Hub Headlines from the Johns Hopkins news network Hub Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:30:00 -0400 JHU's SOURCE celebrates 10 years of community engagement in East Baltimore <p>Back in 2005, Mindi Levin was charged with running a new community outreach center for Johns Hopkins in East Baltimore. Community service was already part of the campus culture, but her job was to streamline the scattershot efforts, creating a unified resource for the schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health.</p> <p>"It started with just me," she says. "There was no formal entity or faculty member to help with community engagement."</p> <p>But there was a demand for it. Students in East Baltimore "felt they shouldn't just be in the classroom, learning theory," Levin says. "They felt like, 'We should be working with the people whose health we're trying to improve.'"</p> <p>A decade later, Levin's center is now a sophisticated engine. Levin and three other full-time staffers at <a href="">SOURCE</a> can count 100 partnerships with community-based organizations in Baltimore whose interests run the gamut from health care, housing, and the environment to refugees, women, the LGBT population, and senior citizens. Over the years, 7,623 East Baltimore students have logged more than 200,000 hours of volunteer service with not only those organizations but also 40 student groups. More recently, SOURCE has helped 56 academic courses integrate service learning.</p> <p>Next Thursday, as a wrap-up to National Volunteer Week activities, SOURCE will bring together participants past and present to <a href="">celebrate its 10-year anniversary</a> at the Living Classrooms Foundation in Federal Hill.</p> <p>In her time running SOURCE (a loose-fitting acronym for "Student OUtreach Resource CEnter"), Levin says its approach to community service has evolved. People normally think of it as "a nice day of gardening or working in a soup kitchen," she says—and SOURCE does offer those opportunities. But it's more focused now on building "long-term, sustainable, mutually beneficial relationships."</p> <p>An example is SOURCE's long-running relationship with Moveable Feast, a McElderry Park-based organization that provides meals for people living with HIV/AIDS and other conditions. SOURCE routinely pitches in with volunteer days there, packaging food, but recently one JHU student went deeper. Through a mixed-method study, the student looked at "medically tailored food security interventions for people living with HIV," examining costs and health outcomes, Levin says.</p> <p>Several SOURCE programs help foster that type of deeper engagement. One <a href="">awards students a stipend</a> to undertake a yearlong project with a Baltimore organization, recruiting four other students to help out. Service-learning fellowships are also available, for both <a href="">faculty members</a> and representatives of SOURCE's community partners.</p> <p>One of this year's <a href="">Community Fellows</a> is Andy Timleck, an educator and advocate at <a href="">AIRS</a>, which provides supportive housing for people living with AIDS. Through SOURCE, Timleck has worked with JHU professors and students in several capacities, including a data policy study of income changes for residents in AIRS' housing program.</p> <p>"I believe there's a concrete value in how Hopkins is using service learning," Timleck says, adding that he's become "an advocate for SOURCE's efforts to push beyond "its own bubble" in East Baltimore.</p> <p>For Levin, one of the most rewarding outcomes of SOURCE has been watching students "fall in love with Baltimore" through their community service and decide to set up roots here. "So many people come to Baltimore City, they're afraid, they've heard things. But when they work in the community … they realize how warm people in the city are, and they see there's a lot of resiliency in our community partners."</p> <p>SOURCE's anniversary event takes place Thursday, April 23, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Living Classrooms Foundation/Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum.</p> <p>"We've invited faculty, alums, students, partners—everybody who's been involved with SOURCE over the past 10 years," Levin says.</p> <p>Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake are also scheduled to attend.</p> <p>The event follows <a href="">a week of activities SOURCE has scheduled</a> for National Volunteer Week, starting April 17, as well as a volunteer awards luncheon on April 22.</p> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:15:00 -0400 Peabody's Adashi ponders 50 years of the civil rights movement with 'Rise' <p>With his new work <em>Rise</em>, Peabody Institute faculty composer <a href="">Judah Adashi</a> considers how far Americans have come since the since the civil rights movement of the 1960s while acknowledging the steep climb toward social justice that remains. The new piece for double chorus and chamber ensemble is a collaboration with poet and playwright <a href="">Tameka Cage Conley</a>, and it includes text from a few of poems she wrote for the project.</p> <p>Adashi, Conley, and <a href=""><em>Washington Week</em></a> and <a href=""><em>PBS NewsHour</em></a> journalist Gwen Ifill present the world debut of <em>Rise</em> on Sunday at 5 p.m. at the <a href="">Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church</a> in Washington, D.C. The work will be performed by the <a href="">Cantate Chamber Singers</a> and <a href="">Afro Blue</a>, Howard University's celebrated jazz vocal group.</p> <p>The work was commissioned by the Cantate Chamber Singers, with whom Adashi has worked before, as part of the celebratory performances commemorating the Washington choral group's 30th anniversary season and to mark the 20th anniversary of its music director, <a href="">Gisèle Becker</a>. For the past week, Adashi has been talking about <em>Rise</em> online and through social media, noting that Becker's "vision of a multi-choir, intergenerational piece" shaped his initial ideas, as did his <a href="">community engagement</a> work at Peabody. When he decided to focus the piece on civil rights, he reached out to Conley, whom he first met when they were both in residency at the <a href="">Virginia Center for the Creative Arts</a>.</p> <p>The two collaborators talk about the genesis of <em>Rise</em> in <a href="">a recent Q&A</a> and also touch on the fact that the recent <a href="">#BlackLivesMatter</a> social movement—catalyzed by the high-profile killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York—makes discussing social justice difficult and necessary.</p> <p>Conley posted an <a href="">essay to Facebook</a> in which she discusses how personal this political moment is:</p> <blockquote> <p>I wrote the first poem when my son was sixteen days old and sleeping. I finished the final poem—there are six total—when he was six months old. The project gave me an open door to investigate how I felt about the murders of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and countless others, as I acknowledged the powerful stand protesters were taking and the ways the nation was still failing to protect Black lives. I began to feel that if, through the poems, I could find light on the other side of darkness, so could the nation.</p> </blockquote> <p>In a series of Facebook posts, Adashi talks about the historical and musical ideas that inform <em>Rise</em>:</p> <blockquote> <p>One of the most important voices in "Rise" isn't actually a voice. The flugelhorn plays the opening "Invocation" with the piano, and returns at key moments in the 3rd and 5th movements (the latter passage is called for by Dr. Cage Conley's words: "A horn tells us, / a brother has fallen, again..."). I was inspired to use the instrument in part by the local musician ... who plays his horn at the corner of Calvert and Baltimore streets when the weather is warm enough.</p> <p>The narrative of "Rise" begins with Tameka Cage Conley's poem "Edmund Pettus Bridge, March 7, 1965": Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama. The poem bears a gospel chorus as its epigraph: "I know it was the blood / I know it was the blood / I know it was the blood for me / One day when I was lost / He died upon the cross / and I know it was the blood for me." Pictured in this photo from the nonviolent march for voting rights is a young John Lewis, the future congressman from Georgia. A state trooper struck Lewis in the head with a billy club, fracturing his skull. As he recently recalled: "I thought I saw death. I thought I was going to die."</p> <p>The second movement of "Rise" is titled "A Blues, in the Light of Overcoming." Eight days after Bloody Sunday in Selma, President Lyndon Johnson addressed Congress on the subject of voting rights: "What happened in Selma is part of a far larger movement which reaches into every section and State of America. It is the effort of American Negroes to secure for themselves the full blessings of American life. Their cause must be our cause too. Because it is not just Negroes, but really it is all of us, who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice. And we shall overcome." Martin Luther King, Jr. ... reportedly shed a tear in response to the president's use of the phrase.</p> <p>Congressman John Lewis takes center stage in the third movement of "Rise," titled "O, Light (from Troy to All the Cities)." Both the words and music of this movement—the song is cast in the spirit of Nina Simone's longer, urgent epics—are dedicated to Lewis, a lifelong soldier in the civil rights movement. If any one person is at the heart of "Rise," it is this man, who grew up preaching to his chickens in Troy, Alabama. ("I'm convinced that some of those chickens that I preached to ... tended to listen to me much better than some of my colleagues listen to me in the Congress. As a matter of fact, some of those chickens were a little more productive. At least they produced eggs.") One of the 13 original Freedom Riders, Lewis is the only living speaker from the 1963 March on Washington, despite having nearly died at the hands of a state trooper on Bloody Sunday. He isn't always portrayed in the foreground of the movement narrative, perhaps because he doesn't offer the soaring oratory of Dr. King.</p> </blockquote> <p>"There is no better story, and no worse story, than the civil rights movement in America," Adashi observes in the Q&A conversation with Conley. "I hope we are creating a meaningful space for everyone to grapple with these realities, as we bear witness to where we have been and where we are going."</p> <p><em>More information about the performance, including ticket prices and availability, can be found at</em> <a href=""></a></p> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:11:00 -0400 Fourth-graders learn the knead-to-know science behind baking bread <p>The Divas of the Dry Ingredients and the Lords of the Liquids got right to work. They measured, mixed, kneaded, tossed, and rolled—all in the name of science.</p> <p>Approximately 350 fourth-graders from four Montgomery County elementary schools visited <a href="">Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus</a> to learn the art and science of bread baking. The students, from Laytonsville, Fallsmead, Fox Chapel, and Lakewood elementary schools, participated in the King Arthur Flour Bake for Good Kids: Learn Bake Share program.</p> <p>An instructor from King Arthur Flour taught her student helpers—the Divas of Dry Ingredients and the Lords of the Liquids—how to make bread dough for loaves, pretzels, pizza, and cinnamon rolls. As the students worked and watched, they explored the role of carbon dioxide in bread baking, talked about the importance of fractions in measuring, and learned about yeast's role as a fungus that thrives on sugar.</p> <p>The lessons align with the fourth-grade science curriculum on the changing states of matter, properties of matter, and the differences between mixtures and new substances. Learning science while baking shows students that science has real life, practical applications.</p> <p>King Arthur Flour donated enough ingredients and supplies for each student to bake two loaves of bread at home. One loaf will be enjoyed by the child's family. Students will bring their second loaves back to school next week for donation to Interfaith Works in Silver Spring.</p> <p>After students learned the chemistry of bread baking, they continued their hands-on science learning. Scientists, nurses, students, teachers, and others from several local companies and educational institutions led the students through activities including how to extract DNA from strawberries, how to prepare a plate of healthy food, how to determine an acid from a base, how to tell if a substance is candy or medicine, and how dry ice changes from a solid to a gas.</p> <p>Adventist Healthcare Shady Grove Medical Center, Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute, J. Craig Venter Institute, Johns Hopkins Center for Biotechnology Education, Montgomery College, Rockville Science Center, and Suburban Hospital participated.</p> <p>Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus organizes this event to expose students to science at an early age and to spark an interest in careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.</p> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:53:08 -0400 Johnson & Johnson CEO, T. Rowe Price chairman to speak at Carey Business School commencements <p>Alex Gorsky, chairman of the Board of Directors and chief executive officer of Johnson & Johnson, and Brian Rogers, chairman and chief investment officer of the T. Rowe Price Group, have been named speakers at two upcoming commencement ceremonies for the <a href="">Johns Hopkins Carey Business School</a>.</p> <p>Gorsky will deliver the main address at a <a href="">graduation ceremony on May 20 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall</a> in Baltimore. Rogers will speak at a <a href="">summer graduation ceremony on Aug. 6 at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric</a> in Baltimore.</p> <p>"Graduation day is the ultimate day for our students. It is a celebration of their hard work and preparation," said Bernard T. Ferrari, dean of the Carey Business School. "Alex Gorsky is an accomplished leader who heads one of the largest consumer health, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies, and Brian Rogers is a respected leader in the investment industry. We are proud to welcome them as our graduation speakers."</p> <p>Gorsky became chief executive officer of Johnson & Johnson in April 2012. After graduating from West Point, he spent six years as an officer in the United States Army and joined Johnson & Johnson immediately upon his retirement from the service. He was awarded a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business in 1996.</p> <p>Rogers has worked for the T. Rowe Price Group since 1982 and has more than 33 years of investment experience. T. Rowe Price is a global investment management organization with more than $746 billion in assets under management. The organization provides a broad array of mutual funds, sub-advisory services, and separate account management for individual and institutional investors, retirement plans, and financial intermediaries. Rogers has announced that he plans to step down in October 2015 as manager of the $30 billion T. Rowe Price Equity Income Fund.</p> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:30:00 -0400 Two Johns Hopkins scientists win Hartwell biomedical research awards <p>Gul Dolen, an assistant professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Eili Y. Klein, an assistant professor of emergency medicine, are among 12 recipients of The Hartwell Foundation's 2014 Individual Biomedical Research Award, the foundation announced on April 1.</p> <p>Each award will provide research support for three years at $100,000 per year. Johns Hopkins was one of only two institutions with multiple winners, and the awards also qualified the institution to receive Hartwell funding for two postdoctoral fellowships that Johns Hopkins will designate. The fellowships will provide support for two years to qualified individuals who already hold a doctorate, enabling them to pursue further specialized training in biomedical research as part of their professional career development.</p> <p>"It's exciting that a foundation focused on helping children through cutting-edge biomedical research chose my proposal to support," Klein says.</p> <p>With his Hartwell award, he aims to predict how influenza viruses will evolve from one season to the next, which would enable more effective flu vaccines to be developed.</p> <p>"The flu affects scores of children and families every year and can cause terrible illness and even death," he notes. "My hope is to reduce the burden of influenza, particularly for children.</p> <p>Dolen will take a novel approach to studying autism, a disorder of brain development characterized by dysfunctional social behaviors and communication. She will seek to identify the brain cells responsible for imagining the world from another person's point of view—an ability crucial to healthy social interaction. She plans to then develop a highly targeted therapy to stimulate those brain cells to alleviate the symptoms of autism.</p> <p>"Funding from The Hartwell Foundation is critical this project, since this approach is both novel and risky, but it nevertheless has the potential to help many children and their families," Dolen says.</p> <p>Each year, <a href="">The Hartwell Foundation</a> selects a limited number of research institutions to nominate candidates for its Individual Biomedical Research Award. Johns Hopkins has been selected as one of the foundation's Top Ten Centers of Biomedical Research in the United States every year since the program began in 2006, and a total of eight researchers from Johns Hopkins have been named Hartwell Investigators.</p> <p>Dolen earned an MD from Brown University and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she studied the autism spectrum disorder Fragile X syndrome. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University before joining the Johns Hopkins faculty last year. Her awards and honors include the 2014 Society for Social Neuroscience Early Career Award, the 2008 Joukowsky Family Foundation Outstanding Dissertation Award, the 2008 Sigma Xi Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award, the 2007 Rising Star Award from the Conquer Fragile X Foundation and the 2006 Angus MacDonald Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.</p> <p>Klein earned a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from Princeton University and an M.A. in international health policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2012. His work has been recognized with the 2012 Emergency Department Research Day Faculty Award for Best Research Presentation, Princeton University's May Fellowship and Harold W. Dodds Fellowship, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies' C. Grove Haines Prize.</p> <p>The primary mission of The Hartwell Foundation is to grant awards to individuals for innovative biomedical applied research that will potentially benefit children in the United States. Funds are provided for early-stage research projects that might not yet qualify for funding from traditional sources.</p> <p>Johns Hopkins recognizes the Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award competition as a component of <a href="">Rising to the Challenge: The Campaign for Johns Hopkins</a>, an effort to raise $4.5 billion to support students, faculty, advances in research and clinical care, and interdisciplinary solutions to some of humanity's most important problems. The campaign, supporting both The Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine, was publicly launched in May 2013 and is targeted for completion in 2017. Including the Hartwell awards, $3 billion has been committed so far.</p> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:05:00 -0400 Two years into research on JHU history, Bill Leslie ponders the Hopkins that might have been <p>Nearly two years deep into his research, Professor Stuart "Bill" Leslie has uncovered a number of "what if?" moments along the lifespan of Johns Hopkins University.</p> <p>What if the university had developed at Johns Hopkins' summer estate at Clifton Mansion instead of at Homewood? What if the football team had accepted an offer to play in the Tangerine Bowl in 1948? What if the university had followed through with creating a law school?</p> <p>Leslie, a longtime professor in the Krieger School's <a href="">History of Science and Technology Department</a>, has been digging through archives since summer 2013, after he was <a href="">commissioned to write the definitive history of Johns Hopkins University</a>. His book, projected for completion in 2018, will cover all divisions of the university, from its founding in 1876 to its present administration. In 2013, the Office of the President also launched <a href="">Hopkins Retrospective</a>, a project—with Leslie's book as its centerpiece—exploring new ways to share the university's history within the school community and in Greater Baltimore.</p> <p>On Friday, as part of Alumni Weekend, Leslie will pause from his research to give a lecture on <a href="">"The Hopkins That Might Have Been."</a> The talk is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. in Hodson Hall.</p> <p>The alternate narratives that could have shaped Hopkins—both missed opportunities and avoided mistakes—have been spinning constantly through Leslie's head during his research.</p> <p>Recently, he's been looking at the Chesapeake Bay Institute, a research center the U.S. Navy launched with Hopkins in 1947. Eventually Johns Hopkins used the institute for oceanography and estuarine science.</p> <p>But "it got caught up in internal politics and ran out of money," Leslie says, so the university administration abandoned the institute in the early 1990s. With that, he sees a lost opportunity. "We gave up an opportunity to be an authoritative voice on environmental issues in the bay"—an East Coast rival to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.</p> <p>Likewise, Leslie believes "something was lost" in Hopkins' failed plans to develop a pioneering undergraduate program exclusively for juniors and seniors. The idea was for upperclassmen to transfer to Hopkins from other universities, gearing themselves toward graduate studies.</p> <p>"We tried it in the '20s, tried it in the '50s … but we never were able to pull off that idea of a unique undergraduate experience, something distinctively Hopkins," Leslie says.</p> <p>Strong personalities have also demanded Leslie's attention, like Broadus Mitchell, a rabble-rouser on the faculty in the 1920s and '30s. The outspoken socialist ultimately resigned over the university's refusal to admit an African-American student into the graduate school.</p> <p>"We don't have enough radicals like that," says Leslie.</p> <p>Among the materials he's unearthed on Mitchell is a blue book the professor deliberately saved to defend himself to the administration. After a student's parent complained about Mitchell's controversial statements in class (such as calling the Supreme Court justices "nine old bastards"), the professor held onto that student's final exam to prove he wasn't giving an F out of mere spite. He wrote on the blue book: "This is the worst final exam I ever saw."</p> <p>Leslie's research has involved combing through the archives not only of the medical campus and Homewood but also places like the Rockefeller Foundation, or the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia to sort through the papers of archaeologist and biblical scholar William F. Albright.</p> <p>Part of his process —which he says is "part serendipity, part intentional"—involves pursuing stray items of interest down the rabbit hole until they tell a full story. "You find a lead, something you didn't know about, and you follow that as far as you can," he says.</p> <p>Leslie, who joined JHU in 1981 as a postdoctoral fellow, hasn't yet started writing his tome, but he's come up with an organizational structure. He's arranging the book based on seven major "places" —such as the Clinic, the Laboratory, Community Spaces, and the Field.</p> <p>Within that framework, he'll follow major events and figures chronologically, aiming to focus on significant personalities. "The challenge of all the chapters is to bring the personalities to life in the space," he says.</p> <p><em>Leslie's <a href="">lecture on "The Hopkins That Might Have Been"</a> takes place Friday, April 17, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Hodson Hall, Room 310. To register to attend this lecture, please visit <a href=""></a>. The event also will be shown live on the <a href="">Johns Hopkins Ustream channel</a>. Following the lecture, <a href="">Hopkins Retrospective</a> will host a reception.</em></p> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:30:00 -0400 Student research on display at JHU's first Undergraduate Research Day <p>Undergraduate students of all disciplines—engineering, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences—will convene for the first time this week to showcase their innovative research at Johns Hopkins' first Undergraduate Research Day. More than 150 students from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering will gather this Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 pm. at the Ralph S. O'Connor Recreation Center to share their many explorations and discoveries.</p> <p>"Research is the hallmark of a Johns Hopkins education, and the university offers myriad funding opportunities for students to engage in research, either on their own or with a faculty member," says Linda Gorman, teaching professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and lead planner for URD. "What's missing, though, is one collaborative event where students have a chance to present their impressive work to the university community."</p> <p>The Undergraduate Research Day, which is free and open to the public, is being held in conjunction with the Spring Open House and Overnight Program, which gives prospective students the chance to witness one of the university's most impressive and distinctive features: the breadth of research opportunities and projects available to undergraduates at Hopkins.</p> <p>"This type of broad research event illustrates the university's commitment to the undergraduate experience," Gorman says. "It also gives students a public forum in which to present their research, and it fosters intellectual community among faculty and staff."</p> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 07:50:00 -0400 Levi Watkins Jr., pioneering Hopkins cardiac surgeon and civil rights activist, dies at 70 <p>Levi Watkins Jr., a pioneer in both cardiac surgery and civil rights who implanted the first automatic heart defibrillator in a patient and was instrumental in recruiting minority students to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, died Saturday of complications from a stroke. He was 70.</p> <p>Watkins came to Johns Hopkins in 1970 as a general surgery intern and retired in 2013 after serving as an exemplary surgeon and inspirational leader for 43 years.</p> <p>"He remained as powerful a presence and as important an influence on Johns Hopkins as he was when he arrived here," Paul B. Rothman, dean of the medical faculty, and Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, wrote in a message to the Hopkins community. "Johns Hopkins was a great institution then—but it is a far, far better place now: more diverse, more innovative, more connected to the community that surrounds us, more welcoming. We have Levi Watkins to thank for a lot of those changes."</p> <p><strong>Also see:</strong> <a href="">Levi Watkins, pioneer in cardiac surgery, dies</a> (<em>The Baltimore Sun</em>)</p> <p>Watkins was born in Parsons, Kansas, and moved with his family to Alabama, where he attended the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He played an active role in the Montgomery bus boycotts in the 1950s and became the first African-American admitted to Vanderbilt University's School of Medicine in 1966.</p> <p>After earning his medical degree from Vanderbilt in 1970, he began a surgical internship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and, after a research stint at Harvard Medical School, became Johns Hopkins Hospital's first black chief resident in cardiac surgery.</p> <p>From his earliest days at Hopkins, he played a pivotal part in changing the institution's role in medical education. In 1975, at the request of the newly appointed School of Medicine dean, Richard Ross, Watkins and a fellow African-American faculty colleague, ophthalmologist Earl Kidwell, a 1973 School of Medicine graduate, launched a concerted nationwide drive to recruit talented minority students who were interested in studying medicine. Within a few years, Johns Hopkins was attracting black students from all over the nation who were convinced by Watkins that Johns Hopkins wanted them. The success of the Johns Hopkins minority recruitment campaign soon made it a model imitated by other medical schools.</p> <p>In 1980, Watkins gained renown for implanting the first automatic heart defibrillator in a patient suffering from repeated, life-threating episodes of ventricular fibrillation, or irregular heartbeats. Such a procedure now is commonplace, saving untold lives annually.</p> <p>In 1983, he was appointed to the medical school's admissions board, and the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates for minorities steadily climbed. Each year, Watkins hosted a reception for black students, house staff, and faculty, which grew from 10 or so attendees in the 1970s to more than 100 by the mid-1990s.</p> <p>"That progress continues today, with underrepresented minority enrollment in the School of Medicine on the rise," Rothman and Peterson wrote. "It is one of Levi Watkins' most vital legacies."</p> <p>In 1991, Watkins was promoted to full professor of cardiac surgery and vice dean for postdoctoral programs and faculty development. He would have an immense impact on postdoctoral education in the country by establishing the nation's first postdoctoral association at Johns Hopkins, another pioneering effort that has been emulated elsewhere.</p> <p>In January, Watkins hosted Johns Hopkins' 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration, an event he founded in 1982 and continued to host every year. The event honors King's legacy of nonviolent activism and community service. Past speakers include Maya Angelou, Harry Belafonte Jr., Stevie Wonder, James Earl Jones, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Jesse Jackson, Danny Glover, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King.</p> <p>At this year's commemoration event, an official oil portrait of Watkins was unveiled. He died just a week after the portrait was formally installed in the Division of Cardiac Surgery.</p> <p>Watkins received honorary degrees from Morgan State University, Spelman College, Meharry Medical College, and Sojourner-Douglass College. His life and work were featured on a 1993 Public Television Systems' The New Explorers program episode entitled "A Dream Fulfilled," and three years later again on Maryland Public Television.</p> <p>In 2013, the American Heart Association established the Watkins-Saunders Award, recognizing excellence in medical and community work focused on diminishing health care disparities in Maryland and named in honor of Watkins and University of Maryland cardiologist Elijah Saunders, who died on April 6 of cancer at the age of 80. Lisa Cooper, director of the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities and a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" recipient who is among the many leading physicians whom Watkins mentored, was the first recipient of the award.</p> <p>"It is inarguable that Levi Watkins' impact on our hospital and School of Medicine—on their culture, on their care—will endure," Rothman and Peterson wrote, "just as will our immense admiration for him and thanks for all that he did here."</p> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:46:00 -0400 Two Johns Hopkins scholars awarded Guggenheim Fellowships <p>Anthropologist <a href="">Niloofar Haeri</a> and <a href="">Lawrence M. Principe</a>, a historian of science and a chemist, both of Johns Hopkins University, were among <a href="">175 prominent scholars to win 2015 fellowships</a> from The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.</p> <p>The Guggenheim foundation selected Haeri and Principe from an applicant pool of nearly 3,000 scholars, artists, and scientists.</p> <p>Both professors work in the <a href="">Krieger School of Arts and Sciences</a>. Principe is the Drew Professor of the Humanities, splitting his time between the <a href="">Department of the History of Science and Technology</a> and <a href="">Department of Chemistry</a>. He is also director of the <a href="">Singleton Center for the Study of Premodern Europe</a>. Haeri is a professor and chairwoman of the <a href="">Department of Anthropology</a>.</p> <p>The Guggenheim foundation offers fellowships to scholars and artists to help them to engage in research "in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed." The fellowships are intended for those who have demonstrated "exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts."</p> <p>The fellowships are for a minimum of six months and a maximum of 12 months, and are intended to provide blocks of time to work with creative freedom. The amounts of grants vary. Haeri intends to use her fellowship to work on her book, <em>In the Presence of the Divine: Prayer and Poetry in the Lives of Iranian Women</em>.</p> <p>Principe said his fellowship will give him the quiet time and ability to travel he needs to help him finish a book on the transformations of chemistry at the French Academy of Sciences at the start of the 18th century.</p> <p>The fellowships were established in 1925 by former U.S. Senator Simon Guggenheim and his wife, in memory of their 17-year-old son, John Simon Guggenheim, who died in 1922.</p> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 08:00:00 -0400 Geek life: JHU's annual JohnCon celebrates gaming, sci-fi, fantasy <p>At 5 p.m. today, Levering Hall on the Homewood campus will turn into a geek paradise: Pokemon and Magic the Gathering tournaments, a rotation of anime movies in the Arellano Theater, laser-tag sessions on the quad, and 48 consecutive hours of board games in the Great Hall.</p> <p>It's all on the schedule for <a href="">JohnCon</a>, Johns Hopkins' annual two-day sci-fi, fantasy, and gaming convention.</p> <p>"People come and go all weekend," says JohnCon vice president Emily Forster, a junior majoring in molecular and cellular biology. "Some people drop by for 10 minutes, some stay for hours."</p> <p>The convention's geared toward both hardcore sci-fi/fantasy fans and gamers, and those with more casual interests, Forster says. Undergrads, grad students, faculty members, and off-campus visitors are all welcome, with a $10 donation suggested but not required.</p> <p>Round-the-clock <a href="">activities are planned</a>, including a panel on the ins and outs of writing fan fiction, a Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament, an 18+ talk on Japanese fetishes, a <em>Legend of Korra</em> role-playing game, a Dungeons & Dragons Eberron session, and showings of anime movies, including <em>The Girl Who Leapt Through Time</em> (2006).</p> <p>The nature of the event—48 hours without interruption—means ebbs and flows of activity, Forster says. In the early morning hours, things can get quiet, though people "do hang out and stay up all weekend" playing board games and video games, she says. A rave, scheduled to start 1 a.m. Saturday, will surely be less quiet.</p> <p>In terms of entertainers, this year's headliner is the <a href="">+2 Comedy troupe</a>, a favorite of conventions across the U.S. This is the second JohnCon for the New Jersey-based group, which specializes in "nerd comedy." In addition to a Saturday evening show, they'll present a panel on "Dirty Video Games Lies" on Friday night, exploring misunderstandings about video games. And on Sunday they'll record a podcast.</p> <p>Another visitor will be <a href="">sci-fi/fantasy author and composer Danny Birt</a>, who will read from his books and perform music.</p> <p>JohnCon is organized by a small board affiliated with three clubs at Hopkins—the <a href="">Science Fiction and Fantasy Association</a>, the <a href="">Pen and Paper Gaming Club</a>, and the <a href="">Anime Club</a>.</p> <p>Loosely connected groups include the <a href="">Smash@JHU club</a> (for aficionados of the Super Smash Bros. Nintendo game) and the <a href="">Advanced Computer Machinery Association</a>.</p> <p>Combined, these specialty-interest clubs represent "hundreds of students" and host various tournaments and other social events throughout the year, Forster says.</p> <p>The annual springtime JohnCon event has been going on since the 1990s, according to Forster. She says the time of year makes it a nice chance "to blow off steam before finals and hang out with each other before we part ways" for the summer.</p> <p>More information about JohnCon is available on <a href="">Facebook</a> and <a href="">Twitter</a>, and a downloadable <a href="">Guidebook app</a>.</p> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 14:30:00 -0400 Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars to induct 15 new members <p>Fifteen women and men who spent formative parts of their illustrious careers at Johns Hopkins will be honored Monday, when they are inducted into the university's Society of Scholars. The event, to be held at the Peabody Institute, will be hosted by President Ronald J. Daniels and Provost Robert C. Lieberman.</p> <p>The Society of Scholars was created on the recommendation of then university President Milton S. Eisenhower and approved by the board of trustees on May 1, 1967. The society—the first of its kind in the nation—inducts former postdoctoral fellows, postdoctoral degree recipients, house staff, and junior or visiting faculty who have served at least a year at Johns Hopkins and thereafter gained marked distinction elsewhere in their fields of physical, biological, medical, social, or engineering sciences or in the humanities and for whom at least five years have elapsed since their last Johns Hopkins affiliation.</p> <p>A selection committee, whose members are equally distributed among the academic divisions with postdoctoral programs, elects a limited number of scholars from the candidates nominated by the schools. The scholars are presented with a certificate and a medallion on a black and gold ribbon at the annual induction ceremony. Their induction brings to 626 the total number of members in the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. The following listing of the new members is accompanied by a short description of their accomplishments at the time of their election.</p> <h5>Robert L. Gallucci</h5> <p><strong>Washington, D.C.</strong></p> <p>Robert Gallucci is a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he served as dean for 13 years. He left Georgetown in 2009 to become president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, a position he held until 2014. Earlier, he had spent more than two decades in government positions focused on international security. As ambassador-at-large and special envoy for the U.S. State Department, he dealt with the threats posed by the proliferation of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction, and he was chief U.S. negotiator during the North Korean nuclear crisis of 1994. He also served as assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, and as the deputy executive chairman of the United Nations Special Commission overseeing the disarmament of Iraq after the first Gulf War. Gallucci completed a postdoctoral fellowship at what is now the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins' Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and was a professorial lecturer at SAIS from 1973 to 1976.</p> <h5>Douglas A. Jabs</h5> <p><strong>New York, New York</strong></p> <p>Douglas Jabs is a professor of ophthalmology and medicine, and chairman emeritus of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. With continuous NIH funding for nearly 30 years, he chairs the Multicenter Uveitis Treatment Trial, the Standardization of Uveitis Nomenclature Working Group, and Studies of the Ocular Complications of AIDS Research Group. Jabs is the recipient of numerous honors and a frequent speaker both nationally and internationally, and has produced 290 publications and 46 book chapters. He earned both his MD and MBA degrees at Johns Hopkins. His internship in internal medicine at New York Hospital–Cornell Medical Center was followed at Johns Hopkins by residencies in internal medicine and in ophthalmology, as well as a fellowship in rheumatology. In 1984, he joined the Johns Hopkins faculty and in 1993 was promoted to professor of ophthalmology and medicine in the School of Medicine; he also served as a professor of epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and as director of the Division of Ocular Immunology at the Wilmer Eye Institute. He moved to Mount Sinai in 2007.</p> <h5>Keith D. Lillemoe</h5> <p><strong>Boston, Massachusetts</strong></p> <p>Keith Lillemoe has contributed to major advances in the management of pancreatic cancer, bile duct injuries and strictures, and numerous other abdominal conditions. Since 2011, he has been surgeon-in-chief and chief of the Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and the W. Gerald Austen Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Active in numerous surgical societies and a frequent speaker throughout the world, Lillemoe has produced 350 journal articles and 120 book chapters, has been a visiting professor more than 95 times, is editor of one of the leading surgical texts, <em>Surgery: Scientific Principles and Practice</em>, and is editor-in-chief of <em>Annals of Surgery</em>. He earned his MD in 1978 and completed his entire surgical training at Johns Hopkins, joining the faculty in 1985 and rising to the rank of professor of surgery in 1996. He was honored with the department's Faculty Teaching Award five times. He left Johns Hopkins in 2003 to become the Jay L. Grosfeld Professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine.</p> <h5>Piero Madau</h5> <p><strong>Santa Cruz, California</strong></p> <p>Piero Madau, Distinguished Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and director of the Next Generation Telescopes Science Institute, researches challenging and fundamental problems at the intersection of cosmology, galaxy formation, and theoretical and computational astrophysics. His work spans a large range of astronomical scales and epochs, from the present-day properties of the universe going back in time to the dawn of galaxies and the epoch of the first stars and quasars. Among the prestigious awards Madau has received for his significant and breakthrough results are the Heineman Prize for Astrophysics, the Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment DOE Award, and the Alexander von Humboldt Prize in Physical Sciences. He regularly serves on NASA mission and science advisory committees, as well as in other leadership roles in his field. Born and educated in Italy, he came to the United States in 1987 for postdoctoral work, which included a Davis Fellowship at Johns Hopkins and a position as assistant astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute, located on the university's Homewood campus. He then joined the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge, and moved in 2000 to UCSC.</p> <h5>Santa J. Ono</h5> <p><strong>Cincinnati, Ohio</strong></p> <p>A highly accomplished researcher in eye disease, Santa Ono is president of the University of Cincinnati, where he also serves as a professor of pediatrics in the College of Medicine and as a professor of biology in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences. Named the university's president in 2012, Ono has become a frequent opinion leader on higher education issues and a trailblazer in the use of social media. He has a reputation for accessibility and responsiveness to the university's wide range of constituents. He chairs Ohio Gov. John Kasich's task force focusing on the biopharmaceutical industry, and he heads the health committee of the Urban Serving Universities. Ono has received many honors and awards for his research and scholarship, is a member of several national and international honorific societies, and is a sought-after public speaker. Earlier in his career, from 1992 to 1996, he was an assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins.</p> <h5>Carole A. Parent</h5> <p><strong>Bethesda, Maryland</strong></p> <p>Carole Parent is deputy chief of the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology at the National Cancer Institute's Center for Cancer Research. She is a world-leading expert in the field of directed cell migration, having identified novel mechanisms used by cells to communicate with each other as they move in a concerted fashion toward a chemical attractant, a process that underlies fundamentally important processes occurring during embryonic development, response to infection, and cancer metastasis. After receiving her PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1992, she completed postdoctoral training in the Department of Biological Chemistry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, under the direction of Peter Devreotes, the Isaac Morris and Lucille Elizabeth Hay Professor of Embryology and director of the department. She was promoted to instructor in 1996. In 2000, Parent moved to NCI, where she received tenure in 2006 and was appointed deputy chief in 2010. In 2011, she was appointed adjunct professor at the Institute for Physical Science and Technology at the University of Maryland, College Park, and in 2013 was named co-director of the NCI-UMD Partnership for Cancer Technology.</p> <h5>Ramon E. Parsons</h5> <p><strong>New York, New York</strong></p> <p>At the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai since 2013, Ramon Parsons is the Ward-Coleman Professor in Cancer Research, chair of the Department of Oncological Sciences, and co-leader of the Cancer Mechanisms Program of the Tisch Cancer Institute, where he studies cancer signaling and biology with an emphasis on breast cancer. After earning his MD and PhD degrees at SUNY at Stony Brook, Parsons completed a fellowship at Johns Hopkins under the direction of Bert Vogelstein, the Clayton Professor of Oncology and Pathology; there, Parsons and his colleagues discovered that inactivation of DNA mismatch repair genes causes hereditary colorectal cancer. At Columbia University Medical Center, where he was the Avon Professor of Pathology and Medicine and leader of the Breast Cancer Program, Parsons' laboratory identified the PTEN tumor suppressor gene, which is inactivated in a wide variety of cancers and cancer predisposition syndromes. He has been a leader in establishing the importance of PTEN and the PI3K pathway for cancer using a combination of genetic, biochemical, human tissue, and systems biology approaches. He is a Komen Scholar and has received numerous honors and awards.</p> <h5>Godfrey D. Pearlson</h5> <p><strong>New Haven, Connecticut</strong></p> <p>Godfrey Pearlson is a leader in using neuroimaging as a tool to address a broad array of questions regarding the neurobiology of major mental disorders, primarily psychosis and drug and alcohol abuse. He is a professor of psychiatry and neurobiology at Yale University Medical School and founding director of the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital. The recipient of many awards, Pearlson is on the editorial board of several psychiatry and neuroimaging journals, and has published more than 500 peer-reviewed research articles. He is also co-founder of the annual BrainDance Competition, which aims to encourage high school and college students across New England to learn about psychiatric diseases and to develop a more tolerant and realistic perspective toward people with severe psychiatric problems. After completing medical training in England and receiving a graduate degree in philosophy at Columbia University, he came to Johns Hopkins as a resident and postdoctoral fellow in psychiatry under Paul McHugh. He later joined the faculty, becoming a professor of psychiatry and founding director of the Division of Psychiatric Neuroimaging.</p> <h5>Robert Reid-Pharr</h5> <p><strong>New York, New York</strong></p> <p>A Distinguished and Presidential Professor of English and American Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he also directs the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean, Robert Reid-Pharr is a highly regarded specialist in African-American culture and a prominent scholar in the field of race and sexuality studies. Reid-Pharr has published three books: <em>Conjugal Union: The Body, the House, and the Black American</em>; <em>Black, Gay, Man: Essays</em>; and <em>Once You Go Black: Choice, Desire, and the Black American Intellectual</em>. His essays have appeared in a range of publications, and his research and writing have been supported by leading private foundations and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Before joining the Graduate Center, he was an assistant and associate professor of English at Johns Hopkins. He also has been a visiting professor at the College of William and Mary, American University of Beirut, University of Oxford, University of Oregon, and University of Chicago. He earned his PhD from Yale University and BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.</p> <h5>Elise F. Stanley</h5> <p><strong>Toronto, Canada</strong></p> <p>Elise Stanley heads the Cellular and Molecular Division of the Toronto Western Research Institute and has established a laboratory in synaptic transmission research. She holds the Tanenbaum Chair in Molecular Brain Science and the Canada Research Chair, and supervises the TWRI Wright Cellular Imaging Facility. Stanley has worked primarily within the field of information transfer in the nervous system, beginning with spinal cord synaptic pathways that serve the small muscles of the human hand. Among her significant research contributions is the finding that a single calcium channel could trigger the fusion of a single synaptic vesicle, which led to her prediction that the calcium channel must be physically linked to the synaptic vesicle. Initially disputed, this is now the generally accepted mechanism. After her education in England, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship and was an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins. She moved to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in 1984, initially as a visiting fellow and head of the Synaptic Mechanisms Section. She has been at TWRI since 1999.</p> <h5>Kathleen J. Stebe</h5> <p><strong>Philadelphia, Pennsylvania</strong></p> <p>Kathleen Stebe is the Richer and Elizabeth M. Goodwin Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also serves as deputy dean for research in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. A respected researcher, Stebe focuses on capillary phenomena, assembly at interfaces and within complex fluids, and interfacial flows, with particular emphasis on how surfactants can be used to direct stresses at interfaces and to alter drop breakup modes. Following completion of her PhD in chemical engineering at the Levich Institute and a postdoctoral year at the Université de Technologie de Compiègne, Stebe joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Johns Hopkins, where she rose through the ranks to become a professor and department chair and received a Robert S. Pond Excellence in Teaching Award. She moved to the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Stebe has been a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, was named a fellow of the American Physical Society, and received the Frenkiel Award from the APS' Division of Fluid Dynamics.</p> <h5>Rolf-Detlef Treede</h5> <p><strong>Mannheim, Germany</strong></p> <p>Rolf-Detlef Treede is a professor of neurophysiology at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and also managing director of the Center for Biomedicine and Medical Technology Mannheim. His wide-ranging interests in the field of pain include the mechanisms and treatment of neuropathic pain, the cortical representation of pain, peripheral nociceptive transduction mechanisms, pain memory, pain assessment by quantitative sensory testing, and clinical neurophysiology. Treede is president of the International Association for the Study of Pain, past chair of its Special Interest Group on Neuropathic Pain, and past president of its German chapter. He sits on numerous national and international committees, is on the editorial board of the journal <em>Der Schmerz</em>, and has authored or co-authored about 330 publications in journals and books. After completing his medical degree in 1981, he joined the Department of Physiology at the University Hospital Eppendorf in Hamburg, spending two years (1988 to 1990) as a visiting scientist with the Department of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins. From 1992 to 2007 he was a professor of neurophysiology at the Institute of Physiology and Pathophysiology of the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz.</p> <h5>David Vlahov</h5> <p><strong>San Francisco, California</strong></p> <p>David Vlahov is a professor and dean of the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. He initiated the International Society for Urban Health and is an expert consultant to the World Health Organization's Urban Health Center in Kobe, Japan. Vlahov's work focuses on epidemiology, infectious diseases, substance abuse, and mental health, and his experience includes interprofessional and interdisciplinary education and research. He studied urban populations in Baltimore for more than 20 years and led epidemiological studies in Harlem and the Bronx, New York, experiences that provided a wealth of information on how to deal with racial and ethnic health disparities. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and he has edited three books on urban health and published more than 640 scholarly papers. After earning BSN and MS degrees at the University of Maryland, Vlahov completed his PhD in epidemiology in 1988 at what is now the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he joined the faculty and became a professor and deputy chair of the Department of Epidemiology.</p> <h5>Judith N. Wasserheit</h5> <p><strong>Seattle, Washington</strong></p> <p>Judith Wasserheit's development of the concept of epidemiological synergy between HIV infection and other STDs has had a major influence on HIV prevention policy and programs around the world. At the University of Washington, Wasserheit is the William H. Foege Chair of the Department of Global Health, a professor of global health and of medicine, and an adjunct professor of epidemiology. Her research has included one of the first laparoscopic studies of pelvic inflammatory disease etiology conducted in the United States, the first population-based study of the prevalence and etiologic spectrum of STDs among rural women in the Indian subcontinent, and a study on the interrelationships between STDs and contraceptive practices in other parts of the developing world. The recipient of many prestigious awards and honors, Wasserheit was the founding chief of the National Institutes of Health's STD Research Branch; director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's STD Prevention Program; and director of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network, the largest global clinical trials platform evaluating preventive HIV vaccines. She became an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1986 and earned her MPH at the university's School of Public Health in 1989.</p> <h5>Maria T. Zuber</h5> <p><strong>Cambridge, Massachusetts</strong></p> <p>Maria Zuber is vice president for research and the E.A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has served on the Presidential Commission on the Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy and was recently appointed to the National Science Board. Zuber's research bridges planetary geophysics and the technology of space-based laser and radio systems. She has published more than 230 papers, and since 1990 has held leadership roles associated with scientific experiments or instrumentation on nine NASA missions. She remains involved with six of these missions and is principal investigator for NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission, an effort to map the moon's gravitational field. Zuber has received numerous professional honors, and has been singled out in the popular press as one of the 50 most important women in science and as one of America's best leaders. Earlier in her career, Zuber was a faculty member at Johns Hopkins in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences' Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.</p> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 11:00:00 -0400 New Johns Hopkins global affairs institute to honor Henry Kissinger <p>Three-term New York City Mayor <a href="">Michael R. Bloomberg</a> is providing initial funding for a new international policy institute at the Johns Hopkins University named in honor of his longtime friend, former Secretary of State <a href="">Henry Kissinger</a>.</p> <p>The new Henry A. Kissinger Institute for Global Affairs will be located at the university's <a href="">Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies</a> in Washington, D.C. It will specialize in long-term strategic analysis and in the disciplined application of historical lessons to contemporary international problems.</p> <p>The institute, which will include at least 10 distinguished scholars in international affairs, will also serve as a focal point for scholarship and public debate on international affairs and policy. The discussion will be led by the institute's resident and visiting scholars, intellectuals, and policy practitioners.</p> <p>"There is a need for an approach in international relations education that transcends the narrow confines of short-run policymaking," <a href="">Johns Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels</a> said. "The Kissinger Institute is created to address that need. The rigorous theoretical research at the institute will instill a deep sense of intellectual inquiry in the minds of all those who engage with the subjects at hand, including the most vexing international issues of our time."</p> <p>Bloomberg, a Johns Hopkins alumnus and former chairman of its board of trustees, is committing funds to establish the institute. These funds will be matched by other donors and by Johns Hopkins, which also will dedicate two of its <a href="">Bloomberg Distinguished Professorships</a> to the Kissinger Institute. In total, at least 10 new endowed chairs will be established at the institute.</p> <p>"I am deeply moved that so many friends have come together at Mike Bloomberg's initiative to support an institute that will advance the country's contribution to wresting order from incipient chaos," Kissinger said. "The challenges of today's world demand fresh thinking and new ideas based on historical perception, knowledge, and sound analysis. The School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins is uniquely positioned to tackle such challenges with a combination of contextual studies in economics, religion, and regional and cultural history with practical diplomacy."</p> <p>Kissinger served as national security adviser and secretary of state in the Nixon and Ford administrations. He negotiated nuclear weapons and anti-ballistic missile treaties with the Soviet Union and laid the groundwork for President Richard Nixon's breakthrough visit to China in 1972. He negotiated for the United States at the Paris peace talks that led to the end of the Vietnam War.</p> <p><a href="">Vali Nasr</a>, the dean of the School of Advanced International Studies, said he is particularly pleased that a valuable new scholarly institute at SAIS will honor the former secretary of state.</p> <p>"The Kissinger Institute is a timely investment in furthering the study of international relations during a period in which the global order faces both new opportunities and complex challenges," Nasr said.</p> <p>"The institute," Nasr said, "will be dedicated through the individual and collective thought leadership, scholarship, and pedagogy of its faculty to shaping the way our future leaders will develop and implement foreign policy."</p> <p>A former Harvard University professor of government, Kissinger has remained an influential observer of international affairs. He is the author of 18 books and is founder and chairman of Kissinger Associates Inc., an international consulting firm.</p> <p>Kissinger has been awarded the <a href="">Nobel Peace Prize</a>, the <a href="">Presidential Medal of Freedom</a>, and the <a href="">Medal of Liberty</a>.</p> <p>Gifts supporting the creation of the institute are part of <a href="">Rising to the Challenge: The Campaign for Johns Hopkins</a>, an effort to raise $4.5 billion, primarily to support students, research and discovery, and interdisciplinary solutions to some of humanity's most important problems. The campaign, supporting both the university and Johns Hopkins Medicine, began its quiet phase in January 2010, was publicly launched in May 2013, and is targeted for completion in 2017. More than $2.95 billion has been committed so far.</p> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 07:30:00 -0400 Commercial weight-loss programs offer little evidence of success, Johns Hopkins researchers say <p>Though weight-loss programs amount to a $2.5-billion-a-year industry in the U.S., <a href="">very few of them can be proven effective</a>, according to a new Johns Hopkins study.</p> <p>In a review of 32 major commercial weight-loss programs in the U.S., researchers from the JHU School of Medicine found that only two—Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig—are backed by reliable data showing sustained weight loss. Other programs such as NutriSystem and the Atkins diet show promising results, but more studies are needed to look at long-term outcomes, the report suggests.</p> <p>The findings, <a href="">published in the April 6 issue of the <em>Annals of Internal Medicine</em></a>, are intended to help physicians guide overweight and obese patients.</p> <p>"Entering any weight-loss program, people come in with idea of losing large amounts of weight," <a href="">Kimberly Gudzune</a> an assistant professor of medicine and a weight-loss specialist at the School of Medicine, <a href="">told Vox</a>. "It's not impossible to do, but it's the more unusual occurrence."</p> <p>To arrive at their conclusions, Hopkins researchers reviewed 4,200 studies of the 32 major weight-loss programs. They found that only 11 of the programs met the scientific "gold standard" for reliability in the studies—using randomized clinical trials.</p> <p>Within that narrow group, only Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig are backed by data proving that participants, on average, lost more weight after one year than dieters using their own plans and/or other resources. The results in those programs were generally modest, with Weight Watchers participants averaging 2.6 percent more weight loss than the other dieters, and Jenny Craig participants averaging 4.9 percent more weight loss.</p> <p>Importantly, both Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig are supported by clinical trials lasting more than 12 months. Study co-author <a href="">Jeanne Clark</a>, JHU professor of Medicine and director of the Division of General Internal Medicine, notes the value of following such results for more than a year. The benefits of weight loss—including lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar, along with decreased risk of diseases like diabetes—are "long-term goals," Clark said. "Losing weight for three months, then regaining it, has limited health benefits."</p> <p>Researchers also found that programs based on the Atkins diet—high in fat, low in carbohydrates—showed modest "promising" results at six and 12 months. NutriSystem produced weight-loss at three months, but long-term trials weren't available. Meanwhile, programs based on very-low-calorie meal replacement (such as MediFast) showed weight-loss results up to six months, but not much evidence beyond that.</p> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 08:24:00 -0400 New-look Johns Hopkins University website to launch later this month <p>Visitors to Johns Hopkins University's website will see something different beginning later this month.</p> <p>A new and improved, the first redesign for the university website since 2009, is expected to debut by the end of April.</p> <p>The new site is designed to make important information easier to find and to do a better job of telling university stories. Its features include a simplified menu and more powerful search function; a new searchable and sortable database of JHU's more than 200 academic programs; and a design that looks great on any device, including tablets and mobile devices.</p> <p>In planning and developing the new, members of the redesign team sought feedback from Johns Hopkins staff, faculty members, students, parents of students, alumni, and others. They also analyzed data about how visitors use the website and conducted user testing to fine-tune site features and functions.</p> <p>The team will continue to collect feedback before and after the site's launch date and will make changes aimed at improving the site and the experience of its users.</p> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 16:11:00 -0400 JHU School of Education dean appointed to second five-year term <p>David Andrews has been appointed to a second five-year term as dean of the <a href="">Johns Hopkins University School of Education</a>, effective July 1, 2015. In a message to the community today, President Ronald J. Daniels and Provost Robert C. Lieberman said Andrews' vision, leadership, and commitment to improving the wider community are important assets to the school.</p> <p>"Over the last five years, the School of Education has made truly remarkable progress in achieving its critical aspirations, and David has been a key component of that growth," the president and provost said in in their message.</p> <p>Andrews brought two major research centers into the School of Education and recruited world-class researchers, including one of the first Bloomberg Distinguished Professors in partnership with the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. He oversaw the development and launch of <a href="">the school's first PhD program</a>—which provides talented scholars with full tuition support as well as stipends—to complement the long-standing, practitioner-focused EdD program. The school also created a new online part-time EdD program and expanded its long-standing partnership with Teach For America.</p> <p>The growth in research funding and faculty recognition helped propel the School of Education to number one in <em>U.S. News & World Report</em>'s ranking of graduate programs in education for two consecutive years.</p> <p>During Andrews' tenure, the School of Education helped establish and began operating the Henderson-Hopkins school in East Baltimore. This school offers research-based K-8 program development, a creative learning environment, and teacher training.</p> <p>That effort "epitomizes the School of Education's mission and David's essential belief in this university's commitment to community," Daniels and Lieberman said.</p> <p>Andrews also led the school's efforts, in partnership with other Johns Hopkins divisions, to develop, implement, and fund two universitywide signature initiatives of the <a href="">Rising to the Challenge campaign</a>: the <a href="">Science of Learning Institute</a> and the <a href="">21st Century Cities Initiative</a>.</p> <p>During the reappointment evaluation process, external reviewers said Andrews' leadership has helped advance a research agenda that "has the potential to bring great esteem to the university and address some of the nation's significant problems in education."</p> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 11:30:00 -0400 Evergreen offers a guide to gardening from the guys at Gertrude's <p>"Growing your own food is the best way to know what you like," says Jon Carroll, the green-thumbed farm and bar manager at <a href="">Gertrude's restaurant</a>.</p> <p>At the head of <a href="">Evergreen Museum & Library's</a> recently restored kitchen, he shares gardening hacks, tips, and tricks with a group of novice and expert growers, all eager to embark on the Chesapeake region garden season after a snow-laden winter.</p> <p>This is Carroll's fifth year teaching at Evergreen beside Gertrude's chef and owner John Shields, who dubs Carroll "a man of many hats and many seasons." Together, the two lead Edible Evergreen, a five-part kitchen garden course that spans three growing seasons from March through October.</p> <p>Participants crowd into the historic kitchen, with its 19th-century lighting fixtures and Minton ceramic tile, escaping the last snowfall of March. Carroll talks seed starting as 23 participants hover around the central table, a 1920s relic set with carafes of coffee and tea.</p> <p>Meyer Seeds in downtown Baltimore is a favorite for arugula, mustard greens, radishes, and herbs. Plants with similar germination times stay together, and an ideal soil temperature is 80 degrees, Carroll says. Students share their own savvy suggestions, too—like using a heating blanket to keep the seedlings warm.</p> <p>Evergreen is much more than a period home. The museum's lavish 48 rooms house a trove of wonders, bequeathed to Johns Hopkins University in 1942 by former ambassador and JHU trustee John Work Garrett. Once the site of grand dinners for period celebrities, Evergreen now frequently hosts community activities, like concert and speaker series.</p> <p>The museum's 26 acres include a 1,000-square-foot vegetable garden that supplies Gertrude's produce, located within the ruins of a glass house. Here, students help plan, plant, and harvest the vegetables. Sage, perennial seeds, and chives sprout up in the otherwise bare garden, defying the flurries that fell on this spring day.</p> <p>Shields, a master of Chesapeake Bay cuisine, takes over for a light cooking demo. First, shaved Brussels sprouts with spring onions, oranges, and almonds. A strawberry rhubarb shortcake follows to "clean and cleanse the blood after a stagnant winter." Shields brings the biscuits, though, because no flames are permitted on the original 1925 six-burner Vulcan range.</p> <p>"If you can't grow it, you can't cook it," he says, preaching the importance of using local, seasonal foods. Both Shields and Carroll hope to reclaim the dismantled food economy and move away from factory farming.</p> <p>The course, in its fifth year, follows three seasons of gardening, culminating in a harvest luncheon at Gertrude's in October. All proceeds benefit Evergreen Museum & Library's ongoing preservation efforts.</p> <p>"Evergreen is a solace for me," says Kay Fischer, a participant since Edible Evergreen's inception. "The class is a wonderful combination of all the things I love—a beautiful setting, good food, and gardening. John Shields is delightful, and I always leave with some tidbit of new knowledge."</p> Mon, 06 Apr 2015 16:20:00 -0400 JHU faculty, student group releases recommended statement on principles of academic freedom <p>A select group of Johns Hopkins University faculty members and students tasked last year with developing language that articulates the university's philosophy and principles on academic freedom has submitted a recommended statement, which JHU President Ronald J. Daniels and Provost Robert C. Lieberman shared today.</p> <p>Over the past year, the 14-member Task Force on Academic Freedom has reviewed background materials on the topic of academic freedom; gathered feedback from faculty, staff, students, and alumni from every corner of the university; and met to deliberate the appropriate bounds of these principles.</p> <p>Daniels and Lieberman invited members of the university community to <a href="">review the statement on the Office of the Provost website</a> and provide feedback online or via email at <a href=""></a>. After a review period, the statement will be sent to the Board of Trustees for approval.</p> <p>"In our mandate to the task force, we observed that Johns Hopkins' commitment to academic freedom dates back to our founding, and that freedom of inquiry and expression is essential to the trailblazing education, research, and service that are the signatures of our university," Daniels and Lieberman wrote. "And yet it was striking that, unlike so many of our peers, we did not have a formal university statement on academic freedom, one that would give expression to our core values in this area and serve as a touchstone for our community in considering the often-challenging questions that academic freedom can raise.</p> <p>"A statement of this sort would not seek to resolve in advance every dispute that might arise or offer an exhaustive analysis of the history of academic freedom. Rather, we anticipated that the task force would offer a forward-looking articulation of values to guide the university in the decades to come. We asked the task force to consult widely, consider the issue broadly, and look to the approaches of our peers, and then ultimately to provide to us its recommendation for a statement of principles. ... We look forward to hearing your thoughts."</p> <p>The task force was led by Joel Grossman, a professor emeritus in the Department of Political Science, a member of The Academy at Johns Hopkins, and an expert in American politics and constitutional law.</p> <p>"We would be remiss if we did not take a moment to express our gratitude to the members of the task force for their service to the university," Daniels and Lieberman wrote. "We especially thank Professor of Political Science Emeritus and Academy Professor Joel Grossman, who chaired the task force and steered its work on an issue of such central importance to all that we do."</p> Mon, 06 Apr 2015 14:02:00 -0400 Johns Hopkins mourns death of School of Engineering undergraduate student <p>Johns Hopkins University is mourning the loss of junior Rachel Reichner, who died Saturday morning at her home in New York after a long battle with cancer. She was 20.</p> <p>Reichner was a member of the Johns Hopkins Hillel community and was studying chemical and biomolecular engineering. A funeral will be held today.</p> <p>One of her professors, Ted Lewis, said that Reichner's illness forced her to drop his Introduction to the Hebrew Bible course last semester.</p> <p>"Yet despite her ongoing hurdles, she was determined to finish the class studying at home while undergoing treatment," said Lewis, the Blum-Iwry Professor of Near Eastern Studies. "Rachel did indeed finish the course, taking the exam in early February. She performed extremely well, all while battling cancer. Such intelligence. Such determination. Such courage. Such perseverance. Such inspiration.</p> <p>"We are the poorer now at such sorrowful loss, yet by far the richer for knowing such an inspiring person as Rachel Reichner," he said.</p> <p>News of Reichner's death was shared with the Johns Hopkins community today in a message from Kevin G. Shoellenberger, vice provost for student affairs, and Terry Martinez, dean of student life. They urged anyone in need of support to reach out to the Counseling Center at 410-516-8278 or to Campus Ministries at 410-516-1880.</p> <p>They added that, per Reichner's desire, donations in her memory could be directed to either:</p> <p>The 37 Foundation<br /> 95 S. Magnolia Street<br /> Pearl River, NY 10965</p> <p>or</p> <p>Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center<br /> 1275 York Avenue<br /> New York, NY 10065</p> Mon, 06 Apr 2015 08:22:00 -0400 Men's lacrosse: Closing run lifts No. 14 Ohio State past No. 19 Johns Hopkins <p>Carter Brown scored six goals and Jesse King added five goals and two assists as <a href="">the No. 14 Ohio State men's lacrosse team pulled away for a 15-12 win against No. 19 Johns Hopkins</a> in a Big Ten contest in Columbus, Ohio.</p> <p>The Blue Jays (4-6) came up short despite a near-record performance from attackman Ryan Brown, who matched his career high with eight goals and added one assist in the loss. The eight goals are one shy of the Johns Hopkins single-game record. William Logan scored nine times for Hopkins against Virginia in 1927.</p> <p>In a back-and-forth game that featured nine ties, the Buckeyes (9-3) outscored JHU 4-1 over the final seven minutes to secure the victory. Hopkins had tied the score at 11 with 7:54 to play when Ryan Brown scored off a feed from junior Holden Cattoni.</p> <p>The win was the first for Ohio State in six meetings against Johns Hopkins, which will return to action on Saturday against Penn State at Homewood Field at 6 pm.</p> <p><strong>Also see:</strong> <a href="">Box score</a></p> <p><iframe width='598' height='336.35' src='' frameborder='0' scrolling='no' allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 21:45:00 -0400 JHU's Gilman Hall goes blue for World Autism Awareness Day <p>Johns Hopkins joined the Great Pyramid of Giza, London's Trafalgar Square, the Empire State Building, and thousands of other landmarks and institutions in <a href="">"lighting up in blue"</a> to celebrate the eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day on Thursday. At Hopkins, Gilman Hall, the Charles Street entrance sign, and the Bloomberg School of Public Health building were all basking in blue, while representatives from the <a href="">Kennedy Krieger Institute</a> joined Baltimore officials, including Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, to flip the switch at City Hall.</p> <p>Across the world, more than 130,000 buildings took part in the "Light it Up Blue" campaign, which officially kicked off Autism Awareness Month. At Johns Hopkins, the <a href="">Wendy Klag Center for Autism & Developmental Studies</a> is hosting a number of <a href="">related events throughout the month</a>. On Thursday, Michael J. Klag, dean of JHU's Bloomberg School of Public Health, traveled to New York City for a <a href="">United Nations panel discussion</a> on global autism concerns.</p> <p>Autism currently affects 70 million people worldwide, and one in 68 children in the United States, according to <a href="">Autism Speaks</a>, the science and advocacy organization that sponsors "Light it Up Blue."</p> <p><a class="twitter-timeline" href="" data-widget-id="583810608769949696">#lightitupblue Tweets</a> <script>!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=p+"://";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");</script></p>