Issue: 2011 October 31

Search committee appointed to identify next SAIS dean

October 31, 2011

President Ronald J. Daniels announced last week that he had appointed a search committee to identify a successor to Jessica P. Einhorn, who will retire as dean of the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies on June 30, 2012, following what Daniels termed “a decade of exemplary service.” “There would be no more fitting tribute […]

Building better evacuation plans for U.S. municipalities

October 31, 2011

Imagine trying to plan for the evacuation of a populated coastal area without a major bridge to safety, or having to adjust an evacuation if a wildfire suddenly rendered an interstate highway unusable. State and local emergency management agencies need accurate, reliable evacuation plans covering these different scenarios, but creating those plans often requires complex […]

CSOS moves to School of Education

October 31, 2011

The Center for Social Organization of Schools, a 45-year-old institution that has helped change the landscape of K-12 education nationally, now calls the Johns Hopkins School of Education home. CSOS officially moved on Oct. 21, ending its long and successful relationship with the School of Arts and Sciences. Leadership of CSOS and the School of […]

Researchers try correcting sickle cell disease with stem cells

October 31, 2011

Using a patient’s own stem cells, researchers at Johns Hopkins have corrected the genetic alteration that causes sickle cell disease, a painful, disabling inherited blood disorder that affects mostly African-Americans. The corrected stem cells were coaxed into immature red blood cells in a test tube that then turned on a normal version of the gene. […]

Ted Dawson named director of the Institute for Cell Engineering

October 31, 2011

Ted Dawson, scientific director of the Institute for Cell Engineering, has been appointed as the institute’s director. He succeeds Chi Van Dang, ICE’s inaugural director, who became head of the University of Pennsylvania’s cancer center. In a letter announcing Dawson’s appointment to colleagues, Edward D. Miller, the Frances Watt Baker, M.D., and Lenox D. Baker […]

Johns Hopkins Nobelists seek support for James Webb Telescope

October 31, 2011

Two Johns Hopkins Nobelists—Adam Riess and Riccardo Giacconi of the Krieger School’s Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy—participated in a press conference at the Maryland Science Center last week to support funding of the James Webb Space Telescope, which is expected to launch in 2018. The occasion was the unveiling of a permanent […]

Mountains solve the mysteries of short-legged Neandertals

October 31, 2011

While most studies have concluded that a cold climate led to the short lower legs typical of Neandertals, researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that lower-leg lengths shorter than the typical modern human’s let them move more efficiently over the mountainous terrain where they lived. The findings reveal a broader trend relating shorter lower-leg length […]

Classifieds — October 31, 2011

October 31, 2011

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Holiday turkey program aims to feed 100 needy families

October 31, 2011

In honor of the 10th anniversary of Vernon Rice’s death, the Office of Work, Life and Engagement aims to provide food baskets to 100 families through its annual Vernon Rice Memorial Holiday Turkey Program. All members of the Johns Hopkins community are invited to donate $25 to purchase a food basket of a fresh turkey […]

Genomewide hunts reveal new regulators of blood pressure

October 31, 2011

A study involving more than 200,000 people worldwide has identified 29 DNA sequence variations in locations across the human genome that influence blood pressure. These genes, whose sequence changes are associated with alterations in blood pressure and are linked to heart disease and stroke, were found with the help of decades’ worth of population data that […]

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