Issue: 2011 August 1

Landing at Homewood

August 1, 2011

Members of the last crew to fly aboard the space shuttle Endeavour, the second-to-last flight in NASA’s space shuttle program, will discuss their 16-day June mission to the International Space Station from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4, on the Homewood campus. The event, presented by the Maryland Space Grant Consortium and NASA, […]

Johns Hopkins Hospital ranked No. 1 for 21st year in a row by ‘U.S. News’

August 1, 2011

For the 21st year in a row, The Johns Hopkins Hospital has taken the top spot in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of American hospitals, placing first in five medical specialties and in the top five in 10 others. The Johns Hopkins Hospital ranked in the top 10 in 15 of the 16 […]

Safety programs honored by international police chiefs

August 1, 2011

Programs operated by Homewood Campus Safety and Security Services and by Johns Hopkins Medicine Corporate Security in partnership with the Baltimore City Police Department have been selected by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to receive the Michael Shanahan Award for Excellence in Public/Private Cooperation. Johns Hopkins is the first university to win the […]

Calendar — August 1, 2011

August 1, 2011

INFORMATION Monday, Aug. 1, 12:15 p.m. Health Leads HIV information session for faculty, staff and students, sponsored by SOURCE. MPH students encouraged to attend. W2015 SPH. EB Thursday, Aug. 11, 12:15 p.m. Connection Community Consultants information session for students, sponsored by SOURCE. Small teams of students from the schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health […]

JHU scientists expose cancer cells’ universal ‘dark matter’

August 1, 2011

Using the latest gene sequencing tools to examine so-called epigenetic influences on the DNA makeup of colon cancer, a Johns Hopkins team says that its results suggest cancer treatment might eventually be more tolerable and successful if therapies could focus on helping cancer cells get back to normal as well as on strategies for killing […]

Half-matched transplants widen donor pool for leukemia, lymphoma

August 1, 2011

Identifying a suitable donor for leukemia and lymphoma patients who need bone marrow transplants may be far easier now that results of two clinical trials show transplant results with half-matched bone marrow or umbilical cord blood are comparable to fully matched tissue, thanks in large part to the availability of effective anti-rejection drugs and special […]

Social acumen equals spatial skill, JHU psychologist finds

August 1, 2011

People who are socially skilled—who are adept at metaphorically putting themselves in someone else’s shoes—are also more proficient when it comes to spatial skills, according to a new study led by a Johns Hopkins University psychologist. The study, published online July 27 in Journal of Experimental Psychology, found that the more socially accomplished people are, […]

JHU treatment provides ‘dramatic’ results for hard-to-match kidney transplant patients

August 1, 2011

Hard-to-match kidney transplant candidates who receive a treatment designed to make their bodies more accepting of incompatible organs are twice as likely to survive eight years after transplant surgery as those who stay on dialysis for years awaiting compatible organs, new Johns Hopkins research finds. “The results of this study should be a game changer […]

Two Homewood seniors named Goldwater Scholars for 2011

August 1, 2011

Two Homewood seniors have been named 2011 Goldwater Scholars, an honor that will provide $7,500 each toward their tuition for the 2011–2012 academic year. Lichy Han is majoring in biomedical engineering and applied mathematics in the Whiting School of Engineering, and she works in the lab of Larisa Tereshchenko at the School of Medicine. She […]

Landon King named Johns Hopkins Medicine vice dean for research

August 1, 2011

Landon King, the David Marine Professor of Medicine and Biological Chemistry, and director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, in the School of Medicine, has been appointed vice dean for research at Johns Hopkins Medicine, effective Sept. 1. “We have an enormous and important research enterprise here at Johns Hopkins, and I […]

Low-carb, high-fat diets add no arterial health risks to obese

August 1, 2011

Overweight and obese people looking to drop some pounds and considering one of the popular low-carbohydrate diets, along with moderate exercise, need not worry that the higher proportion of fat in such a program compared to a low-fat, high-carb diet may harm their arteries, suggests a pair of new studies by heart and vascular researchers […]

SAIS Dean Jessica Einhorn to retire in June 2012

August 1, 2011

Jessica P. Einhorn, dean of The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, will retire at the end of the coming academic year, she announced today. Einhorn, the first SAIS graduate to serve as its dean, will step down on June 30, 2012, after a decade as leader of one of […]

Sheridan Libraries receive $1.054 mill Mellon grant for conservation

August 1, 2011

The Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins have been awarded a $1.054 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to renew the Heritage Science for Conservation Project. The HSC Project, which serves as a bridge between the art and science of conservation, is based in the libraries’ Department of Conservation and Preservation and is run […]

Medical educators miss teachable moments with young docs

August 1, 2011

A frail but perfectly coherent patient refuses medical attention for problems with mobility. With slight hesitation, a doctor in training performs a biopsy, noticing excessive bleeding afterward. Another resident elects not to order expensive treatment for a seriously ill patient because it will leave him in deep debt. Physicians in training face ethically fraught scenarios like […]

Focusing on women in medicine

August 1, 2011

On July 1, not much changed in the daily routine of Barbara Fivush. The professor of pediatrics at the School of Medicine still had the same office in the David M. Rubenstein Child Health Building, and held the same role as division chief of Pediatric Nephrology. She spent her early morning as always, poring over […]

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