Johns Hopkins Gazette | April 4, 2005
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 4, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 28

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'Bat Boy' Lands at Homewood

Each year Homewood's JHU Barnstormers theater group hires three professional directors to work with student actors, designers and technicians on its large productions. Directors from all over the country apply for the spots, and the group has developed a detailed hiring process to select the most qualified director for a specific production.

Next up on the boards is Bat Boy: The Musical, and the students chose Alex Timbers, who arrives from New York with impressive credentials: On Feb. 25, The New York Times chose him as one of "Nine to Watch" in the New York theater community, commending him for his creativity, innovation and willingness to approach quirky productions.

Bat Boy: The Musical calls for all three. Winner of two awards as best off-Broadway musical when it opened in 2001, the production is based on an article in The Weekly World News that tells the story of a half-bat, half-boy child searching for belonging in West Virginia.

The show goes on at 8 p.m. April 8, 9, 15 and 16; 2 p.m. April 10 and 17. To reserve tickets or for more information, go to or e-mail See Theater.



Tues., April 5, 4:15 p.m. "Characterization of Solid-Liquid Interfaces Using Emersion: Toward a Molecular Description of Surface Wetting," a Chemistry colloquium with Jeanne Pemberton, University of Arizona; 233 Remsen. HW

Wed., April 6, 4 p.m. "Traveling Waves in Visual Cortex During Binocular Rivalry," a Psychological and Brain Sciences colloquium with David Heeger, New York University; 234 Ames. HW

Thurs., April 7, 3 p.m. "Helmholtz as American Idol," a History of Science, Medicine and Technology colloquium with David Cahan, Dibner Institute/University of Nebraska; 3505 N. Charles St. HW

Thurs., April 7, 3:30 p.m. "Quantum Criticality and Black Holes," a Physics and Astronomy colloquium with Robert Laughlin, Stanford University and 2005 Brickwedde lecturer; Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center. HW

Thurs., April 7, 4 p.m. "The Me That Speaketh in the Text: Personation and Predestination," an English Literary History colloquium with Victoria Silver, University of California, Irvine; 148 Gilman. HW



Sat., April 9, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., April 10, 3 p.m. Peabody Dance Spring Showcase with upper-level Peabody students and guest dancers from Pennsylvania Ballet II. $14, $7 for senior citizens, children and students with ID. Friedberg Hall. Peabody

Sat., April 9, 8 p.m. The Ladybirds dance team presents its annual dance forum showcasing various student dance groups and choreography. Shriver Auditorium. HW



Fri., April 8, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. "Restoring Scientific Integrity," panel and roundtable discussion with Lynn Goldman, Peter Rabins, Jonathan Samet, Susan Sherman and Sharon Krag; in conjunction with the Union of Concerned Scientists' campaign. Sponsored by the Anna Baetjer Society, the Epidemiology Student Organization and the Environmental Health Sciences Student Organization. W1020 SPH. EB



Johns Hopkins Classical Club Film Festival, sponsored by Classics. HW

Mon., April 4, 8 p.m. Michael Cacoyannis' The Trojan Women; Arellano Theater, Levering.

Thurs., April 7, 7:30 p.m. Fellini's Satyricon; 213 Hodson.


Information Sessions

Preprofessional Advising Programs. HW

Mon., April 4, 6:30 p.m. "Medical Mistakes — A New Approach to Prevention," with Peter Pronovost; Sherwood Room, Levering.

Thurs., April 7, 4 p.m. Prelaw information session with Patricia Scott, director of admissions, University of Maryland Law School; 160 Mattin Center.

Fri., April 8, noon. Medical school information session with Grace Hershman, director of admissions, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University; 311 Hodson.



Mon., April 4, noon. "The Role of Isoflavones in the Prevention and Treatment of Complications of Androgen Deprivation in Men with Prostate Cancer," a Complementary and Alternative Medicine lecture by Shehzad Basaria; Suite 322, 1830 Bldg. EB

Tues., April 5, noon. The Shallenberger Lecture — "The Population Explosion, Medical Ethics and Family Problems" by John Collins Harvey, Center for Clinical Bioethics, Georgetown University Medical Center. Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Hospital Ethics Service. Hurd Hall. EB

Tues., April 5, 4 p.m. The Ferdinand G. Brickwedde Lecture in Physics and Astronomy — "The Emergent Age" by Robert Laughlin, Stanford University. (See story, "Nobel laureate Robert B. Laughlin to give Brickwedde Lecture," this issue.) Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center. HW

Tues., April 5, 5 p.m. "Benjamin's Eidols: Ancient Atomism and Early Photographic Theory in Benjamin's Berliner Chronik, a German lecture by Eric Downing, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; 148 Gilman. HW

Thurs., April 7, 7:30 a.m. The 2005 Nicholson J. Eastman Professor's Lecture — "The American Experience in Prematurity Prevention: 2005 and Beyond" by Valerie Parisi, University of Texas Medical Branch. Sponsored by SOM. 240 Phipps. EB

Thurs., April 7, 5 p.m. The 2005 ANSE Lecture — "Stories from Ancient Egypt: Oral Tradition and Ancient Egyptian Literature" by Ronald Leprohon, University of Toronto. Sponsored by Near Eastern Studies, the Center for Africana Studies and the Graduate Representative Organization. 205 Krieger. HW

Thurs., April 7, 6 p.m. Distinguished Lecture Series — "Public Health Looks at War" by Gilbert Burnham; and "Aftermath of a Study Estimating 100,000 or More Civilian Deaths in Iraq Since 2003" by Leslie Roberts. Sponsored by the Institute for Global Studies in Culture, Power and History. 110 Hodson. HW

Fri., April 8, 4 p.m. "Zerstreuung Ueber Gemeinplatze der Masse," a German lecture by Ethel Matala de Mazza, University of Chicago; 238 Gilman. HW

Mon., April 11, noon. "Native American Medicine: Risks and Benefits in Cross-Cultural Perspective," a Complementary and Alternative Medicine lecture by Joseph Carrese; Weinberg Auditorium. EB



Mon., April 4, 7:30 p.m. "Handel's Heroes ... and Handel's Ladies," the Peabody Opera Workshop performs music from Radamisto, Giulio Cesare, Orlando and Imeneo. Friedberg Hall. Peabody

Tues., April 5, 8 p.m. Sylvia Adalman Artist Recital — Amit Peled, cello, performs music by Bach, Kodaly and Britten. $18, $10 senior citizens and $8 for students with ID. Friedberg Hall. Peabody

Wed., April 6, noon. The Art of Healing concert series presents jazz pianist Jack Reilly. Sponsored by the Kimmel Cancer Center. Ceremonial Lobby, Weinberg Bldg. EB

Thurs., April 7, 8 p.m. The Peabody Singers perform music by Ravel, Ginastera and Brahms. $18, $10 senior citizens and $8 for students with ID. Griswold Hall. Peabody



Mon., April 4, 12:15 p.m. "The Hedgehog Pathway in Tumor Formation, Growth and Metastasis," Carnegie Institution of Washington Embryology seminar with David Berman; Seminar Room, 115 W. University Pkwy. HW

Mon., April 4, 4 p.m. "Climate Change in the Subpolar North Atlantic Ocean?" an Earth and Planetary Sciences seminar with Thomas Haine; Olin Auditorium. HW

Mon., April 4, 4 p.m. "Genetic Dissection of Myoblast Fusion," a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seminar with Elizabeth Chen; W2030 SPH. EB

Mon., April 4, 4 p.m. The David Bodian Seminar in Neuroscience — "A Simple Model of Human Face Recognition" with Maximilian Riesenhuber, Georgetown University Medical Center. Sponsored by Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. 338 Krieger. HW

Tues., April 5, noon. "The Dynamics of HIV Transmission: Macro and Molecular Epidemiologic Perspectives," a Center for STD Research and Prevention seminar with Thomas Quinn; W2030 SPH. EB

Tues., April 5, 12:15 p.m. "Analysis of a Protein Kinase Network That Regulates Meiotic Progression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae," a Carnegie Institution of Washington Embryology seminar with Karen Schindler, Thomas Jefferson University; Seminar Room, 115 W. University Pkwy. HW

Tues., April 5, 4 p.m. "Fundamentals of Membrane Protein Structure and Applications to Biology and Disease," a Biophysics seminar with Jim Bowie, UCLA; 111 Mergenthaler. HW

Tues., April 5, 4 p.m. "Stability and the Kahler-Ricci Flow," an Algebraic and Complex Geometry seminar with Jacob Sturm, Rutgers University; 308 Krieger. HW

Tues., April 5, 4 p.m. "Semi-Obnoxious Multifacility Location," an Applied Mathematics and Statistics student seminar with Beryl Castello; 304 Whitehead. HW

Tues., April 5, 4:30 p.m. "Bipartite Graph Factorization in Static Decoding Graphs with Long-Span Acoustic," a Center for Language and Speech Processing seminar with Geoffrey Zweig, IBM TJ Watson Research Center; 100 Shaffer. HW

Tues., April 5, 5:15 p.m. "European Noir: Crime and History in Recent European Fiction," a Romance Languages and Literatures seminar with Kristin Ross. Co-sponsored by the Philological Society, English and the Humanities Center. 336 Gilman. HW

Wed., April 6, 8:15 a.m. "Confessions of a Recovering Trialist," a Center for Clinical Trials seminar with Charles Flexner; W2008 SPH. EB

Wed., April 6, 9:30 a.m. "Ingenuity Pathway Analysis," a JHMI Microarray Core Facility seminar with Armin Spura; G05 Broadway Research Bldg. EB

Wed., April 6, 9:30 a.m. "Testing a Model of HIV/AIDS Campaign Effectiveness: Evidence from 180 HIV/AIDS Prevention Organizations in Uganda," a Center for Communication Programs seminar with James Kiwanuka-Tondo, North Carolina State University; International Room, 111 Market Place. EB

Wed., April 6, 12:15 p.m. "Ethics and Ideology in Breastfeeding Advocacy Campaigns," a Population and Family Health Sciences seminar with Rebecca Kukla, Georgetown University; W2030 SPH. EB

Wed., April 6, 12:15 p.m. "Racial Differences in Marijuana Users' Risk of Arrest in the United States," a Mental Health seminar with Rajeev Ramchand; B14B Hampton House. EB

Wed., April 6, 12:30 p.m. "Disclosure of Research Test Results: When, Where, How," an Office for Research Subjects brown bag seminar with Holly Taylor and Neal Halsey; W2017 SPH. EB

Wed., April 6, 2:30 p.m. "Supervised Clustering," with Elizabeth Garrett-Mayer. Part of the series Top Ten Things to Know in Microarray Analysis, sponsored by the JHMI Micoarray Core Facility, the Hopkins Expressionists and Biostatistics. W1020 SPH. EB

Wed., April 6, 2:30 p.m. "A Prospective Study of Low Arsenic Exposure, Type 2 Diabetes and Myocardial Infarction in Washington County, Maryland," an Epidemiology thesis defense seminar with Ana Navas-Acien; W2030 SPH. EB

Wed., April 6, 3:30 p.m. "Protein-based Templates and Surfactants for Aqueous Materials Processing," a Materials Science and Engineering seminar with Daniel Schwartz, University of Washington, Seattle; 110 Maryland. HW

Wed., April 6, 4 p.m. "DNA Topoisomerases: Double-Edged Swords in Cancer," a Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences seminar with Leroy Liu, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; West Lecture Hall, WBSB. EB

Thurs., April 7, noon. "Using Protein Quality Control for Cellular Regulation," a Cell Biology seminar with Randy Hampton, University of California, San Diego; Suite 2-200, 1830 Bldg. EB

Thurs., April 7, 1 p.m. "From LTD to the MGluR Theory of Fragile X Mental Retardation," a Neuroscience research seminar with Mark Bear, MIT; Mountcastle Auditorium, PCTB. EB

Thurs., April 7, 4 p.m. "The Exon Junction Complex: Master Modulator of Spliced mRNA Metabolism," a Biology seminar with Melissa Moore, Brandeis University; 100 Mudd. HW

Fri., April 8, 12:15 p.m. "Translesion DNA Synthesis and the Repair of Complex Double-Strand Breaks," a Carnegie Institution of Washington Embryology seminar with Shay Covo, Weizmann Institute; Seminar Room, 115 W. University Pkwy. HW

Fri., April 8, 3 p.m. "Simulation of a Finite-Size Particle in a Turbulent Flow Field" with Lorenzo Botto; and "Flow Excitation of a Vertical Plate Due to a Turbulent Bubbly Boundary Layer" with Ian McKelvey; a Mechanical Engineering joint seminar. 107 Latrobe. HW

Mon., April 11, 12:15 p.m. "Can the Internet Be Used to Facilitate Screening for Chlamydia trachomatis by Reaching Non-Clinic Populations?" a Population and Family Health Sciences seminar with Charlotte Gaydos; W2030 SPH. EB

Mon., April 11, 12:15 p.m. "Basal Bodies and Human Pleiotropic Disease," a Carnegie Institution of Washington Embryology seminar with Nicholas Katsanis; Seminar Room, 115 W. University Pkwy. HW

Mon., April 11, 4 p.m. The David Bodian Seminar in Neuroscience — "Common Patterns of Organization for the Synaptic Inputs That Build Receptive Fields in the Visual Thalamus and Cortex" with Judith Hirsch, University of Southern California. Sponsored by Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. 338 Krieger. HW

Mon., April 11, 4 p.m. "Kulanaokuaiki-3 Tephra: Something New (and Almost Unbelievable) at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii," an Earth and Planetary Sciences seminar with Richard Fiske, Smithsonian Institution; Olin Auditorium. HW

Mon., April 11, 5:30 p.m. "A 'Royal' Cemetery from Third Millennium B.C. Syria: The Hopkins/Amsterdam Excavations at Tell Umm el-Marra 2002 and 2004," a Near Eastern Studies seminar with Glenn Schwartz; 110 Gilman. HW


Special Events

Mon., April 4, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The Harriet Lane Health Fair offering expert health advice, helpful literature, free giveaways and healthy menu samples from Whole Foods Market. Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Children's Safety Center, School of Public Health, the Maryland Poison Center, Baltimore City Health Dept. and Whole Foods Market. Harriet Lane Clinic, JH Children's Center. EB

"Spring Break Is Over, Time to Get Back to Fun and Games," a week of gaming events sponsored by the Digital Media Center. HW

Mon., April 4, 2 p.m. "How Do They Do That? Behind the Scenes in the Gaming Biz" a lecture by David Evans, Firaxis Games; 304 Shaffer.

Thurs., April 7, 7 p.m. "Indie Games: What's in Store?" talk and demonstration by game designer Kevin Kaliher; 226 Mattin Center.

Fri., April 8, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Annual LAN Party, open to full-time graduate and undergraduate students only. Pre-registration required. 226 Mattin Center.

Wed., April 6, 1 to 5 p.m. "Ownership and Access in Scholarly Publishing," a forum co-sponsored by the JHU Libraries and University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library. At Maryland's School of Nursing Auditorium and broadcast live to Mountcastle Auditorium, East Baltimore; and Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center and the Mattin Center's SDS Room, Homewood. Also available by Webcast; instructions at or

1 to 3 p.m. "Emerging Issues in Scientific Publishing," with keynote speaker David Lipman and panelists Kenneth Fulton, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; and John Wilbanks, Science Commons.

3 to 4:30 p.m. "Valuing New Models of Scholarship in Promotion and Tenure" with keynote speaker Chi V. Dang and panelists Sharon Krag and Marian Jackson, University of Maryland and UMBI.

Wed., April 6, 8 p.m. "The Third Revolution: Reforming China After Tiananmen" with Dan Wang, 1989 Tiananmen Square protest; Gregory Chow, American Economic Association's Committee on Exchanges in Economics with the People's Republic of China; and Merle Goldman, U.N. Commission on Human Rights Council on Foreign Relations. Part of the 2005 Foreign Affairs Symposium series, Enduring Responsibility: America and the Politics of Conflict Resolution. Glass Pavilion, Levering. HW

Thurs., April 7, noon. Mattin Art Munch — "Who's Vlogging Whom? When Video Meets Blogging," with Leslye James. Sponsored by the Digital Media Center. 160 Mattin Center. HW

Thurs., April 7, 6 p.m. "From Lake Wobegon to Stockholm: Personal Reflections" a talk by Nobel Prize winner Peter Agre. Sponsored by the Friends of the Johns Hopkins University Libraries. 5 p.m. Reception. R.S.V.P. to 410-516-7943 or Evergreen House, 4545 N. Charles St.

Fri., April 8, 6 to 8 p.m. Opening reception for the exhibition Music, Art and Beautiful Things; sculptures, photographs, paintings and writings inspired by Evergreen. (See story " 'Music, Art and Beautiful Things': The Garrett Family's Legacy," this issue.) Evergreen House, 4545 N. Charles St.

Sat., April 9, to Sun., April 10, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. JHU Relay for Life, overnight fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Upper Quad. HW



Men's Lacrosse, at Homewood Field. $7 general admission, $20 field level, $10 reserved, $5 for groups or children. HW

Tues., April 5, 3 p.m. Blue Jays vs. Albany.

Fri., April 8, 8 p.m. Blue Jays vs. Duke.

Wed., April 6, 5 p.m. Women's Lacrosse, vs. UMBC; Homewood Field. HW

Thurs., April 7, 3 p.m. Women's Tennis, vs. College of Notre Dame; Newton White Athletic Center. HW

Fri., April 8, 3:30 p.m. Baseball, vs. Washington College; Baseball Field. HW



Fri., April 8, and Sat., April 9, 8 p.m.; Sun., April 10, 2 p.m. The JHU Barnstormers present Bat Boy: The Musical. (See story, " 'Bat Boy' lands at Homewood," above.) $7 general admission, $5 Hopkins faculty, staff and students with J-card. Swirnow Theater, Mattin Center. HW



WORKlife Programs workshops. Registration required for location.

Tues., April 5, noon. "Financial Planning, Phase 3," with Bill Leeb and Pete Dixon, Financial Council Inc.

Thurs., April 7, noon. "Just for Fathers," with Geno Schnell, discussion on balancing family life and careers for fathers.

Digital Media Center workshops. 226 Mattin Center. HW

Wed., April 6, 7 to 9 p.m. "Intro to Flash."

Thurs., April 7, 5 to 7 p.m. "InDesign Graphics and Page Layout."

Sun., April 10, 6 to 8 p.m. "Flash Action Scripting."

Mon., April 11, 5 to 7 p.m. "Introduction to Photoshop."

Fri., April 8, 8:30 a.m. "Writing a Biomedical Research Paper," a Professional Development Office workshop with Wendy Sanders, designed to assist faculty with writing a publishable research paper. $750 (payable with tuition remission). G01 Broadway Research Bldg. EB

Fri., April 8, noon. "Online Communication Tool Review," a Buzzword Bistro workshop with Mike Reese. Sponsored by the Center for Educational Resources. Garrett Room, MSE Library. HW

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