The Johns Hopkins Gazette: April 23, 2001
April 23, 2001
VOL. 30, NO. 31



Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

C.K. Williams to give Turnbull Memorial Poetry Lecture

C.K. Williams, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and translator and author of 15 volumes of poetry and three of translated verse, will give the Percy G. Turnbull Memorial Poetry Lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, in the Garrett Room of Homewood's Eisenhower Library.

Williams, who teaches at Princeton, received both the Pulitzer and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for his 1999 volume of poetry, Repair. A number of his other works have been nominated for the Pulitzer, the National Book Critics' Circle Award and the Forward Prize.

The Turnbull Poetry Lecture, given through the generosity of a gift made in 1889 in memory of Percy Graeme Turnbull (1878-87), has brought to Homewood some of the most distinguished voices in American poetry and criticism, including Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, Marianne Moore, W.H. Auden; Charles Eliot Norton, R.P. Blackmur and Northrop Frye.

Prior to his reading, beginning at 6:15 p.m. in the Garrett Room, Williams will discuss his translations of the French prose poet Francis Ponge.

Huntington's Disease Society honors Paul McHugh

Paul R. McHugh, Henry Phipps Professor and director of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine, will be honored at the Huntington's Disease Society of America annual Celebration of Hope Dinner. Each year the event honors four Marylanders for their significant contributions in the areas of business, medicine and philanthropy. Neuropsychiatric disorders, in particular Huntington's disease, have been McHugh's field of concentration for more than 30 years.

Other honorees are Michael Olesker, columnist for The Baltimore Sun; Margaret Mary V. Preston, managing director of Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown; and Calvin Burnett, president of Coppin State College.

The dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 24 at the Hyatt Regency. Proceeds from the event, which includes a silent auction, will benefit the HDSA Center of Excellence at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Tickets are $125. For more information, call 410-467-5388.

John Astin's acting workshop gets behind-the-scenes look

An inside look on John Astin's writing and directing workshop is now available online at

Astin, the Hollywood actor and a 1952 Hopkins graduate, has been at Homewood this semester as a visiting professor. His return coincided with the opening of the Mattin Center, and response to his class was strong, with more than 50 students enrolled in three workshop sessions.

The video news release includes conversations with the students and Astin. It was produced by staff of the Office of News and Information, including student employees Chris Wong and Ruthie Aslan, who filmed the interviews. Aslan did the editing.

Agreement with hospital union averts strike, disruptions

The hospital service workers union and The Johns Hopkins Hospital reached a contract agreement on Thursday just seven minutes before workers were to walk out for a three-day strike. To draw attention to their efforts to seek wage increases, union workers were planning to disrupt the university's homecoming events this past weekend.

International financier George Soros to speak today

George Soros, the highly regarded and influential investor who has written numerous books on financing, finance and capitalism, will speak today, April 23, as part of the student-run Johns Hopkins Symposium on Foreign Affairs.

Soros, president and chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC, will speak on "Multinational Corporations and the Expansion of International Trade" at 6 p.m. in the Bloomberg Center's Schafler Auditorium, Homewood campus.

A native of Budapest, Hungary, and a graduate of the London School of Economics, Soros amassed a fortune through an international investment fund he founded and managed. Since 1979 he has started and contributed millions of dollars to foundations in 31 countries.

For more information, call 410-516-8214 or go to

Eva Anderson dancers on stage at Homewood

The Eva Anderson Dancers Ltd. will give a performance, "All I Know: A Dancer's Life On Stage and Back Stage," at noon on Wednesday, April 25, in Shriver Hall at Homewood.

"All I Know," about artistic director Eva Anderson's life as a dancer, takes the audience backstage with the dancers, where what happens is often just as dramatic as what takes place in front of the curtains.

Anderson began her company in 1975 as a community arts program for inner-city students at Dunbar High School. In 1980, it was incorporated as a nonprofit. The dance scenes in Barry Levinson's movie Avalon are her work, and her history appears in the newly published Women of Achievement in Maryland History.

This free event is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by the Office of Special Events and is co-sponsored with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Black Faculty and Staff Association.

APL assisting in training for DEA agents

The Applied Physics Laboratory is developing an interactive, 3-D drug laboratory safety-training program for the Drug Enforcement Administration. The cost-effective, PC-based multimedia program will provide refresher training to DEA agents, and basic drug lab hazard assessment and data collection techniques to local law enforcement personnel.

Clandestine drug labs not only pose a serious health threat to society but also endanger DEA agents and local law enforcement personnel responsible for securing those labs. Local agents are rarely provided the formalized training available to DEA agents.

The program will simulate the physical and chemical threats present in a drug lab, methodologies for assessing and processing its contents, Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements and decontamination techniques. The interactive scenarios will present users with tailored and randomly generated types of drug labs they are likely to encounter in the field.