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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 15, 2007 | Vol. 37 No. 7
In Brief


Community invited to view new Decker Quad buildings Thurs.

The Johns Hopkins community is invited to visit the newest additions to the Homewood campus on the Decker Quadrangle — Mason Hall and the Computational Science and Engineering Building — from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18. Students, faculty, and staff will be able to view interiors of both buildings and see the results of much planning, hard work and dedication.

Mason Hall is Homewood's new visitor center and home to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The Computational Science and Engineering Building is designed to foster interdisciplinary scholarship and collaborative research among the schools of Engineering, Arts and Sciences and Medicine, and features close to 80,000 square feet of space dedicated to labs, classrooms, demonstration areas and offices.


Memorial service set for poli sciprofessor Milton C. Cummings Jr.

The family of Milton C. Cummings Jr., a professor in the Political Science Department from 1965 to 2004, has planned a memorial to celebrate his life on Saturday, Oct. 27. It will be held at 1 p.m. at St. Alban's Church, Mount St. Alban, in Washington, D.C. All former students and colleagues are invited to attend.


New tenant announced for Science + Technology Park

Cangen Biotechnologies, a company developing noninvasive diagnostic tests for early detection of cancer, has signed a lease for approximately 12,300 square feet at 855 N. Wolfe St., the first of five planned life science office facilities at the Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins. Cangen joins the Johns Hopkins Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the office research building, which is scheduled to open in the spring.

The announcement was made by Forest City-New East Baltimore Partnership, which is developing the park as part of a mixed-use development immediately north of the university's East Baltimore campus.

Cangen, headquartered in Bethesda, Md., was founded in 2000 by two Johns Hopkins faculty members, Chulso Moon and David Sidransky, both of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Moon is chief executive officer, and Sidransky serves as an adviser.


State laws, age of marriage to bediscussed in Social Policy Seminar

Rebecca Blank, the Henry Carter Adams Collegiate Professor of Public Policy and professor of economics at the University of Michigan, will give a talk titled "Do State Laws Affect the Age of Marriage? A Cautionary Tale," on Thursday, Oct. 18, in the second event in this year's Social Policy Seminar Series, presented by the Institute for Policy Studies, the Department of Economics and the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The presentation will take place at 4 p.m. in 526 Wyman Park Building, Homewood campus, and will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

From 1999 to 2007, Blank was dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, where she is also co-director of the National Poverty Center. She is on leave this year as the Robert V. Kerr Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Blank's research has focused on the interaction between the macroeconomy, government anti-poverty programs, and the behavior and well-being of low-income families. Her 1997 book, It Takes A Nation: A New Agenda for Fighting Poverty, won the Richard A. Lester Prize for the outstanding book in labor economics and industrial relations. She is a faculty affiliate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


JHU students create projectsfor 'Deja Vu' exhibit at Walters

The Deja Vu exhibit now on view at the Walters Art Museum contains two projects created by Johns Hopkins students. The opening video was made by David Golan, and the Virtual Gallery interactive kiosk was created by Dimitri Fernando, Steven Flores and Josh Hewitt. The project mentor was Joan Freedman and the staff of the Digital Media Center.

This week, students and faculty will be able to see their work and the exhibit during College Night, which offers gallery tours, music, food, dancing and special activities. The event, scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, is free but requires pre-registration; for details, go to: and click on "college night."


Evolution education talk to beheld at School of Education

A discussion by Brian Alters on biological evolution and evolution education will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, in room 219 of the Education Building, Homewood campus. The event is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Evolution, Cognition and Culture Project in collaboration with the schools of Arts and Sciences and Education.

A leading expert on evolution and education, Alters testified last year in the federal case on the teaching of intelligent design versus evolution in public schools. To attend, RSVP to Zipporah Gilchrist at


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