Johns Hopkins Gazette | November 29, 2004
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 29, 2004 | Vol. 34 No. 13

Weekly Calendar

Colloquia | Film/Video | Grand Rounds | Lectures | Music | Open House | Reading | Seminars | Special Events | Symposia | Workshops


Faculty Reading

Alice McDermott and John T. Irwin

The Writing Seminars this week brings together writer-in-residence Alice McDermott and John T. Irwin, the Decker Professor in the Humanities, for a joint reading on the Homewood campus.

Among McDermott's highly acclaimed works are That Night, a finalist for the National Book Award, the Pen/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize; At Weddings and Wakes, also a Pulitzer finalist; and Charming Billy, winner of the 1998 National Book Award. Her most recent novel is Child of My Heart. She also has written for The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Irwin is the author of Doubling and Incest/Repetition and Revenge, The Heisenberg Variations, American Hieroglyphics and The Mystery to a Solution: Poe, Borges and the Analytic Detective Story. He was formerly editor of The Georgia Review and is presently general editor of The Johns Hopkins University Press Fiction and Poetry Series. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1991, he won the Christian Gauss Prize in 1994 and the Scaglione Prize in 1994 for The Mystery to a Solution.

The reading takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30, in Mudd Hall Auditorium.



Mon., Nov. 29, 3:30 p.m. "New Cosmology and New Neutrino Physics," a Physics and Astronomy special colloquium with Alessandro Bettini, Gran Sasso National Laboratory; Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center. HW

Tues., Nov. 30, 4:15 p.m. "Computational Analysis of RNA Interference Networks and Their Potential Role in the Regulation of Gene Expression," a Chemistry colloquium with J. David Rawn, Towson University; 233 Remsen. HW

Thurs., Dec. 2, 3 p.m. "Secret Science: Spanish Cosmography and the New World, 1570-1610," a History of Science, Medicine and Technology colloquium with Maria Portuondo; 3505 N. Charles St. HW

Thurs., Dec. 2, 3:30 p.m. "The Double Simplex: Envisioning Particles and Interactions," a Physics and Astronomy colloquium with Christopher Quigg; Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center. HW

Thurs., Dec. 2, 3:30 p.m. "The Preservation of the Marked: Animacy and Arbitrary 'se' in Romance and Slavic," a Cognitive Science colloquium with Raul Aranovich, University of California, Davis; 134A Krieger. HW



Wed., Dec. 1, 4 p.m. World AIDS Day — special screening of HIV Positive Voices. Sponsored by Communications and Public Affairs. Feinstone Hall, SPH. EB

Thurs., Dec. 2, 9 p.m. Trojka film presentation — No Man's Land, directed by Danis Tanovic. Sponsored by GRO. 3 Shaffer. HW


Grand Rounds

Wed., Dec. 1, 4 p.m. "Current Issues in Highway Safety," Preventive Medicine/Public Health grand rounds with Joan Claybrook of Public Citizen, introduced by Bruce Magladry, National Transportation Safety Board; W1020 SPH. EB



Mon., Nov. 29, noon. "Ginseng in the Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus," a Complementary and Alternative Medicine lecture by Todd Brown; Room 322, 1830 Bldg. EB

Wed., Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m. "Particles and Galaxies: The Inner Space/Outer Space Connection," a special lecture by Nobel Prize winner Leon Lederman. Sponsored by the Whiting School of Engineering. Baltimore Museum of Art. HW

Thurs., Dec. 2, 5 p.m. "Vision Between Spectacle and Community," a History of Art lecture by Jonathan Crary, Columbia University; 111 Mergenthaler. HW

Thurs., Dec. 2, 7 p.m. "The Pietism of the Book of Job," a Near Eastern Studies lecture by Michael Fox, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Co-sponsored by the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Jewish Studies Program. 123 Gilman. HW

Fri., Dec. 3, 4 p.m. "Of Rocks and Stones, and Trees" a Tudor and Stuart talk by Marjorie Levinson, University of Michigan. Sponsored by English. 323 Gilman. HW

Mon., Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m. "The Rayograph Conundrum," a History of Art lecture by Susan Laxton, Columbia University; 255 Mergenthaler. HW



Wed., Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m. Peabody Latin Jazz Ensemble performs, with the David Sanchez Band; Friedberg Hall. Peabody

Fri., Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. Peabody Wind Ensemble performs music by Amrhein, Debussy, Reed, Daugherty and Gould. $18, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for students with ID. Friedberg Hall. Peabody

Sat., Dec. 4, 6 and 8 p.m. "Hodie Christus Natus Est," the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble performs music by Byrd, Sweelinck, Praetorius and others. $18, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for students with ID. Griswold Hall. Peabody

Sat., Dec. 4, 8 p.m. "Boundaries and Limits," a performance by the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, with the Hopkins Choral Society and the Goucher College Chorus. $10; $8 for senior citizens and students with ID; free to JHU students. Shriver Hall. HW

Sun., Dec. 5, 3 p.m. "Welcome Yule," a performance by the Peabody Children's Chorus. Admission is free, but tickets must be reserved in advance. 410-659-8100, ext. 2. Friedberg Hall. Peabody

Sun., Dec. 5, 5:30 p.m. The Shriver Hall Concert Series — Violinist Leila Josefowicz and pianist John Novacek perform music by Massiaen, Beethoven, Salonen, Grey and Ravel. $33 general admission, $17 for students, $8 for student rush tickets (one hour before concert). 410-516-7164. Shriver Hall Auditorium. HW


Open House

Tues., Nov. 30, noon. Open house for the Center for American Indian Health. Attendees will learn about health research being conducted in native American communities; lunch will be served. 621 N. Washington St. EB

Thurs., Dec. 2, noon to 1 p.m. Open house for the Master of Science in Bioscience Regulatory Affairs. RSVP to 301-294-7162. 134 Central Bldg., Montgomery County Campus.

Thurs., Dec. 2, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Open house for the Engineering and Applied Science Programs for Professionals. 410-540-2960. Kossiakoff Center. APL



Tues., Nov. 30, 5 p.m. "An Outside Observer's Visions of America, 2001-2004," a reading with commentary by Breyten Breytenbach of the Goree Institute, Senegal and New York University. Sponsored by the Humanities Center. 111 Gilman. HW

Writing Seminars Readings

Tues., Nov. 30, 6 to 8 p.m. Alice McDermott and John T. Irwin. (See article, "Faculty Reading," above.) Mudd Hall Auditorium. HW

Wed., Dec. 1, 8 to 9:30 p.m. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, Princeton University; 110 Maryland. HW

Fri., Dec. 3, 6 to 8 p.m. Readings by students in the thesis class of the M.A. in Writing Program. Sponsored by Advanced Academic Programs. 210 Hodson. HW



Mon., Nov. 29, 12:15 p.m. "HIV and Family Planning," a Hopkins Population Center seminar with Duff Gillespie. Co-sponsored by Population and Family Health Sciences. W2030 SPH. EB

Mon., Nov. 29, 3:45 p.m. "Polarity and Signaling at the Initiation of Mouse Development," a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seminar with Carmen Williams, University of Pennsylvania; W2030 SPH. EB

Mon., Nov. 29, 4 p.m. The David Bodian Seminar in Neuroscience — "Context-dependent Selection of Visuomotor Maps" with Emilio Salinas, Wake Forest University School of Medicine. 338 Krieger. HW

Mon., Nov. 29, 4 p.m. "Inter-pretation of the Miyakejima 2000 Eruption and Dike Emplacement Using Time Animations of Earthquakes," an Earth and Planetary Sciences seminar with Tom Wright, USGS; Olin Hall Auditorium. HW

Mon., Nov. 29, 4 p.m. "Degenerate-Parabolic PDES and Applications to Finance," an Analysis seminar with Paul Feehan, Rutgers University; 308 Krieger. HW

Mon., Nov. 29, 4 p.m. "The Colonial Vendee," a History seminar with Malick Ghachem, Stanford University; 315 Gilman. HW

Tues., Nov. 30, noon. "It Is Less Embarrassing to Blame a Toilet Seat: The Etiology of Epidemic Pediatric Gonorrhea in Early 20th-Century U.S. History," a Center for STD Research and Prevention seminar with Lynn Sacco, University of Tennessee; W2030 SPH. EB

Tues., Nov. 30, 3 p.m. "Contaminant Sorption and Mass Transfer in Subsurface Environments: What Have We Learned, Why Do We Care and What Are We Going to Do About It?" a Geography and Environmental Engineering seminar with Bill Ball; 234 Ames. HW

Tues., Nov. 30, 4 p.m. "The Rebirth of Baldwin's Cathedral," a Civil Engineering seminar with Bill Rockey and Pam Coleman, Century Engineering; 110 Maryland. HW

Tues., Nov. 30, 4:30 p.m. "Toward a Universal Framework for Tree Transduction," a Center for Language and Speech Processing seminar with Stuart Shieber, Harvard University; 3 Shaffer. HW

Wed., Dec. 1, 8:15 a.m. "Treatment vs. Prevention Trials," a Center for Clinical Trials seminar with Steven Piantadosi; W2030 SPH. EB

Wed., Dec. 1, 10 a.m. "The Type-I Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia in Russian Tartars," a Center for Inherited Disease Research seminar with E.I. Bogdanov, Kazan State Medical University, Kazan, Russia; and J. Heiss, NINDS/NIH; Suite 2000, Triad Technology Center. Bayview

Wed., Dec. 1, noon. "Racial Taxonomies in Science, Medicine and Law: A Way Out of the Binary Trap," a Sociology seminar with Troy Duster, New York University; 526 Mergenthaler. HW

Wed., Dec. 1, 1:30 p.m. "Activation and Inhibition of the EGF Receptor," a Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry seminar with Mark Lemmon, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; 517 PCTB. EB

Wed., Dec. 1, 3:30 p.m. "Kahler-Einstein Metrics and Related Invariants II," an Algebraic and Complex Geometry seminar with Jian Song; 302 Krieger. HW

Wed., Dec. 1, 4 p.m. "Role of Phosphoinositide 3-Kinase in Human Disease," a Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences seminar with Lewis Cantley, Harvard University Medical School; 303 WBSB. EB

Thurs., Dec. 2, 11 a.m. "Interpreting Expression Profiles Through Data Integration," a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering seminar with John Quackenbush, The Institute for Genomic Research; 110 Maryland. HW

Thurs., Dec. 2, noon. "Regulation of AMPA Receptor Trafficking and Synaptic Plasticity," a Cell Biology seminar with Richard Huganir; Suite 2-200, 1830 Bldg. EB

Thurs., Dec. 2, noon. "Natural Immune Interactions in Health and Disease," a Molecular Microbiology and Immunology and Infectious Diseases seminar with Ester Sternberg, NIMH/NIH; W2030 SPH. EB

Thurs., Dec. 2, noon. "Analgesia and Postprocedural Care of Laboratory Animals," an Animal Care and Use Committee seminar with Diana Scorpio; 403 Ross. EB

Thurs., Dec. 2, noon. "Nutrition and Weight Loss," with Bridget Nelson; includes question-and-answer session and refreshments. $1. Denton A. Cooley Center. EB

Thurs., Dec. 2, 12:15 p.m. "Issues of Rising Health Care Costs, the Uninsured and the Role of For-Profit and Not-for-Profit Companies in the Marketplace," a Health Policy and Management policy seminar with William Jews, BlueCross/BlueShield CareFirst of Maryland; Hampton House Lecture Hall (basement). EB

Thurs., Dec. 2, 1 p.m. "Fishing for Novel Genes," a Neuroscience research seminar with John Dowling, Harvard University; West Lecture Hall, WBSB. EB

Thurs., Dec. 2, 2 p.m. "Repeat Gonorrhea Infections as a Surrogate for Core Transmission: Analysis and Intervention," an Epidemiology thesis defense seminar with Kyle Bernstein; E6130 SPH. EB

Thurs., Dec. 2, 3 p.m. "Electroactive Polymer Hydrogels for Bio-Inspired Actuators," a Mechanical Engineering seminar with Seon Jeong Kim, Hanyang University, Seoul; 210 Hodson. HW

Thurs., Dec. 2, 4 p.m. "A Genus Bound for Digital Image Boundaries," an Applied Mathematics and Statistics seminar with Donniell Fishkind; 304 Whitehead. HW

Thurs., Dec. 2, 4 p.m. "Distributive Agency and the North American Blackout," a Women, Gender and Sexuality seminar with Jane Bennett, 400 Macaulay. HW

Fri., Dec. 3, noon to 1 p.m. "Atomistic-based Continuum Modeling of Deformation in Nanocrystalline Copper" with Derek Warner; and "In Situ Peak Profile Analysis of Submicron Aluminum Thin Films in Tension" with Dan Gianola; a special Mechanical Engineering joint seminar. 106 Latrobe. HW

Fri., Dec. 3, noon. "A Novel Mechanism of Fat Cell Differentiation and Lipid Metabolism: Its Implication in Insulin Resistance and Obesity," a Cell Biology seminar with Jae Bum Kim, Seoul National University; Suite 2-200, 1830 Bldg. EB

Mon., Dec. 6, 12:15 p.m. "Paradigm Lost: The Uncertain Future of International Population Assistance," a Hopkins Population Center seminar with Jack Kanter and Andrew Kanter. Co-sponsored by Population and Family Health Sciences. W2030 SPH. EB

Mon., Dec. 6, 3:30 p.m. "A Singular Energy Minimizing Free Boundary," an Analysis seminar with Daniela De Silva, MIT; 308 Krieger. HW

Mon., Dec. 6, 4 p.m. "Kinetics of Harzburgite and Iherzolite Reactive Dissolution: Laboratory Experiments and Field Observations," an Earth and Planetary Sciences seminar with Yan Liang, Brown University; Olin Hall Auditorium. HW


Special Events

Peabody special programs, 17 E. Mt. Vernon Place.

Thurs., Dec. 2, 5 to 9 p.m. Evening hours for the George Peabody Library, to celebrate the annual lighting of the Washington Monument. 410-659-8197.

Sun., Dec. 5, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open house for the George Peabody Library, held in conjunction with the Mt. Vernon Holly Tour. 443-524-2370.

Thurs., Dec. 2, 6 to 8 p.m. Environmental Careers Fair, with representatives from environmental firms and agencies. Sponsored by Advanced Academic Programs, Earth and Planetary Sciences and the Institute for Public Policy. 800-847-3330. Great Hall, Levering. HW

Sat., Dec. 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sun., Dec. 5, noon to 4 p.m. Downtown Dollar Days — The public is invited to tour Evergreen and Homewood houses and enjoy holiday music, decorations and refreshments. $1 general admission.

Sat., Dec. 4, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers annual banquet, featuring buffet dinner, award presentation and ceremony and dance. $5 for SHPE members, $8 for students (not SHPE members) and $30 for faculty, staff and professionals. Glass Pavilion, Levering. HW

Mon., Dec. 6, 4 p.m. Installation of Marie Diener-West as the Inaugural Helen Abbey and Margaret Merrell Professor (see "In Brief," this issue). Reception to follow in Feinstone Hall. Sponsored by the Dean's Office. Sommer Hall. EB

Mon., Dec. 6, 5 to 7 p.m. "Homewood by Candlelight," an annual holiday event; guests can enjoy seasonal decorations, early American harpsichord music performed in the reception hall, period rooms lit by candlelight and cookies and eggnog served in the wine cellar. $6 for nonmembers, free for members and JHU affiliates. Homewood House Museum. HW

Mon., Dec. 6, 8 p.m. The 2004 MSE Symposium — "Big Jobs, Little Jobs: The Tugboat of the American Economy" a lecture by Gregory Mankiw, Council of Economic Advisors. Shriver Hall Auditorium. HW



Wed., Dec. 1, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. "What the Media Did Wrong — and Right — in Covering the Making of the President 2004," a Government and Communication in Contemporary Society symposium with Tom Rosensteil, Project for Excellence in Journalism. If you are not a current student, RSVP to 202-452-1280 two days before the event. LL7, Bernstein Offit Bldg., Washington D.C.



WORKlife Programs workshops — "Secrets to Better Budgeting," with Judson Johnson of Sprint.

Wed., Dec. 1, noon. 2140 JHOC. EB

Fri., Dec. 3, noon. Sherwood Room, Levering. HW

Fri., Dec. 3, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Child on the Wing Workshop with Olga Nieuwenhuys, University of Amsterdam; Stefania Pandolfo, University of California, Berkeley; Neil Boothby, Columbia University; Jason Hart and Ross Parsons. This year's workshop will focus on notions of security taken in broad and imaginative directions. Sponsored by Anthropology. 410-516-7272. 400 Macaulay. HW

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