SAIS institute to host forum about North Korean nuclear
The U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS will this week host a
forum titled "Biography of a Bomb: Portrait of the North
Korea Nuclear Program." The event will be moderated by Don
Oberdorfer, chairman of the institute and author of The
Two Koreas: A Contemporary History.
Four experts are scheduled to participate. Historian
and scholar Kathryn Weathersby will discuss Kim Il Sung's
nuclear decisions. David Albright, president of the
Institute for Science and International Security, will
present an illustrated talk titled "The Rise of the Nuclear
Facilities at Yongbyeon." Marion Creekmore, who accompanied
former President Jimmy Carter to meet Kim, will discuss the
1994 nuclear crisis; Creekmore is author of the recent book
A Moment in Crisis. David Straub, former State
Department Korea country director and SAIS adjunct
professor, will discuss "The Six-Party Talks and
The forum, preceded by a reception at 9:30 a.m.,
begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the Nitze
Building's Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates should
RSVP to the institute at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-663-5830.
'House Guests' exhibition series returns to
The works of Evergreen's 2005 and 2006 artists in
residence, painter Amy Chan and installation artist Richard
Torchia, are the subject of House Guests, an
exhibition that opened with a reception on Sunday, Oct. 22,
and continues through Jan. 14.
"Views of the Mid-Atlantic" comprises 30 works on
paper by Chan, who uses humor and appropriated imagery to
question the prevailing attitude toward nature and suburban
sprawl and to convey the loneliness of the modern American
In "House Lights and Furniture Music: Treatments for a
Suite of Shaded Rooms," Torchia creates installations that
deal with principles of perception using recorded sounds
and the optics of photography, inviting the viewer to
experience Evergreen's historic interiors in new and
The exhibition is free with museum admission. For more
information, go to
www.jhu.edu/evrgreen or call 410-516-0341.
Economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin to give Social Policy
Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the
Congressional Budget Office and former chief economist for
the president's Council of Economic Advisors, will give a
Johns Hopkins Social Policy Seminar on Thursday, Oct.
His talk is titled "Economic and National Security
Threats: What Is the Policy Response?" and will take place
from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in room 526 of the Wyman Building,
Holtz-Eakin is currently director of the Maurice R.
Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies at the Council on
Foreign Relations, where he holds the Paul A. Volcker Chair
in International Economics. Before joining the federal
government, he taught at Syracuse University's Maxwell
School, where he chaired its Department of Economics and
was associate director of the Center for Policy Research.
His recent research has centered on the economics of
fundamental tax reform; the productivity effects of public
infrastructure; income mobility in the United States; and
the role of families, capital markets, health insurance and
tax policy in the start-up and survival of entrepreneurial
ventures. A graduate of Denison University, Holtz-Eakin
received his doctorate in economics from Princeton
The seminar is jointly hosted by the
Institute for Policy Studies, the Krieger School's
Economics and the Bloomberg School's
Department of Health Policy and Management.
U.N. official to speak about peacekeeping mission in
Jean-Marie Guehenno, French diplomat and United
Nations undersecretary-general for peacekeeping operations,
will speak at SAIS today, Oct. 23, about the U.N.
peacekeeping mission in Lebanon.
Guehenno is currently tasked with organizing the U.N.
Interim Force in Lebanon's peacekeeping efforts to police
the ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah under U.N.
Security Council Resolution 1701, which passed in
This forum, to be held at 4:15 p.m. in the first-floor
auditorium of the Rome Building, is being co-hosted with
the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C., and the
United Nations Association of the National Capital Area.
Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP to the SAIS International
Law and Organization Program at email@example.com or
Sophomore takes top honor in Collegiate Inventors
Fan Yang, a sophomore studying biomaterial and
nanomaterial engineering in the
took home the top undergraduate prize last week in the
international Collegiate Inventors Competition, a program
of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation.
Her work involves preventing infection-causing
bacteria from adhering to contact lenses by coating the
lenses with safe chemicals. More than 70 million people
wear contact lenses, and up to 20 percent of them could end
up contracting an infection.
Yang, 18, presented her invention to a final panel of
seven judges on Oct. 18. She receives a $10,000 prize and
her adviser, Xiaobing Wang, receives $3,000.
The prestigious competition is designed to encourage
college students to be active in science, engineering,
mathematics, technology and creative invention, and rewards
the students and their advisers for projects leading to
inventions that can be patented. The sponsors of the 2006
competition are the Abbott Fund and the U.S. Patent and
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