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Scientific American
July 10, 2009
Archival Telescope Data May Show Most Distant Supernovae Yet
Johns Hopkins angle: Article quotes Krieger School astrophysicist Adam Riess on work done by a researcher at another institution.

Washington Post Blogs
July 9, 2009
On Leadership: Palin's Land of Opportunity
Johns Hopkins angle: This weekly blog about leadership in business was authored by Yash Gupta, dean of the Carey Business School.

Baltimore Sun
July 10, 2009
Summer challenge: the 'brain drain'
Johns Hopkins angle: Brenda McLaughlin, director for research and evaluation at the university's National Center for Summer Learning, is quoted.

United Press International
July 9, 2009
Younger kids more likely to get wrong dose
Johns Hopkins angle: This article reports on research by Marlene Miller of the Children's Center.

National Public Radio
July 10, 2009
National Review Online: Spread Freedom? No
Johns Hopkins angle: Editorial mentions Joshua Muravchik of the School of Advanced International Studies.

Time Magazine
July 9, 2009
Can Language Skills Ward Off Alzheimer's? A Nuns' Study
Johns Hopkins angle: This story reports on research conducted by Diego Iacono, a neuropathology fellow at the School of Medicine and his team, which found that women who had good language/vocabulary skills in their early 20s were less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease or dementia.

Red Orbit
July 9, 2009
Black Holes Ejected From Host Galaxies
Johns Hopkins angle: This article describes research by a team that includes Krieger School astronomer Jeremy Schnittman.

HealthDay
July 9, 2009
Study Pinpoints Risk Factors for Death in Young Stroke Victims
Johns Hopkins angle: Argye Hillis of the School of Medicine commented on this story about research conducted

Baltimore Sun Blogs
July 10, 2009
Doc + opera star = marriage
Johns Hopkins angle: This blog reports that Robert Montgomery of the School of Medicine  recently married opera "superstar" Denyce Graves. Montgomery performed the record-setting domino kidney transplant surgery completed last week.

Baltimore Sun
July 10, 2009
'Plan 9': so bad it's good
Johns Hopkins angle: Article about local screenings notes that “Wall-E,” the futuristic tale of a lonely trash compactor and the robot that wins his heart, will be shown tonight on the Homewood campus. [Note: The location given in the story is incorrect; the film will be shown outside Shriver Hall, not Gilman Hall.]

Siliconindia.com
July 10, 2009
Indian American researcher receives White House award
Johns Hopkins angle: This Indo-Asian News Service story reports that Sanjay Kumar, an Indian American researcher who has been named by President Barack Obama as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, holds both an M.D. and a Ph.D. in biophysics from the university.

Alameda Sun
July 9, 2009
Virtues of the Virtual World
Johns Hopkins angle: According to this story, a project underway here illustrates some of the vast potential of applying I.T. to health care. The creation of a "virtual diagnostician" promises an online network and Web site that might one day be available to patients all over the world.

WJZ.com
July 9, 2009
More Can Be Done To Get Illegal Guns Off Streets
Johns Hopkins angle: This television report mentioned a new report from the Bloomberg School of Public Health that says tougher laws on sales of guns and enforcement of those laws could significantly cut the number of illegal guns.

Shawagunk Journal (Hudson Valley, N.Y.)
July 9, 2009
Pet Sounds
Johns Hopkins angle: This story notes that the Bloomberg School of Public Health is promoting a “Meatless Monday” campaign.

Associated Press
July 9, 2009
Program At Pa. College Closes After Flu Outbreak
Johns Hopkins angle: This story reports that the summer program run by the university’s Center for Talented Youth at Dickinson College closed earlier this week due to flu. CTY spokesman Charles Beckman is quoted.

The Sentinel (Cumberland County, Pa.)
July 10, 2009
Sentinel Morning Update: Other programs still on after flu scare
Johns Hopkins angle: This article is an update on the flu outbreak that led to suspension of a CTY summer session at Dickinson College.

The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.)
Flu spread shuts Dickinson College program for gifted pupils
Johns Hopkins angle: This article reports on the flu outbreak that led to suspension of a CTY summer session at Dickinson College. CTY spokesman Charles Beckman is quoted.

Jerusalem Post
July 10, 2009
Translating words into action
Johns Hopkins angle: Forsan Hussein, the first Muslim ever to be appointed head of a YMCA, is a graduate of Brandeis and Johns Hopkins universities and Harvard Business School.

San Luis Obispo Tribune
July 9, 2009
National summer learning day: Kids soak up sun — and skills
Johns Hopkins angle: Feature story on National Summer Learning Day includes tips on keeping children's minds active during vacation provided by the National Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University.

Maryland Daily Record
July 10, 2009
On the move - Business edition
Johns Hopkins angle: This brief mentions that Lisa Rowen, senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer of the University of Maryland Medical Center, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She previously served as director of surgical nursing at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Baltimore Jewish Times
July 10, 2009
Johns Hopkins Researcher Examines Autism
Johns Hopkins angle: This question-and-answer piece about autism is conducted with Don Arking, an assistant professor in the School of Medicine’s McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine.

Buffalo News (N.Y.)
July 10, 2009
Summer learning opportunity thrives at camp for less fortunate youngsters
Johns Hopkins angle: This story states that research conducted here shows that by the ninth grade, low-income children can be as much as two years behind because of a lack of learning opportunities during the summer.

The Daily News (Longview, Wash.)
July 9, 2009
Camp Wannaread keeps young students sharp over summer
Johns Hopkins angle: This article includes summer learning tips credited to the university’s Center for Summer Learning.

San Luis Obispo Tribune (Calif.)
July 9, 2009
National summer learning day: Kids soak up sun — and skills
Johns Hopkins angle: This feature about a National Summer Learning Day event includes summer learning tips credited to the School of Education’s National Center for Summer Learning.

Lancaster Online (Pa.)
July 10, 2009
Science meets art at local gallery
Johns Hopkins angle: This feature about artist Jennifer Graeber McCormick mentions that she earned a graduate degree in the School of Medicine’s Department of Art as Applied to Medicine.

North County Times (Escondido, Calif.)
July 9, 2009
SCHARF: Tiller's legacy is one of death
Johns Hopkins angle: This column refers to a medical records review conducted by Paul McHugh, a professor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine.

Issaquah Reporter (Wash.)
July 9, 2009
Lacrosse professionals come to town
Johns Hopkins angle: This article reports on a free shooting clinic that will be presented by two professional lacrosse players from the Washington Stealth. One of the players, Paul Rabil, is mentioned for his role as a leading lacrosse athlete at Johns Hopkins.

WJZ.com (Channel 13 – Baltimore)
July 9,2009
Md. Man Hopes For Bone Marrow Transplant
Johns Hopkins angle: This article reports on a Johns Hopkins Hospital leukemia patient who desperately needs a bone marrow transplant. The article quotes Doug Smith, an associate professor of oncology in the School of Medicine.


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Washington Post
July 10, 2009
New Index Will Score Graduate Students' Personality Traits
The Educational Testing Service wanted to help graduate school applicants prove they are more than a set of test scores. So it developed the Personal Potential Index, a tool to rate students across a broad sweep of traits -- creativity, teamwork, integrity -- that admission tests don't measure.

Washington Post
July 10, 2009
One-of-a-Kind Commencement
Howard Community College yesterday held a graduation for one at Snowden Overlook, a 55-and-over development in Columbia. The pomp and circumstance was for Shirley Jacquelyn Jackson, 79, the oldest member of the college’s class of 2009.

Inside Higher Ed
July 10, 2009
How Ph.D. Programs Will Be Judged
Yesterday, the National Research Council released long-awaited methodology for still-awaited rankings. Is the system too complicated?

Inside Higher Ed
July 10, 2009
Conflict With My Interests
As the government and universities move to limit or require more reporting of professors' corporate ties, some researchers form a group to object.

Inside Higher Ed
July 10, 2009
Sustainable for a Year
Multiple colleges have completed campus-wide "year of sustainability" initiatives devoted to changing and improving green practices. But some say the campuses need to look at the bigger picture.

Inside Higher Ed
July 10, 2009
Locking Out Danger
Should college classroom doors have ability to lock from the inside? Post-Virginia Tech, the image of a gunman roaming colleges' halls continues to spark discussion. At the University of Michigan, a physics professor has generated discussion over a seemingly simple request: to outfit classrooms with doors that can lock from the inside.

Chronicle of Higher Education
July 10, 2009
Philip Day's Departure Creates Leadership Vacuum at Critical Time for Student Aid
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators' Philip R. Day, who became president a little over a year ago, went on unpaid administrative leave on Wednesday after the San Francisco district attorney accused him of misspending public funds when he was chancellor of City College of San Francisco. His abrupt departure has created holes in NASFAA's annual conference schedule and left members wondering who will represent them in the continuing debate over the future of federal student aid.

Chronicle of Higher Education
July 10, 2009
Hot Academic Jobs of the Future: Try These Fields
Which fields are likely to see the most growth in the coming years? Think aging, energy, and green, for starters.

Chronicle of Higher Education
July 10, 2009
Update on Billion-Dollar Campaigns at 33 Universities
The universities collected a total of $387.5-million in gifts and pledges during the last month for which they had data available.

Chronicle of Higher Education – News Blog
July 9, 2009
Education Department Prepares for Switch to 100% Direct Lending
On Wednesday the department began sending letters to colleges outlining steps it is taking to ease the switch to direct lending.  Congress is set to decide on the president’s proposal this month. But yesterday, on the e-mail list of FinAid, an independent financial-aid Web site, several financial-aid officers said the Education Department's letters present the president's proposal as a done deal.

Philadelphia Inquirer
July 10, 2009
Rendell plans 13% cut in higher-education budget
Pennsylvania's higher-education budget would shrink more than 13 percent under Gov. Rendell's latest spending proposal. Overall, funding for higher education would fall $288 million, to $1.83 billion, but not all schools would suffer equally.

Associated Press
July 9, 2009
Students dig into sustainable farming at Vermont college
While other college students are in stuffy classrooms, about a dozen are earning credit tending a Vermont farm. For 13 weeks, 12 credits and about $12,500, the Green Mountain College students plow fields with oxen or horses, milk cows, weed crops and grow and make their own food, part of an intensive course in sustainable agriculture using the least amount of fossil fuels.

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