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Burma’s minister of health talks

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SAIS, APL and other campuses throughout the

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Ringel Memorial Reading at

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15th annual CTY event, page 7

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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University

Volume 41 No. 30



A week to be green at JHU

Building a legacy

By Greg Rienzi

Alan mason chesney medical archives of the johns hopkins medical institutions

The Gazette


he naked eye may not see it, but Johns Hopkins has turned several shades of green of late. Call it Earth-friendly higher education. Since 2005, the university has reduced its water consumption by 114,070 gallons annually, even while Earth Week expanding in size in both population and activities to number of buildings, and recently surpassed its goal of recycling take place 35 percent of recyclable items, with the on five School of Medicine leading the way with campuses a 55 percent rate. The 1-e Nightwatchman Program, a computer power management system used by IT services at all campuses, has reduced electrical consumption and reduced carbon dioxide emissions universitywide by 396 metric tons this past year. The university also has installed 2,908 solar panels on buildings on the Homewood and East Baltimore campuses, a renewable power source that will generate some 1 million kilowatt hours of electricity when fully operational. To highlight these and other ongoing green programs, and to strengthen Johns Hopkins’ commitment to sustainability, the university will celebrate national Earth Week with a series of more than 40 events across five campuses under the name One Hopkins, One Earth. Earth Week kicks off this morning with an electronics recycling drive on The Beach in front of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library on the Homewood campus. Later today, Josh Fox, the Academy Award–nominated director of the natural gas fracking documentary called Gasland, will give a talk at noon in Sommer Hall at the Bloomberg School of Public Health in East Baltimore. The rest of the week will feature seminars, workshops, movie screenings, Continued on page 7


A class of postgraduate students pose in 1899 in JHH’s amphitheater with future brain surgery pioneer Harvey Cushing, gynecology and obstetrics professor Howard Kelly, physician in chief William Osler and associate professor of medicine (and later, a successor to Osler) William S. Thayer seated in the foreground.

New book chronicles the creation in 1875 of a state-of-the-art hospital By Greg Rienzi

The Gazette


n 1875, the newly formed Johns Hopkins Hospital board of trustees selected John Shaw Billings to spearhead construction of the hospital that would bear the name of the prominent Baltimore merchant and banker who had left a $7 million bequest that would also fund the creation of The Johns Hopkins University. Billings, a former Union Army battlefield

surgeon, was considered one of the country’s foremost experts on hospital design and management. At the request of the board, Billings took a three-month tour of Europe to consult with educators and visit hospitals and medical schools. He came back unimpressed. Continued on page 5


New JHH facility ushers in next era of health care By Ellen Beth Levitt

Johns Hopkins Medicine


ore than 1,000 people were on hand to take part in the dedication on April 12 of The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s new $1.1 billion, stateof-the-art facility. The ceremony marked

In Brief

JHMI Shuttle stop change; free student tix for Peabody concert; SAIS looks at growing food


completion of one of the nation’s largest hospital construction projects, which features the Sheikh Zayed Cardiovascular and Critical Care Tower and The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center. “These buildings are more than bricks and beds; they are symbols of Johns Hopkins’ enduring commitment to our patients and our community. They will help our physical


Spring Fair; SOURCE Tri-School Day of Service; documentary on Finland schools

environment keep pace with the cuttingedge breakthroughs of our researchers and the consistently compassionate care of our clinicians, nurses and caregivers,” said Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels. “From its earliest days more than a century ago, Johns Hopkins Medicine set Continued on page 3

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JHMI Shuttle stop relocated to Broadway and Monument


ecause of ongoing construction projects and to ensure the safety of passengers, effective Monday, April 23, the JHMI stop for the Homewood-PeabodyJHMI Shuttle will relocate to Broadway at Monument Street. The shuttle route will change, and this will be the only stop on the East Baltimore campus for the foreseeable future. According to Ankur Ponda, transportation manager for the university, trials conducted earlier this year yielded positive results and feedback. For shuttle updates and schedules, go to or

Last Peabody Symphony concert free for students


o boost student attendance at the Peabody Symphony Orchestra concert on April 21, the last of the season, free tickets are available for students from Johns Hopkins and other colleges and universities. Two graduate conducting majors, Stephen Mulligan and Blair Skinner, will conduct the concert, substituting for National Medal of Arts recipient James DePreist. The two are students of Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar, as well as of Distinguished Visiting Artist Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. DePreist, who was to have been at Peabody for a weeklong residency, had to bow out because of illness. The residency, made possible by the Levi Family Distinguished Visiting Artists Fund, will be rescheduled. The revised program for the concert includes Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27, and Richard Strauss’ Tod und Verklarung (Death and Transfiguration), Op. 24, replacing the Bruch Violin Concerto. “While we are disappointed that Maestro DePreist will not be with us this spring, and wish him a speedy recovery, we are excited to give two outstanding students the opportunity to conduct a public performance,” said Jeffrey Sharkey, director of the Peabody Institute. The regular student ticket price for most Peabody concerts is $5. To reserve free tickets to the April 21 concert, students should call the Peabody Box Office at 410-2344800.

SAIS to host conference on food supply, new technologies


daylong conference titled Growing Food: New Places, New Technologies will be held at SAIS from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, as part of the school’s Year of Agriculture.

Editor Lois Perschetz Writer Greg Rienzi Production Lynna Bright Copy Editor Ann Stiller Photography Homewood Photography A d v e rt i s i n g The Gazelle Group Business Dianne MacLeod C i r c u l at i o n Lynette Floyd Webmaster Lauren Custer

The event will bring together experts from academia, government, international organizations and the private sector to discuss the challenge of feeding a growing population of more than 9 billion by 2050. Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, will give the conference’s keynote address, “Boosting Harvests, Fighting Poverty: Collective Action Through Feed the Future,” at 1 p.m. Among the questions to be addressed are: Where are the world’s current and future potential breadbaskets? How is climate change influencing the productivity of many regions for better or worse? What are the risks of working in many of these politically charged climates? How might countries mitigate risk moving forward, and what are the implications of increasing competition with private companies for resources and arable land? The conference also will explore new technologies and agricultural research that might help to manage growing concerns of food vs. fuel, as well as the importance of infrastructure development that is critical to improving the global food supply chain. A live webcast of the event will be available at For a complete agenda, go to agriculture/conference. The conference will be held in the Nitze Building’s Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP via

Two SoM faculty members set up educational endowment


ranklin Adkinson Jr., professor of medicine and director of the School of Medicine’s postdoctoral training in allergy and immunology, as well as of the Bloomberg School’s graduate training program in clinical investigation, and Robert Hamilton, professor of medicine and pathology, have established a $600,000 Adkinson-Hamilton Education Endowment in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. The funds for the endowment, which will support postdoctoral training programs, came from surpluses in the physicians’ Dermatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology Reference Laboratory. It is believed this is the first time in Johns Hopkins history that two faculty members have established an endowment with surpluses from their own laboratories.

Correction A story about the School of Medicine’s Young Investigators Day honorees mistakenly referred to Akiko Doi as a man. We regret the error. Doi is the Hans J. Prochaska awardee, and she is mentored by Andy Feinberg.

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

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Burma’s minister of health gives talk at the Bloomberg School B y J a c k i e P o wd

government minister from Burma has come to the United States. “There’s great promise in Myanmar, and Pe Thet Khin serves as a great symbol of that promise,” Klag said. Pe Thet Khin, a practicing pediatrician for many years, said that he has two over-

riding goals: to enable citizens to reach their life expectancy and to ensure that every citizen is free from disease. In his talk, he cited some of his country’s most pressing challenges: a severe shortage of health care workers and qualified health educators, inadequate health care facilities and

substandard maternal and child health care. “We need to have a strong, well-trained and motivated workforce,” said Pe Thet Khin, who characterized the quality of health care education in his country as “compromised,” a word he also used to describe the health care provided at the more than 900 medical facilities throughout the country. He said that a top priority is improving services to mothers, infants and children, especially in the rural areas where 70 percent of the population resides. Despite the enormity of the challenges before him, Pe Thet Khin said that he is encouraged by the opening three years ago of a postgraduate public health school in his country and by discussions with Johns Hopkins officials about students from Burma taking a summer epidemiology course at the Bloomberg School in the future. Going forward, Pe Thet Khin said, the greatest impediments to health system reform may be the national mindset of following orders under years of authoritarian rule, and convincing people—including his colleagues in the medical field—to begin thinking for themselves. “We are still a fledgling democracy,” he said. “We’d like to ask you people around the world to be patient. We are not used to these democratic freedoms.”

CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “These sparkling towers represent what can be achieved when people from throughout our city, our state, our nation and the world share a common vision of a medical center that is a beacon of hope for patients everywhere.” “We are fortunate that generous visionaries from across many communities shared and helped us achieve our vision for a new environment of care for the 21st century,” said Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, noting that philanthropic contributions provided one-third of the funding for the project. The state of Maryland contributed $100 million. Along with state-of-the-art, world-leading medical care, patients, staff and visitors will find creative landscaping and “healing gardens” and high-quality amenities that include valet parking and an interactive television network, with Internet, movies, games, way-finding apps and clinical team updates. Expanded food-ordering options are made possible by the construction of a 30,000-square-foot kitchen to supplement the existing hospital kitchen. The construction provided more than 4,700 jobs, 1,000 of which were filled by Baltimore City residents, 280 of whom live in East Baltimore neighborhoods surrounding the hospital. The Sheikh Zayed Tower is named for the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who served as the founder and first president of the United Arab Emirates. His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the current U.A.E. president, made the contribution to honor the legacy of his father, who was dedicated to providing the best health care, education and basic needs to his people and to advancing the standard of health care for the people of the U.A.E. and the world. The Zayed Tower will be the new home of the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute and also will house advanced neurological and neurosurgical services, transplant surgery, trauma care, orthopedics, general surgery and labor and delivery. Its 355 private patient rooms include 224 for acute care, 96 for intensive care and 35 for labor and delivery. The rooftop of the building has a helistop. The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center, housed in the other tower, is named in honor of the late mother of Mayor Bloomberg and Marjorie Tiven. It has 205 private rooms and 10 surgical suites designed exclusively for pediatric patients. Sleeping accommodations in patient

rooms, along with kitchen and laundry facilities on pediatric floors, will make it easier and more comfortable for parents to stay with their children and be involved in their care. A two-story playroom with a basketball court and a TV studio are among the amenities included to make the hospital stay more pleasant for children. A feature of the building’s interiors is a handpicked collection of more than 500 works of art created by more than 70 artists from across the United States. The art project was spearheaded by a team from Bloomberg Philanthropies working with curator Nancy Rosen and Johns Hopkins staff. Shimmering walls of glass and steel with colors inspired by the works of Monet envelop the exteriors of both towers. Other works of art include 11 super-sized sculptures created by set designer Robert Israel, pictorial window shades, 300 paintings inspired by popular children’s books and more than 200 works inspired by nature. “Through these exceptional artists and architects we have created a unique space

that incorporates art and design thoughtfully and with attention to detail. The center has a calming presence and creates a healing environment for all the families that pass through these doors and the expert medical professionals who work here,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Hopkins has been leading the world in medicine for a century. Today, these new facilities will bring research, teaching and clinical care more closely together and will be an important step forward in defining a new standard of care.” Bloomberg is a 1964 engineering graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and is the largest donor in the 136-year history of the Johns Hopkins Institutions, having contributed to date more than $800 million since his first donation of $5 in 1965. He served as the chairman of the university’s board of trustees from 1996 to 2002, overseeing the largest fundraising campaign in the school’s history. In 2001, the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health was named the Bloomberg School of Public Health to recognize his commitment and support. G


Bloomberg School of Public Health

JHH Continued from page 1 the benchmark for patient-centered care, while advancing both research and teaching. Whether they come to us from East Baltimore or East Asia, our patients deserve the finest care in the finest facilities.” The dedication ceremony, at the football field–sized entrance to the 1.6 million-square-foot facility, honored the many donors, including United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, whose personal $120 million gift significantly contributed to making this high-tech facility’s design enhance the level of care, comfort and privacy of its patients. The art and architecture evident in the new facilities are the result of a collaboration among more than 70 artists from across the country, architects, an art curator, Bloomberg Philanthropies, patients, community members and the leadership and staff of Johns Hopkins. More than 500 original works of art were created for the new hospital building to enhance healing. Of particular note is the unique facade, a wall of glass and steel commissioned by Mayor Bloomberg and created by Brooklyn artist Spencer Finch. “The opening of these new patient care facilities will be a transformative milestone in the history of health care in Maryland and beyond,” said Gov. Martin O’Malley. “For more than a century, patients have come to Johns Hopkins for the best possible, evidence-based, patient-centered care. These new facilities will match that excellent care with greater comfort and privacy for patients and their families in a state-ofthe-art environment.” Covering five acres, the building—which includes 560 all-private patient rooms, 33 state-of-the-art operating rooms and expansive adult and pediatric emergency departments—is the new front door of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, at 1800 Orleans St. Patients will begin to move in on April 29, and the facility opens to all on May 1. “The generosity of our donors and the hard work of so many individuals at Hopkins have made it possible for us to now have clinical facilities that match the quality of our faculty and staff, the excellence of our medical care and the needs of our patients,” said Edward D. Miller, the Frances Watt Baker, M.D., and Lenox D. Baker Jr., M.D., Dean of the Medical Faculty and

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he monumental task of fixing the health system of Burma (Myanmar) falls to the minister of health, Pe Thet Khin, who shared some of the challenges ahead with a Bloomberg School audience on April 10. Pe Thet Khin and other health officials from the country came to the school as part of a weeklong visit to Johns Hopkins University at the invitation of President Ronald J. Daniels. The focus of the trip—which came a week after Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was elected to parliament—is to explore potential partnerships between Johns Hopkins and Burma’s ministry of health to improve the country’s health care system. “I’m hoping during our short visit to identify areas for collaboration and support, especially in the promotion of public health activities,” as well as in areas of clinical medicine, Pe Thet Khin said. In his opening remarks, Bloomberg School Dean Michael J. Klag said that the occasion is the first time in 50 years, according to the State Department, that a

Pe Thet Khin, right, visits with audience members following his talk.

Renowned patient advocate to give 19th Shallenberger Lecture


yra Christopher, the Kathleen M. Foley Chair for Pain and Palliative Care at the Center for Practical Bioethics and a nationally renowned patient advocate, will deliver the 19th annual Shallenberger Lecture in Ethics at noon on Tuesday, April 17. The lecture will be held at The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Hurd Hall and is titled “Addressing the Gaps Between Knowledge and Practice in Advance Care Planning.” Each year, the Shallenberger Lecture in Ethics series invites a speaker from outside Johns Hopkins to address a complex contemporary issue in medical ethics. Christopher, the founding president and CEO of the Center for Practical Bioethics, in Kansas City, Mo., has expertise in advance care planning and end-of-life policy, public outreach and advocacy. Christopher worked with Sen. John Danforth, of Missouri, to draft the Patient SelfDetermination Act, which became law in 1990, and collaborated with the RAND Institute to develop a 2009 report to Congress on end-of-life planning. She also directed Community State Partnerships to Improve End-of-Life Care, an $11.25 mil-

lion grant award program. A frequent lecturer on the ethics of pain management for the terminally ill, Christopher helped to bring end-of-life care issues to national attention by serving as public outreach adviser to Bill Moyers for his PBS documentary On Our Own Terms. Among the honors Christopher has received for her work to improve care for those suffering from advanced illness and chronic pain are the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s Patient Advocacy Award, the American Academy of Critical Care Nursing’s Pioneering Spirit Award and the Marian Gray Secundy SANKOFA Award for efforts to improve palliative and end-oflife care for African-Americans. The lecture series is named for the Rev. Clyde Shallenberger, director of the Johns Hopkins Chaplaincy Service from 1963 to 1993, who provided leadership for the creation of the hospital’s Ethics Committee and Consultation Service. The 19th annual Shallenberger Lecture in Ethics is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Hospital Ethics Committee and Consultation Service and the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.

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Calendar Continued from page 12 Change. Sponsored by the SAIS Office of Development and Alumni Relations. (See story, p. 6.) A live webcast will be available at live.html. For information or to RSVP, email Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Bldg. SAIS

The Dorothy Kent Hill Lecture— “Of Canaanites and Kings: The Ongoing Excavation of a Middle Bronze Age Palace at Tel Kabri, Israel” by Eric Cline, George Washington University. Sponsored by the Baltimore Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and History of Art. 50 Gilman. HW Fri.,





Mon., April 23, 4 p.m. “Black Suns and a Bright Planet: Lars von Trier’s Melancholia,” a Humanities Center lecture by Thomas Elsaesser, professor emeritus, University of Amsterdam. 208 Gilman. HW

Sun., April 22, 5 p.m. The Joshua Ringel Memorial Reading presents poet Ron Padgett. (See story, p. 7.) Sponsored by the Center for Talented Youth. A Q&A session and book signing will follow the reading. Books will be available for purchase. Meyerhoff Auditorium, BMA.


“Geometric Properties of Protein Folds,” a Biophysics seminar with Andrew Hausrath, University of Arizona. 111 Mergenthaler. HW

Mon., April 16, noon.

Mon., April 16, 12:10 p.m.

“A Positive Youth Development Approach to Youth Violence Prevention,” a Graduate Seminar in Injury Research and Policy with Sarah Lindstrom-Johnson, SoM. Co-sponsored by the Center for Injury Research and Policy, the Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence and the Center for Gun Policy and Research. 250 Hampton House. EB Mon., April 16, 12:15 p.m. “RNA-


Music at Evergreen presents the Attacca Quartet, performing music by Haydn, Ligeti and Beethoven. $20 general admission, $15 for Evergreen members, $10 for fulltime students with ID. Limited space; advance tickets are recommended. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 410-516-0341. Ticket includes admission to a museum guided tour and a post-concert tea reception with the musicians. Sponsored by University Museums. Evergreen Museum & Library. Sat., April 21, 3 p.m.

The Peabody Symphony Orchestra performs music by Scriabin, Bruch and Rachmaninoff. $15 general admission, $10 for senior citizens, $5 for students with ID. Friedberg Hall. Peabody

Sat., April 21, 8 p.m.

Sat., April 21, 8:30 and 10 p.m. Jazz at the Johns Hop-

kins Club presents the John Scofield Trio. $45 general admission, $22.50 for JHU students. Tickets are available online at or go to scofield_set1 or event/scofield_set2. Johns Hopkins Club. HW

The Hopkins Symphony Orchestra performs Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 with the winners of the HSO biannual Concerto Competition. (See photo, p. 12.) $10 general admission, $8 for senior citizens, students, JHU faculty, staff and alumni; free for JHU students with valid ID. Shriver Hall. HW

Sun., April 22, 3 p.m.

READ I N G S / B OO K T AL K S Fri., April 20, 6 p.m. Reading by poet Lisa Robertson. Sponsored by English. 132 Gilman. HW

Mediated Epigenetic Inheritance in Oxytricha,” a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Laura Landweber, Princeton University. Rose Auditorium, 3520 San Martin Drive. HW Mon.,





“Engineering Molecular Imaging Probes for Nanomedicine,” a Biomedical Engineering seminar with Gang Bao, Georgia Institute of Technology. 709 Traylor. EB (Videoconferenced to 110 Clark.  HW ) The David Bodian Seminar— “Attention as a Value-Based Cognitive Selection” with Jacqueline Gottlieb, Columbia University. Sponsored by the Krieger Mind/ Brain Institute. 338 Krieger. HW

Mon., April 16, 4 p.m.

Mon., April 16, 4 p.m. “Hermitian Analogs of Hilbert’s 17th Problem and CR Geometry,” an Analysis/PDE seminar with John D’Angelo, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Sponsored by Mathematics. 302 Krieger. HW Mon.,





“Field Theories, Infinite Loop Spaces and Khovanov Homology,” a Topology seminar with Igor Kriz, University of Michigan. Sponsored by Mathematics. 308 Krieger. HW Tues., April 17, 10:45 a.m.

“Modeling People From Billions of Photos,” a Computer Science seminar with Ira KemelmacherShlizerman, University of Washington. B17 Hackerman. HW Tues., April 17, 2 p.m. “Comparison of Buprenorphine vs. Methadone Treatment in a Medicaid Population,” a Health Policy and Management thesis defense seminar with Alyson Schuster. 461 Hampton House. EB

“Of Mice and Monkeys: A Journey

Tues., April 17, 4 p.m.

Into the Visual System,” a Neuroscience research seminar with Ed Callaway, The Salk Institute. West Lecture Hall, WBSB. EB Tues.,





“Special Test Configurations and K-Stability of Fano Manifolds,” an Algebraic Geometry/Number Theory seminar with Chi Li, Princeton University. Sponsored by Mathematics. 300 Krieger. HW Wed., April 18, 12:15 p.m.

Mental Health Noon Seminar— “Service Use and Barriers to Mental Health Care in Major Depression and Comorbid Substance Use Disorders” with Lian-Yu Chen, SPH; and “Childhood Residential Mobility and Subsequent Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder: A Danish Population-Based Study” with Diana Paksarian, SPH. B14B Hampton House. EB “The Public Health Function of Livestock: Perspectives on Land and Health From Farmers in Indiana,” a Health, Behavior and Society thesis defense seminar with Julia DeBruicker. W2030 SPH. EB

Wed., April 18, 1:30 p.m.






“How Cell Behavior Arises From the Physics of Its Proteins and Proteome,” a Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry seminar with Ken Dill, Stony Brook University. 701 WBSB. EB “CGRP Receptor Antagonists for Migraine: Chemistry and Pharmacology Challenges,” a Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences seminar with Chris Burgey, Merck & Co Inc. West Lecture Hall (ground floor), WBSB. EB

Thurs., April 19, 4:15 p.m.

“The Bounds of Expression: The Darstellungsproblem in German Idealism and After,” a Philosophy seminar with Michael Rosen, Harvard University. 288 Gilman. HW “Multiphase Hydrodynamic Simulations of Energetic Materials Under Intense Shock Conditions,” a CEAFM seminar with Fady Najjar, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. 50 Gilman. HW

Fri., April 20, 11 a.m.

Fri., April 20, 4 p.m. “ ‘I have drunk and seen the spider’: The Ecology of the Passions in The Winter’s Tale,” a Philological Society seminar with Gail Kern Paster, director emerita, Folger Shakespeare Library. Co-sponsored by History. 300 Gilman. HW

“Crowded Environments: Protein Folding From Vitro to the Cell,” a Biophysics seminar with Martin Gruebele, University of Illinois. 111 Mergenthaler. HW

Mon., April 23, noon.

Mon., April 23, 12:10 p.m.

“Socio-Institutional Processes of Neighborhoods: Implications for Violence Prevention,” a Graduate Seminar in Injury Research and Policy with Caterina Gouvis Roman, Temple University. Cosponsored by the Center for Injury Research and Policy, the Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence and the Center for Gun Policy and Research. 250 Hampton House. EB Mon., April 23, 12:15 p.m.

“Information in an RNA World,” a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Irene Chen, Harvard University. Rose Auditorium, 3520 San Martin Drive. HW

Wed., April 18, 4 p.m.

Thurs., April 19, 10:45 a.m.

“Understanding Hydrophobic Interactions on the Nano-Scale Using β-Peptide Oligomers,” a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering seminar with Nick Abbott, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 110 Maryland. HW “Ciliary Dysfunction in the Pathogenesis of Cystic Kidney Disease and Obesity,” a Cell Biology seminar with Brad Yoder, University of Alabama. Suite 2-200, 1830 Bldg.

Thurs., April 19, noon.


“The Well-Kept Secretome of Chlamydia,” a Molecular Microbiology and Immunology/Infectious Diseases seminar with Patrik Bavoil, University of Maryland School of Dentistry. W1020 SPH. EB Thurs., April 19, noon.

“A Whirlwind Tour of Combinatorial Game Theory,” an Applied Mathematics and Statistics seminar with Daniel Ullman, George Washington University. 304 Whitehead. HW Thurs., April 19, 1:30 p.m.

“Occupy the Cell: We, Noncoding RNAs, Are the 99%!” a Biology seminar with Wei Yan, University of Nevada School of Medicine. 100 Mudd. HW Thurs., April 19, 4 p.m.


A talk by Josh Fox, environmental activist and director and narrator of the documentary Gasland. Sponsored by the Environmental Stewardship Committee, the Green Student Group, the Social and Behavioral Interventions Program and Health, Behavior and Society. E2014 SPH. EB

Mon., April 16, noon.

Wed., April 18, noon. “Make a Snack With BUGS,” a discussion of urban gardening with students and instructors from the Living Classroom’s Baltimore Urban Gardening With Students program. Sponsored by the SPH Child Health Society, the Green Student Group, Anna Baetjer Society, Center for a Livable Future and SOURCE. W2008 SPH. EB Wed., April 18, 12:15 p.m.

2012 SOURCE Volunteer Appreciation and Service Awards Luncheon, recognizing contributions made to the local community by students, student groups and faculty. W1030 SPH. EB Fri., April 20, noon to 2 p.m.

“Toxic Tour of Baltimore,” a bus tour covering city locations most in need of environmental cleanup, with community activist Glenn Ross. RSVP to 3eqacw. Board the bus at the SPH Monument Street entrance. Sponsored by Health and Human Rights Student Group, the Green Student Group, the Environmental Stewardship Committee and SOURCE. EB Fri., April 20, noon to 8 p.m., Sat., April 21, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sun., April 22, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. JHU Spring

Fair 2012, featuring food, music, games, a children’s section, beer garden, arts and crafts, and rides. HW Sat.,



Mon., April 16, 5:30 p.m.

Sat., April 5:30 p.m.

Tues., April 17, 10 a.m. to noon. “Take the Tap Water Chal-


“J.J. Sedelmaier Productions: Hiding in Plain Sight,” an illustrated lecture by the noted animator, including screenings of his work. Sponsored by Homewood Art Workshops and Homewood Arts Programs. 101 Ross Jones Bldg., Mattin Center. HW

lenge,” blind-sample and compare tap water and bottled water. Sponsored by the JB Grant Society, the Green Student Group and JHU Take Back the Tap. 1st Floor Courtyard, SPH. EB

Tues., April 17, 5 p.m. JHU Green Buildings Town Hall, an update on efforts to reduce the university’s carbon footprint. (See story, p. 1.) Sponsored by the Sustainable Hopkins Infrastructure Program. 110 Maryland. HW

The 2012 Foreign Affairs Symposium—The Paradox of Progress: Chasing Advancement Amidst Global Crisis—presents Robert Gibbs, former White House press secretary. Shriver Hall. HW

Tues., April 17, 8 p.m.



SOURCE’s Tri-School Day of Service, a chance to participate in a variety of community service projects. Options include Blue Water Baltimore, Civic Works, Living Classrooms Foundation, the Amazing Grace Port St. Garden, Project PLASE and the Youth Opportunity (YO!) Center. No special skills or advance knowledge required. To sign up, email with name, school affiliation, email address, phone number and three choices. Co-sponsored by the SoM InterAction Council, SoN Student Government Association and SPH Student Assembly’s Community Affairs Committee. 21,




JHU Physics Fair 2012, coinciding with the annual Spring Fair and featuring science demonstrations and competitions offering prizes, a construction contest, a physics-themed scavenger hunt, a balloon rocket contest and more. (See story, p. 6.) Bloomberg Center. HW

Fri., April 20, 1 to 6 p.m.

Public, Action, Measure, a symposium in honor of Professor Frances Ferguson, with Ruth Mack, SUNY Buffalo; Sandra Macpherson, Ohio State University; and Amanda Anderson and Veena Das, both from KSAS. Sponsored by the Program for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality and the Department of English. 130D Gilman. HW W OR K S H O P S Thurs., April 19, 4:30 p.m.

“RefWorks,” an MSE Library workshop on the online citation manager. Electronic Resource Center, M-Level, MSE Library. HW

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Book Continued from page 1 “It cannot be said that the general principles of hospital construction are as yet settled on any scientific basis … nearly as many opinions as persons,” he wrote to the trustees. Billings turned to the wisdom of another expert, one Florence Nightingale, then 56 and mostly bedridden with various ailments. He mailed Nightingale sketched plans of the hospital and associated training school for nurses, convalescent hospital and asylum for African-American orphans—all spelled out in Hopkins’ bequest. Nightingale responded six weeks later with 12 pages of notes on the sketches as well as other materials. He took her advice to heart as he set out to create a state-of-the-art medical facility unlike any other. In the 13-year period it took to design and build The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Billings overlooked no detail. The same can be said for the new book Leading the Way: A History of Johns Hopkins Medicine, an exhaustive and well-chronicled telling of how one man’s wish changed the face of medicine forever. The book is authored by Neil A. Grauer, an assistant director of editorial services in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Office of Marketing and Communications, which pub-

lished it. Grauer took three and a half years to research a work that takes its readers from the formative years of Johns Hopkins the man to today. He interviewed more than 30 leaders of Johns Hopkins Medicine, past and present, and spent countless hours of research time in the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. The result is a 400-page book lavishly illustrated with more than 400 photographs. The book’s release was timed to coincide with the dedication of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s newest state-of-the-art facilities: The $1.1 billion Sheikh Zayed Cardiovascular and Critical Care Adult Tower and The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center, which together total 1.6 million square feet. Leading the Way, the first comprehensive history of Johns Hopkins Medicine in more than 20 years, recounts the achievements and impact of Johns Hopkins physicians, researchers, teachers and students since the hospital’s opening in 1889. The book’s first chapter, “The First 50 Years,” spends ample time on the lives and work of pathologist William Henry Welch, surgeon William Stewart Halsted, internist William Osler and gynecologist Howard Atwood Kelly—famously known as “The Big Four.” These four outstanding and forward-thinking physicians would serve as the founding staff of the hospital and guide the creation of the School of Medicine.

Grauer points out the strengths, weaknesses and utter humanness of these storied men. In the section on Welch, Grauer details the many accomplishments of the brilliant educator and researcher—who would later found what is now the Bloomberg School of Public Health—with amusing asides such as that the lifelong bachelor was called “Popsy” by many students and loved a big breakfast, desserts and vacations in seaside resorts. While Halsted is largely recognized as the father of modern surgery and a giant in his field, he carried with him a debilitating addiction to cocaine that caused him to spend a year in a sanitarium before joining Johns Hopkins and would haunt him most of his later professional life. Throughout its history, Johns Hopkins Medicine has left an indelible mark on both clinical practice and medical education. Grauer writes about the pioneering work of generations of Johns Hopkins clinicians and researchers, including the “blue baby” technique to repair a heart defect, which paved the way for modern heart surgery; the invention of the first implantable, rechargeable pacemaker for cardiac disorders; the development of the first effective treatment for sickle cell anemia; and countless other achievements that have garnered for Johns Hopkins physicians and researchers such recognition as MacArthur Foundation “genius” awards, Lasker Awards, National Medals of Science, Presidential Medals of Freedom and Nobel Prizes.

Detectable pancreatic lesions common in those at high risk for hereditary pancreatic cancer New research suggests that endoscopic ultrasound best detects them By Stephanie Desmon

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team of scientists led by Johns Hopkins researchers has found that more than four in 10 people considered at high risk for hereditary pancreatic cancer have small pancreatic lesions long before they have any symptoms of the deadly disease. Moreover, the scientists report that the frequency of the abnormal precancerous lesions increases with age, and that ultrasound via endoscopy is better than MRI and significantly better than CT scans at finding the lesions. The researchers say that their work signifies some progress in reducing the death rate from hereditary pancreatic cancer, which is generally fatal once the lesions become malignant and symptoms appear. At that point, just 25 percent of those eligible for surgery survive five years, while the rest have a less than 5 percent chance of surviving five years. The general population has a 0.5 percent lifetime risk of getting pancreatic cancer, while those in high-risk groups included in the study have risks that are 3.5- to 132fold higher. Researchers say that roughly 10 to 15 percent of all pancreatic cancers are hereditary. “We now know that although these highrisk patients often tend to develop pancreatic lesions, we can detect the lesions, track them over time and remove them before they become cancer,” said Marcia Irene Canto, a professor of gastroenterology and oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Canto and her team—made up of researchers from Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and University of California, Los Angeles—studied 216 asymptomatic adults with a strong family history of pancreatic cancer, primarily those with two close blood relatives who have had the disease, and those who have inherited genetic markers known to increase the risk of pancreatic cancer, including BRCA2

gene mutation, which has also been linked to breast and ovarian cancers. Doctors at each medical center performed three types of screening on each participant, using CT, MRI and ultrasound conducted via endoscopy. Johns Hopkins screened more than half the participants. To reduce the chance of bias, those interpreting the diagnostic images from any one test were kept unaware of the results of the others. CT detected pancreatic abnormalities in 11 percent of the participants, MRI found them in 33.3 percent and endoscopic ultrasound, 42.6 percent. Five participants had what doctors determined were precancerous lesions and underwent surgery to remove them. These were lesions that would most likely not have been detected and removed, Canto says. Canto’s team found that the prevalence of pancreatic lesions increases with age, with doctors finding them in just 14 percent of high-risk subjects under the age of 50, 34 percent of those ages 50 to 59 and 53 percent of those 60 to 69 years old. Those with lesions who did not require surgery were recommended for regular follow-up screening to see if the lesions change in size or shape. Not all pancreatic cysts or lesions become pancreatic cancer. The findings of the study, known formally as CAPS 3 Study, are published in the April issue of the journal Gastroenterology. One advantage that endoscopic ultrasound has over MRI and CT, Canto says, is that it can also be used to collect cells from the pancreatic lesions, secretions from the pancreas and fluid from cysts to facilitate further study. The CAPS 3 study team collected pancreatic juice for biomarker research led by Michael Goggins, aimed at better detection of precancerous or cancerous lesions in the pancreas. In addition, a Johns Hopkins research team led by Bert Vogelstein and Ralph Hruban is developing biomarkers from pancreatic cyst fluid that appear to determine the cyst’s malignant potential. Recently, the team completed genomic sequences of pancreatic cysts that will help biologists understand how the cysts develop and turn cancerous. Researchers say that they hope those findings—in conjunction with those of the new study led by members of Johns Hopkins’ Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center—will enable them to find potentially lethal pan-

creatic cancers before they develop, saving people from a disease that has little hope for cure. For the endoscopic procedure, a doctor passes a thin lighted tube from a sedated patient’s mouth through the stomach and into the first part of the small intestine. At the tip of the endoscope is a device that uses sound waves that produce patterns of echoes as they bounce off internal organs. These ultrasonic patterns can help identify tumors that cannot be detected by a CT scan. Using ultrasound to help guide the way, a doctor then inserts a thin needle into the pancreas to remove cells that can be studied later. Unlike screening for colon cancer, that for pancreatic cancer is not recommended for the general population. Canto says this is because cysts and other possibly precancerous lesions are far less common in the pancreas than in the colon, the pancreas is harder to reach than the colon and removing lesions requires extensive surgery, often including removing part of the pancreas. Potential complications are also more likely. “Early detection is the way to go,” Canto said. “We need smart screening and individualized treatments based on family history, epidemiology, biomarkers and genetics.” Canto’s research was supported by the National Cancer Institute Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE), the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, the Michael Rolfe Foundation, Olympus Corp., Cooke Medical, the Karp family, H.H. & M. Metals Inc. Fund for Cancer Research and ChiRhoClin Inc. In addition to Canto and Hruban, Johns Hopkins researchers involved in the study are Elliot K. Fishman, Ihab R. Kamel, Richard D. Schulick, Zhe Zhang, Alison P. Klein, Jennifer Axilbund and Constance Griffin.

Related websites The Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center at Johns Hopkins: Marcia Irene Canto: .html


In all, the book advances understanding of why Johns Hopkins has risen to and maintained its status as the best-known health care institution in the world, with The Johns Hopkins Hospital being named the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report for 21 consecutive years and chosen as the subject of two award-winning television documentaries. The book, written for a general audience, chronicles the extraordinary expansion, triumphs and challenges of the past two decades, including the creation of dozens of multidisciplinary research institutes and centers to expand the frontiers of research in such wide-ranging fields of study as genetic medicine, biomedicine, cell engineering, cardiovascular care, ALS and patient safety. It also covers the new medical school curriculum, the founding of Johns Hopkins Medicine International and the prospects for the future. In trying to explain the measure of medical success achieved at Johns Hopkins, Grauer says that a key word kept coming up repeatedly in his research and interviews, “collegiality.” “Here, everybody is interested in the success of everyone else, not only doing the best you possibly can but helping colleagues do the same,” he says. “That collegial philosophy goes all the way to the beginning. It was installed by the founders and exists today. It’s the spirit of the place.” Grauer, a 1969 graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, has written for American Heritage, Smithsonian, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post and many other publications. Among his seven books are Remember Laughter: A Life of James Thurber, Centuries of Caring: The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Story, Wits and Sages and Lacrosse: Technique and Tradition (coauthored with Johns Hopkins lacrosse coach David Pietramala). Leading the Way is available for order on the Johns Hopkins University Press website,, and elsewhere. G




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Physics Fair forecast: Lots of bright lights, loud noises, rockets and more


The ensemble is the current Graduate Resident String Quartet at The Juilliard School.

Attacca Quartet to play Evergreen April 21 B y H e at h e r E g a n S ta l f o rt

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vergreen Museum & Library will conclude its 2011–12 Music at Evergreen concert series on Saturday, April 21, with a 3 p.m. performance by the Attacca String Quartet in the museum’s Bakst Theatre. Featured on the program will be Haydn’s String Quartet No. 67 in F major, Op. 77, No. 2, Hob.III:82 (Lobkowitz), Janacek’s String Quartet No. 2 (Intimate Letters) and Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132. Following the concert, a tea reception will be held in the museum’s Far East Room, where audience members will have the opportunity to meet with the musicians. The Attacca Quartet is the current Graduate Resident String Quartet at The Juilliard School, and recently received the 2012 Arthur Foote Prize from the Harvard Musi-

cal Association. First-prize winner of the 2011 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and winner of the Alice Coleman Grand Prize at the 60th annual Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition in 2006, the internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet has become one of America’s premier young performing ensembles. Formed at Juilliard in 2003, the ensemble (Amy Schroeder and Keiko Tokunaga, violins; Luke Fleming, viola; Andrew Yee, cello) made its professional debut in 2007 as part of the Artists International Winners Series in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and has also appeared at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Concert tickets are $20, $15 museum members and $10 students with valid ID. Tickets include admission to the museum guided tour (departs at noon, 1 or 2 p.m.) and the post-concert reception. Seating in the intimate theater is limited; advance tickets are available by going to museums, calling 410-516-0341 or visiting the Evergreen Museum Shop.

he Department of Physics and Astronomy is hosting its ninth annual Physics Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, coinciding with the Spring Fair celebration on the Homewood campus. Events will take place in the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy. The fair will feature individual and team competitions for local students, as well as a physics-themed scavenger hunt and demonstrations by Johns Hopkins physicists, graduate students and undergraduates. The idea is to bring physics to the community in a fun, accessible way. The fair started within a program called QuarkNet, organized by the National Science Foundation to encourage university professors working in elementary particle physics research to incorporate high school teachers into their research programs. The teachers who became involved suggested that a physics fair would be a good way to connect with students and the public. Among the highlights of Saturday’s event: • Professor Extraordinaire Shows, 12:15 and 4:30 p.m. Johns Hopkins physicist Peter Armitage and his assistants will give a demonstration that will include explosions, fantastic displays, bright lights and loud noises.  • Elementary-Middle School Science Bowl Competitions, 1:30 p.m. Teams of

up to four elementary school–age students (grades 1 through 8) will compete to answer general science–related questions in a quiz show format. This activity will be held in Schafler Auditorium, which is equipped with a system allowing contestants to press buttons to select their answers. Winning teams receive trophies for their schools. • High School Science Bowl and Physics Bowl Competitions, 2:15 and 3 p.m. Teams of up to four high school students will compete in answering physics- and science-related questions in a quiz show format, with results displayed in real time. Winning teams will receive prizes, such as trophies and books. • Construction Contest, 3:45 p.m. Participants of all ages will have 30 minutes to build a structure according to instructions given that day. All materials will be provided. Throughout the day, other activities— including the making of frozen ice cream using liquid nitrogen and a balloon rocket contest—will be held. The Morris W. Offit Telescope, located on the roof of the Bloomberg Center, will be open, allowing visitors to observe sunspots and the activities of the sun’s corona using a special filter. Several of the research laboratories in the Bloomberg Center also will be open, and lectures and displays about the Hubble Space Telescope program will be offered. —Lisa De Nike

Head of U.K. Financial Services Authority to speak at SAIS


dair Turner, chairman of the U.K. Financial Services Authority, will give the annual Rostov Lecture on International Affairs at SAIS at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19. Turner has overseen the FSA, the regulator of the financial service industry in the U.K., since 2008. He will speak about “Shadow Banking, Prudential Risk and Social Value.” The event will be held in the Nitze Building’s Kenney Audito-

rium. Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP to A webcast will be available at The lecture honors the memory of alumnus Charles Rostov, the former chairman of Trans-Ocean, who was a longtime supporter of the university’s efforts to improve understanding of countries around the world and to build stronger relationships with those nations.

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Green recycling and donation drives, tours and other activities. The size and scope of the university’s Earth Week celebration have more than doubled from last year, with the Peabody Institute and the Carey Business School participating for the first time. Joanna Calabrese, sustainability coordinator for the Office of Sustainability, said that a main goal of One Hopkins, One Earth is to unify the campuses around sustainable practices. “The events this week will demonstrate sustainability in action,” Calabrese said. “Participants can learn about these issues and find out what is happening on their campus and others related to recycling, renewable energy, healthy food and other topics from a regional and global perspective.” A signature event of the week will be the JHU Green Buildings Town Hall, hosted by the Sustainable Hopkins Infrastructure Program, to be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, in Room 110 of Homewood’s Maryland Hall. Engineers and designers from Homewood Design and Construction will update the community on efforts to reduce the university’s carbon footprint and to conserve natural resources by both renovating buildings and designing sustainable aspects for new ones. Of note, the 97-year-old Gilman Hall recently received LEED Silver certification

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Solar panels on the roof of the Newton H. White Athletic Center are among the 2,908 that have been installed on the Homewood and East Baltimore campuses.

status after its extensive three-year renovation. During the construction process, crews salvaged building materials, including marble slabs and wood doorframes and transoms, and the renovation included ample use of recycled products. The building was outfitted with low-flow plumbing fixtures to conserve water, high-performance windows, heatrecovery units, fluorescent bulbs and rooms with occupancy sensors to automatically shut off lights when the last person leaves. Anne Roderer, a facilities architect and a panelist at the upcoming Green Build-

ings Town Hall, said that the event will let attendees hear about the Office of Facilities Management’s long-term goals and strategies to fulfill its part of the university’s Implementation Plan for Advancing Sustainability and Climate Stewardship, signed by President Ronald J. Daniels in spring 2010. The ambitious effort calls for the university to cut emissions of climate-changing carbon dioxide gas by more than half from projected levels by 2025. The plan encompasses research, education and community outreach in addition to greenhouse gas reduction.


Roderer said that a lot of work has already been done to campus buildings to achieve energy and water savings, both big and small. She mentioned installing energyefficient lighting and conservation-friendly water fixtures and replacing fume hoods in labs. The Cordish Lacrosse Center, set to open later this year, will feature a green roof for storm water mitigation. “We’re trying to improve the efficiency of building systems throughout the Homewood campus,” Roderer said. “We have sustainability goals including LEED requirements, for each new capital project we work on. We are strategically improving the performance of our buildings and implementing sustainable practices.” Other events this week include a sustainability career and internship panel and networking session, tours of Johns Hopkins’ two new community gardens, a Toxic Tour of Baltimore, tree plantings and urban gardening throughout the city, a panel on lead remediation, a tap vs. bottled water tasting challenge, composting workshops, a Green Carnival in the Gilman Hall atrium and a Healthy Planet Festival at Spring Fair. More than 15 groups worked together to sponsor these events, including several student organizations. Calabrese said that she hopes the week serves as an eye-opener for many. “We hope attendees can learn something new and want to learn even more,” she said. “Sustainability is a group effort.” G For a full list of events, go to www .html.

Sequencing cancer mutations: There’s now an app for that B y V a n e s s a W a s ta

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sing precise information about an individual’s genetic makeup is becoming increasingly routine for developing tailored treatments for breast, lung, colon and other cancers. But techniques used to identify meaningful gene mutations depend on analyzing sequences of both normal and mutant DNA in tumor samples, a process that can yield ambiguous results. Now, a team of Johns Hopkins researchers says it has developed an easy-to-use online computer software application that can clear up any confusion faster and more cheaply than other methods currently used to do the job. The application, called Pyromaker, is available free of charge at pyromaker.pathology, and a related tutorial will be posted on that site soon. The software generates simulated pyrograms, which are readouts from a gene sequencing technique known as pyrosequencing. Most pyrograms correspond precisely to a person’s unique mutation or set of mutations, but some mutations can be more difficult to interpret than others, the Johns Hopkins researchers say. “Pyromaker’s value is in rapidly sorting through each of several simulated pyrograms until there is a clear match with the actual tumor pyrogram,” says James R. Eshleman, a professor in the departments of Pathology and Oncology at Johns Hopkins. “Pyromaker enables us to do in minutes, essentially at no cost, what otherwise would take days of further, expensive tests.” Eshleman led the team that developed Pyromaker, the software code for which was written by Johns Hopkins Pathology resident Matthew T. Olson. A report on the application, with demonstrations of Pyromaker’s ability to resolve sequencing ambiguities, was published online in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics. Swedish researchers invented pyrosequencing in the mid-1990s as an alternative to the traditional method of gene

sequencing. Pyrosequencing is an automated process in which solutions of the four DNAbuilding nucleotides, or “bases” (G,C,T,A), are added, one at a time, to single strands of DNA from sampled cells in order to build up a complementary matching strand. A match with the next available base causes a chemical reaction with a special enzyme, which in turn emits a light pulse, resulting in a “peak” on the pyrogram, effectively indicating the next base in the DNA sequence. Pyrosequencing works on shorter stretches of DNA than does the traditional method, known as Sanger, for Frederick Sanger, who invented the process. But pyrosequencing is also more sensitive in registering the presence of mutant DNA in a tumor sample, which is a mix of tumor and normal cells. That sensitivity makes it very useful for tumor sequencing, Eshleman says, because the mutant genes that drive a tumor’s abnormal growth typically are less prevalent in a tumor sample, compared with normal versions of those genes. Because a tumor pyrogram is an overlay of both healthy and mutant DNA, identifying the correct sequence may be difficult, and further studies to sort it all out can delay diagnosis and add significantly to costs, he says. To develop the software, Eshleman and his team first confirmed that simulated pyrograms generated by Pyromaker matched actual pyrograms of tumor DNA containing well-known common cancer-driving mutations in the genes KRAS, BRAF, GNAS and p53. Then, they focused on the example of KRAS, an “oncogene” that helps drive many tumor types, to show that nearly all one- and two-base mutations in KRAS have distinguishable pyrograms. In a few cases, the researchers found that the pyrograms of two different mutations appear identical under certain sequencing conditions. With Pyromaker, they were able to show that pyrograms of two such mutations would become readily distinguishable if they were re-sequenced with a different order of added bases. Finally, the researchers applied Pyromaker to ambiguous KRAS pyrograms from two colorectal cancer patients and compared the results with tests using Sanger sequencing and other relatively time-consuming methods to resolve the ambiguities. The comparison showed that Pyromaker could resolve the ambiguities more quickly.

Eshleman notes that Pyromaker also may be used with a new sequencing technology known as ion semiconductor sequencing, which detects a change in hydrogen ions instead of a light pulse. The software was written by Guoli Chen and Matthew T. Olson, both from Eshleman’s laboratory in the Department of Pathology at Johns Hopkins. Other scientists who contributed to the research are Alan

O’Neill, Alexis Norris, Katie Beierl, Shuko Harada, Marija Debeljak, Keila RiveraRoman, Samantha Finley, Amanda Stafford, Christopher David Gocke and Ming-Tseh Lin, all of Johns Hopkins. Contributions to funding the research came from the Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center, the Michael Rolfe Foundation, the Dick Knox Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Poet Ron Padgett to give 15th Ringel Memorial Reading CTY-sponsored event will take place April 22 at the BMA B y M a t t B o wd


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he Joshua Ringel Memorial Reading celebrates its 15th season on Sunday, April 22, when eminent poet Ron Padgett will read from his work at 5 p.m. in the Baltimore Museum of Art’s Meyerhoff Auditorium. The event is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. The self-described son of an Oklahoma bootlegger, Padgett started writing poems in spiral notebooks at age 13. He has written more than 20 volumes of poetry, fiction and essays, edited numerous anthologies and translated works of Apollinaire and others. He is the recipient of Fulbright and Guggenheim awards and is a past chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. His work has been described as witty, self-effacing and sometimes bittersweet. Of his book How to Be Perfect, a reviewer wrote, “Padgett seems like a Stoic philosopher eager to peel away the vanities and strip his poems to their bare essentials in order to get to the heart of it all.” Padgett was a close friend of the late Kenneth Koch, who had been Ringel’s teacher at Columbia and who gave the inaugural Joshua Ringel Memorial Reading. The Joshua Ringel Memorial Fund was


Software simplifies gene sequencing data used for treating cancer

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established in 1998 by the Ringel family in memory of this former CTY student whose life was tragically cut short in a motorcycle accident just before his 28th birthday. The fund supports an annual lecture/reading dedicated to education, poetry and the imagination. Past visiting poets have included Robert Pinsky, Grace Paley, John Ashbery, Sharon Olds and Billy Collins. A question-and-answer session with Padgett and a book signing will immediately follow the reading. Books will be available for purchase at the door. For more information, go to ringel.

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Cheers Cheers is a monthly listing of honors and awards received by faculty, staff and students plus recent appointments and promotions. Contributions must be submitted in writing and be accompanied by a phone number. BAYVIEW MEDICAL CENTER Constantine Lyketsos , professor and

director of the Department of Psychiatry, has received the 2012 American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry’s Distinguished Scientist Award. Lyketsos, also director of the Memory and Alzheimer’s Treatment Center, is a lifetime member of the association, which strives to enhance the knowledge and practice standards in geriatric psychiatry.

BLOOMBERG SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH Kirsten Lum , of the Department of Biostatistics, and Henrik Salje , of the Depart-

ment of Epidemiology, have submitted the winning proposals for this year’s Louis I. and Thomas D. Dublin Award, presented by the departments of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. The committee chose the two graduate students’ proposed research—in the area of environment and reproduction, and on the role for phylogeography in understanding the micro-scale dispersal dynamics of Dengue virus in Bangkok, respectively—as best exemplifying the award’s goal of fostering research and education at the interface of biostatistics and epidemiology. HOMEWOOD STUDENT AFFAIRS M a r y E l l e n F l a h e r t y , registrar, has

been named interim director of Academic Services. Flaherty will continue to have responsibility for the Office of the Registrar and, in her interim position, will oversee the Career Center, Pre-Professional Advising, and International and Scholar Services. Ernie Larossa , associate athletics director for media relations and marketing, has been named the recipient of the 2012 Irving T. Marsh Award for the College Division, given by the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Sports Information Directors Association. Larossa will be presented with the Marsh Award at the 2012 ECAC-SIDA Annual Workshop, to be held June 7 in Pittsburgh. To m M c D e r m o t t has been named director of Student Financial Services. A 14-year employee of Johns Hopkins, McDermott served as the SAS implementation team leader for ISIS from 2001 to 2005. In 2007, he joined the Peabody Conservatory as director of Financial Aid and ISIS Systems, a position he held until returning to the Homewood campus in fall 2010 as deputy director of Student Financial Services. In that post, he has had primary responsibility for the development, management and oversight of the technology systems that undergird the annual assignment, delivery and reconciliation of university grant aid, as well as funds from federal, state and private loan sources.


the intranet website designed and written by the Office of Marketing and Communications, received an honorable mention for Best Social Intranet in the 2011 Employee Communications Awards competition held by Lawrence Ragan Communications, a Chicago-based publisher of corporate communications, public relations and leadership development newsletters.

KRIEGER SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Lee Bone , an associate professor at the

Bloomberg School of Public Health who teaches in the Krieger School’s Undergraduate Program in Public Health Studies, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Crenson-Hertz Award for CommunityBased Learning and Participatory Research.


The award, established in honor of emeritus faculty members Neil Hertz and Matthew Crenson, is given annually to a faculty member whose dedication to community engagement, through teaching, academic program development and/or research, has enriched student learning and established meaningful community partnerships. Since 1999, Bone has taught Practicum in Community Health, a community-based learning course for undergraduates that has introduced hundreds of students to urban health issues in Baltimore City. Numerous students have become inspired to stay involved in the community as a result of their hands-on experiences during the course. She also offers a course called Health and Homelessness to senior Public Health Studies students through the School of Public Health. C l a u d e G u i l l e m a r d , a senior lecturer in the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, was recognized at a recent statewide conference co-sponsored by the Maryland-D.C. Campus Compact, the United Way of Central Maryland and the Baltimore Collegetown Network for her ongoing partnership with the Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle School. Since 2009, Guillemard has taught French Teaching in the Public School, a community-based learning course that connects Johns Hopkins’ advanced-levelFrench students with students at the city school, providing the youth with basic lessons on French language and culture. The JHU students teach twice a week at the school and participate in a weekly reflection and preparation session. PEABODY INSTITUTE

The Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group gave the world premiere of Livre des Sauvages by Conservatory faculty member Oscar Bettison on April 10 at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Inspired by a mysterious book of pictographs, the work is in three movements: “Curious Fauna, Some of It Murderous,” “Alchemy or a New Religion” and “Treasure Ships and Heretical Ceremonies.” Cellist Frances Borowsky and clarinetist Joel Weszka , both Master of Music candidates, and pianist Michael Delfin , a junior, won first place in the professional division of the Levine Chamber Music Competition in Washington, D.C. As winners, they performed April 4 on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage and April 13 at the Bulgarian Embassy. Faculty artist Joe Burgstaller , trumpet, will be the soloist with the revived Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra in its inaugural season on April 22 and 24. Faculty artist Manuel Barrueco will perform with the orchestra on May 4 and 6. Master of Music candidate Yanbin Chen won third place in the Graduate Division of the National Trumpet Competition, held in March at George Mason University. Pianist Victor Goldberg , a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate studying with Alexander Shtarkman, presented concerts and master classes in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in February. On March 10, Goldberg made his Vienna debut at the Wiener Konzerthaus at a benefit concert for the Online Academy for Classical Music of Lions Club Vienna MozART, for which he serves as an executive professor.
 Faculty artist Anthony McGill , clarinet, was one of three recipients of the inaugural Sphinx Medals of Excellence, honoring young black and Latino leaders in classical music. The awards were given March 15 at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Preparatory alumnus Aaron P. Dworkin founded the Sphinx Organization to help overcome the cultural stereotype of classical music and to encourage the participation of blacks and Latinos.
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Cheers Continued from page 8 Bach’s Orgelbuechlein and performing an allBach recital. Students in the Conservatory’s Guitar Ensemble Program have been invited to perform in the Collegiate Guitar Ensemble Showcase during the Guitar Foundation of America’s Washington, D.C., Regional Symposium. The concert will take place April 29 at the Music Center at Strathmore, in Bethesda, Md. SAIS Eliot Cohen , professor and director of the

Strategic Studies Program, will receive the Distinguished Book Award from the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New York for his recent book, Conquered Into Liberty: Two Centuries of Battles Along the Great Warpath That Made the American Way of War, during an event to be held in his honor April 19 in New York City.

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION Mariale Hardiman , assistant dean and

chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, has published a new book, The

Milestones The following staff members are retiring or celebrating an anniversary with the university in April 2012. The information is compiled by the Office of Work, Life and Engagement, 443-997-7000. ACADEMIC AND CULTURAL CENTERS

25 years of service Merriman , Christine, Jhpiego 20 years of service Rin ggold , Sharon, Johns Hopkins University Press 15 years of service Ha rtm an , Melissa, Center for Talented Youth 10 years of service Ro b ins on , Victoria, Jhpiego Wh ite , James, Center for Talented Youth 5 years of service Bra ve rman , Joanne, Johns Hopkins University Press Bro o ks , Vanessa, Jhpiego Flo o d , Thomas, Montgomery County Campus Rieste r , Jessica Leigh, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies Riva s D’Agost ino , Rachel, Jhpiego

cardiology and pediatrics and director of the arrhythmia service, electrophysiology laboratory, tilt table diagnostic laboratory and the ARVD (arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia) program, has been named president-elect of the Heart Rhythm Society. The society is the leading professional group representing physicians and researchers in more than 70 countries who specialize in cardiac arrhythmia. Calkins also is the lead author of the 2012 Expert Consensus Statement on Catheter and Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation, an international set of recommendations on research, patient selection, treatment and follow-up of patients with irregular heartbeats. Mariam Fofana , a third-year student, is one of 15 medical students chosen by Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics to participate in a two-week program to be held in June in New York,

Germany and Poland. This trip is one of four FASPE programs designed to teach students about the contemporary ethical issues facing their professions by using the Holocaust and the conduct of their professions in Nazi Germany as a framework for study. P e t e r M c D o n n e l l , professor and director of the Wilmer Eye Institute, was among the recipients of the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award given to Ophthalmology Times for editorial excellence. McDonnell is the chief medical editor of the publication. The award recognized the periodical’s reporting on the results of the Comparison of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Treatment Trials and the reaction to them. Often referred to as the Pulitzer Prize of the business media, the Neal awards are sponsored by American Business Media to honor business-tobusiness journalism. Thomas Quinn , professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and director of the Center for Global Health in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Notre Dame, from which he obtained his bachelor’s degree in 1969, and will give the commencement address to the university’s graduate school degree recipients in May. Pamela Zeitlin , professor of pediatrics,

H e ntri c h , Autumn, International Health

Heck s t a l l - Va n s t o r y , Sharon,

Brain-Targeted Teaching Model for 21st-Century Schools. Designed to serve as a bridge between researchers and educators, the book offers teachers, from pre-K through higher education, practical ways to apply research to the teaching and learning process. Hardiman is a former Baltimore City Public Schools teacher and principal. SCHOOL OF MEDICINE H u g h C a l k i n s , professor of medicine,

K i tc he ns , Amy, Academic Affairs


5 years of service Me l l e rso n , Albertha, Student Financial Services KRIEGER SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

20 years of service D i l l a rd E w i n g , Cheryl, Physics and Astronomy 10 years of service B osl e y , Bonnie, Physics and Astronomy H a m m on d , Randolph, Physics and Astronomy SAIS

10 years of service S ha nka r , Meera, Bologna Center 5 years of service C u rti s , Travis, Business Office L e sa nd ric , Katarina, International Relations


15 years of service B e nne tt , Bonita, Montgomery County Campus SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Retiree C oonf i e l d , Michael, 14 years of service,



35 years of service Addi son , Betty, Student Affairs 20 years of service Supan , Maria, Health Policy and Management 15 years of service K elly , Linda, Population, Family and

Reproductive Health

D a y , Theresa, Oncology J a c kson , Gail, Oncology J a c kson , Juan, Radiation Oncology

25 years of service B a ke r , Judy, Medicine, Infectious Diseases D a v i s , Pamela, Clinical Practice Association F i she r , Joy, Oncology F ox-Ta l bo t , Mary, Pathology Whi te hu r s t , Kathy, Pediatrics

Go a d , Kelly, Facilities

20 years of service B a se ne r , Anne, Psychiatry (Bayview) C osne r , Bonnie, Radiology P ol i c a str i , Marjorie, Institute of Basic Biomedical Sciences

5 years of service Astembor ski , Jacqueline, Epidemiology Da rien , Lashawn, Population, Family and Reproductive Health

15 years of service B e rr y , Rhonda, Clinical Practice Association B re re ton , Nga, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

10 years of service Cilo glu , Gulen, Information Systems Freem an , Aimee, Epidemiology

Gynecology and Obstetrics Ji g g et t s , Dawn, General Internal Medicine M cC r ea , Candice, Psychiatry Ver m i l l i o n , Krista, Psychiatry W h i t t i n g t o n , Tracy, Endocrinology Wi l g u s , Barbara, Infectious Diseases (Bayview) 10 years of service B y n a k er , Corey, Neurosurgery F a n n i n g , Jeannette, Clinical Pharmacology Ko w z a n , Mary, Dermatology L i u , Li, Neurology M i l l er , Stephanie, Ophthalmology

(Bayview) O h , Susan, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research O m o n d i , Marcia, Oncology R i ck l i s , Rebecca, Pathology Sch r o ed er , Maureen, Pulmonary Sp en cer , Lorraine, Continuing Medical Education Wa n g , Ying, Psychiatry W h i t e , Elizabeth, Anesthesiology and Critical Care 5 years of service B a k a l y a r , Heather, Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer B a s s i n g er , Jennifer, Ophthalmology B a y n es , Moira, Neurology B el l a m y , Iris, Radiology B r a x t o n , Carlos, Research Administration C o o k , Judith, Radiology D u n l a p , Monique, Ophthalmology Hel f r i ch , Kyleigh, Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine Ja f a r , Trina, Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine Ko l m a k o v a , Antonina, Endocrinology (Bayview) M a l a ca s , Romulo, Jr., Pathology M cB ee , Nicole, Neurology M i l es , Brandy, Rheumatology (Bayview) M y er s , Rhonda, Continuing Medical Education O ca m p o , Amy, Ophthalmology Pu r s l ey , Jessica, Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine Sch a n n e , Joyce, Radiation Oncology Sch n eem a n , Elizabeth, Facilities T h o m p s o n , Lisa, Infectious Diseases Weisgerber , Dana, Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer


director of pulmonary medicine and codirector of the Cystic Fibrosis Center, has received the American Thoracic Society’s 2012 Elizabeth A. Rich, M.D. Award. The honor recognizes outstanding women and leaders who have made significant contributions to the ATS in pulmonary, critical care or sleep medicine. UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION Stephanie Reel , vice provost and CIO

for information technologies for the university, and also vice president and CIO of information services for Johns Hopkins Medicine, has been elected to the CIO Hall of Fame by CIO Magazine. The Hall of Fame was created in 1997 to spotlight IT professionals who had provided significant contributions to, and profound influence on, the IT discipline, the use of technology in business and the advancement of the CIO role. WHITING SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING Steve H. Hanke , a professor of applied

economics in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, will today receive a doctorate of economics, honoris causa, from Istanbul Kultur University in recognition of his outstanding work and contributions in the field of economics.

Wood en , Trudee, Gastroenterology


25 years of service Fl anner y - Denner , Agnes, Sheridan Libraries 5 years of service P r al l e , Barbara, Sheridan Libraries


Retirees H ar r i s on , Wilson, 19 years of service,

Enterprise Applications Sm i t h , Galen, 43 years of service, Enterprise Applications 20 years of service M abus , Cynthia, Office of Chief,

Enterprise Technology Services

15 years of service But l er , Dawn, Administrative and

Financial Services

Di c key , Sandra, Controller H awki ns , Kay, Controller N es s , Tarrence, Integration Services

10 years of service Bond , Patricia, Controller H ut t on , Cecilia, Development and Alumni Relations Ri g by , Gregory, Office of Chief, Enterprise Technology Services Sam p s on , Debbie, Human Resources Shar p s , Avon, Facilities 5 years of service Li nd am ood , Melisa, Government and Community Affairs Log ue , Brandon, Controller M a , Donghong, Development and Alumni Relations Ri c ket t s , Daniel, Facilities Sc hofi el d , Russell, Facilities Tay l or , Sean, Facilities WHITING SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

10 years of service Roj as , Adena, Geography and Environmental Engineering 5 years of service H op ki ns , David, Institute for

Computational Medicine

Vonas ek , Maura, Center for Imaging


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Hot Jobs

Spring Toiletries Drive — SOURCE

Listed below are some of the university’s newest openings for in-demand jobs that we most urgently need to fill. In addition to considering these opportunities, candidates are invited to search a complete listing of openings and apply for positions online at

Homewood Office of Human Resources Wyman Park Building, Suite W600 410-516-7196

Senior Technical Support Analyst

School of Medicine Office of Human Resources 98 N. Broadway, Suite 300 410-955-2990 The Department of Emergency Medicine is seeking experienced applicants for the position of Programmer Analyst, who serves as the data and project analyst and supports the Information Systems and Technology Administrator. This position provides data analysis support for the entire department and project support to the department’s administrative team engaged in information systems/IT–related projects, and serves the data and project needs of five hospitals’ emergency departments. A bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, finance or a related field, and a minimum of one year related experience, is required. For a detailed job description and to apply, go to 51786

Programmer Analyst

Schools of Public Health and Nursing Office of Human Resources 2021 E. Monument St. 410-955-3006 The Bloomberg School of Public Health is offering several opportunities for individuals who possess strong analytical, organizational and communication skills. For detailed job descriptions and to apply, go to 49102 50518 51847 52128 52031 51690

is sponsoring a two-week spring toiletries drive to help people in need. A variety of items will be collected, including new and unopened shampoo, soap, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, Q-tips, feminine hygiene products, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes,


mouthwash and products for babies. The four drop-box locations, available between Monday, April 16, and Friday, April 27, are the SoN lobby, SoM Armstrong Building lobby, E1002 SPH and SOURCE, 2017 E. Monument St. The drive is co-sponsored by the InterAction Council, the SPH Anna Baetjer Society and the SoN National Student Nursing Association. For more information, go to

U.S. postmaster general to give Leaders + Legends Lecture By Andrew Blumberg

The Department of Defense Information Analysis Center, operated by the Whiting School of Engineering, has an opening for a midlevel information technology support analyst for the Chemical Propulsion Information Analysis Center. For more information and to apply, go to 51628



Carey Business School


atrick R. Donahoe, postmaster general and CEO of the United States Postal Service, will be the featured speaker for the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School’s Leaders + Legends lecture series on Wednesday, April 18. The event will take place at 7:30 a.m. in the Legg Mason Tower in Harbor East. Donahoe, whose remarks are titled “The State of the U.S. Postal Service,” was named the 73rd postmaster general of the country in October 2010. A 35-year postal veteran who began his career as a postal clerk Patrick R. in Pittsburgh, he reports to the Postal Service board of governors. Donahoe previously served as the 19th deputy postmaster general—the second highest-ranking postal official—and chief operating officer. In his dual roles, Donahoe had responsibility for the day-to-day activities of 574,000 career employees working in more than 32,000 facilities supported by a fleet of nearly 216,000 vehicles. Additionally, he was responsible for mail processing, transportation, field operations, engineering, delivery, retail, facilities and network operations.

As chief operating officer, Donahoe was instrumental in the Postal Service’s achieving record levels of service and customer satisfaction, significant workplace improvements and seven straight years of productivity gains. The U.S. Postal Service has annual revenues of $68 billion and delivers nearly half the world’s mail. His previous positions include chief operating officer and executive vice president, senior vice president for operations, senior vice president for human resources and vice president for Allegheny area operations. Donahoe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University Donahoe of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science degree as a Sloan Fellow at MIT. The Leaders + Legends lecture series, which features today’s most influential business and public policy leaders addressing topics of global interest and importance, is designed to engage business and community professionals in an examination of the most compelling issues and challenges facing society today. Admission to the lecture, which includes breakfast, is $35. To register and for more information, go to leadersandlegends.

Programmer Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst Communications Specialist Research Program Manager Administrative Secretary, Part Time Research Technologist

Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, other legally protected characteristics or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria.

Woodcliffe Manor Apartments




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Theatre Arts and Studies Program sings Sondheim B y A m y L u n d ay



he Johns Hopkins University Theatre Arts and Studies Program will present A Celebration: The Music of Stephen Sondheim during three performances this week in the John Astin Theatre in Homewood’s historic Merrick Barn. Curtain times are 8 p.m. on Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 22.

The show promises an evening of humor, pathos and some of the most hauntingly beautiful melodies ever written for the American theater. The cast includes 10 undergraduates taking the Performance course taught by instructor Peg Denithorne, who is also the director for the show. Tickets are $5 for students with ID; $13 for senior citizens (60+) and Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, alumni and retirees; and $15 for the general public. Cash or check only. For reservations, call 410-516-5153 or email

April 16, 2012 • THE GAZETTE


Albemarle Square/Little Italy, 2BR, 2.5BA TH, newer construction, stainless steel appls, hdwd flrs, garage, no pets. $1,900/mo. Butchers Hill, 2BR, 2.5BA RH, stainless steel appls, W/D, patio, deck, avail June 1. $1,400/mo. Tim, 410-547-5748. Butchers Hill, 3-story house w/huge backyd, 2BR suites, 2.5BAs, kitchen, W/D, dw, sec sys, walk to school. $1,595/mo. Sharon, 443-695-9073. Catonsville, medical office in multi-physician bldg, approx 1,000 sq ft, 2nd flr view of forest, opposite Charlestown Retirement Center. $1,675/mo + utils. 410-321-8889. Charles Village, sm 1BR apt, can be furn’d. $600/mo. 443-956-2616. Charles Village, fully renov’d 3BR, 2BA apt, 1,500 sq ft, laundry, prkng, blks to Homewood campus. 410-383-2876 or Charles Village, single-family house, furn’d 4BRs, great for visiting professor and family, avail July 2012-July 2013. Doug, Deep Creek Lake/Wisp, cozy 2BR cabin w/ full kitchen; call for wkly/wknd rentals. 410638-9417 or (for pics). Fells Point, 1BR, 1BA apt w/outdoor roofdeck, hdwd flrs, ceramic tile BA, AC, appls, 1 mi to JHH, pref nonsmoker. $1,000/ mo + utils. 410-375-4862. Guilford, efficiency condo in Highfield House, nr Homewood campus and shuttle, 24-hr security. $800/mo incl all utils. 443604-1912. Homewood, fully furn’d 1BR apt avail for sublet, June-Aug, AC, TV, dw, queen bed, HICKORY HEIGHTS sofa bed, W/D in house, suitable 1 or A lovely hilltop setting on Hickoryfor Avenue 2. in Hampden! 2 BD or from $760 with Balcony - $790 d598mrm. Shown by appointment

410.764.7776Chapel, 4BR TH w/3 full Lutherville/Mays BAs and 1 half-BA, gourmet kitchen, hdwd flrs in living rm and dining rm, fp, deck, patio, great school district, nr lt rail, conv to JHMI/downtown, avail April 20. $1,950/ mo. 410-790-6288 or michelle41212@

Luxury Elevator Building in Charles Village! Spacious 2BD, 2BA, full size W/D. Free off street pkg. All new appliances! $1300 - $1425.00!

Shown by appointment


HICKORY HEIGHTS A lovely hilltop setting on Hickory Avenue in Hampden! 2 BD units from $760

with Balcony - $790 Shown by appointment



Lutherville/Timonium, 3BR, 2.5BA TH, new paint/crpt, laminate flrs, dw, refrigerator, bsmt, deck, yd, conv access to 695/83, no pets. 410-828-4583 or moqiu@comcast .net.

2BD, 2BA, full size W/D. Free off street pkg. All new appliances! $1300 - $1425.00!

Shown by appointment



’77 Toyota Landcruiser FJ40, 4" lift aluminum tub, steel wheels, bimini top and soft doors (hard top/doors avail), 118K mi. $7,950/best offer. 410-592-6423. ’02 Toyota Celica, silver, automatic, in great cond, clean title, passed MD inspection, 80K mi, autocheck score: 94. $7,500.

Mt Vernon (1101 St Paul St), 1BR, 1BA apt, grand living w/20th flr view, 24-hr front desk. Susan, 443-604-7310.

’04 Acura TL w/navigation, silver, 1 owner, garage-kept, all records incl’d, 105K mi. $12,000.

Ocean City, MD (137th St), ocean block, 3BR, 2BA condo, lg in-ground pool, steps from beach, off-street prkng (2 spaces), short walk to restaurants/entertainment. 410-5442814.

’98 Honda Accord LX coupe, 2-dr, dk green w/tan cloth interior, power locks/windows, runs extremely well, 138.5K mi. $4,500/best offer. 443-942-0857 or 240-753-4954.

Original Northwood, lovely 3BR, 1.5BA RH in quiet, safe and friendly neighborhood, hdwd flrs, ceiling fans in all rms, window units avail, garage, NWF-certified bird- and butterfly-friendly gardens front and back, conv to universities, pets negotiable. $1,200/mo. 410-435-5095. Rehoboth Beach, 3BR TH, 15-min walk to beach, dog-friendly, weekly rentals, JHU discounts for summer 2012. galeeena@yahoo .com. Lg 1BR condo in gated community, W/D in unit, 3 swimming pools, tennis, discounts at the shops of Cross Keys. $1,400/mo (furn’d) or $1,200 (unfurn’d). 410-458-8416 or


Fells Point, 3-story RH in historic district, lg private yd, 4 blks to JHH. Dorothy, 443750-7750. Greektown (opposite Bayview), 2BR, 2BA EOG, 1,400 sq ft, lg rms, bright living area, newly renov’d, granite, upstairs laundry + nursery/office. $165,000. 410-935-8060. Greenway, Manhattan-style efficiency condo in owner-occupied, secure bldg, steps from Homewood campus. $86,500. 443414-6282. Guilford, lovely 5BR, 2.5BA RH in historic neighborhood, move-in ready, walk to Homewood campus/JHH shuttle, perf for JH fellow or faculty w/family. $319,000. 443-416-3195. Parkville, spacious 3BR, 1.5BA TH, movein ready, breakfast bar, separate dining rm, new roof, HWH, fin’d bsmt w/wet bar, deck, shed, 6 mi to JHH. $164,900. 410-296-2523 or


Two F wanted to share new 3BR, 3.5BA TH, 2 blks to JHMI. $540 or $560/mo + utils. 410-979-0721 or Rm avail in Bayview area TH, share w/postdoc and student, furn’d, free Internet, CAC, 50 ft to hospital. $480/mo + share of utils. 443-386-8471 or Spacious rm w/BA in TH, walking distance to JHH shuttle, SoN and SPH. home21231@ F wanted for lg, furn’d BR w/priv BA and high-spd Internet, nr JHH, SoN and SPH, very good view. $650/mo + utils.

Luxury Elevator Building in Charles Village! Spacious


Sublet: Spacious rm in University West Apts, across from Recreation Center, avail mid-May to mid-August. Melissa, 305-4093870. Sublet: Beautiful 1BR in classic Mt Vernon house, on shuttle route, fully furn’d, cable and heat incl’d, avail Sept 2012 to May 2013.


Pro-Form 785-E treadmill, 3 yrs old, lightly used, excel cond, excel price. modeltlps@ Padlocks and keys, Krups coffeepot (new), foam mattress cushions, Revlon paraffin bath, microwave oven, snow and garden shovels. Solid cherry rolltop computer desk, 56" x 30" x 47", lg work surface, keyboard tray, drawers, file drawer, space for computer tower/printer/modem, openings for cords, in good cond. $200.

PT, creative and attentive nanny sought for pair of 3-yr-olds in Charles Village, car and CRP certification required. Ben, Nanny w/over 3 yrs experience caring for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, responsible, loving, patient, active, good swimmer, loves sports, speaks both English (basic) and Mandarin (fluent). 443-838-0918 or wjfj@ Need a Chinese tutor? Learn to speak, read and write Mandarin Chinese in an easy way. 610-909-2535 or Resident assistants wanted July 13-20 to supervise 60 high school students for oneweek camp at Homewood campus. Shanna, 410-735-4382. Guilford multi-family yd sale, 8am-2pm, Sat, April 21 (rain date: Sun, April 22) at 3406 St Paul next to Hopkins Inn, and across from the Marylander; proceeds support our garden and common areas. Editing of biomedical journal articles offered by PhD biomedical scientist and certified editor in the life sciences. 443-600-2264 or Piano lessons w/experienced teacher, Peabody doctorate, patient instruction. 410662-7951. Hauling/junk removal, next-day pick up, free phone estimate ($40 and up), 15% discount all Hopkins. 410-419-3902.

Bicycles: 18" Trek 7-spd and 20" Raleigh 10- or 12-spd, both insp’d July 2011. $100/ ea. Charles, 410-967-5388.

Two experienced movers w/30-ft enclosed box truck available, local/long distance, flat rate. John, 443-858-7264.

Gold’s Gym Stridetrainer 380 elliptical trainer, in excel cond, puzzle mat incl’d, $150; brand new HP Photosmart D5160 color printer, $60. 301-814-4892.

Tai chi beginners classes starting April 16 in Charles Village and April 17 nr Towson. 410-296-4944 or

Panasonic 21" TV, older model, $25; Sony Trinitron 13" TV, $35; office desk chair, $35; 410-542-0409 or Epson Stylus 760 color printer, portable canvas patio chair, digital piano, 100W amp, keyboard case, sand beach chairs (2), oil-filled heaters (3), ergonomic kneeling posture chair. 410-455-5858 or iricse.its@ Ceramic insulators, Cypress Gardens water skis, exterior French doors, full-length Dior silver fox coat, music cassette tapes, fitness chair, office supplies, masonry/wood sprayer and garden mesh, sm dining rm set, Playboy mags, 1965-2007. 443-824-2198 or


Found in Hampden: delightful M cat, white and orange marmalade, neutered, very affectionate, a people cat, but he is skin and bone and desperately needs a home, serious inquiries only. 410-235-2777 or Single F looking for shared, furn’d apt w/ another F and priv BA nr the School of Public Health or nearby on bus route, May 20-Aug 20. 919-685-6296 or srrosen@

Weekend sapling and shrub planting in Reisterstown; I can provide transportation. $10/hr. 443-471-6121 or Affordable and professional landscaper/certified horticulturist available to maintain existing gardens, also designing, planting or masonry; free consultations. David, 410683-7373 or Tutor available: all subjects/levels; remedial, gifted; help w/college counseling, speech and essay writing, editing, proofreading, more. 410-337-9877 (after 8pm) or i1__@ Licensed landscaper avail for spring/summer lawn maintenance, mulching, yard cleanup, other services incl’d trash hauling. Taylor Landscaping LLC. 410-812-6090 or Masterpiece Landscaping provides knowledgable on-site consultation, transplanting, bed prep, installation, sm tree/shrub shaping, licensed. Terry, 410-652-3446. Friday Night Swing Dance Club, open to public, great bands, no partners necessary. 410-663-0010 or www.fridaynightswing .com. Certified personal and career coach committed to helping young professionals achieve their potential. 410-375-4042 or

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$5 deposit required. Great Hall, School of Education Bldg. HW Tues., April 17, noon. Screening of film clips from several documentaries followed by discussion of water rights and water access. Co-sponsored by the JB Grant Society, the SPH Green Student Group and JHU Take Back the Tap. W1020 SPH. EB

Screening of the documentary Keys to My Home, about Iranian journalist Delbar Tavakoli, who fled Iran in the aftermath of the disputed 2009 elections. Sponsored by the SAIS Middle East Studies Program. For information or to RSVP, email 203 Rome Bldg.

only.) For information, call 202663-5911 or email swong27@jhu .edu. Rome Auditorium. SAIS “Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema,” a Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Program in Jewish Studies lecture by Lawrence Baron, San Diego State University. Smokler Center for Jewish Life. HW

Tues., April 17, 6 p.m.

Thurs., April 19, 7 p.m.

Wed., April 18, 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Cross blood drive. To schedule an apppointment go to redcrossblood .org/make-donation or call 443997-0338. To learn about donating, to check eligibility criteria or find tips on preparing for your blood donation, call 866-236-3276. Glass Pavilion, Levering. HW


Leaders + Legends Lecture— “State of the U.S. Postal Service” by Patrick Donahoe, postmaster general and CEO, U.S. Postal Service. (See story, p. 10.) Speaker’s remarks will be followed by questions from the audience. Business attire required. 100 International Drive, Harbor East.



“Literature and Natural Philosophy in Montfaucon de Villars’ The Comte de Gabalis,” a History of Science, Medicine and Technology colloquium with Didier Kahn, Universite de Paris IV–Sorbonne/CNRS. Co-sponsored by the Singleton Center for Premodern Europe. 388 Gilman. HW

Wed., April 18, noon.

Tues., April 17, 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. JHU/American Red

Mon., April 16, 4 p.m.

Tues., April 17, 4 p.m. “Making Families Through Adoption: Legal Imaginaries and Child Adoption Practices in Mexico,” an Anthropology colloquium with Anaid Reyes Kipp, KSAS. 404 Macaulay. HW Tues., April 17, 4:15 p.m. “Chirality in Physics, Chemistry and Nature,” a Chemistry colloquium with Robert Compton, University of Tennessee. 233 Remsen. HW Wed.,





“Convection, Rotation and Magnetism in Stars: Puzzles and Perspectives,” an STScI colloquium with Matt Browning, University of Exeter, UK. Bahcall Auditorium, Muller Bldg. HW “Masses Based on Secular Songs and the New Christology of Mid-15thCentury Europe,” a Peabody Musicology DMA colloquium with Ann Robertson, University of Chicago. 308C Conservatory Bldg. Peabody Wed., April 18, 5 p.m.

“Optical Flow Switching,” an Applied Physics Laboratory colloquium with Vincent W.S. Chan, MIT. Parsons Auditorium. APL

Thurs., April 19, 2 p.m.

Thurs., April 19, 3 p.m. “William Keith Brooks as a Late-19thCentury Darwinian,” a History of Science, Medicine and Technology colloquium with Richard Nash, KSAS. 300 Gilman. HW Thurs., April 19, 3 p.m. “Harmony of Scattering Amplitudes: From Particle Colliders to Supergravity,” a Physics and Astronomy colloquium with Zvi Bern, UCLA. Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center. HW

“The Logical Syntax of Number Words: Theory, Acquisition and Processing,” a Cognitive Science colloquium with Julien Musolino, Rutgers University. 111 Krieger. HW

Thurs., April 19, 3:45 p.m.

“ ‘Living in the Same Place … and Different Places’: Cosmopoetics After Modernism,” an ELH col-

Thurs., April 19, 4 p.m.

Matthew Lochner and Malinda McPherson

HSO season finale features Concerto Competition winners


he Hopkins Symphony Orchestra will perform its season finale concert on Sunday, April 22. In addition to the monumental Symphony No. 1 by Johannes Brahms, the concert will feature performances by two Johns Hopkins undergraduates who are the cowinners of the 2012 Hopkins Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Matthew Lochner will perform Camille Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 2, and Malinda McPherson will perform the Concerto for Viola and Orchestra by William Walton. Lochner is a freshman majoring in philosophy who studies at the Peabody Conservatory with Sheng-Yuan Kuan. McPherson is a sophomore majoring in cognitive science. She is a member of the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra and studies with Victoria Chiang of the Peabody Institute. The competition was created by 2008 alumnus Hernan del Aguila to give Johns Hopkins students not majoring in music a chance to further their musical studies, gain experience in preparing and auditioning for professional musicians, and receive public recognition for their work. See Music.

loquium with Michael Davidson, University of California, San Diego. Sponsored by English. 130D Gilman. HW CO N FERE N CE S Tues., April 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Growing Food: New Places,

New Technologies, a SAIS Office of the Dean conference with a keynote address, “Boosting Harvests, Fighting Poverty: Collective Action Through Feed the Future” by Rajiv Shah, U.S. Agency for International Development. (See In Brief, p. 2.) For a full conference agenda, go to agriculture/conference. Go to for a live webcast. For information or to RSVP, go to saisyearofagriculture Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Bldg. SAIS D I S CU S S I O N / T AL K S

Tues., April 17, 5 p.m. “Declining Military Spending: What Is the Future for Transatlantic Relations?” a SAIS European Studies Program discussion with Clara Marina O’Donnell, Center for European Reform and the Brookings Institution. Reception follows at 6:15 p.m. For information, call 202-663-5796 or email ntobin@ 806 Rome Bldg. SAIS

Wed., April 18, 12:15 p.m.

“Generating Knowledge in Road Safety: New Evidence From Lowand Middle-Income Countries in the RS-10 Project,” a Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit panel discussion with Gayle DiPietro, Global Road Safety Partnership; Margie Peden, World Health Organization; and Adnan Hyder and David Bishai (moderator), both SPH. In conjunction with the publication of the report “Public Health Burden of Road Traffic Injuries: An Assessment From Ten Low and Middle Income Countries,” a special issue of Traffic Injury Prevention. W1020 SPH. EB Mon., April 23, 12:30 p.m. “The Open Government Partnership: A Progress Report,” a SAIS International Development Program discussion with Maria Otero, U.S. undersecretary of state for civilian security, democracy and human rights. For information or to RSVP, email developmentroundtable@ Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Bldg. SAIS


Screening of The Finland Phenomenon, a documentary on Finland’s educational system with the filmmaker Bob Compton and Harvard researcher and author Tony Wagner. Seating is limited; refundable

Mon., April 16, 6 p.m.

“Sexual/ Reproductive Health Care: What About the Young Male?” Public Health Practice grand rounds with Arik Marcell, SoM. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Public Health Training Center, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Center for STI Prevention and the STD/HIV Prevention Training Center at Johns Hopkins. (To sign in to a live webcast or for information on continuing education credits or contact hours, go to or call 443-2877833.) W1214 SPH. EB






“Tobacco Use and Risk of Rectal and Colorectal Cancers: Opportunities for Prevention and Intervention,” an Institute for Global Tobacco Control lecture by Corinne Joshu, SPH. W1030 SPH. EB Mon., April 16, 5 p.m. “Sujetos Fronterizos, Series Poliedricas y Espacio Barbaro en la Fronte,” a German and Romance Languages and Literatures lecture by Adriana Bergero, UCLA. 479 Gilman. HW April 17, noon. The Annual Shallenberger Lecture in Ethics—“Advance Care Planning: Addressing the Gaps Between Knowledge and Practice” by Myra Christopher, Center for Practical Bioethics, Kansas City. (See story, p. 3.) Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Hospital Ethics Committee and Consultation Service and the Berman Institute of Bioethics. Hurd Hall. EB


‘Questions From the Past,’ a Humanities Center lecture series by Sari Nusseibeh, president, AlQuds University, East Jerusalem. 208 Gilman. HW

Tues., April 17, 4 p.m. “Avicenna and Descartes on the Cogito and the Flying Man.”


Thurs., April 19, 4 p.m. “On Whether One Is Unique.”





“Avicenna and Leibniz on What Is Possible and What Is Best.”

“You Were There,” a SAIS Strategic Studies Program lecture by Robert Joseph, National Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. special envoy for nuclear nonproliferation. (Open to SAIS community

Tues., April 17, 4:30 p.m.

Wed., April 18, 12:15 p.m. The Seventh Annual Paul A. Harper Lecture—“Implementing Maternal and Child Health Globally” by Timothy Johnson, University of Michigan. Sponsored by Population, Family and Reproductive Health. W2030 SPH. EB Wed., April 18, 2 p.m. “DNA Crosslink Repair and Human Disease,” an Institute of Genetic Medicine lecture by Agata Smogorzewska, Rockefeller University. Tilghman Auditorium, Turner Concourse. EB Thurs., April 19, 4 p.m. The Fourth Annual James E.K. Hildreth Lecture—“A Look Ahead: Preparing for 21st-Century Careers in the Biomedical Sciences” by Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president, UMBC. Sponsored by the Biomedical Scholars Association. West Lecture Hall, Armstrong Medical Education Bldg. EB Thurs.,





“Urban Ecology: Jean Rolin With Leonard Dubkin,” a German and Romance Languages and Literatures lecture by Allan Stoekl, Pennsylvania State University/ KSAS. 479 Gilman. HW The Sixth George G. Graham Lecture—“Malnutrition: Fundamental Lessons When Standing on Shoulders of Giants” by Michael Golden, professor emeritus, University of Aberdeen. Co-sponsored by International Health and the Center for Human Nutrition. W1214 SPH. EB

Thurs., April 19, 5 p.m.

Thurs., April 19, 5:30 p.m.

The 2012 Rostow Lecture— “Shadow Banking, Prudential Risk and Social Value” by Adair Turner, chair, U.K. Financial Services Authority, and chair, U.K. Committee on Climate Continued on page 4

(Events are free and Calendar open to the public Key except where indicated.) APL BRB CRB EB HW KSAS

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

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