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Arts and Sciences names new dean

HR views new healthcare bill

Katherine Newman, of Princeton, to take helm of school on Sept. 1

By Greg Rienzi

By Dennis O’Shea

The Gazette


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atherine Newman has had so many connections to Johns Hopkins for so long that actually taking a job here might seem almost anticlimactic. Anticlimactic, that is, if she wasn’t so excited about that job. “Good morning, colleagues,” the newly elected James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences said at her formal introduction to the university community last week. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be here.” Newman’s connections to Johns Hopkins and the Krieger School started forming during her years as a graduate student in anthropology, when she learned about the school’s “unparalleled strength” in Atlantic history. Professor Emeritus Sidney Mintz, she says, “has always been one of my academic heroes.” Later, as her career shifted toward sociology, she began working with Johns Hopkins experts in demography, inner city poverty and the sociology of education. Andrew Cherlin, a Krieger School sociologist and the university’s Griswold Professor of Public Policy, says that NewContinued on page 3



hen President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March, he made the longstanding possibility of significant health care reform reality. The much-debated bill will expand health care coverage to more than 30 million previously uninEmployees sured Americans. Several provisions will be of the bill were affected by enacted immediately, such as the some of the Food and Drug Administration’s ability to approve provisions generic versions of biologic drugs, a Medicaid drug rebate increase for brand name drugs and the creation of a nonprofit Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. For Johns Hopkins employees, the full impact of the bill on their benefits will come several years down the road, although some provisions will impact faculty and staff when the new plan year begins on Jan. 1, 2011, according to Heidi Conway, senior director of benefits and shared services for Human Resources. Conway said that many of the law’s key provisions will not take effect for two or more years. Notably, the individual coverage mandate that requires every American to have health care coverage won’t start until 2014. (Johns Hopkins employees are already required to have health insurance.) Most individuals who fail to maintain coverage will at that time pay a penalty. “And it will be some time before we fully understand the longer term impact of this law on the university, our faculty, staff and retirees,” she said. “There may be some modifications as the bill gets implemented.” In the short term, however, many of the changes required as of Jan. 1 are already part of the university’s health care plan, she said. For example, the law

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Katherine Newman is currently a professor at Princeton and director of its Institute for International and Regional Studies. She previously served on the faculties of Harvard, Columbia and the University of California, Berkeley.


JHU, N.Y. Stem Cell Foundation to collaborate By Audrey Huang

Johns Hopkins Medicine


he Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the New York Stem Cell Foundation are establishing a collaborative program to advance the development and use of stem cells in therapies for a wide range of diseases, the organizations announced last week. The program will train researchers to use stem cells and foster joint research projects.

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Live Near Your Work Home Ownership Expo; two swims to raise funds for Kimmel Center


“We are exceptionally proud to partner with the New York Stem Cell Foundation,” said Chi V. Dang, executive director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Cell Engineering and vice dean for research at the School of Medicine. “This is a great opportunity to cross-fertilize two rich research programs and develop new and lasting efforts to further stem cell research.” The joint program includes the establishment of workshops in state-of-the-art stem cell technologies for Johns Hopkins students, fellows and faculty at the NYSCF


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laboratories in New York City, one of the few places in the nation offering comprehensive expertise in stem cell derivation and maintenance. An inaugural three-day workshop took place in February. The collaboration also is expected to yield production of standardized and quality-controlled human pluripotent stem cell lines by the NYSCF staff for use in Parkinson’s disease and other disorders. Johns Hopkins researchers will provide research samples, Continued on page 10

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Live Near Your Work program holds Home Ownership Expo


he Live Near Your Work program will hold a Home Ownership Expo on Monday, May 10, to bring prospective homebuyers together with area community representatives, homeowners associations and a variety of home-related businesses. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Turner Concourse on the East Baltimore campus. Employees will have the opportunity to attend one of three sessions featuring a host of home-buying professionals, including housing counselors, loan officers and insurance specialists, and learn how they may qualify for up to $17,000 toward the purchase of a home in designated areas of Baltimore City. Attendees can enter to win prizes that include two Soho S bikes, residential energy audits and tickets to the Vagabond Players’ production of Sweeney Todd. For more information, call 443-997-7000.

Bayview creates Translational Molecular Imaging Center


ohns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center will receive nearly $7.5 million from the National Center for Research Resources, a division of the National Institutes of Health, to create a new Translational Molecular Imaging Center. The grant will cover renovating 4,156 square feet in the G building to design an imaging suite and a lab capable of developing special chemical reagents that can be used for PET/CT or PET/MRI scans. Projects will focus on oncology, rheumatology and neuropsychiatric research.

Swim Across America events to raise funds for Kimmel Center


wim Across America, a national nonprofit dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimmingrelated events, will hold its first swims in the Baltimore area, on Sunday, Sept. 19, with an open-water swim starting from the Waltjen Shedlick Farm in Gibson Island harbor and a pool swim at the Meadowbrook Aquatic and Fitness Center in Mount Washington. The fund-raisers will include swimmers of all ages and skill levels, including four former Olympians. Pledges collected by swimmers, corporate sponsors and online donations will benefit the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. Olympian Michael Phelps will serve as the official starter of the open-water swim, and his swim school has partnered with SAA to develop a free 16-week training program for beginner-level swimmers interested in participating in the event.

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The two swims will take place simultaneously, starting at 8 a.m. Participants can swim alone or in teams of five or more, in honor or memory of loved ones who have battled cancer. Swimmers in the open-water event, a one- or three-mile course, will pledge to raise a minimum of $500 in donations, $3,000 for teams. In the one-mile pool event, adults will commit to raising $250 and swimmers 18 and under, $125. “We are extremely grateful that Swim Across America/Baltimore has chosen to support the Kimmel Cancer Center,” said William G. Nelson, the center’s director. “Each individual swimmer and each donation will allow us to expand our work and discover new ways to treat and fight cancer.” Since its 1987 inception as a single swim in Nantucket, Mass., SAA has raised more than $30 million. For more information about the upcoming event, go to Baltimore.

JHM video nominated for People’s Voice Webby Award


video about Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon George Jallo and a pediatric patient is one of five nominees for a 2010 Webby’s People’s Voice Award in the category of Online Film and Video-Reality. The video, produced by the JHM Office of Marketing and Communications, was selected from thousands of entries submitted from all 50 states and more than 60 countries. The Webby Awards are the leading international honors recognizing excellence on the Internet, and the submissions generate more than 750 million viewings. The winners will be announced on May 4 at www

Researchers examining minority participation in cancer trials


he Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center is one of five institutions to share a $3.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund research focused on minority recruitment and retention in cancer clinical trials. Jean Ford is Johns Hopkins’ regional lead investigator; Julie Brahmer and Darcy Phelan are co-investigators. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, racial and ethnic minorities suffer more from cancer than the U.S. population as a whole, developing certain types of cancer more often, with a greater chance of premature death because of late-stage detection. Although much is known about cancer incidence rates in minority populations, little research exists to understand behavior and social environment—the barriers and biases that limit participation and access to clinical trials.

Contributing Writers Applied Physics Laboratory  Michael Buckley, Paulette Campbell Bloomberg School of Public Health Tim Parsons, Natalie Wood-Wright Carey Business School Andrew Blumberg Homewood Lisa De Nike, Amy Lunday, Dennis O’Shea, Tracey A. Reeves, Phil Sneiderman Johns Hopkins Medicine Christen Brownlee, Stephanie Desmon, Neil A. Grauer, Audrey Huang, John Lazarou, David March, Katerina Pesheva, Vanessa Wasta, Maryalice Yakutchik Peabody Institute Richard Selden SAIS Felisa Neuringer Klubes School of Education James Campbell, Theresa Norton School of Nursing Kelly Brooks-Staub University Libraries and Museums Brian Shields, Heather Egan Stalfort

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Anemia tough to tackle in black Grover Hutchins, renowned children with kidney disease JHU pathologist, dies at 77 O B I T U A R Y

Dean Continued from page 1 man has long been a colleague and friend. “She’s a very high-energy person,” said Cherlin, who added that he and his faculty colleagues are “thrilled” with Newman’s appointment. “She’ll be great,” he said. “She’ll shake things up, in a good way.” But the connections don’t end there. As director since 2007 of Princeton’s universitywide Institute for International and Regional Studies, Newman says, she has come into frequent contact with Johns Hopkins scholars in political science, comparative literature and area studies. Working with scientists at Princeton has made her aware of the Krieger School’s strengths in fields like physics, astronomy, neuroscience and psychology. “The more academic domains I have a chance to work on, the more I find at Hopkins,” Newman said. “And I’m looking forward to learning about all the dimensions of scholarship on the Homewood campus that are unfamiliar to me.” Newman—a widely published expert on poverty, the working poor and other issues— will join Johns Hopkins Sept. 1 after cramming what had been planned as a yearlong sabbatical into a summer of intense work completing her next book. On top of that, she plans over the next few months to devote a day a week to getting up to speed on Johns Hopkins and the Krieger School. “It will get done,” she said, “because I am determined that it will.” President Ronald J. Daniels, who, along with Provost Lloyd Minor, recommended Newman’s appointment to the board of trustees, called Newman a “distinguished

racial variations in hemoglobin levels. The Johns Hopkins–led study involved 429 children ages 1 to 16 with chronic kidney disease enrolled in 44 study sites across the United States. More than 40 percent of black children had hemoglobin levels below the fifth percentile for their age and gender—deemed a critical cutoff point— compared to 29 percent of white children. Also, fewer African-American than white children reached higher hemoglobin levels with treatment. The differences persisted even after researchers controlled for factors affecting hemoglobin levels, such as an ironrich diet and body-mass index. Moreover, researchers found that as the disease progressed and the anemia got worse across the board for all children, the hemoglobin gap between white and black children widened. This finding suggests that as the disease progresses, pediatric nephrologists should monitor even more vigilantly hemoglobin levels in their African-American patients. “What we are observing could very well mean that black children’s hemoglobin levels start to plummet once they reach a certain point in their disease,” Atkinson said. Untreated, chronic anemia can speed disease progression and, over time, can lead to a dangerous thickening of the heart muscle called left-ventricular hypertrophy, among other complications. Chronic kidney disease affects 26 million people in the United States. The research was funded by the National Kidney Foundation and the Thrasher Research Fund. Atkinson received funding from Amgen, which manufactures anemia treatment medications, among other products. The terms of this arrangement are managed by The Johns Hopkins University in accordance with its conflict-of-interest policies. Co-investigators in the study from Johns Hopkins were Christopher Pierce and Rachel Zack, both of the Bloomberg School of Public Health. —Katerina Pesheva

scholar, veteran academic leader and talented and enthusiastic educator.” She is now the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes ’41 Professor in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Sociology at Princeton, where she has taught since 2004. In addition to directing her institute, she founded and chairs its joint doctoral program in social policy, sociology, and politics and psychology. Previously, during eight years at Harvard University, she was the first dean of social science at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. While there, she designed a universitywide research program in the social sciences, promoting collaboration among faculty from the arts and sciences, public health, medicine, law and education. She also has served on the faculties of Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley. “I hope,” Newman said, “that my first five years will see a lot of attention focused on the quality of undergraduate life and education at Johns Hopkins, improvements in the financial packages we can provide for our distinguished graduate students, productive interactions with the other schools that make the university such a rich environment for interdisciplinary learning and responsible growth in the size of the faculty to increase ‘critical mass’ in fields that are important to all of us. “I’d like to contribute to a strong and vibrant internal culture that lives up to the highest standards of academic achievement,” she said. “That may sound like a platitude, but it isn’t. It’s hard work and requires the engagement of all parts of the community, from the first-year undergrads who will arrive in August to the emeritus faculty whose wisdom we need to draw upon.”

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rover M. Hutchins, a world-renowned pathologist who practiced at Johns Hopkins Medicine for more than 50 years, died April 28 while traveling in Africa, from head injuries sustained from a fall. Hutchins, 77, and his wife, Loretta, both of Baltimore, were on a cruise around the world. Known for his dedication and strong work ethic, colleagues say, Hutchins had served as the director of Autopsy Services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1976 to 1998 and was active on the staff at the time of his death. “Grover Hutchins served as a mentor, teacher, colleague and friend to hundreds and hundreds of medical residents, students and faculty from the time he began his medical training here in 1957. He will be sorely missed in the halls of Hopkins,” said Edward D. Miller, dean of the School of Medicine and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “He did not just focus his research in his selected subspecialties of cardiac and pediatric pathology but also published more than 500 papers covering practically every topic in his field.” “Grover Hutchins was truly amazing and of a great help to me on any scientific or administrative problem,” said Barbara Crain, who succeeded Hutchins as director of Autopsy Services. “Whenever fellow pathologists found something unusual, they could always go to his office for help. He would often pull out a paper that he had written on exactly that issue,” said Crain, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins. Hutchins served on the editorial boards or as a reviewer for more than two dozen of the most prominent peer-reviewed journals in medicine and pathology.

Newman, who has written or co-authored nine books and has another in press in addition to the one she is writing, has focused much of her scholarly work on the lives of the working poor and mobility up and down the economic ladder. She also has investigated the impact of tax policy on the poor, the history of public opinion’s impact on poverty policy, school violence and the impact of globalization on young people in Italy, Spain, Japan and South Africa, among other issues. She graduated in 1975 from the University of California, San Diego, where she majored in sociology and philosophy. She earned a doctorate in anthropology in 1979



lack children with chronic kidney disease have more severe anemia than white children even when they receive the same treatment, according to a multicenter study led by the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center that appears in the May issue of the American Journal of Kidney Disease. The findings suggest that inherent biological differences rather than access to care and treatment may be at play, raising the question, investigators say, of whether current guidelines for anemia treatment should be tailored to reflect race. Anemia, marked by abnormally low levels of red blood cells, is a key indicator of disease status. It is diagnosed by measuring levels of the protein hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in and out of red blood cells. Hemoglobin levels below 11 grams per deciliter of blood generally indicate anemia, but the number is adjusted for a child’s age and gender. In the new study, black children with kidney disease had lower hemoglobin than white children (0.6 grams per deciliter on average), and a greater proportion of black children were anemic when compared with white children. The difference persisted even after researchers eliminated certain factors that affect hemoglobin levels, such as severity of kidney disease and whether the children received treatment with hemoglobin-boosting medications for their anemia. “As we move from one-size-fits-all medicine toward individualized medicine, we should study further racial disparities and, perhaps, adjust hemoglobin targets to reflect what appear to be genetic variations,” said lead investigator Meredith Atkinson, a pediatric nephrologist at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and an assistant professor at the School of Medicine. Racial differences in hemoglobin levels are nothing new in adults with chronic kidney disease, researchers say, nor are slight variations in hemoglobin between healthy white and black children. The tricky part, researchers say, is differentiating between “true” anemia and normal

Grover Hutchins in 1990

Last year, the College of American Pathologists paid tribute to Hutchins, naming him among their Lifetime Achievement Award winners. He also received numerous teaching awards at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he was a professor in the departments of Pathology and in Art as Applied to Medicine. Hutchins received most of his undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins, starting in engineering here in 1949 and earning his bachelor’s degree in 1957; from 1952 to 1954, he was attached to the medical corps of the U.S. Army. In addition to his wife, Hutchins is survived by two daughters, Diana Hutchins Bowling and Sally Hutchins Green. A son, David, died in 2006.

from the University of California, Berkeley. As dean, she succeeds Adam F. Falk, who left Johns Hopkins to become president of Williams College. “I know that there are many challenges ahead for all of us in higher education, and I’m not daunted by any of them,” Newman said at her introductory meeting. “I think you will find me a high-energy partner, someone who looks forward to meeting every last one of you. I figure with the 275 faculty members in Arts and Sciences, it should take me about a year of lunches.” G To see Newman’s first introduction to the Johns Hopkins community, go to the archived webcast at

SAP systems to be unavailable during upcoming upgrade


ver four days this month, IT@JH will be upgrading SAP in order to implement new and better features and functionality. All SAP systems will be taken offline after normal business hours on Friday, May 14, and will be unavailable until the start of business on Wednesday, May 19. During the downtime, no SAP functions—from shopping carts to business warehouse reports, from internal service requests to check requests, from looking up personnel records to entering goods receipts—will be available. Users double-clicking on the HopkinsOne icon on their desktop, or using a bookmark in their browser, to access SAP during the downtime will be greeted by a message reminding them that SAP is unavailable and that they will not be permitted to log in.

As users plan for continuity of their operations during this period, they are asked to regularly visit for information to assist in planning, including important cutoff dates. When the upgrade is completed, SAP will look and act much like it does today, with one significant exception: the shopping cart, whose functionality will be new, improved and slightly different. For that reason, training is available, and users can register now; options include traditional instructor-led classroom training, seminarstyle introductions to the new shopping cart and FastFacts online sessions. Additional information regarding training opportunities is available on www and will be distributed via e-mail.

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Kress Foundation grant supports conservation fellow By Brian Shields

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he Sheridan Libraries’ Department of Conservation and Preservation has established a one-year advanced fellowship in book and paper conservation. Funded with a $30,000 grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the program will offer postgraduate conservators the opportunity to work in the libraries’ unique interdisciplinary conservation program, which incorporates advanced book and paper conservation bench work and collaboration with the Homewood Museum and the department’s Heritage Science for Conservation Project. The Kress Conservation Fellowship

Health bill Continued from page 1 states that preventive care services will be covered at 100 percent, employees must be offered choice when selecting a primary care physician or pediatrician and any preexisting condition exclusion will be eliminated. These stipulations have been part of the university’s health plan designs for many years. Conway said that offering high-quality and comprehensive health care coverage at an affordable cost has long been a mantra at Johns Hopkins. “Our health care package is very substantial and a very important recruitment and retention tool for us, and I don’t see that ever changing,� Conway said. “We offer a plan that compares very favorably to our

will broaden the holder’s experience through practical training that introduces state-ofthe-art analytical techniques, advanced bench experience, collaboration with curators and awareness of the historical and philosophical issues concerning the conservation of book and paper collections. Fellows will have the opportunity to work on rare books and manuscript materials from the George Peabody Library and the Garrett Library Collection, and art on paper from the collections at Homewood Museum. They will actively participate in the life of the department and the Sheridan Libraries and will collaborate on work with other departments. Since its inception in 1974, the Department of Conservation and Preservation at Johns Hopkins has played a leadership role in providing both conservation educational

opportunities and innovation in conservation practice. The university’s Milton S. Eisenhower Library was the first academic research library in the United States to establish a classical bench apprenticeship with a master book restorer. The department continues to expand conservation understanding and practice and is engaged in an active materials science research agenda for book- and paper-based collections through its heritage science lab and in collaborations with the Homewood Museum, the Whiting School of Engineering, the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and industry partners. Deadline for application materials is June 15. Details can be found at www. library.jhu/departments/preservation/ index.html.

peer institutions’ and is significantly less expensive in many cases.� The first health bill–related change JHU employees will notice, Conway said, will come in the form of dependent eligibility. Currently, Johns Hopkins extends dependent coverage to unmarried dependent children up to age 25. The new law states that children will be eligible for coverage through the end of the year in which they turn 26, as long as they do not have access to other coverage through their employers. This provision, which Johns Hopkins will put into effect on July 1, applies even if a child is married, whether or not the child attends school full time or lives with the parent or guardian. On Jan. 1, lifetime benefit maximums will be removed. The provisions mean that a health plan can’t cap the total amount it may pay in a person’s lifetime. Currently, the only Johns Hopkins option with a lifetime benefit maximum is the EHP Classic Plan. Another significant new-year change

impacts health care flexible spending accounts, which allow the users to save money by deducting tax-free dollars from pay to cover certain health and dependent care expenses incurred during the year. Beginning Jan. 1, employees who use the accounts will be able to use money only for items that are prescribed by a health care provider, or for insulin. Over-the-counter drugs will no longer be covered, and, beginning in 2013, the maximum contribution a person can make to a health care flexible spending account will be $2,500. Conway said that Human Resources and Johns Hopkins’ federal relations staff will continue to follow the legislative process to analyze any further impact to faculty, staff, retirees and the university. The university will update employees on these changes through the news section of its Benefits Web site, located at http:// For any questions, call 410516-2000. G

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Cancer research award recognizes Johns Hopkins basic scientist Johns Hopkins Medicine


oshua T. Mendell, an associate professor in the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist, is the recipient of the 30th annual American Association for Cancer Research Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Research. The award is for his work to advance the understanding of microRNAs, genetic signaling elements involved in gene “silencing” that are important for normal physiology and diseases such as cancer. The award, which comes with a $5,000 cash prize, was presented during the 101st annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, at which Mendell delivered a lecture, “MicroRNA Reprogramming in Cancer: Mechanisms and Therapeutic Opportunities.” His recent research dem-

onstrates that the delivery of micro­RNAs, or miRNAs, to cancer cells represents a promising strategy for cancer therapy. “To be included among the incredible past recipients of this award—many of whom I view as scientific role models—is truly humbling and very exciting,” Mendell says. “This recognition suggests that our work has addressed important scientific questions that have had a broad impact on the cancer research community and provides inspiration to continue to investigate fundamental questions in cancer biology.” Mendell’s research focuses on short pieces of RNA that do not encode protein but control genes. These small molecules can act as either cancer-driving oncogenes or as tumor-suppressor genes, which prevent cells from becoming cancerous. Mendell’s laboratory is studying micro­RNAs in human cells and in animals such as zebrafish and mice to understand how aberrant miRNA activity contributes to cancer and to develop miRNA-based therapeutic strategies.

Pay-for-performance policies punish docs caring for obese


ay-for-performance reimbursement of surgeons, intended to reward doctors and hospitals for good patient outcomes, may instead be creating financial incentives for discriminating against obese patients, who are much more likely to suffer expensive complications after even the most routine surgeries, according to new Johns Hopkins research. Medicare and Medicaid, for example, are increasingly using pay-for-performance formulas to cut doctors’ pay when their patients develop infections after surgery. But the researchers say that there could be negative unintended consequences because obese patients, who make up about one-third of the population, are at significantly greater risk of complications—notably surgical-site infections— following appendectomy and gallbladder removal surgery than nonobese patients. Obese patients also cost thousands more dollars to treat than the nonobese. The new research is scheduled to be presented at Digestive Disease Week, the nation’s largest gastrointestinal medical conference, which runs from May 1 to 5 in New Orleans. “This is a government policy that promotes patient selection and discrimination,” says study leader Martin A. Makary, an associate professor of surgery and health policy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “The policy incentivizes doctors to pass on, stall or delay treatment of obese patients, many of whom are minorities.” Makary suggests that the potential discrimination will disproportionately affect African-Americans, whose rates of obesity are higher than in the white population. An estimated 65 percent of African-American women are overweight in the United States, compared to 20 percent of white men. In this way, Makary says, flawed pay-for-performance policies hurt minority populations—and the doctors who treat them—the most. Makary says that hospitals and doctors should be held responsible for preventing surgical complications. But, he says, any pay-for-performance system needs to look beyond complication rates and take into account the increased risks and costs known to be associated with obesity. “Rewarding providers based on out-

comes is good when the outcomes are adjusted for case complexity or co-morbidities,” Makary says. “But it can be discriminatory and create perverse incentives when metrics aren’t adjusted. And what is the most prevalent and leading co-morbidity in America that skews outcome? Hands down, it’s obesity.” Makary and his colleagues examined insurance claims for 35,096 patients who underwent gallbladder removal and 6,854 patients who underwent appendectomy from 2002 to 2008. They compared 30-day complications as well as total direct medical costs following surgery for obese and nonobese patients. They found that obese patients were 27 percent more likely than nonobese patients to have complications following gallbladder surgery and 11 percent more likely to have complications following an appendectomy. These complications mean obese patients end up costing more to treat, with median total inpatient costs for basic gallbladder removal $2,978 higher for obese patients and $1,621 higher for obese patients who had an appendectomy. Obese patients undergoing an appendectomy had longer hospital stays and higher rates of re-operation, infection and hemorrhage than nonobese patients, the researchers found. Obese patients who had their gallbladders removed saw higher rates of blood clots, re-operation and infection. Surgery is particularly difficult on obese patients, the authors note, especially procedures performed in the abdominal region, where fat is disproportionately located. Operations in the obese often take longer and require larger wounds. Obese patients may also present at later stages of disease, making surgery and subsequent care more complex. Other Johns Hopkins faculty members involved in the study are Kenzo Hirose, Andrew Shore, Elizabeth Wick and Jonathan P. Weiner. —Stephanie Desmon

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Mendell earned both his medical degree (2003) and doctorate (2001) at Johns Hopkins. He has received a number of awards and recognitions, including being named the Outstanding Young Scientist in the State of Maryland (Allan C. Davis Medal), 2007; a Top Young Investigator of 2007 by Genome Technology Magazine; a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Scholar, 2008; and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist, 2009. “We are proud that the AACR has chosen to recognize Josh for his outstanding work,” says David Valle, the Henry J. Knott Professor and Director of the Institute for Genetic Medicine. “The microRNA field has really taken off, and Josh has been there to set the bar.” This year’s AACR meeting, themed “Conquering Cancer Through Discovery Research,” highlighted novel approaches and technologies being used in the laboratory, innovative preclinical science and clinical trials. As the premier scientific meeting in cancer research, it attracts more

than 17,000 attendees annually and covers the breadth of cancer science from basic through clinical and epidemiological research.

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JHU students win $20,000 grand prize in Wharton competition

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By Maryalice Yakutchik

The prize-winning Cortical Concepts team: Christopher Komanski, Nicolas Martinez, Evan Luxon, Jason Hsu and Stephanie Huang.

By Phil Sneiderman



Johns Hopkins student team that developed a system to make spinal surgery more successful in patients with osteoporosis has won the $20,000 Michelson Grand Prize in the 2010 Wharton Business Plan Competition at the University of Pennsylvania. Since it was launched in 1998, this major competition has drawn more than 150 student teams annually. This year, 231 teams entered. The winning team, called Cortical Concepts, has filed a provisional patent not only for its device but for its method of applying an anchor—similar to a drywall anchor used in home building—to bone screws used in spinal surgery. Osteoporotic patients have softer or more brittle bones, which can allow spinal surgical screws to pull out, leading to a risky revision operation. The Cortical Concepts system is designed to strengthen this procedure and reduce the likelihood that a screw will pull out. In developing and refining the system, the students worked with a clinical sponsor, A. Jay Khanna, an associate professor of orthopedic surgery in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The team has estimated that the system could be priced at about $400. On the project’s provisional patent, four Johns Hopkins team members are listed as co-inventors: Evan Luxon, of Omaha, Neb.;

Christopher Komanski, of Orlando, Fla., and Winston-Salem, N.C.; Nicolas Martinez, of Miami; and Jason Hsu, of San Jose, Calif. All four are biomedical master’s degree students supported by the university’s Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design. In the Wharton competition, a fifth member of the team was Stephanie Huang, of Hockessin, Del., a University of Pennsylvania Medical School student who earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins last year. While at Johns Hopkins, she worked on an earlier concept for the spinal surgery system with one of the current Cortical Concepts team members. During the Wharton competition’s final presentation, Huang stated that the Cortical Concepts’ device could improve long-term health for nearly 10 million osteoporotic patients in the United States. The team members have conducted a small-scale preclinical trial with human cadaveric spines, performed mechanical bench-top testing and completed four rounds of beta prototyping. Youseph Yazdi, a Johns Hopkins assistant professor of biomedical engineering and director of the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design, said that the Cortical Concepts team members are currently talking to potential investors. The students, working with the Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer staff, are seeking to raise $350,000 in startup funds for additional development and testing to bring their product closer to the marketplace.

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By Greg Rienzi

The Gazette


hen the Baltimore Opera Co. dissolved last year, some might have wondered when Charm City would next hear an aria from Carmen, Madame Butterfly, La bohème or another such classic. Turns out, the answer was very soon, thanks to one enterprising Johns Hopkins employee. Beth Stewart, a research coordinator for the School of Medicine’s Pediatric Pulmonary Registry, viewed the demise of the Baltimore Opera as not just a cultural loss for the community but another blow to aspiring young artists like herself, and to fellow Peabody alumni. “We found ourselves vocally coming of age at a time when a lot of local companies like Baltimore Opera and the Master Chorale of Washington have sort of spectacularly folded. That left a lot of people our age without opportunities,” said Stewart, who earned both a bachelor of music degree in voice and a master’s in voice performance from Peabody. “And it meant that opportunities that previously existed were even harder to compete for.” Stewart said she once read that there were 500 qualified sopranos for every available slot. “And that was before everything started folding,” said Stewart, a soprano herself, who also received a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. “It’s happening everywhere, not just the Baltimore area.” In response, Stewart founded the Chesapeake Concert Opera, a Baltimore company devoted to providing talented young artists an opportunity to sing leading roles and begin their professional careers. The company also seeks to offer budget-friendly performances to encourage novice opera-goers and build audiences throughout the region. Stewart enlisted friend Douglas Peters,

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Beth Stewart, research coordinator, soprano and entrepreneur

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Chesapeake Concert Opera founder Beth Stewart, soprano and SoM staff member

Kevin Wetzel and Jason Buckwalter, both Peabody alumni

Christine Kavanagh, of GCPA, and William Davenport, a junior at Peabody

a fellow Peabody alum, who in addition to starring in some of the performances serves as the company’s program director. Stewart said they didn’t have to look far for additional assistance. “We knew so many talented people who were not going to get opportunities,” she said. “We decided that rather than wait for the economy and situation to fix themselves, we would create our own opportunities.” The 2009 recipient of the Gulen F. Tangoren, M.D., Award for Vocal Excellence in Opera, Stewart has already had a varied professional career. She recently performed with the Bethesda Summer Music Festival as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, the Peabody Opera Theatre as Violetta in La traviata and Giulietta in The Tales of Hoffmann and the Maryland Opera Society as the title character in The Merry Widow. Initially, Stewart and her friends planned to put on some of opera’s “greatest hits” by themselves, but the concept quickly spiraled into something bigger. The company hosted more than 160 auditions last year, with singers coming from as far away as Texas and Illinois. Roughly 30 singers, most of them in their 20s and early 30s, were chosen. Nearly half the current company are alumni of Peabody, current students at the school or university staff. The company adopted the motto “Singers you won’t be able to afford in 10 years.” Not your conventional opera, the Chesapeake Concert Opera presents monthly, semistaged, slightly pared-back versions of signature productions, sans costumes, lavish sets and an orchestra. The singers come on stage in suits and evening gowns. Ticket prices are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $10 for seniors and students. The performances, which feature piano accompaniment, are held in Memorial Episcopal Church in Bolton Hill. Peters calls it naked opera on a shoestring budget, but with prime-time talent. The cost, a tiny fraction of traditional opera. “The money that goes into grand opera is astronomical,” said Peters, a former member of the Baltimore Opera chorus. Costs, he said, reached such a level that many companies across the country simply could not sustain themselves.

Said Stewart, “It’s the costumes, the sets, the lighting, performers from all over the world; even singers with small parts would make a few thousand dollars a show.” Instead of libretto translation supertitles used in opera houses, the Chesapeake Concert Opera employs narration, often cheeky, to set the scenes. Stewart, who frequently serves as narrator, also throws some historical tidbits into the short asides, such as cultural traditions during the composer’s time period. “We thought for people who are new to the opera, this was an easy way for them to connect to the story and sit back and enjoy. We are trying to make opera seem not so distant and unapproachable,” Stewart said. “I will say that, as far as a spectator sport, there is nothing cooler than grand opera; the visual and aural extravaganza is amazing. But what we’ve learned is that it’s not the only way to experience opera.” The company kicked off its inaugural season in January with a production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. It has since done an opera a month, including L’eliser d’amore, La traviata and, most recently, La bohème. In May, the company will present Rossini’s comic hit Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville). Peabody alumna Rebecca Gordon will play the starring role of Rosina, and current Peabody student Nicholas Fichter will play Almaviva. The opera will be conducted by Simeone Tartaglione, a staff member in the Peabody Opera Department, and accompanied by John Wilson, a Peabody student. It ends the season in June with Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail starring Peabody alumni Jessica Lennick as Blondchen and Jeffrey Tarr as Osmin. The understudy cast is composed entirely of current Peabody students. Stewart said that they have received great feedback from both opera veterans and newbies. The audiences, typically 100 per night, are invited to stay after the performance and mingle with the singers. Baltimore Sun music critic Tim Smith recently wrote that the Chesapeake Concert Opera was full of promising singers eager to jump into an opera and take the audience along with them. In his review of La bohème, he wrote: “I was impressed with the general quality and

commitment of the singing. Christine Kavanagh was an effective Mimi, her voice sure of pitch, rich of tone and sensitive of phrase.” He added that William Davenport, who sang the role of Rodolfo, has the makings of a significant tenor. “There’s an immediately expressive and appealing quality in the timbre, one with quite an Italianate tint. In a couple places, he produced a sound reminiscent of a young Pavarotti,” Smith said. Kavanagh, a Peabody alum with a master of music degree in voice and a graduate performance diploma in opera, previously had an extensive, skyrocketing professional career, which was cut short by an illness. She returned to Baltimore for full-time employment and to restart her career. Her Peabody connections led her to Stewart’s fledgling company. “This has provided me a comeback to my musical career,” said Kavanagh, who currently works in the Johns Hopkins Office of Government, Community and Public Affairs as the community coordinator for East Baltimore. “I was immediately impressed by the artists in the group and the level of professionalism in this company.” Stanley Cornett, a professor of voice at Peabody and former teacher of Stewart’s, said that he’s been impressed by the innovative company his student has created. “I’m certainly intrigued by the grass roots part of what she’s doing,” he said. “The company is giving a lot of opportunities to Peabody singers and filling a vital space in the opera scene in Baltimore. For the singers, this is helping them grow and could be a very important stepping stone for them in their careers.” Cornett said that the semistaged productions instill a new vitality to familiar productions. “I noticed a lot more dramatic impetus to the performance,” he said. “I found that the narration makes it more accessible. It invites the audience to come into what’s happening.” Stewart said it’s opera you can wear jeans to. For more information and a full schedule, go to

Pediatric residents unprepared for emotional turmoil with critically ill


ediatric residents say they are unprepared to deal with some of the intense emotions they face when caring for critically ill children in the pediatric intensive care unit, according to a survey led by scientists at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. In the study, the residents said that the sudden death of a patient, a parent’s grief and anger, and discord within the medical team about how to best manage the illness were the most disturbing scenarios and the ones they felt least prepared to handle. The findings, the researchers say, underscore the need for training programs—in-

cluding role play—that prepare pediatricians to manage the emotional turmoil inherent in their work. “Successfully tackling the tough emotional issues involving critically ill children is as much a true marker of a good physician as basic medical knowledge, yet most residency programs lack such training,” said the study’s lead investigator, Chris Yang, a critical-care specialist at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. In the study of 51 pediatric residents at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 32 said they had faced the sudden death of a child, but only five said they felt prepared

to manage the event. Twenty-two said they had experienced conflict within the medical team about how to treat a patient, but only 10 said they knew what to do when such conflict arises. Some 28 out of 40 did not know how to manage the grief and anger of parents who have a critically ill child, and 26 out of 47 were frustrated and confused about managing a child with a terminal illness when there is no defined treatment plan. Team discussions with fellow residents and with senior physicians in the PICU were the most helpful learning tools, the residents said.

The Johns Hopkins PICU team has instituted monthly debriefings and preemptive orientation of all incoming PICU residents, but more training is coming, the researchers said, including role play involving situations specific to pediatric intensive care. Co-authors on the study were Jennifer Leung, Elizabeth Hunt, Janet Serwint, Matt Norvell and Lewis Romer, all of Johns Hopkins; and Elizabeth Keene, of St. Mary’s Health System in Lewistown, Maine. The findings were presented May 1 at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, held in Vancouver, British Columbia. —Katerina Pesheva

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Technique could reduce risk of bypass surgery–related stroke


he standard practice of cooling and then rewarming a patient to prevent organ damage during cardiac bypass surgery may impair the body’s mechanism that controls blood flow to the brain, potentially increasing the patient’s risk of stroke, new research from Johns Hopkins suggests. “For reasons we don’t yet understand, it appears that during rewarming, an autoregulation mechanism that protects the brain from fluctuations in the body’s blood pressure can malfunction,” said study leader Brijen Joshi, a research fellow in anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. “This could increase the chances that the brain won’t get enough blood flow and oxygen, and increase the risk of brain injury.” As many as 5 percent of cardiac bypass patients, the study found, wake up from surgery with significant loss of controlled movement or speech caused by an interruption of blood flow to the brain—a stroke—but physicians have been unable to explain why. In a report on the observational study, published in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia, the scientists suggest that the culprit could be a breakdown of this blood-flow regulation mechanism. That mechanism seems to fail, they say, as doctors work to restore body temperature to its normal 36 degrees Celsius after cooling it to protect organs and facilitate heart bypass. If the autoregulation mechanism stops work-

ing, blood flow in the brain becomes entirely dependent upon blood pressure and can allow too much or too little blood to flow into the brain—a dangerous result. “You come in with a heart problem and now you can’t move a limb or you can’t speak and you have a neurological problem,” Joshi said. “We have to figure out why this is happening.” As part of the study, Joshi and his colleagues monitored the blood pressure and brain blood flow of 127 patients undergoing standard, lengthy cardiac bypass surgery during which they spent two hours on a heartlung machine that circulated their blood for them. Their bodies were cooled to below 34 degrees Celsius and then rewarmed. Eleven patients undergoing shorter bypass operations were kept at normal body temperature throughout and served as a control group. After surgery, none of the control patients experienced any neurological problems, while seven of the standard group had strokes and one experienced a transient ischemic attack, a brief interruption of blood flow that’s considered a harbinger for future stroke. The study, in addition to noting that cooling and rewarming to protect organs during bypass surgery may impair autoregulation and increase the risk of stroke, said that there is little evidence that this practice is necessary. Joshi and his colleagues say that more research is necessary into the precise causes

School of Nursing to offer two master’s degree tracks online

focus on management and administration or expand management of systems to include information technology, health policy or case management/population management. The Clinical Nurse Specialist track prepares nurses to influence health care agencies, political systems, and public and professional organizations to deliver the best evidence-based care by targeting safe, high-quality, cost-effective and patient- and family-centered practices.


ew for the fall 2010 semester, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing will offer two master’s tracks online: Clinical Nurse Specialist and Health Systems Management. Through specific focused course work and three clinical experiences, students in the Health Systems Management track can


of the malfunction in the brain’s blood-flow regulation mechanism. Currently, there is no good monitor to alert doctors in real time that blood flow in the brain is too low or too high, says Charles W. Hogue Jr., associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins and the study’s principal investigator. “We measure the heart, blood pressure, kidney function and more during surgery,” Hogue said. “But there’s a huge need for a better monitor for the brain.” To that end, the team has been developing a monitoring device that, during bypass surgery, would measure blood flow to the brain using near infrared spectroscopy and track changes in individual patients as they happen. When the body gets to the point where

Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer: There’s an app for that By Stephanie Desmon

Johns Hopkins Medicine


Phone, iPad and Motorola Droid users can now, with the touch of a button, instantly access the Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer Office (www.techtransfer The new free app allows anyone to easily connect to the office, which operates as the licensing arm for technologies developed by Johns Hopkins faculty and staff and links entrepreneurs and investors with cutting-edge advances in science. It is thought to be the first such app linking users to university-based tech transfer operations. “We try and find homes for technology,” said Wes Blakeslee, executive director of the Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer Office. 3

Continued from page 12 energy Production in Nitrifying Bioreactors,” with George Wells, Stanford University. Sponsored by Geography and Environmental Engineering. 234 Ames. HW Tues., May 4, 4:30 p.m. “Boosting Systems for LVCSR,” a Center for Language and Speech Processing seminar with George Saon, IBM. B17 CSEB. HW

EB May 6, noon. “The Comparative Politics of Constitutional Transformations,” a Political Science seminar with David Fontana, George Washington University Law School. 366 Mergenthaler. HW


“Challenges in Conducting Clinical Trials Combining Pharmacologic and Non-Pharmacologic Treatments,” a Center for Clinical Trials seminar with Jennifer Haythorn­thwaite, SoM. W2030 SPH. EB

Thurs., May 6, noon. “Impact of Host-Virus Interactions on West Nile Virus Population Structure and Fitness,” a Molecular Microbiology and Immunology/Infectious Diseases seminar with Gregory Ebel, New Mexico School of Medicine. W1020 SPH. EB

“LargeScale Prospective Profiling of Actionable Cancer Gene Mutations in Clinical Tumor Samples,” a Molecular Pathology seminar with Marc Ladanyi, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Darner Site Visit Room (off Turner Concourse). EB

Thurs., May 6, noon. “The Role of Exocytosis and Endocytosis in Plasma Membrane Repair,” a Cell Biology seminar with Norma Andrews, University of Maryland, College Park. Suite 2-200, 1830 Bldg. EB

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“Where Do We Go From Here,” a panel discussion with Robert Blum, SPH, and Mindi Levin,

moderator of the event. Additional panelists will be announced. Last event of the series “The Wire as a Lens Into Public Health in Urban America,” co-sponsored by the Urban Health Institute, and the departments of Health, Behavior and Society and of Epidemiology. B14B Hampton House. EB Thurs., May 6, 4 p.m. “Decoding Human Epigenomes,” a Biology seminar with Keji Zhao, NIH. 100 Mudd. HW Fri., May 7, noon. “Hemochromatosis Gene and Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in the U.S. Population,” an Epidemiology thesis defense seminar with Ruben Hernaez-Rodriguez. W2008 SPH. EB Mon., May 10, 12:10 p.m. “U.S. Assistance in Injury Prevention,” a Graduate Seminar in Injury Research and Policy with Nancy Carter-Foster, U.S. State Department. Sponsored by Health Policy and Management and the Center for Injury Research and Policy. W2033 SPH. EB Mon.,



“With this new app, users have quick access to what is happening at Hopkins’ tech transfer office in real time. With one touch, venture capitalists and interested licensers can connect with JHTT and learn about investment opportunities, faculty can share their latest innovations, and students can see how their research can have real-world applications.” Johns Hopkins officials say they hope that the accessibility provided by the app will bring in new business for the office and educate more people to the vast opportunities—for education, investment and patent application assistance—available there. The app will get its official debut today, May 3, at the BioMaryland Pavilion at the Bio International Convention in Chicago. It can be downloaded now from Apple’s App Store or from iTunes.

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it isn’t properly regulating blood flow in the brain, doctors don’t know it in real time. If a monitoring device could alert doctors that blood flow to the brain had declined, they could quickly adjust blood pressure, restoring adequate flow and potentially avoid a stroke. “Once we find the point at which this mechanism fails,” Joshi said, “we might be able to keep blood pressure above that threshold and prevent brain injury.” The study was funded through grants from the American Heart Association, National Institutes of Health and Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research Training. Other Johns Hopkins researchers who worked on the study are Kenneth Brady, Jennifer Lee, Blaine Easley and Rabi Panigrahi. —Stephanie Desmon



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Incorporating Stories and Beauty in a Sustainable Bioethics,” a Berman Institute of Bioethics seminar with Peter Whitehouse, Case Western Reserve University. W3008 SPH. EB S P E C I AL E V E N T S Tues., May 4, 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Student Design Day 2010,

presenting undergraduate student design team projects and MSE student projects; and awards and recognition. Opening remarks by Lloyd Minor, Nicholas Jones and Elliot McVeigh and a welcome by President Ronald Daniels. The featured speaker is Alfred Mann, CEO and chairman, MannKind Corp., who will speak on the topic “Creating a Successful Medical Device Enterprise.” Sponsored by the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design. Armstrong Medical Education Building. EB Tues., May 4, 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. The 29th Annual

Senior Design Day, presentation and demonstration of Mechanical Engineering senior design projects. (See story, p. 10.) F. Ross Jones Building, Mattin Center. HW 2010 Technology Fellowship Showcase, presentation of educational resources developed by facultystudent teams. Sponsored by the Center for Educational Resources. There will be special giveaways

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Ownership Expo, an opportunity to bring prospective home buyers together with area community representatives, homeowner’s associations and home-related businesses. (See “In Brief,” p. 2.) Attendees may qualify for up to $17,000 toward the purchase of a home in designated areas of Baltimore City and enter to win prizes. Turner Concourse. EB SYMPOSIA Mon., May 3, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tues., May 4, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wed., May 5, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Thurs., May 6, 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. “Stel-

lar Populations in the Cosmological Context,” a Space Telescope Science Institute symposium with various speakers. Muller Building. HW

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“Writing for Publication,” a Professional Development workshop designed to demystify publishing research. Intended for JHMI faculty, postdoctoral and clinical fellows. To register or for more information, go to Mountcastle Auditorium. EB

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ESL Summer Intensive — Registration

is now open for the Intensive English Language Program, scheduled for July 6 through Aug. 6. Open to students and professionals from Hopkins and around the world, the IELP offers language learners core reading, writing, listening and speaking classes at intermediate, advanced and advanced plus

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or mechanical and biomedical engineering students, months of brainstorming, design work and prototype tinkering will culminate this week during two showcase events, one on the Homewood campus and the other on the East Baltimore campus. Within the Whiting School of Engineering, senior design or capstone projects are a common educational requirement, encouraging students to apply their classroom skills to hands-on assignments similar to those they may encounter in the working world. Two of the most elaborate showcases for these student inventions are traditionally organized by the Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering departments. This year, their design days both will take place on Tuesday, May 4. At each event, students will describe their projects to judges and visitors during detailed oral presentations. Later they will

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and the NYSCF stem cell derivation team will grow more cells from them, as well as reprogram, characterize and maintain quality control of the cells. The cell lines created will be banked in the NYSCF repository and will eventually serve as a resource for other researchers. The collaboration establishes an NYSCF Fellowship Award to enable a Johns Hopkins stem cell researcher to pursue projects with researchers outside of Johns Hopkins. Susan L. Solomon, CEO of the New York Stem Cell Foundation, said, “This is a wonderful opportunity to work with this world-class group of researchers to use stem

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workshop titled “Your Research Career” is being offered this summer by the Professional Development Office. Aimed at JHMI students, graduate students and fellows, the workshop consists of five sessions, scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., from Monday, July 19, through Thursday, July 22, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 23. Registration is required. To sign up for any or all of the sessions, complete the registration form at

Tri-School Day of Service — The schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health, in conjunction with SOURCE, are sponsoring a day of service for students, faculty and staff. Most projects require no special skills or knowledge. For more details on the projects, go to Registration is required. To sign up, e-mail with your name, e-mail address, phone number and your top three project choices. Projects will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Engineering students to present design team projects Tuesday

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display and demonstrate their prototypes. Students in these courses were assigned to work together in small groups, an approach aimed at encouraging them to solve challenges through teamwork. In past years, some projects showcased at these events have resulted in patents and commercial licensing agreements for the student inventors. Biomedical Engineering’s Student Design 2010 event will run from 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the School of Medicine’s Anne and Mike Armstrong Medical Education Building in East Baltimore. The keynote speech, “Creating a Successful Medical Device Enterprise,” will be presented by Alfred E. Mann, CEO and chairman of the board of MannKind Corp. Three projects by master’s program teams and 10 by undergraduate teams will be presented. The Mechanical Engineering Department’s 29th Annual Senior Design Day will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the Mattin Center’s F. Ross Jones Building at Homewood. Eleven team projects will be presented.

cells to cure the terrible diseases that affect us all. We look forward to a very long, active and productive relationship between our two institutions.” G

Related Web sites Institute for Cell Engineering at Johns Hopkins:

Stem Cell Research at Johns Hopkins: stem_cell_research

New York Stem Cell Foundation:

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Baltimore County, renov’d 2BR waterfront cottage w/pier and boat slip, wraparound deck, W/D, dw, avail mid-May, conv to JHH/downtown/Bayview/JHU. $1,575/mo + utils + sec dep. 410-790-6597 or sohare@ (pics/details). Bayview, 2-3BR apt, 1st flr. $700/mo + sec dep. 443-243-1651. Bayview area, 2BR house w/fin’d bsmt, W/D, backyd prkng pad; no pets. Elaine, 410-633-4750.


TH w/updated kitchen, ceiling fans, window AC, W/D, garden, on express line to medical campus, avail July or August, pets negotiable. $1,100/mo. t2404984270@gmail .com. Patterson Park, 2BR, 1.5BA TH, fully fin’d bsmt, completely renov’d, 2 blks to Patterson Park. $1,000/mo + sec dep ($1,000). 410-5925780, 410-967-2839 or Roland Park/Charles Village, studio apt w/ separate BA, kitchen, walk-in closet, can be furn’d for free, very clean, 10-15 mins to campus/JHMI shuttle, avail June. $725/mo incl gas, priv prkng space. 734-546-0435.

AM/FM and CD, cloth seats, drives perfectly, 91K mi. $3,500/best offer. 410-9296630. ’04 Mitsubishi Galant, runs great, 64K mi. $6,800 (negotiable). 443-676-5608. ’00 Mazda 626 LX, automatic, V4, power doors/windows, CD, great on gas, cheap maintenance, 115K mi. 732-986-8459 or ’83 Mercedes 300SD turbodiesel, automatic, converted to run on regular diesel/B100 biodiesel, fully restored exterior, new 17" tire rims, high-performance tires, 30MPG, 270K mi. $3,300/best offer. 443-379-2611 or ’96 Audi A6 Quattro wagon, automatic, V6, heated power leather seats, power doors/ locks, CD, moonroof, towing pkg, 226K mi. $4,179. 406-838-6780.

Towson/Lutherville, 1BR apt in single-family house, nice neighborhood, CAC, W/D, priv entry, 15 mins to Homewood campus, 20 mins to JHMI, free fiberoptic Internet, Hopkins discount. $725/mo + utils. 443939-1425 or

’04 Cobra, super clean, 65K mi, contact for list of upgrades/pics. $20,500. 703-926-0046 or

Canton, gorgeous, remodeled 2BR, 2.5BA RH. $1,800/mo + utils. tarynzlatin@ (for pics/info).

Wyman Park, 3BR TH, 1 blk to JHU, W/D, dw, security, cable, deck, prkng, fenced yd; Craigslist #1694651183 (photos). $1,650/ mo + utils.

Toshiba 13" TV/VCR combo, $20; 21" Sony CRT TV, $40; 27" Panasonic CRT TV, $80; best offers accepted. 301-8010138.

Charles Village, spacious 3-story RH, hdwd flrs, W/D, 3rd-flr deck, rear yd, easy prkng, no smokers/no pets, short walk to 27th St shuttle.

2BR apt in nice neighborhood, fin’d attic, hdwd flrs, driveway, backyd, pets OK. $1,000/ mo incl heat. 443-857-6895 or cedric@

Yamaha U1 Studio upright piano, polished mahogany, incls climate control, bench; great for Peabody student. $3,800. capecod999@


Phi Beta Sigma greeting cards and bookmark, 9 notes and cards. $8. Lori, 410-9177774.

Bolton Hill, 2BR luxury brownstone apt, CAC, deck, prkng pad, perfect for grad student/prof’l. 571-933-3341. Butchers Hill, bright 2BR, 2.5BA renov’d carriage house apt, roof deck w/views, lots of character. $1,825/mo incl prkng. ecolib@

Charles Village (32nd and Charles), sublet BR in 2BR, 1BA apt, June-August, nr Homewood campus. $635/mo. dea.molly.lovy@ Columbia, 2BR condo, living rm, dining rm, kitchen, hdwd flrs, great area, nr Rts 29/175 and I-95. $920/mo incl heat. 301854-9839 or Cross Keys Village, 1BR condo, hdwd flrs, CAC/heat, 24-hr security, swimming pool, free prkng. $900/mo + utils (water incl’d). 646-284-2279 or Fells Point, 3BR, 2.5BA RH, spacious kitchen, hdwd flrs, lg closets, skylight in master, fin’d courtyd, walk to JHH/KKI/ Fells Point/Harbor East. SungWoo Kahng, 410-718-6134. Hampden, historic 3BR, 1BA stone house, hdwd flrs, fps, yd, pets ok, available June 1. $1,650/mo. 410-599-4799. Hampden, 3BR, 2BA TH, dw, W/D, fenced yd, nr light rail. $1,100/mo + utils. 410378-2393. Jefferson Court, 2BR, 2.5BA TH, hdwd flrs, W/D, CAC, rear yd, off-street prkng incl’d, steps to medical campus. $1,100/mo + utils. 443-838-5575.

Charles Village (Carrollton Condos), lg 2BR, 2BA condo, CAC/heat, 24-hr front desk, prkng spot. $150,000. emmakcontact@ Guilford, 4BR, 2.5BA house w/remodeled kitchen, newly refin’d hdwd flrs, 2-car garage, walk to Homewood/JHH shuttle. $374,999. 443-798-8705 or Harborview, 2BR, 1BA single-family house, hdwd flrs throughout, off-street prkng, close to all conveniences, 15 mins to E Balto/Bayview. $162,900. 443-604-2797 or lexisweetheart@ Mt Washington, 2BR penthouse condo, 2 full BAs, loft for 3rd BR or family rm/office, cathedral ceilings, assigned prkng, nr 695/I83. $215,000. 410-371-1560. Charming 3BR, 2BA condo, separate garage, walking distance to the university, great buy. Low $200s. 443-848-6392 or sue.rzep2@


Ocean City, Md, 3BR, 2BA condo on ocean block (137th St), oceanside, lg pool, steps to beach, walk to restaurants and entertainment, 2 assigned prkng spaces. 410-544-2814.

Share spacious 2BR RH in Hampden (Chestnut Ave), priv backyd, lots of storage, close to Homewood campus. $600/mo. 919-2647421 or

Original Northwood, 3BR, 1BA office

1BR and own BA in 2BR RH nr Patterson Park, share w/grad student, living rm, dining rm, W/D, storage.

Cathurch Supper

The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation


Saturday, May 15 , 5 - 8pm.

’02 BMW 525i wagon, Md insp’d, 97K mi, full BMW serviced, all receipts, beautiful car. $10,500/best offer. 410-802-2897.

Corner of Maryland & Preston Sts. For info: 410-7271831 or 410-252-4558

’03 Honda LX, gray w/leather interior, 4-dr, power drs, AC, CD, single owner, never been in an accident, very clean, 30K mi. 718-915-3180.

Free Parking! $10 Dinner, Children $6 Includes: Pastitsio, Spanakopita (spinach pie), Salad, & Bread (Beverages & Dessert Avail.)

’01 Mazda Protege LX 2.0, 4-cyl, automatic,

BUTCHERS HILL - 2 blocks from JHMI, 3-story, 2BD, 1BA, new W/D, IKEA cabinets, Brinks alarm, det. 500 sq ft office or studio w/BA, e-z park.

$1150 MO. CALL 321-544-0012


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


Sofa/couch and loveseat, custom-made, comfortable, very good cond, beige primary color, burgundy, red, beige, navy throw pillows; cash & carry, photos avail. $450/best offer. 410-935-4762 or Chicco high chair, folding, adjustable height, reclining, removable tray, safety harness, excel cond. $40/best offer. Lenox “Eternal” collection, 12 5-pc place settings, 6 wine glasses, 6 beverage glasses, oval vegetable bowl, never used, will sell whole lot or individual pcs, prices negotiable; red leather Michael Kors “Astor” handbag, tags attached, never used, $150. iPod Nano, 16GB, blue, clean, works well, $70; Toshiba Netbook NB205-N230m, 10.1", black onyx, Windows 7 starter, mouse, $200. 301-873-8047. Evenflo carseat, 5-point harness, for kid up to 40 lbs, in good cond. $30. 410-377-6091 (after 6pm). Table w/shelves, printer, chair, tripods, 3-step ladder, digital piano, reciprocating saw. 410455-5858 or Baltimore Symphony tickets, 1 seat only for May 9, 3pm; and June 6, 3pm, orchestra center. $20/ea. 410-444-1273. Queen-size Ikea bed, chest of drawers, nightstand, all cheap, can send pics. wreisig@ Couch/loveseat, 4 yrs old, tan w/pillows, new dining glasstop table w/4 chairs; other misc household items, will send pics. susanb1985@


Incoming MPH student seeks house-sitting opportunity, I am an older prof’l and home­ owner, will take same great care of your house as I do my own. Looking for PT dogsitter to come to my house, 11am-1pm, to walk our one-and-ahalf-yr-old F lab/boxer mix, Mon-Fri, May 18 to June 12; call to discuss compensation. 410-340-2679 or Tutor wanted for SAT prep for high school student in Essex. 443-326-9036. Dog walking and housesitting, your pets are family. 443-528-3637 or www.thankful-paws .com. Need a nanny? We have a great one for our 1-yr-old daughter and want to share her w/ another 1- or 2-yr-old child starting this summer. 443-257-8858. Seeking mature nanny/sitter for girls 2 and 4 yrs old, PT, after school wkdays and some wknds, Silver Spring area; college student OK, refs req’d. 202-498-3209 (after 6pm). Great Mother’s Day gift! Bodywork professional massage services; gift certificates available. or 443-983-7987. Wanted: rm to rent in Remington/Charles Village area, W/D in bldg, easy walk to JHU shuttle. 410-262-4779. Chinese professional piano tutor available, substantial experience w/kids; 1st class free. 443-253-6909. Rent party equipment for parties or major events; reasonable prices. Lis, 443-857-0044. Bay Meadow Farm accepting new students for horseback riding lessons, located in Bel Air, private/semi-private. $35/wk. 410-4581517 or Friday Night Swing Dance Club, open to public, no partners necessary. 410-583-7337 or A great headshot starts and ends with you. Edward S Davis photography and videography. 443-695-9988 or eddaviswrite@ Licensed landscaper avail for routine lawn maintenance, mulching, trash hauling. Taylor Landscaping LLC. 410-812-6090 or Affordable landscaper/horticulturist avail to maintain existing gardens; designing, planting, masonry; free consultations. David, 410683-7373 or Piano lessons w/experienced teacher, Peabody doctorate, all levels, patient instruction. 410-662-7951. LCSW-C provides psychotherapy, experience w/treating depression, anxiety, sexual orientation/gender identity concerns, couples; JHU-affiliated. 410-235-9200 (voicemail #6) or Tutor available: All subjects/levels; remedial, gifted and talented; also college counseling, speech and essay writing, editing, proofreading, database design and programming. 410-337-9877 or Need help with your JHU retirement plan investments portfolio? Free consultations. 410-435-5939 or

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Calendar C OLLO Q U I A

“Beyond the Bureaucratic Double Bind: Death, Community and Creativity,” an Anthropology colloquium with Lisa Stevenson, McGill University. 400 Macaulay. HW

Tues., May 4, 4 p.m.

The 10th Annual Edward and Nancy Dodge Lecture—“Food Politics: Has the Food Revolution Arrived?” by Marion Nestle, New York University. Sponsored by the Center for a Livable Future. W1214 SPH (Sheldon Hall). EB

Tues., May 4, noon.

Thurs., May 6, 3 p.m. “Quantum Opto-Electronics With Semiconducting Nanowires and Carbon Nanotubes,” a Physics and Astronomy colloquium with Leo Kouvenhoven, Delft University of Technology. Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center. HW

“Photonics Applications: Past, Present and Future,” an Applied Physics Laboratory colloquium with Jin Kang, WSE. Parsons Auditorium. APL Fri., May 7, 2 p.m.

C O N FERE N C E Fri., May 7, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Addictions, Infectious Disease and Public Health,” the fourth annual School of Public Health conference for the dissemination of student research, with awards given for best poster presented by a student or fellow. Guest speakers include Steven Gust, NIDA; Robert Booth, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Medicine; Edward Roslof, Institute of International Education; and Marsha Lopez, NIDA. Cosponsored by the JHSPH Dean’s Office, the Drug Dependence Epidemiology Training Program and the departments of Epidemiology; Health, Behavior and Society; Mental Health; and Population, Family and Reproductive Health. Wolfe Street Building. EB

The Philip Bard Lecture in Medical Physiology—“Ion Channels, Electrical Signaling and Synaptic Plasticity in the Brain” by William Catterall, University of Washington. Sponsored by Physiology. WBSB Auditorium. EB

Wed., May 5, 4 p.m.

Pianist Berkovsky is featured artist in free Saturday concert


anadian/Israeli pianist Michael Berkovsky, 2008 winner of the Yale Gordon Concerto Competition, will be the featured performer in this weekend’s free Discovery Series concert presented by the Shriver Hall Concert Series. Berkovsky is stepping in for cellist Hans Kristian Goldstein, who was forced to withdraw because of an injury. The event takes place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 8, in the Baltimore Museum of Art auditorium. Berkovsky made his U.S. debut at Avery Fisher Hall in New York with the Juilliard orchestra and since then has played solo recitals in Ireland, Costa Rica, Japan, Italy, Israel, Canada and the United States. His program will include Beethoven’s Sonata No. 17 in D minor, The Tempest; Liszt’s arrangements of Schubert’s Ständchen and Gretchen am Spinnrade; Liszt’s Vallé d’Obermann; Mozart’s Sonata in A minor, K. 310; Wild’s arrangements of George Gershwin’s “Embraceable You” and “The Man I Love”; and Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” The concert series hopes to reschedule Goldstein’s debut performance.

Tues., May 4, 12:15 p.m. “Currency Without a Country: Death Throes or Growing Pains of the Euro,” a SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations panel discussion with Uri Dadush, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Steve Hanke, WSE and the Cato Institute; Antonio de Lecea, EU delegation to the U.S.; Georges Pineau, European Central Bank; and Claire Waysand, IMF. 500 Bernstein-Offit Building. SAIS

“Is Washington Broken? How to Fix the American Political System,” a College Independents panel discussion with Joel Grossman and Steven David, KSAS, and independent voting analyst Omar Ali. Mudd Lecture Hall. HW Tues., May 4, 8 p.m.


“Optimal Country Insurance With Private Capital Flows,” a SAIS International Economics Program discussion with Suman Basu, IMF. 714 Bernstein-Offit Building. SAIS

Mon., May 3, 4:30 p.m.

Mon., May 3, 5:30 p.m. “Is Regional Cooperation in the Caucasus, Central Asia and Afghanistan Happening? Developing?” a SAIS Central Asia–Caucasus Institute panel discussion with Ashir Ashirov, Gulmira Rzayeva, Sulaiman Qeyamat, Omar Sharifi, Asset Yerali, Bakyt Asanov and Mukhammadi Babaev of the Rumsfeld Fellowship Program. Rome Building Auditorium. SAIS

The Francis D. Carlson Lecture in Biophysics—“Dear Bones and Ferrous Wheels: When Is Nature’s Technology Worth Copying?” by Steven Vogel, Duke University. Sponsored by Biophysics. 111 Mergenthaler. HW

Mon., May 3, 4 p.m.

Mon., May 3, 4:30 p.m. Harriet Shriver Rogers Lecture and WSE Convocation Awards Ceremony, with a keynote address by orthopedic surgeon Andrew Cappuccino. Sponsored by the Whiting School of Engineering. Shriver Hall Auditorium. HW

“Science, Nonfiction and Religion,” an Evolution, Cognition and Culture Project colloquium with Burkhard Bilger, The New Yorker. 701D Dell House. HW

Mon., May 3, 3 p.m.

Thurs., May 6, 3:45 p.m. “Functional Specialization in Supplementary Motor Area (SMA): Evidence from fMRI and VisuoSpatial Transformation Deficits in Parkinson’s Disease,” a Cognitive Science colloquium with Charles Leek, Bangor University, UK. 134A Krieger. HW







“Transnational Networks and Electoral Change in the PostCommunist World,” a SAIS European Studies Program discussion with Valerie Bunce, Cornell University. 736 Bernstein-Offit Building. SAIS “The British Election: What Happened and What Does It Mean?” a SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations panel discussion with Klaus

Fri., May 7, 10 a.m.

Larres, SAIS; Paul Ingram, British American Security Information Council; Joanna Spear, George Washington University Kurt Volker, SAIS; and moderator Robert Bradtke, OSCE Minsk Group. Rome Building Auditorium. SAIS G RA N D ROU N D S

“Biomarkers of HPV-Associated Cervical Cancer Precursors,” Pathology grand rounds with Anna Yemelyanova, SoM. Hurd Hall.

Mon., May 3, 8:30 a.m.


“Taking the Leap: Why Health IT Success Requires Losing Control,” Health Sciences Informatics grand rounds with Robert Kolodner, Collaborative Transformations, LLC. W1214 SPH (Sheldon Hall). EB

Fri., May 7, 12:15 p.m.


Mon., May 3, 5 p.m. “Update on EBDI (East Baltimore Development Inc.),” an information session with Chris Shea, CEO, EBDI. Dinner provided. Carpenter Room, SoN. EB

Wed., May 5, 5:15 p.m. “Introduction to Hermeneutic Communism,” a German and Romance Languages and Literatures lecture by author and visiting scholar Santiago Zabala. 101A Dell House. HW Fri., May 7, noon. “Exploring a Nearby Habitable World,” an Astrobiology lecture by L. Drake Deming, NASA Goddard Center for Astrobiology. Part of the Planets, Life and the Universe Astrobiology lecture series, sponsored by STScI. Bahcall Auditorium, Muller Building. HW Mon., May 10, 8:15 a.m. The William M. Shelley Memorial Lecture—“Renal Neoplasia: Pathological Clinical and Molecular Correlates” by Victor Reuter, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University. Hurd Hall. EB

Dean’s Lecture IV—“Advances in the Prevention of HIV Transmission From Mother to Child” by Brooks Jackson, SoM. Sponsored by SoM. Hurd Hall. EB

Mon., May 10, 4 p.m.


Opera Etudes, performance of new operas by Peabody composers. Friedberg Hall. Peabody

Tues., May 4, 7:30 p.m.

Thurs., May 6, 7:30 p.m. Peabody Latin Jazz Ensemble performs. $15 general admission, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students with ID. East Hall. Peabody Fri., May 7, 5:45 p.m. Peabody at Homewood Concert Series presents the Brass Roots Quintet. A meet-the-artists reception follows. Advance purchase of tickets is recommended; call 410-516-5589. Homewood Museum. HW Fri., May 7, 7:30 p.m. Peabody Improvisation and Multimedia Ensemble performs. $15 general admission, $10 for senior citizens

and $5 for students with ID. East Hall. Peabody Sat., May 8, 3 p.m. The Prepara-

tory Young Artists Orchestra and the Preparatory String Ensemble. Griswold Hall. Peabody

Sat., May 8, 3 p.m. The Shriver Hall Concert Series presents pianist Michael Berkovsky. (See story, this page.) Part of the Discovery Series. Open seating. Auditorium, Baltimore Museum of Art. Sat., May 8, 7 p.m. The Peabody Youth Orchestra performs. Friedberg Hall. Peabody

S E M I N AR S Mon.,





“Transport and Health Outcomes in Developing Countries,” a Graduate Seminar in Injury Research and Policy with Anthony Bliss, World Bank. Sponsored by Health Policy and Management and the Center for Injury Research and Policy. W2033 SPH. EB Mon., May 3, 12:15 p.m. “Copying and Reprogramming Heterochromatin With Small RNA,” a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Rob Martienssen, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Rose Auditorium, 3520 San Martin Drive. HW Mon., May 3, 4:30 p.m. “Tate Spectra, Bimodules and Calculus of Functors,” a Topology seminar with Michael Ching, University of Georgia. Sponsored by Mathematics. 308 Krieger. HW Tues., May 4, noon. “Tails From the Deep: Learning About Pancreatic Cancer From Mouse and Zebrafish Embryos,” a Biological Chemistry seminar with Steven Leach, SoM. 612 Physiology. EB Tues., May 4, noon. “The Glucocorticoid Receptor-Regulating Co-Chaperone FKBP5: A Common Candidate Gene for StressRelated Psychiatric Disorders?” a Psychiatry seminar with Elisabeth Binder, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry. 1-191 Meyer. EB

“Factors Related to Utilization of Maternal Health Care and Maternal Mortality in Pakistan,” a Population, Family and Reproductive Health thesis defense seminar with Sadaf Khan. W2029 SPH. EB

Tues., May 4, 1 p.m.

Tues., May 4, 3 p.m. The M. Gordon Wolman Seminar—“Re­ examining the Engineered Nitrogen Cycle: Microbial Population Dynamics, Immigration and Bio-

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

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