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Baltimore Sun
June 17, 2009
Hopkins' Applied Physics Laboratory confirms cyber attack

Johns Hopkins angle: The Web site for APL was hit with a cyber attack that officials discovered Sunday and which led them to take down the site until they analyze their computer systems. Helen Worth, APL spokeswoman, is quoted.

WBAL-TV (Channel 11 – Baltimore)
June 17, 2009
Hopkins' Applied Physics Lab Web Site Attacked

Johns Hopkins angle: This Associated Press story reports that Applied Physics Laboratory officials took down their Web site to analyze their computer systems after a cyber attack. APL spokeswoman Helen Worth is quoted.

WBAL Radio
June 17, 2009
Investigation follows attack on sensitive Hopkins Web site
Johns Hopkins angle: APL spokeswoman Helen Worth was interviewed about a cyber attack on the APL Web site.

National Review Online
June 16, 2009
The Agenda

Johns Hopkins angle: Column mentions that KSAS political scientist Steve Teles recently co-edited a brilliant volume on "Conservatism and American Political Development." 

Maryland Daily Record
June 17, 2009
Tapping the potential of the bioscience

Johns Hopkins angle: This article about Maryland's push to be a leader in the biotechnology industry mentions that Johns Hopkins University is one of several hosts of a Stem Cell Summit in Baltimore in August.

Baltimore Sun
June 17, 2009
A judgment against health-related bias

Johns Hopkins angle: Commentary authored by Christopher D. Saudek, a professor of medicine at the School of Medicine and director of the Johns Hopkins Diabetes Center.

Inside Higher Ed
June 17, 2009
Quick Takes: Modest Improvements Seen on Med School Conflicts of Interest

Johns Hopkins angle: Brief reports that two of this year's A grades on the PharmFree Scorecard  -- Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Mayo Medical School -- improved from Ds a year ago. The Scorecard rates medical schools on how well they prevent conflicts of interest with the pharmaceutical industry.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 17, 2009
UPMC scores high on policy on docs, freebies

Johns Hopkins angle: This article states that UPMC is one of nine academic medical centers in the nation that has received an "A" from the American Medical Student Association for its policies to prevent conflicts of interest between doctors and drug and medical device companies. It notes that Johns Hopkins was one of the other eight to receive this top grade.

PBS Online NewsHour
June 16, 2009
Obama, S. Korean President Criticize N. Korea's Actions
Johns Hopkins angle: This transcript of a segment about recent developments in North Korea includes comments from Joel Wit, a visiting fellow at the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS.

PBS Online NewsHour
June 16, 2009
Iran Remains on Edge as Election Recount Begins
Johns Hopkins angle: This transcript of a segment about post-election protests in Iran includes comments from Trita Parsi, a SAIS faculty member.

Victoria Advocate (Canada)
June 17, 2009
Uncovering the stories behind the faces of the Confederacy

Johns Hopkins angle: McClatchy-Tribune News Service story reviews "Faces of the Confederacy; An Album of Southern Soldiers and Their Stories" by Ronald S. Coddington, Johns Hopkins University Press.

Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune (Alberta, Canada)
June 16, 2009
MMA making strides in GP

Johns Hopkins angle: This feature about mixed martial arts refers to a 2006 Johns Hopkins study indicating that the injury rate in MMA fighting is “compatible with other combat sports involving striking,” and produces less head trauma than similar sports like boxing.

Live Science
June 16, 2009
Renewed Call to Get Antibiotics Out of Food

Johns Hopkins angle: Story reports that scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore and the Pew Charitable Trusts are now calling for a phase-out and eventual ban of antibacterial agents for nontherapeutic use in livestock.

National Geographic News
June 16, 2009
Gray Hair Caused by Stress (Cell Stress, That Is)
Johns Hopkins angle: This feature includes comments from Linzhao Cheng, an associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics in the School of Medicine and a member of the Johns Hopkins Institute of Cell Engineering.

The Scientist
June 16, 2009
Pluripotency: the third option?
Johns Hopkins angle: This blog article refers to a 2008 commentary written by Linzhao Cheng, a stem cell biologist in the School of Medicine.

Santa Fe New Mexican
June 16, 2009
Fanning flames of new talent

Johns Hopkins angle: This article previews master classes that will be presented in Santa Fe by four performing artists, including pianist Joel Fan, who earned his master's degree in piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory, studying with Leon Fleisher.

Venezuelanalysis.com
June 16, 2009
Evo Morales Incites Genocide of the Peruvian Police Force

Johns Hopkins angle: Analysis piece mentions a August 2006 Washington Post article by Johns Hopkins professor Francis Fukuyama about Hugo Chavez.

Newsday.com
June 17, 2009
South Huntington students score in talent search

Johns Hopkins angle: Coverage of local students identified as eligible for the Center for Talented Youth's programs.

Northern Virginia Daily
June 17, 2009
Ex-teacher sentenced for possessing porn

Johns Hopkins angle: Story mentions sexual abnormality evaluations done on the subject of the article at Johns Hopkins University.

Chicago Tribune
June 17, 2009
Dr. Peter Homans, 1930-2009: University of Chicago professor emeritus of psychology and religious studies

Johns Hopkins angle: Homans briefly attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, before completing a PhD at the University of Chicago Divinity School in 1964.

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Inside Higher Ed
June 17, 2009
New Business for 'U.S. News'

U.S. News & World Report is on the verge of officially announcing a major expansion of its rankings Web site. At the end of a draft of the announcement is a brief reference to U.S. News entering a partnership with a company that provides online instruction in professional education areas for various colleges -- to manage the advertising on the new site.  What is only hinted at is that U.S. News is entering the "lead generation" business, in which entities sell colleges lists of names of prospective students.

Inside Higher Ed
June 17, 2009
Getting to the Finish Line

Following the lead of President Obama, who stressed the importance of college graduation rates in his first address to Congress earlier this year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Tuesday announced more than $6.4 million in grants to national policy organizations for efforts to identify why so many young Americans drop out of college.

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog
June 16, 2009
Behind the Scenes, a Student-Loan Overhaul Takes Shape

Education-committee aides have been quietly crafting legislation to overhaul the student-loan system, with a meeting to review a draft bill possible in the House as early as next week. College and student-loan lobbyists said they hadn't seen any draft language yet, but have been told that such a meeting may occur between June 24 and July 9.

Chronicle of Higher Education
June 17, 2009
What Recent Moves in India Could Mean for American Higher Education

In the weeks since he was appointed, India's new minister in charge of higher education has established lines of communication with the U.S. about expanding educational ties between the two countries, and reportedly threatened to replace India's alphabet soup of higher-education regulators with a single body. His pro-foreign and pro-private sentiments have also encouraged American universities that have long wanted to enter India's potentially lucrative market.

Boston Globe
June 16, 2009
Harvard classrooms, labs feel pinch of budget cuts

Facing the largest endowment decline in its history, Harvard officials said they can no longer afford to fully replenish the faculty ranks when star professors retire or are wooed away by other universities. Cuts to the number of graduate teaching fellows will mean larger class sizes next fall and, some professors warn, possibly lowered expectations. The university has also rescinded its funding of some research activities and lab equipment, a blow to Harvard's goal of ramping up the sciences.

Times of Trenton (N.J.)
June 17, 2009
Princeton University to offer early retirement

Princeton will offer an early retirement incentive package to employees as a way to cut costs and decrease the potential number of layoffs at the school. The early retirement incentive program is the university's latest move in response to an expected one-year endowment decline of nearly 30 percent, or $5 billion, by June 30.

CNN.com
June 17, 2009
Businesses find it pays to consult students

With top consultancy firms charging thousands of dollars for a day's work, employing their services is a luxury most companies simply can't afford. But some business schools offer student consultancies for a fraction of the price, making their expertise available to a whole range of organizations. The Wharton Small Business Development Center, part of Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, employs around 40 MBA students and 40 undergraduates at any time, offering their knowledge and experience to local firms completely free of charge.

Inside Higher Ed
June 17, 2009
How Tweet It Is

Marketing and publicity departments at university presses have turned to microblogging as a way to direct attention to their new books.

Time
June 15, 2009
How Facebook Is Affecting School Reunions

The ability to locate former classmates through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and, well, the Internet itself, has alumni organizations and other such groups wondering if the sun is setting on the traditionally organized reunion.

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