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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 23, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 31
In Brief


Convocation to feature Emory President Wagner, JHU alum

The Whiting School of Engineering's annual Convocation and Harriet Shriver Rogers Lecture will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, in Hodson Hall.

Emory University President James Wagner, who received degrees from Johns Hopkins in 1978 and 1984, is this year's lecturer. He will speak on "Inquiry-Driven Engineering: One of the Liberal Arts." Before the lecture, Wagner will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award.


Memorial fund established for Capt. Jonathan Grassbaugh

The family of Army Capt. Jonathan Grassbaugh, a member of the Homewood class of 2003 who was killed April 7 while on patrol with his unit in Zaganiyah, Iraq, has established a fund to create scholarships in his name at Johns Hopkins and Phillips Exeter Academy, his high school.

Checks made out to the Capt. Jonathan Grassbaugh Memorial Fund can be sent to Citizens Bank, 45 S. Broadway, Salem, NH 03079.


'PostSecret' creator Frank Warren to give multimedia presentation, sign books

Frank Warren, a small-business owner in Maryland, started as a community art project, and since October 2004, he has received thousands of postcards on which anonymous senders reveal their inner thoughts or perhaps past indiscretions. The cards have been featured in galleries, the popular music video for the All-American Rejects' Dirty Little Secret and, most recently, in Warren's best-selling book, PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives.

His Web site, ranked by New York Magazine as the third-most-popular blog on the Internet, earned several awards at both the 2006 Bloggy and Webby Awards and continues to attract more than 3 million visitors a month. Warren has appeared on Today, 20/20, CNN, MSNBC, NPR and Fox News, among others.

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, Warren will give a multimedia presentation on the PostSecret phenomenon in the Charles Commons Conference Center, Homewood campus. The event is hosted by Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins.


SAIS to host foreign policy forum featuring Rep. Dennis Kucinich

SAIS will this week hold a forum called "Foreign Policy: The Imperative for Human Unity."

The event, hosted by the SAIS Center on Politics and Foreign Relations, the Financial Times and the Johns Hopkins University Center for the Study of American Government, will feature keynote speaker Dennis Kucinich, Democratic congressman from Ohio and 2008 presidential candidate; Ed Luce, Washington bureau chief of the Financial Times; and Robert Guttman, director of the Center on Politics and Foreign Relations.

The session will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 25, in room 500 of the Bernstein-Offit Building. Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP to CPFR at or 202-587-3237.


Students to hold community health fair in North Waverly

The Community Care Initiative — comprising students from Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland — have cooked up a plan for this year's annual Spring Health Fair.

The event — designed to promote health education by presenting easily accessible, unbiased information on everything from complementary and alternative medicine to sexual health and heart disease — is themed "Recipe for Health" and will include screening booths for hypertension and glaucoma. The annual fair, to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, on 32nd Street between Barclay and Abell streets, typically draws more than 250 residents of the North Waverly community.

Sponsors are the American College of Physicians, People's Community Health Centers, Johns Hopkins health professions schools, Student OUtreach REsource Center, University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Maryland Pharmacy School.


Mary-Claire King, discoverer of 'breast cancer gene,' to speak

World-respected human geneticist Mary-Claire King will speak at Johns Hopkins on Wednesday, April 25, on the search for genetic causes of mental disorders. King's talk comes as part of this year's Psychiatric Genetics Seminars sponsored by the School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

A professor at the University of Washington, King researches the genetics and interaction of genes and environment on HIV, lupus and inherited deafness, as well as on breast and ovarian cancer. In 1990, she demonstrated that a chromosome 17 gene, later known as BRCA1, prompts many breast and ovarian cancers. Her discovery of "the breast cancer gene," as well as the novel techniques used, sparked a new wave of intensive searches for genes underlying more complex human diseases.

Though not a topic of her talk, King is also a noted humanitarian activist, pioneering the use of genomic sequencing to identify those subject to human rights abuses.

The seminar, at 5 p.m. in Hurd Hall, East Baltimore campus, is titled "Finding Genetic Causes of Mental Disorders: Lessons From Genomics Studies of Other Complex Traits."


Maryland secretary of health Colmers to talk at Homewood

Project HEALTH, a student-run organization at Homewood that works with the Baltimore City Health Department and Baltimore Health Care Access to address issues surrounding poverty and poor health, will this week host an open discussion with John Colmers, Maryland secretary of health. The session is scheduled for 4 p.m., on Monday, April 23, in 101 Remsen.

Hopkins Relay for Life beats goals set by American Cancer Society With more than 500 participants, close to 50 teams and a final tally of more than $53,000 raised, the Johns Hopkins Relay for Life beat every goal set for it by the American Cancer Society.

An annual all-night event honoring and encouraging cancer victims and survivors and raising funds for the ACS, Relay for Life was held on the Homewood campus from 7 p.m. on April 13 to 7 a.m. on April 14.


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