Day: April 25, 2011

Bates president named new head of Center for Talented Youth

April 25, 2011

Elaine Tuttle Hansen, president of Bates College and an accomplished scholar, educator and leader, has been named executive director of The Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth. Hansen will step down from the presidency of the Maine college in July after nine years and start her new position Aug. 1. She will succeed Lea […]

At journey’s end

April 25, 2011

Before Karen Hong left for college, she and her parents didn’t discuss sex—at all. Hong, in fact, recalls the many awkward moments in the presence of her parents when television or movie characters just kissed on screen. Bedroom scenes? Off-limits. However, Hong’s interest in sexual health issues as a public health studies major at Johns […]

JHU deans and faculty named AAAS fellows

April 25, 2011

A Johns Hopkins University dean, a vice dean and a professor are among the 212 fellows named to the 231st class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Elected last week as new members were Katherine S. Newman, the James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and a professor of […]

John W. Griffin, nerve disorder expert and researcher, dies

April 25, 2011

John W. “Jack” Griffin, an internationally acclaimed and admired expert on diseases of the peripheral nervous system, founding director of the Johns Hopkins Brain Science Institute and former director of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology, died April 16 after a long battle with bladder cancer. He was 69. Griffin was one […]

Thomas Fulton, 83, father of high-energy physics at JHU

April 25, 2011

Thomas Fulton, considered the father of high-energy physics at The Johns Hopkins University, died on April 8 of heart failure at the age of 83. Born Tomas Feuerzeug in Budapest, Hungary, in 1937, Fulton immigrated with his family to the United States when he was 14 years old in order to escape the Nazi regime. […]

Getting the word out

April 25, 2011

In Jessica Anya Blau’s well-received debut novel, a 14-year-old girl named Jamie must navigate the choppy waters of adolescence amid a backdrop of sex, cigarettes, surfers, tanning and free-spirited parents who unabashedly sit poolside au naturel. In the book, set in Santa Barbara during the summer of 1976, Jamie rebels against her parents’ inflated open-mindedness […]

Gregory M. Britton appointed editorial director at JHU Press

April 25, 2011

Gregory M. Britton, who has led the publishing program at the Getty Museum and related institutions since 2008, has been appointed editorial director at the Johns Hopkins University Press. When he joins the staff on May 16, Britton becomes a senior member of the Press’ executive committee and assumes leadership of the Books Division’s editorial […]

SAIS and INSEAD launch dual-degree program

April 25, 2011

The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, a top international relations graduate school, and INSEAD, the leading international business school, last week announced an agreement to establish a dual-degree program. The new offering will allow students from both schools to work toward completing the SAIS Master of Arts and INSEAD […]

Discovered: ‘Thunder’ protein that regulates memory formation

April 25, 2011

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered in mice a molecular wrecking ball that powers the demolition phase of a cycle that occurs at synapses—those specialized connections between nerve cells in the brain—and whose activity appears critical for both limiting and enhancing learning and memory. The newly revealed protein, which the researchers named thorase after Thor, […]

Research sheds light on aneurysm growth, treatment in Marfan

April 25, 2011

The Johns Hopkins researchers who first showed that the commonly used blood pressure drug losartan may help prevent life-threatening aneurysms of the aorta in patients with Marfan syndrome have now discovered new clues about the precise mechanism behind the drug’s protective effects. The team’s findings not only answer many lingering questions—including how exactly the drug […]

Fungus reveals clue to immune system protection

April 25, 2011

A discovery by Johns Hopkins scientists about how a single-celled fungus survives in low-oxygen settings may someday help humans whose immune systems are compromised by organ transplants or AIDS. A report on the discovery in a yeast called Schizosaccharomyces pombe appears April 22 in Molecular Cell. Previous work by the Johns Hopkins team showed that Schizosaccharomyces […]

Icy moon zaps Saturn with electron beams

April 25, 2011

Scientists working with data from NASA’s Cassini mission—now in its sixth year of operations at Saturn—have discovered an electrical current running between Saturn and its moon Enceladus that creates an observable emission on the ringed planet. Don Mitchell, Cassini science team co-investigator from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, first observed the current connection […]

Unreliable measures hamper efforts to assure safer care

April 25, 2011

With a push to make hospitals and doctors more accountable for health care quality, more attention must be paid to the accuracy and reliability of measures used to evaluate caregivers, says a prominent Johns Hopkins patient safety expert. Writing in the April issue of the journal Health Affairs, Peter J. Pronovost, a professor of anesthesiology […]

Jeffrey Gray named Faculty Scholar in Whiting School of Engineering

April 25, 2011

Jeffrey Gray, associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been named the Whiting School of Engineering’s inaugural F. Stuart Hodgson Faculty Scholar. The award was established through a gift from alumnus F. Stuart Hodgson. After graduating from Johns Hopkins in 1967 with a degree in chemical engineering, Hodgson went on to […]

Dates announced for 2011 Staff Recognition milestone events

April 25, 2011

The Office of Work, Life and Engagement has announced the dates of the 2011 Staff Recognition events for those celebrating five, 10, 15, 20 and greater milestones in increments of five years of service with the university, and whose anniversaries fall between July 11, 2010, and July 10, 2011. The series of events starts with […]

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