Issue: 2011 June 20

Small grants, big impact

June 20, 2011

In the Finding Our Wings community documentary program, Baltimore teen girls record their journeys through high school and into womanhood—from exams and what not to wear to the prospects of college placement and unintended pregnancy. The short, poignant documentaries tell an inner-city coming-of-age story through the lens of a pocket-size Flip or a professional camcorder. […]

Messenger data from Mercury orbit confirm theories, offer surprises

June 20, 2011

After nearly three months in orbit about Mercury, Messenger’s payload is providing a wealth of new information about the planet closest to the sun, as well as a few surprises. The spacecraft entered orbit around Mercury on March 17, becoming the first spacecraft ever to do so. Its instruments are performing the first complete reconnaissance […]

NASA’s Voyager probe edges closer to interstellar space

June 20, 2011

Surprising observations from NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft raise questions about the radial extent of the heliosheath—the heated outer shell of our sun’s sphere of influence—leading scientists to believe the intrepid probe is closer to interstellar space than they thought. Launched nearly 34 years ago and now cruising through space some 10.8 billion miles from the […]

Pronovost to head new Johns Hopkins patient safety institute

June 20, 2011

Patient safety expert Peter J. Pronovost, a professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been named director of the newly established Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins. Along with becoming director of the institute, Pronovost has been named Johns Hopkins Medicine’s senior […]

Barbara Starfield, 78, championed importance of primary care

June 20, 2011

Barbara Starfield, professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, passed away on June 10. She was 78. Starfield died of an apparent heart attack while swimming in her pool in California, an activity she dearly loved, according to her family. “Our school has lost one of its […]

John W. ‘Jack’ Griffin memorial service set for June 27

June 20, 2011

A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 27, on the East Baltimore campus to celebrate the life of John W. “Jack” Griffin, an internationally respected expert in neurologic diseases. Griffin, a member of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faculty for more than 40 years, died April 16 at age 69. The service, […]

Homewood-Peabody-JHMI Shuttle changes announced

June 20, 2011

On Friday, July 1, the Homewood-Peabody-JHMI Shuttle will introduce several changes. On that day, an updated fleet of heavy-duty coaches operated by Broadway Services comes into service, and a new schedule—available online at www.parking.jhu.edu and on the buses—goes into effect. In addition, due to planned construction at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the boarding […]

Health, Safety and Environment to survey offices for hazards

June 20, 2011

Due to several incidents, including a small fire, that have occurred in offices, the Office of Health, Safety and Environment will initiate a program of surveying all university and hospital offices for safety hazards. Focused on fire safety, the survey will specifically address electrical hazards due to overloaded circuits, hazards from using improper light bulbs, […]

Presentation proposals sought for annual Diversity Conference

June 20, 2011

The Eighth Annual Diversity Conference, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Institutions Diversity Leadership Council, will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, on the Homewood campus. More than 500 Johns Hopkins leaders, faculty and staff members are expected to be on hand to examine critical questions related to diversity, cultural […]

Lacks Award honors collaboration between Baltimore communities and JH

June 20, 2011

The Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute has established a $15,000 award to recognize and support Baltimore community organizations that are collaborating with The Johns Hopkins University to improve the health and well-being of the residents of the city of Baltimore. The Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award, named in recognition of Henrietta Lacks, highlights the importance of […]

Seeking a better way to collect stem cells from cord blood

June 20, 2011

Johns Hopkins graduate students have invented a system to significantly boost the number of stem cells collected from a newborn’s umbilical cord and placenta, so that many more patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other blood disorders can be treated with these valuable cells. The prototype is still in the testing stage, but initial results are […]

‘Rewarding’ objects can’t be ignored, JHU neuroscientist finds

June 20, 2011

The world is a dazzling array of people, objects, sounds, smells and events—far too much for us to fully experience at any moment. So our attention is either automatically snagged by something startling, such as a slamming door, or deliberately focused on something important to us right then, such as locating our child among the […]

EP announces concentration in human systems engineering

June 20, 2011

The Johns Hopkins University’s Engineering for Professionals program, part of the Whiting School of Engineering, is offering a new concentration in the field of human systems engineering. The concentration, an option in the part-time master’s degree program in systems engineering, will be available beginning in fall 2011. Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary field that focuses […]

Two Krieger School faculty members awarded ACLS fellowships

June 20, 2011

Two early-career faculty members in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences have been awarded opportunities to further their research, thanks to the American Council of Learned Societies. Yitzhak Melamed, an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, and Juan Obarrio, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, are among the more than 350 […]

Matthias Matthijs receives SAIS’ Max M. Fisher Prize for teaching

June 20, 2011

Matthias Matthijs, a professorial lecturer of international economics and international relations at SAIS, received the 2011 Max M. Fisher Prize for Excellence in Teaching at the school’s commencement ceremony on May 26 in Washington, D.C. The award is presented each year to one professor selected by the students. Matthijs has been teaching part time at […]

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