Day: February 7, 2011

A course freshmen can dig into

February 7, 2011

Two dozen Johns Hopkins freshmen will get their hands dirty next fall, scratching in the soil of the Homewood campus in search of undiscovered organisms as part of an innovative one-year course offered through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Science Education Alliance. Johns Hopkins recently became one of only 12 colleges and universities nationwide in […]

A spirited adventure

February 7, 2011

Decked out in black with a Victorian top hat, Cliff Long waved his handy-dandy “ghost meter” at the iron fence in front of the Fell family grave marker on Shakespeare Street in Fells Point. First the device registered nothing, then it emitted a series of lights and clicks. Long, a guide with Baltimore Ghost Tours, […]

Spring Provost’s Lecture Series announced

February 7, 2011

Embryologist and science enthusiast Steve Farber will kick off the spring schedule of the Provost’s Lecture Series, launched last spring to spread the wealth of academic excellence at Johns Hopkins among its campuses. Farber, a principal investigator with the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Department of Embryology and an adjunct associate professor in the Krieger School […]

Egyptian demonstrations change plans of traveling JHU affiliates

February 7, 2011

Twenty-four Johns Hopkins affiliates working or studying in Egypt fled the country last week—many of them having to abandon their plans—when demonstrations marred by violence broke out in protest against the government. In all, five undergraduates, eight graduate students, one alumnus, one faculty member, four staff members, four family members and one other affiliate left […]

JHM appoints VP for health care transformation, strategic planning

February 7, 2011

John Michael Colmers, former secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, has been named Johns Hopkins Medicine vice president for health care transformation and strategic planning. In this role, Colmers will support the executive leadership of Johns Hopkins Medicine in strategically positioning the expanding Johns Hopkins system to respond to health care […]

Zenilman named JHM vice chair and regional director of surgery

February 7, 2011

Michael E. Zenilman, who was until recently the chairman of the Department of Surgery at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., has been appointed vice chair and regional director of surgery for Johns Hopkins Medicine. Zenilman, a gastrointestinal surgeon and a specialist in geriatric surgery, will also operate a clinical practice out of Suburban […]

Henry Tom, 64, longtime executive editor at JHU Press

February 7, 2011

Henry Y.K. Tom, longtime executive editor at the Johns Hopkins University Press, died unexpectedly on Jan. 10. He was 64. “Henry had retired just this summer,” said Press director Kathleen Keane, “and by all accounts was enjoying himself tremendously. His contributions to publishing and scholarship were many and well-known, and we are all deeply saddened […]

Richard Oles, JHU fencing coach for 44 years, dies at 77

February 7, 2011

Richard Francis “Dick” Oles, who coached Johns Hopkins fencing athletes to more than 600 team victories over 44 years, died Jan. 27 after being struck by a vehicle while walking during a snowstorm along Mountain Road in Anne Arundel County, near his home. He was 77. Oles was head coach of the university’s men’s fencing […]

Harry Marks, historian of medicine, dies at 64

February 7, 2011

Harry M. Marks, an associate professor in the History of Medicine Department at the School of Medicine and the Elizabeth Treide and A. McGehee Harvey Professor of Medical History since 1989, died at his home in Baltimore on Jan. 25 of prostate cancer. He was 64. Author of The Progress of Experiment: Science and Therapeutic […]

Harry Marks, historian of medicine, dies at 64

February 7, 2011

Harry M. Marks, an associate professor in the History of Medicine Department at the School of Medicine and the Elizabeth Treide and A. McGehee Harvey Professor of Medical History since 1989, died at his home in Baltimore on Jan. 25 of prostate cancer. He was 64. Author of The Progress of Experiment: Science and Therapeutic […]

Nine SoM postdoctoral fellows win prestigious awards

February 7, 2011

Nine Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine postdoctoral fellows recently were awarded fellowships. Rita Strack received one of 12 total Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation fellowships, and Bagrat Abazyan, Robert H. Cudmore, Mi-Hyeon Jang, Shinichi Kano, Sun-Hong Kim, Minae Niwa, Frederick Charles Nucifora Jr. and Emily G. Severance were among the 214 recipients of the […]

CEO of IBM kicks off yearlong lecture series at his alma mater

February 7, 2011

Sam Palmisano, the chairman and chief executive officer of IBM, and a 1973 graduate and former trustee of Johns Hopkins, returned to his alma mater last week to launch a yearlong lecture series celebrating his company’s 100th anniversary. In a speech in Homewood’s Gilman Hall, Palmisano, who grew up in Baltimore and attended Calvert Hall […]

Driver sentenced in hit-and-run death of student Miriam Frankl

February 7, 2011

Defendant Thomas Meighan pleaded guilty last week to multiple felony charges in the fatal hit-and-run case involving Johns Hopkins student Miriam Frankl. Frankl, a 20-year-old junior in the School of Arts and Sciences, was struck by a truck driven by Meighan in the service drive of the 3300 block of St. Paul Street on Oct. […]

Researchers test inhalable measles vaccine

February 7, 2011

Sustained high vaccination coverage is key to preventing deaths from measles. Despite the availability of a vaccine, measles remains an important killer of children worldwide, particularly in less-developed regions, where vaccination coverage is limited. A team of researchers led by scientists at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of […]

Hold the gas? Most preemies don’t benefit from nitric oxide

February 7, 2011

A new Johns Hopkins Children’s Center study challenges the widespread practice of treating premature babies with nitric oxide gas to prevent lung problems, neurological damage and death. The research, based on analysis of 22 major studies of the effect of nitric oxide in babies born before 34 weeks of age, found no evidence of benefit in […]

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