Johns Hopkins Gazette | April 13, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 13, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 30
In Brief


Kristina Johnson Senate nomination hearing scheduled

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources has scheduled a hearing for Thursday, April 23, to consider the nomination of Kristina M. Johnson as undersecretary of energy.

President Barack Obama nominated the Johns Hopkins provost to the post on March 12. If confirmed, Johnson will be responsible for leading administration initiatives aimed at promoting energy efficiency and developing solar and wind power, geothermal energy, clean car technology and other forms of renewable, green energy.

Scott Zeger, vice provost for research and a professor of biostatistics in the School of Public Health, has been serving as acting provost and senior vice president for academic affairs since Johnson's nomination. If she is confirmed and takes office, Zeger will become interim provost.


JHH ranks among best hospitals in AARP physician survey

A new survey of U.S. physicians commissioned by AARP ranks The Johns Hopkins Hospital among the "most frequently recommended" medical centers for heart disease, cancer, "mystery diagnoses," neurosurgery and ophthalmology. Results of the survey, conducted by Consumers' Checkbook, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit research organization, are published in AARP magazine's May/June issue.

The ratings are based on 140,000 responses from a nationwide group of medical doctors designed to identify to which out-of-town specialty hospitals they were most likely to send patients with extremely difficult or complicated medical needs.

The full results from the AARP physician survey are online at: right_hospital_for_you.html.


Author of 'Hubbert's Peak' to speak at Homewood

The author of Hubbert's Peak and Beyond Oil will deliver the Ernst Cloos Memorial Lecture on Monday, April 13, at Homewood. Ken Deffeyes, a longtime Shell Oil petroleum engineer and Princeton faculty member, will speak on "Peak Oil: War, Famine, Pestilence" at 5 p.m. in 110 Hodson Hall. The lecture is sponsored by the Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Attendance is by reservation only; call 410-516-7135.

The Ernst Cloos Memorial Scholars Program was established in 1975 to commemorate the life and career of the scientist who served as chair of the Johns Hopkins Department of Geology from 1951 to 1963, and as a faculty member from 1931 to 1968. The program allows visiting scholars to lecture at Johns Hopkins and to spend several days meeting with faculty and students in Earth and Planetary Sciences.


'Sun' editor to give IPS Press and Public Policy Seminar

Monty Cook, editor of The Baltimore Sun, is the speaker in the Institute for Policy Studies' Press and Public Policy Seminar set for Thursday, April 16. His topic is "News and Content First: Protecting What Matters Most." The talk is scheduled for 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Homewood's Shriver Hall Board Room.

Cook became editor of The Sun on Jan. 1 during a turbulent time for American newspapers, which have been battered economically by the recession and the migration of readers and advertisers to the Internet. Before being named to the post, Cook spearheaded the April 2008 launch of b, a free daily aimed at young adults.


Theatre Hopkins to stage 'Picasso at the Lapin Agile'

In conjunction with its special exhibition A Circus Family: Picasso to Leger, the Baltimore Museum of Art will present Theatre Hopkins actors in a costumed staged reading of Steve Martin's comedy Picasso at the Lapin Agile on April 17, 18 and 19.

In the piece, Martin imagines a jaunty duel of wits between the youthful Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso at the dawn of the 20th century, set in a Paris cafe that Picasso featured in an early painting.

The performances will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday in the BMA auditorium.

Tickets, $7 to $15 including admission to the Circus Family exhibition on the day of the event, can be purchased at the BMA during museum hours (no service charge), by phone at 800-919-6272 (service charge applies) or online at (service charge applies).


Women's Network Spring Luncheon set for May 1 at APL

The 22nd Annual Johns Hopkins Women's Network Spring Luncheon will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1, in APL's Kossiakoff Center. Transportation will be provided from the Bayview, Homewood and East Baltimore campuses.

The speaker will be Marga C. Fripp, president of Empowered Women International, whose topic is "Finding the Voice Within: The Journey of a New American to Empower Women and Transform Lives Through the Arts." Also in attendance will be international women artists, with their art for sale.

Admission is $15, and registration is required by April 24. To register and for more details, go to


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