Johns Hopkins Gazette | March 8, 2004
   About The Gazette Search Back Issues Contact Us    
The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 8, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 25

Weekly Calendar

Colloquia | Conference | Discussion/Talks | Film/Video | Lectures | Music | Open House | Readings | Registration | Seminars | Special Events | Symposia | Theater | Workshops


Toni Morrison talk celebrates new JHU Center for Africana Studies

Toni Morrison

In celebration of Johns Hopkins' Center for Africana Studies, established this academic year, author Toni Morrison will give a lecture this week to a full house on the Homewood campus. The event, which was available by reservation on a first-come basis, was quickly booked; it takes place at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, in Shriver Hall.

According to Daniel Weiss, the James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Morrison was invited to speak because "we wanted to have someone whose work reflects the highest aspirations of the school and the program, and hers certainly does that." In addition, he said, "we wanted to have someone who would bring visibility to what we've created here because this is just the first step of a much longer process to build a presence for Africana studies on our campus."

The author of eight critically acclaimed books, Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1993. She received the National Book Critics Award in 1978 for Song of Solomon and the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Beloved. Morrison is also the author of four children's books, numerous essays and lyrics commissioned by Carnegie Hall.

Morrison, who has degrees from Howard and Cornell universities, is currently the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University, a position she has held since 1989. She also has taught at Yale, Bard, Rutgers and SUNY's University at Albany, where she was the Albert Schweitzer Chair in the Humanities.



Tues., March 9, 12:15 p.m. "Oxidations of C-H and O-H Bonds by Metal Complexes: Proton-coupled Electron Transfer and Marcus Theory," a Chemistry colloquium with James Mayer, University of Washington. Lunch provided. 233 Remsen. HW

Tues., March 9, 4:15 p.m. "Fundamental Studies of Heterogeneous Environmental Chemistry: NOx Reduction Using Metal Oxides," a Chemistry colloquium with Cynthia Friend, Harvard University; 233 Remsen. HW

Wed., March 10, 3 p.m. "Is a Whale a Fish? Cetology and Systematics in the Early Republic," a History of Science and Technology colloquium with Graham Burnett, Princeton University; 3505 N. Charles St. HW

Wed., March 10, 4 p.m. "Dynamic Tuning of Higher-Order Auditory Circuits by Behavioral State," a Psychological and Brain Sciences colloquium with Marc Schmidt, University of Pennsylvania; 234 Ames. HW

Wed., March 10, 4:30 p.m. "Proportion vs. Performance in Du Fay's Nuper rosarum flores: 'The Judgment of Sense' in Italian Renaissance Music," a Peabody Musicology colloquium with Alexander Blachly, University of Notre Dame and Pomerium Musices; 306 Conservatory. Peabody



Mon., March 15, through Sun., March 21. Asymptotic and Effective Results in Complex Geometry, a JAMI conference in honor of Bernie Shiffman's 60th birthday. Co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation. For locations and the schedule of talks, go to HW



Mon., March 8, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday Night Prehealth Program with Adrian Dobs. Sponsored by Preprofessional Programs, AED: the Prehealth Honor Society and the Hopkins Organization of Prehealth Education. 111 Mergenthaler. HW

Buzzword Bistro Series, discussions sponsored by the Center for Educational Resources; Garrett Room, MSE Library. HW

Tues., March 9, 1 p.m. "WebCT Overview" with Theron Feist.

Thurs., March 11, 1 p.m. "Tablet PCs as Teaching Tools," with Theron Feist.

Tues., March 9, 5 p.m. "Careers for Creative Types," a JHU Career Center panel discussion about careers in art, music and theater, with Eric Beatty, Larcia Premo and Andrew Stewart; Sherwood Room, Levering. HW



Thurs., March 11, 9 p.m. Trojka presents Zhang Yimou's The Road Home. Sponsored by GRO. 3 Shaffer. HW

Fri., March 12, 7 p.m. "Bee-Have," a Women, Gender and Sexuality film series, presents The Night Porter (U.S./Italy, 1974); followed by discussion. 110 Gilman. HW

Sat., March 13, 7:30 p.m. Tarang film presentation of Anbe Sivam (Love Is God), in Tamil, with subtitles. 3 Shaffer. HW



Thurs., March 11, 5 p.m. The 21st Alexander Graham Christie Lecture — "The Role of Engineering at NSF" by John Brighton, National Science Foundation; 110 Hodson. HW

Fri., March 12, noon. "Murder Is No Accident: Understanding and Preventing Youth Violence in America," a Morgan-Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions noontime lecture by Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Harvard University; Murphy Fine Arts Center, Morgan State University. Off campus

Mon., March 15, 8 a.m. The Visionary Lecture Series in Discovery Informatics — "Connecting the Dots: Graph-based Discovery Informatics for Learning Patterns of Asymmetric Threats" by Larry Holder, University of Texas; 106 Academic and Research Bldg., Montgomery County Campus.



Fri., March 12, 8 p.m. The Evergreen Concert Series presents Chatham Baroque, performing works by Corelli, Purcell, Vivaldi, Handel and Bach. A reception with the artists follows. To RSVP, 410-516-0341. Evergreen Carriage House, 4545 N. Charles Street.


Open House

Thurs., March 11, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Open House for the Aitchinson Public Service and Humanities Fellowship; Sherwood Room, Levering. HW



Tues., March 9, 5:30 p.m. "Goldbeater's Skin," a reading from his poetry collection by G. C. Waldrep, University of Iowa. Sponsored by the Writing Seminars. 323 Gilman. HW

Wed., March 10, 5:30 p.m. "I Will Say Beauty," a reading of her poetry by Carol Frost, Hartwick College. Sponsored by the Writing Seminars. 323 Gilman. HW



Type for Life annual marrow registration drive. 410-502-7716. EB

Mon., March 8, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Broadway Corridor, JHH.

Tues., March 9, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carpenter Room, Anne M. Pinkard Bldg.

Wed., March 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. W1030 BSPH.

Thurs., March 11, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 113-114 PCTB.

Fri., March 12, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Broadway Corridor, JHH.



Mon., March 8, noon. "Calcium Signaling Modules Regulating Chromatin Remodeling and Transcription," a Clinical Neuroscience seminar with Jun Liu; 1-191 Meyer. EB

Mon., March 8, 4 p.m. "It's All One Atmosphere: Long-Range Pollution Transport," an Earth and Planetary Sciences seminar with Mark Schoeberl, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center; Olin Hall Auditorium. HW

Mon., March 8, 4 p.m. "Global in Time Regularity for a Semilinear Schroedinger Equation," an Analysis seminar with Markus Keel, University of Minnesota; 308 Krieger. HW

Mon., March 8, 5:30 p.m. "Excavations at 6th Millennium B.C. Fistikli Hoyuk," a Near Eastern Studies seminar with Reinhard Bernbeck, SUNY, Binghamton; 123 Gilman. HW

Tues., March 9, noon. "Encoding of Protein Structure, Like All Politics, Is Local," a Biological Chemistry seminar with David Shortle; 612 Physiology. EB

Tues., March 9, 3 p.m. "On the Work of Helffer on the Schroedinger Operator with Magnetic Wells," a JAMI seminar with Steve Zelditch; 302 Krieger. HW

Tues., March 9, 3 p.m. "Chemical and Physical Aspects of Microbial Adhesion and Transport in Porous Media," a Geography and Environmental Engineering seminar with Menachim Elimelech, Yale University; 234 Ames. HW

Tues., March 9, 4 p.m. "Cadherins and Synaptogenesis Studied in Developing Zebrafish," a Biology special seminar with James Jontes, Stanford University School of Medicine; 100 Mudd. HW

Tues., March 9, 4 p.m. "Developments in Deep Foundation Practice — The Last Quarter Century," a Civil Engineering seminar with Jerry DiMaggio, Federal Highway Administration; 110 Maryland. HW

Tues., March 9, 4 p.m. "Mitochondrial Machineries for Transport and Assembly of Precursor Proteins," a Cell Biology seminar with Klaus Pfanner, University of Freiburg; Suite 2-200, 1830 Bldg. EB

Tues., March 9, 4:30 p.m. "Automatic Speech Processing by Inference in Generative Models," a Center for Language and Speech Processing seminar with Sam Roweis, University of Toronto; 303 Shaffer. HW

Tues., March 9, 5:30 p.m. "Consent and Coercion: Burial Ritual in the Royal Cemetery of Ur," a Near Eastern Studies seminar with Susan Pollock, SUNY, Binghamton; 123 Gilman. HW

Wed., March 10, 10 a.m. "Orientation to Animal Care and Use at Johns Hopkins University," an Animal Care and Use Committee seminar with James Owiny; G0001 Broadway Research Bldg. EB

Wed., March 10, 12:15 p.m. "The Nature and Scope of Child Sex Abuse by Roman Catholic Clergy," a Mental Health seminar with Paul McHugh; B14B Hampton House. EB

Wed., March 10, 12:15 p.m. "Wealth Index, AIDS, Surveys and More: What's New at DHS," a Center for Communication Programs seminar with Laurie Liskin and Daniel Vadnais, MEASURE DHS; Suite 310, 111 Market Place. EB

Wed., March 10, 3 p.m. "The JHU Small Animal Imaging Resource Program: An Update," an In Vivo, Cellular, Molecular Imaging seminar with Martin Pomper; G007 Ross. EB

Wed., March 10, 3:30 p.m. "Grain Boundary Migration: A Dirty Story," a Materials Science and Engineering seminar with David Srolovitz, Princeton University; 110 Maryland. HW

Wed., March 10, 4 p.m. "Visi-bility of Shafarevich-Tate Groups at Higher Level," a Number Theory seminar with William Stein, Harvard University; 302 Krieger. HW

Wed., March 10, 4 p.m. "Insulin, Metabolism and the Origins of Insulin Producing Cells in Drosophila," a Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences seminar with Eric Rulifson, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; 303 WBSB. EB

Wed., March 10, 4 p.m. "The Analysis of Proteomics Spectra From Serum Samples," a Biostatistics seminar with Keith Baggerly, UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; W2030 BSPH. EB

Wed., March 10, 5:15 p.m. "Ironising Fiction and DeAuratizing History: Manzoni's Response to the Historical Novel (I Promessi Sposi)," a Romance Languages and Literatures seminar with Joachim Kupper, Freien Universitat Berlin; 336 Gilman. HW

Thurs., March 11, 11 a.m. "Local Force Transduction Acts Globally Through Oncogenes and Cytoskeletal Signal Transport," a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering seminar with Michael Sheetz, Columbia University; 110 Maryland. HW

Thurs., March 11, noon. "Mechanisms of Cellular Sterol Homeostasis," a Cell Biology seminar with Peter Espenshade; Suite 2-200, 1830 Bldg. EB

Thurs., March 11, noon. "Innate Immunity Mediated by Antimicrobial High-Density Lipoprotein," an Infectious Diseases and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology seminar with Jayne Raper, New York University School of Medicine; W2030 BSPH. EB

Thurs., March 11, 12:15 p.m. "The Effect of Medical Crisis Counseling on Self-Rated Health Improvement Among Distressed Heart Disease Patients," a Mental Health noontime seminar with Kara Bambauer, Harvard Medical School; B14B Hampton House. EB

Thurs., March 11, 12:15 p.m. "The Role of Communication in ARV Treatment," a Center for Communication Programs seminar with Carol Larivee, Family Health International; Suite 310, 111 Market Place. EB

Thurs., March 11, 1 p.m. "L1 Cell Recognition Molecules Regulate Cortical Neuron Migration and Dendrite Development," a Neuroscience research seminar with Patricia Maness, University of North Carolina School of Medicine; West Lecture Hall, WBSB. EB

Thurs., March 11, 4 p.m. "Melanopsin-containing Retinal Ganglion Cells: Novel Photoreceptors Involved in Non-Image-Forming Visual Functions," a Biology special seminar with Samer Hattar; 100 Mudd. HW

Thurs., March 11, 4 p.m. "Eigenvalues, Singular Values and Littlewood-Richardson Coefficients," an Applied Mathematics and Statistics seminar with Chi-Kwong Li, College of William and Mary; 304 Whitehead. HW

Thurs., March 11, 6 p.m. "Star Performance: The Choreography of Alcman's Louvre Partheneion," a Classics seminar with Gloria Ferrari Pinney, Harvard University; 111 Mergenthaler. HW

Fri., March 12, 3:30 p.m. "Growth and Collapse of a Vapor Bubble in a Small Tube," a Mechanical Engineering seminar with Yue Li; 107 Latrobe. HW

Mon., March 15, noon. "TRP Channels, the Rhodopsin Cycle and Retinal Degeneration," a Clinical Neuroscience seminar with Craig Montell; 1-191 Meyer. EB

Mon., March 15, 4 p.m. The David Bodian Seminar in Neuroscience — "Propagation of Signals in in vitro Neural Networks" with Alexander Reyes, New York University. Sponsored by the Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. 338 Krieger. HW

Mon., March 15, 4 p.m. "Reproductive Epigenetics: Implications for Assisted Reproductive Technology and Cloning," a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seminar with Jacquetta Trasler, McGill University; W2030 BSPH. EB


Special Events

Tues., March 9, 6 p.m. "Faith in Nonviolence: How Faith Helps Us to Respond Nonviolently," a panel discussion of faith as a tool for peace, with Hoji Scott, Father Au, Douglas Bartlett and Larry Egbert. Part of the Open Hands Open Hearts religious awareness days, sponsored by Campus Ministries. Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith Center. HW

Tues., March 9, 7:30 p.m. The Voyage and Discovery Series, a special lecture by Louis Kavoussi. Sponsored by Preprofessional Advising. 210 Hodson. HW

Wed., March 10, noon. The Wednesday Noon Series — "Ink Sandwiches, Electronic Worms and 37 Other Experiments for Saturday Science," a lecture by JHU Press author Neil Downie. Co-sponsored by Special Events and the JHU Press. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. Shriver Hall. HW

Wed., March 10, 8 p.m. The Center for Africana Studies presents the Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, an event celebrating the establishment of the Center for Africana Studies in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Seats no longer available. (See article, above) Shriver Hall. HW

Thurs., March 11, 3 to 6 p.m. PURA recognition ceremony. (See story, this issue)



Wed., March 10, 7:30 p.m. "The Controversy Over Media Concentration," a Government and Communication in Contemporary Society symposium with Andrew Schwartzman, the Media Access Project. LL7, Bernstein Offit Bldg., 1717 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington D.C.

Fri., March 12, 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. "Therapeutic Techniques and Practical Applications," a Washington Assessment and Therapy Services/Johns Hopkins University symposium. 301-990-0085. Montgomery County Campus.



Fri., March 12, Sat., March 13, 8 p.m.; and Sun., March 14, 2:15 p.m. Theatre Hopkins presents Copenhagen. $15 general admission, $14 for senior citizens (Friday and Sunday); $5 for student rush tickets. Final performances. Merrick Barn. HW



Tues., March 9, 4 p.m. "Financing Graduate Education," a Preprofessional Programs workshop with Paula Abernethy; 162 Mattin Center. HW

Wed., March 10, 1 to 3 p.m. "Accessible Web Design," a Welch Medical Library workshop; West Lecture Hall, WBSB. EB

Colloquia | Conference | Discussion/Talks | Film/Video | Lectures | Music | Open House | Readings | Registration | Seminars | Special Events | Symposia | Theater | Workshops


The Gazette | The Johns Hopkins University | Suite 540 | 901 S. Bond St. | Baltimore, MD 21231 | 443-287-9900 |