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Baltimore Sun
July 7, 2009
Hopkins surgeon to detail groundbreaking kidney procedures

Johns Hopkins angle: This Associated Press story reports that Robert Montgomery of the School of Medicine and doctors in three other hospitals have completed what is believed to be the largest series of kidney paired donation procedures ever undertaken.

WYPR - Maryland Morning With Sheilah Kast
July 6, 2009
Can You Hear Me Now?/If You Don't Have Something Nice to Say...
Johns Hopkins angle: James E. West, a research professor in the Whiting School's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and KSAS civility expert P.M. Forni are interviewed in two archival segments broadcast on this radio program.

New York Times Blogs
July 6, 2009
Russia and the Perils of Personal Diplomacy

Johns Hopkins angle: James Mann and David Satter of the School for Advanced International Studies offer answers to the question: Is it important for President Obama to develop a personal bond with Russian President Dmitri A. Medvedev?

HealthScout
July 6, 2009
Autism May Be Linked to Mom's Autoimmune Disease

Johns Hopkins angle: This widely reprinted HealthDay News story reports on research led by William W. Eaton, chairman of the Department of Mental Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

U.S. News & World Report Online
July 6, 2009
School's Out for Summer, Literally

Johns Hopkins angle: Ron Fairchild, executive director of the National Center for Summer Learning, is quoted. The story also mentions research by KSAS sociologist Karl Alexander.

Bloomberg
July 7, 2009
Zelaya Seeks to Hold Support After Honduras Ouster in U.S. Trip

Johns Hopkins angle: Riordan Roett, director of Western Hemisphere Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies, is quoted.

Baltimore Sun
July 6, 2009
Therapeutic cancer vaccines show promise

Johns Hopkins angle: Leisha Emens, a School of Medicine oncologist who is researching breast cancer vaccines, is quoted in this Associated Press article.

KERO TV (Bakersfield, Ca.)
July 7, 2009
Family History May Affect Autism Risk

Johns Hopkins angle: A study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins and in Denmark found that children with mothers who had Celiac disease, a digestive disease where people cannot tolerate gluten, were nearly three times as likely to be diagnosed with autism.

Forbes.com
July 6, 2009
Statins May Cause Muscle Damage in Some Patients

Johns Hopkins angle: Roger Blumenthal, director of the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Preventive Cardiology Center, is quoted in this HealthDay News story.

USA Today
July 6, 2009
Overuse of energy drinks worries health pros

Johns Hopkins angle: Story about health professionals' concerns over the use of energy drinks noted that researchers at Johns Hopkins University are currently seeking interviews with children and adolescents 8 to 21 years old who have become sick or experienced unpleasant aftereffects from energy drinks.

Baltimore Sun
July 7, 2009
Bay pollution called human peril

Johns Hopkins angle: Thaddeus Graczyk, an associate professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, comments in this article.

MENAFN.com (Amman, Jordan)
July 7, 2009
Lebanon-AUBMC signs pact with Medical Centre

Johns Hopkins angle: Story notes that the American University of Beirut Medical Center and Clemenceau Medical Center (affiliated with Johns Hopkins International) signed a memorandum of agreement.

WBAL TV (Baltimore)
July 7, 2009
Possible Autism 'Cluster" Concerns Mothers

Johns Hopkins angle: According to this story, the Center for Autism at Kennedy Krieger Institute has teamed up with Johns Hopkins Hospital, studying biological markers and environmental risk factors of autism by tracking pregnant women who already have a child with autism.

Laconia Citizen (New Hampshire)
July 7, 2009
Man with Laconia parents gets to meet vice president during Iraq visit

Johns Hopkins angle: Warren Patrick Murphy enrolled at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, where he earned a master's degree.

Concord Monitor (New Hampshire)
July 7, 2009
From a bunker to Bishop Brady

Johns Hopkins angle: Trevor Bonat earned a master's in education from Johns Hopkins University.

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Chronicle of Higher Education
July 7, 2009
NIH Pleases Scientists With New Rules for Stem-Cell Research

Federal regulators on Monday set new rules for government financing of stem-cell research. The rules will allow such work if a review panel determines that couples gave the necessary “informed consent” for the use of their embryos. Scientists will get the chance to demonstrate to the review panel that older cell lines, created during the past decade and crucial to continuing research, meet this ethical standard.

Inside Higher Ed
July 7, 2009
Not-So-Honest Broker
Ombudsman's offices at federal agencies are designed to be honest brokers. But the U.S. Education Department Federal Student Aid ombudsman's office is staffed by a company, Vangent, that also helps the department collect on defaulted and other loans, and several of the company's employees in the ombudsman's office formerly worked on loan collections. That revelation troubles not only officials of that group but financial aid experts.

USA Today
July 7, 2009
Colleges creating summer jobs for students in tight times

St. John's University in Minnesota created 80 full-time student jobs, most of them involving physical labor such as clearing trails or painting dorm rooms. The College of Wooster in Ohio has hired more than 200 students - almost triple the number it usually employs in summer - to do chores such as planting vegetables and washing windows. Officials at both colleges say the similarities are coincidental. But their motives are the same: to keep students from dropping out or transferring to a less expensive school.

China View (Xinhua News)
July 7, 2009
Students find it difficult to get scholarships in U.S.
Students, whether domestic or foreign, are finding it difficult to obtain scholarships from U.S. universities because of the current recession. Scholarship fundraising is down across the United States because of the recession, Barbara Charnock, program coordinator of Scholarship America's regional office in California, said. The drop in donations has forced universities and foundations to reduce the number of scholarships and their worth.

Chronicle of Higher Education
July 7, 2009
Experts Assess Consequences of Global Surge in Demand for Higher Education

Higher-education systems around the world have experienced tremendous growth in recent years, in a phenomenon a new report calls an unprecedented global “academic revolution.” But despite the enrollment of nearly 153 million students at universities worldwide—a figure that represents a 53-percent increase in just nine years—fundamental challenges remain in ensuring the quality and accessibility of higher education.

Bloomberg News
July 7, 2009
A call to public service and a weak economy create shift in career paths

Amherst College President Anthony Marx spent six years at the school extolling public service and teaching. His efforts were rewarded this year when eight new graduates took jobs with Teach for America, now the largest employer of Amherst students besides the college itself. As President Obama urges young people to make a difference in the world and the recession crimps opportunities, new graduates are pursuing public-interest careers.

Chronicle of Higher Education
July 7, 2009
Is Having More Than 2 Children an Unspoken Taboo?
By academic standards, Rebecca R. Richards-Kortum has it made. She is a full professor of bioengineering at Rice University, runs a thriving cancer-research laboratory, and is a member of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering. But with four children at home, she sometimes feels like an academic outcast.

Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2009
Opinion: Building a new UC – in cyberspace

It is time for an 11th University of California campus: a cyber-campus devoted to awarding online degrees to UC-eligible students.

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