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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 6, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 20
In Brief


Rep. Ben Cardin to speak about ethics and Capitol Hill

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 disaster

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 Environments.

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 culture.


Blue Jays lacrosse tickets are now available for faculty, staff

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 JHU-MCC

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 campus.

"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.

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 Iraq'

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 Institute.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates must RSVP to 800-548-5481.


APL holds series of public events for Black History Month

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 and engineering.

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 governors.

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 Swords.

For details, go to events.asp.


Tribute to Coretta Scott King planned for Feb. 9

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 shown.


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