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Baltimore Sun
September 2, 2009
Woman's handbag may have prevented injury in city shooting
Johns Hopkins angle: A student at the School of Medicine was wounded Tuesday night outside the school when a stray bullet struck her hand.

WMAR-T V
September 1, 2009
Campus Plans For Swine Flu
Johns Hopkins angle: This story describes Johns Hopkins’ messages to students, faculty and staff on measures to minimize H1N1 flu.

New Kerala (India)
September 2, 2009
Now, a computational method to detect top genetic cancer suspects
Johns Hopkins angle: This ANI news story reports on cancer mutation sorting software developed by Rachel Karchin, a Whiting School assistant professor of biomedical engineering; doctoral student Hannah Carter, and other Johns Hopkins colleagues.

The New York Times
September 2, 2009
Taking Risk for Profit, Industry Seeks Cancer Drugs
Johns Hopkins angle: This article includes information from Bert Vogelstein, a cancer geneticist in the School of Medicine.

New York Times
September 2, 2009
Harvard Backs Off Media Policy
Johns Hopkins angle: Mentions that the School of Medicine, along with Yale and Stanford, doesn't have a restrictive policy on news media interactions with students.

New York Times
September 2, 2009
A Mayor Prizing Loyalty Pays Costly Tribute to His Top Aide
Johns Hopkins angle: This article mentions that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has donated generously to his alma mater, JHU.

Wall Street Journal
September 1, 2009
Study: Surgeon Experience Doesn’t Impact Patient Deaths
Johns Hopkins angle: This blurb quotes Elliott Haut, assistant professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins and author of a new study about the outcomes of service delivered by experienced trauma surgeons versus novice trauma surgeons.

New York Times
September 2, 2009
Letters to the Editor
Johns Hopkins angle: Elaine Freeman, vice president for communications emerita, Johns Hopkins Medicine, wrote a letter.

Psych Central
September 2, 2009
Trust in Health Care System Continues To Decline
Johns Hopkins angle: This article reports on a new study whose lead author was Thomas LaVeist, director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Gazette Newspaper (Maryland)
September 2, 2009
Bringing good cheer to kids coping with chemotherapy
Johns Hopkins angle: This feature mentions that Brittany Sullivan of Gaithersburg, America's Miss Teen 2009, dedicated a "fun center" on Aug. 17 to Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (Mass.)
September 2, 2009
Trachoma battle has benefits
Johns Hopkins angle: This Associated Press story, reporting on a study indicating that an antibiotic widely used in Africa to treat eyesight-robbing infections has other health benefits, includes comments from Sheila West, an ophthalmology professor in the School of Medicine.

Network World
September 2, 2009
Is your health privacy at risk?
Johns Hopkins angle: This roundup of health information breaches and lost medical records mentions that that Johns Hopkins Hospital in April warned 10,200 patients that their data was put at risk by a former employee who worked in patient registration and has been linked to scheme to create phony Virginia drivers' licenses.

MSNBC.com
September 1, 2009
Stay trim to ward off prostate cancer, study says
Johns Hopkins angle: This Reuters wire story article includes comments from Elizabeth A. Platz, associate professor of epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

CancerFacts.com
September 1, 2009
Weight gain associated with prostate cancer risk
Johns Hopkins angle: This article includes comments from Elizabeth A. Platz, associate professor of epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

China Daily
September 2, 2009
Men who stay trim less apt to get prostate cancer
Johns Hopkins angle: This article includes comments from Elizabeth A. Platz, associate professor of epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The Frederick News-Post (Maryland)
September 2, 2009
NAACP health chairwoman looks to reach out to city, county
Johns Hopkins angle: This feature profiles Vanessa Fredericks, chairwoman of the health committee of local branch of the NAACP, who works as a pulmonary research program coordinator in the School of Medicine.

The Globalist
September 2, 2009
American Power and the Fall of Modernity (Part I)
Johns Hopkins angle: The writer of this opinion piece is Michael Vlahos, a senior staff member of the National Security Assessment team of the National Security Analysis Department at JHU’s Applied Physics Laboratory.

Pacific Daily News (Guam)
September 2, 2009
Your best choice: Looking to lose weight? Drink water
Johns Hopkins angle: This article mentions that a recent Bloomberg School of Public Health study found that beverages can pack on more weight than foods because they often don't contribute any nutritional value.

Baltimore Sun
September 2, 2009
Malcolm G. Vinzant Jr.
Johns Hopkins angle: Obituary mentions that Vinzant was an adjunct professor at the university where he taught graduate level courses in education.


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Inside Higher Ed
September 2, 2009
H1N1 Creeps Onto Campuses
Though it's still too early to predict how widespread and severe H1N1 will be this fall and winter, administrators are taking cues from state governments and the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services in anticipating outbreaks much larger and more dangerous than those seen among students during the spring and summer.

Atlanta Journal Constitution
September 2, 2009
Emory moves students with swine flu into one dorm
Emory University has moved about 50 students with swine flu into a separate dorm, where they are not attending classes and school workers are delivering food to them. "The idea is to keep them separate from the other students while they recover," Emory spokesman Ron Sauder said. Each of the sick students has his or her own room in the dorm, which has a capacity for 100 beds. The students are there on a voluntary basis, Sauder said.

Chronicle of Higher Education
September 2, 2009
The Message: Your Money Can Keep Our Students Enrolled
"The economy has compelled a number of institutions to emphasize financial aid much more prominently," says Rae M. Goldsmith, vice president for advancement resources at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Several colleges, including the University of Maryland, Ohio State and Syracuse University, have started campaigns that stress urgency, talk about the importance of even small gifts for students, and heavily use the institutions' Web sites.

New York Times Economix Blog
September 1, 2009
U.S. News College Rankings: Yes, They Matter
Yes, according to a new study in the journal Research in Higher Education, at least for the next year's admissions pool. But the rankings matter more for universities, as opposed to liberal arts colleges, and more so for institutions ranked in the top 25 or that move from the second page of rankings to the first page of the magazine's listing.

Washington Post
September 2, 2009
Montgomery College Chief Accused of Lavish Spending, Neglecting Duties
Critics of Brian Keith Johnson -- and they are many -- say the Montgomery College president has spent the past two years running up outsize expenses while neglecting important job responsibilities.

Washington Post
September 2, 2009
Coach Hangs Up His Twitter Fingers
George Mason's basketball coach is no longer tweeting after using the social networking site to criticize a new NCAA rule limiting the snacks that coaches can offer players.

Washington Post – 44: The Obama Presidency blog
September 1, 2009
At White House-Backed Conference, University Presidents Sound Guarded
At a meeting this week of presidents from the nation's historically black colleges, convened by the White House, Obama administration officials offered support and new programs, but they also challenged the educators to do more toward providing their students with a quality higher education.

USA Today
September 2, 2009
'Hot' jobs? Health care, energy, many not requiring bachelor's
The hottest job areas from now to 2016 will be in health care, education, information technology and clean energy, a new report says. And though some require bachelor's degrees or higher, many call for an associate's degree and sometimes additional vocational training.

Christian Science Monitor
August 31, 2009
Virtual ivy: why the US needs more e-colleges – Editorial
U.S. Education Department finds many types of online education are better at raising student achievement than in-person teaching is.

CharlotteObserver.com
September 1, 2009
UNC system to cut 900 jobs
The UNC system expects to eliminate about 900 administrative positions this year, an acknowledgement by university leaders of job growth gone wild.

New York Times
September 2, 2009
For $6,000, Restoration of Canceled College Class
The City College of San Francisco has taken a fund-raising approach to try to restore $5 million in budget cuts and hundreds of classes. For $6,000, it is offering sponsors a chance to restore one of the hundreds of classes.

New York Times
September 2, 2009
Purge of Iranian Universities Is Feared
As Iran’s universities prepare to start classes this month, there is growing concern within the academic community that the government will purge political and social science departments of professors and curriculums deemed “un-Islamic,” according to academics and political analysts inside and outside Iran.

Chronicle of Higher Education
September 2, 2009
A College President Breaks Bread With His Foes
Paul J. LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University, decided early last year to hold an intimate chat with a group of his fiercest critics about the future of the university. In his e-mailed invitation to the dinner, he gave recipients five reasons that they got the nod, including because they had disagreed with him in the past, had served in leadership positions, or, more simply, "just straight out don't like me."

Wall Street Journal – Speakeasy Blog
September 1, 2009
Twitter 101: DePaul University’s Social Media Prof Gives His Syllabus
This fall, DePaul University’s College of Communication is offering what is being touted as the first-ever college course focused on Twitter.

Inside Higher Ed
September 2, 2009
Early Pomp and Circumstance
Saying tradition matters, a growing number of institutions are introducing convocation ceremonies, or dusting off existing ones, as part of strategies to improve retention.

Boston Globe
September 2, 2009
BU dorm offers a study in luxury
So luxurious is the 960-bed dorm that parents’ jaws dropped in disbelief when they helped their children move in last week. The suites of singles and doubles, with elegantly furnished common rooms, large private baths, walk-in closets, and floor-length mirrors, resemble nothing like what older generations remember of their college housing - sterile cinder-block boxes with institutional bunk beds and a communal bathroom down the hall.

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