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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 17, 2007 | Vol. 37 No. 3
In Brief


NAS President Cicerone to give talk on global climate change

National Academy of Sciences President Ralph J. Cicerone will give the George S. Benton Endowed Lectureship in Meteorology and Fluid Dynamics at 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, in Hodson Hall on the Homewood campus. Cicerone's lecture is titled "Global Climate Change: Human Causes and Responses."

Cicerone is a distinguished atmospheric scientist whose contributions to the understanding of greenhouse gases and ozone depletion have allowed him to help shape science and environmental policy at the highest national and international levels. In 2001, he led a National Academy of Sciences study, requested by President George W. Bush, of the current state of climate change and its impact on the environment and human health.

"When you consider that this lecture will take place the same week as President Bush's international summit on global warming in Washington, it becomes clear just how relevant Dr. Cicerone's lecture really is," said Darryn Waugh, a professor in the Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, sponsor of the event.

The George S. Benton Endowed Lectureship in Meteorology and Fluid Dynamics is named for a former dean of the faculty in the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Benton also was a member of the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department.


General Motors' chief scientist to speak on next-generation cars

Larry Burns, chief scientist for General Motors, will discuss the future of automotive technology on Thursday, Sept. 20, on the Homewood campus. The event will begin at 11 a.m. in 110 Hodson Hall.

Before and after the hourlong talk, GM will exhibit its experimental hydrogen-powered vehicle and its new Hybrid 2Mode vehicle in front of Hodson. A limited number of test-driving opportunities will be available to attendees.

As vice president of research and development and strategic planning for GM, Burns heads a worldwide team of experts who are focused on reinventing the automobile. These researchers are exploring changes related to energy, security, independence and environmental issues. The innovations under review include hybrids, fuel cells, biofuels and electrically driven vehicles.

Burns began his career in 1969 as a member of the research and development staff at GM, focusing on transportation, logistics and production systems. He holds a doctorate in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley; a master's degree in engineering/public policy from the University of Michigan; and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University). His appearance at Johns Hopkins is sponsored by the university's Office of the President, the Whiting School of Engineering and General Motors.


Cummings, Rawlings-Blake to lead student health discussion

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings and City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will visit the Homewood campus this week to lead a Project Health discussion called "Changing the Health of a Country Through Mobilization of College Students."

Project Health, founded in 1996 by physicians at Boston Medical Center and students at Harvard to tap the energy and enthusiasm of college students, addresses the unmet needs of low- income children and families. The Baltimore chapter of the organization works with students from Johns Hopkins, Loyola College and Morgan State.

The event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, in the Sherwood Room of Levering Hall. For more information, contact Adam Milam at


Integrated Imaging Center to hold open house of facility

The Integrated Imaging Center will hold an open house at its recently expanded and renovated 2,500-square-foot-facility, 102 Dunning Hall on the Homewood campus, from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21.

Sponsored by FEICO, builder of what are considered the world's finest electron microscopes, and Carl Zeiss, supplier of the center's light microscopes, the open house will offer visitors the opportunity to visit the center's five dedicated suites: a combination ultramicrotomy/tissue culture/cell prep room, a comprehensive light microscopy suite, a scanning room, a wet laboratory and a transmission electron microscopy suite.

Staff will conduct demonstrations and discuss the center's role in providing electron and light microscopy services to Johns Hopkins researchers and to others around the world. For details, go to


Fund-raiser to benefit Children's Center Cooley's anemia research

An Aegean Evening, a Greek-themed fund-raiser, will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, on a private estate in Glyndon, Md., to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Baltimore-Piraeus Sister City Committee. A portion of the proceeds from the $100-a-ticket event will benefit Johns Hopkins Children's Center research on Cooley's anemia, a potentially fatal congenital blood disorder that primarily affects individuals of Mediterranean ancestry. The party is hosted by Aris Melissaratos, senior adviser to President Brody for enterprise development.

For tickets and information, contact Vasi Karas at 410-252-5283 or, or Georgette Stavrakas at 410-467-4219.


Party will celebrate Homewood Museum's 20th anniversary

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Homewood Museum's official opening, and to thank the community for its continued support and participation, the museum is hosting a party from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21. Free tours will be offered, and Homewood-shaped cake and light refreshments will be served on the back lawn. As a special gift to Homewood members, the Museum Shop will increase the standard 10 percent discount to 20 percent off all merchandise on Sept. 20 and 21.

Debuting at the event will be new JHU Museum membership categories. Faculty and staff can join both Homewood and Evergreen museums for $30 a year and students for $15. Benefits include discounted programs and events, invitations to members-only exhibition previews and meet-the-artist receptions, and a 10 percent discount in the shops.


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