Johns Hopkins Gazette | December 4, 2006
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University December 4, 2006 | Vol. 36 No. 13

Weekly Calendar

Colloquia | Discussion/Talks | Exhibition | Film/Video | Lectures | Music | Reading | Seminars | Special Events | Symposia |



When Jay VanRensselaer wanted to give the 10 students in his three-credit Introduction to Photography class some experience in front of the camera as well as behind it, he conceived a portrait-taking exercise that made them subjects as well as photographers. 'I hope it will lead to a bigger project of photographing more and capturing a wider range of people,' he says. The first result, VanRensselaer's compilation of their work titled 'Photo Booth #1,' is part of the Faculty Exhibition on view now through Monday, Dec. 11, on the second floor of the Mattin Center's F. Ross Jones Building, Homewood campus. Striking a pose, from the left: Sarah Doyle, Dilveer "DV" Vahali, Ayomide "Ayo" Okusanya, Marcos Perez, Kristin Brill, VanRensselaer, Sunny Sahajwani, Tiffany Eaton, Emily Yoon, Kaming "Gordon" Ngai and Sarah Krellenstein. See Exhibitions.

Mon., Dec. 4, 4 p.m. "Equivalence and Pardon: To Do Justice to Life," an Anthropology colloquium with Juan Obarrio, KSAS; 400 Macaulay. HW

Tues., Dec. 5, 4 p.m. "Humanism in the Age of Terror. Reflections from South Africa," an Anthropology colloquium with Achille Mbembe, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. Co-sponsored by the Center for Africana Studies. 400 Macaulay. HW

Tues., Dec. 5, 4:15 p.m. "Using Electron Transfer to Design Functional Biomolecule-Semiconductor Interfaces," a Chemistry colloquium with David Benson, Wayne State University; 233 Remsen. HW

Wed., Dec. 6, 3:30 p.m. "Reconstructing Accretion Histories of Galaxies," an STScI colloquium with Kathryn Johnston, Columbia University; STScI Auditorium. HW

Wed., Dec. 6, 4 p.m. "Governing the Criminal Animal: Pastoral Power and the Policing of Life in South India," an Anthropology colloquium with Anand Pandian, University of British Columbia; 400 Macaulay. HW

Wed., Dec. 6, 4:30 p.m. "The Two Origins of Music," a Peabody Musicology colloquium with Gary Tomlinson, University of Pennsylvania; 308 Conservatory. Peabody

Thurs., Dec. 7, 3 p.m. "The 'Great Confinement' Revisited: The Rise of the Lunatic Asylum in Transnational Perspective," a History of Science, Medicine and Technology colloquium with David Wright, McMaster University; Seminar Room, 3rd floor, Welch Library. EB

Thurs., Dec. 7, 3:30 p.m. "The Jasons," a Physics and Astronomy colloquium with Anne Finkbeiner; Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center. HW

Thurs., Dec. 7, 4 p.m. "Experiments With Life: Pharmaceuticals, Bodies and Depression in Chile's Debt Economy," an Anthropology colloquium with Clara Han, Harvard University; 400 Macaulay. HW

Thurs., Dec. 7, 4 p.m. "Before Democracy: The Advent of Common Sense in Early 18th-Century England," a Seminar in Political and Moral Thought colloquium with Sophie Rosenfeld, University of Virginia; 348 Gilman. HW

Fri., Dec. 8, 2 p.m. "Taking a Long-Term Perspective on U.S. Navy ASW Objectives, Capabilities and Trends (Historical Survey and Projections, 1940-2020)," an APL colloquium with John Benedict Jr., APL. Parsons Auditorium. APL



Mon., Dec. 4, 12:15 p.m. "Stem Cells, Drug Trials and Other Not-so-Hidden Conflicts in Clinical Research," a Berman Bioethics Institute panel discussion with Timothy Caulfield, University of Alberta; Jonathan Orems, JH Comprehensive Transplant Center; and Jeremy Sugarman, SoM. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation (SoM) and the Office of Research Subjects (SPH). E2030 SPH (Feinstone Hall). EB

Mon., Dec. 4, 12:15 p.m. "HIV Prevention in Women's Hands: The Promise of Microbicides and Cervical Barriers," a panel discussion with Thomas Moench, ReProtect; Amy Allina, National Women's Health Network; and Deanna Kerrigan, SPH. Co-sponsored by the Women's Health Action Group (SPH); the American Medical Women's Association (JHMI); and the SPH Student Assembly. W1214 SPH (Sheldon Hall). EB

Thurs., Dec. 7, noon. Mattin ART Munch — "Everyone's a (Film) Critic!" a discussion on film criticism with reviewer Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun. Bring questions and opinions about favorite movies. Co-sponsored by Homewood Arts Programs, Homewood Art Workshops and the Digital Media Center. 160 Mattin. HW

Thurs., Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m. "Access to Essential Medicines," a panel discussion with experts from Pfizer Inc. and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Sponsored by Hopkins' Universities Allied for Essential Medicines. Mountcastle Auditorium, PCTB. EB



Through Dec. 11. Faculty drawings, paintings, photographs, cartoons, sculpture and dioramas. Sponsored by Homewood Art Workshops and Homewood Arts Programs. 2nd floor, Jones Bldg., Mattin Center. HW



Thurs., Dec. 7, noon. Screening of the film Pills Profits Protest. Sponsored by Hopkins' Universities Allied for Essential Medicines. W1214 SPH (Sheldon Hall). EB

Fri., Dec. 8, 8 p.m. The Johns Hopkins Film Society presents Drawing Restraint 9, directed by Matthew Barney. $6 general admission, $3 for JHU affiliates. Shriver Hall Auditorium. HW



Tues., Dec. 5, 3:30 p.m. The First Simon Newcombe Lecture — "What Is Social Software and Why Do We Need It?" by Rohit Parikh, CUNY. Sponsored by Economics. 426 Mergenthaler. HW

Tues., Dec. 5, 4 p.m. "Israel's Greatest Writer?" an appreciation of S. Yizhar, with a reading from the unpublished translation of his novel Preliminaries, by Nicholas De Lange, University of Cambridge. Sponsored by the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Jewish Studies Program. 315 Gilman. HW

Thurs., Dec. 7, 4 p.m. The Eighth Annual Alan J. Goldman Lecture — "Optimization, Calibration and Uncertainty Analysis of Multimodal, Computationally Expensive Models with Environmental Applications" by Christine Shoemaker, Cornell University. Sponsored by Applied Mathematics and Statistics. 110 Maryland, followed by a reception in 304 Whitehead. HW

Thurs., Dec. 7, 5 p.m. "Rabbinic Magic in the Roman Bathhouse: The Poetics of Cultural Interaction in the Roman Mediterranean," a Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Jewish Studies Program lecture by Yaron Eliav, University of Michigan; 123 Gilman. HW

Fri., Dec. 8, 11 a.m. "Fluids Go to Bed: Transport and Sorting in Coarse-Bedded Streams," a CEAFM lecture by Peter Wilcock, WSE; 110 Maryland. HW

Fri., Dec. 8, 4 p.m. "Critical Encyclopedism," an English lecture by Paul Saint-Amour, Pomona College; 323 Gilman. HW

Fri., Dec. 8, 4 p.m. "What Is, and Why Do We Study, German Media Theory?" a German and Romance Languages lecture by Geoffrey Winthrop-Young, University of British Columbia; 238 Gilman. HW

Fri., Dec. 8, 5 p.m. "Some Early Shrines Dedicated to Augustus: The Awkward Emergence of the Emperor's Divinity," a Classics lecture by Michael Koortbojian, KSAS; 111 Mergenthaler. HW



Thurs., Dec. 7, 10:30 a.m. Lecture and demonstration of Irish traditional music with Myron Bret-holz (bodhran) and Laura Byrne (flute). Sponsored by Peabody Musicology. 308 Conservatory. Peabody

Sun., Dec. 10, 5:30 p.m. Shriver Hall Concert Series presents mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and pianist Warren Jones, performing works by Brahms, Duparc and De Falla. 4:30 p.m. Pre-concert lecture in the Clipper Room. $33 general admission, $17 for students and free for JHU undergraduates. Shriver Auditorium. HW

Sun., Dec. 10, 8 p.m. Peabody Concert Orchestra performs with faculty artist Katherine Needleman (oboe). $18 general admission, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for students with ID. Friedberg Hall. Peabody



Tues., Dec. 5, 6 p.m. Reading by faculty of the Writing Seminars with Alice McDermott and Jean McGarry. Mudd Auditorium. HW

Sat., Dec. 9, 3 p.m. Thesis student reading with Melissa Hendricks. Sponsored by Advanced Academic Programs. In this series, students in the JHU Master of Arts in Writing Program read from their works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. 305 Olin. HW



Mon., Dec. 4, noon. "Experiments on Quartz-Mica Deformation: Implications for Pressure Solution," an Earth and Planetary Sciences seminar with Jim Boles, University of California, Santa Barbara; Olin Auditorium. HW

Mon., Dec. 4, 12:15 p.m. "Vertical Analysis of Ion Channel Single-Gene Transcriptomes," a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with William Agnew, SoM; 3520 San Martin Drive. HW

Mon., Dec. 4, 4 p.m. The David Bodian Seminar in Neuroscience — "Human-Machine Interaction With Haptics" with Allison Okamura, WSE. Sponsored by the Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. 338 Krieger. HW

Mon., Dec. 4, 4 p.m. "Visualizing the Early Steps of Single Retrovirus Entry Into Cells," a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seminar with Gregory Melikian, University of Maryland; W2030 SPH. EB

Tues., Dec. 5, noon. "Regulation of the Lysosomal Protease Cathepsin L by the Serpin Protein C Inhibitor," a Biological Chemistry seminar with Yolanda Fortenberry, SoM; 612 Physiology. EB

Tues., Dec. 5, 4 p.m. "Multiple Pathways Influence Mitochondrial Distribution in Yeast," a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Rebecca Frederick, University of Utah; 3520 San Martin Drive. HW

Tues., Dec. 5, 4 p.m. "Non-Statistical Estimation of Stochastic Dynamical Systems," an Applied Mathematics and Statistics student seminar with Felipe Arrate; 304 Whitehead. HW

Tues., Dec. 5, 4:30 p.m. "Improved Statistical Machine Translation Using Paraphrases," a Center for Language and Speech Processing seminar with Chris Callison-Burch, University of Edinburgh; 3 Shaffer. HW

Wed., Dec. 6, 8:15 a.m. "Results of the Tape Trial — The Placebo Effect in Asthma," a Center for Clinical Trials seminar with Robert Wise, SoM; W4030 SPH. EB

Wed., Dec. 6, 10 a.m. "The Preparation and Characterization of a Heparin-derived Oligosaccharide That Binds to Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 Glycoprotein D," a Biological Chemistry special seminar with Ronald Copeland, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; 612 Physiology. EB

Wed., Dec. 6, noon. "Against Cosmopolitanism? Rawl's Law of Peoples and the Questions of Democracy and Political Pluralism in International Law," a Political Science seminar with Peter Danchin, University of Maryland; 366 Mergenthaler. HW

Wed., Dec. 6, noon. "Molecular Epidemiology of Hematological Cancers in Adults and Children," an Environmental Health Sciences seminar with Martyn Smith, University of California, Berkeley; W3030 SPH. EB

Wed., Dec. 6, 12:15 p.m. "Metabolic Syndrome and Cognitive Impairment: Is the Sum Greater Than Its Parts?" a Mental Health seminar with Kristine Yaffe, University of California, San Francisco; B14B Hampton House. EB

Wed., Dec. 6, 12:15 p.m. "HIPAA: How to Make It Work for You," an Office for Research Subjects brown bag seminar with Margi Joshi and Stephanie Gaudreau, ORS; W3031 SPH. EB

Wed., Dec. 6, 1:30 p.m. "Structure and Design of DNA-Binding Proteins," a Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry seminar with Carl Pabo, Harvard Medical School; 517 PCTB. EB

Wed., Dec. 6, 4 p.m. "Communicating with Hedgehogs," a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Matthew Scott, Stanford University/HHMI; 3520 San Martin Drive. HW

Wed., Dec. 6, 4 p.m. "Telling Right From Wrong: How DNA and RNA Polymerases Distinguish Between Correct and Incorrect (d)NTPs," a Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences seminar with Robert Kuchta, University of Colorado; West Lecture Hall (ground floor), WBSB. EB

Thurs., Dec. 7, 11 a.m. "Light and Neutron Scattering Spectroscopy Applied in Studies of Vascular Biology," a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering seminar with Sriram Neelamegham, University at Buffalo, SUNY; 110 Maryland. HW

Thurs., Dec. 7, noon. "Assembly and Patterning of Vessels During Developmental Angiogenesis and Lymphangiogenesis," a Cell Biology seminar with Brant Weinstein, NICHHD/NIH; Suite 2-200, 1830 Bldg. EB

Thurs., Dec. 7, 12:10 p.m. "Tipping the Scales: Obese Children and Child Safety Seats," a Health, Behavior and Society seminar with Lara Trifiletti, Ohio State University. Co-sponsored by the Center for a Livable Future. 250 Hampton House. EB

Thurs., Dec. 7, 12:15 p.m. "The Lobbyists Panel," a Health Policy and Management seminar with Barbara Brocato, Robin Shavitz, Don Murphy and Frank Boston; B14 Hampton House. EB

Thurs., Dec. 7, 1 p.m. "Embryonic Stem Cells and Motor Neuron Diversity," a Neuroscience research seminar with Hynek Wichterle, Columbia University; West Lecture Hall (ground floor), WBSB. EB

Thurs., Dec. 7, 4 p.m. "Protein Quality Control in the Endoplasmic Reticulum," a Biology seminar with Davis Ng, National University of Singapore; 100 Mudd. HW

Mon., Dec. 11, 9 a.m. "Networks and Neighborhoods: Multilevel Determinants of STI Risks," an Epidemiology thesis defense seminar with Caroline Fichtenberg; W2030 SPH. EB

Mon., Dec. 11, 1:30 p.m. "Anticipated Longevity and Other Determinants in Shaping Parent-Child Proximity for Older Adults," a Population and Family Health Sciences thesis defense seminar with Yiduo Zhang; E4611 SPH. EB

Mon., Dec. 11, 4 p.m. The David Bodian Seminar in Neuroscience — "'There Is No Spoon': The Representations of Association Cortex in Monkey" with Ralph Siegel, Rutgers University; 338 Krieger. HW

Mon., Dec. 11, 4 p.m. "Fertilization Mechanisms: How Sperm TRP Along to the Egg," a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seminar with Harvey Florman, University of Massachusetts Medical School; W2030 SPH. EB


Special Events

Holiday events at Homewood House Museum and Evergreen House. HW

Mon., Dec. 4, 5 to 7 p.m. "Homewood by Candlelight," seasonal decorations, live holiday music and refreshments in the wine cellar. $6 general admission; free to Homewood House members.

Thurs., Dec. 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Holiday book, art and gift sale, with handcrafted jewelry, watercolors and ceramics by area artists; and new and recent JHU Press books (part of the JHU Press holiday sale and book signing taking place through Dec. 10). Museum shop items are 20 percent off; JHU Press books 25 percent off.

Sat., Dec. 9, and Sun., Dec. 10, noon to 4 p.m. Holiday traditions at Evergreen and Homewood House Museum; tours of the historic houses, seasonal music and light refreshments. $1.

Tues., Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. "Promoting Opportunity and Growth Through Science, Technology and Innovation," a Hamilton Project Forum of the Brookings Institution, with featured speakers JHU President William R. Brody, and former U.S. Treasury secretaries Robert Rubin and Larry Summers. RSVP required; call 202-797-6105, e-mail or go to For a live Webcast of the event, go to (See story, "Forum discusses competitiveness of U.S. in science and technology," in this issue.) Kenney Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW. SAIS

Thurs., Dec. 7, 4 p.m. Invitation to meet and hear summaries of dissertations from the first cohort of students from the Collaborative Doctoral Program of Peking Union Medical College School of Nursing and JHUSoN with guests of honor Lu Chongmei, PUMC Hospital, and Roy Schwarz, China Medical Board Inc. 217 Anne M. Pinkard Bldg, followed by a reception in the Carpenter Room (1st floor, SoN). EB

Fri., Dec. 8, noon to 2 p.m. "ArtBots '06," an exhibition by students in the Mechatronics class of their final class projects: self-contained mobile robots that attempt to create art. SDS Room, 101 Jones Bldg., Mattin Center. HW



Wed., Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. "Charting a Course to Sustainability Through Research, Education and Service," a Center for a Livable Future scientific symposium in celebration of the center's 10th anniversary, with various speakers and a keynote address by Alfred Sommer. (See story, "CLF: Celebrating first decade of food production science," in this issue.) Reception follows at 5 p.m. Pre-registration required; register at Mattin Center. HW

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