I saw the letter to the editor in the Fall 2023 issue of the magazine lamenting the magazine's inclusion of an alcoholic drink recipe and other stories related to alcohol. I wholeheartedly disagree with that assessment. No one is forcing the letter writer to read articles about alcohol, and I very much enjoy trying out new cocktails and wineries, so those pieces are of direct interest to me. I imagine most readers of the magazine are social drinkers who can handle the idea of enjoying alcohol in moderation.
Furthermore, I thought this debate was settled by the 21st Amendment, but apparently we still have a modern-day Carrie Nation in our midst, wielding the pandemic as a cudgel instead of a literal axe. I say keep up the good work.
T. Aragona, A&S '05
Knowledge for the World
This magazine makes me remember that so many great things are being accomplished in our world every day and helps me modulate the not-so-good news that permeates my other reading.
This issue did not disappoint, particularly the beautiful story about Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos. To see what can be achieved by one human being—albeit an exceptional one—reaching out to others is truly inspiring. And all I can say about the fascinating Kara Cooney is that I wish I had had a chance to study with her.
I learned many new things as I read it from cover to cover and now eagerly await my next issue. Keep up the good work, please!
Editor's Note Error
As an avid reader of all publications received by my wife, Joanne S. Janas, Med '88 (MD), I noticed a very common mistake in your fall issue's editor's note. You used the phrase "Canadian Geese moms." The correct term is "Canada Geese moms." You are in good company, as even National Geographic once made the same mistake.
Athletics' Short Shrift
I have carefully read all the pages of the Fall 2023 Johns Hopkins Magazine, including some of the articles in which I have no interest.
During my four years as an undergraduate, it was my pleasure and thrill to play varsity basketball and soccer representing Hopkins all over the East Coast and at an all-star soccer game in Florida.
With the above in mind, unlike almost all past issues of Johns Hopkins Magazine, I could not find one word about JHU Athletics. It is as if Athletics has been downgraded or presumed to be of lesser interest to alumni than stories like "A Museum for Menstruation" or "Late Night Laughs." I am certain that lacrosse players past and present share my wonderment—call that criticism.
Certainly a page or two of your fine publication could be dedicated to Hopkins Athletics.
David L. Hack, Engr '55
Port St. Lucie, Florida
Seconding That Motion
How about some articles about the highly successful Hopkins sports teams? I think alumni would love to read about them and their star players. I graduated when our lacrosse teams seemed to be the main focus of Hopkins sports. Now the Johns Hopkins football team and our women's sports teams' achievements are equally noteworthy as well. They certainly merit attention in your fine magazine.
Glenn Fuller, A&S '71
The Generous Dr. G
I was so excited to see Panagis Galiatsatos on the cover of the Fall issue of Johns Hopkins Magazine. I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. G (as he told us to call him) in the fall of 2020 when I was in the final year of my master's program at Johns Hopkins.
The country was struggling to find accurate information about COVID-19. Dr. G, in collaboration with the JHU Health Education and Training Corps, created a curriculum to educate school-age children about infection prevention and COVID-19. Volunteers were trained to provide age-appropriate education to multiple schools throughout the country. Dr. G provided much of the instruction to the volunteers, was available for questions, and updated the material as clinical guidance evolved.
Dr. G is the most generous critical care physician I have ever met, and I have been a nurse for over 35 years. Thank you for recognizing this amazing man.
Leah Drown, BSPH '21 (MPH)
In the feature "People, Not Patients," we misspelled the last name of faculty member Thomas Cudjoe. We regret the error.
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