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February 11, 2011
All eyes on Egypt's military as crowds swell in Cairo
Johns Hopkins angle: SAIS’s Fouad Ajami is quoted. (ANI)
February 11, 2011
How the brain compresses visual info
Johns Hopkins angle: This ANI story reports on a study, led by Ed Connor of the Mind/Brain Institute, which provides new information about how the brain compresses visual information.

Baltimore Sun
February 11, 2011
More families are competing more for billions in private scholarships
Johns Hopkins angle: Quoted in this feature is Laura Donnelly, director of financial aid for Johns Hopkins University's School of Education.

February 11, 2011
Man Builds Igloo With Fireplace In Yard
Johns Hopkins angle: This story, which includes numerous photos and a video, reports that Richard Middlestadt, a senior instrument designer for the Whiting School’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, constructed a large igloo in his yard after a recent snowstorm. The igloo is large enough to hold three people and includes lighting and a working fireplace.

New York Times
February 10, 2011
Italy Is Split Over Holiday Celebrating 150 Years
Johns Hopkins angle: The Associated Press wire story states, “This week, at the Bologna center of Johns Hopkins University, leading history professor Adrian Lyttelton lectured on ‘How Italy became a nation-state: miracle or disaster?’”

Baltimore Sun
February 10, 2011
Those who lose hearing more likely to develop dementia
Johns Hopkins angle: This health blog item reports on new research led by Frank Lin, a School of Medicine assistant professor in the Department of Otology.

Top News US
February 11, 2011
Timely Detection Can Treat Congenital Heart Disease
Johns Hopkins angle: Joel Brenner, Chief Pediatric Cardiologist at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, comments in this story.

WBOC-TV 16 (Delmarva)
February 11, 2011
Research Shows Love Can Really Hurt
Johns Hopkins angle: New research shows love really can hurt. A study from the School of Medicine shows severe emotional stress can lead to what's called "broken heart syndrome." Doctors said the syndrome can lead to heart attacks and, in rare cases, even death.

French Tribune
February 11, 2011
Congenital heart disease main clear in birth-related defects
Johns Hopkins angle: Quoted is Joel Brenner, Chief Pediatric Cardiologist at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

Baltimore Afro-American
February 10, 2011
Hopkins Provides Free Specialty Care for Nearby Residents
Johns Hopkins angle: This story reports on the formation of the The Access Partnership (TAP), a program in which Johns Hopkins doctors volunteer free specialty-care services to uninsured residents living near Johns Hopkins Hospital and Bayview Medical Center. Johns Hopkins Hospital President Ron Peterson is mentioned, as are Dr. Barbara Cook, director of TAP and former president of the Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, and Dr. Sai Ma, also of Johns Hopkins.

Baltimore Sun
February 11, 2011
Bringing dinosaurs to life
Johns Hopkins angle: This article mentions that Robert Bakker was a professor in the Johns Hopkins University's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences until 1984. (MD)
February 11, 2011
The case for alcohol, tobacco tax hikes
Johns Hopkins angle: This editorial in favor of alcohol and tobacco tax hikes mentions a 2009 study by professors David Jernigan and Hugh Waters of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, which found alcohol use is responsible for 1,278 deaths per year in Maryland and 7,470 violent crimes.

The Washington Post
February 13, 2011
Main Character: Richard Peabody has devoted his life to Washington's writers. At what cost?
Johns Hopkins angle: This profile of longtime magazine publisher Richard Peabody includes references to Johns Hopkins.

Maryland Daily Record
February 10, 2011
Editorial: A welcome move on EBDI hearings
Johns Hopkins angle: This editorial commends the City Council for its unanimous vote Monday to convene hearings into the projected $1.8 billion project known as The New East Baltimore. The Johns Hopkins University is a partner in the project.

Baltimore Sun
February 10, 2011
If Hairston doesn't need competitive bids, why do parents of special needs children?
Johns Hopkins angle: This opinion piece is written by Stuart R. Varon, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the School of Medicine.

Cincinnati Examiner
February 10, 2011
New study suggests e-cigarette ban could be bad for public health
Johns Hopkins angle: This story reports that two new studies, one of which was led by John Ayers at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, suggest that the possible banning of electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, could further endanger public health.

Idaho Statesman (Boise)
February 11, 2011
Go do it: Peabody Trio in concert
Johns Hopkins angle: This news item calls attention to a performance scheduled today by the Peabody Trio – violinist Violaine Melancon, cellist Natasha Brofsky and pianist Seth Knopp – and mentions that the group formed in 1989 at the Peabody Conservatory.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
February 10, 2011
Westmoreland Symphony's 'Classic Valentine' features guitar works
Johns Hopkins angle: This concert preview mentions that guest guitarist Ana Vidovic graduated in 2003 from the Peabody Conservatory.

Brattleboro Reformer (Vermont)
February 10, 2011
Pianist, violinist play at Old Tavern
Johns Hopkins angle: This preview of a weekend concert notes that pianist Bruce Griffin received his formal musical training at the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Walter Hautzig and Leon Fleisher.

Carroll County Times
February 11, 2011
Audience determines South Carroll Idol winner
Johns Hopkins angle: This feature states that one of the judges in this competition was Charles Limb, an associate professor at the School of Medicine who also is a faculty member at the Peabody Conservatory.
February 10, 2011
Movement to Ban Arsenic in Chicken Feed Bolstered by New Bills in Maryland State Legislature ?
Johns Hopkins angle: This story reports that Keeve Nachman, a researcher from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, appeared at a press conference Wednesday in Annapolis in association with the introduction of bills that would ban arsenic in chicken feed.

Philadelphia Daily News
February 11, 2011
At Franklin Institute, 4 who've flourished will speak to the 'Color of Science'
Johns Hopkins angle: James West, of the Whiting School, and APL’s Edward Tunstel will take part in the “Color of Science” event at the Franklin Institute. The program is a project of the ScienceMakers, an initiative of the HistoryMakers, a Chicago-based nonprofit that says it has the nation's largest archive of African-American video oral history.

Southeast Missourian
February 11, 2011
Classical guitarist Patrick Rafferty, sweet treats on the menu for KRCU concert
Johns Hopkins angle: This article reports that classical guitarist Patrick Rafferty graduated from the Peabody Institute with a master's degree in music in 2006 and a graduate performance diploma in 2008. In addition, he was recognized as the top graduate performer at Peabody, the story states.
February 9, 2011
A New Treatment for Celiac Disease?
Johns Hopkins angle: Gerard Mullin of the School of Medicine comments in this WebMD story.

Patriot-News (PA)
February 10, 2011
Nancy Funk built the JHU women's basketball program
Johns Hopkins angle: A Q & A with Nancy Funk, the JHU women’s basketball coach, now in her 25th season at Homewood.

El Paso Times
February 11, 2011
College signups: More athletes heading to next level
Johns Hopkins angle: Coronado High School linebacker Hani Annabi will play at Johns Hopkins University next fall.
February 11, 2011
Michael Fallin, 36 (obituary)
Johns Hopkins angle: Fallin raised funds for Dr. Henry Brem's research at Johns Hopkins, where Fallin was treated.

New York Times
February 10, 2011
Counting by Race Can Throw Off Some Numbers
The lack of uniformity in collecting and aggregating data is making comparison and analysis extremely difficult. Under Department of Education requirements that take effect this year, for instance, any student who acknowledges even partial Hispanic ethnicity will, regardless of race, be reported to federal officials only as Hispanic. The new standards will probably increase the nationwide student population of Hispanics, and could erase some "black" students who will now be counted as Hispanic or as multiracial.

Washington Post – College Inc. blog
February 10, 2011
Cornell's Skorton: Don't cut humanities
In response to the Republican Study Committee's proposal to eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities, David J. Skorton, president of Cornell University, says "we cannot permit our federal investment in the humanities to disappear."

Chronicle of Higher Education
February 10, 2011
Dumped On by Data: Scientists Say a Deluge Is Drowning Research
In 10 articles published in "Science," researchers suggest there's plenty of blame to go around for the vast waste of findings.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education
February 11, 2011
The Unending Civil War
As America turns to commemorate the Civil War’s sesquicentennial, many myths and distortions still shape the popular understanding of the war’s legacy, writes the Smithsonian National African American History and Culture Museum founding director.

Inside Higher Ed
February 11, 2011
Federal Budget News for Colleges Takes a Downward Turn – Quick Takes
House leaders - responding to criticism from Tea Party pressure within their own party - announced Thursday that they would cut much deeper from the budget for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year, requiring them to find another $26 billion in reductions.

Financial Times
February 10, 2011
MBAs remain a passport to riches
The average base salary for MBA graduates topped $94,500 last year - well above the pre-recession level of $89,000 in 2007, according to US- based Graduate Management Admission Council. And the average bonus was $17,565 in 2010, compared to $10,000 three years earlier.

Inside Higher Ed
February 11, 2011
No Show of Hands
Towson University’s policy change raises question: Should tenure committee votes be by secret ballot?

Johns Hopkins University