Peter Agre to begin term today as president of
Nobel laureate Peter Agre, director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria
Research Institute, will begin
his one-year term as president of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science today,
Feb. 16, at the close of the organization's annual meeting.
Agre has served as president-elect for the
Founded in 1848, AAAS is an international nonprofit
organization dedicated to advancing
science around the world. AAAS publishes the prestigious
scientific journal Science, as well as many
scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads
programs to improve the global
understanding of science.
"I'm looking forward to my term as president," said
Agre. "I believe strongly in the mission of
the AAAS, which is to advance science and serve
In 2003, Agre shared the Nobel Prize in chemistry with
Roderick MacKinnon for his discovery
of aquaporins — channels that regulate and facilitate
water molecule transport through cell membranes,
a process essential to all living organisms.
Agre was elected to membership in the National Academy
of Sciences in 2000 and to the AAAS
in 2003. He holds two patents on the isolation, cloning and
expression of aquaporins 1 and 5, and is the
principal investigator on four current National Institutes
of Health grants.
Barnes & Noble hosts Daniel Mark Epstein, Adam M.
& Noble Johns Hopkins hosts two authors on consecutive
evenings this week.
Daniel Mark Epstein, an acclaimed poet, biographer and
historian, will discuss and sign copies of
his latest book, Lincoln's Men: The President and his
Private Secretaries, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17.
Lincoln's Men is the first narrative portrait
of the men who served as Lincoln's secretaries
during the Civil War: John Nicolay, John Hay and William
Stoddard. Living and working together in the
White House, the young men had unlimited access to
Lincoln's opinions, thoughts and decision-making
processes. They read and answered the president's mail,
prepared news summaries, screened visitors,
witnessed a grieving Lincoln after the death of his son and
continuously dealt with Mary Lincoln — or
"her satanic majesty" and "the hellcat," as they referred
Nicolay and Hay went on to distinguished careers in
the foreign service after the war. Hay
served as secretary of state under presidents William
McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt, and Nicolay
served as marshal of the Supreme Court. Nicolay and Hay
wrote the first full-length biography of
Lincoln, 10 volumes published in 1890, and edited
Lincoln's Complete Works.
At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, Adam M. Smith, an
international lawyer based in Washington,
D.C., will discuss and sign his latest book, After
Genocide: Bringing the Devil to Justice, a look at the
complex, politicized world of international criminal
justice and its serious shortcomings in the former
Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda and
Smith has worked at The Hague and in the Balkans and
is the son of a Holocaust refugee. He
also has held positions at the United Nations and the World
'Ancestral Voices' opens Feb. 21 at Theatre Hopkins
Theatre Hopkins will offer
two matinee staged-reading performances of Ancestral
A.R. Gurney, at 2 p.m. on consecutive Saturdays, Feb. 21
and 28, at the Swirnow Theater in the Mattin
Center on the Homewood campus.
Gurney returns to his roots in Ancestral
Voices, a portrait of the author as a young boy
reliving a golden summer just before World War II with his
grandfather, whose sudden divorce is a scandal
among the gentry of Buffalo, N.Y. This staged reading
crafted by Gurney, who also wrote The Dining
Room, was a cherished project of the actors Joanne
Woodward and Paul Newman.
Theatre Hopkins' cast includes J.R. Lyston, Patrick
Martyn, Michael O'Connell, Nona Porter and
Cherie Weinert. Tickets are $10; student rush tickets for
$5 are available at curtain time, if space
For reservations or information regarding this
production, or Lisa Kron's Well, running
concurrently, contact Theatre Hopkins at 410-516-7159 or email@example.com.
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