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Academic year comes to a close By Greg Rienzi

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he academic year culminates this week with a big JHU bash and a new tradition. In an effort to promote a more unified Johns Hopkins family, the university has fused the universitywide commencement ceremony with the Homewood underDegrees to graduate diploma be conferred ceremony for one grand graduation at university- observance. The result will be a single ceremony for wide event graduates from all divisions and camon May 27 puses. The event will take place rain or shine from 8:40 a.m. to roughly noon on Thursday, May 27, on Homewood Field. The stadium holds 9,000 people—no tickets necessary. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former chair of the university’s board of trustees, will be this year’s commencement speaker. The majority of students will receive their diplomas following the event; others will receive them at separate diploma ceremonies at their respective schools. For the past several decades, a universitywide morning commencement ceremony has formed the centerpiece for the week’s various ceremonies that formally conclude JHU’s academic year. The Homewood undergraduate diploma ceremony, which had its own guest speaker, was held in the afternoon in the same location. Although the undergraduates had the option of attending the morning ceremony, the majority did not since they would receive their diplomas later that day. The new single ceremony will feature remarks from President Ronald J. Daniels and a full speech by Bloomberg, the conferring of all degrees, recognition of new members of the Society of Scholars and the bestowing of honorary degrees. Honorary degrees will be awarded on stage to Michael M.E. Johns, chancellor



ome teachers are practical. They pepper students with real-world examples to illustrate course content. Some like to inject a little fun. To spice up a potentially boring lecture, one Johns Hopkins public health professor will have his students devise a financial analysis—for an ugly-baby clinic. Some openly show passion for the subject. Pic-

ture a music history professor nearly brought to tears reading excerpts from a composer’s diary. Faculty employ a variety of styles to impart knowledge and get students to think critically, and each year some are recognized for their outstanding teaching ability. Since 1992, the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association has annually recognized with its Excellence in Teaching Award university

faculty who excel in the art of instruction. The award allows each academic division of the university to publicly recognize the critical importance of teaching. The nomination and selection processes differ by school, but students must be involved in the selection. Some schools give multiple awards in different Continued on page 7


Survey reveals innovation at nation’s nonprofits Also, most organizations are now measuring their programs’ effectiveness By Mimi Bilzor

Institute for Policy Studies


new Johns Hopkins University survey has revealed widespread innovation among the nation’s nonprof-

In Brief

Ideas for a better Baltimore; Diplomas Now financial support; ‘Gazette’ summer schedule


its, as well as efforts by those organizations to measure their programs’ effectiveness. The vast majority (82 percent) of responding organizations reported implementing an innovative program or service within the past five years, and 85 percent reported measuring program effectiveness. “Given the focus of both Obama administration officials and U.S. foundation leaders on identifying and supporting innovative programs that truly work to address our nation’s long-standing social challenges, it is highly encouraging to see that the innova-

tive spirit appears to be alive and well in the core of the nation’s nonprofit sector, and not just among new start-ups,” said Lester M. Salamon, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, which conducted this survey as part of its Listening Post Project. The study surveyed a nationwide sample of nonprofit organizations in four key fields—children and family services, elderly housing and services, community and eco-

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2 THE GAZETTE • May 24, 2010 I N   B R I E F

JHU undergrads propose ideas for a better Baltimore



CSI: New York star Hill Harper, a member of the Johns Hopkins School of Education’s national advisory board, visits the East Baltimore Community School with SoE interim Dean Mariale Hardiman and Principal Cathy Miles, both seated in photo. SoE is a partner with the East Baltimore school. Harper, who was in Baltimore to promote his latest book, Letters to a Young Brother, urged students to take responsibility for each other’s learning. He is the founder of the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, an organization dedicated to empowering, encouraging and inspiring underserved youth to succeed through mentorship, scholarship and grant programs. —James Campbell

JHU Press, Hopkins Club preview War of 1812 activities


he JHU Press is anticipating the approaching bicentennial of the War of 1812 with a multibook series called Johns Hopkins Books on the War of 1812. At 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8, at the Johns Hopkins Club, the authors of the first two books in the series, Don Shomette (Flotilla: The Patuxent Naval Campaign in the War of 1812) and Ralph Eshelman (The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake: A Reference Guide to Historic Sites in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia), will discuss the notable

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ow do you make Baltimore better? Johns Hopkins students have a few ideas. This past intersession, a dozen undergraduates participated in B’more Innovative: Studying Change Through Charm City. The seminar-based course explored how ideas and innovations spread through society using case studies connected to Baltimore. For the final assignment, each student proposed an innovative project to be implemented in the city. The students wrote essays about their projects that can now be viewed at http:// Four of the essays were published in The Baltimore Sun’s May 20 edition on the op-ed page. One student advocated for local universities and colleges to purchase run-down and vacant row houses, which would then be redeveloped as businesses initially run by students. Another called for a self-sustaining gym, where the energy people expend using treadmills, elliptical machines and the like could be transformed into electricity used to power the facility’s lights, air conditioning units, televisions and other electric devices. Using Hampden’s “Miracle on 34th Street” as a model, one student proposed a citywide project to collect holiday lights from local citizens and identify sponsors to install the lights in various neighborhoods across Baltimore. The blog archives the final proposals for the course, part of B’More: A Common Freshman Experience, a one-week academic program for freshmen to introduce them to their adopted home city. The B’more Innovative course, held Jan. 16 to 22, was taught by Mike Reese, associate director of the Center for Educational Resources and a doctoral student in sociology.

Nonprofits receive $6 million to support Diplomas Now effort


he PepsiCo Foundation last week announced an increased commitment to Diplomas Now, a collaborative effort that combines the respective strengths, expertise and resources of three nonprofits—Johns Hopkins’ Talent Development, City Year and Communities In Schools—to address the staggering high school dropout rate in select cities across the U.S. The foundation will invest $6 million in the program over the next three years, building on a $5 million grant in 2008. The new investment will support expansion within the program’s current locations and provide for the addition of new cities. Diplomas Now is an innovative school turnaround model, funded by the PepsiCo Foundation, that works with the nation’s most challenged middle and high schools to help students at risk of dropping out of school get back on track to high school graduation and be ready for college and a career.

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Its collaborative design blends whole-school reform with student support and an earlywarning system working in partnership with school districts, administrators, teachers and students. The model also provides health and physical activities across the whole school and for targeted students before, during and after school. Piloted in 2008 in Philadelphia and expanded to Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans and San Antonio last year, the Diplomas Now model hinges on research developed by Johns Hopkins’ Center for Social Organization of Schools and the Philadelphia Education Fund. Their findings indicate that 75 percent of America’s high school dropouts can be identified between sixth and ninth grades by monitoring “off-track indicators,” including poor attendance, poor behavior and course failure in English or math. Diplomas Now monitors these indicators and responds at the first warning sign with interventions tailored to students’ needs. “Examining early-warning indicators and working closely with school administrators and teachers, we identify off-track students and develop customized strategies to get them back on track and keep them there,” said Robert Balfanz, director of the Talent Development programs at Johns Hopkins. In its first year, Diplomas Now exceeded its goal of achieving a 25 percent reduction in off-track indicators among students in schools where the program was implemented.

Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor of Croatia to speak at SAIS


adranka Kosor, prime minister of Croatia, will give a talk at SAIS this week titled “Croatia’s Role in Fostering a Euro-Atlantic Perspective for Southeastern Europe.” Simultaneous English translation of the prime minister’s remarks, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 25, will be provided. Michael Haltzel, a senior fellow at the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, will moderate the session. The event will be held in the Nitze Building’s Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP to http://transatlantic

‘The Gazette’ begins biweekly summer schedule today


ith this issue,The Gazette begins its biweekly summer schedule; the paper will be published on June 7, June 21, July 6, July 19, Aug. 2 and Aug. 16. The weekly schedule will resume Aug. 30, the first week of the academic year. Calendar items and classifieds should be submitted by noon on Monday one week before publication to or faxed to 443-287-9920. Coverage of the May 27 universitywide commencement will be posted online at on May 28.

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Scientists ID potential trigger in lung disease sarcoidosis Johns Hopkins Medicine


ung researchers at Johns Hopkins have identified a possible protein trigger responsible for sarcoidosis, a potentially fatal inflammatory disease marked by tiny clumps of inflammatory cells that each year leave deep, grainy scars on the lungs, lymph nodes, skin and almost all major organs in hundreds of thousands of Americans. The disorder, whose cause has been a persistent mystery for nearly a century, strikes mostly young adults and disproportionately affects African-Americans. The link between sarcoidosis and overproduction of the suspected protein trigger, called serum amyloid A, was revealed after a six-year investigation encompassing more than two dozen laboratory experiments, including some on diseased lung tissue samples from 86 patients in the Baltimore area. “The increase in production of serum

amyloid A explains for the first time how inflammation can persist in the lungs without being triggered by an active infection,” said study senior investigator and pulmonologist David Moller, a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and director of the sarcoidosis clinic at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Study lead investigator Edward Chen says that the new findings clear the path for developing drug treatments or vaccines that can block serum amyloid A from binding to cell receptors and kicking off inflammation. In the short term, however, Moller says that his team has plans to use the study results to create diagnostic tests that could better predict which people with the disease are likely to heal on their own or are more likely to suffer persistent inflammation, which can lead to scarring, difficulty breathing and heart failure that can be fixed only by lung transplantation. In a report published in February in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical

Children who lose a parent to suicide likely to die the same way B y K at e r i n a P e s h e va

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osing a parent to suicide makes children more likely to die by suicide themselves and increases their risk of developing a range of major psychiatric disorders, according to a study led by the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center that is believed to be the largest one to date on the subject. A report on the findings appears in the May issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. How and when the parent died strongly influenced a child’s risk, the researchers report. And because the findings show that parental suicide affects children and teens more profoundly than young adults, it is likely that environmental and developmental factors, as well as genetic ones, are at work in next-generation risk, the scientists say. “Losing a parent to suicide at an early age emerges as a catalyst for suicide and psychiatric disorders,” said lead investigator Holly C. Wilcox, a psychiatric epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. “However, it’s likely that developmental, environmental and genetic factors all come together, most likely simultaneously, to increase risk.” The good news, the researchers say, is that though children in this group are at increased risk, most do not die by suicide, and nongenetic risk factors can be modified. And there may be a critical window for intervention in the aftermath of a parent’s suicide during which pediatricians could carefully monitor and refer children for psychiatric evaluation and, if needed, care. Family support is also critical, the investigators say. “Children are surprisingly resilient,” Wilcox said. “A loving, supporting environment and careful attention to any emerging psychiatric symptoms can offset even such a major stressor as a parent’s suicide.” In the United States, between 7,000 and 12,000 children lose a parent to suicide each year, the researchers estimate. The current study looked at the entire Swedish population over 30 years, making it the largest one to date to analyze the effects of untimely and/or sudden parental death on childhood development. U.S. and Swedish investigators compared suicides, psychiatric hospitalizations and violent crime convictions over 30 years in more than 500,000 Swedish children, teens and young adults (under the age of 25) who lost a parent to suicide, illness or an accident, on one hand, and in nearly 4 million

children, teens and young adults with living parents, on the other. Those who lost a parent to suicide as children or teens were three times more likely to commit suicide than children and teenagers with living parents. However, there was no difference in suicide risk when the researchers compared those 18 years and older. Young adults who lost a parent to suicide did not have a higher risk when compared to those with living parents. Children under the age of 13 whose parent died suddenly in an accident were twice as likely to die by suicide as those whose parents were alive, but the difference disappeared in the older groups. Children under 13 who lost a parent to illness did not have an increased risk for suicide when compared to same-age children with living parents. In addition, those who lost parents to suicide were nearly twice as likely to be hospitalized for depression as those with living parents. And those who lost parents to accidents or illness had 30 percent and 40 percent higher risk, respectively, for hospitalization. Losing a parent, regardless of cause, increased a child’s risk of committing a violent crime, the researchers found. The researchers did not count suspected suicides, nor did they include children with psychiatric or developmental disorders who were treated before the parent’s death or as outpatients, meaning the effects of parental suicide may be even more profound than the study suggests. Co-investigators on the study included S. Janet Kuramoto, of Johns Hopkins; Paul Lichtenstein, Niklas Långström and Bo Runeson, all of the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden; and David Brent, of the University of Pittsburgh. The research was funded by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Swedish Research Council.

Related Web sites Johns Hopkins Children’s Center:

Holly Wilcox: staffDetail.aspx?id=3144

‘Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry’:

Care Medicine, the Johns Hopkins scientists described their research on what was behind the microscopic clusters of inflamed tissue and white blood cells, or granulomas, that are a defining feature of sarcoidosis. Such lung lesions are not unique to sarcoidosis and can be triggered by infections, as in tuberculosis, which is often confused with sarcoidosis. But unlike tuberculosis, sarcoidosis is not an infectious disease, does not yield to antibiotics and is not limited to any particular organ, occurring in the eyes, skin, brain, heart and liver as well as lungs. Of particular interest to researchers was the role played by so-called amyloids, a set of proteins known to cause other persistent inflammatory conditions, such as amyloidosis. Indeed, a different kind of amyloid has been tied to plaques in the brain tissue of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Key among the researchers’ findings in sarcoidosis patients was that serum amyloid A stood out because it was heavily concentrated within the granulomas in diseased and scarred lung tissue. Researchers found the protein a hundred to a thousand times more widespread in sarcoidosis tissue samples than in samples from people with tuberculosis, another granuloma-forming lung disease. Similarly elevated amyloid levels were seen in comparison tests with tissue samples from people with lung cancer and Crohn’s disease. Further tests in patients’ lung cell cultures showed that adding serum amyloid A spiked production of at least a half-dozen key inflammatory chemicals known to be involved in damaging tissue. In another series of experiments in mice, the team discovered that granuloma formation in the lungs sped up when the mice were given injections of synthetic serum amyloid A. Mice had previously been injected with specially coated plastic beads designed to trigger sarcoidosis-like lesions. Adding the synthetic protein led to the same biochemical reactions in the mice as observed in humans, suggesting to the researchers that serum amyloid A played a key role in triggering sarcoidosis. To better understand how serum amyloid A might be driving granuloma formation,

the team used special antibodies to block various cell surface receptor sites where the protein would bind to the white blood cells and spur inflammation. Tests in human lung cells showed that blocking one particular receptor, toll-like receptor-2, or TLR2, inhibited the sustained inflammatory reaction typically associated with sarcoidosis. But when left to bind on its own, without an antibody-blocking TLR2, the open receptor could attach to serum amyloid A, and raised production of inflammatory chemicals would ensue. “Not only have we shown that serum amyloid A is a key protein trigger in sarcoidosis, but we also have evidence that the resulting inflammation is dependent on binding the protein at toll-like receptor-2, which opens up a host of possibilities that drugs blocking this binding site could prove an effective treatment for this disease,” said Chen, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins. Funding support for the report and research was provided by the National Institutes of Health, American Thoracic Society, Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research, Life and Breath Foundation and Hospital for the Consumptives of Maryland (Eudowood.) In addition to Moller and Chen, Johns Hopkins researchers involved in this study were Zhimin Song, Matthew Willett, Shannon Heine, Rex Yung, Mark Liu, Steve Groshong, Ying Zhang and Rubin Tuder.

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unther, Arrow, American, Brehms, Pabst, Natty Boh—Baltimore has quite a history when it comes to making beer, with more than 100 breweries in the city’s past. From 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2, Homewood Museum’s back lawn will be transformed into a kind of beer garden for An Evening of Traditional Beverages, with Baltimore Sun columnist and beer historian Rob Kasper chronicling the significant role brewers and breweries have played in Charm City from the 1700s through Prohibition to the present day. Guests will be able to sample ales, lagers

and stouts from some of the finest craft breweries in Baltimore and elsewhere in Maryland—including Clipper City, Brewer’s Art, Brewer’s Alley and Flying Dog—that carry on the historic brewing tradition. This lively annual event (which moves to Levering’s Glass Pavilion if rain interferes) includes light hors d’oeuvres and raffle prizes. Proceeds will benefit preservation projects of Homewood Museum. Admission is $40, $30 for members (must be 21 or over). Reservations are required and can be made by calling 410-516-5589. —Heather Egan Stalfort

4 THE GAZETTE • May 24, 2010

Study: ‘Frailty’ test predicts surgical outcomes in older patients


simple 10-minute “frailty” test administered to older patients before they undergo surgery can predict with great certainty their risk for complications, how long they will stay in the hospital and—most strikingly—whether they are likely to end up in a nursing home afterward, new research from Johns Hopkins suggests. “There’s been this hunger to have some sort of scientific way to predict surgical outcomes in older people,” said study leader Martin A. Makary, an associate professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “We think we have a way now to accurately measure risk instead of eyeballing somebody or guessing.” The key is a means of measuring frailty using a five-point scale developed at Johns Hopkins, Makary says. It includes loss of 10 pounds or more within the previous year, weakness as measured by a hand-held dyna-

mometer, exhaustion, low physical activity and slowed walking. On the scale, one point is given for each problem. Scores of 4 or 5 mean that patients are considered frail; 2 or 3 means they are considered intermediately frail. The test for frailty is simple to perform, taking just 10 minutes to complete. In a study reported online and in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Makary and his team applied the frailty test to 594 patients over age 65 who had elective surgery between July 2005 and July 2006. Results showed that patients who were frail were 2.5 times as likely as those who were not to suffer a postoperative complication, 1.5 times as likely to spend more time in the hospital and 20 times as likely to be discharged to a nursing home or assisted living facility after previously living at home. Previous research has also linked frailty to poor outcomes, even in patients not H O P K I N S

undergoing surgery, and has associated frailty with mortality, morbidity, falls and increased hospitalization. Surgeons have long known that some patients over age 65 do quite well after major surgery even though they appear feeble at the outset, while others who seem to be healthier before an operation emerge diminished. Predictive formulas based on cardiac health and medical history failed to stack up well against the new frailty score, the researchers found. Makary says that frailty is a relatively new clinical concept and is best defined as someone’s physical reserve and ability to withstand stress to the body. Many patients considered medically healthy can be frail. Approximately half of all operations in the United States are performed in patients over 65. “Some surgeries are absolutely required no matter the risks, and other surgeries are

elective,” Makary said. “A good frailty test can help patients and surgeons make more informed decisions.” At a minimum, providers who use the frailty score will be alerted to special needs and risks of older patients, he says. But having the information up front, he says, may enable providers to decrease the risk of complications in frail patients through closer monitoring and attention to hydration, nutrition and mobilization. The research also found that using the frailty score strengthened the predictive ability of other commonly used risk assessment models for surgical patients. Other Johns Hopkins researchers involved in the study are Dorry L. Segev, Peter J. Pronovost, Dora Syin, Karen Bandeen-Roche, Purvi Patel, Ryan Takenaga, Lara Devgan, Christine G. Holzmueller and Jing Tian; former faculty member Linda P. Fried also contributed to the research. —Stephanie Desmon


Employment practices in the 1930s By Ross Jones

Special to The Gazette


nyone who has been seeking employment, at Johns Hopkins or elsewhere, knows that the process can be complicated and time consuming: interviews with search firms, telephone “screening” interviews, on-site interviews and lots of paperwork. Each step can take much time before matters are concluded. Today’s practices are a far cry from what happened nearly 75 years ago, in the fall

This is part of an occasional series of historical pieces by Ross Jones, vice president and secretary emeritus of the university. A 1953 graduate of Johns Hopkins, he returned in 1961 as assistant to President Milton S. Eisenhower and was a close aide to six of the university’s 13 presidents.

of 1935, when President Isaiah Bowman wanted to hire a person to coordinate the university’s public relations, news and alumni affairs functions in a newly created position to be called secretary of the university. Bowman, who recently had taken office, had learned about a highly regarded reporter at The Baltimore Sun, P. Stewart Macaulay, JHU Class of 1923. Macaulay had written a number of in-depth articles about the university for The Sun and was well-known to many in the Johns Hopkins community. Bowman thought he would be just the right man for the secretary’s position. At Bowman’s request, Macaulay wrote him a letter on Nov. 15, 1935, a copy of which is in the Hamburger Archives of the Eisenhower Library. In it Macaulay described why he believed that creating the new office would be valuable to the university and what the duties of the secretary should be.

Bowman then invited Macaulay for a personal interview. On his desk he had placed a single sheet of paper with brief information about Macaulay: Age, 34; Hopkins A.B. 1923; Employment, “Sun”; Home, 2503 Queen Anne Rd. Then, typewritten at the bottom of the page, were five personal characteristics Bowman wanted to examine. Following each of them Bowman wrote his impressions in his neat, small hand. Financial Level (probably makes up to $4,000”), Personality (“dignified”), Aggressiveness (“average”), Sense (“excellent”), Speaking or Writing Ability (“extraordinary”). Less than a month later, on Dec. 11, 1935, Bowman notified Macaulay that the university trustees had accepted his recommendation that he be appointed “to the office Secretary of the University effective January 1, 1936, at a salary of $5,000 a year.” In his letter Bowman added that he believed “we

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have great days ahead and that you will find pleasure in working with us in advancement of the interests of the university.” Macaulay later was appointed provost of the university and, on several occasions, he was acting president during some of Bowman’s extended absences from the university. He continued to serve as provost under presidents Detlev Bronk (1949–53) and Lowell Reed (1953–56). President Milton S. Eisenhower (1956–67) appointed him executive vice president. He retired, due to illness, in 1966 and died a few months later at age 65. In 1963–64 Macaulay Hall was constructed on the Homewood campus in his honor. Originally it provided facilities for the Department of Oceanography and the Chesapeake Bay Institute, which Macaulay had been instrumental in creating. Today it is used for the Department of Anthropology as well as for classrooms and administrative and academic offices.

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Ceremony Continued from page 1 of Emory University and former dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a vice president of the university from 1990 to 1996; Benoit B. Mandelbrot, the Sterling Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Sciences at Yale University, who is best known as the founder of fractal geometry; Douglas W. Nelson, who recently retired as president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and who helped foster the East Baltimore Development Initiative; Ellen Ochoa, deputy director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston and the first Hispanic-American woman in space; Marilyn Ames Pedersen, founding member and currently executive committee member of CharityWorks, a high-impact philanthropic organization dedicated to creating positive change by uniting corporate leaders; and Elias A. Zerhouni, who spent much of his career at Johns Hopkins, where he developed imaging methods to diagnose and treat cancer and cardiovascular, pulmonary and other diseases, before leading the National Institutes of Health from 2002 to 2008. He is currently senior adviser to Johns Hopkins Medicine. All undergraduate and doctoral students in attendance will have their names announced as they file on stage to have their degrees recognized. The ceremony will also feature a presentation of the Homewood Schools’ senior class gift, an address from their class president and some pomp and circumstance, including music and the procession of graduates onto the field. The student and teaching awards typically announced at the Homewood undergraduate ceremony were presented at a banquet held earlier in the spring. The awards will be noted in the commencement program. Prior to the ceremony, the undergraduates from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering will gather on the Keyser Quadrangle and take a ceremonial “final walk” through campus, passing through the Freshman Quad, where their academic journey started. All other graduates will enter from the Athletic Center. Following the ceremony, the newly minted alumni and their families will be invited to a reception on the Keyser Quadrangle. The student-seating configuration will now be in straight rows rather than triangular zones, and the field will include more chairs for guests, including additional handicapped-accessible seating. Mayor Bloomberg was invited by the senior class to be the speaker at this ceremony. Elected to office just two months after the tragic attacks of 9/11, Bloomberg is the 108th mayor of New York, where he is now serving his third term. Born in Boston, he was taught at an early age the values of hard work and civic responsibility. He attended Johns Hopkins, where he paid his tuition by taking loans and working as a parking lot attendant during the summer. After graduating in 1964, he went on to receive an MBA from Harvard Business School. In 1966, he was hired by Salomon Brothers to work on Wall Street. Bloomberg quickly rose through the ranks at Salomon, where he eventually oversaw equity trading and sales and then information systems. In 1981, he began a small start-up company called Bloomberg LP, whose financial news and information services today have more than 275,000 sub-

scribers in 161 countries. Headquartered in New York City, the company has more than 10,000 employees worldwide. He has sat on the boards of numerous charitable, cultural and educational institutions, including Johns Hopkins, where he served as chairman of the board from 1996 to 2002. The School of Public Health was renamed the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2001 in honor of his financial support and commitment to the school and university. The Bloomberg School of Public Health’s speaker will be acclaimed journalist and author T.R. Reid. Through his wide array of work with The Washington Post, National Geographic, National Public Radio and PBS, Reid has become one of the nation’s bestknown news correspondents. His insightful reporting on health care in the United States and throughout the world resulted in two PBS Frontline documentaries, A Second Opinion and Sick Around the World, and his best-selling book, The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care. The ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26, in Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Lynn Laverty Elsenhans—chairman, CEO, president and director of Sunoco— will speak at the Whiting School of Engineering’s graduate ceremony, to be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26, on Homewood Field. An experienced oil industry executive, Elsenhans previously served as executive vice president of global manufacturing at Shell Downstream. For its diploma award ceremony, the School of Medicine will welcome Ezekiel J. Emanuel, head of the Department of Bioethics at the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health. Emanuel is also the special adviser for health policy to the White House Office of Management and Budget. The ceremony will be at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, in Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Neville E. Strumpf, a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, will be the speaker for the School of Nursing ceremony, to be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, in the Hippodrome Theatre. Strumpf has advanced research, education and practice in gerontological care by focusing on the vexing clinical problems of frail elders and testing interventions aimed at improving outcomes of care. Her program of research focuses on individualized care for frail older adults, regardless of setting or circumstance. Vikram Pandit, CEO of Citigroup, will be the speaker at the Carey Business School graduate diploma award ceremony, to be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 24, in Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Pandit’s prior roles include chairman and CEO of Citi’s Institutional Clients Group, and president and chief operating officer of Morgan Stanley’s institutional securities and investment banking business. The diploma ceremony speaker for SAIS will be John J. Hamre, president and CEO of the Center for Strategic and International Studies since January 2000. The event will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Hamre previously served as the 26th deputy secretary of defense and as undersecretary of defense (comptroller), and was a professional staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Hamre received his PhD, with distinction, in 1978 from SAIS, where his studies focused on international politics and economics and U.S. foreign policy. Diane Ravitch, a research professor of

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he influx of guests to campus, combined with morning rushhour traffic, is expected to create congestion around the Homewood campus. Guests are urged to allow extra travel time. Parking on campus is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and carpooling is recommended. Guests who will be staying in the city are encouraged to take a taxi. The university anticipates that all parking on the Homewood campus will be filled before 9 a.m.

education at New York University and a best-selling author, will speak at the School of Education undergraduate and graduate diploma award ceremony. It will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, on Homewood Field. Among her career appointments, Ravitch was assistant secretary of education and counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993, leading the federal effort to promote the creation of voluntary state and national academic standards, and from 1997 to 2004, she was a member of the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the federal testing program. She is also a historian of education and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. The Peabody Conservatory diploma award ceremony speaker will be composer Libby Larsen, who will receive the 2010 George Peabody Medal at the ceremony. Inaugurated in 1981, the Peabody Institute’s highest award honors individuals who have made exceptional contributions to music in America. Larsen is one of America’s most-performed

The former Zurich Insurance Co. parking garage, located on Keswick Road and 37th Street, will have a free shuttle that will run every five minutes from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The facility, now Johns Hopkins– owned, has 1,500 parking spaces. A limited number of handicapped parking spaces are available on a firstcome, first-served basis in the Lacrosse Hall of Fame parking lot entered from West University Parkway. A state-issued handicapped hangtag or license plate is required. A map of visitor and faculty/staff parking areas is available at commencement/map.

living composers, with a catalog of more than 400 works spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral works and more than 15 operas. In 1973, Larsen co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum, now the American Composer’s Forum, which has become an invaluable aid for composers in a transitional time for American arts. The ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, in Peabody’s Friedberg Hall. The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences’ master’s diploma award ceremony will feature Mary Jo Salter, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and director of graduate studies in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins. Salter is the author of six books of poetry, mostly recently A Phone Call to the Future (2008). She became a full-time member of the Writing Seminars faculty in 2007, after 23 years of teaching at Mount Holyoke College. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 28, on Homewood Field. For more information, updates and announcements concerning Commencement 2010, go to The site will be updated regularly. G


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Nonprofits Continued from page 1 nomic development, and the arts—with 417 organizations responding. It defined an “innovative” program or service as “a new or different way to address a societal problem or pursue a charitable mission that is more effective, efficient, sustainable or just than prevailing approaches.” Substantial majorities of organizations in all four fields covered by the survey reported innovative activity during the previous five years, and this was particularly pronounced among larger organizations, challenging the common assumption that organizations become less innovative as they grow in size. Examples of innovative programs cited by survey respondents included:

• A distance learning lab linking local grade schools with live feeds from NASA; • A music and wellness program that connects a local orchestra to new segments of the community by arranging performances in hospitals, health care facilities and even patient rooms; • An Alzheimer’s day care and resource center that incorporates the latest research on lighting, colors, design and acoustics; and • A transitional support house for domestic violence victims with substance abuse issues that made provisions for residents to stay with their children. Although innovation is widespread within the nonprofit sector, more than two-thirds of responding organizations also reported having at least one innovation in the past two years that they wanted to adopt but were unable to. The vast majority of respondents (86 percent) attributed their inability to adopt a proposed innovation

to a lack of funding. Other key barriers included the inability to move promising innovations to scale due to lack of “growth capital” (74 percent), narrow governmental funding streams (70 percent) and a tendency among foundations to encourage innovations but then not sustain support for them (69 percent). Despite concerns that an emphasis on performance measurement might distort organizational missions or cause organizations to sidestep programs with hard-to-achieve outcomes, the great majority of nonprofits reported not only measuring the effectiveness of their programs but also reported positive impacts from doing so. These impacts included staying focused on long-term goals (72 percent), enhancing their reputation in the community (68 percent) and improving their services (68 percent). Of the 85 percent of nonprofits reporting that they measure program effectiveness, virtually all used output measurements, such as the number of individuals served by a soup kitchen or the number of performances given by an orchestra. Nearly 70 percent also reported using outcome measures, which focus on ultimate effects. The major barriers to more extensive use of performance measurements identified by respondents were a lack of staff time and expertise, and the cost of good evaluation. “It’s clear that nonprofit managers have taken to heart the importance of being able to prove that their programs are effective,” observed Peter Goldberg, president and CEO of the Alliance for Children and Families and chairman of the Listening Post Project Steering Committee. “But what we’re hearing from them is that they need technical and financial assistance in implementing evaluation efforts.” Recommendations from survey respondents for helping to overcome the remaining barriers to nonprofit innovation and performance measurement included better

tools to measure qualitative impacts (82 percent of respondents), less time-consuming measurement tools (81 percent), financial resources to support the measurement and research functions (79 percent), greater help from intermediary organizations in fashioning common evaluation tools (67 percent) and training for personnel in how to use these tools (63 percent). Sizable proportions of respondents also urged the new White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation to continue stressing the importance of innovation but to recognize as well the value of effective ongoing programs and the barriers that restrictive regulations, lack of coordination among federal agencies and inadequate financial support for program evaluation place in the way of innovation and performance measurement. The full report, “Nonprofits, Innovation and Performance Measurement: Separating Fact from Fiction,” is available online at The Listening Post Project is a collaborative undertaking of the Center for Civil Society Studies at the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies, Alliance for Children and Families, Alliance for Nonprofit Management, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, American Association of Museums, Community Action Partnership, League of American Orchestras, Lutheran Services in America, Michigan Nonprofit Association, National Council of Nonprofits and United Neighborhood Centers of America. Its goal is to monitor the health of the nation’s nonprofit organizations and assess how nonprofits are responding to important economic and policy changes. Support for the Listening Post Project has been provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Surdna Foundation. G


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BLOOMBERG SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH Karen Bandeen-Roche, the Frank Hurley and Catharine Dorrier Professor and Chair in Biostatistics Course being recognized (large class size): Statistical Methods in Public Health


hile I don’t consider myself a particularly effective teacher, I have a few thoughts about what may have worked this year. First, I believe students can tell when a teacher cares that they succeed, and I did care. Second, for subjects such as biostatistics in which concepts build, it’s important to present concepts systematically and in the right order, and I worked hard at that this year. And third, the class I was privileged to have brought incredible energy, curiosity and welcome into the lecture hall. They made a 150-person lecture feel like a group of 10 in my office with my couch and white board. What made me an effective teacher? They did. My students have taught me everything I know about what it’s like to hear biostatistics for the first time. Each class has made constructive comments on building from the ground up, avoiding jargon and unintentionally condescending phrases—e.g., “The answer then follows straightforwardly…”— and using effective examples. My own teaching hero is Mr. Hatt, my 11thand 12th-grade math teacher. He was quiet, systematic, not an entertainer—a bit like me in these respects. He was so very clear, knowledgeable, authoritative, kind and fair that his students adored him, and I aspire to be like him in these ways. One of my best experiences at Hopkins was a day in the 1993–94 school year when my class surprised me by getting an overhead projector—we still used chalk and board back then—and taking over the front of the classroom. They’d made up—and performed—a series of biostatistics songs lampooning and praising biostatistics itself and the course in particular. There was so much fun and spontaneity, and affection, in it.

Alvaro Muñoz, professor of epidemiology Course being recognized (small class size): Advanced Methods for the Design and Analysis of Cohort Studies


try to bring our research findings into the classroom. When I’m teaching a course, my guiding principle is the re-enactment

In third grade, I was selected by my math teacher to be photographed for the cover of the school’s yearbook. In the background of the photo was a blackboard on which was written the following equations: _ X 2=14, _ X 8=56, and _ X 9=? Not only did it require me to provide the answer (63) to the last question, but it also required the imputation of the “7” in all the blanks. Imputation today is a key component of what we do with missing data.


classifications, such as the School of Public Health, which calls its awards Golden Apples. This year, The Gazette wanted to hear from the faculty. What do they think makes them an effective teacher? What do they learn from their students? What is a favorite in-class moment? We also wanted to know who inspired them, their own favorite teacher. Some recalled their childhood, such as a School of Medicine professor’s parents who helped construct a chemistry lab in the attic. What follows are the winners of the 2010 Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Awards, sharing their perspectives in their own words. Not included here is the winner from SAIS, which gives its Excellence in Teaching Award to a faculty member at the Bologna Center and announces it at the center’s commencement, which will be held this year on May 28. The interviews were conducted by Lisa De Nike (Arts and Sciences); Andrew Blumberg (Business); James Campbell (Education); Phil Sneiderman (Engineering); David March (Medicine); Jon Eichberger (Nursing); Richard Selden (Peabody); and Jackie Frank, Christine Grillo and Natalie Wood-Wright (Public Health). —Greg Rienzi

My students have taught me a lot because the evaluation of the course is based on the writing of the “Methods” and the “Results” sections of a manuscript. After the second week of the course, half of the classroom time is dedicated to students presenting their progress toward the paper. These papers can be based on data we prepared for them from our studies, or they can be based on class data from the students’ own projects. The course is different every year.

BLOOMBERG SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH: Alvaro Muñoz, William J. Ward, Elizabeth Stuart, Brian Schwartz and Karen Bandeen-Roche

In college, my professor of logic, J.C. Ochoa, made fun of me for doubting the validity of the induction principle—that was my most memorable classroom day.

Elizabeth Stuart, assistant professor of mental health, biostatistics Course being recognized (small class size): Causal Inference in Medicine and Public Health


draw much of my inspiration as a teacher from David Cohen, my adviser and mentor in college, and a master teacher. He was a firm believer in the maxim “You don’t know it if you can’t teach it to someone else.” He practiced that idea in his classes through presentations, group work and pyramid exams that had individual, group and classwide components. It was through David that I learned how to communicate mathematical concepts to people who may not have a lot of background in mathematics, and how to connect those concepts to the real world. His warmth, love of teaching and advising, enthusiasm for mathematics and level of caring for his students inspire me to this day. Bridging the gap between the classroom and the real world is so important for students. It was a seventh-grade project that helped to crystallize that connection for me. My biology teacher set up a fake food-poisoning outbreak in our small town. Our assignment to track down the source of the disease involved interviewing people around town who had been told by our teacher what to say. It was one of the first times that I really saw how the sciences could be used in the real world to improve health. I think my teaching and my relationships with my students are enhanced by the fact that I remember what it was like to be a student. I try to be as open, accessible and clear as possible. I also try to think about what sorts of practical skills and knowledge the students need and want, and tailor my teaching to that. Many of my students ask tough questions and have strong critical thinking skills. They help me to think about statistics and its applications in new ways. Teaching good students makes you a better teacher and a better researcher.

Brian Schwartz, professor of environmental health sciences Course being recognized (medium class size): The Global Environment and Public Health


eaching gives me great pleasure, and the work we enjoy is the work we care about and try to get better at. In addition, the topic of global environmental sustainability is incredibly important, timely and significant to public health now and in the future. It is about how we live, our impact on the planet, what this is likely to mean in the future, what it means to live in the context of sustainability and what we must do to get there. These are topics that students read and hear about outside the school every day, so there is significant and growing interest, and much opportunity for


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KRIEGER SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES: Stefanie Deluca and Christian Villenas

exploration and discussion. These are issues that I’m extremely passionate about, and it’s safe to say I wear that passion on my sleeve. I try to be provocative and challenging, on what for many are very controversial issues, which makes it fun for most but perhaps a bit uncomfortable for some, especially in a class that’s offered at 8:30 a.m. Mrs. Priest, my second-grade teacher, changed my life. Up until that point—and a lot since then—I had been a cantankerous and unruly little elementary school student. She figured out that if she made me run to the top of the hill in the back of the school that I would come back ready to learn and behave a bit better. And getting to go outside so much was fun for a second-grader. It has been all downhill, pun intended, since that time. Over the years, I’ve learned that students are moved, activated and motivated by passion. My most memorable moment in the classroom was in August of 2007, when I gave a new lecture on climate change, peak oil and the coming era of energy scarcity, ecosystem and species issues, connections to the built environment and the implications of all this for public health. It was completely unexpected, but after that lecture, a group of around 10 to 12 students and I discussed the topics in the Bloomberg School’s secondfloor coffee shop. For an hour or so, we stood in a circle engaging and challenging each other. That group wanted more, and became the first “sustainability seminar” group. We met weekly for the rest of that year, with the group growing to around 25 students, ending just before graduation with a sustainable vegetarian dinner. It was this interest and feedback from students that motivated Global Environment and Public Health co-director Cindy Parker and me to expand the teaching of the Program on Global Sustainability and Health, develop the MPH concentration on global

environmental sustainability and health, and offer two standing seminars in the second and fourth terms on sustainability issues. This has become a convenient setting for students to begin to get their feet wet on these issues, or to immerse them more fully. Those original students who showed interest and passion in these issues back in 2007 were the impetus for much of what has come since, including this Golden Apple award.

William J. Ward, associate professor of public health and nursing Course being recognized (Internet class): Fundamentals of Budgeting and Financial Management


think I bring a practicality to the classroom that my students appreciate. That real-world component comes from my experience as a health care executive and consultant. As a former chief operating officer at what is now Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, I’m able to draw on my past career to explain financial concepts in everyday terms that students can relate to. I teach finance not from the bean counter perspective but from the operator perspective, focusing on the question, “I’ve got all these patients; now how do I deal with the money?” Recognizing that some topics can make for potentially boring lectures, I try to inject an element of entertainment whenever possible, sometimes using cartoons and video clips in my teaching. I’ve found that creating a fun scenario to address a course topic can spark some lively discussions. The lecture might be on putting together a financial analysis to support a new immunization program, but it’s a lot more fun to put it together for an ugly-baby clinic. One particularly unusual technique that I used to enhance the energy level in class Continued on page 8

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Finally, a big part of my effectiveness as a teacher stems from the energy that I draw from the students. When they’re enthusiastic about learning, I’m enthusiastic about teaching.

CAREY BUSINESS SCHOOL Paul Duffy, practitioner faculty, Master of Science in Marketing


’ve had decades of experience in performing actual marketing research and marketing consulting. I think that’s what the students in my classes most value. What have I learned from my students? The challenge of trying to be as relevant as possible for their current needs for marketing knowledge is certainly one important thing. They are really quite creative and insightful, so staying current with my students and the challenges that they’re facing is always an issue. The caliber of students in our school today is as high as I’ve ever seen it, and it’s probably going to get even higher. My favorite teacher was the adviser for my dissertation, Alfred Lit. First of all, he was a fine, gentle man. He was also an outstanding scientist. I won’t go into all the esoterics of his particular area of study for which he was internationally renowned, but he was instrumental in guiding me in two areas. The first was statistics. He demystified it for me. The other area dealt with how to do science, how to be a scientist and how to maintain some humility in the face of the uncertainty of our results. Here’s an anecdote, and it’s similar to what my students go through. When you’re a bright, bushy-tailed graduate student and you’re learning all of this new stuff, it’s all very exciting to you. We were in Lit’s laboratory one day, and he was showing us all these pieces of equipment, sophisticated technology at least for the time. He was a psychophysicist and he was studying vision. We were saying “ooh” and “ahh.” We were just in awe of it all. Then suddenly he turned to us and said, “But do we know what it all means?” To which he provided the answer, no. His point in all that was that we can be as exact as humanly possible, but we really have to stop and think what all of this data and these observations really mean. What are we really doing in the world? That stayed with me for a long, long time. We do the best we can to come up with the best answers, but we still might be wrong. We have to allow some room for error, and contemplation.

Reza Djavanshir, associate professor, practice track


here are two factors that come into play to motivate me to do my best for my students. The first is the current dynamic in our new school. I am very inspired in doing “my share” in making the Carey Business School the newest arm of the great research university that is Johns Hopkins so that the Carey name will resonate throughout the world, as do Hopkins’ other

I find my students have a strong drive to be successful academically as well as professionally. My previous work experiences have enabled me to know how to succeed and excel in corporate environments, what those businesses are looking for and demanding from their technical and management staffs who have graduate degrees from a top university such as Johns Hopkins, and I try to communicate those qualities and values to my students on an ongoing basis. I strive to create a participative and interactive environment. I assign my students plenty of reading, including case studies and research articles from the best professional business journals available. Then we discuss, translate, relate and directly link the academic subjects to real-world business problems and try to create solutions to those problems, realizing the highest caliber of innovative solutions businesses expect from their employees and our graduates. I’ve found that all this motivates students and fuels their intellectual curiosity to learn better, study harder and do more research to become successful and excel both academically and in the business environment.


involved crime scene tape. The class was held in a cavernous lecture hall, and most of the 60 students would typically sit in the back rows. I like to wander around when I teach, so I spent a lot of time and energy running up and down the steps of the hall to connect with the class. After a couple of weeks of unsuccessfully asking the students to sit closer to the front, I broke out the yellow crime scene tape—please don’t ask me why I have this stuff—and cordoned off most of the room so they had to sit in the first five or six rows. It worked. The result was a much better classroom discussion and student engagement and a lot less wear and tear on my knees.

CAREY BUSINESS SCHOOL: Reza Djavanshir and Paul Duffy

I have fond memories of those professors who helped me earn my doctorate—Eisener, Singaporewall, Fiacco and McCormick. I’d feel guilty if I singled out one over the others, but I can truthfully say that they all motivated and inspired me to stay on the path to success, even if I didn’t feel so confident myself sometimes.

KRIEGER SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Christian Villenas, graduate instructor in Sociology


ne of the things that I think makes me an effective instructor is that I not only know my material, but I also work very hard to make sure that material is up-to-date and relevant to the students. Today’s students live in a world in which information and news are available in real time, which means it is not unusual for students to be logged onto the Internet during class and pulling up information as we go along. I am aware of that, so I try to be one step ahead of them. For example, in one of my disability classes, we talk about the right-to-die issue. There is always some case in the news involving this, so that would be something relevant and newsworthy that I could bring up for discussion. Students, I find, retain the information better when they can relate to something current. It’s funny—I think I have done just as much learning as an instructor as I did as a student. One tends to think that, as a teacher, you would have it all figured out, but that’s not the case. Every so often, a student will bring up a perspective that is remarkable and challenges the rest of us, especially in classes regarding people with disabilities. Johns Hopkins has a very low number of people with disabilities, so teaching here is a window or lens onto how members of this generation, in the general public, view people with disabilities. I use crutches to get around, so I do sometimes worry that students who might otherwise be outspoken on certain topics might hold back, for fear of offending me. I hope they don’t do that. I always want an open and honest discussion. I can’t say I personally had the best educational experiences growing up. In fact, I don’t think I understood what effective teaching was until graduate school. That’s probably because my physical disability meant I was placed in special education classes until


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schools. Second, my students love my past business and corporate experiences. I was fortunate to work for some very progressive firms and was tasked with both challenging and interesting assignments and projects. One example was at GTE Telenet, where we were working on early Internet technology and projects for the Department of Defense.

SCHOOL OF NURSING: Mary Terhaar and Sarah “Jodi” Shaefer

middle school, when I was tested academically, and then I actually skipped a grade. Those early experiences have really shaped me to want to be a teacher who is tuned into the needs of his students and who notices each student’s particular abilities. I have found that I have been very inspired by the Sociology faculty here at Johns Hopkins. However, there’s no question that my earlier experiences as a kid in school have driven me to be extra committed to excellence in teaching. I’ve had a number of memorable moments or experiences in the classroom, especially in my disability-related courses. In one course, the students end the semester by working in groups to analyze some aspect of campus based on access for disabled people. They have looked at everything from physical access to access to housing, athletic events, programming and even social-life issues. They then present their findings to the university community, and it is on that day that I am the most proud of my students. Over the years, they’ve found that there are a lot of issues for disabled people on our campus and in our university community. For example, they discovered that a person who uses a wheelchair to get around would have to sit on the opposing team’s side of Homewood Field to watch a game. That’s awful. The bookstore, where readings and other events occur, is really difficult to navigate in a wheelchair, too, and getting from the lower to the upper quad is a nightmare. My students’ commitment to this project and to this issue has been extraordinary. Without them and their hard work, issues of disability access would not be as much in the view of the JHU administration as they are now. Even though we, as a community, have a long way to go in terms of making this campus completely physically, and socially, accessible to individuals with

disabilities, it’s been wonderful to see the efforts my students have made toward social change.

Stefanie Deluca, associate professor of sociology Editor’s note: Deluca was traveling and unavailable for this article.

PEABODY Andrew Talle, chair of Musicology Courses being recognized: Introduction to Western Music History (Krieger School), Bach at the Keyboard (Peabody doctoral colloquium)


he fact that I am very comfortable around performers is probably my most important asset as a faculty member at Peabody. I spent my childhood and college years planning to become a professional cellist, so I have a lot in common with conservatory students. We attended the same music schools and festivals, and in some cases even studied with the same teachers. I have benefited a lot from discussions with students, especially outside of class, where there is less time pressure. Explaining concepts and ideas to students with good critical minds forces me to re-evaluate the assumptions behind them. When I read my own evaluation forms, I tend to agree more with the students who make negative comments than with those who make positive comments, though of course the praise makes me feel better. I am grateful to many, many teachers. I can only reduce the number of favorites to three: Hans Jørgen Jensen, my cello teacher at Northwestern; Thomas Kelly, a scholar of medieval music and gifted administrator at Harvard; and Ngô Nhu Bình, my Continued on page 9

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Certainly my most memorable day in the classroom took place at Peabody in March of 2005, in the middle of a graduate seminar I taught on Robert Schumann. The night before the particular class period in which I was to discuss his last months, I was up late translating Clara Schumann’s diaries. After 20 years of marriage, Robert began to have psychotic visions, tried to commit suicide and eventually had to be housed in an asylum, where Clara visited him regularly. Maybe it was just because I was so tired, but during the lecture I could barely pull myself together. I couldn’t even look at the class while I was reading the diary excerpts for fear that I would start crying uncontrollably. At the end, in some desperation, I just put on a recording of Schumann’s Requiem and the students filed out in silence. I had never taught a class like that before, and have never since.

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION Mary Hendricks, adjunct faculty in early education Course being recognized: Early Childhood: Instructional Program Planning and Methods


s a child, I remember visiting my aunt and uncle and being impressed by how they cared for my cousin. Although severely disabled, she was surrounded with love and participated in all family activities. However, the local public school was not open to her because of her disability. I thought this was very unfair, and it led me, as a teenager, to decide on a career in special education. I eventually earned a master’s degree at Johns Hopkins and have spent the past 32 years in the profession. I credit my parents for getting me started on this career path. They encouraged me to follow my passion. My mother helped me to set goals, and my father taught me that whatever I do in life to work hard and do it well. In 2003, I became an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education. This has been an exciting experience for me as I can share my passion and experience as a practitioner to help a new generation of special educators. I know that many policy-makers never make it into the classroom, and here at Johns Hopkins I have the opportunity to discuss policy and how that translates into real-life application. My teaching experience has helped me grow as a professional. I have learned the importance of being flexible. Sometimes I’ll go into a class thinking I’m totally prepared, and there will be a question that will take the class in a completely different direction. My students challenge me to stay ahead of them and to keep current with the literature. My most memorable classroom moment came when I asked for technical help for a PowerPoint presentation. The computer wasn’t working properly, and this was the last class before finals. A tech person made the repair and as he was leaving, I asked what caused the problem. I couldn’t hear his answer and asked him to repeat it. Trying not to embarrass me, he said the computer needed to be plugged in.

My classes, which are made up of public safety personnel from across the state, are different from other college classes that I have taught because of the depth of the knowledge of the students, the range of their experiences, and they never run out of moral dilemmas to discuss. It has been as much of a learning experience for me as, I hope, my students. Some of the examples that come up in class are quite compelling and lead to provocative discussions, such as the situation experienced by a young police officer while on duty in western Maryland. The officer, whose grandfather was killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan, was ordered to provide security at a rally for the group. Initially, the officer put his badge and gun down and refused the assignment. After agonizing over the decision and discussing it with his supervisors, he took back the badge and gun and completed the assignment.

I first met my favorite teacher, Kingsley Price, when I was in undergraduate school and responded to an ad to be a reader for a blind professor. This professor of philosophy at Johns Hopkins was an amazing man. I would spend hours reading books and articles to him, and he would recall specific quotes on specific pages. We became great friends, and our relationship lasted 40 years. Kingsley died last year at age 91. He was one of the most patient and thorough persons I have ever known, never angry and always on point. He taught me many life lessons.

SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Robert Siliciano, professor of medicine and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator Course recognized: Principles of Immunology


think a love of teaching must run in my family. Coincidentally or not, my younger brother, Paul, a biochemistry professor at the University of Minnesota, also received a university teaching award. I think we both owe a lot to our late mother, Ann, who was a dedicated anatomy and physiology professor at Elmira College in upstate New York, where we were raised. We used to always have as a guest at the kitchen table a nursing student whom our mother would be tutoring. She instilled in both of us from a very early age a love for the material and the need to find a clear way to express complex concepts. I am always impressed by my students’ curiosity and brilliance. You see how smart these students are, and you think that there is no problem in this world that is too big to be solved, even AIDS.

Course being recognized: Ethics and Society



didn’t know what to expect when [then] Dean Stanley Gabor invited me to have lunch with him at the Hopkins Club 15 years ago. He asked if I would be interested in

SCHOOL OF MEDICINE: Robert Siliciano

My most memorable class involved a discussion about individuals acting in a morally responsible way. The class was working with the premise that it is morally right if you think, feel or believe it’s right. After much discussion about who is morally right, one student said, “I have a gun, so I must be right.”

My two favorite teachers would have to be my parents, who supported my early beginnings as a research scientist. My mother and father, an orthopedic surgeon, gave me their full support in constructing my first chemistry lab in the family attic. [My mother] would supply industrial-grade chemicals, including ether, benzene and concentrated hydrochloric acid. I even had my own Bunsen burner, glass beakers and flasks. I used an electric fan to blow the fumes out a window, with only a few minor mishaps.

Stephen Vicchio, adjunct faculty, Public Safety Leadership


Vietnamese language instructor at Harvard. Ngô Nhu Bình follows a doctrine described in Vietnamese by the expression “Gio cao dánh khe,” which means “Raise the stick high but hit gently,” which I have tried to emulate.

Sarah “Jodi” Shaefer, assistant


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teaching an ethics course in a new program for police, fire and safety personnel. Intrigued by the offer, I happily accepted. The program is now part of the School of Education’s Division of Public Safety Leadership.




SCHOOL OF EDUCATION: Mary Hendricks and Stephen Vicchio

professor, Nursing Systems and Outcomes Recognized for: Excellence in undergraduate teaching


riginally, I came from a public health and clinical specialization background and then transitioned into academia. It’s been a challenging transition, and one thing I’ve learned is to be clear with my students regarding my expectations. I try to make it clear that my role is to help them learn the content. They’re responsible for the preparation, but I help them achieve the objectives. The thing I have learned from our students is that they bring amazing skills, capabilities and work experiences to the field of nursing. I have watched the students take this strength and apply it to a health education class for students at Dunbar Middle School. They have taught me new ways to engage middle school students. I’ve also learned how to harness the students’ skills and enthusiasm. Two Accelerated 2010 students share my passion for family support following infant death; together we are writing an article about bereavement needs for a Hindu or Buddhist family following an infant death. My favorite teacher was Mary V. Neal at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She was a good match for my learning style because she gave general directions and expected me to figure out the solution or answer or to ask questions. Neal was a leader in nursing and showed me the possibilities for a nursing career. If I had to pick my most memorable day in the classroom, it would have been this spring, when I returned to class after my husband passed away. It was an Accelerated 2010 research class, and upon returning, I thanked them for their kindness in this

very difficult time. I had sent them information about my husband’s unexpected death and told the class how to help when faced with a patient/family unexpected death. Through my experience, I was able to teach my students for their future practice. It was a teachable moment that had nothing to do with nursing research but how to be “human” and kind to families faced with tragedy.

Mary Terhaar, assistant professor, Nursing Systems and Outcomes Recognized for: Excellence in graduate teaching


love being a nurse. I find it to be a very satisfying career. Every day, there’s a different challenge, and as a teacher, you can make a difference. I want my students to fall in love with what they do, and carry that passion with them into their careers. What I’ve learned from my students, particularly my doctor of nursing practice students, is that you have to take risks. Our DNP students are experts in what they do—they’re directors, managers, nurse practitioners—but they’ve taken a risk by coming back to school. They want to learn how to be the best at what they do. There’s an inspirational poster that reads, “What if the very best thing in your career hasn’t happened yet?” That’s what I’ve learned from the students. It’s a reality check to see if I’m doing the best I can. If I had to pick my favorite teacher, it would the dean at the Catholic University of America, Sister Rosemary Donley. She gave us a different perspective about the knowledge we bring to a particular problem. It is important, she said, to integrate the arts, sciences, nature and other fields to help impact our thinking; by doing so, it will have a Continued on page 10

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My most memorable classroom experience involved a group of clinical students that included a vice president of information technology from Silicon Valley, the owner of the largest chain of yoga schools on the East Coast and a prosecutor. Part of their clinical [experience] involved witnessing the birthing process, and it was amazing to see how each of these three students reacted. Naturally, all three were placed outside their comfort zones, and by the end of the day, each was a totally different person. It was amazing to see the transformation.

WHITING SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING Donniell Fishkind, associate research professor


n 1998, I graduated with a doctorate from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics in the Whiting School. After two years in a tenure-track position at the University of Southern Maine, I was invited to visit my old department at Johns Hopkins for a year, and I took a leave of absence to do so. One year became two years, and the visit became a residence. Since my re-arrival in 2000, my position transitioned to associate research professor. My experience at Johns Hopkins as a student is a valuable asset for teaching here. I know the culture and challenges from both sides of the lectern. I also recognize that my students are the pool of talent from which I came. When I was a student, many of my peers had abilities surpassing mine in different ways. Many of the



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students whom I teach today have strengths and will achieve accomplishments that will far eclipse mine. It is an honor to contribute to their development. The biggest influence on my teaching has been Professor Edward Scheinerman, who is now vice dean of education in the Whiting School. He taught graph theory when I was a student here. His enthusiasm for the subject material and the clarity of his exposition made him my model to emulate as a lecturer. Regarding my own teaching career, several memorable experiences come to mind. At the University of Southern Maine, a student phoned me before an exam to tell me that he wouldn’t be able to sit for the exam, and he promised me evidence of extenuating circumstances. A few days later he came by my office with a bandaged face and a video.

It seems that my mild-mannered student of statistics had an additional vocation as a semiprofessional wrestler. The video featured a professional-looking wrestling match—replete with enthusiastic audience—in which my student was flipped head over heels out of the ring to crash face-first through a table. Certainly it was one of the more unusual forms of illness documentation that I have seen. On a more serious note, my best moments as a teacher have occurred when struggling students break through a general barrier in understanding, sometimes very far along into the semester, and gain mastery of the course material. A sense of achievement is visible on their face when they confidently hand in their final exam. Indeed, the victories that are hard-fought are the most satisfying, and it is a real pleasure to play a role in them.

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May 24, 2010 • THE GAZETTE


Society of Scholars inducts new members


Jeremy M. Berg Bethesda, Md.


ince 2003, Jeremy M. Berg has directed the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, one of the National Institutes of Health. In this role, he oversees a $1.9 billion budget that funds basic research in cell biology, biophysics, genetics,

Academy of Sciences. Cummins spent his early career at Johns Hopkins, where he was an assistant professor in Physics and Astronomy from 1964 to 1967. He was nominated by Robert Leheny, associate professor in the Krieger School’s Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Stephen H. Davis Evanston, Ill.


Jared Leigh Cohon

Berg was nominated by Philip A. Cole, professor and director of the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences in the School of Medicine.


ared Leigh Cohon, president of Carnegie Mellon University since 1997, previously spent 19 years at Johns Hopkins as a Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering faculty member, an assistant and associate dean of the Whiting School of Engineering, and vice provost for research. Here, he developed complex methodologies and tools for water resources analysis and infrastructure planning. He showed that these tools could be useful in diverse applications, including operation of reservoirs and hydroelectric power plants, EMS/fire station location, power plant and hazardous waste landfill siting, transportation network optimization and water treatment plant design. His 1978 book, Multiobjective Programming and Planning, is a classic in the field. Because of his expertise, he has been called upon by the National Academies to lead investigations on planning for extreme floods and on measuring infrastructure performance, by Pittsburgh regional leaders to spearhead efforts to improve local water quality and by the president of the United States to lead an evaluation of the Department of Energy’s technical work on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. Cohon was nominated by Charles R. O’Melia, the Abel Wolman Professor of Environmental Engineering Emeritus in the Whiting School’s Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering.

developmental biology, pharmacology, physiology, biological chemistry, bioinformatics and computational biology. Before accepting this post, he spent nearly two decades at Johns Hopkins. After serving as a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Medicine and an assistant professor in the Krieger School’s Department of Chemistry, he became the School of Medicine’s director of the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences and director of the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry. Berg’s own research has focused on the structural and functional roles that metal ions, especially zinc, play in proteins. This led to major contributions to our understanding of how zinc-containing proteins bind to genetic material. His work has contributed to the design of metal-containing proteins that control the activity of specific genes.

Eva L. Feldman

Eva L. Feldman Ann Arbor, Mich.


Jared Leigh Cohon Pittsburgh

Herman Z. Cummins New York

Jeremy M. Berg

tephen H. Davis is one of today’s leading theoretical fluid mechanicians. He has made groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of the dynamics and stability characteristics of interface phenomena in fluids, thin films and crystal growth. The mathematical tools and insights gained from his work have applications in developing improved coatings to protect materials from hostile environments, in understanding the spreading of liquids on solid surfaces and in

Stephen H. Davis

predicting solid film geometry for semiconductors formed by vapor deposition. Between 1968 and 1978, he held faculty positions at Johns Hopkins in the departments of Mechanics, Earth and Planetary Sciences, and Materials Science. Davis is listed as a most-cited author in his field and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. As editor of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and the Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, he has guided these two journals, the most prestigious in the field, with excellence and vision. Davis was nominated by Charles Meneveau, the L.M. Sardella Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Andrea Prosperetti, the Charles A. Miller Jr. Distinguished Professor in Mechanical Engineering, both in the Whiting School of Engineering.

n internationally known authority on the complications of diabetes, Eva L. Feldman is the Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology and director of both the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Center for the Study of Complications in Diabetes and the ALS Clinic at the University of Michigan. Her research not only has made a tremendous impact on how we think about the causes of diabetic neuropathy, but it has also led to a better understanding of why current therapies are sometimes ineffective, and it is likely to lead to new therapeutic targets. In the early 1980s, while Feldman was a resident and chief resident in the Department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins, she was the first neurologist to receive the Johns Hopkins Award for Medical Teaching and Excellence. In addition to her clinical and research work, Feldman has an impressive track record as a mentor dedicated to passing on her knowledge and experience to a new generation of dedicated professionals. Feldman was nominated by Justin C. McArthur, professor and director of Neurology in the School of Medicine.

Jonathan Haslam Cambridge, England


onathan Haslam is a distinguished historian of Soviet foreign relations leading up to World War II and in the Cold War period. Early in his career he wrote three books about Soviet foreign policy under Stalin. Then, while he was at Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies, where he was an associate professor of Russian and Eurasian studies from 1984 to 1986, he shifted attention to the postwar period and placed his work squarely in Continued on page 12


o be inducted posthumously is Herman Z. Cummins, who for more than half a century played a pioneering role in the development of light-scattering techniques and their application to the study of materials. His far-reaching and elegant experiments provided extraordinary insight into problems ranging from the physics of phase transitions and the mobility of biological molecules to patterns created by growing crystals and the mechanisms that cause liquids to change into glass. Cummins, who died in April, also co-invented laser Doppler velocimetry, a technique for measuring the direction and speed of fluids that now has wide use in medicine, chemical engineering and the geosciences. Author of more than 170 scientific papers and recipient of numerous awards and honors, Cummins was a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Physics at the City College of the City University of New York. He was also a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National


he Society of Scholars was created on the recommendation of then president Milton S. Eisenhower and approved by the university board of trustees on May 1, 1967. The society—the first of its kind in the nation—inducts former postdoctoral fellows, postdoctoral degree recipients, house staff and junior or visiting faculty who have served at least a year at Johns Hopkins and thereafter gained marked distinction elsewhere in their fields of physical, biological, medical, social or engineering sciences or in the humanities and for whom at least five years have elapsed since their last Johns Hopkins affiliation. The Committee of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars, whose members are equally distributed among the academic divisions, elects a limited number of scholars from the candidates nominated by the academic divisions with postdoctoral programs. The scholars elected in 2010 will be invested at a ceremony hosted by Provost Lloyd Minor at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26, in Homewood’s Mason Hall, where each will be presented with a certificate and a medallion on a black-and-gold ribbon to be worn with academic regalia. The induction, which brings to 551 the total number of members in the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars, will be followed by a dinner hosted by President Ronald J. Daniels. The new members will be recognized at Commencement on May 27. The following listing of the Society of Scholars members elected in 2010 is accompanied by a short description of their accomplishments at the time of their election to the society.

Herman Z. Cummins

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Scholars Continued from page 11 international relations theory. This led to a study of Soviet policy in Europe in the 1970s and 1980s, a biography of mid-20th-century British historian E.H. Carr, a history of the realist school of Western thought in the field

ogy and pharmacology at one of the leading research centers in the United States. Kelly was nominated by Philip A. Cole, professor and director of the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences in the School of Medicine.

these techniques with other surgeons locally, nationally and internationally. Helfet also has made important contributions to many basic science studies, ranging from the biomedical aspects of fracture fixation to the molecular biology of bone formation. He was nominated by Frank Frassica, the Robert A. Robinson Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the School of Medicine.

Allan I. Levey Atlanta


Scott H. Kaufmann

Jonathan Haslam

of international relations since Machiavelli and a study of the Nixon administration’s role in the fall of the Allende government in Chile. His work is distinguished by skepticism toward all orthodoxies and a determination to weigh scholarly judgments against archival evidence. Now a professor at the University of Cambridge, he remains a leading proponent of the marriage of historical scholarship and international relations theory, and is considered by many to be the best British historian working on Soviet external relations today. Haslam was nominated by Bruce Parrott, professor in the Department of Russian and Eurasian Studies at SAIS.

Andrew Hurrell Oxford, England


n the 20 years since holding his initial academic post at the Bologna Center of Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies, Andrew Hurrell has become one of the leading scholars in the field of international relations at Oxford University and one of the best-known theorists of international politics in the English-speaking

David L. Helfet New York


avid L. Helfet began his career in the late 1970s as an assistant resident and chief resident in the Department of General Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Since then, he has fulfilled the extraordinary promise he showed while a resident, distinguishing himself as an astute and innovative surgeon, researcher and educator. Now professor of orthopedic surgery at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College, Helfet is a noted trauma surgeon and has developed groundbreaking techniques to help manage the most difficult and challenging fractures. In addition, he has been instrumental in developing novel approaches to saving the limbs of critically injured patients, and has generously shared

Andrew Hurrell

world. He is widely recognized for his work in both theory of international relations and the politics of regionalism, especially in the Americas, with a focus on Brazil. In international relations theory, he is best known as a leading contemporary theorist in the “English school,” an approach also known as the “international society” perspective, pioneered by the late Hedley Bull, also of Oxford. Hurrell’s work on the Americas focuses especially on relations between the United States and Brazil in the context of the dominant role played by the United States. His major book, On Global Order: Power, Values and the Constitution of International Society, won the annual best book award of the International Studies Association in 2008. Hurrell was nominated by P. Terrence Hopmann, professor in the Department of Conflict Management at SAIS.

gram themselves to die. Now an internationally recognized expert in these cell systems and how they can be used in novel therapeutic regimens to program cancer cells to “commit suicide,” Kaufmann is the chairman of the Division of Oncology Research in the Mayo Clinic’s Department of Oncology, as well as a professor in the departments of Medicine and of Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at the Mayo Medical School and the Mayo Foundation for Research and Education. In addition to earning his MD and PhD at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1981, Kaufmann did his residency and fellowship at Johns Hopkins, and served as an associate professor of oncology here in 1994. He was nominated by Judith E. Karp, professor of oncology and medicine in the School of Medicine’s Department of Oncology.

Thomas J. Kelly Jr. New York


homas J. Kelly Jr. has made significant contributions to cancer research, specifically through his study of the mechanism and regulation of eukaryotic DNA replication. His seminal contributions to this field include the development of the first in vitro DNA replication systems, which allowed him to identify key protein components and to define their contribution to initiation and control. During his 30-year career at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he served as director of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and as director of the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences, he built what many consider to be the best basic science department in the country, home to three Nobel laureates: one he replaced as chair (Daniel Nathans), one with whom he trained (Hamilton O. Smith) and one he recruited (Carol Greider). As director of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute since 2002 and the Benno C. Schmidt Chair of Cancer Research at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, he has had an even broader impact, creating and reinvigorating leading programs in cancer biology, immunology, molecular biol-

Scott H. Kaufmann Rochester, Minn.

David L. Helfet


cott H. Kaufmann has spent his career researching how to fight cancer by exploiting a mechanism by which cells pro-

llan I. Levey’s scholarship has literally changed the field of Alzheimer’s disease, in the sense that his work has helped to establish new pathways for its treatment. He has led efforts to better understand the critical neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is deficient in patients with the disease. As a professor of neurology at Emory University, he has led major research to define the subtypes of muscarinic acetylcholine receptors. These receptors are a primary target for current drug therapies, and in recent work, he and his group have shown that they may offer a novel approach for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The body of Levey’s work within Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases is broad and innovative, including imaging

Thomas J. Kelly Jr.

Allan I. Levey

studies, clinical trials, proteomic profiling and genetic studies. Levey served as chief resident in the Department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins in the late 1980s. He was nominated by Justin C. McArthur, professor and director of Neurology in the School of Medicine.

Jacob Rajfer Los Angeles


acob Rajfer exemplifies what clinicians can accomplish by learning from patients at their bedside and finding the answers at the bench. He has been a lifelong clinician and clinical investigator interested in disorders of male sexual and reproductive function. After hearing a lecture by Louis Ignarro, Rajfer deduced that nitric oxide was most likely the neurotransmitter responsible for penile erection. In classical experiments, first using tissue harvested from animals and then from humans, Ignarro and Rajfer Continued on page 13

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Scholars Continued from page 12 were able to confirm for the first time that nitric oxide was indeed the neurotransmitter responsible for erectile function in men. Basing its work on this observation, Pfizer developed the drug commonly known as


and Obstetrics at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. He was ultimately recruited to chair the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University. In 2002, Rock became chancellor and CEO of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, and in 2007, he was named senior vice president for medical affairs and dean of the newly established Medical College of Florida International University. A talented gynecologic surgeon, inspirational mentor and able administrator, Rock has distinguished himself as an influential figure in women’s health and medical education, publishing 200 peer-reviewed articles, numerous chapters and textbooks. He has edited the four most recent editions of TeLinde’s Operative Gynecology. He was nominated by Edward Wallach, professor in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in the School of Medicine.

Gang Xiao Providence, R.I.


Jacob Rajfer

Viagra, which made a major impact on the treatment of this disorder. At Johns Hopkins, Rajfer fostered his interest in the application of basic science to clinical problems in urology as a resident and chief resident in the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute. Today, he is the chief of Urology in the Department of Surgery at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He was nominated by Patrick C. Walsh, University Distinguished Service Professor of Urology at the School of Medicine.

ang Xiao, director of Brown University’s Center for NanoSciences and Soft Materials, has over the course of his career made extraordinary contributions to condensed matter physics, conducting cutting-edge research in a broad range of areas ranging from spintronics, an emerging field that harnesses the electron’s spin to create new electronic devices, to superconductivity, to magnetic tunnel junctions. Xiao has developed a method to visualize the flow of electrical current through very small magnetic field sensors, an approach that is the

technical basis of a start-up company, Micro Magnetics, of which he is founder and chief technology officer. A postdoctoral fellow in Johns Hopkins’ Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy from 1988 to 1989, Xiao has since published more than 190 scientific papers with 7,000 SCI citations, making him among the most highly cited physicists worldwide. He was nominated by Chia-Ling Chien, professor in Physics and Astronomy.



John A. Rock

ichael J. Zinner is an accomplished leader in surgery who is known for his work in surgical education, training and safety. He was one of the first to organize a center for surgical outcomes and has done so on a national level. Zinner’s current clinical focus centers on diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, specifically of the colon and rectum. Outside of his clinical sphere, Zinner is involved at the local, regional and national levels on issues relating to the impact of changes in the health care delivery system on the practices of surgery and the viability of academic medical centers. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins in 1967, and he served as chief resident in the Department of

Project fruit fly: What accounts for insect taste?


Johns Hopkins team has identified a protein in sensory cells on the “tongues” of fruit flies that allows them to detect a noxious chemical and, ultimately, influences their decision about what to eat and what to avoid. A report on the work, appearing April 19 in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, raises the possibility that the protein—TRPA1—is a new molecular target for controlling insect pests. “We’re interested in how TRPA1 and a whole family of so-called TRP channels affect not just the senses, like taste but also behavior,” said Craig Montell, a professor of biological chemistry and member of the Center for Sensory Biology in Johns Hopkins’ Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences. Montell notes that when his team knocked out the TRPA1 sensor, the behavior change—an alteration in food preference—was stark. “This is the first TRP channel in insects that responds to a naturally occurring plant chemical known as an antifeedant,” he said, “so now we have a target for finding moreeffective chemicals to protect plants from destruction by insect pests.” Montell discovered TRP (pronounced “trip”) channels in 1989 in flies and, a handful of years later, in humans, noting their abundance on sensory cells that communi-

Surgery at Johns Hopkins in the late 1970s. Today, Zinner is surgeon in chief at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a nonprofit teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and is also clinical director of the Dana Farber/ Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center. He was nominated by Julie Ann Freischlag, the William Stewart Halsted Professor of Surgery and chair of the Department of Surgery in the School of Medicine.

Michael J. Zinner Boston

John A. Rock Miami ohn A. Rock is one of the nation’s foremost reproductive endocrinologists. Following his fellowship in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Johns Hopkins, he established in 1984 the in vitro fertilization program at Johns Hopkins, leading to Maryland’s first birth through this landmark procedure. In 1991, Rock became director of the Department of Gynecology

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cate with the outside world. The job of these porelike proteins—activated by a bright light, a chilly breeze or a hot chili pepper—is to excite cells to signal each other and ultimately alert the brain by controlling the flux of atoms of calcium and sodium that carry electrical charges. Montell’s lab and others have tallied 28 TRP channels in mammals and 13 in flies, improving understanding about how animals detect a broad range of sensory stimuli, including the most subtle changes in temperature. “We already knew that TRP channels have these broad sensory roles, having previously discovered that the insect TRPA1 had a role in helping flies to detect small differences in suboptimal temperatures within their comfort range,” Montell said. “We wondered if it had any other sensory roles, so we went looking.” First, the team genetically altered a normal TRPA1 gene. This experiment let the scientists show that the protein was made in the fly’s major taste organ, called the labellum, and trace its manufacture to a subset of sensory cells that respond to noxious chemicals. Separate taste cells in mammals are also known to respond to either noxious or appealing chemicals in foods. The researchers then conducted a series of behavioral tests comparing the feeding of wild-type flies to those of mutants in which the TRPA1 gene was knocked out—flies,

in other words, unable to manufacture the protein. The team placed 50 to 100 flies that had been purposely starved for a day in a covered plate with 72 wells full of two concentrations of sugar water. The wells containing the high concentration of sugar water were laced with different bitter compounds, including quinine, caffeine, strychnine and aristolochic acid. This bitter/sugar water was distinguished with blue food coloring as opposed to the pure sugar water, colored red. A wild-type fly normally would consume the more sugary water because, like humans, it has a “sweet tooth.” However, if the more sugary water were laced with an aversive flavor, it would choose the less sugary water. After allowing the hungry wild-type and mutant flies to feed from the wells, the team froze and then counted the insects, separating them based on belly color: red, blue or purple. Surprisingly, most of the mutants avoided all but one of the bitter compounds—aristolochic acid, a naturally occurring chemical produced by plants to prevent themselves from being eaten by insects. The majority of the wild-type flies were red, the appropriate color for having chosen the less sugary water, and the mutants mostly were blue, the color associated with the high concentration of sugar laced with aristolochic acid, because they couldn’t taste the noxious chemical. “To our surprise, it was looking at first like

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TRPA1 didn’t have a role in responding to anything,” Montell said. “The aristolochic acid was literally the last compound we tried. I certainly wasn’t expecting that the TRPA1 would be so specific in its response.” The team followed up with electrophysiology tests on both wild-type flies and those lacking the TRPA1 gene. By attaching electrodes to the tiny taste hairs on the labellum, the scientists were able to measure the tasteinduced spikes of electrical activity resulting from neurons responding to the noxious chemicals. TRPA1 was required for aristolochic acid–induced activity by neurons, meaning it’s essential for aristolochic acid avoidance. TRP channels also play important roles in taste in mammals, but the requirement is very different, Montell says. While one mammalian TRP channel is required for tasting all sugars and bitter chemicals, no single insect TRP has such a broad role. “It’s important to make this discovery in insects not only because it’s interesting to trace the similarities and differences through millions of years of evolution but also because of the possible practical applications,” Montell said. “By targeting this TRP channel, we might be able to prevent insects from causing crop damage.” Authors of the paper, in addition to Montell, are Sang Hoon Kim, Youngseok Lee, Bradley Akitake, Owen M. Woodwar and William B. Guggino, all of Johns Hopkins. The research was supported by a grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. —Maryalice Yakutchik

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Aberdeen Ironbirds vs. Vermont Lake Monsters—Sat., Aug. 28, 7:05 p.m. (game time is subject to change, please confirm ahead of time). Cost of $10 per ticket (sections 210 and 212) includes an Ironbirds baseball cap, “First Pitch” game program, free parking and post-game fireworks. Seating chart, directions to Ripken Stadium and other Ironbirds information can be found at www To reserve tickets, drop off or mail a check or money order payable to JHU IronBirds for the full amount of the desired number of tickets to JHU IronBirds; Office of Work, Life and Engagement; Johns Hopkins at Eastern; 1101 E. 33rd St., Suite C100; Baltimore, MD 21218. Include your name, Johns Hopkins affiliation, daytime phone number, mailing address where you would like tickets sent and an e-mail address. Tickets will be mailed two weeks prior to the game. Orders are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets can be reserved without payment. Limit 10 tickets per person. For more information, call 443-997-6060. For directions and other IronBirds information, call 410-297-9292 or go to www or www.ripkenstadium .com. • Hopkins Night at Camden Yards— Orioles vs. Yankees—Sat., Sept. 18, at 7:05 p.m. (game time is subject to change; confirm ahead of time). Hopkins affiliates receive group seating for staff, faculty, students, retirees, alumni and their families and friends. Tickets are $22 each (sections 336 and 340). Seating chart and other Orioles information can be found at To reserve tickets, send a check payable to JHU Orioles for the full amount of the desired number of tickets and mail to JHU Orioles; Office of Work, Life and Engagement; Johns Hopkins at Eastern; 1101 E. 33rd St., Suite C100; Baltimore, MD 21218. Include your name, Johns Hopkins affiliation, daytime phone number, mailing address where you would like tickets to be sent and an e-mail address. Tickets will be mailed approximately three weeks before the game. Orders are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets can be reserved without payment. • Orioles Home Game Season Ticket Discount—new this year. Discount tickets are available to a select number of Orioles home games during the 2010 season with more than 60 games from which to choose. To purchase tickets, complete the order form available at financial/orioles.html and fax or mail it to Mark Hromalik at the Orioles. All contact information and available games are included on the order form. To view all special event and discount offers, go to financial/discounts.html or call the Office of Work, Life and Engagement at 443-9976060.

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Classifieds APARTMENTS/HOUSES FOR RENT Bayview, 2BR house w/fin’d bsmt, W/D, no pets, backyd prkng pad, sec dep and credit check req’d. Elaine, 410-633-4750. Baltimore County, 3BR, 1BA house in beautiful area, lg kitchen, fin’d bsmt, hdwd flrs, front and back yds, prkng, pet OK, 15-20 mins to Hopkins. Butchers Hill, bright, renov’d 2BR, 2.5BA house, 1/2 blk from Patterson Park, seconds to JHH/Canton/Fells Point/harbor. $1,600/mo + utils + sec dep. Marc, 443-452-8088. Canton, beautiful 2BR, 2.5BA house, lg kitchen, living and dining rms, prkng, rooftop deck, 3 blks to Canton Square. 443-562-3914. Canton, 1BR, 1.5BA luxury waterfront condo, renov’d kitchen, off-street prkng. Canton, gorgeous 2BR, 2.5BA RH, remodeled. $1,800/mo + utils. (pics/info). Canton, 3BR, 2BA TH, no pets, refs req’d, 2 mi to JHH. $1,300/mo + utils + sec dep. Anita, 410-675-5951 or Canton, 2BR, 2BA TH in great neighborhood, CAC, sec sys, W/D, fin’d bsmt, priv fenced yd/ patio, accessible to public transportation, avail August, mins to Hopkins/Bayview. $1,600/mo + utils. The Carlyle (500 W University Pkwy), studio apt close to Homewood campus and Rotunda complex, 12-mo lease, avail July or a little earlier. $765/mo + utils. 443-703-9402 or Charles Village, spacious 3-story RH, hdwd flrs, W/D, 3rd-flr deck, rear yd, easy prkng, no smokers/no pets, short walk to 26th St shuttle. Charles Village, lg 2BR, 2BA apt in Carrollton Condos, no pets. $1,500/mo. emma.theespot@ Charles Village, summer sublet furn’d 1BR apt, avail mid-June to mid-July (approx), new crpt, new appls, AC, W/D, WiFi. $865/mo. 410-236-9840. Charles Village (St Paul St at 31st St), 1BR apt in safe bldg next to Homewood campus. $720/ mo. Charles Village (Charles St and University), 1BR studio apt, hdwd flrs, AC, storage unit, laundry, prkng, avail July 1. $750/mo. 443-5401540 or Charles Village/Oakenshawe, lovely, lg 4BR, 2BA house, dw, W/D, AC, cable, DSL, fp, microwave, fresh paint, new kitchen, alarm, 2-car garage, very short walk to JHMI shuttle/ Homewood campus. $2,750/mo. 410-493-7026 or Eastwood (6904 Eastbrook Ave), beautiful, renov’d 2BR, 1.5BA house nr Bayview, avail July 1. $1,250/mo. 443-570-5492 or dave918@ Guilford, charming, spacious 4BR, 2BA TH, 2-car prkng pad, bsmt, yds, safe and friendly community, 20-min walk to Homewood campus. $1,600/mo. baltimore.guilford@gmail .com. Hampden, 3BR, 2BA TH, dw, W/D, fenced yd, nr light rail. $1,100/mo + utils. 410-378-2393. Hampden, 1.5BR TH, living rm, dining rm, kitchen, mud rm, hdwd flrs, AC, W/D, front porch, yd, off-street prkng. $890/mo + utils. 410-370-4555 or Homeland, 2BR, 2BA house in gated community w/pool, 2 mi to Homewood campus, nr bus


lines, avail July 1. $1,350/mo. 410-367-4352 or Mt Washington, 2BR, 2BA house w/deck, W/D, walk-in closets, storage, free prkng, conv to light rail, pets OK, sublet July to September (can be extended). $1,070/mo + utils. hari_iyer16@ Mt Washington, quiet, spacious 4BR, 2.5BA house, avail June 10 to August 17, AC, W/D, hdwd flrs, WiFi, grand piano, no smoking/ no pets. $530/wk incl utils. 410-913-9687 or Ocean City, Md, lg 2BR, 2BA oceanfront condo, sleeps 8, quiet low-rise bldg on 74th St, reasonable rates. 410-817-6691. Ocean City, Md (137th St), 3BR, 2BA condo on ocean block, lg pool, walk to beach/restaurants/entertainment, 2 prkng spaces. 410-5442814. Orlando, newly renov’d 6BR, 3.5BA vacation house in secure, gated resort, priv pool and spa, 6 mi to Disney World. $980/wk + tax (special price for June). Owings Mills, 2BR, 2BA condo, backs to woods, W/D, walk-in closets, storage, prkng, conv to metro, nr grocery, sm pets negotiable ($250 nonrefundable deposit), 1-yr lease. $1,250/mo. 410-336-7952 or ljohnsto@mail Patterson Park, gorgeous, fully renov’d 2BR, 1.5BA TH, fin’d bsmt, new windows, hdwd flrs. $1,000/mo + all utils + sec dep ($1,000).410592-5780, or (for pics). Pikesville, 3- or 4BR house w/full kitchen, full bsmt, alarm system, great location, quiet area, nr shopping, nr Summit Park Elementary School, avail furn’d, now. 410-236-1503. St Michaels, Md, cottage available downtown for romantic, affordable wknd. 296266. Waterfront, renov’d 2BR cottage in Baltimore Co, pier and boat slip, wraparound deck, W/D, dw, avail mid-June, conv to JHH/downtown/ Bayview/JHU. $1,575/mo + utils + sec dep. 410-790-6597 or (pics/ details). 4BR, 2BA TH, 3 mins to Homewood campus, avail June 1. $1,600/mo + utils. 410-979-0721 or

HOUSES FOR SALE Arcadia/Beverly Hills (3019 Iona Terrace), spacious, renov’d 4BR, 2.5BA detached house in beautiful neighborhood, 7 mins to JHU, lg open kitchen/dining area, lg deck, landscape. $284,500. 443-803-1910. Baltimore County, 2BR, 1BA house nr Bayview, hdwd flrs, lg, private yd, off-street prkng, great views of Inner Harbor. $162,900. 443-604-2797 or Hawaii (Volcano Village), 2BR, 1BA house operates as vacational rental w/many repeat customers, custom chalet in peaceful rainforest nr Volcanoes National Park and Kilauea summit, fully furn’d, sleeps 6, has jacuzzi, custom stained glass. $359,000. Mt Washington, 3BR+, 2.5BA house in parklike neighborhood, totally redone, convenient to JHU. $295,000. Towson, 3BR house w/2 new BAs, new kitchen and appliances, hdwd flrs, new siding and windows, fenced yd, flower garden, great schools, 20 mins to JHU/JHH. $270,000. 410-404-7355. Western Maryland, vacation home, former horse farm, great place for dogs to run. iscus@

Johns Hopkins / Hampden WYMAN COURT APTS. (BEECH AVE.) Effic from $570, 1 BD Apt. from $675, 2 BD from $775 HICKORY HEIGHTS APTS. (HICKORY AVE.) 2 BD units from $750 Shown by Appointment 410-764-7776


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ROOMMATES WANTED Share 3BR house w/health consultant and Hopkins faculty member, nr Hopkins shuttle to medical campus and Homewood campus. $500/mo. Share new, refurbished TH w/other medical students, 4BRs, 2 full BAs, CAC, W/D, dw, w/w crpt, 1-min walk to JHMI (924 N Broadway). BR + study in 2BR+ Canton house, share w/M JHMI postdoc, 1st flr living rm, dining rm, eat-in kitchen, washer, window AC, 8 mins to Canton Square and Merritt Athletic, 2 mi to JHH, 1 mi to Bayview. $700/mo + utils. Furn’d rm in shared house in Waverly, W/D on premises, short- or long-term, 10 mins to JHMI. $500/mo incl all utils. F wanted to share upstairs unit, 2BR, 1.5BA apt in Belvedere Square area, hdwd flrs, fp, balcony, living rm, dining rm, kitchen, powder rm, 15 mins to JHMI, 10 mins to Homewood campus. $600/mo + share of utils. 410-4356417 or F wanted for clean 1BR and attached BA in 2BR apt (Park Charles at 218 N Charles St), fully furn’d, AC, avail June 2 to mid-August, great view, WiFi, nr grocery, great view. $745/ mo + utils.

CARS FOR SALE ’96 Honda Accord, automatic, white, 4-dr, runs great, 130K mi. $3,200. 703-501-7136 or ’04 Toyota Echo, automatic, blue, 4-dr sedan, AC, very good cond, 87K mi. $4,700/best offer. 410-296-2980 or ’07 PT Cruiser Touring Edition, 2 new tires, AC, CD, insp’d, excel cond, 37K mi. $7,000. 410-366-1175.

ITEMS FOR SALE Black bookshelf, Presto electric heat dish, computer spkrs and subwoofers, bedroom mirror (4'H x 1'W), must sell. Taylor Swift concert tickets, Verizon Center in Washington DC, 7pm, one for Tues, June 1, and 1 for Wed, June 2. Chicco high-chair, folding, adjustable height, reclining, removable tray, safety harness, excel cond. $25/best offer. Friends of Boy Scout Troop 340, Orioles vs Nationals tickets, June 25, $15 (lower reserved) + fireworks. 410-458-2878 or g_deise@yahoo .com. Printer, 3-step ladder, tripods, table w/shelves, digital piano, reciprocating saw. 410-455-5858 or 12" subwoofers (2) w/amp, in box, they work fine; call for pics/specs. $300. 610-246-5600. Chair w/matching ottoman, in good cond, $100/best offer; desk shelf w/6 compartments, excel cond, $15. 410-377-7354. Mattresses, futon, study table, heater, bicycle, bookshelf, foot massager, laundry basket, kitchen items. 443-813-4735.

SERVICES/ITEMS OFFERED OR WANTED Grass cutting, trimming, weeding, painting, planting or just a helping hand moving things, you name it; reasonable rates. 410-419-3902.

M residence assistants wanted July 10-16 to supervise 100 high school students for 1-wk camp at Homewood campus. 410-735-4382. Wanted: loving caregiver for 2 infants, 8 1/2 mos old and 11 mos old, 20-25 hrs/ wk starting end of July, Hampden area, inhome or at home of nanny. 410-350-4605 or PT housekeeper wanted, able to walk from Homewood, declutter, organize, do laundry, some heavier cleaning, 3 young boys in home, times flexible although would like one wknd day. 202-431-1762 or Need a dynamic headshot for job interview/ audition? Edward S Davis photography and videography. 443-695-9988 or eddaviswrite@ Professional piano tutor available, Chinese, can communicate with kids. 443-253-6909. Seeking summer sublet for faculty member, family and 1 sweet dog, house or apt, 3+ BRs. 410-303-4131. Hopkins professionals nr Charles Village seeking nanny for 18-mo-old and 3-yr-old, 3 1/2 days/wk. Private tutor wanted for recent college graduate studying for GMAT. 410-828-0339 or Affordable landscaper/certified horticulturist available to maintain gardens, also design, planting or masonry; free consultations. David, 410-683-7373 or Piano lessons by master student at Peabody, call for rates, free placement interview. 425890-1327 or Piano lessons w/experienced teacher, Peabody doctorate, all levels, patient instruction. 410662-7951. Would you like to play indoor tennis this summer on a Hopkins team? Tuesday evenings, June through August, men’s, women’s and mixed doubles, approx 3.0-4.0 level. pbbark@ (Peter Barker). MHIC-licensed carpenter specializing in decks, flrs, trim work, custom stairs, roofs, framing and/or sheet rock; call for any carpentry projects. Rick, 443-621-6537. Loving, trustworthy dog walker available day/ evening, overnight sitting w/complimentary house-sitting services, impeccable references. Looking for PT babysitting or dog-sitting and walking opportunities in Charles Village, Hampden or Medfield areas. Professional Japanese language tutor now available, learn about Japanese culture while learning how to speak/read/write Japanese. Spring is here! Interior/exterior painting, home/ deck power washing, leaf removal, bush trimming, general maintenance, licensed, insured, free estimates, affordable. 410-335-1284 or Expert tutor: English, writing, essays, research papers, grammar, ESL, editor, thesis/dissertation, writing. 240-882-6567 or englishttr1@ Cleaning service, pet-friendly, local, spring cleaning discounts until June, reasonable rates. 443528-3637 or Licensed landscaper avail for routine lawn maintenance, mulching, trash hauling. Taylor Landscaping LLC. 410-812-6090 or romilacapers@

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Calendar C O N F ERE N C E Fri., June 4, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Johns Hopkins Alzheim-

er’s Disease Research Center’s annual dementia conference with Clifford Jack, Mayo Clinic; Lee Shaw, University of Pennsylvania; Susan Resnick, National Institute on Aging; Juan Troncoso, JHMI; and Abhay Moghekar, JHMI. Owens Auditorium, CRB. EB


Patterns of Political Competition and Constraints to Private Sector Development (1999–2006),” a SAIS PhD Studies Program dissertation defense by Ellen Psychas. 806 Rome Building. SAIS “On de novo Purine Biosynthesis: The Purinosome,” a Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences seminar with Stephen Benkovic, Pennsylvania State University. West Lecture Hall (ground floor), WBSB. EB

“God as Causa Sui and Created Truth in Descartes,” an Evolution, Cognition and Culture Project seminar with Tad Schmaltz, Duke University. Co-sponsored by Philosophy. 102A Dell House. HW “Reconstitution of mRNA Recruitment to the Eukaryotic Ribosome,” a Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry thesis defense seminar with Sarah Mitchell. 517 PCTB. EB

Mon., May 24, 2:30 p.m. “AntiCorruption and Transparency: South Korea’s Pathway to Preeminence in the Asia-Pacific,” a U.S-Korea Institute at SAIS discussion with Lee Jae-Oh, chairman, Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission. Rome Building Auditorium. SAIS

“Mechanisms for Specificity in the Control of Gene Expression and Synaptic Function,” a Biological Chemistry seminar with Mollie Meffert, SoM. 612 Physiology. EB

Tues., June 1, noon.

“Endogenous Small RNAs in the Drosophila soma,” a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Megha Ghildiyal, University of Massachusetts Medical School. Rose Auditorium, 3520 San Martin Drive. HW

Tues., June 1, 4 p.m.

Tues., May 25, 10:30 a.m.

“Turkmenistan: A Promised Land for Business? Macroeconomic Reforms Under Berdymukhammedov,” a Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at SAIS discussion with Fulbright Visiting Research Fellow Jan Šir, Charles University in the Czech Republic. 806 Rome Building.

SAIS Thurs., June 3, 9:30 a.m. “One Hundred Days of Yanukovych: Where Is Ukraine Heading?” a SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations discussion with Taras Kuzio, 2010 Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellow. 500 Bernstein-Offit Building. SAIS

E X H I B I T I O N Wed., May 26, 4:30 p.m. Medical and Biological Illustration Graduate Exhibit and Reception, featuring a display of artwork by the graduating class of the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine. Turner Concourse. EB


“Lead: A Heavy Metal With Weighty Health Effects: A Focus on Kidney Toxicity,” Pathology Grand Rounds with Jeffrey Fadrowski, SoM. Hurd Hall. EB

Mon., May 24, 8:30 a.m.


The 2010 Alpha Omega Alpha Visiting Professor Lecture—“Being There for Patients” by Fred Schiffman, Warren Alpert Medical School

Tues., May 25, 4 p.m.

Thurs., May 27, 3 p.m.

Thurs., May 27, 4 p.m.

Thurs., May 27, 7:30 p.m.

Thurs., May 27, 7:30 p.m.

Fri., May 28, 10 a.m.

Thurs., May 27, 5 to 7 p.m.

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

Tues., May 25, 5:30 p.m.

Thurs., May 27, 2:30 p.m.

Wed., May 26, 4 p.m.

Fri., May 28, 1:30 p.m.

“Croatia’s Role in Fostering a Euro-Atlantic Perspective for Southeastern Europe,” a SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations talk with Jadranka Kosor, prime minister of Croatia. (See “In Brief,” p. 2.) Simultaneous English translation of the prime minister’s remarks will be provided. RSVP to http://transatlantic .htm. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building. SAIS

Hearst Castle and Hollywood


illiam Randolph Hearst is best-known as the press lord who built a vast San Simeon estate (known formally as “La Cuesta Encantada,” or “The Enchanted Hill”) from 1919 through 1947. He is less well-known as an early film pioneer and the producer of 120 movies. This week, Victoria Kastner, historian at Hearst Castle, will detail the rich social and architectural history of San Simeon’s theater, designed in the 1930s by Hearst and his architect, Julia Morgan, in the spirit of an early movie palace. Kastner is the author of Hearst Castle: The Biography of a Country House and Hearst’s San Simeon: The Gardens and the Land. She has lectured extensively on San Simeon and also has written about Hearst for The London Telegraph, the American Institute of Architects and The Magazine Antiques. This is the third and final talk in Evergreen Museum & Library’s House Beautiful lecture series. See Special Events. of Brown University and Lifespan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins AOA Chapter. Hurd Hall, JHH. EB

S E M I N AR S Mon.,





“There is a Time and Place for Sex: On the Regulation of Sexual Development and Behavior in Drosophila,” a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Bruce Baker, Howard Hughes Medical Institute/Janelia Farms. Rose Auditorium, 3520 San Martin Drive. HW Mon.,





“Image-Based Modeling of Cardiac Function: Toward PatientSpecific Applications,” a Biomedical Engineering seminar with Fijoy Vadakkumpadan, WSE. 110 (VideoteleconferClark. HW enced to 709 Traylor. EB ) Mon., May 24, 4 p.m. The David

Bodian Seminar—“Functional Organization of Cortical Microcircuits” with Andreas Tolias, Baylor

College of Medicine. Sponsored by the Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. 338 Krieger. HW Tues., May 25, 9 a.m. “The Dynamic N-Terminal Arm of Fis1 Regulates Mitochondrial Fission,” a Biology thesis defense seminar with Lora Picton. 100 Mudd. HW

“Pseudolikelihood Methods: Theory and Its Application in Genetic Epidemiology,” a Biostatistics thesis defense seminar with Yong Chen. W2030 SPH. EB

Tues., May 25, 10 a.m.

“Androgens, Androgen Action and the Pathogenesis of Prostate Cancer,” a Biological Chemistry seminar with William Nelson, SoM. 612 Physiology. EB

“Understanding the Nature of HIV-1 Persistence in Individuals on Suppressive Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy,” a Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences thesis defense seminar with Jason Dinoso. 303 WBSB. EB

Wed., June 2, 4 p.m.

Thurs., June 3, 1 p.m. “Overcoming Knowledge Gaps in Translational Research for Aortic Aneurysm Disease Therapies,” a Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation thesis defense seminar with Benjamin Brooke. E2527 SPH. EB

SPECIAL EVENTS Wed., May 26, 6:30 p.m. “The Silver Screen: Hearst Castle and Hollywood,” an illustrated lecture by Victoria Kastner, Hearst Castle historian. Sponsored by Johns Hopkins University Museums. Advance reservations requested; call 410516-0341 or purchase online at $20 general admission; $15 for museum members and full-time students with ID. Evergreen Museum & Library. University

Tues., May 25, noon.

“Conflicted Islamisms: Determinants of Policy Divergence Among Pakistani Islamist Parties,” a SAIS PhD Studies Program dissertation defense by Joshua White. 736 Bernstein-Offit Building. SAIS “Building State Failure in Timor-Leste:

Mon., May 24, 6 p.m. Carey Business School Graduation Ceremony; Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.


Wed., May 26, 7 p.m.

Thurs., May 27, 8:40 a.m.

Tues., May 25, 5 p.m.

Wed., May 26, 9 a.m.


convocation and graduation ceremonies. (See story, p. 1.)





Bloomberg School of Public Health Convocation Ceremony; Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Whiting School of Engineering Graduate Ceremony; Homewood Field. HW Universitywide Commencement; Homewood Field. HW

School of Medicine Convocation; Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. SAIS Graduation; Constitution Hall.


School of Nursing Diploma and Award Ceremony; Hippodrome Theatre. Peabody Conservatory of Music Graduation Ceremony; Friedberg Hall. Peabody School of Education Diploma Ceremony; Homewood Field. HW Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Master’s Degree Ceremony; Homewood Field. HW

An Evening of Traditional Beverages— Baltimore Beer, with Baltimore Sun columnist and beer historian Rob Kasper. (See story, p. 3.) $30 for Homewood Museum members, $40 for nonmembers (must be 21 or over). Registration required; call 410-516-5589. Sponsored by Johns Hopkins University Museums, the Wine Source, Alizée Boutique Bistro and Wine Bar and 88.1 WYPRFM. Proceeds will benefit Homewood Museum preservation projects. Homewood Museum. HW

Wed., June 2, 6 to 8 p.m.

Sun., June 6, 3 to 5 p.m. Peabody Preparatory Awards Ceremony. For more information, call 410-234-4800. Friedberg Hall. Peabody Mon., June 7, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Johns Hopkins Nursing

Visitor’s Week (continues through June 11), a chance for nursing students, practicing nurses, nurse educators or nurse leaders to learn about the health care institution, network with colleagues, participate in both didactic and observational sessions, interact with nurses in classroom and clinical settings and learn about nursing research, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, patient safety, shared governance and peer review. Sponsored by the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing. Cost is $250. For more information, call 443-287-4745 or e-mail drace@ SoN and JHH. EB

SYMPOSIA Mon., May 24, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Second Annual Safar

Symposium—Life and Death in the ICU: Ethical Treatment in 2010 with keynote speaker Mitchell Levy, Brown Medical School and Rhode Island Hospital. Asthma and Allergy Center Auditorium. Bayview




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

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

The Gazette -- May 24, 2010  

The official newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University

The Gazette -- May 24, 2010  

The official newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University