Johns Hopkins Gazette | April 13, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 13, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 30

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Cartoonist Lynda Barry to Visit Homewood

In addition to crafting her award-winning comic strip "Ernie Pook's Comeek," which ran in Baltimore's City Paper for more than 20 years, Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator and teacher. She is the author of One Hundred Demons, The Greatest of Marlys!, Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel and The Good Times Are Killing Me, which has been adapted as an Off-Broadway musical.

Barry's most recent book, What It Is, a guide to creating comics, is based on her workshop "Writing the Unthinkable," the topic of the slide talk she'll present this week on the Homewood campus.

As she will demonstrate, Barry employs a creative method that is playful, powerful and accessible to anyone with an inquisitive wish to write or remember. (For more information about Barry's workshops, go to

Barry studied art at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., where she became friends with several future cartoonists, most notably Simpsons creator Matt Groening.

"Writing the Unthinkable" is co-sponsored by Homewood Art Workshops and Homewood Arts Programs. See Special Events.



Tues., April 14, 4 p.m. "Made in Translation: Labor and Commodities on the New Silk Road," an Anthropology colloquium with Sylvia Yanigasako, Stanford University. Co-sponsored by Women, Gender and Sexuality. 400 Macaulay. HW

Tues., April 14, 4:15 p.m. "X-ray Adsorption and Emission Spectroscopies as Probes of Iron Active Sites in Biology," a Chemistry colloquium with Serena DeBeer George, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory. 233 Remsen. HW

Thurs., April 16, 3 p.m. "The 27 Parameters of the Standard Model in Your Everyday Life," a Physics and Astronomy colloquium with Robert Cahn, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center. HW

Thurs., April 16, 3 p.m. "Authority, Experience and Expertise in a Late 16th-Century Surgical Text, Dionisio Daza Chacon's 'Practica y teorica de la cirugia'," a History of Science, Medicine and Technology colloquium with Andrew Nelson, SoM. Seminar Room, 3rd floor, Welch Medical Library. EB

Thurs., April 16, 3:45 p.m. "Looking Back — At Head-Final Languages," a Cognitive Science colloquium with Masha Polinsky, Harvard University. 134A Krieger. HW

Fri., April 17, 2 p.m. "The Chesapeake Watershed — Past, Present and Future," an Applied Physics Laboratory colloquium with Ned Tillman, Growth Adventures. Kossiakoff Center Auditorium. APL



Fri., April 17, 10 a.m. "Unsettling Decadence: Crisis and Creativity in Latin America," a Program in Latin American Studies spring conference with various speakers. Sherwood Room, Levering. HW



Tues., April 14, noon. "U.S.-China Trade: The Threat of Economic Mutally Assured Destruction," an East Asian Studies talk by Henry Levine, Foreign Service Institute. 526 Mergenthaler. HW



Thurs., April 16, 7 p.m. Screening of works by Johns Hopkins Film and Media Studies faculty filmmakers John Mann, Matt Porterfield and Doug Sadler, with artist-animator Karen Yasinsky. Event includes discussion of the process of filmmaking and animation, and is followed by a Q&A session. (See story, "Film and Media Studies faculty set to screen their work," in this issue.) 110 Hodson. HW



Mon., April 13, 5 p.m. The 2009 Ernst Cloos Memorial Lecture — "Peak Oil: War, Famine, Pestilence" by Ken Deffeyes, Princeton University. (See "In Brief," in this issue.) Sponsored by Earth and Planetary Sciences. 110 Hodson. HW

Tues., April 14, 4 p.m. The 2009 Dr. Leroy E. Burney Lecture — "Paradigm Shifts and the Power of Magical Thinking" by Alfred Sommer, SPH/SoM. Sponsored by External Affairs. W1214 SPH (Sheldon Hall). EB

Wed., April 15, 5:15 p.m. "Swords & Stanzas: France vs. Burgundy," a German and Romance Languages and Literatures lecture by Adrian Armstrong, Manchester University. Sherwood Room, Levering. HW

Wed., April 15, 5:30 p.m. "Status, Ideology and Memory in Bronze Age Syria; The Johns Hopkins– University of Amsterdam Excavations at Umm el-Marra, 2006 and 2008," a Near Eastern Studies lecture by Glenn Schwartz, KSAS. 202A Dell House. HW

Thurs., April 16, 5:15 p.m. "Neuro-Literature," a German and Romance Languages and Literatures lecture by Catherine Malabou, University of Paris X-Nanterre. Co-sponsored by the Centre Louis Marin. 101A Dell House. HW

Fri., April 17, 10:30 a.m. The Schwarz Lecture — "Human Aging" by Denis Wirtz, WSE. Sponsored by Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. 110 Maryland. HW

Fri., April 17, 5 p.m. "The Use of Archaeometric Techniques to Study Egyptian Painting: The Tomb of Menna, Theban Tomb 69," a Near Eastern Studies lecture by Melinda Hartwig, Georgia State University/American University in Cairo. 202A Dell House. HW

Mon., April 20, 4:30 p.m. Kempf Lecture — "Spectral Measures" by Victor Guillemin, MIT. Sponsored by Mathematics. 304 Krieger. HW



Thurs., April 16, 8 p.m. JHU Jazz Bands Spring Concert. 101 Mattin Center (SDS Room). HW

Thurs., April 16, 8 p.m. Peabody Symphony Orchestra performs, with guest conductor Leon Fleisher and pianist Michael Berkovsky, a Peggy and Yale Gordon Concerto Competition winner, performing music by Rachmaninoff and Brahms. $15 general admission, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students with ID. Friedberg Hall. Peabody

Fri., April 17, 7:30 p.m. Peabody Jazz Orchestra performs. $15 general admission, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students with ID. East Hall. Peabody

Sat., April 18, 8 p.m. Spring Concert by a cappella group Mental Notes. Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center. HW



Wed., April 15, 7 p.m. Baltimore-based author Mark Hyman will discuss and sign copies of his latest book, 'Until It Hurts: America's Obsession With Youth Sports and How It Harms Our Kids'. Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins. HW



Mon., April 13, 12:15 p.m. "Cell Rate Determination in the Vertebrate Retina," a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Connie Cepko, Harvard Medical School. Rose Auditorium, 3520 San Martin Drive. HW

Mon., April 13, 12:15 p.m. "Socio-Ethical Aspects of Acquiring and Providing Eggs and Embryos for Stem Cell Research," a Berman Institute of Bioethics seminar with Erika Haimes, Newcastle University, UK. W4030 SPH. EB

Mon., April 13, 2 p.m. "Impact of Immunization in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit," an International Health thesis defense seminar with Ann Navar. W3031 SPH. EB

Mon., April 13, 3 p.m. "Bi-Lipschitz Homogeneous Geodesic Surfaces," an Analysis/PDE seminar with Enrico Le Donne, Yale University. Sponsored by Mathematics. 302 Krieger. HW

Tues., April 14, noon. "Development of Disulfiram as a Novel DNMT1 Inhibitor in Prostate Cancer" with Jianqing Lin; and "Sodium Ion Channel Mutations in Glioblastoma Patients Predicts Shorter Survival" with Avadhut Joshi. Third in the Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association's Scientific Seminar Series. West Lecture Hall, PCTB. EB

Tues., April 14, 4 p.m. "Procreation, Proteolysis and an Aging Worm," a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seminar with Arjumand Ghazi, University of California, San Francisco. W3030 SPH. EB

Tues., April 14, 4:30 p.m. "Asymptotics for Cranks and Ranks of Partitions," a Number Theory seminar with Karl Mahlburg, MIT. Sponsored by Mathematics. 302 Krieger. HW

Tues., April 14, 4:30 p.m. "Inducing Synchronous Grammars for Machine Translation," a Center for Language and Speech Processing seminar with Phil Blunsom, University of Edinburgh. B17 CSEB. HW

Wed., April 15, 10 a.m. "Effect of Mitochondrial Iron on Manganese Superoxide Dismutase," an Environmental Health Sciences thesis defense seminar with Amornrat Naranuntarat. W7023 SPH. EB

Wed., April 15, 12:15 p.m. "Helping Teachers Promote Children's Social and Emotional Health," a Mental Health seminar with Elise Pas, SPH. B14B Hampton House. EB

Wed., April 15, 4 p.m. "Physician Performance Assessment/Spatial Inference of Pollutant Concentrations," a Biostatistics seminar with Dawn Woodard, Cornell University. W2030 SPH. EB

Wed., April 15, 4:30 p.m. "Voiculescu's Entropy and Potential Theory," a Complex Geometry seminar with Thomas Bloom, University of Toronto. Sponsored by Mathematics. 300 Krieger. HW

Thurs., April 16, 10:45 a.m. "Lessons Learned From the Internet Project," a Computer Science seminar with Douglas Comer, Cisco Systems. B17 CSEB. HW

Thurs., April 16, noon. "Virus Entry Into Cells: New Lessons From Ebolavirus," a Molecular Microbiology and Immunology/Infectious Diseases seminar with Judith White, University of Virginia. W2030 SPH. EB

Thurs., April 16, 12:15 p.m. "Trends in Health Care Design," a Health, Behavior and Society seminar with MaryBeth Shaw, Shaw Jelveh Design Inc. Co-sponsored by Maryland Institute College of Art. B14B Hampton House. EB

Thurs., April 16, 4 p.m. "News and Content First: Protecting What Matters Most," a Press and Public Policy Seminar with Monty Cook, editor, Baltimore Sun. (See "In Brief," in this issue.) Sponsored by the Institute for Policy Studies. Board Room, Shriver Hall. HW

Thurs., April 16, 4 p.m. "Design of Nonseparable n-D Biorthogonal Wavelet Filter Banks," an Applied Mathematics and Statistics seminar with Youngmi Hur, WSE. 304 Whitehead. HW

Thurs., April 16, 4 p.m. "From Yeast Cell Biology to the Premature Aging Disorder Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome," a Biology seminar with Susan Michaelis, SoM. 100 Mudd. HW

Fri., April 17, 1 p.m. "How Tadpoles Turn Into Frogs," a Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology seminar with Donald Brown, Carnegie Institution. 181 BRB. EB

Mon., April 20, noon. "Beaches, Ruins, Resorts," a Political Science seminar with Waleed Hazbun, KSAS. Co-sponsored by the James Schouler Lectureship. 366 Mergenthaler. HW

Mon., April 20, 12:15 p.m. "Genetic and Molecular Dissection of a Circadian Oscillator," a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Jay Dunlap, Dartmouth Medical School. Rose Auditorium, 3520 San Martin Drive. HW

Mon., April 20, 4 p.m. David Bodian Seminar — "A New Approach to 3-D Shape Perception" with Zygmunt Pizlo, Purdue University. Sponsored by the Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. 338 Krieger. HW

Mon., April 20, 4 p.m. "The Cell Cycle: Spatial and Temporal Control of a Multicomponent Genetic Network," a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seminar with Lucy Shapiro, Stanford University School of Medicine. W2030 SPH. EB


Special Events

Thurs., April 16, 4 p.m. Young Investigators' Day, selected awardees from the School of Medicine present their research and receive honors. Edward Miller, dean of the medical faculty, will give the welcome address. A poster session and reception will follow. (See story, "Young investigators honored," in this issue.) Mountcastle Auditorium. EB

Mon., April 20, 5:30 p.m. "Writing the Unthinkable," a Homewood Art Workshops/Homewood Arts Programs slide talk and book signing by cartoonist Lynda Barry. Arellano Theater, Levering. HW



Thurs., April 16, 1 p.m. "Universal Design — How Accommodating Disabilities Improves Learning for All," a Bits and Bytes workshop, sponsored by the Center for Educational Resources. To register, go to Garrett Room, MSE Library. HW

Fri., April 17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. "Simulation as a Cutting-Edge Tool: A Conference for Nursing Educators," a School of Nursing interactive workshop. $95. To register or for more information, go to or e-mail Co-sponsored by JHH and the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing. SoN. EB

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