Johns Hopkins Gazette | April 28, 2008
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 28, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 32

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'Rebuilding America's Cities'
By Heather Egan Stalfort
JHU Museums

The 52-story New York Times building, completed in 2007, is a joint venture of the New York Times Co. and Forest City Ratner.
Photo courtesy of Forest City Enterprises

The third annual Rebuilding America's Cities lecture presented by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies and Evergreen Museum & Library will be held at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, May 1, in the Evergreen Carriage House. Ronald Ratner, executive vice president and director of Forest City Enterprises, and president and CEO of Forest City Residential Group, will give a talk titled "American Cities: Does Size Matter?"

Ratner, an executive vice president of one of the largest publicly traded real estate companies in the United States, will discuss the pitfalls of equating city size and growth with success, the central role that cities play in metropolitan areas and smart strategies for shrinking cities.

Forest City Enterprises has been characterized as the nation's foremost visionary on urban development. "It's a $10 billion company that has done more 'rebuilding' throughout the U.S. than any other entity," said Sandra Newman, director of IPS. "At present, for example, they are directing the rebuilding of the Anacostia waterfront in Washington, D.C., the downtown Brooklyn Atlantic Avenue redevelopment [in New York] and, closer to home, the East Baltimore redevelopment."

Ratner's experience with Forest City began in 1975 and has included direct development, construction, financing and management responsibilities, beginning with individual projects and leading to executive supervision of multiple large-scale developments on a national level. He received his bachelor's degree from Brandeis University and completed the master's program in architecture at UCLA. A member of the Urban Land Institute and a director of the National Multi Housing Council, Ratner also has served as a member of Fannie Mae's National Housing Impact Advisory Council. The Rebuilding America's Cities lectures are made possible through the support of the Provost's Office, the Evergreen House Foundation and media partners WTMD 89.7 FM and WYPR 88.1 FM. Previous lectures were presented in May 2007 by New Orleans recovery czar Edward J. Blakely and in April 2006 by architecture critic Paul Goldberger.

"American Cities: Does Size Matter?" marks Evergreen Museum & Library's seventh Garrett Lecture on Urban Issues, a series that commemorates the interest of the Garrett family, the former owners of Evergreen, in recreation, civic improvement and urban planning.

Seating is limited and an RSVP is encouraged. To respond, or for more information, e-mail or go to



Mon., April 28, 9:30 a.m. "Telescoping," a Cognitive Science special colloquium with Jan Anderssen, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 134A Krieger. HW

Tues., April 29, 10:45 a.m. "Self-Organization in High Density 802.11 Wireless Access Networks," a Cognitive Science colloquium with Dina Papagiannaki, Intel Research Laboratory. CSEB Auditorium (B17). HW

Tues., April 29, 4:15 p.m. "Chemistry and Biology of DNA Damage Induced by Reactive Oxygen and Reactive Carbonyl Species," a Chemistry colloquium with Yingsheng Wang, University of California, Riverside. 233 Remsen. HW

Thurs., May 1, 10:45 a.m. "Randomized Algorithms for Matrix Computations and Applications to Data Mining," a Cognitive Science colloquium with Petros Drineas, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. CSEB Auditorium (B17). HW

Thurs., May 1, 3 p.m. "Cosmic Structure From Large to (Very) Small Scale," a Physics and Astronomy colloquium with Simon White, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Munich. Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center. HW

Thurs., May 1, 3 p.m. "The Lysenko Controversy in Postwar Japan: Geneticists Between Science and Politics," a Program in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology colloquium with Kaori Iida, KSAS. Seminar Room, 3505 N. Charles St. HW

Fri., May 2, 2 p.m. "Marine Mammals and Noise: Science Applications and Perspectives on a Contentious (and Misrepresented) Issue," an APL colloquium with Brandon Southall, NOAA. Parsons Auditorium. APL



Tues., April 29, noon. "Intervening With Drug Abusing Patients in Primary Care Medical Settings: New Research Evidence, Practice Guidelines and Policy Changes," a Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences special research conference with Bertha Madras, Office of National Drug Control Policy/Executive Office of the President. 1-191 Meyer. EB



Sat., May 3, 7:30 p.m. "Egyptian Sun Raqs the Casbah," an evening of belly dance with special guests Naimah, Antonia and Sharm el Sheikh. Sponsored by Egyptian Sun Productions, a multicultural Middle Eastern dance group. $8 general admission, $15 reserved seating, $5 for students and children; $6 at the door (students and children) and $10 (general admission). Shriver Auditorium. HW



Wed., April 30, 12:15 p.m. Global warming open forum with members of the President's Task Force on Climate Change. Last of three informal lunchtime gatherings intended for the entire Hopkins community. Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Sustainability Initiative. Arellano Theater, Levering. HW

Wed., April 30, 5 p.m. The Africana Studies Critical Thought Collective meeting and discussion of Lewis R. Gordon's An Introduction to Africana Philosophy. Sponsored by the Center for Africana Studies. 113 Greenhouse. HW



Mon., April 28, 6 p.m. Screening of the movie Busted: The Citizen's Guide to Surviving Police Encounters. Sponsored by Hopkins ACLU. 111 Mergenthaler. HW


Information Sessions

Tues., April 29, 7 to 9 p.m. Online information session for the MS in Advanced Biotechnology Studies program. RSVP online to

LECTURES Mon., April 28, 8:15 a.m. The William M. Shelley Memorial Lecture — "The Pathologist's Role in Patient With Diffuse Lung Disease — Diagnosis or Pattern Recognition?" by Jeffrey Myers, University of Michigan. Hurd Hall. EB

Mon., April 28, 4 p.m. Dean's Lecture IV — "Genes, Vaccines and Immune Checkpoints: An All-Out Attack on Pancreatic Cancer" by Elizabeth Jaffee, SoM. Hurd Hall. EB

Tues., April 29, 3 p.m. The Jan M. Minkowski Memorial Lecture in Quantum Electronics — "The Nature of the Photon: Particle and Wave Mechanics" by Michael Rayner, Oregon Center for Optics. Sponsored by Electrical and Computer Engineering. 210 Hodson. HW

Thurs., May 1, 4 p.m. The Third John C. and Susan S.G. Wierman Lecture — "Greenhouse, White House and Environmental Statistics: The Use of Statistics in Environmental Decision Making" by Barry Nussbaum, Environmental Protection Agency. 213 Hodson. HW

Mon., May 5, 4 p.m. The Carlson Lecture — "Single Molecule Mechanics, Tension Sensing and the Myosin Family of Molecular Motors" by James Spudich, Stanford University. Sponsored by Biophysics. 26 Mudd. HW



Tues., April 29, 7:30 p.m. "Opera Etudes," the Peabody Opera Workshop performs short new operas by Peabody composers. For information, call the Peabody Box Office, 410-659-8100, ext. 2. Friedberg Hall. Peabody

Thurs., May 1, and Fri., May 2, 7:30 p.m. "Greatest Hits," the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble performs in a celebration of its 20th anniversary. $15 general admission, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students with ID. Griswold Hall. Peabody

Fri., May 2, 5:45 p.m. Peabody at Homewood Concert Series presents harpist Jacqueline Pollauf, performing works by Handel, Respighi, Rota and Pescetti. Sponsored by Johns Hopkins University Museums. $15 general admission, $12 for Homewood House members; $5 student rush tickets may be available 15 minutes prior to the performance. Pre-registration required; call 410-516-5589. Homewood Museum. HW

Sun., May 4, 3 p.m. Peabody's Children's Chorus performs. Sponsored by Peabody Preparatory. Friedberg Hall. Peabody

Sun., May 4, 8 p.m. Performance of Maurice Durufle's Requiem by the Johns Hopkins Choral Society, with the Ecco Women's Chamber Choir and the Baltimore Masterworks Chorale. Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St.

Mon., May 5, 7 p.m. The Alan Munshower Trio gives a live jazz performance. Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins. HW


Open House

Wed., April 30, 4:30 p.m. Open house for part-time Biotechnology Studies graduate degree programs. Other schools represented at the open house are the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Carey Business School, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education and the Whiting School of Engineering. Sponsored by the Advanced Biotechnology Studies Program. Montgomery County Campus, 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, Md.



Master of Arts in Writing Program presentation, where graduating students will read from their works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and medical/science.

Fri., May 2, 6 to 7 p.m. Reception; readings follow. 210 Hodson. HW

Sat., May 3, 4:15 to 8:15 p.m. Readings; reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Washington D.C. Center.



Mon., April 28, noon. "The Silent Cry: Birth Asphyxia in Rural Nepal," an International Center for Advancing Neonatal Health seminar with Anne Lee. W2030 SPH. EB

Mon., April 28, 12:15 p.m. "'Do You Believe in Gender?': Transsexuality, Narrative and the Bioethics of Cutting Off Your Leg," a Berman Institute of Bioethics seminar with Dan O'Connor, Georgetown University and Greenwall Fellow in the Berman Institute of Bioethics. Co-sponsored by the Institute of the History of Medicine. W3030 SPH. EB

Mon., April 28, 3 p.m. "Isometric Embedding of Compact Surfaces in R3," a Mathematics/Analysis seminar with Qing Han, University of Notre Dame. 308 Krieger. HW

Mon., April 28, 4 p.m. "Coarse Graining in Space and Time: From Peptide Dynamics to Transcription Factor Binding and Multi-Protein Assemblies," a Biophysics seminar with Gerhard Hummer, NIH. 111 Mergenthaler. HW

Mon., April 28, 4 p.m. The David Bodian Seminar in Neuroscience — "Learning Reward Timing in Cortex: A Theoretical Study" with Harel Shouval, University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Sponsored by the Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. 338 Krieger. HW

Tues., April 29, 11:30 a.m. "Mechanism and Potential Therapy for the Childhood Neurodegenerative Disease, Mucolipidosis" with Kartik Venkatachalam; and "Tumor-Associated MHC II-restricted Phosphopeptides: New Targets for Immune Recognition" with Depontieu Florence, a Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association scientific seminar. Tilghman Auditorium. EB

Tues., April 29, noon. "Exact Reconstruction of Sparse Signals From Very Few Measurements," an Applied Mathematics and Statistics student seminar with Valentina Staneva. 304 Whitehead. HW

Tues., April 29, noon. "Predicting Protein Structure with a Minimum of Brute Force," a Biological Chemistry seminar with David Shortle, SoM. 612 Physiology. EB

Tues., April 29, noon. "Prevention in the Severely Mentally Ill: Primary Care Quality and Adverse Events Among Persons with Schizophrenia, and the Benefit of Physical Activity on Sleep in a Community Sample of Persons With Severe Mental Illness," an Epidemiology thesis defense seminar with Elizabeth Khaykin. W3030 SPH. EB

Tues., April 29, 1 p.m. "Stability of Synaptic Plasticity: Theoretical Modeling of Molecular Processes," a Neuroscience research seminar with Harel Shouval, University of Texas Medical School at Houston. West Lecture Hall, WBSB. EB

Tues., April 29, 3 p.m. "Modern China: Development vs. Environment," a Geography and Environmental Engineering seminar with Jentai Yang, president, U.S.–China Association for Environmental Education. 234 Ames. HW

Tues., April 29, 4 to 6 p.m. "Painting China With a French Brush: Chen Jitong and the Dual Authenticity of a Late Qing Cultural Mediator" with Ke Ren; and "Money and Power: 'Penitence Silver' and the Politics of Punishment in the Qianlong Reign (1736-95)," East Asian History thesis defense seminars. 315 Gilman. HW

Tues., April 29, 4 p.m. "Witnessing Lives: Conversion and Life History in Colonial Central India," an Anthropology seminar with Saurabh Dube, El Colegio de Mexico. 400 Macaulay. HW

Wed., April 30, noon. "Cidea and FSP27 Are Associated With Fat Metabolism and Insulin Sensitivity in Humans," a Biological Chemistry seminar with Vishwajeet Puri, University of Massachusetts Medical School. Co-sponsored by the Center for Metabolism and Obesity Research. 612 Physiology. EB

Wed., April 30, 1:30 p.m. "Exploring Landscapes of Biomolecular Recognition and Cellular Networks: Specificity and Robustness," a Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry seminar with Jin Wang, SUNY at Stony Brook. 517 PCTB. EB

Wed., April 30, 4 p.m. "'Displaying the Ensigns of Harmony': The French Army in Newport, Rhode Island, 1780-81," a European History seminar with Trenton Cole Jones. 315 Gilman. HW

Wed., April 30, 4 p.m. "Culture, Politics and Community: Living Public Health in Nigeria," an International Health seminar with William Brieger, SPH. W1214 SPH (Sheldon Hall). EB

Wed., April 30, 4 p.m. "From Alzheimer's Disease and Prions to the Origins of Evolution," a Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences seminar with David Lynn, Emory University School of Medicine. West Lecture Hall, WBSB. EB

Wed., April 30, 4:15 p.m. "Discovery of Kinesin Spindle Protein Inhibitor MK-0731 for the Treatment of Cancer," a Chemistry special seminar with Christopher Cox, Merck & Co. Inc. 233 Remsen. HW

Thurs., May 1, noon. "Male Reproductive Proteins and Mating Behavior of the Dengue Vector, Aedes aegypti," a Molecular Microbiology and Immunology/Infectious Diseases seminar with Laura Harrington, Cornell University. W2030 SPH. EB

Thurs., May 1, noon. "Morphing Mitochondria by Fusion and Division," a Cell Biology seminar with Hiromi Sesaki, SoM. Suite 2-200, 1830 Bldg. EB

Thurs., May 1, 12:15 p.m. "Chromosome-wide Control of Gene Expression and Crossover Distribution," a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Barbara Meyer, University of California, Berkeley. Rose Auditorium, 3520 San Martin Drive. HW

Thurs., May 1, 1 p.m. "Role of Astrocytic Signaling in Physiology and Neurological Disorders," a Neuroscience research seminar with Ken McCarthy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. West Lecture Hall, WBSB. EB

Thurs., May 1, 4 p.m. "Marek's Disease: Insights into Herpesvirus Oncology," a Biology seminar with Robin Morgan, University of Delaware. 100 Mudd. HW

Thurs., May 1, 4 p.m. "Design and Optimization of a Tissue-Specific Ultrasonic Transducer Micro- Array," an Electrical and Computer Engineering seminar with Clyde Clark, WSE. 117 Barton. HW

Fri., May 2, 12:15 p.m. "National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics: Advising on Health Statistics, HIPAA and Electronic Health Records," a Health Sciences Informatics seminar with Don Steinwachs, SPH. W1214 SPH (Sheldon Hall). EB

Mon., May 5, 4 p.m. "Single Molecule Mechanics, Tension Sensing and the Myosin Family of Molecular Motors," a Biophysics seminar with James Spudich, Stanford University. Mudd Auditorium. HW


Special Events

Mon., April 28, 2 to 9 p.m. JHU Press Annual Book Sale, all kinds of books available for just $3 per pound. Intended for the Hopkins community only; college ID required for admission. Best pick of books before sale is opened to the public on Tues., April 29. Glass Pavilion, Levering. HW

Tues., April 29, 5 p.m. "Hawaiian Night," JHU's newly formed Hawai'i Club invites the Hopkins community to enjoy local Hawaiian dishes as well as pineapple delicacies. Fresh Food Cafe, AMR II. HW

Thurs., May 1, 6:30 p.m. The Seventh Garrett Lecture on Urban Issues — "American Cities: Does Size Matter?" by Ronald Ratner, Forest City Enterprises and the Forest City Residential Group. Part of the series Rebuilding America's Cities. (See "Rebuilding America's Cities," above.) Co-sponsored by the Institute for Policy Studies, Evergreen Museum & Library, the Provost's Office and the Evergreen House Foundation. Evergreen Museum & Library. HW

Mon., May 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sculpture at Evergreen 2008, biennial outdoor exhibition of site-specific sculptures. (See story, "Keeping the Garrett legacy alive," in this issue.) Sponsored by Johns Hopkins University Museums. Continues through Sept. 28. Evergreen Museum & Library.



Mon., April 28, 7 p.m. Men's Lacrosse, Blue Jays vs. Mount St. Mary's. $7 admission, $5 for kids 12 and under; $10 reserved. HW

Tues., April 29, 3:30 p.m. Baseball, Blue Jays v. Haverford. HW



The Institute for NanoBioTechnology's Spring Symposium. (See story, "Second NanoBio Symposiium to focus on cancer," in this issue.)

Thurs., May 1, 2 to 5 p.m. "Nanotechnology for Cancer," a workshop and discussion of nanotechnological methods of cancer diagnosis and treatment, with faculty experts Luis Dias, Justin Hanes, Kenneth Kinzler, Konstantinos Konstantopoulos, Anirban Maitra, Martin Pomper, Jonathan Schneck, Peter Searson and Denis Wirtz. Owens Auditorium, CRB 1. EB

Fri., May 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Symposium and poster session, with speakers Donald Inger, Harvard College; Jennifer West, Rice University; and Paras Prasad, University of Baltimore. The poster session, with presentations on nanotechnology research from many JHU departments, begins at 2 p.m. Turner Auditorium and Turner Concourse. EB

Fri., May 2, 4 p.m. "Catharsis in Aristotle's 'Poetics'," the D.C. Area Symposium in Ancient Philosophy with Pierre Destree, University of Louvain and University of Md., College Park. Sponsored by Philosophy. 348 Gilman. HW



Fri., May 2, Sat., May 3, 8 p.m., and Sun., May 4, 2 p.m. Johns Hopkins University Theatre presents Bus Stop. $15 general admission, $13 for senior citizens, JHU faculty, staff and alumni, $5 for students. Merrick Barn. HW



Fri., May 2, 9 a.m. "Managing Workplace Diversity," a Center for Training and Education workshop with Sharon Fries-Britt. To register, go to: msdregform.pdf. 2024 E. Monument St., Room 2-1002. EB

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