Johns Hopkins Gazette | October 29, 2007
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 29, 2007 | Vol. 37 No. 9

Weekly Calendar

Colloquia | Discussion/Talks | Film/Video | Information Sessions | Lectures | Music | Reading | Seminars | Special Events | Sports | Symposia | Workshops and Training



Theatre Hopkins will present the area premiere of 'Nickel and Dimed' this week, when, for the first time, the troupe performs as the guest of Mobtown Players in its Hampden venue. Adapted from Barbara Ehrenreich's highly acclaimed book of the same name, the drama chronicles the author's effort to explore the lives of minimum-wage Americans by joining their ranks. Led by Mandy Dalton as Ehrenreich, the cast includes Gail Anderson, Ameerah al-Mateen, Joey Hellman, Jennifer Johnson and Tawanna Kane. The production will run three weekends.

Tues., Oct. 30, 4 p.m. "The Birth of Divinity — Anthropomorphism, Social Memory and Ritual Action," an Anthropology colloquium with Carlo Severi, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. 400 Macaulay. HW

Tues., Oct. 30, 4:15 p.m. "Structures and Energetics of Biomolecules in the Gas Phase: Charting the Course for Kit Bowen and Other Chemical Physicists," a Chemistry colloquium with Henry Schaefer, University of Georgia. 233 Remsen. HW

Wed., Oct. 31, 4 p.m. "A Queer Notion: Why Anthropology Matters in a Climate of Fear," an Anthropology colloquium with David Napier, University College London. Co-sponsored by Women, Gender and Sexuality. 113 Greenhouse. HW

Wed., Oct. 31, 4 p.m. "The 'Frames-of-Reference Problem' in Perception and Cognition," a Psychological and Brain Sciences colloquium with Robert Klatzky, Carnegie Mellon University. 234 Ames. HW

Wed., Oct. 31, 4:30 p.m. "Mr. Jelly Roll, Mr. Lomax and the Invention of Jazz," a Peabody Musicology colloquium with John Szwed, Yale University. 308 Conservatory Bldg. Peabody

Thurs., Nov. 1, 3 p.m. "Early Events in RNA Folding: Ion-Nucleic Acid Interactions," a Physics and Astronomy colloquium with Lois Pollack, Cornell University. Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center. HW

Thurs., Nov. 1, 4 p.m. "Antigone's Anachronism: Homeric Mourning in Democratic Athens," a Political and Moral Thought Seminar colloquium with Bonnie Honig, Northwestern University. Co-sponsored by Classics. 348 Gilman. HW

Fri., Nov. 2, 4 p.m. "Introspection: Divided and Partly Eliminated," a Philosophy colloquium with Peter Carruthers, University of Maryland. 348 Gilman. HW

Mon., Nov. 5, 3:30 p.m. "Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Six Lunar Landings," an Applied Physics Laboratory colloquium with David Mindell, MIT. Parsons Auditorium. APL



Mon., Oct. 29, noon. A Pre-Health discussion about the Stanford University College of Medicine with Gabriel Garcia, associate dean for admissions. Sponsored by Pre-Professional Advising. 303 Hodson. HW Thurs., Nov. 1, 4 p.m. Tudor and Stuart Talk with Clifford Siskind, New York University. 148 Gilman. HW Mon., Nov. 5, noon. A Pre-Health discussion about the Singapore program offered by Duke Medical School, with Craig Steinberg, associate dean for student affairs and admissions at Duke. Sponsored by Pre-Professional Advising. Conference Room A, Levering. HW



Mon., Oct. 29, 7 p.m. Screening of Jeder schweigt von etwas anderem, with writer Utz Rachowski. Sponsored by German and Romance Languages and Literatures. 3 Shaffer. HW


Information Sessions

Thurs., Nov. 1, noon. "Public Health Certification Examination," a student and faculty information session with Bernard Goldstein, chair, National Board of Public Health Examiners. W1214 SPH (Sheldon Hall). EB

Fri., Nov. 2, 4 p.m. Presentation on PEPFAR funding with Ambassador Mark Dybul, U.S. global AIDS coordinator. B14B Hampton House. EB



Mon., Oct. 29, 4 p.m. The Catherine DeAngelis Visiting Lectureship for Women in Medicine — "Cardiovascular Genomics: Progress and Opportunities" by Elizabeth Nabel, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH. Sponsored by Dean's Office, SoM, and the Women's Leadership Council. Hurd Hall. EB

Mon., Oct. 29, 4 p.m. The Larry L. Ewing Lecture — "Testosterone and Leydig Cell Function Through the Lifecycle" by Barry Zirkin, SPH. W1020 SPH. EB

Mon., Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m. The 2007 Iwry Lecture — "Justice in Genesis" by Raymond Westbrook, KSAS. 205 Krieger. HW

Wed., Oct. 31, 12:30 p.m. "Recruitment and Retention of Ethnic Minority Participants Into Community- Based Health Promotion Research," a Center for Collaborative Intervention Research brown bag lecture by Haera Han, SoN. No registration required. Room 9 and 10, SoN. EB



Wed., Oct. 31, 8 p.m. The Peabody Symphony Orchestra performs music by Bernstein and Shostakovich, led by visiting artist Marin Alsop, music director of the BSO, with faculty artist Benjamin Pasternack. $15 admission, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students with ID. Friedberg Hall. Peabody

Thurs., Nov. 1, 10:30 a.m. Demonstration of northern Indian classical music with Sandip and Sima Burman. Sponsored by Peabody Musicology. 308 Conservatory Bldg. Peabody

Thurs., Nov. 1, noon. The Peabody Lab Band performs. Fried-berg Hall. Peabody

Fri., Nov. 2, 8 p.m. The Peabody Concert Orchestra performs music by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. $15 general admission, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students with ID. Friedberg Hall. Peabody

Sat., Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m. Performance of Dido and Aeneas by the Peabody Chamber Opera, the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble and the Baltimore Baroque Band. Grace and Saint Peter's Church, Park Ave. at Monument St. Off campus

Sun., Nov. 4, 4 p.m. "Organized Sound," a performance of music by composers John Cook, David Bennett Thomas, Ying-Chen Kao (premiere performance of The Blue of the End) and William Albright. $15 general admission, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students with ID. Griswold Hall. Peabody



Tues., Oct. 30, 5:30 p.m. Select readings by Utz Rachowski, followed by discussion. Sponsored by German and Romance Languages and Literatures. 223 Gilman. HW



Mon., Oct. 29, 12:15 p.m. "Phosphorylation and the Regulation of Meiotic Recombination," a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Nancy Hollingsworth, SUNY, Stony Brook. Rose Auditorium, 3520 San Martin Drive. HW

Mon., Oct. 29, 3:30 p.m. "Regulation of Chromatin Structure by ATP-Dependent Remodeling," a Biophysics seminar with Blaine Bartholomew, Southern Illinois University. 100 Mudd. HW

Mon., Oct. 29, 3:30 p.m. "Null Structure and Almost Optimal Local Well-Posedness for the Maxwell- Dirac System," a Mathematics seminar with Sigmund Selberg, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. 308 Krieger. HW

Mon., Oct. 29, 4:30 p.m. "K-theoretic Donaldson Invariants and Instanton Counting," a Mathematics seminar with Hiraku Nakajima, Kyoto University. 302 Krieger. HW

Tues., Oct. 30, 12:10 p.m. "The NIOSH Worklife Initiative: Implications for Workplace Safety and Health," a seminar with John Howard, director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. W3008 SPH. EB

Tues., Oct. 30, 12:15 p.m. "State of the School and Initiatives for the Future," a seminar with Michael Klag, dean of the Bloomberg School of Public Health. E2030 SPH. EB

Tues., Oct. 30, 1 p.m. "Molecular Diagnosis of Pyrazinamide Resistance and Molecular Understanding of the Pyrazinamidase Functionality in Mycobacterium Tuberculosis," an International Health thesis defense seminar with Patricia Sheen. W2030 SPH. EB

Tues., Oct. 30, 4 p.m. "Effective Use of PowerPoint," a Civil Engineering seminar with Macie Hall and Reid Sczerba, Center for Educational Resources. 110 Maryland. HW

Wed., Oct. 31, 12:15 p.m. "Health Challenges of the Urban Poor," a Population, Family and Reproductive Health seminar with Alex Ezeh, African Population and Health Research Center. W2030 SPH. EB

Wed., Oct. 31, 3:30 p.m. "Gibbs-Thomson Law on Weakly Fluctuating Surfaces (Proteins, Biominerals)," a Materials Science and Engineering seminar with Alex Chernov, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. 110 Maryland. HW

Wed., Oct. 31, 4 p.m. "Accelerated Recurrence Time Models," a Biostatistics seminar with Yijian Huang, Emory University. W2030 SPH. EB

Wed., Oct. 31, 5 p.m. "Growth in Linear Algebraic Groups: An Approach Through Incidence," a Mathematics seminar with Harald Helfgott, Institute for Advanced Study. 304 Krieger. HW

Thurs., Nov. 1, noon. "Equity in Educational Policy Making," an Institute for Policy Studies brown bag seminar with Jane Sundius, Open Society Institute, Baltimore. 526 Wyman Park Bldg. HW

Thurs., Nov. 1, noon. "The Molecular Mechanism of Killing of MTb by PA-824 and Related Nitroimidazooxazines," an Infectious Diseases and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology joint seminar with Clifton Barry, NIAID/NIH. W2030 SPH. EB

Thurs., Nov. 1, noon. "The Role of Alpha4beta1 Integrin in Cell Migration," a Cell Biology seminar with Joy Yang, SoM. Suite 2-200, 1830 Bldg. EB

Thurs., Nov. 1, noon. "The Lobbyist Panel," a Health Policy and Management fall policy seminar with expert lobbyists Barbara Brocato, Robin Shaivitz, Don Murphy, Frank Boston and Pegeen Townsend. B14B Hampton House. EB

Thurs., Nov. 1, 12:10 p.m. "It's What's for Dinner: Nutrition Messages in the Federal Government's Commodity Advertising," a Health, Behavior and Society seminar with Parke Wilde, Tufts University. Part of the series Changing the Big Picture — Social Programs and Policies That Shape Our Health. 250 Hampton House. EB

Thurs., Nov. 1, 1 p.m. "From Vial to Bedside: What the Fly Can Tell Us About Human Sleep Research," a Neuroscience research seminar with Paul Shaw, Washington University School of Medicine. West Lecture Hall (ground floor), WBSB. EB

Thurs., Nov. 1, 3 p.m. "Probing the Mechanical Properties of Materials With Nanoindentation," a Mechanical Engineering seminar with George Pharr, University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 210 Hodson. HW

Thurs., Nov. 1, 4 p.m. "Diverse Classes of Small Regulatory RNAs in Drosophila," a Biology seminar with Eric Lai, Sloan-Kettering Institute. 100 Mudd. HW

Fri., Nov. 2, 10:30 a.m. "Programming for Future CPUs and GPUs," a Computer Science seminar with Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games. 3 Shaffer. HW

Fri., Nov. 2, 11 a.m. "Effect of Near-Inertial Oscillations on the Ocean Mid-Latitude Double-Gyre Problem," a CEAFM seminar with David Straub, McGill University. 110 Maryland. HW

Mon., Nov. 5, 3:30 p.m. The Randolph Bromery Seminar — "What Is El Nino Southern Oscillation, and Do We Really Understand It?" with Jaclyn Brown, Yale University. Sponsored by Earth and Planetary Sciences. Olin Auditorium. HW

Mon., Nov. 5, 4 p.m. "Stability and Constant Scalar Curvature, Part 1," a Mathematics seminar with Duong Phong, Columbia University. 308 Krieger. HW

Mon., Nov. 5, 4 p.m. "Balancing Stem Cell Renewal and Differentiation in the Drosophila Testis," a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seminar with Erika Matunis, SoM. W2030 SPH. EB

Mon., Nov. 5, 4 p.m. "Structural Requirements in NCp7 Chaperoned HIV-1 RNA Maturation," a Biophysics seminar with John Marino, NIST. 100 Mudd. HW


Special Events

Mon., Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. JHU Community Block Party, featuring food, games, representatives from the United Way and from community agencies. For admission, bring a completed pledge form, receipt from an online pledge or a $5 donation. Levering Plaza. HW

Mon., Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m. Newt Gingrich will discuss his new book, A Contract With the Earth. (See story, "Newt Gingrich, environmentalist, launches his JHU Press book," in this issue.) Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Bldg. SAIS

Mon., Oct. 29, 6 p.m. J. Craig Venter will discuss and sign his new book, A Life Decoded: My Genome — My Life. Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins, Charles Commons. HW

Tues., Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Silent auction to benefit the Radiation Oncology Patient Services program. Wein-berg Auditorium. EB

Thurs., Nov. 1, 4 to 8 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sun., Nov. 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Best-Dressed Sale and Boutique, offering new and gently used clothing accessories for all. Admission is free with the exception of the preview shopping event on Nov. 1, which will be $30 at the door. All proceeds benefit The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Sponsored by the Women's Board of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Carriage House, Evergreen Museum & Library.

Fri., Nov. 2, 6 p.m. "A Night of Spoken Word," open mike opportunity and potluck supper with featured artist Komplex, a nationally renowned spoken word performer. Guests are invited to sign up for the open mike to present their poetry and music. Admission to the event will be $3 or a potluck dish. Sponsored by Nursing Students United for Advocacy and Action and the Diversity and Cultural Competency Committee. To sign up for the open mike, contact Carol Libonati, or Marlon Caballero, Room 140 SoN. EB

Fri., Nov. 2, 8 p.m. The 2007 MSE Symposium — Renewing American Culture: The Perspectives That Shape Our Identity, with political satire troupe The Capitol Steps. Shriver Hall Auditorium. HW



Sat., Nov. 3, 1 p.m. Football, Blue Jays vs. Franklin & Marshall. Homewood Field. HW



Sun., Oct. 29, 4 to 6 p.m. "Water and Health," a symposium on drinking water issues facing low-income countries and market-based solutions to these issues. Hampton House Auditorium. EB


Workshops and Training

Center for Training and Education workshops. To register, go to msdregform.pdf.

Tues., Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Performing Management Through Five Key Conversations," with Wanda King. Room 2-1002, 2024 East Monument St.

Fri., Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Leadership Challenges for Women: Decision-Making and Risk-Taking," with Linda Dillon Jones. Room B102, JH@Eastern.

"Bits and Bytes," workshops sponsored by the Center for Educational Resources. To register, go to and click on "Events." Garrett Room, MSE Library. HW

Tues., Oct. 30, 1 p.m. "Teaching Students With Disabilities," with Peggy Hayeslip.

Thurs., Nov. 1, 1 p.m. "Digital Field Assignments in the Curriculum," with Richard Shingles.

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