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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 21, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 31
In Brief


'Politics of Race, Gender and Culture' opens new series

A panel discussion titled Election 2008: The Politics of Race, Gender and Culture will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, in Homewood's Shriver Hall Auditorium.

Panelists include Allison Kasic of the Independent Women's Forum; Katrina Bell McDonald, a professor in the Department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins; Howard Ehrlich, director of the Prejudice Institute; and Christine Valeriann, a board member representing the Baltimore chapter of the National Organization for Women.

The event is presented by the Johns Hopkins Center for Social Concern and Tribe, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to encouraging and facilitating dialogue on the issues of race, ethnicity and culture.

The discussion is the first in a series of events exploring contemporary multicultural issues to be presented by the two groups. Anchored in America's rich intellectual diversity, this interdisciplinary, nonpartisan initiative is designed to bring a direct, scholarly and practical approach to the questions of race, ethnicity and culture.


JHU profs bring physics to community in a fun, accessible way

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is hosting its annual Physics Fair from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, coinciding with Spring Fair on the Homewood campus.

The fair, which will take place in the Bloomberg Center, will feature a physics-themed scavenger hunt and demonstrations by Johns Hopkins faculty and students. The idea is to bring physics to the community in a fun, accessible way. Among the events:

Professor Extraordinaire Show, 1:45 to 2:15 p.m. Peter Armitage and his assistants will give a demonstration titled "From the Nano to the Macro Before Your Eyes!"

Hopkins Construction Project, 1:10 to 1:40 p.m. Individuals and teams of up to four people of all ages will have 30 minutes to build a structure using materials provided.

Weather permitting, the Maryland Space Grant Consortium Observatory will be available for tours. Visitors are also invited to tour several research laboratories and to enjoy refreshing liquid nitrogen ice cream.


SAIS, Harvard's IOP host forum on youth vote, and 2008 elections

SAIS and the Institute of Politics at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government will hold a forum, "The 2008 Elections: Tracking the Youth Vote," at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 24. During the forum, IOP will release its new national poll examining the political views of 18- to 24-year-olds.

Panelists include James A. Leach, IOP director, U.S. representative (R-Iowa) from 1977 to 2007 and a SAIS graduate; John Della Volpe, IOP polling director; and David M. Lampton, SAIS dean of faculty and director of the China Studies Program.

The IOP has been conducting regular polling of America's young people for eight years. This spring's poll provides in-depth data on these voters' views on issues central to the presidential race, including immigration, foreign policy and health care.

The session will be held in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP to or 202-663-5648.


Morgan Lecture by Nobelist Andrew Fire postponed

The 2008 Thomas Hunt Morgan Lecture by Nobel laureate Andrew Fire, which was to have taken place April 17, had to be canceled and will be rescheduled. For more information, contact Aaron Stephan at


Spring blood drive scheduled this week on Homewood campus

Spring blood drives are critical for replenishing blood supplies depleted by higher use and fewer collections due to inclement winter weather. The Johns Hopkins community is asked to help those who are critically ill or injured by donating blood between 7:30 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday or Wednesday, April 22 and 23, in Homewood's Glass Pavilion. Seasonal gifts for donors and volunteers include flower seeds for planting and umbrellas for April showers.

Appointments can be scheduled at:

For more information, or to change or cancel an appointment, contact John Black at or 410-516-0138.


Last chance to apply for funding from JH Neighborhood Fund

Applications for funding from the Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund are being accepted until April 30. The fund will focus on assisting organizations that benefit communities surrounding our campuses, and which also have a strong relationship with the university and its employees. The fund requires that a Johns Hopkins employee serve as the conduit sponsor for a community organization. Employees who have questions regarding the fund, or who would like to submit an application, should visit: or contact Matt Smith at or 410-516-0345.



In an April 7 story about Young Investigators Day at the School of Medicine, Ling Wang, winner of the Hans Joaquim Prochaska Award, was mistakenly referred to as a man. We regret the error.


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