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Washington Post
July 13, 2009
Science Digest: Alzheimer's Update

Johns Hopkins angle: Report on research led by the School of Medicine's Juan Troncoso suggesting that rigorous intellectual activity can play a protective effect against the onset of Alzheimer's disease, even among people with widespread damage to th brain.

The New Yorker
July 20, 2009
Why are we so fat?
Johns Hopkins angle: This overview of several books related to obesity mentions “The Evolution of Obesity,” published by JHU Press.

Ivanhoe Newswire
July 13, 2009
Language Skills may Delay Alzheimer's
Johns Hopkins angle: This wire story about a study by Juan C. Troncoso of the School of Medicine and his team reports that young women who have good language skills in their early 20s have less of a chance of developing Alzheimer's disease and dementias.

ABC News
July 12, 2009
Summer School Cuts Leave Students at Disadvantage
Johns Hopkins angle: Ron Fairchild, executive director of the National Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University, is quoted in this article.

Boulder Daily Camera (Colorado)
July 12, 2009
Avoiding the summer 'brain drain'
Johns Hopkins angle: This article cites research information provided by JHU’s Center for Summer Learning.

CBS Evening News
July 11, 2009
Complex Kidney Exchange Offers Hope
Johns Hopkins angle: Coverage of last week's multi-donor/multi-recipient kidney transplant spearheaded by Robert Montgomery of the School of Medicine.

Fredericksburg.com (Va.)
July 11, 2009
HIS GIFT KEPT GIVING
Johns Hopkins angle: Article reports on how Thomas Koontz, a local resident, donated his kidney in last week's multi-donor/multi-recipient kidney transplant operation spearheaded by Robert Montgomery of the SoM.

Huron Daily Tribune (Michigan)
July 10, 2009
Life exchange
Johns Hopkins angle: This feature profiles one of the eight kidney transplant recipients in the recent multi-hospital arrangement led by Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Washington Post
July 12, 2009
Fresh Faces of Philanthropy
Johns Hopkins angle: Story paraphrases Bill Conley, dean of enrollment and academic services, as saying that  college admissions officers are seeing ever-more impressive philanthropic efforts from applicants and that such activities are a strong plus on an application.

Korea Times
July 12, 2009
Lesson Learned From Dokdo
Johns Hopkins angle: This column was authored by Tong Kim of SAIS.

CNN.com
July 13, 2009
For minorities, the wait for a bone marrow match can be long
Johns Hopkins angle: This article focuses on a leukemia patient who was married in the chapel at Johns Hopkins Hospital; Douglas Smith, an associate professor of oncology in the School of Medicine, is quoted.

Washington Monthly
July 11, 2009
Tipping Back the Scales
Johns Hopkins angle: This piece mentions KSAS political scientist Steve Teles.

Washington Monthly
July 11, 2009
The Middle Kingdom's Dilemma
Johns Hopkins angle: David Lampton, the director of the China studies program at Johns
Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, is quoted.

Baltimore Sun
July 11, 2009
Boys' rail deaths preceded by someone blocking track
Johns Hopkins angle: Doug Ward, director of the Division of Public Safety Leadership at the
Johns Hopkins School of Education, is quoted.

Ventura County Star
July 13, 2009
Oak Park man has own stem cells implanted in heart
Johns Hopkins angle: Article notes that the investigative study, approved by the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration, was being done in cooperation with Johns Hopkins University.

San Luis Obispo Tribune
July 13, 2009
Keep kids' brains active to avoid summer drain
Johns Hopkins angle: Feature story about how parents and educators can help students avoid
learning loss over the summer vacation months mentioned the National Center for Summer Learning at JHU.

Buffalo News
July 11, 2009
This year, school’s in for summer

Johns Hopkins angle: This story includes comments from Ron Fairchild, executive director of
the National Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University.

Bradenton Herald (Fla.)
July 12, 2009
China rises in Latin America to a top trade partner

Johns Hopkins angle: Riordan Roett of the School for Advanced International Studies is
quoted in this McClatchy News story.

San Luis Obispo Tribune
July 11, 2009
Jim Rogers leaves his mark on Nevada universities
Johns Hopkins angle: According to this Las Vegas Sun story, Johns Hopkins University has
invited Jim Rogers, who recently stepped down as chancellor of Nevada's public colleges and universities, to teach a class at its "world-renowned business school."

Greeley Tribune (Colorado)
July 12, 2009
Recession taking a toll on some Weld county nonprofits
Johns Hopkins angle: This story mentions that a survey of nonprofit organizations across
the country by the Listening Post Project at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland found that 83 percent of nonprofit organizations that responded experienced some level of financial stress from September 2008 through March 2009.

Manila Bulletin
July 13, 2009
New study pinpoints difference in the way children with autism learn new behaviors

Johns Hopkins angle: This story reports that researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute
and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have collaborated to uncover important new insights into the neurological basis of autism.

The Evening Sun (Hanover, Pa.)
July 11, 2009
Divisive opinions about treatment for Lyme disease

Johns Hopkins angle: This article includes comments from Paul Auwaerter, associate
professor of infectious diseases in the School of Medicine.

Delmarva Now
July 12, 2009
Resort officials seek ban of salvia
Johns Hopkins angle: This story about efforts to ban the sale of a hallucenogenic herb
called salva notes that researchers from Johns Hopkins University in February testified during legislative hearings that salvia has the potential for treating pain and psychiatric disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and dementia.

Nurse.com
July 13, 2009
CHOP Among U.S. News' Top Children's Hospitals

Johns Hopkins angle: This story mentions that the Johns Hopkins Children's Center was among
US News & World Reports Top 10 children's hospitals.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
July 13, 2009
The Professor as Fund Raiser
Johns Hopkins angle: This column was penned by Jeff Schoenherr, who is director of the
regional and international major-gifts program at the Johns Hopkins Institutions.

AllAfrica.com
July 12, 2009
Nigeria: Chimamanda "Writes" For African Voices

Johns Hopkins angle: According to this story, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie completed a master's
degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University.

Public Opinion (Chambersburg, Pa.)
July 13, 2009
Make-A-Wish makes a splash
Johns Hopkins angle: This feature concerns a 9-year-old girl who has been undergoing a
pioneering new treatment for aplastic anemia at Johns Hopkins hospital.

Herald Online (South Carolina)
July 12, 2009
Students, professors get chance to ‘restore science to rightful place'
Johns Hopkins angle: Takita Sumter came to Winthrop University in 2004 from Johns Hopkins
University's School of Medicine in Baltimore, where she completed her post-doctorate fellowship.

Sun Herald (Mississippi)
July 12, 2009
Coast opera star to perform at Mary C
Johns Hopkins angle: Opera singer Maria Kate Fleming earned a master of music in vocal
performance at Peabody Conservatory of Music.

Boston.com
July 13, 2009
MC places third in international robotics tournament
Johns Hopkins angle: Thsi story about the International Botball Tournament noted that
students who participated attended talks by renowned roboticists from the Naval Research Laboratory, NASA, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, and Case Western and Carnegie Mellon Universities.

Times West-Virginian
July 12, 2009
New man on campus
Johns Hopkins angle: This story on James Clements, the new president of West Virginia
University, notes that he earned an M.S. in computer science from Johns Hopkins.

Baltimore Sun
July 12, 2009
A failing grade for Md. math
Johns Hopkins angle: Story quotes Gabrielle Martino, holder of a doctorate in math from the
Johns Hopkins University and a co-author of the Abell Foundation report.

Baltimore Business Journal
July 10, 2009
$105M expansion unveiled at Howard County General Hospital

Johns Hopkins angle: Howard County General Hospital, one of Johns Hopkins Hospital's three
hospitals, has  unveiled a new $105 million four-story patient wing.

Baltimore Business Journal
July 10, 2009
New Baltimore angels group nears $100K investment in Oculis Labs
Johns Hopkins angle: Story on the Baltkmore Angels Network, a group whose members invest in
new companies, paraphrases Aris Melissaratos, a senior adviser at Johns Hopkins University in charge of technology transfer and former state business secretary.
 
Baltimore Business Journal
July 10, 2009
Without $30M in stimulus cash, East Baltimore project's homes stalled
Johns Hopkins angle: EBDI is applying to the Department of Housing for $30 million to
demolish abandoned rowhomes, redevelop vacant housing units and finance the development of mixed-income rental housing as part of the second phase of the $1.8 billion, 88-acre New East Side project. Johns Hopkins is a key partner in EBDI.

Baltimore Sun
July 12, 2009
Helping people face their fears
Johns Hopkins angle: Shreya Hessler, a licensed psychologist, completed her fellowship,
specializing in pediatric psychology, at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins Hospital by working with children who had chronic illnesses and behavioral disorders.

Baltimore Sun
July 12, 2009
35th anniversary of Jhpiego
Johns Hopkins angle: Coverage of a gathering marking the 35th anniversary of Jhpiego quoted
Pamela Lynam, Jhpiego Kenya country director.

GreatDad.com
July 12, 2009
Parenting skills for teaching autistic children

Johns Hopkins angle: This feature story quotes Reza Shadmehr of the School of Medicine.

Appleton Post-Crescent (Wisconsin)
July 13, 2009
College notes for July 1
Johns Hopkins angle: This column mentions that April Neal of Neenah received a doctor's
degree in environmental health sciences with a specialty in neurotoxicology from Johns Hopkins University.

The Republican (Springfield, Mass.)
July 13, 2009
Enrichment effort among best
Johns Hopkins angle: This news brief reports that the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative has
been named one of the three best summer programs in the country by The National Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins.

The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.)
Published: July 12, 2009
Around the towns
Johns Hopkins angle: This column mentions that Nicholas Krawczeniuk, 12, of Hill Section,
was recently honored for his academic achievements by JHU’s Center for Talented Youth.

Orange County Register (Ca.)
July 12, 2009
Letters to the Editor
Johns Hopkins angle: One letter refers to Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa of the School of
Medicine.

OakRidger.com (Tennessee)
July 13, 2009
ACAC adds two new coaches
Johns Hopkins angle: This article mentions that swimming coach Betsy Hondorf, formerly
Betsy Batchelor, earned a biophysics degree in 1992 from Johns Hopkins, where she was a four-year swimming All American, as well as an academic All American.

Washington Post
July 12, 2009
Deaths
Johns Hopkins angle: Report of death of Eloise Camille Hooper, 84, of Waldorf, a nursing
assistant at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Bismarck Tribune (North Dakota)
July 13, 2009
N.D. native played key role in Antarctic
Johns Hopkins angle: According to thist article, in 1950, Richard Black was hired as an
operations analyst at Johns Hopkins University, where he studied the establishment and maintenance of advance military bases, and he was the primary contact between the university and the U.S. Army.

Charlotte News & Observer
July 11, 2009
Dr. Worth Daniels Jr., led N & O board
Johns Hopkins angle: Obituary of Daniels noted that in June 1944, he went to Johns Hopkins
University School of Medicine, graduating in 1948.

Baltimore Sun
July 13, 2009
Barbara C. Latrobe, hospital employee
Johns Hopkins angle: Latrobe worked for 20 years with Dr. Victor A. McKusick, who was
called the "father of medical genetics," compiling genealogical charts on little people and those afflicted with Marfan's syndrome.

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Chronicle of Higher Education
July 13, 2009
Obama Expected to Announce Major Proposal to Support Community Colleges
The president called for fresh financial support for America's community colleges on Sunday as two-year institutions anticipate the rollout of what could be a multibillion-dollar plan on Tuesday.

Chronicle of Higher Education
July 13, 2009
Some Small Colleges Worry About the Cost of Carrying Out Obama's Loan Proposal
While some colleges may be able to make the switch to direct lending with little headache, advocates for small colleges - with modest financial-aid staffs - say the transition could be particularly troublesome for them. It could cost some institutions hundreds of thousands of dollars, adding to demands for resources as colleges are already grappling with a bad economy.

Chronicle of Higher Education
July 13, 2009
Private Effort to Create Courses Draws Praise — and Charges of 'Buying' Curricula
A group with conservative connections urges young professors to teach its course on American history, and it pays to sponsor the course and to interest scholars in teaching it.

Chronicle of Higher Education
July 13, 2009
Colleges Will See a Decline in Megagifts, Experts Predict
Fund raisers will need to focus more on donors who can give from $100,000 to $999,999, said speakers at the annual conference of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Bloomberg News
July 13, 2009
Princeton, Williams, Amherst Benefit From ’Cheerier’ Markets
Rising stock and bond markets are lowering projected endowment losses at Princeton University, Williams College, Amherst College and other schools.  However, the rebound won’t be enough to reverse firings, construction freezes and other cost-cutting measures, college officials say.

Inside Higher Ed
July 13, 2009
Tarnished Jewel
University of California, revered worldwide for excellence, considers a bleak future as budget cuts threaten programs, recruitment, retention and access.

Inside Higher Ed
July 13, 2009
Financial Aid in Flux
With big changes looming, a flurry of news developments -- action and promises from Congress, reports on Perkins Loans and guarantee agencies -- add to the uncertainty.

National Journal – Experts Blog
July 13, 2009
How Can Colleges Help Graduates Pursue A Career?
Given current conditions, are colleges doing enough to make graduates attractive job candidates? If not, what should change? Is enabling graduates to find employment a primary responsibility for a college? What should be the role of community colleges in this equation?

Washington Post
July 12, 2009
A Lower Drinking Age? – Editorial
The editors question whether lowering the drinking age is the solution to ending binge drinking on college campuses.

Associated Press
July 12, 2009
Pittsburgh scholarships saving schools, students
The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship now included Pennsylvania's private colleges, not just public institutions. The program is aimed at boosting academics and reversing the exodus from Pittsburgh and its public schools. It's also hoped that the Promise students will return to Pittsburgh when they graduate. Students who spend at least four years in Pittsburgh's public or charter schools, maintain a 2.5 GPA and 90 percent attendance can qualify for up to $5,000 a year for any Pennsylvania college. In 2012, that will increase to $10,000 for students who spend all 12 years in the Pittsburgh system.

New York Times
July 11, 2009
University of California Makes Cuts After Reduction in State Financing
The University of California will use a combination of furloughs, deferred hiring and cuts in academic programs to make up for an $813 million reduction in state financing, its president, Mark G. Yudof, said Friday. Yudof said the actions amounted to a major retrenchment for the university, which has long been regarded as the nation’s leading public university.

The Tallahassee Democrat
July 10, 2009
Florida State turns off professors' phones to save cash
If a Florida State University student needs to reach his English professor, he better have the teacher's cell phone number. In a cost-saving move that illustrates just how dire the budget situation has become at FSU, the English department is in the process of removing almost all faculty members' office phones. FSU and the other 10 schools in the state university system have suffered drastic reductions in funding from the state legislature during each of the past three years. FSU is set to begin the 2009-10 school year with $83 million less than it had in 2006-07.

Associated Press
July 10, 2009
College culture wars: Campuses seek balance
College campuses have long been hotbeds of activism, from Vietnam War protests a generation ago to more recent efforts to roll back affirmative action in admissions. But a rash of confrontations in recent years has led to a nationwide effort to promote civil debate on campus. A $4 million Ford Foundation initiative that began in 2006 and was expanded this year aims to promote dialogue on college campuses after a series of clashes between liberals and conservatives.

NPR – Morning Edition
July 10, 2009
Bleak Economy Squeezes Community Colleges
Across the country, educators at community colleges say they've often seen enrollments surge in times of economic slowdown. The size of this spike, however, is unprecedented, and it comes at a time when budgets are severely limited. Many who are out of work are seeking to improve their education so they can get better jobs. There are also students who, in better times, may have gone to college at higher-priced institutions.

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