Johns Hopkins Gazette | November 17, 2008
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 17, 2008 | Vol. 38 No. 12

Weekly Calendar

Colloquia | Discussion/Talks | Film/Video | Grand Rounds | Lectures | Music | Reading | Seminars | Special Events | Theater | Workshops



Parting words
In what will be his final address to the university community, retiring President William R. Brody this week will discuss the state of Johns Hopkins; reflect on how we, as a nation, have lost the emphasis on creating value in both our personal and professional lives; and encourage all to re-engage with the idea of making their lives count by making the world a better place. The talk marks the last installment of the 2008 Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium. See Special Events.

Wed., Nov. 19, 4:30 p.m. "Rameau and the Corps Sonore in the Oracular Tradition of French Baroque Opera," a Peabody Musicology colloquium with Geoffrey Burgess, Eastman School of Music. 308 Conservatory. Peabody

Thurs., Nov. 20, 3 p.m. "The Chemistry of the Universe," a joint Chemistry and Physics and Astronomy colloquium with William Klemperer, Harvard University. Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center. HW

Thurs., Nov. 20, 3 p.m. "Bringing Paris Into the Future: Creating a Modern Culture of Change, 1852- 1914," a History of Science, Medicine and Technology colloquium with Miriam Levin, Case Western Reserve University. 3505 N. Charles St. HW

Fri., Nov. 21, 2 p.m. The E.P. Gray Colloquium: The 2007 Hart Prizes for Excellence in Independent Research and Development — "Detection of Low Vapor Pressure Materials" (research) and "Digital Array Radar Technology" (development). Sponsored by the Applied Physics Laboratory. Parsons Auditorium. APL

Tues., Nov. 25, 4 p.m. "Improbably Knowledge: Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon and the Anthropology of Kinship," an Anthropology colloquium with Sylvain Perdigon, KSAS. 400 Macaulay. HW



Mon., Nov. 17, noon. "Moving Toward Universal Health Care: Alternative Approaches to Reform in the U.S.," a panel discussion with David Himmelstein, Harvard University; Diane Rowland, Kaiser Family Foundation; and Brad Herring, SPH. W1214 SPH (Sheldon Hall). EB



Fri., Nov. 21, 8 p.m. Friday Night Films presents The Dark Knight, starring Heath Ledger. Mudd Auditorium. HW


Grand Rounds

Fri., Nov. 21, 12:15 p.m. "Errors and Violations and Workarounds, Oh My! A Human Factors Engineering Perspective on the HIT," Health Sciences Informatics grand rounds with Ben-Tzion Karsh, University of Wisconsin, Madison. W1214 SPH (Sheldon Hall). EB



Wed., Nov. 19, 12:30 p.m. "Using PowerPoint 2007 for Presentations," a Welch Medical Library lecture with Stella Seal, SoM. 140 SoN (Alumni Auditorium). EB

Wed., Nov. 19, 3 p.m. The Don P. Giddens Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series — "Learning From Nature to Make Machines See and Robots Walk" by Ralph Etienne-Cummings, WSE. 110 Hodson. HW

Wed., Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m. "Post-War Beckett: Resistance, Commitment or Communist Krap?" a Jewish Studies lecture by Jackie Blackman, Trinity College, Dublin. Smokler Center for Jewish Life. HW



Thurs. to Sat., Nov. 20 to 22, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., Nov. 23, 3 p.m. The Peabody Opera Theatre and the Peabody Symphony Orchestra present Leos Janacek's opera The Adventures of Sharp-Ears the Vixen. $25 general admission, $15 senior citizens and $10 students with ID. Friedberg Hall. Peabody JHU a cappella groups perform. Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center. HW

Thurs., Nov. 20, 8 p.m. Ketzev, performing Hebrew, Israeli and American music.
Fri., Nov. 21, 8 p.m. The Mental Notes.
Sat., Nov. 22, 8 p.m. The Vocal Chords.

Sun., Nov. 23, 7 p.m. The JHU Wind Ensemble performs its fall concert. Shriver Auditorium. HW



Thurs., Nov. 20, 7 p.m. Alan Cheuse, NPR's "Voice of Books," will be reading from and signing copies of his latest novel, To Catch the Lightning. Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins. HW

Tues., Nov. 25, 7 p.m. Local journalist and author Michael Olesker will read from and sign copies of his latest book, The Colts' Baltimore: A City and Its Love Affair in the 1950s. (See "In Brief," in this issue.) Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins. HW

Mon., Dec. 1, 5 p.m. "Writing in the Web of Words," a German and Romance Languages and Literatures reading by multilingual author Yoko Tawada. Part of the Why German? lecture series. Co-sponsored by Women, Gender and Sexuality and East Asian Studies. 162 Mattin Center. HW



Mon., Nov. 17, noon. "China and the Global Aid Regime," a Political Science seminar with Deborah Brautigam, American University. Co-sponsored by the East Asian Studies Program. 366 Mergenthaler. HW

Mon., Nov. 17, 12:15 p.m. "Fat and Feeding Regulatory Circuits in C. elegans," a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Kaveh Ashrafi, University of California, San Francisco. Rose Auditorium, 3520 San Martin Drive. HW

Mon., Nov. 17, 3 p.m. "Impact of Prescription Drug Insurance on Health Care Utilization and Ex- penditures Among Elderly Medicare Beneficiaries With Depression," a Health Policy and Management thesis defense seminar with Megan Alice O'Brien. 688 Hampton House. EB

Mon., Nov. 17, 4 p.m. "Structure and Function of the Novel Flavoprotein WrbA," a Biophysics seminar with Jannette Carey, Princeton University. 111 Mergenthaler. HW

Mon., Nov. 17, 4 p.m. "Neuroendocrine Model Systems of Infertility," a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seminar with Sally Radovick, SoM. W2030 SPH. EB

Tues., Nov. 18, 10:45 a.m. "Opportunities and Challenge of the Spatial Computing Paradigm: The Programmability Issue," a Computer Science seminar with Walid Najjar, University of California, Riverside. B17 CSEB. HW

Tues., Nov. 18, 12:15 p.m. "Chromatin Regulation in Yeast," a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Karl Zawadzki, Stanford University. Rose Auditorium, 3520 San Martin Drive. HW

Tues., Nov. 18, 3 p.m. "Estimating the Mean Medical Cost in Small Samples," a Biostatistics thesis defense seminar with Kim Fai Kenny Shum. W2030 SPH. EB

Tues., Nov. 18, 3:30 p.m. "Equality of Bond Percolation Critical Exponents for Pairs of Dual Lattices," an Applied Mathematics and Statistics student seminar with Matthew Sedlock. 304 Whitehead. HW

Tues., Nov. 18, 4:30 p.m. "Acoustic Scene Analysis, Complex Modulations and a New Form of Filtering," a Center for Language and Speech Processing seminar with Les Atlas, University of Washington. B17 CSEB. HW

Wed., Nov. 19, noon. "Mast Cell-restricted Protease-Proteoglycan Complexes in Innate Immunity, Inflammation and Connective Tissue Damage," a Physiology seminar with Richard Stevens, Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women's Hospital. Physiology Research Conference Room. EB

Wed., Nov. 19, noon. "Sloshing in Rectangular Tanks," a Civil Engineering seminar with Muthukumar Narayanaswamy, WSE. 110 Maryland. HW

Wed., Nov. 19, 3:30 p.m. "Microfabricated Cantilever Sensors and Microfluidics for Magnetic Bead- based Biosensors," a Materials Science and Engineering seminar with Peter Hesketh, Georgia Institute of Technology. 110 Maryland. HW

Wed., Nov. 19, 3:45 p.m. "Statistical Challenges in Nanoscale Biophysics," a Biostatistics seminar with Samuel Kou, Harvard University. W2030 SPH. EB

Wed., Nov. 19, 4 p.m. "Translational Research in Neuropsychiatric Diseases," a Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences seminar with Christopher Ross, SoM. West Lecture Hall (ground floor), WBSB. EB

Thurs., Nov. 20, 10:45 a.m. "Modern Pattern Recognition Techniques and Their Roles in Security Checks and Commercial Applications," a Computer Science seminar with Ching Suen, Concordia University, Montreal. B17 CSEB. HW

Thurs., Nov. 20, noon. "Partitioning the Transcriptome: Mechanisms of mRNA Localization to the Endoplasmic Reticulum," a Cell Biology seminar with Christopher Nicchitta, Duke University Medical Center, Suite 2-200, 1830 Bldg. EB

Thurs., Nov. 20, noon. The Randolph Bromery Seminar — "Enceladus — An Active Ice Moon in the Saturn System" with John Spencer, Southwest Research Institute. Sponsored by Earth and Planetary Sciences. Olin Auditorium. HW

Thurs., Nov. 20, noon. "Plasmodium yoelii: Drug Discovery and Vaccine Design," a Molecular Microbiology and Immunology/Infectious Diseases seminar with Kami Kim, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. W2030 SPH. EB

Thurs., Nov. 20, 12:15 p.m. "Dietary and Lifestyle Determinants of Gestational Diabetes," a Graduate Nutrition seminar with Cuilin Zhang, NICHD. W2008 SPH. EB

Thurs., Nov. 20, 12:15 p.m. "HIV/AIDS Issues in the United States," a Health, Behavior and Society seminar with Suzanne Kinsky, National AIDS Fund. 208 Hampton House. EB

Thurs., Nov. 20, 3:30 p.m. "Presenilin Proteases in Alzheimer's Disease," a Molecular Biology and Genetics seminar with Michael Wolfe, Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women's Hospital. 517 PCTB. EB

Thurs., Nov. 20, 4 p.m. "Genetic Variability in Chrna7 Impacts the Development and Function of the Hippocampus," a Biology seminar with Jerry Stitzel, University of Colorado. 100 Mudd. HW

Thurs., Nov. 20, 4 p.m. "Heresy: Learning From Other Countries' Health Care Systems," an Institute for Policy Studies Social Policy seminar with Gerard Anderson, SPH. Co-sponsored by Economics and Health Policy and Management. 526 Wyman Park Bldg. HW

Thurs., Nov. 20, 4 p.m. "Predictive Models of the Heart in Health and Disease," an Applied Mathematics and Statistics seminar with Natalia Trayanova, WSE. 304 Whitehead. HW

Fri., Nov. 21, noon. "The Detection and Characterization of Respiratory Virus Transmission in Institutions," an Epidemiology thesis defense seminar with Justin Lessler. W3030 SPH. EB

Fri., Nov. 21, 12:15 p.m. "Putting Two Heads Together: How Processivity Arises in Kinesin," a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Nicholas Guydosh, Stanford University. Rose Auditorium, 3520 San Martin Drive. HW

Fri., Nov. 21, 1 p.m. "Synthetic Biology: From Programming Bacteria to Programming Stem Cells," a Biomedical Engineering seminar with Ron Weiss, Princeton University. (Also videoconferenced to 709 Traylor.) 110 Clark. HW

Fri., Nov. 21, 4 p.m. The David Bodian Seminar — "The Neuronal Basis of Stereo Vision" with Jenny Read, University of Newcastle. Sponsored by the Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. 338 Krieger. HW

Mon., Nov. 24, 1 p.m. "Intracellular Transport and the Kinesin Superfamily of Molecular Motors: KIFs: From Control of Brain Wiring and Function to Left/Right Determination and Suppression of Tumorigenesis," a Neuroscience research seminar with Nobutaka Hirokawa, University of Tokyo School of Medicine. West Lecture Hall, WBSB. EB

Mon., Nov. 24, 3 p.m. "Optimal Transport and Perelman's Reduced Volume," an Analysis seminar with John Lott, University of Michigan. Sponsored by Mathematics. 304 Krieger. HW

Tues., Nov. 25, noon. "Regulation of Glucose and Energy Metabolism by Hypoxia-Inducible Factor 1," a Biological Chemistry seminar with Gregg Semenza, SoM. 612 Physiology. EB

Tues., Nov. 25, 1 p.m. "Development of Mammalian Thalamus," a Neuroscience research seminar with Tomomi Shimogori, RIKEN BSI. West Lecture Hall (ground floor), WBSB. EB

Tues., Nov. 25, 3 p.m. "Microbial Interactions With Fullerenes and Other Engineered Nanoparticles: Environmental Implications," a Geography and Environmental Engineering seminar with Pedro Alvarez, Rice University. 234 Ames. HW

Mon., Dec. 1, noon. "Global Governance in a Globalized World," a Political Science seminar with Harris Gleckman, former head, UNCTAD. 366 Mergenthaler. HW

Mon., Dec. 1, 12:15 p.m. "Single Molecule Studies of Gene Regulation and Cell Division," a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Jie Xiao, SoM. Rose Auditorium, 3520 San Martin Drive. HW


Special Events

Tues., Nov. 18, 5 p.m. Soledad O'Brien, anchor and special correspondent for CNN, will speak to the School of Public Health about her experiences in the wake of disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Sponsored by External Affairs. E2014 SPH (Sommer Hall). EB

Wed., Nov. 19, 8 p.m. The Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium presents JHU President William Brody. Reception in the Clipper Room follows the event. Shriver Hall. HW

Thurs., Nov. 20, 7:30 to 9 a.m. Leaders & Legends Series presents Sheila Bair, chair, FDIC. (See story, "FDIC chair Sheila Bair to give Leaders & Legends lecture," in this issue.) $35. To register go to Renaissance Harborplace Hotel.

Fri., Nov. 21, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. United Way Bake Sale, sponsored by Homewood Student Employment Services. Basement, Garland Hall. HW

Fri., Nov. 21, 4 p.m. JHSPH United Way Happy Hour, one free beer/beverage to anyone who completes the United Way form. Drawing for two $200 gift certificates to the Apple Store will be held at this event. Sponsored by External Affairs. Courtyard, 1st floor, SPH. EB



Thurs., Nov. 20, Fri., Nov. 21, and Sat., Nov. 22, 8 p.m. to midnight. Witness Theater presents original student-written one-act plays. $5 general admission, $3 for students. Arellano Theater, Levering. HW

Fri., Nov. 21, and Sat., Nov. 22, 8 p.m., and Sun., Nov. 23, 2 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University Theatre presents David Lindsay-Abaire's poignant comedy Fuddy Meers. $15 general admission, $13 for senior citizens, JHU faculty, staff and alumni; $5 for students with ID. Merrick Barn. HW



Thurs., Nov. 20, 1 p.m. "Communicate With Adobe Connect and Skype," a Center for Educational Resources workshop. To register, go to Garrett Room, MSE Library. HW

Mon., Nov. 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Grantcraft," a Professional Development Office workshop intended for new faculty, clinical fellows and postdocs. $1,250 for faculty and staff, $625 for postdocs and fellows. To register, e-mail Tilghman Auditorium. EB

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