Rep. Ben Cardin to speak about ethics and Capitol
The recent congressional lobbying scandals will be
the subject of a lecture by Rep. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) at 1
p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, in Levering Union's Sherwood Room
on the Homewood campus.
Titled "Ethics and Capitol Hill: Are They Mutually
Exclusive?" Cardin's talk will address both the broad
expectations for ethical behavior among elected federal
officials and proposed reforms.
The talk is sponsored by the
Institute for Policy Studies. For information or to
RSVP, call 410-516-7174 or e-mail
SPSBE prof appointed to W.Va. commission on Sago Mine
Beverly Sauer, a professor at
SPSBE, has been
appointed to West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin's Special
Commission on the Sago Mine Disaster. The commission is
charged with investigating overarching issues of decision
making and communication in mine safety.
Sauer has received five consecutive grants from the
National Science Foundation for her research investigating
risk communication and decision making in coal mine
explosions and roof falls. She has published numerous
articles on communication and safety in coal mine safety
training programs, and in 2003 received the prize for Best
Book in Scientific and Technical Communication from the
National Council of Teachers of English for her book The
Rhetoric of Risk: Technical Documentation in Hazardous
Sauer's work provides important insights into the
problems of communicating risk when trainers and workers do
not share a common education, experience, language or
Blue Jays lacrosse tickets are now available for faculty,
Tickets for the
Blue Jays' 2006 lacrosse
season are now available. To receive two complimentary
season passes, faculty and staff members should bring a
valid university ID to the main office in the Athletic
Center between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
All full-time students get free admission by showing
their JCards at the gate.
Vanda Pharmaceuticals is newest tenant at
On Jan. 27, Vanda Pharmaceuticals became the latest
addition to the
Montgomery County Campus. The company is occupying
18,000 square feet of space in Building III, approximately
one-half of which is occupied by JHU classrooms, offices
and labs, with the remaining space reserved for science-
and technology-related companies.
Recently cited as "Best Biotech Office" by the
Maryland/D.C. National Association of Industrial and Office
Properties, Building III is a catalyst for collaborative
interaction between academic and research tenants and is a
key component in the university's plans for the 36-acre
"The opportunity to co-locate with JHU research
experts is an important aspect of our future drug
development efforts," said Mihael Polymeropoulos, CEO of
Vanda filed for an initial public offering in December
and is looking to raise up to $75 million to fund the
development of new drugs, including one for schizophrenia
in Phase III clinical trials.
SAIS hosts nation-building forum: 'Beyond Afghanistan and
SAIS will host a
forum on Tuesday, Feb. 7, to celebrate the launch of
Nation-Building: Beyond Afghanistan and Iraq (JHU Press), a
book edited by Francis Fukuyama, director of the SAIS
International Development Program and Bernard L. Schwartz
Professor of International Political Economy.
Based on a conference held at SAIS in 2004, the book
explores the American experience in post-conflict
reconstruction, historically in Germany, Japan, Haiti and
Bosnia, and most recently in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Several of the book's contributors will participate in
a panel discussion about their chapters as well as the
current situation in Afghanistan and Iraq. Participants
will be Fukuyama; Johanna Mendelson Forman, director of
peace, security and human rights policy at the U.N.
Foundation; James Dobbins, director of the Rand Corp.'s
International Security and Defense Policy Center; and
Frederick Starr, chairman of the SAIS Central Asia-Caucasus
The event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Nitze
Building's Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates must RSVP
APL holds series of public events for Black History
In celebration of Black History Month,
APL is holding a
series of events that are open to the public. The calendar
includes films, musical performances and talks focusing on
education and the contributions of minorities to science
The series opened last week with a talk by Robert L.
Shepard, the founding executive director of the Science and
Engineering Alliance. This week, at 11:30 a.m. on
Wednesday, Feb. 8, Louis Diggs, a local historian and
author, will speak in Parsons Auditorium.
Also scheduled are a talk by Woodrow Whitlow, director
of the NASA Glenn Research Center; a concert by the Peabody
Conservatory singers; and a talk by Roger W. Ferguson Jr.,
vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board's board of
A film series will run on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. at the
R.E. Gibson Library. The lineup includes Walk a Mile in My
Shoes: The 90-Year Journey of the NAACP, We Shall Not Be
Moved, People Like Us and The Black Press: Soldiers Without
For details, go to
Tribute to Coretta Scott King planned for Feb.
A tribute to Coretta Scott King will be hosted by the
Johns Hopkins Medicine Martin Luther King Jr. Committee at
noon on Thursday, Feb. 9, in Hurd Hall, East Baltimore
campus. An excerpt from the 2002 Martin Luther King Jr.
event, at which she was the keynote speaker, will be
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