Primer on science, ethics, politics of stem cell research
Some of the country's leading experts in the science,
ethics and politics of stem cell research will convene next
week in Washington, D.C., for a one-day primer hosted by
Johns Hopkins. The event, "Stem Cell Research 101," will
take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at
the Hilton Washington.
The conference is open to the public and will be
geared to laypersons. Invited guests include policy-makers,
journalists and citizens interested in stem cell
The eminent panel, which will discuss the issues from
their perspectives, includes JHU researchers John Gearhart
and Chi Dang; JHU bioethicists Hilary Bok, Kathy Hudson and
Ruth Faden; and Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.), co-sponsor of
the Castle-Degette Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act,
which is intended to accelerate progress toward medical
breakthroughs by opening more stem cell lines to federally
Julie Rovner, health policy correspondent for National
Public Radio, will serve as the panel moderator.
The cost, including lunch, is $125 per person. To
register, call 800-548-5481.
Survey ranks SAIS top master's program in international
SAIS is the
top master's degree program in international relations for
students looking to pursue a policy career, according to a
recent survey of scholars in the field.
The November/December issue of Foreign Policy
magazine features the results of the survey, conducted by
scholars at the College of William and Mary. Nearly 1,100
international relations professors and researchers at
universities throughout the United States participated in
the study. SAIS also made the survey's Top 20 Ph.D.
Programs list, coming in 13th.
As part of the survey, his peers named Francis
Fukuyama, the Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of
International Political Economy and director of SAIS'
International Development Program, one of the 25 most
influential scholars in the field.
Rounding out the top five IR master's programs for
policy careers were Georgetown, Harvard, Tufts and
To read "Inside the Ivory Tower," the Foreign Policy
article that features the survey results, go to
Surgeon Ben Carson will give SPSBE's fall Ginder
Ben Carson, professor of
be the speaker for the
School of Professional Studies in Business and
Education's fall Ginder Lecture. The event will take
place on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the university's Downtown
Center, with a reception and book signing at 5 p.m. and the
lecture at 6 p.m.
Recognized worldwide for his groundbreaking work with
Siamese twins, Carson's specialties include craniofacial
reconstructive surgery, neuro-oncology, skeletal dysplasia
and seizure surgery. He is the founder of Carson Scholars,
which rewards academic and humanitarian accomplishments,
and Angels in the OR, which provides financial assistance
for neurosurgery patients.
Carson holds more than 40 honorary degrees and sits on
numerous boards of directors. He was recently selected by
both CNN and Time magazine as one of the
nation's 20 foremost physicians and scientists, and was
named by the Library of Congress as one of its Living
SPSBE's Ginder Lecture Series, endowed by William M.
and Katherine B. Ginder, brings prominent speakers to Johns
Hopkins to discuss business-related topics.
To reserve a place, call 410-516-2838 or e-mail
Veterans Day Ceremony to be held Nov. 11 in East
To pay tribute to Johns Hopkins employees who have
served in the U.S. Armed Forces, Pastoral Care will hold a
Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11, on the East
Baltimore campus. The event, which begins at 2 p.m. under
the dome, will include the posting of colors, the pledge of
allegiance, music by Unified Voices and a
JHU ROTC honor guard.
Chili Cook-Off/Dessert Bake-Off fund-raiser set for Nov.
It's time for cooks to pull out their crowd-pleasing
recipes and for chili- and sweets-lovers to mark their
calendars for Tuesday, Nov. 29, when the Third Annual Chili
Cook-Off/Bake-Off, a benefit for the 2005 United Way
campaign, takes over Homewood's Glass Pavilion from 11:30
a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The contest entry fee is $10 for each item--chili,
cake or cookies — and $5 buys a tasty lunch of chili,
cornbread, dessert and a beverage. Judges will announce the
winners of first, second and third place starting at
To register, call Jacklyn Coe at 410-516-6060 or go to
For more information on the United Way campaign and other
events, contact Sandy Cobb at 410-516-6060 or go to
University seeking participants for Adopt-a-Family
As the holiday season approaches, the JHU
Adopt-a-Family program, which is organized by the
Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs, is now enlisting
faculty, staff, students and departments interested in
providing a family in need with gifts, clothing and food
that they otherwise could not afford.
Families are identified by local human services
agencies, or participants can contribute to an agency of
PBS special on public health to be screened at SPH
Rx for Survival — A Global Health
Challenge is a three-part, six-hour special that aired
on PBS last week and will be screened at the
School of Public
Health in one-hour segments beginning at noon today,
Nov. 7, in Feinstone Hall.
The Bloomberg School was a partner in the production
of the series, along with PBS, WGBH, Time magazine,
NPR, UNICEF, CARE and others. Faculty members are featured
in some of the episodes, and the work of former Dean Al
Sommer is one of the primary stories in the fifth hour,
called "Back to the Basics." Sommer discovered in the late
1970s that small, inexpensive doses of vitamin A could save
countless children's lives in the developing world.
The Bloomberg School is developing an undergraduate
companion course in global health, which it will offer free
to colleges and universities beginning next fall.
The 'Gazette' will not be published week of
The Gazette will not be published on Nov. 21 because
of the Thanksgiving holiday. Events taking place that week
will be included in the Nov. 14 calendar. The deadline for
submissions is today, Nov. 7.
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