The Johns Hopkins Gazette: November 9, 1998
Nov. 9, 1998
VOL. 28, NO. 11


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Prodi, former Italian prime minister, to lecture at SAIS

Romano Prodi, who served as Italy's prime minister from 1996 to October of this year, will give a lecture on "Italy and Europe in the Global Economy" at SAIS on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 1 p.m.

Prodi is a professor of economics at the University of Bologna and has been a lecturer at SAIS's Bologna Center.

The lecture, which is open to the public, will take place in the Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., in Washington. For more information, call 202-663-5626.

Biological potboiler brings kids center stage at Hopkins

A frothy potboiler worthy of Hercule Poirot is resulting in a new dramatic performance for the delight--and education--of Baltimore public school children. Call it The Case of the Malevolent Mutagen.

On Friday, Nov. 13, a group of nearly two dozen undergraduate science majors will stage a three-act play about genetic code-busting at Shriver Hall auditorium for more than 250 students from Baltimore elementary schools. With a $10,000 grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the play eventually will become the source for a full videotaped drama, which will be used by elementary schools around the city for innovative teaching in biological sciences.

The dramatic mystery tells the story of a young boy whose brown hair inexplicably begins to turn purple. With the help of a Poirot-like detective, the boy journeys into one of his own cells to track down the plasmatic beast responsible for the bizarre metamorphosis.

The students also will stage the show at the Maryland Science Center on Saturday, Nov. 14, between IMAX shows.
--Gary Dorsey

Red Cross faces low blood supply, needs donations

The Johns Hopkins community has received an urgent request to help from the American Red Cross. The Red Cross has less than one day's supply of various blood types, and with the holiday season approaching that supply is expected to continue to decrease.

The university's last blood drives of the year will be held at Homewood on Nov. 17 and 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Glass Pavilion; and in East Baltimore on Dec. 1 and 2, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Turner Concourse, and on Dec. 31, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Turner Concourse.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood at Homewood, call Daria Bollinger at 410-516-0138; in East Baltimore, call Wanda Cartwright at 410-614-3050.