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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 24, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 27

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20th-Century Tastemakers
By Heather Egan Stalfort
JHU Museums

Liz O'Brien, first speaker in the interior design series, will talk about Samuel Marx.

The inaugural The House Beautiful Lecture Series at Evergreen Museum & Library focuses on 20th-century tastemakers whose work promoted the idea that life could be improved through artful design of everyday objects.

This year's series presents notable experts and authors in modern design talking about three luminaries in the field: Samuel Marx, John Russell Pope and Maison Jansen. A book signing and special reception with the speaker follows each lecture.

Single tickets are $20; $15 for Evergreen members and students with valid ID. Series tickets are $48; $33 for Evergreen members and students with valid ID. Advance prepaid reservations are recommended as seating is limited. Tickets are available online through MissionTix at, by phone at 410-516-0341 or in person at the museum (handling charges apply for phone and online orders).

The three lectures, all of which begin at 6:30 in the Bakst Theatre, are as follows.

"Ultramodern Samuel Marx: Architect, Designer, Art Collector," by Liz O'Brien. Wednesday, March 26.
Art expert and dealer Liz O'Brien is a leading force in rediscovering the work of many midcentury designers and is widely regarded as one of the foremost experts in the field. She became interested in the work of American architect Samuel Marx more than 10 years ago and began exhibiting his work at her New York gallery. Although Marx was born at the end of the 19th century, he had the eye of a modernist — as an architect, furniture designer, connoisseur and collector. "Rooms designed by Samuel A. Marx have so satisfying a feeling of oneness that it's frequently hard to say where the architecture ends and the furniture begins," said House Beautiful magazine in 1948. O'Brien will discuss many of Marx's undiscovered projects and his range of furniture designs.

"Mastering Tradition: The Residential Architecture of John Russell Pope," by James B. Garrison. Wednesday, April 23.
John Russell Pope designed several hundred buildings and monuments, from a series of jewel-like mausoleums to more than 100 houses to vast estates with integrated ensembles of living, work and leisure buildings. Architect James B. Garrison takes as his starting point several of Pope's key residential projects in Baltimore and Washington, such as the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion on Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore, to show how these relate to his better-known public works. Garrison has more than 20 years of experience in architecture and historic preservation, including research and restoration work on many National Historic Landmark structures. In addition to his architectural practice, he writes and lectures extensively on the history and architecture of southeastern Pennsylvania, where he lives on the Main Line.

"Fit for a King: The Furniture and Design of Maison Jansen," by James Archer Abbott. Wednesday, May 28, 6:30 p.m.
Maison Jansen was the most celebrated decorating firm in the world throughout the 20th century, with a client list that included the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the Shah and Shahbanou of Iran and John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy. The Paris-based firm designed custom furnishings for interiors that celebrated its signature aesthetic — a heady combination of Bourbon historicism combined with Hollywood-style glamour. Evergreen curator James Archer Abbott will talk about his recently published book, Jansen and Jansen Furniture, and present highlights of some of the firm's most alluring commissions. Abbott was previously curator of the Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, D.C., and curator of decorative arts at the Baltimore Museum of Art.



Tues., March 25, 4:15 p.m. "Supported Catalysts With Atomic Control," a Chemistry colloquium with Scott Anderson, University of Utah. 233 Remsen. HW

Thurs., March 27, 3 p.m. "Alchemy in the Margins: Private Practices and Alchemical Agendas in the Age of Reason," a History of Science, Medicine and Technology colloquium with Bruce Moran, University of Nevada, Reno. Seminar Room, 3rd floor, Welch Medical Library. EB

Thurs., March 27, 3 p.m. "Polar Ring Galaxies: From Outer Stellar Tails to Dense Decoupled Cores," a Physics and Astronomy colloquium with Linda Sparke, University of Wisconsin. Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center. HW

Thurs., March 27, 3:45 p.m. "What It Means to Be 'Sufficiently Similar': Trajectory of a Phonologically Significant Generalization," a Cognitive Science colloquium with Eric Bakovic, University of California, San Diego. 134A Krieger. HW

Fri., March 28, 2 p.m. "Management Issues in Disaster Shelter Operations: Lessons From the Astrodome," an Applied Physics Laboratory colloquium with Daniel Boatright, University of Oklahoma. Parsons Auditorium. APL



Mon., March 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Why Women Cry III," a STAR conference on women's health issues. Topics include sex, love, power, controlling finances; there will be topics for men also. Sponsored by SOURCE. Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel, 101 W. Fayette St.

Fri., March 28, and Sat., March 29, 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Kant's Critique of Judgment: Art, Science and Religion," an International Graduate Philosophy conference with a welcome address by David Bell, KSAS, and keynote addresses by Eckart Forster, KSAS; Reinhard Brandt, University of Marburg; and Rolf-Peter Horstmann, University of Berlin. Sherwood Room, Levering. HW



Sat., March 29, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Preparatory Dance Showcase, with guest choreographer Bonnie Scheibman, and guest dancers from Pennsylvania Ballet II, an annual showcase integrating ballet and contemporary dance with visual art inspired by current exhibits at the BMA. $18 general admission, and $10 for children, senior citizens, students or groups. Sponsored by Peabody Institute. Baltimore Museum of Art.



Wed., March 26, 12:15 p.m. "The Catch-Up Dilemma: Implications for Nutrition Transit," a Global Health Leaders forum with Cesar Victora, SPH. Sponsored by International Health and the Center for Global Health. W1214 SPH (Sheldon Hall). EB


Information Sessions

Tues., March 25, 3 to 4 p.m. Information session for the SoN Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program, with faculty and staff. For information or to register, go to Pinkard Bldg. EB

Mon., March 31, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. "Hopkins in the Capital," information sessions for the MA in Applied Economics, MA in Environmental Sciences and Policy and MA in Government programs, featuring a Q&A with associate dean Sarah Steinberg and associate program chairs. Sponsored by Advanced Academic Programs. B-339 and B-340, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.



Mon., March 24, 5:15 p.m. "An Errant Eye: The Poetry of Topography in Early Modern France," a Philological Society lecture by Tom Conley, Harvard University. 223 Gilman. HW

Wed., March 26, 3:45 p.m. The Sam Shapiro Lecture in Health Services Research — "Improving Health Care Quality and Value" by Donald Berwick, CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Sponsored by Health Policy and Management, Health Services Research and Development Center. W1020 SPH. EB

Wed., March 26, 6:30 p.m. "Ultramodern Samuel Marx: Architect, Designer, Art Collector," by art expert and dealer Liz O'Brien. First in the three-part lecture series The House Beautiful, sponsored by Evergreen Museum & Library. After the lecture, O'Brien will sign copies of her book by the same name. (See story, "20th-century tastemakers," in this issue.) Bakst Theatre, Evergreen Museum and Library.

Thurs., March 27, 4:30 p.m. The Christie Lecture — "Exploring Manipulation" by Matthew Mason, Carnegie Mellon University. Sponsored by Mechanical Engineering. B17 CSEB. HW

Fri., March 28, 4 p.m. "Language Unmoored: Signs and Revolution in Kleist's The Betrothal in St. Domingue," a German and Romance Languages and Literatures lecture by Andreas Gailus, University of Minnesota. 223 Gilman. HW



Wed., March 26, 7:30 p.m. The Peabody Lab Band performs. East Hall. Peabody

Sat., March 29, 7:30 p.m. "New Music — Organically Grown," new compositions by Peabody's Ying-Chen Kao, featuring Jay Clayton, voice; Gary Thomas, flute and saxophone; and Donald Sutherland, organ. Part of the Sylvia Adalman Artist Recital Series. Griswold Hall. Peabody



Mon., March 24, noon. "SIRT1: A Key Regulator of Aging and Calorie Restriction," a Physiology seminar with Danica Chen, MIT. Co-sponsored by the Center for Metabolism and Obesity Research. West Lecture Hall (ground floor), WBSB. EB

Mon., March 24, 12:15 p.m. "Henry Beecher's Bombshell? Ethics and Omissions in Clinical Research in the 1960s," a Berman Institute of Bioethics seminar with Susan Lederer, Yale University School of Medicine. Lunch provided. Co-sponsored by the Institute of the History of Medicine. W3008 SPH. EB

Mon., March 24, 12:15 p.m. "The Human Subventricular Zone: Neural Stem Cells and Pathogenesis," a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Alfredo Quinones, SoM. Rose Auditorium, 3520 San Martin Drive. HW

Mon., March 24, 3 p.m. "The Hitchin System for Parabolic Higgs Bundles," a Mathematics seminar with Johan Martens, University of Toronto. 308 Krieger. HW

Mon., March 24, 4 p.m. The David Bodian Seminar in Neuroscience — "Sleep Function and Synaptic Homeostasis" with Giulio Tononi, University of Wisconsin Medical School. Sponsored by the Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. 338 Krieger. HW

Tues., March 25, 11:30 a.m. "Putative Pathologic Myc Target Genes in a Human B Cell Neoplastic Model" with Jason Yustein, and "Cerebral White Matter Atrophy and Cognitive Dysfunction Following Traumatic Brain Injury" with Tracy Vandorsall, Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association scientific seminars. Tilghman Auditorium. EB

Tues., March 25, 3 p.m. "Influence of Ambient Media on Mechanical Stability of Solids," a Geography and Environmental Engineering seminar with Eugene Shchukin, WSE. 234 Ames. HW

Wed., March 26, noon. "Kant and Rastafari on Respect," a Political Science seminar with Neil Roberts, KSAS. 366 Mergenthaler. HW

Wed., March 26, 4 p.m. "Leishmania: Host Cell Interactions Following Transmission by Vector Sand Flies," a Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences seminar with David Sacks, NIAID/NIH. West Lecture Hall (ground floor), WBSB. EB

Thurs., March 27, noon. "Genetic and Phenotypic Variation in Africa," an Infectious Diseases and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology joint seminar with Sarah Tishkoff, University of Pennsylvania. W2030 SPH. EB

Thurs., March 27, noon. "Swann Park, Industrial Exposures and Public Health," an Environmental Health Sciences seminar with Genevieve Matanoski, SPH. W1214 SPH (Sheldon Hall). EB

Thurs., March 27, noon. "Documenting Cell Biology and Anatomy at Johns Hopkins," a Cell Biology seminar with Nancy McCall, SoM. Suite 2-200, 1830 Bldg. EB

Thurs., March 27, 12:10 p.m. "Water Treatment Technologies for Microbial Removal: Implications for Community and Household Communication," a Health, Behavior and Society seminar with Kellogg Schwab, SPH. W2017 SPH. EB

Thurs., March 27, 4 p.m. "Improving Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson's Disease," an Electrical and Computer Engineering seminar with Sridevi Sarma, Harvard Medical School and MIT. 117 Barton. HW

Thurs., March 27, 4:15 p.m. "Activation and Functionalization of Molecular Nitrogen by Transition Metal Complexes," a Chemistry special seminar with Michael Fryzuk, University of British Columbia. 233 Remsen. HW

Thurs., March 27, 4:30 p.m. "Cobordism Category of Surfaces With Flat Connections," a Mathematics/Topology seminar with Nitu Kitchloo, University of California, San Diego. 302 Krieger. HW

Fri., March 28, 11 a.m. "Scalar Dispersion in Inhomogeneous Flow," a CEAFM seminar with Laurent Mydlarski, McGill University. 110 Maryland. HW

Fri., March 28, noon. "Umbilical Cord Care Among Neonates in Bangladesh" with Amitha Kalaichandran, and "Examining How Increased Use of Antiretroviral Therapy Affects Population Immunity to Vaccine- Preventable Infectious Diseases in Lusaka, Zambia" with Brian Kalish, Framework Program in Global Health research presentations. Sponsored by the Center for Global Health. W3031 SPH. EB

Fri., March 28, 12:15 p.m. "HIT Implementation: An Implementation Story From the Wild West," a Health Sciences Informatics Journal Club seminar with Robert Borotkanics, SoM. W1214 SPH (Sheldon Hall). EB

Thurs., March 28, 5 p.m. "From Inference to Insight: A Model of Literary Reasoning," a Humanities Center seminar with Leroy Searle, University of Washington. 111 Gilman. HW

Mon., March 31, noon. "O-GlcNAc, Nutrient Sensing, Diabetes," a Biological Chemistry seminar with Xiaoyong Yang, The Salk Institute. Co-sponsored by the Center for Metabolism and Obesity Research. 612 Physiology Bldg. EB

Mon., March 31, 12:15 p.m. "DeMISTifying the Brain: Dissecting the Function of Complex Neural Circuits," a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Alla Karpova, HHMI, Janelia Farm Research Campus. Rose Auditorium, 3520 San Martin Drive. HW

Mon., March 31, 3:30 p.m. "Clues on How We Age From the Evolutionary Biological Theory of Why We Age," a Seminar on Aging with George Martin, University of Washington School of Medicine. Sponsored by the Center on Aging and Health, Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology and the Older Americans Independence Center. Suite 2-700, 2024 E. Monument St. EB

Mon., March 31, 4 p.m. David Bodian Seminar in Neuroscience — "Visual Experience-induced Regulation of Excitatory Synapses in Primary Sensory Cortices" with Hey Kyoung-Lee, University of Maryland, College Park. Sponsored by the Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. 338 Krieger. HW

Mon., March 31, 4 p.m. "Cellular Mechanisms Underlying Prostatic Hyperplasia in an Aging Animal Model," a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seminar with Terry Brown, SPH. W2030 SPH. EB


Special Events

Mon., March 24, 7:30 p.m. "Women for President: Media Bias in Eight Campaigns," a Master of Arts in Communication Program round table and book signing with Erika Falk, author of Women for President. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Refreshments and networking begin at 7 p.m. Room LL7, Washington D.C. Center.

Tues., March 25, 6:30 p.m. "Science of Sugar," with Diane Bukatman, chef/owner, For the Love of Food cooking school. For JHU students only. Sponsored by Women of Whiting. B17 CSEB. HW

Wed., March 26, and Thurs., March 27, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Fri., March 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Grad Fair, a bookstore event to prepare JHU students for commencement; a chance to purchase caps and gowns, order personalized announcements, order class rings, sign up with Alumni Relations and more. Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins. HW

Wed., March 26, 6 p.m. Opening reception for the exhibition Harmony to the Eyes: Charting Palladio's Architecture From Rome to Baltimore. The exhibit runs through June 17. Sponsored by Friends of the Libraries. To RSVP, call 410-516-7943 or go to George Peabody Library. Peabody

Wed., March 26, 8 p.m. The 2008 Foreign Affairs Symposium — "AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Contemporary Global Epidemics," a panel discussion with Randall Packard, SPH. Glass Pavilion, Levering. HW



Tues., March 25, 3:30 p.m. Baseball, Blue Jays vs. McDaniel. Homewood Field. HW

Thurs., March 27, 7 p.m. Women's Lacrosse, Blue Jays vs. Cincinnati. Homewood Field. HW

Sat., March 29, 12:30 p.m. Baseball, Blue Jays vs. Swarthmore. Homewood Field. HW

Sat., March 29, 2 p.m. Men's Lacrosse, Blue Jays vs. North Carolina. $7 general admission, $5 for children 12 and under; $10 for reserved seating. Homewood Field. HW

Sun., March 30, noon. Women's Lacrosse, Blue Jays vs. Denver. Homewood Field. HW



Center for Training and Education workshops. To register, go to msdregform.pdf. Johns Hopkins@Eastern.

Mon., March 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Conquering Negativity: Creating Optimism in the Workplace," with Mark Hankerson, SoM. Room B101.

Mon., March 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Assertive Communication: On and Off the Job," with Virginia Jacobs, SoM. Room B102.

Tues., March 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Thinking Outside the Box: Creativity and Innovation at Work," with Mark Hankerson, SoM. Room B101.

Wed., March 26, 12:15 p.m. "Job Search Strategies for International Students," a Career Services workshop, co-sponsored by the Office of International Services. W4030 SPH. EB

Thurs., March 27, 1 p.m. "Search Google Like a Pro," a Center for Educational Resources workshop with Brian Cole. To register, go to Garrett Room, MSE Library. HW

Thurs., March 27, 6 to 8 p.m. "Your Professional Image: Building and Developing Skills for Success," a BFSA Professional Development Committee workshop. Suite C150, Johns Hopkins@Eastern.

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