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March 14, 2011

The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University


Trustees adopt changes in governance

Volume 40 No. 26 H O N O R


University taps 17 as inaugural Gilman Scholars

Mp3 says: Walk like a zombie

By Greg Rienzi

The Gazette

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he Johns Hopkins University board of trustees last week passed governance changes with the goal of ensuring that its arrangements are “best in class” and capable of protecting and nurturing the university’s academic missions in today’s rapidly changing environment. The changes were made to enhance the board’s overall performance, level of accountability, and focus and engagement with the strategic vision of the university.   The reform process began 14 months ago with the creation of the Governance Initiative Steering Committee, an eightmember group that included board chair Pamela P. Flaherty, current trustees and one trustee emeritus. It was chaired by N. Anthony “Tony” Coles. The committee set out to identify the board’s strengths and weaknesses and recommend any necessary alterations to its governance practices, structure and operation. One of the nation’s leading experts on higher education governance worked with the board to provide context and insight. “We sought to understand best practices in board governance, and then to apply these standards to ourselves,” Flaherty said. The full board of trustees participated in surveys and interviews and engaged in deep discussion, both in its entirety and in small groups, throughout the process. In its final report, the Steering Committee recommended that the board reduce in size by nearly half within the next four years in order to streamline its efforts and fall in line with accepted board governance practices nationwide in both the private and nonprofit sectors. Specifically, the maximum number of members, not including ex officio trustees, will decrease from 65 to 35 by the year 2015. In addition, the board voted to institute term limits, with an expectation that trustees will serve for a maximum of two six-year terms of service with the possibility of a third term in exceptional circumstances. Continued on page 4


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ozens of Johns Hopkins students took part in a high-tech game of Simon Says last Saturday on the Homewood campus. Dubbed the Mp3 Experience, the game had the participants download to their Mp3 players identical— and purposefully silly—instructions that they had to follow. At an assigned time, the students walked out of their residence halls and pressed “play” in unison, not knowing what would happen next. They were instructed, for example, to perform light stretches and then a series of crazy walks across campus as they collectively made their way to The Beach. At one point, the students were told to blend in with a tour group and then freeze in place, much to the surprise of the group and passersby. They also were asked to walk like zombies and dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The event concluded with an epic thumb war and zombie dance party. The concept was created seven years ago by an improv group from New York called Improv Everywhere, which did its first Mp3 Experiment during one of its shows. The Johns Hopkins version was created by Damish Shah and Joss Schafer, both freshmen in the Whiting School of Engineering, who said that they plan to host another Mp3 event next spring, if not sooner. —Greg Rienzi


Messenger spacecraft is primed for orbit mission at Mercury B y P a u l e t t e C a m pb e l l

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n March 17, NASA’s Messenger spacecraft will execute a 15-minute maneuver that will place it into orbit about Mercury, making it the first craft ever to do so, and initiating a one-year science campaign to understand the innermost planet. Antennas from each of the three Deep Space Network ground stations are on a

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round-the-clock vigil, allowing flight control engineers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory to monitor Messenger on its final approach to Mercury. APL built and operates the Messenger spacecraft and manages this Discovery-class mission for NASA. On March 7, the spacecraft began executing the last cruise command sequence of the mission. This command load will execute Continued on page 8


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resident Ronald J. Daniels and Provost Lloyd B. Minor have tapped 17 eminent Johns Hopkins faculty and professional staff members from across the divisions to serve as the inaugural group of Gilman Scholars, a prestigious designation. The honor is named for Daniel Coit Gilman, Johns Hopkins’ visionary first president, who was interested in establishing a university to pro- Designation mote the highest standards of recognizes scholarship and research in the exemplars of sciences and in the humanities. JHU’s highest The 17 individ­ uals, regarded as ideals leading faculty or practitioners within their divisions, were confirmed by the president upon recommendation from the provost and nomination by their deans or directors. The university’s board of trustees approved the nominations last week. “The newly created designation recognizes individuals who are exemplars of the highest ideals of the university, demonstrated through a record of distinguished research, artistic and creative activity, teaching and service,” said Minor, noting that the inaugural list includes Nobel laureates, awardwinning teachers, world-renowned experts and the heads of departments and centers. Daniels said that in creating this designation, “we wanted to be able to honor and celebrate those colleagues from across the campus who embody the very best of Hopkins. We recognize—and are delighted with—the pre-eminence of our inaugural cohort of Gilman Scholars,” Daniels said. “We know we have an embarrassment of riches in this regard and look forward to welcoming future colleagues as Gilman Scholars.” Gilman Scholars will retain the title as long as they remain at Johns Hopkins, or until retirement. The existing Continued on page 5

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New painting award to recognize graduating senior

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new award in the arts has been established at Johns Hopkins. The first Virginia Bagwell Prize will be presented during the Homewood Art Workshops’ Studio Show reception on May 13. Created by Professor P.M. Forni, of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, and his wife, Virginia Drake Forni, in memory of Virginia Bagwell, a connoisseur, collector and supporter of the arts in Dallas, the Bagwell Prize will recognize the achievement of a graduating senior who has studied painting in the Homewood Art Workshops. Bagwell (1917–2008) was the aunt and namesake of Virginia Forni. Qualified students may submit work in oil or watercolor for consideration. The paintings must belong to the tradition of realism and naturalism flowing from the late Western Middle Ages through the European Renaissance to the present day. Only original pieces will be considered; copies of master works are excluded from the competition. Works will be judged by a three-person jury comprising the director of the Homewood Art Workshops, ex officio; a member chosen by him or her; and a representative of Bagwell’s family. The jury will have the option of not awarding the prize should the works fail to meet the requirements or the quality of the works be deemed insufficient. The 2011 prize is $2,000.



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ies. Begun at the request of President Joseph Ames and following the example set by Sir William Osler at Oxford’s Bodleian Library, the group is one of the oldest in the nation and has a proud history of providing financial support for the libraries, particularly for acquisitions. The original executive committee, which met in Gilman Hall, reads like a who’s who of Hopkins history, including Frank J. Goodnow, the university’s third president; Albert D. Hutzler, for whom the reading room is named; and William H. Welch, one of the “Big Four” of Hopkins Medicine and namesake of the medical library. Since its inception, the group has grown from a small gathering of local book enthusiasts and collectors to a national group comprising alumni, parents (and grandparents) of alumni, faculty, staff and community members who are committed to keeping the libraries vibrant. The group provides support for acquisitions (both print and electronic), for programming (such as recent talks by authors Sam Kean and Cort McMeel, as well as the popular undergraduate reading series at the Eisenhower Library) and for technology upgrades to help JHU scholars stay ahead in a constantly changing research landscape. To celebrate the anniversary, cake was served Thursday in the Eisenhower Library.

Correction The photos in last week’s Gazette of the students making Learn More, See More, B’More videos for the Office of Admissions were incorrectly credited. Hosts Lucie Fink and Noah Guiberson were photographed by sophomore Joseph Nugent and the videographers by senior Joju Varghese.

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General Motors researcher will discuss advances in automobile technology, including the advantages and drawbacks of lithium-based batteries and fuel cells, at a Monday, March 28, lecture on the Homewood campus. Frederick T. Wagner, lab group manager of advanced electrodes for General Motors Fuel Cell Activities, will speak on “Electrochemistry and the Future of the Automobile” at 4 p.m. in Mason Hall Auditorium. Wagner will deliver the fourth annual Billig-Croft Lecture. The event was established by Gordon Croft, a 1956 Johns Hopkins engineering graduate who now

manages the Croft Leominster Investment Co. in Baltimore. The lecture series honors Croft’s late friend, Frederick Billig, who in 1955 earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins and then went on to a distinguished career at the university’s Applied Physics Laboratory. At the lecture, Nick Jones, the Benjamin T. Rome Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering, will welcome the audience. The speaker will be introduced by Jonah Erlebacher, an associate professor of materials science who is the L. Gordon Croft Investment Management Faculty Scholar. To assist with planning, those who expect to attend are asked to place a reservation by calling 410-516-8723 or e-mailing

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Scientists reveal role of light sensor in temperature sensation By Maryalice Yakutchik

Johns Hopkins Medicine


temperature. They discovered that in contrast to the wild-type larvae, which preferred 18 degrees over any other temperature, the larvae lacking rhodopsin couldn’t discriminate temperatures in the comfortable range, just like the larvae lacking TRPA1. However, the rhodopsin mutant larvae were able to choose 18 degrees over temperatures that were too hot or cold. “The genetics and the behavior show that rhodopsin is required for thermosensation,” Montell said. “Larvae that contain mutations disrupting rhodopsin are profoundly defective in their ability to sense temperatures, but only in the comfortable range. The simplest interpretation of these results is that rhodopsin is activated by temperature and this, in turn, activates TRPA1. However, we cannot exclude that there is an additional accessory protein required for rhodopsin to act as a thermosensor.” This rhodopsin that functioned in “feeling” temperature was required in a new type of thermosensory neuron in the body wall of

fruit fly larvae as well as in neurons in the head region of the animals. Montell says that this new thermosensing role for rhodopsin has absolutely nothing to do with light. Wild-type fly larvae kept in a dark box were able to choose the preferred 18 C over 24 C. The indirect activation of the TRPA1 channel via a signaling cascade that requires rhodopsin most likely represents “a quality of life issue” for the larvae, Montell muses. It allows them to give up avoiding temperatures that are slightly less preferred than 18 degrees and to adapt if they can’t find their favorite temperature in their thermal landscape. Direct activation of TRP channels by noxious temperatures is more about survival. The research was supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. In addition to Montell, authors are Wei L. Shen, Young Kwo and Junjie Luo, all of Johns Hopkins; and Abidemi A. Adegbola and Andres Chess, both of Harvard Medical School.

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welve students from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing are in New Orleans this week to rebuild houses with the Episcopal Church Diocese of Louisiana and volunteer in the Touro Hospital emergency room and at a health clinic for the homeless. The Hopkins Student Nurse Relief Corps, a subgroup of the Johns Hopkins National Student Nurses Association, has sponsored the spring break trip to New Orleans for the past five years. On Jan. 31, the group hosted a Creole Charity Gala, which netted more than $5,000 to cover the cost of this year’s trip. Senior Tal Raizer, co-leader of the trip, had made the expedition last year. “I had no idea that the situation was still so dire,” she said of post-Katrina New Orleans. “This is more

than just a great experience for my nursing career. The educational value and the cultural experience are completely different than nursing clinical skills, and it helps to bring me closer to certain populations and cultures.” Raizer said that the fundraiser brought in more money than needed for the service trip, thanks to the participation of Charm City Cakes, owned by Food Network star Duff Goldman, and that the extra would be donated to New Orleans charities. The event was made possible by junior Jessica Curry, who was financial director for Charm City Cakes for five years before becoming a fulltime nursing student. She still works parttime at the bakery, and Geof Manthorne, the bakery’s executive sous chef, designed the meal and cake for the 50-person gala.


light-sensing receptor that’s packed inside the eye’s photoreceptor cells has an altogether surprising role in cells elsewhere in the body, Johns Hopkins scientists have discovered. Using fruit flies, they showed that this protein, called rhodopsin, also is critical for sensing temperature. A report on the work appeared March 11 in Science. “For decades, this well-known molecule— one of the most-studied sensory receptors— was thought to function exclusively in the eye as a light receptor, but now we have found that fly larvae and possibly other organisms use it to distinguish between slight temperature differences,” said Craig Montell, a professor of biological chemistry in the School of Medicine and a member of the Center for Sensory Biology in its Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences. “And it makes you wonder about what was the more ancient role for rhodopsin: Was it used originally for light or temperature detection?” The Johns Hopkins team identified rhodopsin while investigating the process that results in the activation of a temperaturesensor protein known as a TRPA1, one of many so-called “trip” channels abundant on sensory cells that receive communication from the outside world. Montell discovered earlier that TRPA1 enables fly larvae to detect tiny changes in the range of temperature that’s optimal for their survival. However, unlike TRP channels that function in avoiding hot and cold temperatures, TRPA1

was not directly turned on by changes in temperature in the comfortable temperature range, which extends from 18 to 24 degrees Celsius (equivalent to about 64 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit). The team set out to determine what receptor responds to the temperature in order to set off the signaling cascade that results in TRPA1 activation. A reasonable place to start looking for likely suspects, Montell says, was the large family of G-protein coupled receptors, because they are cell-surface molecules known to activate TRP channels. Still, the researchers were faced with more than a hundred possible gene candidates, each coding for a different G-protein coupled receptor in flies. If it was a GPCR, then which one? “There were no precedents for a GPCR functioning in thermosensation, leaving us wondering where to start,” Montell said. “We considered rhodopsin, even though it was thought to be required exclusively for light reception, because some of the other proteins that we showed previously to function in thermosensation were required in photoreceptor cells.” Using larvae missing the gene that codes for rhodopsin, the team conducted a series of tests to compare their behaviors with normal (wild-type) animals. The researchers released about 75 larvae on a plate with two temperature zones; half of the plate was kept at the larvae’s favorite temperature of 18 C, and the other at an alternative temperature, ranging from 14 to 32 C. After 10 minutes, the researchers counted the number of larvae that had crawled to the 18-degree side and the number on the side with the alternative

Lloyd Minor of JHU and Tan Eng Chye of NUS shake hands after signing the agreement, while Jeffrey Sharkey of JHU and Bernard Lanskey of NSU applaud.

JHU and NUS to offer world’s first international joint degree in music


he Johns Hopkins University and the National University of Singapore have signed an agreement to launch a joint bachelor of music degree program starting in the 2011–2012 academic year. Offered jointly by the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins and the NUS Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, it will be the first and only international undergraduate conservatory music program of its kind in the world, and will allow students to attend classes in both Baltimore and Singapore. Lloyd Minor, JHU provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, and Tan Eng Chye, NUS deputy president for academic affairs, signed the agreement on March 9 in New York, following a joint concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. The concert marked the 10th anniversary of a partnership between the two institutions. About 150 Singapore embassy guests and JHU and NUS alumni were on hand for the signing ceremony. Among those in attendance were Chan Heng Chee, Singapore’s ambassador to the United States; Johns

Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels; NUS President Tan Chorh Chuan; Jeffrey Sharkey, director of the Peabody Institute; and Bernard Lanskey, director of Yong Siew Toh Conservatory. “To see students from Peabody and Yong Siew Toh united on the stage of this landmark hall in one of the world’s most international cities was glorious,” Daniels said. “What a wonderful expression of the cross-cultural collaboration that is so significant to both our institutions and to the world of music. With our unique joint degree program, we rededicate ourselves to training 21st-century artists whose musical and cultural knowledge transcends boundaries and elevates us all. We are thrilled to build on this great partnership with our close friends in Singapore.” Students enrolled in the four-year program will spend three out of eight semesters at the sister institution, one in their second year of study and two in the third. It is expected that three to five top students from each institution will be accepted into this program for the inaugural year.

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and would likely benefit from more intensive treatment, monitoring or outpatient follow-up.” Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the demands of the body, resulting in heart enlargement and fluid swelling. It is most often caused by coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, heart valve disease and alcohol abuse. Roughly 5.7 million people in the United States have heart failure, which Levels of kills about 300,000 each year, and results in repeat protein hospitalizations for many patients. Readmission in blood rates are a focus of efforts to reduce health care can predict costs, Michtalik noted. Michtalik and his col- relapse leagues studied 241 heart failure patients admitted to The Johns Hopkins Hospital between June 2006 and April 2007 who were treated with intravenous diuretics to remove fluid from the body. Within the first 24 hours, blood was drawn from the patients and tested for NT-proBNP, and patients were treated for their symptoms by their individual doctors.

Though the patients’ NT-proBNP levels were tested again at discharge, the decision for or against discharge was determined by clinical judgment alone, and the treating physicians were not aware of the protein’s level at discharge. Analysis showed that patients whose protein levels decreased by less than 50 percent over the course of the several days to a week that they were in the hospital were at the highest risk for readmission or death. “Our research suggests that maybe clinical judgment isn’t enough to decide whether a heart failure patient is ready to be discharged,” Michtalik said. “These patients may benefit from being treated until the heart failure marker, NT-proBNP, decreases by a certain percentage, something that is not considered now.” Michtalik said that a good next step would be a prospective randomized trial that examines whether hospitalized heart failure patients do better when their doctors work intensively to decrease the heart failure marker over the course of their hospital stays. Other Johns Hopkins researchers involved in this study are Hsin-Chieh Yeh, Catherine Y. Campbell, Nowreen Haq, Haesong Park, William Clarke and Daniel J. Brotman.


committee has already had several meetings and has endorsed a comprehensive engagement strategy for the neighborhoods around the Homewood campus. Also to be established is a council of emeriti to better tap the wisdom, experience and institutional knowledge of emeritus members of the board. Two current emeritus members will help steer the future actions and responsibilities of this council. In addition, the committee called for the creation of an ad hoc subcommittee of the Trusteeship, Nominations and By-Laws Committee to address the process for selecting and renewing trustees. This ad hoc committee will report to the board in October. In the past decade, U.S. universities and colleges have faced increased global competition, rising tuition and operating costs, and the shrinking of support from traditional sources, such as federal funding, according to Flaherty, who has served on the board since 1997 and was elected chair in June 2007. Flaherty, who is a SAIS alumna and CEO and president of Citi Foundation, said that these external factors were part of the rationale for the board’s re-examining its structure and practices. She said the board also saw the need for greater accountability in the aftermath of conspicuous lapses by corporate and nonprofit boards, noting such high-profile scandals as those at WorldCom and Enron. The report listed the many strengths of the university’s board of trustees, such as its dedication, commitment, congenial environment and quality of its membership. Flaherty said that the trustees are committed to ensuring that the board is able to renew itself so that it is able to offer sound advice and counsel to the leadership of the university, and to discharge its fiduciary duties in the most effective manner. The board, guided by outside expertise, will conduct a comprehensive self-examination at least once every five years. “We have a tradition at Johns Hopkins to take something that is great and make sure it’s even better,” Flaherty said. G

Continued from page 1 “This measure will give Johns Hopkins a group of individuals who are highly invested and very focused in taking the university to the next level,” Coles said. “We hope to create a new intensity of engagement on the part of the board to make sure its members can prioritize efforts and address the challenges we face to direct the university forward.” The governance reforms also call for the board to prioritize a strategic vision for the 21st century. The board has already implemented several changes, such as the expansion of executive sessions and the establishment of a Student Life Committee and an External Affairs and Community Engagement Committee. The Student Life Committee includes current undergraduate and graduate students from across the university divisions. The representatives, selected by the committee chair and the university provost, will not serve on the board but rather will interact with trustees through this board-level committee. The board’s young trustee position will be phased out. “We believe that interaction with current students, as opposed to former ones, will give us a very contemporary sense of the issues confronting students on all campuses,” said Coles, who is president and CEO of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, and a Johns Hopkins alumnus who received his medical degree from Duke. Drawing upon the university’s intellectual, social, economic, human and physical capital, the External Affairs and Community Engagement Committee will help develop strategies to strengthen the neighborhoods around Johns Hopkins’ campuses. It also will help the university shape strategic partnerships to address the broader challenges facing Baltimore City and the region. The

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Scholars Continued from page 1 group of scholars will help select up to five new members annually. The total number of Gilman Scholars will be strictly limited. The honor is open to faculty members in the academic divisions and to professional staff at the Applied Physics Laboratory. The inaugural 17 designees are John Sommerer, from the Applied Physics Laboratory; Charles Bennett, Adam Riess and Gabrielle Spiegel, from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences; Peter Agre, Diane Griffin and Alfred Sommer, from the Bloomberg School of Public Health; Lisa Cooper, Andrew Feinberg, Carol Greider, Solomon Snyder and Bert Vogelstein, from the School of Medicine; Jacquelyn Campbell, from the School of Nursing; David Lampton, from the School of Advanced International Studies; Andrew Talle, from the Peabody Institute; and Joseph Katz and Michael Miller, from the Whiting School of Engineering. John Sommerer is head of APL’s Space Department, which is responsible for executing, among other projects, NASA’s Messenger mission to Mercury, New Horizons mission to Pluto, Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission to explore the Van Allen Belts and Solar Probe Plus mission to explore the sun’s outer atmosphere. Prior to his current assignment, Sommerer was director of Science and Technology and chief technology officer. He has been with APL since 1980, holding technical and management positions in five of its departments and leading development of the Lab’s strategic plan. Sommerer has established an international reputation in nonlinear dynamics, making both theoretical and experimental contributions to the field. His research has been featured on the covers of both Science and Nature. Charles Bennett, a professor of physics and astronomy in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, is widely recognized as one of the leading astrophysicists of his day. He oversaw the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe space mission, which precisely determined the age, curvature, composition and history of the universe. Using WMAP, Bennett and his team took the first-ever detailed full-sky “baby picture” in the microwave light from 379,000 years after the Big Bang. His groundbreaking work in cosmology has earned him the 2010 Shaw Prize, the National Academy of Sciences’ 2009 Comstock Prize in Physics, the 2006 Harvey Prize, the 2006 Gruber Cosmology Prize and the 2005 Henry Draper Medal. Throughout his career, Bennett has made significant contributions to the knowledge of cosmology through pioneering measurements of the cosmic background radiation, the oldest light in the universe and a remnant of the hot, young universe. In 2003, he and his team made international news with their announcement that the universe is less than 5 percent atoms, one-quarter dark mat-

ter and nearly three-quarters a mysterious dark energy, as well as that the universe is 13.7 billion years old. Adam Riess is a professor of physics and astronomy in the Krieger School and a scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute. He is renowned for his leadership in the High-z Supernova Search Team’s 1998 discovery that the expansion rate of the universe is accelerating, a phenomenon widely attributed to a mysterious, unexplained “dark energy” filling the universe. The discovery was hailed by Science magazine as “the Breakthrough Discovery of the Year” in 1998, and the researchers involved shared the 2006 Shaw Prize in astronomy. Riess’ accomplishments have been recognized with a number of prestigious awards. In 2008, he won a $1 million John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Grant and was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2007, he shared the Peter Gruber Foundation’s Cosmology Prize, and in 2006, he won the $1 million Shaw Prize, considered by some to be “the Nobel of the East.” In 2009, Riess was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. This year, he was awarded the Einstein Medal in recognition of his leadership in the High-z team’s 1998 discovery. Gabrielle Spiegel is a Krieger-Eisenhower Professor in the Krieger School’s History Department. She was elected president of the American Historical Association in 2007. A historian of the Middle Ages, Spiegel is the author or editor of four books and more than 40 academic articles. Her article “History, Historicism and the Social Logic of the Text in the Middle Ages,” which appeared in Speculum in 1990, has been hailed as one of the most important analyses of medieval historiography ever written, and as a critical intervention in debates over historians’ use of postmodern theory. The article has been widely reprinted, translated and commented upon, and won the article prize of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians. Spiegel has held fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, among many other honors. Peter Agre is a professor in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, where he oversees 19 faculty members who concentrate on advancing basic science to develop new methods in prevention and treatment of the disease. In 2003, Agre shared the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his discovery of aquaporins— channels that regulate and facilitate water molecule transport through cell membranes, a process essential to all living organisms. He holds two U.S. patents on the isolation, cloning and expression of aquaporins 1 and 5 and is the principal investigator on four current National Institutes of Health grants. He was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences in 2000 and in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003.

Agre was a faculty member of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine from 1981 to 2005, when he joined Duke University Medical Center as vice chancellor for science and technology. He returned to Johns Hopkins in 2007 to join the Bloomberg School. Diane Griffin is the Alfred and Jill Sommer Professor and Chair of the W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and was the founding director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute. Griffin came to Johns Hopkins as a virology fellow in 1970 and became department chair in 1994. She is the principal investigator on a variety of grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Bill & Melinda Gates and Dana foundations. Her research focuses on how viruses cause disease, especially alphaviruses, acute encephalitis and measles. Alpha-viruses are transmitted by mosquitoes and cause encephalitis in mammals and birds. The author or co-author of more than 300 scholarly papers and articles, Griffin is past president of the American Society for Virology, the Association of Medical School Microbiology Chairs and the American Society for Microbiology. In 2009, she was inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame. Alfred Sommer is dean emeritus of the Bloomberg School of Public Health and a University Distinguished Service Professor. He is best known internationally for his long-term research and advocacy supporting the widespread use of vitamin A to prevent blindness and child mortality in developing nations. This work won Sommer recognition as the recipient of the 1997 Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research. The World Bank has declared the vitamin A supplementation he pioneered to be one of the most cost-effective of all public health interventions. Sommer is currently a professor of ophthalmology at the School of Medicine and professor of epidemiology and international health at the School of Public Health. He was the founding director of the Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology, which focuses on clinical epidemiology and the public health aspects of blindness prevention and child survival. He has published five books and 250 scientific articles. His many honors include the Howe Medal of the American Ophthalmologic Society, the Duke Elder and Gonin medals of the International Council of Ophthalmology, Thailand’s Prince Mahidol Award for contributions to medicine and public health, and the Helmut Horten, Charles A. Dana and Pollin prizes for medical research. Lisa Cooper is a professor in the Department of Medicine at the School of Medicine. The Liberian-born internist and epidemiologist has conducted landmark studies designed to understand and overcome racial and ethnic disparities in medical care and research. She was named a 2007 fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Cooper has been on the faculty since 1994 and holds joint appointments at the schools of Public Health and Nursing. Cooper’s research has sought to better define barriers to equitable care across ethnic groups and to identify ways for medical science to address a growing awareness of racial and ethnic disparities in disease prevalence, disease risk and care delivery. Andrew Feinberg is the King Fahd Professor of Molecular Medicine in the School of Medicine and director of the Center for Epigenetics at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences. At Johns Hopkins since 1994, Feinberg is a pioneer in the field of epigenetics. He has been investigating how genetic factors outside human nuclear DNA are related to human disease, having done the first experiments on the epigenetics of cancer in the early 1980s. More recently, he has been leading a group in the study of the epigenetics of human complex traits with a Center of Excellence in Genome Sciences award from the Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health. His laboratory is studying the epigenetic basis of disease, including cancer, autism and psychiatric illness. Epigenetics involves changes in DNA and chromatin structure that are remembered by the cell when it divides. Feinberg’s work has led to a major cancer epigenetics translational study to introduce epigenetic testing for cancer risk into the general medical setting. As an adjunct professor at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, Feinberg contributed to its formation of an epigenetic profiling platform at its Center for Molecular Medicine. Carol Greider is the Daniel Nathans Professor and director of Molecular Biology and Genetics in the Johns Hopkins Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences at the School of Medicine. She joined Johns Hopkins in 1997. One of the world’s pioneering researchers on the structure of chromosome ends known as telomeres, Greider shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences recognized her for the 1984 discovery of telomerase, an enzyme that maintains the length and integrity of chromosome ends and is critical for the health and survival of all living cells and organisms. Greider’s improbable discovery of telomerase catalyzed an explosion of scientific studies that, to this day, probe connections between telomerase and telomeres to human cancer and diseases of aging. Solomon Snyder is University Distinguished Service Professor of Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Psychiatry at the School of Medicine. In 1980, he founded the Department of Neuroscience, which now bears his name. Snyder’s research accomplishments range from the discovery of opiate receptors in the brain—work for which he shared the prestigious Albert Lasker Award in 1978—to proof that gases can serve as neural messengers. He received the National Medal of SciContinued on page 6

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Scholars Continued from page 5 ence in 2005 for his contributions to the understanding of neurotransmitters, their receptors in the nervous system, mechanisms of action of psychoactive drugs and pathways of signal transduction in the brain. Snyder, who joined Johns Hopkins in 1965, continues searching for new neurotransmitters and receptors while increasing understanding of those that he and his colleagues have discovered throughout the years. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of its Institute of Medicine, and a fellow of the American Philosophical Society. He is the recipient of six honorary doctorates and numerous awards. Bert Vogelstein is the Clayton Professor of Oncology and Pathology at the School of Medicine and director of the Ludwig Center for Cancer Genetics and Therapeutics at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. His research focuses on identifying and characterizing the genes that cause cancer and the application of this knowledge to the management of patients. He received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins in 1974 and remained for an internship and residency in pediatrics. His first encounters with cancer-stricken children moved him to undertake a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, where he could explore the latest techniques in molecular biology. At Johns Hopkins, he led the team that discovered the genetic alterations responsible for the development of colorectal tumors, a dramatic breakthrough in cancer research. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the European Molecular Biology Organization.

Vogelstein’s pioneering studies of the genetic causes of human cancer have placed him among the world’s most influential scientists. The Institute for Scientific Information has counted more than 170,000 citations of his work in the scientific literature, far more than for any other scientist in any discipline. Jacquelyn Campbell, the Anna D. Wolf Professor in the Department of Community–Public Health at the School of Nursing, is a national leader in the field of domestic and intimate partner violence. Her studies have paved the way for a growing body of interdisciplinary investigations by researchers in the disciplines of nursing, medicine and public health, and her expertise is frequently sought by policymakers examining intimate partner violence and its potential heath effects on families and communities. Campbell was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2000 and has been recognized with the Institute of Medicine/American Academy of Nursing/American Nurses’ Foundation Senior Scholar in Residence award. She was named the Pathfinder Distinguished Researcher by the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research and received the American Society of Criminology’s Vollmer Award. She was a member of the congressionally appointed Department of Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence. Campbell is a widely published author with more than 150 articles and seven books, and holds a joint appointment in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. David Lampton, the George and Sadie Hyman Professor of China Studies, director of the China Studies Program and dean of the faculty at SAIS, is one of the country’s leading scholars in his field. From 1988 to 1997, he was president of the National Committee on United States– China Relations. He also was founding director of the China Policy Program at the American Enterprise Institute and of the Nixon Center’s Chinese Studies Program. He is currently a member of the National

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Off to high school with axolotls, tortoises, frogs and more By Lisa De Nike




On the students’ visit to Homewood, doctoral student Zehra Nizami of MInDS, second from left, talks with Don’Liyaha Green, Latisha Robinson and Sherry Bogier of Baltimore Talent Development High School in West Baltimore.




Evergreen Museum & Library artist in residence Scott Sedar, an actor and visual artist based in Washington, D.C., will re-create a fanciful 1920s theater evening in his site-specific performance piece, ‘Triumph and Slavery,’ showing two nights only, Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the museum’s Bakst Theatre. Noel Coward, Miguel de Cervantes, Abraham Lincoln, Giuseppe Verdi and other historical characters will appear in musical comic sketches—and audience participation will be requested. Admission is free for Johns Hopkins faculty, staff and students; $8 public; and $5 museum members. Reservations are requested at 410-516-0341.

tion to offering data about reptiles, Mache’s presence served as a great icebreaker. “There are students who I have never heard ask a question but who became very interested and involved when they met the tortoise,” said Niederer, who did her undergraduate work at the University of Maryland. “They began asking questions about her shell and diet, which gave me an opportunity to discuss a common calcium deficiency in many tortoises.” Niederer was thus delighted when one of the students connected Mache’s calcium deficiency to osteoporosis, a bone disease associated with calcium deficiency in humans. “You never know what one thing you might say or do that will spark the students’ interest, but once you’ve done that, they usually can’t stop asking questions,” she said. “It’s just a matter of working until you figure out how to make that happen.” Though the high schoolers seem to truly


our lessons working and to see the students’ imaginations catching fire.” Just as important, Miyares posits, is that the high school students, most of whom are African-American, get the opportunity to observe and interact with energetic young Johns Hopkins scientists, many of whom defy the stereotypical image of the white male intellectual. “Most of us are either underrepresented minorities and/or women, so simply by being in the classroom, we expose these students to a different picture of what a ‘scientist’ is and is supposed to be,” she said. “I think seeing us makes it easier for them to imagine themselves as scientists.” Krista Porter, who teaches 10th grade biology at Talent Development, is enthusiastic about MInDS members’ presence in her classroom and their influence upon her young charges. “It’s wonderful having MInDS come into the school and work with my students,” Porter said. “The kids really look forward to these lessons, and it’s a great opportunity for them to be exposed to people who are not much older than they are but who are doing exciting things in the sciences.” On a recent visit, MInDS members brought with them an assortment of creatures that included two fat frogs, a shy but friendly tortoise, bloodworms, fruit flies and the aforementioned axolotls—all made available so that the teenagers could touch, observe and explore. Particularly popular was the tortoise named Mache (pronounced mah-shay), which is the personal pet of MInDS member Rachel Niederer, a second-year doctoral student. In addi-


ehra Nizami carefully sets a plastic bin onto a desk, and four high school students simultaneously gasp in fascination—and maybe a little bit of horror—at what’s inside, floating in several inches of water. “What the heck are those things?” one yelps, looking a bit repulsed. “They’re so cute!” another cries, leaning forward and reaching out to poke a pale pinkish amphibian that resembles a mythical dragon or an anime character. Nizami, a Johns Hopkins doctoral student, calmly explains that the creatures—there are two of them, one pink and one black— are axolotls: six-inch-long salamanders that are native to Mexico. With their ruffled gills fanning out from their faces like the rays of a sun in a child’s finger painting, the axolotls (pronounced ax-oh-LOT-uhls) are at once charmingly earthy and otherworldly. They are also an opportunity for 10thgrade biology students at Baltimore Talent Development High School in West Baltimore to learn about how living organisms are classified scientifically. (BTDHS is a public high school associated with Johns Hopkins’ Center for Social Organization of Schools.) The lesson was brought to the students recently by Nizami and a dozen other members of Mentoring to Inspire Diversity in Science—MInDS, for short—a group of young researchers in Johns Hopkins’ PhD Program in Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology and Biophysics. As its name states, MInDS is designed to promote diversity in the sciences, and one of the ways it does it is by exposing students at the inner-city high school to the joy of “hands-on” science. “My main goal [in taking part in MInDS] is to instill these students with the sense of excitement and joy that I experience every day in the lab, and to get a taste of the thrill of discovery that science has to offer,” said Nizami, who graduated from Princeton University before coming to Johns Hopkins. For the past three years, members of MInDS have visited the school on Harlem Avenue once a month, offering two 10th-grade biology lessons that range from the scientific method to evolution, antibiotic resistance, genetics and more. Whenever possible, the instruction is hands-on, according to Rosa­ linda Miyares, a MInDS member. “Our goal is to make science and biology come alive for the kids and to make them see that science isn’t just memorizing facts out of a book,” said Miyares, who came to Johns Hopkins from Macalester College. “I can’t tell you how much fun it is for us to see

enjoy and benefit from the monthly lessons that MInDS members bring to their school, it is the students’ annual visit to Johns Hopkins’ Homewood campus that helps the message “you, too, can be a scientist” really sink in, according to Nizami. “I get a very strong feeling that this visit plays a major role in making the students begin to seriously consider applying to college,” said Nizami, who this month helped welcome and shepherd 80 Talent Development High School students on a visit to Homewood. “I love that we can not only show them some exciting experiments in a real lab environment, but also that we can touch them on a personal level with our own stories about college. It’s very rewarding.” Joanna Fox, deputy director of the Everyone Graduates Center at CSOS and the liaison between the Talent Development High School and MInDS, says that the program’s benefits are obvious. “MInDS students are great. They take biology beyond a textbook or lecture and make it real. They give our 10th-graders exposure to things many have rarely experienced before and help motivate them to think about new things in new ways, and their own diverse backgrounds open a window to a larger world,” Fox said. “Most of what we do at CSOS is focused on engaging students in learning at higher levels, and MInDS is a great contributor.” Fox points out that the Johns Hopkins students benefit as well. “The experience of breaking complicated ideas down into simple yet accurate language for 10th-graders and figuring out what they misunderstand, as well as understand, is probably good experience for the grad students,” she said. Nizami agrees. “Far and away the biggest challenge facing any research scientist is being able to communicate to a lay audience at any level,” she said.








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ohns Hopkins Children’s Center researchers have discovered that most children with severe cerebral palsy have starkly asymmetric pelvic bones. The newly identified misalignment can affect how surgeries of the pelvis, spine and surrounding structures are performed, the researchers say. The study was published online March 10 in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. Previous studies of patients with cerebral palsy have reported asymmetry above the pelvis and misalignment of the hips, but this new report, the researchers say, is the first to show misalignment between the two sides of the pelvic bone itself.

Messenger Continued from page 1 until today, when the command sequence containing the orbit-insertion burn will start. “This is a milestone event for our small, but highly experienced, operations team, marking the end of six and a half years of successfully shepherding the spacecraft through six planetary flybys, five major propulsive maneuvers and 16 trajectory-correction maneuvers, all while simultaneously preparing for orbit injection and primary mission operations,” said Messenger systems engineer Eric Finnegan, of APL. “Whatever the future holds, this team of highly dedicated engineers has done a phenomenal job methodically generating, testing and verifying commands to the spacecraft, getting Messenger where it is today.” The mission operations team last week turned its attention to the final preparations for the insertion burn and to establishing nominal operations for the primary mission. As with the last three approaches to Mercury, the navigation team and the guidance and control team have been suc-

Most children with severe cerebral palsy have significant spinal curvatures (scoliosis) that often require surgery. Because the pelvis and the spine are connected, any surgical procedures to correct scoliosis should take into account the possibility of a misaligned pelvis, the investigators say. The degree of the asymmetry, they add, should dictate the size, type and placement of the surgical screws and rods used to stabilize the spine and pelvis in such corrective procedures. “Surgeons preparing to operate on children with cerebral palsy should look out for pelvic asymmetry and tweak their surgical technique accordingly to achieve better outcomes and more lasting benefits,” said senior investigator Paul Sponseller, chief of Pediatric Orthopedics at Hopkins Children’s.

While performing surgeries to correct scoliosis, Sponseller started noticing a recurrent feature among his patients with severe cerebral palsy—a pronounced asymmetry between the left and right plates of the pelvic bone. To quantify the problem, Sponseller performed three-dimensional CT scans on all his cerebral palsy patients undergoing scoliosis surgery over one year. All 27 patients had asymmetric pelvises with misalignment of the pelvic bones greater than 10 degrees. Comparing these images with pelvic-bone scans of children without cerebral palsy, the researchers noted that all of the latter had either no misalignment or only mild asymmetry of less than 10 degrees. Twenty-three of the 27 children (85

percent) with cerebral palsy also had windswept hips, a hallmark feature in cerebral palsy patients marked by one hip facing outward and the other rotated inward. Children with windswept hips had more pronounced pelvic asymmetry than children without windswept hips, the researchers found. Co-investigators on the research were Phebe Ko, Paul Jameson II and Tai-Li Chang, all of Johns Hopkins.

cessfully using the solar radiation of the sun to carefully adjust the trajectory of the spacecraft toward the optimum point in space and time to start the orbit-insertion maneuver. As of the most recent navigation report, on Feb. 22, the spacecraft was less than 5 kilometers, and less than three seconds, from the target arrival point. “These figures place the spacecraft well within the target corridor for successful orbit insertion,” Finnegan said. “Additional body and solar-array attitude alternations will further refine this approach and nudge the spacecraft closer to the optimum target location. This approach will require the spacecraft to spend extended amounts of time at attitudes that do not support transmission of telemetry from the spacecraft, so monitoring of the spacecraft will be conducted with both telemetry and carrier signals.” The in-flight preparations for this historic injection maneuver began on Feb. 8, when several heaters on the spacecraft were configured to condition the bipropellant used during the maneuver. “Similar to preheating the diesel engine of a truck or car prior to starting in cold weather to allow ignition and prevent damage to the engine, the Messenger team turns on and off different heaters on the spacecraft

so that the pressures for each of the two propellant species—hydrazine and nitrogen tetroxide—are at the optimum ratio for safe and efficient maneuver execution,” Finnegan said. On March 2, the engineering and operations teams convened the last detailed review of the injection command sequence.

After three iterations of this command sequence, countless Monte Carlo simulations by the guidance and control team, numerous propulsion modeling simulations and more than 30 hardware simulations covering all manner of nominal and anomalous operating configurations, the sequence and the associated fault protection configuration were given the green light last week to start final preparations for upload to the spacecraft. “The cruise phase of the Messenger mission has reached the endgame,” said Messenger principal investigator Sean Solomon, of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. “Orbit insertion is the last hurdle to a new game level: operation of the first spacecraft in orbit about the solar system’s innermost planet. The Messenger team is ready and eager for orbital operations to begin.” Messenger—an acronym for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging—is a NASA-sponsored scientific investigation of the planet Mercury and the first space mission designed to orbit the planet closest to the sun. The spacecraft launched on Aug. 3, 2004, and executed flybys of Earth, Venus and Mercury en route to its target planet. G For more on the Messenger mission, go to

Upcoming Mercury orbit insertion events March 17, 8 p.m. APL and the Planetary Society co-host a public lecture in APL’s Kossiakoff Center, featuring Messenger project scientist Ralph L. McNutt Jr. RSVP online at March 17, 8:45 p.m. Messenger’s Mercury orbit insertion maneuver begins. May 10, 1 p.m. NASA presents early science findings from the Mercury orbit. Details will be posted as they become available at orbit.html.

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Calendar Continued from page 12 cal Orders in Late 19th Century,” a German and Romance Languages and Literatures lecture by Alvaro Kaempfer, Gettysburg College. 288 Gilman. HW Thurs., March 17, 5:15 p.m.

“Divining Benjamin: Reading Fate, Graphology, Gambling,” a German and Romance Languages and Literatures lecture by Eric Downing, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 479 Gilman. HW Thurs., March 17, 5:30 p.m.

“Kissing God’s Feet: The Religious Landscapes of Mari,” a Near Eastern Studies lecture by Cinzia Pappi, Universitat Leipzig, Germany. 50 Gilman. HW MUSIC Wed., March 16, through Sat., March 19, 7:30 p.m. Peabody

Opera Theatre presents Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tiresias and Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges, with the Peabody Concert Orchestra. (See story, p. 10.) $25 general admission, $15 for senior citizens and $10 for students with ID. Friedberg Hall. Peabody Sun.,





The Shriver Hall Concert Series presents violinist Gil Shaham in an all-Bach program. (See story, p. 12.) $38 general admission, $19 for non-JHU students; free for JHU students, Shriver Hall Auditorium. HW READ I N G S / B OO K TA L K S

Timothy Snyder, professor of history at Yale University, will discuss his new book, Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. A reception follows. For information, e-mail or call 202-6635796. 806 Rome Bldg. SAIS

Tues., March 15, 5 p.m.

vania School of Medicine. Cookies, fruit and drinks provided. 208 Hampton House. EB “The Dynamic Control of Stem Cells,” a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seminar with Ronald McKay, SoM. W1020 SPH. EB

Mon., March 14, noon.

Mon., March 14, 10 a.m. “Risk Factors for and the Management of Venous Thromboembolism,” an Epidemiology thesis defense seminar with Anand Narayan. Room 1500 Q, 2024 E. Monument St. EB M o n . , M a rc h 1 4 , 1 0 : 3 0 a . m .

“ ‘It’s Not What You Know, But Who You Know’: Examining the Role of Social Capital in Understanding Drug Use–Related Behaviors,” a Health, Behavior and Society thesis defense seminar with Pritika Chatterjee. W2030 SPH. EB Mon., March 14, noon. “Designing an Open-Science, HIT-Supported Learning Health System: The Case of Pediatrics,” a Health Policy and Management brown bag lunch seminar with Christopher Forrest, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and L. Charles Bailey Jr., University of Pennsyl-

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Using a Gendered Perspective,” a Health, Behavior and Society thesis defense seminar with Nadine Finigan. E9519 SPH. EB Tues., March 15, 3 p.m. The M. Gordon Wolman Seminar— “Environmental Applications of Nanotechnology” with Arturo Keller, University of California, Santa Barbara. Sponsored by Geography and Environmental Engineering. 234 Ames. HW Wed.,





Mon., March 14, noon.

“Bilateral Effects of Oophorectomy for Breast Cancer Risk and Mortality,” an Epidemiology thesis defense seminar with Hazel Nichols. W2017 SPH. EB

Mon., March 14, noon. “M2: Flu Virus’s Proton Importer: Does M2 Shuttle or Shutter Protons,” a Biophysics seminar with Robin Thottungal. 111 Mergenthaler. HW

Wed., March 16, noon. “Secondary Use of EHR Data Through Machine Learning: Real-Time Risk Prediction in the Neonatal ICU,” a Health Informatics/Information Science faculty candidate brown bag lunch seminar with Suchi Saria, Stanford University. Cookies, fruit and drinks provided. Sponsored by Health Policy and Management. 688 Hampton House. EB

Mon., March 14, 12:15 p.m.

Wed., March 16, noon.

“Commodity Chains in Context: Mexico’s Post-NAFTA Boom to Bust Cycle and the Limits of Development Through Upgrading,” a Sociology seminar with Jennifer Bair, University of Colorado, Boulder. 526 Mergenthaler. HW

“Ethical Decision Making and Disaster Response,” a Berman Institute of Bioethics lunch seminar with Margaret Moon, SoM. W3008 SPH. EB “Statistical Methods for Inter-Subject Analysis of Neuroscience Data,” a Biostatistics thesis defense seminar with Haley Hedlin. E9519 SPH. EB

Mon., March 14, 1 p.m.

Mon., March 14, 1:30 p.m.

“Optogenetics: Development and Application,” a Biomedical Engineering seminar with Karl Deisseroth, HHMI. G-007 Ross. EB “The Significance of Wealth in Understanding Associations Between Race and the Risk of Low Birth Weight,” a Population, Family and Reproductive Health thesis defense seminar with Adam Allston. E4130 SPH. EB Mon., March 14, 3 p.m.

Mon., March 14, 4 p.m. “Colonies, Copper and Useful Knowledge in Britain, 1680–1730,” a History seminar with Nuala Zahediah, University of Edinburgh. 308 Gilman. HW

The Bodian Seminar—“Push-Pull Perceptual Learning Reduces Sensory Eye Dominance and Improves Stereopsis” with Zijiang He, University of Louisville. Sponsored by the Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. 338 Krieger. HW

Mon., March 14, 4 p.m.


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“B-Cell Trafficking and LongTerm Maintenance in the CNS of Sindbis Virus Infected C57BL/6 Mice,” a Molecular Microbiology and Immunology thesis defense seminar with Talibah Metcalf. W2030 SPH. EB Tues., March 15, 12:15 p.m.

“Effects of Family Environment on Sexual Vulnerability Among Adolescent Girls, Ages 15–19, in Rakai, Uganda,” a Population, Family and Reproductive Health thesis defense seminar with Nanlesta Pilgrim. W1214 SPH. EB Tues., March 15, 2 p.m. “Interpersonal Aggression in Urban African-American Early Adolescents: Application of the IBM

“Connexin 43, Foxp3 and the Treg Lineage Cells,” a Molecular Pathology seminar with Piotr Kraj, Medical College of Georgia. G-007 Ross. EB

Wed., March 16, 12:15 p.m.

Wednesday Noon Seminar— “Psychiatric Phenotypes and the Struggle for Validity” with Fernando Goes, SoM. Sponsored by Mental Health. B14B Hampton House. EB Wed., March 16, 1 p.m. “The Impact of Young Maternal Age on Maternal and Child Health Outcomes in Rural Nepal,” an International Health thesis defense seminar with Victoria Chou. W3031 SPH. EB Wed., March 16, 1:30 p.m.

“Bacterial Cell Division: A Time and Place for Everything,” a Biophysics seminar with Thomas Bernhardt, Harvard Medical School. 701 WBSB. EB Wed., March 16, 2:30 p.m.

“An Exploration of the Influence of Culture and Extended Family Networks on the Weight-Related Behaviors of Urban AfricanAmerican Children,” a Health, Behavior and Society thesis defense seminar with Natasha Brown. W2033 SPH. EB “Tin Whisker Formation and Stress Relaxation in Tin Thin Films,” a Materials Science and Engineering seminar with Carol Handwerker, Purdue University. 110 Maryland. HW

Wed., March 16, 3 p.m.

Wed., March 16, 4 p.m. “Chemical Interrogation of Cell Division and Secondary Metabolism in Bacteria,” a Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences seminar with Justin Nodwell, McMaster University Health Sciences Center. West Lecture Hall (ground floor), WBSB. EB






“Mitochondrial Metabolism in the Survival and Growth of Tumor Cells,” a Biological Chemistry seminar with Ralph DeBerardinis, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Mountcastle Auditorium, PCTB. EB Thurs.,





“Dose-Effect Relationships: Predictors and Outcomes of the Intensity of Exposure to a Community Health Worker Intervention,” a Health, Behavior and Society thesis defense seminar with Chidinma Ibe. W2029 SPH. EB “NonEquilibrium Deformations in Phase-Transforming Materials and Nanostructures,” a Civil Engineering seminar with Kaushik Dayal, Carnegie Mellon University. 311 Hodson. HW

Thurs., March 17, noon.

“Myosin V Function in vivo: From Melanosomes to Memory,” a Cell Biology seminar with John Hammer, NIH/NHLBI. Suite 2-200, 1830 Bldg. EB

Thurs., March 17, noon.





“EvoDevo of Mosquito Early Embryo and Genetic Control of Mosquito-Borne Infectious Diseases,” a Molecular Microbiology and Immunology/Infectious Diseases seminar with Jake Tu, Virginia Tech. W1020 SPH. EB Thurs., March 17, 1:30 p.m.

“Recovering Sparse Vectors via Hard Thresholding Pursuit,” an Applied Mathematics and Statistics seminar with Simon Foucart, Drexel University. 304 Whitehead. HW Thurs., March 17, 2 to 6 p.m., and Fri., March 18, 9 a.m. to noon. The Futures Seminar—

Department of Biology, with Norm Pace, University of Colorado, Boulder; Jonathan Weissman, University of California, San Francisco; Gary Ruvkun, Harvard Medical School; and Sandra Schmid, Scripps Research Institute. Mudd Hall Auditorium (Thursday) and 100 Mudd (Friday). HW Thurs., March 17, 4 p.m. “Osteoclasts: What Do They Do and How Do They Do It?” an Orthopaedic Surgery Research seminar with Steven Teitelbaum, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. 5152 JHOC. EB

“The Concept of Critical Theory,” a Political and Moral Thought seminar with Sam Chambers. 288 Gilman. HW Thurs., March 17, 4 p.m.

“Sources, Distribution, Treatment and Quality of Drinking Water in Shatila Refugee Camp in Beirut, Lebanon,” an Environmental Health Sciences thesis defense seminar with Samar Khoury. E9519 SPH. EB

Fri., March 18, 10 a.m.

“The Atmospheric Circulation Response to Idealized Thermal Forcings in a Simple GCM,” a CEAFM seminar with Amy Butler, NOAA/NCEP. 50 Gilman. HW

Fri., March 18, 11 a.m.

Wed., March 16, 4 p.m.

The David Bodian Seminar—“Shape Encoding in Monkey Extrastriate Cortex” with Kristina Niels­ en, Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Sponsored by the Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. 338 Krieger.




March 18, noon. “The Whole Building Design Guide— The Online Tool to Achieve High-Performance Buildings,” a Civil Engineering seminar with Richard Paradis, National Institute of Building Sciences. 110 Hodson.

Mon., March 21, noon. “TRPV Ion Channels: Skin Deep and a Mile Wide,” a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seminar with Michael Caterina, SoM. W1020 SPH. EB Mon., March 21, 12:15 p.m.

“Embryology in Tissue Culture: Studying Eye Development With ES Cells,” a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Thomas Reh, University of Washington. Rose Auditorium, 3520 San Martin Drive. HW Mon., March 21, 4 p.m. The David Bodian Seminar—“Dis­ secting Neuroaesthetics” with Edward Vessel, New York University. Sponsored by the Krieger Mind/ Brain Institute. 338 Krieger. HW

SPECIAL EVENTS Mon., March 14, 8 p.m. The 2011 Foreign Affairs Symposium—Global Citizenship: Re-examining the Role of the Individual in an Evolving World—presents a cybersecurity panel with local experts from Northrop Grumman, University of Maryland, JHU and the Office of Innovative Technologies at the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. Glass Pavilion, Levering. HW Wed., March 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 2011 JHMI Bio-

medical Career Fair, open to all JHMI graduate students, postdocs, alumni, faculty and staff, with representatives from various schools, organizations, corporations and foundations. Sponsored by the JHMI Professional Development Office. For more information, call 410-502-2804 or e-mail jhmipdo@ Turner Concourse. EB

Wed., March 16, 7:30 p.m.

Screening of Bach & Friends, directed by Baltimore filmmaker Michael Lawrence, in celebration of J.S. Bach’s birthday. (See story, p. 12.) Following the twohour feature film, the audience is invited to participate in a Q&A session hosted by Lawrence. For more information or to order ticketrs, call 410-516-7164 or go to Shriver Hall Auditorium. HW Fri., March 18, and Sat., March 19, 7:30 p.m. “Triumph and

Slavery,” a site-specific theatrical performance by Washington DC actor Scott Sedar recreating through the use caricature, monologues, songs and audience participation, a fanciful 1920s theater evening. (See photo, p. 7.) Sponsored by JHU Museums. $8 general admission, $5 for museum members and students. Bakst Theatre, Evergreen Museum & Library. W OR K S HO P S

“The Power of Blackboard’s Content Collection,” an advanced Bits & Bytes workshop providing an introduction to a little-known feature of Blackboard 9. To register, go to html. The training is open to Homewood faculty, lecturers and TAs; staff are also welcome to attend. Sponsored by the Center for Educational Resources. Garrett Room, MSE Library. HW

Thurs., March 17, 1 p.m.


10 THE GAZETTE • March 14, 2011 P O S T I N G S


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Notices Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Awards ­— Applications are now being

accepted for several awards in the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Applications are due on March 28 and should be addressed to Ami Cox, fellowship coordinator, 225 Mergenthaler Hall. More information can be found online at www.jhu .edu/scholarships.alphalist.html. Submit any questions to The Bander Family Fund Award will provide up to $4,000 to one or two freshman, sophomore or junior Arts and Sciences students who want to pursue an independent project over the summer. The project may be local or international in scope. The William F. Clinger Jr. Award has made $10,000 available to the School of Arts and Sciences in support of undergraduate international research. The funds will be divided between two to four freshman,


sophomore or junior Arts and Sciences students who want to pursue an independent project, either local or international, over the summer. The J. Brien Key Graduate Student Assistance Fund will help subsidize significant travel-related research expenses—for example, registration and/or travel costs to attend a professional meeting, especially one at which you are presenting the results of your research, or the travel costs to conduct research or interviews critical for your thesis or dissertation. Four awards of $500 are available. Applicants should submit a proposal of no more than two pages explaining how the funds will be used. Included should be a proposed budget and a brief budget justification as well as a summary of other sources of funding that you have obtained or that are available. The application should also include a letter of endorsement from your thesis/dissertation adviser. As a condition of the award, recipients will write a letter of thanks to the donor, providing details about how they have benefited from the award.

Operas by Poulenc and Ravel complete Peabody’s French Season Written during the world wars, the 20th-century works are a magical pair By Richard Selden

Peabody Institute


n March 16 to 19, the Peabody Opera Theatre will present a double bill of 20th-century French operas, Francis Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tiresias and Maurice Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges, with the Peabody Concert Orchestra, conducted by Hajime Teri Murai. Sung in French with English supertitles, and staged by Garnett Bruce, the production is the second half of Peabody’s French Season of Opera. Fall’s production was Massenet’s Manon. “While Manon was a standard repertoire opera, the Ravel and Poulenc are both fantasies, with a host of characters—oddball caricatures in the one piece, furniture and animals in the other—creating a kaleidoscope of color and sound,” said Roger Brunyate, the director of Opera Programs at Peabody. Les mamelles de Tiresias (The Breasts of Tiresias) is a surrealistic work based on a play by Guillaume Apollinaire first performed in 1917, and was composed during World War II. The opera was premiered at the OperaComique in Paris in 1947. (The breasts of the title are those of the character Therese; they float away when she transforms into a male character, Tiresias.) L’enfant et les sortileges (The Child and the Enchantments), with

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a libretto by Colette, dates to World War I and the years following. It was premiered in Monte Carlo in 1925. “Poulenc wrote the bulk of the music for Mamelles during the summer of 1944 as the Allies liberated France, and his buoyant themes capture the cautious optimism of the era,” Bruce said. “Its theme of renewal makes it the perfect companion to Ravel and Colette’s parable, which speaks to what makes us a better society.” In choosing to stage these nontraditional works, Peabody is extending the repertoire for its singers and instrumentalists and continuing a collaboration with Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance, in Philadelphia. The two schools were able to share production expenses by coordinating their spring opera schedules. The set designs are by Dirk Durossette, an adjunct faculty member in Temple’s Department of Theater, and the costume designs are by M. Michael Montgomery, resident costume designer with Temple Opera Theater. Eileen Cornett, who heads the Vocal Accompanying Program at Peabody, is principal coach. The lighting is by Douglas Nelson, resident lighting designer at Peabody and production manager for Peabody Opera; Jeanne DiBattista Croke, who works frequently with Peabody artists, is the wig and makeup designer. Both works are ensemble operas, and most singers perform different roles in each production on different nights. In the listing of the lead roles that follows, the first student in each pair will perform on Wednesday and Friday, the second on Thursday and Saturday. In Les mamelles de Tiresias, the Theatre Director is played by Christian Waugh and Nathan Wyatt; Therese, by Kisma Jordan and Amber Schwarzrock; Le Mari, Therese’s husband, by Stephen Campbell and Jayson Greenberg; and Le Gendarme, keeper of the peace, by Jisoo Kim and Nathan Wyatt. In L’enfant et les sortileges, the Child is played by Erica Hamby and Mary-Lacey Rogers, and the Fire/Princess/Nightingale by Sarah Hayashi and Lisa Perry. The four performances of the two operas will all take place at 7:30 p.m. in Peabody’s Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. Tickets are $25, $15 for seniors and $10 for students with ID. To purchase tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410-234-4800. Visitors to the Web page for Peabody’s French Season, frenchseason, will find links to Baltimore businesses and organizations that offer further encounters with the language, literature, art and food of France, including the Alliance Francaise, the Baltimore Museum of Art and Patisserie Poupon.

March 14, 2011 • THE GAZETTE


Bolton Hill (Park Ave), beautiful 8-rm apt, 1,300 sq ft, 1BR, 1BA w/separate guestroom, office and dining rm, gorgeous shared yd. $1,595/mo. Canton, lg 2- or 3BR, 2BA house, pets negotiable. $1,800/mo. 410-598-7337. Charles Village, spacious, bright apts available. $700/mo (1BR) and $1,350/mo (3BR). 443-253-2113 or Deep Creek Lake/Wisp, cozy 2BR cabin w/ full kitchen, call for wkly/wknd rentals, pics avail at 410-638-9417. East Monument St, 2BR, 2.5BA apt, stainless steel appls. $1,050/mo. erasmocha@ Elrino St, spacious, bright EOG TH, 1st flr has 2BRs, 1.5BAs, living rm, 2 kitchens, hdwd flrs, W/D, fin’d bsmt, $950/mo + utils; 2nd flr has 1BR, 1BA, kitchen and living rm, $600/mo + utils. 443-386-9146, 443386-8471 or Guilford, condo in walking distance to Hopkins, wonderful sm efficiency in elevator bldg, 24-hr security, swimming pool, CAC, hdwd flrs, walk to JHU or BMA. $800/mo incl all utils. 443-604-1912. Hampden, 4BR, 2BA apt, private prkng. $1,300/mo + utils. Hampden, 3BR, 2BA TH, dw, W/D, fenced yd, nr light rail. $1,100/mo + utils. 410378-2393. Ocean City, Md, 3BR, 2BA condo (137th St), ocean block, steps from beach, off-street prkng (2 spaces), lg swimming pool, walk to restaurants/entertainment. 410-544-2814. Original Northwood, 3BR, 1.5BA house w/ garage. $1,400/mo. 443-324-4917. Parkville, charming 1BR, 1BA cottage w/ huge yd, new flrs, W/D, bsmt, driveway. $900/mo. 410-422-0146 or pelelika2001@ Patterson Park (N Belnord Ave), 2BR, 1BA TH, CAC, W/D, fenced yd, great neighborhood and neighbors. $1,025/mo. Gene, 410-375-5761. Perry Hall, beautiful 3BR, 2.5BA TH, hdwd flrs, deck, garage, pets welcome, walk to restaurants, grocery and parks. $1,900/mo. 443-621-7984 or Reisterstown, 3BR, 2.5BA TH, lg, spacious rms, new appls, deck, backyd, 10 mins to Owings Mills metro. $1,500/mo. (for pics and details). Rodgers Forge, 3BR, 1.5BA TH, no smoking/no pets, W/D, renov’d kitchen, CAC, deck, prkng pad, avail April 1. wwang1268@ Roland Park, spacious 2BR, 2BA condo, furn’d, W/D, walk-in closet, swimming pool, cardio equipment, .5 mi to Homewood, secure area. $1,600/mo. 410-218-3547 or Rosedale, 3BR, 1BA EOG RH in quiet neighborhood, CAC, deck, above-ground pool. $1,200/mo. 410-236-3596. Towson/Rodgers Forge, newer, unfurn’d 3BR TH w/garage, short-term rental, no pets. $2,500/mo + sec dep. 410-323-3090.


Studios - $595 - $630 1 BD Apts. - $710-740 2 BD from $795

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2 BD units from $750 w/Balcony - $785!

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manual, leather seats, sunroof, new tires, Md insp’d, 109K mi. $6,500. pico.niner@gmail .com (info/pics). ’04 VW Golf, silver w/black interior, good mileage, 43K mi. $7,600. annenatk@yahoo .com.

Wyman Park, lg, furn’d 2BR apt avail from April to May while occupants travel. $900/ mo. 443-691-4516.


Wyman Park, sunny 2BR apt, AC, laundry in bldg, easy walk to Homewood/JHMI shuttle, avail May 15. $1,150/mo. 443-6155190.

Baby items, almost brand new: huge play yard, combi stroller, bumbo seat, rainforest bouncer, much more; pics available.

4BR, 5BA house at NW corner of Homewood campus, AC, fenced yd, 10-min walk to Charles St shuttle, avail from July 1, 2011, to August 15, 2012, ideal for sabbatical yr w/ family at Hopkins. Marta, 410-366-4388.

Pianos: 1 upright and 1 baby grand; best offer. 443-710-2320 (fruit line).

Beautiful 3BR, 2BA condo w/garage, spacious, great location, walk to Homewood campus. $1,800/mo. 443-848-6392 or sue

Sofa, $100; new leather living rm chair, $450; 4-poster single bed, refin’d mahogany, $100; also free computer desk and bedside table.

Storage and car garages, 1 mi from JHH. $100/mo. Jon, 410-294-2793.

Leather couch and loveseat, $500; 7-pc queen bedrm set, black, $700; tall bookcases (2), $100/both; electric fireplace display, $50; couch/loveseat sets (2), $100/ea; lg file drawers (2), $50/both; all in excel cond. 443-670-1046 or


Gardens of Guilford, newly renov’d, lg 2BR, 2BA condo in elegant setting, easy walk to Homewood campus. 410-366-1066. Gardenville, 3BR, 1.5BA RH in quiet neighborhood, new kitchen and BA, CAC, hdwd flrs, club bsmt w/cedar closet, fenced, maintenance-free yd w/carport, 15 mins to JHH. $139,500. 443-610-0236 or tziporachai@juno .com. Locust Point, 1BR Silo Point condo (Best High-Rise Development USA), game rm, fitness center, right off I-95. $269,900. 410377-7489 or Renov’d 2BR EOG house w/2 full BAs, kitchen w/maple cabinets and breakfast bar, hdwd flrs, expos’d brick, good closet space, living rm, separate dining rm, fenced rear patio, 2-car prkng pad. 410-419-6575 or Lg 1BR condo in luxury high-rise, secure bldg w/doorman, W/D, CAC/heat, swimming pool, exercise rm, nr Guilford/JHU. $179,000. 757-773-7830 or norva04@gmail .com.


1BR and common areas of furn’d 3BR, 1.5BA house in Original Northwood, renov’d BA, steam rm, 46” TV, back and front yds, patio, ample street prkng, direct bus to JHMI/JHU. $600/mo incl utils. Big, fully furn’d BR in new TH, walking distance to JHMI, pref nonsmoker/no pets. $550/mo. 301-717-4217 or jiez@jayzhang .com. 1BR (unfurn’d) and priv BA avail in 2BR apt in Waterloo Place gated community, W/D in unit, CAC, dw, walk-in closet, fp, patio, sec sys, share w/quiet, clean F JHU grad student, cable and Internet-equipped. $650/mo + utils (usually $40). 585-413-7351. F wanted to share brand new 2BR, 2.5BA house in Patterson Park. $800/mo incl all utils. 908-347-7404 or 1BR in lovely Locust Point, have your own flr, pics upon request. $675/mo + 1/2 utils. 443-677-4889. CARS FOR SALE

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TU, tot lot & county schools, updated kitchen, finished LL, landscaped yard , deck, front porch.+ garage. Visit March 20th 12-2pm; March 27th 1-3 pm. $279,000. Call Pat 3381684 or Nick 382-7218 or

Sleeper chair and matching storage ottoman. $300. 443-604-2787.

Singer Touch&Sew, new in sealed box, never used, fully electronic, 70 built-in stitches, many accessories. $150. wightp1959@ Genuine Chesterfield leather sofa w/2 armchairs, like new. Conn alto saxophone, best offer; exercise rowing machine, $50; both in excel cond. 410-488-1886. Yamaha outdoor 2-way spkrs, black, model# NS-AW1, $50; Thule Set-to-Go kayak saddles (2 pairs, 4 total), can sell separately, $125/both pairs; Thule rooftop ski carrier, holds 2 pairs of skis, great cond, $75; best offers accepted, e-mail for photos. grogan Stylish women’s suits, dresses, beaver fur coat, hats, pocketbooks, boy’s clothes sizes 12-18 months. Best offers. 410-866-2348 or


Resident assistants needed to supervise 120 high school students for 1 wk at Homewood campus, July 23-29. 410-735-4382. Fabulous, quality licensed family daycare in NE Baltimore, this Hopkins family loves her. Vanessa, 443-527-8653. Free: Baldwin Arcsonic piano and bench, to anyone who can pick it up from my Columbia home, excel cond. 410-2074475.

turnaround time, arrange for a pickup. 925980-8265 or Group of medical students looking for partly furn’d (beds, study tables) 2BR, 2BA apt March 31-June 30, nr JH shuttle, pref walking distance to JHMI, safe neighborhood, budget of $1,200/mo (negotiable) incl utils. Responsible F college student looking to babysit family for the summer, has car, Red Cross CPR- and babysitting-certified. Depression/bipolar support group, Sundays 11am-12:30pm at Grace Fellowship Church in Lutherville. Dede, 410-486-4471 or Friday Night Swing Dance Club, open to public, great bands, no partners needed. 410-663-0010 or www.fridaynightswing .com. Piano lessons by graduate student at Peabody Institute, affordable rates. 425-8901327. Clarinet and piano lessons available from current Peabody clarinet master’s student, competitive rates. 240-994-6489 or Piano lessons w/Peabody alum w/doctorate, patient instruction, all levels/ages welcome. 410-662-7951. Private piano lessons by graduate student at Peabody Institute, affordable rates. 425890-1327. Learn Arabic w/experienced native teacher, MSA and colloquial, all levels, lessons tailored to your needs, individual or group. Piano/harpsichord lessons offered by Peabody Institute grad student, reasonable rates; call to schedule an appointment. 425-890-1327. LCSW-C providing psychotherapy for adults and couples w/sexual health or sexuality concerns, EHP accepted. 410-235-9200 #6, or Absolutely flawless detailing and mobile power-wash service. Jason, 443-421-3659. Great photos, headshots for interviews/ auditions, family pics, production shots, weddings, events. Edward S Davis photography/videography. 443-695-9988 or Tutor for all subjects/levels; remedial and gifted; also help w/college counseling, speech and essay writing, editing, proofreading, database design and programming. 410-337-9877 (after 8pm) or i1__@

Volunteers needed for ambitious ecology project. Mark, 410-464-9274.

Licensed landscaper avail for lawn maintenance, yd cleanup, fall/winter leaf and snow removal, trash hauling. Taylor Landscaping LLC. 410-812-6090 or romilacapers@

St Patrick’s luncheon and bingo, 10:30am, March 18, 37th and Roland Ave (nr Homewood campus and Hampden). 410-3664488.

Need help with your JHU retirement plan investments portfolio? Free, confidential consultation. 410-435-5939 or treilly1@

Kalisilat/JKD self-defense class. 443-9830707 or

Unified Voices concert at First Charity Baptist Church, 611 N Aisquith St, 3:30pm on April 3; $10 over 13, $5 under. 410-7320076.

Badminton racket stringing service, quick

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Calendar COLLOQUIA Tues., March 15, 4 p.m. “Subjects of Care: The Figure of the Vulnerable Child in Epidemic South Africa” by Lindsey Reynolds, KSAS, and “Marriage as Play Amongst Forest Workers in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: Notes From Fieldwork” by Thomas Cousins, KSAS, an Anthropology colloquium. 400 Macaulay. HW

“Making Silkworms Legible: Science and Sericulture in Imperial Japan,” a History of Science, Medicine and Technology colloquium with Lisa Onaga, Cornell University. 300 Gilman. HW






“Archimedes’ Oldest Writings Under X-ray Vision,” a Physics and Astronomy colloquium with Uwe Bergmann, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center. HW “Gaping Holes in Our History: A Story of Impetuous Innovation,” an Applied Physics Laboratory colloquium with archivist Ren Cahoon. Parsons Auditorium. APL

Fri., March 18, 2 p.m.

D I S C U S S I O N / TA L K S

Simulation Journal Club meeting. Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center. 8th floor, JHOC. EB Tues., March 15, noon.

Tues., March 15, 1 p.m. “Europe

2020: Competitive or Complacent? Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Business and Policy,” a SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations talk with Joao Vale de Almeida, EU ambassador to the United States, in conjunction with the launch of CTR executive director Daniel Hamilton’s new book, Europe 2020: Competitive or Complacent? To RSVP, go to http://transatlantic.sais-jhu .edu/events/2011/march_15_ europe2020.htm. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Bldg. SAIS



“Serving the Underserved Populations: A Troubled Journey Into PostSecondary Education,” a Center for Africana Studies rap session, with Malcolm Snorden. Charles Commons Multipurpose Room. HW

“Does Management Matter? Evidence From India,” a SAIS International Economics Program discussion with David McKenzie, World Bank. For information, e-mail or call 202-663-7787. 714 Bernstein-Offit Bldg. SAIS F I L M / V I DEO

noon. Screening of the film Empire of Silver, followed by a discussion with the film’s director, Christina Yao. Sponsored by the SAIS China Studies Program. To RSVP, e-mail or call 202-663-5816. 806 Rome Bldg. SAIS

Mon., March 14,

Wed., March 16, 3:30 p.m.

Thurs., March 17, 3 p.m.


Thurs., March 17, 4:30 p.m.

“Spectroscopy and Dynamics of Excess Electrons in Clusters,” a Chemistry colloquium wth Daniel Neumark, University of California, Berkeley. 233 Remsen. HW

“From Wagner Revivals to War Crimes,” a Peabody DMA Musicology colloquium with Pamela Potter, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 308 Conservatory Bldg. Peabody


Thurs., March 17, 12:30 p.m.

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

Wed., March 16, 5 p.m.


“Violent Partnership and Transitional Justice in Zimbabwe,” a SAIS African Studies Program discussion with Michael Bratton, Michigan State University. For information, e-mail itolber1@ or call 202-663-5676. 500 Bernstein-Offit Bldg. SAIS

Tues., March 15, 4 p.m. “Oscillatory Redox Status at the Core of Cellular Orchestration,” a Biology colloquium with David Lloyd, Cardiff University, UK. 111 Mergenthaler. HW

“Virial Shocks in Galaxy and Cluster Halos,” an STSci colloquium with Yuval Birnboim, Center for Astrophysics. Bahcall Auditorium, Muller Bldg. HW

RSVP, e-mail transatlanticrsvp@ or call 202-663-5880. 500 Bernstein-Offit Bldg. SAIS

Bach-to-Bach events


n celebration of J.S. Bach’s birthday on March 21, Shriver Hall Concert Series will screen the film Bach & Friends by Baltimore filmmaker Michael Lawrence at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, in Shriver Hall Auditorium. Following the two-hour feature film, the audience is invited to participate in a question-andanswer session hosted by Lawrence. Tickets for this event are $15 with all proceeds going to the Jephta Drachman Endowment for Education and Outreach to help the series meet a match challenge by the France-Merrick Foundation. At 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, the eve of Bach’s birthday, worldrenowned violinist Gil Shaham will perform a recital of unaccompanied Bach partitas and sonatas as part of the SHCS Subscription Series; tickets are $38 for adults and $19 for students. Bach & Friends, a documentary, is both a tribute to one of music’s most important innovators and a labor of love for filmmaker Lawrence. Centering on the perspectives of contemporary musicians, scientists and writers on the music of Bach, the film contains interviews with and performances by a veritable who’s who of today’s music world, including vocalist/conductor Bobby McFerrin, violinist Joshua Bell, clarinetist Richard Stolzman, the Emerson String Quartet, mandolinist Christopher Thile, banjoist Bela Fleck, composer Philip Glass, bassist Edgar Meyer and violinist Hillary Hahn. Michael Hawley, founder of MIT’s GO Expeditions and an accomplished classical pianist, weaves through the film a narrative about Bach’s life. Anne Midgette, music critic for The Washington Post, said about the film, “In short, this is a love letter, given an additional glow by loving camerawork and equally loving visual editing. And it does have plenty to offer: some fine performances, some interesting information and what amounts to a cross section of today’s classical music world, in many of its current manifestations, from highbrow to crossover.” For more information or to order tickets, call 410-516-7164 or go to www






“Canadian Views on Asia: Public Opinion, Mental Maps and Relations Across the Pacific,” a Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies discussion with Yuen Pau Woo, president and CEO, AsiaPacific Association of Canada. To RSVP, e-mail reischauer@jhu .edu or call 202-663-5812. 500 Bernstein-Offit Bldg. SAIS Wed., March 16, 12:30 p.m.

“New Approaches to Mining and Development,” a SAIS African Studies Program panel discussion with Michael Jarvis, World Bank Institute; Heinz Pley, McKinsey & Company; and Pepukaye Bardou-

ille, International Finance Corp. For information, e-mail itolber1@ or call 202-663-5676. 736 Bernstein-Offit Bldg. SAIS Wed., March 16, 2 p.m. “Is Mafia Done or On Its Way Back?” a SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations panel discussion with John Buretta, senior counsel to the U.S. assistant attorney general and assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York; David Cardona, FBI; Giannicola Sinisi, attache for justice affairs, Embassy of Italy; Luca Scognamillo, Italian national police liaison, Embassy of Italy; and Kurt Volker (moderator), SAIS. To





Electronic Resource M-Level, MSE Library.

Center, HW

Tues., March 15, 7 p.m. Online information session for the Master of Liberal Arts degree program, a chance to learn about the program’s admission requirements, curriculum design, course structure and degree requirements; also chat online with program director Melissa Hilbish. RSVP online at index.html?ContentID=2925. Wed., March 16, 6:30 p.m.

Information session for the Master of Arts in Writing degree program. For more information or to RSVP, go to http://writing.jhu .edu. Washington D.C. Center. Wed., March 16, 7 p.m. Online information session for the Master in Geographic Information Systems online certificate program, a chance to learn about the program’s admission requirements, curriculum design, course structure and degree requirements; also chat with the program coordinator. RSVP online at index.cfm?ContentID=2933. Mon., March 21, 7 p.m. Online information session for the Master of Arts in Communication degree program, a chance to participate in a Q&A session with the program coordinator. RSVP online by March 17 at http:// .cfm?ContentID=2870.


Screening of Houston, We Have a Problem followed by discussion with director, Nicole Torre and J. Robinson West, chair, founder and CEO of PTC Energy and board member of United States Institute of Peace. Part of the DC Environmental Film Festival. Sponsored by the SAIS Energy, Resources and Environment Program. For information, go to www films/show/606. To RSVP e-mail or call 202-342-2564. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Bldg. SAIS Thurs., March 17, 6:30 p.m.

Screening of the film Vanishing of the Bees, a documentary about two commercial beekeepers striving to protect their honeybees from colony collapse disorder. Sponsored by the SAIS Energy, Resources and Environment Program. Rome Bldg. Auditorium. SAIS I N F OR M AT I O N SESSIONS

“Using Networking to Build Interdisciplinary Collaborations in Women’s Cancers,” a Johns Hopkins Women’s Health Research Group networking session with Kala Visvanathan, SPH. Bring lunch; light refreshments and beverages will be provided. To RSVP, go to whrg/session_031411.html. W3030 SPH. EB

L E C TURE S The Kempf Lectures by Doug Ravenal, University of Rochester. Sponsored by Mathematics. HW

Mon., March 14, 4:30 p.m.

“The Arf-Kervaire Problem in Algebraic Topology,” Part 1. 304 Krieger. Tues., March 15, 4:30 p.m.

“The Arf-Kervaire Problem in Algebraic Topology,” Part 2. 413 Krieger.

Thurs., March 17, 4 p.m. “Victorian Pain,” an English lecture by Rachel Ablow, University at Buffalo, SUNY. 130D Gilman. HW

“In Pursuit of Pan at Metaponto: An Archaeological Tale the Terracottas Tell,” a Classics lecture by Rebecca Ammerman, Colgate University. 108 Gilman. HW

Thurs., March 17, 5 p.m.

Thurs., March 17, 5:15 p.m.

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Mon., March 14, noon.

Tues., March 15, 4 p.m., and Wed., March 16, 4:30 p.m.

“Making the Best of Google,” a Milton S. Eisenhower Library information session on how to use Google, Google Scholar and Google Books for research. To register, go to researchhelp/workshops.html.


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

Applied Physics Laboratory Broadway Research Building Cancer Research Building East Baltimore Homewood Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center KSAS Krieger School of Arts and Sciences NEB New Engineering Building 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

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