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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University August 20, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 42
In Brief


'U.S. News' releases rankings; Johns Hopkins tied at No. 14

The roller coaster of rankings of the country's best universities produced annually by U.S. News & World Report finds Johns Hopkins in the No. 14 spot this year, tied there with Brown and Northwestern. The ranking was up two from last year and down one from the previous year. The top three spots went to Princeton, Harvard and Yale, as they had in 2006, with a number of other schools in the top tier — among them, Cal Tech, MIT, Penn and Dartmouth — also sliding up and down from their 2006 spots.

Johns Hopkins ranking components of note: No. 22 in faculty resources, up from 40 last year; a 2005 graduation rate of 93 percent, an "overperformance" of the predicted 90 percent; percent of classes under 20, 68 percent, up from 51 percent; and percent of classes of 50 or more, 11 percent, down from 19 percent.

In rankings for best undergraduate engineering programs among schools whose highest degree is a PhD, Johns Hopkins is tied at 14 for the third year in a row, with biomedical engineering again taking the No. 1 spot in the specialty rankings.

In an unranked section called "Programs to Look for," Johns Hopkins is included under "undergraduate research/creative projects." In a section called "Economic Diversity," Johns Hopkins is tied at 17th among national universities and in "Great Schools, Great Prices" is ranked 25th.

The ratings are published in the Aug. 27 issue, available on newsstands beginning today, Aug. 20, and are online at


'Newsweek' names JHU as one of 2008's '25 Hottest Schools'

In a list it describes as "subjective and temporary — but in a good way," Newsweek's annual college guide, released last week in the Aug. 20-27 issue, named JHU one of the "25 Hottest Schools" for 2008.

Calling it "Hottest for Pre-Med," the magazine said that Johns Hopkins is notable not only for its world-class labs and computer facilities but also for its "wonderful" humanities, public policy/international studies and music programs and social life.

To read the entire article, go to


SoN receives grant to address nursing shortage in Maryland

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing has been awarded a five-year $970,000 grant to increase the number of available nursing faculty in Maryland and to address the critical shortage of nurses. Funding for the proposal "A Needs-Based Graduate Education Partnership" is provided by the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission and the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Kathleen White, associate professor and interim director of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program, and team members Mary Terhaar and Susan Immelt sought the funding to develop and implement a DNP program at Johns Hopkins, beginning in the 2007-2008 academic year.

The School of Nursing will work with local hospitals to support qualified staff in applying for, attending and completing the final DNP project. Partners in implementing the program are The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, St. Agnes Hospital, Mercy Medical Center, Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital.

After receiving their DNP degree, graduates from the collaborating hospitals will continue to work at their institutions, acting as advanced clinical resource support or providing clinical and administrative leadership to the organizations and their staff. The program will qualify graduates to serve as clinical and classroom faculty for the schools of nursing at Johns Hopkins and other Maryland institutions.

This round of grants from the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission, distributed to 25 institutions of higher education, health systems and hospitals, is expected to increase undergraduate and graduate nursing enrollments by 1,500 students.


JHPIEGO receives awards for HIV/AIDS services in Kenya

JHPIEGO has received two awards totaling more than $1.5 million to strengthen HIV/AIDS health services in Kenya.

Population Services International has awarded JHPIEGO $1,259,920 over three years to assist in the implementation of the United States Agency for International Development's AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance Program II-Health Communications and Marketing cooperative agreement. The aim of the project is to increase the long-term health impact in HIV/AIDS, family planning, and maternal and child health through social marketing.

JHPIEGO will lead the training component for Population Services International's development of a national family planning referral network among its private sector providers. Its primary tasks will be to assist with the integration of HIV prevention messages offered by PSI's network, improve the quality of family planning counseling furnished by these providers and prepare local clinics to manage referrals.

JHPIEGO received its second award from the African Population and Health Research Center — $290,000 to assist in the implementation of its two-year Rockefeller Foundation-funded program in Kenya titled "Comprehensive Care for HIV at the Household Level in African Informal Settlements: Consolidating the Gains."

The goal is to improve the quality of and increase the use of HIV/AIDS services in the urban informal settlements of Korogocho and Viwandani in Nairobi. JHPIEGO will introduce interventions based on APHRC study findings around high-risk groups.


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