Day: August 3, 2009

Johns Hopkins hits 100 mark in Recovery Act grants

August 3, 2009

The Johns Hopkins University has to date been awarded 100 National Institutes of Health research grants through the American Recovery and Revitalization Act of 2009, also known as the federal stimulus package. These grants, totaling more than $21 million, will finance investigations ranging from computer-assisted orthopedic surgery to the role that certain proteins play in […]

Enrollment spikes at Homewood

August 3, 2009

Johns Hopkins officials, like colleagues at many other elite private colleges and universities across the nation, expected a lower than normal yield (the percentage of accepted students who enroll) because of the economy. Despite projections to the contrary, the incoming Homewood undergraduate class of 2013 will be significantly larger than expected, a reality that has prompted university officials to respond in a variety of ways to meet student needs.

Johns Hopkins’ baseball field is meeting ground for Sister Cities teams

August 3, 2009

Johns Hopkins hosted a baseball clash of East vs. West on July 28 as a youth team from Kawasaki, Japan, faced off against a 15-and-under All-Star team from Baltimore. The friendly matchup, held on the Homewood campus, was part of a two-game series to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Sister Cities program between Baltimore and its Japanese counterpart. The first game was played on July 26 at the Gilman School.

Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering students embed stem cells in sutures

August 3, 2009

Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering students have demonstrated a practical way to embed a patient’s own adult stem cells in the surgical thread that doctors use to repair serious orthopedic injuries such as ruptured tendons. The goal, the students said, is to enhance healing and reduce the likelihood of re-injury without changing the surgical procedure itself.

Seven receive Fulbrights to study abroad in 2009–2010

August 3, 2009

Seven doctoral students and alumni from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Peabody and SAIS will have the opportunity to study abroad during the 2009–2010 academic year through the prestigious Fulbright Program. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department […]

Raymond Westbrook, 62, authority on ancient Near East law

August 3, 2009

Raymond Westbrook, the W.W. Spence Professor in Semitic Languages in the Department of Near Eastern Studies in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, died on July 23 in London following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 62. Westbrook, who came to Johns Hopkins in 1987, was considered the leading authority on ancient […]

School of Education partners with Teach for America

August 3, 2009

More than 20 percent of new teachers in Baltimore City for the coming school year are from Teach for America, and many will earn their education degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Education. The 2009–2010 TFA class is double the previous year’s total and represents Baltimore City School CEO Andres Alonso’s commitment to the […]

Close caregiver relationship may slow Alzheimer’s decline

August 3, 2009

A study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins and Utah State universities suggests that a particularly close relationship with caregivers may give people with Alzheimer’s disease a marked edge over those without one in retaining mind and brain function over time. The beneficial effect of emotional intimacy that the researchers saw among participants was on par […]

New sanitizer reduces infections, cuts back on costly disposables

August 3, 2009

Johns Hopkins experts in applied physics, computer engineering, infectious diseases, emergency medicine, microbiology, pathology and surgery have unveiled a 7-foot-tall, $10,000 shower cubicle–shaped device that automatically sanitizes in 30 minutes all sorts of hard-to-clean equipment in a highly trafficked hospital Emergency Department. The novel device can sanitize and disinfect equipment of all shapes and sizes, […]

Fighting tuberculosis with anti-inflammatory drugs possible

August 3, 2009

Tuberculosis experts at Johns Hopkins have evidence from a four-year series of experiments in mice that anti-inflammatory drugs could eventually prove effective in treating the highly contagious lung disease, adding to current antibiotic therapies. The Johns Hopkins scientists are planning further experiments in animals infected with TB to find out if any of the already […]

Johns Hopkins researchers make ‘eye-catching’ vision discovery

August 3, 2009

Nearly all species have some ability to detect light. At least three types of cells in the retina allow us to see images or distinguish between night and day. Now, researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have discovered in fish yet another type of cell that can sense light and contribute to vision. […]

Save the date: Johns Hopkins Picnic ticket sales begin August 3

August 3, 2009

The annual Johns Hopkins Picnic closes out the summer with an evening of family fun for staff, faculty, students and retirees and their families and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28, on the grounds of Johns Hopkins at Eastern. Games, entertainment and all-you-can-eat picnic fare are included in the $5 price. […]

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing receives four-year grant to train faculty for Md. schools

August 3, 2009

The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing has received a $1.6 million Nurse Support Program II grant to increase the number of master’s-prepared nurses qualified to fill faculty vacancies in Maryland schools of nursing. According to a report by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, nursing schools in the United States turned away nearly […]

Vaccine blocks transmission of malaria in lab experiments

August 3, 2009

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute have for the first time produced a malarial protein in the proper conformation and quantity to generate a significant immune response in mice and nonhuman primates for use in a potential transmission-blocking vaccine. Antibodies induced by Pfs48/45 protein vaccine effectively blocked the sexual development of the malaria-causing […]

1 in 6 public health workers unlikely to respond in pandemic

August 3, 2009

Approximately one in six public health workers said they would not report to work during a pandemic flu emergency regardless of its severity, according to a survey led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The findings are a significant improvement over a 2005 study, conducted by the same research team, […]

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