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U.S. News and World Report
August 17, 2010
College Costs Are Dollars Well Spent
Johns Hopkins angle: This opinion piece, which will appear in the September print edition, was written by Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels.

New York Times
August 16, 2010
This Week’s Health Industry News
Johns Hopkins angle: This “Business of Health Care” blog refers to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s global health initiative speech at JHU’s School of Advanced International Studies. It links to a Web video of the speech on the SAIS site.

CNSNews.com (Cybercast News Service)
August 17, 2010
Obama Administration Spending $63 Billion on ‘Woman-Centered’ Global Health Care Program
Johns Hopkins angle: This article states that in a speech presented at JHU’s School of Advanced International Studies, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the Obama administration is focused not just on health-care reform in the United States, but also on improving health care systems around the world.

VOANews.com (Voice of America)
August 17, 2010
Where Did All the Oil Go?
Johns Hopkins angle: This online news video features Ed Bouwer, chair of the Whiting School’s Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, commenting on what happened to some of the oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico.

Baltimore Sun
August 17, 2010
U.S. News rankings remain steady for Maryland universities
Johns Hopkins angle: This roundup on the annual school rankings mentions that JHU finished No. 13 on the list of national universities, up one spot from 2009, and states that the university also placed sixth in the new rankings by high school counselors.

WashingtonPost.com
August 17, 2010
Local colleges gain ground in U.S. News rankings
Johns Hopkins angle: This blog post mentions that Johns Hopkins is 13th on this year's U.S. News & World Report "Best Colleges" list of national universities, up from 14th last year.

MSNBC.com
August 17, 2010
Backlash building against college rankings
Johns Hopkins angle: This article quotes Judy Schaffer of Teaneck, N.J., whose son attends Johns Hopkins.

BBC.CO.UK
August 12, 2010
Audio slideshow: A midwife in Afghanistan
Johns Hopkins angle: The subject of this feature, a 24-year-old midwife in rural Afghanistan, was trained at a school supported by Jhpiego, the Johns Hopkins-affiliated NGO focused on maternal and child health in the developing world.

Wall Street Journal
August 17, 2010
Study: Surgery May Reduce Diabetics' Need for Drugs
Johns Hopkins angle: This report focuses on Johns Hopkins research indicating that a majority of people with diabetes who had bariatric surgery to lose weight were able to stop taking diabetes medications.

NPR.org (National Public Radio)
August 17, 2010
Obesity Surgery Helps Diabetic Patients Kick Medicines
Johns Hopkins angle: This health blog reports that Johns Hopkins studied more than 2,200 people with Type 2 diabetes who underwent stomach-reducing surgery and found that the vast majority were able to drop drugs they had been taking to treat the condition beforehand.

EmaxHealth
August 17, 2010
Weight Loss Surgery Can Reverse Both Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes
Johns Hopkins angle: This article states that in a recent study from Johns Hopkins, nearly 75 percent of patients eliminated their diabetes medications within six months of bariatric surgery. The research was led by Martin Makary, an associate professor of surgery at the School of Medicine.

Los Angeles Times
August 16, 2010
Fewer diabetes drugs, reduced healthcare costs ... the benefits of weight-loss surgery are stacking up
Johns Hopkins angle: This health column reports that Johns Hopkins researchers found that, six months after bariatric surgery, almost 75% of those patients were able to give up their diabetes medications.

Bloomberg.com
August 17, 2010
Weight-Loss Surgery May Trim Drug, Medical Cost for Diabetics, Study Finds
Johns Hopkins angle: This Bloomberg wire story reports that diabetics who undergo weight-loss surgery need fewer medications to control the condition and have lower health-care costs after the procedure, a School of Medicine study found. Lead researcher Martin Makary is quoted.

Reuters.com
August 17, 2010
Weight loss surgery helps obese diabetes patients: study
Johns Hopkins angle: According to this Reuters wire story, a School of Medicine study found that three-fourths of obese diabetics who had weight-loss surgery were able to quit taking diabetes drugs within six months of their operation. Lead researcher Martin Makary is quoted.

Modern Medicine
August 16, 2010
Bariatric Surgery for Diabetes Patients Cuts Medication, Costs
Johns Hopkins angle: This HealthDay feature reports that in type 2 diabetes patients, bariatric surgery is associated with dramatic reductions in the use of diabetes medications and in annual health care costs in the years after surgery, School of Medicine researchers found.

Baltimore Business Journal
August 13, 2010
You’ve (still) got mail
Johns Hopkins angle: This story on businesspeople who do and do not remain closely connected to their e-mail paraphrases Rick Milter, a management professor at the Carey Business School.

Solar Novus Today
August 17, 2010
A Step Toward Practical Solar Water Splitting
Johns Hopkins angle: According to this article, researchers at Johns Hopkins and Brown University have demonstrated a proof-of-principle for tunnel barrier photoelectrodes that could help make solar water splitting more practical. Peter Searson, a Whiting School professor of materials science and engineering, is quoted.

Los Angeles Times
August 16, 2010
Surgery in dire conditions can be safe
Johns Hopkins angle: This health blog reports on a new study from Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and Medecins Sans Frontieres, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Scientific American Online
August 16, 2010
Expertise and supplies shown to make many surgeries very safe in the developing world
Johns Hopkins angle: This blog post concerns new research led by Kathryn Chu, of Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and Médecins Sans Frontières.

Baltimore Business Journal
August 13, 2010
More than 500 Baltimore-area higher education jobs open
Johns Hopkins angle: This “Back to Work” blog includes information from Arthur McCombs, JHU’s senior director for human resources at the Homewood campus..

The State (Columbia, S.C.)
August 17, 2010
‘Mind tricks’ power telekinetic games
Johns Hopkins angle: This feature mentions that just last month, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the research arm of the Defense Department, awarded up to $34.5 million to JHU to begin testing mind-controlled prosthetics on quadriplegic patients. Michael McLoughlin, the program manager at JHU’s Applied Physics Laboratory, is quoted.

Washington Times
August 16, 2010
Poll: Women today treated with less chivalry
Johns Hopkins angle: This feature quotes P.M. Forni, a Krieger School professor and founder and director of the Civility Initiative at Johns Hopkins University.

Baltimore City Paper
August 16, 2010
Part-Time Pincushions
Johns Hopkins angle: This feature focuses on Johns Hopkins students who agree to be subjects in research studies, often for the monetary compensation.

Huffington Post
August 16, 2010
Excuse Me, But Your Opinions are Putting Everyone at Risk
Johns Hopkins angle: This blog post is by Toy McGee, who is a graduate student of Orin Levine, executive director of the International Vaccine Access Center at Johns Hopkins University.

Baltimore Business Journal
August 16, 2010
Legg Mason exec Kiehne remembered for stock picks, volunteer work
Johns Hopkins angle: This obituary for Ernest C. Kiehne, co-founder of Legg Mason Inc.’s Value Trust mutual fund, mentions that he graduated first in his class from Johns Hopkins.

Baltimore Sun
August 16, 2010
Joseph J. "Jay" Jaso Jr. dies at age 52
Johns Hopkins angle: This obituary notes that in 1986, Jaso earned a master's degree in business administration from the Johns Hopkins University.


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The Washington Post
August 17, 2010
U-Md. names new president: Iowa provost Loh
Wallace D. Loh, provost at the University of Iowa, has been appointed president of the University of Maryland, university officials said Monday night. Loh will take the lead of Maryland's flagship public university Nov. 1, replacing C.D. (Dan) Mote, who is retiring after 12 years, according to an e-mail sent to members of the university community.

Baltimore Business Journal
August 16, 2010
Loyola University Maryland to debut full-time MBA program
Starting next month, Loyola University Maryland will offer its first full-time advanced degree in business administration.

Inside Higher Education
August 17, 2010
Tweaking the Methodology
U.S. News & World Report will release its annual college rankings today – and there are no real surprises at the top, where the same colleges and universities that have occupied the upper spots will go right on doing so. But the magazine has tweaked its methodology – slightly lessening the emphasis on and broadening the inputs for the much-criticized “reputational” calculation.

Wall Street Journal
August 17, 2010
For-Profit Schools Fret Over Repayment Test
The Department of Education is taking a closer look at colleges and loan repayment rates, and recently released data that suggest students are paying back loans at surprisingly low rates. As a result, for-profit schools could see federal aid—and their profits—decline if their loan repayment rates fall below a threshold proposed by the DOE.

Inside Higher Education
August 17, 2010
Roping in the Tenured
Though adjuncts certainly haven’t been spared by the economic storm – plenty have lost jobs or had their salaries reduced – tenured faculty, typically insulated from their institutions’ financial hardships, have suffered too. So when the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor, an informal group of activists for non-tenure track faculty interests from across North America, met here this weekend, it wasn’t that life for the typical adjunct had gotten any better, it was just that the lives of tenured faculty had gotten worse.

Inside Higher Education
August 17, 2010
The Satisfaction Gap
Sociologists love their surveys, and they apply them to their discipline as well, even when the results might be a little unsettling. Consider the statistic that set off some soul-searching here at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association: of those who graduated with a major in sociology in 2005, 70 percent were satisfied with their major when they were seniors. By 2009, asked whether they were satisfied with their major after having been in the world of work or graduate school for a few years, only 40 percent were satisfied.

The Washington Post (Campus Overload blog)
August 17, 2010
Overdoing the dorm move-in
This is the week when thousands of college students move into the dorms. Most of them show up with a moderate car full (or two) of stuff. But then there are the epic mover-inners – college students who bring stuff that surprises residence hall directors and staffers who think they have already seen it all.

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