Day: October 12, 2009

Our newest Nobelist: Carol Greider

October 12, 2009

Carol Greider honored for her groundbreaking work on telomeres

Reaching out in time of need

October 12, 2009

The university’s 2009 United Way of Central Maryland campaign, which kicks off on Wednesday, will stress efficiency and maximize the dollars donated like never before, according to campaign leadership.

JHU brings virtual learning to Baltimore County schools

October 12, 2009

Software engineers at Johns Hopkins’ Applied Physics Laboratory, in collaboration with JHU’s Center for Technology in Education, have developed a prototype Virtual Learning Environment to provide Baltimore County students with a gaminglike experience to augment existing math and science curricula.

Raise the Roof – Gilman Hall

October 12, 2009

Crews — with the indispensable assistance of a 200-foot, 350-ton crane — last week completed the steel grid frame for the 60-by-60-foot glass skylight that will top Gilman Hall’s new atrium space. Designed, fabricated and installed by Novum Structures, the skylight will feature 154 square glass panels and span the entire courtyard without intermediate support. The arched structure, a precisely engineered combination of compression members and tension cables, will be less than 10 inches thick. The glass panels and cables will be installed in the coming weeks to shut out the elements and allow work to continue in the atrium below. Gilman, the oldest academic building on the Homewood campus, is scheduled to reopen for the fall 2010 semester.

Carey School presents Daniel Mudd, CEO of Fortress Investment Group

October 12, 2009

Daniel Mudd, chief executive officer of Fortress Investment Group, will speak on “Houses Divided: Lessons Learned and the Future of Home Buying in America” at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School’s Leaders & Legends lecture series to be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Legg Mason Tower in Harbor East

Autism: Genomewide hunt reveals new genetic links

October 12, 2009

About 90 percent of autism spectrum disorders have suspected genetic causes, but few genes have been identified so far. Now, leading an international team, Johns Hopkins researchers have identified several genetic links to autism, chief among them a variant of semaphorin 5A, whose protein product controls nerve connections in the brain.

Latin American Studies celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

October 12, 2009

The Program in Latin American Studies in the Krieger School will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with three events this week: a lecture on how Latinos and immigration have been portrayed in the media, a bilingual roundtable discussion about the Latino population in Baltimore and across the state and a reggae concert. Other events are planned throughout the month, all on the Homewood campus.

Hispanic children rarely get top-notch care for brain tumors

October 12, 2009

Hispanic children diagnosed with brain tumors get high-quality treatment at hospitals that specialize in neurosurgery far less often than other children with the same condition, potentially compromising their immediate prognosis and long-term survival, according to research from Johns Hopkins published in October’s Pediatrics.

Countries slow to use lifesaving diarrhea treatments for children

October 12, 2009

Despite evidence that low-cost diarrhea treatments such as lower osmolarity oral rehydration salts, or ORS, and zinc supplements could drastically reduce the number of deaths among children, little progress has been made in implementing these lifesaving techniques, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

‘Mask debate’ diverts from flu-preventive measures that work

October 12, 2009

Infection control experts at Johns Hopkins and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that a contentious debate in the medical community over what type of protective masks health workers should wear to prevent the spread of H1N1 and other flu viruses is dangerously distracting the health care community from focusing on simple prevention measures that are clearly known to work.

School of Nursing researcher expands diabetes study among Korean-Americans

October 12, 2009

A new Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing study will test a community-based glucose control intervention program for Korean-American immigrants who have type-2 diabetes mellitus.

Webwise nurses harness new media to improve global health

October 12, 2009

The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing is harnessing the power of wireless technologies and online communities to help nurses throughout the world “connect for health.” Under the direction of Patricia A. Abbott, an associate professor in Nursing Systems and Outcomes, the school’s Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery Community of Practice, or GANM, speeds new health information and know-how to nurses around the globe—from the most urbanized, high-tech cities to the most remote villages—using low-bandwidth telecommunication technologies.

H1N1 experts brief parents on what they need to know

October 12, 2009

Experts in emergency medicine, infectious diseases and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and the University of Maryland Hospital for Children last week hosted an update on H1N1 flu advice for parents in the wake of a sharp increase in cases since the last week of August.

Allergy-Otolaryngology Sinusitis Clinic opens on Bayview campus

October 12, 2009

The Johns Hopkins Asthma & Allergy Center on the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus has opened a new joint Allergy-Otolaryngology Sinusitis Clinic. Led by Jean Kim, assistant professor of otolaryngology, and Peter Creticos, associate professor of clinical immunology, the clinic provides comprehensive care to patients who have a history of sinus disease, and allergies or asthma.

Four from JHU inducted into American Academy of A&S

October 12, 2009

President Ronald J. Daniels; Andrew Feinberg, the King Fahd Professor of Molecular Medicine; Jane Guyer, professor of anthropology; and Barbara Landau, the Dick and Lydia Todd Professor and chair of the Cognitive Science Department, were among those inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on Oct. 10 at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, Mass.

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