Johns Hopkins Gazette | February 9, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 9, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 21

Weekly Calendar

Blood Drive | Colloquia | Grand Rounds | Lectures | Music | Seminars | Special Events | Sports | Theater | Workshops


Black Student Union Turns 40, Celebrates Black History Month

The Homewood campus is celebrating Black History Month in February with events organized by the university's Black Student Union, which is marking its 40th anniversary this year. Founded in the wake of the Baltimore race riots in 1968 after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the Black Student Union continues its original mission to ensure that all students have a voice within the student population regardless of race and ethnicity.

Under the theme "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Taking Charge of Change," the BSU planned discussions and cultural events that will extend through Friday, Feb. 27. Here's what's on this week's calendar:

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Discussion: "Do We Need Black Politicians?" Learn about the changes in politics through the years and the evolution of political leaders within the black community. 304 Charles Commons.

Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 10 and 11, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. A blood drive and bone marrow registration in honor of Charles Drew, the pioneering African-American physician whose research made it possible for people to donate and receive blood. To schedule an appointment online to give blood, go to or contact John Black in the Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs, which sponsors the drives, at or 410-516-0138. Levering Union, Glass Pavilion.

Thursday, Feb. 12, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Center for Africana Studies discussion: "The Price of the Ticket: A Genealogy and Revaluation of Race," led by Jacqueline Scott, associate professor of philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. Shriver Hall Board Room.

Thursday, Feb. 12, 5 to 7 p.m. Nonprofit/professional showcase: Representatives from various organizations and companies will be on hand to talk about what they do and how students can get involved. Mattin Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs lounge.

Friday, Feb. 13, 3 to 5 p.m. A discussion with artist Antonio Ole, who works in a variety of media, including paint, film, photography, sculpture and installation. After studying at UCLA and the Center for Advanced Film Studies, he returned in 1985 to his native Angola, where he continues to live and work. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the world. 113 Greenhouse.

Friday, Feb. 13, 7 to 9 p.m. Multicultural Greek Block Show, featuring stepping by members of Johns Hopkins fraternities and sororities. Learn about the organizations and their influence in positively changing the community. Levering Union, Glass Pavilion.

Saturday, Feb. 14, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Party Through the Decades Dance-a-thon, celebrating 40 years of the Black Student Union. Dance to music from the 1960s through the present and help raise money for the Don Miller House, an assisted-living facility in Baltimore for adults with end-stage AIDS. $5, suggested donation. Levering Union, Glass Pavilion.

For more information, go to the Black Student Union Web site,, or call the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 410-516-8730.


Blood Drive

Tues., Feb. 10, and Wed., Feb. 11, 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Johns Hopkins Institutions Blood Drive, commemorating the work of black physician Charles Drew, inventor of modern blood storage techniques. (See "In Brief," in this issue.) For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 410-516-0138 or go to Glass Pavilion, Levering. HW



Tues., Feb. 10, 4 p.m. " 'Getting Off' on Aboriginal Art: Intercultural Affect and the Politics of Sensation," an Anthropology colloquium with Jennifer Biddle, University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts. 400 Macaulay. HW

Tues., Feb. 10, 4:15 p.m. "Spanning the Spectrum with Spray-Processable Donor-Acceptor Polymers for Electrochromics and Photovoltaics," a Chemistry colloquium with John Reynolds, University of Florida. 233 Remsen. HW

Wed., Feb. 11, 4:30 p.m. "The Racial Politics of Gay Marriage in France and the United States," a WGS colloquium with Eric Fassin, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris. 113 Greenhouse. HW

Wed., Feb. 11, 4:30 p.m. "Rossini and Regieoper," a Peabody Musicology colloquium with Mary Ann Smart, University of California, Berkeley. 308 Conservatory. Peabody

Thurs., Feb. 12, 3 p.m. "Superfluidity in a Gas of Strongly Interacting Fermions," a Physics and Astronomy colloquium with Wolfgang Ketterle, MIT. Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center. HW

Thurs., Feb. 12, 3 p.m. " 'War's Waste': Rehabilitating Disabled Soldiers in Progressive-Era America," a History of Science, Medicine and Technology colloquium with Beth Linker, University of Pennsylvania. Seminar Room, 3rd floor, Welch Medical Library. EB

Thurs., Feb. 12, 5 p.m. "Re-sponsibility and Mental Agency," a Philosophy colloquium with Pamela Hieronymi, UCLA. 102A Dell House. HW

Fri., Feb. 13, 1 p.m. "Hybrid Vehicle Technologies," an Applied Physics Laboratory Black History Month colloquium with Denise Gray, General Motors Engineering. Co-sponsored by the Black History Month Committee. Parsons Auditorium. APL


Grand Rounds

Fri., Feb. 13, 12:15 p.m. "An Overview of the Clinical Care Classification (CCC) System," Health Sciences Informatics grand rounds with Virginia Saba, Sabacare Inc. W1214 SPH (Sheldon Hall). EB



Mon., Feb. 9, 4 p.m. The 4th Dintzis Lecture — "Induced Fit: A Common Strategy Used by the Ribosome in Decoding, Peptidyl Transfer and Termination" by Venki Ramakrishnan, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK. WBSB Auditorium. EB

Mon., Feb. 9, 4 p.m. Kempf Lecture — "Heegner Divisors, L-functions and Maass Forms" by Ken Ono, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sponsored by Mathematics. 104 Maryland. HW

Tues., Feb. 10, 3 p.m. The 2009 Birdsall-Dreiss Lecture — "Understanding Solute Transport in Extremely Heterogeneous Porous Media: Lessons Learned From 25 Years of Research at the MADE Site" by Chunmiao Zheng, University of Alabama. Sponsored by Geography and Environmental Engineering. 234 Ames. HW

Wed., Feb. 11, 4 p.m. Dean's Lecture Series 2008-2009 — "The Public Health Consequences of Depression in Families" by Anne Riley, SPH. Sponsored by Dean's Office, School of Public Health. W1214 SPH (Sheldon Hall). EB

Thurs., Feb. 12, 5:15 p.m. "Paresse des Lumieres," a German and Romance Languages and Literatures lecture by Pierre Saint-Amand, Brown University. 160 Mattin Center. HW



Wed., Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. The Peabody Wind Ensemble will perform works by 20th-century composers. $15 general admission, $10 for senior citizens, $5 for students with ID. Friedberg Hall. Peabody

Fri., Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m. Peabody jazz faculty member and drummer Nasar Abadey performs with his group Supernova. $15 general admission, $10 for senior citizens, $5 for students with ID. East Hall. Peabody

Sat., Feb. 14, 3 p.m. Music at Evergreen Concert Series — "So in Love: An Afternoon of Cole Porter," with jazz vocalist Patricia Barber. This concert is sold out. Ticket includes museum admission. 2 p.m. Pre-concert gallery talk on Cole Porter's Baltimore. Evergreen Museum & Library.

Sun., Feb. 15, 3 p.m. "Cure for the Cabin Fever," a Hopkins Symphony Chamber Orchestra concert of music by Grieg, Piazzolla and Britten, with tenor David Kirkwood and horn player Amanda Farasat. $8 general admission, $6 for senior citizens, non-JHU students and JHU faculty, staff and alumni; free for JHU students. SDS Room, Mattin Center. HW



Mon., Feb. 9, 11 a.m. "Using Concept Mapping to Structure Students' Views of the School Environment's Contribution to School Violence: Providing Suggestions for School Environment Intervention," a Health, Behavior and Society thesis defense seminar with Sarah Lindstrom Johnson. 244 Hampton House. EB

Mon., Feb. 9, 12:15 p.m. "Spatial Genome Organization, Chromosome Translocations and DNA Repair," a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Tom Misteli, National Cancer Institute. Rose Auditorium, 3520 San Martin Drive. HW

Mon., Feb. 9, 12:15 p.m. "Bioethics and Biopolitics," a Berman Institute of Bioethics seminar with Jonathan Moreno, University of Virginia/Center for Biomedical Ethics/Center for American Progress. Co-sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Brain Science Institute. W4030 SPH. EB

Mon., Feb. 9, 1 p.m. "Neural Circuits Underlying Innate Visually Guided Behaviors in Zebrafish," a Neuroscience faculty search seminar with Michael Orger, Harvard University. West Lecture Hall (ground floor), WBSB. EB

Mon., Feb. 9, 4 p.m. David Bodian Seminar in Neuroscience — "Mechanisms of Cortical Plasticity After Massive Somatosensory Deafferentation" with Alessandro Graziano, University of California, Davis. 338 Krieger. HW

Mon., Feb. 9, 4 p.m. "RNA Folding: Discovery, Implementation and Application of Nucleotide Cyclic Motifs," a Biophysics seminar with Francois Major, Universite de Montreal. 111 Mergenthaler. HW

Mon., Feb. 9, 4 p.m. "Regulating Histone Modifications During Transcription Elongation by the Set2- Rpd3S Pathway," a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seminar with Jerry Workman, Stowers Institute for Medical Research. W2030 SPH. EB

Tues., Feb. 10, 12:10 p.m. "Parents' Responses to Their Adolescents' Fighting: A Qualitative Study," a Center for Injury Research and Policy graduate seminar with Vanya Jones, SPH. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence. B14B Hampton House. EB

Tues., Feb. 10, 12:15 p.m. "Creating a Composite SES Index and Household Wealth Measure in a Cohort of HIV-Positive Individuals in Rural and Urban Sites in South Africa" with Colleen Hanrahan (SPH); and "Assessing Interest in Smoking Cessation in HIV+ Individuals in South Africa" with Adrienne Shapiro (SoM and SPH), Framework Program in Global Health Research Presentations. Sponsored by the JH Center for Global Health. W2015 SPH. EB

Tues., Feb. 10, 4 p.m. "Using Re-gression Models to Analyze Random-ized Trials: Asymptotically Valid Hypothesis Tests Despite Incorrectly Specified Models," a Biostatistics seminar with Michael Rosenblum, UCSF. W4030 SPH. EB

Tues., Feb. 10, 4:30 p.m. "From Text to Knowledge via Markov Logic," a Center for Language and Speech Processing seminar with Pedro Domingos, University of Washington. B17 CSEB. HW

Wed., Feb. 11, 1:30 p.m. "Seeing the Unseen With Super-Resolution Fluorescence Microscopy," a Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry seminar with Bo Huang, Harvard Medical School. 517 PCTB. EB

Wed., Feb. 11, 3 p.m. "Observing Nanosecond Phenomena at the Nanoscale With the Dynamic Transmission Electron Microscope," a Materials Science and Engineering seminar with Geoffrey Campbell, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. 110 Maryland. HW

Wed., Feb. 11, 4 p.m. "Biosynthesis of Fosfomycin: Mechanistic Studies of (S)- hydroxypropylphosphonic Acid Epoxidase," a Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences seminar with Hung- wen Liu, University of Texas. West Lecture Hall (ground floor), WBSB. EB

Wed., Feb. 11, 4:30 p.m. "The Isoenergy Spectral Problem for Multidimensional Difference Operators," a Complex Geometry seminar with Alexei Oblomkov, Princeton University. Sponsored by Mathematics. 300 Krieger. HW

Wed., Feb. 11, 4:30 p.m. "Arithmetic Geometry and Shimura Varieties," a Topology seminar with Kazuhiro Fujiwara, Nagoya University. Sponsored by Mathematics. 304 Krieger. HW

Thurs., Feb. 12, noon. "Marriage Education for Low Income Married Couples: An Overview of the Supporting Health Marriage Demonstration," an Institute for Policy Studies brown bag seminar with Daniel Gubits, ABT Associates Inc. 526 Wyman Park Bldg. HW

Thurs., Feb. 12, noon. "Biophysical and Cellular Characterization of a Membrane-Associated Myosin Motor," a Cell Biology seminar with E. Michael Ostap, University of Pennsylvania. Suite 2-200, 1830 Bldg. EB

Thurs., Feb. 12, noon. "The RNA Interference Pathway of Mosquitoes Is an Important Regulator of Arbovirus Infections," a Molecular Microbiology and Immunology/Infectious Diseases research seminar with Kenneth Olson, Colorado State University. W2030 SPH. EB

Thurs., Feb. 12, noon. The Randolf K. Bromery Seminar — -"Climate Change and Hurricane Hazard — A Statistical Assessment" with Seth Guikema, WSE. Sponsored by Earth and Planetary Sciences. Olin Auditorium. HW

Thurs., Feb. 12, 12:15 p.m. "The Genetics and Epigenetics of Psychiatric Disorders," a Health, Behavior and Society seminar with James Potash, SoM. Part of the series Genomic Technologies: Societal and Behavioral Implications. 250 Hampton House. EB

Thurs., Feb. 12, 1 p.m. "Influence of Cortical Network Dynamics on Neuronal Function," a Neuroscience faculty search seminar with Jessica Cardin, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. West Lecture Hall (ground floor), WBSB. EB

Thurs., Feb. 12, 3:30 p.m. "Gene Loops," a Molecular Biology and Genetics seminar with Michael Hampsey, UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. 517 PCTB. EB

Thurs., Feb. 12, 4 p.m. "Why Are So Many Americans in Prison?" an Institute for Policy Studies Social Policy seminar with Steven Raphael, University of California, Berkeley. Co-sponsored by Economics and Health Policy and Management. 526 Wyman Bldg. HW

Thurs., Feb. 12, 4 p.m. "Lie Group and Homogeneous Variational Integrators and Their Applications to Geometric Optimal Control Theory," an Applied Mathematics and Statistics seminar with Melvin Leok, Purdue University. 304 Whitehead. HW

Fri., Feb. 13, 12:15 p.m. "How Can We Make Prognostic Research for Chronic Diseases More Patient- Centered," an Epidemiology seminar with Milo Puhan, SPH. W3030 SPH. EB

Fri., Feb. 13, 1 p.m. "Understanding Antiretroviral Therapy," a Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology seminar with Robert Siliciano, SoM. 181 BRB. EB

Fri., Feb. 13, 3 p.m. "Is It Safe? Precision and Reliability of a Giant Auditory Synapse," a Neuroscience special research seminar with Gerard Borst, Erasmus MC Rotterdam. West Lecture Hall (ground floor), WBSB. EB

Mon., Feb. 16, 12:15 p.m. "Increasing Functional Complexity in the Cephalopod Nervous System by RNA Editing," a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Joshua Rosenthal, University of Puerto Rico. Rose Auditorium, 3520 San Martin Drive. HW


Special Events

Tues., Feb. 10, through Fri., Feb. 27. Black History Month events, with the theme "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Taking Charge of Change." (For this week's events, see "Black Student Union Turns 40, Celebrates Black History Month," above.) Sponsored by the JHU Black Student Union. HW

Wed., Feb. 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Summer Camp Discoveries Fair, an expo of regional and out-of-state camps, for children 2 to 18, individuals with special needs, day and overnight camps. Win camp discounts and other prizes. Sponsored by WorkLife Programs. Turner Concourse. EB



Sat., Feb. 14, 1 p.m. Women's Basketball, Blue Jays vs. Muhlenberg. Newton White Athletic Center. HW



Fri., Feb. 13, and Sat., Feb., 14, 8 p.m., to Sun., Feb. 15, 2 p.m. New Play Festival, annual showcase of original works by JHU students. (See "In Brief," in this issue.) Sponsored by Johns Hopkins University Theatre. TIckets are $3 to $5. Merrick Barn. HW

Sat., Feb. 14, 8 p.m., and Sun., Feb. 15, 2 p.m. Theatre Hopkins presents Lisa Kron's autobiographical play Well. Through March 1, with free admission on Fridays, Feb. 20 and 27. Swirnow Theater, Mattin Center. HW


Workshops and Training

Thurs., Feb. 12, 1 p.m. "J-Share: Keep Your Files Online, Share If You Like," a Bits and Bytes workshop, sponsored by the Center for Educational Resources. To register, go to Garrett Room, MSE Library. HW

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