The Johns Hopkins Gazette: March 19, 2001
March 19, 2001
VOL. 30, NO. 26



Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

New date set for Brody's 125th Anniversary Address

The 125th Anniversary Address has been rescheduled to take place at 4 p.m. on March 27 in Shriver Hall, Homewood campus. The event, originally scheduled for Commemoration Day, Feb. 22, was canceled due to inclement weather.

The address, titled "The Quantum Physics Model of the University," will offer President William R. Brody's vision of the university's future, focusing on the forces transforming the nature of higher education and their implications for the shape and mission of Johns Hopkins and other institutions of higher education.

A reception will follow in Shriver Hall.

Those arriving from off campus should follow the signs or directions from security officers to find parking.

Five finalists in the running for position of Young Trustee

Homewood undergraduates ran a primary election March 13 and 14 to nominate five candidates from a field of 11 for the position of Young Trustee of The Johns Hopkins University, a four-year post.

Chosen were Ashley Oland, Margaret Richards, Vadim Schick, Toby Stern and Kara Wiard.

The candidates will meet on May 7 with the Trustees Nominations/By-Laws Committee, which will then present its choice to the board of trustees.

MSE Library to host JHU Press Hurt and Used Book Sale

The Johns Hopkins University Press Staff Development Fund will hold its 15th annual, and final, Hurt and Used Book Sale on March 28 and 29 in the Garrett Room of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, Homewood campus. Hours of the sale are noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Books of all sizes are available for $2 per pound. Proceeds from the event underwrite professional development for JHU Press staff. This is the last Hurt and Used Book Sale due to the closing of the Press's warehouse. For more information, call 410-516-3862.

JHMI is setting for new episode of 'Labor and Delivery' series

The Learning Channel will broadcast the premier episode of "The Good Fight," the latest installment of its popular Labor and Delivery series, at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20. The episode, filmed entirely at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, follows three expecting couples and their emotional challenges with childbirth. One couple is a pair of teens; the two other mothers are dealing with drug dependency.

Actor William Baldwin, a new father himself, narrates the series.

NSBRI funds five APL-proposed biomedical projects

The NASA-sponsored National Space Biomedical Research Institute has funded five projects proposed by the Applied Physics Laboratory. The projects, each to run three years, will further NSBRI's mission of conducting research to prevent or solve health problems related to long-duration space travel and prolonged weightlessness.

APL, along with the School of Medicine, is a charter member of NSBRI, a consortium of 12 institutions headed by the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

The five projects include an MRI system for space use; a Dual-Energy X-Ray absorptiometer to measure bone density and muscle composition; a spectrometer to assess the neutron radiation exposure of astronauts; a miniature time-of-flight mass spectrometer to monitor physiologic functions; and a computer simulation of various human functions leading to a "digital human" that can be used to simulate health conditions, predict potential health problems and evaluate solutions for space travelers.

Info session set for Certificate in Nonprofit Studies Program

The IPS Certificate in Nonprofit Studies Program will hold informational sessions for prospective students from 4 to 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, and from 8 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 12, in 526 Wyman Park Building, Homewood campus. The innovative part-time program is geared to help those working in the nonprofit sector meet the demanding and changing challenges of this dynamic field. The next class begins in September.

For more information, call 410-516-5389 or e-mail

Mathematicians to hold conference at JHU

Mathematicians from around the world will meet at Homewood on Tuesday, March 20, for the start of a six-day international conference, an annual event co-sponsored by the Mathematics Department and the Japan-U.S. Mathematics Institute. The conference will focus on Shimura varieties and automorphic forms, the area of this year's JAMI program.

Shimura varieties comprise the number-theoretical elaboration on the locally symmetric varieties of algebraic geometry. The importance of the latter spaces comes from applications to number theory and moduli problems.

The subject draws from many fields of mathematics: complex geometry, algebraic geometry, harmonic analysis, topology and number theory (both algebraic and analytic). The central number-theoretical quest is to verify a deep conjecture of Robert Langlands, at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. As such, the field holds a rather central place within mathematics as a whole.

The program is co-organized by Masaaki Furusawa of Osaka City University and JAMI, Hiroyuki Yoshida of Kyoto University and Steven Zucker of Johns Hopkins, with grants from the National Science Foundation and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

The name "Shimura variety" honors the pioneering work in the subject of Goro Shimura, professor of mathematics at Princeton.

For more information, contact the Mathematics Department at 410-516-4178 or, or go to