The Johns Hopkins Gazette: April 1, 2002
April 1, 2002
VOL. 31, NO. 28


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

First Teaching With Technology Symposium set for Friday

The Office of the Provost and the Center for Educational Resources will hold an inaugural Teaching With Technology Symposium, at which faculty from the Krieger School, the Whiting School and the Peabody Conservatory will demonstrate 16 innovative teaching tools developed with student fellows during last year's Technology Fellowship Program.

Faculty, students and staff are invited to the event, which will take place on Friday, April 5, in Mudd Hall Auditorium, Homewood campus. Electronic poster presentations will be held from noon to 12:30 p.m., followed by project presentations from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

All attendees will be eligible to win one of three 16MB USB key chain data transport devices to be awarded as door prizes. Winners must be present at the 4 p.m. drawing.

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Afghan womenšs fight for human rights is subject of lecture

A look at the life of Afghan people living in refugee camps will be the subject of a lecture by Anne Brodsky of UMBC at 7 pm. on Wednesday, April 3, in the Glass Pavilion at Homewood.

Brodsky has visited rural and urban communities, toured schools and orphanages and met hundreds of Afghan refugees, including members of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. An assistant professor of psychology and women's studies, Brodsky talked to the Afghan people about their conditions, concerns and resistance efforts. During her stay at the camps, Brodsky helped to document human rights violations as well as how RAWA members are continuing to fight fundamentalist oppression.

Brodsky's lecture is sponsored by the student chapter of Amnesty International and by Physicians for Human Rights.

Annual immigration workshop held on Homewood campus

The impact new U.S. immigration laws will have on college campuses was the subject of the 2002 Mid-Atlantic Immigration Workshop, held March 29 at Homewood. The event was hosted by the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, directed by Nick Arrindell.

Leaders from colleges throughout the region attended the daylong seminar focused on the challenges the new regulations may create for students, colleges and universities. Among the speakers were Madeleine Green, vice president of the Center for Institutional and International Initiatives, and Kathy Bellows, director and assistant dean in Georgetown's Office of International and Student Scholar Services and vice president elect for public affairs for NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Panelists at the ninth annual workshop included officials from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Department of State, and a representative from the Maryland Department of Labor.

Noontime choral performance will salute American music

The Baltimore Choral Arts Society Professional Chamber Chorus will celebrate American music with a performance at noon on Wednesday, April 3, in Shriver Hall, Homewood campus.

"American Voices: Music of Our Time" will include the playful madrigals of Gregg Smith, traditional spirituals, jazz by Duke Ellington and works by George and Ira Gershwin and Harold Arlen.

This event is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by the university's Office of Special Events. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-516-7157.

The Fund for JH Medicine moves to new location

Effective Monday, April 8, the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine will be located at 1 Charles Center, 100 N. Charles St., in downtown Baltimore. The phone is 410-516-7667. For more specific details about JHM's various development offices, go to:

Weapons inspections in Iraq are subject of symposium event

As tensions build over possible U.S. action to stop Saddam Hussein from amassing weapons of mass destruction, a panel of experts is coming together at Johns Hopkins on Thursday, April 4, to discuss the volatile situation.

Part of the 2002 Symposium on Foreign Affairs, the event will feature William Scott Ritter, who resigned in 1998 after seven years as U.N. chief weapons inspector to Iraq and who had charged that Iraq was avoiding inspections and hiding biological and chemical weapons. Ritter will be joined by Edward Peck, former chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, and Erik Gustafson, director of the Education for Peace in Iraq Center.

Each speaker will address a specific topic and then take part in a panel discussion. Ritteršs topic is "Understanding the Roots of Terrorism: Iraq as a Case Study." Peck will talk about "Doing It All Wrong in the Middle East: An Effort to Provoke Thoughts, Not People." Gustafsonšs topic is "Eleven Years of Humanitarian Crisis: Can Sanctions Be Reformed?"

Thursday's event will take place at 8 p.m. in Shriver Hall, Homewood campus. For more information, call 410-516-8214 or go to:

Mechanical Engineering to present inaugural lectures

In recognition of their advancement to the rank of professor, two faculty members in the Whiting School's Department of Mechanical Engineering will discuss their research as part of the Don P. Giddens Inaugural Professorial Lectures. The lectures, named in honor of the fifth dean of Engineering at Johns Hopkins and originator of the series.

Gregory S. Chirikjian will present a talk today, April 1, titled "2001: A Hopkins Odyssey from Robots to Proteins and Beyond." It will focus on issues in robotics, computer- integrated surgical planning and computational structural biology. This program will begin at 3 p.m. in Levering's Arellano Theatre, followed by a reception in the Sherwood Room.

At 3 p.m. on Monday, April 8, Kevin J. Hemker will present a talk titled "From Airplanes to Atoms: Understanding the Mechanical Behavior of Materials." The lecture will focus on the way the microscopic, atomic and electronic structure of materials can affect their mechanical properties. This lecture, followed by a reception, will take place in Schafler Auditorium at the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy.