The Johns Hopkins Gazette: October 28, 2002

October 28, 2002
VOL. 32, NO. 9

President Brody appoints search committee for new dean of School of Engineering
Robert S. Lawrence to receive the 2002 Albert Schweitzer Award
Championing the value of drug treatment programs
UNICEF and Public Health's CCP to collaborate on strategic programs
Johns Hopkins to train Chinese researchers in genetics and bioethics
Deep sea technology is put to the test in campus tank
Slinkylike coils slash death and disability from brain aneurysms
Cystic fibrosis gene mutations missing from some cases
Common gene variant raises risk of atherosclerosis
Novel gene mutation provides window into how brain cells die
Job Opportunities
Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

The truth about witches
High rates of infant mortality. The plague. Crops and livestock wiped out overnight. Life in 15th-century Europe was no picnic. Somebody must be to blame, but the possibility that God was behind such pain was unfathomable. So who besides God would have the power to wreak havoc on the world?
   The answer, according to 15th-century Christian theologians, was witches. Their belief in witches -- and their ability to persuade society in general that witches existed -- took God off the hook for all the bad things that happened to good people. Stories of alleged witches' gruesome acts comforted people whose faith in God was challenged by the evil in the world, according to Walter Stephens, the Charles S. Singleton Professor of Italian Studies at Johns Hopkins. Full story...

Innovative 'i-Site' goes live today
Introducing Homewood at your fingertips. The university today unveils and puts online its new "i-Site" system, a network of 12 computerized, touch-controlled information kiosks installed around the Homewood campus.
   A wayfinding device and more, each i-Site can tell the user where he or she presently is on campus, how to get from point A to point B and even when and where a university-sponsored event is occurring.
   The impetus for the new system arose two years ago out of the campus master plan's wayfinding committee, whose members felt that a dynamic instrument was needed to reflect both a revitalized Homewood campus and the university's desire to foster innovation. Full story...

Homewood, JHMI initiate defibrillator program
The Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus and the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions' East Baltimore campus have initiated a comprehensive, automated external defibrillator program. The heart-saving project, believed to be the first of its kind at a higher-learning institution, will include nonpatient-care buildings and most high-traffic areas. When complete, the initiative will place more than 60 defibrillators within the medical center and university locations occupied by more than 600 people, such as laboratories, auditoriums, residence halls, gymnasiums, parking garages and cafeterias.
   An automated external defibrillator, or AED, is a portable, easy-to-use device that delivers a life-saving electric shock to the heart to halt rapid and chaotic heart activity or reverse sudden cardiac arrest and restore a normal heartbeat. Full story...

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