Convocation to feature Emory President Wagner, JHU
The Whiting School of Engineering's annual Convocation
and Harriet Shriver Rogers Lecture will be held from 3 to 5
p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, in Hodson Hall.
Emory University President James Wagner, who received
degrees from Johns Hopkins in 1978 and 1984, is this year's
lecturer. He will speak on "Inquiry-Driven Engineering: One
of the Liberal Arts." Before the lecture, Wagner will
receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Memorial fund established for Capt. Jonathan
The family of Army Capt. Jonathan Grassbaugh, a member
of the Homewood class of 2003 who was killed April 7 while
on patrol with his unit in Zaganiyah, Iraq, has established
a fund to create scholarships in his name at Johns Hopkins
and Phillips Exeter Academy, his high school.
Checks made out to the Capt. Jonathan Grassbaugh
Memorial Fund can be sent to Citizens Bank, 45 S. Broadway,
Salem, NH 03079.
'PostSecret' creator Frank Warren to give multimedia
presentation, sign books
Frank Warren, a small-business owner in Maryland,
started postsecret.com as a community art project, and
since October 2004, he has received thousands of postcards
on which anonymous senders reveal their inner thoughts or
perhaps past indiscretions. The cards have been featured in
galleries, the popular music video for the All-American
Rejects' Dirty Little Secret and, most recently, in
Warren's best-selling book, PostSecret: Extraordinary
Confessions from Ordinary Lives.
His Web site, ranked by New York Magazine as the
third-most-popular blog on the Internet, earned several
awards at both the 2006 Bloggy and Webby Awards and
continues to attract more than 3 million visitors a month.
Warren has appeared on Today, 20/20, CNN, MSNBC, NPR and
Fox News, among others.
At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, Warren will give a
multimedia presentation on the PostSecret phenomenon in the
Charles Commons Conference Center, Homewood campus. The
event is hosted by Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins.
SAIS to host foreign policy forum featuring Rep. Dennis
SAIS will this week hold a forum called "Foreign
Policy: The Imperative for Human Unity."
The event, hosted by the SAIS Center on Politics and
Foreign Relations, the Financial Times and the Johns
Hopkins University Center for the Study of American
Government, will feature keynote speaker Dennis Kucinich,
Democratic congressman from Ohio and 2008 presidential
candidate; Ed Luce, Washington bureau chief of the
Financial Times; and Robert Guttman, director of the Center
on Politics and Foreign Relations.
The session will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday,
April 25, in room 500 of the Bernstein-Offit Building.
Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP to CPFR at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Students to hold community health fair in North
The Community Care Initiative — comprising
students from Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland
— have cooked up a plan for this year's annual Spring
The event — designed to promote health education
by presenting easily accessible, unbiased information on
everything from complementary and alternative medicine to
sexual health and heart disease — is themed "Recipe
for Health" and will include screening booths for
hypertension and glaucoma. The annual fair, to be held from
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, on 32nd Street
between Barclay and Abell streets, typically draws more
than 250 residents of the North Waverly community.
Sponsors are the American College of Physicians,
People's Community Health Centers, Johns Hopkins health
professions schools, Student OUtreach REsource Center,
University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of
Maryland Pharmacy School.
Mary-Claire King, discoverer of 'breast cancer gene,' to
World-respected human geneticist Mary-Claire King will
speak at Johns Hopkins on Wednesday, April 25, on the
search for genetic causes of mental disorders. King's talk
comes as part of this year's Psychiatric Genetics Seminars
sponsored by the School of Medicine's Department of
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
A professor at the University of Washington, King
researches the genetics and interaction of genes and
environment on HIV, lupus and inherited deafness, as well
as on breast and ovarian cancer. In 1990, she demonstrated
that a chromosome 17 gene, later known as BRCA1, prompts
many breast and ovarian cancers. Her discovery of "the
breast cancer gene," as well as the novel techniques used,
sparked a new wave of intensive searches for genes
underlying more complex human diseases.
Though not a topic of her talk, King is also a noted
humanitarian activist, pioneering the use of genomic
sequencing to identify those subject to human rights
The seminar, at 5 p.m. in Hurd Hall, East Baltimore
campus, is titled "Finding Genetic Causes of Mental
Disorders: Lessons From Genomics Studies of Other Complex
Maryland secretary of health Colmers to talk at
Project HEALTH, a student-run organization at Homewood
that works with the Baltimore City Health Department and
Baltimore Health Care Access to address issues surrounding
poverty and poor health, will this week host an open
discussion with John Colmers, Maryland secretary of health.
The session is scheduled for 4 p.m., on Monday, April 23,
in 101 Remsen.
Hopkins Relay for Life beats goals set by American Cancer
With more than 500 participants, close to 50 teams and
a final tally of more than $53,000 raised, the Johns
Hopkins Relay for Life beat every goal set for it by the
American Cancer Society.
An annual all-night event honoring and encouraging
cancer victims and survivors and raising funds for the ACS,
Relay for Life was held on the Homewood campus from 7 p.m.
on April 13 to 7 a.m. on April 14.
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