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Baltimore Sun
December 24, 2009
Hopkins to buy 11.4-acre property in N. Baltimore
Johns Hopkins angle: This article reports that Johns Hopkins plans to buy the former Zurich Insurance Co.
property in North Baltimore and relocate up to 1,100 workers to two large office buildings, a move expected
to help stabilize the area and boost neighboring businesses.

Baltimore Business Journal
December 23, 2009
Johns Hopkins to buy former Zurich property for expansion
Johns Hopkins angle: This story states that a joint venture between Johns Hopkins institutions reached a
deal to acquire the former Zurich Insurance Co. property in Hampden to consolidate various functions across
its portfolio of Baltimore City properties.

Maryland Daily Record
December 23, 2009
Johns Hopkins will buy former Zurich site
Johns Hopkins angle: This article about Johns Hopkins' purchase of the two buildings that once housed
Zurich Insurance Co. quotes Ronald Werthman, vice president for finance of the Johns Hopkins Health System.

New York Times
December 24, 2009
The Sidney Awards
Johns Hopkins angle: Columnist David Brooks' annual awards for best magazine essays of the year include one
for S. Frederick Starr of SAIS for “Rediscovering Central Asia” in The Wilson Quarterly, which Brooks calls
"an eye-opening look at what once was.”


Baltimore Sun
December 27, 2009
For many, a decade to forget. In Baltimore, moments to remember.
Johns Hopkins angle: A decade in review story says, in part: "Johns Hopkins institutions rose to dominate
the employment ranks. Hospitals across the region expanded. Large biotech parks sprouted on Baltimore's
east and west sides, luring scientists and researchers seeking the medical world's next great thing. The
factories died, but for those in lab coats instead of coveralls, tens of thousands of new jobs took their
place."

Baltimore Sun
December 27, 2009
Danish composer raised standards at Peabody Conservatory
Johns Hopkins angle: This review focuses on a boxed set of the works of Asger Hamerik, a Danish composer
who was the second director of the still young Peabody Institute, a post he held for 27 years.

New York Times
December 24, 2009
A Hospital How-To Guide That Mother Would Love
Johns Hopkins angle: A review of the book “The Checklist Manifesto,” which tells the story of Johns
Hopkins doctor Peter Pronovost's campaign to use a checklist to prevent unnecessary infections related to a
common intensive care unit procedure.

Baltimore Business Journal (Also appeared in the Washington Business Journal)
December 23, 2009
Johns Hopkins launches new tech business program
Johns Hopkins angle: This article reports that the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School will launch a new
technology commercialization program in February funded by the National Science Foundation.

Baltimore Sun
December 27, 2009
Arrests aren't enough
Johns Hopkins angle: In this opinion piece, Doug Ward, director of the School of Education's Division of
Public Safety Leadership, argues for a broader approach to crime prevention in Baltimore.

New Kerala (India)
December 28, 2009
Some genes boost odds for distributing variety of traits, drive evolution
Johns Hopkins angle: This ANI wire story reports that School of Medicine researchers Andrew Feinberg and
Rafael Irizarry have conducted a study indicating that certain genes may be a significant driving force of
evolution.

Los Angeles Times
December 23, 2009
Schooling low-income parents in helping students
Johns Hopkins angle: This opinion piece quotes the Krieger School’s Joyce Epstein, a sociologist who
directs the Center on School, Family and Community Partnerships at Johns Hopkins.

Arab News (Saudi Arabia)
December 27, 2009
Wilmer to train Saudi ophthalmologists
Johns Hopkins angle: This article reports that King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital in Riyadh and the Johns
Hopkins Hospital’s Wilmer Ophthalmologic Institute have joined hands to develop new procedures and new
treatments for eye diseases.

Zawya.com
December 26, 2009
King Khaled Eye Hospital signs twinning agreement with John Hopkins
Johns Hopkins angle: This Kuwait News Agency article states that King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital in
Saudi Arabia has signed a “twinning agreement” with the School of Medicine, represented by Wilmer Eye
Institute. The story includes a paraphrased comment from Edward Miller, dean of the School of Medicine and
CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Baltimore Sun
December 27, 2009
The Weather Page
Johns Hopkins angle: This article reports that, as of Tuesday, the Applied Physics Laboratory’s Pluto-bound
New Horizons spacecraft will be closer to Pluto than to Earth.

Los Angeles Times
December 28, 2009
The Unreal World: NCIS drama is nice holiday story, but bad medicine
Johns Hopkins angle: This health column quotes John R. Burton, a professor in the School of Medicine and
director of the Johns Hopkins Geriatric Education Center.

Baltimore Sun
December 25, 2009
The biggest news of 2009
Johns Hopkins angle: A listing of the year's Top 10 news stories in Baltimore as determined by the Sun's
editorial writers, including the incident where a Johns Hopkins student carrying a samurai sword was
confronted in his backyard by an intruder. A commentator criticizes the board's picks for excluding
Professor Carol Greider's Nobel Prize.

El Paso Times (Texas)
December 28, 2009
17-year-old gets gift of sight from controversial treatment in China
Johns Hopkins angle: This article includes comments from Michael Repka, a professor of pediatric
ophthalmology in the School of Medicine.

Baltimore Sun
December 27, 2009
Sometimes truth stranger than fiction
Johns Hopkins angle: A year-in-review story refers briefly to the incident where a Johns Hopkins student
carrying a samurai sword was confronted in his backyard by an intruder.

New Kerala (India)
December 25, 2009
Link between protein transport, spinal cord development established
Johns Hopkins angle: This ANI wire story reports on new research by David Ginty, a professor of
neuroscience in the School of Medicine.

Baltimore Sun
December 25, 2009
Christmas, unadorned
Johns Hopkins angle: An op-ed contributor tells the story of his "most memorable Christmas ... spent at
Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1978" when his mother was a cancer patient there.

Kansas City InfoZine
December 27, 2009
EarthTalk: Toxins in Breast Milk
Johns Hopkins angle: This column quotes Sungroul Kim, a research associate in the School of Public Health.

Baltimore Business Journal
December 25, 2009
Software issues delay Md.'s mental health agency’s reimbursements
Johns Hopkins angle: This story reports on criticism of a new contractor for the state’s mental health
department, which has experienced technical problems that have resulted in lost revenue for providers,
including Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

New Kerala (India)
December 25, 2009
Steroid jabs may delay diabetes-related eye disease progression
Johns Hopkins angle: This ANI wire story reports on research led by Neil Bressler, a professor of
ophthalmology in the School of Medicine.

Mass High Tech (New England)
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Stealthy Kala Pharmaceuticals lands $2M
Johns Hopkins angle: This article states that Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc., a biotech firm that lists Justin
Hanes, a Whiting School professor of chemical and biomolecular among its board members, has pulled in $2
million in equity financing.

The Hartford Courant (Connecticut)
December 27, 2009
The Gut Check: Popularity Of 'Probiotics' Reflects Desire For More Intestinal Fortitude
Johns Hopkins angle: This health column quotes physician Linda Lee of the Johns Hopkins Integrative
Medicine and Digestive Center, an assistant professor of gastroenterology in the School of Medicine.

The Washington Post
December 28, 2009
Maryland cancer-testing firm MarkPap lands first customer
Johns Hopkins angle: This article about a new kit that tests for cervical cancer mentions the Montgomery
County campus of Johns Hopkins University.

Nanowerk News
December 28, 2009
Chemical and biomolecular engineer Denis Wirtz named Smoot professor
Johns Hopkins angle: This article reports that Denis Wirtz, a professor of chemical and biomolecular
engineering and director of the Engineering in Oncology Center at JHU, has been named the Theophilus Halley
Smoot Professor in the Whiting School of Engineering.

The Washington Post
December 25, 2009
Class Struggle
Johns Hopkins angle: This column about ways to achievement better test scores and school improvement mentions Johns Hopkins.

The Courier-News (Elgin, Ill.)
December 27, 2009
Two colonels in the family now
Johns Hopkins angle: This feature focuses on two brothers, Col. John Fenzel III and Lt. Col. Michael
Fenzel, who both graduated from JHU and then entered the U. S. Army.

Asbury Park Press (N.J.)
December 28, 2009
Doctor joins practice
Johns Hopkins angle: This news brief mentions that Gregory J. Roehrig, who has joined the Orthopaedic
Institute of Central Jersey, attended medical school at JHU.

Spartansburg Herald-Journal (South Carolina)
December 28, 2009
Wofford graduate leads bone marrow transplant program
Johns Hopkins angle: This feature mentions that Michelle Hudspeth, director of the Pediatric Bone Marrow
Transplant Program at the Medical University of South Carolina, did her pediatrics residency at JHU and
received her Ph.D. from the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Bryan College Station Eagle (Texas)
December 26, 2009
A&M prof gets award for touting of science
Johns Hopkins angle: This article states that Barbara Gastel, a Texas A&M professor who won the 2010 John
P. McGovern Science and Society Award, earned degrees in medicine and public health from Johns Hopkins.

Maryland Daily Record
December 23, 2009
On the Move - Business Edition
Johns Hopkins angle: This news item mentions that Sheela Kosaraju, vice president, associate general
counsel and assistant secretary at PHH Vehicle Management Services, PHH Solutions and technologies, and
adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, was named to the board of Hannah More School in
Reisterstown.

Maryland Daily Record
December 27, 2009
On the Move - Legal Edition
Johns Hopkins angle: This brief states that Frank H. Wu, professor of law at Howard University and former
dean at Wayne State University Law School, has been appointed chancellor and dean of the University of
California Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco. Wu taught undergraduate courses at JHU.

Baltimore Sun
December 27, 2009
Ranking the top 10 sports stories of the past decade
Johns Hopkins angle: The story ranked No. 8 is "Johns Hopkins wins the 2005, 2007 NCAA men's lacrosse
championships."

Delaware County Daily Times (Pennsylvania)
December 28, 2009
Chaykun's Corner: Gillespie remembered for generosity
Johns Hopkins angle: This sports column states that Amy Wharton, who attends JHU, was named to the
All-Centennial Conference team for field hockey.

Baltimore Sun
December 27, 2009
John P. Gach
Johns Hopkins angle: Johns Hopkins Professor Richard Macksey is quoted in this obituary for a nationally
known book collector and dealer in rare books. The story also mentions the Johns Hopkins University Friends
of the Libraries.

New York Times
December 25, 2009
J.H. Fischer, Educator in Turbulent Times, Is Dead at 99
Johns Hopkins angle: Obituary for former Baltimore schools superintendent and president of Columbia
University Teachers College John Henry Fischer, a 1940 Johns Hopkins graduate.

Baltimore Sun
December 26, 2009
John Henry Fischer: 1910-2009
Johns Hopkins angle: This obituary is for former Baltimore schools superintendent and president of Columbia
University Teachers College John Henry Fischer, a 1940 Johns Hopkins graduate.

The Herald-Mail (Hagerstown, Md.)
December 27, 2009
John "Jack" Vincent Seifarth, 8
Johns Hopkins angle: This obituary mentions that Seifarth attended JHU on a full scholarship, and majored
in aeronautical engineering.

Baltimore Sun
December 28, 2009
A. Robert Kaufman, left-wing activist, dies
Johns Hopkins angle: Obituary for Robert Kaufman, a lifelong civil rights activist, political gadfly and
socialist who ran for just about every office ranging from Baltimore City Council to president of the
United States, and who attended Johns Hopkins.

The Washington Post
December 24, 2009
Catherine 'Kitte' Sporn
Johns Hopkins angle: This obituary mentions that the retired hospital administrator earned a master's
degree in liberal arts from Johns Hopkins University.


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New York Times
December 28, 2009
University Branches in Dubai Are Struggling
The collapse of Dubai’s overheated economy has left many American universities struggling to attract enough
qualified students to survive.

Inside Higher Ed
December 28, 2009
Hybrid Education 2.0
With $4 million in private grants and maybe more to come from the federal government, Carnegie Mellon
University is exploring how open-learning software could be used in conjunction with classroom education to
speed up the teaching and learning process.

The Washington Post
December 28, 2009
As college costs rise, loans become harder to get
The upheaval in financial markets did not just eliminate generous lending for home buyers; it also ended an
era of easy credit for students and their families facing the soaring cost of a college degree.

Inside Higher Ed
December 28, 2009
Performance (De-)Funding
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education's decision to disproportionately cut the budgets of some
institutions because their per student costs are higher and their completion rates are lower is consistent
with the state's recently expanded performance funding system.

The Washington Post (AP)
December 24, 2009
The year on campus: Change and hard times
For higher education, 2009 was a time of lofty goals and harsh realities, of major policy shifts in
Washington and financial struggle on campuses nationwide.

USA Today
December 27, 2009
As colleges add green majors and minors, classes fill up
Colleges are rapidly adding new majors and minors in green studies, and students are filling them fast.

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