The Johns Hopkins Gazette: February 7, 2000

February 7, 2000
VOL. 29, NO. 21

Baby boomers, divorce and health care
Mortician infected with TB from cadaver
El Nino increases diarrheal disease incidence by 200 percent
APL developing portable life support for Army
Salmonella's molecular mimics may spark arthritis
Scientists find breastfeeding reduces infectious disease infant mortality
No conclusive link seen between simian virus and human cancer
Course examines biomedical issues of travel to Mars
Commerce Secretary Daley to speak at SAIS on Friday
Blood donations urgently needed; drive set for this week
Johns Hopkins SOM first in NIH funding for FY 1999
Parks expert to give annual Garrett Issue on Urban Issues
Heartfest 2000
In Brief
Employment Opportunities
Classified Ads
Weekly Notices
Weekly Calendar
Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

CIO reviews year's progress
The Committee for the 21st Century stated in its 1994 report, "Our vision for the university in the 21st century imagines a technologically advanced university that provides ready access to information, easy communication, expanded opportunities for sharing academic resources and new modes of delivery of instructional programs."
   Today, I am happy to report that we are on course to achieving this vision. Although there is still considerable work to be done, we truly have a lot of very exciting efforts under way and many more that will start as we continue to move forward. Full story...

Nursing students support mothers as birth companions
On Dec. 8, 1999, Emily Seay's pager went off at 8 a.m. Was this showtime, she wondered, or another false alarm? Seay, a student in the accelerated degree program at the School of Nursing, had been paged the previous day--1 a.m. actually-- by M., her pregnant "client." That prior morning, M.'s contractions had sped up, and she had to be rushed to Bayview Hospital. However, by the time Seay arrived an hour later, M.'s contractions had stopped. She was later released at 7 a.m., but Seay stood by her side the entire span. Seay is M.'s birth companion, a role that requires her to rush to her client's side when she goes into labor and then stay with her until she either gives birth or is sent home.
   This morning, however, it was the real deal. Seay arrived at Bayview Hospital at 8:30 a.m. and immediately went to the birth room, took hold of M.'s hand and told her to "start pushing." For the next two hours Seay applied warm compresses to her client's forehead, massaged her back and neck, explained exactly what was happening physically and all the while reassured her client that everything was going to be all right--not an easy task, Seay adds, when a woman is in labor. Full story...

Nanjing gets research institute
The Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University share a commitment to academic research and scholarship excellence--and soon they will share a research institute.    The university and its Chinese partner recently agreed to establish the Hopkins-Nanjing Institute for International Research in an effort to promote cooperative research between Chinese and American scholars and to enhance the academic reputation of the existing Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies. Full story...

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