November 9, 2009

Calendar — Nov. 9, 2009


Tues., Nov. 10, 4 p.m. “Gandhi’s Spinning Wheel and the Making of India,” an Anthropology colloquium with Rebecca Brown, KSAS. 400 Macaulay.  HW

Tues., Nov. 10, 4:15 p.m. The Ephraim and Wilma Shaw Roseman Colloquium—“Exploring β-Sheet Structure and Interactions With Chemical Model Systems,” a Chemistry colloquium with James Nowick, University of California, Irvine. 233 Remsen.  HW

Wed., Nov. 11, 4 p.m. “Victims’ Rights: An Afro-Colombian Perspective on the Human Rights Crisis in Colombia,” a Program in Latin American Studies colloquium with Bela Henriquez, daughter of victim of paramilitary violence. 113 Greenhouse.  HW

Wed., Nov. 11, 4:30 p.m. “Against Survival: Queerness in a Time That’s Out of Joint,” a Women, Gender and Sexuality colloquium with Lee Edelman, Tufts University. Sponsored by English. 201C Dell House.  HW

Thurs., Nov. 12, 3 p.m. “The New Astrobiology,” a Physics and Astronomy colloquium with Caleb Scharf, Columbia University. Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center.  HW

Thurs., Nov. 12, 3 p.m. “Confluence: The Nature of Technology and the Remaking of the Rhone,” a History of Science, Medicine and Technology colloquium with Sara Pritchard, Cornell University. Room 102, 3505 N. Charles St.  HW

Fri., Nov. 13, 2 p.m. “Missile Defense and the Cold War, Delta 180 and APL’s Role,” an Applied Physics Laboratory colloquium with Lt. Gen. James Abrahamson, USAF (retired). Parsons Auditorium.  APL


Thurs., Nov. 12, 12:30 p.m. “Advances in Malaria Research: In the Lab and the Field,” a Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute interactive Web summit on the latest findings in the fight against malaria. To register, go to www W1214 SPH (Sheldon Hall).  EB


Mon., Nov. 9, noon. “The SAIS Berlin Wall Project: Walls Still to Fall,” the final day of a weeklong SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations “open mic” discussion, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. A model of the wall will be torn down. Co-sponsored by the SAIS German Club. Courtyard, Nitze Building.  SAIS

Mon., Nov. 9, noon. “Why Freedom Still Matters,” a SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations discussion with Sen. John McCain. (See “In Brief,” in this issue.) Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building.  SAIS

Mon., Nov. 9, 12:30 p.m. “International Wildlife Conservation in the 21st Century,” a talk by Heather Eves, director and adviser of Bushmeat Crisis Task Force. Sponsored by the Global Energy and Environment Initiative. 500 Bernstein-Offit Building.  SAIS

Tues., Nov. 10, 12:30 p.m. “The New Cold War: How the Kremlin Menaces Both Russia and the West,” a SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations discussion with Edward Lucas, The Economist, and Donald Jensen (moderator), SAIS. 500 Bernstein-Offit Building.  SAIS

Tues., Nov. 10, 4:30 p.m. “The Slide to Protectionism in the Great Depression: Who Succumbed and Why?” a SAIS International Economics Program discussion with Douglas Irwin, Dartmouth College. 500 Bernstein-Offit Building.  SAIS

Wed., Nov. 11, 12:15 p.m. “Redefining Impact: PLoS Medicine at Five Years,” a Center for Global Health talk by Larry Peiperl, senior research editor, PLoS Medicine. Co-sponsored by International Health. Part of the Global Health Leaders Forum series. W1214 SPH (Sheldon Hall).  EB

Wed., Nov. 11, 12:30 p.m. “Flawed Vision: Nigerian Development Policy in the Indonesian Mirror,” a SAIS African Studies Program discussion with David Henley, KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, Leiden. 736 Bernstein-Offit Building.  SAIS

Wed., Nov. 11, 12:45 p.m. “Dynamics of Private Equity Funds in Latin America: Future Prospects and the Potential Downside,” a SAIS Latin American Studies Program discussion with Julio Lastres, Darby Overseas Investments Ltd. 517 Nitze Building.  SAIS

Mon., Nov. 16, 12:30 p.m. “Challenges and Prospects of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference,” a SAIS Global Energy and Environment Initiative discussion with Tim Wirth, president, United Nations Foundation and the Better World Fund. 500 Bernstein-Offit Building.  SAIS


Mon., Nov. 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Online information session for the MS in Bioscience Regulatory Affairs. Learn about admission requirements, curriculum design, course structure, degree requirements; participate in an online discussion or chat with faculty and the associate program chair. Sponsored by Advanced Biotechnology Studies. RSVP online (by Nov. 12) at index.cfm?ContentID=1619.


Mon., Nov. 9, 4 p.m. The Kossiakoff Lecture—“Engineering Cell Death” by Jim Wells, University of California, San Francisco. Sponsored by Biophysics. 111 Mergenthaler.  HW

Tues., Nov. 10, 5 p.m. The Sixth Annual Alvin H. Bernstein Lecture—“The U.S.-U.K. Special Relationship: The End of the Affair?” by Eric Edelman. (See “In Brief,” p. 2.) Sponsored by the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building.  SAIS

Wed., Nov. 11, noon. The W.P. Carey Global Leader Lecture—“The Electricity Storm: How Energy Policy Affects Our Future” by Mayo Shattuck III, president and CEO, Constellation Energy. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building.  SAIS

Wed., Nov. 11, 8 p.m. The 16th Sidney W. Mintz Lecture—“On Noticing” by Virginia Dominguez, University of Illinois. Sponsored by Anthropology. Mason Hall Auditorium.  HW

Fri., Nov. 13, 4 p.m. The Kenneth O. Johnson Memorial Lecture—“Neural Codes, Perception, Memory and Decision Making” by Ranulfo Romo, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City. Co-sponsored by the Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute and Biomedical Engineering. Mason Hall Auditorium.  HW

Mon., Nov. 16, 5:15 p.m. “Is There Such a Thing as Inner-European Postcolonial Studies?” a German and Romance Languages and Literatures lecture by Birgit Wagner, University of Vienna. 101A Dell House.  HW


Tues., Nov. 10, 7 p.m. “What Makes It Great?” a Washington Performing Arts Society presentation with Rob Kapilow and the Peabody Chamber Players performing Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, Strings and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1043. Sponsored by Peabody Institute. $30 general admission, $25 for WPAS and Smithsonian members. To purchase tickets, go to www or phone 202-785-9727. Baird Auditorium, Smithsonian Institution Museum of Natural History, 10th St. NE and Constitution Ave. NE.

Wed., Nov. 11, 8 p.m. World premiere of Michael Formanek’s Duologue for Double Bass and Piano, and works by Wayne Shorter, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk and James P. Johnson, performed by Michael Formanek, contrabass, and Tim Murphy, piano. $15 general admission, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students with ID. Griswold Hall.  Peabody

Sat., Nov. 14, 3 p.m. The Shriver Hall Concert Series@the BMA presents the Pavel Haas Quartet.  Part of the free “Discovery Series.” Baltimore Museum of Art Auditorium.

Sat., Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. Peabody Camerata performs works by Lonnie Hevia, Robert Hall Lewis and Lukas Foss. Griswold Hall.  Peabody

Sun., Nov. 15, 4 p.m. “4 Hands and 4 Feet,” an organ recital by John Walker and Donald Sutherland playing works by Bach, Alkan, Merkel, Wagner, Leighton, Strauss and Sousa. $15 general admission, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students with ID. Griswold Hall.  Peabody


Mon., Nov. 9, 10 a.m. to noon. Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals Open House for those who want to learn more about master’s degree programs and courses. Academic and Research Building, 9601 Medical Center Dr., Rockville, Md. Montgomery County Campus.


Wed., Nov. 11, 7 p.m. Baltimore-based author James Magruder will discuss and sign copies of his debut novel Sugarless. Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins.  HW


Mon., Nov. 9, 12:15 p.m. “Strategies for Linking Policy to Evidence Generation: The UK Experience,” a Berman Institute of Bioethics seminar with Kalipso Chalkidou, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, UK. Co-sponsored by Health Policy and Managenent and the US Cochrane Center. W3008 SPH.  EB

Mon., Nov. 9, 12:15 p.m. “The Genes That Were Missed: An Expanding Universe of Small RNAs and Small Proteins,” a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Gisela Storz,  NICHHD/NIH. Rose Auditorium, 3520 San Martin Drive.  HW

Mon., Nov. 9, 4 p.m. “The Cajal Body and snRNP Biogenesis,” a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seminar with Joseph Gall, JHU and Carnegie Institution of Washington. W2030 SPH.  EB

Mon., Nov. 9, 4 p.m. “Estimates From Below: Spectral Function, Remainder in Weyl’s Law and Resonances,” an Analysis/PDE seminar with Dmitry Jakobson, McGill University. Sponsored by Mathematics. 304 Krieger.  HW

Mon., Nov. 9, 4 p.m. David Bodian Seminar—“Maps, Streams and Circuits in Mouse Visual Cortex” with Andreas Burkhalter, Washington University in St. Louis. Sponsored by the Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. 338 Krieger.  HW

Tues., Nov. 10, noon. “The Dynamic Landscape for Enzymatic Recognition of DNA Damage,” a Biological Chemistry seminar with James Stivers, SoM. 612 Physiology.  EB

Tues., Nov. 10, noon. “Development and Use of Alternative Methods at BASF,” an Environmental Health Sciences seminar with Bennard van Ravenzwaay, BASF. Co-sponsored by the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing. W7023 SPH.  EB

Tues., Nov. 10, 12:15 p.m. “Repairing Broken Ends by MMEJ: Lessons From Saccharomyces cerevisiae,” a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Kihoon Lee, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio. Rose Auditorium, 3520 San Martin Drive.  HW

Tues., Nov. 10, 3 p.m. “Use of Natural Zeolite Materials to Restore Groundwater at Nuclear Facilities,” a Geography and Environmental Engineering seminar with Alan Rabideau, SUNY Buffalo. 234 Ames.  HW

Tues., Nov. 10, 4:30 p.m. “We Know It All: Lessons From a Quarter Century of Web Extraction Research,” a Center for Language and Speech Processing seminar with Oren Etzioni, University of Washington. B17 CSEB.  HW

Wed., Nov. 11, noon. “From the Battlefront to the Homefront and Back Again: Psychological Challenges for Soldiers and Veterans Today,” a Mental Health seminar with Col. Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, Office of the Army Surgeon General, U.S. Armed Forces. B14B Hampton House.  EB

Wed., Nov. 11, 1:30 p.m. “The Chromodomains of the Chd1 Remodeler Dictate Substrate Specificity Through an Autoinhibitory Mechanism,” a Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry seminar with Gregory Bowman, KSAS. 517 PCTB.  EB

Wed., Nov. 11, 3 p.m. “Bio-Inspired Structural Materials,” a Materials Science and Engineering seminar with Robert Ritchie, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/University of California, Berkeley. 110 Maryland.  HW

Wed., Nov. 11, 4 p.m. “What Drug Discovery Can Teach Us About Protein Biochemistry,” a Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences seminar with Dustin Maly, University of Washington. West Lecture Hall (ground floor), WBSB.  EB

Wed., Nov. 11, 4 p.m. “Bayesian Nonparametric Estimation of Monotone Functions,” a Biostatistics seminar with Katja Ickstadt, Technische Universitat Dortmund. W2030 SPH.  EB

Thurs., Nov. 12, noon. “Estrogen Receptor Signaling Promotes Dendritic Cell Differentiation During Inflammation,” a Molecular Microbiology and Immunology/Infectious Diseases seminar with Susan Kovats, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. E2014 SPH (Sommer Hall).  EB

Thurs., Nov. 12, noon. “The Lobbyist Panel,” a Health Policy and Management Fall Policy seminar with lobbyists Barbara Brocato, Frank Boston, Don Murphy, Robin Shaivitz and Pegeen Townsend. B14B Hampton House.  EB

Thurs., Nov. 12, noon. “ER Shape and Intracellular Lipid Trafficking,” a Cell Biology seminar with Will Prinz, NIDDK/NIH. Suite 2-200, 1830 Bldg.  EB

Thurs., Nov. 12, noon. Randolph Bromery Seminar—“The Start of Subduction and Plate Tectonics on Earth: Evidence From Isotopes and Trace Elements” with Steven Shirey, Carnegie Institution of Washington. Olin Hall Auditorium.  HW

Thurs., Nov. 12, 1 p.m. “Radial Progenitor Polarity and the Formation of Cerebral Cortex,” a Neuroscience research seminar with E.S. Anton, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. West Lecture Hall (ground floor), WBSB.  EB

Thurs., Nov. 12, 1 p.m. Special Bodian Seminar—“Optical Inhibition of Human Eye Growth and Myopia Progression” with John Phillips, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Sponsored by the Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. 338 Krieger.  HW

Thurs., Nov. 12, 4 p.m. “Mechanism of miRNA Action,” a Biology seminar with Nahum Sonenberg, McGill University. 100 Mudd.  HW

Thurs., Nov. 12, 4 p.m. “Searching for Earth-like Exoplanets With an Optical Vortex Coronagraph,” an Electrical and Computer Engineering seminar with Grover Swartzlander, Rochester Institute of Technology. 110 Maryland.  HW

Fri., Nov. 13, 11 a.m. “Improving Wireless Device Mobility and Lifetime,” an Electrical and Computer Engineering seminar with Jeffrey Walling, University of Washington, Seattle. 320 CSEB.  HW

Fri., Nov. 13, 4 p.m. “Evolution of Signaling Systems With Multiple Senders and Receivers,” an Evolution, Cognition and Culture seminar with Brian Skyms, University of California, Irvine. 102A Dell House.  HW

Mon., Nov. 16, noon. “At the Brink of a Great Transformation? Karl Polanyi, Political-Economic Pendulums and the Crisis Today,” a Sociology seminar with Gareth Dale, Brunel University, London. 526 Mergenthaler.  HW

Mon., Nov. 16, 12:15 p.m. “Adventures in Mammalian Genetics: Genetic Mining of the Cancer Genome,” a Carnegie Institution Embryology seminar with Stephen Elledge, Harvard Medical School. Rose Auditorium, 3520 San Martin Drive.  HW   [EVENT CANCELED]

Mon., Nov. 16, 4 p.m. “Superrigidity of Hyperbolic DM-Complexes,” an Analysis/PDE seminar with George Daskalopoulos, Brown University. Sponsored by Mathematics. 304 Krieger.  HW

Mon., Nov. 16, 4 p.m. “NIAID Intramural Research Program and Human Interferons: Structure and Function,” a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seminar with Kathryn Zoon, NIAID. W2030 SPH.  EB

Mon., Nov. 16, 4 p.m. David Bodian Seminar—“Implementing Models of the Primate Visual Cortex in Silicon” with Ralph Etienne-Cummings, WSE. Sponsored by the Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. 338 Krieger.  HW


Tues., Nov. 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. JHU Core Store exhibit of the latest in promotions and products by life science suppliers. Turner Concourse.  EB

Thurs., Nov. 12, 7 p.m. Reading of Jeffrey Hatcher’s play A Picasso. Part of Portraits of the Artists, a series of readings by professional actors of plays about artists represented in the Evergreen Museum collection. Co-sponsored by the Evergreen Museum & Library and the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival. $12 general admission, $10 Evergreen members and $5 for JHU students with valid ID. Pre-paid reservations are required; to reserve tickets, call 410-516-0341. Bakst Theatre, Evergreen.

Sat., Nov. 14, 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. “A Woman’s Journey,” annual one-day women’s health conference with Hopkins faculty physicians and faculty on 32 topics. For information and to register, go to or call 410-955-8660. Registration is $95 for general public, $85.50 for Hopkins employees, $75 for students with ID. Hilton Baltimore Hotel.


Fri., Nov. 13, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Molecules, Mice, Man and Mycobacteria: A Tribute to the Ongoing Contributions of Jacques Grosset, 80th birthday recognition of Professor Grosset, with multiple speakers. Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Tuberculosis Research. Owens Auditorium, CRB.  EB


Fri., Nov. 13, 8 p.m. Comedy improv by the Buttered Niblets. Arellano Theater, Levering.  HW

Fri., Nov. 13, and Sat., Nov. 14, 8 p.m., and Sun., Nov. 15, 2 p.m. Johns Hopkins University Theatre presents Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, by prize-winning student playwright Eric Levitz. (See story, “JHU Theatre presents new work by prize-winning student playwright,” in this issue.) Merrick Barn.  HW


Tues., Nov. 10, 9:30 to 11 a.m., and Wed., Nov. 11, 4:30 to 6 p.m. “RefWorks,” a Milton S. Eisenhower Library workshop open only to the Hopkins community. To register, go to http://bit .ly/RefWorksSchedule. Electronic Resource Center, M-Level, MSE Library.  HW

Thurs., Nov. 12, 1 p.m. “Introduction to Google Sketchup,” a Bits & Bytes workshop intended for faculty, lecturers and TAs; staff are also welcome to attend. Sponsored by the Center for Educational Resources. Garrett Room, MSE Library.  HW

Mon., Nov. 16, 9 a.m. “Grantcraft,” a daylong workshop designed to assist faculty and advanced postdocs prepare an NIH or other peer-reviewed grant application. Sponsored by the JHMI Professional Development Office. Cost for faculty is $650; cost for postdoctoral and clinical fellows is $325. Registration required; to register, e-mail Mountcastle Auditorium.  EB