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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University August 18, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 42
In Brief

Doctoral students graduate from JHU/PUMC Nursing Program

Through a joint program between the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and the Peking Union Medical College School of Nursing, five doctoral students are the first Chinese nurses to receive a nursing doctorate from a Chinese university. The first graduates, Gao Feng Li, He Zhong, Liang Tao, Liang Xiaokun and Li Yang, received their degrees in Beijing on July 9.

The five new PhD nurses are either current faculty members or hospital nurse executives at PUMC.

The joint JHUSON-PUMC program, funded by the China Medical Board of New York, was established in 2004 with the goal of bringing to China and its health care system an internationally recognized, doctoral-level model for Chinese nursing education.


Peabody's annual piano sale scheduled for this week

The Peabody Institute's annual piano sale opens to the general public on Saturday, Aug. 23, but Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, students and alumni will have the opportunity to view the offerings at private showings on Thursday, Aug. 21, and Friday, Aug. 22.

New Yamaha pianos have been on loan to Peabody for its use as part of a special arrangement with the Yamaha Corp. and with support from Menchey Music in Baltimore. The program enables the institute to provide quality instruments to students on a continual basis; after the academic year, the pianos are made available for purchase.

The selection includes baby grands, uprights, consoles, Yamaha Clavinovas (digital pianos) and Yamaha Disklaviers (interactive player pianos). All are less than a year old, have been meticulously maintained and come with full manufacturer warranties. A selection of used Steinways will also be available.

Special arrangements have been made for financing, delivery and warranty service through Menchey Music Service.

To make an appointment for an advance showing, call 866-742-6673.

The public sale is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at Peabody, with entry at 21 E. Mount Vernon Place.


Three JHU students receive DAADs to study in Germany

The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, or DAAD), an organization promoting higher education in Germany, has announced that three Johns Hopkins students will be funded for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Caroline Domenghino, a graduate student in the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, has received a Graduate Study Scholarship, and undergraduates Britni Crocker and Xinlu Huang were accepted in the Research Internships in Science and Engineering program, known as RISE.

DAAD is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. It offers programs and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education providing financial support to over 50,000 individuals per year.

DAAD scholarships are highly competitive, and recipients are selected by independent selection committees on the basis of outstanding academic records and convincing project proposals or statements of purpose.


JHU School of Nursing offers new graduate forensic certificate

A 12-credit two-semester graduate Certificate in Advanced Forensic Nursing is the latest addition to the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing comprehensive program of evidence-based forensic education.

The certificate, offered in an executive-style format that includes online and limited on-site course work, prepares nurses to assume leadership roles in forensic nursing practice, research, policy development and education.

Applications are now being accepted for the fall CAFN cohort. Interested applicants must be baccalaureate-prepared nurses with a master's degree in nursing, education or a health-related discipline with training and clinical experience in a forensic nursing-related field. GRE scores are not required. Tuition is $2,500 per course.

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 410-955-7548 or or go to


Pres. Brody 'Health Care '08' episodes on MPT this month

Two new episodes in a series of discussions on health care between President William R. Brody and political and civil leaders were scheduled this month on Maryland Public Television. A discussion with NIH director Elias Zerhouni, a former Johns Hopkins faculty member and administrator, aired on Aug. 15. This week, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, MPT will air an episode with guest Harry Simmons, president of the National Coalition.

Previous episodes featured Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City; John Erickson, CEO of Erickson Retirement Communities; Bill Novelli, CEO of AARP; and Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. More information and a link to the episodes are available at

Future guests will be Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; and Daniel Vasella, chairman and CEO of Novartis.


Institute for Policy Studies launches new Web site

The Institute for Policy Studies has launched a new Web site,, that features podcasts of seminars and events, testimonials from students and a media center reporting news and information.

Visitors to the site will be able to explore current research projects; readily access papers, articles and other publications of interest; and learn more about IPS' graduate and undergraduate offerings and its international fellows programs.

The new site also includes a separate portal where students and alumni can post their profiles and explore current job opportunities in the field.


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