Issue: 2011 August 29

Calendar — August 29, 2011

August 29, 2011

COLLOQUIA Thurs., Sept. 1, 4 p.m. “Well-Being in a World of Want: Some Reflections on Recent Fieldwork in Sierra Leone,” an Anthropology colloquium with Michael Jackson, Harvard Divinity School. 400 Macaulay.  HW INFORMATION SESSIONS Mon., Sept. 1, 12:15 p.m. Joint HIV Counseling and Testing Program/Health Leads information session for faculty, staff and students. Sponsored by […]

Classifieds — August 29, 2011

August 29, 2011

APARTMENTS/HOUSES FOR RENT Bayview, 2BR, 2BA house, den, clean concrete backyd w/storage, walk to Bayview campus, grocery stores or sm shopping center, nr 95/895. 301-661-5627. Butcher’s Hill, 2BR or 1BR + den apt, 1 full BA, recently renov’d, open kitchen, microwave/stove/oven, dw, W/D in unit, sec sys, storage, on-street prkng, 4 blks south of JHMI; […]

Can we build better science courses?

August 29, 2011

The Johns Hopkins University is, figuratively speaking, going back into the learning laboratory to augment, enhance, rejigger and, in some cases, reinvent its foundation science courses. Lloyd B. Minor, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, has launched a yearlong universitywide effort called the Gateway Sciences Initiative to promote wider adoption of successful teaching […]

$30 mill creates center for personalized cancer care

August 29, 2011

A $30 million gift from the Commonwealth Foundation for Cancer Research has enabled the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center to establish a Center for Personalized Cancer Medicine. The gift from the Richmond, Va.–based foundation will be used to support research and the development of new technologies that pinpoint the novel genetic characteristics of each patient’s cancer. […]

Universities band together to join Orphan Works Project

August 29, 2011

Leaders at Cornell, Duke, Emory and Johns Hopkins universities jointly announced last week that they would begin making the full text of thousands of “orphan works” in their library collections digitally accessible to students, faculty and researchers at their own institutions. Orphan works are out-of-print books that are still subject to copyright but whose copyright […]

Bug busters: JHU to host daylong symposium on infection imaging

August 29, 2011

Doctors can peer inside the human body to look for tumors, detect a blockage in an artery or see a crack in a bone, but common afflictions like bacterial and viral infections are far more difficult to track, and even the most sophisticated imaging devices can offer only a less than definitive answer. “Although CT […]

Challenge grant issued for Pitcairn Scholarship Fund

August 29, 2011

Stephen Pitcairn, the Johns Hopkins research technologist who was robbed and killed in July 2010 as he walked home from Penn Station, would have turned 25 on July 27, 2011, and in recognition of this milestone, a $10,000 challenge grant has been offered to the Stephen Pitcairn Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Johns Hopkins University […]

Freshmen’s used test prep books heading to city high schools

August 29, 2011

Along with their computers, clothes and toiletries, many of the freshmen arriving at Homewood last week brought along with them something they didn’t need: the SAT and AP test prep books they’d used as high schoolers. Thanks to a call put out by junior Alexandra Larsen, those books will soon be going to students at […]

‘The Gazette’ returns to weekly publishing schedule

August 29, 2011

With this issue, the first of the 2011–2012 academic year, The Gazette returns to its weekly publishing schedule. The next edition will appear on Tuesday, Sept. 6, because of the Monday holiday. Calendar and classified submissions are due at noon on Monday a week before the publication date.  

Gateway Sciences grant applications wanted

August 29, 2011

The Provost’s Office wants your ideas for how to improve the gateway science courses. The purpose of the RFP process is to garner bold, creative, culture-changing ideas for transforming these courses based on sound precedents and accompanied by rigorous assessment plans. Projects may focus on existing courses, develop new courses or programs, enhance or advance […]

Air cleaners ease asthma in kids living with smokers

August 29, 2011

A Johns Hopkins Children’s Center study of Baltimore City children who have asthma and live with smokers shows that indoor air cleaners can greatly reduce household air pollution and lower the rates of daytime asthma symptoms to those achieved with certain anti-inflammatory asthma drugs. Although the air cleaners improved the overall air quality in homes, they […]

Coronary calcium better for predicting risk of heart attack, stroke

August 29, 2011

Results of a study published in the Aug. 19 issue of The Lancet have important implications for deciding whether cholesterol-lowering statin medication should be prescribed for people who have heart disease risk factors but normal levels of LDL, the so-called “bad” cholesterol. An estimated 6 million American adults fall into that gray-zone category. According to […]

JHU begins research to create blood platelets from stem cells

August 29, 2011

Johns Hopkins scientists have launched a pioneering research program to create, for the first time, human platelet cells from stem cells in order to study inherited blood-clotting abnormalities ranging from clots that cause heart attacks and stroke to bleeding disorders. The study is funded by a $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health […]

Policy change reduces racial disparity in kidney transplants

August 29, 2011

A national transplant policy change designed to give African-American patients greater access to donor kidneys has sliced in half the racial disparities that have long characterized the allocation of lifesaving organs, new Johns Hopkins research suggests. Before 2003, the researchers note, an African-American patient who joined the kidney transplant list on the same day as a […]

Nag factor: How do kids convince parents to buy junk foods?

August 29, 2011

Sure they’re fun and kids love them, but could cartoon characters used in marketing contribute to the obesity epidemic as well as create nagging children? Today, some parents find themselves having a battle in the cereal aisle. Recognizable characters and logos prompt children to make repeated requests for a range of products, including low-nutrition foods […]

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