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Baltimore Sun
June 10, 2010
Hopkins physics lab gets new director
Johns Hopkins angle: This article states that the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab has chosen a 23-year APL veteran to become the institution's eighth director. It adds that Ralph D. Semmel, 53, of Columbia, is currently director of APL's Applied Information Sciences Department.

Baltimore Sun
June 10, 2010
Hopkins receives $20 million for pancreas cancer research
Johns Hopkins angle: This news brief reports that the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center has received a $20 million donation for pancreas cancer research and patient care, the largest donation for such research in its history. The award came from Albert P. "Skip" Viragh Jr., founder of Rockville-based Rydex Investment.

Wall Street Journal
June 11, 2010
Iran and the 'Freedom Recession'
Johns Hopkins angle: Op-ed written by SAIS's Fouad Ajami.

TIME
June 10, 2010
The Battle for Global Health
Johns Hopkins angle: This article about strides being made in the global war against malaria through funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation notes that researchers at the School of Public Health received a $100,000 Gates Challenge Grant last month to continue work on a lab-engineered virus that would infect the larvae of mosquitoes carrying the disease.

Baltimore Jewish Times
June 11, 2010
Star Struck: JHU’s Acclaimed Charles Bennett
Johns Hopkins angle: A feature story about astrophysicist Charles Bennett of the Krieger School, who won the prestigious $1 million Shaw prize for his research on the breadth, scope and dimensions of the universe. (Article requires free registration.)

Washington Post
June 11, 2010
Some educators question if whiteboards, other high-tech tools raise achievement
Johns Hopkins angle: Story quotes the School of Education's Steve Ross.

Mother Jones
June 10, 2010
Gulf Disaster: Already More Than 100 Million Gallons?
Johns Hopkins angle: This article mentions that the highest estimate (of how much oil has actually been released in the BP oil spill) is drawn from the work of team of experts led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and researchers from Johns Hopkins University, including the Whiting School of Engineering's Louis Whitcomb. The team used acoustic technologies to measure flow rates.

Sacramento Bee (McClatchy)
June 10, 2010
Official federal announcement of new flow estimates for the BP oil leak
Johns Hopkins angle: This article mentions that the highest estimate (of how much oil has actually been released in the BP oil spill) is drawn from the work of team of experts led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and researchers from Johns Hopkins University, including the Whiting School of Engineering's Louis Whitcomb. The team used acoustic technologies to measure flow rates.


United Press International
June 11, 2010
Study: Prostate cancer drug slows growth
Johns Hopkins angle: Michael Carducci, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, is quoted in this story which reports that a multi-center drug trial has shown that the blood vessel-blocking drug tasquinimod is effective in slowing the progression of prostate cancer. Carducci will lead the next phase of the international study of the drug.

MedIndia.com (ANI)
June 11, 2010
In Certain Patients, Botox Eases Nerve Pain
Johns Hopkins angle: Led by Paul J. Christo of the School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins researchers have found that patients with a painful and debilitating nerve compression disorder called thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) reported a significant reduction in short-term pain after receiving a single, low-dose injection of Botox in a muscle located in the neck, according to this ANI article.

MedIndia.com (ANI)
June 11, 2010
Recovery from Spinal Cord Injury Could be Improved by Enzyme Treatment
Johns Hopkins angle: Led by Ronald Schnaar of the School of Medicine, scientists at JHU have found that spinal cord treatment with an enzyme, sialidase, can improve nerve regrowth, motor recovery and nervous system function.

The New York Times
June 10, 2010
‘Wrong’
Johns Hopkins angle: This except from the book “Wrong: Why Experts Keep Failing Us — And How to Know When Not to Trust Them” by David H. Freedman focuses on researcher John Ioannidis and states that Ioannidis held joint appointments at the National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins in the mid-1990s.

Metro (UK)
June 10, 2010
Crocodile and hippo meat 'helped early humans develop'
Johns Hopkins angle: This story reports that Krieger School geologist Naomi Levin was part of a team that has concluded that early prehumans in Kenya ate fish and aquatic animals such as crocodiles and hippos as part of their diet, which may explain why these early human ancestors' brains doubled in size 2 million years ago.

Kansas City Infozine
June 10, 2010
Fishy Foods a Factor in Increasing Brain Size of Human Ancestors
Johns Hopkins angle: This story reports that Krieger School geologist Naomi Levin was part of a team that has concluded that early prehumans in Kenya ate fish and aquatic animals such as crocodiles and hippos as part of their diet, which may explain why these early human ancestors' brains doubled in size 2 million years ago.

National Journal
June 10, 2010
Afghanistan: Backwater To Trade Hub?
Johns Hopkins angle: This article mentioned that Frederick Starr of the School of Advanced International Studies spoke Wednesday evening at SAIS. The story notes that Starr is co-author of "The Key to Success in Afghanistan: A Modern Silk Road Strategy," which CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus wants to explore in an effort to turn Afghanistan from an "economic backwater into a hub for trans-Eurasian trade."

Tonic
June 11, 2010
Women's Saris Prevent Cholera Spread
Johns Hopkins angle: This article reports that researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the University fo Maryland found that by filtering water in a cotton sari that has been folded at least eight times, the material will remove plankton, as well as the bacteria that grows on it. Rita Colwell of the School of Public Health is quoted.

Women's Radio
June 11, 2010
Global Maternal Health Gets 2nd Big Checkup
Johns Hopkins angle: Pamela Lynam, Kenya country director for Jhpiego, an international health organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, is quoted in this article.

Delaware Online
June 11, 2010
Delaware health: Eliminating hospital infections
Johns Hopkins angle: Quoted is Peter Pronovost, medical director at the Center for Innovations in Quality Patient Care at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

United Press International
June 10, 2010
New entry effective in deep brain surgery
Johns Hopkins angle: This United Press International story reports that surgeons at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine report safely entering into the brains of a dozen patients by making a small incision through the natural creases of an eyelid. Quoted is Kofi Boahene of the School of Medicine.

Pakistan Observer
June 11, 2010
Tell it like it is
Johns Hopkins angle: This opinion piece was written by Anit Mukherjee, who is a research scholar at the School of Advanced International Studies.

Baltimore Business Journal
June 11, 2010
Need for cash, health reform could fuel Md. hospital mergers
Johns Hopkins angle: Story refers to the planned merger of Washington's Sibley Memorial Hospital into the Johns Hopkins Health System and to the recent merger with Suburban Hospital. Johns Hopkins Medicine Senior Vice President Steven J. Thompson is quoted.

Baltimore Business Journal
June 11, 2010
Md.'s boring bonds gain pizzazz as investors flock to debt issues
Johns Hopkins angle: Story mentions the sale of $150 million in bonds by the Johns Hopkins Health System and quotes Stuart Erdman, senior director of finance.

India Journal (Southern California)
June 10, 2010
Hindu Students Council Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Johns Hopkins angle: This story about The Hindu Students Council Annual Youth Camp mentioned that Shivi Chandra, a student at Johns Hopkins University, delivered an inspiring talk on “The Responsibilities of Hindu American Youth Leaders.”

Armenian Reporter
June 9, 2010
AUA hosts conference "Tobacco or Health"
Johns Hopkins angle: Frances Stillman, Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Global Tobacco Control, was part of a conference on the health effects of tobacco held in Armenia in late May.

Maryland Gazette
June 11, 2010
Talking with Steve Monroe: Suited for success
Johns Hopkins angle: This feature story about R. Neal Black, CEO of Jos. A. Banks Clothiers lists the Johns Hopkins Children's Center as one of his organizations.

Baltimore Sun
June 11, 2010
Clothes-minded as new job looms
Johns Hopkins angle: In this Howard County-based humor blog, writer Janet Gilbert mentions that she recently landed a marketing department job with a JHU division.

Baltimore Sun
June 10, 2010
Man shot by officer had hands in air, sources say
Johns Hopkins angle: This article refers to a 2009 incident in which a JHU student killed an intruder with a samurai sword.

Highlands Ranch Herald (Colorado)
June 10, 2010
School Notes
Johns Hopkins angle: This column reports that Adam Rosenblatt of Littleton has been elected to the Phi Beta Kappa academic honorary society at The Johns Hopkins University.

Los Angeles Times
June 11, 2010
Benjamin Lees dies at 86; Grammy-nominated classical composer
Johns Hopkins angle: This obituary mentions that Lees taught composition at the Peabody Institute.

Washington Post
June 11, 2010
Marilyn Davis Hospital employee
Johns Hopkins angle: Obituary for Marilyn Davis, 62, who was developing an electronic medical records system at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Baltimore Sun
June 10, 2010
Rev. E. Gerard Huesman dies
Johns Hopkins angle: This obituary states that Huesman was a retired Roman Catholic pastor and former Johns Hopkins Hospital chaplain.

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The New York Times
June 9, 2010
Student Accused of Lying to Harvard Was Admitted to Stanford, Too
Adam Wheeler, the Delaware man charged with lying about his credentials to get into Harvard and to secure nearly $50,000 in financial aid and prizes, was later admitted to Stanford as a transfer student, Massachusetts prosecutors said in court documents released Wednesday.

Chronicle of Higher Education
June 11, 2010
Rutgers U. Cancels Raises and Freezes Pay, Citing 'Extreme Fiscal Crisis'
Rutgers University announced on Thursday that it will cancel scheduled pay raises and freeze salaries across the board to deal with an "extreme fiscal crisis" brought on by state budget cuts, according to news reports.

Baltimore Sun
June 9, 2010
Job outlook brightens slightly for new grads; teachers, nurses struggle to start careers
To get a sense of the job market new college graduates face, consider the latest crop of nurses from Santa Rosa Junior College. Just eight of the 55 students are leaving with job offers — and that's considered good news.

Inside Higher Education
June 11, 2010
Who Is Crying Wolf?
Some prominent liberal academics are soliciting short essays from faculty members and graduate students to document a pattern in American history of major social advances being opposed by conservatives who "cry wolf" about the impact of proposed reforms.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education
June 9, 2010
Report: Low-Income Students Reaching College; Too Few Earn Degrees
An increasing number of low-income students are graduating from high school and enrolling in college, but their success in attaining postsecondary degrees has remained flat over the past decade, says a new report by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) released this week.

Chronicle of Higher Education
June 10, 2010
NIH Director Says New Rules on Conflicts May Need to Be Toughened Further
The director of the National Institutes of Health, Francis S. Collins, is considering making some quick revisions to his long-awaited plan for toughening NIH conflict-of-interest regulations, following a Chronicle article highlighting his agency's handling of one of the most prominent examples of a researcher who failed to fully disclose payments from industry.

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