Second Homewood Biology Symposium set for Jan. 26
The Krieger School's
Biology will hold its second annual Homewood Biology
Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26,
in Mudd Hall auditorium.
This year's topic is "Quantitating Complexity —
Engineering a New Biology" and will address the many ways
in which engineering and applied physics can be used to
help solve biological problems. The purpose of the event is
to educate campus scientists about this intersection
between engineering and biology.
"A large number of faculty members in different
departments on the Homewood campus work on research related
to biology. However, the structuring of the university into
departments and schools often means that we do not
communicate effectively with one another. This annual
symposium is one effort to increase communication and
scientific collaboration," said Michael Edidin, biology
professor, who will give the symposium introduction at 9
Also presenting are Andre Levchenko, Denis Wirtz,
Justin Hanes, Kalina Hristova and Jennifer Elisseeff. Each
will speak for roughly half an hour, giving an overview of
their work and attempting to relate it to the work of their
The department established the symposium last year in
an effort to cultivate a more collegial atmosphere between
faculty in the biological sciences. For more details, call
the department at 410-516-7330.
Egyptian excavation returns to the Web starting Jan.
The world is again being invited to watch JHU
archaeologists uncover clues to ancient Egyptian life by
visiting "Hopkins in Egypt Today," a Web site chronicling
the university's fifth annual dig at the Mut Temple. Daily
progress reports are anticipated from Jan. 15 through
The project — the university's 12th in Egypt
— is led by Betsy Bryan, Alexander Badawy Professor
of Egyptian Art and Archaeology and chair of the Near
Eastern Studies Department in the Krieger School, and this
year's postings will follow the work of at least four
projects. Jay VanRenssalaer of Homewood Photographic
Services will supply the images; Bryan and her graduate
students, the copy.
Visitors to the site will follow Jackie Williamson, on
a Fulbright grant, doing research at the Egyptian Museum in
Cairo; Elaine Sullivan, excavating at the Mut enclosure
behind the Sacred Lake to study residential aspects of
Thebes in the New Kingdom; Yasmin El Shazly, studying tombs
at Deir el Medina in Luxor as part of her investigation
into the supernatural powers the Egyptians believed their
deceased friends and family possessed; and Bryan's final
research in 11 Theban tombs as she prepares the publication
of the tomb of Suemniwet, where Hopkins worked from 1994 to
2001. Bryan and her students will resume their full-scale
excavation at the Temple of Mut in winter 2006.
The team's work is supervised by Egypt's Supreme
Council of Antiquities, led by its secretary general, Zahi
The goal of "Hopkins in Egypt Today" is to educate its
visitors by showing them elements of archaeological work in
progress. The Web site typically garners more than 50,000
hits every winter when the dig is active.
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