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Satellites, rockets and more New book chronicles first 50 years of APL’s adventures in space By Greg Rienzi

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n Sept. 17, 1959, a little heralded Thor Able rocket launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Perched atop the rocket was Transit 1A, a satellite designed by scientists and engineers at Johns Hopkins’ Applied Physics Laboratory that the U.S. Navy hoped would provide accurate location information to ballistic missile submarines and be used as a general navigation system. Twenty-five minutes into the flight, Transit 1A plummeted into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Ireland. The rocket booster’s third stage had failed to fire. A colossal disappointment? Not quite. The satellite, even on its brief journey, had gathered enough data to prove to APL and its Navy sponsors that the project was worthwhile. With the launch, the APL space program was effectively born. APL proceeded with development of Transit, also known as NAVSAT (for Navy Navigation Satellite System), and a year later it became the first satellite Continued on page 4



he more the merrier, or so could be the motto for Commencement 2010. Taking a cue from President Ronald J. Daniels’ emphasis on “one Johns Hopkins,” the university will break from tradition and fuse the universitywide Morning commencement ceremony with ceremony the undergraduate diploma ceremony to include for one grand graduation observance. Homewood The result will be a single ceremony for undergrads graduates from all divisions and campuses. The event will take place from 8:40 a.m. to roughly noon on Thursday, May 27, on Homewood Field. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former chair of the university’s board of trustees, will be this year’s commencement speaker. For the past several decades, the university has held a universitywide commencement ceremony in the morning that forms the centerpiece for the week’s various ceremonies that formally conclude JHU’s academic year. The Homewood undergraduate diploma ceremony, which had its own guest speaker, was held in the afternoon in the same location. Although the undergraduates had the option of attending the morning ceremony, the majority did not since they would receive their diplomas later that day. In 2003, the universitywide and Homewood undergraduate ceremonies were moved to Homewood Field to offer a larger, more festive and dramatic setting. With this year’s change, the university expects an event even more festive and dramatic. “One of my goals has been to foster the theme of one university, one Johns Hopkins,” Daniels said. “The feeling was to have one ceremony where all undergraduates and graduates are invited—to


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A videographer documents work being done in a cleanroom at APL during assembly of the TIMED spacecraft. The satellite was launched in 2001.



Montgomery Co. Campus to house NCI facility About 2,000 researchers and support staff will occupy new twin buildings By Dennis O’Shea



he National Cancer Institute will soon house about 2,100 researchers and support staff on the Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus in

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the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center in Rockville, Md. NCI, a part of the National Institutes of Health, will occupy a new facility, consisting of twin seven-story buildings totaling 575,000 square feet of space. They will be completed and occupied in about three years. “The addition of NCI to our campus makes the Shady Grove area a national epicenter for cancer research,” Johns Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels said. “We are excited to be a partner in providing state-ofthe-art space for this incredibly important


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scientific institution and thousands of its employees.” The NCI facility, which will also include a parking structure wrapped by retail space, will join three existing buildings on the Montgomery County Campus. The campus, which opened in 1988, now serves about 4,000 students, primarily working professionals studying part-time for master’s degrees. Four Johns Hopkins divisions offer more than 50 degree and certificate programs on the campus, which also hosts Continued on page 7

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he Johns Hopkins Institutions Diversity Leadership Council is seeking nominations for its annual Diversity Recognition Awards, which recognize exceptional contributions in advancing and celebrating diversity and inclusiveness at Johns Hopkins. Faculty, staff and students from all divisions of the university and health system are eligible. Current members of the Diversity Leadership Council are not. Previous recipients are eligible six years following their last award. Individuals may nominate themselves, or be nominated by any member of the Johns Hopkins community. The criteria for this award are a demonstrated commitment to the advancement of diversity, inclusion and/ or multiculturalism, and specific efforts and activities supporting diversity and inclusion that are above and beyond the nominee’s regular duties and responsibilities. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Thursday, March 25. The nomination form can be found online at http://jhuaa .org/bin/c/q/Nomination_Form.pdf. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to or mailed to Johns Hopkins University, Office of Institutional Equity, c/o DLC, 3400 N. Charles St., 150 Garland Hall, Baltimore, MD 21218. The award ceremony will be held at noon on May 19 in Homewood’s Shriver Hall.

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articipants in the Creative Alternatives program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center will display their works of art on the university’s Homewood campus in an exhibit opening today, March 1, and running through March 19. These self-taught artists have persistent mental illness, and creating art is part of their therapy and treatment. The artists will discuss their work and its meaning at a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 7, in the Second Decade Society Room (101) of the Mattin Center’s F. Ross Jones Building. Creative Alternatives serves about 180 adults with serious, persistent mental illness who have not benefited from traditional services. The program combines mental health treatment, rehabilitative services and assistance with daily living. Program members have the opportunity for community integration and personal growth.

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s part of its Faculty Book Series, SAIS will hold a forum today, March 1, to discuss China’s International Petroleum Policy, a book written by Bo Kong, director of the SAIS Global Energy and Environment Initiative, and recently published by Praeger. Kong’s book examines the co-governance of China’s petroleum sector by its government and national oil companies as they work at loggerheads to shape key policies such as overseas investment, domestic price caps and import controls in the face of their country’s exploding demand for foreign oil. By 2030, imported oil is forecast to account for 80 percent of China’s total consumption. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Rome Building’s first-floor auditorium.

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oday, March 1, is the deadline for applications for the annual Johns Hopkins University Business Plan Competition, which provides an opportunity for students to take a novel idea or innovative technology and develop a business plan based on it. The competition is open to part-time and full-time students (undergraduate, graduate or postdocs) in any academic division. Participants may compete individually or as part of a team in one of two categories: General Business or Life Sciences: Biotechnology and Medical Devices/ Technology. Judges recruited from the business and professional investor community will review and rank the plans, and the top 12 from each category will move on to the finals on April 30. The first-, second- and third-place prizes are $6,000, $4,000 and $2,000, respectively. For more information, go to bpc or contact Stacy Hernandez at stacy


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Alan J. Goldman, expert in operations research, dies at 77 By Phil Sneiderman




lan J. Goldman, a widely respected expert in operations research who spent more than three decades on the faculty of the Whiting School’s Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, died Feb. 13 at his home in Baltimore. A memorial gathering in his honor will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 14. Friends, colleagues and students will share memories in 210 Hodson Hall on the Homewood campus. Refreshments will be served in the lobby area outside the room. “All who came into contact with him were exposed to a man with tremendous intellectual energy and enthusiasm for ideas,” said Daniel Q. Naiman, professor and chair of Applied Mathematics and Statistics. “In any context he could be counted on to ask the most penetrating questions. Still, we will remember him for his wonderfully warm, gentle and compassionate manner.

Alan Goldman in 1999

He closed most conversations and e-mails with ‘Peace,’ and his behavior was consistent with this expression.” The late professor’s son, Peter Goldman of Falls Church, Va., said his father was recuperating from a heart attack suffered on Thanksgiving Day when he died peacefully in his sleep. He was 77.

From 1956 through 1979, Alan Goldman worked for the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology), advancing to the post of chief of operations research. But according to his son, Goldman considered his years of service at Johns Hopkins, which he joined as a professor in 1979, to be the most gratifying of his career. “My father was very passionate about education,” Peter Goldman said. “He loved teaching at Johns Hopkins. It was the love of his life.” In 1999, when he transitioned from fulltime to professor emeritus status, his colleagues and students in what was then called the Department of Mathematical Sciences paid tribute to him in a celebration called the “Goldmanfest.” At the event, Goldman was lauded for having published more than 100 papers, supervised nearly 200 more and overseen at least a dozen doctoral dissertations. In more recent years, he continued to teach on a limited basis. Goldman’s primary academic focus was operations research: the use of mathematics to improve decisions on the design

and operation of complex systems. According to colleagues, his favorite application areas included facility siting, transportation systems and mathematical game theory. In the years since the Goldmanfest event, prominent operations research experts from around the country have been invited to Johns Hopkins to deliver an annual Goldman Lecture, funded in his honor by the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics. During his career, Goldman received several important honors, most notably a U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal in 1976 and election in 1989 to the highly prestigious National Academy of Engineering, two professional achievements in which he took great pride, his son said. Goldman grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. (within walking distance of the Coney Island amusement district) and received his bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College in mathematics and physics in 1952. He earned his doctorate in mathematics from Princeton University in 1956. He was married for almost 50 years to Cynthia Goldman, who died in 2004.

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arton Childs, professor emeritus of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a legendary geneticist and teacher who influenced the practice of generations of physicians and shaped their understanding of inherited disease, died Feb. 18 at The Johns Hopkins Hospital after a short illness. He was 93. “We have lost a giant of his or any generation of medicine,” said Edward D. Miller, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “His medical home was at Johns Hopkins, but his influence was worldwide.” “We have lost a dear friend and a visionary in genetics and pediatrics, a deep and rigorous thinker committed to the integration of genetics and medicine, the individuality of us all and to education at all levels,” said David Valle, professor and director of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins. Childs spent nearly 70 years at Johns Hopkins, coming to the Baltimore institutions as a first-year medical student in 1938. He remained active until a few weeks before his death. The first director of Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins, Childs made critical contributions to the understanding of the genetic underpinnings of many diseases, including adrenal hyperplasia, Addison’s disease and hypoparathyroidism. He formulated the now-classic study showing the first definitive proof that one of the two X-chromosomes in human females is inactivated during early development, a fundamental biological mechanism. He encouraged many Hopkins colleagues to consider the human diseases they studied in the context of genetics, including prostate cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and dyslexia. And he collaborated with his wife, Ann Pulver, also of Hopkins, in seminal studies of the genetic basis of schizophrenia and other neuropsychiatric diseases. Colleagues perhaps consider Childs’ greatest contribution to be his quest to integrate genetics into all of medicine. Known as a Renaissance man of medicine and an intellectual jack-of-all-trades, Childs published on topics as diverse as cerebral palsy, human development and evolution. And, say those who worked with him, he had an insatiable curiosity about human nature that drove

him to study ethical and philosophical questions beyond the field of medicine. In the 1970s, Childs was among the first to analyze the impact of genetic testing and counseling on patients and families. “He was 50 years ahead of his time,” said colleague and former student Ada Hamosh, a pediatric geneticist at Hopkins Children’s. “Barton Childs was an incomparable pediatrician, a prescient geneticist and a wonderful human being. I will always cherish my memories of his pointed questions, high standards and unique style manifested in his trademark red socks.” Childs thought deeply about education throughout his career, colleagues said. He proposed new ways of thinking about the origins and consequences of disease, including a new model, the “diseasome,” which defines human disease not as a stand-alone or isolated set of disorders but as a complex and intricate interplay of multiple actions among and between genes and the environment. In his 1999 book Genetic Medicine: A Logic of Disease, Childs proposed a new holistic way of thinking about health and disease, one that takes into consideration each patient’s unique genetic makeup as well as the environmental and cultural factors that affect the individual. His book became the basis for the new curriculum at the Johns Hopkins medical school called Genes to Society, which integrates many of his concepts into physician training and was launched a year ago. “Barton Childs was the rare individual whose brilliance transcended his specialty and reached into philosophy, history of science and education,” said David Nichols, vice dean for education and professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. “This allowed him to articulate a vision of a new type of medicine and medical education focused on having the physician understand what makes each of us unique as individuals and patients. All of us who admired him so much are grateful that he lived long enough to see his vision begin to take shape as the intellectual foundation for the Genes to Society curriculum of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine,” Nichols added. Faculty members recall how Childs taught his students to ponder what he saw as the defining question in medicine: Why does a given person get a particular disease at a particular time? Childs realized that genes are only one piece of a puzzle that also includes in-utero exposures and early childhood development as well as the

Barton Childs in an undated photo

social and environmental experiences of the individual. “Dr. Childs believed in nuance and variability from patient to patient and recognized long ago that our emerging understanding of genetics would lead to a new emphasis in medicine where we would be able to treat the individual and not the disease,” said George Dover, director of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Childs once wrote that “disease is as much a consequence of variation in our social and cultural organization as biological, and management is best directed to whichever component is most amenable.” This insight shaped not only the modern understanding of medical genetics and human disease but also laid the groundwork for our present-day quest for individualized medicine. “Barton Childs was one of those people who is constantly seeing things far ahead and just waiting for the rest of us to catch up,” said Charles Wiener, professor of medicine and director of the Residency Training Program at Johns Hopkins. “He was a relentless advocate for the concept of individualized medicine before it became popularized, and even before we had the tools to understand the scientific basis of individuality.” To many in the younger generations at Johns Hopkins, Childs appeared to be a doctor from a time gone by, sporting an old-fashioned leather bag, a film noir trench coat and a faintly condescending attitude toward modernity. Following his retirement in 1981, Childs

continued to write, publish and work with fellow researchers. He continued to attend grand rounds and pediatric case conferences, during which he challenged medical residents with questions—sometimes peppered with subtle irony—designed as much to educate as to interrogate. Born Feb. 29, 1916, Childs grew up in Chicago. Childs was adopted, and the absence of family history amused the geneticist in him, he told colleagues. Childs received a bachelor’s degree from Williams College. His first encounter with genetics, during an undergraduate course in biology, was boring and disappointing, Childs recalled in a 2001 interview for the Oral History of Human Genetics Collection at the University of California, Los Angeles. Childs’ lasting interest in genetics was sparked by many children with congenital anomalies whom he encountered at the Harriet Lane Home, the predecessor of today’s Hopkins Children’s. After spending one summer as a substitute intern in pediatrics, Childs decided that he liked the specialty, and a job offer shortly after from then Pediatrics Chief Edward Parks solidified his decision. He left Johns Hopkins in 1943 for a threeyear stint in the Army, followed by a yearlong research fellowship at Boston Children’s in 1948 and what proved to be a seminal year of postdoctoral training at University College London, in 1952. In London, Childs was exposed to the great geneticists of the early 1900s, including J.B.S. Haldane, Lionel Penrose and Harry Harris. The numerous honors Childs received include the John Howland Award, the highest honor in the United States for achievement in pediatrics; the William Allan Award, the highest honor of the American Society of Human Genetics; and the Research Career Award of the National Institutes of Health. From 1972 to 1975, Childs was chairman of the National Academy of Sciences’ national research committee on inborn errors of metabolism, which laid the groundwork for the current policies on genetic-disease screening in newborns. In addition to his wife, Childs is survived by two daughters, Anne and Lucy, from his first marriage to Eloise, who died in a car accident in 1980. Arrangements are pending for a memorial service at Johns Hopkins. Contributions can be made to the Barton Childs Lectureship Fund of the McKusickNathans Institute of Genetic Medicine by calling 410-955-4260 or going online to

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Satellites Continued from page 1 navigation system to be used operationally, and an important tool to study the Earth’s atmosphere for years to come. The story of this little satellite that could and its descendants— and the many successes and some stumbles that followed— are chronicled in a new book titled Transit to Tomorrow: Fifty Years of Space Research at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. The book, co-authored by the Sheridan Libraries’ Mame Warren and APL’s Helen Worth, contains oral histories from more than 50 people who contributed to and shaped the history of the Lab’s space program, including such giants as Stamatios “Tom” Krimigis, the godfather of robotic spacecraft; Richard Kershner, first head of the Space Department; and Michael Griffin, a later Space Department head and NASA administrator from 2005 to 2009. The book was commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of space research at APL. No stranger to Johns Hopkins history, Warren, director of Hopkins History Enterprises for the Sheridan Libraries, authored Johns Hopkins: Knowledge for the World: 1876–2001 for the university’s 125th anniversary and Our Shared Legacy: Nursing Education at Johns Hopkins, 1889–2006. Worth joined APL 23 years ago and now directs its Office of Communications and Public Affairs. In large part, Transit to Tomorrow tells the story of APL’s pioneering role in the space

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age and how space technology has evolved over the past 50 years. The Lab has made many notable contributions. In addition to the first satellite navigation system, APL can take credit for the first picture from space, which provided the first absolute evidence of the curvature of the Earth; the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid; and the design of the new generation of smaller, more efficient spacecraft that predate NASA’s Discovery Program. The Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging spacecraft, known as MESSENGER, is just one example of APL’s cost-effective approach to space exploration. MESSENGER launched in 2004 and will conduct an in-depth study of Mercury, the sun’s closest neighbor and the least explored of the terrestrial planets. Its voyage has already included three flybys of Mercury, in 2008 and 2009, with a yearlong orbit of the planet set to begin in March 2011. Since its beginning, APL’s Space Department has produced spaceflight hardware and software systems, and conducted space science and engineering for both civilian and military customers. To date, it has successfully designed, built and operated more than 64 spacecraft and 200 instruments. It currently has approximately 700 staff members. The department’s expertise in space science research involves solar-terrestrial physics, astrophysics, planetary magnetospheres, planetary geology, solar physics and related space research such as oceanography and atmospheric and ionospheric physics. John Sommerer, head of the Space Department, said that the book, in addition to being “a great read,” offers a unique eyewitness report from the pioneers of a new era in human exploration. “It’s a rare opportunity to capture some of the excitement from the opening of an era. In another 10 years, such a book would probably not be possible. Ten years earlier, it would be harder to have a clear perspective on the significance of the events,” Sommerer said. “I think that Mame and Helen

were brilliant in creating a narrative from such a large chorus of voices, without long monologues from any one person.” Sommerer said that APL certainly joined the space age with a bang. “The invention of satellite navigation solved a huge problem in national security and also launched DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) on its illustrious trajectory,” he said. Transit’s history can be traced back to the launch of Sputnik on Oct. 4, 1957. Days after the launch, APL scientists George Weiffenbach and William Guier were able to ascertain Sputnik’s orbit by analyzing the Doppler shift of its radio signals during a single pass. Frank McClure, the chairman of APL’s Research Center at the time, suggested that if the satellite’s position were known and predictable, the Doppler shift could be used to locate a receiver on Earth, a revelation that would eventually lead to navigation by satellite and to today’s GPS systems. On the Lab’s civilian side, Sommerer said that the NEAR mission was “a paradigm breaker” for space exploration. APL made space history in 2000–2001 with NEAR, or Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous, which was the first spacecraft to orbit and then land on an asteroid. “NEAR launched APL onto an interplanetary trajectory,” he said. “There are really only three institutions in the country that can perform the whole science-to-mission concept: mission development, to mission operations, to science return, to new science questions cycle. The other two, JPL and Goddard, are about a factor of 10 bigger than APL Space.” Worth said that although the book was written with an internal audience in mind, the stories are for anyone with an interest in space-age history. “APL has always kind of flown under the radar. We’re not out for publicity by the nature of the work that we do,” Worth said. “But we were instrumental in the beginning of the space age and all along its path. That story was not being told, and we figured if we don’t tell it now, much of it would be lost. People are not going to be around forever,

and we still have a lot of people who were there at the beginning. This was the perfect time to do it.” Warren said that work on the book technically began two years ago, although for her it began nearly 10 years ago, when she was researching Knowledge for the World and interviewed Alexander Kossiakoff, guided missile pioneer and former APL director. “I’m not sure if that gave me a full leg up. I sort of crawled into this project and learned as I went, and it was wonderful,” she said. “One of the earliest people I spoke to was Bill Guier, who was one of the two guys who originally recorded the sound of Sputnik and figured out what you were listening to was the Doppler effect. “Here I was talking to the guy who had the initial kernel of an idea that is now part of everyday life,” Warren said. “That’s part of the excitement of the entire space program: how it has impacted our everyday life in so many ways.” As for what lies ahead for the APL Space Department, Sommerer said that predictions are hard, but he has a good sense of where things are headed. One of the next big projects for APL is to literally fly a spacecraft into the sun’s outer atmosphere, to “touch the sun.” “This is a prize that space scientists have looked forward to for 50 years, and APL is the institution that, through internal investment and risk reduction via NASA study and technology development funding, finally convinced NASA that this could be done,” he said. “We started on Phase A of the Solar Probe Plus program this year and expect to launch this audacious mission before 2018. Lots of other great things are going to happen in the interim, like going into orbit around Mercury for the first time about a year from now; conducting the Radiation Belt Storm Probe mission, starting in 2012, to study the Van Allen Belts; flying by Pluto in 2015; and building APL’s smallest satellite ever to support the U.S. military.” Sounds like fodder for another book. G To read Transit to Tomorrow online or purchase the book for $20, go to http://space50

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ohns Hopkins researchers say that recycling medical equipment saves money, reduces waste and is safe. Wider adoption of the practice of recycling medical equipment—including laparoscopic ports and durable cutting tools typically tossed out after a single use—could save hospitals hundreds of millions of dollars annually and curb trash at medical centers, the second-largest waste producers in the United States, after the food industry. The recommendation, made in an analysis by Johns Hopkins researchers in the March issue of the journal Academic Medicine, noted that with proper sterilization, recalibration and testing, reuse of equipment is safe. “No one really thinks of good hospitals as massive waste producers, but they are,” said lead author Martin Makary, the Mark M. Ravitch, M.D., Endowed Professor of Surgery in the School of Medicine, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Surgical Outcomes Research and an associate professor in the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management. “There are many things hospitals can do to decrease waste and save money that they are not currently doing.” Hospitals toss out everything from surgical gowns and towels to laparoscopic ports and expensive ultrasonic cutting tools after a single use. In operating rooms, some items that are never even used—single-use devices that are taken out of their packaging—must be tossed out because they could have been contaminated. Selecting such good devices for resterilization and retesting could decrease the amount of needless waste from hospitals. And, the researchers said, hospitals could procure more items that are designed to be used safely more than once after being sterilized. Hospitals, they added, are increasingly attracted to reprocessing because recycled

devices can cost half as much as new equipment. About a quarter of hospitals in the United States used at least one type of reprocessed medical device in 2002, and while the number is growing, the practice is not yet widespread, they said. Banner Health in Phoenix, they wrote, saved nearly $1.5 million in 12 months from reprocessing operating room supplies such as compression sleeves, open but unused devices, pulse oximeters and more. Safety concerns with reprocessing include possible malfunction of devices, the risk of transmitting infections and the ethical dilemma that reprocessing presents given the absence of patient consent to usage of such devices in their treatment. The government requires all reprocessed equipment to be labeled as such, along with the name of the reprocessing company. A recent study by the Government Accountability Office concluded that reprocessed devices do not present an increased health risk over new devices. “These devices are safe, but it’s a public relations challenge,” Makary said. “Some people don’t like the idea that they’re being treated with equipment that has been used before. But these reprocessed devices are as good as new since the testing standards for reuse are impeccable, and there have been no patient safety problems in our analysis.” The other authors of the commentary are Gifty Kwakye and Peter J. Pronovost, both of Johns Hopkins. —Stephanie Desmon

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‘Milk drops’ under the tongue appear to treat milk allergies


lacing small amounts of milk protein under the tongues of children who are allergic to milk can help them overcome their allergies, according to the findings of a small study at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and Duke University. The findings were presented Feb. 28 at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. The approach, known as SLIT for sublingual immune therapy, involves giving children small but increasingly higher doses of the food to which they are allergic until their immune systems “learn” to tolerate the food without triggering an allergic reaction, or with triggering only mild symptoms. Previous research from Johns Hopkins showed that a similar approach known as oral immunotherapy can successfully treat children with milk allergies. Unlike SLIT, oral immunotherapy involves consuming milk protein rather than merely placing it under the tongue. The current study, authors say, suggests that both approaches could be effective in treating milk allergies in most patients but that oral immunotherapy appears to be slightly more effective than SLIT. The investigators caution that the results are preliminary and that the two approaches must be compared in larger groups before their equal efficacy can be confirmed. While both approaches work by exposing the patient to progressively higher doses of the allergenic food, SLIT is done with lower doses, and therefore with lower risk for a severe allergic reaction. Researchers caution that both therapies can lead to violent allergic reactions in some patients and should always be done under a doctor’s supervision.

“We are very excited to see that both approaches can achieve significant improvement in children with milk allergies, but we continue to see slightly better tolerance in children on oral immunotherapy,” said lead investigator Robert Wood, director of Allergy and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. “Nonetheless, SLIT emerges as a new, if slightly less powerful, weapon in our arsenal.” In the study, all 30 children, ages 6 to 17, were treated with milk drops under the tongue (SLIT) for several weeks until they built up their tolerance. Once minimum tolerance was achieved, the children were divided into two groups; 10 continued their SLIT treatment, while the other 20 consumed milk powder by mouth. After three months of treatment with increasingly higher doses of milk protein, all children underwent a food challenge, which involved drinking milk under a doctor’s supervision. All children in the “by mouth” group were able to drink on average seven times more milk without an allergic reaction, or with mild symptoms, compared to their baseline milk challenge before the treatment. Nine of the 10 children treated with milk drops under the tongue were able to do so. Children in both groups experienced allergic symptoms equally often during the treatment. In the “under the tongue” group, 33 percent of the 3,619 doses of milk administered caused symptoms, compared to 35 percent of the 3,773 doses in the “by mouth” group. Most symptoms were mild, with the most common ones being mouth and throat itching and irritation. Abdominal and respiratory symptoms occurred very infrequently, the researchers report. —Katerina Pesheva


Going green in the hospital will save money, reduce waste

At the USAPL Maryland State Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships, Roosevelt Offoha, Rajiv Mallipudi and Floyd Hayes set 16 records between them.


Heavy lifting

eople at Johns Hopkins often display power of the mind. Last month, a trio of JHU affiliates showed off some major brawn and came home champions. Rajiv Mallipudi, a master’s degree candidate at the School of Public Health; Roosevelt Offoha, a first-year student at the School of Medicine; and Floyd Hayes, a senior lecturer in the Krieger School’s Department of Political Science, each took first place in their respective divisions at the USAPL Maryland State Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships. The event, originally scheduled for Dec. 19 but canceled due to snow, was held on Feb. 20 in Annapolis. Mallipudi, a recent biomedical engineering graduate of the School of Engineering who is studying reproductive and cancer

biology at the Bloomberg School, set eight Maryland state records. Offoha set four. Hayes, coordinator of programs and undergraduate studies in the Center for Africana Studies (who also happens to be the husband of the university’s vice president for human resources, Charlene Hayes), also set four. The three did not know each other well before the event, Mallipudi said, but bonded through their Johns Hopkins connection and shared passion for powerlifting. Mallipudi and Offoha are planning to compete in the USAPL Raw Nationals in Aurora, Col., in July. Fans of Johns Hopkins sports may unknowingly be familiar with Mallipudi’s physical prowess: As an undergrad, he was the man inside the Blue Jays suit. —Greg Rienzi

Peabody at Homewood concert series returns for 10th season B y H e at h e r E g a n S ta l f o rt

JHU Museums and Libraries


ohns Hopkins’ Homewood Museum announces the 10th anniversary of its Peabody at Homewood performance series, which showcases some of the most promising musicians from the university’s Peabody Conservatory of Music. The performances are presented amid the splendid architecture and furnishings of Homewood. The popular Friday evening concerts begin at 5:45 p.m. on March 5, April 2 and May 7. Each concert will be held in the Reception Hall of the museum, which will open at 5 p.m. prior to each concert. Guests may meet the evening’s musicians at a wine and cheese reception following each performance. For single concerts, admission is $12 for Homewood members, $15 for the general public and $8 for full-time students with ID; admission for all three concerts is $30 for Homewood members, $40 for the general public and $20 for full-time students with valid ID. Due to the intimacy of the space, seats are limited and advance purchase is recommended. For reservations or other information, call 410-516-5589 or go to The scheduled performances are as follows: Christopher Kovalchick, a violinist whose playing has been described as “a dash of genius,” will open the series on March 5 with an all-Bach program. A 2006 dual-

degree graduate in violin performance at Peabody and engineering mechanics in the Whiting School, and now a doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering at CalTech, Kovalchick holds the principal second violin position in the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles. He serves on the Johns Hopkins board of trustees and is a member of the Peabody National Advisory Council. Charm City Baroque, a sophisticated ensemble made up of Peabody graduate and undergraduate students, will perform on April 2. Accomplished both as individuals and as team members, the consort’s four instrumentalists use historically informed performance practices and period instruments to re-create baroque music in the way it was probably heard in the 17th and 18th centuries. The group presents a diverting and diverse program of solo and chamber works. The final concert, on May 7, will feature a performance by the Brass Roots Quintet, considered one of the most impressive ensembles in the Baltimore area. Coached by first trumpeter Joe Burgstaller of the Canadian Brass, the group of Peabody brass students is known for its exceptional musical interpretation and unified sound. The quintet has wowed audiences along the East Coast, in addition to receiving praise from Manhattan Brass, Boston Brass, Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass and Wynton Marsalis. Its richly varied program includes Bach, Gabrieli, Arnold, Debussy, Chesky, Ewazen and Piazzola.

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Reds Wolman, 85, international expert in river science By Phil Sneiderman




. Gordon “Reds” Wolman, an internationally respected expert in river science, water resources management and environmental education, and an important and beloved member of The Johns Hopkins University faculty for more than half a century, died at his home in Baltimore on Feb 24. He was 85. Family members said that the funeral service would be private. At press time, university officials were making plans for a campus memorial service in Wolman’s honor. Wolman’s scholarly honors included election to both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. A textbook he co-authored 40 years ago on how rivers change over time has been hailed as a seminal work in the field and is still widely used. Johns Hopkins colleagues and students remember Wolman for his wit, charm, modesty and renowned teaching skills—and for his signature bow ties and the red hair that gave him his nickname. He contributed to the academic growth of the university through service as a department chair and interim provost and through strong advocacy of interdisciplinary studies. In a 2009 Johns Hopkins Engineering magazine feature on Wolman, Erica Schoenberger, a professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, which Wolman helped establish, said, “I don’t think it’s possible to imagine Hopkins without Reds. He’s worked in every corner of the university, from Engineering to Public Health to Central Administration. Everyone knows him. He knows everybody. If you did a poll to determine the person who most represents the Hopkins ideal, everybody would say Reds. It would be a landslide.” Edward Bouwer, chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, said, “There are few parts of the university that have not experienced his blend of wisdom, humor and warmth. Reds was not only one of the university’s most renowned intellectual leaders but a favorite and cherished member of the community. His cheerful service, combined with his good-natured wisdom, has influenced

In his element: Reds Wolman on a field trip last year to the Stoney Run in Baltimore County, one of his favorite places to take students.

decisions and decision-makers around the world.” Grace Brush, also a professor in the department, added, “I will forever miss conversations with Reds, just dropping by his office with some question or thought—and leaving with an encyclopedia of ideas.” Word of Wolman’s death was delivered to the Johns Hopkins community on Feb. 25 in an e-mail from university President Ronald J. Daniels and Nicholas P. Jones, the Benjamin T. Rome Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering. “One of the most distinguished and beloved men ever to grace this university has died,” they said. The message said that Wolman had been a faculty member since 1958 but pointed out that “as the son of the equally legendary Professor Abel Wolman, Reds had been a Johns Hopkins man almost literally from birth. He grew up at this university, graduated from Johns Hopkins in 1949 and returned as associate professor and chair of what was then the Isaiah Bowman Department of Geography.” Abel Wolman, known as the “father of sanitary engineering,” pioneered the chlorination process in public water, helping to bring clean drinking water to people worldwide. His interest in natural resources influenced Reds Wolman’s education and career

plans. Reds Wolman received a bachelor’s degree in geology from Johns Hopkins in 1949, then earned his doctorate at Harvard, also in geology. He worked as a hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey from 1951 to 1958, and then was offered the position at Johns Hopkins as chair of Geography. He eventually played a key role in comWolman was bining that department with the Department of Sanitary and Water a Hopkins Resources to create the man almost Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering within the literally Whiting School. He chaired DOGEE from from birth 1970 through 1990 and held the B. Howell Griswold Jr. Professorship in Geography and International Affairs from 1975 until his death. Outside the campus, Wolman conducted important field research with students and colleagues, tramping along waterways making careful measurements regarding flow and depth, stones and soil, and compiling data to help make predictions about future changes in river systems. “Professor Wolman played a central role in defining rivers in a modern, quantita-

tive and generalizable framework that still provides the standard against which new models and concepts are evaluated,” said Peter Wilcock, a Johns Hopkins professor of geography and environmental engineering. “The understanding and the methods developed in this work form the foundation of modern river geomorphology, engineering and restoration.” In an interview with Geotimes in 2004, after he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council for Science and the Environment, Wolman said of his research interests, “I went from behavior of natural rivers and how they formed to how they behaved in the environment, which led to water quality and then to a variety of resource policy issues.” In 1988, when Wolman was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, its citation said, “An innovator in hydrology, geomorphology and geography, Wolman changed thinking about natural landscapes, their human modification and their interactions with societies in several ways. In relating catastrophic with moderate natural events, his ‘magnitudefrequency’ theory is widely accepted among scientists and engineers dealing with rivers, floods and erosion.” In 2002, Wolman was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, which lauded him for “outstanding contributions to fluvial processes, water resources management and environmental education.” He also served on many state, national and international panels devoted to environmental and health issues. In recent years, despite health problems that required him to use a walker, he continued to teach and to participate in field excursions. Wolman is survived by his wife, the former Elaine Mielke; children Elsa Katana, Abel Gordon Wolman, Abby McElroy and Ricka Wolman; sons-in-law Tom Katana and Peter McElroy; daughter-in-law Deborah Wolman; and grandchildren Abel and Leo McElroy. Family members said that following the private funeral service, interment would be in Druid Ridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to The Johns Hopkins University, 126 New Engineering Building, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218, to benefit the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering.

Majority of Marylanders without advance medical directives Survey indicates deficiencies in end-of-life care across U.S. By Tim Parsons

School of Public Health


pproximately 66 percent of respondents to a Maryland telephone survey do not have advance medical directives, according to a new report by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management. Younger adults and blacks were less likely than older adults and whites, respectively, to report having an advance directive, which includes the living will and health care power of attorney. Advance directive is an end-of-life planning tool that provides instructions for types of medical treatment that are desired and/or who can make decisions

about medical care should someone be unable to do so for him- or herself. The results will be published in an upcoming issue of Health Policy and are available online at the journal’s Web site. While 34 percent of all respondents had an advance directive, 61 percent indicated they have preferences about medical care in the event they are unable to make such decisions. The primary reasons reported for not having an advance directive include being unfamiliar with them, feeling too healthy to need one or, for the younger adults, being too young to need one. Forty percent of adults surveyed reported that they would like to obtain information on advance medical directives from a physician; however, only 12 percent of the respondents with advance directives reported obtaining it from their doctor. “These results support a need for legislative and regulatory changes to increase the number of people with advance directives,” said Dan Morhaim, one of the study authors, who is an adjunct professor in Health Policy and Management and also a member of the Maryland House of Del-

egates. “Advance medical directives cost nothing to complete and are readily available from many sources. We need to make sure that people know where to get them and why it’s important to complete them.” Research has shown that the benefits of advance directives include improved quality at the end of life, fewer burdens on family and health care providers, and a reduced need for life-sustaining treatment. Lead study author Keshia Pollack, an assistant professor in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Health Policy and Management and the centers for Injury Research and Policy and Health Disparities Solutions, added, “These findings suggest a disconnect between what people want in the event they are unable to make medical decisions for themselves and their actions to ensure their preferences are actually carried out.” Pollack and colleagues administered a population-based cross-sectional telephone survey to 1,195 adult Maryland residents. In addition to being asked whether they have an advance directive, respondents were asked where they had received infor-

mation on them, and where they would like to receive such information. “While these results are specific to Maryland, they are relevant to other areas of the country with the factors that lead to or hinder completion of advance directives,” Pollack said. Morhaim initiated this research project in order to better understand the public’s perception regarding advance directives and to identify potential policy solutions. He has collaborated with Pollack on other projects, and she has volunteered on his staff for several years, assisting with various public health policy issues. Also an author of the study is Michael Williams, of the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Brain & Spine Institute in the Department of Neurology at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. Williams was co-chair of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Ethics Committee from 1999 to 2007 and is currently a member of the Ethics Committee at Sinai Hospital. The research was funded by a grant from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.

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Scanning for skin cancer: Infrared system looks for melanoma By Phil Sneiderman and V a n e s s a W a s ta Homewood and Johns Hopkins Medicine



ohns Hopkins researchers have developed a noninvasive infrared scanning system to help doctors determine whether pigmented skin growths are benign moles or melanoma, a lethal form of cancer. The prototype system works by looking for the tiny temperature difference between healthy tissue and a growing tumor. The researchers have begun a pilot study of 50 patients at Johns Hopkins to help determine how specific and sensitive the device is in evaluating melanomas and precancerous lesions. Further patient testing and refinement of the technology are needed, but if the system works as envisioned, it could help physicians address a serious health problem: The National Cancer Institute estimated that 68,720 new cases of melanoma were reported in the United States in 2009, and it attributed 8,650 deaths to the disease. To avert such deaths, doctors need to identify a mole that may be melanoma at an early, treatable stage. To do this, doctors now look for subjective clues such as the size, shape and coloring of a mole, but the process is not perfect. “The problem with diagnosing melanoma in the year 2010 is that we don’t have any objective way to diagnose this disease,” said Rhoda Alani, adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and professor and chair of Dermatology at the Boston University School of Medicine. “Our goal is to give an objective measurement as to whether a lesion may be malignant. It could take much of the guesswork out of screening patients for skin cancer.” With this goal in mind, Alani teamed with heat transfer expert Cila (CHILL′-a) Herman, a professor of mechanical engineering in Johns Hopkins’ Whiting School

Doctoral student Muge Pirtini, dermatology professor Rhoda Alani and mechanical engineering professor Cila Herman with equipment used to find the temperature difference between healthy tissue and a growing tumor.

of Engineering. Three years ago, Herman obtained a $300,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop new ways to detect subsurface changes in temperature. Working with Muge Pirtini, a mechanical engineering doctoral student, Herman aimed her research at measuring heat differences just below the surface of the skin. Because cancer cells divide more rapidly than normal cells, they typically generate more metabolic activity and release more energy as heat. To detect this, Herman uses a highly sensitive infrared camera on loan from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Normally, the temperature difference between cancerous and healthy skin cells is extremely small, so Herman and Pirtini devised a way to make the difference stand out. First, they cool a patient’s skin with a

harmless one-minute burst of compressed air. When the cooling is halted, they immediately record infrared images of the target skin area for two to three minutes. Cancer cells typically reheat more quickly than the surrounding healthy tissue, and this difference can be captured by the infrared camera and viewed through sophisticated image processing. “The system is actually very simple,” Herman said. “An infrared image is similar to the images seen through night-vision goggles. In this medical application, the technology itself is noninvasive; the only inconvenience to the patient is the cooling.” The current pilot study is designed to determine how well the technology can detect melanoma. To test it, dermatologistidentified lesions undergo thermal scanning with the new system, and then a biopsy is performed to determine whether melanoma is actually present. “Obviously, there is a lot of work to do,” Herman said. “We need to fine-tune the instrument—the scanning system and the software—and develop diagnostic criteria

for cancerous lesions. When the research and refinement are done, we hope to be able to show that our system can find melanoma at an early stage before it spreads and becomes dangerous to the patient.” Alani, the skin cancer expert, is also cautiously optimistic. “We, at this point, are not able to say that this instrument is able to replace the clinical judgment of a dermatologist, but we envision that this will be useful as a tool in helping to diagnose early-stage melanoma,” Alani said. “We’re very encouraged about the promise of this technology for improving our ability to prevent people from actually dying of melanoma.” The researchers envision a hand-held scanning system that dermatologists could use to evaluate suspicious moles. The technology also might be incorporated into a full-bodyscanning system for patients with a large number of pigmented lesions, they said. The skin cancer scanning system is protected under an international patent application submitted by the Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer office, with Herman, Alani and Pirtini listed as the inventors. No commercialization agreement has been reached, but the technology transfer staff has engaged in talks with investors and medical-device firms concerning possible licensing deals. Any business arrangements involving the inventors would be managed by The Johns Hopkins University in accordance with its conflict-of-interest policies.

Related Web sites Cila Herman:

http://engineering .html?select=fl&id=150&item=g:

Rhoda Alani’s Web page: pharmacology/research/alani.html

Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center:

www.hopkinskimmelcancercenter .org

JHU, Montgomery County sign MOU to advance biosciences B y R ob i n F e r r i e r

Montgomery County Campus

J The National Cancer Institute’s twin seven-story buildings will have 575,000 square feet of space and are expected to be completed in about three years.

NCI Continued from page 1 research facilities and business tenants whose interests mesh with the university’s and county’s focus on the life sciences. The decision to locate the NCI complex at Johns Hopkins was announced last week by the General Services Administration, the federal agency responsible for the bidding process and selection. GSA selected the JBG Cos., a developer chosen by Johns Hopkins from among several that proposed a partnership with the university. JBG will lease land from Johns Hopkins, build the NCI center and own and manage it after completion. JBG said its goal is a development that qualifies for LEED Gold certification for environmentally friendly and energy-effi-

cient design and operation. The site is expected to include a stop on a planned mass transit system, the Corridor Cities Transitway, connecting the campus to the Shady Grove Metro rail station and other locations in the I-270 corridor. The NCI announcement was made, coincidentally, on the same day that President Daniels traveled to Montgomery County to sign a memorandum of understanding with County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett [see story at right]. The MOU outlined agreements on how Johns Hopkins—through education, research, technology transfer and other activities—can contribute to the county’s vision of establishing an economic powerhouse based on the life sciences. NCI’s presence at Johns Hopkins will “serve as a catalyst for the attraction and creation of thousands of new, high-quality jobs as the area transforms into a world-renowned innovation community,” Leggett said. G

ohns Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels traveled to Montgomery County last week to sign a memorandum of understanding with the county reflecting the university’s and the county’s shared objectives of advancing the biosciences industry, higher education and work force development within the county. “It is our common goal to advance scientific and health care translational research to benefit local and worldwide populations,” Daniels said. “We are extremely pleased to be entering into this memorandum of understanding with Montgomery County to affirm the university’s and the county’s shared science vision for the future.” The memorandum established a shared commitment to forging long-lasting collaborative relationships among private industry, higher education institutions and government interests within the biosciences industry. Isiah Leggett, county executive, said, “This MOU allows us to benefit from Johns Hopkins University’s knowledge, prestige, programs and relationships to

ensure robust science and job creation within an innovation community, and furthers strategic moves Montgomery County has made over the past 30 years. Today,” he continued, “we are laying the foundation for a long-lasting partnership that will expand higher education [and] scientific research and provide good-paying job opportunities, all while advancing health and life sciences not just in Montgomery County but around the world.” The memorandum supports a key component of the county’s recently unveiled Biosciences Strategy. It also supports the redevelopment of the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center, home of the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus and the university’s soon-to-bedeveloped Belward Research Campus, into a scientific hub with a balanced mix of education, research and private business. The signing was attended by Scott Zeger, vice provost for research at Johns Hopkins; Nancy Floreen, president of the Montgomery County Council; council member Mike Knapp; Steve Silverman, director of the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development; and other public and private sector representatives.

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Calendar Continued from page 12 Sun., March 7, 3 p.m. Preparatory Faculty Recital. Griswold Hall. Peabody


Rather Strange Story of Kwame Nkrumah, an Ace Nazi Pilot and the Spectacle of Motorless Flight,” a History seminar with Jean Allman, Washington University. Clipper Room, Shriver Hall. HW Mon., March 1, 5:15 p.m., and Fri., March 5, 3 p.m. “Aris-

Fri., March 5, 7 p.m. Public radio

station WYPR’s Sheilah Kast and her husband, former U.S. ambassador to Romania Jim Rosapepe, will discuss and sign copies of their book, Dracula Is Dead: How Romanians Survived Communism, Ended It and Emerged Since 1989 as the New Italy. Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins. HW

totle’s Poetics and Early Modern Thinking About Poetry and Poetic Genres,” concluding parts of a German and Romance Languages and Literatures seminar series with Daniel Javitch, NYU. Co-sponsored by the Centre Louis Marin and the Charles S. Singleton Center for Premodern Studies. 101A Dell House. HW Tues.,


“Sexual Behavior, Cervical Cancer Screening and Vaccine Uptake in HIV-Infected Adolescents and Young Adults,” an Epidemiology thesis defense seminar with Rosanna Setse. W2033 SPH. EB

Mon., March 1, 10 a.m.

“Antenatal Expectations and Decision Making Among Poor, Urban Primiparous Women,” a Health, Behavior and Society thesis defense seminar with Sarah Millet. 744 Hampton House. EB

Mon., March 1, noon.

“Regulation of Oxygen Homeostasis by Hypoxia-Inducible Factor 1,” a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seminar with Gregg Semenza, SoM. W1020 SPH. EB Mon., March 1, noon.






“Artificial Magnetic Cilia Fabricated From the Self-Assembly of Co-Nanoparticles,” a Biomedical Engineering seminar with Jason Benkoski, APL. 110 Clark. HW Mon.,





“Learning About the Cell by Breaking It,” a Center for Computational Genomics seminar with Chad Myers, University of Minnesota. 517 PCTB. EB Mon.,





“Management of Chronic Kidney Disease in Older Adults,” a Seminar on Aging with Ann O’Hare, University of Washington. Sponsored by the Center on Aging and Health, the Older Americans Independence Center and the Epidemiology and Biostatistics of Aging Training Program. Room 2-1002, 2024 Bldg. EB “Weighted Estimates for Multilinear Calderon-Zygmund Operators,” an Analysis/PDE seminar with Qingying Xue, Beijing Normal University. Sponsored by Mathematics. 302 Krieger. HW

Mon., March 1, 4 p.m.

Mon., March 1, 4 p.m. The David Bodian Seminar—“The Neural Basis of Timing and the Processing of Time-Varying Stimuli” with Dean Buonomano, UCLA. Sponsored by the Krieger Mind/ Brain Institute. 338 Krieger. HW

“Modeling Modernity: The Brief and

Mon., March 1, 4 p.m.





“New Detection and Viral Load Changes of HPV in Zimbabwean Women Who Acquire HIV,” an Epidemiology thesis defense seminar with Rebecca Nowak. W2030 SPH. EB Tues., March 2, 10:45 a.m.

“Avoiding Aneuploidy: How Chromosomes Help Ensure Their Faithful Segregation During Cell Division,” a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seminar with Thomas Maresca, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. W1020 SPH. EB “Chasing the Golden Fleece: Exploring the Roles of CSR-1 and the Argonautes in Chromatin Modulation, Genome Surveillance and RNAi in C. elegans,” a Biological Chemistry seminar with Julie Claycomb, University of Massachusetts Medical School and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. 612 Physiology. EB

Tues., March 2, noon.

“Stability and Maneuverability at the Expense of Energy,” a Civil Engineering seminar with Noah Cowan, WSE. B17 CSEB. HW

Tues., March 2, noon.

Tues., March 2, 12:10 p.m.

“Reducing Intimate Partner Perpetration,” a Graduate Seminar in Injury Research and Policy seminar with Allison Jones, Drexel University School of Public Health. Sponsored by the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence. 250 Hampton House. EB “Intake of Iron Through Groundwater and Iron Status of Women in Rural Bangladesh,” an International Health thesis defense seminar with Rebecca Merrill. E9519 SPH. EB

Tues., March 2, 2 p.m.

“Novel Computational Biology Approaches to Study Rare Sequence Variants and Copy Number Variants in Human Disease,” an Institute of Genetic Medicine seminar with Kai Wang, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Darner Conference Room. EB

Tues., March 2, 2 p.m.

“The Donnan Membrane Principle: From Physical Chemistry to Sustainable Environmental Process-

Tues., March 2, 3 p.m.

es,” a Geography and Environmental Engineering seminar with Arup Sengupta, Lehigh University. 234 Ames. HW Tues., March 2, 4 p.m. “Construction of a Wormtheater for Understanding C. elegans,” a Biology special seminar with Guangshuo Ou, University of California, San Francisco and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Mudd Hall Auditorium. HW Tues., March 2, 4:30 p.m. “Class

Invariants in Genus 2,” an Algebraic Geometry/Number Theory seminar with Eyal Goren, McGill University. 308 Krieger. HW






“Social Technology,” a Center for Language and Speech Processing seminar with Marti Hearst, University of California, Berkeley. B17 CSEB. HW Wed.,





“Mixed-Treatment Meta-Analysis for Promoting Comparative Effectiveness Research,” a Center for Clinical Trials seminar with Christopher Schmid, Tufts University School of Medicine. W2030 SPH. EB Wed., March 3, 12:15 p.m.

“Sleep Disruption and Pain in Osteoarthritis,” a Mental Health seminar with Michael Smith, SoM. B14B Hampton House. EB Wed.,





“Molecular Gymnastics: The Dynamic Binding Orientations of HIV Reverse Transcriptase,” a Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry seminar with Elio Abbondanzieri, Harvard University. 517 PCTB. EB “Accurate Approximation for Inference on Vector Parameters,” a Biostatistics seminar with Nancy Reid, University of Toronto. W2030 SPH. EB

Wed., March 3, 4 p.m.

Wed., March 3, 4:30 p.m. “Convergence of Bergman Geodesics on Abelian Varieties,” a Complex Geometry seminar with Renjie Feng, Northwestern University. Sponsored by Mathematics. 304 Krieger. HW

“The Role of Wnt Signaling in Kidney Tubule Formation and Morphogenesis,” a Cell Biology seminar with Thomas Carroll, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School. Suite 2-200, 1830 Bldg. Thurs., March 4, noon.

EB Thurs., March 4, noon. “Joe Camel in a Bottle: Shaping Litigation Against Alcohol Companies for Targeting Youth,” a Health, Behavior and Society seminar with Jim Mosher, the CDM Group. B14B Hampton House. EB Thurs.,




“Brachyspira pilosicoli in Polymicrobial Colonic Infection: A Tale of Multiple Host Adaptation to Intracellular Survival,” a Molecular Microbiology and Immunology/Infectious Diseases seminar with Gerald Duhamel, Cornell University. W1020 SPH. EB

8 Thurs., March 4, 12:15 p.m.

“Nutritional Biochemistry of Copper, Emphasizing Gestation and Lactation,” a Human Nutrition seminar with Maria Linder, California State University, Fullerton. W2008 SPH. EB Thurs., March 4, 1 p.m. “Systems

Biology From Chemical Combination,” a Neuroscience research seminar with Joseph Lehar, Boston University and Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research. West Lecture Hall, WBSB. EB Thurs., March 4, 4 p.m. “Genome Dynamics During a 20-Year Evolution Experiment With E. coli,” a Biology special seminar with Jeffrey Barrick, Michigan State University. 100 Mudd. HW Fri.,





“Camel Antibodies and Nanobodies as a Versatile Tool for Biomedical Research,” a Physiology special seminar with Serge Muyldermans, Vrijie Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. 203 Physiology. EB Fri., March 5, 11 a.m. “Foundational Research in Turbulent Hypersonic Wall-Bounded Flows: Validation and Interpretation of Numerical Data,” a CEAFM seminar with Pino Martin, University of Maryland, College Park. 110 Maryland. HW Fri., March 5, 1 p.m. “Can Memory CD8 T Cells Protect Macaques Against 2009 H1N1 Influenza Viruses?” a Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology seminar with Thomas Friedrich, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 181 BRB. EB

“Does Science Have a Place in Environmental Policy? Tales From the Interface of Science and Decisions,” an Institute for Policy Studies brown bag seminar with Thomas Burke, SPH. 526 Wyman Bldg. HW

Mon., March 8, noon.






“Molecular Regulation of Muscle Stem Cell Function,” a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Michael Rudnicki, University of Ottawa. Rose Auditorium, 3520 San Martin Drive. HW “From Raw Microarray Data to Meaningful Gene Lists” a Center for Computational Genomics seminar with Rafael Irizarry, SPH. 517 PCTB. EB

Mon., March 8, 2:30 p.m.

S P E C I AL E V E N T S Mon., March 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Biomedical Career Fair,

sponsored by the JHMI Professional Development Office. Turner Concourse. EB Tues., March 2, 3 p.m. SOURCE

Birthday Party, with cake, games, prizes and speakers. Partygoers are encouraged to bring school supplies to donate and written examples of their community involvement experiences. E2030 SPH. EB

Thurs., March 4, 11 a.m. Housing Fair, an opportunity to meet area landlords and other vendors associated with renting in the Baltimore area. Sponsored by Housing and Dining Services. Glass Pavilion, Levering. HW Thurs., March 4, noon to 6:30 p.m. “Global Health Day: The

Student Experience,” featuring the work of students who have

spent time abroad over the past year conducting field work in a developing country. A committee of five faculty members will judge a poster session and award prizes. The opening ceremony, with President Ron Daniels and Deans Michael Klag and Martha Hill, will take place at noon in E2014 SPH (Sommer Hall); the poster session will take place from 1:15 to 5 p.m. in E2030 SPH (Feinstone Hall); the awards reception will take place at 5:30 p.m. in E2030 SPH. EB Fri., March 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Public Health Career Fair

2010, an opportunity for students to meet with representatives from the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors to discuss employment opportunities. E2030 SPH (Feinstone Hall) and Gallery. EB

Sat., March 6, 8 a.m. “Tri to Help,” an indoor triathlon fundraiser to benefit the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Epilepsy Center, sponsored by Neurology and Neurosurgery. $40 admission. To register and for more information on locations, go to eventdetailsmd.html. Sun., March 7, 1 to 3 p.m.

Reception for an exhibition of works by self-taught artists who are members of Bayview’s Creative Alternatives program. (See “In Brief,” p. 2.) Exhibit continues through March 19. SDS Room, Ross Jones Bldg., Mattin Center. HW W OR K S HO P S Mon., March 1, 6 p.m. “Building

Safe Schools,” an evening of discussion and interactive workshops on practical skills for building safe and healthy environments in public schools. To register, go to buildingsafeschools. Education Building. HW Bits




designed for faculty and TAs (staff are also welcome to attend). Sponsored by the Center for Educational Resources. To register, go to Garrett Room, MSE Library. HW • Tues., March 2, 1 p.m. “Introduction to Facebook.” • Thurs., March 4, 1 p.m. “An Introduction to Google Sites.” Workshops on how to use the resources of the Milton S. Eisen-

hower Library for research. Sponsored by Research Services. Registration required; go to www.library .html. Electronic Resource Center, M-Level, MSE Library. HW • Tues., March 2, 4:30 p.m. “Introduction to Research in the Humanities.” • Wed., March 3, 4:30 p.m. “Introduction to Research in the Social Sciences.” Thurs., March 4, 4:30 p.m. • “Introduction to Research in the Sciences and Engineering.” • Fri., March 5, 4 p.m. “Modern Japan Library Session.”

Summer Fellows Workshop, sponsored by Women, Gender and Sexuality. Sherwood Room, Levering. HW

Fri., March 5, 3 to 7 p.m.


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have a mass of graduates on Homewood Field all at one time. We wanted it to be so that you look out on one great family. We expect the place to be packed.” Daniels said that the selection of Bloomberg as speaker was a natural. “Who better exemplifies this theme of one university than Mayor Bloomberg,” he said. “He has done so much for all the constituents of Johns Hopkins.” The single ceremony will feature many familiar and traditional elements, and some new ones. Jill Williams, associate director of university events, said that every effort has been made to streamline the event and keep it near three hours. It will still feature the conferring of all degrees, recognition of new members of the Society of Scholars and bestowing of honorary degrees. In addition, all undergraduate students as well as doctoral students in attendance will have their names announced as they file on stage to have their degrees recognized. The majority of students will receive their diplomas following the event; others will receive them at separate diploma ceremonies at their respective schools. The ceremony will also feature a presentation of the Homewood Schools’ senior class gift, an address from their class president and some pomp and circumstance, including music and the procession of graduates onto the field. “We have, in essence, made a hybrid of the two ceremonies, and it’s still a work in progress,” Williams said. “We’re shortening some of the things that we did in the morning. We wanted to take a look at the script and see how can we shave anything down but still give [everyone] their due.” Williams said that the biggest change will be that the student and teaching awards typically presented at the Homewood undergraduate ceremony will be presented at a banquet to be held earlier in the spring. The awards will be noted in the commencement program. There will also be some physical changes to the ceremony, some subtle and some dramatic.


be submitted online. For applications and more information, go to or e-mail Announcing New Travel Award — The

Hon. Ruth D. Vogel Fund for Professional Development will give up to four awards per year, of $500 each, to JHMI students, residents or postdoctoral fellows, for travel or related expenses to attend a scientific workshop, conference or similar scholarly meeting. The candidate must be the presenting author of a talk or poster. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of faculty and senior staff. The application deadline is March 15. Awards will be announced on April 1. To obtain the application form, e-mail The fund was established in memory of Ruth D. Vogel, an attorney and judge, whose career demonstrated her belief in social justice and the potential of young people.

The student-seating configuration will now be in straight rows rather than triangular zones, and the field will include more chairs for guests, including extra handicapped-accessible seating. “The field seating is to account for all the extra guests that we expect,” Williams said. “Capacity in the stands is 7,500, and we expect to reach full capacity. With the extra seating, we can handle up to 9,000 people. I can tell you, the place is going to be full of life and excitement.” To enter the seating area, the students will, as in past years, pass through a 40-foot tower displaying images of the Gilman and hospital domes. However, the 2010 Homewood undergraduates have a longer route to get there. Instead of filing out from the nearby Newton H. White Jr. Athletic Center, the undergraduates from the schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering will gather on the Keyser Quadrangle and take a ceremonial “final walk” through campus, passing through the Freshman Quad, where their academic journey started. All other graduates will enter from the Athletic Center. Following the ceremony, the newly minted alumni and their families will be invited to a reception on the Keyser Quadrangle. Williams said that the new format will make the morning ceremony feel more universitywide than ever. “The morning ceremony has been the official ceremony, but it just hasn’t had high attendance from the undergraduate population,” she said. “We hope that the bachelor’s students from the other schools, such as the School of Nursing, will attend in big numbers. Their names will be called, and they will be recognized.” Before joining Johns Hopkins, Williams worked for Hargrove, a special events firm that has handled presidential inaugurations, a papal mass and international summits. She knows how to handle large crowds. “We’re working through some issues such as parking, but we have a plan in place. We will certainly encourage people to arrive early and carpool,” she said. “We are gearing up and ready. The new format will certainly present some challenges, but we’re going to be prepared for it.” G For more information, updates and announcements concerning Commencement 2010, go to The site will be updated regularly.

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obert Hormats, undersecretary of state for economic, energy and agricultural affairs, will give the next speech of the W.P. Carey Global Leader Lecture Series at SAIS at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2.

Hormats’ talk is titled “International Economic Priorities in a Multilateral World.” The event will be held in the Nitze Building’s Kenney Auditorium. NonSAIS affiliates should RSVP to saisevents or 202-663-5636.

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Bayview area, $700/mo (2-3BR apt, 1st flr) and $600/mo (1BR apt, 2nd flr). 443-2559692.


Homewood/Guilford, luxury 1BR high-rise condo nr JHU, CAC/heat, W/D, doorman, security, pool, exercise rm. anthony8066@

garage, walking distance to university, great buy, low 200s. 443-848-6392 or sue.rzep2@

Spring cleaning! One-time or wkly service, reasonable rates, pet-friendly, house/garage/ office. 443-528-3637.

Housing co-op, 4BRs, 2BAs, private entry, laundry, gated yd nr JHMI. $16,000 (negotiable).

Need snow repairs on your roof or steps? MHIC-licensed for any carpentry projects. Rick, 443-621-6537.


Needs loving home: sweet, small stray cat found 2 mos ago, approx 1-3 yrs old, has all shots, spayed.

Mt Washington, 1BR, 1BA apt in gated complex, W/D in unit, dw, free prkng, pool, tennis court, fitness center, nr Whole Foods/ light rail/MTA, 10 mins to Homewood, 20 mins to JHMI. $804/mo + $150 sign-up bonus. 443-839-4472.

F wanted for bright, spacious furn’d BR in Cedonia, house owned by F prof’l, vaulted ceiling, built-in shelves, track lighting, modern kitchen, fenced yd, 5 mi to JHU/Bayview/ Homewood, perf for visiting students/professors. 410-493-2435 or

Butchers Hill, fully furn’d 2BR TH, cute, cozy, free WiFi, satellite, nr park/restaurants/ shops, flexible terms, nr JHH/JHMI. $1,200/ mo (3 mos minimum). 410-988-3137 or

Owings Mills, 2BR, 2BA condo, W/D, walkin closets, storage, prkng, pool/tennis court privileges, backs to woods, conv to metro, walk to grocery/Starbucks, sm pets negotiable ($250 nonrefundable deposit), 1-yr lease. 410-336-7952 or

Sunny upstairs apt in historic Lauraville, private entrance, private BA, shared kitchen, nr JHH/JHU. $625/mo. 443-844-4094.

Charles Village, 1BR unit in immaculate prof’l bldg across from Homewood campus, no pets/no smoking, 1-yr lease minimum, application/tenant history/income refs req’d. 410-366-5232.

Patterson Park, 2BR, 1.5BA house, hdwd flrs/crpt upstairs, stainless steel appliances, nr JHMI, rent-to-own option available. $1,000/ mo. 443-286-4883.

Belvedere Square Market, 2BR, 1.5BA apt, lg living rm, dining area, kitchen, powder rm, hdwd flrs, fp, balcony, quiet neighborhood. $900/mo + utils. ankumar1120@

Charles Village/Guilford, 1BR, 1BA apt w/ spacious living rm, full kitchen, patio, private entry, across from JHMI shuttle stop. $975/mo + elec. 443-858-9118.

Big 2BR, 2BA condo w/balcony, 10th flr, nr campus/shuttle, new bamboo flrs and appls, pool, sauna, gym, reserved garage prkng, excel view, start date negotiable. $1,850/mo incl utils.

Charles Village (University One), bright, spacious 1BR, 1BA condo, CAC/heat. $1,145/mo incl all utils. 410-466-1698 or

Renov’d 3BR waterfront, W/D, dw, deck, pier, avail April, conv to JHH/JHU. $1,650/ mo + utils + sec dep. 410-790-6597.

Columbia, 3BR, 2.5BA TH, hdwd flrs in living rm/dining rm, updated eat-in kitchen, comfortable family rm in walkout lower level, fresh paint throughout, backs to Columbia trail, open space, nr Columbia Mall. $1,700/mo. 301-332-9829. Cross Keys Village, totally renov’d 2BR, 1.5BA condo, faces south, sleek kitchen w/ ceramic flr, granite counters, stainless steel appls, nr I-83, 15 mins to JHH/JHU, steps to shops/restaurants. 443-742-3520.

Furn’d rm/studio across street from JH medical campus, safe area, W/D in unit, assigned prkng.


Cedarcroft, 2BR, 1.5BA Victorian. furn’d or unfurn’d, living rm, dining rm, den, office, W/D, AC units, fp, hdwd flrs, yd, prkng. $299,000.

F wanted to share 2BR, 2BA Mt Washington apt, W/D in apt, free prkng/fitness center, 15-20 mins to Homewood/JHMI, nr 695/83, light rail and metro stations, nr shuttle to/from JHMI. $750/mo incl all utils. Share 2BR, 2BA apt in the Carlyle w/F JHU grad, air conditioners in BRs and living rm, hdwd flrs, W/D in unit, dw, gym, pool, restaurant, cafe, lounge/study rm in bldg, nr Homewood/JHMI shuttle. $725/mo + elec. 469-951-7479 or Share Charles Village house, living rm, dining rm, kitchen, hot tub, elliptical, Internet, deck and porch, fully furn’d rm, lg, bright windows, Eastern exposure. $450/mo + utils. 410-963-8741. Two wanted for beautiful 3BR, 2.5BA EOG TH, furn’d living rm, lots of natural light, huge kitchen w/granite counters, dw, Viking stove, microwave, CAC, laundry rm w/new appls (2nd flr), unfin’d bsmt w/lots of storage, patio w/grill. $675/mo. 717-476-1062.


Charles Village (Carrollton Condos), lg, renov’d 2BR, 2BA, CAC/heat, prkng spot, 24-hr front desk. $150,000. emmakcontact@

’97 Toyota Camry LE, green, automatic, all power, new tires, very good cond, 116K mi. $3,699/best offer. 410-337-5124 or

Federal Hill, recently renov’d 2BR, 1.5BA house, hdwd flrs, stainless steel appls, eat-in kitchen, dw, AC, yd, pets OK, long- or shortterm lease. $1,195/mo + utils. Jan, 410-4562565 or

Gardenville, 3BR, 1.5BA RH, new kitchen and BA, CAC, hdwd flrs, club bsmt w/cedar closet, fenced, maintenance-free yd w/carport, quiet neighborhood, 15 mins to JHH. $139,999. 443-610-0236 or tziporachai@

’06 Mazda 3i, 4-dr sedan, 5-spd, clean, nonsmoking, excel cond, 29K mi; photos avail. $10,000.

Fells Point, 2BR, 2BA house, hdwd flrs, expos’d brick, walking distance to Hopkins/ Canton/Fells Point waterfront. $1,600/mo.

Harborview, 2BR, 1BA house, all on one floor, hdwd flrs throughout, great location, conv to all campuses. $164,900. 443-6042797 or

East Baltimore, 3BR, 1BA TH, partly furn’d, 2 mi to Johns Hopkins, refs req’d. $950/mo + utils + sec dep. Anita, 410-675-5951 or

Fells Point (Fleet and Wolfe), restored 3BR, 2.5BA RH, W/D. $1,600/mo + utils + sec dep. 443-629-2264 or aynur.unalp@gmail .com. Hampden, renov’d 3BR, 1.5BA houses (2), new kitchens, new BAs, close to the Avenue. $1,100/mo + utils. Alan, 410-227-8879. Hampden (41st St), 3BR apt w/new BA, new paint, living rm, dining rm, kitchen, pantry, dw, W/D, garage, $1,350/mo incl utils; also remodeled bsmt efficiency, $700/ mo incl utils. 443-474-1492. Hampden, 3BR, 2BA TH, dw, W/D, fenced yd, nr light rail. $1,100/mo + utils. 410-3782393. Homewood (295 W 31st St), 2BR TH, W/D, gas heat, deck, fenced yd, no smokers/no dogs. $1,000/mo. Val Alexander, 888-3863233 (toll free) or Johns Hopkins / Hampden WYMAN COURT APTS. (BEECH AVE.) Effic from $570, 1 BD Apt. from $675, 2 BD from $775 HICKORY HEIGHTS APTS. (HICKORY AVE.) 2 BD units from $750 Shown by Appointment 410-764-7776


Oakenshawe, 5BR, 2.5BA RH, new BAs, hdwd flrs, semi-fin’d bsmt, garage, walk to JHU, Farmer’s Market. $330,000. 443-8572217. Original Northwood, 3BR, 2BA house w/ updated kitchen, bsmt and BAs, AC, new W/D, garage, easy commute to JHU/JHMI. $274,000. home_for_sale (pics). Patterson Park (145 N Lakewood), 3BR, 1BA house w/appls, hdwd flrs, w/w crpt, gas, yd, 1 blk to park, nr JHU/JHH, owner financing. $149,900 (or rent option at $840/mo). 410-375-4862. Roland Park, bright 2BR co-op apt overlooking Wyman Park, next to Homewood campus, short walk to JHMI shuttle. $134,900. 443-615-5190. Towson, 3BR house, 2 new BAs, new kitchen/appliances, hdwd flrs, new siding, new windows, fenced yd, flower garden, great schools, 20 mins to JHU. $325,000. 410321-9622. Vistana Resorts in Orlando, timeshares avail, two 2BR villas and one 1BR villa, 25% of listing price. Charming 3BR, 2BA condo w/separate

’04 Toyota Camry LE, automatic, new tires, in great cond, 60K mi. $10,500. 410-4191731 or


Fisher-Price baby swing 3-in-1, in excel cond. $30. Microwave, table w/shelves, computer, chair, printer, 3-step ladder, reciprocating saw, tripods, digital piano. 410-455-5858 or iricse.


JH student seeks 1 garage space nr 501 St Paul St and N Calvert, N Charles, W Madison or E Monument, short- or long-term. 415-931-1338.

Stay-at-home mom looking to babysit one or two children, FT or PT. Saadia, 410-8810572. Mature, experienced nanny looking to babysit, FT/PT, great references available. Need dynamic headshot photo for job interview/audition? Edward S Davis photography/ videography. 443-695-9988, eddaviswrite@ or Piano tuning and repair by PTG craftsman serving Peabody, Center Stage, College of Notre Dame, homes in Baltimore and surrounding counties. 410-382-8363 or steve@ Need help with your JHU retirement plan investments portfolio? Free, confidential consultations. 410-435-5939 or treilly1@ aol .com. Affordable landscaper/horticulturist avail to maintain existing gardens, can also do planting, designing and masonry; affordable, free consultations. 410-683-7373 or grogan Spring is right around the corner! Interior/ exterior painting, home/deck power washing, general maintenance; licensed, insured, free estimates, affordable. 410-335-1284 or Horse boarding, 20 mins from JHU, beautiful trails from farm. $500/mo (stall board) or $250/mo (field board). 410-812-6716 or Tutor available: All subjects/levels; remedial, gifted and talented; also college counseling, speech and essay writing, editing, proofreading, database design and programming. 410337-9877 or Piano lessons w/experienced teacher, Peabody doctorate, all levels/ages welcome. 410662-7951. Horse boarding/lessons in Bel Air, bring your horse or ride one of our show-quality school horses. $325 (full care) or $250 (partial care). 410-458-1517 or Piano lessons taught by master’s student at Peabody. 425-890-1327 (for free placement interview). Free ballroom dancing and lessons (waltz, rumba, tango, more), every Friday, 8pm in ROTC Bldg. Friday Night Swing Dance Club, open to public, no partners necessary. 410-583-7337 or LCSW-C providing psychotherapy, JHUaffiliated, experience w/treating depression, anxiety, sexual orientation and gender identity concerns, couples. 410-235-9200 (voicemail #6) or

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• We cannot use Johns Hopkins business phone numbers or e-mail addresses. • Submissions will be condensed at the editor’s discretion. • Deadline is at noon Monday, one week prior to the edition in which the ad is to be run. • Real estate listings may be offered only by a Hopkins-affiliated seller not by Realtors or Agents.

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Calendar Brooklyn Rider quartet at Evergreen Museum

Technology and Education section of the European Commission Delegation to Washington. Sponsored by the Centers for Alternatives to Animal Testing. W2030 SPH. EB Mon.,





Information session for the JHU Master of Arts in Writing Program. Sponsored by Advanced Academic Programs. RSVP to .cfm?ContentID=2066. LL7 Washington DC Center.

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ohns Hopkins University’s Evergreen Museum & Library continues its 2009–2010 Music at Evergreen concert series on Saturday, March 6, with a performance by the adventurous, genreblending string quartet Brooklyn Rider. It takes place at 3 p.m. in the intimate, one-of-a-kind setting of the museum’s 80-seat Bakst Theatre. Described by critics as “hip in a geeky, Brooklyn way (suspenders, facial hair)” and “classically trained to within an inch of their lives,” the young musicians who make up Brooklyn Rider have been credited by NPR’s Performance Today host Fred Child with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble.” These four veterans of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble offer a diverse and provocative program, including a suite of modal pieces titled Achille’s Heel by Brooklyn Rider’s own Colin Jacobsen; Philip Glass’ expansive String Quartet No. 5; an arrangement of John Cage’s beautifully meditative and seminal work, In a Landscape, created for Brooklyn Rider by New York–based composer Justin Messina; and a fresh and vivid interpretation of Claude Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10. Following the concert, a tea reception will be held in the museum’s Far East Room, where audience members will have the opportunity to meet with the musicians and purchase signed CDs of their new self-produced recording, Dominant Curve (In a Circle Records), which features the Debussy String Quartet and an alternate version of Messina’s arrangement of In a Landscape for string quartet and electronics. The recording, due out in stores and online April 6, is the group’s third release, following its critically acclaimed 2008 albums, Passport (In a Circle Records) and Silent City, with Persian kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor (World Village/Harmonia Mundi).


Brooklyn Rider (Johnny Gandelsman and Colin Jacobsen, violin; Nicholas Cords, viola; Eric Jacobsen, cello) based its name on the “exploding array of cultures and artistic energy” of its New York borough and the cross-disciplinary vision of the pre-WWI Munich-based artistic collective Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). The group’s repertoire is as likely to explore Haydn and Debussy as the music of our time. The musicians have worked with numerous composers such as Lisa Bielawa and Philip Glass, and their affinity for global music has resulted in collaborations with everyone from Kalhor, the Persian kamancheh virtuoso, to Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes. Whether performing at Joe’s Pub in New York, the Todai-ji Temple in Nara, Japan, or the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Brooklyn Rider invites its audiences into an unforgettable shared experience. Tickets are $20 general public, $15 members and $10 students with valid ID, and include admission to the museum (open by guided tour only, offered hourly on the hour from noon to 3 p.m.) and the post-concert reception. Seating is limited; advance tickets are available by going to www.missiontix .com, calling 410-516-0341 or visiting the Evergreen Museum Shop. The 2009–2010 Music at Evergreen concert series is made possible by the Evergreen House Foundation. The third and final concert of the series, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, will feature a special flamenco program by the New York–based multidisciplinary ensemble SEGUE.



“The Old and the New in the Chemistry of Radical-Trapping Antioxidants,” a Chemistry colloquium with Derek Pratt, Queen’s University, Canada. 233 Remsen. HW

M o n . , M a r c h 1 , n o o n . “Is U.S. Promotion of Religious Freedom Imperialistic?” a SAIS South Asia Studies Program panel discussion with Ishani Chowdhury, former director of public policy, Hindu American Foundation; Thomas Farr, Georgetown University; Liu Peng, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Emory University; moderator Joshua White, SAIS. A “Year of Religion” event, cosponsored by the China Studies Program, the American Foreign Policy Program, SAIS Student Government Association, SAIS Amnesty Club, SAIS Careers in Development Club and the Institute for Global Engagement. Rome Building Auditorium. SAIS

Tues., March 2, 4:15 p.m.

“MindBody Medicine Before Freud: John G. Gehring, the ‘Wizard of the Androscoggin’,” a History of Science and Technology colloquium with Benjamin Harris, University of New Hampshire. Seminar Room, 3rd floor, Welch Library. Thurs., March 4, 3 p.m.


“The Tiniest Galaxies,” a Physics and Astronomy colloquium with HansWalter Rix, MPA Heidelberg. Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center. HW Thurs., March 4, 3 p.m.

Thurs., March 4, 4:15 p.m.

“King Lear in the Time Before Merlin,” an ELH colloquium with Margreta de Grazia, University of Pennsylvania. Sponsored by English. 201C Dell House. HW Fri., March 5, 2 p.m. “Undercov-

er Operations in Counter Proliferation Investigations,” an Applied Physics Laboratory colloquium with Ronald Marcell, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Parsons Auditorium. APL

Wed., March 3, noon. “The Impact of the Global Economic Crisis on Eastern Europe,” a SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations panel discussion with Erhard Busek, Southeast European Cooperative Initiative; Krzysztof Bledowski, Manufacturers Alliance; Anders Aslund, Peterson Institute for International Economics; and moderator Michael Haltzel, SAIS. 500 Bernstein-Offit Building. SAIS Thurs., March 4, 12:30 p.m.

“Financial Crisis in Central and

Eastern Europe: The Case of Parex Bank, a SAIS European Studies Program discussion with Nils Melngailis, chairman, Parex Bank Management Board. 736 Bernstein-Offit Building. SAIS F I L M / V I DEO Thurs., March 4, 7:30 p.m.

Screening of the documentary on drug conflict in Rio de Janeiro Dancing with the Devil, and discussion with the filmmaker, Jon Blair; respondents Patrick Wright, MICA; Jennifer Culbert, KSAS; and moderator Bernadette Wegenstein, KSAS. Co-sponsored by German and Romance Languages and Literatures, the Program in Latin American Studies, the Evolution, Cognition and Culture Project, Anthropology, Political Science, the Center for Africana Studies and the Program in Film and Media Studies. Falvey Hall, Brown Center, 1301 West Mount Royal Ave. I N FOR M AT I O N SESSIONS

Information session on European Union funding opportunities for U.S. researchers, with Laurent Bochereau, head of the Science,

Thurs., March 4, 2 p.m.





“Investigator’s Reflections and Teacher of the Year Lectureships,” a Graduate Students Association lecture by Jeremy Nathans, SoM. WBSB Auditorium. EB The 2010 Lecture Series in Archaeology and Assyriology,

sponsored by Near Eastern Studies. 202A Dell House. HW •

Mon., March 1, 5:30 p.m.

“Nomads, Peasants, Water Managers and Kings: Irrigation and Long-Term Histories in Ancient Southern Arabia” by Michael Harrower, UCLA. Wed., March 3, 5:30 p.m.

“Deconstructing the Tell: Settlement History in the Northern Fertile Crescent” by Jesse Casana, University of Arkansas. Fri., M a rc h 5, 5:30 p.m. “Inside the Empire of

Yamhad: The Political Economy of Old Babylonian Alalakh” by Jacob Lauinger, University of Cambridge. •

Mon., March 8, p.m. “The Craftsmen


of the Neo-Babylonian Period: Putting Craft Production Into Context” by Elizabeth Payne, Yale University.

The Percy Graeme Turnbull Memorial Lecture by renowned poet Paul Muldoon. (Rescheduled from Feb. 9.) 26 Mudd. HW

Tues., March 2, 6:30 p.m.

The Dean’s Lecture—“Tobacco, Biomedical and Public Health Sciences: A Journey From Cells to Society” by David Abrams, SPH. Sponsored by the School of Public Health. W1214 SPH. EB Wed., March 3, 4 p.m.






Tropical Medicine Dinner Club of Baltimore dinner and lectures— “Reduction in Bacterial Infections Incidence in Children With Malaria in Blantyre, Malawi” by Cassidy Claassen, Yale-New Haven Hospital; and “Anopheline Foraging Behavior in an Area With Recent ITN Introduction in Southern Zambia” by Christen Fornadel, SPH. There is a charge for dinner. Sponsored by Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. Eisenhower Room, Johns Hopkins Club. HW Thurs., March 4, 2 p.m. “Home and Homeland: An Homage to Isaiah Berlin,” an Evolution, Cognition and Culture Project lecture by Avishai Margalit, Princeton University. Sponsored by Humanities. Sherwood Room, Levering. HW

The James S. Schouler Lecture Series— “Tongues of Fire: Some Slave Creole Languages in the Early Modern

Mon., March 8, 4 p.m.

World” by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, University of Notre Dame. Sponsored by History. Mason Hall Auditorium. HW “Yiddish as a Double Agent in Israeli Literature,” a Jewish Studies Program lecture by Shachar Pinsker, University of Michigan. Smokler Center for Jewish Life (Hillel).

Mon., March 8, 5 p.m.

HW Mon.,





“When Old Stories Are Given New Life: Cinematic Adaptation and the Renewal of Culture,” a German and Romance Languages and Literatures lecture by Millicent Marcus, Yale University. 101A Dell House. HW 2010 Lecture Series in Archaeology and Assyriology—“The Craftsmen of the Neo-Babylonian Period: Putting Craft Production Into Context” by Elizabeth Payne, Yale University. Sponsored by Near Eastern Studies. 202A Dell House. HW Mon., March 8, 5:30 p.m.

MUSIC Tues., March 2, 7:30 p.m. “A Schubertiade!” with the Peabody Singers. $15 general admission, $10 for senior citizens, $5 for students with ID. Griswold Hall. Peabody Wed., March 3, 7:30 p.m. The Peabody Chamber Winds perform works by Poulenc, Tommasini and Bird. Griswold Hall. Peabody Thurs., March 4, 7:30 p.m.

The Peabody Improvisation and Multimedia Ensemble performs jazz. $15 general admission, $10 for senior citizens, $5 for students with ID. East Hall. Peabody Peabody at Homewood Concert Series presents violinist Christopher Kovalchick. (See story, p. 5.) $15 general admission, $12 for museum members; $8 for fulltime students with ID. Homewood Museum. HW

Fri., March 5, 5:45 p.m.

The Peabody Jazz Orchestra performs. $15 general admission, $10 for senior citizens, $5 for students with ID. East Hall. Peabody

Fri., March 5, 7:30 p.m.

Music at Evergreen presents the string quartet Brooklyn Rider. (See story, this page.) $20 general admission, $15 for museum members and $10 for students. Admission includes museum admission, concert and reception. Evergreen Museum & Library.

Sat., March 6, 3 p.m.

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(Events are free and open to the public except where indicated.)

Applied Physics Laboratory Broadway Research Building Cancer Research Building Computational Science and Engineering Building EB East Baltimore HW Homewood KSAS Krieger School of Arts and Sciences PCTB Preclinical Teaching Building SAIS School of Advanced International Studies SoM School of Medicine SoN School of Nursing SPH School of Public Health WBSB Wood Basic Science Building WSE Whiting School of Engineering

The Gazette -- March 1, 2010  

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