Johns Hopkins University

Spring 2008
Vol. 5, No.2


William R. Brody to Retire from Presidency

>Lattman to Lead Hauptman-Woodward Institute

A Learning Lab for Conservation

A Super Bowl He Won't Soon Forget

Student Standouts

Mellon Foundation Boosts Support for Humanities

The Financial Side of Economics

Writin' About a Revolution

Conversation in Bloom

Admissions by the Numbers

Moving a Mummy, Going Green

Faculty News

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Lattman to Lead Hauptman-Woodward Institute

Eaton Lattman, dean of research and graduate education in the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, has been named chief executive officer and executive director of the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute.

The institute ( is a well-known, independent, basic biomedical research center located on the campus of the University of Buffalo. Its focus on structural molecular biology—and in particular, crystallography—is fitting for Lattman, whose colleagues regard him as a "crystallographer's crystallographer," and whose research and methodological work have contributed greatly to the field of crystallography. At Hauptman-Woodward, Lattman will oversee the institute's business and administration and help its 20 or so faculty members (among them is Nobel laureate Herbert A. Hauptman) find research support and build collaborations with the university. His position there begins July 1.

In announcing Lattman's new role, Adam Falk, James B. Knapp Dean of the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, said, "This is an enormously exciting opportunity for Ed, in whom the Hauptman-Woodward institute gains not only a highly accomplished scientist and dedicated administrator, but also a great thinker, nurturing mentor, and wonderful colleague."

Lattman's appointment at the Hauptman-Woodward institute caps a career at Johns Hopkins that began in 1962 when he entered as a graduate student in the Department of Biophysics. In 1977 he joined the School of Medicine's Biophysics Department, where he remained until 1996, when he moved to the School of Arts and Sciences and became chairman of its Biophysics Department. Lattman assumed his current post in the dean's office in 2004.

Lattman earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry and physics from Harvard College in 1962, and his Hopkins PhD in biophysics in 1969. He is editor of the journal Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics. His book with Drexel University's Patrick J. Loll, Protein Crystallography: A Concise Guide, was published in March by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Succeeding him in the dean's office will be Gregory F. Ball, a professor of psychological and brain sciences who had previously been named special assistant to Lattman. Ball, an award-winning academic adviser, chairs the committee for the undergraduate neuroscience program and co-directs its David S. Olton Behavioral Biology Program.

Ball's research concerns the interrelation of hormones, brain, and reproductive behavior. He earned a BA from Columbia University in 1977 and a PhD from Rutgers University in 1983, and he did postdoctoral work at Rockefeller University. He is president-elect of the Society of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (and will serve as its president from 2009 to 2011).

A faculty member in Arts and Sciences since 1991, Ball served as a member of the university's Commission on Undergraduate Education in 2003 and brings valuable experience and perspective to the dean's office, Falk says.