The Johns Hopkins Gazette: November 15, 1999
November 15, 1999
VOL. 29, NO. 12


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Next issue of 'The Gazette' will appear on Nov. 29

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, The Gazette will not be published on Monday, Nov. 22. The next issue of the paper will appear Nov. 29. University events scheduled through Nov. 29 are included in the calendar that appears today on page 16.

Emil White, chemistry professor, to be remembered

Faculty, alumni and students will gather at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, in the Garrett Room of the Eisenhower Library to remember longtime chemistry faculty member Emil White, who died in August. Collaborators, colleagues and former students will speak of White's important contributions to research and teaching.

White, the D. Mead Johnson Professor of Chemistry, was a faculty member at Hopkins from 1956 until his death. His many important achievements in photochemistry and chemiluminescence, the study of light as a cause or by-product of chemical reactions, included determining the structure of luciferin, a protein fireflies use to create flashes of light, and synthesizing luciferin in the laboratory.

He also developed an important technique for determining the sites of highest chemical activity in enzymes, proteins used by life forms to enable chemical reactions.

New award honors Meg Walsh, funds study abroad

The Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences has announced the founding of the Florence "Meg" Long Walsh/Second Decade Society Leadership Award, which will provide $20,000 to a promising Hopkins graduate for a year of study abroad.

The annual award, in honor of Meg Walsh, a 1984 graduate of Hopkins who died a year ago this month, was established by her family, classmates and the Second Decade Society. Walsh was treasurer and vice president of Lucent Technologies at the time of her death at age 37. "She was by all accounts a dynamic, fascinating young woman," said Steven David, associate dean for academic affairs.

David said applications are now being accepted. For more information, contact Suzy Bacon at 410-516-6056 or at Deadline is Jan. 10, 2000.

City groups honor Hopkins for its community service work

Hopkins was one of 16 Baltimore companies honored for their community service work during the 25th Annual Mayor's Business Recognition Awards luncheon on Nov. 10. The award--sponsored by the Mayor's Office, the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Baltimore Development Corporation--recognized Hopkins' work in the city through two of its outreach programs: the Dunbar-Hopkins Health Partnership and the Hopkins Tutorial Project.

Ronald Peterson, JHHS president, and Steven Knapp, provost and vice president of the university, accepted the award on behalf of the university at a ceremony at the Renaissance Harbor Hotel.

The Dunbar-Hopkins Health Partnership is co-chaired by Edgar Roulhac, vice provost for academic services at Hopkins, and Joyce Jennings, principal of Dunbar High School, both of whom attended. The Johns Hopkins Tutorial Project operates out of the Office Community Relations and Volunteer Services. Program director Wesley Wornum, assistant director Nadine Finigan and Volunteer Services director Bill Tiefenwerth also attended the awards ceremony.

University community invited to Community of Lights

All faculty, staff and students are invited to join President William R. Brody and his wife, Wendy, for the university's third annual Community of Lights celebration, which begins at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 30, in front of the Eisenhower Library.

The event begins with refreshments and music by the Octopodes, a student a cappella group, and the Sixth Dimension, a student jazz band, and at 4:45 p.m. the Brodys will illuminate a decorative carriage and prancing horses installed on the library's rooftop.

Bioterrorism is subject of upcoming talk at Evergreen

Terrorism has taken on a new, deadly form: biological warfare. Biological agents such as smallpox, anthrax and the plague can now be used to debilitate entire cities within weeks. Are we in danger? Are we immune? Are we prepared?

Donald A. Henderson, director of the Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies at the School of Public Health, will address the subject at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the Carriage House at Evergreen.

The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Johns Hopkins Libraries.

Troubling cases point to the growing research on, and development and production of, bioterrorist weapons by various groups around the world. Iraq acknowledges mounting an ambitious and sophisticated bioweapons program. The Japanese terrorist group Aum Shinrikyo made at least nine attempts to aerosolize anthrax and botulism throughout central Tokyo and attempted to obtain the Ebola virus. Russian defectors have documented the existence of an extensive Soviet bioweapons program, a program later confirmed by President Boris Yeltsin.

Henderson will examine United States and international bioterrorism defense policies, such as surveillance, clinical and laboratory diagnosis, epidemiological investigations, quarantine, vaccination and treatment.

A reception will follow Henderson's talk. The event is free and open to the public. For reservations, call 410-516-8327.

Service group's pitch for pennies pays off

Members of Alpha Phi Omega, the co-ed service fraternity on the Homewood campus, sat at the entrance to Levering Market and on the breezeway between Krieger and Ames for three hours each day during the week of Nov. 1 and pulled in more than $200 in a penny drive for Action in Maturity, a local nonprofit organization that offers services and recreational activities to the elderly.

The project coincided with APO's National Week of Service, whose 1999 theme was "Service to the Leaders of the 20th Century."

APO, which is supported by the Office of Volunteer Services, participates in weekly service projects. The group recently conducted a canned-food drive for the Adopt-a-Family program and also registered people for this week's American Red Cross blood drive.