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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University June 23, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 38
In Brief


Six-part 'Hopkins' documentary debuts this week on ABC-TV

The television series Hopkins, filmed by ABC News over five months on the East Baltimore campus, debuts at 10 p.m. on June 26.

The prime-time documentary, which will air on six consecutive Thursdays, focuses on young physicians in training, and on the dramatic work of some special nurses. More than 100 Johns Hopkins faculty, residents, nurses, patients and family members gave their consent and participated in the production. No one at Johns Hopkins who was involved with the production has seen any of the film, which was culled from 1,500 hours of footage.

In a statement prepared for the Johns Hopkins Medicine Web site, Edward Miller, dean and CEO, wrote, "Why would Johns Hopkins agree to such an arrangement? Because even without knowing in advance what ABC News would choose to show viewers, we, our clinicians, teachers and nurses decided that it has never been more important to tell the story of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and of academic medical centers, to the public, and to have the story told credibly."

The team of filmmakers was led by many of the same network producers and journalists who created the award-winning documentary Hopkins 24/7 eight years ago.

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Parking permit rate changes set at Homewood and Eastern

New permit parking rates go into effect on July 1 for parking lots and garages on the Homewood and Eastern campuses. All surface lots are $53 per month. Faculty hangtag parking and general garage parking is $82 per month. Reserved parking spaces at the West Gate, San Martin and South garages will be $110 per month. Reserved surface lot parking is $74 per month. Ellerslie satellite parking will be $33 per month.

Current customers satisfied with their permit do not need to act. Anyone wishing to purchase a permit, cancel a permit or change parking locations should contact the Homewood Parking and Transportation Office, located in the South Garage, at or 410-516-PARK.


Archaeologists return to Egypt; Web site allows all to follow

Archaeology buffs everywhere can follow along this summer as JHU Egyptologist Betsy Bryan and her team of graduate students, artists, conservators and photographers expand their investigation of Mut Temple, turning their attention to the temple's Sacred Lake. Bryan and her crew are once again in Luxor, sharing their work via Hopkins in Egypt Today, their popular digital diary offering a virtual window into day-to-day life on an archaeological dig.

According to Bryan, modern-day Luxor is rich in finds from ancient Egypt's New Kingdom, like the major discovery made by the JHU team in 2006: a 3,400-year-old nearly intact statue of Queen Tiy, one of the queens of the powerful king Amenhotep III.

To follow the dig, go to:


CTY receives grant to expand STEM coverage on Cogito site

The Center for Talented Youth has been awarded an $800,000 grant from the John Templeton Foundation to expand its Web site and online community of 3,500 promising young mathematicians and scientists around the world. The grant will allow's staff to increase editorial coverage of the latest research in the science, technology, engineering and math fields, including a new minisite on climate change, currently being developed in cooperation with Columbia University's Earth Institute. The site will showcase work by physicists, geologists, meteorologists, energy engineers, biologists, public health experts and policy-makers that addresses the causes and consequences of this environmental challenge and will allow students to interact with a wide range of experts.

Cogito aims to increase the likelihood of pre-college students talented in the sciences pursuing college and careers in STEM fields. While approximately one-third of U.S. jobs require competence in science or technology, only 17 percent of Americans graduate from college with science or technology majors.


Summer Evening at Evergreen showcases 'Twelfth Night'

Mark your calendar for Thursday, June 26, when a Summer Evening at Evergreen will allow explorers to enjoy the artistic wonderland after hours. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., visitors can check out the first-floor galleries and the museum shop, view a surviving copy of the first folio of Shakespeare from Evergreen's John Work Garrett Library and stroll the grounds to see the Sculpture at Evergreen exhibition. At 8 p.m., the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival will have its final rehearsal of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night in the meadow. Don't forget to pack a picnic.

A second Summer Evening at Evergreen, scheduled for Thursday, July 17, will feature a dress rehearsal of The Taming of the Shrew.


Makerere-Johns Hopkins lab in Uganda honored by magazine

Makerere University-Johns Hopkins University Core Laboratory at the Mulago Hospital complex in Kampala, Uganda, has been cited as a 2008 Medical Laboratory of the Year by Medical Laboratory Observer magazine. Praised in particular for its work on behalf of HIV/AIDS patients, the 45- employee lab performs an average of 16,000 tests a month and serves more than 72 research studies.

In a developing nation where basics such as electrical power and transportation are not always available, "the MU-JHU Core Lab has a reputation for uncompromising standards of quality and excellent service," the magazine says. It is one of only three labs on the African continent accredited by the College of American Pathologists, from which it received a perfect score in CAP's 2007 inspection.


TEDCO awards 45 stem cell grants to Hopkins researchers

Johns Hopkins researchers have received 45 of the 62 grants awarded by the Maryland Technology Development Corp. for studies into stem cells' potential as a source of therapies for such illnesses as cancer and ALS. The 62 grants, awarded upon the recommendation of the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission, total $23 million. JHU received 30 out of 45 grants given for investigator-initiated projects and 15 out of 17 postdoctoral fellowship grants. Each postdoctoral grant is for $110,000 to conduct two years of research.


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