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Baltimore Sun
September 10, 2009
H1N1 flu shots give pregnant women pause
Johns Hopkins angle: According to this story, several academic medical centers, including the Bloomberg School of Public Health, are testing the safety of the new vaccine and while the results are not yet in, many doctors say they are confident that if the vaccine is approved, there is no reason to worry about getting it.

New York Times Blogs
September 10, 2009
A Hospital Hand-Washing Project to Save Lives and Money
Johns Hopkins angle: This Prescriptions blog notes that Johns Hopkins Hospital is one of eight medical centers who on Thursday will unveil a pilot project aimed at placing an intense focus on hand-washing.

Washington Post Blogs
September 9, 2009
On Leadership: Nation First
Johns Hopkins angle: This column, penned by Yash Gupta, dean of the Carey Business School, discusses how the "Van Jones controversy" threatened to become a major distraction for President Obama as he tries to deal with health care reform, energy initiatives, two wars, and a number of other crucial issues.

WBALTV.com (Baltimore)
September 9, 2009
Possible Swine Flu Cases Appear At Md. Colleges
Johns Hopkins angle: Report on incidence of H1N1 at Maryland colleges notes that Johns Hopkins has reported at least nine suspected cases on the Homewood campus. University spokesman Dennis O'Shea is quoted, as is student Christina Kelvy.

Deseret News
September 9, 2009
Let federal government provide catastrophe coverage, doctor says
Johns Hopkins angle: Neurosurgeon and professor Benjamin Carson told hundreds of Utah's municipal leaders Wednesday that catastrophic health-care coverage should be turned over to the federal government.

Oregon Public Broadcasting
September 9, 2009
Keeping Class Size Reasonable Is A Major Challenge For Schools
Johns Hopkins angle: This broadcast mentions JHU research on "dropout factories."

MSNBC.com
September 10, 2009
Steal this story? Beware Net’s plagiarism ‘cops’
Johns Hopkins angle: Patricia Wallace, psychologist and senior director of information technology at the Center for Talented Youth, is quoted.

South Florida Sun Sentinel
September 10, 2009
Neglect killed 89-year-old West Boca woman, doctor testifies in murder trial
Johns Hopkins angle: Peter Rabins of the School of Public Health is quoted.

Middle East Online
September 10, 2009
Careerists Pull Obama to Afghan Mess
Johns Hopkins angle: Column was authored by Melvin A. Goodman, a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and adjunct professor of government in the Krieger School.

Business Standard (India)
September 10, 2009
US supports India's stand on conditions for talks with Pak
Johns Hopkins angle: Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake gave a speech at SAIS.

New Kerala
September 10, 2009
Ties with India undergoing 'seismic changes', says US
Johns Hopkins angle: This IANS story reports that Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake gave a speech at SAIS.

South Coast Today (Mass.)
September 10, 2009
A frightful week for a little girl
Johns Hopkins angle: Quotes Candace Gibbin, a pediatric cardiologist who specializes in treating Kawasaki at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

St. Petersburg Times
September 10, 2009
Oren Koules might have real estate investor interested in investing in Tampa Bay Lightning
Johns Hopkins angle: According to this piece, Jeff Greene, a real estate investor, graduated "in two-plus years from Johns Hopkins."

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (Ontario, Canada)
September 10, 2009
Leeches, maggots are earning respect in medicine
Johns Hopkins angle: This story about the uses of leeches and maggots in health care mentions that medical use of maggots to cleanse wounds formally began at Johns Hopkins and Children's Hospital in Baltimore under Dr. William Baer who, in 1929, introduced the concept at a global conference.

Frederick News-Post
September 10, 2009
Hardworking Heroes — Making the old new again
Johns Hopkins angle: Brittany McNeill works as a defense contractor and is studying for a master's degree in national security from the Krieger School.

The Cherokeean Herald (Texas)
September 10, 2009
Guest string quartet to perform at SFA
Johns Hopkins angle: According to this story, members of the Maia Quartet previously served on the Peabody Conservatory faculty.

St. Petersburg Times
September 10, 2009
Richard Henry: a doctor for everything, and everybody
Johns Hopkins angle: This obituary mentions that Henry graduated from the School of Medicine and started a practice in Brooksville in 1953.

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Inside Higher Ed
September 10, 2009
Washington Whirlwind
Health care is dominating the headlines and consuming most of the oxygen in federal politics these days. But as lawmakers returned to work this week after their August recess, a flurry of news developments Wednesday served as a reminder that higher education issues remain a top priority for the administration and its Democratic allies on Capitol Hill.

Chronicle of Higher Education
September 9, 2009
Harkin to Succeed Kennedy as Chairman of Senate Education Committee
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who is now chairman of the agriculture committee, was second in line for the education chairmanship, after Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) who announced Wednesday that he will remain chairman of the Senate banking committee. Some higher-education lobbyists hope the Senate education committee, under Mr. Harkin's leadership, will direct more of the savings to Pell Grants than the House proposal does.

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog
September 9, 2009
White House Urges States to Make College-Savings Plans More Usable
Administration officials called for changes in Section 529 plans as part of a meeting of the White House Task Force on Middle Class Families held at Syracuse University. The meeting focused on how to make college more accessible and affordable for lower- and middle-class families. Administration officials also today released a new analysis of President Obama's plan to simplify the FAFSA, and a report that examined barriers to higher education.

USA Today
September 10, 2009
Q&A: How to choose a college that's a 'match' and graduate
An interview with the authors of "Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America's Public Universities," published by Princeton University Press.

USA Today
September 10, 2009
Higher graduation rates linked to more demanding academics
Researchers studying how to improve graduation rates at public colleges and universities have come up with a surprising and counter-intuitive finding: Many students may fail to complete a bachelor's degree not because the work is too hard — but because they're not challenged enough.

Providence Business Journal
September 10, 2009
Brown endowment plunged 27% in FY09
he total value of Brown University’s endowment plunged 26.6 percent to $2.04 billion in the fiscal year that ended June 30, President Ruth Simmons announced at a faculty meeting yesterday, the first day of fall classes.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education
September 10, 2009
Colleges Battling Rising Tide of ‘Economic Dropouts’
Delaware State is one of many schools wrestling with the ills of a troubled economy that is forcing thousands of students to reassess their college education plans, prompting some to pare them back and others to drop out. Depending upon the extent of the enrollment decline this fall (numbers should firm up at most schools by mid-September), the falloffs could force some cash-strapped schools to make more cuts in their budgets.

Washington Post
September 10, 2009
Response to Protest Leaves Student Leaders Unsatisfied
Student leaders said Wednesday that concessions made by Howard University in response to a protest last week were "a start" but that they planned to keep pushing for more on-campus housing, better access for students with disabilities and technology upgrades on campus, among other improvements.

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