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Baltimore Sun
July 15, 2010
Hopkins-affiliated worker was victim of Ugandan blasts
Johns Hopkins angle: This article reports that Stephen Okiria, 43, who worked as a finance manager for the Center for Communications Programs (a unit of Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health that pushed health marketing initiatives in Uganda under the AFFORD program), was killed in a bombing in Uganda.

WJZ.com
July 16, 2010
Man With Md. Ties Killed In Bombing In Uganda
Johns Hopkins angle:
This article reports that Stephen Okiria, 43, who worked as a finance manager for the Center for Communications Programs (a unit of Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health that pushed health marketing initiatives in Uganda under the AFFORD program), was killed in a bombing in Uganda.

Arizona Daily Star
July 16, 2010
Designer insect 'a big step' vs. disease fatal to millions
Johns Hopkins angle: Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute at the Bloomberg School of Public Health is quoted.

Palm Beach Post
July 16, 2010
Dengue vaccine push grows as fever hits closer to home
Johns Hopkins angle: Quoted in this story is Anna Durbin, a professor at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, who is working on the National Institute of Health's dengue vaccine project.

Baltimore Business Journal
July 15, 2010
Johns Hopkins Hospital again best in U.S.
Johns Hopkins angle: This piece reports that for the 20th year in a row, Johns Hopkins Hospital has taken the top spot in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of American hospitals.

The Daily Record
July 15, 2010
U.S. News names Hopkins tops for 20th year in a row
Johns Hopkins angle: U.S. News and World Report has once again ranked Johns Hopkins Hospital tops in several specialties, marking the 20th year in a row that the Baltimore hospital has won top honors.

Washington Examiner
July 16, 2010
Hopkins tops hospital list again
Johns Hopkins angle: This story reports that, for the 20th year in a row, Johns Hopkins Hospital has topped US News & World Report's list of best hospitals.

WBAL TV (Baltimore)
July 15, 2010
Hopkins Again Tops List Of Best Hospitals
Johns Hopkins angle: This story reports that, for the 20th year in a row, Johns Hopkins Hospital has topped US News & World Report's list of best hospitals.

Economic Times (India)
July 16, 2010
NASA's Messenger probe reveals new information about Mercury
Johns Hopkins angle: Ron Vervack of APL is quoted in this ANI story, which also was featured on websites for various publications.

NBC Bay Area (Ca.)
July 15, 2010
Movie Trailer Features Zuckerberg as "Creep"
Johns Hopkins angle: The Social Network, a film about the early days of Facebook, has released a movie trailer. In it, potential viewers get their first taste of watching Jesse Eisenberg playing Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg on the campus of Harvard, played by the ohns Hopkins University Homewood campus.

Gizmodo Australia
July 16, 2010
Human Trials Next For Darpa’s Mind-Controlled Artificial Arm
Johns Hopkins angle: According to this piece, a team of scientists at the Applied Physics Lab, who’ve been behind much of Darpa’s prosthetic progress thus far, have received a $US34.5 million contract from the agency to manage the next stages of a project to develop a "thought controlled" prosthetic arm.

The Citizen (Tanzania)
July 16, 2010
Iran, Israel take their tussle to Africa
Johns Hopkins angle: Quoted is this piece is Sanam Vakil of the School of Advanced International Studies.

Washington Business Journal
July 16, 2010
Johns Hopkins medical group makes bold inroads into Washington market
Johns Hopkins angle: Earlier this month, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, the 230-member doctor group for the Baltimore-based health system, unveiled plans to open two primary care offices in Bethesda in the fall, around the same time the system expects to complete an affiliation deal with Sibley Memorial Hospital in D.C. All this comes on the heels of last year’s affiliation with Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. Gene Greene, chief medical officer for Community Physicians, is quoted.

Baltimore Sun
July 16, 2010
Primary care docs need help now
Johns Hopkins angle: This opinion piece mentions that Johns Hopkins is losing primary care providers.

Baltimore Sun
July 16, 2010
Atholton junior's intelligence, commitment make her a 'woman of tomorrow'
Johns Hopkins angle: This piece mentions that Asmi Panigrahi, a rising junior at Atholton High School, is spending her summer days in a Johns Hopkins University lab, assisting in research.

Baltimore Sun
July 16, 2010
Education briefs
Johns Hopkins angle: Beginning this fall and continuing through 2014, three Anne Arundel Community College nursing students will receive a $3,000 scholarship through a program set up by Johns Hopkins HealthCare, this article reports.

Belmond Independent (Iowa)
July 15, 2010
Piano Concert at Art Center
Johns Hopkins angle: This preview of an upcoming benefit concert by Baltimore composer and pianist Robert Hitz states that Hitz was classically-trained at the Peabody Conservatory and Syracuse University.

Contactlenses.co.uk
July 16, 2010
Contact lenses research & development news
Johns Hopkins angle: This article reports on research by Krieger School biologist Samer Hattar, who led a study that revealed that laboratory mice who had no functioning rods and cones (the mechanisms in mammalian retinas that are thought to allow eyesight to happen) could still "see" with the help of other light sensitive retinal cells.

Business Gazette (MD)
July 16, 2010
Names & Faces
Johns Hopkins angle: Margaret Conn Himelfarb is a member of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Institutional Review Board and Health Advisory Board, and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Institutional Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee.

Baltimore Sun
July 15, 2010
John L. Kellermann III dies at age 56
Johns Hopkins angle: John L. Kellerman III had been on the advisory board of the Johns Hopkins Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center since 2004, this obituary states.

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Chronicle of Higher Education
July 16, 2010
Senate Passes Legislation That Includes Oversight of Private Loans, Debit-Card Fees
In a victory for students and college bookstores, the U.S. Senate gave final approval Thursday to a sweeping financial reform bill that will lower the fees colleges pay when students use debit and credit cards and increase oversight of private student loans. President Obama is expected to sign the compromise legislation soon.

Los Angeles Times
July 16, 2010
UC freshmen to include record number of out-of-state and international students
A record number of out-of-state and international students are planning to enroll as University of California freshmen in the fall, the result of a controversial effort by the revenue-hungry university to garner the much higher tuition that nonresident students must pay.

Chronicle of Higher Education
July 15, 2010
More Money for NIH and Pell Grants Is Approved in 2011 Spending Bill
An appropriations panel in the U.S. House of Representatives approved a spending bill Thursday evening that would provide a $1-billion increase for the National Institutes of Health and raise spending on Pell Grants by $5.7-billion in the 2011 fiscal year. The additional Pell money would meet growing demand for the grants while preserving the maximum award of $5,550.

U.S. News & World Report
July 14, 2010
As Law School Tuitions Climb, So Does Demand
Demand for a legal education remains high, despite odds stacking against it. Tuition has risen for the 2010-2011 school year at law schools across the country, even as industry jobs disappear by the month. The most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows 3,900 jobs were cut from the legal sector in June alone, capping off a year of 22,200 job losses.

Inside Higher Education
July 16, 2010
The Role of the Regions
If the United States is to have even an outside chance of reaching the goal that President Obama has set for college completion -- and heck, many people are still talking as though that's feasible, despite what seem like impossibly long odds -- it will take enormous work, and it's not entirely clear who will lead.

New York Times (the Choice blog)
July 15, 2010
In California, a University Tries to Enroll Students that Reflect a Diverse State
Which college in the United States gets the most applicants? It’s not Harvard or Yale—it’s the University of California, Los Angeles. The urban campus—the most selective in the 10-campus system—received 57,578 freshman applications for fall 2010, though less than a quarter of those got in. Systemwide, a record 100,000 students applied as freshmen this year, according to a new admissions report presented by the university this week.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education
July 16, 2010
Fellowship Program Opens Doors for Minority Researchers
According to a 2006 National Science Foundation study, African-Americans, Hispanics and American Indians make up only 2.65 percent, 3.53 percent, and 0.59 percent, respectively, of life sciences academics at four-year institutions. Precise numbers are not available, but advocates agree minorities are also underrepresented as industry researchers who work outside of academia. Students from these underrepresented communities sometimes leave graduate school or post-doctoral programs because they feel socially isolated or unable to find mentors.

Chronicle of Higher Education
July 15, 2010
Accountability Is Key for Student-Aid Officers, New Leader Says
Justin Draeger recently took over as president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, which holds its annual meeting in Denver next week. He talked with The Chronicle about the challenges financial-aid directors are facing and what's next for the association.

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