Johns Hopkins Gazette | March 30, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 30, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 28

Weekly Calendar

Colloquia | Conferences | Dance | Discussion/Talks | Film/Video | Grand Rounds | Information Sessions | Lectures | Music | Seminars | Special Events | Symposia | Workshops


CNN Terrorism Expert Peter Bergen to Visit

Bergen with bin Laden, about whom he's written two books.

Peter Bergen, CNN's chief national security analyst and producer of the first television interview with Osama bin Laden, will visit Homewood this week as part of the 2009 Foreign Affairs Symposium. An expert on terrorism, Bergen is also the author of Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden and The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of Al Qaeda's Leader. Both books were honored by The Washington Post, and television documentaries based on them were nominated for Emmys in 2002 and 2007.

Bergen also writes for various publications and has worked as a correspondent for National Geographic Television. A former adjunct lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, he is currently an adjunct professor at SAIS. See Symposia.



Tues., March 31, 4:15 p.m. "Chemical Tools for Biomedical Discovery," a Chemistry colloquium with Ivan Dmochowski, University of Pennsylvania. 233 Remsen. HW

Wed., April 1, 4 p.m. "Action Video Game Playing Enhances Vision and Perceptual Decision Making," a Cognitive Science colloquium with Daphne Bavelier, University of Rochester Medical Center. 233 Ames. HW

Thurs., April 2, 3 p.m. "A Hard Day in the Life of a Soft Cell," a Biophysics and Physics and Astronomy colloquium with Jeffrey Fredberg, Harvard University. Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center. HW

Thurs., April 2, 3 p.m. "Preserving the Republic: Quarantine, Fever and Nation in Early Republic America," a History of Science, Medicine and Technology colloquium with Katherine Arner, SoM. Seminar Room, 3rd floor, Welch Medical Library. EB

Fri., April 3, 2 p.m. "Strategic Bombing," an Applied Physics Laboratory colloquium with Marcus Jones, U.S. Naval Academy. Parsons Auditorium. APL



Mon., March 30, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Water and Agriculture: Implications for Development and Growth, a SAIS Dean's Office conference, with a keynote address — "Availability, Distribution and Control of Water for Agriculture" — by John Briscoe, Harvard University School of Public Health. (See "In Brief," in this issue.) For more information or to RSVP, call 202-775-3296 or e-mail Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Bldg. SAIS



Sat., April 4, 8 p.m. The JHU Modern Dance Company presents its annual Spring Concert, featuring performances by Hopkins students, faculty and staff, and choreography by Marilyn Byers. $5 general admission, $3 student admission; tickets available at the door. For more information, go to or e-mail Shriver Hall Auditorium. HW



Tues., March 31, 5:30 p.m. "NGO Careers," an Access to Experts panel discussion and Q&A. Sponsored by Career Services. W1030 SPH. EB

Wed., April 1, 5 p.m. "Teaching College Science," a career panel discussion with basic science faculty members from undergraduate institutions and liberal arts colleges. Sponsored by the JHMI Professional Development Office. Mountcastle Auditorium. EB

Thurs., April 2, 4 p.m. "Paper Castle, Paper Collection: Walpole and Strawberry Hill," an English talk with Ruth Mack, SUNY, Buffalo. 201C Dell House. HW



Thurs., March 26, 7:15 p.m. Screening of Lee Chang-dong's Secret Sunshine. Part of the Lovers and Liars — Contemporary Films From Korea film series sponsored by the JHMI Office of Cultural Affairs. Mountcastle Auditorium. EB


Grand Rounds

Thurs., April 2, 3:30 p.m. "Changing of the Guard Strategies to Advance Public Health in the Obama Administration," part of the Pfizer grand rounds lecture series Pfizer Moments in Leadership: Inspiring and Training Future Public Health Leaders, with Linda Degutis, Yale schools of Medicine and Public Health; Shelley Hearne, Pew Charitable Trusts; and Ellen-Marie Whelan, Center for American Progress. The lecture will be webcast live at Sponsored by the Pfizer Corp., the SPH Office of Public Health Practice and Training, Mid-Atlantic Public Health Training Center, Mid-Atlantic Public Health Leadership Institute, the SPH Department of Health Policy and Management, the Maryland Association of County Health Officers and Maryland Public Health Association. W1214 SPH (Sheldon Hall). EB

Fri., April 3, 12:15 p.m. "Web-based Antimicrobial Approval Program," Health Sciences Informatics grand rounds with Allison George, SoM. Sponsored by SoM and SPH. Room 140, SoN. EB


Information Sessions

Tues., March 31, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Information session for Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres, with a panel of MSF veterans. Sponsored by the KSAS Public Health Studies Program. Levering, Great Hall. HW

Advanced Academic Programs information sessions. For more information or to RSVP, go to .

Wed., April 1, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Master's in Applied Economics. LL7, Washington DC Center.

Thurs., April 2, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Master of Liberal Arts. Mason Hall. HW

Thurs., April 2, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Master's in Writing. Mason Hall. HW

Wed., April 1, 7 to 9 p.m. Online information session for the MS in Biotechnology Program, sponsored by Advanced Academic Programs. RSVP online to



Wed., April 1, 4 p.m. Daniel J. Raskin Memorial Lecture — "Surviving Airplane Crashes: Miracles or Science?" with Nora Marshall, NTSB; and Robert Dodd, NTSB. Sponsored by Health Policy and Management. W2030 SPH. EB

Wed., April 1, 5:30 p.m. "Il Reggimento e Costumi di Donna di Francesco da Barberino," a German and Romance Languages and Literatures lecture by Claude Cazale, Universite Nanterre, Paris. 101A Dell House. HW

Thurs., April 2, 5 p.m. The Eaton E. Lattman Graduate Student Community Lecture — "Conserved Regulation of Myelin Gene Expression Across Vertebrates" by Lori Orosco (Biology); "Freedom of the Will and Determination by Culture: Harry Frankfurt and Michel Foucault" by Patrick Fessenbecker (English); and "Compressive Sensing Theory and Applications to Distributed Video Coding and Robust Video Transmission" by Thong Do (Electrical and Computer Engineering). Sponsored by Homewood Graduate Affairs and the Admissions Office. B17 CSEB. HW

Thurs., April 2, 7:30 p.m. "How Brain Evolution Has Given Us Love, Memory, Dreams and God," an Undergraduate Neuroscience Honors Society lecture by David Linden, author of The Accidental Mind. Part of Brain Awareness Week. Co-sponsored by Nu Rho Psi. 101 Remsen. HW

Mon., April 6, 4 p.m. The Dean's Lecture IV — "Prodromal Alzheimer's Disease: Prospects for Early Diagnosis and Treatment" by Marilyn Albert, SoM. Sponsored by the School of Medicine. Hurd Hall. HW

Mon., April 6, 5:15 p.m. "La Galanterie: Construction d'une Categorie Culturelle dans la France d'Ancien Regime," a German and Romance Languages and Literatures lecture by Alain Viala, Oxford University and Universite Paris IIIŠSorbonne Nouvelle. 101A Dell House. HW



Fri., April 3, 5:45 p.m. Peabody at Homewood presents a Music in the Museum concert, featuring guitarist Richard Barry and violinist Katarzyna Bryla. $15 general admission, $12 for Homewood Museum members. Registration required; call 410-516-5589 or go to Homewood Museum. HW

Sat., April 4, 8 p.m. Hopkins Symphony Chamber Concert featuring a performance by the winner of the 2008-2009 JH Concerto Competition. (See story, "Winners in Concerto Competition to perform with HSO," in this issue.) $8 general admission, $6 for senior citizens, JHU affiliates and non-JHU students; free for JHU students. SDS Room, Mattin Center. HW

Sat., April 4, 7:30 p.m. Peabody Camerata performs music by Hoffman and Schoenberg. Griswold Hall. Peabody

Sun., April 5, 5:30 p.m. Shriver Hall Concert Series presents tenor Ian Bostridge and pianist Julius Drake. $33 general admission, $17 for non-JHU students; free for JHU students. Shriver Hall Auditorium. HW



Mon., March 30, 12:15 p.m. "Super-Resolution Imaging of Protein Distribution and Dynamics Using Photoactivatable Fluorescent Protein Technology," a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, NIH. Rose Auditorium, 3520 San Martin Drive. HW

Mon., March 30, 1 p.m. "Therm-osensation: A Fly's Strategy for Preferred Temperature Selection," a Neuroscience faculty search seminar with Fumika Hamada, Brandeis University. West Lecture Hall (ground floor), WBSB. EB

Mon., March 30, 3 p.m. "Generalized Moment-Entropy Equations on the Real Line," an Analysis/PDE seminar with Philip Gressman, University of Pennsylvania. Sponsored by Mathematics. 302 Krieger. HW

Mon., March 30, 4 p.m. David Bodian Seminar in Neuroscience — "Encoding of the Non-Spatial Behavioral Significance of Visual Stimuli in Parietal Cortex" with David Freedman, University of Chicago. Sponsored by the Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. 338 Krieger. HW

Mon., March 30, 4:30 p.m. "GKM Fiber Bundles," a Topology seminar with Catalin Zara, University of Massachusetts, Boston. Sponsored by Mathematics. 308 Krieger. HW

Tues., March 31, noon. "Turning Around America: Organized Labor Role in the 2008 Elections," an Institute for Policy Studies brown bag seminar with Jane McDonald, AFL-CIO. 526 Wyman Park Bldg. HW

Tues., March 31, noon. "From Sex Ratio Imbalance to Global Economic Imbalances: Some Unintended Consequences of China's Family Planning Policy," an East Asian Studies seminar with Shang-Jin Wei, Columbia Business School. Co-sponsored by Economics. 526 Mergenthaler. HW

Tues., March 31, 12:15 p.m. "Reducing HIV/AIDS Vulnerability in Secondary Schools: The Influence of Teacher Perceptions on Student HIV Testing Participation in South Africa" with Britt Ehrhardt (SPH); and "Examining Microcredit's Impact on Health Through Intra-Couple Decision Making in Rural Bangladesh" with Jewel Gausman (SPH), Framework Program in Global Health research presentations. Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health. W2015 SPH. EB

JAMI/NCGA seminars with Li Guo, Rutgers University at Newark. Sponsored by Mathematics. HW

Tues., March 31, 2 p.m. "Multiple Zeta Values and Their Renormalization — 1. 205 Krieger.

Wed., April 1, 4 p.m. "Multiple Zeta Values and Their Renormalization — 2. 304 Krieger.

Thurs., April 2, 2 p.m. "Multiple Zeta Values and Their Renormalization — 3. 205 Krieger.

Fri., April 3, 2 p.m. "Multiple Zeta Values and Their Renormalization — 4. 302 Krieger.

Tues., March 31, 3 p.m. "Conservation and Neutrality Within the Elementary Motifs of RNA," a Biophysics seminar with Erik Westhof, University of Strasbourg. 100 Mudd. HW

Tues., March 31, 4:30 p.m. "Neural Dynamics of Attentive Object Recognition, Scene Understanding and Decision Making," a Center for Language and Speech Processing seminar with Stephen Grossberg, Boston University. B17 CSEB. HW

Wed., April 1, 8:30 a.m. "The Lucentis-Avistin Trial for Age-related Macular Degeneration — A Non- inferiority Trial for Which the Company Refuses to Pay for the New Drug," a Center for Clinical Trials seminar with Maureen Maguire, University of Pennsylvania. Sponsored by Epidemiology. W3008 SPH. EB

Wed., April 1, 12:15 p.m. "Does Alcohol Consumption Make a Difference in Cognition in Late Life? Results From the Johns Hopkins Precursors Study," a Mental Health seminar with Alden Gross, SPH. B14B Hampton House. EB

Wed., April 1, 1:30 p.m. "Exploring the Structure and Function of Natural and Designed TPR Proteins," a Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry seminar with Lynne Regan, Yale University. 517 PCTB. EB

Wed., April 1, 3 p.m. "Corrosion and Catalysis," a Materials Science and Engineering seminar with Peter Strasser, University of Houston/Technische Universitat Berlin. 110 Maryland. HW

Wed., April 1, 4 p.m. "A Degenerate Monge-Ampere Equation and the Boundary Classes of Kahler Cone," a Complex Geometry seminar with Damin Wu, Ohio State. Sponsored by Mathematics. 300 Krieger. HW

Wed., April 1, 5 p.m. "Bergman Kernel, Balanced Metrics, Black Holes and Quantum Hall Effect," a Complex Geometry seminar with Semyon Klevtsov, Rutgers University. Sponsored by Mathematics. 300 Krieger. HW

Thurs., April 2, 9 a.m. "Stakeholder Support for HIV/AIDS: Development and Validation of a Stakeholder Support Scale for Large Corporations Investing in HIV/AIDS in LDCs (Case Study: Brazil)," an International Health thesis defense seminar with Miguel Fontes. W3031 SPH. EB

Thurs., April 2, noon. "Linking Mechanics to Biochemistry in Molecular and Cellular Behavior with Nano- /Micro-Technology, Control Theory and Computational Biology," a Cell Biology seminar with Philip LeDuc, Carnegie Mellon University. Suite 2-200, 1830 Bldg. EB

Thurs., April 2, noon. The Randolph K. Bromery Seminar — "Understanding the Causes of Intraplate Volcanism: The High Lava Plains Experiment" with Richard Carlson, Carnegie Institution of Washington. Sponsored by Earth and Planetary Sciences. Olin Hall Auditorium. HW

Thurs., April 2, noon. "Attract or Repel: A Matter of Reception and Perception by Mosquitoes," a Molecular Microbiology and Immunology/Infectious Diseases seminar with Walter Leal, University of California, Davis. W2030 SPH. EB

Thurs., April 2, 12:15 p.m. "Creating Healthy Homes: Eliminating Lead Hazards in Baltimore," a Health, Behavior and Society seminar with Genevieve Birkby, Baltimore City Health Department and Mike Weikert, Maryland Institute College of Art. Co-sponsored by MICA. B14B Hampton House. EB

Thurs., April 2, 1 p.m. "How Are CNS Synapses Eliminated? An Unexpected Role of Glia and the Classical Complement Cascade?" a Neuroscience research seminar with Beth Stevens, Harvard Medical School. West Lecture Hall (ground floor), WBSB. EB

Thurs., April 2, 3 p.m. "Flame Extinction in Turbulent Non-Premixed Combustion," a Mechanical Engineering seminar with Arnaud Trouve, University of Maryland. 210 Hodson. HW

Thurs., April 2, 4 p.m. "A General Framework for Multiple Testing Dependence," an Applied Mathematics and Statistics seminar with Jeffrey Leek, SoM. 304 Whitehead. HW

Fri., April 3, 10 a.m. Institute for Global Studies Summer Research Grant Presentations, by recipients of an IGS summer travel grant. Sherwood Room, Levering. HW

Mon., April 6, noon. "The Shape of the Jewish World: Economic, Social and Cultural Aspects of the Ashkenazic Refugee Crisis in the mid-17th Century," a Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Jewish Studies Program seminar with Adam Teller, University of Haifa. Sponsored by History. Board Room, Shriver Hall. HW

Mon., April 6, 12:15 p.m. "Logic of a Yeast Metabolic Cycle," a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Benjamin Tu, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Rose Auditorium, 3520 San Martin Drive. HW

Mon., April 6, 1 p.m. "Dissecting Olfactory Neural Circuits in Drosophila," a Neuroscience faculty search seminar with Christopher Potter, Stanford University. West Lecture Hall (ground floor), WBSB. EB

Mon., April 6, 4 p.m. David Bodian Seminar in Neuroscience — "Neural Control of Human Walking As Seen Through the Study of Infant Stepping" with Jaynie Yang, University of Alberta. Sponsored by the Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. 338 Krieger. HW


Special Events

Mon., March 30, 6:30 p.m. The 97th Turnbull Lecture in Poetry — Richard Wilbur will read his poems, with commentary. (See story, "Richard Wilbur to give Turnbull Poetry Lecture on March 30," in this issue.) Sponsored by the Writing Seminars. Mudd Hall Auditorium. HW

Mon., March 30, 7 p.m. Paul Tough, a New York Times Magazine editor, will discuss his latest book, Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America. Hodson Hall Auditorium. HW

Wed., April 1, Thurs., April 2, and Fri., April 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mark Beauty Event, featuring free cosmetics samples, makeovers, information on career opportunities and a prize raffle. Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins. HW

Fri., April 3, 3 to 4:45 p.m. JHU Business Plan Competition, undergrads, grads and postdocs will compete to win more than $10,000 in prizes. Sponsored by the Center for Leadership Education, WSE. Charles Commons Banquet Rooms. HW



The 2009 Foreign Affairs Symposium. Glass Pavilion, Levering. HW

Tues., March 31, 8 p.m. Panel discussion on the global economic crisis, with Robert Barbera, KSAS; Albert Kyle, University of Maryland; and Willem Buiter, London School of Economics. (See "In Brief," in this issue.)

Wed., April 1, 8 p.m. CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen. Glass Pavilion, Levering.

Mon., April 6, 8 p.m. Panel discussion on the physical and mental toll taken by disasters, with Brian McAdoo, Vassar College; Jonathan Borak, Yale University; and Cami McCormick, CBS News. (See "In Brief," in this issue.)



Thurs., April 2, 12:15 p.m. "Salary Negotiation," a Career Services workshop open to faculty, staff and students. W2017 SPH. EB

Thurs., April 2, 1 p.m. "Choosing a Citation Management Solution," a Bits and Bytes workshop, sponsored by the Center for Educational Resources. To register, go to Garrett Room, MSE Library. HW

Sat., April 4, 10 a.m. An introduction to playing Quechua and Aymara Indian panpipes (instruments provided), with Lori Kesner, UMBC/CCBC/Annapolis Opera and Symphony. Sponsored by Peabody Preparatory. $40 admission at door. Annex Building, 3 E. Centre St.

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