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U.S. News & World Report
July 14, 2010
Best Hospitals 2010-11: The Honor Roll
Johns Hopkins angle: This column reports that Johns Hopkins stands at No. 1 in this publication's rankings — as it has for the last 20 years.

United Press International
July 15, 2010
Johns Hopkins Hospital ranked U.S. best
Johns Hopkins angle: This United Press International article reports that, for the 20th year in a row, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore is ranked at the top of the U.S. News Media Group's best hospitals rankings.

Post Chronicle
July 15, 2010
Johns Hopkins Hospital Ranked U.S. Best
Johns Hopkins angle: For the 20th year in a row, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore is ranked at the top of the U.S. News Media Group's best hospitals rankings.

OneIndia.com (ANI)
July 15, 2010
Special retinal cells allow blind mice to ”see”
Johns Hopkins angle: This ANI wire story reports on research led by Krieger School biologist Samer Hattar, which revealed that mice deprived of functioning rods and cones (the parts of the retina that have long been thought to allow mammals to see) can still see, using other retinal cells.

Baltimore Sun
July 14, 2010
Ford shows off safety innovations to high school students
Johns Hopkins angle: This feature focuses on an auto safety demonstration conducted at the Homewood campus for high school students in the Whiting School’s Engineering Innovation program. Several students, along with program director Meg Bentley, are quoted.

WBAL-TV (Baltimore)
July 14, 2010
Ford Demonstrates New Auto Safety Innovations
Johns Hopkins angle: This story, which includes video, reports that yesterday, Ford, AAA Mid-Atlantic and JHU teamed up to conduct the demonstrations of the motor company's new auto safety technology for pre-college engineering students on the Homewood campus.

ABC2 News (Baltimore)
July 14, 2010
Students get peek at automobile technology of the future
Johns Hopkins angle: This short story notes that yesterday, students at the Whiting School's Engineering Innovation summer program got a first-hand look at auto technology of the future during a Ford auto safety event hosted by JHU.

WBAL-TV Channel 11 (Baltimore)
July 14, 2010
Hopkins, Aquarium Crews To Research Spill
Johns Hopkins angle: This TV news video about an oil spill-related research collaboration between the National Aquarium and JHU includes comments from Edward Bouwer, chair of the Whiting School’s Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, and features scenes of the Homewood campus and Bouwer’s lab.

ABC 2 News (Baltimore)
July 14, 2010
Aquarium scientist to study oil spill impact
Johns Hopkins angle: This piece (which includes video) reports that scientists from the National Aquarium and JHU are gearing up to study the ecosystem of Sarasota Bay before crude oil from the BP Deepwater blowout reaches southwest Florida waters.

Baltimore Sun
July 14, 2010
Hopkins researchers examine sites glorifying eating disorders
Johns Hopkins angle: This article reports on a recent Bloomberg School of Public Health study that examines the content and messages of 180 websites promoting eating disorders. The lead author of the study, Dina L. G. Borzekowski, an associate professor in the Bloomberg School's Department of Health, Behavior and Society, is quoted.

Inland News Today (Ca.)
July 15, 2010
Multi-tasking mostly distracting?
Johns Hopkins angle: Krieger psychologist Steve Yantis is quoted in this Voice of America news piece about multi-tasking in the age of computers, cell phones and numerous other electronic devices.

WJZ.com
July 14, 2010
Space Camp Opens New Worlds To Science Students
Johns Hopkins angle: This TV news feature reports on a space science camp for kids at JHU’s Applied Physics Laboratory.

Baltimore Sun
July 14, 2010
Construction to begin on E. Baltimore graduate student housing tower
Johns Hopkins angle: This story states that construction is set to begin this week on a $60 million, 20-story housing tower for Johns Hopkins graduate students in the 900 block of N. Wolfe St. It adds that the tower will be several blocks north of JHU's East Baltimore medical campus, within the Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins.

Central Valley Business Times (Ca.)
July 14, 2010
Recession takes toll on nonprofit workers and programs
Johns Hopkins angle: Lester Salamon, report author and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, is quoted in this story reporting that a recent national survey shows the nearly 40 percent of nonprofit organizations currently lack adequate staff to deliver their programs and services.

The PharmaLetter
July 15, 2010
Hopkins faculty lead development of report to FDA on ethical, scientific issues related to 'post-market' clinical trials
Johns Hopkins angle: This article reports that an independent committee at the Institute of Medicine, led by two JHU professors, has developed a conceptual framework to guide the U.S. Food and Drug Administration through the tough decision of ordering controversial "post-market" drug-safety trials. The two professors are Ruth Faden, director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, and Steven Goodman, a professor of oncology in the Division of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and a core member of the Berman Institute faculty as well.

Washington Post
July 15, 2010
Deciding which painkiller is right for you
Johns Hopkins angle: This story includes advice from Ariel Green, an internal medicine resident at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek (HealthDay News)
July 14, 2010
Medical Studies Involving Kids May Be Prone to Bias
Johns Hopkins angle: This HealthDay story reports that a review of nearly 150 recently published studies on children's health found that approximately half were at serious risk for bias and distorted results, according to a study led by Michael Crocetti of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

WashingtonPost.com
July 14, 2010
Why is Virginia 'business friendly'?
Johns Hopkins angle: This blog post refers to Johns Hopkins as one reason why Maryland scores slightly better than Virginia in "technology and innovation" in a CNBC survey of "business friendliness."

Washington Post
July 15, 2010
Washington region ranks as the best-educated in the country
Johns Hopkins angle: This story refers to JHU’s Applied Physics Laboratory as one reason for the high level of education among residents of Howard County.

U.S. News & World Report (HealthDay News)
July 14, 2010
Cystic Fibrosis Flare-Ups May Be Treated Equally Well at Home
Johns Hopkins angle: This HealthDay story reports that a new study led by J. Michael Collaco of the School of Medicine found that care at home or in the hospital is equally effective for cystic fibrosis patients recovering from respiratory flare-ups.

Baltimore Sun Blogs
July 15, 2010
Maryland is still AAA
Johns Hopkins angle: In this blog, Frederick Puddester, senior associate dean for finance and administration at the Krieger School, is quoted.

Richmond Times-Dispatch
July 15, 2010
NIH awards VCU a $20 million grant
Johns Hopkins angle: According to this article, JHU is part of a research consortium of universities slated to receive a $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, with the aim of moving medical discoveries to patient care quicker.

Ivanhoe
July 14, 2010
Nursing Moms: High-Fat Diet Mean High-Fat Babies
Johns Hopkins angle: This Ivanhoe story reports that research led by Bo Sun of the School of Medicine found that when moms eat a diet high in fat while nursing, their babies have a greater risk for obesity and pre-diabetes.

The Pocono Record
July 15, 2010
Camp Invention keeps young Pocono minds sharp during summer
Johns Hopkins angle: This article about a camp that challenges kids to use their creativity mentions the work of Krieger School sociologist Karl Alexander, which found that found that, by ninth grade, about two-thirds of the gap between poor students and their better-off peers could be explained by what happens during the summer of the students' elementary school years.

NPR.org (National Public Radio)
July 14, 2010
Cheney Heart Primer Spurs Awe For Modern Medicine
Johns Hopkins angle: This column mentions that John Sotos, a Johns Hopkins University-trained cardiologist with a penchant for presidential history, suggested years ago that former Vice President Dick Cheney suffered from congestive heart failure.

New Scientist
July 14, 2010
Smoke-detector isotope to power space probes
Johns Hopkins angle: The JHU Applied Physics Lab's Ralph McNutt is mentioned in this piece.

St. Louis Globe-Democrat (UPI)
July 14, 2010
Prostate cancer, less bone loss linked
Johns Hopkins angle: This United Press International piece reports that researchers led by Stacy Loeb at the School of Medicine found that men with high-risk prostate cancer appear to have lower bone mineral content loss.

Middle East Online
July 15, 2010
Obama's Bungled Military Strategies
Johns Hopkins angle: This opinion column was written by Melvin Goodman, an adjunct professor of government at Johns Hopkins.

Baltimore Sun
July 14, 2010
Wrong tax bills sent to nearly 8,000 Baltimore homeowners
Johns Hopkins angle: This article quotes Ben Blumberg, a doctoral student at the Bloomberg School of Public Health who was one of the homeowners affected by the tax bill problem.

The Oregonian (Portland)
July 13, 2010
A sneak peek at the Portland International Piano Festival
Johns Hopkins angle: This advance article about a music festival includes a video clip of pianist Jenny Lin. The caption mentions that Lin studied with Julian Martin at the Peabody Conservatory and has also worked with the Peabody’s Leon Fleisher. It also notes that Lin holds a bachelor's degree in German Literature from JHU.

Gazette.net (Maryland)
July 15, 2010
International pianist returns to Downtown Piano Works
Johns Hopkins angle: This story states that the upcoming Downtown Piano Works event in Frederick will feature international concert pianist Alon Goldstein, who graduated from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Leon Fleisher and served as his assistant.

The Daily Times (Salisbury, Md.)
July 14, 2010
St. Andrew's to host afternoon organ concert
Johns Hopkins angle: This concert preview notes that organists Taylor Harvey and Bruce Horner are both graduates of the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

Southern Maryland Online
July 14, 2010
Piano Fest Returns to SMCM July 17-19
Johns Hopkins angle: This story states that Beverly Babcock, one of the hosts of an upcoming piano festival at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, received a master of music degree in piano performance from Peabody Conservatory.

Investigative Voice
July 15, 2010
THE OUTSIDERS — The next generation of state leaders?
Johns Hopkins angle: According to this story, State Senate candidate Bill Ferguson earned a Master of Arts in Teaching Degree from JHU.

Towson Times
July 14, 2010
Cockeysville Column: Bella, Ibello, as local player helps put lacrosse in global spotlight
Johns Hopkins angle: This neighborhood column notes that at the beginning of June, the JHU women's lacrosse team took part in the first-ever women's lacrosse tournament in San Marino, Italy, and played against teams from Britain and the Czech Republic.

Lafayette Journal and Courier (Ind.)
July 15, 2010
Area football rivals join forces
Johns Hopkins angle: This article states that West Lafayette quarterback Daniel Wodicka is headed to JHU in the fall.

Baltimore Sun
July 14, 2010
William Doyle Cherry dies at age 75
Johns Hopkins angle: This obituary mentions that Cherry earned a degree in 1968 in mathematics from the JHU.

NorthJersey.com
July 15, 2010
Dr. Joseph William Bitsack, 91
Johns Hopkins angle: This obituary notes that Bitsack earned a bachelor’s degree in 1940 from JHU.


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HIGHER EDUCATION NEWS
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Inside Higher Education
July 15, 2010
Creating the Perfect Instructor
Take one part educator and one part entertainer, throw in a dose of feedback and assessment and mix thoroughly. Although it may seem impossible to quantify, academics think they may have discovered the recipe for what students believe to be the perfect university teacher.

Charlottebserver.com (opinion)
July 15, 2010
Constitution is clear: We all pay for UNC
This piece states that all 16 campuses in the UNC system will raise tuition for the coming year, by as much as $750, on top of increases of up to $200 that had already been enacted. At UNC Chapel Hill, that's an 18 percent hike, at a time of almost no inflation. For some, that extra $4,000 or so over four years is bearable; for others it will be a significant burden.

Chronicle of Higher Education
July 14, 2010
College-Going Rates for All Racial Groups Have Jumped Since 1980
Over the last generation, students of all racial and ethnic groups increased their college-going rates by double-digit percentage points, and also increasingly went directly from high school to college, according to a report out today from the U.S. Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics.


USA Today
July 12, 2010
With end of stimulus, tough times ahead for public colleges
Most state governments depend on federal stimulus money to keep public colleges and universities afloat, a new report says. But these funds may be drying up as the new fiscal year begins.

Chronicle of Higher Education
July 13, 2010
Architects and Administrators Discuss Resistance to Sustainability on Campus
The author of this piece talks about a discussion he led at the Society for College and University Planning, in which the conversation focused on the economic constraints on some sustainability efforts, the advantages that tight money might bring in helping to make the argument for sustainability, and the role that education can play—education of both students and administrators—in sustainability efforts.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education
July 15, 2010
Maryland HBCU Developing Solar Energy Project
There’s no question that higher education institutions during this recession have implemented cost-cutting measures to reduce their operating expenses. Among those schools have been institutions, such as Coppin State University, that are seeking innovative green technologies to make permanent campus changes that save on energy costs.

Inside Higher Education
July 15, 2010
American U. Expands Test-Optional Admissions
The university wants students to apply early, but they need to not be early decision (binding) applicants. Anyone who applies by Nov. 1 can skip the standardized test scores.

New York Times
July 6, 2010
American Dream Is Elusive for New Generation
For young adults, the prospects in the workplace, even for the college-educated, have rarely been so bleak. Apart from the 14 percent who are unemployed and seeking work, as Scott Nicholson is, 23 percent are not even seeking a job, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The total, 37 percent, is the highest in more than three decades and a rate reminiscent of the 1930s.

Inside Higher Education
July 15, 2010
Blackboard's Bid to Galvanize E-Texts
In a series of moves that could give a boost to an e-textbook industry that has been treading water for years, Blackboard announced Wednesday that it is partnering with a major publisher and two major e-textbook vendors to make it easy for professors and students to assign and access e-textbooks and other digital materials directly through its popular learning-management system.

Johns Hopkins University