Johns Hopkins Gazette | May 4, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University May 4, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 33
In Brief


School of Ed to host summit on 'Learning, Arts and the Brain'

The Johns Hopkins School of Education will host a summit and roundtable discussion called Learning, Arts and the Brain on Wednesday, May 6, at the American Visionary Art Museum.

Leading researchers, educators, advocates and policy-makers will discuss the latest findings on arts and cognition, explore how involvement in the arts might enhance learning outcomes and cognitive and social development in children, and explore future research priorities and opportunities.

The summit is sponsored by the JHU Council on PK-12 Education and the School of Education's Neuro-Education Initiative, a program supported by the Johns Hopkins University Brain Science Institute.

Speakers include Jerome Kagan, professor of psychology at Harvard; Guy McKhann, professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins and founding director of the university's Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute; and William Safire, New York Times columnist and chairman of the Dana Foundation. For details, go to


Extra $3,000 could be added to Live Near Your Work grants

The Johns Hopkins Live Near Your Work Program, in partnership with Live Baltimore, will present a home-buying fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 9. Johns Hopkins employees can learn about the program and how they can qualify for up to $17,000 in grants toward the purchase of a home in designated areas of Baltimore City.

The event will offer homeownership education sessions and exhibitor tables. Both guided and self-paced tours will be available to introduce participants to a variety of neighborhoods and housing styles. Eligible participants will also have the opportunity to receive from the city a $3,000 home- buying award to be applied toward down payment and closing costs.

For location and registration, go to: index.cfm or contact the LNYW Program coordinator at 443-997-4893 or


On which TV show will a JHU student appear this week?

Tune into the Jeopardy! College Championship on Tuesday, May 5, and you can root for JHU's Scott Menke. Menke traveled to Los Angeles earlier this month to tape at least one episode of the show; he could be on additional episodes depending on how he fared, but for now, the results are a secret.

Menke is a senior from Flemington, N.J., majoring in applied mathematics and minoring in the Whiting School's W.P. Carey Program in Entrepreneurship & Management.


Suburban Hospital Healthcare System to join JHHS

In a move to build on long-standing ties and to address growing regional interest in more efficient, integrated regional health care services for patients, officials of Suburban Hospital Healthcare System and the Johns Hopkins Health System have formally agreed to integrate SHHS into JHHS. The proposed transaction will not involve financial exchanges. It is anticipated that SHHS will join JHHS in early fall 2009.

If the transaction is implemented as planned, the Montgomery County-based SHHS will become a wholly owned subsidiary corporation of JHHS and a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine but will retain both its name and commitment to its community. Leadership and day-to-day operations at Suburban are not expected to change.

Suburban Hospital and JHM have enjoyed an alliance dating back to 1996. In 2006, the two institutions and the National Institutes of Health collaborated to develop the NIH Heart Center at Suburban Hospital.


NanoBio Symposium poster submission deadline extended

The poster submission deadline for the third annual Johns Hopkins NanoBio Symposium, Nanoscience for Neuroscience and Neurosurgery, has been extended to Monday, May 11.

The symposium, hosted by the Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology, will be held Monday, May 18, at the School of Medicine. Talks from 9 a.m. to noon in the Mountcastle Auditorium, Preclinical Teaching Building, will be followed by a poster session from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Turner Concourse.

Eight Johns Hopkins faculty members are slated to speak, with topics including an overview of the Brain Science Institute, the use of nanosurfaces to direct the growth of blood vessel cells, nanoparticles in imaging and drug delivery, and nanoparticles in the brain. For more information and to register, go to:


Good grades for JH in national RecycleMania competition

During RecycleMania — a recent 10-week competition for colleges and universities across the country — Johns Hopkins improved its recycling rate from 28 percent to 31 percent and ranked first among Maryland schools in three categories.

Richard Abraham, Homewood's manager of recycling and solid waste, credits the success to "an overwhelming show of support" from staff, faculty and students at the School of Medicine, School of Public Health, SAIS and the Homewood divisions.

To see the results, go to: Johns Hopkins competed in the Benchmark Division.


Former JHH neonatologist to discuss new book about ICU

Nationally renowned neonatologist and pediatrician Christine Gleason will discuss and sign copies of her new book, Almost Home: Stories of Hope and the Human Spirit in the Neonatal ICU, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, at Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins.

A graduate of Brown and the University of Rochester Medical School, Gleason began her career at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she became chief of Neonatology. Since 1997 she has been chief of Neonatology and professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital.

In Almost Home, Gleason writes about 17 patients and shares her own story as an unsure resident who doesn't even know how to access the preemies in their incubators, her failed marriage to a fellow resident and then a long courtship with the man who becomes her husband and the father of their children.


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