high school principals and outstanding students. The
audience also will hear from SOM professor Andrew Feinberg
about Hopkins' new Center of Excellence in Genome Sciences
from the National Human Genome Research Institute, which
includes a Minority Action Plan that will provide select
minority high school students opportunities to learn about
genetics through the Center for
Talented Youth (starting in 2005) and to do genetic
research at the medical school.
Also on tap for Agre, a professor of
chemistry, is a May 5 visit with first-year Baltimore
City schoolteachers who have completed SPSBE's teacher
preparatory program. This event will be held on the
To hear Agre's talk at Dunbar, go to
Professor emeritus John Barth to read from just-published
John Barth, professor emeritus in the
Writing Seminars, will read from
his latest collection of fiction, The Book of Ten Nights
and a Night, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27, in the
Clipper Room of Shriver Hall, Homewood campus. The book was
published this month by Houghton Mifflin.
Barth has published 14 books of fiction, including
The Floating Opera (1956), The Sot-Weed
Factor (1960), Giles Goat-Boy (1966),
Chimera (1972, winner of the National Book Award),
On With the Story (1996) and Coming Soon!!!
He also has compiled two books of nonfiction, The
Friday Book and Further Fridays, and the highly
regarded essay pair The Literature of Exhaustion and
The Literature of Replenishment.
Local man, his attorney to speak about his false
Baltimore resident Michael Austin, whose murder
conviction was overturned after 27 years of false
imprisonment, will recount his story along with his
attorney, Larry Allen Nathans, at noon on April 28 in
Homewood's Shriver Hall Auditorium.
The title of the Wednesday Noon Series discussion is
"The Michael Austin Story: An Innocent Man's 27-Year Quest
In 1975, Austin was sentenced to life in prison for
the murder of a grocery store security guard despite
evidence pointing to his innocence, such as the physical
description of the killer and the fact that Austin had
barely left work when the crime was committed. The only
witness against Austin was represented by the defense as a
clean-cut college student on an academic scholarship and
turned out to be a ninth-grade dropout and drug dealer.
Austin was pardoned in 2002 by Gov. Robert Ehrlich.
This event is co-sponsored by the
Center for Social
Concern at Johns Hopkins and the university's Office of Special Events. For more
information, call Special Events at 443-287-9900.
Men's lacrosse team scores two victories with historic
lacrosse team's April 24
victory over the University of Maryland netted not only a
win for the Blue Jays but also $10,883 for the
Children's Center, thanks to an auction of the jerseys
worn by the players. In honor of the 100th matchup of the
two lacrosse powerhouses, the two teams had worn throwback
jerseys, and the 38 light-blue tops worn by the Jays went
on the auction block after the game. All jerseys received
bids, and uniform No. 4, worn by senior Corey Harned,
generated an auction-high eight bids.
"We established an internal goal of what we wanted to
donate, and we were able to far exceed that goal," said Tom
Calder, director of athletics.
The Hopkins men's team has had a close tie with the
Children's Center since Chris Gardner, a member of the 1996
team, received treatment there before losing his battle
with cancer in 1997. Every year since, the Blue Jays have
hosted a game with a part of the gate receipts going to the
Children's Center. This year's benefit is the May 1 game
against Towson University.
The Maryland Terrapins also auctioned their
anniversary gear; the nearly $7,000 raised will go to the
Ronald McDonald House of Baltimore.
Rare books in astronomy, physics on display at MSE
An exhibit of rare books in astronomy and physics
titled "Celestial Harmony: Four Visions of the Universe"
opens today, April 26, on the M-Level of Homewood's
Milton S. Eisenhower
The books, from the collection of Johns Hopkins
alumnus Elliott Hinkes (A&S '64 and SOM '67), represent
2,000 years of the evolving knowledge and vision of the
universe, from the works of Aristotle and Euclid to
Einstein and Hubble.
"The night skies appear more or less the same today as
they did a millennium ago," wrote Hinkes in the brochure
accompanying the exhibit. "Our understanding of what we see
is more enlightened now and more complete because of this
long chain of scientific discovery."
Winston Tabb, dean of university libraries, will host
an opening reception for the exhibit from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on
Friday, April 30. The exhibit will run through May 30.
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