Johns Hopkins Gazette | October 2, 2006
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 2, 2006 | Vol. 36 No. 5

Weekly Calendar

Colloquia | Lectures | Music | Open House | Reading | Seminars | Special Events | Sports | Theater | Workshops



Tues., Oct. 3, 4:15 p.m. "Site-Directed Chemistry and Catalysis of Pt-Sn Alloys and Nanostructured Sn-Oxide Films on Pt," a Chemistry colloquium with Bruce Koel, Lehigh University; 233 Remsen. HW

Wed., Oct. 4, 4:30 p.m. "How Retroviruses Process RNA and Induce Tumors," a Biology colloquium with Karen Beemon, KSAS; Mudd Auditorium. HW

Wed., Oct. 4, 4:30 p.m. "Tropics of Glory: Liturgy and Invention in Medieval Culture," a Musicology colloquium with Bruce Holsinger, University of Virginia; 308 Conservatory. Peabody

Thurs., Oct. 5, 3 p.m. "Springs to Catch Woodcocks: The Role of Science in the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration," a History of Science, Medicine and Technology colloquium with Ed Larson, Pepperdine University; Seminar Room, Welch Library. EB

Thurs., Oct. 5, 3:30 p.m. "Physics of the Top Quark," a Physics and Astronomy colloquium with Evelyn Thomson, University of Pennsylvania; Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center. HW



Mon., Oct. 2, noon. The Bromery Lecture — "Paleoclimate Records From the Asian Continental Interior" by Alexander Prokopenko, University of South Carolina. Sponsored by Earth and Planetary Sciences. Olin Auditorium. HW

Thurs., Oct. 5, 8 a.m. The William Wallace Scott Lecture — "Stem Cells for Prostate Development and Cancer" by Owen Witte, UCLA. Sponsored by Urology. Auditorium between Cancer Research Building (I and II). EB

Fri., Oct. 6, 11:30 a.m. "The Tsunami: Fact or Fiction? The Song of the Sea (Exodus 15) and the Song of Deborah (Judges 5) or Vice-Versa?" a Near Eastern Studies lecture by David Noel Freedman, University of California, San Diego; 123 Gilman. HW

Fri., Oct. 6, 12:15 p.m. "Food Politics: Eat Grub! Putting Justice on Your Plate," a Center for a Livable Future lecture by Anna Lappe, Kellogg Foundation. Lappe's latest book, Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen, will be on sale after the lecture, and the author will be available to sign books. Refreshments served. W3008 SPH. EB



Wed., Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. Performance by CAGE: Conservatory Avant Garde Ensemble, funded in part by the Presser Foundation. Griswold Hall. Peabody

Fri., Oct. 6, 8 p.m. Peabody Concert Orchestra performs music by Beethoven and Dvorak, with Eun Young Hong (piano), winner of the Harrison L. Winter Piano Competition. $18 general admission, $10 senior citizens and $8 students with ID. Friedberg Hall. Peabody

Sat., Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m. Peabody Camerata performs music by Messiaen, with guest artists Saar Ahuvia and Stephanie Ho (piano). Griswold Hall. Peabody


Open House

Fri., Oct. 6, 8 p.m. Friday Open House at the Maryland Space Grant Observatory, weather permitting. For weekly status, call 410-516-6525 or go to Bloomberg Center. HW



Thurs., Oct. 5, 6 p.m. Reading by poet, essayist and novelist Brad Leithauser, Mt. Holyoke College. Sponsored by the Writing Seminars. 111 Mergenthaler. HW



Mon., Oct. 2, 12:15 p.m. "Massive Nucleosome Replacement in the Sex Chromosomes During Mammalian Male Meiosis," a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Godfried van der Heijden, Radbond University, Netherlands; 3520 San Martin Drive. HW

Mon., Oct. 2, 4 p.m. "Neural Mechanisms of Visual Perception," a Krieger Mind/Brain Institute seminar and lab presentation with Rudiger von der Heydt, JHU; 338 Krieger. HW

Mon., Oct. 2, 4 p.m. "'All Politics is Local' The Baltimore Bank Riot and the Political Culture of Antebellum Maryland," a History seminar with Robert Shalhope, University of Oklahoma; 315 Gilman. HW

Tues., Oct. 3, 9 a.m. "Determining Optimal Breastfeeding in HIV Affected Resource-Limited Settings," an International Health thesis defense seminar with Danstan Bagenda; W2030 SPH. EB

Tues., Oct. 3, noon. "Signal Coding and Information Flow in Taste Buds: Unusual Synaptic Mechanisms," a Biological Chemistry seminar with Stephen Roper, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine; 612 Physiology. EB

Tues., Oct. 3, noon. "Values, Agendas and Priorities: The Challenges of Community-Based Participatory Research With Women in Afghanistan," a Health, Behavior and Society seminar with Anne Brodsky, UMBC. Co-sponsored by the Urban Health Institute. 208 Hampton House. EB

Tues., Oct. 3, 4 p.m. "Some Mathematics of Sudoku," an Applied Mathematics and Statistics student seminar with Eric Harley; 304 Whitehead. HW

Wed., Oct. 4, 8:15 a.m. "Uveitis and the Tower of Babel: Standardizing Clinical Research," a Center for Clinical Trials seminar with Douglas Jabs, SoM; W4030 SPH. EB

Wed., Oct. 4, noon. "Magnesium Transport in Salmonella Virulence and the Crystal Structure of the CorA Magnesium Channel," a Physiology seminar with Michael Maguire, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; 202 Physiology (Library). EB

Wed., Oct. 4, noon. "Racial Orders in Contemporary America," a Political Science seminar with Rogers Smith, University of Pennsylvania; 366 Mergenthaler. HW

Wed., Oct. 4, 12:15 p.m. "Handling Confounders With Care in Risk-Factor Epidemiology: New and Not-So-New Statistical Methods," a Mental Health seminar with Ravi Varadhan, SoM; B14B Hampton House. EB

Wed., Oct. 4, 3:30 p.m. "Soft Errors in Modern Semiconductor ICs: Nuclear Particles Collide with Silicon Scaling," a Materials Science and Engineering seminar with Kenneth Rodbell, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center; 110 Maryland. HW

Wed., Oct. 4, 4 p.m. "'Go West! Young Women': Hollywood-Bohemia and Redefinition of Modern Femininity," a History seminar with Hilary Hallett, Rutgers University; 315 Gilman. HW

Wed., Oct. 4, 4 p.m. "Modifications in Neuronal Function by the Sphingolipid Ceramide: A Biomarker for Neurodegeneration," a Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences seminar with Norman Haughey, SoM; West Lecture Hall (ground floor), WBSB. EB

Thurs., Oct. 5, 11 a.m. "Homogenous Nucleation: What Is It? What Do We Know?" a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering seminar with Joseph Katz, WSE; 110 Maryland. HW

Thurs., Oct. 5, noon. "Uses of the Department of Defense Serum Repository in Support of Vaccine-Related Studies: Case-Control, Cohort and Cross-Sectional Designs," an International Health seminar with Angela Eick and Remington Nevin, U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine. Part of the Program in Disease Prevention and Control Seminar Series. W2008 SPH. EB

Thurs., Oct. 5, 12:15 p.m. "What I Will Do for Maryland's Health If Elected Governor," a Health Policy and Management seminar with Martin O'Malley, mayor of Baltimore and Democratic candidate for governor. E2014 SPH (will be shown on closed-circuit TV in rooms W1020 and W1214). EB

Thurs., Oct. 5, 1 p.m. "Gating Ion Channels With Light," a Neuroscience research seminar with Ehud Isacoff, University of California, Berkeley; West Lecture Hall (ground floor), WBSB. EB

Thurs., Oct. 5, 3 p.m. "A Versatile Immersed Boundary Method with Application to Biological Flows," a Mechanical Engineering seminar with Rajat Mittal, George Washington University; 210 Hodson. HW

Thurs., Oct. 5, 4 p.m. "Stochastic Protection of Confidential Information in Databases: A Hybrid of Data Perturbation and Query Restriction," an Applied Mathematics and Statistics seminar with Robert Garfinkel, University of Connecticut School of Business; 304 Whitehead. HW

Thurs., Oct. 5, 4 p.m. "Unraveling Transcriptional Regulation of Early Development in Transgenic Zebrafish," a Cell Biology seminar with Shannon Fisher, SoM; Suite 2-200, 1830 Bldg. EB

Thurs., Oct. 5, 4 p.m. "Olfaction Targeted," a Biology seminar with Peter Mombaerts, Rockefeller University; 100 Mudd. HW

Mon., Oct. 9, 12:15 p.m. "Dynamics and Gene Expression of the Blastoderm Margin During Zebrafish Gastrulation," a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Benjamin Feldman, NIH; 3520 San Martin Drive. HW

Mon., Oct. 9, 12:15 p.m. "Opening the Doors to the Department of Defense Serum Repository: A How-To Look at Using DoD Resources for Surveillance and Research — Past, Present and Future," an Epidemiology seminar with Angela Eick and Remington Nevin, U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine; W4030 SPH. EB

Mon., Oct. 9, 1:30 p.m. "Risk Factors for Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Northern Thailand," an Epidemiology thesis defense seminar with Kimberly Brodovicz; W2033 SPH. EB

Mon., Oct. 9, 2 p.m. "Examining School and Neighborhood Variation in Violence During Adolescence for a Baltimore City Cohort, 1990-1997," a Population and Family Health Sciences thesis defense seminar with Julia Rajaratnam; E4130 SPH. EB

Mon., Oct. 9, 4 p.m. "Singularities for Lagrangian Mean Curvature Flow," an Analysis seminar with Andre Neves, Princeton University. Sponsored by Mathematics. 308 Krieger. HW

Mon., Oct. 9, 4 p.m. The David Bodian Seminar in Neuroscience — "Neural Basis of Reward-Based Action Selection in the Basal Ganglia and the Centromedian Nucleus of Thalamus" with Minoru Kimura, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine. Sponsored by Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. 338 Krieger. HW


Special Events

Wed., Oct. 4, 2 p.m. "Strange Customs Prevail: Entertaining at Home in the Early National Period," a talk by author Barbara Carson. First in the lecture series Repast as Ritual: The Objects of Entertaining at Homewood House Museum sponsored by Homewood House Museum. Single lectures $35 ($30 for museum members, $15 for students and museum volunteers). Six-part series is $146 ($124 for members; $75 for students and volunteers). Seating is limited; advance pre-paid registration is required. For more information, call 410-516-5589, e-mail [email protected], or go to



Sat., Oct. 7, 7 p.m. Women's Soccer, vs. Swarthmore; Homewood Field. HW



Fri., Oct. 6, Sat., Oct. 7, and Sun., Oct. 8, 8 p.m. Witness Theater presents its first fall showcase of student-written plays. $5 general admission, $3 for students. Swirnow Theater, Mattin Center. HW



Mon., Oct. 2 to Fri., Oct. 6, 9:30 a.m. "Moral Creativity," the Rockefeller Foundation Child on the Wing workshops, sponsored by Anthropology. Child on the Wing workshops bring together short-term fellows, resident fellows and guest speakers in an informal setting to discuss their work on children and youth and to reflect on conceptual and methodological issues on moral creativity. Conference Room A, Levering. HW

Mon., Oct. 2. Veena Das, KSAS; Krisjon Rae Olson, University of California, Berkeley; Janette Habashi, Oklahoma University.

Tues., Oct. 3. Zolani Ngwane, Haverford College; and Nancy Kendall, University of Wisconsin.

Wed., Oct. 4. Deborah Poole, KSAS; Nicolas Argenti, University of London; Marisa Ensor, Eastern Michigan University.

Thurs., Oct. 5. Anand Pandian, University of British Columbia; Kristen Cheney, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Fri., Oct. 6. Jason Hart, Oxford University; Benedito dos Santos, Catholic University of Goias; Mani Singh, University of Delhi; Ross Parsons, KSAS.

Preprofessional Programs events. HW

Tues., Oct. 3, 4 p.m. Pre-Law: Law School essay workshop; Sherwood Room, Levering.

Thurs., Oct. 5, 5 p.m. Pre-Health: Interview workshop for 2006-2007 medical/dental school applicants only; 111 Mergenthaler.

Wed., Oct. 4, 12:15 p.m. "Resumes and CVs for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Students," a Career Services workshop. W3030 SPH. EB

Thurs., Oct. 5, 1 p.m. "Bits and Bytes: Digital Audio and Video for Fun and Class," a Center for Educational Resources workshop with Brian Cole, CER. Garrett Room, MSE Library. HW

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