Baltimorean Peter Agre, co-recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will give a talk to high school principals and their schools' outstanding science students on Wednesday afternoon. A total of 20 students and principals are expected to attend. Since he was awarded the Nobel in October, Agre, a professor of biological chemistry at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has used his public appearances and interviews to advocate for teachers, stressing the importance of teaching and the impact his childhood teachers had on his decision to become a scientist. The event is a professional development activity sponsored by the Graduate Division of Education at the Johns Hopkins School of Professional Studies in Business and Education (SPSBE).
The audience also will hear from School of Medicine professor Andrew Feinberg about Johns Hopkins' new Center of Excellence in Genome Sciences from the National Human Genome Research Institute, which includes a Minority Action Plan that will provide select minority high school students opportunities to learn about genetics through the university's Center for Talented Youth (starting in 2005) and to do genetic research at the medical school.
Also on tap for Agre is a May 5 visit with first-year Baltimore City schoolteachers who have completed a teacher preparatory program from SPSBE. The May 5 event will be held on the Homewood campus.
To hear a recent talk by Agre at Dunbar High School, go to www.jhu.edu/news_info/news/audio-video/agre.html. Additional information and a downloadable photo of Agre are available online at www.hopkinsmedicine.org/press/2003/October/031008A.htm. Reporters covering the April 28 event must call Joanna Downer at 410-614-5105 to get their name on a list for Campus Security. For questions about Johns Hopkins' education initiatives, contact Amy Cowles at 443-287- 9960.
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