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The Washington Post
June 25, 2009
A Summer Vacation Of Intensive Learning
Johns Hopkins angle: This article reports that the state's signature summer program for gifted and talented students, which includes programs at the Center for Space Science at APL, has been cut from next year's budget.

Wall Street Journal
June 25, 200
The Summer of Their Discontent
Johns Hopkins angle: This story about cuts in summer programs mentions the National Center for Summer Learning at JHU, and its executive director, Ron Fairchild.

CNN
June 25, 2009
9 ways to keep your marriage healthy
Johns Hopkins angle: Quotes Andrew Goldstein, an obstetrician and gynecologist at the School of Medicine.

WhiteHouse.gov
June 25, 2009
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT IN ABC "PRESCRIPTION FOR AMERICA" TOWN HALL ON HEALTH CARE
Johns Hopkins angle: Hershaw Davis, a nursing student and also an emergency tech at the hospital, participated in a town hall meeting on health care at the White House. This is a transcript from the June 24 event.

Howard County Times
June 25, 2009
HCC earns grant to expand nursing programs
Johns Hopkins angle: Story mentions the "Who Will Care?" campaign, organized by the Maryland Hospital Association and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

New Scientist
June 24, 2009
Computer games give health points in the real world
Johns Hopkins angle: The story highlights research by Jacob Vogelstein, assistant research professor in the Whiting School’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Boston Globe
June 25, 2009
Artificial heart's use marks milestone
Johns Hopkins angle: Staff members at the hospital have been approved and trained to implant a new artificial heart.

Austin Weekly News
June 25, 2009
Talent High opens this fall
Johns Hopkins angle: The Center for Social Organization of Schools is the partner in a new public high school in Chicago.

Glencoe News (Ill.)
June 25, 2009
School Notes
Johns Hopkins angle: This column mentions that Taig Rajpal of Winnetka was named to the dean's list for the fall 2008 semester at JHU.

The Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh)
June 25, 2009
Community rallies around family coping with illness
Johns Hopkins angle: This feature about a boy with Loeys Dietz syndrome refers to Hal Dietz and Bart Loeys, the School of Medicine faculty members who discovered the disease, and mentions the continuing Johns Hopkins research concerning the syndrome.

Sacramento Bee (Calif.)
June 25, 2009
UC campus chiefs escape budget pain
Johns Hopkins angle: This article reports that University of California officials said they look at 26 universities, including Johns Hopkins, when making salary comparisons for chancellor positions.

The Peninsula Gateway (Gig Harbor, Wash.)
June 24, 2009
Kopachuck student scores in top 4 percent on ACT
Johns Hopkins angle: This article mentions that Amanda Gordon of Fox Island and 131 other seventh- and eighth-graders were recognized recently by JHU’s Center for Talented Youth.

Red Orbit News
June 24, 2009
Study: Gout gene forms blood urate
Johns Hopkins angle: This UPI wire story reports that Johns Hopkins researchers were part of an international team that surveyed the genomes of 12,000 individuals to find the genetic cause for gout.

New York Daily News
June 25, 2009
Under the Islamic umbrella: Hardliners and reformers both want to keep Iran a theocracy
Johns Hopkins angle: This opinion piece is by Sanam Vakil, a visiting scholar and adjunct professor at SAIS in Washington, D.C, and Bologna, Italy.

The Northern Times (Sutherland, United Kingdom)
June 25, 2009
Mrs. Elspeth Udvarhelyi, Baltimore
Johns Hopkins angle: This obituary mentions that Elspeth Udvarhelyi volunteered with the Women's Board of the Peabody Conservatory.

The Washington Post
June 25, 2009
Struggling for a Break on Homicides
Johns Hopkins angle: This article on the difficulty of breaking homicide cases in Prince George's County, mentions the case of Kanika Powell, a security worker at APL whose slaying last August has never been solved.


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Inside Higher Ed
June 25, 2009
FAFSA, the Perfect, and the Good
In part because of the FAFSA's multiple pages and scores of questions, many policy experts believe, hundreds of thousands of potential recipients forgo many millions of dollars of federal college aid each year. That, plain and simple, is the reason why so many higher education analysts -- and both of the last two presidential administrations -- have made "simplification" of the financial aid form a major priority. But the previous inertia has resulted in part because there are potential downsides to FAFSA simplification.

Chronicle of Higher Education
June 25, 2009
Aid Experts Like President's Plan to Streamline Fafsa but Hope for Bigger Changes
The plan includes fewer questions on the financial-aid application and a pilot program to allow students and their families to retrieve information automatically from their tax forms.

CNN
June 24, 2009
New law to help in paying back college loans
The College Cost Reduction and Access Act that created the new Income-Based Repayment program was signed into law in 2007 to help make student loan payments more manageable.

Chronicle of Higher Education
June 25, 2009
Foundation Endowments Dipped in 2008, but Giving Rose
The foundations' returns declined by 3.1 percent when calculated over a three-year period, compared with growth of 10.8 percent for the three-year period ending in December 2007. Five-year returns were still slightly positive (2.2 percent), down from 13 percent for the five-year period ending in 2007. Yet the average share of their funds that foundations gave away increased slightly, to 5.8 percent from 5.5 percent in 2007.

Inside Higher Ed
June 25, 2009
700 Colleges Tied the Yellow Ribbon
While the Department of Veterans Affairs has not yet released its final list of participating colleges, Keith Wilson, director of the VA's education service, expects the 700 figure to stay pretty stable. The preliminary list includes plenty of obscure places but also some big names. Among the liberal arts colleges participating are Amherst, Pomona, Swarthmore and Williams Colleges.

Wall Street Journal
June 25, 2009
Scrutiny Grows Over Student Loan Perk
Congress and federal agencies are expected to spend as much as $60 million in fiscal 2009 on a little-known taxpayer-funded perk: repaying government employees' college loans.

Ithaca Journal (N.Y.)
June 25, 2009
Cornell opens new biofuels laboratory
Cornell University is the proud new home to a state-of-the-art Biofuels Research Laboratory, lauded as a unique research, educational and economic development facility rolled into one.

Associated Press
June 25, 2009
CU to try text message donations
The University of Colorado is hoping to use text messaging to reverse a fundraising slump. The school says it will explore a new kind of fundraising that uses text messages to raise small amounts. Donors are asked to send a message to the fundraising number, and the gift is then attached to the donor's next cell phone bill.

Inside Higher Ed
June 25, 2009
Med School 'Senioritis'
A new report calls for a discussion on making the last year of medical school more meaningful -- and asks the question: Why four years?

Chronicle of Higher Education – News Blog
June 24, 2009
Senator Grassley Demands Answers From Medical Schools on Ethics Policies
For any medical schools that haven’t finished their ethics homework, a Republican senator is handing out an extra writing assignment.

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