Paul Dagdigian of KSAS named Maryland Chemist of the Year
Paul Dagdigian, the Arthur D. Chambers Professor of
Chemistry in the Krieger School of Arts
and Sciences, has been named 2007 Maryland Chemist of the
Year by the American Chemical Society's
A former Chemistry Department chair, Dagdigian has
been on the faculty at Johns Hopkins
since 1974. A graduate of Haverford College, he received
his doctorate at the University of Chicago.
He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and served
as chair of its Division of Chemical Physics
from 1990 to1992.
John Toscano, chair of Chemistry, praises his
colleague for that innovative and important work.
"This is a tremendous honor for Paul and very fitting
recognition of his outstanding
accomplishments," Toscano said. "Since his arrival at
Hopkins in 1974, Paul has been at the forefront
of the application of laser spectroscopy to the study of
fundamental interactions between molecules
in the gas phase. More recently, he has also been involved
in the development of new laser analytical
techniques for trace explosives detection."
Dagdigian's work could lead to the development of
laser-based techniques to detect explosives
and explosive-related compounds in very small
Robert Pond's 'Fun With Metals' talks now available on
Materials Science and Engineering Professor Robert
Pond, who died last month at the age of 89,
was known by generations of Johns Hopkins students and
faculty--and to untold numbers of others in
the region--for an audience-participation talk called "Fun
With Metals." He gave his favorite lecture
more than 500 times.
For those who missed it--or would like to see it one
more time--Digital Video Services at
Homewood can help. The office has videos of four of Pond's
lectures/demonstrations: "Fun With
Metals," taped in 1988 and 1994; "40 Years of Fun in
Metallurgy," taped in 1988; and "I Remember
Hopkins When...," taped in 1988.
For information, contact Deirdre Hammer at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Evergreen hosts Baltimore debut of Mexico's La Catrina
Mexico's La Catrina Quartet will make its Baltimore
debut at 8 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 16, as part
of the 55th anniversary season of the Music at Evergreen
Named for a folkloric image of death that honors the
departed while celebrating life, La
Catrina Quartet is dedicated to commissioning music by
Hispanic composers, promoting Mexican and
Latin-American art music and performing the masterworks of
the string quartet repertoire.
The quartet will perform Latin-American selections by
Javier Alvarez, Emmanuel Arias y Luna,
Silvestre Revuelta and Miguel Bernal Jimenez; and Franz
Schubert's D minor quartet Death and the
Maiden. The concert will be followed by a reception with
Formed in 2001 by alumni of Mexico's Conservatorio de
las Rosas, La Catrina String Quartet is
the quartet-in-residence at the Western Piedmont Symphony.
The performance will be held in the Carriage House at
Evergreen Museum & Library. Tickets are
$20, $15 for members, $10 students with ID. Advance tickets
are available at
by calling 410-516-0341. Cash or check only at the door.
Complete concert information is online at
No 'Gazette' next week because of Thanksgiving
There will be no Gazette next week because of the
Thanksgiving holiday break. The calendar in
today's issue lists events scheduled through Monday, Nov.
26, the date of our next publication; for
event updates, check the universitywide online calendar at
The deadline for calendar and classified submissions
for the Nov. 26 issue is noon on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
'White House Communications' author to speak at Barnes &
Martha Joynt Kumar will be at Barnes & Noble Johns
Hopkins on Tuesday night to discuss and
sign her latest book, Managing the President's Message:
The White House Communications Operation
(JHU Press, 2007).
In the book, Kumar, a professor of political science
at Towson University, analyzes the
strategies of the past four administrations and takes a
historical look at how the Press Office grew
from being a one-person operation to an office that employs
Her talk is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
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