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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 20, 2008 | Vol. 38 No. 8
New Lecture Series Designed to Bring Graduate Students Together

By Lisa de Nike

The inaugural lecture of the Eaton E. Lattman Graduate Student Community Lecture Series will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today, Oct. 20, in room B17 of the Computational Science and Engineering Building on the Homewood campus.

Presented by the Graduate Affairs Office of the schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering, the once-a-semester series is designed to allow graduate students to talk about their research in language accessible to a general audience. Each seminar will feature three presenters, with each speaking for about 20 minutes.

The series is named for Eaton "Ed" Lattman, the former dean of graduate education and research in the Krieger School, who believed in building a strong graduate community on the Homewood campus. Now CEO and executive director of the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., Lattman began his career in 1962 as a graduate student in the Department of Biophysics, where he was also a postdoc. In 1977, he joined the Department of Biophysics at the School of Medicine, remaining there until 1996, when he took over as chair of the Biophysics Department at the Krieger School. He was named to his dean's post in 2004.

Gregory Ball, dean of research and graduate education and professor of psychological and brain sciences in the Krieger School, said the lecture series is a step toward Lattman's longtime goal of stimulating connections between graduate students from different departments.

"It is entirely appropriate that this lecture series which allows graduate students to highlight their scholarship to colleagues outside of their specialty be named in honor of Ed," Ball said. "This will be a good opportunity to students to form connections outside of their departments."

Edward Scheinerman, vice dean for education and professor of applied mathematics and statistics in the Whiting School, agreed.

"Ed continually sought to build bridges between the various subgroups embedded in our departments and centers in order to create a cohesive community that spanned the campus," Scheinerman said.

The series' first offering will highlight research by Sarah Webster, a doctoral student in Mechanical Engineering ("The Combined Communication and Navigation of Underwater Vehicles"); Kevan Harris, a doctoral student in Sociology ("Lineages of the Iranian Welfare State and Its Implications for the Global South"); and Shane Ardo, a doctoral student in Chemistry ("Practical Renewable Energy Technologies: Why Some Ought to Work and Others Most Likely Will Not").

Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Anna Qualls at 410-516-7125.


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