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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 7, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 29
In Brief


Provost Kristina Johnson to give first Busch-Vishniac Lecture

Provost Kristina M. Johnson, an expert in 3-D technology, will discuss the latest advances in her field when she delivers the Ilene Busch-Vishniac Lecture today, April 7, on the Homewood campus.

The program, called "State of the Art of 3-D Theater and Home Cinema," will begin at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Computational Science and Engineering Building. A reception will follow the lecture.

Johnson is a research pioneer in the field of smart pixel arrays, 3-D imaging and color management systems. Her talk will focus on the latest 3-D technologies in electronic media, as well as on Johns Hopkins' potential to conduct research that will help transform the future of film, television, gaming and the Internet.

Before joining the administration of Johns Hopkins last year, Johnson was dean of Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering.

Inaugurated this year, the Ilene Busch-Vishniac Lecture features outstanding women in engineering sciences. The lecture was established to honor Busch-Vishniac's tenure as dean of the Whiting School of Engineering from 1998 to 2003. The lecture also was launched to highlight the intellectual contributions of women engineers and to inspire young women to pursue degrees and careers in engineering.


Monthly Brain Night designed for all interested in brain sciences

This week the Brain Science Institute kicks off Brain Night, a monthly event aimed at bringing together senior investigators and students across the university, and increasing links between basic and clinical neuroscience researchers. All medical, graduate and undergraduate students interested in the brain sciences are invited to attend.

The inaugural event, scheduled for Wednesday, April 9, in Mountcastle Auditorium, East Baltimore campus, will feature Neuroscience Director Rick Huganir talking about his research on "Receptors, Synapses and Memories." Refreshments begin at 5 p.m. and the lecture at 5:30 p.m.

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Barbara Smith at or 410-955-4504.


JHMI students participate in Spa Day for elderly neighbors

The Isaiah Wellness Center at the Apostolic Towers housing complex in East Baltimore is hosting a Spa Day from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, for its residents. Students from the Johns Hopkins schools of Nursing, Medicine and Public Health will participate in this event, a collaborative effort between the Wellness Center and the Geriatric Interest Group. The afternoon will feature seated massages, manicures, Tai-Chi, stretching exercises and a healthy lunch.

The Isaiah Wellness Center was formed in 1999, when Nursing instructor Carmalyn Dorsey and colleagues teamed up with local nonprofits and community leaders to teach elderly African-Americans skills needed to manage their chronic diseases. Dorsey continues to oversee the Wellness Center, where students from the three Johns Hopkins schools volunteer their time.


Clarke and McIntosh to keynote Women's Network Luncheon

City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke and state Del. Maggie McIntosh will be the guest speakers at the JHU Women's Network's 21st Annual Spring Luncheon, scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9, in Charles Commons, Homewood campus.

The Leadership Award ceremony will honor Elinor Fong, Anita M. Langford, India Lowres and Barbara Schweizer for their contributions to the JHU community.

Registration is required by April 25; the form and a check for $15, made payable to Johns Hopkins University, must be submitted to one of the appropriate campus representatives: APL, Barbara Williamson, 5-E119 Montpelier; Bayview, Marilyn C. Towns, JHAAC, Suite 1B, 5501, Hopkins Bayview Circle; Homewood, Edna Jones, Student Financial Services, 146 Garland; and JHMI, Valerie Mazza, G49 Broadway Research Building.

Transportation to and from APL, Bayview and East Baltimore will be provided. Employees in the downtown area can ride the shuttle from Peabody. For information on shuttles, go to: For details, go to:


Learn to paint, inspired by the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany

Taught by watercolor artist Joyce Durkin, a workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, at Evergreen Museum & Library will explore watercolor's ability to convey the experience of light, form and space by drawing inspiration from the brilliantly hued Tiffany glass lamps and ornamental objects on display at the museum. The workshop is open to artists of all levels and includes a tour of the museum's Tiffany collection, one of the largest private assemblages of Louis Comfort Tiffany art glass. $45, $35 members. Pre-paid registration is required; call 410-516-0341. Space is limited.


Center for a Livable Future holds annual Research Day

On Tuesday, April 8, the Center for a Livable Future will hold its annual Research Day, a presentation by faculty and students of work supported by the center. The program will be held from noon to 5 p.m. in Public Health's Feinstone Hall. An agenda is available on the CLF Web site,


Social Policy Seminar on universal health coverage

Katherine Swartz, professor of health policy and economics in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard University School of Public Health, will give a Social Policy Seminar this week titled "Three R's to Get to Universal Health Insurance Coverage: Requirements, Restructuring of Financing and Reinsurance." The event will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, in room 526 of the Wyman Park Building, Homewood campus.

Swartz's current research interests focus on the population without health insurance and efforts to increase access to health care coverage; reasons for and ways to control episodes of care that involve extremely high expenditures; and how we might pay for expanded health insurance coverage.

Her new book, Reinsuring Health: Why More Middle-Class People Are Uninsured and What Government Can Do, was published in June by the Russell Sage Foundation.

Swartz also is interested in the impact of the mapping of the human genome and its implications for health insurance; in particular, what types of genetic illnesses and conditions will be no longer insurable by private insurance companies, and the role that government may have in providing financing of new genetic therapies and tests.

The Social Policy Seminar Series is jointly hosted by the Institute for Policy Studies, the Krieger School Department of Economics and the Bloomberg School's Department of Health Policy and Management.


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