Nobel winner Riccardo Giacconi to give Brickwedde
Riccardo Giacconi, winner of the Nobel Prize in
physics, will be the featured speaker at the
Department of Physics
and Astronomy's annual Brickwedde Lecture at 4 p.m. on
Tuesday, March 9, in Schafler Auditorium of the Bloomberg
Center for Physics and Astronomy on the Homewood campus.
Giacconi is president of Associated Universities Inc.,
which operates the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. He
also holds the position of research professor at Johns
In 2002, Giacconi was awarded the Nobel Prize for his
"pioneering contributions to astrophysics, which have led
to the discovery of cosmic X-ray sources." The title of his
presentation on Tuesday will be "The Birth of X-ray
The Brickwedde Lectures were established by a
contribution from Ferdinand G. Brickwedde and his wife,
Langhorne Howard Brickwedde. Ferdinand Brickwedde, who died
in 1989, was a physicist and Johns Hopkins alumnus. He was
dean of the College of Chemistry and Physics at
Pennsylvania State University from 1956 to 1963.
Trojka international film series returns to Homewood
After a year's hiatus, Trojka returns to the Homewood
campus this month. The student-run international film
series will kick off its season with the Zhang Zimou tale
The Road Home, a movie centered on two youths living in a
remote Chinese village during the nation's cultural
The viewing will take place at 8:45 p.m. on Thursday,
March 11, in 3 Shaffer Hall. The movie is free to all
faculty, staff and students with a J-Card.
The Trojka Movie Club aims to introduce films from
various cultures to the Johns Hopkins community and to
showcase the diversity of cinematic art around the world.
The group is sponsored by the Graduate Representative
Organization at Homewood and the Graduate Students
Association on the medical campus.
The other movies in the 2004 season are Das Boot
(Germany, 1981) on March 25, Y Tu Mama Tambien (Mexico,
2001) on April 1, Kandahar (Iran, 2001) on April 8, White
(Poland, 1994) on April 22 and The Pillow Book (England,
1996) on May 6. All films will be shown at 8:45 p.m. in 3
Ink sandwiches? They're just one taste of physicist's
Ink sandwiches will be on the menu at noon this
Wednesday, March 10, when physicist and science writer Neil
A. Downie perform experiments from his book Ink
Sandwiches, Electric Worms and 37 Other Experiments for
Saturday Science in Shriver Hall Auditorium on the
Published by the
Johns Hopkins University Press, the book provides
offbeat science experiments that use high school-level
mathematics to demonstrate basic physical principles. The
experiments involve making a clock out of an ice cube,
sending messages with bubbles and the chemistry of red-hot
batteries and wet solar cells.
Downie is a lead scientist with Air Products and
Chemicals and is also the author of Vacuum Bazookas,
Electric Rainbow Jelly and 27 Other Saturday Science
This event is part of the Wednesday Noon Series
presented by the university's Office
of Special Events and is co-sponsored by JHU Press.
Copies of Ink Sandwiches will be available for sale
and signing. For more information, call Special Events at
John Brighton of NSF to give the Christie engineering
John Brighton, the National Science Foundation's
assistant director for engineering, will deliver the 21st
Alexander Graham Christie Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday,
March 11, in 110 Hodson Hall. Brighton's lecture is titled
"The Role of Engineering at NSF."
In April 2003, Brighton joined the NSF after a long
career as dean of engineering, executive vice president and
provost at Pennsylvania State University. Earlier, he had
chaired the Mechanical Engineering departments at Georgia
Tech and Michigan State University.
The lecture is named in honor of Christie, who in 1914
joined Hopkins' new
Department of Mechanical Engineering as an associate
professor. He was promoted to professor in 1920 and became
chair of the department in 1921. An internationally
recognized expert on steam power plants, Christie
officially retired in 1948 but continued teaching until
The lecture is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins student
chapter and the Baltimore section of the American Society
of Mechanical Engineers.
SAIS prof Brzezinski, Carter's national security adviser,
Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser to
President Jimmy Carter, will speak at SAIS at 6 p.m. on
Monday, March 8. Brzezinski, currently a professor of
American foreign policy at SAIS and counselor-in-residence
Center for Strategic and International
Studies, will speak about global power and U.S. foreign
His new book, The Choice: Global Domination or Global
Leadership, was released by Basic Books last month.
The lecture will be held in the Kenney Auditorium of
the Nitze Building. Non-SAIS affiliates who want to attend
should reserve a place by calling 202-663-5648 or e-mailing
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