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Baltimore Sun
December 30, 2010
Chemistry Laureate Peter Agre and other luminaries sing a tune for Hopkins
Johns Hopkins angle: An item in this people column calls attention to the release of the second annual Johns Hopkins "thank you" video.

North Baltimore Patch
December 29, 2010
Teachers Get Rebooted Computers
Johns Hopkins angle: This article reports on the efforts of Bootup Baltimore, a student group run through Johns Hopkins' Center for Social Concern. Bill Tiefenwerth, the center’s director, is mentioned. Students involved in the group donated refurbished computers to five North Baltimore schools.

New York Times
December 30, 2010
Perfecting Animation, via Science
Johns Hopkins angle: This feature mentions that Johns Hopkins Hospital uses Eitan Grinspun’s computer simulations to predict how needles move through human flesh, so that doctors can train to do laparoscopic surgery on virtual bodies instead of the real thing.

United Press International
December 29, 2010
DNA Involvement In Heart Rhythms Found
Johns Hopkins angle: This United Press International story reports that an international team, including researchers at Johns Hopkins, has identified DNA sequence variations associated with abnormal heart rhythms that can cause heart damage and sudden death. Team member Dan Arking of the School of Medicine is quoted.

Baltimore Sun
December 30, 2010
Growing supplements industry promises a dose of beauty
Johns Hopkins angle: This story on beauty supplements includes comments from Gerard E. Mullin, an associate professor in the School of Medicine.

Modern Medicine (HealthDay)
December 29, 2010
Social Engagement Targets May Help in Autism Intervention
Johns Hopkins angle: HealthDay reports that in toddlers with autism spectrum disorders, the addition of social engagement targets to interventions may improve social and communication skills, according to a study led by Rebecca J. Landa of the School of Medicine.

December 29, 2010
Endo Pharmaceuticals' Gel for Low Testosterone Wins FDA Marketing Approval
Johns Hopkins angle: Adrian Dobs, a professor at the School of Medicine and a principal investigator of the drug’s late-stage trial, is quoted in this Bloomberg wire service story.

Ottawa Daily Observer
December 30, 2010
In the NEWS
Johns Hopkins angle: A news brief reports that a team led by Victor Velculescu of the School of Medicine conducted a genetic study of the most common type of brain cancer in children and found that the cells have many fewer mutations than in similar tumors in adults -- meaning it may someday be easier to treat them.

Newstrack India (ANI)
December 30, 2010
Protein involved in cystic fibrosis linked to chronic lung diseases
Johns Hopkins angle: This ANI piece reports that a research team at Johns Hopkins Children's Center has found that a protein involved in cystic fibrosis also regulates inflammation and cell death in emphysema and may be responsible for other chronic lung diseases.

Baltimore Sun
December 30, 2010
School choice is bad for us
Johns Hopkins angle: This opinion piece refers to a 1965 study by Johns Hopkins sociologist James Coleman on educational achievement by students in segregated and integrated schools.

Seattle Times
December 29, 2010
Actors help med students become better doctors
Johns Hopkins angle: This Pittsburgh Post-Gazette piece about the use of actors to help physicians become more attuned to patients' needs mentions that the Johns Hopkins University website notes that "Simulation Center" participants earn at least $17 an hour.

December 30, 2010
HEALTH: Sickle cell disease still feared and deadly
Johns Hopkins angle: This article about sickle cell disease notes that, in 1923, doctors at the Maryland-based Johns Hopkins University concluded that sickle cell disease is an "autosomal recessive characteristic,” meaning that two copies of the gene must be present for it to be expressed.

The Huffington Post
December 29, 2010
Finding the 'Right' Doctor for Your Allergic Child
Johns Hopkins angle: This column about allergies and children mentions a 2007 School of Medicine study that found that children who have multiple allergies and asthma are unlikely to outgrow those allergies by elementary school age.

American Council on Science and Health
December 29, 2010
Dubious study of parental role in children’s eating habits
Johns Hopkins angle: This commentary criticizes a Bloomberg School of Public Health study that concluded that parents have a limited influence on their children's eating habits.

Lake County Record Bee (California)
December 28, 2010
Sage words from future doctor
Johns Hopkins angle: According to this story, Lower Lake High School 2002 valedictorian Sarah Spriet attended The Johns Hopkins University before going on to medical school.

Baltimore Sun
December 30, 2010
Agathe von Trapp of Trapp Family Singers dies
Johns Hopkins angle: This obituary for Agathe von Trapp mentions a 1949 concert by the Trapp Family Singers at the Peabody Institute.

Brisbane Times (Australia)
December 29, 2010
Philosopher embraced internet
Johns Hopkins angle: this obituary states that Denis Dutton sold the twice-yearly journal, Philosophy and Literature, to the Johns Hopkins University Press in 1983.


The Washington Post
December 30, 2010
Md. to weigh own 'DREAM' tuition act
Maryland would offer in-state college tuition benefits to undocumented immigrants who have attended state high schools and whose parents are taxpayers if a measure being proposed by state Democrats becomes law.

Atlanta Journal Constitution
December 28, 2010
Emory program makes college more affordable during recession
The program -- Emory Advantage -- provides grants to students whose families earn less than $50,000 a year so they graduate debt free. Students whose families earn between $50,000 and $100,000 a year won't graduate with more than $15,000 in debt. Tuition is $38,600 a year.
December 30, 2010
Grants and fellowships created to train math, science teachers: Higher education
As officials at Ohio's public and private colleges begin gathering information that will help gauge the quality of teacher education programs and how graduates are faring in the classroom, several initiatives to change the model of teacher training are already under way. In October, Ohio State University received a $12.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a five-year program to encourage students to specialize in math, science and foreign languages and to work with the Columbus school district in a residency program that will place student teachers with high-quality mentors.

New York Times (The Choice blog)
December 30, 2010
A Major in Engineering, With a Minor in ‘Keeping an Open Mind’
"Whenever people ask me what kind of major I am looking into, I smile and respond ‘engineering, biomedical engineering’ like I am sure that it is a path set in stone. I have already been accepted to local colleges with great engineering programs: Colorado School of Mines and University of Colorado Boulder."

Atlanta Journal Constitution
December 27, 2010
Grads create business models for social change
The IDEX Fellowship in Social Enterprise, as the program is formally known, would allow recent college graduates to take two essential parts of their education – learning and understanding theory – and put them into practice.

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