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New York Times
December 17, 2009
At Many Colleges, Early Applications Rise
Johns Hopkins angle: According to this story, Johns Hopkins is among other highly selective colleges which received substantially more applications for their early decision programs this year than they did last.

Sacramento Bee
December 17, 2009
Swine flu vaccine recall no cause for alarm, experts say
Johns Hopkins angle: Neal Halsey, director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is quoted.

Chicago Tribune
December 17, 2009
Screen time eyed as vision troubles spike
Johns Hopkins angle: David Friedman, a professor of ophthalmology and international health at the Wilmer Eye Institute, is quoted in this Tribune story.

Deccan Herald
December 16, 2009
How do we make sense of the written word?
Johns Hopkins angle: Reading and spelling are complex processes, but researchers (led by Kyrana Tsapkini of the School of Medicine and cognitive scientist Brenda Rapp of the Krieger School) have now identified a specific part of the brain -- the left fusiform gyrus -- which makes sense of the written word as well as their correct spellings, according to this IANS story.

Washington Post
December 17, 2009
Civil rights officials subpoena colleges
Johns Hopkins angle: A news brief reports that Johns Hopkins is one of 19 regional colleges and universities to be subpoenaed by the U.S. Civil Rights Commission for an inquiry into whether some schools tilt admissions decisions toward men.

Inside Higher Ed
December 17, 2009
19 Colleges Probed on Gender Bias in Admissions
Johns Hopkins angle: A news brief reports that Johns Hopkins is one of 19 regional colleges and universities to be subpoenaed by the U.S. Civil Rights Commission for an inquiry into whether some schools tilt admissions decisions toward men.

Chronicle of Higher Education
December 16, 2009
Civil-Rights Panel Names 19 Colleges It Will Investigate for Gender Bias in Admissions
Johns Hopkins angle: A news brief reports that Johns Hopkins is one of 19 regional colleges and universities to be subpoenaed by the U.S. Civil Rights Commission for an inquiry into whether some schools tilt admissions decisions toward men.

DNA India
December 17, 2009
Brain region that helps us understand written words identified
Johns Hopkins angle: This ANI story reports on research by Kyrana Tsapkini of the School of Medicine and cognitive scientist Brenda Rapp of the Krieger School that indicates that a specific part of the brain helps us make sense of the written word.

Jakarta Globe
December 17, 2009
Pakistan court voids Zardari amnesty
Johns Hopkins angle: This Agence France-Presse piece quotes Hasan Askari of SAIS.

Sindh Today (India)
December 17, 2009
Social work can reverse declining brain function
Johns Hopkins angle: Volunteering to tutor children can help older adults delay or reverse declining brain function, according to a new study by researchers at the School of Public Health. SoPH's Michelle Carlson is quoted in this IANS piece.

Ivanhoe Newswire
December 17, 2009
Injections may Slow Eye Disease, but Doctors Worry About Safety
Johns Hopkins angle: Injecting the corticosteroid triamcinolone into the eye may slow the progression of diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that can cause vision loss and blindness, according to a study led by Neil Bressler of the School of Medicine.

WSFA News (Ala.)
December 17, 2009
Steroid Shots Tested to Treat Diabetes-Related Eye Disease
Johns Hopkins angle: Thie HealthDay News story quotes Neil Bressler of the School of Medicine on a study that suggests that injecting steroids into the eye may slow the progression of diabetes-related eye disease, but should not be counted on as a treatment at this time.

Merced Sun Star (Ca.)
December 17, 2009
Changes at top of engineering school
Johns Hopkins angle: Thomas C. Harmon, head of UC Merced's School of Engineering, earned a bachelor's degree at Johns Hopkins University.

Frederick News Post
December 17, 2009
MINDING YOUR MANNERS
Johns Hopkins angle: A manners and etiquette expert in Frederick cites research from Johns Hopkins that noted that children who were trained in manners were overall better behaved in school and as a result were higher earners in adult life.

WBAL TV11
December 16, 2009
Budget Shortfall Continues As City Faces New Problem
Johns Hopkins angle: According to this story, Johns Hopkins Hospital is one of more than 50 violators who are not paying taxes on commercial parking lots.

CMAJ
December 17, 2009
WHO reports progress in malaria control
Johns Hopkins angle: Matthew Lynch, director of the Global Program on Malaria at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is quoted.

Baltimore Sun
December 17, 2009
City shuttle delay has financial advantages
Johns Hopkins angle: The Charm City Circulator shuttle bus would connect Johns Hopkins Hospital with Fells Point and Harbor East.

NOrthJersey.com
December 17, 2009
Tenafly's Album honored by Johns Hopkins CTY
Johns Hopkins angle: Maxwell Album participated in CTY's Talent Search. CTY executive director, Lea Ybarra, is quoted.

Frederick News Post
December 17, 2009
Cheap booze
Johns Hopkins angle: This editorial says that a report from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health calculated how much additional revenue the state could generate by raising taxes on liquor, wine and beer. The most tax-lucrative of those approaches, which would add 10 cents to the cost of all alcoholic drinks, would yield more than $214 million in added revenue, the study said.

Poughkeepsie Journal (N.Y.)
December 17, 2009
Bard conservatory lists competition winners
Johns Hopkins angle: Mentions Seth Knopp, pianist and founding member of the Peabody Trio, and a teacher at Peabody Conservatory.


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New York Times
December 17, 2009
Pittsburgh Delays Vote to Tax Tuition
The mayor said a 1 percent tuition tax on students attending college in the city would raise revenue to pay retirees’ pensions, but no vote on the measure will be made until at least Dec. 29.

Inside Higher Ed
December 17, 2009
A Tale of Two Cities
Most colleges and universities in the Pittsburgh and Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan areas benefited from a rising enrollment tide, which made it possible to survive the fall 2009 admissions cycle.

Inside Higher Ed
December 16, 2009
First Amendment in the Classroom
At a time when faculty groups are increasingly worried that a Supreme Court ruling is being used to limit the free speech rights of public college professors, a federal judge has declined a college's request to do just that.

Chronicle of Higher Education
December 17, 2009
Job Slump Worsens for Language and Literature Scholars Premium Link
The Modern Language Association projects a 37-percent drop this year in faculty positions advertised on its electronic job list.

Chronicle of Higher Education
December 16, 2009
Scholars Seek Better Metrics for Assessing Research Productivity
Researchers discussed new methods they have devised to measure the impact of journal articles, in ways that go beyond merely counting citations.
















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